"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

Orders for Easter Flowers to help beautify our altar on Easter Sunday, April 1, are now being taken. Order forms can be found in the February newsletter located in 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.  Deadline for ordering is Sunday, March 11.

Eagles Rise – An ESM Fundraiser - On Thursday, March 22, Emmanuel – St.  Michael Lutheran School will host its spring fundraising event, “Eagles Rise.”  This year’s “Eagles Rise” will be held at the Pine Valley Country Club from 6:00-9:00 p.m., and will include a small auction, a state of the school address, an interview with a graduate and alumnus, and a paddle raise donation.  All proceeds will support the Eagle Fund, the annual funding effort for the school that helps keep quality Christian education affordable for all students.  Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling the school office at (260) 422-6712, or by going online to https://www.esmeagles.com/giving/eagles-rise.  Please commit your registration by March 15.

Pictorial Directory – Putting names with faces is one of the first steps in getting to know each other.  In order to assist our members with this important process, Emmanuel will be issuing a new pictorial directory in the coming months. Each family that participates will receive a FREE 8 x 10 portrait, pictorial directory and digital directory.  We encourage members to please use the online site for registering for your appointment by going to www.emmanuellutheran.org and clicking on the Pictorial Directory icon.  It is extremely easy to follow to make your appointment.  We will also have paper registration on worship weekends in Ebenezer Hall.  Please note, when the paper registration is available, the website is not so that we do not duplicate appointments. The website will be turned-off at 4:00 p.m. on Friday and turned-back on Monday morning.  For those of you who will not be able to use the April dates, we do have the dates of June 26 – 30 available and registration for those dates will be held sometime in June, details will be forthcoming. Please refer to the letter that was sent home for more details and for the promos that are available. 

 Host and Hostesses Needed – Photography dates for the pictorial directory will be held Tuesday, April 3 – Friday, April 6, from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday, April 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Host and hostesses are needed to check members in for their appointments.  Two people are needed for each time slot.  If you would be willing to help, please sign-up at the picture display in Ebenezer Hall, or call Becki at the church office, 423-1369 or email her at becki@emmanuellutheran.org.  Thank you.

 A Suicide Prevention Workshop with the purpose of preparing participants to identify and effectively respond to signs of potential suicide in loved ones and strangers will be held Saturday, March 24, from 9-11:30 a.m. in the lower level of Ebenezer Hall. There is a sign-up sheet in Ebenezer Hall, and a $5 donation to cover expenses is requested. The workshop is limited to 40 participants; sign-ups will be closed after we reach that number.

 Grief Support will be held on Wednesday, March 21, at 12:30 p.m. at Chops Restaurant, 6421 W. Jefferson Boulevard.  For your reservation, please call Bev Williams at 432-2891.

VBS 2018 – Splash Canyon – Please save these dates: June 11-14. Keep these evenings free from 6-8:30pm!  As we get closer to the date more information will be shared, but until then please spread the word! If you have questions, please contact either Rachel Eckert (rachel.hodupp@frontier.com) or Pastor Sheafer (pastordan@emmanuellutheran.org).   

 Young Professionals – After a great start at Mad Anthony’s, we’re looking to continue our momentum! Our next event will be March 17, from 6-8pm at Emmanuel. The plan is to support the high school youth group event: Euchre Night! Talk to Chris Darby or Pastor Dan if you have questions: (cmdarby711@gmail.com) or (pastordan@emmanuellutheran.org). We’re also looking to build our contact list, so if you’re interested staying in the loop for this group send your contact info (email / cellphone #) to either Chris Darby or Pastor Dan.

 Eyeglass and Hearing Aid Donations – The Lion’s Club has long been recognized for their efforts in assisting the sight impaired by collecting used eyeglasses.  Not as well-known is their collection of hearing aids and batteries.  Our member, Dick Alfeld has placed a collection box in the Welcome Center to gather those eyeglasses and hearing aids and batteries that you no longer use.  Thank you for your support.

Good Friday – Emmanuel-St. Michael will be closed on Friday, March 30, in observance of Good Friday.  Spring Break begins on Monday, April 2, and continues thru Friday, April 6.  Classes will resume on Monday, April 9. 

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 partner with you as you seek the best education for your family!  Now enrolling Kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year.  Open enrollment for grades 1-8 begins March 22.  Contact Erin Clark, Director of Admissions - 260.422.6712 / eclark@esmeagles.com / www.esmeagles.com

Emmanuel-St. Michael Lutheran School // Education for Life.  Faith for Eternity. 

