Because Lutherans value education: we celebrate our newest Kinder Grads and acknowledge our long history of quality programs. This photo from 1950 is Emanuel's first class of kindergarteners with teachers Alice Beerwinkle-Rosillus and Jane Forman. Take a peak at the class of 2021 and their teacher Courtney Wieding in the video below. We are better together.
WORSHIP AT EMANUEL'S
Please join us Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

In-person, on Facebook, YouTube, and radio KWED AM 1580.
COVID-19 Safety Protocol:
Following May 2021 CDC guidelines, Emanuel’s Congregational Council announced that fully vaccinated persons may choose to not wear masks on the church campus. Unvaccinated persons are asked to wear masks at all times. Modified worship practices remain in place. Council will continue to reevaluate precautions during the summer months. Detailed gathering guidelines may be found on our website.
BEING THE CHURCH
HEALING THROUGH CONVERSATION
Thursday, June 17 at 11:00 a.m.

Healing Through Conversation is a support group for those who have lost a loved on to death. The monthly group, facilitated by Emanuel's Bereavement Coordinator Donna Simmons, will meet on Thursday, June 17 at 11 a.m. on the third floor in the Family Life Center.
The flock has descended and they're excited to visit residences and businesses in the area to aid our youth in fundraising to get to Minneapolis for the 2022 ELCA National Youth Gathering. The Gathering happens every three years and is an amazingly formational experience.

Send the flock and/or get Flock Insurance to guarantee you don't get flocked! All donations are tax-deductible. Questions? Contact Pastor Kelsie.
DAY CAMP & VBS REGISTRATION
JULY 19-23, 2021
With our friends from Spirit of Joy and First Presbyterian Churches!

CROSS TRAILS DAY CAMP is for students who have completed Kinder through 5th grade. Cross Trails Ministry will be sending their staff to us for the week. Day Camp will run from 1 pm - 6 pm each day, including a snack and dinner for the family. This year's theme is "From the Ground Up!", so come and grow your faith with us! Space is limited to forty students. You can register below.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL is for children three years old to those who have not started kindergarten. VBS will run from 8:30am - Noon with a snack and lunch provided. Registration forms will be available soon on the church website. Turn forms into Pastor Kelsie. Our enrolled Emanuel's Day School students will return to their regular school day after lunch.

Have questions or want to volunteer? Pastor Kelsie would love to hear from you!
CONGRATULATIONS DAY SCHOOL
KINDER GRADUATES!
We are extremely proud of all Emanuel's Lutheran Day School students, teachers, and parents for the successful completion of a school year like no other. It was an honor to celebrate with you on Tuesday, June 8th at the 2021 Closing Chapel and Kindergarten Graduation. Blessings as you continue your love of learning.
An arm of LIRS (Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service) developed in the past decade is AMMPARO (Accompany Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities) after witnessing the plight of children who are forced to flee from their home communities because of chronic violence and poverty, among other things.
LWR HEALTH KIT THANK YOU!
The committee gathering supplies for Lutheran World Relief Health Kits is so appreciative and thrilled with the response of our church members. We have received so many items, and we have enough of everything except soap since two bars are put in each kit. Thank you, Emanuel's members, for being so generous. Please continue to bring soap.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION UPDATES

Christian Education opportunities are in development for both Sunday mornings at 9:15 and midweek studies. Stay tuned while we roll out programs for children and adults. Let Pastor Marcus or Pastor Kelsie know if you are interested in leading a group or sharing a special skill.
SUNDAY ADULT CLASSES at 9:15 a.m.
  • The Heritage Class (307): Augsburg Fortress Quarterly Adult Bible Study led by Steve Richardson and Walter Seidenschwarz. The summer study is Confident Hope exploring Leviticus, Matthew, Luke, Romans, 2 Corinthians, Hebrews, and 1 John.
  • A Look at the Gospels (Family Life Center): with Pastor Marcus for a deeper look at each Gospel, their authors, their faith community, and their differences.

WEEKDAY STUDIES
  • Faith Circle (Women’s Ministry Room): Third Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.
  • Joy Circle (Women’s Ministry Room): Second Thursday at 9:30 a.m.
  • Ladies Aid (Women’s Ministry Room): Beginning August 4 at 2:00 p.m.
SMALL GROUP UPDATES

Please contact individual groups or the church office to see how each creatively proceeds with the ministry and life of the church.

