Celebrating 100 Years     1918-2018

“God With Us”

The Names In Your Heart

September 2018

I recently read about this large church that was constructing a new building and they announced it would be for community outreach. In the building process they did something very unique. They gathered the congregation around the just-completed foundation of that new building and they asked them to throw something into the foundation. Now you've no doubt seen people's names on the outside of a building's foundation, especially on the cornerstone. But these folks were actually putting names inside the foundation-the names of people they care about who don't belong to Jesus yet; people they are hoping and praying will be in heaven with them some day.

In this devotion I recently read written by Ron Hutchcraft he shared some thoughts about "The Names in the Foundation."

If you think about it - that's what should be in the foundation of every church, every ministry, every child of God-the names of specific lost people who we want to rescue. Here's a great example of how it's supposed to work.

In John 1:41-42, we find that a young fisherman named Andrew has just discovered Jesus Christ. Notice his very first instinct: "The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, 'We have found the Messiah'...And he brought him to Jesus." Notice the first thing that happened was that Andrew had a name laid on his heart, a specific person he wanted to have meet Jesus as he had. And we all know what a world-changer Simon Peter turned out to be because of someone who loved him enough to bring him to Jesus.

There's someone like that in each of our lives.  And God is trying to plant their name deep in the foundation of your heart, so that person becomes your own personal spiritual mission from God.

We can begin to praying “The Open Prayer” on their behalf.  First, "Lord, open a door." That's a natural opportunity for you to bring up your own relationship with Jesus. Then, "Lord, open their heart." In other words, do things in that person's heart or life that will make them surprisingly ready to hear about God’s love and hope for them in Jesus. And, finally, "Lord, open my mouth." Give me the courage, the words, the tone, and the approach.  So again, the Open Prayer: "Lord, open a door. Lord, open their heart. Lord, open my mouth."  And do you know what, you don't have to pray, "If it be Your will." It is.

It's one thing to talk and pray generally about all those people out there. It's something else to have a burden with a name; a burden that acknowledges your personal responsibility to be the one to introduce that person to Jesus. That's why Jesus put you in their life in the first place! You've been divinely assigned to them.

And lost people should be the consuming passion of every Christian church, every Christian ministry. Our Lord's personal mission statement was to "seek and to save what was lost" (Luke 19:10). How can ours be anything less than that?

For all of us, it's just so easy to fall into doing what's easy-which is to have a ministry that's "all about us", "by us", "to us", "with us". But Jesus is all about "them." We've got to ask Him to help us see what He sees when He looks at the people all around us. They are the future inhabitants of hell, unless someone intervenes with the love and the hope that only Jesus has.

On September 9 we will celebrate “Rally Day” here at Emmanuel Lutheran Church – It would be a great time to ponder some of the people you know that don’t know Jesus – and place their names into the foundation of your life, your priorities, your passion, your prayer. They're why He came, and they are why He put you where you are.

Yours In Christ’s Service

Pastor Terry Grzybowski



Celebrating 100 Years (1918-2018)

A Bit of Our History: Cheryl Heidinger was appointed as the first Director/Teacher of Guiding Hands Preschool on September 6, 1998.  “In recognition of God’s gift of teachers to His Church and under His gracious guidance, Emmanuel Lutheran congregation offers this appointment of Cheryl Heidinger for the position of Director/Teacher.”  Preschool classes were held beginning in September 1998, for 3-year-olds with 2 sessions, 2 days per week, and for 4-year-olds with 2 sessions, 3 days per week.  A graduation ceremony was held on May 27, 1999, for the first graduating class of eight students.  

RALLY DAY - Sept. 9th

Worship Service  9:00 a.m.

Sunday School & Bible Study at 10:15 a.m.

Potluck at 11:30 a.m. 

Followed by games & Bingo

Join in the fun and fellowship!

Fall at Emmanuel

Beginnning Sun., Sept 16th

Worship Services:

8:00 & 10:30 am

Fellowship: 9:00 am

Bible Study / Sunday School

9:30 am

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

Centennial Follow-up Meeting

Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 9:30am

Centennial Planning Committee members, along with interested congregation members, were invited to attend this follow-up meeting.  The Saturday and Sunday Centennial Celebration events were discussed and suggestions provided for future events/activities at Emmanuel.

