"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

December 24 – Christmas Eve  falls on a Sunday this year, and because of this we will have only one morning worship service that will begin at 10:00, along with the celebration of Holy Communion.  There will be no Sunday School or Bible Classes.  Christmas Eve services will be held at their regular times: 7:00 p.m. for our Family Service and 11:00 p.m. for our Candlelight Service.  New Year Eve’s also falls on a Sunday, but we will have our regular scheduled services  at 8:00 and 10:30 am. with the celebration of Holy Communion at the 8:00 service.  There will be no Sunday School, but there will be a Bible class to hear Deaconess Christel Neuendorf share her experiences serving the Lord in Latin America and the Caribbean.  Our New Year’s Eve service will be held at 7:00 p.m. with the celebration of Holy Communion.


The Moveable Feast – All are welcome between worship services on Sunday mornings in Ebenezer Hall for food and fellowship!

Our "New" Church Nursery - If you would like to volunteer in the nursery during one worship service in November or December, contact Becki Elonzae at 423-1369 or becki@emmanuellutheran.org.

Caregiver Support – Are you currently serving as a caregiver? Do the needs of a spouse, parent or child require your attention? Would you like opportunities to talk with other caregivers? Join others who are experiencing similar demands on time and energy to gain answers, perspective and support. We will meet in Ebenezer Hall on Monday, Dec. 11 at 1p.m. For more information call Lana Hille at the church office at 423-1369.

Bed Needed – We have been made aware of an adult individual in need of a twin bed. If you have one that you wish to donate, please call Lana Hille at 423-1369.

Senior Lunch Bunch—Join us on Tuesday, December 19th for our Christmas worship service followed by lunch. We will begin in the sanctuary at 11:00 a.m. for our worship service with the celebration of Holy Communion. We are blessed with music from our preschoolers prior to the service. Afterwards we will move to the lower level of Ebenezer Hall for the rest of our time together and our meal. Reservations may be made by Friday, December 15th, by calling the receptionist at 423-139 or by signing up in the Welcome Center. Cost for lunch is $7.

Grief Support will not meet in December.

Emmanuel Book Club will not meet in December or January, but will resume again on Thursday, February 15.

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.

Electronic Giving with Joyful Response – If automatic withdrawal giving from one of your existing bank accounts would be a helpful stewardship tool for you, please contact our Office Manager Becki Elonzae (423-1369) for information on setting up this free service through the “Joyful Response” program sponsored by the Lutheran Church Extension Fund.  

Food Pantry – With the addition of our Christmas families, we are requesting additional donations of canned vegetables, soups, cake mixes, frosting, tooth brushes 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, December 21, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the lower level of Ebenezer Hall. Servers are needed to help with the food distribution. If you are interested in helping with this ministry, please contact Carolyn Beitz at 432-9189.

Save the Date for ESM’s Kindergarten Information and Enrollment Sessions to be held on Sunday, January 21 at 12 noon OR Thursday, February 22 at 6:30pm. Both sessions will be at the Getz Road Campus - 2131 Getz Road. Learn how ESM might serve you as you seek the best education for your family, visit classrooms, meet teachers and parents, and receive enrollment materials.   Future students enjoy an activity with teachers.  Childcare provided for siblings. QUESTIONS? – Contact Erin Clark, Director of Admissions at 260.422.6712 / eclark@esmeagles.com / www.esmeagles.com

Eyeglass and Hearing Aid Donations – The Lion’s Club has long been recognized for their efforts in assisting the sight impaired by collecting used eyeglasses. Not as well-known is their collection of hearing aids and batteries. Our member, Dick Alfeld has placed a collection box in the Welcome Center to gather those eyeglasses and hearing aids and batteries that you no longer use. He will then get the donations to those who distribute them to the needy. Thank you for your help.

ESM Christmas Vespers Services – On Wednesday, December 13, students in grades 2, 3, 4 and 5 will be leading the Vespers Services at St. Michael at 10 am and 7 pm. The following week on Wednesday, December 20, students in grades K, 1, 6, 7 and 8 will lead the Vespers Services at Emmanuel at 10 am and 7 pm. While each service will be unique, both will include our most treasured vespers traditions, the singing of “May My Light Shine” and a candlelight recession. Please communicate with grandparents and other family members who may intend to worship with us that the 10 am services are generally less crowded then the evening services.

Youth News…

Caroling @ LLV-PV: All 6th-8th Grade Youth of Emmanuel are invited to join the choirs of Emmanuel for caroling at Lutheran Life Villages, Pine Valley on Sunday, December 17, from 2-3pm. If you plan to attend, or have questions, please talk to Pastor Sheafer or Karen Bieberich (260.450.1038 or kbie173@comcast.net).

FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY!!  Emmanuel's Senior High Youth will host the 6th Annual Chili Cook-Off and Bingo Night on Saturday, January 20 from 6-8 p.m. in the gym  Meal choices include chili, hot dogs, veggies, cornbread, fruit and dessert.  Bingo to follow for great prizes!  Cost is $5 per meal ($20 max per family) and bingo boards $2 each.  If you would like to compete in the Chili Cook-Off, please contact Sarah Pennekamp (486-6740) or sign up with Becki Elonzae in the church office.  If you would like to donate prizes for Bingo, please label items "EYG Bingo" and drop off in the church or school offices.

LWML Stamps for Missions – The LWML is collecting cancelled stamps. These stamps are sold by the pound to a local stamp business with proceeds going toward funding its mission projects. You can deposit your cancelled stamps in the box in the Welcome Center. Please try to leave a half inch paper border around each stamp. Thank you for supporting this ministry.

Washington School’s Santa Shop needs volunteers. It will take place December 18-21 (Monday - Thursday) from noon to 2:30 p.m. each day. Volunteers will help children choose gifts for their family members, as well as wrap the gifts. If you can help any day, please contact Diane Witzenman at dwitzenman@gmail.com.

Looking for Your Favorite Sermon?   All sermons are now posted using video to Vimeo.com.  Certain music that can be uploaded per our copyright license agreement is also on this same website.  To access our Emmanuel church account use the following web address: https://vimeo.com/emmanuellutheranfw.You can subscribe to follow this account and then be notified when new videos are uploaded.  If you have already subscribed as a follower, the videos are all still on the same service, just the web address has been changed to make it easier to remember and share with family and friends.

“Worship for Shut-ins” is changing its name to “Worship Anew,” beginning Sunday, December 3. Visit www.WorshipAnew.org for more info about this exciting news!

Lutherans for Life – “As we bask in the glow of God Himself choosing, from His freedom and through His immeasurable power, to sanctify every aspect and moment of human life by taking flesh and passing through every stage of human growth and development, and sanctifying each of those moments, let’s do the very hard work of taking our faith seriously and, knowing God loves us and will always forgive every sin, let’s winsomely and gently live in such a way we show the world a better way.” Fr. Barnabas Powell, Cumming, Georgia.– A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org.