From the September 2017 Good New Newsletter:

From the Pastor

This section will resume when our interim pastor arrives.

Organ Repair Fundraisers

As many of you know Emmanuel’s church organ is in great need of repair. Our hope is to raise at least $2000.00 so we can have the necessary repairs completed by Christmas Eve. Three fundraisers have been planned to meet our goal:

1) Garden Raffle Basket: A Thrivent Action Team has been formed and is holding a raffle to help raise funds to repair our church organ. The raffle is for a “Garden Basket” containing garden themed items. These items have been purchased entirely with Thrivent funds. Ticket prices are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. Tickets are available through our Action Team Members until the raffle drawing on Oct. 1, 2017. Need not be present to win. Please help spread the word to your friends and family! For more information, contact Janet Wilbanks. This is a Thrivent Team Project.

2) Ice Cream Social: an “Ice Cream Social” has been scheduled for Rally Day on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 following worship. A basket will be available for a goodwill offering for our church organ.

3) Mystery Murder Dinner Theatre: November 17 and/or 18, 2017. This will be a combined ELC and StageWest production.

If you’re not a gardener, a fan of ice cream, or dinner theatre please consider buying raffle and dinner theatre tickets or make a monetary donation of any amount. Every little bit helps. Thank you!

Holiday Bazaar

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Nov. 4, 2017


Please save your white elephant items. They can be delivered to the Green Room in the fall. No clothing, large furniture, electronics, guns, knives or other sharp items please. Items must be clean and no junk.  Specific dates for bringing items to the church will be forthcoming.

Now is the time to get started on homemade items.

We will have a quilt and basket raffle.

Bishop Installation Service

You are cordially invited

to attend the Installation of

The Reverend Kristen E. M. Kuempel


Bishop of the Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod

of the

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

at Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church

316 East Twenty-Fourth Avenue

Spokane, Washington


Saturday, the Sixteenth of September

At Two O’clock in the Afternoon

Hospitality Team Leader

Hospitality still needs a team leader for the month of June.  Please prayerfully consider taking on this much needed ministry and contact me if you would like more information.

Thank you,


Lutheran World Relief Quilters

The LWR Quilters will start up again on Sept. 11.  If you are interested in joining us, we meet on Mondays in the upper kitchen from 1pm-3pm.  We will tie the Christmas Quilt on the 11th and collaborate on our next project.


Worship Notes

“God’s Work, Our Hands” Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017

For the Sept. 10 “God’s Work, Our Hands” community project we will need the following for the Sunday worship: home baked cookies, non-perishable food items for the Cheney Food Bank and Free Community Pantry, and side dishes for the BBQ potluck lunch.

Schedule for Sept. 10

10:30 am Worship

11:30 am Fellowship/BBQ Lunch

12:30 pm Deliver cookies

Rally Day-Sunday Sept. 17, 2017

Needed: Toppings for Ice Cream

Schedule for Sept. 17:

9:00 am Parent/Child, Youth, Breakfast

10:30 am Worship

11:30 am Fellowship/Ice Cream Social for Organ Fundraiser

Please bring your favorite ice cream toppings to share for the Ice Cream Social, Emmanuel will provide the ice cream. A goodwill offering will be donated to the Organ Repair Fund.

The Adult Bible Study group will resume on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 9am.

Benefit for Lutheran Community Services Northwest and Lutheran Campus Minisries

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Pantry Sunday

I found out in July that our congregation members are not the only ones contributing to our pantry. I witnessed a college student who replenished our pantry with a bag of grocery's. How inspiring it is to see our neighbors help stock our pantry!

You may contribute to the pantry anytime, but “Pantry Sunday” is scheduled for September 24th. Please bring your personal care and non-perishable food donations to church that morning and place in the pantry. Or, if full, use the cabinet in the lobby.

Need some ideas? The following is a list of fast moving items:

Toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, body wash, bar soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, pocket Kleenex, feminine hygiene, infant needs, comb, brush, dish soap, powder cleanser, laundry detergent.

