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OPIOID CRISIS Presentation: "Turning the Tide of the Opioid Epidemic"--here at Emmanuel on Thursday, March 8. A light meal will be held in the narthex from 5:30-6pm. Presentation will begin at 6pm in the sanctuary. For more information, please contact Pastor Michael McFarland at pastormcfarland@elcsmail.org.

NEW—Lenten Coin Folders: Pick yours up today out in the narthex. Coins collected will be used to care for the poor. Please return the filled coin folders on Easter Sunday; thank you.

Enrollment for the 2018-19 school year has begun. The North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship application began February 1. For more info, please contact Principal Beth Meschke at principal@elcsmail.org.

First Communion Classes for 5th Graders and above, will begin on Sunday, March 4 and be held during the Sunday School Hour. First Communion will take place at the 7pm Maundy Thursday Service on Thursday, March 29. For more information, please contact Pastor Michael McFarland at pastormcfarland@earthlink.net.

NEW—Christian Parenting Newsletter! Check out Emmanuel’s new newsletter “Parenting Christian Kids” with informative and fun articles and ideas on Christian Parenting. You can find a paper copy around main office/lobby areas or you can receive it by email. If you haven’t received one yet, please contact the church office to be added. It can also be found under the "About" tab at the top of the page.

NEW-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. 

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

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; thank you.

YOUTH QUAKE: This Annual Youth Retreat will be held March 16-18 in Concord, NC. Deadline for registration is February 10! For more info or to register, contact Nick Black at nblack@elcsmail.org.

30 Hour Famine: This is a Youth sponsored fundraiser to raise awareness of Children going hungry around the World. Come sponsor one of our youth on February 23-24 at Emmanuel! For more information, contact Nick Black at nblack@elcsmail.org.

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.

February ABCCM Donations: Diapers. Thak you for your continued support of this local ministry.

Cooking Classes at Emmanuel: Renowned Chef and Television Personality BIKER BILLY presents: "Gather Around the Table" Cooking Classes to be held on Tuesday, March 20 from 1:45 - 3pm in the Fellowship Hall. It is open to both Church & School families. To register for the class or for more information, please contact ELS principal Beth Meschke at 828-281-8182, ext. 113, or principal@elcsmail.org.

New Facebook Page!  Be sure to check us out!  https://www.facebook.com/Emmanuel-Lutheran-Church-1136956249766517/

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 lisabaldwin4kids@gmail.com

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 fjstiemke@gmail.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 break during the summer months.

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. 

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 churchoffice@elcsmail.org. 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 pastormcfarland@elcsmail.org.

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 pastormcfarland@elcsmail.org. 

Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts meet on Tuesday nights: Boy Scouts at 6:00 pm in the church narthex/lobby area, and Cub Scouts at 6:30 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.

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 algklg@msn.com.

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.

OR……

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 bschmitz@elcsmail.org. 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!