March 17, 2019

PUERTO RICO MISSION TRIP – From May 18-25, a team of nine Emmanuel members will take a mission trip to Puerto Rico to serve at the House of Mercy in Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Mayaguez—our partner church. We need your help to fund this trip! You can help in the three ways described below. Muchas Gracias!
      1. CHICKEN AND PIE –
There will be a barbecued chicken and homemade pie sale from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 17. Andy’s Knockout Chicken will prepare the chicken on site (Union Street)—half-chickens are $7, and for $3 more you get potatoes. Chicken tickets will be on sale in the church office, in Ebenezer Hall after Saturday and Sunday services through March 17, and in the cafeteria on March 17. Homemade pies (made by Emmanuel members) will sell for $10 per pie on March 17.
We are asking for donations of new or “like new” items for our silent auction, to be held March 16 and 17. Item examples include small appliances, small furniture, office supplies, dishes, glassware, puzzles, games, etc. No clothing, please. Items can be brought to the church office through March 15. Then come to the gym before and/or after services on Saturday (16th) and Sunday (17th), view the items, and place your bids!
These are located on the bulletin board outside Brandt Hall (next to Becki's office). Envelopes are marked with different amounts. Simply choose an envelope, put in the amount that is marked on the front, and either drop it off at the church office or place it in the offering plate. The envelopes will be available through May 15. Thank you for your support!

NEW LIFELIGHT CLASS—LAW AND GOSPEL—STARTING MONDAY, MARCH 18.  Dave Kuker will lead the class in Ebenezer Hall from 5:30 until 7:00 p.m. through May 13. Hope to see everybody then!  (Special thanks to Pastor Tom E. Eggold for teaching The Acts of the Apostles.)

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!

ORDERS FOR EASTER FLOWERS TO HELP BEAUTIFY OUR ALTAR on Easter Sunday, April 21, are now being taken. Order forms are enclosed in the March newsletter or can be picked up in the Welcome Center and Ebenezer Hall.  Please fill out the form completely and return it, along with your payment, to the church office. Please make checks payable to Emmanuel Church.  Your flowers will be available for pick-up following the 11:00 a.m. worship service on Easter morning.  Deadline for ordering is Monday, April 1.

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING FOR BIRTHDAYS – Thank God for the following birthdays, and ask Him to provide peace and fullness of life for those who serve Him.  We thank Him for their faithful example.

   Marcie Kohlmeyer

   9802 Coldwater Road, Rm 105,  46825



   Edna Heckber

   3640 West State Blvd.,  46808



If you wish not to have your name listed, please call the church office, 423-1369.

CALLING EMMANUEL ARTISTS! You’re invited to create original art work for a special summer exhibition. As a culmination to Pastor Thomas’s sabbatical, Emmanuel will host an exhibit of original art work in Ebenezer Hall. The art will include pieces Thomas created, as well as contributions from our Emmanuel family and the West Central community. The exhibit is called A New Creation: A Faithful Exhibit of Original Artwork,  and it expresses a theme of renewal and rebirth taken from 2 Corinthians 5:17, "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new has come." For more information, instructions, and entry forms, go to the home page of Emmanuel’s website. Check the dates on the website, talk with your artist friends in West Central, and get busy!

EMMANUEL’S GREETING CARD MINISTRY is up and running once again, and they have a new home!  In the Welcome Center, next to the church pew, is a new cabinet specifically built to house our greeting cards. Cards sell for $.50 each, and there is a place on the cabinet where you can insert your money.  Money received from the sales will be used to buy more cards for this ministry.

LENTEN MEALS – Lenten lunches will be offered following the 11:30 a.m. worship service, and light Lenten dinners will be offered prior to the 7:00 p.m. worship service from 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Both meals will be served in the lower level of Ebenezer Hall. The menu for the March 20 dinner includes: chicken and rice soup, chili, cheese and crackers, PB and J sandwiches, relishes, and brownies.

GRIEF FELLOWSHIP WILL MEET FOR LUNCH ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, at 12:30 p.m. at Hall’s Triangle Park, 310 Trier Road. For reservation(s) call David Linnemeyer at 210-4714. This is an opportunity for those who have experienced loss to gather for lunch and enjoy fellowship with one another.

DOORS INTO PRAYER – A VISUAL FAITH WORKSHOP – Connie Denninger and Patricia Maier, the co-founders of Visual Faith Ministry, will lead us in a "Doors Into Prayer" workshop here at Emmanuel on Saturday, April 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Registration began March 1. Registration and payment deadline is April 12.  Space is limited to the first 60 registrations. For more information on Visual Faith, please visit the website at

SENIOR LUNCH BUNCH WILL MEET ON TUESDAY, MARCH 19, in the lower level of Ebenezer Hall.  Fellowship hour begins at 11:00 a.m. with lunch served at noon. We will have a great opportunity after lunch to prepare for Holy Week by following Pastor Dennis McFadden as he guides us on a virtual tour of the steps taken by our Lord from Palm Sunday through the Resurrection just seven days later.  Please make your reservations by calling the receptionist at 423-1369 or by signing up in the Welcome Center. Cost for lunch is $7.

