Invite your friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors to visit on Launch Sunday ( this coming Sun., Jan. 12, at 9:30 a.m.), when Emmanuel reintroduces  itself with renewed vision, new spiritual growth classes, a new life group ministry, a full children's worship service, and ways to seek the good of our communityClick here for a flyer to share. 

Launch Sunday  will feature inspiring music, arts and acts, special gifts for guests (including a signed copy of Brian S. Chan's book,  The Purple Curtain ), teaching from God's Word, and the beginning of good things.  

Come early for Emmanuel's coffee bar to be refreshed and hang out before service!  A free Fiesta Bar Luncheon will follow the service!
LEWIS & TOLKIEN @ EMMANUEL, CANCELED! We're sorry to announce that the play scheduled for Jan. 14, has been  postponed due to unforeseen circumstances.
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EMMANUEL CHOIR: Did you enjoy the Christmas concerts? Would you like to join in the fun? Then come to our next choir rehearsal, resuming tomorrow night, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. We look forward to a powerful and vibrant time of ministry through music in the coming year. For more info, contact our Worship & Music Minister, Billye Johnstone at  billye@emmanuelburbank.org.  

SPECTRUM MINISTRIES TRIP:  Our next monthly trip to help the needy in Tijuana is this coming  Thurs., Jan. 9 . For more info, call Phil Hess at (818) 731-3477.

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY CHANGE: Please note that for the next three weeks, starting on Launch Sunday, Jan. 12, Children's Ministry will have a full children's worship service for grades K to 5th, at 9:30 a.m. Please check in your children at the usual location in front of the sanctuary, and then escort them to their upstairs Children's Ministry classroom. 

WOMEN'S RETREAT: For all ladies who registered for the Women's Retreat and gave their $50 deposit, the final payment of $145 is due! Please bring the balance to the Women's Ministry patio table this coming Sun., Jan. 12.  
   And, we still have Women's Retreat openings! If you want to go, please plan to register and pay the total amount ($195) this Sun., Jan. 12.  
   The retreat will be held  Feb. 21-23, 2020, at Calvary Chapel Christian Conference Center in Murietta Hot Springs, and our speaker will be Marlo Blandford. For more info, contact Bev McLeod at careyandbevmcleod@yahoo.com.  
 
SPIRITUAL GROWTH CLASSES: Coming  this Winter 2020... Developing an intelligent faith that impacts every aspect of life.  Classes will start Sun., Jan. 19 , and run through March 8.
  • Streams of Living Water by Pastor Bob Drummond, meeting in Garden Room D.
    Knowing and appreciating the major "streams" of Christ's Church helps us pray for unity while personally seeking the fullness of Christ in our lives. Streams of Living Water will explore the streams of the Christian faith that include prayer, virtue, Spirit, compassion, justice, and the Word. Be prepared to expand your love of Christ's Church and deepen the expressions of your faith. 
  • Sharpening Your Disciple-Making Skills by Connie & Randy Karman, meeting in the Family Room.
    Jesus modeled discipleship during his ministry on earth; his final words to his followers were, "go and make disciples of all nations."  Whether you are an experienced disciple-maker, or have a desire to learn how to disciple others, this class is meant to challenge and inform both men and women on how to be a "disciple-making disciple." This is an in-depth training, as it is a springboard to a comprehensive disciple-making ministry at Emmanuel Church, therefore, a high attendance commitment is required.
  • Further Up and Further In by Lisa & David Hoffman, meeting in Garden Room B.
    C.S. Lewis deals with rich complexities of Christian faith in enchanting stories "for children." If you haven't read the Chronicles of Narnia in a while, come take a deep dive with us and find out what you've been missing.
  • A Life of Pursuit, Passion, and Purpose by Pastor Brian Chan, meeting in Garden Room C.
    Learn about understanding God's will and direction for you. Discover how to live passionately for God, even in dry times. Find out what it means to practically pursue your purpose with perseverance. This class will examine what God's Word says and engage in rich discussions.
  • ALPHA by Jatinder Sehmi, meeting in the Lower Auditorium.
    Come join Jatinder for an open discussion on the foundational aspects of the Christian faith. ALPHA is a safe place to ask questions, discuss ideas, and really try to come to grips with the difficult questions of life.

