July 14, 2019

SENIOR LUNCH BUNCH PICNIC – Join us for a fun picnic without weather issues or bugs!  We will meet Tuesday, July 16, at 11:00 a.m. in Ebenezer Hall for fellowship. Lunch will begin at noon, followed by a demonstration by Pastor Thomas of how he creates his block prints.  Ellen will make her special chicken salad and ham salad sandwiches, and Tammy will supply her famous potato salad. Please bring your favorite side dish or dessert. Please also sign up in the Welcome Center, indicating the dish you will be bringing. You can also call the church receptionist at 423-1369 to make a reservation.

GRIEF FELLOWSHIP WILL BE HELD WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, AT 11:00 A.M. at the lake home of Arnie and Kathy Piering, located at Little Otter Lake near Pokagon.  We will meet at 10:00 a.m. in the church parking lot and car pool from there.  To register, please call Marsha Sappenfield at 616-0679 by July 12.  This is an opportunity for those who have experienced loss to gather for lunch and enjoy fellowship with one another.

EMMANUEL’S BOOK CLUB WILL MEET THURSDAY, JULY 18, AT 7 P.M. at the home of Connie LaBrash. The book for discussion will be “The Long Way Home: A Memoir” by Saroo Brierley.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  For questions or directions to Connie’s house, please contact Beth Igney at 203-9959.

EMMANUEL’S 34TH ANNUAL GOLF OUTING WILL BE HELD SATURDAY, AUGUST 10, at the Eel River Golf Course in Churubusco.  Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $70 per golfer, which includes 18 holes of golf/cart, coffee/donuts, snacks, beverages, lunch, and prizes.  This golf outing serves as the sole fundraiser for the Heidbrink Scholarship Fund, which exists to offer financial assistance to young men and women pursuing careers in church work and to provide need-based grants to youth wishing to attend Concordia Lutheran High School. Emmanuel congregation considers quality Christian education a tremendous blessing and a major focus of our church mission.  We strive to make Christian secondary education possible for all who desire it. The Heidbrink Scholarship Fund helps to make this vision a reality. Last year’s outing raised $7,000 for the Heidbrink fund. Please help us exceed this amount in this year’s outing. If you would like to participate and/or be a sponsor for this event, please complete the form that is available on the golf outing bulletin board next to the school office, or you can print one from the home page of this website and mail it to or drop it off at the church. Deadline for sponsorship registration and/or participation registration is Monday, July 22. If you have any questions, call the church office and speak with Becki or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

VISUAL FAITH MINISTRY is hosting two special projects in the months of August and September, from 6-8 p.m. in Ebenezer Hall. Put the dates on your calendar, RSVP, and join us!

August 6 Gathering – Christian Greeting Cards – We will share techniques including embossing, die cutting, and stamping, for making Christian cards.  You will make six cards, such as a thank-you card, a thinking-of-you card, or a just-a-note card. Please RSVP by July 28 to Pam Bryan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 260-433-6895 so we will have enough supplies. A free will donation will be taken at the gathering for this project. 

September 3 Gathering - Keep the Faith Project – Create your own prayer book as a tool to intentionally pray for your children, students, husband, wife, or yourself. This is an easy prayer guide that will keep you accountable for your daily prayer life.  Each day you also may pray for a specific Christian characteristic, like compassion, faith, passion for God. Please RSVP by August 30 to Teresa Davis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 260-385-3038 so we will have enough supplies. A free will donation will be taken at the gathering for this project. 

STEPHEN MINISTRY—Emmanuel's Stephen Ministry offers trained and supervised laypersons, called Stephen Ministers, to provide one-to-one Christian care to individuals facing life challenges or difficulties. A new training class will begin September 24, 2019.  Please prayerfully consider your own gifts and interests and how they match with this ministry.  Sign up in the Welcome Center, or call Lana Hille at 423-1369.

Stephen Leaders are Stephen Ministers with additional training to oversee and direct our Stephen Ministry.  They recruit, select, train, organize, and supervise our Stephen Ministers.  They identify people in need of care and match them with a Stephen Minister.  