What worked?  Those present were to provide an answer in round-robin process.  The following are the responses received:

  • The whole thing was great!
  • Family Fun Day was really good.
  • Overheard comment from outsiders that it was wonderful to invite the community.
  • Got people involved who usually aren’t involved.
  • Former pastors and organists attended and participated.
  • Nice to have different pastors.
  • Appreciative of members stepping up and working together.
  • Structure, plans — everything was covered.
  • Dinner catering — best idea ever.
  • Communion service; sharing from former pastors.
  • Singing and church services.
  • Liked it all and all the pastors and all the music.
  • Everything; good times.
  • Fun as Church family.
  • Excellent choice of music for Centennial Worship services.
  • An outstanding day of Worship!

What needed work?  Those present were to provide an answer in round-robin process.  The following are the responses received:

  • Communicate better what was truly happening on Saturday.
  • Financial part — not knowing costs ahead of time.
  • Last minute concerns about if people would actually show up; community impact.
  • Technology — Facebook, website could have been used better.
  • Involvement of youth — make more inviting to this group.
  • Disappointment — loss of original speaker.
  • City of Elk River very heavy-handed in process for special event permit.
  • Show up of people.
  • Should have invited past youth group members.
  • Air conditioning needed — pastors were sweating.
  • Prizes could have been given out when kids registered as there were enough for one for each child.
  • Calling off of numbers and no one there to get prizes — we should have handed out all of the prizes left at the end.
  • Vendors — Were they okay with results?
  • Big VBS sign in front of tent was confusing.
  • More energy into each day.
  • Form committee to get youth/teens to be there.
  • Ran out of food on Saturday.  No way to know who would come.

General Ideas:

  • Use of passports for prizes to assure that folks would go to each station/vendor — so everyone is visited.  Have a unique stamp for each area.  Could do this at future events, such as Garage Sales.

To Do:

  • Need to send Thank You’s; could be sent through Facebook and website.  Thank You in local newspaper; could be as letter to Editor.
  • Do we need to do a follow-up with folks who signed in the Guest Book?  Should this be the same as for regular visitors?  (Check with Robin on current process.)
  • What do we do now with the various documentation/memory items? i.e. photos, albums, guest book, confirmation album.
  • Possible sign “Emmanuel Memories” on table with photos, guest book, and other memory items.  Set aside in special area.  Could be used at Rally Day and other special events.

Hello Emmanuel!

It’s been an awesome couple of weeks here easing into being your DCE Intern! I am doing my best to remember names and faces and have appreciated the patience of all of you as I ask again to be reminded. Something that will help me get to know the congregation better is getting to do home visits. Thanks so much to those of you who have returned my calls or emails about setting up a time to visit! I hope to be able to spend time building relationships and hearing the hopes and dreams of you guys so I can better understand what drives and excites the community here at Emmanuel.

These first few weeks I have been spending a lot of time getting ready for Sunday School to kick off this year! We will hopefully be following a new curriculum chosen together by the Sunday school teachers and I on our meeting August 26. Alongside that, I will be kicking off the high school Sunday school class starting the Sunday after Rally Day, September 16th! We will start with topics of identity or the Law and Gospel in pop culture today. I’d love to hear what you are most excited about so we can dig in to what applies to your everyday lives!

I’m overjoyed to be a part of ministry here at Emmanuel this year and see what God has in store for all of us by His grace! Before I finish out the newsletter for this month, I’m sure you’re all wondering what the answer was to my two truths and a lie from my last letter. Here’s what’s true:

  1. I did in fact get married to an awesome guy named Sam on July 8th. You’ll see him around church this year.
  2. I do love pizza, movies, and board games A LOT! So if you ever want to eat some pizza, watch a movie, or a play a game, I will almost certainly be down
  3. I have not been to 42 states, I have only been to 40. I’m missing most of the southwest, Idaho, Montana, Hawaii, North Dakota, and Vermont. Let me know if you want to go on a road trip to any of those places. I’ll provide the snacks!


























































Parish Planning Council (PPC) Meeting

Thursday, July 19, 2018 — as approved at August 23rd PPC meeting

Present:  Charles Larson, Paul Bell, Pastor Grzybowski, Jean Crosby, Marcia Engvall, Val Jackson, John Norgren, Dave Jackson.

Meeting called to order at approximately 7:10pm by Vice President Charles Larson.

Opening:  Devotion by Pastor.  Theme for today: God’s Family Follows.

