From the September 2018 Good New Newsletter:

From the Pastor

Dear Emmanuel Church,


After a hopefully relaxing summer the leadership of Emmanuel is getting ready for some exciting events coming up this Fall! Please spend some time with this newsletter and your calendar to make sure you’re at these Spirit filled times.


Our congregation is being asked to think deeply about who God is calling us to be in our community and the world. A Vision Team has been formed and will be commissioned in worship on September 16. We look forward to hearing from each of you in Table Talk sessions, to learn what strengths you see in Emmanuel and what here gives you life. Please keep this process in your prayers as we seek to gather this input into a statement of Emmanuel’s mission for the future.


As part of that forward momentum we are finding ways to encourage new experiments. We will be changing our children’s Sunday School program to serve involve more people and dig deeper into God’s Word. This experiment will involve the whole congregation, on the second Sunday of the month, participating in intergenerational exploration of a text during worship time. This change will not affect the adult Sunday school group which will continue to meet at 9am Sunday mornings. This experiment will run into December, followed by a time of evaluation. Mark your calendars for our first GIFT (Growing In Faith Together) Sunday on Rally Day September 9.


Also, as we look to the future, we say Godspeed to the Crick family. They are moving to Kentucky to support family there. We send them with our prayers. And we ask your prayers as well for our leadership as we seek to fill the positions (official and unofficial) that Tom and Chris will be leaving.


I continue to be impressed and thankful for the ways in which Emmanuel is sensitive and responsive to the needs of our community and the news of the world. I ask for your continued support of our ministries here through our Food Pantry, and Cheney Outreach, Diakonia, Feed Cheney, Lutheran Campus Ministry /ELM Campus Ministry, Lutheran Community Services NW, Cheney Care Center, All Saints Dinners, and so many more that I can’t seem to keep track! Your generosity in response to God’s giving is inspiring. Our leaders encourage you to consider your giving for the upcoming year and share an estimate with us for our planning. Time and Talent surveys and Estimates of Giving will be distributed during September and gathered during our Harvest Celebration the end of October.


Thank you for your faithfulness, generosity, and prayer-filled discernment.


Yours in Christ, Pastor Arianna Arends



Special Election Meeting Notice:

At the ELC Council meeting on August 22nd, Tom Crick resigned as Council President. Janet Prendergast, Vice President, will move to the President position and fill out the remainder of Tom’s term per the constitution and by-laws of the church. The Council will be needing a volunteer to fill the Vice President’s position until May of 2019 when we will have Annual Council elections. Please consider helping the Council out by volunteering for Vice President. Contact Nominating Committee member, Charlie Mutschler or Melinda Reid if interested. Special Election meeting will take place on Sunday, Sept. 9 following worship.




Just a friendly reminder about the…

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November 3, 2018


Please save your white elephant items. They can be delivered to the Green Room at your convenience.  (No clothing, large furniture, electronics, or weapons. Items must be clean and no junk.) 


Now is the time to get started on homemade craft items.


The Women will have a quilt and basket raffle.


This year Emmanuel will celebrate Rally Day and “God’s Work, Our Hands” on Sunday, Sept. 9. On this Sunday we will need your participation for the following:

Bakers to make cookies for “first responders.” Please bring your cookies to church by 9am on Sept. 9th.

Volunteers to bundle and deliver the cookies.

Volunteers to provide side dishes for the potluck following the worship service. See sign up sheet in narthex.

All are asked to fill out an “Estimate of Giving” sheet and place in the estimate of givingbox in the narthex on or before Harvest Fest on Sunday, October 21. This information is needed for the church council to plan our 2019 budget.

All are asked to fill out a “Time & Talent” sheet and return to the church office by Harvest Fest Oct. 21. A master list will be made available to committee chairs for future needs.

Thank you!

Stewardship & Evangelism Chair


Building and Maintenance

Doors are found unlocked weekday mornings! This is a safety issue. PLEASE, when you exit the building Lock the Doors.

The biggest news is that the roof repair is complete. In addition to the new roof over the sanctuary we had the contractor install soffit vents on the West side of the building to insure adequate ventilation. Some shingles on the West side of the building were replaced and the roof was sealed. The contractor replaced the gutters on the sanctuary due to damage during construction. In the courtyard some downspouts between upper and lower gutters still need replacing. I will get to that at the end of the month. The window in the screen door to the lower fireside room was broken and the contractor is scheduling it to be replace.

