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OKTOBERFEST 2017!  Our Annual Church & School Oktoberfest will be Sunday, October 1 after the 11:00 church services. We will provide both German and American food, along with rides, contests, games, cake walk and inflatables for the kids. We are also blessed to have the Mountain Top Polka Band playing live mujsic for us again this year--so be sure to mark those calendars for an afternoon of family fun!

CAKE WALK DONATIONS for OKTOBERFEST: Please consider donating either a commercially purchased or homemade cake (or plate full of cupcakes) for this year's cake walk at our Oktoberfest on October 1. A table will be set up by the Fellowship Hall/Cafeteria doors starting the Thursday before the event. Thank you for making this annual event so wildly succesfful over the years and supporting this PTL School fundraiser!

Leisurites: When was the last time you sat in a classroom? Join us on Wednesday, September 20 at 10:30 amf or a specially arranged visit at our own Lutheran School at Emmanuel. Principal Beth Meschke will welcome us as RAMS for the day! Lunch will follow at the YAO Buffet at 153 Smokey Park Highway. Please sign-up on the hallway bulletin board by September 17; thank you.

Shaggies: Our next meeting time is 5pm Saturday, September 30 at the Ausbrooks home at 64 Bradford Vista, Fletcher. This will be a potluck/cookout. For more info, please call Jennifer Ausbrooks at 989-0405.

The Annual Youth WHISPER MOUNTAIN RETREAT will be October 20-22. Sign-up now! Please contact Nick Black at, OR Shari Reaves at

PECANS! LWML will be ordering more for the season the first week of October, so PLEASE pre-order now! We will NOT be ordering a lot of extras, so there will be o guarantee that we will have much left over after the pre-orders. Sign-up sheets are up on the narthex hallway bulletin board.


>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.


>"Family time Training"  - God calls parents to be the primary spiritual leaders of their children. The Bible tells parents to "teach your children" (Deuteronomy 6:7). This is a meaningful calling and a weighty responsibility! Once parents realize this responsibility, they want to be obedient, but often don't know HOW to teach their children. Join us for this 12 session study that will encourage and equip parents (and other adults) to teach the Truths of the Bible to their children AT HOME using fun and effective family time activities. (Adult Sunday School ) meets at 10:00 am in the sanctuary with Pastor McFarland

>"Martin Luther, He's Our Man!" Children's Sunday School starts on September 10th, at 9:45 am . We will learn all about Martin Luther and his times in order to know why we celebrate The Reformation 500 years after he posted his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. All children, preschool to 5th grade meet Kay Thorp in the fellowship Hall.

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

Reformation Art Contest - Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the REFORMATION through Art!  Contest is open to students AND Adults of Emmanuel Lutheran Church and School! All artwork needs to be submitted for judging no later than Sunday, October 8, 2017. Registration Entry Form must be submitted by September 1, 2017.  Prizes will be awarded on Sunday, October 29 in the following age groups:  Elementary (Grades 2-5); Middle School (Grades 6-8); High School (Grades 9-12); and Adult. For more information on ideas and how to get your work entered using a registration form, please contact Colleen Leyva at or call the church office at 252-1795; thank you.

If you've always wanted to memorize scripture, but have found it difficult, the Internet comes to the rescue. 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.

September ABCCM Donations: Powdered milk. 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

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

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 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

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 

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.

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

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 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.


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 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!