Who Needs Me?
In a devotion I recently read from Ron Hutchcraft – Ron talked about how in life – it can often times can be some of the little
things that totally drain us – Yet – help is never far away.
One little light. That's all it took to render our car totally unusable. The little light in the rear of our vehicle was left on one night after we unloaded some things, and it stayed on for several days while we were gone. When we got back, everything in that car said, "I'm not starting, pal!" because that one little light totally drained our battery. But then came the hero! Yes, up came our friend in his pickup truck with his trusty jumper cables. And those cables delivered the energy that my flat old battery needed to run again!
The good word for today is about "Human Jumper Cables."
What does it take to get a drained and tired battery going again? A jolt from jumper cables that infuses the energy needed to revive it. And what does it take to get a drained and tired person going again? Human jumper cables that deliver new energy to revive them.
I'm guessing that you know someone right now who is pretty depleted-emotionally, mentally, maybe spiritually or physically. When they turn the key, not much is happening because their battles, their responsibilities have left them unable to get going again. That's why God has given us each other though. To be jumper cables for each other when we sense that someone we know is pretty run down. If you've got your eyes open for them, you'll see someone in need of an emotional and spiritual "jump" most every day of your life.
There's a wonderful example of this. It's in 2 Timothy 1:16-17, our word for today from the Word of God. This is the last letter Paul ever wrote. He's away from most of his friends, he's locked up in Caesar's prison in Rome, and he knows he may never leave there alive. And in fact, he won't. Then along comes an unsung hero called Onesiphorus, and he is God's jumper cables to help the great apostle find the energy to go on.
Listen to Paul's testimony and think about how you could be this for someone you know: "May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains...When he was in Rome, he searched hard for me until he found me."
Okay, when you're one of God's jump starters, you wake up in the morning and you say, "Lord, show me who needs me today." Then you look for, even go out of your way if necessary, to call that person who needs encouragement, or to write them, or e-mail them, or visit with them, text them, facebook them, just stop and take time with them.
It's almost always a sacrifice to do that because of all the things you've got to do. But you may have nothing more important to do than this extension of Jesus' love to someone who's really depleted right now. Your joy can jump start theirs. Your praying in faith can jump start theirs. Your affirmation of their value and their significance can jump start them believing it again themselves. Your belief in them can re-energize their courage to get back in the ring for another round. Your reminder of who they really are to God and to you may be just the spiritual jolt they need to get going again.
You could say, "Well, I need someone to jump start me!" You're thinking a lot lately about your burdens, your problems, and your feelings. You know the greatest way to get out of your pit is to reach out and help someone else get out of theirs. Proverbs 11:25: "He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed."
You have what someone needs today to get started again. You know that? Don't just cruise on by, oblivious to the needs in front of you. "Lord, show me who needs me today." That's the prayer that will make you the conduit to deliver the very resources of God to someone who really can't go on without them. You are God's jumper cables!
Yours In Christ’s Service,
Pastor Terry Grzybowski
MEMBER UPDATE INFORMATION
New Members –
Bill & Lou S.
Please mark your calendars
Sunday, December 3, 2017 9:15 AM
Voter's Meeting regarding our annual budget.
UPCOMING SPECIAL WORSHIP SERVICES
Thanksgiving Eve Service – Wednesday, November 22nd at 7:00 pm
Advent Worship Services –
Wednesday, November 29, December 6 & 13 - 7:00 pm
Christmas Services -
Christmas Eve at 9:00 am, 4:00, 7:00 and 11:15 pm
Christmas Day Communion Service at 9:00 am
Parish Planning Council (PPC) Meeting
October 19, 2017
Present: Pastor Terry G., David J., Jean C., Charles L., John N., Val J., Jeanette E., Marcia E.
Meeting called to order at 7:05 pm by President David J.
Opening: Devotion by Pastor. Theme for today: God Bless You - Blessed are the Merciful.
Secretary’s Report August 17th meeting minutes reviewed. Motion to approve by John, seconded by Chuck; meeting minutes approved as written. Marcia offered to print up copies and put in mail boxes for meeting attendees as soon as typed, instead of waiting until following meeting to distribute.
