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NEW! Have a favorite “Chrismon” ornament maybe you would like to share? This year we are inviting folks to bring in a religious Christmas ornament to place on our Sanctuary Tree. This is just to share, NOT to permanently donate, so PLEASE put your name somewhere on the back of it so when the season has passed it can be returned to its rightful owner.

Thanksgiving Day Service: Thursday, November 28 at 10 am in the sanctuary.

Looking for gifts for the family—especially the kids/grandkids? THE ELCS ANNUAL SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR will be held here starting November 15 and will run through November 20. The School is also in need of volunteers to help run the fair. Times vary but mainly run during school hours on week days and then 5:00p—7:00p on Wednesday, Nov. 20—the evening of our ELCS Thanksgiving Dinner. Please contact Dee Tilley at to volunteer!

BLOOD DRIVE—November 25: Noon - 4:30 pm. Please be sure to sign-up on the board by the Sanctuary doors today; thank you!

Thanksgiving Church Office Hours: Please note that the church office will be closed BOTH on Thanksgiving Day as well as the Friday after. Normal office hours will resume on Monday, December 2 at 8am; Thank you.

HELP!—Does anyone have a pick-up truck they would be willing to let us borrow to pick up the LWML pecan order when it is ready? Or, would you be willing to drive your truck to pick them up? We are trying to not have to pay shipping. It’s expensive! LWML will pay for your gas! Please contact Barb Schmitz at; thank you!

LWML December Meeting—PLEASE NOTE! Our meeting in December for the Christmas Dinner will on THURSDAY (not Tuesday), December 5 at the Cornerstone Restaurant on Tunnel Road at 5:30 pm. This is a lovely time of fellowship together — please bring a friend and be sure to sign up on the sheet out on the bulletin board as we will need a minimum of 15 attendees to keep the reservation at no additional cost! All Ladies of Emmanuel are considered members of the LWML!

OUR ELC&S ANNUAL THANKSGIVING DINNER! Mark those calendars please for Wednesday, November 20th at 6pm! Please see today’s insert for more details.

November Donation: Items for the Johnston Elementary School Christmas Stockings. Items should be appropriate for grades K-4 that include games, school items (flashcards/colored pencils/sharpeners/small books), winter wear (caps/gloves/scarves) and toiletry type items (hair/tooth brushes) that are gender neutral (NO candy/food, liquids, aerosols, lotions, glass items or war related toys please); thank you.

The Monday Night Bible Study Class led by Jean Stiemke meets at 7pm in room 104.

Handbells and Choir practice on Wednesdays. Handbells meet at 6:30 pm and Choir meets at 7:30 pm - both in the music room. Interested in joining? Contact Dr. Kevin Lorenz at 281-8182 or

Sunday Nursery Service CHANGE We have now lowered the age range to include 2 year olds in our Sunday nursery care (ages 2-5). Spread the word!

Pickleball at Emmanuel! Meets EVERY Friday in the gym from 6pm - 8pm. The door is open to ALL church and school members who are interested in playing this game. Not sure what it's all about? Please call Donny Luke at 828-231-1740 or email him at to find out more; thank you.

Are You Artistically Talented? Many of you are gifted artistically by God—if you would like to do a special occasion bulletin cover please let us know! One will be assigned to you with about a month’s advanced notice. Please contact the church office if interested; thank you!

Help Us Grow: Give Electronically! Electronic giving can keep you on track with stewardship and guarantees uninterrupted support for our church: Give anytime, anywhere to your favorite funds. If you would like to give electronically, please visit our website at and access the donation page from the Giving menu, or you can scan the QR code on the “I GIVE” card in the pews with your Smart Phone; thank you.

Bushwhackers: The Bushwhackers tend to the Emmanuel grounds to keep them tidy and attractive. We gather at 8:00 am the third Saturday of each month and work until noon. We break at 10:00 am for refreshments and fellowship. If you would like to lend a hand to support Emmanuel that does not involve a meeting and get's you into "the outdoors," please give me a call! - Gerry Hardesty: 299-3315 (NOTE: We break November - March.)

Special 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. 

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 Doug Greene at 658-2114.

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.

Check out our Facebook page!  Be sure to check us out!

Nursery: (ages 2-5) 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. 

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

Linus Blankets, sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans  are a group of folks who meet every 2nd Tuesday in the Narthex/lobby from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm, 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.

Volunteer Opportunities in our Community:

>Serving Lunch at the Veteran's Quarters: On the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd 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? Please contact Shelia 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 information on how you can become involved, please contact Linda Carlson at 828-808-9807; thank you.

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!

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 

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. We break during the winter months.

Looking for Weekly Small Group Bible Studies?

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 Margo Rabon, 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!