Our total cost was $1800.00. $1000.00 for our insurance deductible and $800.00 was our cost for the soffit installation on the other side of the building.

The parking lot concrete stairs leading to the basement drain and concrete will require some repair. Hopefully I will be able to address the situation toward the end of the month. A huge thank you to Lenore for cleaning the stairwell to the back door. Your help was much appreciated!

As always send me an email or give me a call if you have questions or see something that needs attention.

Please make sure all doors are locked when exiting the building.

Thank you




After VBS was over I started making  notes for the changes that are needed in the Hospitality Manual.  I am about half way done with what I feel needed changing.  Chris has some thoughts she will add too.  That manual was in need of some updating and when we are done, you all will receive a copy so you know what changes have been made.  

Mary Henningsen,
Hospitality chair

Lutheran World Relief Quilters

Well, it is summer and usually your LWR Quilters take the summer off. We did that this year too, but with a little kick. We met at least once a month to just talk and play cards. We played UNO and had a great time in June. In July we played UNO again and then Geri taught us a new game called Arizona Rummy. It took a while for us to catch on (mostly me) and we had a nice time learning something new. We will meet one more time in August to see if we remember the game Geri taught us and maybe play a few hands of UNO again. It was nice to be together and not “work” at the quilts. We will be back at the quilting table on Sept. 10th. I have received a few donations of fabric, and Karen has another package of batting for us. I will work with Thrivent to see if they will help us with a big roll of batting for our fall shipment in October. We will look to see what we have for a Christmas quilt and work on that the first few weeks of Sept.

Keep us in mind if you have anything you think we could work up into quilts.



Christian Education

September! The start of a new education year! We’ll get going on September 9th with some traditional Rally Day activities, including a potluck salad luncheon during the fellowship hour. Other special activities planned for that day (preparing to deliver “thank you” notes and plates of cookies to our community’s “first responders”) are a part of our joining with other ELCA congregations in observing “God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday.

We are also trying something new this year: The Christian education part of the day will come during the worship service as we hold the first of four monthly “GIFT Sundays.” GIFT stands for “Growing in Faith Together.” GIFT Sunday activities are based on the idea that faith is passed on through meaningful relationships and through finding our place in God’s story as we explore that story in community. GIFT is an interactive approach. We will follow the familiar order of worship—Gathering, Word, Meal and Sending—but in an active, creative, informal way.

GIFT Sundays during the worship hour will continue through December on the second Sunday of each month.

On the fourth Sunday of September, October, and November we will offer Christian Craft Classes from 9 to 10 am. These classes will include telling or reading a Bible story along with the craft activity. “Children” of every age—preschool through senior citizen—are invited!




1)    True or False? Rally Day is an end-of-summer celebration when we gather to tell each other about all the exciting places we recently visited as tourists and show off our souvenirs.


2)    We at Emmanuel will be joining other     congregations when we observe “God’s Work; Our Hands” Sunday on September 9th.


Fill in the blank with one of these choices:   a) small   b) Cheney   c) ELCA


3) GIFT stands for G           in F         T               .


(A hint: All three answers can be found right on this page.)

Facts and figures from our week of Lutherhaven Day Camp/VBS:2018 VBS

       Lutherhaven counselors were Kate, Peter

and Kelsy.

       Twenty-nine children registered for the week, although not all

attended every day.

       Eleven teenagers helped shepherd the campers through each day’s activities.

A dozen adults from our congregation were present on site providing a variety of support services and still others supplied meals for the Lutherhaven team members.

The SparkHouse book fair added ten children’s books to our church library and netted $18.14, which was added to cash donations and enabled us to give $88.89 to the Ronald McDonald House.

Generous financial support from our congregation and contributions from parents covered Lutherhaven’s bill of $1512, plus a little more than $552.68 in other expenses, while leaving $515 in the VBS Fund for next year.

Thank you everyone for all the ways you participated in this gift of God’s love to the children in our community.

© 2018 Emmanuel Lutheran Church
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