March 2018

Celebrating 100 Years     1918-2018

“God With Us”


“Please Give Me Courage Lord So That I Can . . . . .”

I like “Feel Good” movies.  Movies that resolve themselves with some good life lessons, and a “Happily Ever After” ending.  One of my favorite movies of all time is, "The Wizard of Oz." What an amazing cast of characters! I mean, Dorothy, the little Kansas farm girl blown into the Land of Oz. She wants to see the Wizard to get help to get home. Then remember, there's a Scarecrow, he wants to see the Wizard to get some brains. And the Tin Woodsman, well, he's looking for a heart. And last but not least, there's that lovable Cowardly Lion. Now we all know some people who could use some brains, and we all know some people who could use a little more heart; but we are surrounded by a plethora of people who could use more of what that Cowardly Lion was looking for, "Courage!"

I would like to share a few thoughts with you from a devotion written by Ron Hutchcraft that had to do with, "Un-cowarding the Cowardly Lion."

In Hebrews chapter 10:24 we read, "Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching."  Here, God’s Word is telling us we're supposed to be in the business of spurring people on to be what they need to be, and do what they need to do. In other words, people should be better off because they've been around us. That was the effect Jesus had on the people that He was around.

How will that happen? Well, it happens when we do this: "Let us encourage one another." I was thinking the other day about what encourage means. Just reverse it - courage in. It means you're putting courage in people. It's like a gasoline fill-up except it's a motivation fill-up. When you encourage someone, you literally put courage in them. You give them courage to take a risk, to trust God, maybe just to get through a very tough day.

You put courage in someone when you stop and you pray with them.  That’s right, “with them,” not just for them.  I have seen people literally change before my eyes when I would just take a moment to pray with them.

You encourage a person when you give them specific praise for something they did or more importantly for something they are. Sometimes the courage injection comes from a scripture verse you share with them, or a spontaneous note or an email you write, or a text, maybe just a minute spent honestly inquiring how they're really doing. I can't tell you how many times someone's word, or note, or prayer of encouragement has literally put courage in me on a day when courage was really needed. And the encourager could never have known how much I needed it. But they were literally the channel for God to say to me, "Pastor G, I love you. It's going to be okay. Take courage, man."

Encouragement restores your perspective when it's been battered and beat up by the pressures of the day. The great thing about the ministry of putting courage in people is that anybody can do it. It doesn't require any great gifts. It doesn't require any musical ability, or speaking or leadership, or a seminary degree - just a heart. It takes a genuine interest and it looks for ways to give that person encouragement; to build them up.

That Cowardly Lion finally got his courage largely from being with three other friends who carried him through the tough times. People around you don't need a wizard to give them courage. But they may very well need some courage to take the next step on the road of their life. They just need somebody like you. They need the courage-giving love of a Jesus follower...maybe you.

The middle of this month, you will have an opportunity to hear someone speak on this very thing.  On Wednesday, March 14, Spectrum High School will be hosting a dynamic speaker, Sam Eaton, will be sharing a message on how just one life, one decision, one moment, one opportunity, can impact the lives of many.  The event is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 PM.  Spread the Word – Invite someone you know.

It is my prayer that God’s Holy Spirit would put some courage in us, and use our life to impact the life of another, to His glory, and to the building of His kingdom.

Yours In Christ’s Service,

Pastor Terry Grzybowski





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March 7, 14, 21 – Lenten Services at 7:00 pm

March 25 – Palm Sunday Services at 8:00 & 10:30 am

March 29 – Maundy Thursday Service at 7:30 pm

March 30 – Good Friday Service at 7:00 pm

April 1– Easter Services at 7:00 & 10:30 am

Parish Planning Council (PPC) Meeting

February 25, 2018

Those present; Present:  Pastor Terry Grzybowski, Jean Crosby, Paul Bell, John Norgren, Marcia Engvall, Arlon Fuchs, Monie Dubay, Clark Johnson.

Meeting started at approximately 7:00pm, lead this evening by Paul.

Opening:  Devotion by Pastor.  Theme for today: God’s Family Commits - Commitment, Concerns and God’s Assurances.

Secretary’s Report:  Secretary’s Report was given.  Question by Secretary if financials should be included in PPC Meeting Minutes.  Not needed as an overview of Annual Budget is provided to all members at the December

Voters’ Meeting and special monies raised are reported as such in the PPC Minutes.  Motion made by Arlon, seconded by John to accept minutes; approved.

Treasurer’s Report:  Treasurer’s Report was given.  Motion made by John, seconded by Marcia; approved.


Preschool:  Open House/Carnival in progress while we are meeting; provided an opportunity for PPC members to see excitement.  There seems to be a pattern of gaining new members through preschool involvement.  Preschool has a different mission focus/project each month.  18 students were signed up tonight for next year.

Elders:  They have been approached about changing communion to every Sunday, at alternate services; will begin in March.  Will need to see if enough volunteers are available to offer communion each week in summer.  First Lenten supper was last night; had 56 people at service.  Lenten suppers donation basket discussion—special monies coming in for the Lenten suppers should be accounted for before sending to designated group/agency; suggestion to put sign on the meal offering plate with designation on where the money received will go.  

