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From Our Ministry Coordinator…
January 2, 2019

Dear brothers and sisters at Emmanuel,
     As I start my letter to you all I am sitting here reflecting on the past couple of weeks as we celebrated Christmas here at Emmanuel.  I am moved as I think of
the ways God was with us as we had the children’s Christmas program, the Voices of Praise cantata, the Christmas Eve service and even our worship services
surrounding Christmas Day.  These times were so moving and I could feel the Spirit’s presence in each one of these gatherings.  As Chaplain Mike said, each time
I felt “we had a good meeting!”

     It has been very humbling to hear how God was able to use the cantata weekend.  We end each rehearsal with prayer time where we ask God to use our
upcoming concerts to His glory, and only for His glory.  We pray against a spirit of performance and for a spirit of ministry and ask that the Holy Spirit would
work through us to make a difference in the hearts of those who come.  I want to share a Facebook private message I received on the Saturday night of cantata
weekend because this message just so beautifully confirms why we do these concerts.  Because the writer speaks of the church as a whole, I feel led to share this
with you.  Names and details have of course been withheld for confidentiality, but this message spoke to my soul, and I am sure it will to you as well.
The message goes like this: “Good evening, Rich. I’m not sure if you remember who I am, I’m the server from the restaurant in (town withheld).  We were
talking a couple of weeks ago when you came in and I had expressed how I couldn’t get into the spirit of Christmas and you had told me about your 80-voice
Christmas concert and invited me to come.  You had said you felt that would help my heart in this season.  Well I did come last night and I have to say that I
enjoyed it very much! It was just what I needed.  I just wanted to say thank you and look forward to making the Christmas Eve service as well.  It has been awhile
since I have felt so welcomed to a church that doesn’t constantly remind me of my sins and my choices in life.  Thank you again for the invitation and may God
bless you and your church family.”

     This message meant so much to me.  I ask you as a congregation to pray for this sister in Christ as she goes through difficult times.  This has created an
opportunity for further conversations and has opened the way for this sister to ask for prayer.  She has shared she no longer has a church home and wondered if
we would pray for her.  I assured her we could.  She, and others, need our prayers.  God knows who we are praying for when we pray, even if we don’t know
the name of the person we are praying for.
I am praying for God’s strength to be much more diligent in prayer for others in 2019.  I admit I have been too self-absorbed in 2018 with my own needs and
selfish at times with what I request from God. I am praying the God will allow me to me absorbed, instead, in praying for others.  Will you as a church join me?  
What an amazing opportunity to rally around those who need our prayers and are reaching out for Christian love.  This is just one way we can be making a
difference in peoples’ lives as a church.

     I get goosebumps when I think of what lives can be touched through the power of a church in prayer.  Let’s pray church!  Let’s pray!  To God be the glory!

Praising Him,  
Rich C.    
Upcoming dates/events
     Saturday, Jan. 5 – NO HS Girls’ Bible Study (Chapel)
     Sunday, Jan. 6 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
     Wednesday, Jan. 9 – 6:30-7:30 p.m.-Jr. High DELTA Club
     Saturday, Jan. 12 – 8:30-10:00 a.m.-HS Girls’ Bible Study (Chapel)
     Sunday, Jan. 13 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
     Wednesday, Jan. 16 – 6:30-7:30 p.m.-Jr. High DELTA Club
     Saturday, Jan. 19 – 8:30-10:00 a.m.-HS Girls’ Bible Study (Chapel)
     Sunday, Jan. 20 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
     Wednesday, Jan. 23 – 6:30-7:30 p.m.-Jr. High DELTA Club
     Saturday, Jan. 26 – 8:30-10:00 a.m.-HS Girls’ Bible Study (Chapel)
     Sunday, Jan. 27 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.-Jr. High JAM/6:30-8:00 p.m.-Sr. High YF
     Wednesday, Jan. 23 – 6:30-7:30 p.m.-Jr. High DELTA Club

Jamie Rodriguez
Director of Jr. & Sr. High Ministries
H. S. Girls Bible Study
Saturday mornings
8:30-10:00 a.m.
in the Chapel

