Greetings Dear Sons and Daughters of the King,
August has flown by and we are now resting on the onset of September. With the month of September comes Labor Day, the last holiday of the summer for those living in our area. Parents and students are planning for the beginning of school and the new schedule of activities and events that come with the school year. Things here at Emmanuel also begin to ramp up after having adjusted our schedule for Bible classes, Sunday school, and confirmation class for the summer months.
To kick-off the new school year and church schedule we will be having Rally Day here at Emmanuel. We are planning to have an outdoor Worship Service which will be conducted within a contemporary service setting. This will take place, as it has in the past, in the parking lot just outside of our fellowship hall. The service will be at our normal 10:30 time and will be followed by a potluck picnic. I will also plan on doing a backpack blessing during the service. Hopefully the weather will be nice enough to be able to worship and eat outside that day.
As we start the new year, I want to encourage our members to look at attending one, or more, of our Bible studies that will be offered. On Wednesday, Sept. 11th, at 9:00 a.m., we will be starting a study on the great book of faith “Hebrews”. On Saturday, Sept. 14th, we will begin a Men’s Bible Breakfast study on the booklet “Biblical Manhood”. Finally, in our Sunday morning 9:00 a.m. Bible study, we will be finishing the book of Acts and then we will plan to watch the movie “Unplanned”. This is the story of Abby Johnson, who worked for Planned Parenthood for 8 years and then left the organization to become actively involved in the protection of the unborn. The study will include viewing the movie and looking at the dynamics of the abortion industry, as well as, discussing how we, as Christians, should be defending the sanctity of human life. At a later time period a Bible study on Gender will take place. This will be a video /discussion style of study that will last for approximately 5 weeks. In today’s society we need to be informed about the agenda the world is pushing concerning our identity as human beings. We also need to understand how God created us to be male and female and how He wants us to live within that context.
As an added attraction of the Rally Day activities June McCarty will be doing a presentation on her mission trip to Honduras. This should be a very informative and “eye opening” experience for our members to partake in. What amazing things God is able to do through those saints who are ready, willing, and able to serve Him and those who are in need. I hope you will take the time to stick around and hear June tell of the special work she did in Central America.
We will be starting another exciting session of confirmation instruction. There will be two eighth graders returning and one seventh grader beginning this year. Please keep these students in your prayers as they diligently study God’s Word, Luther’s Small Catechism, and other teachings of the Christian faith. These young people are the future of our church and they need our encouragement, prayers, and love. Let us remember this message, “it takes a village to raise a child,” or at least in this case, “a congregation to raise a child of God.”
As I end this article, I would like to give you an additional thought to ponder. As we continue moving forward through the year, I pray each of you takes a serious look at how you can get involved in the mission and ministry which our Lord has called us to carry out here at Emmanuel. I hope you never find yourself thinking or making the comment, “there is nothing I can do.” God has blessed each of us with a variety of gifts, talents, and resources that He desires for us to use for His glory, to build His Kingdom, and to serve other people. Prayerfully consider where God is calling you to get involved, and then seek those opportunities that allow you to be of service. Ephesians 2:10, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
I hope each of you have a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the Labor Day weekend with family and friends.