Week of October 25th, 2020
Mark Your Calendars:
  • This is Reformation Weekend!!
  • Sunday, October 25: Pet Blessing, front parking lot, 11:00am
  • Tuesday, October 27: Kathy Anderson Buechner 101 book study
  • Wednesday, October 28: Deadline to submit in memoriam photos, 9:00am
  • Thursday, October 29: Thursday Together with Pastor Hall, Zoom 10:00am
  • Saturday, October 31: Deadline for ordering Pandemic Cookbooks
  • Registration now open for In-Person Worship the weekend of October 31-November 1
  • Daylight savings time ends Sunday, November 1 at 2am. Remember "Fall Back"!
In Person Worship Update...
We are still here! We are sorry for the glitches that occurred the past couple of weekends causing the posting of the online worship service to be delayed. We are committed to continue providing this valuable service to our community.
Here are a few reminders for you when coming to worship:

  • Be diligent with the 6 feet social distancing requirements - do not crowd pews. This applies everywhere in the building and in the parking lot.  
  • Remember to use the hand sanitizer available in the narthex or pews.
  • Please do not stop in the narthex or inside the sanctuary doors to visit. We would like everyone to have a seat in the sanctuary as quickly as possible when arriving. 
  • We ask for your patience with exiting. Please have a seat after the pastor has ended the service and wait for the ushers to dismiss your row. They start at the back of the sanctuary. For everyone’s safety and proper distancing, follow the ushers instructions
  • We have increased our allowed attendees per service.
Please note:
  1. When you receive the text message to register - it is a general announcement text.
  2. IF YOU HAVE PROVIDED YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION ALREADY, YOU NEED DO NOTHING except select the service, the number attending, and the names of others attending.
  3. When registering for services, please make sure that only one member of your family registers. That way more seats remain available for others to attend.
  4. Ushers DO NOT need to register.
Thanks so much!
In Our Prayers...
Remember: Debbie Faydash, Gib Howell (Jason Kozee's father), Debby Mauer, and Frank Rauch.
October 29 @10am
Join our community of faith for conversation around the gospel for the week. This is a thirty-minute Zoom dialogue with Pastor Hall based on the gospel. There is a short litany followed by the reading and open discussion on the text for the following Sunday's worship. It is a time to see faces and an opportunity to connect-up with members of Emmanuel.

Topic: Thursday's Together
Time: Thursday, October 29 @10:00am
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 923 5128 1523
Password: 999623
This Sunday Bring your Best Friend to Church!
Don't let this great gift idea slip away!
The 2020
Emmanuel Pandemic Cookbook

The cookbooks are $8.00 each and contain over 150 delicious recipes from some of
Emmanuel’s finest cooks!
The cookbooks will make wonderful Christmas gifts for family and great hostess gifts over the holidays.
To order you may email or phone :
Vicki Frederiksen at vjfrnvf@gmail.com
Pat Crary at ecrary9360@gmail.com
Make sure to give them your contact information and
how many cookbooks you'd like to purchase in the email.
Payment will be made when you pick up your order.