Please be sure to check social media for changes in dates, times or cancellations!!!
January 9th – Wednesday Night Activities Resume
     5:30pm-6:15pm            Family Dinner

     6:00pm-7:30pm           K-2nd & 3rd-5th
     6:30pm-7:30pm           Jr. High        

10-week winter term will run January 9th through March 13th.
    Please get all address, phone number & email changes or
    additions to the office by Monday, January 7th  so that your
    information will be correct in the 2019 Church Directory.  
    You may leave these changes in the bulletin box by the office
    or email Pam at secretarypam@frontier.com
"Take Ten”    All men are invited to spend just 10 minutes to connect, pray and debrief, immediately
after Sunday Celebration in front of the Sanctuary each week.

The Kingdom Man Bible Study will be offered again. We will have 2 opportunities to get involved with this
study starting on Saturday, January 12 at 7 a.m. and on Sunday, January 13 at 3 p.m. A third time could be
added if the need exists. If you need materials for the study, please see or contact Scott Findley 309-236-
3832 by January 6 so the books can be ordered in time.

2019 will bring many opportunities to get involved with the men of Emmanuel.
Men’s Ministry is working on several events to further build relationships with the men of the church and
with Christ.  Some of the things we will be doing and some that we are still working on are.

  • Iron Sharpens Iron will be March 23rd
  • The Car Show will be August 24th
  • Movie and Pizza night
  • Grill and Gawk
  • Father Son Banquet
  • Skeet shoot
  • Men’s bible study

We are also looking for ways to serve our community and the members of our church.

We are looking forward to the New Year and what God has in store for Men’s Ministry here at Emmanuel!

Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.      
1 Corinthians 16:13-15
Greetings Women of Emmanuel!
The Women's Ministry Team is looking for new members!
If you have a passion to help and see other ladies brought
together in fellowship and the word of God, please contact
Robin Henard @ 815-535-7193 or robin.henard@yahoo.
com  We look forward to hearing from you!

ALL women of the church are invited to attend Women's
Ministry Events - high school graduates thru age 99!  Come
fellowship and enjoy!!

Look for details to be announced soon!
Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center
Tuesday, January 15th
     12:30 – 5:00 p.m.        
In the Gymnasium
Contact Deb Eissens @ 309-714-2008 to make an appointment.
Installation & Ordination
2019 Elders & Deacons

Sunday, January 6th

Denny Boeck
Jason McDearmon
Anna Ryder
Al Wagenecht
Doug Leech

Kevin Buis
Ken Stralow
Ryan Venema
Welcoming all 7th Grade and older!
Sanctuary Choir rehearsals resume:
Monday, January 14, 2019—6:30 p.m.

First EVOP “Your Name” Spring concert
rehearsal-- 7:30  p.m.

Please come and join us!
New members are welcome!
Jeff McDearmon        
Rhonda Bush
Arnie Damhoff
Janice Workman               
Mark Pruis        
Ashley Deuth
Doug Leech
Kathie VanderVinne
Trevan Burn        
Daniel Deter
Tate Kuehl
Susan Schuler        
Darlene Hook
Kris Schmidt
Donna Todd
Corey Johnson
Megan Emerson
**Our goal is to include everyone on the Birthday and Anniversary list, however, due to the
large number of members we will no longer be including inactive members or those listed in
the extended family section of our church directory.  If you have not submitted your dates or if
we have inadvertently overlooked them, please let Pam know in the office.  Thank You!
January 2019 Menu:
(**Subject to change)

Wednesday, Jan. 9: Ritch & Heather Lindstrom, cooks
Baked Pasta, Garlic Bread Sticks, Corn
& Chocolate Cake

Wednesday, Jan. 16: Brittany VanDrew/Lynelle Criss, cooks
Tater Tot Casserole, Tossed Salad, Dinner Roll
& Cookies

Wednesday, Jan. 23:

Wednesday, Jan. 30:
Please uphold In Prayer …
All who have yet to trust the Savior Jesus.
The persecuted church around the world.
Those battling addictions in their lives.
Many families in our congregation who are suffering the loss of loved ones.
The families and marriages of our community and church.
Please pray for the Davis family.