Secretary’s Report: The Secretary’s Report was given.  Marcia noted one change made to original meeting minutes for May 17, 2018.  John moved to accept, Paul seconded; approved.  The meeting minutes from the June 10th Voters’ Meeting were shared.  Paul moved to accept, Val seconded; approved.  It was recommended that the June 10th Voters’ Meeting minutes also be approved by congregation at the next Voters’ Meeting.

Treasurer’s Report: The Treasurer’s Report was given.  John moved to accept, Paul seconded; approved.  Jean went through various items related to the church finances.

  • The Storage Shed is now complete and paid.  Associated costs will now be moved to assets rather than expenses.
  • Maintenance of printer will be covered through a new computer contract.
  • Recommendation received from Personnel Committee to pay choir director and accompanist for second half of 2017 and all of 2018, as per designated budget.  PPC decided that monies should be paid to Megan F and Rae B twice a year, in June and December, for their services.
  • Jean requested information on benefits (health and pension).  Direction on this should come from the Personnel Committee.
  • The DCE Intern will need a W-4 to start.  Pastor will get necessary information.  It was noted that the housing allowance is taxable, the same as salary; mileage should be separate so not taxable.  The DCE Intern will need $500.00 start-up expenses (moving, other).
  • It was noted that currently employees receive deposits on Friday and that the check covers income through the following Sunday.  No changes to be made at this time.
  • Question as to funding for the landscaping and benches - total of $9908.03.  Memorial funds in the amount of $5716.14 will be used; the balance of $4191.89 to come from Thrivent dollars.  Marcia moved to approve, Paul seconded; approved.
  • Question as to funding for Centennial if costs exceed the designated Centennial funds.   This should be brought back to PPC when total costs are known.
  • It was noted that the last payment received for utilities at the parsonage was in May.  Cash payments have been made in the past.  It was recommended that future payments be made only via check or money order so that there is a ‘paper trail’ that payments have been made.  Dave will talk to the appropriate person about this.

Board Reports:

Preschool:  Enrollment is up to 25 students at this time.

Elders: Having issues finding additional Elders.  Please contact Paul B if interested.

Education:  Vacation Bible School will be starting on Monday, July 23, and go through Friday, July 27, 2018.  All areas are covered.

Stewardship:  Did not have meeting; no report.

Trustees:  The past few months have been very busy finishing up the storage building, getting the twelve storm windows replaced on the parsonage, and getting a new garbage hauler onboard.  Checked cost for mudding and taping sheetrock in new building - $2394.00; will need direction as to do or seal/paint only.  Two roof leaks were repaired on parsonage, in addition to replacing windows; volunteers are needed to paint the trim on the parsonage windows.  Ace Solid Waste is now our primary garbage hauler at a cost of $84.00 per month, compared to previous hauler costing $204.00 per month.  We will need to purchase dollies to move the various tables.  The fence around the preschool playground had been re-installed and is ready for use.  The parking lot was recently swept.

Youth:  The Youth will be at the Coborn’s Brat Stand on July 27-28.  They are looking at painting the trim on the parsonage.  Need to get the shoes out of the church basement.  $600.00 was taken in as free will offering on Saturday, July 14th Family Fun Day; half will go to Youth and half will go to LWML.  The next Garage Sale Fundraiser will be October 5-6, 2018.

Pastor’s Report:  Six children were baptized over the last three months.  Monthly Worship services continue at Guardian Angels by the Lake and Guardian Angels Care Center.  Devotions continue once-a-month with Lou, Frieda, Ray and Ramona, Bud and Vivian, and Alyce.  Confirmation will resume on September 19; there are currently five 8th graders, two 7th graders, one 6th grader, and one 5th grader.  Rally Day is scheduled for September 9th; Worship at 9:00am, Sunday School and Adult Bible Study at 10:15am, and Pot Luck lunch at 11:30am.  Our DCE Intern, Beth Jobst White, will start on August 8, 2018.  Popcorn, water, and lemonade will be given out during the Sherburne County Fair Parade on Saturday, July 22nd.  Steven Z has asked about Elders anointing of members, blessing of houses, and the like; the By-laws will be checked for Elders duties.

Pastor will be gone on August 5th; Pastor from Food for the Poor will be conducting services.  Pastor has been asked to speak at the 40th Anniversary in Garrison on June 19, 2019.

Centennial:  It was felt that our Centennial Celebration was a success!  There will be a follow-up meeting on Sunday, July 22, 2018, at 9:30am.  All congregation members are welcome to attend.  Pens, cups, cookbooks, and history books are still available for purchase; monies received from sales will continue to go into the Centennial Fund until the end of 2018.  

