Fulfilling Our Mission!
Summer Update from
Emmanuel Communities and Academies
The 2019 Celebration of Progress Gala held in March was a night to remember!

Go HERE to view pictures from the evening, and if you would like a particular picture emailed to you, contact Deirdre Lapp at D.Lapp@EmmanuelCommunities.Org
The Latest from Emmanuel Park
In April, Emmanuel hosted ‘Opening Weekend’ at the Park, bringing together the congregation and surrounding community to celebrate our risen Lord. There was an Easter Egg Hunt and crafts for the kids on Saturday and an awe inspiring Sunrise Service on Sunday. The weekend couldn’t have been more beautiful, and we look forward to many more opportunities to bring our congregation and community together throughout the year!
Visit HERE to view pictures.
Come Out for Snow Cone Saturday
On June First we will be having our first Snow Cone Saturday! What a perfect summertime treat!

Stop by Emmanuel Community Park anytime between 11:30am - 4:00pm to enjoy refreshing gourmet shaved ice! Stay tuned for more upcoming dates by following our Facebook page!
Work Day and Farmer's Market at the Park
will Resume in September

Every 1st Saturday of the month we have held a community ‘Work Day’ at the Park, 10 AM – 2 PM. You are free to come and go as you please! The next scheduled date is September 7th. For more information or to sign up to help, please contact Dee Schleutker at Dee@NaplesEmmanuel.Org

Farmer's Market will also resume in September. We will email a notice as the Farmer's Market restarts. Also like our FACEBOOK PAGE www.facebook.com/EmmanuelCommunities for update notifications. Be on the look out for our Grand Opening in August!

Happy Summer!
Emmanuel Academies is going on the Road!
Emmanuel Academies is excited to attend the 2019 FBSYNOD Assembly in Orlando! This is a wonderful opportunity to spread the news about our 5-year Pastoral Leadership Degree Program and recruit students. We launched the program at last year’s Assembly and much has changed since then, including the blessing of Churchwide and our new partnership with Luther Seminary, our Seminary of Affiliation!  

We now have students enrolled and earning credits towards their degrees, and we are currently enrolling new students to begin their BA & MDIV in the fall!

Needless to say, we welcome your help in spreading the news about this terrific program for our young people who are called to ministry but need a more accessible path to get there. Please contact Deirdre Lapp or visit our website at www.emmanueled.org for more information. Thank you!
We want to THANK Ian and Will for helping us recruit students for the fall semester!
Educational Opportunities to Enhance the Vibrant Spiritual Lives of our Congregation and Community
As a part of our GIFT (Growing in Faith Together) theme this year at Emmanuel, we are experimenting with many different approaches to Christian education. Christian education and catechists are vital for growing a vibrant spiritual life! 

Two initiatives have been introduced and the results have been very positive. They are:

Faith, Vocation and Economics Series: “Under the Tent”

This two-month series took place on Sundays “Under the Tent” and Monday mornings in the Family Life Center. The focus was the topic of “Faith, Vocation and Economics.” Between February and March, we attracted between 25 to 50 attendees on Sundays and around 30 to 44 every Monday for the lecture series. Respected and qualified speakers presented, and the lectures were well received. This format gave people two options: (1) come on Sunday for a 30 minute primer on the topic or (2) participate on Mondays for a comprehensive presentation and discussion. We will definitely repeat this series in 2020 starting in late January.

Discover Emmanuel: Discovering our Evangelical Identity around Faith, Vocation and Economics

This initiative was birthed from an educational opportunity for new congregational members. The initial thinking was that with more than 40 new members, we needed to offer content about Lutheran doctrine and practice. Through discussions, we realized that the 5-part series could benefit any participant in their Lutheran Learning and Faith Formation. 

The 5-part series explored our “Evangelical Identity” as Lutherans. As with the “Faith, Vocation and Economic” series above, each session was offered twice, once on Sunday between services in the Media Center and once on Monday afternoons at 4PM. The sessions on Sundays have gone very well, especially the first talk within the Sanctuary concerning Emmanuel’s stained glass windows and architectural design. 45 people attended that session. In subsequent weeks, 20 - 25 attended each Sunday session. Mondays added another 10 - 15 participants, including 5 - 10 in person and 7- 11 online utilizing live streaming technology.

 “Discover Emmanuel” is structured to to offer educational opportunities for members and friends here in Naples and anywhere there is an internet connection. We are off to a great start! For more information about Discover Emmanuel and to discuss other upcoming educational opportunities as well as learning needs, please contact Pastor Rick Bliese at PastorRick@naplesemmanuel.org
Emmanuel Academies thoroughly enjoyed hosting the 3-day mid-year retreat for the LECNA Fellows Program in late April. The Lutheran Educational Conference of North America (LECNA) Fellows Program is a year-long leadership development experience organized around vocation and calling, sustainable leader development, and visionary organizational leadership designed to equip the next generation of leaders for Lutheran congregations. This year's cohort had 12 Fellows - 8 pastors from around the country (7 ELCA and 1 LCMS) and 4 agency leaders (3 from the Mission Investment Fund and 1 from Development at Luther Seminary). The conference included presentations by various Emmanuel church leaders and members of the Collier community.

For information on the overall program, please see http://www.thriventfellows.org/about
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