Celebrating 101 Years 1918-2019
“God With Us”
Easter End Game
On my one and only cruise trip – There was one day set aside to go swimming off one of the Princess Cay Islands in the Caribbean. The swimming was amazing at first – But then I began to drift with the current further and further away from the shore – Soon there were no other swimmers near me. I began to panic – and swim more vigorously toward the shore – yet – the harder I swam – the further away from shore I drifted. I can still remember the feeling of exhaustion and helplessness of being carried by the current out toward the open sea. I’m thinking to myself – This is not good – I’m in trouble – I can’t believe this is happening to me. I'm alive today because one of the life guards saw my distress and came out with a jet ski to rescue me.
Then there were those 33 Chilean miners, trapped for 69 days in a collapsed mine a half mile down. Remember, that rescue capsule was lowered down that newly-created shaft, and the rescuers brought every miner out alive. Or Houston. Hurricane Harvey. Whole neighborhoods, suddenly a lake - and people stranded on their rooftops. Until that rescue chopper came and lifted them to safety.
A makeshift mine shaft and a rescue capsule. A chopper hovering above a house surrounded by floodwaters. And a lifeguard on a jet ski going out to assist a swimmer in peril. Oh, and a man nailed to a cross on a skull-shaped hill near Jerusalem. Where the only Son God has given His life for the greatest rescue mission in history. They all have this in common: people would have died except someone stepped in with a way to live. There were not many ways for them to be saved. Just one. But, thank God, there was one!
In a recent devotional thought by Ron Hutchcraft the topic is addressed, "One Way to God - Or Many?" Let me share with you some of these insights from the Bible.
There may be no more audacious - and controversial - statement Jesus ever made than the one recorded in John 14:6. "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Me."
The apostles declared, "There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). Then it says, "There is only one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity - the man Christ Jesus. He gave His life to purchase freedom for everyone" (1 Timothy 2:5).
However, in our tolerant, inclusive, open-minded culture, those are fighting words! "How can you say there's only one way?" Even those Bible folks - "evangelical Christians" - are retreating from that exclusive claim. Fifty-six percent believe there are many paths to God other than faith in Jesus Christ. This is not a casual issue. Eternity never is. I can be wrong about a lot of things and not pay an awful price. But not being right with God when I die is not one of them.
There's a reason an instrument of torture and shame - the cross - has been the identifying symbol of Jesus' followers from the beginning. Because as the Bible says, "this is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him...He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins" (1 John 4:9-10).
Among all the great religions of the world, no one else even claimed to die for our sins. Every religion, including the Christian faith, gives us a moral code to follow. And if God-pleasing goodness is what it takes to get to God's heaven, take your pick from the menu of religions. But the Bible makes it clear that human sin is not a matter of breaking some religion's rules. It is, in essence, my raising my fist and saying, "God, You run the universe. I'm running me, thank You." It is refusing to let the God who gave me my life be God in my life. Spiritual hijacking. Punishable by death.
The Bible says, "The wages of sin is death...the soul that sins shall die...your sins have separated you from your God" (Romans 6:23, Ezekiel 18:20, Isaiah 59:2). There's only one way to pay a death penalty. Somebody's got to die. And Somebody did. God's one and only Son. He - and He alone - could and did take our place and pay for our sin. The only One who could forgive my sin is the One who paid for it with His life.
Before there were churches. Before there was Christianity. Before anyone had been called a Christian, there was a cross - where the very One I defied and denied paid my death penalty. That's true unconditional love.
So, it isn't about which religion is right. No religion could die for our sins. I don't need a religion. I need a rescuer! His name is Jesus, who paid the price for every person's sins, whatever their religion. The Bible says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His...Son..." (John 3:16). There are many religions. There's only one Savior.
