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The ministries at Emmanuel happen in large part because of one thing: volunteers!

compassion-large.jpgWhen you use your gifts and passions to serve others, it honors God and allows our church to thrive. From welcoming guests to mentoring children and teens, there's a place for your unique contribution. And when you step up to serve, God can use you in ways you never expected. Serving not only honors God, but also allows great relationships to develop. 

Consider taking next steps to get involved. For compassion related serving next steps or other church wide serving opportunities, the next step is yours. 



Ministry Team Coordinators 

Parish Admin and Finance

David Meyer

Jeanine Helms


Rich Baldwin


Katie Wenger

Child Spiritual Care & Growth

Kay Thorp

Family Ministry

Anna Ridgeway

Mission/Outreach Steve Taylor

Worship & Music

Dr. Kevin Lorenz

Adult Sunday School

Pastor McFarland

Altar Guild

Martha Greene

School Ministry

Ed Schallhorn

Elders Team: Rich Baldwin (leader), Martha Greene, Susan Roby, Doug Piercy, Gil Carlson, Christi Lorenz, Joel Helms, Rich Bair, Martha Martin, Barb Conklin and John Mehrling


Ways YOU can touch a life with the Gospel of Jesus Christ:

Adopt a Shut-in family to offer Christian Care. Please contact Pastor McFarland at for more information.

Adopt a College Student while they are away from home.  Occasionally mail letter/card or small packages with words of encouragement and letting students know of current news at home and to let them know they are being thought about and prayed for. Please contact Katie Wenger at

Bereavement Ministry--help with putting together bereavement receptions/meals for families who have just lost a loved one, or church receptions that mark special occasions. Contact the church office at 252-1795 or Shari Reaves at

Donate to ABCCM's monthly food collection.

Linus Blankets: Come join us the second Tuesday of every month in the narthex at 1:00 pm to make fun and easy blankets for local kids' charities. You'll love it! Please contact Carol Bergholz at 828-275-7766 for more information. This group is sponsored by Thrivent for Lutherans.

The ABCCM Medical Ministry provides health care services for the uninsured and underinsured people of Buncombe County. Medical, dental, pharmacy, specialty and other support services are available.For more information, please contact them today at 259-5300.

Come Read to Our Early Childhood Children! If you would like to volunteer for this ministry, please call Caroline Marino at 281-8182, ext. 133-thank you!

The ABCCM Shelter Ministry provides temporary emergency shelter for individuals and families who need a temporary safe-haven before moving back into the community. For more information, please contact them at 259-5300.

Veteran Shelter Meals: On the first, second, and third Monday of every month, we provide lunch for the local ABCCM Veteran's Restoration Quarters.  Want to help cook and/or serve? Please contact Sheila Edwards at 615-504-0642. We also do a meal every third Wednesday at 6:00 pm for the women and children's Steadfast House. For more info on the Steadfast House, please contact the church office at 252-1795.

The ABCCM Jail/Prison Ministry brings hope and direction to prisoners seeking to re-enter the community in a safe and responsible manner. For more info, please call ABCCM today at 259-5300, thank you.

Helping Hands: Provides meals to members/staff experiencing a temporary medical problem who need additional assistance during their recovery. If you know of a need, please contact the church office at 828-252-1795, or Colleen Leyva at 828-777-5026.

The Outreach Singers sing for local nursing home facilities, rescue missions and prison ministries once a month from April through October of every year. For more information, please contact Doug or Martha Greene at 658-2114.

MANNA FoodBank: On the third Thursday of every month from 1pm-3pm, a group of volunteers go the FoodBank and help sort out and stock the food donations that come in to the facility. If you would like to help, please contact Cindy Piercy at 828-280-3900.

Vacation Bible School: Every summer we kick off our summer camp program with VBS. It's a wonderful, fun and creative way to share the Gospel with the children in our local community. We need help with food, arts and crafts, classes, etc. Each year has a new cretive them that keeps the kids interested and excited to return and attend the next year. If you are interested in helping out with this year's VBS program, contact Caroline Marino at 828-281-8182, ext 133.

Servant Event: The LCMS Appalachian Servant Event is an 11 day long mission service event that's hosted here at Emmanuel where 50+ high school and college age kids come to serve the local Appalachian community that live in rural areas who are in need of septic systems, wells, handicap ramps, roof repairs, painting, etc. We need volunteers to help feed these wonderful hardworking people! If you would like to help in the kitchen or donate some food supplies, please contact Sheila Edwards at 615-504-0642.

Ministry to the Children of Johnston Elementary School: Over the academic year, our Church and School, working in coordination with Johnston Elementary School leadership, will work to enrich the children's lives through the collection of needed school and personal items. To find out about what we are currently collecting and how you can help, please contact the church office at 252-1795.


Choir Rehearsals are on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm. Please contact Kevin Lorenz at 252-1795, ext. 135 for more information. We break for the summer and resume again in the fall.

Handbell Rehearsals are on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. Please contact Kevin Lorenz at 252-1795, ext. 135 for more information. We break for the summer and resume again in the fall.

The Stiemke Small Group meets at 7:00 pm in room 104. For more information, please contact Jean Stiemke at 299-1534. We break for the summer and resume again in the fall.

Pastor's Small Group Meetings are at 12:45 on Mondays and Wednesdays in the church narthex. For more information, please contact Pastor at

East Asheville Small Group Study meets at 7:00 pm on Monday at the home of Gerry and Peg Hardesty and is led by Ed Nordmeyer (call Ed Nordmeyer at 512-789-1314 for directions).

Schallhorn Small Group Study meets on Monday evenings at 5:00 pm at the Schallhorn home (call 667-4112 for directions). We break during the summer months.

LWML meets on the first Tuesday of the month in church mtg room 104. For more information, contact Barb Schmitz at 255-7861. We break during the summer and resume again in the fall.

Bushwhackers is a group that helps keep up our church and school grounds. We meet every third Saturday from 8:00-noon of every month (except the coldest winter months--start back in March). We still need more volunteers--please prayerfully consider joining us in this project of love for our church as well as for some great fellowship time. For more information about becoming involved, contact Gerry Hardesty at 299-3315.