Mission & Ministry Moments
"E-Version Edition"
Weekend of September 8 & 9, 2018
Our mission is to reach up to God; to reach in to each other; and to reach out to others.
We give thanks to the Lord of the Church as Pastor Ethan Luhman has accepted the call to be our associate pastor.   Pastor Luhman’s main responsibilities among us are to serve as the lead pastor of our “River of Life” ministry center in Saukville and direct our adult ministries, with an emphasis on our “REACHGroup” small group ministry. 

Pastor Luhman grew up in Green County, Wisconsin, active in his Lutheran congregation. He is a 2011 graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin and graduated with his Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary—St. Louis in 2015. Pastor Luhman was called to be associate pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Saratoga Springs, NY. Pastor Luhman is 29 years old, with 3 years of parish ministry experience. In 2012, he married Sherry Gall, who grew up in Cedarburg. They have three sons, ages 5, 3 and 8 months.

Look forward to more information concerning the date and details of Pastor Luhman’s installation service. In the meantime, please keep Pastor & Mrs. Luhman and sons in your prayers as they transition to our family of faith.
New Sermon Series
We have begun a new worship series entitled, “Judges.” This seven-week series will walk us through the Old Testament, Book of Judges. The Children of Israel left the bonds of slavery under the leadership of Moses. They entered the Promise Land under the leadership of Joshua. Later, they were ruled by kings, like Saul, David and Solomon. But, there was a period of time between Joshua and the kings that the Children of Israel struggled mightily. They ignored the Lord’s way and even worshipped false gods. Twice, the Book of Judges tells us, In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes (Judges 17:6 and 21:15). The Lord sent “judges” to provide leadership. These were not “judges” as we would picture, presiding over a court. These “judges” were temporary and special deliverers, sent by God to deliver the Israelites from their oppressors. We begin this series with an introduction to the Book of Judges, where we find the Israelites “half-hearted” in their relationship with the Lord. Rather than being the center of their community and lives, the people sought only the things they thought would bring happiness. Doesn’t that sound like our culture? We’ve moved the Lord aside and everyone does what is right in his own eyes .
YOU CAN HELP!
It takes dozens of volunteers each week to ensure the worship services of First Immanuel Ministries run smoothly. We need to expand this group of volunteers so more people can be involved and everyone can serve less often!

Volunteer Opportunities include: PowerPoint “clicking” ~ Greeters ~ Ushers ~ Bulletin & Newsletter Assembly ~ Altar Guild ~ Worship Assistants ~ Musicians ~ Vocalist.

Contact Danielle in the office to express your interest in helping with any of these activities. Many are excellent opportunities to earn Living Stones and/or for Community Service hours.
Dear First Immanuel and River of Life Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

It has been a year since Peter has gone to heaven and what a year of rides and bumps it has been. We have done the year of “firsts” and survived them all by the grace of God alone! We have experienced weak faith and strong faith and God has never left us. Neither have all of you. You have prayed for us and cried with us. You have sent cards and meals and gifts. You have given more than I could have ever imagined. You built a school in his name!!! We are blessed beyond my wildest dreams. Even in our deepest lows, we are truly blessed! I want to thank all of you for caring for us while Peter was sick and now while he is gone. My days are not easy, but seeing God’s people do what He tells us to do makes every single day a gift. Thank you for being the church that you are and for all of the support you have given our family. 

