WEEKLY HIGHLIGHTS

EMANUEL WEEKLY UPDATE

February 28, 2021

P.O. Box 2270, Lancaster, Ohio

e-mail:  elclancaster@gmail.com

Web Site:  www.emanuellcms.org

THIS WEEK AT EMANUEL

Today           Sunday School & Adult Bible Class      9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Live Streaming        10:15 a.m.

Lord’s Supper follows the service

Wednesday  Readings in Lutheran Confessions      9:30 a.m.

Bulletin and Highlights Deadline         12 Noon

Handbell Quartet practice     6:00 p.m.

Lenten Midweek Service      7:00 p.m.

Thursday      Elders Meeting       7:00 p.m.

Friday           Pastor Off

Sunday         Sunday School & Adult Bible Class        9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Live Streaming          10:15 a.m.

+ + + Those Who Serve + + +

Deacons:  Scott Hietikko, Riley Schneider, Bill Behrens, Loyd Thrapp, Paul Plinke, Jon Young, Tim Shaffer, Evan Schaffner, David Deitz

Evan Schaffner, IT

Rev. Mark Raddatz, Pastor

Kantor Kelly Raybourne

EMANUEL’S RESPONSE TO GOD’S LOVE AND WORSHIP

10:15 a.m. Service Attendance Last Week:  61

2/24 Lenten Midweek service:  25

Last Sunday’s Offering:  $3,685.00

To meet the 2021 budget, a weekly offering of $4,696.00 is needed!

LUTHERAN HOUR RADIO:  Every Sunday morning at 7 a.m. on 700 A.M., also at 9 a.m. on 88.9 F.M. and every Sunday night at 8:30 p.m., 90.9 F.M., Lancaster!

THANK YOUA VERY BIG THANK YOU to Tim Shaffer for clearing off the back lot and west side of ice, and Dave Deitz for working on and fixing the east side door closure last weekend!!!

THANK YOU:  Paul Plinke extends his thanks to the congregation for their cards and phone calls and to Pastor Raddatz for his prayers during his recovery from a fall.

ELDERS MEETING:  This Thursday, March 4, at 7 p.m., is the next Elders meeting.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE LORD’S SUPPER.  Presently, Pastor is offering opportunities for you to partake of our Lord’s Holy Supper, if you are not taking on Sunday morning.  Please consider the following offering: Wednesdays, March 10th and 24th – 1, 2, 3, 4, p.m. Please call or text Pastor.  Please seek Pastor’s confirmation of your request.

DEEPEN YOUR LENT DEVOTIONAL LIFE: A number of Lent Devotional booklets are available on the table as you enter Church.  Take advantage of this time for meditation and spiritual growth!

OPERATION BARNABAS AT EMANUEL:  Member Pauline Kull is sponsoring a project for O.B. at Emanuel.  Emanuel Operation Barnabas Members (All Vets and those who initially supported the establishment of O.B. at Emanuel) received letters about this project.  Please prayerfully consider your support!  Boxes are at the entrance and exit of the Church for the listed contributions in that letter.  If others who are not Vets wish to contribute, we’ll get information to you!  This project will conclude Sunday, March 21. Timothy’s Unit received the first package (within a week!).  Beef Jerky was a hit!!!  The men and women greatly appreciated your gifts!!  Thank-you! 

BOARD OF EDUCATION NEWS – SUNDAY SCHOOL MISSION PROJECT 2021 HEARTS FOR JESUS:  This year, the LCMS – Ohio District’s Hearts for Jesus Project is gathering money for HARP (Helping Appalachian Rural People).  This is a LCMS recognized service organization.  HARP, located in Caldwell, OH, helps victims of natural disasters, poverty, and domestic or child abuse, increase their quality of living and to reach self-sufficiency by providing spiritual, emotional, and material support.  A free will basket is on the table in the Narthex by the offering basket to collect money for this mission project throughout the rest of February.  I hope you will be able to help our Sunday school contribute to this cause.  Many of us have been blessed.  Please share with those in need.  Offering for this project will be accepted through the month of February.  Please give gifts for this project to Angela Raddatz. Thank you.

FLOWER CHART:  The 2021 flower chart is now posted!  The following dates are still open:  April 25, July 25, October 17, October 31.  Please sign-up for a Sunday in which you would like to sponsor flowers.  THANK YOU to those who have helped fill in the calendar so far!  The Church has a contract with Flowers of the Good Earth.  Any questions, please see Sue Tipton or Kelly.

EMANUEL’S SNOW POLICY:  We have a “common sense” policy in place!  If the weather and roads are bad, and you don’t feel safe coming to Church, please stay home!  If you can make it, please come for service!  We want everyone safe!

FOOD PANTRY:  Emanuel is serving the Food Pantry on the following dates: April 14, 15, 16; and June 16, 17, 18.  If you can help serve, please see Ruth Ogg.

EMANUEL’S PRAYER LINE: Our Heavenly Father’s caring love covers us all however there are times in our lives when we feel the need for extra prayer for ourselves or a loved one. These are kept between our Lord Jesus and the prayer line members. If you would like to be part of praying for others, please contact Carol Brown.

EMAIL ADDRESS: If you have an email address you’d like to add to the Church’s email list, please submit it to the office.  We would like to gather as many email addresses as possible for communication purposes.  If you have submitted your email address and there is a change, please let the office know.  Email addresses are not publicized.  Thank you!

SYNOD REFERENDUM:  The Referendum was approved by over 90% of the whole Synod, with more than 60% of the Synod’s congregations participating in the vote.  The LCMS convention will be in 2023.  As such, the OH district convention will be held in 2022.

February 28 – Lent II – What “rejoicing” (Romans 5:3) can we do when abuse, abandonment, and poverty complicate pregnancy? What “hope” (Romans 5:4) can we have when terminal illness takes a loved one’s faculties, functions, and future? Just this: Through Jesus, God takes up our crosses (Mark 8:34) that we may live under His—and live immediately, abundantly, and eternally (Mark 8:35). –Lutherans for Life