Save the Dates
* Saturday, December 22--Children's Christmas Nativity & Advent Four at the 6pm Worship Service. Treat bags will be distributed to the children.
* Christmas Eve 2018: Worship with Communion & Candlelight at 9pm. Theme: “Joyous Light of Heavenly Glory!”
* The 12 Days of Christmas Bell Ringing Worship Service will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 6pm.
* Annual Meeting: Saturday, January 26 at 3:30pm followed by potluck and evening worship.
* 2019 SEMAC Mission Trip is February 10-22 in Wilmington, N.C..
* Ash Wednesday: March 6, 2019 at 6pm.
* Easter Monday Public Reading of the entire New Testament: April 22, 19.
* Mega Kids Camp: Monday-Thursday—July 29-August 1, 2019
* Emmanuel Picnic: Home of Larry & Deb Vomhof: August 4, 2019.
Prayer Walk & Potluck
God speaks to His people through the mouth of His prophet Jeremiah: "Pray for the welfare of the city, for as the city goes so goes God's people"--Jeremiah 29. On Sunday, October 27, 2013, twenty+ members and friends of Emmanuel Lutheran celebrated the Lutheran Reformation by participating in a prayer walk and potluck. Some prayed from home or at Oasis Church, while others walked. Together we prayed for the welfare of our city and its people, businesses, schools, churches, and leaders. Thank you for joining us in prayer! On Sunday, October 26, 2014 - A Prayer Walk and Potluck was enjoyed by about 20 people. The black & white Martin Luther film was also viewed at Oasis Church. On Sunday, October 25, 2015, about 25 people participated in our annual prayer walk and potluck. We also watched the movie, "Do You Believe?" We enjoyed another wonderful prayer walk and potluck on Sunday, October 30, 2016. In 2017, the weather was cold and rainy, but we still had 6 hardy sols brave the elements and offer prayers for our community. Almost 30 people enjoyed an evening potluck at the residence of Dick and Nancy Stanley (The Homestead of Rochester). Save the Date: Reformation Sunday Prayer Walk and Potluck - Sunday, October 28, 2018! Begin at 3pm at Oasis Church and conclude with a potluck meal at Pastor Dave & Julie's home.
Wish List - Gifts Received
* Earset Head Microphone and a lapel microphone for Worship: purchased with a $750.00 grant from the local Rochester Chapter of Thrivent.
* ESV Pulpit Bible: dedicated in Worship on Saturday, October 26 in loving memory of Dean Christen (died on 12/13/2012), husband, father, & grandfather—from Ardis Christen, Lisa Christen, Kari & Dave Richards, Ian Richards.
* Outside Church sign with new logo: Deb & Larry Vomhof.
* Forty copies of With One Voice songbooks: Dean and Michelle Paxson (WA).
* Thank you to Lisa Bakke for designing our updated Church Website.
* Thank you to Anne Schwartz for designing our church logo!
* Thank you to members and friends of Emmanuel designating Thrivent Choice Dollars.
* New Pascal Candle: Dean and Michelle Paxson. New Pascal Candle Stand: LeRoy & Margaret Quam.
* Twenty copies of the Reclaim Hymnal: Bakke family. 20 additional copies given by Joe & Amber and Marek Konop, Dave & Carol Olson, and congregations of the Iowa Mission District.
* Baptismal Cloths with Emmanuel Logo donated by Dick & Nancy Stanley.
* Advent Christmas Wreath donated by Leroy & Margaret Quam.
* Baptismal Stand donated by LeRoy & Margaret Quam.
* Two new altar candles & stands donated by LeRoy & Margaret Quam and the Vomhof family.
* Pulpit Paraments for the Seasons of the Church Year, hand sewn by Julie Steffenson.
* 15 copies of the ReClaim Hymnal gifted to Emmanuel Lutheran from Gift of Grace Lutheran in Holmen, WI.
* 20 additional copies of the ReClaim Hymnal purchased with a gift from Ray and Elaine Burke.
* 60 additional copies of the revised Holden Evening Prayer Liturgy have been purchased, a gift from Fred Morck.
* 25 additional copies of the ReClaim Hymnal
Gift of 5-10 acres of land for Church Site. Dream: Building a Christian Hospitality House, and a church building capable of providing Christian Child Care.
* Thank You to the many congregations & individuals who are patrons & benefactors of Emmanuel. Your prayers, financial support and partnership in the Gospel is much appreciated.
Dorothy Day House
On Saturday, December 22, the youth of Emmanuel will present their annual reenactment of our Lord's Nativity during evening worship (6pm). Thrivent grants will be used to purchase new costumes for the youth, and "Goodie Bags" for children. Worshipers will also have an opportunity to give a donation in support of the Dorothy Day House, offering compassion and hope to the homeless. This fundraiser was the brainchild of one of Emmanuel's youth, and is also being supported by a Thrivent Action Team grant.
Madonna Towers Ministry Opportunity
In 2018, Pastor Dave is leading worship & preaching at the Madonna Towers Skilled Care Chapel on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Emmanuel members are invited and encouraged to participate in this ministry to seniors of our community. Our next Worship Services will be on Wednesdays, December 5 & 19 at 1pm. Give Lee Pearce a call if you would like to participate in this wonderful ministry.
Ring Those Bells!
Thanks to everyone who ROCKED the RED KETTLE for the Salvation Army kickoff! The Bell Ringing at the HyVee North (Circle Drive) took place on Saturday, November 17 from 9am-5pm at both doors! Thanks to Lee Pearce for coordinating this ministry activity.
Building Fund Launch April 2
Building for the Future!
Thirty-five people participated in this year's public reading of the entire New Testament--in honor of our Lord's resurrection. 22 people read Scripture; 8 of whom were youth as young as 7 years old. KTTC television dropped by and put us on the news. Members of Emmanuel were also given a chance to present an offering or a pledge in support of our Building Fund. Our goal is to raise $100,000 before the end of the year. We now have $88,000 in the Fund (cash & pledges).
Emmanuel Huddle (July 29) "Building for the Future" Summary Notes
Special thanks to everyone who attended a Dinner for 8 and offered input into the future of Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Maintaining continuity with our God-given strengths, we will build upon our combined assets by 1) maintaining a strong sense of community—a warm and welcoming environment where everyone is valued, 2) growing the worship life of our congregation without compromising our core values & beliefs, 3) remaining solidly Confessional and Orthodox—Christ-centered & Traditionally-grounded, 4) securing financial stability & sustainability, 5) enhancing the visibility of Emmanuel & growing the footprints of Jesus in our Community, and 6) finding a church site where form follows function and the facilities serve the mission of Emmanuel. Scripture will remain the centerpiece of our life together.
Emmanuel Year Seven!
On Saturday, February 25, 2017, Emmanuel Lutheran turned five and celebrated this milestone with a Worship Service. In spite of the snowstorm that came our way, 142 people attended the Service and added their voices to the praise of God. We celebrated the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord with lots of music. The youth of Emmanuel sang, "I'm in the Lord's Army, Yes Sir!" Choirs also came from Emmanuel of Grafton, Iowa, and Gift of Grace Lutheran in Holmen, Wisconsin, and offered amazing gifts of music.
The evening offering ($1,607) was designated for the start-up of a brand new NALC Mission Plant within 50-100 miles of Rochester. Worship, refreshments, and fellowship was enjoyed by all.
Members wishing to contribute to Emmanuel Lutheran with automatic giving may do so by contacting Judy Caudill or Deb Vomhof. Offerings are transferred once a month on the 15th of the month. Thanks for supporting the holy work of God at Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Rochester.