  • MUSIC MINISTRY included the Jubilation Singers Choir and Heavenly Ringers Handbell Choir. They are currently meeting on Wednesday mornings to rehearse and record our online service, as well as Sunday mornings. Contact Thomas Engler, Emanuel's Director of Music.
  • LWR QUICK QUILTERS gathers in their first floor sewing suite on Monday mornings to assemble quilts that are distributed globally to those in need. If you are interested in this productive group call or text Jeanne P. at (830) 624-6478.
  • PROPERTY STEWARDS are a stalwart group of doers at Emanuel's who meet on Tuesday mornings. All skillsets are welcome. There are carpenters and gardeners and people good at changing light bulbs! Contact Garry Miller for more information.
  • SWEET HOUR OF PRAYER meets in the chapel on Thursday mornings at 10am to lift in prayer our church, community, and the world. Contact is Donna Simmons.
  • HEALING THROUGH CONVERSATION is a support group for those who have lost a loved on to death. The group meets on the third Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Family Life Center. Facilitated by Donna Simmons,
  • FOOD, FUN & FELLOWSHIP gathers on the 1st Sundays at Noon in the Women's Ministry Room. This ministry is for widowed, divorced, and separated people. Donna Simmons is the contact.
  • WORSHIP LEADERS are the backbone of our services on Sunday mornings. If you would like to be an usher, reader, assisting minister, Altar Guild, communion assistant, hospitality. or radio announcer contact Denise H.
  • COUPLES NIGHT OUT is an opportunity for couples who are 20-40ish to try new adventures, hang out, and get to know one another. They meet once a month(ish) at various locations. Contact is Pastor Marcus.
IN THE COMMUNITY

Emanuel's Partners in Service have resumed activities in Seguin and the surrounding area. We will post new opportunities as they unfold.

  • HABITAT FOR HUMANITY builds and improves homes in partnership with individuals and families in need of a decent and affordable place to live. Ecumenical Build Days are 1st Saturdays of each month from 8-Noon. The current house is at 521 Newton. If you can help out, please contact Garry Miller at 830-534-3290 or garry.miller@satx.rr.com.
  • CHRISTIAN CUPBOARD provides food and other basic need items to those living in Guadalupe County. Emanuel's has collection sites in the Narthex and the Mountain St. entrance. Most needed items include: egg cartons; cans of tuna and other meats; cans of fruit, veggies, beans, soup; mac & cheese; dried beans and rice; pasta and sauces; PB&J; cereal; toilet tissue, soap.
  • NAMI GUADALUPE COUNTY provides education, advocacy and support to families and individuals affected by mental illness. Online Connection Recovery Support Group for individuals living with a mental health condition meets twice a month. Contact John B. to register. Online Family Support Group meets twice a month. Contact Barbara V. to register.
  • THE GAREDN OF EATIN' is Emanuel's community garden on the corner of Walnut and Bowie Streets. The garden enjoys a partnership with Seguin ISD and provides produce for the Christian Cupboard as able. We'd love to have you dig in with us. Contact our resident gardener Wayne S. .
Please consider coming to one of Emanuel’s newly formed Ministry Team meetings to learn more about what is going on at Emanuel’s and how you can participate. The Team leaders are energetic and enthusiastic about “being the church God is calling us to be.”

  • THE CONGREGATIONAL CARE TEAM meets on first Thursdays at 6pm in the Family Life Center. They are reworking and reorganizing numerous ministries for the church including our new member welcome, funeral reception hosting, 5th Sunday potlucks and fellowship gatherings, and looking for new ways to celebrate the many milestones across our church family.

  • THE EDUCATION TEAM meets on fourth Mondays at 4:30pm in the Family Life Center. Their work this summer will be to revitalize and organize the fall education rotation, schedule, and age groups of our children and youth; support summer VBS programming; and create new educational gatherings, inside and outside the church, that are supported with childcare and activities.

  • THE OUTREACH & SERVICE TEAM meets on first Mondays at 6:30pm in the Family Life Center. Their summer projects include Emanuel’s Hwy 123 Adopt-a-Spot Highway Clean-up, 2nd Fridays Sunset Cinema starting June 11, and “God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday in September.
A WORD FROM THE OFFICE
JUNE AND JULY HOURS
The Emanuel's Office Staff has been on-call nearly 24-7 since March of 2020. Many are finally able to use some untouched, yet much needed, vacation time.

During the months of June and July office hours are still M-TH from 8-5. However, if the office is understaffed, you may find the answering machine catching your call or a "Gone Fishing" sign on the door. Please know that we will get back with you as soon as possible.

You are welcome to make an appointment before stopping by. Everyone is still accessible via email. Thanks for understanding our need for rest and rejuvenation after a very trying year.
THANK YOU for your continued financial support of the ongoing ministries of Emanuel's Lutheran Church.
Online giving is safe, simple, and quick to do through our Vanco link. One time or recurring donations can be indicated.
You can still mail in your offering to the Church by sending a check to:

Emanuel's Lutheran Church
206 N. Travis Street
Seguin, Texas 78155
Year to Date Giving comparison:

January 1- June 8, 2021
Receipts: $ 213,277.43
Expenses: $ 217,396.67

January 1- June 8, 2020
Receipts:$ 197,654.39
Expenses: $ 240,645.81

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the church either through email or phone.
(830) 379-5046
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