Greetings in Jesus name!
I read a story about a little boy who got lost. Scotty was just four years old, and he was lost in Brooklyn. A police officer spotted this little guy standing on a busy street corner in this huge city, crying. Of course, he tried to help the boy by asking him his address, and Scotty didn't know. The officer asked him his phone number, and he answered through his tears, "I can't remember." The officer was running out of options. He was just about to take the little guy down to the station when he thought of one last question: "Scotty, is there anything near your house that I might recognize?" That was the moment that little guy discovered the one thing that really helped him finally get home.
There was one landmark young Scotty was able to identify for the policeman. He said, "Mister, next to my house there's this big church, and it's got a big cross on the top. And if you can get me to that cross, I can find my way home."
There is something profound in what Scotty shared with the policeman. “If you can get me to that cross, I can find my way home.” Wow!!!
I read about a thirty-something year old man who had left the church of his childhood years to embark on a search for spiritual reality. Along the way, there were a lot of religions, many spiritualties, but no satisfaction. Then, he said, "One day I stepped back into the church I'd grown up in. I was the only one there. Up in front, I saw the cross that I'd looked at so many times as a kid. But suddenly something hit me that I had missed all those years. I found myself saying, "For me. That cross was for me." And that's where his long search ended.
That's where the spiritual search of millions has ended. Looking at that cross, seeing what Jesus did there, and suddenly saying those two words that change everything, "for me." In Galatians 2:20, we read: "Christ loved me and gave Himself for me."
For many people, Mel Gibson's portrayal of Jesus' death in his movie, "The Passion of the Christ," revealed the enormity of the suffering and the sacrifice that Jesus went through. And one can understandably ask, "What made such a bloody, horrific death necessary?" Answer, it was punishment for my sin and your sin.
Because sin isn't just breaking some religion's rule. It's declaring ourselves "God" of our own life; taking a life God made and doing with it what we want. That sin carries the death penalty of an unbearable hell and an eternal separation from God. And that's what Jesus was carrying for us in His body and His soul as He agonized on that cross. And three days later, He walked out of His grave under His own power. Proof positive that God accepted His sacrifice for us.
Which means you can have, not a religion about Him, but a relationship with Him. We are all born spiritually lost. Only in Christ and the cross do we have the promise of forgiveness, salvation, and a restored relationship with God.
As we read in Romans 3:21-26, “But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”
We are so blessed that we are able to trade our sin for His forgiveness, our emptiness for His peace, and our hell for His heaven.
The search of a lifetime ends at the foot of an old rugged cross. And if you can get to the cross, you can finally find your way home.
Love In Christ,
Pastor Terry Grzybowski
MEMBER UPDATE INFORMATION
Harvey Willem S.
Josephine Mae H.
Eloise Isolde S.
Parish Planning Council (PPC) Meeting
No Meeting in September
GUIDING HANDS PRESCHOOL
One month is behind us and on to the next. We had so much fun making new friends and discovering new things. I am looking forward to all the laughter and excitement that will come with our next month of learning.
In October we will be focusing on community helpers. We will learn how God wants each of us to help in our community.
We will also be having a fall costume party for each of our classes. Since we will be focusing on community helpers during the month we would like the children to dress up as a helper for the party.
Our three-day class will be visiting the Berry Hill Farm during October. It will be our first field trip. It should be quite an adventure!
May God Bless,
EMMANUEL NAME TAGS
We would love to see all of the adult members of Emmanuel wear their name tags on Sundays. Everyone should have a name tag in their church mailbox. If you do not have one or are in need of a mailbox please, let the church secretary know by stopping by the office or calling 441-2555.
The LORD says, “You are precious and honored in my sight, And . . . I love you.”
EMMANUEL SNOW BIRDS - PLEASE READ
If you are planning to leave Minnesota for your warm winter retreat away from the cold, snow and ice please, take a moment to let the church secretary know. Having up to date information on our church members helps out in many ways.
10/3 Joseph H.
10/4 Amber R.
10/7 Andrew B.
10/9 Val J.
10/11 Marilyn K.
10/12 Lydia A.
10/13 Norine B.
10/17 Nicole K.
10/20 Lavonne K.
10/24 Dylan R.
10/25 Bethany R.
