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Summer Pastoral Assistance: Please contact Pastor Larry Rabon for any pastoral needs at 828-606-9549 or by email at

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 at any time. If you need immediate assistance from 8am-4:30pm, you may contact the school office at 281-8182.

Children's BIBLE SCIENCE Sunday School starts back on Sunday, August 6, at 9:45 am . Meet Kay Thorp in the fellowship Hall to see what you will explore!

Rev. Dr. John Denninger will be here on Sunday, August 13, preaching at 8:30 am & 11:00 am liturgical services. He will have a presentation on the "State of the District" at 10 am in the narthex; refreshments will be served.

The Rev. Dr. John Denninger was elected to his second term as Southeastern District President in May 2015.  Prior to this position he served three other ministries:  Trinity Lutheran Church, Auburn, NE; Campus Pastor, University of Nebraska – Kearney, NE; and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Springfield, VA.   He is married to Connie, and together they have three daughters, all married, with four grandsons.  

The Prodigals will be here Sunday, August 13 in the Praise & Worship service at 11:00 am

Youth Group service project will be Wednesday, August 16, from 5 pm-8 pm. We will be cleaning the tables and chairs in the fellowship hall. Pizza and drinks provided!

Trinity View will be here on Sunday, August 20, in the narthex between services. Stop by and pick up information about their facility. Refreshments served.

Healing Service will be Sunday, August 20 at 1:30 pm in the sanctuary.

ELCS is hosting a School Supply Drive for our neighbors, Johnston Elementary School. You can drop off the supplies to the ELS office or welcome desk between July 22-August 22.

Back to School Pool Party will be on Sunday, August 20th from 7:00 pm- 8:30 pm at the Erwin Pool

The Lending Library Cart has new books available - come check it out!

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 or call the church office at 252-1795; thank you.


If you've always wanted to memorize scripture, but have found it difficult, the Internet comes to the rescue. 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.

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

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

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 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

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 

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 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

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 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 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!