All Saints In Memoriam
Anyone who would like to include a loved one in a slide show that is being put together for All Saints Weekend, email one picture per loved one to info@emmanuel-elca.org with the subject line All Saints, no later than 9am on Wednesday, October 28th.
In Recognition...Kris Bowker
Kris Bowker has served Emmanuel for 25 years!! As Minister of Music and Worship, Kris has been playing the organ and piano, directing choirs and handbells, organizing the details of worship and handling all kinds of other tasks that make worship at Emmanuel so beautiful and beloved. Join us at worship (virtually or in person) on All Saints weekend (Oct 31 & Nov 1) as we share our gratitude for her dedicated service.
Member News
God's blessings to:
  • De & Carol Simon as they move to Nashville, TN.
  • Bernie & Debby Mauer who are now making Venice their "year round" home.
Book Study with Kathy Anderson begins this week.
Want to learn more about a living theologian who is also an essayist, novelist, and preacher? A book study using “Buechner 101", excerpts from his writings, will begin this Tuesday, October 27th for 4 sessions. It will be held by Zoom on Tuesdays, from 10:30-11:30am. A Kindle download is $7.99. If you'd still like to join, extra copies of the book are available for purchase ($8). Contact: ktanders55@yahoo.com or at 989.859.1235 with questions and for the Zoom link.
Weekly Spotlight
Now that worship services are happening both in-person and virtually, Emmanuel’s Ministry of Worship & Music is busy with new duties and routines brought about by the pandemic, all while planning for ever-changing future needs. We thank the many volunteers who donate their time and we’re always looking for new members for the various sub-teams:
·        The Ushers, Altar Guild, and Audio/Visual team are hard at work, helping to make these services look good, sound good, and flow smoothly – all while keeping worshipers as safe as possible.
·        Meanwhile, the Assisting Ministers, Lectors, Greeters, Choir and Joyful Ringers are waiting in the wings and helping out with other duties as they are able.
Please contact Mike Anderson at 989-698-6587 or mlanderson55@att.net if you’re interested in hearing more about any of these volunteer opportunities. It’s a great way to meet fellow people of faith and share your talents to the glory of God.  
Giving Thanks to God
Women of the ELCA (WELCA) and their families have a time-honored way to give thanks to God, grounded in our celebration of community – the Thankoffering. The WELCA Thankoffering services will be held on November 14 and 15, Donna Batchelor, a gifted speaker, will preach and women will serve.
Your Thankoffering donation supports the ongoing ministries of WELCA, including: Lutheran Services of Florida, Lutheran World Relief, SPARCC – Mission to stop domestic violence, Our Mother’s House - Venice, Coffee Talk – Venice, Katie’s Fund and more. The other half of the offering goes to National WELCA to support churchwide ministries. Learn more about Thankofferings at welca.org/thankofferings. The Thankoffering is Emmanuel Women of the ELCA’s only source of income.
The Thankoffering may be different for many of us this year. If you attend services the WELCA Thankoffering envelopes will be available at the check in table in the Narthex. If you want to support our ministries, but are not attending in person or you are out of state, you may make your check out to Emmanuel and write, “Thankoffering,” on the memo line. If you give electronically there is no specific place online to designate, “Thankoffering,” To share your gift, please notify the office the amount from your offering you wish to donate to the Thankoffering.
The Emmanuel Women of the ELCA are grateful and thank you for your generous support.

Dr. Marlyce Holbach, President Emmanuel Women of the ELCA (WELCA)

Member giving statements were mailed this week. If you did not receive yours or have a question, please contact Kelley Hurlburt at finance@emmanuel-elca.org
Barb's Medical Minute
I know we can’t see everyone’s beautiful smiles now with masks on, but brushing teeth is still a top priority. Now the dilemma, which is better, electric brushes, or manual? After 3 months of teeth brushing trials, there was a 21 % reduction in plaque and 11% reduction in gingivitis using a powered brush. Plus, electric toothbrush users had healthier gums because they reduced the progression of periodontal disease, and retained 19% more teeth than manual brushers over 11 years. Smile!  
Current Collection
The time for collecting annual Blessing Bag Donations from our congregation has arrived. Emmanuel has been so very generous in giving in past years.
The two collection weekends are October 24/25 and October 31/November 1 in the Narthex. If you are unable to attend worship, bins will be placed outside the office during office hours (M-Th 8:30am-12noon) this week only for your donations.

These bags are assembled for Coffee Talk and The Center Of Hope. The past 2 years we filled over 100 bags, and the need is even greater this year. A list for suggested donations is available on the Narthex Table including personal necessities, dark washcloths & socks & non perishable individually wrapped food. (No beverages & no chocolate bars or soft candies). Click Here for a checklist.
Honor or Remember a Loved One
There are openings in November and December for Altar Flowers, at a cost of $30, and for the Eternal Candle, at a cost of $10. If you are interested, click one of the links below to sign-up. Then e-mail your dedication to info@emmanuel-elca.org with the subject "Altar Flowers" or "Eternal Candle" . Your payment may be mailed or placed in the offering plate. Please include a note with each for Altar Flowers or Eternal Candle and the date. Payments are due as soon as possible.

