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Taiwan Mission Presentation: LCMS Taiwan Missionary Joanna Johnson will be coming to do a presentation on Sunday, May 21 at 10:00 am during the Sunday School Hour. Please pray for Joanna as she continues to serve in Taiwan asking God to please give her strength as she adjusts to the culture and learns a new language.

Summer Rocks PETER PAN Auditions! Tuesday, May 30 & Wednesday, May 31 from 6-8 pm in the gym. For more info, contact Caroline Marino at 281-8182 x133 or go to the Summer Camp website at

GRADUATES! If you (or your church member child) are graduating from 8th grade, High School or College, please let the church office know ASAP or contact Shari Reaves at; thank you! Graduation Sunday will be Sunday, June 11 at the 11am service.

June 12—16 Vacation Bible School Theme: Maker Fun Factory! Imagine a world where curious kids become hands-on inventors who discover they are lovingly crafted by God. Each day at Maker Fun Factory VBS, kids travel through field-tested rotations that reinforce relevant Bible Points and immerse kids in new adventures. Our VBS camp is FREE and kicks off our Summer Rocks Camp season. VBS runs from 9am—Noon.   Afternoon care services are available for the week of VBS for a fee of $100 per child. For more information or to register, please visit us online at

ATTENTION: Nominees Needed for the 2017-2018 Board of Directors

The Nominating Committee is looking for members to step up and serve on the Board of Directors. We have four open positions. We urge you to prayerfully consider being nominated for one of these positions. Additionally, if there is a member of the congregation that you would like to nominate, please let one of us know so that we can contact them to see if they wish to be on the ballot. The deadline for nominees is June 5th. Please contact Joel Helms or Tom Lukas if God leads you in this direction.


Date: May 28, 2017

Where: Church Sanctuary after 11:00 services

There will be a special Congregational meeting to decide on giving Pastor a paid 6-week leave of refresh and renewal. The Elder Ministry team put together a recommendation to the BoD to give Pastor some time away to refresh, reflect and to have some alone time with God. His time away will be the month of July and the first two weeks in August. Please plan on being at the meeting.

ATTENTION families with children ages infant through 8th gradePlease join us for a catered dinner by Chick-fil-A on Friday May 19th at 6pm in the Fellowship Hall. We look forward to a time of fellowship as well as feedback from you about how our church and young families can grow. This will be a casual dinner with hopefully great conversation. Childcare will be provided. Please RSVP to Anna (Lorenz) Ridgeway at if you'll be attending.

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.

The Bryan Parker Golf Tournament Fundraiser has been rescheduled to Thursday, June 22 with Registration starting at 8am at Reems Creek Golf Course. For more info, please see brochure located out in the narthex or contact Shirley Parker at 828-230-4875; thank you.

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.

May ABCCM Donations: Baby Food. Thank you for your continued support of this local ministry.

MANNA FoodBank: Our NEXT meeting date is Thursday, May 18, 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.

Bushwhackers: Come on out and join us in helping to keep the church and school campus looking nice. We meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 8am-noon. For more info, please contact Gerry hardesty at 299-3315. Next Meeting: Saturday, May 20.

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 bread 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.

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 or 828-296-8328, if you would like to adopt a college student from Emmanuel

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!