May 26, 2019

THE MOVEABLE FEAST – All are welcome between worship services on Sunday mornings in Ebenezer Hall for food and fellowship. Please consider bringing a dish to share – it’s always appreciated!

VBS IS COMING – IT'S A POLAR BLAST! CHECK THE HOME PAGE OF THIS WEBSITE TO REGISTER AND VOLUNTEER. And mark your calendars for Friday, June 21, at Emmanuel from 4-7 p.m. and Saturday, June 22, at Emmanuel from 1-4:30 p.m. A closing worship will be part of our Saturday worship service from 5-6 p.m. Keep an eye out for the donation board.

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.

EMMANUEL CONNECTIONS WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE THAT CAME TO HELP spread mulch and beautify our church grounds. It was greatly appreciated! We will meet again to finish our study of Family Vocation on Sunday, June 23, from 3:00-5:00 p.m.. We will go over chapters 14-17. On Sunday, June 30, we will attend the Tin Caps game in the afternoon. We will meet at church at 2:15 p.m. and walk to the stadium as a group. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Dan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Olivia Burns (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

VISUAL FAITH MINISTRY will meet on Tuesday, June 4, from 6-8 p.m. in Ebenezer Hall. Come and spend some time in community praying Scripture or journaling in your Bible. How do we train our spirit to pray? It takes practice! No prior skills needed. Materials supplied, but bring your Bible. Enjoy the gift of time to pray, listen, and bless others. Join us and bring a friend!

PRESCHOOL IS ENROLLING NOW! - Emmanuel-St. Michael Lutheran School Early Childhood Ministry is now enrolling students ages 2-5 for the 2019-2020 school year.  Classes are beginning to fill, so call and schedule a visit today. Early childhood program information can be found in Ebenezer, at, or by contacting Jennifer Ackmann at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Come and experience the ESM difference!

THE MONDAY MORNING MOTIVATION GROWTH GROUP IS TAKING A SUMMER VACATION. Our last meeting was Monday, May 20, and we will resume August 12. Watch this space, or sign up for the Growth Group Newsletter, to stay up to date with this and all Growth Group news and updates.

CHURCH NURSERY – Emmanuel’s Church Nursery is in need of volunteers for our 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. worship services on Sundays.  Please consider volunteering for our little ones as their parents worship. There is also a TV in the nursery so you can access the church service and listen while you care for our littlest members. Please contact Angela Chamberlin at 260-710-2274 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information/to volunteer.  Thank you.

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.

FOOD PANTRY – To meet the  needs of those who visit our food bank in June, 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 20, 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. 

ATTENTION, PAINTERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, GRAPHIC DESIGNERS, SCULPTORS, FIBER ARTISTS, AND…? The art show is coming! We’re celebrating Pastor Thomas’s return from sabbatical with an exhibit of original art in Ebenezer Hall. Some of the work will be pieces Pastor Thomas created, but we also want to exhibit art from you, our Emmanuel family, and the West Central community. The exhibition is called A New Creation: A Faithful Exhibit of Original Artwork, and it expresses a theme of renewal and rebirth: "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new has come." Check the home page of our website for more information, instructions, and entry forms.

EMMANUEL-ST. MICHAEL LUTHERAN SCHOOL IS SEARCHING FOR QUALIFIED CANDIDATES to fill a number of part-time teaching and assistant positions in our early childhood program.  If interested, application forms are available in ESM's school office, located at 1123 Union Street. To request a form by email, contact Kathy Lash at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

THE LION’S CLUB IS ACCEPTING DONATIONS of eye glasses, hearing aids and hearing aid batteries.  You can place your donations on the counter in front of Becki’s desk in the church office.  Thank you for your support.

JOIN US FOR THE 11TH ANNUAL CROSS CONNECTIONS GOLF OUTING taking place Friday, June 28, at Brookwood Golf Club, 10304 Bluffton Road, Fort Wayne.  This will be a scramble format with all funds raised going directly to support the ministry at Cross Connections.  Registration deadline is June 21, and the cost is $75 per golfer/$300 per foursome.  Special offer for those that register before June 5: you will receive $5 off per golfer!  Registration starts at 10:30 a.m., with lunch at 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. shotgun start.  Please call Jen or Jim at 260-373-0213 or visit the Events page on our website, for sponsorship and registration information.  We hope to see you there!!

The Calendar of the Church

Monday, May 27 – MEMORIAL DAY
No School or Daycare
Church Office Closed

Tuesday, May 28
   6:00 p.m. Stephen Ministry

Wednesday, May 29
   6:30 a.m. Men’s Bible Study
 10:00 a.m. Bible Study
   5:30 p.m. NewSong Choir
   7:00 p.m. Chancel Choir

Thursday, May 30 – The Ascension of Our Lord
   8:30 a.m. ESM Awards in Church
   8:30 a.m. Thursday Guys
   9:00 a.m. Piece Makers
   1:00 p.m. Closing Chapel
   2:05 p.m. Getz Road Campus Dismissal
   2:20 p.m. Union St. Campus Dismissal
   7:00 p.m. 8th Grade Graduation Service at St. Michael Church

Friday, May 31
   6:30 a.m. Men’s Bible Study – Mocha Lounge

Saturday, June 1
   3:30 p.m. Praise Team
   5:00 p.m. Divine Worship Service with Communion

Sunday, June 2
   8:00 a.m. Divine Worship Service
   9:00 a.m. Moveable Feast
 10:30 a.m. Divine Service with Communion



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Friday, June 21, 4-7 p.m.
Saturday, June 22, 1-4:30 p.m.
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