Education:  Sunday School at 9:30am.  Bible Studies on Sunday mornings between services and Thursdays at 10:00am.  Men’s group meets on the third Thursday of each month.  There is also a Wednesday evening Bible Study.  Application for DCE Intern has been sent in to Concordia, Saint Paul.

Stewardship:  They have reviewed the time and talent sheet and the results.  A “Welcome Letter” is being written for new members to go with a gift, Church Directory, and envelopes for coming year.  Requested direction from PPC as to how to handle Christmas Eve special offering as it is usually much larger than other special offerings.  Suggestion to average special offerings received prior to Christmas Eve to determine amount to be given to designated Christmas Eve recipient, with remainder going to general fund.  Motion made by Paul, seconded by Marcia to do this; approved. 

Trustees:  Four detectors have been installed in the 5th Street house.  Two contractors have been contacted to give bids for replacing 9 storm windows on the 1512 Main Street house.  Still working with City and County on title issues before new shed can be built.  Will be changing out the original main fusebox to breakers next week; also changing out ballasts in preschool room and fellowship room.  Some folks have said that the LED lights are too bright in the sanctuary, so looking into installing dimmer switches.  Working on garbage collection prices for locking type container.  New carpet and tile will be installed after April 1st.  Copier is on its ‘last legs’ - contract is up in October, so will be looking at options.

Youth:  Youth will be providing Lenten suppers on February 28 and March 21; meal offerings to go to mission trip.  Youth will be doing Easter breakfast from 8:00-10:00am; this is funded by Thrivent Action team so no money collection. Garage sales are scheduled for April 27-28 and October 19-20.  Mission trip will be June 10-17, plus 2 days on each side for travel.  They are working on activities for the July 14th Family Fun Day.  Valentines Dinner brought in around $1000.00, plus $1500.00 from silent auction.

Pastor’s Report:  Emmanuel is scheduled to host Family Promise March 11-18.  Worship Service with Bible Study and the Lord’s Supper is held on the first Monday of every month at Guardian Angels by the Lake.  Worship Service with Bible Study and the Lord’s Supper is held on the first Thursday of each month at Guardian Angels Care Center.  Devotions are held with Lou, Frieda, Ray, Bud and Vivian, Alyce (see calendar for dates/times).  Confirmation Retreat at Lutheran Island Camp on February 2-4.

Centennial Report:  Surveys continue to be received; these are being used to help with planning.  Working with Trustees on Special Event Permit required by the City of Elk River.  Next Centennial meeting:  Monday, March 12th at 7:00pm - All are welcome!

Old Business:


New Business:

A member has requested to place ad in church bulletin with item for sale.  PPC felt that ads should be placed on the bulletin board in the hallway rather than being listed in church publications (bulletins and/or newsletters).  John has called and left messages for former member with request that Emmanuel records be returned; John will keep trying to reach this person.

Meeting adjourned at approximately 8:50pm.

Next Meeting:  Thursday, March 15th at 7:00pm.

Closing:  Pastor led us in closing prayer.

Respectfully submitted by,

Marcia Engvall, Secretary














































The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) will have Easter cards available.  Please purchase some to send.  Tell your loved ones, and anyone   else, that Jesus Christ is risen!  Hallelujah!  Also remember, that any cards you choose to recycle can be put into the box at church.


There are so many exciting things coming up in March that I don’t know where to begin. 

The children will be focusing on the Easter story.  We will begin with the Palm Sunday story, learn about the Last Supper, hear about Jesus’ death and end with His Resurrection.  There will be some cooking projects, some new songs to learn and many books to read that will all help focus on Jesus’ love for us and His great sacrifice.

The MWF class will also be going on a field trip in March.  We will be going to Cub Foods.  It is a fun trip and the children will learn many things about the behind the scenes action.

We will be working on our Easter projects, it’s a surprise for our parents, (so parents no asking for hints).  We will also be doing other small projects throughout the month. 

If the weather cooperates we will be spending time outside, so we need those boots, snowpants, mittens, hats and coats. 

May God Bless,

Mrs. Cheryl

Emmanuel Centennial Committee - Looking For Old Photos

The Centennial Committee is looking for old photos of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, its activities, and its people.  Photos will be used, as space permits, in displays and other information for Our Centennial Celebration.  Please label with the name and date of the event, and your name and phone number, in case there are questions about the photo.  Photos can be placed in the mailbox for Marcia Engvall.  Thank You!


Thank you, everyone, for your generous “Special Offerings” contributions for
Ash Wednesday and the Lenten services.  The recipients surely appreciate your generosity.

The following are the Special offering recipients for the remaining Lenten Services and Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.  A fuller description of each of the recipients will be in the corresponding service bulletins.

3-07-18  Special offerings will go to Abba Crisis Pregnancy Center.  ABBA Crisis Pregnancy Center in Elk River is a local Christian and Community based center offering counseling and support to pregnant girls.   The program follows up with the girls after their babies are born and continue to help them until the babies are two years old.

