MARK THOSE CALENDARS FOR SUNDAY, JULY 2ND! We will have only ONE Service at 10am followed by a Church Picnic in honor of Independence Weekend. There will be NO Sunday School on this day; thank you.
Summer Church Office Help: Shari Reaves will be filling in for the Church Administrative Assistant during regular office hours during the month of June. AFTER JUNE, however, Shari will only be available after hours in the evening. You can leave a message for her at 674-9234 or email her at email@example.com at any time. If you need immediate assistance from 8am-4:30pm, you may contact the school office at 281-8182.
The Lending Library Cart has new books available - come check it out!
Outreach Singers: We will meet next on Sunday, June 25 at Trinity View at 6:00 pm. Carpoolers - please meet at the church at 5:30 pm. All members are welcome to come join us! For more info, please contact member Doug Greene at 658-2114.
Reformation Art Contest - Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the REFORMATION through Art! Contest is open to students AND Adults of Emmanuel Lutheran Church and School! All artwork needs to be submitted for judging no later than Sunday, October 8, 2017. Registration Entry Form must be submitted by September 1, 2017. Prizes will be awarded on Sunday, October 29 in the following age groups: Elementary (Grades 2-5); Middle School (Grades 6-8); High School (Grades 9-12); and Adult. For more information on ideas and how to get your work entered using a registration form, please contact Colleen Leyva at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 252-1795; thank you.
Circle of Prayer: On Sundays July 23 & 30, come join Rev. Art & Kathy Gillespie in room 104 starting at 10:00 am for a time of prayer. We will pray for our September Consecrated Stewards Experience and for our Emmanuel Church family. Please bring a prayer need; thank you.
APPALACHIAN SERVANT EVENT 2017! This year's mission event will run July 8-19. PLEASE HELP US FEED 60+ TEENS and COUNSELORS! A List of snacks will be posted to the Church narthex/lobby area. Please sign up for a food item(s) and bring in the item you selected to the Church narthex/lobby area where the sign-up list is located. All food donations are GREATLY appreciated! ALSO, we need folks to help prep and serve meals to these kids! Please contact Sheila Edwards at 615-504-0642 or at email@example.com if you can help with breakfast, bag lunches or evening dinner...even if its only some of the time and not the whole stay. Thank you so much!
ATTENTION: Nominees Needed for the 2017-2018 Board of Directors
The Nominating Committee is looking for members to step up and serve on the Board of Directors. We have four open positions. We urge you to prayerfully consider being nominated for one of these positions. Additionally, if there is a member of the congregation that you would like to nominate, please let one of us know so that we can contact them to see if they wish to be on the ballot. Please contact Joel Helms or Tom Lukas if God leads you in this direction.
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.
The iNeighborhood Program is a program designed to identify who your neighbors are and how you can reach out to them. The current activity is to go door to door in Wilshire Park to invite our neighbors to participate in the activities of Emmanuel such as our Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas Cantata. After the first of the year we will identify activities at Emmanuel and invite our neighbors to participate. If interested in participating, please contact Ron Roby at 407-647-3559.
Summer ABCCM Donations: Non-Perishable food & Drinks (adult and baby), diapers, and toiletry items (i.e. shampoos, toothpaste, soap, etc.) Thank you for your continued support of this local ministry.
MANNA FoodBank: Our NEXT meeting date is Thursday, July 20, from 1-3 pm at the main building on Swannanoa River Road. Volunteers are to please use the parking lot at the end of the building; thank you. For more information, please contact Doug Greene at 658-2114.
Bushwhackers: Come on out and join us in helping to keep the church and school campus looking nice. We meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 8am-noon. For more info, please contact Gerry hardesty at 299-3315. Next Meeting: Saturday, July 15.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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 bread 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts meet on Tuesday nights: Boy Scouts at 7:00 pm in the church narthex/lobby area, and Cub Scouts at 7:00 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.
Adopt-A-College Student Program: Barbara Sullivan will be heading up this program to match members with Emmanuel's college students. Just send a note of encouragement to a college student every so often and let them know you are praying for them. Please contact Barbara at email@example.com or 828-296-8328, if you would like to adopt a college student from Emmanuel
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com. 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 every 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 these broken families.
For more information on how you can become involved, please contact Judith Walter at 828-691-4621; thank you!