January 23, 2021
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Next Sunday, January 31, Emmanuel will host a Mission Sunday presentation highlighting the many ways our congregation is involved in missions. From the work we do in our neighborhood to the support we provide to missionaries around the world, our congregation is committed to an approach to missions that puts Acts 1:8 into action. Pastor McFadden will begin our mission presentation by offering a Biblical foundation for missions, after which our leaders will give a detailed overview of missions at Emmanuel including:
- Emmanuel’s Food Bank: Dick Shively
- Lutherans for Life: Carolyn Beitz
- LWML: Joyce Schumm
- Lutheran Heritage Foundation: Herb Schumm;
- Missions Task Force: Cornelia Schulz
- Short Term Mission Project Opportunities: Tina Bruce
This presentation will take place in the gym at 9:15 a.m. next Sunday.
One of the local ministries Emmanuel supports is The Shepherd’s Hand Community Outreach Center. The Shepherd’s Hand began as a community outreach initiative of Shepherd of the City Lutheran Church. This ministry meets the needs of the people in their surrounding neighborhood through education, health and life wellness programs, and events. Deaconess Rachel Jaseph serves as the Executive Director of The Shepherd's Hand Community Outreach Center and recently sent the following note of thanks to Emmanuel:
“Your support means so much to us and the families we serve in Jesus’ name. Thank you for being one of our partner congregations. Your generosity, participation, and support will make it possible for our health and education programs to make a difference in the lives of even more families in 2021.”
If you would like more information about volunteering at The Shepherd’s Hand, please visit their website at this link.
Worship this Week
This weekend, Holy Communion will be served in the 8:00 a.m. service. We continue to practice social distancing and encourage mask-wearing during our worship services.
Special Communion Services in 2021
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 continue to offer a special service of Holy Communion on Wednesday mornings at 11:30 a.m. In the coming months, we anticipate a return to normalcy in our worship practices. Until that time, we will offer a communion service at 12:30 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of each month in addition to the Wednesday services at 11:30 a.m. We will evaluate this plan on a monthly basis. For all of these special services, social distancing recommendations will be followed, face coverings will be required, and there will be no singing. 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,
Pastor Eggold and Pastor Sheafer