Celebrating 101 Years     1918-2019


September 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

                Florence Greer

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.

Secretary’s Report: 

  • Marcia E reviewed the minutes from the May 16th PPC meeting.  Jean requested clarification on income vs. expenses information to be included in weekly bulletins and monthly newsletters; change made to meeting minutes.  George V made motion to accept May Minutes, Jean seconded; approved.
  • Marcia E read the minutes from the June 9th Voters’ Meeting.  Chuck L made a motion to accept, Jeanette seconded; approved.  A question was asked as to who needs to write up the approved amendment to the By-Laws (re:  Emeritus Elders).  Pastor suggested that Carol S might be able to write up as she assisted with writing the By-Laws; Paul will follow-up on this with Carol S.

Treasurer’s Report: 

  • Jean C provided copies of the Checking Account Balance, Savings Account Balance, Special Funds balances, Balance Sheet as of July 17, 2019, and the Profit & Loss Budget vs. Actual January 1 through July 17, 2019, to those present for review and comment.  Marcia E made motion to accept, Monie seconded; approved.
  • Discussion followed on what to do if we continue to have shortages in offerings vs. expenses.  We will continue to post income and expenses information in the weekly bulletins and monthly newsletters.  May need to have sermon or other special message on this issue in near future.  Reality is that we can’t spend money that we don’t have.  It was suggested that this may be an area for Stewardship to address; maybe add a sentence for clarification to income vs. expenses figures, along with negative amounts printed in red.  It was suggested that this information be placed in bulletins and newsletters in a more visible location.  It was also suggested the a listing of the numbers of persons giving at various levels could be included; this was done a number of years ago.  Discussion to be continued at the August PPC meeting.

Board Reports:

Preschool: No official report.  Pastor shared that 20 kids are registered for fall.

Elders:  Report provided by George V.

  • Working on setting up appointment with Farber Sound, LLC, regarding improvements to our church’s audio/visual capabilities.
  • Emmanuel Lutheran Church will participate in the annual Night to Unite with a BBQ this year.  Date:  August 6, 2019.  Time:  6:15-8:30pm.  Location:  Emmanuel Lutheran Church.  Good way to get to know our neighbors.  We’ll have hot dogs, hamburgers, apple cider donuts, and a ton of fun!  To support our community, we will also be accepting food donations for CAER during this event.  Volunteers needed!  A donation list will be put up for this event. Email PastorTerry. if you plan to attend or can help.
  • Preparing for Rally Day.  Rally Day will be Sunday, September 8, 2019.  There will be Sunday School and Adult Bible Study at 9:00am, Worship at 10:15am, and Pot Luck at 11:30am.  Bingo and games at Noon! 

Education: Beth provided report.

  • Has received sample curricula for upcoming Sunday School season.
  • Working on timeline for next Director of Christian Education (DCE).
  • August 11th will be last Sunday for Beth.
  • The LCMS Youth Gathering was INCREDIBLE and IMPACTFUL!  Over 20,000 youth and adults attended from across the United States.  A GREAT experience for all!!!  The group will share experiences from Youth Gathering on August 11 at the 10:30am service.  
  • Vacation Bible School will be held Sunday, July 21, through Thursday, July 25, 2019, from 6:30-8:00pm each evening.  This year’s theme is Miraculous Mission VBS.  Register Online.  We currently have 26 volunteers and 46 kids registered.
  • Paul brought up that we will need to do something special for Beth to thank her for all of her great work!

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.


  • Need to check on a few cleaning issues.
  • Water issue at Parsonage; working on roof repair.
  • Mission group started general repairs and painting of Parsonage.  Follow-up needed to ensure Parsonage is ready for next DCE.  Suggested that small group take care of remaining work.
  • Safety and Security Committee:
    • Medical/Trauma First Aid Kits available.  Lonnie will give “crash” course on use.
    • Looking at having a person in back to oversee church; serves as Pastor’s contact if Pastor sees something happen.  Point person will know who is available, who is medically trained, and who is not recognized.  Person could also watch comings and goings in and out during church service to ensure safety of all.
    • Rally Sunday — Committee will do activity/discussions on safety and security.
    • Manual — Working on set of procedures for various incidents.
    • Identification — Looking at special badges for security people and medical people.

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.

