January 19, 2020

THIS WEEK’S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS—January 19, “Fishers Follow”: Spotting some fishing boats by the shore of Galilee, Jesus turns Simon Peter’s boat into a floating pulpit. He preaches from the boat and then commands the disciples to put out to fish. Although they had fished all night without a catch, now they find their nets full to bursting. Recognizing his sinfulness, Peter falls down in front of his Savior and Lord, who call him to a new kind of fishing. Ask, “How does God help us recognize our sinfulness? How does He rescue us from our sins?”

2020 CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES ARE READY FOR PICK UP.  They are located in Ebenezer Hall and are organized in alphabetical order.  Leftover envelopes will be placed in storage at the end of January.

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.

Vicki Layman

  3113 Golden Years,  Homestead Dr. 17A
  New Haven, IN  46774



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

SENIOR HIGH YOUTH—9th, 10th, 11th and 12th Graders - EYG will meet for SNA on Sundays, January 19 and 26, from 6-8 p.m. in the Loft.

SENIOR LUNCH BUNCH will meet Tuesday, January 21, in the lower level of Ebenezer Hall.  Fellowship hour begins at 11:00 a.m. with lunch served at noon. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear about vocation through the eyes of our member, Charles Pratt.  Charlie has served as a judicial officer with the Allen Superior Court since 1984. He was elected judge of the Family Relations Division of the court in 1998 and presides over cases involving adoptions, juvenile court matters, and dissolution of marriages.  He is responsible for the cases involving child abuse and neglect in Allen County. He also serves on several state judicial committees and speaks at conferences around the United States. Judge Pratt will discuss the challenges and opportunities for ministry in serving the law as a Christian.  Charlie and Roxanne have been members of Emmanuel since 1985. Please make your reservation by Friday, January 17, by calling the receptionist at 423-1369 or by signing up in Ebenezer. Cost for lunch is $7.

EMMANUEL CONNECTIONS will meet on Sunday, January 26, from 3-5 p.m. in Ebenezer Hall for a study of Revelation. This is a great time to join as we start a new study! Childcare will be provided. On January 31, we will also be getting a group together for an Escape Room. If you are interested in attending the Escape Room or have any questions, please contact Olivia Burns (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Pastor Dan.

PARTNERS IN MISSION – 2020 Mission Trip to Puerto Rico – As we look forward to our September 12-19, 2020, mission trip to Puerto Rico, we are focused on the event’s purpose:  Senior Adult Health Outreach to meet the spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental needs of those who are served. Those who are interested in learning more about Prince of Peace in Mayaguez and Fountain of Life in Ponce are invited to attend an initial meeting on January 26 during the Sunday School hour in the choir room.

GROWTH GROUPS 2020 – Start the new year with a new Growth Group.  A C.S. Lewis book group will start on Saturday, January 25, after the 5:00 service.  The group will meet in the Loft for a casual, relaxed discussion of C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters, or Mere Christianity, if the group prefers.  Eventually, we’ll get to both of them.  All you need to bring is something for a “no mess” potluck for the group, and the book.  A study guide will be used to facilitate the discussion. The group will meet for about an hour and a half every other Saturday through April 18.  For questions or suggestions, contact John Martin at 260-515-3826 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

ATTENTION PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN PARENTS! ESM Kindergarten Information and Enrollment Sessions: Wednesday, January 22, OR Wednesday, February 19, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Getz Road Campus (2131 Getz Road).  Preschool Information and Enrollment Sessions: Thursday, January 16, Getz Road Campus OR Thursday, January 23, Union Street Campus (1123 Union Street) 6:30-7:30 p.m. If you have questions, contact Erin Clark, Director of Admissions, 260-422-6712 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | www.esmeagles.com.  

EAGLES RISE 2020 – Help us make it possible for ESM to continue the work of educating for life and nurturing faith for eternity.  Mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 3, at the History Center, where ESM will host a dinner, an auction, positive stories, and fellowship at Eagles Rise 2020, and help us fund our future!  This event is for parents, grandparents, alumni, and all friends of ESM who would like to know more about our school ministry. Registration opens in January and is available online at esmEagles.com or you can contact Kathy Lash at 422-6712 for more information.  

ESM OPEN HOUSE – SUNDAY, JANUARY 26 - Would you like to learn more about Emmanuel–St. Michael Lutheran School, or do you know someone who might? Join us Sunday, January 26, from 12:00–3:00 p.m. Visit both Getz Road and Union Street Campuses to learn more about your school and all it has to offer to your family and our community. At ESM’s Christ-centered community, students are engaged in a strong academic program to prepare them to be tomorrow’s Christian leaders.  Teachers, administrators, and admissions people will be present to answer questions and give tours.  Invite family and friends to visit and learn more!  