If there had been any other way to remove the sin that keeps us out of heaven, why would God have ever sent His Son to die that brutal death? I can't imagine walking up to that bloody cross, looking Jesus in the eyes, and saying, "By the way, Jesus - there are other ways." For me, the issue is not "why is there only one way?" It's that there is a way where there was no way. I was drowning in my own sin. And the Rescuer came and died so I could live and so you could live. Place your trust in that rescuer.
In Christ’s Service,
Pastor Terry Grzybowski
Member Update Information
Thorsen James H.
Gavin Richard S.
Parish Planning Council (PPC) Meeting
Thursday, March 21, 2019 — as approved at PPC meeting on April 17, 2019.
Present: Pastor Terry G., Bob W., Chris W., Lonnie L., Karena L.,
Jean C., Charles L., John N., Marcia E., Arlon F., Beth W., Guest: Brandon L.
Meeting called to order at approximately 7:00pm; lead this evening by Charles L.
Opening: Devotion by Pastor. Theme for today: Signs of Love.
Secretary’s Report: Report given by Marcia. The February 21, 2019, PPC Meeting Minutes were reviewed. John made motion to accept as written, seconded by Arlon; approved.
Treasurer’s Report: Report given by Jean. The Balance Sheet, as of March 20, 2019, was reviewed. The Profit & Loss Budget vs. Actual for January 1 through March 20, 2019, was reviewed. Checking, savings, and special fund account balances were provided. Expenditures are up from snow plowing and hauling away excess snow, otherwise somewhat consistent as with past. Offerings are not keeping up with expenditures; a synopsis of such will be included in the monthly newsletter as a continual awareness of church finances. John moved to accept Treasurer’s Report, Marcia seconded; approved.
Emmanuel Emergency Plans Discussion: Bob W explained how a small group of folks have been meeting and are looking to implement an emergency plan for Emmanuel. Elk River Police Department has been contacted; a Community Service representative will come out and walk through the church and provide direction for plans. Lonnie has put together special first aid kits. Group is developing instructions/plans for security. Person available to offer trainings in future. Medical, weather, and other emergencies are to be addressed. Lonnie is open to providing basic first aid to members. Suggestion made to invite local law enforcement to events that we have for public. Group will continue to provide emergency plan updates to PPC as progress is made.
Youth Encounters Project: Bob W. provided information on project recently discussed at Elders meeting. Suggested that groups of teens interview ‘older’ members to find out about that individual/person and changes seen in the church over the years. What experiences have adults had that would be of interest to youth. Gaining wisdom for youth and for adults, as don’t know a lot of folks’ backgrounds. Could possibly put information on secure website and/or flash drive.
Main Street House Contract: Guest Brandon L. was present for discussion on changes to current house occupation contract. Costs associated with house have been going up, so increased monthly fee recommended by Trustees. It was suggested that the electric bill be shared with residents so they were aware of actual costs. The house will be getting a new air conditioner/furnace. A motion was made by Chuck, with friendly amendment by Marcia, to increase the monthly fee to $600.00 starting on July 1, 2019, and that occupancy would be determined on a month-to-month basis with June 1, 2020, as the date that current residents would need to be out of the Main Street house. Amended motion seconded by Jean; approved by PPC members present.
Preschool: Report given by Pastor. M-W-F Class is currently full. Morning classes are full for next year; still have afternoon openings. Field trip to Cub Foods went well. Helen B. will be coming in one day a week to volunteer and read stories. Upcoming events include Vegetable Soup, Fire station trip, Parent-Teacher conferences, and annual Plant Sale. Preschool will be performing for Mother’s Day service.
Elders: Written report provided by George and read by Pastor. Men’s Retreat at Lutheran Island Camp was good. Discussed Elders terms and that some will be ending. Summer Worship schedule needs to be considered; success with remaining as usual like last year, also growing feedback for one Sunday service. At Elders meeting, Bob W proposed new Youth small group to encourage and develop encounters, interviews, and learning from ‘older’ members of Emmanuel; Pastor and Bob will be developing a protocol for this.
