ELC eNews

The Weekly Newsletter of

Emmanuel Lutheran Church

Venice, Florida

Week of March 19, 2023

Fourth Sunday in Lent

"To know Christ and boldly make Him known"

This week at Emmanuel...

  • March 19: Worship @ 8:30am, 10:00am (aBRIDGEd) & 11:00am
  • March 19: Youth Sunday School @ 9:45am
  • March 19: Youth Group @ 5pm
  • March 19: Luke LIttle Church @ 5:30pm
  • March 20: Garden Angels @ 8am
  • March 20: WELCA Dorcas Quilting @ 9am
  • March 20: Call Committee @ 11am
  • March 20: Soul Sisters @ 1pm
  • March 21: Men's Breakfast @ 7:30am
  • March 21: Torah Tuesday with Donna Bachelor @10:00am at VOTI
  • March 21: Mahjong @ 12:30pm
  • March 21: Stewardship Committee @ 1pm
  • March 22: Joyful Ringers @ 10:15a
  • March 22: 10am Worship Sub-committee @ 2pm
  • March 22: Choir Rehearsal @ 4pm
  • March 22: Lenten Worship & Soup Supper @ 5pm
  • March 23: Connections Book Discussion @ 1pm
  • March 25: Braves vs. Twins BB Game
  • March 25: Worship @ 5pm

More information about several of these events follows.

CLICK HERE to let us know you are Attending Worship this weekend

You may now view our 8:30am and 10:00am worship services by visiting our website. They are posted as quickly as possible following the service.

We are making progress as we work through upgrading our technology which may affect the viewing of our worship services.

New Pictures from recent events coming soon at Emmanuel.

Click below to see the fun!

Current Events
Visit our website

This and That for the Week...Important Information Follows

2023 Lenten Series:



March 22nd @ 5pm

(Ephesians 2:8)

Message: Birdie Clark

Join our Lenten series and let us be faithful together.

Let us use our memories for God's glory and our good.

Soup supper follows each service during Lent provided

by a different group at Emmanuel each week.

This week Christian Education Committee will provide the soup!

All are welcome to join us for soup, salad, dessert and fellowship.

If you are able, please bring a can of soup to be donated to the

South County Food Pantry.

Christ in Our Home...

is now available in the Narthex or in the Office Center during regular office hours.

Click to download the order form or find it in the worship folder.

Easter Flowers

$20 each

Order deadline is

April 3rd.

The Call Committee met with the Dean of the Mid-Gulf conference on Monday to obtain feedback on the Ministry Site Profile and receive coaching on the interview process. Final revisions to the Ministry Site Profile were made, and it was officially submitted earlier this week – a real milestone in the call process as now pastoral candidates will be able to see that we are seeking a new pastor. 

Contemporary Music Pilot Update

The Worship & Music Committee is happy to report that the 6-month contemporary music pilot, now going into its second month, continues to improve with each passing week. Led by Nick Sperry, the praise band is filling out with the recent addition of a lead guitarist/vocalist and drummer, with more musicians and singers expected to join in the future.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, please consider attending the 10:00 a.m. worship service to experience this joyful, musical service! Also be sure to listen to the JOY FM, 91.5FM, for some of the contemporary Christian music that is being used in this worship.

Supply list for VBS...

White spray paint

Twigs and branches

White electrical or duct tape


Please place your donations in the basket or box in the Narthex.

Youth News...

We are collecting items for VBS 2024 Monumental, and the Youth will begin building sets this weekend. We will be building rock formations and the gorgeous mountains of the Southwest. We appreciate all donations that have been coming in. We are accepting newspaper and white duct tape or white electrical tape for the sets. Our 10am worship team has been praising Him! This weekend we have a special guest from my hometown on Bass. Dan Grover will join us this weekend and will be filling out the band. We hope you can make it this Sunday at 10am!!  

Barb's Medical Minute

Do you know what a Flavonoid is and how it can help you? A flavonoid is a naturally occurring compound found in plant foods and they can help support heart health, like blood circulation, and reduce the risk of cancer. One of the top sources of flavonoids is green and black tea. (I’m good with that.) Other foods high in flavonoids are: dark chocolate (only if I’m desperate for chocolate), red grapes (They’re OK, but I rarely eat them), blueberries (Not), apples (I like a little bit of apple with my peanut butter), and citrus fruits (pretty much all good). You know what else I found out? Kale and red wine have the same number of flavonoids….guess which one I pick?

