"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

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 – 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. We look forward to worshipping with you!

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 8 dinner includes vegetable soup, potato soup, cheese, crackers, summer sausage, relishes and dessert.

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!

Help Needed with Wellspring Snacks! – March has arrived and we are blessed at Emmanuel to provide this month’s snacks for the Wellspring after-school program! You can help by providing one or more boxes of individually packaged, single-serving snacks. Snack examples include granola bars, bags of pretzels, trail mix, goldfish, nuts or something similar. Donations can be dropped off at the church office. Cash donations are also welcome and can be listed on the “other line” of your envelope and marked “Wellspring snacks.” A sign-up sheet with instructions on time and location is available in the Welcome Center. For more information contact Lana Hille at 423-1369.

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

SNA will meet on Sundays, March 5, 19 and 26 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Loft.

Grief Support will meet on Wednesday, March 15, at 12:30 p.m. at Hall’s Tavern Coventry Lane. Please call David Linnemeyer for your reservation at 210-4714.

Book Club – The Emmanuel Book Club will meet on Thursday, March 16, at 7 p.m. and is open to all members and friends. We read and discuss one book per month and will be discussing the book, “Saving Sophie” by Ronald Balson for March. We will meet in Ebenezer Hall and welcome new members at any time. For more information contact Beth Igney at 260-203-9959.

Senior Lunch Bunch – Tuesday, March 21 – Join us and other members 50 and over for fellowship, beginning at 11:00 a.m. in the lower level of Ebenezer Hall. Lunch begins at 12:00 p.m. After lunch, Patrick Paris, Hearing Instrument Specialist from HearCare Audiology, will talk about our sanctuary hearing loop, how it is accessed and what is happening currently to assist anyone experiencing hearing loss. Please make reservations by Friday, March 17 by calling the receptionist at 423-1369 or by signing up in the Welcome Center. Cost for lunch is $7.

Summer Rummage Sale – A rummage sale is being planned by Emmanuel’s Quilters and Crafters for the month of June. Proceeds from the sale will be used to help pay for the new pew cushions. Due to lack of storage space, we ask that you only bring your donated items in during the week of the sale. Further information regarding the dates and time of the sale will be published at a later date. If you have any questions, please call Phyllis Tittman, 489-3326.

Food Pantry – To meet the needs for those who visit our food bank in March, 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, and the food pantry will be available for those living in the 46802 zip code on Thursday, March 16, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the lower level of Ebenezer Hall. If you are interested in helping with this ministry, please contact Carolyn Beitz at 432-9189.

LWML – All ladies are invited to join their sisters in Christ for fun, fellowship, and faith at the 2017 LWML district Retreat, March 21-April 1, at Farmstead Inn and Conference Center in Shipshewana, IN. You can find all the information you need at http://www.lwmlindiana.org or call Jan Werth at 271-1332. Let Jan know if you need to car pool.

Concordia Lutheran High School seeks a qualified individual to serve as the Athletic Secretary. This full-time position will be responsible for assisting the Athletic Director with contracts, maintaining the athletic budget, preparing contest programs, and tracking records and scheduling, among other responsibilities. An associate degree or two years of related experience are required. A college degree is preferred. Visit www.clhscadets.com/employment for the full position description and responsibilities and to fill out the application.

Executive Director – Wellspring Interfaith Social Services works to support and enrich the lives of central city residents in Fort Wayne, Ind. through programs that include a food bank, clothing bank, after school and summer camp youth programs, as well as older adult programming. Wellspring currently operates with a $900,000 + budget, with more than 200 volunteers serving over 6,000 clients annually. This exciting leadership position requires outstanding interpersonal and financial skills, a passion for the mission and an entrepreneurial spirit. Successful candidate should have a bachelor’s degree (minimum) and five-plus years of leadership experience. Application deadline is March 15, 2017. To learn more and apply, go to https://charitableadvisors.hirecentric.com/jobs/113318.html or www.charitableadvisors.com  and click "Nonprofit Job Board".

Lutherans for Life - “What do we teach our little children so that when they are older, sexual promiscuity and abortion will be unthinkable? They are very special because they are created, redeemed, and called.” Rev. Dr. James I. Lamb, former executive director of Lutherans For Life – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org