Treasurer’s Report Financial Reports were distributed to those present. Motion to approve by John, seconded by Jeanette; financial report approved. Some changes have been made and explanations were provided. Money has been taken out of the Emergency Fund to pay for the sound system and storage shed at this time; monies will be replenished from Curt B. fund once projects are completed. Separate new reports were shared that provided total costs to date for the sound system and storage shed. Once sound system is completed, cost should be moved to asset/equipment with depreciation. Once storage shed is completed, hard costs should be moved to asset/building with depreciation. Will need to look at codes for these changes. Discussion on the coding for mission funds; suggestion to separate out via coding for donations that are specifically for missions in order to document mission monies received and mission monies sent out to various groups make sure they are equal.
Preschool Preschool children went on field trip to Berry Hill Farm. Current enrollment includes many siblings of past preschoolers. Classes are currently held in the mornings and are pretty much filled.
Elders No report given.
Education Sunday School has started.
Stewardship Stewardship has been working with Treasurer to determine proposed 2018 Budget, which was presented. Some issues in categories have been identified and addressed by moving costs to appropriate categories. Moving of costs was done to have a truer picture of where costs are actually incurred. Expenses should be designated by group/committee and amount at monthly PPC meetings. The 2018 Budget should be made available to members two weeks prior to the Voters meeting via email. The date for the Voters Meeting was set as Sunday, December 3, 2017, between church services. Question about the amount in budget for Elk River Star News; amount is added to that account and paid throughout the year. Clarification was requested on the amounts paid for FICA for Preschool. It has been agreed upon that Goldenman monies will be used to supplement the cost of the Centennial meal for amount over $10.00 per plate. Question as to rates of pay for services: How are amounts determined? Where are amount documented? Hourly vs. pay per service? Personnel Committee handles all pay issues. Note made as to handling of petty cash; each receipt should be coded to designated category instead of Office Supplies. Jeanette moved to approve proposed 2018 Budget, Val seconded; approved.
Trustees A privacy fence had been planned for the north side of the new playground area until lady across the street came over to say that she enjoyed watching the children. The fencing will now be placed on the east side of the playground to provide a windbreak for the children. Thank you to member for donation from his company of chips and black dirt for playground area. Trustees are working with lawyer to get legal papers in order for land descriptions. The furnace is up and running again, after no heat on October 15th. Requested to update the electrical box in the furnace room from buss fuses to circuit breakers. Bid for snow removal will be with Plaistad’s again this season. Carpeting is scheduled to be replaced in the Education wing in November. It should be noted that donations for projects should go through the proper committee so that committee is aware of such. Work Day scheduled for Saturday, October 28th, to get church grounds ready for winter. No action taken at this time for re-design of shrubs in front of church.
Youth Paint Ball event held recently. Always doing fundraising for mission trips. Next fundraising event is Garage Sale on October 20th and 21st. Request to add two new members (Karen C., Monie D.) and remove two old members (Chris L., Chris W.) from Youth Committee checking account. Motion made by Val, seconded by Marcia; approved. October 22nd - Confirmation luncheon. October 29th - Confirmation.
Pastor’s Two weddings and one baptism in October. Family Promise will be at Emmanuel October 22nd-29th and November 26th-December 3rd. Worship services continue each month at Guardian Angels Care Center and Guardian Angels by the Lake. Devotions are conducted with various homebound members. Adult Information Class has three members. Three 9th graders will be confirmed on October 29th. There will be a special guest speaker for the November 1st confirmation class; will open this up to congregation. Pastor Don Fondow will be the guest speaker for our Centennial on July 15, 2018. Thanksgiving Eve Worship will be on Wednesday, November 22nd, at 7:00pm.
Parish Planning Council (PPC) Meeting
October 19, 2017
Old Business DCE Intern application deadline is January 31, 2018. Pastor will make an announcement to form group of interested persons to complete the application. Funding could possibly come from the Endowment Fund. Received letter from IRS; Dave will check on this.
New Business Emmanuel was offered a site license for the Martin Luther movie in the amount of $75.00; an anonymous donor has already taken care of paying for the license. Use is limited to our site only; film also includes a Bible study. Information was received in the mail with sign up form to reserve copies of The Reformation book; information will be posted. Minnesota North District sent Letter of Intent for anticipated monies from Emmanuel (suggested 10% of total offerings). District Convention representatives will need to be determined in November. Book received from LCMS on wills.
