November 11, 2018

KEEP PRAYING! – As we draw closer each month to the start of the Eggolds’ sabbatical (January-May, 2019), our daily persistence in prayer is critical.  We are all in this together and want God’s best for Pastor Thomas and Sonya and our entire Emmanuel family. Be sure to take home the goldenrod sabbatical prayer handout for November, which highlights the current prayer focus.  Additional copies are available in the sanctuary and the Welcome Center.

CHRISTMAS FAMILIES – Please read the green insert enclosed in the November newsletter outlining the ways you can be involved in helping Emmanuel and Lutheran Social Services families this year.  If you have questions, please contact Lana Hille in the church office at 423-1369.

THE 7TH ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF AND BINGO NIGHT, hosted by Emmanuel’s Senior High Youth Group, will be held Saturday, November 17, from 6-8:00 p.m. in the gym.  Meals (choices include chili, hot dogs, fruit, vegetables, cornbread, drinks, and dessert) are $5 per person ($20 max per family), and Bingo cards are $2 each or 3 for $5.  Bring your loose change and dollar bills to vote for your favorite chili. It’s fun for the entire family! Proceeds support the 2019 Youth Servant Event to New Orleans, LA.  Bingo prize donations may be dropped off in the school office. If you would like to compete in the Cook-Off, please contact Sarah Pennekamp at 260-486-6740 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

BINGO PRIZES ARE NEEDED – We are looking for Bingo prizes for kids and adults. Some ideas are gift cards, movie tickets, candy, golf balls, coloring books, etc.  You can bring your donation(s) to the Welcome Center and place them in the bin, or drop them off in the school or church office. Thank you for your support!

CAREGIVER SUPPORT – Are you currently serving as a caregiver?  Do the needs of a spouse, parent, or child require your attention?  Join others who are experiencing similar demands on time and energy to gain answers, perspective, and support.  We will meet in Ebenezer Hall on Monday, November 12, at 1:00 p.m. For more information call Lana Hille at the church office at 423-1369.

FOOD PANTRY – To meet the  needs of those who visit our food bank in November, 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, November 15, 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. 

EMMANUEL’S BOOK CLUB will meet on Thursday, November 15, at 7 p.m. in Ebenezer Hall.  The book of discussion is “The Other Woman” by Daniel Silva.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  Any questions, please contact Beth Igney at 260-466-5105 or 260-203-9959.

SENIOR LUNCH BUNCHTUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20 – Join us for Lunch Bunch for those 50 and older.  Fellowship hour begins at 11:00 a.m. in the lower level of Ebenezer Hall, and lunch will be served at noon.  Lisa Beaupre, RN and an AARP Smart Driving Instructor, will talk to us about driving safety, including tips and suggestions from her classes for senior drivers.  Please make your reservations by Friday, November 16, by calling the receptionist at 423-1369 or sign-up in the Welcome Center. Cost for your meal is $7.

THE LUTHERAN WITNESS – If you would like to subscribe to The Lutheran Witness, please fill out the form located in the November newsletter and send or bring it to the church office, along with your payment of $19, no later than Tuesday, November 20.

GRIEF FELLOWSHIP WILL MEET FOR LUNCH on Wednesday, November 21, at 12:30 p.m. at Biaggi's Ristorante, 4010 W. Jefferson Boulevard. To make your reservation, call Joan Davis at 438-3876. This is an opportunity for those who have experienced loss to gather for lunch and fellowship with one another.

ATTENTION, YOUNG PROFESSIONAL GROUP: Because of confusion with the current name, “Young Professionals,” this group has been renamed EMMANUEL CONNECTIONS. The purpose of the group is to bridge the gap in Emmanuel's ministry plan between the High School Ministry and Older Adult Ministry. Our goal is to connect and build up members and families who fall into this category through educational, social, and spiritual events. If you wonder whether this group might be for you, please don’t hesitate to contact (email/call) Pastor Dan for more details. This month’s social event will be held in Emmanuel's gym on Saturday, November 17, for Emmanuel Youth Group’s Chili Cook-off. The event will take place after the Saturday night service from 6-8 p.m. For more information, or if you'd like to make chili for the event, see the above paragraph about the Chili Cook-Off and Bingo Night, or check the Youth Board by the church office.

THANKSGIVING WORSHIP SERVICE“Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever” (1 Chronicles 16:34).  Emmanuel will hold its traditional Thanksgiving worship service on Thursday, November 22, at 10:00 a.m. with music from our NewSong and Chancel Choirs.  Please join us as we give thanks to our Heavenly Father for the many blessings He bestows on us each and every day.

