Welcome to our worship service on Sunday, September 4, 2022! We hope it will be a blessing to you. The order of worship is available here.
EMMANUEL’S NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
*Appreciation for First Responders: In appreciation of our “local heroes” and in observance of Patriot Day
that commemorates 9/11, the Vitality Team invites the church family to join us in showing our appreciation to
our fire, rescue squad and law enforcement personnel with a gift box of “grab-and-go” snacks. We will collect
pre-wrapped, snack-sized packs of cookies, crackers, granola bars, candy bars and chips (no water bottles
please) to deliver to our community servants. We will collect these items in the Narthex tub now through
September 11. On Sunday, September 11, we welcome the music ministry of Faithful Praise who will provide
a worship concert for our 10:30 worship service. We will recognize our first responders in worship and
invite them to join us for a fellowship meal after the service. The church will provide the chicken and
beverages for the meal, and the congregation is invited to bring side dishes, salads and desserts. Please bring a
little extra to accommodate our special guests and use the insert in today’s bulletin to invite friends, neighbors
(and 1 st Responders) to join us on this special Sunday.
*September is National Hunger Action Month: Please see the insert in today’s worship bulletin for
information on how you can help end hunger during Hunger Action Month, September 2022.
*Relay for Life Baked Potato/Salad Bar: Our Relay for Life Team will sponsor a baked potato/salad bar
fundraising luncheon on Sunday, September 25 th immediately after worship in the social hall. Luncheon
includes baked potato with toppings, salad, and homemade dessert. Suggested donation: $7.
*“Secret Disciple” Let’s have some “spook-ta-cu-lar” fun in October playing “Secret Disciple.” Here is how
it goes: 1) There will be a box placed in the back of the church with pieces of paper. If you wish to participate,
write your name on a piece of paper and put it in the designated box. You will have the first three Sundays in
September to sign up. 2) Each person who wants to play will draw one name on Sunday, September 25. 3)
Each Sunday in October, you will bring a small gift for the name you chose and place it in a bin in the back of
the church. Gift examples: cards, candy, pens, etc., just a small token to tell them you are thinking about them.
IMPORTANT: Do not reveal your name as the gift-giver, but be sure to place the name of the receiver on your
gift. 4) On the last Sunday in October, you will reveal your name. If you have any questions, please ask Jeanie
Combs, Vitality Team.
*A Message from the Finance Team: In preparation for our annual budget planning and approval process,
Finance Chair, Mike Stinnett, asks Chairs/Team Leaders of all teams/committees that are responsible for a
portion of the church budget to please check with your team about any needed changes to your 2023 budget
requests, and let Mike know of these changes by NEXT Sunday, September 11. The 2023 Church Budget will
be presented and discussed at the September 13 Church Council/Finance Team Meeting in preparation for
our Charge Conference/District Conference Palooza scheduled for the morning of Saturday, November 5.
Please contact Mike Stinnett with any questions regarding the church budget.
*Nursery Volunteers: It is a joy once again to reopen our church nursery during worship, and to welcome
back Skylar Ondrick as our nursery worker. In keeping with our church’s Safe Sanctuaries policies, we
currently need ONE VOLUNTEER per Sunday to assist the paid nursery staff with Nursery Care during
worship. There is a pink sign-sheet at the back of the Sanctuary. Please be present no later than 10:10 a.m. If
you find that you are not able to keep your commitment after signing up for a Sunday, please call someone else
on the list to switch with you or find another volunteer to take your place. If on any given Sunday, no other
children are present in the nursery except Skylar’s, the volunteer is not needed. Thanks for your help.
*Bible Studies, Sunday School and Prayer Groups to Resume: It is time to relaunch our small group
ministry! Current opportunities being considered are: Weekly Adult Sunday School at 9:15 a.m.; Weekly
Wednesday Bible Study and/or Prayer Group (time TBD depending on interest); 2 nd Tuesday Women’s Bible
Study Group (once a month). Please take time to complete the back of your blue “Connect with Us” form to
indicate your interest in these spiritual growth opportunities. Thanks for your help.