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Family Ministries 

Family Ministries at Emmanuel has a three-fold purpose: Providing fellowship opportunities, care and support in time of need, and service to our community. 

Helping Hands. Through the ministry of Helping Hands, our volunteers are serving members who are in need of meal assistance due to expected or unexpected events in their lives. Helping Hands keeps track of those who are on the prayer list and who may be in need of meals due to these events. Volunteers coordinate these meals through a list of individuals who prepare dishes and bring this food to the church for pick up or delivery. Member--please contact the church office if you are in need of assistance or would like to be a part of this program.

Prayer Network. Through our Prayer Network, we offer the prayers of the congregation up to Our Lord. Communication through the church office keeps the Prayer Chain aware of congregational and individual needs. We have both a phone network and an email network. 

Bereavement Ministry. Emmanuel needs volunteers to organize and provide luncheons/receptions following funeral services. Please contact Shari Reaves at 252-1795 if you can help.

School Interaction. Family Ministries realizes that an extension of our congregation is our student body of Emmanuel Lutheran. With that in mind, Family Ministries reaches out to students at registration, Advent and Lent by the distribution of age appropriate material such as Advent Calenders, pencils, and other materials. 

Connecting Events. Family Ministries co-ordinates annual events that bring together our church and school families, in worship, food and fun activities for all ages. Examples of such events are tubing on the French Broad River, picnics, pool parties, and special meals and receptions! Contact Shari Reaves to volunteer to help at sreaves@elcsmail.org

Adopt-A-College Student. Every Fall, Family Ministries gathers the names and addresses of our members who are either in Military Service or in college and sends these names out for "adoption" to the congregational body. We ask that those who adopt communicate at least monthly with the students or Military personnel, giving them news of happenings at Emmanuel and the Asheville area, "goody boxes," and prayers. The goal is to keep those who are away in communication with our Emmanuel family.

Annual Easter Breakfast. Please join the Emmanuel Congregation as we come together in fellowship for an Easter Breakfast on Easter Sunday. The breakfast takes place in the Fellowship Hall. The ABCCM Cook Team sponsors this event and there is a suggested donation at the door.

OKTOBERFEST! Our latest Emmanuel tradition of celebrating our Lutheran German Heritage with fun filled activities such as a carnival for the kids, polka dancing to live German music--topped off by an evening German food meal. Come join the fun! 

Annual Thanksgiving Dinner. Please join us as we come together in fellowship for a Dinner of Thanksgiving usually held two Wednesdays before the Day of Thanksgiving at 6:00 pm in the gym. The church provides turkeys & hams and we ask members to bring side dishes, desserts, and drinks.

Come Celebrate the Season of Christmas with us! Every year we have the ladies Advent Tea in the gym, the school's K-8 Christmas Program, the Early Childhood Christmas Program, the church's Sunday School Christmas Program and the church choir's Christmas Cantata. We also hold extra services on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm during the Advent season, culminating in 2 candlelight services (7:00/11:00) on Christmas Eve with treat bags for children, and a 10:00 am service on Christmas Day.

Annual Octogenarian Meal! A wonderful way to honor and celebrate our seniors of 80+ years of age at Emmanuel. Held once a year in the spring (May/June) in the church fellowship hall/cafeteria. Adult and youth volunteers serve a very nice free dinner in a different themed setting with music and games each year.

Annual 4th of July picnic. On the Sunday closest to the 4th of July we usually hold only one combined service which is then followed by a picnic out by the picnic pavilion near the field and playground area. Church provides grilled hot dogs and hamburgers and members bring the side dishes. Event usually has live music and games for the kids.

Annual Service of Blessing. At the start of every school year (August), we have special services that recognize and bless ALL our local teachers and school children who go to public, private or home schools. A special picnic follows the late services.

Annual ELC&S "Back to School" Pool Party! This is a church and school connecting event. In August, the Sunday before the Service of Blessing is scheduled, Emmanuel rents out pool time and where we invite church and school families to come out for an evening of food and fun at an area pool. It's a great time of fellowship, reconnecting and sharing summer stories.

Annual Sunday School RALLY Day! At the begiining of each school year, the church marks the start of it's Fall Sunday School/Adult Bible study classes the first Sunday after Labor Day weekend. In the fall, we usually do a church-wide Bible study series that runs about 2 months. As the school/church year continues we introduce several different Bible Study topics for folks to choose from.

 

We are hopeful that this brief overview has increased your awareness of the Family Ministry Service. We would both welcome and appreciate your participation in our Ministry area!