EMMANUEL CARD MINISTRY ACTION TEAM – Do you enjoy encouraging people through notes and cards?  If so, consider working with the Card Ministry Action Team to provide support and care for our shut-ins, military, and those in our congregation with special needs.  Prayerfully consider becoming involved in sharing God’s love with someone who will appreciate being remembered. Contact Shirley Kern at 422-6881 or Linda Fremder at 493-8522 for more information.

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.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25–SPECIAL MISSION PRESENTATION - Rev Herb Schumm will introduce The Lutheran Heritage Foundation, which translates and publishes Christian books so people can meet Jesus in a language they understand. This will be the only adult Bible class on that Sunday.  This presentation will be held in the lower level of Ebenezer Hall, beginning at 9:15 a.m.

FORT WAYNE’S 3RD ANNUAL CITY OF CHURCHES TOUR will be held on December 7, from 6 until 10 p.m.  This is an annual evening tour which promotes inner-city churches, historical, cultural, and spiritual values.  Emmanuel Church is once again part of this tour, and we are asking for volunteers to help greet the visitors on the tour.  A sign-up sheet is located in the Welcome Center.  This event is free, and all ages are welcome.

"SING! AN IRISH CHRISTMAS" - We are pleased to announce that Ireland's Keith and Kristyn Getty, preeminent modern hymn writers, are bringing their celebrated "Sing! An Irish Christmas" to our Embassy Theater on December 18.  The Gettys and their Celtic band will be joined by a large community chorus, including the Ft. Wayne Children's Choir and members of Emmanuel and the ESM Select Choir!  Ticket information is available at, at or by calling the Embassy at 260-424-6287.

PRAYER CHAIN MINISTRY – We can confidently approach our God in prayer because He has commanded us to pray and has promised to hear us.  Emmanuel's Prayer Chain is under the leadership of Marsha Sappenfield and Jan Hoffman. 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. We welcome you to join us the second Tuesday of each month from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. in Ebenezer Hall as we encourage one another and work and pray over our handiwork. 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.

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

VISUAL FAITH AT ST. MICHAEL – With Thanksgiving just around the corner, there’s a lot of talk about thankfulness and gratitude, but how do we actually take the time to BE THANKFUL?  Join us Sunday, November 11, from 3-5 p.m. in Luther Hall at St. Michael Lutheran Church (2131 Getz Rd., Ft. Wayne) as we read and reflect on the Biblical story of The Ten Lepers.  Then we will introduce a variety of practical ways for individuals and families to practice gratitude during this busy season. This event is free and open to everyone. We have lots of Visual Faith supplies to share, but feel free to bring your own, as well.

LUTHERANS FOR LIFE – “God adopts. The Gospel is about adoption. Salvation’s story can’t be told apart from adoption. Christianity can’t happen without it  Pharaoh’s daughter adopting Moses leads to the Hebrews ending up liberated. Joseph adopting Jesus sets in motion sinners getting forgiven. Father Almighty offers His Son and adopts human beings for us to have a faith relationship with the Lord God and the hope of resurrection to everlasting life in His heavenly kingdom. No wonder early Christians opened the world’s first orphanages.” - A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life -

The Calendar of the Church

Monday, November 12
  6:30 a.m. Women’s Devotion Group at Mocha Lounge
12:00 p.m. Property
  5:30 p.m. LifeLight
  6:00 p.m. Handbells

Tuesday, November 13
   5:00 p.m. Stephen Leaders
   6:00 p.m. Stephen Ministry

Wednesday, November 14
   6:30 a.m. Men’s Bible Study
   8:30 a.m. Women’s Bible Study
 10:00 a.m. Bible Study
   1:30 p.m. LLV Visits
   5:30 p.m. NewSong
   6:30 p.m. Ft. Wayne Sing Choir
   7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir

Thursday, November 15
   8:30 a.m. Thursday Guys
   9:00 a.m. The Piece Makers
 12:00 p.m. Early Childhood Ministry Family Thanksgiving in Gym
   3:30 p.m. Food Pantry
   7:00 p.m. Book Club

Friday, November 16
ESM Grandparents Day
   6:30 a.m. Men’s Bible Study – Mocha Lounge
   9:00 a.m. Moms and More Bible Study
   1:30 p.m. LLV Bible Class
   1:45 p.m. School Chapel

Saturday, November 17
   3:30 p.m. Praise Team
   5:00 p.m. Divine Service with Communion
   6:00 p.m. Chili Cook-Off in Gym

Sunday, November 18
  8:00 a.m. Divine Service
   9:00 a.m. Moveable Feast
   9:15 a.m. Sunday School and Bible Classes
   9:15 a.m. Festival Choir Practice
 10:30 a.m. Divine Service with Communion


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Thanksgiving Service and Dinner November 22

10 a.m. worship, dinner following