3-14-18  Special offerings will go to Bethesda Lutheran Communities. Bethesda Lutheran Communities (BLC) has as its mission to “enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through services that share the good news of Jesus Christ

3-21-18  Special offerings will go to CAER. CAER is a non-profit, 501 (c) 3 organization, located in Elk River MN and serving Elk River, Otsego and Zimmerman families in need of emergency food assistance. CAER provides food and referrals or limited financial support for basic necessities to people in our community. 

3-29-18  Special offerings Maundy Thursday will go to The Salvation Army.  The Salvation Army is an integral part of the Christian Church, although distinctive in government and practice. The Army's doctrine follows the mainstream of Christian belief and its articles of faith emphasize God's saving purposes.

3-30-18   Special offerings for Good Friday will go to Feed My Starving Children, Coon Rapids, MN.  Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a Christian 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. A single meal costs only 22 cents to produce, and 92 percent of total donations goes directly toward the food program.

Board of Stewardship


We are having a wonderful time and would love to have you join us!

Every Wednesday, from 9:00 AM or whenever you can arrive to ???

For anyone who has time to converse, and exchange thoughts or ideas on any subject you may choose.

Let’s gather for fellowship and become better acquainted!

Jesus said,

“Where two or three come together in my name, there I am with them.” 

Matthew 18:20




































































Dayenu and Hallel - these two words mean "It would be enough for us" and "praise". 

They are also part of a Seder.  A Seder is a Jewish meal to celebrate the Passover.  What does the Passover have to do with the Lord's Supper?  Come and find out.  You are invited to celebrate a Seder here at Emmanuel on Maundy Thursday, March 29, 2018.  This is by registration only.  There will be no late registrations accepted after Wed., March 21.  There are no walk-ins the day of.  Please be here at or close to 5 PM.  The Seder will begin at 5:15 PM.  Once the Seder starts, the doors will be 'locked'.  Since a Seder is lengthy, we ask that children 6 and under are signed up for our child care.  They will have an alternate meal and activities in the basement.  We do not charge for this Seder but ask that if you are participating, that you take a post-it note from the sign-up sheet.  The note will have a food ingredient that will be needed for the meal.  Please have all food here no later than Sun., March 25.  We hope you will gain an understanding of our Christian heritage and how the Passover points to and is fulfilled in the Person of Jesus.  When our meal is finished, it will be a logical conclusion to be able to go to church and have the Lord's Supper.  Church for this night only will be a little later.  Maundy Thursday service will be at 7:30 PM that night instead of 7 PM.  We have limited seating, so sign up today!  Shalom



Read Any Good Books Lately?

I love to read.  Libraries are one of my favorite places to go hang out.  What do you like to read?  Just after the new year, many of us have made resolutions to better ourselves in some way.  A lot of times it involves reading something to get the information needed on how to accomplish our resolution.  Well, here it is March.  How many of us have kept our resolution?  Sometimes it is hard or even impossible.  This is an article I read in a past Portals of Prayer.  It needs repeating to help us keep our 'failures' in perspective.  Blessings!  Carol

"But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name."  John 20:31

Written for Life

Many books claim to be written about life.  Only one claims to be written for life.  Its words actually give life.  Books can make a scene "come alive", but only the Bible can make the soul come alive and live forever.  How does it do this?

Books can show us our shortcomings.  The Bible shows us that we fall short of the glory of God.  Books abound in self-help.  The Bible reveals our helplessness.  Biographies point to people who inspire.  The Bible points to Jesus, who redeems through His death and resurrection.  Books help us believe in ourselves.  The Bible enables us to believe in Jesus.  Books may give us hope for living.  The Bible gives the hope of living forever.

But the Bible is also "written for life", here and now.  Books say they can help us live better lives.  The Bible says Jesus lived the perfect life in our place.  Books say, "Do these things and you'll be good."  The Bible says, "You are good in Christ; do these things."  Books tell us we can attain victory in our lives.  The Bible says we live in a victory already won.

To summarize:  "Jesus loves me!  This I know, for the Bible tells me so"!

Next meetings:

Afternoon Group - Thurs., Mar. 1 at 1 PM at Guardian Angels

Evening Group - Mon., Mar. 5 at 6:30 PM in Cheryl's Preschool room because of the blood drive - Wendy is hostess

Ground Hog Feast with Friends

Thank you to all who came to the dinner.  We had 31 people including some folks in the community.  We also thank our sponsors for their donations to make this feast a success.  It is a blessing when local businesses can give back to the community.  We thank:  Thrivent Financial; Coburn’s; Cub Foods; and Walmart.  We raised $300 that will go towards a seminary student, and contributions to Open Doors for Youth and ABBA Crisis Pregnancy Center.  Spread the word next year to make this an even bigger event. 


3/5   Lori Norgren

3/10         Dale Hall 

3/15 Mark Klimstra

3/18  Ken Ott

3/21  Robert White

3/22  Laurel Bendix

          Kathy Ott

          Shelby Anderson

3/24  Claire Raivala


3/29   Kelly Anderson



3/6 George & Ramona Velazquez  

3/24 Mark & Nicole Klimstra.