Preschool & Daycare for 2018-2019 – We are now enrolling for preschool and childcare for the 2018-2019 school year.  You can find a list of classes in the March newsletter.  Please note that due to returning students, some classes fill quickly, especially PreKindergarten. 

The Emmanuel’s Book Club will meet on Thursday, March 15, at 7 p.m. in Ebenezer Hall.  The books of discussion are "X" by Sue Grafton and "The Zookeeper's Wife" by Diane Ackerman.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  Any questions, please contact Beth Igney at 260-466-5105 or 260-203-9959.

Senior Lunch Bunch – Tuesday, March 20 – Join us for Lunch Bunch for those over 50. Fellowship hour begins at 11:00 a.m. in the lower level of Ebenezer with lunch served at noon.  Our guest speaker will be Jake Pennekamp, principal of Emmanuel-St. Michael Lutheran School. He will lead our devotion and present the State of Christian Education now and in the future, with suggestions on how we can support our children.  Please make your reservations by Friday, March 16 by calling the receptionist at 423-1369 or sign-up in the Welcome Center.  Cost for lunch is $7.

Youth News – Euchre Tournament – EYG invites you to attend their annual Euchre Tournament on Saturday, March 17 from 6-8 p.m. in the gymnasium.  You may sign up after worship services in Ebenezer Hall or with Becki Elonzae in the church office.  Cost is $10 per participant.  All funds will be used to send care packages to Emmanuel's college students.  Snacks, beverages and prizes are provided

Women in Mission – Join us on Saturday, April 7, 9-11:30 at Ascension Lutheran Church, 8811 St. Joe Road, Ft. Wayne, for the LWML Fort Wayne 3 Zone Spring Rally.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with a $6 registration fee at the door which includes breakfast.  This year’s theme is “In Green Pastures” based on Psalm 23:1-2,  with guest speaker, Deaconess Rachel Jaseoh, who will speak about her work at Shepherd of the City Lutheran Church here in Ft. Wayne and the Shepherd’s Hand Community Outreach Center.  This ministry received a 2016-2018 LWML Indiana District Mission Grant.  An ingathering will be collected.  Needed are Citilink (Fort Wayne) bus cards – individual passes (usually $0.60 per ticket), paper towels and tissues, dish towels and dish cloths, standard size white printing paper, construction paper, and snack-sized packages of crackers or cookies.  Please pre-register with Emmanuel’s LWML representative, Jan Werth, at 452-4769, by Sunday, April 1.

Lutheran Laymen’s League Breakfast – The Lutheran Laymen’s League (LLL) will hold its 36th annual Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, March 17, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at St. Michael Lutheran Church, 2131 Getz Road.  The keynote speaker will be Dr. Douglass Rutt, International Director for Lutheran Hour Ministries.  LLL’s theme will be “Bringing Christ to the Nations, and Nations to the Church.”  Tickets are $7 per person or $14 per family and will be available at the door or from LLL Ambassador for Emmanuel, Jerry Werth, 452-4769.


Cross Connections Fundraiser - Join the Biblical counseling ministry of Cross Connections on Tuesday, April 17 for the 7th annual “It’s a Spring Thing – a Cross Connections Comedy Event” Fundraiser featuring the hilarious Christian comedian, Jeff Allen! The event will take place at the IPFW International Ballroom from 6pm-9:30pm. Tickets are $100 and include hors d'oeuvres, dinner, and comedy show. All ticket sales, sponsorships and donations will go toward the Biblical Counseling ministry of Cross Connections and our goal of providing affordable, Biblical counseling. To purchase tickets or to sponsor a table of 8, please call Jen Robb at 260-373-0213, ext. 101. You don’t want to miss this exciting event!

Attention: Youth Ushers Needed! – Emmanuel is in need of Youth Ushers for the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Ages can include 6th grade on up to high school and even college age.  Youth usher once a month.  If you would like to be part of the Youth Ushering Crew, please contact Beth Igney at 260-466-5105.

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 at 6:00 p.m. Both meals will be held in the lower level of Ebenezer Hall. 