FOLLOW-UP TO OUR SERIES ON THE CHURCH AND MENTAL HEALTH - NAMI Fort Wayne (local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness) offers a lineup of Education Night speakers for January through March 2020. Whether your interest in mental health is personal or professional, these programs offer helpful information and supportive personal contacts. We hope you will consider attending. Programs begin at 7 p.m. at The Carriage House, 3327 Lake Avenue, Fort Wayne, and are free and open to the public.  Reservations are not needed.

  • Tuesday, January 28:  Steve Lee will discuss Genesight, a psychotropic test, the results of which can inform your doctor about genes that may impact how you metabolize or respond to certain medications.
  • Tuesday, February 25:  Tom Weir from the Carriage House Club House will share information about their work support program.
  • Tuesday, March 24:  Stephanie Haynes from Aperion Care Fort Wayne will discuss their Harmony Unit, serving patients with psychiatric needs, including bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, and other serious mental health conditions.

BABY SHOWER – LFL is having a baby shower to promote better health for moms and babies during worship weekend—Saturday, January 18, and Sunday, January 19.  If you are able to help, bring your donation(s) that Saturday or Sunday; or your donation(s) can be dropped off at the church office during business hours the week before. All types of baby items are needed. Over 25 babies in Allen County died last year because they did not have a safe place to sleep. There will also be a door offering, and members of LFL will use the funds to purchase a pack-and-play so a baby will have a safe place to sleep. Your support is very much appreciated.

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.

EYEGLASSES AND HEARING AID DONATIONS – The Lions Club has long been recognized for its efforts in assisting the sight impaired by collecting used eyeglasses.  Not as well-known is their collection of hearing aids and batteries. Our member, Dick Alfeld, has placed a collection box in the church office to gather those eyeglasses, hearing aids, and batteries that you no longer use.  Thank you for your support.

ST. MICHAEL CHICKEN DINNER – You can help support the St. Michael youth’s summer trip!  They are preselling chicken dinners that can be picked up in the St. Michael gym between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Superbowl Sunday, February 2.  Included in the meal is a half chicken, baked potato, green beans and a roll. One dinner is $10, or you can purchase two for $18. Presales run until January 26.  Please contact the St. Michael church office at 432-2033 for payment and order information.

The Stewardship of the Church

Christian Stewardship is managing all of life and life’s resources for God’s purposes


The contributions made to “Emmanuel” support the ongoing mission and ministry efforts of Emmanuel congregation.

Year to Date: $54,508

  Anticipated Need Thru January, 2020: $131,287


The contributions designated for “District and Synod” are sent to the Indiana District of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod and are used for local, national and world mission efforts.

 Last Week: $213

 Year to Date: $525


The money contributed in the “Cup of Kindness” boxes is distributed by Lutheran Social Services to local families who have crisis needs.

 Last Week: $172

 Year to Date: $243


 Saturday, January 11

  5:00 p.m. Worship Service


 Sunday, January 12

  8:00 a.m. Worship Service


 Sunday, January 12

  10:30 a.m. Worship Service






The Calendar of the Church

Monday, January 20
    6:45 a.m. Women’s Devotion Group at Mocha Lounge
  12:30 p.m. 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 in LL of Ebenezer

Tuesday, January 21
  11:00 a.m. Senior Lunch Bunch
    6:00 p.m. Stephen Training

Wednesday, January 22
    6:30 a.m. Men’s Bible Study
    8:30 a.m. School Chapel
    8:30 a.m. Women’s Bible Study
    9:00 a.m. The Piece Makers
  10:00 a.m. Bible Study
    6:00 p.m. Art Club in Ebenezer
    6:00 p.m. NewSong Choir
    6:30 p.m. Festival and Chancel Choirs
    6:30 p.m. Kindergarten Info and Enrollment Session at Getz Road Campus

Thursday, January 23
    8:30 a.m. Thursday Guys
    9:00 a.m. The Piece Makers
    9:00 a.m. Early Childhood Chapel
    6:30 p.m. Preschool Information and Enrollment Session at Union St. Campus

Friday, January 24
    6:30 a.m. Men’s Bible Study – Mocha Lounge
    1:30 p.m. LLV Bible Class

Saturday, January 25
    3:30 p.m. Praise Team
    5:00 p.m. Divine Worship Service 
    Growth Group – C.S. Lewis Book Group in the Loft following the 5 p.m. Service 

Sunday, January 26
    8:00 a.m. Divine Worship Service with Communion
    9:00 a.m. Moveable Feast
    9:15 a.m. Adult Bible Classes and Sunday School
    9:15 a.m. Blood Pressure Screening
    9:15 a.m. Puerto Rico Mission Trip Meeting in the Choir Room
  10:30 a.m. Divine Worship Service
    3:00 p.m. Emmanuel Connections
    6:00 p.m. SNA in the Loft



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  Contact Carolyn Beitz at 260-432-9189.