"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

Pictorial Directory – Another Day Has Been Added! – Emmanuel’s photography dates June 26 – 30 have all been filled, but because we still have members who would like to schedule their appointment, another day has been added, Monday, June 25. Go to Emmanuel’s website at emmanuellutheran.org, click on the icon and the instructions will walk you through the process, or you can call the church office at 423-1369 and Becki will be happy to help you. If that day does not work for you, you can call 1-800-521-4611 and Lifetouch can schedule you at another church that is also taking pictures for their directory.  Not to worry your picture will be sent to Lifetouch for our directory.

Volunteer Landscapers Needed – We are looking for volunteers to assist with the church and school landscaping once a week. Some of the duties would include planting and maintaining flowers and plants, weed removal, landscape design ideas, light mulching, edging, pruning and trimming. Whether it’s for an hour or two, or a half day, your help would be greatly appreciated to help beautify our campus. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Randy Thompson at 260-312-7989 or email him at randy@emmanuellutheran.org. Thank you!

 

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.

 

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.

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.

VBS 2018 – Splash Canyon – 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.

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 – “Would you be willing to take a little bit of time on Memorial Day to do two things? One is to thank God for the successful outcomes of the sacrifices that these graves represent. Our country is a free and blessed place, and our freedom was bought at a terrible price. Second, will you rededicate yourself to sharing the good news of Jesus so that as many people as possible will be rejoicing on resurrection day? As you think about cemeteries, realize that God has the last word: ‘Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt’ (Daniel 12:2 NIV). All Christian warriors will awake soon to new life.” Pastor Mark Jeske, Time of Grace – Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

The Weekly News of the Church and monthly newsletters are available on Emmanuel’s website, www.emmanuellutheran.org.