LOOKING AHEAD

LIFE GROUPS STARTING UP: Several of our mid-week Life Groups invite you to read up and check them out! These "open-for-investigation" groups and topics include: 
  • Roots, for young adults 18 to 25ish 
    Mondays, 7:30 to 9 p.m, in the church's Upper Youth Center. 
    Form roots in your individual faith, and in the church, as we dive deeper into each Sunday's sermon.
    Email Matt Hiett at matt@emmanuelburbank.org for more info about this ongoing group, and the next Monday evening when you can come check it out!
  • The Group, for singles and couples 20s & 30s
    Mondays, 7 to 8:30 p.m, in the church's downstairs Family Room.
    A community of people who seek out a safe place to do life together
    Email David & Lisa Hoffman at haveyoumetlisa@gmail.com for more info about this ongoing group, and the next Monday evening when you can come check it out!
  • Relate, for young couples
    Tuesdays , 7:30 to 9 p.m, at the Mokraceks' home. 
    Relate is a life group for young couples (married, engaged, or dating) to deepen their faith and strengthen their relationships through fellowship with one another.
    Email Andrea Di Francia at andrea@emmanuelburbank.org for more info about this new group, and the next Tuesday evening when you both can come check it out!
  • The Big Picture, for singles and couples 20 to 30s.
    Sundays, 7 to 9 p.m., in the church's Garden Room B.
    Explore life together at the intersection of profession and faith; whether in the entertainment industry or just beginning your career and family.
    Email Tony & Rene Bancroft at renebancroft@gmail.com for more info about this new group, starting on Sun., Jan. 19.
  • B.L.A.S.T. (Building Lives Around Sound Truth), for all adults.
    Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Lettses' home

    Study and discuss God's Word, while building relationships and encouraging each other through listening, praying and caring.
    Email Mark & Julie Letts at mark@emmanuelburbank.orgĂ‚ for more info about this ongoing group, restarting on Jan. 9.
  • Healthy Wholeness, for all adults.
    Thursdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Paytons' home.
    For all adults seeking a biblical, Christ-centered, relational approach to developing a healthy wholeness of spirit, soul, mind and body. Experience an improved-service lifestyle of better faith, food, fitness, focus and friendships!  
    Email Key & Cheri Payton at key@emmanuelburbank.orgfor more info about this ongoing group, restarting on Jan. 16
  • MIB (Men in Bibles), for all men.
    Thursdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the church's Family Room, or Thursdays, 8 to 9:30 p.m., in the church's Family Room.
    A men's Bible study for a time to discover God's Word, a chance to be real and a place for encouragement
    Email Drew Martenson at drew@emmanuelburbank.org for more info about this ongoing group, restarting on Jan. 9
  • Cleavers: Doing Life Together, for adults 50s to 60s.
    Last Friday of each month, 6 to 8 p.m., rotates homes.
    Topical Study -- all are welcome!
    Email Dan & Linda Osti at daniel.re.osti@gmail.com for more info about this ongoing group, restarting on Jan. 31.
     
 
YELP/GOOGLE REVIEWS:  Show your love for Emmanuel Church this week, by rating and/or writing a review on Yelp, Google, and Facebook. Help people who don't know Emmanuel get to know us!
 

Sundays - Children at 9:30 a.m.:

EARLY CHILDHOOD: Downstairs in the Children's Ministry Building, Nursery and Preschool for newborns to 4-year-olds.   
 
ELEMENTARY:  Upstairs in the Children's Ministry Building, Children's Service for Grades K to 5th grade.

 
This Sunday - Fiesta Bar Luncheon at 11 a.m.


Life Groups:

Adults that are interested in connecting through a Life Group, for fellowship and life in community, please contact Key Payton ( key@emmanuelburbank.org) or Dan Osti ( daniel.re.osti@gmail.com).

 
THIS WEEK
 
"Christ's Last Words, Our Beginning:
How to Love When It's Tough"
John 13:1-20 
Brian S. Chan