Next meeting Thursday, November 16, 2017, at 7:00pm.
Closing: Pastor led us in closing prayer and benediction.
Adjournment: Jean moved to adjourn meeting, seconded by John; meeting adjourned at 9:10pm.
Respectfully submitted by,
Marcia E., Secretary
Blood Drive at Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Monday, December 4, 2017
1:00 – 7:00 PM
1-800-733-2767 or visit:
www.redcrossblood.org enter Thrivent Financial Elk River
The holiday is almost here. Why not send a thoughtful card to those who cannot be with you this year. Let them know how thankful you are that God has put them into your life. All cards are only $1. Don't forget that Christmas cards will also be available at Thanksgiving. As a matter of fact, don't forget that our card counter can fit most of your needs (birthday, confirmation, baptism, sympathy). We'll even help you by recycling any unwanted cards you may have. Just cut off the front (make sure there are no personal messages on the back) and put them in the box by the card counter. They are sent to the Boys and Girls Ranch to be made into 'new' cards. It's a win-win all the way around! Thanks for buying your cards from us! Your LWML
GUIDING HANDS PRESCHOOL
During the month of November we will be focusing on giving thanks. We will talk about the many things we have to be thankful for. We can be thankful for our Savior, our families and friends, our school and church, the food we eat and the homes we live in.
There are so many things we can thank God for. I thank God everyday for the wonderful children I get to see and spend time with.
We will be having a Thanksgiving Feast for our families. We will combine all our classes and have our Thanksgiving on Monday, Nov. 20th. We will eat at 12:00 and the families are invited to join us for dinner, some songs and fun. The children will help by making decorations and some special treats for our feast.
There is no school Nov. 21 - 24, so that everyone may enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with their families.
Remember to give thanks to the Lord for He provides all things.
May God Bless, Mrs. Cheryl
Emmanuel Lutheran Church Mission Group hosted a Mission Sale Friday, October 20th and Saturday, October 21st. All that was included was a garage sale, bake sale, crafters and business vendors. It was a beautiful day on Friday and rainy on Saturday and stil the serious shoppers came. We want to thank the congregation and friends for their support of baked goods, garage sale items, sorting, setting up and cleaning up alomng with our youth and adults of the mission group. Your efforts are always appreciated. Diamond City Bread donated bread for our sale. Please visit thm thanking them personally for their support. We raised $2,610.23 at this event and all the proceeds will go towards our mission trip for 2018. On behalf of our Youth Board we sincerely thanlk you for your contiunued support.
"Hold the Lutefisk"
Let's go to the Plymouth Playhouse! That's right; you can have yourself a looney little Christmas! We are going to see The Looney Lutherans in "Hold the Lutefisk (It's Beginning to Smell a Lot Like Christmas)". "You'd better watch out...you'd better not cry..." They will be serving up tips on how to survive the holidays...the Lutheran way. Prepare to keep those New Year's resolutions with exciting new exercise tips (12 Days of Housework). And learn the secret of getting onto Santa's 'nice list' (hotdish anyone?) Whether your in-laws have overstayed their welcome or the furnace is acting up, take a break from the stress of the season and celebrate the holidays with the Looney Lutherans. We are going on Sunday, November 12, 2017 to the 2:00 PM show. Cost is $31 per person (this is a group rate and we need at least 30 people to go). Sign up ASAP on the poster at church. Please make checks payable to Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Invite your family and friends to this hilarious show! Let Carol S. know if you would like to carpool. We will leave the church at 12:30 or you can meet us at the Plymouth Playhouse.
Great River Family Promise – Update
Emmanuel was scheduled to host GRFP in October. Unfortunately there were no families. I would like to thank those that signed up for meals and overnight stay. Your willingness to give your time and talent for those less fortunate is very much appreciated. Jesus says, if you do it to the least of my brothers, you have done it to me. Thank you again. Our next host week for GRFP is scheduled on November 26 - December 3. A sign- up sheet will be available in the front entryway of the church.