Blessings,
Angie, Jacob, Caleb and Chloe Kelm
REACHING UP TO GOD
GATHERINGS IN GOD’S WORD
(Held At The First Immanuel Campus In Cedarburg Unless Noted Otherwise)
Sundays, Weekly 
·   9:30 am Bible Study for adults (River of Life Campus)
·    9:30 am Sunday School (River of Life Campus)  
·   10:10 am Sermon Rewind
Tuesdays, Semi-Monthly - Next Study: TBD
·   2nd & 4th Weeks at 9:00 am Cami Juergensen   Leads Ladies' Bible Study (River of Life Campus)
Wednesdays, Weekly - Next Study: September 12th
·   9:00 am & 7:00 pm Pastor Raasch leads a Bible Study for adults
Thursdays, Semi-Monthly - Next Study: September 13th
·   2nd & 4th Weeks at 9:00 am Where Moms Connect (An Adult Ministry for Women of all ages)
Fridays, Monthly - Next Study: October 5th
·   1st Friday at 6:00 am Pastor Raasch leads a “Breakfast Bible Study” for adults
Saturdays, Semi-Monthly - Next Study: September 15th
·   1st & 3rd Weeks at 7:30 am Men’s Bible Study
·   Study Topic: Joining Jesus on His Mission. " How to Be an Everyday Missionary"
PRAYERS FOR MILITARY AND MISSIONARIES OF OUR CONGREGATION AND THEIR FAMILIES Michael Button, Kelly Knox, Kristin Czisny, Tyler Schleg, Clay Felmer, Aaron McCatty, Greg Highstrom, Stephen Delcuze, Natalie Howard, Robert Brooks, Eric Albrecht.
PASTOR’S PRAYER PARTNERS PETITIONS This weekly email communication outlines those for whom we pray (including individuals, families, ministries). A copy of the most recent email is also available on the information desk at FIL.
SERMON REWIND Have you ever wanted to speak up during a sermon and say, “Pastor, can you repeat that last comment, I didn’t quite get that.” How about, “I really don’t understand where you are going with this message, Pastor!” SERMON REWIND is your opportunity to do just that. Meet in the Fellowship Hall at First Immanuel from 10:10 am - 10:30 am each Sunday morning. You can get your questions answered or get a sneak peek at the sermon of that day. It is an informal Q&A-based discussion, so bring your questions and your sermon outline!
BIBLE STUDY  At the River of Life campus Dr. Juergensen will continue the study of the Parables on Sunday, September 9th. Grab a refreshment after 8:30 am worship or before the 10:45 am worship and join in the conversation!
SUNDAY SCHOOL At the River of Life campus Sunday School has resumed . Class is held in the Fellowship Hall and open to Children age 3 - 8th grade. Class starts about 10 minutes after the conclusion of the 8:30 am service (usually by 9:40 am). Students should get a snack from the refreshments available after worship to bring to class.
SENIOR CHOIR
Senior Choir begins its 165th year of singing, with rehearsals resuming on  Thursday, September 13th at 7:30 pm  in the music room. We have only 25 spots remaining for new singers, so don't miss your opportunity to join. With your FREE membership in the choir, you will receive a deluxe choir folder, stylish choir robe and premium seating on the most comfortable chairs in the balcony. No audition is necessary to join. For more information email  etolzman@aol.com  or 262-389-5801.
REACHING IN TO EACH OTHER
HOSPITAL NOTIFICATION Please call the church office if you wish to have a pastor visit while in the hospital.
ADULT MINISTRIES
STEPHEN MINISTRY
STEPHEN MINISTRY MOMENT “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7) Confidentiality—that is what Stephen Ministry is. Everything a person tells his or her Stephen Minister is kept in strict confidence. People are often afraid that if they tell someone what is troubling them, word will get around and others will look down on them. But a Stephen Minister keeps everything a care receiver shares confidential and, through the sharing, God works miracles of healing and peace. For more information about Stephen Ministry, please contact Pastor Reichmann at 377-6610. Please ask for permission before reporting another person’s need. Care receivers do not need to be members of First Immanuel.
ADULT MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES
INTERGEN LIFE  Intergen Life events are open to women of all ages and are held on the CUW campus. Refreshments are provided at these FREE events. Contact Bonnie for additional information wtreloar@wi.rr.com or (262) 375-1786.
·  Book Study September 18th begins the book study of Crazy Love, by Francis Chan. Please meet in the Friends of Concordia Room from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm.  We will watch a video introducing the book and the author and start Chapter 1 (“Stop praying”…WHAT??) Great contemporary reading. The book is $5 for students, $10 for adults. Bring a Bible and a friend.  The next Book Study dates are October 2nd, 30th November 6th .
·  Apple Picking Women of ALL ages invited are invited to go apple picking on October 7th at 1:00 pm. Please meet at Gierach’s Rolling Meadow Farm, 10232 West Bonniwell Road in Mequon. We’ll take a brief tour then we’ll head to the orchards for a brief devotion and pick a bag of apples for $5. After that we’ll go to Karen Hackman’s home for dipping and decorating. Contact Bonnie for more info wtreloar@wi.rr.com or 262-375-1786.
