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REMINDER - Lenten Coin Folders: Please return filled coin folders; thank you.

Leisurites: We will meet next for lunch at the PISGAH VIEW RANCH on Tuesday, April 17. Please plan to arrive by 11:45.  The address is 70 Pisgah View Ranch Rd—directions are available. This will be a “chicken pot pie” lunch.  Please sign-up on the narthex hallway   bulletin board and invite someone to join us.

Living The Abundant LIFE: New Adult Christian Classes - Thursday Evenings from 6-7:30 pm starting April 19 and running through May 31.  Come learn, get involved, have fellowship time and enrich your life with the following adult spring classes offered at Emmanuel Lutheran School:

  • Financial Peace University: this class will help you take control of your money, plan for your future, and transform your life.
  • Drawing on the Word: This class will enhance your study of God’s Word through Bible drawing, coloring and painting.

To register, please contact Ms. Elizabeth Meschke at principal@elcsmail.org. These classes are FREE of charge!

New: 2-Part Sunday Adult Bible Study class on great leaders of the Reformation will be held on Sunday, April 15 & 22. Class will be led by John Mehrling and held in the science lab of the middle school building.

ALL Women of Emmanuel: There will be a Spring Rally on Saturday, April 21, beginning at 8:30 am. We would love to have you join us! There will be a communion service, “artistic Bible study,” and luncheon. Registration forms are on the LWML credenza, or ask Barb Schmitz or Carole Williams. The cost is $10. There will be a COLLECTION OF ART SUPPLIES for hospitalized children, as our in-gathering. For more info, please contact Carole Williams at carolegwilliams@gmail.com.

Outreach Singers will resume on April 29 where we will sing at Emerald Ridge at 2pm. Carpoolers: please meet in the church parking lot at 1:30 pm. For more info or to join, please contact Doug or Martha Greene at 658-2114.

Our next Service of Healing will be held on Sunday, April 29 at 1:30 pm in the Sanctuary.

YOUTH EVENT – Night of Worship!  Saturday, April 14 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Hickory, NC. Our Youth Band will be performing. To register or for more info, please contact Nick Black at nblack@elcsmail.org.

Enrollment for the 2018-19 school year has begun. The North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship application began February 1. For more info, please contact Principal Beth Meschke at principal@elcsmail.org.

NEW—Christian Parenting Newsletter! Check out Emmanuel’s new newsletter “Parenting Christian Kids” with informative and fun articles and ideas on Christian Parenting. You can find a paper copy around main office/lobby areas or you can receive it by email. If you haven’t received one yet, please contact the church office to be added. It can also be found under the "About" tab at the top of the page.

NEW! ELS SUMMER ACADEMY!  Academic Camps are being offered this summer for rising 5th grade through 8th grade. ELS will be offering programs in Science, Math, Writing, Technology, History, Sports, Art, Drama, Cooking and Leadership. All camps are $125 per week and run from 9am - 12pm, with the exception of Sports (1-3pm). Camps will run from June 18-29 and July 23-August 3. For expanded course descriptions or questions, please go to www.emmanuellutheranschool.org or contact Principal Beth Meschke at 828-281-8182, or principal@elcsmail.org; thank you.

SUMMER ROCKS CAMPS!  This year's camps run June 11-August 10, starting with Vacation Bible School. This year's dramma production will be "Alice in Wonderland."  We have a wide variety of week-long camps to choose from. Check them all out at www.summerrocks.org!  Registration begins April 9. Camps are for ages Preschool through rising 6th graders. Camps for rising 1st graders through 6th graders mostly run from 9am-noon. Before and after care for this age group is available for an additional cost. Questions? Contact Director Caroline Marino at 828-281-8182 x133, or cmarino@elcsmail.org

NEW-Birthday Card Program: We thought it might be nice to send our members celebrating nonagenarian birthdays (age 90-99) birthday cards for their accomplishment! If you would like to participate, please check the church bulletins or newsletter for names of those celebrating a 90+ birthday. Please check the online church directory, your printed directory or call the church office for addresses. 

The Lending Library Cart has new books available - come check it out! If you are a history buff, you may enjoy "John Frederick: The Magnanimous." He was a defender of Martin Luther and Hero of the Reformation. "The Gates of Hell" presents sermons and essays which testify to the power of Christ's promise to defend His church. A powerful read. "Embracing Godly Character" deals with how the Christian Community can respond to a Godless Culture. The author writes a compelling call to action for pastors, teachers, leaders and parents as they support God's children in living in a godly way in an ungodly culture. "The Love Bridge" brings smiles of thanks from the very young to those who celebrate many years of thanks-living. A must read! - The Resource Center Committee

MANNA FoodBank Volunteers are greatly needed! We meet the 3rd Thursday of every month from 1-3pm to help sort and box food/cleaning items for the distribution to those in need in our community. For more info, please contact Cindy Piercy at 828-280-3900; thank you.

If you've always wanted to memorize scripture, but have found it difficult, the Internet comes to the rescue. Memverse.com is a web based tool that lets you choose scriptures of interest and then guides you through the process of memorization. It's an amazingly powerful tool! If you do sign-up, please make sure you add "Emmanuel Lutheran" as your church affiliation under your account profile. This way we can grow together in our knowledge of God's Word.  Questions? Call Scott Hausman for more info at 450-9188.