10/28 Debra R.
Mark & Jennifer B.
Brent & Amber R.
Lyle & Darlene C.
Michael & Carrie R.
Jim & Judy B.
Dave & Val J.
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!
Lutheran Women in Mission
A special worship service is planned for Sunday, October 15, 2017 to celebrate all that God has done through the LWML. The author of this service, Dr. Lawrence Rast writes, "Building on God's promises, we know that this is our time to be distinctly Lutheran. Since 1942, the LWML has affirmed each woman's identity as a child of God and her relationship with Jesus Christ, encouraging and equipping Christian women to live out their lives in active mission ministries, and to support missions around the world though their sacrificial gifts of mites, tithes, offerings, and tireless service. Now is our time to "Be Ready to Confess!" faithfully and boldly of Christ's redemptive work for us and for all the world."
Our ladies will be showing their service to the Lord by ushering, reading, and sharing the children's message. There will be delicious refreshments between the worship services. Please join us for this celebration of Lutheran Women in Mission. Remember, all of us together make a difference!
The Grace of Gratitude
by J. Harold Gwynne, D.D.
As we receive Thy bounties, Lord,
Of raiment, shelter, food,
Inspire within our minds and hearts
The grace of gratitude.
All gifts and blessings that we know
Come from Thy gracious hand;
Thy overruling love and power
Encompass sea and land.
The sun that shines, the rains that fall,
The soft blue sky above,
The winds that blow, the clouds that drift
Are tokens of Thy love.
The orchards bearing ripened fruit,
The fields of golden grain,
The trees and flowers everywhere,
Thy mercies, Lord, contain.
Creator of these lives of ours,
With every gift endued,
May all our days and years express
The grace of gratitude.
May all of us "Be Ready to Confess!" in and out of season what Christ has done for us. Praise God that He loves us and is in control.
Afternoon Group Will Meet Thursday, October 5 at 1:00 PM at Guardian Angels
Evening Group Will Meet Monday, October 9 Note the time change! 6:00 PM at Emmanuel
This will be a working meeting on the Chrismons.
It's hard to believe its October already! In another month, we will be thinking of decorating the church for Christmas. We are hoping all of the new Chrismon ornaments will be ready to put on the tree. We are going to work on finishing as many of the ornaments as possible at the next LWML meeting. This will be a working meeting and we will be starting extra early at 6:00 PM. If you would like to help the ladies, please come and join us on Monday, October 9th. We will be in the area next to the kitchen. Goodies will also be provided.
1506 MAIN ST., ELK RIVER
CRAFTERS, VENDORS, BAKE SALE GARAGE SALE
October 20th & 21st
Saturday 9:00 am-3:00 pm
CRAFTERS AND VENDORS
COST: BOTH DAYS
$25.00 (BRINGING YOUR OWN TABLE)
$35.00 (USING OUR TABLE-8 FEET)
SPACE WILL BE LIMITED SO; CALL AND RESERVE YOUR SPOT.
ALL PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT YOUTH GROUP FOR MISSIONS
CONTACT: VAL J. @
DONATION FORMS FOR GARAGE SALE
If you donate items for the garage sale and would like a receipt, receipts are located in the top row of the mailboxes in the entryway and also in a pocket on the bulletin board across from the kitchen. Complete the form and keep it with your tax records.
Saturday, October 7th 12:00-5:00pm
Oliver Kelley Farm
Hosted by: Thrivent Community-Three Rivers
Tickets can be purchased at: Thrivent Fiancial in Elk River or the Elk River American Legion
$5 includes commemorative mug or $8 at the door
Squeezy Wes Miller
Beer and Rootbeer - $5 Wine and Beer Pull - $10
Food for sale: Brats, Sauerkraut, German Potato Salad, Pretzels, Donuts, Homemade Pies
1:00pm – Hammerslaugen tournament
2:00pm – Raise the Stein competition
3:00pm – Lederhosen contest
Free Yard games & kids games
Discount tickets to visit Kelley Farm
We will be assembling weekend meal bags for kids in need.
All Proceeds Benefit Great River Family Promise Family Shelter and Assistance Program
Special thanks to Elk River American Legion & Sunshine Depot
Call Val at 763-633-5300 or firstname.lastname@example.org