LADIES AID ( Meets Monthly September - May, 1st Tuesday at 12:30 pm) Next Meeting: October 2nd
Our new year is beginning and please note the new start time of 12:30 pm. The group meets in the Fellowship Hall on the First Immanuel Campus beginning with dessert followed by devotion, our program, and fellowship. We always enjoy meeting new members of the congregation and welcome all ladies to join us in fellowship and activities.
·  Sewing Group Has resumed Mondays at 9:00 am in the Family Life Center on the First Immanuel Campus. This group makes "Little Dresses for Africa" and 'britches' for the boys and quilts for Lutheran World Relief (LWR). Come and stay as you are able, bring a lunch, coffee will be provided.
LUTHERAN WOMAN IN MISSION ( Meets Monthly September - May, 2nd Tuesday at 6:30 pm) Next Meeting: September 11th
How often do you get to enjoy a good home-cooked meal and the fellowship of your sisters in Christ?   Come and gather with Lutheran Women in Mission in the Fellowship Hall on the First Immanuel Campus All are invited … and invited to bring a friend!  There is no need to RSVP. We’re looking forward to seeing you! 
WHERE MOMS CONNECT (Meets Semi-Monthly September - May, 2nd & 4th Thursday at 9:00 am) Next Meeting: September 13th   Moms come in all shapes and sizes, but one thing is for sure … all moms need to connect with other moms!   Where Moms Connect is a unique curriculum that brings women together and helps them connect naturally, through faith-based discussion and fellowship. The group meets in the Fellowship Hall on the First Immanuel Campus. FREE CHILDCARE is provided with a bible story, craft, and snack. To register visit: tinyurl.com/FILMoms18
Joining a ministry group is a great way to get involved with your Family of Faith!
Visit our website to learn more about our Adult Ministry opportunities.
We will be posting information about our Adult Ministry opportunities at the Welcome Center Areas at both campuses. Those interested in learning about these opportunities will be able to take the information with them or simply view the upcoming events.
REACHING OUT IN SERVICE
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
·   Glory and Praise There are opportunities to assist wheel chair bound residents in area nursing homes get to a common area for a time of devotion and singing. Next opportunity McKinley Place on September 18th at 3:00 pm and Hamburg Home on September 25th at 6:30 pm . Contact Betty at (414) 702-7920 for more information.
·   Serve-A-Meal Participants leave Cedarburg for the Milwaukee Rescue Mission at 3:00 pm and return around 6:30 pm. The next dates to serve are September 4th, 18th and October 2nd. For additional information contact Karl
kroeske@fils.org
· Heartland Hospice Volunteers are needed to help provide compassionate, quality care to those living with life-limiting illness, their families and caregivers. Hold a Hand ~ Share a Smile ~ Be a Friend ~ Make a Difference! For more information about volunteering, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Gypsi at 414-944-2048.
·   Food Pack for Hunger Relief Help provide food and hope! You’re invited to participate in a community Food Pack for Hunger Relief at Trinity Lutheran Church (N60W6047 Columbia Road in Cedarburg) on Saturday, Sept. 29 . We’ll work together to pack fortified meals to be sent to El Salvador. Three shifts are available (9:00 am -10:30 am, 10:30 am - noon, and noon - 1:30 pm.) No experience is needed and sit-down jobs are available. There’s no fee to participate, and donations are welcome to cover the cost of food and shipping. This event is open to all and your help is needed! Advance sign-up is recommended to reserve your spot. For more information Contact Linda at (262) 377-0610 or office@trinitycedarburg.org.
SHARE-A-MEAL   The Share-A-Meal Freezer is fully stocked. Bring a prepared meal to someone in need!  Please remember the freezer is now conveniently located next to the Christian care center. If you have questions or would like to help cook meals contact Mary at  mary@labudde.com
EXTRA NEWS & OPPORTUNITIES
HELP NEEDED - AFTER SCHOOL CARE
  First Immanuel Lutheran School is looking for energetic, patient, and nurturing individuals who enjoy working with children to offer care and teaching support in our After School Care Program during the 2018-2019 school year. The hours for these positions would be between 2:30 pm and 6:00 pm.  Applicants must have a High School diploma and early childhood experience is preferred. For more information on these positions, please contact Kelly Dummann, After Care Director at First Immanuel Lutheran School: 262-377-6610 or  kdummann@fils.org  (please send resumes and references to this email). For more information on First Immanuel Lutheran School, please go to  www.filschool.org   
Love spending time with students? Interested in flexible hours? Please consider being a substitute teacher here at FILS! 

