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Week of September 18 to September 24

13 Sep

FLOWERS – The flowers on the altar today are given to the glory of God by Donald and Bethel Buckles

MEETINGS AND EVENTS THIS WEEK: Midweek Bible Study will meet on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. We will be studying the Bible readings for the following Sunday morning.

PRAYER LISTPrayer for the sick & recovering: Ed Becker, Billie Gienger, Jerry Krock, Dan Phares, Carole Bishop, Cheryl Chester, young relative of a church member who is suffering mentally and parents who need wisdom and comfort.

NEWSLETTERS: October newsletters are in your mailboxes. November newsletter deadline is October 11th.  

DONATION DAY – Donation Day at Concordia Theological Seminary is Tuesday, October 11th.  If you would like to donate gently used clothing or food items, please bring those items to Immanuel and they will be delivered.  If you would like to attend, you may do so on the eleventh at 8:30 am in the Student Commons at the Seminary.

LWML SUNDAY – will be celebrated Sunday, October 2nd. We will be collecting mites at the offering areas of the church. The mites are used to help fund mission projects. Please bring your loose change and place it in the provided 5-gallon buckets. Let’s make some noise!

LWML RALLY – The LWML Fall Zone Rally will be held October 8th.

PASTOR’S FALL CONFERENCE – Pastor’s fall conference will be Monday, October 24 and Tuesday, October 25.

CONGREGATIONAL OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS FOR 2023 – We are going to be electing officers and board members in November. You will find a copy of the 2022 Board members and Officers in the September Newsletter. In reading the list you will see a number like this 1-2 next to each name (1-2 means first term, second year). We are getting an early start in finding congregational members that are interested in serving our Lord and Immanuel. If you are interested in any of the available positions (these will end with a 2 as the second number) contact a church council member. Please give prayerful consideration to volunteer, serve and help grow with our Lord’s guidance!

PORTALS OF PRAYER: Portals of Prayer devotional books for October-December are available at the back of the church and at the side entrance. 

IMMANUEL STOVE DONATIONS – Immanuel is currently taking donations for a replacement for the stoves in the Fellowship Hall.  The thermostats need to be replaced and valves need to be replaced as well.  The cost for the new thermostats is $1000. Replacement for the valves are no longer available. Should you wish to contribute to the replacement of the stoves, make a contribution to the building fund and mark it as “stove”. Currently $1410 has been contributed.

LOOK UP – Looking Up is your first step to seeing past your struggles. Mental and behavioral health issues can be a silent battle. But there’s always hope on the horizon. You can start by looking here for resources, information, and providers.

  • https://lookupindiana.org
  • Call 877-257-0208 – Available 24 hours every day
  • Text LookUp to 494949 – Available 24 hours every day

INFORMATION RACK– last week’s bulletin; extra October Newsletters; Visitors Packet; October-December Portals of Prayer; Lutheran Witness; Cross Connection; Thrivent Dollars information; Lutherans for Life.

WEEKLY SERVICE AND ANNOUNCEMENTS are now on our website. The service can be found under Family Altar. The announcements in the bulletin each week can be seen on our website under Blog and then correct month.

LAST WEEK’S STATISTICS:

Worship Attendance:

  • Sunday Morning: 64 + Jesus
  • Sacred Heart: 14 + Jesus

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Fall into God’s arms, having served well today.

Please see next page for a list of Caregiver Support Groups

Caregiver Support Groups

  • The Aging & In-Home Services of Northeast Indiana – 260-745-1200

The Aging & In Home Services of Northeast Indiana offers family caregiver support groups. There is no cost attend any of the Family Caregiver Center Support Groups. Pre-registration is requested by calling 260-745-1200 extension 307. Respite care is available upon request. 

  • The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Indiana Chapter Northeast Indiana Office  –  260-420-5547

https://www.alz.org/indiana

Caregiver specific resources: https://www.alz.org/help-support/caregiving

*The following congregations offer caregiver support groups through NE Indiana Alzheimer’s Association:

Holy Cross Lutheran Church

1st Tuesday of each month – 6:00 pm

3245 Crescent Ave.

Ft. Wayne, IN 46805

260-483-3173

Trinity English Lutheran Church

2nd Thursday of each month – 10:00-11:00 am in the church library

450 West Washington Blvd.

Ft. Wayne, IN 46802

  • Mental Health Grace Alliance

https://mentalhealthgracealliance.org/store/family-grace-group-workbooks

Mental Health Grace Alliance offers Bible study books that combine relevant Bible studies, neuroscience, and practical tools to help family members who have a loved one experiencing a mental health difficulty to reduce caregiver stress and provide encouragement and hope.  Family Grace is a 16-week study for adults, which can be done individually or in small groups.  Group facilitator training and materials are available online.