  • Pastor recently recorded a 30-minute worship service and message for “Main Street Living” that will be aired at 10:30am on Sunday, August 4, 2019.  “Main Street Living” is a television ministry of the churches of the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod and the Minnesota South District.  Programs are broadcast on WFTC-FOX 9 and My Network TV (Channel 29.9)        Go to for more information.
  • The next Contemporary Worship Service will be July 21 at 10:30am.
  • One wedding and one baptism were performed in June.
  • Monthly Worship Services continue at Guardian Angels by the Lake, Elk River Senior Living, and Guardian Angels Care Center.
  • Monthly Devotions continue with various persons who are home-bound or in care centers.
  • Received email for District about another group tour to Ark Exhibit.  Pastor talked with couple who went on the Diamond Tours; felt it was well done.  
  • Pulpit Exchange with Beth’s Dad will occur on Sunday, August 4th.
  • Our new Director of Christian Education (DCE) Intern, Danielle Critchley, will begin her ministry with Emmanuel Lutheran on July 29, 2019. 
  • Seminary Student, Gino Marchetti, will be here at Emmanuel on July 28, 2019, and preach the sermon that day.  He will lead a time for sharing between services.
  • Missionaries Reverend Daniel Jastram and Joan Jastram will be at Emmanuel Lutheran Church on August 22, 2019.  They will share about their work at 7:30pm that evening.  All are invited to attend.
  • Attended Youth Gathering.  Wonderful group of youth; great witnesses.  This event had a huge impact on the youth.
  • Centennial Time Capsule has now been engraved, just needs to be filled.









































































Parish Planning Council (PPC) Meeting Con't

Old Business: 

  • Jean C provided information on status of Sunday School Mission project-World Vision.  The amount of $39.00 is sent to this organization monthly, although Sunday School offerings have been short of making this amount.  It was felt that amount would be made up through VBS offerings.
  • Reminder — If purchasing from a company that the church has not previously done business, please let Jean C know so that a ST3 form can be provided to the company to declare Emmanuel’s exemption from sales tax.  Also, a W9 form is needed for any person hired/contracted for services.
  • Beth W checked into E-giving options.  One company offers services for $50.00 start-up fee, $10.00 monthly fee, and 2.7% fee on monies received.  Service is able to be added to our website and integrates with church management system.  

New Business: 

  • IRA distribution checks have been sent directly to Emmanuel Lutheran Church from members’ banks/brokerage companies, sometimes with no indication of person requesting his/her money be sent to Emmanuel.  If you are having your IRA funds donated directly to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, please let Monie D (Emmanuel’s Financial Secretary) know so amount can be recorded properly.
  • Many members provide gifts-in-kind to Emmanuel.  Be sure to get a pink slip (located in bottom row of mailboxes) as receipt/way to report your donations.
  • The 13th Annual Lutheran Night will be at Target Field on August 5, 2019, when the Twins play the Atlantic Braves.
  • A special event of interest is an evening of Worship with Chris Tomlin, and special guest Pat Barrett, at the Target Center on October 12, 2019. 
  • Karena L will be taking over as Chair for the Endowment Committee.  Still looking for another member.
  • Marcia E shared information about the online Church Directory that was developed in fall of 2016.  Member updates are needed.  Paul B suggested including hyperlink to Church Directory in monthly newsletter for ease of access.  Need to also make sure that information is same as what is in church office management system.  Marcia E and Val J will work on this.

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:

  • Guiding Hands Preschool will be holding two Open Houses:  Monday, August 19, from 6:30-7:30pm, and Wednesday, August 21, from 6:30-7:30pm.  Help is needed to assist with youngsters.  Please let Cheryl know if you can help.
  • Confirmation will start up again on Wednesday, September 18, with Student/Parent Night.
  • Welcome to Danielle Critchley, our new Director of Christian Education (DCE) Intern.  Danielle was installed during August 18 Worship Service.
  • Missionaries Rev. Daniel and Joan Jastram will be with us on August 22 at 7:30pm to share about their work. 
  • The Fall Youth Garage Sale is scheduled for October 4-5, 2019.  Donations collection will begin mid-September.

    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,

                         Mrs. Cheryl

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

Secret Pal

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.

     Good enough.

     Successful enough.

     Thin enough. 

     Rich 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--

                                 Lou S. 





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 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!

Hello Emmanuel!

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!

                          -Danielle C.

Blood Drive

Emmanuel Lutheran Church    

1506 Main Street - Elk River

Sponsored by:

Thrivent Financial ~ David Jackson

Monday, September 9, 2019

1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Appt/Info: Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit: and enter Sponsor Code: Thrivent Financial Elk River

Give Blood – Give Live

The need is constant.  The gratification is instant



 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



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!!

Happy Birthday

Genia J.     9/2

Judy D.       9/3

Sam R.       9/4

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

John N.       9/24

Nicholas A. 9/25

Steve S.      9/28

Lu W.           9/29

Emma R.      9/29

Chase J.       9/30

Happy Anniversary

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.