April ABCCM Donations: Vegetable Oil. Thank you for your continued support of this local ministry.

New Facebook Page!  Be sure to check us out!  https://www.facebook.com/Emmanuel-Lutheran-Church-1136956249766517/

Nursery: (ages 3-5) open 10:45-12:15 for the 11:00 services. Nursery is located in room 106—which is downstairs in the hallway below the sanctuary across from the trophy case next to the ECE Director's office. 

Name Tags: If you do not currently have a name tag, please let the church office know so we can get one made for you—thank you.

Hospitality Opportunity! Please sign-up to make coffee and/or provide refreshments for the 11am Praise & Worship Service (gym). Please call Lisa at 243-6590 or send date you can sponsor the hospitality table to lisabaldwin4kids@gmail.com

Monday Night Bible Study: This group led by Jean Stiemke has resumed on Mondays at 7:00 pm in the Media Center.  Come join us for this fascinating study. Have questions? Please contact Jean Stiemke at 828-299-1534 or fjstiemke@gmail.com.

Linus Blankets, sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans  are a group of folks who meet every 2nd Tuesday in the Fellowship Hall who make special blankets for children going through some form of crisis or tragedy, such as hospitalizations, accidents, fires, etc. They are VERY simple to make and are a lot of fun so come join us! For more information, please contact Carol Bergholz at 686-3383.

Lutheran Hour Tract Rack in the Narthex. Tracts are available free of charge which are informative, eveangelical, and comforting. Please take a moment to examine the different tracts. May they be a blessing to you and to those that you share them with.

The Adult Choir meets on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm in the music room. We need all voice parts. Please contact Kevin Lorenz if you have any questions. We break during the summer months.

The Emmanuel Ringers, our handbell choir, meets on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm in the music room. If you would like to ring with us and have not participated before, please contact Kevin Lorenz. We break during the summer months. 

Updated Emails: As people often change email addresses, please check the directory to see if we have your most current email address (or have one at all). Please submit corrections or additions to churchoffice@elcsmail.org. Thank you!

Want to learn more about the Christian Faith? Classes are offered for youth and adults alike to help you learn the basic teachings of the Christian faith. For more information, please contact Pastor Michael McFarland at pastormcfarland@elcsmail.org.

Membership: If you or your family would like to learn more about Emmanuel or are interested in becoming a member, contact Pastor McFarland at 828-252-1795, or pastormcfarland@elcsmail.org. 

Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts meet on Tuesday nights: Boy Scouts at 6:00 pm in the church narthex/lobby area, and Cub Scouts at 6:30 pm in the church Fellowship Hall. Boy Scouts, one of the traditional membership divisions of the BSA, is available to boys who have earned the Arrow of Light Award and are at least 10 years old, or are 11 years old or have completed the 5th grade but not yet 18 years old. The program achieves the BSA's objective of developing character, citizenship, and personal fitness. For younger boys, we also have a Cub Scout troop. If you would like to join our troops, please contact the church office at (828) 252-1795.

The Mission and Outreach Singers were formed 12 years ago as an outreach ministry of Emmanuel. They go to area Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities, Prisons and Shelters. Monthly visits to different facilities are scheduled where they share scripture, have prayer and pass out devotional booklets. Members find that while they go to be a blessing, they always come away feeling that they are the ones who were blessed.  To find out more, contact Doug Greene at 658-2114.

Weekly Small Group Bible Studies: please see "Christian Education" under the Ministry tab.

Prayer Ministry: Here at Emmanuel, we are a praying congregation. We pray for those who are suffering, be it physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually, for members of our church, friends, neighbors, our community and for our nation. We also pray for our spiritual leaders and the leaders of our local, state and national governing bodies. If you would like be a part of our prayer ministry through one of our prayer chains (phone & email), or in some other capacity, please contact Rev. Gillespie at algklg@msn.com.

Simply Giving. If you would like your tithes and/or offerings to be given through “direct deposit,” please see Jerry McMahan, our Financial Secretary. This program enables us to keep our Lord’s gifts as our first gifts

Help Our School Earn Free Equipment and You Could Win Free Groceries and an iPod Nano®. The more you shop at BI-LO, the more chances you have to win. Log on to www.bi-lo.com to register your BI-LO BONUSCARD® for our school. Our school code is 54007. This will automatically earn credit for our school, and earns you an additional entry each time you shop using your card. If you do not have a card, you can sign up for one at any BI-LO location.

OR……

Do you have an INGLE’S CARD? If so, you can also use THAT to help our school!! If you want to link your card to Emmanuel or need to re-link it (this needs to be done each year!), please contact Barb Schmitz. You can email her at bschmitz@elcsmail.org. Remember, we need ALL 12 numbers on the back of your card, even the small one at the end!

 

Volunteer Opportunities in our Community:

--Serving Lunch at the Veteran's Quarters: On the 1st, 2nd, 3rd (and 5th) Monday's of ever month, folks at Emmanuel provide lunch for the men at our local Veteran's Shelter on Tunnel Road. Want to help? COntact Sheila Edwards at 615-504-0642; thank you.

--Serving Dinner at the Steadfast House: This ministry serves Women and Children who are coming out of abusive relationships. Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, folks from Emmanuel serve an evening meal for those broken families. For more infomration on how you can become involved, please contact Judit Walter at 828-691-4621; thank you!