Celebrating 101 Years 1918-2019
It was in the news recently that Marty Sampson, a songwriter for the popular Evangelical Christian band “Hillsong United,” has announced he is "genuinely losing" his faith.
John Cooper of the Christian rock band “Skillet” responded with this caution, “We have to be careful not to make it the faith leader’s job to be the anchor of our faith, instead of Christ, and careful not to make our faith emotion-based, rather than truth-based.”
When our faith is grounded on what comes out of our heart – our emotions – or the influence of others – that faith is on shaky ground.
When our faith is grounded on the unshakeable Word of God – It is “Rock” solid!
John Cooper addressed the “Hillsong United” song writer’s concern that Christian faith is without direction, and that “no one else is talking about the REAL stuff.”
Cooper responded, “This is just flatly false. For example, How could a God of love send people to hell? No one talks about it.” As if he is the first person to ask this? The church has wrestled with this for 1500 years. Literally. Everybody talks about it. Children talk about it in Sunday school. There’s like a billion books written on the topic. Just because you don’t get the answer you want doesn’t mean that we are unwilling to wrestle with it. We wrestle with scripture until we are transformed by the renewing of our minds.
How do we respond to this? How do we accurately witness what we believe? How do we accurately witness the truth of God’s love for us in Jesus Christ?
On Sunday, September 15, we are going to begin a study entitled, “Every One His Witness.”
Every One His Witness is a Lutheran evangelism program that teaches you to witness to your friends, coworkers, and any other nonchurched people you may know. Using the LASSIE approach to witnessing (listen, ask, seek, share, invite, and encourage), you will learn how to naturally share the Good News of Jesus Christ through relational, contextual witnessing.
What does this mean? It means listening to those who are unsure about Christianity. It means asking questions that aren’t accusatory. It means sharing the Good News about Jesus. Notice how there’s no bashing, no judgment, and no forced imposition of beliefs. Instead, there’s understanding, communication, and honesty between friends. And Every One His Witness teaches you how.
What People are saying about Every One His Witness:
“Finally, a natural way to share your faith in the relationships where God has planted you as you care for others who have been broken by sin. I have already started to use this and am excited to share this resource with the people of my district.” — Rev. Richard Snow, President, LCMS Nebraska District
“I appreciated the theologically sound Lutheran perspective of the E1HW program. The videos and our facilitator did a good job of demystifying conversations about our faith in Christ with neighbors, colleagues, and family members. It was a great encouragement to talk about Jesus Christ with anyone in an unforced, natural way.” — Rev. Kris Morris, Christ the Vine Lutheran Church, Damascus, Oregon
“The Every One His Witness seminar and workbook provide valuable, practical tools on how to share Jesus’ story in the context of our daily vocations, showing how to develop relationships with family, neighbors, and coworkers whom we already know.” — Bob Myers, Pensacola, Florida
In Christ’s Service,
Pastor Terry Grzybowski
Deaths – Vivian Adams
Parish Planning Council (PPC) Meeting
Thursday, July 18, 2019 — as approved by PPC on August 15, 2019
Present: Pastor Terry G., Beth W., Jean C., Charles L., Paul B., Marcia E., Chris W., Robert W., Jeanette E., George V., and Monie D..
Meeting was called to order at approximately 7:00pm by President Paul B.
Opening: Pastor lead us in devotion — Signs of The King.
Preschool: No official report. Pastor shared that 20 kids are registered for fall.
Elders: Report provided by George V.
Education: Beth provided report.
Stewardship: Report provided by Jeanette E. Stewardship would like to give visitors gift of pen and cup, along with special letter about Emmanuel to make contact with visitors. Have visitors sign guest book to receive said items.
Youth: Chris W reported that next Garage Sale will be October 4-5. The Youth Board will discuss leftover dollars from the Youth Gathering and how to plan fundraising for future projects and events.
Pastor’s Report: Provided by Pastor G.
Parish Planning Council (PPC) Meeting Con't
Next Meeting: August 15, 2019 at 7:00pm
Closing: Pastor lead us in closing prayer and song.
Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at approximately 9:30pm.
