From the May 2018 Good New Newsletter:

From the Pastor

Dear Emmanuel Lutheran Community,

I pray that this spring and Easter season has been full of blessings! As we watch the growth of daffodils, anticipate the full bloom of trees and lilacs, I’ve been reflecting on the potential growth of our own community.

The saying is true that we plant the seeds of the Gospel and God brings the growth. But how are we called to plant those seeds?

During this month I’ll be meeting with leadership to find a way to clarify that call. How can Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Cheney best be a part of God’s Kingdom on earth?

I know this will firstly involve prayer! Please pray for God’s will to be clear, for our leaders, for the resources to reach those who we are called to help.

Next, I hope to be in conversation! The Bible has many stories about people seeking God’s will – do any ring true with Emmanuel’s story? What are the people of this community feeling, hearing, leaning into, that can guide us as a whole?

Thank you for your faithfulness as we work together to shape our future direction!

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Arianna Arends


Lord God, you have called us to be your people and to serve you in this time and place.

You have given us this community of faith. We thank you for the many gifts we have received from your bountiful hand. Bless the work begun in this planning process, that we

might be strengthened in our mission and ministry together. Give to all of us the joy of service and your constant care and guidance. Help us all to be both willing servants

and thankful recipients of ministry, that your name be glorified, your people live in peace,

and your will be done; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

~ From “Our Mission: Discovering God’s Call to Us” by John and Robin McCullough Bade






 LCM Cinco De Mayo Benefit Dinner1


Annual Congregational

Election Meeting

Will be held

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Directly following the worship service.

The following people have volunteered to serve on council:

¨ President: Tom Crick

¨ Treasurer: Donna Neubauer

¨ Stewardship/Evangelism: Chris Booth

Nominating Committee (two volunteers needed.)


Approval of last meeting minutes

President’s report

Treasurer’s report

New Business

Election of Officers, President, Treasurer, Evangelism/Stewardship

Old Business

Adjourn with the Lord’s Prayer

All voting members are strongly encouraged to attend.

A light lunch will be served.


   Thank you to everyone who emptied their pockets, purses and cars of their change during Lent. You raised $104.93 for ELCA World Hunger!

   Coming up in May, we would like to do a Food Drive for our church pantry and the Cheney Food Bank. This will help keep the cabinets filled for the summer, we hope. Let’s help the poor and hungry in our own community! Any non-perishable food can be put into our food pantry box along with paper goods! Having napkins, paper towels and toilet paper is not supported by food stamps.   If everyone gives a little, we will have plenty to give to those without.
   I would also like to Thank Everyone for their continued support of allowing community groups to use our building. If you don’t know how often we are being asked to use our building, check out the four-month calendar in the Fellowship Hall.
  Our Mission at Emmanuel is to be a welcoming community shaped by the gospel giving service to ourselves and our neighbors.

Thanks for helping with the Great Commission!

Chris Booth,

Evangelism Chair

Building and Maintenance

   Roof update. We have a contractor, Glacier Property Solutions. Reroofing will start this spring or early summer, working around Vacation Bible School and one wedding. Construction is expected to take approximately ten days. During construction our parking lot and street parking will be limited; I will keep you apprised of the construction schedule.
   I have been in contact with the City of Cheney about repairing the failing pavement on Huron St. at our parking lot entrance. Repairs will take place in dryer warmer weather.

   Doors are still being found unlocked. If you enter or exit the upstairs back door PLEASE make sure it remains locked. The church staff would greatly appreciate you taking their safety into consideration when coming and going.

   Other than some small repairs and adjustments everything is going well.

   If you have any questions or would like to report a needed repair feel free to give me a call or email.


Worship Notes

May 20: Day of Pentecost, 10:30 a.m. Worship   Don't forget to wear red!

May 27: The Holy Trinity, 10:30 a.m. Worship


Needed! Red Geraniums: Donations of red geraniums are needed for the decoration of our sanctuary for Pentecost morning. Please place donated plants on the table in the overflow room. You may take your plant home following the worship service or donate it to be planted in the church yard.



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) During worship on May 13 we will hear that the believers selected someone to replace Judas as an apostle. Two people were suggested: Joseph called Barabbas and Matthias. Which one was chosen?

(Read Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 to find the answer.)

2) TRUE or FALSE: Pentecost is the Jewish festival that comes fifty days after Passover, so not only the disciples but also devout Jews from many countries were gathered in Jerusalem at that time.

(See the note for Acts 2:1 on page 1797 in the Lutheran Study Bible—a copy is in our church library.)

3) Several organizations we as a congregation support are often known by the initials of their full name. Do you know the full name for these examples?






We’ll be hosting Lutherhaven’s Day Camp/VBS program here at Emmanuel during the week of July 16–20. Related activities include:

2018 VBSShepherd Training Night ~ June 26, 6 to 8 p.m.

 A week to set up and decorate ~ July 9–13

 Welcome Potluck BBQ ~ July 15, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

        6:00 p.m.   Welcome & Get-to-Know-You activities

        6:30 p.m.   Dinner is served

Week of Lutherhaven Day Camp ~ July 16–20

        8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.   Volunteers

        9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.   Children

John 8:12 Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

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