"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 29 dinner includes: chicken noodle soup, cheese and crackers, peanut butter sandwiches, fruit and pies.

Orders for Easter Flowers to help beautify our altar on Easter Sunday, April 16th, are now being taken. Order forms can be found in the March newsletter, the Welcome Center, or Ebenezer Hall. Please fill out the form completely, and return it, along with your payment, to the church office. If paying by check please make payable to Emmanuel Church. Your flowers will be available for pick-up following the 11:00 a.m. worship service on Easter morning. Thank you!

Youth News…

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

SNA will meet on Sunday, March 26 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Loft.

Summer Rummage Sale – Mark your calendars now for an Emmanuel Rummage Sale, sponsored by our Quilters/Crafters groups, that will be held on Friday and Saturday, June 23 and 24.  Set-up for the rummage sale will begin on Monday, June 19, and continue through June 22. Due to the lack of storage space, we are asking you to please bring your donated items in only during the week of the sale.  Items brought in before June 19 will not be accepted. Further information regarding the times of the sale will be published at a later date.  If you have any questions, please call Phyllis Tittman, 489-3326. Proceeds from the sale will be used to help pay for the new pew cushions. 

Vacation Bible School – VBS 2017 will be held Monday, June 12 – Thursday, June 15 from 6-8:30 p.m. The theme will be “River of Life.” To register your child(ren) to attend, or to sign up to be a volunteer, please go to vbsmate.com/EmmanuelFWIN. The deadline to register is June 2. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Dan at the church office, 423-1369 or you can email him at daniel.sheafer@ctsfw.edu.

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, April 20, 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.

Cross Connections Grief Support Group – "Cross Connections' Grief Support Group will be starting back up Thursday, March 23 and 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, Ft. Wayne. The meetings run from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. If interested, please contact Cross Connections at 260.373.0213 to register for this group. You will be provided with materials and the cost when registering is $20 per person."

LGBTQ+ Support Group for Parents: Cross Connections recognizes the need for support for parents of adult children who have identified as LGBTQ. Parents need to know they are not alone. Sharing mutual stories and prayers helps to strengthen and provide hope. Cross Connections is offering a support group for Christian parents of adult children identifying as LGBTQ. Parents are invited to come together in a confidential and safe atmosphere for hope and encouragement. Each month, Cross Connections will provide resources for parents to develop relationships with their sons and daughters. The next meeting will take place Monday, April 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Cross Connections, 4618 East State Blvd., Suite 300 (East State Professional Park). This group will continue to meet the second Monday of each month. Those interested are asked to contact Cross Connections at 260-373-0213, ext. 101 to register for this group.

Wellspring Clothing Bank is in dire need of men’s gym shoes.  They are asking for any size and any condition, as long as the shoes are wearable.  Your donation can be brought to the church office.  Thank you.

Bach in Fort Wayne – Concordia Theological Seminary is seeking college-aged singers to sing Bach Cantata 137, “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” for a special Sunday observance of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession on June 25. Details, music, audition information and online application are at www.ctsfw.edu/BachINFortWayne. No registration fee is involved and application deadline is April 1. For questions, contact music@ctsfw.edu.

Lutherans for Life - “The trap of a human philosophy and society shaped by merely utilitarian aims will always (and I mean ‘always’) lead to horror and hatred. Always. No matter how smart we get, how advanced our technical skills, how ‘scientific’ we think we are, the human person is more than what we can see. If we weren’t more than that, there would be no art, no beauty, no poetry. We are more than what we see!” Fr. Barnabas Powell, Cumming, Georgia – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org