Old Business:  It was suggested that there be a Centennial recognition of those who helped with all of the various activities; this might be difficult to do, as so many were involved.  There had been some discussion on a time capsule; this could be pursued in conjunction with the September 9th Rally Day.

New Business: Great River Family Promise is scheduled for the week of October 7th with Emmanuel volunteers.  We have been asked to also have Great River Family Promise at Emmanuel the week of October 14, as no other church space is available.   One of the Garage Sale vendors (essential oils) has requested use of space at church for educational presentation; tabled in order to find out how often space would be requested.

Next Meeting: Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 7:00pm

Closing:  Pastor lead us in closing prayer and song.

Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at approximately 9:15pm.

Respectfully submitted by, Marcia Engvall, Secretary

















































































 "Serve the Lord with Gladness" Psalm 100:2

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?

Join us for a meeting.  We’d love to see you there!


              Lutheran Women’s Mission League

The Lutheran Women's Missionary League meets once a month for Bible study, a meeting about the mission opportunities of the group, and fellowship.  All women confirmation age and older who are members of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, can be a member of the LWML.  We help to spread the Gospel by giving of our 'mites' (pennies) to mission groups to help people locally and around the world.  We uplift each other and pray for the spread of Jesus' saving work.  One person may feel that they can't make a difference.  But TOGETHER we can!  Please join us at our next meeting.  Do this for yourself and a way to serve the Lord with gladness!  


Afternoon Group:  Guardian Angels Nursing Home on Thursday, September. 6 at 1:00 PM

Evening Group:  TUESDAY, Septepter 11 at 6:30 PM at the church - Carol S. is hostess - don't forget your mite boxes!   This is an important planning meeting to get ready for LWML Sunday and for us to host the Zone Fall Rally - both are in October.

Are You Distracted?

Who isn't?  It seems there is always something that needs to get done or needs our attention.  We feel we have to multitask to get anything accomplished.  We all know that talking on the phone and texting while driving is dangerous - to us and others.  What about getting kids to sports, lessons, scouts?  What about getting to the next meeting, whether for our job or for church? What are you going to eat for dinner?   What is distracting you from making a little time for God today?  I mean, really focus.  Even for 2 minutes.  It doesn't take long to read a simple devotion or thought from Portals of Prayer, a website or a daily flip calendar.  What's distracting you from feeling rejuvenated and ready to handle whatever comes in your day?  Spend time with Jesus.  Receive His gift.  Feel energized!  A Portals of Prayer devotion from June 2017 helps to put this in perspective.

When (Barnabas came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose. Acts 11: 23

Steadfast Purpose: 

St. Barnabas

It's not easy in this day to keep focused on a task.  There are so many distractions that draw our eyes and our attention away from the task at hand.  In many cased, this can be a dangerous thing, especially if we're behind the wheel of a car.  A steadfast purpose is needed when driving from one pint to another. We need to get where we're going safely.

Barnabas encouraged God's people and challenged them to remain steadfast in their serving, in their spreading of the Gospel, in spite of all the challenges that surrounded them.  Persecution was a real, imminent danger to the early Christians.  Death was a threat that loomed over their heads.  Barnabas was happy to see that the Christians in Antioch were walking the walk and not just talking the talk.  They hadn't allowed the distractions and threats to throw them off track.

Today, our prayer is the same.  We pray that in the midst of all the distractions, we would remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose.  We pray that we would continue to share the love and forgiveness of God with all those around us.  With the Holy Spirit within us, our purpose is sure and certain.

We pray:   O Holy Spirit, be our guide and our light on the path.  In Jesus' name.  Amen.

EMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH                                        MISSION FUNDRAISER                                                               1506 MAIN STREET, ELK RIVER                                    


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But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13

Happy Birthday

Genia J.                     9/2
Donna A.                   9/3      
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
Dianne L.                   9/16
Noah R.                     9/18
Rayna R.                   9/18
Jim T.                        9/21
Jack D.                      9/24
John N.                      9/24
Lu  W.                        9/29
Emma R.                   9/29  
Chase J.                    9/30

      Happy Anniversary

Ed & Dianne          9/3/1960

Gary & Chris L.     9/4/1990

Lloyd & Myrt B.     9/8/1956

Mike & Deb R.      9/11/1979

Glen & Jeanette E. 9/14/1957

Randy & Laurie C. 9/17/1996

Merle & Marilyn K. 9/21/1957

Clark & Pam J.     9/30/1995