The sign-up for 2021 will be available at a later date.
Church Women United Gathering
Invites you to
World Community Day
Friday, November 6, 2020 at 12noon
Englewood United Methodist Church
700 E Dearborn St, Englewood

We'll be meeting at picnic tables in the pavilion behind the sanctuary. Bring a sack lunch and drink. Masks required, social distancing practiced, and hand sanitizer will be available. Come share what you have been doing during the quarantine!

Please bring a canned good for the Salvation Army.

For further information contact Judi Johnson at 616-299-0759 or judiajohn@aol.com
Stewardship Emphasis for October
Click on the buttons to complete your virtual copies of the 2021 Time & Talent Sheet and/or Pledge Card by November 8th, Consecration Sunday. If you prefer a paper copy of these forms, they are available at the table in the Narthex. Any completed paper copies may be returned by mail or placed in the offering plate as you enter worship.
Outreach Emphasis for October
Venice Area Mobile Meals

Venice Area Mobile Meals, Inc. is a fiscally responsible, all volunteer organization that provides a "Mobile Meals" community service to the Greater Venice area to anyone unable to prepare a meal due to mental or physical disability, 6 days a week, 52 weeks a year, holidays included. 

Family Promise Dream Walk
Family Promise of South Sarasota County will be holding their 4th Annual Dream Walk "Virtually" on November 7th, 2020. Even though Venice is not allowing events to take place, local families need your help now more that ever!

Please go to www.familypromisessc.org/dream-walk to register and create your own fundraising page and for more information about the walk. The need is dire.
In the News...
The office is always trying to keep you informed. Here are a few items for you:

  • The only way we know that someone in our church family is in the hospital and/or in need of prayers etc., is if you call the office and give us the information. We will then forward it to Pastor Hall, Pastor Davis, Barb, and/or the prayer chain.

  • Because of the reduced hours of the office, the deadline for articles for the eNews is Tuesday at 9am.

  • Please remember to wear your name tag to church - sometimes it is hard to tell who is behind that mask! 🙂

  • Please notify the office of any address, email, phone number, etc. changes you have made so our records are up-to-date. We try to keep our church database and mobile directory current. It is the best source for member information. If you do not have the link to the mobile directory, email the office and we will send you the instructions and password.
What a wonderful food donation...thank you so much for all you did to make it special. It was so easy to inventory and it was all the stuff that we really need. Please thank your congregation for cooperating with our “new rules”. Because of all you did it only took 3 volunteers for us to inventory and put away so we were able to social distance in the process. Thank you so much. 
South County Food Pantry
Readings for Worship
October 25th
Reformation Sunday
Jeremiah 31:31-34
Psalm 46
Romans 3:19-28
John 8:31-36
November 1st
All Saints Day
Revelations 7:9-17
Psalm 34:1-10,22
1 John 3:1-3
Matthew 5:1-12
For your information...
  • Want to know more about some of the items in eNews? When viewing the eNews online or on your mobile device and you see the pointing finger when running your mouse over a graphic or text, you will be able to link to more information such as a flyer, website, etc. Try it with the top picture of the church!!

  • Devotional/worship: Sunday Worship is available on Facebook and Emmanuel's website. Thursdays Together with Pastor Hall is accessible through the Zoom link above. All previous worship services are also available by clicking on the Vimeo logo in the upper left corner of the posted video on the website.
Contact us at...
Emmanuel Contact Information
Cell Phone for Emergencies: 612.840.7798
Pastor Darrington: Visitation Pastor: 920.309.0879
Jason Kozee: Cell: 941.586.8066 facilitiesmanager@emmanuel-elca.org
Kelley Hurlburt: khurlburt@emmanuel-elca.org
Becky Rothgery: info@emmanuel-elca.org

Emmanuel Lutheran Church
790 Tamiami Trail S
Venice, FL 34285
Office Hours: M-Th,
Closed Friday