"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God..."

- Ephesians 2:8

Please refrain from taking food or drinks into the restored sanctuary. Thank you for your consideration.

Moveable FeastPlease join the fellowship on Sunday mornings between services in the gathering area of Ebenezer Hall.  You are always welcome to bring food items for the Moveable Feast through the week and refrigerate or freeze your item(s) in the kitchen on the main floor of Ebenezer Hall. If you have any questions about, please call or text Michele Kausch at 804-1767 or email at kauschmichele@gmail.com.

Cup of Kindness boxes can be found in the Welcome Center. The money contributed in the boxes is distributed by Lutheran Social Services to local families who have crisis needs.

Food Pantry – With the increase in families we are serving and the upcoming need for food for our Christmas families, we are requesting additional donations of canned vegetables and soups, cake mixes, frosting, toothbrushes, cereal, canned fruit, peanut butter, mac and cheese, pasta, pasta sauce, canned juice, deodorant, shampoo, dish and hand soap, toothpaste and paper products especially toilet paper and paper towels. Food donations can be placed in the “Food Pantry” box located in the Welcome Center. Cash donations may be placed in your church envelope and marked “food pantry” on the “other” line. Members may stop by for food any day when the office is open, and the food pantry will be available for those living in the 46802 zip code area on Thursday, November 17th, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the lower level of Ebenezer Hall. If you are interested in helping with this ministry, please contact Carolyn Beitz at 432-9189.

Attention All Experienced and Aspiring Quilters and Crafters! - Emmanuel’s Quilters and Crafters are looking for new members! This group meets every Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m. in the lower level of Ebenezer Hall for quilting, crafting and fellowship. Whether you are an experienced quilter/crafter or you would like to learn, you are welcome to join. If you have questions, please contact Phyllis Tittman at 489-3326. We look forward to seeing you there!

ESM Veteran’s Day/Learning and Book Fair – On Friday, November 11th our students will be observing Veteran’s Day with a joint chapel service at our Getz Road Campus. Later that day, our Learning Fair and Book Fair will be held from 5 - 7 pm at the Getz Road Campus. Come and enjoy dinner while browsing through the projects our students work so hard on and be sure to look at the wide assortment of books for holiday gift giving!

Lunch Bunch – Tuesday, November 15thJoin us with other members 50 and over for fellowship beginning at 11:00 a.m. in the lower level of Ebenezer Hall. Lunch begins at 12:00 noon, and afterwards we will have the opportunity to hear Cindy Thies, a life-long educator, who will talk about her fascination with the lives of our President’s wives. She has produced a documentary titled “Lesser Known First Ladies: making the most of our term.” She will share her stories with us. Reservations are required by signing-up in the Welcome Center or by calling the church receptionist at 423-1369 by Friday November 11th. The cost for lunch is $7.

Grief Support will meet on Wednesday, November 16th at Chops Restaurant at 12:30 p.m. For reservations please call Pat Yeiter at 436-9728.

Emmanuel Book Club will meet on Wednesday, November 16th, 7-8 p.m. in the Brandt Hall Mtg. Room.  The book of discussion: “Morality for Beautiful Girls” by Alexander McCall-Smith. New members are always welcome.  For questions, call Beth Igney at 203-9959. Please Note: Book Club will not meet in the months of December and January.l

Annual Congregation Voters’ Meeting – On Sunday, November 20th, following the 10:30 service, the members of Emmanuel will gather for our annual voters’ meeting where we will vote to approve a ministry budget and elect congregational leaders for 2016. Your attendance at this meeting is important and I encourage you to put it on your calendar. The Voters’ Meeting will take place in the Sanctuary.

Youth News…

Senior High Youth—9th, 10th, 11th and 12th Graders

SNA will meet Sundays, November 6th and 13th from 6-8pm in the Loft.

5th Annual Chili Cook-Off and Bingo – The Senior High Youth of Emmanuel invite you to attend their 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off and Bingo event on Saturday, November 19th from 6-8:30 in the school gymnasium.  Come taste a variety of fantastic chilies!  In addition to the chili, fruits, vegetables, cornbread, beverages and desserts will be provided.  Cost of the meal is $5 per person with a $20 max per family. If you are interested in providing chili/competing in the Cook-Off please contact Sarah Pennekamp at 260-486-6740.  The winner receives a cash prize and his/her name engraved on the coveted Chili Cook-Off traveling trophy!  Bingo for great prizes will follow the cook-off: $2 per card or $5 for 3 cards. All funds raised will go toward the 2017 servant event to Charleston, South Carolina.

Bingo Prizes are Needed – We are looking for bingo prizes for kids/adults. Some ideas are gift cards, movie tickets, candy, golf balls, coloring books, etc. You can bring your donation(s) to the school or church office. Thank you!!

Christmas Families – Please read the green insert enclosed in the November newsletter outlining the ways in which you can be involved in helping Emmanuel and Lutheran Social Services families this year. If you have any questions, please contact Lana Hille in the church office at 423-1369.

New Bible Class Offering at Lutheran Life Villages – Pastor Manfred Fremder will be leading a six week Bible Study at Lutheran Life Villages on 1st and 2nd Peter in the third floor conference room, Independent Living East on select Fridays at 1:30 p.m. The classes will be held November 4th, 11th, and 18th, and December 1st, 8th, and 15th. For more information call Pastor Fremder at 568-1050.

The Rescue Mission is hosting Christmas parties for its residents and we could use your help!  They are looking for volunteers to decorate and/or serve meals. The Charis House Christmas party (for women and children) is Wednesday, December 21 and volunteers are needed various times between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. The Life House/ Restoration House Christmas party (for men) is Friday, December 23 and volunteers are needed between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.  They are also asking for gift card donations from Dollar Tree, Target and Walmart to purchase decorations and party supplies. If you can help by volunteering and/or donating gift cards, please contact Anita Kuker at 260-414-2258.  Thanks!

Lutherans for Life - “All human governments, even bad ones, are actually God’s agents of stability and order. How wonderful when individual Christians and their congregations don't just hunker down and hide in their holy fortresses until judgment day. How wonderful when they get out into their communities and help, clean, repair, and build. How wonderful when their acts of love and mercy, given as freely as Christ’s love and mercy, touch and bless the lives of their neighbors, not just fellow church members. And how respectful when Christians refrain from ridiculing their elected officials, even when they strenuously disagree with them. To love God is also to love your country, you know.” Rev. Mark Jeske, www.timeofgrace.org – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans for Life www.lutheransforlife.org.