Week of July 12, 2020
Mark Your Calendars:
  • July 13-23: Children's Undies and Sock collection (outside office, M-Th, 8:30-noon)
  • Thursday, July 16: Thursdays Together with Pastor Hall, Zoom 10:00am
  • Monday, July 20: Funeral for Jim Gross
Weekly Spotlight
The doors may be closed but “The Church” is open and working to support our community. Emmanuel Outreach Committee continues to be blessed by the congregational support of our many Outreach Ministries . This month's emphasis is Big Brothers Big Sisters (see below) and the month of August will be Disabled American Veterans (DAV ). Your support for these ministries is crucial so please be sure to include your support when you send in your monthly donations to Emmanuel. Use your envelope or email and be sure to check the Outreach Ministry with your donation.

The suspension of the Fellowship and Friendship Meals has provided a rare opportunity to Clean-Up-Clear-Out the refrigerator and the freezers. General health and safety food recommendations state six months for freezer food and follow expiration guidelines. We will be purchasing all new products when we begin these wonderful programs again.

Thank You for your generous donations:
In May Emmanuel donated $5,573 to South County Food Bank
In June donated $2,549 to Pregnancy Solutions
 July 16 @10am
Join our community of faith for conversation around the gospel for the week. This will be a thirty-minute Zoom dialogue with Pastor Hall. There will be a short litany followed by the reading and open discussion on the text for the following Sunday worship. It will be a time to see faces and an opportunity to connect-up with members of Emmanuel.

Pastor Hall is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Thursday's Together
Time: Thursday, July 16 @10:00am
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 923 5128 1523
Password: 999623
"Undies" Collection
"Undies" Collection is scheduled for July 13-23. Please donate girls and boys "undies" and socks for the disadvantaged children in Venice and the Farm Worker families in Dade City, FL. Sizes from toddler to extra large. Boys prefer the knit boxer style. Thank you for your kind donation. A bin for your donations will be located outside the office during office hours.
Emmanuel’s 2020 Pandemic Cookbook
One thing that we have all done well during this COVID-19 pandemic is EAT! The Fellowship Committee would like to assemble a cookbook so we can share some of the recipes that have given us comfort and joy during our safe-at-home time.

We have opened a website for the members of Emmanuel Lutheran Church. To get to this website, click on the logo with this article. The account name is Emmanuel and the Password is 3675272. Then 1)click on "Recipe Center", 2)click on “Add a New Recipe” and type your recipe in the proper category.

If you are not able to enter your recipe via the computer, you may call our Editor, Vicki Frederiksen at 847-975-0198 and she will enter it for you.
We will keep the website open until the end of September in order to have the cookbooks available for Christmas gifting! If you have any questions, call Vicki Frederiksen or Pat Crary at 920-246-9086.
In the News
The office is always trying to keep you informed. Here are a few items for you:

  • When viewing 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!!

  • There's still time for kids and grand kids to climb aboard for mountains of fun at our 2020 VBS Rocky Railway. Contact Kelley at khurlburt@emmanuel-elca.org or 941.223.3583 to reserve you kit.

  • We are using Flocknote for text reminders of events at Emmanuel - join the "flock". Text Emmanuel to 84576 to become part of our texting group.

  • Spread S'more Joy. Stay tuned for more information about this campfire sing-a-long in an upcoming issue of the eNews.

  • If you would like to receive the Christ in Our Home email devotions daily, Augsburg Fortress have extended the FREE subscription through September 30. To sign-up for this service, click here.

  • A reminder that the deadline for announcements is Tuesday at 9am. Please keep announcements to 2-3 sentences.

  • Devotional/worship: Wednesday's Word and Sunday Worship are available on Facebook and Emmanuel's website. All previous services are also available by clicking on the Vimeo logo in the upper left corner of the posted video on the website.
Thanks for Participating!
Thanks to everyone for participating in the drive-by communion pick up! A special thank you to Deneen Schell and Gordon Sherven for being our communion servers.
We will offer communion again in the near future. Blessings to all!
Stewardship Emphasis for July
Building and Grounds (Property)

The purpose of this committee is to encourage and support the individuals and teams that maintain the church building, grounds, and equipment. The duties of the committee include but are not limited to maintenance, capital improvements and replacement projects. If you would like to volunteer to help get the building ready to reopen or with any of the above, contact Lynne Ross.
Outreach Emphasis for July
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast
Our young people bear some of the heaviest burdens of trauma and economic fallout, facing increased anxiety, stress and fear. BBBS’s face to face contact has changed, however their impact is still strong. Everyone has risen to the challenges in today’s environment with flexibility, resilience, compassion and courage. BBBS has gone virtual with matching children, taught the “Littles” and families cyber safety courses; taught virtual enrichment courses for the “Bigs”. Isn’t it amazing when doing God’s work, we can get great things accomplished?
In Our Prayers...
Remember: Judy Price Arnett, Dennis Fales, Dorothy Gula, Dick Quinn, and Bill Schnittker.

We offer our sympathies to: Helen Woodward, her family and friends as they mourn the death of Paul (Woody) on Thursday, July 2nd and also to Jackie Miller, her family and friends as they mourn the death of Bob on Friday, July 3rd.
Readings for Worship
July 12th
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
 Isaiah 55:10-13
Psalm 65:9-13
Romans 8:1-11
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
July 19th
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 44:6-8
Psalm 86:11-17
Romans 8:12-25
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Emmanuel Contact Information
Pastor Hall : rhall@emmanuel-elca.org
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, 8:30am-12noon

 Whoever has ears, let them hear."
Matthew 13:9