"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

Mother's Day Carnations – On Mother’s Day, May 13, Lutheran’s For Life will have beautiful carnations available for a small donation at each entrance. Help us celebrate Mother's Day!

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.

The Ft. Wayne Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will be presenting their annual members recital at Emmanuel Lutheran Church on Sunday, May 20, beginning at 3 p.m.   The recital will feature "rarities" in the sense of organ compositions not often performed or a personal favorite of the presenting organist that is not well known. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear organists from the Fort Wayne area perform on the 1st anniversary of the newly installed organ at Emmanuel.  This event is free and is open to the public.

Summer Growth Groups - A catalog listing all the Growth Groups and their descriptions can be found by following the registration link on the Emmanuel website, or by browsing the Registration Folder in the Welcome Center.  Online registration can also be completed by clicking the link on the church website or by completing a form located in the Welcome Center.   A Family Game Night was added this week.  Ashley Donahue will be facilitating this group every other week after the Saturday church service, starting June 9. We still need a volunteer(s) to facilitate the NeighborLink Service Group.  If you are interested in facilitating this group, or know of someone who is, please contact John Martin at john.316.martin@icloud.com.

Pictorial Directory – If you have not made your appointment to have your picture taken for Tuesday, June 26 through Saturday, June 30, there is still time to do so.  Simply go to Emmanuel’s website at www.emmanuellutheran.org and click on the pictorial directory icon. If you are unavailable on the days offered, you can call Life Touch at 1-800-521-4611, and schedule to have your picture taken at a different location.  If you don’t have access to a computer, please call Becki in the church office, 423-1369, and she will be able 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.

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.

Senior Lunch Bunch – Tuesday, May 15 – Join us for our pre-summer Lunch Bunch picnic for those 50 and older!  Fellowship hour begins at 11:00 a.m. in the lower level of Ebenezer with lunch served at noon.  After our indoor picnic meal, we will play Bingo for prizes!  Don’t miss the food and fun.  Please make your reservations by Friday, May 11, by calling the church receptionist at 423-1369 or sign-up in the Welcome Center.  Cost for lunch is $7.

Grief Support will be held on Wednesday, May 16, at 12:30 p.m. at Hall’s Triangle Park.  For your reservation, please call David Linnemeyer at 210-4714.

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

Mud Bowl 2018 – This annual Senior Youth event will be held on Sunday, May 20 at the Kiefer’s farm located at 9965 Parent You don’t want to miss out on this fun, but a little muddy event!

VBS 2018 – Splash Cannon – Registration is now open at www.emmanuellutheran.org for VBS 2018 which is scheduled to take place Monday, June 11 – Thursday, June 14 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.!  Many items are needed as we plan for VBS.  You can help by taking a tag and purchasing the item(s) from our donation board located in Ebenezer Hall. Your donation(s) should be returned to the church office along with the tag(s).  For questions, please contact Rachel Eckert at rachel.hodupp@frontier.com  or Pastor Sheafer at pastordan@emmanuellutheran.org.  Thank you for your support!

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

ESM’s last day of school is Thursday, May 31st This will be a regular attendance day with a one hour early dismissal time.  Closing chapel will begin at 1:00 pm at both campuses and parents are welcome to come and worship with our students.  Getz Road will begin dismissal at 2:05 pm and Union Street at 2:20 pm.  For those attending worship, your children will be dismissed at the conclusion of the service.  Extended Care will NOT be available in the afternoon at either campus.

ESM’s 2018 Graduation Service will take place at St. Michael Lutheran Church, Getz Rd., on Thursday, May 31 at 7 p.m.  Following the service, a reception will be held for the graduates and their immediate families in the gym.

ESM Endowment – We celebrate the outstanding support for Lutheran education we experience at Emmanuel – St. Michael.  Our congregations, parents, and friends understand the importance of Lutheran education for the future of our church.  ESM is funded through congregational support, tuition, and special gifts to our ministry.  Most recently, ESM has been able to grow endowed funds that can provide on-going contributions to the cost of education, through carefully invested gifts.  What’s more, ESM is eligible to double contributions to the endowment through a dollar for dollar matching gift program.  If you have considered making a legacy gift to support our school or would like to learn more about the gift matching program for the ESM endowment, please contact Jacob Pennekamp at 422.6712 or jpennekamp@esmEagles.com.

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.

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.

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 10th Annual Cross Connections Golf Outing will take place Friday, June 8, at Brookwood Golf Club located at 10304 Bluffton Road, Ft. Wayne. This will be a scramble format with all funds raised going directly to support His ministry at Cross Connections.  Registration deadline is June 4, and cost is $75 per golfer/$300 per foursome.  Those who register before May 15: will receive $5 off per golfer! The day of the event, registration starts at 7am with an 8am shotgun start with lunch and awards following.  Please call Jen or Matt at 260-373-0213 for registration information. We hope to see you there!!

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.


Lutherans for Life – “If you knew that Jesus would be in your church on Sunday to bless your children, to put His hand on your shoulder, to personally assure you of His forgiveness and love, would you be there? He is there, and He does that through the Gospel.” Rev. James Albrecht, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Okabena, Minnesota – Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org