Growth Groups 2018 - Subscribe to the Monthly Newsletter! - Emmanuel's Growth Groups are resuming this summer.  Even if you can't participate right away, new Groups start every 3 months.  Stay connected and in the loop with the monthly Growth Group Newsletter.  A link to subscribe can be found on our website, www.emmanuellutheran.org.  You can also send your contact information or any questions you may have directly to John Martin at john.316.martin@icloud.com, or (260) 515-3826.


Sewing Machines Wanted – ESM would like to start an after school sewing class for students 6 through 8 grades, and in order to make this possible, we are asking for good, working sewing machines that you would be willing to donate to the school.  The machines can be brought to the school office during the week. If you have questions, please email Stephen Bornheimer at sbornheimer@esmeagles.com.

The Moveable Feast – All are welcome between worship services on Sunday mornings in Ebenezer Hall for food and fellowship!

Church Nursery – If you would like to volunteer in the nursery during worship, contact Angela Chamberlin at 260-710-2274 or angelamchamberlin@gmail.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.

Prayer Ministry is an effective means of intercessory prayer and a powerful ministry at Emmanuel Lutheran Church.  God encourages us to “Pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) and promises that, in Christ, “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (James 6:16).  With this and many other promises from God’s Word, we have the privilege to boldly approach God with the eonfidence that He hears and answers prayer for the sake of Jesus.  We are thankful for Darlene Lankenau who has served so faithfully as the team leader for this ministry.  As she steps aside we are looking for a new leader.  Please contact Lana Hille at 423-1369 if you are interested in discussing this opportunity.

Wellspring Snacks Needed!  Emmanuel has once again been blessed with the opportunity to provide snacks to Wellspring for their youth and senior programs.  Snacks for approx. 55 children might include granola bars, bags of pretzels, trail mix, goldfish, nuts, etc.  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 also welcome and can be listed on the “other line” of your envelope and marked “Wellspring snacks.”  For more info, contact Lana Hille in the church office at 423-1369.


Caregiver Support – Are you currently serving as a caregiver?  Do the needs of a spouse, parent or child require your attention?  Would you like opportunities to talk with other caregivers?  Join others who are experiencing similar demands on time and energy to gain answers, perspective and support.  We will meet in Ebenezer Hall on Monday, March 12, at 1:00 p.m.   For more information call Lana Hille at the church office at 423-1369.

Electronic Giving with Joyful Response – If automatic withdrawal giving from one of your existing bank accounts would be a helpful stewardship tool for you, please contact our Office Manager Becki Elonzae (423-1369) for information on setting up this free service through the “Joyful Response” program sponsored by the Lutheran Church Extension Fund.  

LWML Stamps for Missions – The LWML is collecting cancelled stamps.  These stamps are sold by the pound to a local stamp business with proceeds going toward funding its mission projects.  You can deposit your cancelled stamps in the box in the Welcome Center.  Please try to leave a half inch paper border around each stamp.  Thank you for supporting this ministry.

Emmanuel’s LWML will meet Thursday, March 1, beginning at 1:00 p.m. to work for an hour making diapers for third world countries.  These will be made from used cotton t-shirts.  We are asking everyone to clean out their drawers and bring in the cotton t-shirts that are no longer being used. They can be put in the LWML box under our Mite Box in the Welcome Center.  From 2-3:00 p.m., we will continue our Bible study, taken from the LWML Quarterly.

Looking for Your Favorite Sermon?   All sermons are now posted using video to Vimeo.com.  Certain music that can be uploaded per our copyright license agreement is also on this same website.  To access our Emmanuel church account, please use the following web address: https://vimeo.com/emmanuellutheranfw.You can subscribe to follow this account and then be notified when new videos are uploaded.  If you have already subscribed as a follower, the videos are all still on the same service, just the web address has been changed to make it easier to remember and share with family and friends.

Food Pantry – We are requesting donations of canned vegetables, soups, cake mixes, frosting, tooth brushes  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, March 15, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the lower level of Ebenezer Hall.  Servers are needed to help with the food distribution.  If you are interested in helping with this ministry, please contact Carolyn Beitz at 432-9189. 

Lutherans for Life – “My heart goes out to those struggling with guilt from the secret sin of abortion—a burden carried by millions. These women and men should not be deprived of the forgiveness Jesus earned for them when they have a repentant heart. We need to speak up and let them know they can have the forgiveness Jesus bought for them through His life, death, and resurrection.” Virginia Flo, Lutherans For Life Regional Director of MinnesotaA Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org