From the March 2018 Good New Newsletter:

From the Pastor

Dear Emmanuel Community,

Greetings Church! I am so excited to begin ministry with you on March 18th!

Right now I am in the middle of sorting, donating, packing, and boxing all the items in our house. And I am excited to be at the other end of this transition.

The ministries of Emmanuel are alive and thriving and I look forward to how we can serve together. My first priority, as I said in my interview, is to listen and ask questions. I want us to find together how God is using us.

I’m anticipating meeting with committees, families, and individuals. Learning about each other is so important. Learning how we see God and what we see God doing through Emmanuel is one of my first goals. Meeting with committees, small groups, families, and one to one, I want to hear stories and learn the rhythms of life and faith here.

As many details are still waiting to be set, know that more information will come as far as how and when those meetings will take place. Look for me to invite myself over!

In addition to considering this invitation to chat, please check the calendar here in the newsletter and see how you can continue to be a part of this community of faith.

Know that I am in prayer for you.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Arianna Arends

Annual Reports

Annual reports are due no later than Monday, April 8, 2018 to allow time for formatting, printing and assembling. If you have access to a computer, I ask that you please provide me with an email and hard copy version of your reports. Please email to Hard copies can be placed in the box outside my office door. If you have any questions, please call 235-6300. Thank you!

Church Directory

A rough draft of the 2018 directory will be posted downstairs in the Fellowship Hall by the coffee pot in March. Please take a moment to check your contact information for errors and make corrections. Directories will be available to the congregation at the May Election meeting.

Worship Notes

Lenten Mid-Week Schedule:

Wednesday's, March 7-21

6:00 p.m. Soup Supper

6:45 Holden Evening Prayer
Holy Week Schedule: 

March 25: Passion/Palm Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Worship

March 29: Maundy Thursday, 7:00 p.m. Worship

March 30: Good Friday, 7:00 p.m. Worship


Building and Maintenance

First off, I would like to thank everyone who helps to keep our church neat and clean.
The elevator underwent its five hundred pound load test recently. This test has to be conducted every five years. As a result of the test the elevator descent was slowed slightly. No mechanical issues were found, so we’re good for another five more years.

Update on the roof. I have been in contact with two very qualified roofing contractors who are willing to reroof the sanctuary. Should have it narrowed down very soon.

Some simple repairs took place this month: a spigot handle in the restroom required some attention and I had to replace a light switch in the upstairs hallway (just old and worn out.) I was informed of a fire extinguisher trying to break free from the wall in the kitchen. After reattaching the extinguisher to the wall and further investigation, I found two more with the same issue. All three extinguishers are now safely attached to the walls. You may have noticed the added automatic lights at the base of the stairs entering the fellowship hall and the pantry storage cabinet. They were added for safety and convenience respectively. The Church Secretary appreciates both tremendously!

Please remember to turn down the thermostat, turn off the lights and close and lock the doors when exiting the building. This will help a lot with our utility bill.
As always, if you see something that needs attention, please contact me.



Lutheran Campus Ministry

October 2016 Newsletter Pr

"EWU Campus Ministry is hosting our Annual Benefit & Auction at Advent Lutheran Church on May 5, 2018. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks start at 5pm with a Cinco de Mayo themed dinner beginning at 6pm. If you would like to host a table, reserve a seat, or volunteer to help make this event happen, please contact Campus Pastor Keyla Christenson a or call 641-295-3092. Thanks!" 



Save The Date


2018 Synod Assembly


April 27-29, 2018

Yakima Washington

Yakima Convention Center/Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel

For more informatin see the bulletin board ouside the church office.





Saturday, April 21st 2018

at the Historic Davenport Hotel

The 34th Annual

Chocolate & Champagne Gala

Champagne, Chocolate, Dinner & Auction

A fun evening that supports a serious cause

All proceeds support the

Sexual Assault & Family Trauma Center

and other programs of

Lutheran Community Services Northwest

Tickets on sale now ~ $95.00

Sponsorships available. Auction Donations also appreciated

Contact Katie at (509) 343-5078 for more information.


Free Community Pantry

Emmanuel thanks you for your continued support of our Free Community Pantry, your donations during the Souper Bowl food drive are greatly appreciated!

Donations of high protein food, such as: canned meat, peanut butter, etc. are always in high demand, as are heat-and-eat canned meals. Personal care items like: toothbrushes & paste, shampoo and rinse, toilet tissue etc. are always in need. Currently there is plenty of hand soap. As always, if you want to donate outside of the above suggestions feel free! Please keep in mind that items must be sealed and in their original package and not outdated for our patrons’ safety.

If you have any questions regarding our pantry, please contact Melinda Reid at 235-6300 or


Christian Education

SUNDAY MORNINGS, 9:00 to 10:00 am

The adult Bible Study group led by Charlie Mutschler gathers in the upstairs kitchenette to continue their study of the Gospels.

Sunday school classes for elementary school children and middle school youth meet downstairs.



1) Lent is a church season lasting forty days (not counting Sundays) between Ash Wednesday and Easter; how many Sundays are there in Lent before Palm Sunday?   


(Count them on a calendar or look at pages 26 through 29 in our ELW hymnbook.)


2) On March 4th, the Third Sunday in Lent, we will read Psalm 19 during worship. The last verse of this psalm is a prayer: “Let the of my and the of my be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.” (Look up Psalm 19 if you need help filling in the blanks.)


3) Small boxes are available in the Narthex at church for you to take home and use to collect loose change during Lent. Return your filled box to church on Easter and the total we collect together will be sent to the ELCA World Hunger Appeal.


TRUE or FALSE? These words are printed on the box: “Your gift provides •Food •Water •Seeds •Tools •Trees •Animals •Life •Hope”



 souper bowl of caring


Emmanuel Lutheran Church’s 2018 collection

for the Souper Bowl of Caring raised:

$210 and 100 food items


THANK YOU for supporting our FESTIVAL of CHOCOLATE


On Fat Tuesday the Fellowship Hall was overflowing with church members, joined by friends and neighbors, enjoying chocolate treats and each other’s company. Your donations of time, money, items for the Get Fit bag, and delicious chocolate treats to eat paid off with $516.70 raised to help pay for Lutherhaven’s Day Camp as our VBS program next summer.

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