Stephen Ministers are the caregivers.  They have been through 50 hours of training in Christian caregiving, including general topics such as listening, feelings, boundaries, assertiveness, and using Christian resources in caregiving.  In addition, their training covers specialized topics such as ministering to the divorced, hospitalized, bereaved, and aging.

Care Receivers are the recipients of our Stephen Ministers’ care.  They are people from our church or community who are experiencing divorce, grief, pregnancy, loss of a job, loneliness, transitions, hospitalization, terminal illness, or any of an endless number of other life situations.  Stephen Ministers usually meet with their care receivers once a week for about an hour for as long as the care receiver will benefit from the relationship.

PRAYER CHAIN MINISTRY – We can confidently approach our God in prayer because He has commanded us to pray and has promised to hear us.  To submit a prayer request, call Marsha Sappenfield at 260-616-0679 or Jan Hoffman at 260-245-6604.

FOOD PANTRY – To meet the  needs of those who visit our food bank in July, 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, July 18, 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 EARLY CHILDHOOD IS HIRING! Emmanuel-St. Michael Early Childhood Ministry is hiring assistants to work with children, ages 2-5, for the upcoming school year.  We are searching for candidates who have a love for young children and a desire to serve. Positions range from 5-20 hours a week. If you are interested, please contact Jennifer Ackmann at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kathy Lash at 260-422-6712.

THE CUP OF KINDNESS BOX can be found in the Welcome Center.  The money collected is used by Lutheran Social Services for families who have crisis needs.

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY – This ministry creates knitted or crocheted shawls that are shared with individuals who have various needs.  The shawls provide comfort and assurance of God’s love for them in the situations they face daily. Prayer shawls are available in Ebenezer Hall for members to share with family or friends who are in need of prayer.  If you take a shawl to someone in need, you are encouraged to pray with them as well.

LUTHERAN SPECIAL EDUCATION MINISTRIES, in partnership with Lutheran South Unity School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, is looking for a full-time resource room teacher.  Applicants should have a valid Indiana teaching license and a certification/endorsement in special education.  Interested applicants looking for more information or wishing to submit a resume are asked to contact Richard Schumacher at 734-748-5253, or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

AFRICAN FOOD FESTIVAL – ST. AUGUSTINE LUTHERAN CHURCH, 3425 Crescent Avenue, invites you to a display of culture, food, and entertainment on Saturday, July 27, from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m.  Come and enjoy a taste of Africa.

DIAPER GIVE AWAY AT ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH - 2313 S. Hanna Street, Fort Wayne, IN, on Saturday, August 17, between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. All are welcome to pick up diapers for their children on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. If you would like to donate diapers for this event, please contact TruLaine Starks  at 260-441-0753, email the church office at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (260)744-1389.

 The Calendar of the Church

Monday, July 15
    7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ESM Basketball Camp
    7:00 p.m. School Board Meeting
    7:00 p.m. West Central Neighborhood Association Meeting - Ebenezer

Tuesday, July 16
    7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ESM Basketball Camp
  11:00 a.m. Senior Lunch Bunch Picnic
    8:00 p.m. Women’s Christian Book Study

Wednesday, July 17
    6:30 a.m. Men’s Bible Study
    7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ESM Basketball Camp
  10:00 a.m. Bible Study
  10:00 a.m. Grief Fellowship – Meet in Church lot to go to Piering’s lake house

Thursday, July 18
    7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ESM Basketball Camp
    8:30 a.m. Thursday Guys
    9:00 a.m. The Piece Makers
    3:30 p.m. Food Pantry 
    7:00 p.m. Book Club

Friday, July 19
    6:30 a.m. Men’s Bible Study – Mocha Lounge
    7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ESM Basketball Camp

Saturday, July 20
  10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Emmanuel Open for Art Exhibit
    3:30 p.m. Praise Team
    5:00 p.m. Divine Worship Service with Communion

Sunday, July 21
    8:00 a.m. Divine Worship Service 
    9:00 a.m. Moveable Feast
    9:15 a.m. Bible Class 
  10:30 a.m. Divine Service with Communion
  12:00-2:00 p.m. Art Exhibit open in Ebenezer





July 14 until September 8
Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sundays, Noon - 2 p.m.