Boxed or canned non-perishable food for all ages. Such as soup, chili, Chef Boyardee, stew, cereal, canned fruit, applesauce/fruit cups, canned meat, peanut butter and other protein foods. An occasional goodie makes a nice unexpected surprise. For the safety of our pantry visitors, please do not donate items that are used and not sealed.

Please feel free to donate outside of the above list.

Thank you and God bless everyone who helps stock our pantry!




To broaden your options of giving to Emmanuel, we are providing the following donation opportunities.

Below are several options for your convenience:

1. Auto Bill Pay from your own bank


  •  Zero fees: We do not incur any finance charges for this service.
  •   Flexibility: You can have funds automatically drafted from your account on a recurring basis.

Your bank will need the following information to set up auto bill pay:

Your Name

Emmanuel Lutheran Church

639 Elm St.

Cheney, WA 99004

2. Online Giving/Kiosk


  •   Online records: Once you set up an online giving account, you can login and see your online giving history.
  •   Flexibility: you can set up recurring payments to go out on the day you choose.
  • At the back of the worship area there is a computer where you are welcome to set up your account. The computer will kept in a locked secure room during the week. No personal information will be stored on the computer.

3. During Sunday Worship

You have an opportunity to place your offering into the offering plate during the service. If you would like offering envelopes but do not have them, please contact the secretary at 235-6300.

4.   By Mail

You can mail your offering to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 639 Elm St., Cheney, WA 99004

Thank you for your donation as we reach out to all people sharing the good news of Jesus.


Christian Education


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He has created us anew in Christ Jesus,

so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Ephesians 2:10

A valued tradition at Emmanuel is hosting a Lutherhaven Ministries Summer Day Camp. Lutherhaven supplies the curriculum, including Bible lessons, worship times with skits and music, crafts, games, and a team of well-trained, faith-filled young adults to lead the activities. The Cheney community provides elementary school age “campers” (usually between 35 and 40 children) and also several teenage helpers. Our congregation provides our building, local publicity, both adult and teenage support staff, mid-morning snacks, plus meals and housing for the Lutherhaven team.

Lutherhaven’s fee ($1450 for up to 50 campers) for a week of Day Camp covers staff pay and payroll taxes, crafts and other direct expenses. This amount is actually less than their costs when vehicle expenses and other overhead are considered. However, it is a big challenge for a small congregation like ours to meet. At Emmanuel, Day Camp funding starts with a $300 line item in our church budget. Our church also maintains a VBS Fund, which receives any donations designated for “VBS,” “Vacation Bible School,” or “Day Camp,” as well as money from fundraisers organized for this purpose, such as the annual Chocolate Festival. While the Women of the Church and some individual church members contribute to the VBS Fund, a significant amount of the donations we receive come from parents of the children who attend Day Camp. Money remaining in this fund after expenses are paid carries forward to the next year.

Many of our campers’ families also contribute each year to the Mission/Outreach Project chosen by our planning committee. The project this summer was collecting school supplies to help families in our community whose budgets don’t stretch to meet this start-of-the-school-year expense. During our week of Day Camp we collected a little over ten dollars in cash plus a variety of items such as notebooks, paper, pencils, crayons and glue. These were delivered to Cheney Outreach the following week in plenty of time to be added to their resources for distribution near the first day of school.

As always, I am deeply grateful to all who contributed in any way to Day Camp this year: your financial support, your in-kind donations, your ideas and suggestions, your time preparing ahead and cleaning up after, your presence and your prayers—it all makes a difference. THANK YOU!

—Lenore L., Day Camp/VBS Coordinator



All who are involved in Christian Education at Emmanuel will be participating in our congregation’s activities on the ELCA’s fifth annual “God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday,” September 10th.

The following Sunday, September 17th, Chris B. and Lenore L. will host a breakfast meeting of our church’s youth and their parents from 9:00 to 10:00 AM.

We’ll engage in conversations exploring ways we can mutually support one another in our Christian growth through learning and service, prayer and activity, individually and through participation in the life of our congregation. One goal will be to identify some specific things to put on the calendar to plan and prepare for in the coming months.

If you would like to help with this meeting , give me a call. —Lenore L.

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