October 24, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
November Servant Event with ESM and St. Michael: Project 216
In just a few weeks, we will partner with Emmanuel-St. Michael Lutheran School and St. Michael Lutheran Church to help address the issue of hunger in our local community. On Saturday, November 14, members from St. Michael’s and Emmanuel’s congregations are invited to help with this food-packing event through Project 216. Meals will be packed in two shifts in St. Michael’s gym, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced. Overall, between both shifts, there is a need for 128 volunteers. THIS A GREAT WAY FOR FAMILIES TO SERVE TOGETHER.
If you’d like to sign up please click HERE to register. You can also find this link on the home page of this website as well as on our app in the “Upcoming Events” banner.
Camp Lutherhaven Needs Our Help
During the summer of 2020, Camp Lutherhaven lost the chance to serve over 1,000 campers due to COVID-19. This was a 73% drop in camper attendance. Summer 2021 is also likely to be significantly affected by COVID-19. Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Lutherhaven has also had to close its doors to guest and retreat groups from mid-March through June of 2020. This will continue for the foreseeable future.
Because of the retreat and school group cancellations, lost campers during the summer, and an uncertain future, Lutherhaven is projecting a loss of over $300,000 in 2020. This represents 50% of Camp Lutherhaven’s normal total budget.
In response to this crisis, Camp Lutherhaven has reached out to partner congregations with a special opportunity to sustain this shared ministry. Camp Lutherhaven has received a generous matching grant of $50,000 from The Lutheran Foundation to help with the financial challenges associated with COVID-19. This means any gifts given to Lutherhaven between July 1 and December 31, 2020, will be matched 100% up to $50,000.
For generations, members of our church family have benefited from the ministry of Camp Lutherhaven. We are grateful for the good work they do with our families and, as a congregation, we have pledged $5,000 toward this goal. If you would like to add your gift to this pledge, please note the intention of your contribution by writing “Lutherhaven Relief” on the “Other” line of your offering envelope, or by noting the same through an online gift.
New Mobile App for Emmanuel
The Emmanuel App is a wonderful tool for ministry and will put access to worship resources, devotional helps, congregational information, video announcements, as well as our church calendar at your fingertips. The Emmanuel App can be accessed by going to your app store and searching for “Emmanuel Fort Wayne.” Search results will show you the app which features our logo. Once you download the app you can begin using it immediately.
Worship this Weekend
This weekend we will observe Reformation, and Holy Communion will be served in all services. Our regular weekend worship schedule is as follows:
Saturday Evening Divine Service—This service offers a contemporary setting and is held on Saturdays at 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Morning Divine Services—These services are held on Sundays at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. and feature worship in a traditional liturgical setting.
We continue to practice social distancing and encourage mask-wearing during our worship services.
Communion Services on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m.
We are glad to offer online resources for worship and Bible study for those who continue to worship at home, but we also recognize that the internet doesn’t provide an option for sacramental ministry. In order to meet this need, we are offering a special service of Holy Communion on Wednesday mornings at 11:30. This service will honor social distancing recommendations and there will be no singing in the service. If you would like to attend one of these communion services, please register by calling the church office at 423-1369 by noon on the Tuesday before you plan to attend.
Together in Christ,