Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I would like to start my article by wishing God’s richest blessings to each of you as we close out the month of July and move into August. I did not write an article for July because we did not publish a newsletter for our church. I am sad to say that we have not had anyone volunteer to oversee the production of a congregational newsletter for our congregation. What a great tool this newsletter has been as way to inform our members and others about the wonderful Christ-centered ministry we are doing here at Emmanuel on the Ridge. My prayer is for God to raise up a gifted member of our church family to be the editor and publisher of a monthly news report. If you have an interest in helping assist with such a worthwhile cause please contact Wayne Davis who has been managing this area of our Christian ministry. And by the way, since we have not had a monthly church newspaper printed for the last two months, I felt it was necessary for me to write and send out a monthly article. I strongly believe this is an excellent way for me to stay connected to our members. So here I go for August!
Over the last couple of months we have been involved in a number of ministry events here at our church. On June 16th, we hosted an American Red Cross Blood Drive. We were pleased to have many volunteers show up to help out put with this community activity. During the drive we collected 25 units of blood for the Red Cross organization. What a blessing this blood will be for those patients needing supplemental blood transfusions. By our joint efforts we were able to provide what some would consider a gift of life for those in need of these blood donations. Thank you to everyone who had a part in this Christ-caring event.
Another neat activity played out as we collected diapers and wipes for the Lenawee County Crisis Pregnancy Center. Between the holidays of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day we brought in 776 diapers which were then delivered in love to the Pregnancy Center in Adrian. This is what Jesus meant when He said, “Whatever you do to the least of these my brothers that you do unto me.” Good job children of God!
At the end of June we also put on the Mighty Fortress Vacation Bible School Program. This was a five night event that was attended by 26 energetic and enthusiastic kids. Many of those young children who were a part of VBS were not members of Emmanuel. The program was a great Christian outreach activity that was intended to share the love of God in Christ Jesus with the attending students. Not only did this area of ministry ignite a fire in the kids who were registered, but it also made a huge impact on all the volunteers who helped, the parents and grandparents who stayed to watch, and the families that allowed their children to come and be with us for the week. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!!!!!!!
So, what are we to look forward to here at Emmanuel for the coming month? In August we will be making preparations for the Rally Day event that will take place on Sunday, September 10th. This will be a kick-off gala for the start-up of the new year of Adult Bible classes, Sunday school, Confirmation instruction, and the school year. We are planning on having an outdoor worship service with live instrumental music accompaniment, a church picnic, and some outdoor games. If you would like to be part of the planning process, please call the church office or talk to me about helping out with these various church functions.
Of course as always, I am encouraging everyone to be in regular church attendance and Sunday morning Bible class during August and beyond. It is in the reading, hearing, and studying of God’s Word and in the partaking of the Lord’s Supper on a regular basis, where we are strengthened in our Christian faith. When we miss being in worship and in God’s Word as it is made available to us, we become vulnerable to the ways of this world and the deception of the devil. If you and I do not feast on the spiritual food God offers us we will get sick and become weak. I hope you will not let that be the case for those of us who are members of the Body of Christ and Emmanuel Lutheran Church. I pray August will be a month filled with many blessings for each of you, as we go forth in service to our Lord as brothers and sisters in Christ.
Joyful in the Lord,