Celebrating 100 Years     1918-2018

“God With Us”


                                                                  June 2018

                                                             The Missing Man

October 21, 2016 was a sad day - One of our members – Matthew Hayes - had died in an aviation accident – We were gathered together at Emmanuel Lutheran church for a memorial service –To remember – To reflect – and to receive hope, encouragement, and peace from the promises of God’s Word.

Following Matthew’s memorial service – We all stepped outside the church – and I witnessed something I had never seen before.  It was moment so moving it brought me to tears.

Some of Matthew’s friends flew four World War Two Corsairs over the church in what is known as the "missing man maneuver."  Against the backdrop of a deep blue October sky – The cluster of Corsairs flew overhead, with one plane suddenly peeling up, away, and out of sight. That's symbol says a lot.

Having just celebrated Memorial Day – I would like for us to reflect on the sobering truth about the Missing Man."

On that day Matthew was the missing man - the one who was suddenly not with us anymore. Someday I'll be the missing man. Someday you'll be the missing man, or the missing woman. For many of us, that day will come with no warning. In the words of the Bible, "Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth" (Proverbs 27:1).

For many people, that "tomorrow" was going to be when they finally got around to making sure they were right with God, and that tomorrow never came. Eternity did and they weren't ready. For you and me, the means of leaving this world may be an accident, a blood clot, a heart attack. But in reality, the "cause of death" really doesn't matter much does it? We're all terminal. That's why the Bible gives this critical warning: "Prepare to meet your God." (Amos 4:12) And there's really only one way to be prepared for that day when you and I are the missing man or missing woman.

In John 3:36, the Bible reveals that, from God's perspective, which is the only perspective that really matters, the whole human race is in one of two groups, facing one of two eternities. For some - eternal life in heaven. For others, what the Bible calls "the wrath of God." What makes the difference is really clear here. John 3:36 says: "Whoever believes in the Son (that's the Son of God, Jesus Christ) has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him."

Why is our trust in Jesus the deciding issue in where you'll spend eternity? Because only Jesus died as our substitute, paying the death penalty for every wrong thing we've ever done.  There's just no other way to have our sins forgiven than to trust in the only One who paid the price for those sins.

Matthew was Baptized, he learned about God’s love for him in Jesus, he confirmed his faith in the presence of family, friends, his brothers and sisters in Christ, and before the altar here at Emmanuel Lutheran Church.

When he closed his eyes for the last time in this world – He opened them to new life with his Lord Jesus in heaven.

This Memorial Day – As we reflect upon the people God has placed in our lives who are now with Him in heaven – Let us reflect upon the gift they were to us – And to our nation – Let us also treasure, and continue to grow in, the gift of faith, and the promises of God they passed on to us.

Let me leave you with this section of Scripture from Isaiah 25:6-9, On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine—the best of meats and the finest of wines.  On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever.  The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth.  The Lord has spoken.  In that day they will say, “Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us.  This is the Lord, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”

Love In Christ,

Pastor Terry Grzybowski




Baptism - Aksel Jeffrey S.

                Felicity Jean R.


After the 8:30 am service - Sunday, June 10th.

We encourage all confirmed members age 18 and older to attend this important event.  Your input is a valued part of our congregation and God’s home at Emmanuel.

Please, note:

The 2018-2019 Officer Elections will be held at this assembly.

Remember, your involvement in Emmanuel does make a difference!


Parish Planning Council (PPC) Meeting

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - revised minutes

Present:  Dave J., Pastor Terry G., Jean C., Charles L., John N., Marcia E.,     Val J., Carol S.

Meeting started at approximately 7:00pm, lead by President Dave J.


Devotion by Pastor:  Theme for today:  God’s Family Continues - As Time Goes By.

Beautification Project:  Carol provided a report on progress.  Group will be working with Steve’s Nursery.  Steve’s will tear out everything and provide new landscape design and plants.  We will be keeping with ‘status quo’ - we are not building, not expanding, only updating current area in front of church.   Because of status quo, Steve’s said that no permit to do work will be needed.  Group will review proposal/design to include one 8-foot bench and two 6-foot benches.  Emmanuel - God With Us will be engraved on benches.  One bench has been donated by private party in memorial of Virginia Moyer.  Looking at recycled materials in brown color for benches.  Will include decorative trash container.  Once plan and costs have been approved by Beautification Project group, work will start and should be pretty much done by the end of June.  Steve’s charges will be due at work completion and our satisfaction; they also offer a one-year warranty, in case plants aren’t quite as expected.  Projected costs at this time are approximately $11,000.00; this includes Steve’s landscape work and plants, concrete for bench slabs, benches, and trash container.  John moved to approve total costs up to $11,000.00, Marcia seconded.  Discussion that if costs are more than $1000.00 over projected costs, Carol will need to come back to PPC for additional approval.  Approved.

