Week of September 25 to September 30

20 Sep

FLOWERS – The flowers on the altar today are given to the glory of God by Alyssa Grawcock.

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.  

CONGREGATIONAL ASSEMBLY:  Our 3rd quarter Congregational Assembly will be Sunday, October 9th following morning worship. This will be our annual budget meeting.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BENEFIT TURKEY DINNER FUNDRAISER AT ST. JAMES RESTAURANT: Remember to mark your calendars for the St. James Restaurant’s Annual Fundraising Dinner, Sunday, November 6th at the St. James Restaurant. Again, this year it will be carryout only from11:00AM until 2:00PM. Local churches and St. James Restaurants donate and serve a fantastic, full thanksgiving meal, all for a minimum donation of $8.00 per plate. This is by far the biggest, single fundraiser for the Avilla Christmas Charities and an awesome time for the communities to come together in fellowship. Immanuel is asked to donate 23 pies and the sign up sheet is in the east entrance! Please deliver your pie or pies to the St. James Restaurant on Saturday, November 5th anytime and let them know they are for the Turkey Dinner. Thank you!!

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.

  • 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.


Worship Attendance:

  • Sunday Morning: 63 + Jesus

General Fund:             $3340.00

            (General Fund Weekly Budget:  $3329.37)

  • Youth:  $10.00
  • Sunday School:  $2.00
  • Birthday Offering:  $250.00
  • Hall Rental (Duerk):  $50.00
  • Hall Rental (Kuhlman):  $50.00

Building Fund:  $200.00 (stove)

God loves a cheerful giver.  2 Corinthians 9:7 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Day and night, God’s protection is always there.

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

Caregiver specific resources:

*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


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

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.