Respectfully submitted by,
Marcia Engvall, PPC Secretary
August PPC Meeting Highlights:
Emmanuel will be hosting Family Promise the week of August 25th; volunteers are needed to help. We have also been asked to supply space for the week of September 1st; the Family Promise Board will provide volunteers for the week of September 1st.
Guiding Hands Preschool
We are about to embark on another exciting year of learning. I am looking forward to seeing all the children and beginning our journey of discovery. I know there are some children that are excited and some that might be a little bit scared.
The first week of school we will concentrate on getting to know each other. We will learn what God would want us to do in respect to each other and our school. I am looking forward to greeting old friends and getting to know some new ones!
We currently have 24 students enrolled with openings in some of our classes. If you know of any families still looking for preschool please have them give us a call.
Please keep the children and me in your prayers and pray that we have a blessed and exciting school year discovering Jesus.
May God Bless,
Thanks again from
Melinda G. & John S.
Summer is almost over and soon we will be firing up our wood burning furnace. Each time I fill it I will remember the volunteers who cut, split, hauled and stacked 12 cords of wood for us in June. It was wonderful to have that huge chore completed early in the summer so that I could get other chores completed. We have enjoyed looking out our nice clean windows. Volunteers washed over 50 windows and screens. Dave Jackson power washed our deck and it still looks nice. John and I want to thank everyone again for their work and most importantly for all the prayers. John is starting to get a bit more energy and has been able to tackle a few projects. It has been a humbling and amazing experience to know that so many people care.
Blessings to you! --- Melinda & John
There's only 4 months left to keep your secret! Continue to pray for your Pal. If you haven't given her a note or something, you may want to do so. Let her know you are thinking of her! Here is a little something to think about.
"Would that there were an award for people who come
to understand the concept of enough.
Socially responsible enough.
When you have self respect, you have enough,
and when you have enough, you have self respect."
by Gail Sheehy
Tilted Halos Sewing Sisters
We will not be meeting during September. Our workshops in October and November will be on Sundays after late service. You may bring a lunch for yourself if you would like. We will start approximately at 12:30 and run until 3:30 or 4:00.
Sunday, October 6--No sewing machines needed today, but bring a favorite pair of scissors or rotary cutter and pins if you have them. I will provide cutting mats and rulers. We will lay out mitten, scarf, and hat patterns on fleece and begin cutting them. These can be taken home for sewing. Any pieces of fleece and preshrunk wool material (old sweaters, scarves, etc.) can be brought that day or ahead of time. (Please label "For Tilted Halos Sewing Sisters). The box of pillowcase dresses, shorts, and assorted sewing notions needs to be sorted and organized. Aprons for the kitchen have all been cut out and are ready to take and sew at home or at our next two meetings.
Sunday, October 27 and Sunday, November 3--These days will be for laying out fabric pieces for assembling lap quilts and future dementia fidget quilts. Sewing machines will be needed. Liz Link has donated a machine for our use, so if you don't want to bring your machine, one is available. Thank you, Liz!
Future plans include collecting miscellaneous items for the dementia fidget quilts and creating Angel Gowns for stillborn and pre-born babies. These are made from donated wedding gowns that are cut apart and refashioned into tiny burial outfits for those little ones.
Any suggestions for mission projects for our group to consider are always welcome!
In His Service to Others--
Rally Day - September 8th
Sunday School for Youth & Adult Bible Study at 9 a.m.
Worship Service -10:30 a.m.
Potluck at 11:45 a.m.
Followed by BINGO, Crazy Hair and games
Elders will be making ice cream floats.
Join in the fun and fellowship!
Updates from your Intern!
I am your new Director of Christian Education intern, Danielle Critchley. I will do my best to serve you as best I can. I’m thankful for the warm welcome I’ve received since I’ve been here.
Coming up in September, we have Rally Day on Sunday, September 8th, which is when Sunday school will start for the school year. I’m so excited to start teaching. The lessons that I will be using for high school will focus on God’s punishments for some of those who disobeyed His commands, but more importantly, His love and forgiveness that is available to everyone because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, which I believe is the most important thing about our faith.
I’m looking forward to continuing my work here at Emmanuel, and getting to know all of you!