Secretary’s Report:  Marcia presented the PPC Secretary’s report.  An incorrect date and incomplete information on the Buck Seminary account were noticed and corrected prior to the April minutes being published in the May Newsletter.  John moved to approve to revised minutes, seconded by Jean; approved.

Treasurer’s Report:  Jean provided the Treasurer’s report.  John moved to approve as written, Marcia seconded; approved.

Board Reports:

Preschool: Pastor provided updates on Guiding Hands Preschool.  Preschool program was held on Sunday, May 13 - kids were great!  Graduation is May 18th, and they will be having their end-of-year picnic on May 21st.  

Elders:  Written report provided.  Working on overhead microphone for sound system.  Summer Worship Service will remain at 8:00am and 10:30am to maintain ‘momentum’ for the growing number of persons attending services at these times.  

Education:  Sunday School classes are completed now for this school year.  Vacation Bible School is scheduled for the last week in July - July 23-27.  This year’s theme is Thunder Canyon.

Stewardship:  No report given.

Trustees:  John provided report.  The new storage building is nearing completion; some issues with fire rating for sheet rock are being addressed.  Once building floor is sealed, shelving will be installed.  Andy’s Electric will be finishing with electrical.  Fencing is being re-located.  Recent work on the parsonage includes replacement of 12 windows, replacement of plywood and re-shingling a section of the roof, and installing rain gutter on back.  New ceramic tile has been laid in kitchen area.  Looking for a good turnout on May 19th for cleaning up the church grounds and the interior of the church.

Youth:  Val provided report.  Fifteen are signed up for the 2018 Mission Trip.  A van is reserved; checking on possibility of U Haul trailer to use for hauling needed items.  Garage Sale was a success - raised over $3000.00!

Pastor’s Report:  Pastor provided written report on monthly activities.  We will be hosting Family Promise May 20-27; additional help is needed.  Two persons are currently attending the new member class; they plan to be married at Emmanuel in September.  Emmanuel has been selected to receive a Director of Christian Education (DCE) Intern from Concordia in Saint Paul.  We will be requesting funds from the Endowment Fund to cover associated costs.  Pastor will be the intern’s supervisor and will receive input from Emmanuel’s Education Committee and the PPC, along with the college.  Our intern’s name is Beth Jobst.  She will begin on August 1st and will be involved in all aspects of Emmanuel.  She is passionate about prayer ministry and youth gatherings.  Pastor shared a written outline of the Best Practices for Ministry 2018 conference that he and George attended.  Many resources related to this conference can be found at bpm-resources.

Centennial Report:  Marcia and Val presented updates.  Last meeting was held on May 7th at 5:00pm with good attendance.  Jeanette and Judy are working on history wall of photos.  History Book is a work-in-progress; latest edition shared.  Special Event Permit has been approved by the City with conditions that tent will need to be checked and approved prior to event, and notice needs to be sent to neighbors to make them aware of events.   We will have official photographers on Saturday and Sunday to document events.  Chicken Dinner Tickets went on sale at the Garage Sale - 17 were sold at that time.  Group examined and measured outside areas for Saturday activities - bounce house and 20 X 40 foot tent will be set up.  Next meeting:  Monday, May 21st at 5:00pm.

Old Business: 

  • Dave received information from Joseph R. - conducted Seder in 2014.  He will be in our area on August 25th.  Are we interested in having him come to Emmanuel to present on what he has been doing?
  • Voters’ Meeting will be on Sunday, June 10th, at 9:15am.  We will need one to two elders added to the ballot.

New Business: 

  • Marcia shared toy soldier idea that she recently saw at a military museum.  PPC approved to have ammo box with toy soldiers put on display throughout the year for members to take toy soldier to help them to remember our armed forces folks.
  • John reported recent issue with credit card; Jean will get switched over to current committee representatives.
  • Family Promise will be at Emmanuel on May 20-27.  More help is needed.
  • Dave confirmed that the next meeting will be on July 19th at 7:00pm.  There will be no PPC meeting in June, as there will be a Voters’ Meeting on June 10th.
  • Dave J., along with Val, excused themselves from the remainder of the meeting.  Vice President Charles led the remainder of the meeting.
  • Charles lead remaining PPC members in discussion of $71,045.75 recently received from the Virginia Moyer Trust.  Monies are currently in the checking account; PPC needs to determine further direction.  We need to have a sense of when this money might be needed, then determine 1) where to put to get best possible interest rate until needed, and 2) ease of access, when needed.  For the short term, it was decided to move the money from Emmanuel’s checking account to the regular savings account.  Jean will check on other possibilities and will then move monies to best option.  Options for further research include specialized savings account or money market account through Lutheran Extension Fund, the Bank of Elk River, or Thrivent.

