"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

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

Youth Sunday School – Summer Break – beginning Sunday, May 27, our Youth Sunday School will be on break until September. Thank you so much to our teachers and volunteers for their hard work and dedication this year! Please consider VBS! It’s another opportunity this summer to continue to engage God’s Word during our break!

Young Professionals Next Event – The next event for this developing group will be a TinCaps game on Sunday June 17th with a start time at 1:05pm. The plan (weather permitting) is to walk from church to the game. We’ll meet around 12:30pm to go over in a group. We’re planning on purchasing “lawn seat” tickets there at the gate the day of the game. Please contact Chris Darby (cmdarby711@gmail.com) or Pastor Dan (pastordan@emmanuellutheran.org) with any interest and/or questions.

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 – There are only a few time slots left on the scheduling sheets to have your picture taken for Emmanuel’s Pictorial Directory.  If you would like to make an appointment, please call Becki or Jen in the church office at 423-1369.  Also for those of you who had their pictures taken the first week of April and did not order any extra pictures, you can pick up your picture in the Welcome Center.  They are listed in alphabetical order.  If your picture is not there, please call 1.800.521.4611, which is the number for LifeTouch, and they will be able to help you.  Thank you.

Prayer of Thanksgiving for Birthdays – Thank God for the following birthdays, and ask Him to provide peace and fullness of life for those who serve Him.  We thank Him for their faithful example.

 Nancy Murphy

 1825 Laverne Avenue, Apt. 117,  46805



 Stan Payne

 9213 Eagle Creek Court,  46804



 Betty Tonn

 6701 S. Anthony Blvd., Rm 359,  46816



If you wish not to have your name listed, please call the church office, 423-1369.

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, June 11, at 1:00 p.m.   For more information call Lana Hille at the church office at 423-1369.

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 Rd., New Haven. 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, June 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. 

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 – “We celebrate when a mother has second thoughts concerning abortion and keeps her baby. We sing ‘Alleluia’ when an orphaned child once abandoned is adopted and lives in a home filled with the presence of Christ’s love reflected through a mother and father.” Chaplain (Lt. Colonel) Steven Hokana, Assistant Director of Ministry to the Armed Forces (MAF) (LCMS) – Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org