Connecting at ELC
for June 13, 2021
Greetings from Pastor Mark
Fellow ELC Brothers and Sisters,

First of all, please know how much all of the condolences, prayers, and acts of kindness mean to our family in the recent news of the death of my sister, Barb. God is truly comforting and carrying us through these times. We’re blessed to be part of such a caring, loving Church Family!

We want everyone to get fully engaged in the next sermon series, “Who is Jesus to You?” based on the Gospel of Mark. This week’s message will focus on the Parable of the Seed Growing and the Mustard Seed from Mark 4:26-34. We encourage everyone to read the Gospel of Mark, which they calculate takes just 90 minutes for the average reader. In just one and half hours you’ll be able to read the entire Gospel of Mark, so perhaps you’ll be able to do this in just one sitting. If time doesn’t permit this, please read Mark 4:26-34 to allow the seeds of truth to go deeper into the soil of your heart.

See you Sunday,
Pastor Mark

NEW SUMMER WORSHIP OPPORTUNITY
COMING THIS MONTH

A new Summer Weekend Worship schedule is coming soon! Beginning this coming Saturday, June 19th, there will be a Saturday Service from 4:30-5:30pm with an alternate style of worship. Utilizing liturgical elements with varied hymns, songs, and choruses, as well as Holy Communion on scheduled weekends, this new service will provide worshippers another option for their weekly worship. These more casual services each weekend will be different, but the sermons will be the same on Saturdays and Sundays.
NEW POSITION OPENING

The Sr. Pastor working with the Ad Hoc Staffing Committee and upon review by the Board of Directors is posting the part-time paid Women’s Care Ministry Team Leader position. Copies of the position description are available at the link below or the Connection Center. Applications will be received by the Sr. Pastor until Sunday, June 27th.  
Capital Campaign Update – PRAISE GOD!

We have our first Matching Gift Donor towards the Capital Campaign Landscape (Pavilion). All new donations towards the Capital Campaign received between Friday, June 11th through July 31st will be matched dollar for dollar by one of our members up to a total of $25,000. Please note that donations from earlier pledges do not qualify for the matching gift. 

As He Leads, The Capital Campaign Committee
SUNDAY WORSHIP
LIVE-STREAM
Click the photo above to go directly to our Live Stream page. You can pull up the Live Stream on your phone, tablet or computer! Worship wherever you are!

Sundays at 8:00 am & 11:00 am
Worship at home or here at Emmanuel!

ONLINE GIVING

Click the photo link above to be connected to our online giving!

New giving options have been added recently!
Connection Card
If you attended or watched the live stream or the recording of our service, please make sure that you fill out the digital Connection Card so that we know you worshiped with us. Stay Connected with Us. Click our Logo on the right to be taken directly to the Connection Card.
Bulletins & Prayer List

Digital versions of the bulletins & prayers are provided here as printed bulletins are not currently available for distribution prior to worship services. Please feel free to print out copies to bring to services or view the digital versions from your phone or tablet during the service. All service materials are also available to be viewed on the in-service slides. 
Attention 4th through 8th grade students
Train to be an Acolyte!

Acolyte Training for Students entering 4th grade in the Fall, through 8th grade coming up soon. 
  • Sun Jun 13th @ 12:30pm
  • Thurs Jun 17th @ 5:30pm
Training will be held in the Sanctuary. No prior sign-up needed.
COVID KITS FOR INDIA

Given the recent outbreak of a second surge of COVID cases in India, we will be partnering with India Transformed (United Evangelical Missions India) to provide COVID Kits to families in need in India. At a cost of $25 each, we are asking our members to prayerfully consider sponsoring one or more kits. Click the link below to enter our online giving module, and make sure to select "India Transformed" as the designated account. Thank you for prayerfully considering this evangelical opportunity!
You can help to bless families in need. Please take a newsletter from the Pack-n-Play in the Fellowship Hall to find out about the needs of our local pregnancy resource center. You can place donated items into the Pack-n-Play, and each month those items will be taken to the Miami Valley Women's Center. Thank you for being a Gospel-motivated voice for life! If you have questions, please contact Kim Merritt, 937-294-1566 or mrs.kimberlymerritt@gmail.com.
Lutherans for Life "Life Quote"
for 6/13/2021:

 “It’s a terrible thing to see any life that is used and abused instead of being protected and cared for. The value of life should not be based on the benefits it can offer. So we pray to the Lord to move all people to value and appreciate all life as God’s gift.” Rev. Peter Sulzle, St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Redwood Falls, Minnesota

A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org  
ELC Resource Center -- YOUR INPUT NEEDED

Please complete a three question survey from Emmanuel Library/ Resource Center in order to determine the future path of the library. 
We really need your comments and being truthful in your answers. If you have any questions feel free to call Lorene Wilson at 937 626-7898. Thank you.  
Hey Middle Schoolers!

It's finally time for your first event and we're excited to be gathering together to watch the Fourth of July Fireworks together.

Stay tuned for more information from your Sunday School teachers.
Women’s Summer Study
ELC Sisters: Our Summer Bible Study on the book of 1 Peter will begin this coming Monday, June 14th, on Monday nights from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm at Emmanuel. We also have a volunteer to lead a virtual session at the same time. Please click the button below to register, and select either in person or virtual.

Weather permitting, we will gather outside at the picnic tables, otherwise we will utilize the Fellowship Hall.

Suggested donation of $7 to cover the cost of the Study Book. Contact Laura Deisher with any questions, at 937-238-2785 or ldeisher@emmanuellc.org.
Connection Activity - Neighborhood Block Parties
Nothing says SUMMER like a block party! And many neighbors will be eager and ready to gather together these coming months. Here are easy steps to planning:
  • Pick a date that works for most of your neighbors
  • Contact your city officials to determine your neighborhood's guidelines. Usually the city will supply the barricades (and Kettering even supplies ice-cream to its first applicants!)
  • Notify your neighbors of day and time

Spending time with our neighbors deepens friendships, which paves the way for more easily sharing the Gospel of our Lord Jesus!

Share your block party stories with Randy Holdeman, ELC Director of Connection Groups, rholdeman@emmanuellc.org.
Attendance Report for Sunday, June 6th

8:00 am Worship Service
In Person - 105
Online - 72

Adult Discipleship Classes
In Person - 29
Online - 59

Senior High Sunday School
In Person - 10


11:00 am Worship Service
In Person - 84
Online - 60

Junior High (Confirmation Class)
In Person - 14
Online - 0

Kingdom Kidz Sunday School
In Person - 47

Please note that Kathy Earley is now duplicating the DVD copies of the services. Requests should be made directly to her. As of now, only the 8:00am service is being recorded. Contact Dave Malas with any special requests.
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Altar Flowers

Altar flowers for Sunday, June 13 are given in thanks to VBS leaders and volunteers for a successful VBS.

If you wish to honor a special occasion or remember a loved one with a bouquet for the Altar, the sign-up book for Altar Flowers is located at the Connection Center. Suggested donations for floral bouquets are $25.00. If you do request Altar Flowers, please make sure to have them picked up by Monday afternoon to make sure that the flowers still look beautiful!

Contact: mbailey@emmanuellc.org for more information.