"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

Emmanuel Celebrates 150 Years in July!

Block Party – On Wednesday, July 26, we will officially celebrate our 150th Anniversary with a community Block Party. This birthday celebration will feature food, music and fun as we invite our neighbors and church members to mark this special day. The Block Party will take place this year from 6 until 9:00 on the west side of the campus. Help will be needed setting up and tearing down and as hosts throughout the evening. If you would like to volunteer to help with the celebration please contact Sonya Eggold at sreggold@gmail.co.

Anniversary Service – On Sunday, July 30, in the 10:30 service you are invited to attend a special worship service in which we will give thanks to God for 150 years of grace to our congregation. This service will include special music as well as reflections from former pastors including Arnie Piering, Art Klausmeier and Walt Schoedel.

The Moveable Feast – Since the MF has not be adopted by any groups this summer, donations of food items would be greatly appreciated. Your donation(s) can be brought to the church office on Thursday or Friday for the following Sunday, or on Sunday morning before 9:00 a.m. Thank you!

 

The Moveable FeastPlease join the fellowship on Sunday mornings between services in the gathering area of Ebenezer Hall.  If you have any questions, or if your group would like to adopt the feast, please call or text Sonya Eggold at 414-5246 (sreggold@gmail.com) or Melissa Stout at 348-2023 (stoutclan5@frontier.com).

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.

Emmanuel’s Block Party will be held on Wednesday, July 26, and we are in need of a 20 x 20 awning for the band. If you have one that you are willing to donate for this event, please call Becki at the church office at 423-1369.

Playdates at Emmanuel! – Mom’s and their little ones are invited to Emmanuel on Fridays, July 14 and 28, and August 11 and 25 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. for playdates and fellowship. Weather permitting; we will meet on the playground behind the school. In the event of rain or cold, we will meet in the Loft. All are welcome, and please feel free to invite a friend! If you have questions, please contact Michele Kausch at kauschmichele@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you and your little ones!

 

Grief Support will meet on Wednesday, July 19, 10:00 a.m., at Emmanuel to carpool to Arnie and Kathy Piering’s cottage at Little Otter Lake. Please call Ed Krueckeberg at 482-2171 if you have not already registered.

Senior  Lunch  Bunch  Picnic—Special Senior Lunch  BunchWe  will  meet  at church in Ebenezer Hall  on Tuesday,  July 18th,  for a picnic/pot luck.  We will begin with fellowship at 11:00 a.m. and our meal will follow at 12:00 noon. This year’s picnic will feature Ellen Buuck’s homemade chicken salad and ham salad sandwiches.  The committee asks that each senior or couple bring a side dish or dessert. Please sign-up in the Welcome Center or call the church at 423-1369 to make your reservation with the receptionist.  Please indicate if you will be bringing a side dish or dessert.

 

Preschool & Daycare for 2017-2018 – We are now enrolling for preschool and childcare for the 2017-2018 school year. We are now on the Paths to Quality (Level 1) and are Brightpoint certified. Please note that due to returning students, some classes fill quickly!

We offer morning preschool classes for children ages 2-5, as well as afternoon and all-day classes for children ages 4-5. We also offer wrap-around daycare for hours before and after preschool from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Please call Gwen Kanning at 423-1369, extension 340, for further information or to schedule a tour.

Wheeler Mission Ministry – Emmanuel member, Meg Kausch, is working this summer for Wheeler Mission Ministry in Indianapolis in their Homeless Center for Women and Children. Donations of USED/NEW board games and DVDs appropriate for children ages 5-14 are so appreciated. Gift cards to Wal-Mart, Meijer or Michael's so craft supplies may be purchased are also needed. You may leave any items in the church office clearly marked "Wheeler." If you have questions, please give Meg a call at 260-418-3564.

Food Pantry – To meet the needs of those who visit our food bank in July 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 area on Thursday, July 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.

Wellspring is in Need of Snacks – Wellspring’s FREE 7-week Summer Day Camp is right around the corner, and could use our help with providing individual snacks for the kids (granola bars, fruit snacks, etc.). With over 300 kids per day, that is A LOT of snacks (costing an estimated $.50-$1.00 per child per day).  Donations can be dropped off at the Emmanuel church office.  Thank you for your support!

The First Lutherans for Life Regional Conference will be held at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne on Saturday, September 16, 2017. For registration, schedules, hotels, and more go to: www.lutheransforlife.org/conference

S.O.S. at Cross Connections – The Biblical counseling ministry at Cross Connections has a Serve our Servants fund (S.O.S) that provides free counseling for all active duty military, police, fire, and EMT personnel and their families.  If you or somebody you know would benefit from these services please speak with pastor or call Cross Connections at 260-373-0213 to learn more.

CTSFW Seeking Marketing Specialist – Concordia Seminary, Ft. Wayne, is seeking a Marketing Specialist to join its Communication’s team. Excellent candidates will be creative thinkers with strong social media skills and a vision for the future of digital communication. For more information, or to submit a resume, contact Jayne Sheafer, CTSFW Director of Seminary Relations at SeminaryRelations@ctsfw.edu.

 

Lutherans for Life – “We must be diligent and unceasing in prayer for our land—for the church, people, governments, and culture—to repent, seek God’s forgiveness, turn from wicked ways, and prosper by hearing the saving message of the Gospel which leads to life everlasting.” Lynette Auch, president of Lutherans For Life A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org