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Thanksgiving Eve Service: Wednesday, November 22 at 7pm in the Sanctuary. 

Annual Ladies Advent Tea: Come join us for this year's tea on Sunday, December 3 at 4pm in the Fellowship Hall. Sign-Up List is located on the LWML credenza out in the narthex hallway near the elevator and stairs, or you can contact Bar Schmitz at bschmitz@elcsmail.org.

Please join the WOMEN OF EMMANUEL for our LWML Christmas Dinner on Tuesday, December 5 at 6pm at the Olive Garden on Tunnel Road. There will be an optional Christmas ornament exchange. Look for a sign-up sheet on the board.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU! To ALL the wonderful VOLUNTEERS who helped out with this year’s ELCS Thanksgiving Pot-luck Dinner! It turned out great and was VERY well attended—We’ve heard nothing but good comments. Thank you so much for making it all happen!—Debbie, Shari & Sheila

Poinsettia Memorials: The 2017 Sign-Up List is up! 36 flowers have been ordered for this Advent Season. Cost: $5 each. Please be sure to put your name and who you are honoring or memorializing down on the list; please pay at time of sign-up; thank you.

Linus Blankets: Our next meeting will be on December 12 at 1:30 pm. We will have a cookie exchange at the meeting. NOTE: There will not be a meeting in January.—Carol Bergholz

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.

YOUTH NEWS:

>Ice Skating: Saturday, December 2.

>Rescue Mission Service Day: Sunday, December 3, at 4pm.

Johnston Elementary School Shoebox Gifts: Please join with us again this year in creating gender neutral shoebox gifts for Johnston Elementary School kids, ages 5-10 (K-4th grades). You can bring in items for Emmanuel students to assembly and create boxes, OR you can create the boxes yourself. You can obtain a list of items needed (or NOT to be included) from any of Emmanuel's office locatons. We will also be placing inserts in the church bulletins and sending some home in school students packets. Deadline for donations this year: Monday, December 11. For more information, please contact the church office at 252-1795, or the school office at 281-8182; thank you.

Confirmation Sunday will be Sunday, December 10 at the 11am Liturgical Service in the sanctuary.

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. 

COMMIT 26 NEEDS:

>Bereavement Meal Support: Help with setting up, sersving and cleaning up of light reception-style meals at Memorial Services or helping prepare a meal for families to take home to help feed family members attending the service.

>Office Help: Do you have a couple ours on a Friday afternoon you could spare? If so, we could use your help with Putting together our church bulletins. We usually meet between 1-3pm. We are trying to get teams of 2 or 3 folks together in order to make it a once a month commitment. Please contact Nancy Sparacino at 231-5130 if you would like to help.

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

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.

November ABCCM Donations: Christmas Shoebox Gifts for Johnston Elementary School. This year's goal: 320 boxes. Thank you for your continued support of this local ministry.

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.

The Schallhorn Monday Night Bible Study is currently studying 1 & 2 Peter and Jude. We meet every Monday from 5pm - 7pm. We would love for you to come join us as we discuss the question: "Do I Want to Grow Up?"  For more info, please call Ed Schallhorn at 667-4112.

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.

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!

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.

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!