Who is the LWML? The Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) is an official auxiliary of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. For almost 75 years, the LWML has focused on affirming each woman's relationship with Christ, encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries and to support global missions. Any confirmed member of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod can join a congregational society.
All ladies who are confirmed and 18 years of age or older are considered to be part of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League. We get together in fellowship to support one another and different missions both close to home and far away. We also have a Bible study for that meeting. This means that if a person misses one meeting, they are not behind or missing a continuing Bible study. We invite and encourage you to attend. If you haven't tried us before, let's ask this question. Where else are you going to be in a group that is run by and for women? If you need child care, let us know. We only meet once a month.
We believe that together we can make a difference.
Come and see for yourself! Make a difference today
- Thanksgiving -
Thy beauty, O God, is upon us, autumn splendor everywhere - days lucid with vision or dim with mist, haze and smothered sunshine; nights wistful with summer memories. The trees are touched with ripe, mellow colors, and the leaves begin to fall and flutter away. The birds are going south, following a viewless path like the homing instinct in the soul of man.
Lord, we thank Thee for beauty. Let our thankfulness be the flower of thoughtfulness and our prayer the fruit of joy. Help us, O God, to make the life of man as lovely as the world in which he lives, the brotherliness of humanity equal to the beauty of nature. Amen. By - Joseph Fort Newton
"In everything give thanks." 1 Thessalonians 5:18
It seems that such a simple verse would be easy to follow. Then why is it so hard to do it? Maybe we see the glass as being half empty instead of half full. Maybe life is too hard - job loss, cancer, failing a test, mean people, etc. I pray that this Thanksgiving will give you a new perspective - to see everything through God's eyes. May you see life anew and as the gift it is. Blessings!
Afternoon group: at Guardian Angels on Thurs., Nov. 2 at 1:30 PM
Evening group: here at church on Mon., Nov. 6 at 6:30 PM - Cheryl is hostess
Celebrate the 500th Year of the Reformation
And 75 Years of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League!
The LWML is comprised of individual societies (congregations). Several of them together in an area are called a Zone. It is a way for women from other societies to have contact with and support for one another. The Zone has two get-togethers each year called a Rally. Any rally is open to any person, female or male, that is interested in mission outreach. I invite anyone from Emmanuel to join us on this special Rally. It will be on Sat., Nov. 4, 2017 at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, 400 SE 8th St., Braham, MN 55006. Registration begins at 8:30 AM and the program starts at 9. Usually there is a $6 fee to help with speaker mileage. The theme for this Rally is: "WHO'S IN CHARGE?" based on Psalm 46:1 and Luther's 95 Theses Context and Content. Our presenter is Dr. Suzanne Hequet, Professor at Concordia University, St. Paul. Dr. Hequet teaches in the Department of Theology and Ministry at Concordia University St. Paul. She is a church historian with a focus on the 16th century Reformation period. Previously, Hequet taught at Concordia College in Moorehead and at St. John's University/College of St. Benedict in Collegeville. A noon meal will follow the day's program. We are intending to carpool. Please contact Carol S. at 763-441-5277 if you would like to attend. Don't miss this opportunity to hear about the Reformation!
All Rallies also have an in-gathering. Even if you are unable to attend the Rally, you can still donate to the in-gathering. This Rally will be collecting items for our soldiers. Here are some ideas: puzzle/game books; magazines; baby wipes; hand/feet warmers; hand sanitizer; toothpaste/brush; peanut butter; foot powder; protein bars; gum; nuts; flavored packets for water bottles; dryer sheets; instant oatmeal. There is a more comprehensive list on the LWML bulletin board in the hallway at church. Please put them in the labeled box by the card counter. They will be picked up and brought to the Rally on Nov. 4. THANK YOU! TOGETHER we make a difference!
11/3 Heidi H.
11/7 Anthony B.
11/8 Jim B
11/20 Mark B.
11/22 Christian P.
11/28 Laurel C.
11/30 Jerry L.
Joseph & Heidi H. 11/1/1986
Bud & Vivian A. 11/9/1950
Robert & Christine 11/9/1985
Dan & Linda S. 11/18/1972
Ken & Kathy O. 11/27/1999
Charles & Marcia E. 11/29/1968