Next Meeting:  Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 7:00pm

Closing:  Pastor led us in closing.

Adjournment:  The PPC Meeting adjourned at approximately 9:10pm.

Respectfully submitted by,

Marcia E., Secretary


















































Toy Soldiers


An ammunition box, filled with toy soldiers, has been placed (add here where it was placed).  Please feel free to take a toy soldier home with you.  Place it where you will be reminded to think of those who have lost their lives in service to our country, and to pray for those who continue to protect us by their service in our armed forces.




Greetings in Jesus Name!

George and I attended “Best Practices for Ministry” this year – February 22-24 – and would like to share with you some of the things we experienced.

The theme verse for the gathering was James 1:2-3, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”

Trials?  Pure joy?  What do trials have to do with pure joy?  Amazing things when they are part of God’s plan.

In Romans 8:28 we read, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

When Christians journey through trials – we are given an amazing opportunity to produce perseverance so that the living out of our faith may be a witness to others for the sake of the Gospels. 

Most of the large group speakers shared insights having to do with this theme. 

The small group sessions were many and varied.  To check out all that were offered  -  go to this link: bpm-resources

It is even possible for you to listen to many of the presentations.

I would like to share with you a synopsis of the gathering.

To begin with – Thursday was an early morning – My flight left around 5 AM – The first session began at 9:30 AM.

The first large group session covered three topics:  Steve Arterburn – Founder of New Life Ministries shared valuable insights on Marriage – according to God’s plan.  The next speaker – Gretchen Jameson shared her journey through depression and anxiety.  The third speaker – Ted Kober – shared insights on overcoming conflict and reconciliation.  All three speakers were amazing – They offered both insights and resources.

Small Group 1 – “Connecting Your Church through Social Media” – The session familiarized us with “My Church Buzz” scheduling software – The session emphasized the ever changing platform of social media – and some of the software that could be used to use social media optimally in the ministry of the church.

Small group 2 – “Fly the W: Lessons for the Church from the 2016 World Series Champions”

  1. The right people in key positions are the driving force that will set the tone and clarify the culture – What are those key positions?
  2. Value Character over Competence – The right players are more important than the best players.
  3. Mentoring matters – It sets the stage for long term development.
  4. People matter – They are more than words on a page – Who are we – Who are we not – What needs to change to improve.
  5. Intentionally raise the bar – What is our goal – Is it clear – Is it consistent
  6. Organizations win championships – Is everyone working toward the same goal.
  7. Be a good steward.
  8. Balance Identity and strategy.
  9. Be patient and Bold.
  10. Criticism will come – Trust the plan.

Large Group Session on Thursday - Mark Brandt  - St. Lorenz Lutheran in Michigan, MI – Shared about the power of prayer in their family as they walked with their daughter and her health struggles – powerful sharing – and faith application to real life struggles. 

Thursday evening we had worship with Holy Communion - over 2,000 in attendance.

Small Group 3 – “Church Growth” in Ethiopia – Learned about the early Christian missionaries and the continued Lutheran Christian presence in Ethiopia.

Small Group 4 – Faith and science – It is often thought that faith and science cannot coexist – In this session it was shown that science provides extraordinary evidence for the truth of the Bible.

Large Group - Todd and Kellie Stocker of Trinity Lutheran in Wisconsin – Shared about loss and the Hope Your life's story unfolds in pretty dramatic ways. Season by season, there are opportunities to celebrate. But what do you do when God interrupts your life? Todd and Kellie will share their personal experience and how to navigate the inevitable disappointments in life, ministry and everything in between.

Small Group 5 – “Lessons from United and Southwest Airlines” – We looked at the structures of the two different airlines – and drew parallels for structures in the church.

Small Group 6 – “The Tortoise and the Hare: Leveraging Strengths to Build Truly Remarkable Leader Teams” – This session looked at how different leadership styles can work together in a very complimentary way.

Large Group - Mark Schulz of Trinity Lutheran in Illinois , IL – Spoke on multiplying Christian ministries by embracing a passion for the lost – Those who don’t know Christ – by being willing to think outside the box.

Small Group 7 – “Faith Sharing Tools for Energizing and Equipping God’s People for Witness” – This session focused on simple ways we can witness in our community.

Small Group 8 – “A Simple Tool to Engage Youth and Millennials in Ministry” – In this session we explored some of the witness and Bible study tools that are available from Lutheran Hour Ministries.