Please keep the following people in your prayers:

Gail Authier

Pam McNamee

Gordon Storey

Flossie Wissinger

Linda Yaro

Holy Week schedule @ Emmanuel

Make a Dedication to a Loved One or

Celebrate a Special Occasion!!

2023 Altar Flower Sign-up

Click Here for Altar Flowers

Submit your payment of $35 with dedication to the church ASAP. Forms are also available in the Narthex or at the office.

Eternal Candle Sign-up

Click Here for Eternal Candle

Submit the payment of $10 and dedication to the church ASAP. Forms are also available in the Narthex or at the office.

If you are unable to sign-up online, Click Here for the form to print and return with payment.

Ongoing events, collections, etc..

Dorcas Circle - Quilts - Every Monday @ 9am in Room 105/106. Jackie Miller, Leader.

Soul Sisters - Local Projects - First &Third Monday @ 1pm in the Office Center, Pat Crary, Leader.

Deborah Circle - Baby Kits - Second Tuesday @ 3pm in Room 101, Kathie Winemiller, Leader.

All women are invited to join a circle for fellowship and devotions.

Sunday School

Every Sunday at 9:45am in Room 101 & 103

Ages 5 thru Middle School

Youth Group

Every Sunday, 5-7pm in the Youth Room

Jr High thru HS

Dinner Provided!!

Garden Angels

1st & 3rd Monday of each month

8:00 am

Come and help keep our church grounds and gardens beautiful!!

Campus Keepers

3rd Thursday of each month


First meeting March 16th

Working on small projects inside the campus buildings.

Click here to join the meeting

Via Zoom

Join us for Lenten Season

Every Monday Morning

with Birdie Clark



This Tuesday, 1-3pm

Now in the Narthex

All skill levels Welcomed!!

The Food Pantry Cart is located in the Welcome Center. You may also make a monetary donation which allows them to purchase

specific product needs.

Visit their website www.southcountyfoodpantry.com

for more information.

Torah Tuesday

with Donna Batchelor

Every week @10:00am at VOTI

in Matthew Hall,

Renaissance Room

Click Here to view previous videos

Thursday's Together

10am via Zoom

On hiatus through Lent

Click the picture to join in the conversation

Stewardship and Outreach Emphasis for Month

This outreach is led by Mary Beth Runk and Judy Daniels and supported by numerous Emmanuel members. Donations are used to cover expenses and purchase bus passes for the needy. Your Support makes a difference in our community.

April 3--Garden Angels

April 4--Widows' Luncheon

April 6--Maundy Thursday Worship

April 7--Good Friday Worship

April 8--Easter Worship @ 5pm

April 9--Easter Worship @ 8:30, 10 & 11am

April 15--Mid Gulf Women Conference

April 17--Garden Angels

April 18--Men's Breakfast

More details for each event will be in future eNews Editions.


March 19

Fourth Sunday of Lent

1 Samuel 16:1-13

Psalm 23

Ephesians 5:8-14

John 9:1-41

March 26

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Ezekiel 37:1-14

Psalm 130

Romans 8:6-11

John 11:1-45

Contact us at...

Interim Pastor Meyette: pastor@emmanuel-elca.org

Visitation Pastor: Pastor Dave Hess

Cell Phone for Emergencies: 610.216.3394

Donna Batchelor: dbatchelor@emmanuel-elca.org

Kris Bowker: kbowker@emmanuel-elca.org

Linda Critchfield: bookkeeper@emmanuel-elca.org

Peter Doherty: pdoherty@emmanuel-elca.org

Debi Hammett: dhammett@emmanuel-elca.org

Becky Rothgery: info@emmanuel-elca.org

Barb Spenks: bspenks@emmanuel-elca.org

Nick Sperry: nsperry@emmanuel-elca.org

Gayle Strain: gstrain@emmanuel-elca.org

Counseling Services are available through:

Samaritan Counseling Services

of the Gulf Coast

Phone: 941.926.2959


Emmanuel Lutheran Church

790 Tamiami Trail S

Venice, FL 34285




Office Hours:

M-Th 8:30am-2:00pm

Closed Friday and Holidays

We are members of
Venice Mainstreet!