SAVE THE DATE! VBS WEEKEND – JUNE 21 and 22. Mark your calendars! Friday, June 21 at Emmanuel from 4-7 p.m. and Saturday, the 22, at Emmanuel from 1-4:30 p.m. Closing worship will be part of our Saturday service from 5-6 p.m. More details to come.

SNA WILL MEET ON SUNDAY, MARCH 24, from 6–8 p.m. in the Loft. 

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

GREETING CARDS – What do you do with greeting cards (non-Christmas) that you receive in the mail?  Emmanuel’s Visual Faith Ministry asks you to collect and save them, and then drop them off in the church office by April 15, marked for Visual Faith.  Thank you!

EARLY CHILDHOOD FUNDRAISER – From March 18 through April 8, Emmanuel’s Early Childhood will sell seed packets and flower bulbs for their spring fundraiser.  Brochures containing order forms and information are available in the Welcome Center. At the time of ordering, please make checks payable to EMMANUEL EARLY CHILDHOOD.  The seeds and bulbs make great Mother’s Day gifts. Delivery will be in time for Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 12). Orders may be picked up in the Early Childhood Office on THURSDAY OR FRIDAY, MAY 9 or 10, between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Gwen Kanning at 260-423-1369, Ext. 340. Thank you for your support! 

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.

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY – This ministry creates knitted or crocheted shawls that are shared with individuals with various needs.  The shawls provide comfort and assurance of God’s love for them in the situation 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.

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.

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.

CROSS CONNECTIONS IS SEEKING TO ADD TO OUR AWESOME STAFF OF COUNSELORS! We are looking for a Christian counselor who is Indiana State Licensed and capable of accepting insurance. We offer a flexible work schedule and hours, a great collaborative atmosphere, and opportunities to serve God with the gifts you have been blessed with. If this interests you, please email your cover letter and resume to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

LUTHERANS FOR LIFE – To be pro-life is to show that all life is precious, that the community of faith is there to support and help with every child. To be pro-life is to visit the elderly in the nursing home, to give them the dignity that they have as children of God. To be pro-life is to love the mothers, to love these women who are caught by circumstances, to help them with physical as well as spiritual needs.” Rev. Christopher Maronde, pastor of Saint John Lutheran Church, Decatur, Indiana – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life -

The Calendar of the Church

Monday, March 18
   6:45 a.m. Women’s Devotion Group at Mocha Lounge
 13:30 p.m. Adult Bible Class in Ebenezer Hall
   5:30 p.m. LifeLight
   6:00 p.m. Handbells
   7:00 p.m. School Board Meeting
   7:00 p.m. West Central Neighborhood Association Meeting

Tuesday, March 19
  11:00 a.m. Senior Lunch Bunch
    8:00 p.m. Women’s Christian Book Study

Wednesday, March 20
    6:30 a.m. Men’s Bible Study
   8:30 a.m. Women’s Bible Study
  10:00 a.m. Bible Study
  11:30 a.m. Lenten Service
  12:15 p.m. Lenten Lunch
  12:30 p.m. Grief Fellowship
    3:30 p.m. PALS
    6:00 p.m. Lenten Dinner
    7:00 p.m. Lenten Service
    7:45 p.m. Festival Choir
    8:30 p.m. Chancel Choir

Thursday, March 21
   8:30 a.m. Thursday Guys
   9:00 a.m. Piece Makers
   9:00 a.m. ESM Joint Chapel
 10:00 a.m. Dress Rehearsal for School Musical
   3:30 p.m. Food Pantry
   7:00 p.m. Book Club

Friday, March 22
   6:30 a.m. Men’s Bible Study – Mocha Lounge
   9:00 a.m. Emmanuel Playdate
   1:30 p.m. LLV Bible Class
   6:30 p.m. ESM Musical – Grades 1-5 in school gym

Saturday, March 23
   3:30 p.m. Praise Team
   5:00 p.m. Divine Service

Sunday, March 24
   8:00 a.m. Divine Service with Communion
   9:00 a.m. Moveable Feast
   9:15 a.m. Sunday School and Bible Classes
 10:30 a.m. Divine Service
   3:00 p.m. Emmanuel Connections
   6:00 p.m. SNA in the Loft


Puerto Rico Trip

to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Mayaguez.
May 18-25
Use Donation Envelopes outside Becki's office.
Muchas Gracias!