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Stephen Ministry

“Christ caring for people through people."

Every day you see people hurting – those who have lost a job, lost a loved one, going through divorce or battling with illness. Stephen Ministers are God’s representatives who bring His love to those who are hurting. They are not counselors nor can they fix the problem, but they can listen and be there.

The core teaching for a Stephen Minister is:
“Christ is the curegiver and the Stephen Minister is the caregiver.”

Our congregation’s Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.

For more information on Stephen Ministry, contact the church office at 402-362-3655. There is also a web-site where you can see a video on the life-changing benefits of Stephen Ministry. Go to….
www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/tag/stephen-ministry

Lutheran Laymen's League

The reason for the Lutheran Laymen's League is to bring Jesus Christ to the Church and the Church to the Nations. The mission and purpose is to spread the Good News about Jesus to all people.

Jesus is the reason for everything. We as Christians should never be afraid to witness about Jesus. The LLL season starts in September, we have a potluck dinner for members and their families.

The meetings are on the 2nd Monday of the month at 7:30pm, October through May. In December there is a Christmas Dinner and activities after the meal. Meetings start out with a prayer and devotions, followed by a short business meeting. The Treasurer and Secretary give their reports as well as any other business interests that may occur. The topic of the evenings are: The Men's Network, which is about the Qur'an, which is the Muslim Bible and how their beliefs are different from what Christians Believe.

In February, The Lutheran Laymen's League host and serve a free will offering pancake feed, and on one of the Wednesdays during the Lenten season. Between the 3:30 and 7:00 Church service, another free will offering lunch is served. All proceeds including matching funds from Thrivent for Lutherans goes towards the missions where the LLL Group decides where it will best be used.

Upcoming events are on our Church Web Calendar and include events such as LLL Convention and hosting booths at the York County Fair and Nebraska State Fair.

In Christ,
Matthew Staehr

LWML

Mission Statement: The mission of the Emmanuel Lutheran Women's Missionary League is to assist each woman of the Emmanuel Congregation in affirming her relationship with the Triune God so that each individual may use her gifts, abilities and talents to all people.

League Motto: Serve the Lord with Gladness. Psalms 100:2
League Objectives:
Mission Education :: Mission Inspiration :: Mission Service

Mite Box Offerings are divided into 75% to Nebraska District South for a mission goal of $90,000 and 24% to National for a mission goal of $1,825,000. Boxes are located at both church entrance doors for those unable to attend meetings but wishing to support missions.

For many years, we have financially supported a Seminary Student, the most recent being Christopher Maronde. This year we chose to support a foreign missionary through Mission Central under the direction of Gary Thies.

Meetings are held in the Fellowship Hall the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Christian Life features, Bible Studies, speakers or various activities pertaining to the season are enjoyed. Upcoming events are located on the Church Web Calendar.

The LWML responds to various needs by dividing into circles. We currently have 9 of them.

They are:
Adrian Banner Altar Dorcas Quilting Esther World Relief Eunice Education Hope Mission Library Martha Reception Ruth Visitation

The Nebraska District South has a webpage which is a good place to find district information. Visit it at www.lwmlnesouth.org

Health & Wellness

The mission statement of the Health and Wellness Team and Parish Nursing Ministries.  “With the love and guidance of the Triune God,to promote Christ-centered health and wellness,through the Health and Wellness Team and the Parish Nurse Ministries.”

The mission of Emmanuel Lutheran Church is “Equipping believers to reach the lost and comfort the hurting with the “Good News” about Jesus.” People “hurt” not only physically, but emotionally, and spiritually. According to the LCMS Congregational Health Ministries/Parish Nurse Manual, “A Health and Wellness Committee can help all in the congregation understand that carrying out God’s command to reach out to people includes a concern for the total person.”  Throughout the Scriptures there are stories about health and healing and of God’s promise of wholeness for all of creation. Jesus not only healed people, he also “sent them (the Twelve) out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” (Luke 9:2) Like the disciples, God also calls us as Christians to preach the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.

"Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2