Education: Report given by Beth. Beth attended Best Practices Conference; attended seven break-out sessions. Working with Preschool, Sunday School, Confirmation, and various other aspects of Emmanuel. $1180.00 raised so far for LCMS Youth Gathering from the envelope fundraiser plus other funds; still need $4000.00. Looking at Psalms in Bible studies preparing for the Youth Gathering.
Stewardship: Arlon stated that group did not meet so no report at this time.
Trustees: Report given by John. Snow piles were removed due to possible flooding of 5th Street house. Various repairs made as needed. In process of changing out lights in rear of sanctuary to LEDs. Heater installed in out building and working great. Working on agreement/contract with occupants of Main Street house. John announced that this was his last report; another Trustee (Clark J.) will be reporting at future meetings.
Youth: Report given by Chris. Shoe Drive is officially completed and 1670 pairs of shoes sent. May 3-4 is next Garage Sale. Working on finding projects for Hope for the Heartland to possibly be done in June.
Pastor’s Report: Pastor reported that Ash Wednesday service on March 6th was very well attended. Bible Studies are going well; going deeper than had figured would happen with the Mayberry Bible Study. Pastor officiated 3 weddings in February. Eighth grade confirmands will receive their First Communion on Maundy Thursday (April 18). Nine adults plus children have transferred to Emmanuel. Two persons are attending New Member Class. Monthly devotions and/or worships continue with nursing home and homebound members.
New Business: None.
Next Meeting: The next meeting will be moved to April 17 at 7:00pm, as April 18 is Maundy Thursday.
Closing: Pastor led us in closing devotion, song, and prayer.
Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 8:50pm.
Respectfully submitted by,
Marcia Engvall, PPC Secretary
Remember to pray for your Pals often, and if you haven't sent a note/card of encouragement, now would be a good time. This is from the Buckles comic strip written by David Gilbert.
What is Love?
Is it butterfly kisses fluttering on cheeks?
Or receiving a flower every day of the week?
Is it running through rain, hand in hand?
Or watching the sun set touching toes in the sand?
Is it chocolate given special times of the year?
Or the whispering of sweet nothings tickling the ear?
Is it a card drawn by hand with personal flair?
Or little notes passed of flirtations shared?
Is it a fluffy stuffed bear for someone to hold?
Or a beautiful diamond on a small ring of gold?
Whatever love is:
Think, Say, or Do.... I know that it's real being here with you.
Come join us for a Baby Shower for baby boy - Oliver David Z.
Proud parents Candice & David Z. are expecting this blessing early June
Everyone is invited
When: Sunday May 5th 2019 Where: Emmanuel Lutheran
Time: 12:00 PM Right after the 10:30 AM Church Service
Please RSVP to Wendy B.
Gluten Free dishes will be available
Updates from your Intern!
Alleluia! He is Risen!
Over the past several years I have come to love Lent and the hope it leads to in the coming of Easter. The time of waiting and reflection on my mortality but also Jesus’ sacrifice for me and for all of us is an important time. It causes me to slow down and remember that I can’t do it all, I’m not perfect, and I will not be here forever. In that same moment of reflection, there is the looming joy and life we receive through Jesus who is perfect, paid it all through his death that gives new life, and has a place for us in heaven forever.
As I said, this season is a meaningful time for me, but this past Lent has been harder than most in my life. It has truly caused me to reflect on the relationship between death and life that Lent and Easter are about. Sam and I had to deal with one of our vehicles dying and going through the process of purchasing a new (to us) car. It was difficult and stressful, we were uncertain, and not sure how to navigate our first big financial decision as husband and wife. In March we also grieved the one-year anniversary of my uncle’s sudden passing in a car accident alongside my mother who still struggles to accept her brother is gone. But the hardest of all of these was when I learned on Tuesday afternoon of Holy Week that a fellow classmate at Concordia had passed away that morning. She had been one of my residents when I was an RA. She was vivacious, hilarious and a shining light on our campus. It still hasn’t hit me that she won’t be there when I go back next fall.
