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ELS's 1st Annual Dinner & Trivia Night - Friday, March 31st. Fun, food, fellowship and freebabysitting. Lasagna Meal is at 6pm and all proceeds go to the 7/8 Grade Washington, DC Trip. Cost $15 per person (children under 5 eat free); take-out meals are $10 and $5 for kids under 5. Teams of 8 will compete for prizes: Theme - National Treasure. To register call 828-281-8182 or email Jeff Wegner at jwegner@elcsmail.org.

Bushwhackers resume activities on Saturday, March 18, from 8:00 am to noon. For more information, please contact Gerry Hardesty at 299-3315; thank you.

EASTER LILY MEMORIAL SIGN-UP LIST IS UP! Cost: $5.00 each. Please write your name and name of person(s) wishing to give in honor/memory of; thank you.

EASTER BREAKFAST SIGN-UP LIST IS UP! This year’s breakfast will be hosted by the chefs at ABCCM. Suggested donation of $10/person at the door. WE ASK THAT EVERYONE SIGN-UP IN ADVANCE PLEASE SO WE KNOW HOW MANY TO COOK FOR—sign-up sheets are out in the church and gym lobby areas. 

Reminder--Thrivent Choice Dollars designations are due by March 31! Thrivent members needing more info, please call Thrivent rep. Nathan Mueller at 828-505-4590; thank you.

Mid-Week Lenten Services: Wednesdays at Noon & 7pm. As we celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, we will focus each Wednesday of Lent on one of the six chief parts of Luther's Small Catechism--the summary of our Christian faith and doctrine. Remaining services will be held March 22, 20 and April 5 in the Church Sanctuary.

Men's Campout: Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1 for any adults who are interested. The date coincides with the opening day of trout season, but non-fishermen are certainly welcome. The destination is yet to be determined, but it will be in Western North Carolina. For more information, please contact Kevin Lorenz at 828-775-9389.

RESCHEDULED-ELC Communion Assistant Training: On March 19 there will be Communion Assistant Training after the late services in the sanctuary. All Elders and interested members are invited to attend.

First Communion Classes begin Wednesday, March 15 at 6:00 pm in the narthex. For more information, please contact Pastor Michael McFarland.

WOMEN OF EMMANUEL: Our LWML will be hosting an evening of painting (a picture, not walls) on April 4 (Tuesday). We can only take 12 people, so look for a sign-up sheet on the board across from our credenza. This will cost $25 and may last longer than our usual meetings, but should be lots of fun! Please let us know if you would like to join us!

Leisurites: On Tuesday, March 21 at 10:45 am we will meet at the First Baptist Church for a program given by the AC Reynolds Madrigal Singers. Lunch will follow in their Church dining room at the cost of $3. Everyone, regardless of age is welcome. Please use the Charlotte Street parking lot and entrance. Please sign-up on the narthex bulletin board so we can give them a lunch count.

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.

March ABCCM Donations: Fruit Juice. Thank you for your continued support of this local ministry.

THE 2017 ALTAR FLOWER CHART IS UP! Cost this year is $25 per arrangement. Please be sure to sign your name and write who the flowers are in memory/honor of. So that we may have the funds at time of order, we ask that you please pay for the flowers at time of sign-up; thank you!

NEW ADULT BIBLE STUDY CLASSES:

Pastor McFarland is leading an Adult Instruction Class that can lead to The Rite of Adult Confirmation and Membership at Emmanuel. Class meets out in the narthex during the Sunday School Hour. For more information, please contact him at 423-6517 or pastormcfarland@elcsmail.org.

Romans led by Jon Burroughs and Gil Carlson. Class meets in the Old Computer Lab in the CEC Middle School Building near school office.

Holding Your Family Together led by Scott Hausman. Class meets downstairs in room 104 of church building.

A Man Named Luther - Part I "The Man" led by John Mehrling in the Sanctuary. This study is devoted to Martin Luther - a monk whose Spirit-inspired grasp of God's justification of sinner through faith in the Savior was the cornerstone of the Protestant Reformation.

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.

Lutheran Hour Tract Rack in the Narthex. Tracts are available free of charge which are informative, evangelical, 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.

 

MANNA FoodBank: Our NEXT meeting date is Thursday, April 20, from 1-3 pm at the main building on Swannanoa River Road. Volunteers are to please use the parking lot at the end of the building; thank you. For more information, please contact Doug Greene at 658-2114. 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

 

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. 

 

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

 

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! 

 

Weekly Small Group Bible Studies: please see "Christian Education" under the Ministry tab. 

 

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. 

 

Adult Choir meets on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm in the music room.  We need all voice parts. 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. 

 

If there are members interested in doing some cover art for future bulletins, please contact Pastor McFarland at pastormcfarland@elcsmail.org. 

 

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. 

 

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! 

 

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!

 

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.

 

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 mountainmomma01@att.net or 828-296-8328, if you would like to adopt a college student from Emmanuel. 

 

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! 

 

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/%22">algklg@msn.com

 

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./%22">pastormcfarland@elcsmail.org

 

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.