"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

Congregational Meeting – Emmanuel’s next Congregational Meeting will be held Sunday, April 29, immediately following the 10:30 a.m. service in the sanctuary.  All members are encouraged to attend.

Pictorial Directory – Registration for Thursday, June 28 – Saturday, June 30 is now open for you to schedule your photography appointment.  Go to Emmanuel’s website at emmanuellutheran.org and click on the directory icon.   If you are unable to make your own appointment or have questions, please call Becki in the church at 423-1369 and she will be happy to help you.


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.

Needed – We are in need of a volunteer to transport a member, living in the Maplecrest / I469 area, to and from church.  Please call Lana in the church office at 423-1369 if you are able to help.

Emmanuel’s LWML will meet Thursday, May 3 in the lower level of Ebenezer Hall, 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.

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, May 14, at 1:00 p.m.   For more information call Lana Hille at the church office at 423-1369.

Music and Babies – Are you looking for a fun activity to do with your baby that will promote your child’s development and growth?  On four consecutive Wednesday evenings, from 6:00 - 6:40 pm, Jill Hockemeyer will be offering free music lessons to babies, 12 months and younger, and their caregiver(s). This is the final portion of Jill’s training to become a licensed Kindermusik Instructor.  The class begins on May 23 and will conclude on June 13, with classes taking place at Emmanuel.  If you or someone you know is interested in this opportunity, or would like more information, please email Jill at jillhockemeyer1970@gmail.com.

Food Pantry – To meet the  needs of those who visit our food bank in April we could use donations of  cereal, canned vegetables, fruit, peanut butter, mac and cheese, pasta, pasta sauce, 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, May 17, 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. 

VBS 2018 – Splash Canyon – Please save these dates: June 11-14. Keep these evenings free from 6-8:30pm!  Keep an eye out for the donation board!  It will be out soon! If you have questions, please contact either Rachel Eckert (rachel.hodupp@frontier.com) or Pastor Sheafer (pastordan@emmanuellutheran.org).   

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

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. 

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.


Lutheran Men of Song - We’re not the Marines, but The Lutheran Men of Song are looking for a few good men who enjoy singing. We have openings for tenors, baritones, and bases.   We practice on the 4th Sunday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran Church and School.  Please contact Tim Mueller at (260)438-1149 for information about Lutheran Men of Song, practice room location, and to let him know that you'll attend. 

Help Wanted - The Biblical counseling ministry of Cross Connections is currently looking to expand our team of Mental Health Professionals.  The candidate would need to have a Masters level degree in the related field or higher, be able to sign our Statement of Faith and be willing to work part time.  If interested, please call Cross Connections at 260-373-0213, Ext. 102 and speak with our Clinical Director, Gary Younghans. You may also email your resume to garyyounghans@crossconnectionscounseling.com.


Wellspring’s Miles for Meals will be held Saturday, May 19, at 9:00 a.m. at Foster Park.  This is a 3-mile family-friendly fundraiser walk with proceeds going to support Wellspring.  You can register or donate online at www.GetMeRegistered.com/WellspringsMiles.com.  For more info, please contact Jen Adams at 422-6618 or jenadams@wellspringinterfaith.org.

Lutherans for Life – “Having already swallowed death down along with humankind’s guilt and buried it beneath His resurrection, Jesus Christ has no death left in Him and allows none near His own. Bravely and gratefully we keep sharing what He continues showing us, that all persons are worth it despite the cost and opposition, every one precious for His grace’s sake and not dependent upon appearance or age or ability.” Rev. Michael W. Salemink, executive director of Lutherans For Life – Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org