In the pain of all of these things, through our tears and stress, we are reminded that we are not alone; Jesus shows up and weeps and walks with us in the midst of our grieving and hurt. Look at the Bible after Jesus’ resurrection. He shows up in all kinds of places and situations – in locked rooms, along the road, with those doubting who he is, in the midst of fear and despair. Jesus is with us and wants to be forever. On Good Friday, he chose for this broken life not to be the end. Death will not win, and we will be with our Savior forever.
In the death of a friend, a family member, a pet, or even a car, these things that cause despair and stress and doubt and confusion, we can know that Jesus is reaching out to us. This Easter was an even sweeter reminder that in this world there is new life coming out of death and brokenness through Jesus Christ. It doesn’t make the pain on this earth go away, but through the Word, Good News, and Holy Spirit, it does produce a hope that will not disappoint.
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
It’s hard to believe that we will be starting the last month of preschool. The children have grown in so many ways. I will miss all of them! I sincerely hope that as they continue to grow they will remember to always keep Jesus with them in their hearts and in their actions.
The month of May will be a very busy time for us. The children will be learning about the many gifts that God gives to us. We will be learning about plants, animals, bugs, and birds.
Our Annual Plant Sale is on Saturday, May 11. Volunteers to help out before, during and after the Sale are always great appreciated. If you would like to donate plants please bring them to the church by Friday, May 10. Thank you!
The children will be participating in our worship service on that Sunday, May 12. We have been working hard on our songs.
Our graduation celebration for the children going on to
kindergarten next year will be on Friday, May 17 at 7pm. I hope some
of you will be able to join us for that special occasion.
On Monday, May 20 we will have our class picnic at Otsego Prairie Park. It is always a time full of fun and joy. I hope everyone will be able to participate.
May God Bless,
Guiding Hands Preschool
Our Spring Plant Sale is coming soon!
Your time, talents or donations will be greatly appreciated. The help of many hands will make this fund-raiser a success for Emmanuel’s mission outreach,
Volunteers are needed to help with the following activities:
Friday, May 10 -
set up for Sale
Saturday, May 11 -
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sunday, May 12 -
clean-up after the sale
Donations of plants
may be brought to the church on Friday, May 10.
News from the "Stews"
A special “Thank You” to all for your generous support of the chosen “Special Offerings” recipients for Lent. The following are a few of the comments in the Thank You letters received from some 2018 offerings:
-Feed My Starving Children – “Thank you for donating funds for 2,582 FMSC MannaPack meals for starving children in Haiti. ‘But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish’. Psalm 9:18.:”
-Lutheran Bible Translators – “Through your gifting you reach people in remote language communities. You are directly participating in the work of Bible translation for those who do not yet have God’s Word in the language of their heart.”
-Lutheran Braille Workers – “Thank you for making Jesus and His love available to people with visual impairment. You offer the gift of Light, Hope and Peace in Jesus!”
We are working on the purchase of a “Poster Display Rack” commonly called a “flip-board” to be placed in the Fellowship area or the entrance to that area. It would be a bit of “people” picture history showing the confirmands from Emmanuel’s beginning.
Plans are being made to begin a “Welcome corner” for visitors to Emmanuel—Maybe just a cup from our centennial or a pen and a brief note/card with a few specifics about our church, i.e., church service times, Sunday School, and Bible study times, organizations within the church.
As you can determine from the newsletters, we have a great crew working to accomplish the many tasks required for the operation of our church. Election of officers and board members is coming up soon. The church operation does not just happen. It takes many hands. New people bring new ideas and we need yours. Whatever your interests are, be they outside or inside the church facility, financial expertise, youth, stewardship, elders, etc. Please consider just putting a note in the offering plate that you are interested in becoming active in any area of your interest.
Tilted Halo Sewing Sisters
Thank you to all who helped the Tilted Halos with the sewing project on Sat., April 27! We greatly appreciate your gift of time and talent for this mission outreach project.
