Connecting at ELC
for November 29, 2020
Greetings from Pastor Mark
Fellow Worshipers,

The Advent and Christmas Season begins with the First Sunday in Advent, as we begin consideration of “The Jesse Tree” on November 29th. We’re excited for another Emmanuel Advent with devotions provided by the members of our Church Family. The main prophetic scripture for “The Jesse Tree” from the Old Testament Prophet Isaiah is in the eleventh chapter as we read, “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.” This prophecy points to the coming Messiah and Christ, the Lord Jesus, who is from the lineage of Jesse, the father of King David. To trace “The Family Tree” for “The Jesse Tree,” we’ll need to go back to the beginning and move forward from there. Please read the early chapters of the Book of Genesis, with special focus on Chapter 1:11-13 and 3:1-24 as we share the message, “The Tree is Needed.”

We want to remind all that this Sunday, November 29th there will be the “Farewell and Godspeed” for Adreel and Sahreem George. Any cards and gifts you wish to provide need to be given directly to the two of them, since we’ll not be handling these items through the ELC office.

“The Jesse Tree” Midweek Advent Services begin this coming Wednesday, December 2nd. Due to recent advisories from public health officials, we've decided that the Advent Services will be online only, and will be broadcast at noon and 7pm each Wednesday. In the coming Sunday and Wednesday services, we’ll be adding an ornament to “The Jesse Tree” as we move closer to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. If you haven't already, make sure you pick up your "Jesse Tree" family devotion kit in the fellowship hall this Sunday.

Worshiping the Lord with All of You,
Pastor Mark
Come join for worship in our Sanctuary
during the 8:00 am or 11:00 am services!
We are blessed to see more of our congregants returning to in-person worship and are excited to be inviting children forward for the sharing of the children’s message once again. 

If you are looking for a bible app, two popular options are Bible Gateway ( and (

Please let us know how these work for you.

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!


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

We have multiple giving options available!
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, & Sermon Notes

Digital versions of the bulletins, prayers, and sermon notes are provided here as printed bulletins are not 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. 
Altar Flowers

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: for more information.  

Mid-Week Advent Services
Due to recent public health advisories, Advent Services will be online only, and will be broadcast at noon and 7pm each Wednesday. Tune in via ELC LiveStream or via Facebook Live to join us for those services.

Christmas Eve Candlelight & Communion Services
December 24th - 5:00 pm , 7:00 pm, 9:00 pm
Christmas Day Service
December 25th - 9:30 am

Note: For Christmas Eve & Christmas Day, we will be using
a reservation system to ensure we maintain appropriate distancing within the service. More info to come soon!
Soups 'n Sweets Sale
Order Deadline is this Sunday, Nov 29th

We are now taking orders for the Christmas Soups 'n Sweets Sale. Order quarts of soup, specialty desserts and pies, and mini cheese balls - individually or by the bundle.

Proceeds will be used for ELC's Lutheran Women in Missions projects. More information please contact Christine Tripp -
Connection Group Gift Idea:
"LWML Soups & Sweets!"

The yummy holiday foods being prepared by our special LWML ladies make great gifts for neighbors, family or friends, and coworkers (We know of one family that placed 7 orders for Penny's almond toffee so that they may pass along the sweet blessing). Remember to say a prayer over these gifts as you give them, asking God to help the recipients know personally the best gift of all, Jesus our Savior!

And… since the proceeds go to ELC missions, you will be sharing Gospel Love in 2 ways… with those receiving the food gifts and with those receiving the money gifts.  

This Sunday, 29, is the last day to order so make sure to stop by the table in the narthex, or order online now!  

Share your connection ideas with Randy Holdeman, ELC Director of Connection Groups,

Kingdom Kidz
Jesse Tree Family Devotion Kit
The Jesse Tree Family Devotion Kit (which includes a devotional, tree and ornaments!) are available for pickup in the Fellowship Hall anytime on Sunday, Nov 29.

If you're unable to pick up your kit on Sunday, please reach out to Katelyn,, so we can arrange a pickup time for your kit. 
-- Discipleship News --

We’ve been having a great time at our Family Style Classes and are excited to have some in-person events come back into the mix. Join us every Sunday Morning in the Fellowship Hall!

Not Too Late to Join in on the
Adult Discipleship Class !!

You can tune in via LiveStream after the 8am service, or come in person! Bob Forsberg continues with the class he started earlier this year on Exodus through Leviticus. Class is held in the sanctuary.

Poinsettia Plant for our
Christmas Altar!

Visit our online form and order a poinsettia plant to decorate our Christmas Altar! Plants are $10 each, and we have a small window of opportunity to get them ordered, so act fast! Orders will be taken now through Dec 13!
Attendance Report for Sunday, November 22nd
8 am Worship Service
In Person - 59
Online - 119

Adult Discipleship Class
In Person - 18
Online - 52

Senior High Sunday School
In Person - 9

11 am Worship Service
In Person - 58
Online - 131

Junior High (Confirmation Class)
In Person - 3
Online - 12

Kingdom Kidz Sunday School
In Person - 24

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

Volunteer staffing for services is an important part of worship on Sunday mornings. We have volunteer needs in many areas and would ask for congregants who have returned to in-person worship to prayerfully consider serving one Sunday per month. Volunteers are most critically needed on the Audio/Visual team and on the 11:00 service Worship team, but also as Ushers, Greeters, Cantors, Lectors, and at the Connection Center for both services. 

Please contact Pastor Mark, Randy Holdeman, or John Cross in the church office at 937-434-1798 or  

Flowers for this Sunday, November 29
are given to help us remember God's grace and
love, asking Him to prepare our hearts as He
prepared all of history to receive the gift of His Son.
"Life Quote" for 11-29-2020

 “Christians engage in adopting not only because we desire to raise children but also—and above all—because the Most High desires their survival and salvation. We adopt because we have been so adopted. We adopt because little ones need homes. We adopt because we have homes and families to share. Life issues mean more than just political debates. Life issues involve more than just personal choices or someone else’s problems. Life issues are always people and Gospel.” 
Rev. Michael W. Salemink, Executive Director of Lutherans For Life

A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life •  
Emmanuel Lutheran Church | 937-434-1798 |