ELC eNews

The Weekly Newsletter of

Emmanuel Lutheran Church

Venice, Florida

Week of September 17, 2023

"To Know Christ and Boldly Make Him Known"

This week at Emmanuel...

  • September 17: Worship @8:30am, 10:00am
  • September 17: Sunday School, 9:55am
  • September 17: Luke Little Church @ 5:00pm
  • September 18: Garden Angels @ 8am
  • September 18: Dorcas Quilting @ 9am
  • September 18: Soul Sisters @ 1pm
  • September 19: Men's Breakfast @ 7:30am, Abbey's on Miami
  • September 19: Torah Tuesday @ 10am, Venetian Room, VOTI
  • September 19: Mahjong @12:30pm
  • September 20: Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal @ 4pm
  • September 20: Youth Group @ 5pm, Youth Room
  • September 21: Campus Keepers @ 9am
  • September 21: Thursdays Together @10:00am via Zoom
  • September 21: Jan's Exercise Class @10:30am at Pinebrook South Club House
  • September 23: Worship @5:00pm - Haiti Focus Weekend

More information about several of these events follows.

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

We will live stream the services this weekend on Facebook.

New Pictures from Emmanuel.

Click below to see the fun!

Current Events
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Worship Folders QR Codes for this weekend!!!

5pm & 8:30am

Worship Folder

10am Sunday

Worship Folder

Happenings and updates...read to the end to

be "in the know"

This congregation is amazing! Thanks to your giving hearts, Emmanuel will be

donating over $9750 to

Lutheran Disaster Relief for Maui!


This Sunday & Every Sunday


In the Fellowship Hall

Come enjoy a cup and mingle!!

(Also Saturday evenings in the Narthex)

Hosts are still needed!

Sign-up in the Narthex on the BIG board!

Now Available!

October - December

Pick-up your copy in the Narthex or at the office!!

Garden Angels

September 18 @ 8am

Help spruce up our campus.

All skill levels welcome!

Campus Keepers

September 21 @ 9am

Help with "odd jobs" around the campus.

Contact Peter at


if you are willing to help.

It’s that time of year to start up

the Sanctuary Choir!

Rehearsals begin

Wednesday, September 20

at 4:00 pm

in the balcony.

We will be starting a little earlier this year so we will be ready to sing at Pastor’s installation service on October 1st.


We are looking for anyone who loves to sing and enjoys wonderful Christian Fellowship! 


You are invited to join us to sing praises to the Lord!!!

All are welcome!!!!

Luke Little Church

will be meeting the 3rd Sunday of every month beginning

Sunday, September 17th

in Fellowship Hall

at 5 pm with potluck at 5:30pm

Just bring a dish of anything purchased or home made to pass. We are a social group, no study included, but we do have prayer requests at the end of each meeting.

Come one, come all. We welcome everyone. Bring a friend.

Barb's Medical Minute

It seems that more and more people are allergic to foods. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to identify those foods on labels because they have different names. Here’s some help with the most common allergies people have.

  1.  SHELLFISH & FISH -- Look out for: crab, lobster, shrimp, mussels, scampi, octopus (Calamari), oysters, scallops, clam juice, bouillabaisse, Worcestershire sauce, Caesar salad dressing, barbecue sauces.
  2. MILK -- Look out for: casein, whey, lactose, hidden dairy in powdered products.
  3. PEANUTS & TREE NUTS -- Look out for: artificial flavoring, baked goods, candy, chili, chocolate, sauces, granola or trail mix, bread, marzipan, nougat, or other foods fried in peanut oil.
  4. EGGS -- Look out for: albumin, globulin, mayonnaise, “ovo-” powdered eggs, nougats, pasta, some artificial flavors.
  5. WHEAT -- Look out for: bran, bulgur, couscous, pasta, semolina.
  6. SOY -- Look out for: bean curd, tofu, tamari, tempeh, artificial flavor and colors. 

Besides foods that you eat, some of these allergens may be in your medicine, sauces, and toiletries. Careful out there; I don’t want you blowing up and floating away like Harry Potter’s Aunt Marge!

Please keep the following people in your prayers:

  • Ellie Boehmer
  • Matt Senn
  • Gordon Storey

Prayers for the family and friends of Hilda Holm who passed away September 4, 2023 in Sarasota.

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.

2023 Eternal Candle Sign-up

Click Here for Eternal Candle

Submit your 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.

Stewardship and Outreach Emphasis for Month

View a Video!

Ongoing events...

Dorcas Circle - Quilts - Every other Monday @ 9am in Room 105/106. Jackie Miller, Leader. Next meeting September 18th

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.

Centering Prayer

Via Zoom

Every Monday Morning

with Birdie Clark


Click here to join the meeting

Thursday's Together

10am via Zoom

Click the picture to join in the conversation

Come and join us!

10:00am every Tuesday

Venetian Room, Matthew Hall

at Village on the Isle

Click the picture

to view the videos and class booklets.

Mahjong on Tuesday's

Every Tuesday, 1-3pm

Room 106

All skill levels Welcomed!!

Jan's Exercise Class

10:30am every Thursday

Pinebrook South Club House

1348 Featherbed Ln, Venice

Join Jan Quinn as she leads an hour of chair and other exercises to help your mobility, balance, and focus.

All ages and abilities are welcome!!

Living Lutheran Magazine -- We are a church that values and encourages diverse voices and lively dialogue in our faith and life. Living Lutheran is an opportunity for church members to express individual perspectives. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to view the current issue.

Gather, the magazine of Women of the ELCA, offers a mix of articles, theological reflections, devotions and stories of comfort and challenge that help readers grow in faith and engage in ministry and action.

You may view these 2 publications and other information online be clicking on the names.

October 1: Pastor Will's Installation

October 2: Garden Angels

October 2: Soul Sisters

October 3: Widow's Luncheon

October 7/8: Stewardship Campaign Begins

October 9: Grief & Grace Begins

October 14: Family Promise Dream Walk

October 16: Garden Angels

October 17: Men's Breakfast

October 19: I Thessalonians Bible Study Begins for 4 wks.

October 19: Campus Keepers

October 21-29: Habitat Snack Collection

October 28: God's Work Our Hands Project with VABI

October 28-29: Reformation Weekend

October 29: Reformation/Family Promise Luncheon after Worship

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


September 17

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Genesis 50:15-21

Psalm 103:[1-7] 8-13

Romans 14:1-12

Matthew 18:21-35

September 24

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Jonah 3:10-4:11

Psalm 145:1-8

Philippians 1:21-30

Matthew 20:1-16

Contact us at...

Pastor William A. Kittinger, Jr: wkittinger@emmanuel-elca.org

Kris Bowker, Worship & Music Director: kbowker@emmanuel-elca.org

Aiden Capps, A/V Coordinator: avcoordinator@emmanuel-elca.org

Linda Critchfield, Bookkeeper: bookkeeper@emmanuel-elca.org

Peter Doherty, Property: pdoherty@emmanuel-elca.org

Debi Hammett, Office Coordinator: dhammett@emmanuel-elca.org

Chuck Koons, Treasurer: treasurer@emmanuel-elca.org

Becky Rothgery, Office Coordinator: info@emmanuel-elca.org

Barb Spenks, Parish Nurse: bspenks@emmanuel-elca.org

Nick Sperry, Youth Director: nsperry@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!