Emmanuel Lutheran Church
1506 Main Street - Elk River
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Monday, September 9, 2019
1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
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LUTHERAN WOMENS MISSIONARY LEAGUE
All Women Are Invited!
LWML provides a monthly gathering and fellowship opportunity for women. Each month we'll examine topics provided by LWML which address issues relevant to women of today.
Need to feel refreshed and strengthened in your faith?
Then come to one of our meetings. We would love to see you there!
"Serve the Lord with Gladness” Psalm 100:2
TOGETHER WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Lutheran Women’s Mission League
Welcome back! Back from vacation, back to school, and back to church. I can't wait until our meeting. There is so much to share! Please mark your calendar and don't miss our next meeting.
Coming back to school reminds me of learning and how our language is complicated. At one of the schools I was at last year, the children were learning about correct use of a comma and how it can change the meaning of a sentence. For example, there were these 2 sentences. Let's eat, Grandma! or Let's eat Grandma! The comma makes a difference in the sentence. The kids and I had a good laugh. This all makes me think of an April Portals of Prayer I read a few years ago.
One Little Word
Jesus looked at them and said, "With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God." Mark 10:27
I (the author of this article) love grammar. It fascinates me that in the English language, the use of one little word or punctuation mark can entirely change the meaning of a whole sentence. Simple words such as the preposition "with" tend to be overlooked, but hold great importance. "With" implies a connection, a link. As sinners, we know there is no link or connection with God. In original sin, the perfection God had planned was destroyed. All mankind was doomed and hopeless. There was no chance of connecting with God until Christ came and suffered for us. His death reconnected sinful man with God.
With the water of Baptism, with His Holy Supper, and with the pastor's words of forgiveness, we are made new creatures, bound to live with Him forever. And we can daily know this comfort and share it with others. Jesus promises us in Matthew 28:20: "And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." He will be with us even as the shadows of our own lives surround us. Through Christ, we are forever with God and have a heavenly home waiting.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for my life with You. Amen
I look forward to connecting with God and with my fellow sisters in Christ. Let's make this a great year of 'with'! Carol
Afternoon Group: Thurs., Sept. 5, 2019 at Guardian Angels Nursing Home at 1:00 PM.
Evening Group: Mon., Sept. 16, 2019 at church at 6:30 PM - Carol S. is hostess
3 R's - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
You've heard of these 3 R's before. Your LWML is currently collecting empty pill bottles (with covers), too. These can be over-the-counter or prescription bottles. Make sure your prescription information is taken off of the bottle. Put them in the box by the cards at church. The bottles are sent to Matthew 24: Ministries and the card to Boys and Girls Ranch. It sure feels good to reuse things instead of recycling them or putting them in the garbage.
Thank u for helping!
Cards! Cards! Cards! Don't throw that out!
It sure is fun to be remembered by receiving a card (Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Graduation or??), especially with a hand written note inside. But now that the occasion is over, what to do with them? Cut off the front of the card and put it in the box on the floor by the card display at church. Make sure there are no personal messages on the back of it. We cannot accept Hallmark or Disney. These wonderful sentiments are repurposed by the Boys and Girls Ranch to make money for their organization. Please continue to 'shop' at Emmanuel for your card needs - baby, birthday, sympathy, etc. They're only $1! What a win-win situation! We supply your cards and take care of them when you are done with them! THANK YOU for supporting our card counter, the LWML, and the Ranch!!
Genia J. 9/2
Judy D. 9/3
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Judy B. 9/5
Brent R. 9/5
Darlene C. 9/6
Scott S. 9/6
Carrie B. 9/8
Jim G. 9/8
Ben J. 9/11
Annette A. 9/12
Bud A. 9/13
Dave J. 9/16
Mike D. 9/17
Noah R. 9/18
Rayna R. 9/18
Jim T. 9/21
Jaack D. 9/24
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Nicholas A. 9/25
Steve S. 9/28
Lu W. 9/29
Emma R. 9/29
Chase J. 9/30
Gary & Chris L.
Lloyd & Myrt B.
Michael & Candice Z.
Mike & Deb R.
Glen & Jeanette E.
Randy & Laurie C.
David & Stacey A.
Merle & Marilyn K.
Clark & Pam J.