Large Group - Chris Singer from Trinity Lutheran in Texas – The Session was titled - The Day I Met Harvey - Hurricane Harvey hit Texas on August 25, 2017.  It dropped 27 trillion gallons of rain making it the wettest named storm in US history. Pastor Chris Singer not only had his own home flooded but also watched his church and ministry be transformed into a mission of immediate response, relief and recovery work.  Pastor Chris shared his firsthand and personal experience of this disaster as well as key insights and takeaways from being ministered to while also ministering to others.

In Summary – The conference was amazing – The spirit of hospitality was unlike anything I have ever experienced – The people were so very welcoming – The sessions were all intentioned to be a place where real life ministry ideas were made available for us to take home with us.

I would encourage as many from church – as could – to take part in next year’s conference.










































































Help Emmanuel Celebrate Its 100th Anniversary!

Saturday, July 14th  9:00am-3:00pm

Family Fun Day*

-Face Painting, Wacky Hair, Bounce House

-Food, Games, Vendors

-Arts and Crafts, Music

Sunday, July 15th

Centennial Celebration

-10:00am — Worship with Holy Communion

-11:30am — Chicken Dinner

-2:00pm — Centennial Celebration Service

-Guest Speaker: Reverend Dr. Donald J. Fondow, 

President of the LCMS Minnesota North District

Those participating throughout the day:

-Pastor Terry Grzybowski (2006 to present)

-Pastor Gary Rehborg (1998 to 2004)

-Pastor Gerald Creighton (1975 to 1997)

-Pastor Leland Bendix (member)

-Pastor Bruce Blocker (former member)

-Seminarian, Gino Marchetti II (member)

*Free-will offering for Family Fun Day activities – monies to missions.

**Chicken Dinner (catered) is $5.00 per person –

Please purchase tickets by July 1st!



       Did You Hear That?

There is a TV commercial for a cell phone that uses the line, "Can you hear me now?"  Someone is calling you.  When I was young, my mother would call me.  Sometimes she would use my first name.  Sometimes she would use my first and middle names, and I had better listen.  But if she used all three of my names, I knew I'd be grounded.  Well, Someone is calling you.  It is your Father.  He knows all of your names and even how many hairs you have on your head.  He is calling you.  He wants to hear from you.  He is right here next to you, and in your mind, and in your heart.  He wants you to tell Him everything, even the little, mundane things.  Do you hear Him calling you?  This Father's Day, talk to your heavenly Father.  He's waiting and listening.  You never get a busy signal.  The line is open 24/7, 365 days a year, year after year.  He loves you!  Did you hear that?  Talk with Him today! 

Next meetings:

Afternoon Group will meet at Guardian Angels on Thurs., June 7 at 1 PM.

Evening Group will meet at church on TUESDAY, June 5 at 6:30 PM.  (*Note the day change!!)  Hostesses are Val J. and Lou S.

LWML MN North District Convention

Please pray for the LWML MN North District 28th Biennial Convention to be held at the Sanford Center, Bemidji, MN on June 18-20.  The theme is "Forever Written in His Hands" (Isaiah 49: 16a).  Keynote speaker will be Cynthia Khan, director of Community Engagement from 'POBLO" (People of the Book Lutheran Outreach).  There will also be inspirational speakers, Bible study, and entertainment.  Pray for the delegates as they conduct business in adopting mission grants, new mite goal, elect officers and make bylaw changes.  Thank you to all who support the LWML with your prayers, mites and ingatherings.  Together we make a difference!

Thank You

Thank you to our Fellowship Team who have shared their time and provided refreshments between 8:00 & 10:30 Sunday Services.

This team will recess for summer and resume after Rally Day.

Summertime opportunities arise for anyone to bring a treat and brew a pot of coffee to continue great fellowship with our church family & welcomed guests.

Have a safe and enjoyable summer!

Jesus said, “Where two or three come together in my name,

There am I with them.”  Matthew 18:20


Every Wednesday, from 9:00 AM or whenever you can arrive to ???

For anyone who has time to converse, and exchange thoughts or ideas on any subject you may choose.

Let’s gather for fellowship and become better acquainted!

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

June Birthdays

6/1         Marcia E.       6/3       Jennifer B.           6/5       Prosper L.         6/6         Henry R.        Michael W.
6/9    Bradley P.
6/13        Kathy R.  
6/14        Lucas A.
6/15        Vivian A.          6/17         Carol S.
6/22         Alyce G.
6/26        Amber D.
6/28       Rebecca P. Brecken D.             6/29        Ethan R.    6/30        Lonnie L. 6/30         Michael R.


Bradley & Rhonda P.                       6/3/1989

Jim & Jean C.                                     6/10/1967

Mike & Cheryl H.                                                6/11/1983

Sam & Rhea R. 

             6/15/200           John & Lori N.                                     6/17/1967

George & Audrey H.          6/19/ 1960

Michael & Amanda P.                    6/19/2010

Lonnie & Karena L.                         6/29/1995