"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God..."

- Ephesians 2:8

Lenten Packets are available for pick-up in the Welcome Center and at the entrances into the church.  One per family please.  Thank you!

Cup of Kindness boxes can be found in the Welcome Center. The money contributed in the boxes is distributed by Lutheran Social Services to local families who have crisis needs.

Moveable FeastPlease join the fellowship on Sunday mornings between services in the gathering area of Ebenezer Hall.  You are always welcome to bring food items for the Moveable Feast through the week and refrigerate or freeze your item(s) in the kitchen on the main floor of Ebenezer Hall. If you have any questions, or if your group would like to adopt the feast, please call or text Michele Kausch at 804-1767 (kauschmichele@gmail.com), Sonya Eggold at 414-5246 (sreggold@gmail.com) or Melissa Stout at 348-2023 (stoutclan5@frontier.com).

The Miracles of Lent – Beginning with Ash Wednesday on March 1, you are invited to join us every Wednesday for one of our midweek Lenten worship services which will be held each week at 8:30 a.m. (school chapel with the ESM children), 11:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Lenten Meals – Lenten lunches will be offered following the 11:30 a.m. worship service and light Lenten dinners will be offered prior to the 7:00 p.m. worship service from 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Both meals will be held in the lower level of Ebenezer Hall. The menu for the March 1 dinner includes sloppy joes, chips, baked beans, relishes and cookies.

Housing Needed – On Saturday, March 11, Emmanuel will be hosting the band/choir from Living Word Lutheran High School from Jackson, Wisconsin.  They will play/sing at the worship services on Sunday, March 12.  I am looking for people who are willing to host a couple of students on Saturday night.  Your commitment would involve picking them up at Emmanuel on Saturday night - probably between 7:00-7:30 p.m. - and giving them a place to stay for the night.  In the morning, I would ask that you provide them with breakfast and then have them back to Emmanuel prior to the 8:00 a.m. service, probably between 7:00 and 7:30 a.m.  The church will provide them lunch on Sunday before they continue on their tour.  If you are able to help, please email Chris Murphy at cmurphy@esmeagles.com.  Thank you!

Wellspring Snacks – Emmanuel has been providing snacks for Wellspring programming each March for many years. This year, the opportunity has really increased with the significant growth in the after-school program. Wellspring now serves around 55 children every weekday and likes to provide a single-serving snack to each participant. Snacks might include granola bars of various kinds, bags of pretzels, trail mix, goldfish, nuts or something similar. The senior program has grown as well, and we have committed to provide fruit such as grapes, bananas, or tangerines (no apples), cheese and crackers or veggies each Friday morning in March for 50 seniors. A sign-up sheet with instructions on time and location is available in the Welcome Center. Cash donations are always welcome and can be listed on the “other line” of your envelope and marked Wellspring snacks. We will use the cash donations to buy in bulk from Gordons Food Service. For more information contact Lana Hille in the church office.

The Last Second Saturday Soup Supper will be held March 11 following Saturday worship. We invite you to join us for fellowship and a meal of soup and bread. If you would like to bring soup to share, please contact Sue Bredemeyer at 260-396-2349. We look forward to seeing you there!

Youth News…

Senior High Youth—9th, 10th, 11th and 12th Graders

EYG will sponsor a Euchre Tournament on Saturday, March 11 from 6 – 8 p.m. in the school gym. Registration is $10 per participant.

Food Pantry – To meet the needs for those who visit our food bank in February we could use donations of cereal, canned fruit, peanut butter, mac and cheese, pasta, pasta sauce, canned juice, deodorant, shampoo, dish and hand soap, toothpaste and paper products, especially toilet paper and paper towels. Food donations can be placed in the “Food Pantry” box located in the Welcome Center. Cash donations may be placed in your church envelope and marked “food pantry” on the “other” line. Members may stop by for food any day when the office is open. If you are interested in helping with this ministry, please contact Carolyn Beitz at 432-9189.

Emmanuel – St. Michael Lutheran School engages students in a strong academic program to prepare them to be tomorrow’s Christian leaders. Come see how ESM might serve you as you seek the best educational options for your family!  Now enrolling Kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year.  Open enrollment for grades 1-8 begins March 24.  Contact Erin Clark, Director of Admissions - 260.422.6712 / eclark@esmeagles.com / www.esmeagles.com

Free Screening of Martin Luther Movie – As part of the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, will host a free screening of Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World. The film will be shown on Sunday, March 19, at 4:00 p.m. in Sihler Auditorium on the CTSFW campus, 6600 N. Clinton St. Seating is limited, so free tickets must be reserved at CTSFW.NewLutherMovie.com. A preview of the movie is also available at this site. For those without Internet access, tickets may be reserved by calling 260.452.2204. The Rev. Dr. Benjamin Mayes, assistant professor of Historical Theology at CTSFW, will introduce the film and there will be a panel of professors to answer questions after the screening.

The Lutheran Heritage Foundation (presented on Jan. 29 for Mission Sunday) just announced a matching gift program running from January 1, 2017 until December 15, 2017 or when the matching goal of $190,000 is reached. New donor gifts along with lapsed donor gifts (12 months since last donation) will be matched on a 1 to 1 basis up to $5,000 per donation (excluding grants and bequests).  Gifts may be sent to 51474 Romeo Plank Road, Macomb, MI 48042.  Thrivent Choice Dollars can also be directed to Lutheran Heritage Foundation. Be sure to direct any 2016 Choice Dollars before they expire on March 31, 2017. In 2016 LHF received $22,816 in Thrivent Choice Dollars. 

Cross Connections' Grief Support Group started Thursday, March 23 and is going through May 4. This support group is for people going through any type grief such as loss of loved ones, divorce, job loss, relocation, etc. The group will meet each Thursday for 6 weeks at Cross Connections' main office at 4618 E. State Blvd, Suite 300, Fort Wayne, IN 46815. The meetings will start at 5:00 p.m. and go until 6:30 p.m. If interested, please contact Cross Connections at 260-373-0213 to register. You will be provided with materials. The cost when registering is $20 per person. Emmanuel member Carole Hill-Nelson is leading the group if you have any further questions. She can be reached at carolehill@aol.com.

Lutherans for Life - “Yes, even in the eye of the storm when everything seems turned on its head, we can live L.I.F.E. (Live In Faith Everyday).” Lynette Auch, president of Lutherans For Life – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org