"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

Our “New” Church Nursery – If you have volunteered in Emmanuel’s new church nursery, we appreciate your time!!  If you have not had the opportunity to volunteer but would like to, please contact Pastor Thomas Eggold at taeggold@hotmail.com, Pastor Dan Sheafer at daniel.sheafer@ctsfw.edu or Michele Kausch at kauschmichele@gmail.com.  Volunteers are needed for the rest of August and for September.  Our new nursery space has been a wonderful blessing and is a great way to embrace the young families of Emmanuel!

The Moveable Feast – Since the Movable Feast 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 Feast—Please 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.

The 2017 West Central Neighborhood Home and Garden Tour takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 9th and 10th. This year, Emmanuel will participate as one of the tour stops. If you would like more information, or you would like to volunteer, please contact Cathi Counterman at 260-241-0952. There will also be a volunteer sign-up sheet in the Welcome Center.

Preschool & Daycare for 2017-2018 – Enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year is going well!  We still have some spots available.  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 full-time or part-time wrap-around childcare 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, to get further information or to schedule a tour.

PALS for Washington School - As we celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, we remember that one of the key blessings to come out of that period was an increased access to the Word of God. Now imagine having access to God’s Word, but having limited ability to read and comprehend what you held in your hands. This fall, our church’s PALS after school reading partnership with Washington Elementary will continue into its second year! We are looking for volunteers to assist us in sharing the gift of reading and the Gospel with a child from our community. We will be hosting an hour long training, with two dates to choose from: Wednesday, September 13, or Wednesday, September 20, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. The PALS program begins on Wednesday, September 27, and runs each Wednesday through November 15. If you are interested in PALS please contact one of the pastors after church or email Alyssa Bornheimer at stephenalyssa@gmail.com.

Food Pantry – To meet the needs of those who visit our food bank in September, 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, September 21, 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.

The LWML (Lutheran Women in Mission) would like to invite all women and interested men to join us on Thursday, September 7 at 1:00 pm in the lower level of Ebenezer Hall.  Our first hour will be starting a work project that will assemble clothing protectors for Bethesda.  At 2:00 we will have a Bible study called “Overflowing Abundance” by Donna Pyle.  This is a six-lesson DVD Bible study with workbook.  All costs are being covered by a grant from Thrivent.  Please, join us for either or both hours.  We will be done by three for those needing to pick up their children from school. For more information, please contact Jan Werth at (260) 452-4769.

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.

Lutherans for Life – “I know of obstetricians who have been doing abortions for many years who have broken down saying they cannot carry on any more. Despite all attempts at emotional neutrality, the heart does not work that way when you get a baby in front of you that colleagues on another floor of the same building would be trying to keep alive. [It is] extremely upsetting … for the doctors.” Dr. Trevor Stammers, formerly a senior lecturer in general practice at St George’s University Hospital, London – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org