Week of October 18th, 2020
Mark Your Calendars:
  • Thursday, October 22: Thursdays Together with Pastor Hall, Zoom 10:00am
  • Registration now open for In-Person Worship the weekend of October 24-25.
In Person Worship Update...
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
When registering for services using FlockNote, please make sure that only one member of your family registersThat way more seats remain available for others to attend. Thanks so much!
In Our Prayers...
Remember: Debbie Faydash, Gib Howell (Jason Kozee's father), and Frank Rauch.
October 22 @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 22 @10:00am
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 923 5128 1523
Password: 999623
Member News
We welcome new members:
  • Gloria Olson moved to Venice in 2018 from Pennsylvania. She enjoys reading, sewing, and quilting.
  • Tricia Winemiller, daughter-in-law of Kathie and wife of Steve. She is a Rehab Case Manager at SMH.

God's blessing to Gerri Amundsen as she moves to Rochester, NY.
Weekly Spotlight
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 October 27th for 4 sessions. It will be held by Zoom on Tuesdays, from 10:30-11:30am. A Kindle download is $7.99, you can buy the book yourself, or Kathy Anderson will order it for you. The cost is $15.99. Contact Kathy about ordering before October 15. The books will be available for pick-up during office hours the week before the first session.
Contact: ktanders55@yahoo.com or at 989.859.1235 to register or order books.
Emmanuel’s Property Committee continues to meet monthly to assess the needs of the church campus and its buildings during the closure and the reopening plans. Many of our projects were put on hold during the closure but we are beginning to plan to reschedule projects. We spent last month working on our budgets and needs assessments for capital improvements to our campus and have submitted them to the Finance Committee for review for the upcoming year. We have reviewed our vendor’s contracts and are working to keep our costs reasonable while providing the services needed to keep our campus and all associated buildings in good repair. Our campus is both a place for worshipping our Lord and providing outreach to our church family and the community at large and we continue to try accomplish those goals in fiscally responsible way.
Lynne Ross and Property Committee
SEEKING ENERGETIC VOLUNTEERS! Emmanuel has a new committee, and we need energetic members to join our team. Our committee’s focus will be evangelism in our community. We have several ideas and need members to help organize and facilitate them. If you want to share your gifts with the community and join the Evangelism committee, contact Kimberly Duke. Kimberly.duke@lidp.com or 630-453-1386
Somethings we will work together on building up:

Welcome Center
Outreach Events
Christmas Caroling
Campfire Singalong
Creative New Bible Studies
Ideas Welcome
Barb's Medical Minute
We all know that walking is one of the best things you can do for your health, but how much??? Depends on what your goals are; for better sleep-the more the better…at least 2000 steps above your weekly average. For Alzheimer’s disease, the average of 8900 steps per day showed the greatest benefit of less cognitive decline. Women who walked for at least 40 minutes several times a week had a nearly 25% lower risk of heart failure. Even less than 10 minutes of walking per day helps with joint pain. So put your best foot forward!
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.
Let the cooking begin...
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 @ 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.


Current Collections
DORCAS continues to make quilts, but since the church was shut down for 6 months, we have not received anything in our barrel. We are OK with the tops, but we definitely need sheets, all sizes, flat, fitted, and any color for the backs. Sheets must be clean and in good condition.

Sheets may be dropped off on the bench outside the office during business hours or placed in the bin in the Narthex when you come to worship.

Thanks for all your support of this ministry.
The time for collecting annual Blessing Bag Donations from our congregation has arrived. The two collection weekends are October 24/25 and October 31/November 1. 

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.
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.
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. 

Readings for Worship
October 18th
Twentieth Sunday
after Pentecost
Isaiah 45:1-7
Psalm 96:1-9
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Matthew 22:15-22
October 25th
Reformation Sunday

Jeremiah 31:31-34
Psalm 46
Romans 3:19-28
John 8:31-36
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