PARENTS OF GRADUATES
High School & College
Emmanuel Lutheran Church will be honoring this year’s graduates with a special service on June 9th at the 10:30 am. There will be a reception to honor this year’s graduates in the Fellowship area following the service.
There will also be a display created in honor of the graduates and we could use your help to complete it. Your part is as easy as 1 . . . 2 . . . 3 . . .
1) Provide 5-7 pictures of your child at various stages of their lives.
(Baptism, first day of school, confirmation, etc.)
2) Write a brief summary regarding your child, their interests,
accomplishments and awards received. (School activities, clubs,
3) Let us know what their future holds (Place of employment, career goals, continuing education, etc.)
After you have gathered together the items listed above please, give them
to Val Jackson or place them in her mailbox by Monday, May 26th.
Questions???? Contact Val Jackson at (763)856-6006.
If you know of any graduates from Emmanuel please, let Val know.
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
Thank you to all who have supported the Lutheran Women in Mission! The National LWML met their mission goal of $2 million dollars - and, surpassed it by $92,000!! Read and see all of the mission grants that were funded by looking at the bulletin board in the church hallway.
TOGETHER WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Our Rum River Zone Spring Rally is on Sat., May 4. Anyone interested should contact Carol ASAP. We will be carpooling and leaving around 7:30 AM. Call Carol if she needs to meet you at the church. We will travel to Lord of the Lakes in Forest Lake. Registration begins at 8:30 and the meeting starts at 9. Cost is $6. We are collecting 1 yard pieces of polar fleece. Please have them to the church by Fri., May 3. (Theme: “You are a chosen people…” Youth Ministry and featured speaker: Shelly Carlson).
Spring is finally here and summer is on the way. The rains are here and the earth is turning green and flowers are blooming. That means many people will be gone on weekends for cabins, vacations, family and fun events. Please remember that the needs of church don't stop when you are away. The early Christians sold their possessions and gave everything they had to support Christ's Church (including their lives). Here is a June 3 article from the Portals of Prayer to help give us incentive to remember His Church all year long.
"Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house. And thereby put Me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need." Malachi 3:10
Giving money to the church can often make us squirm. We would rather use our money for our own needs - or wants. We find it difficult to summon the exuberance of Psalm 96, in which bringing an offering is one element of a joyous parade of praise to the Lord. Instead, our offerings to the church can feel like an imposition or even a burden to us.
Yet Malachi 3:10 suggests that offerings are now a test of our faithfulness to God but rather of His faithfulness to us. It reminds us of who He is: A God of unfathomable generosity and grace. After all, "He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him graciously give us all things?" (Roman 8:32). Through Jesus' death, He has given us underserved forgiveness and eternal life. Who knows what blessings the Lord might pour down on us and our congregations through our faithful offerings? He invites us to discover what He has in store!
We pray: Gracious God, thank You for the riches of mercy You have rained down on me. Please grant me a generous heart toward Your Church. Amen.
Afternoon Group: Meet at Guardian Angels Nursing Home on Thurs., May 2 at 1:00 PM
Evening Group: Mon., May 6 at 6:30 PM at church - Kathy Ott is hostess
Cards! Cards! Cards! Don't throw that out!
It sure is fun to be remembered by receiving a card, especially with a hand written note inside. But now that the occasion is over, what to do with them? Don't throw them away or put them in your recycle container! Cut off the front of the card and put it in the box 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!!
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 you for helping!
2nd Arlon F.
5th Dylan B.
14th Cole C.
15th Monie D.
17th Josefina (Josie) W.
19th Paige A.
31st Emma A.
Eduardo & Andrea A.
May 6, 2005
Ben & Genia J
May 6, 2006
Dustin & Nicole R.
May 13, 2011
Steve & Carol S.
May 18, 1985
Ray & Ramona D.
May 25th, 1968
Leland & Laurel B.
May 25, 1991