ELC eNews

The Weekly Newsletter of

Emmanuel Lutheran Church

Venice, Florida

Week of November 27, 2022

First Sunday in Advent

This week at Emmanuel...

  • Now-December 4: Giving Tree for Family Promise
  • November 27: Worship @ 8:30am &10:00am in Fellowship Hall
  • November 27: Sunday School - not meeting this week
  • November 27: Youth Group - not meeting this week
  • November 28: WELCA Dorcas Quilters @9:00am
  • November 29: Torah Tuesdays @10:00am at VOTI
  • December 3: Who Are We For Heaven's Sake? @ 11:30am, Fellowship Hall
  • December 3: Worship @ 5:00pm

Beginning January 2023, look for the eNews on Saturday

CLICK HERE to let us know you are Attending Worship this Weekend!

Please Help Out The Office Staff!!!

Signing in for worship can be done either through the link above or by signing the form as you enter worship or the FlockNote text. This replaces the red books that were previously in the pews. By doing this, you help in accurate reporting at the end of the year. You can even sign-in through the text message on your way to church or while waiting for worship to begin.


Until further notice, Worship Services will be held in the Fellowship Hall. Please enter from the TWO BACK DOORS (closest to the kitchen).

By visiting our website, you can view this weekend's worship folder

for our 10am worship, which is available on our Facebook page.

Click below to see pictures of current activities happening in and around our church!

Current Events
Visit our website

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


Poinsettia Dedication Forms available next weekend.

Cost is $20 payable when ordering

Sign-up in the back of the FH this weekend or click below to let us know you will be attending Advent by Candlelight.

Click here for Advent by Candlelight

Outreach Committee is sponsoring the 2022 Christmas Giving Tree for families in the Family Promise program.

The giving tree is in Fellowship Hall this weekend. Gift tags will be available

for children and adults.

Please return the wrapped gifts with the gift tag by December 4th.

Looking for an enjoyable, easy way to involve your adult community or social group in theater? Then Emmanuel member, Jean Mosby, has the book for you! She has written a book with everyday life skits as well as a few familiar rib-tickling surprises.

Jean will be in the breezeway on Monday, December 5th if you'd like to purchase a copy or you may order from Amazon.

Volunteers & Actors Needed!!

On 12/9 & 12/10

Contact Kimberly Duke at 630.453.1386

Gift cards to Lowe's to offset expenses appreciated

Advent & Christmas Devotionals

prophets and promises

Advent begins November 27th and runs through December 24th. Devotional booklets are available in Fellowship Hall or in the Office Center - while supply lasts.


Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 7:00pm

Venice Memorial Gardens

1950 Center Road, Venice, FL

A special evening to honor and remember our loved ones lost since December 2021. Please join us

on Saturday, December 10, 2022, at 7:00 PM for our annual Candlelight

Remembrance Service.

Against a backdrop of more than 4,000 luminaries that light the cemetery, we will remember loved ones we've lost with live music, timely messages of hope and help from Tidewell Hospice and The Salvation Army and scripture. The names of those who have been entrusted to the perpetual care of Venice Memorial Gardens since December 2021 will be read aloud during our service and the names of those who have been served by Farley Funeral Homes and Crematory during the same period will be displayed on a continuously scrolling screen. The Salvation Army will benefit from a Free Will offering collected on their behalf.

Seating is provided and refreshments will be available before and after our service.

Venice Memorial Gardens will open for drive through viewing of the enchanting luminary display beginning at 6:00PM.

If you would like to volunteer your time to help us prepare for this moving tribute, please e-mail Marjorie.Dellecker@VeniceMemorialGardens.com 

or call our office at 941-493-4246.

Barb's Medical Minute


  1. The inner ear is the main organ for balance. Not your feet or legs!
  2. Your brain uses about 20% of your body’s calories and oxygen. Obviously, I need to think more often and harder to burn LOTS more calories!!
  3. Your largest internal organ? The small intestine at 21 feet long. WOW!
  4. 40% of ALL indigestion remedies sold in the world are bought by Americans. What is that REALLY telling us?
  5. Motorists who talk on a cell phone are more impaired than a drunk driver with a blood alcohol level exceeding .08! That is one scary fact.
  6. In a year, on average, a person sleeps for 122 days out of 365. Is that counting naps?  