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send your resume and proof of a bachelor's degree to  dwalker@fils.org  or drop it off in the church/school office. 

Feel free to contact Dawn Walker with any questions you may have! 262-377-6610
FIL’D WITH FAITH  Send a back-to-school care package to a college student. The packages will be sent out on October 1st. To send a package email: filedwithfaith@yahoo.com.
 
National Youth Gathering
First Immanuel and River of Life Teens.... Imagine a stadium with 20,000 teens who are not afraid to express their faith in Jesus. They face the same challenges and joys that you experience. At the National LCMS Youth Gathering Lutheran teens from around the US and the world will travel to one destination, Minneapolis, MN, to focus on the theme REAL.PRESENT.GOD  July 11-15, 2019. All current 8th grade - seniors in high school are eligible to attend.   Registration Deadline October 12th.   Contact Pastor or Wendy Seban for details!   tseban@fils.org  or  wseban@fils.org
SPECIAL EVENT   The next  Pressure Points  event is set for  September 22nd, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm at Concordia University Wisconsin. Four experienced speakers and speaker teams will share their personal journeys and practical leadership insights on navigating those workplace responsibilities and expectations that create pressure points for the Christian professional. Each topic will be followed by reflection time and interactive table discussions with like-minded professionals which offer a great environment for learning and connecting. Registration Cost is $65.00 per person and $50.00 for students and includes a continental breakfast and buffet lunch.
HOLIDAY DECORATING Have a passion for decorating for the holiday seasons? Then we need you! We are looking for savvy people to decorate the outside of the church at both the First Immanuel and River of Life campuses. Contact the office if you are interested in learning more! Families and teams of friends welcome!
NEW DOOR ENTRY SYSTEM   Please note a new door entry system has been installed by the church entrances. During regular office hours, please use the buzzer to gain entrance to the building. Our friendly office staff will greet you and you simply let them know what you are here for (Bible Class, Meeting, etc.) and when they will “buzz you in” just open the door.
A CHRIST-CENTERED EDUCATION  
A CHRIST-CENTERED
EDUCATION 
Explore First Immanuel!
Learn more at: www.filschool.org
 Contact Teresa in the
admissions office to schedule a school tour.
Call: (262) 377-6610 ~ Text: (262) 627-9737 ~ Email: thajdu@fils.org
 
TUESDAY, September 11, 2018
6:30 pm LWML
7:30 pm Men’s Club
WEDNESDAY, September 12, 2018
9:00 am & 7:00 pm Adult Bible Class
5:30 pm Public School Faith Education Class
6:30 pm Bell Choir
THURSDAY, September 13, 2018
9:00 am Where Moms Connect
7:30 pm Senior Choir
SATURDAY, September 15, 2018
7:30 am Men’s Bible Study
5:00 pm Traditional Worship
SUNDAY, September 16, 2018
First Immanuel Schedule
7:30 am Traditional Worship (w.comm)
9:00 am Traditional Worship
10:10 am Sermon Rewind
10:35 am Contemporary Worship (w.comm)
River of Life Schedule
8:30 am Traditional Worship (w.comm)
9:30 am Adult Bible Class & Sunday School
10:45 Café Worship (w.comm)
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