Meet Our New Kitchen Coordinator, Nancy Scott

As we welcome back our Winter members and prepare to greet a new year, we also welcome our new Kitchen Coordinator, Nancy Scott. Nancy brings a solid background of kitchen experience as she owns her own business, Nancy’s Concierge Service. As the name implies, she has a multitude of talents and expertise in many areas including a significant amount of catering in the Venice area.

Her main responsibilities at Emmanuel include creating and maintaining an organized, clean and safe kitchen. She is the point of contact for ordering all kitchen supplies and she has developed a set of procedures to be followed when using our kitchen. 

Going forward, any Ministry Committee or Staff Member desiring to use our kitchen must:

  • Contact Becky or Debi to check on availability and to schedule the event
  • Contact Peter to arrange set-up and clean up
  • Contact Nancy to assure that volunteers are familiar with the procedures for the use of the kitchen

Nancy may be contacted to arrange refreshments and to work with you on decorations, etc. or you may utilize your own sources for your event. No matter how you proceed with your plans, Nancy will offer support to ensure that your event is successful.

Contract numbers are as follows:

Becky/Debi for availability and scheduling and Peter for set-up - 941-488-4942

Nancy - 941-445-0319

Altar Flower Sign-up

NOW Open for 2023!!!!

Click Here for Altar Flowers rest of 2022
Click Here for Altar Flowers, Jan-Apr 2023

Submit your payment of $30 with dedication to the church ASAP. Forms are also available in the Narthex or at the office.

Eternal Candle Sign-up

NOW Open for 2023!!

Click Here for Eternal Candle rest of 2022
Click Here for Eternal Candle, Jan-Apr 2023

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

Ongoing events, collections, etc..

Get your Blood Pressure checked

First full weekend of the month in the back of the FH

after each worship!

Dorcas Circle - Quilts - Every Monday @ 9am in Room 105/106. Jackie Miller, Leader. In need of sheets, any size, color, fitted or flat.

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 HS

Not meeting this week

Youth Group

Every Sunday, 5-7pm in the Youth Room

Jr High thru HS

Dinner Provided!!

Not meeting this week

Click here for Friday's Group

Via Zoom

Every Monday Morning with Susan Holm 9:45-10:45am

Every Friday Morning with Birdie Clark


Contact Susan for Monday link


This Tuesday, 1-3pm

In the Room 106

All skill levels Welcomed!!

The Food Pantry Cart is located in the back of the FH. 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 Tuesdays

with Donna Batchelor

This week @10:00am at VOTI

Matthew Hall, Venetian Room

Click Here to view previous

Torah Tuesday videos

Thursday's Together

10am via Zoom

Join Pastor Mocko in the conversion around the gospel for the week.

Click here to Join the Conversation

This is a self-study focusing on the Gospel for the following week.

Copies are available in the wall holders at the
Sanctuary exits and the Narthex entrances.
Click on the picture to the left to view online.
Stewardship and Outreach Emphasis
View a Video from Loveland

Nov 19 thru Dec 4 --Giving Tree

Nov 28 thru Dec 3 --Christmas Greenery Pick-ups or Deliveries-You will be contacted when ready!

December 3--Retreat "Who are We for Heaven's Sake?"

December 4--Advent by Candlelight

December 6--Widows' Luncheon

December 8--Christmas Trolley Ride

December 9 & 10--Living Nativity

December 11--Worship with Lee Boys

December 20--Men's Breakfast

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


November 27

First Sunday in Advent

Isaiah 2:1-5

Psalm 122

Romans 13:11-14

Matthew 24:36-44

December 4

Second Sunday in Advent

Isaiah 11:1-10

Psalm 72:1-7,18-19

Romans 15:4-13

Matthew 3:1-12

Contact us at...

Pastor John Mocko: jmocko@emmanuel-elca.org

Cell Phone for Emergencies: 336.596.4517

Visitation Pastor: Pastor Dave Hess

Cell Phone for Emergencies (December - mid-May): 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: 941.926.2659


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!