Those who are healing and recovering:
John VanderSchaaf and Deb Wikoff

Those undergoing cancer treatments:  
Nancy Rutledge, Pat Dykstra, Mary Rasmussen, Jake Vandermyde and
Jonelle Hook

Those who have long-term needs:  
Linda Damhoff, Tyler Davis, Ethel VanZuiden and Jacob Green

Those who are confined to their homes or nursing homes:
Kim Schroth in her home.
Wilma Johannsen and Betty Tegeler at Resthave.
Norma Boeck, Elwyn Nice, Roger & Marla Buikema at Windsor Manor.

Our servicemen and women serving our country, including:
Jason Akker, Riley Coffey, Brad Eissens, Logan Frederick, Jacob Kunde,
Rowdy Lathrop and Lloyd Wicker
Kathy Dyke
Renee Temple
Karine Fulton
Karen Mulnix
Dan Vandermyde        
Ezra Rodriguez
Kortlyn Workman        
Jennifer Bielema
Reilly Dolan
Terry Mayfield
Don Tegeler
Arlyn & Jane VanZuiden
Marissa Wadsworth
Linda Damhoff
Jason Kuehl
Josh & Lisa Bush
Virgil & Diane Bush
Lois Wiebenga
Barb Bush              
Don Smith
January Volunteers
**Please remember… If you are unable to be here on your assigned
Sunday, it is your responsibility to make arrangements to trade with
Jan. 6 – Corey & Tammy Johnson and family
Jan. 13 – Brock & Dawn Huffstutler and family
Jan. 20 – Kristy & Peyton Emerson
Jan. 27 – Karine Fulton
Jan. 6 – Ernie Renkes, Denny Boeck, Russ Renner
Jan. 13 – Kevin Buis, Denny Boeck, Jim Landheer
Jan. 20 – Ryan Venema, Denny Boeck, Scott Findley
Jan. 27 – Steve Hook, Denny Boeck, Jerry Lindsey
Jan. 6 – Connor Roberts and Corbin Allen
Jan. 13 – Cael Wright and Megan Folkers
Jan. 20 – Gabbi Stichter and Joshua McDearmon
Jan. 27 – Luke Carpenter and Ethan Farrand
Screens/DVD Operators
Jan. 6 – Shelby Wiersema and Hannah Wallander
Jan. 13 – Addi Wiersema and Sarah Wallander
Jan. 20 – David Stralow and Jacob Schlegel
Jan. 27 – Thomas Dauphin and Mitchell Johnson
Feb. 3 – Shelby Wiersema and Hannah Wallander
(There must be 2 adults present – youth helpers cannot take the place of adult helpers)
Jan. 6 – Amber Wright, Jess Wroble, Claire Coons, Baylee Merema
Jan. 13 – Kenzie Neubauer, Carla Bush, Hannah Wallander, Marissa Folkers
Jan. 20 – Kim Vandermyde, Sarah Schmidt, Anna Lindstrom, Sarah Wallander
Jan. 27 – Ken & Carol Stralow, Alli Hogue, Kayla Carpenter
2019’s YEAH Events & Motor Coach Trips!
Please sign up with Rich for any of these trips.  Please only sign up if you are definitely planning on going.  Please do not simply sign up to “save a spot” should you decide to go!
No deposit is requested at time of sign-up, however payment in full is requested 30 days in advance.

No January Activity due to uncertain winter weather

Wednesday, February 6 through Tuesday, February 19
Trip to Hawaii
(This trip is sold out and ticketed already.)

Thursday, March 14                        1:00-2:00 p.m.                St. Patrick’s Day Party
Come join together as we host a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day party for the residents at Resthave Home!  Spend an hour or so having fun, fellowship, refreshments and prizes as we celebrate shamrocks & leprechauns
with our brothers and sisters who are residing at Resthave.  More details will be presented, but please mark your calendars as we enjoy this event together!
Price: Free!

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Tuesday, April 16:                                         
12:00 Noon                      
Easter Potluck & Care Package Preparation for College Students
Come and join together as we have a great time celebrating Easter with a good old-fashioned pot luck meal, followed by an opportunity to bless the college students from Emmanuel.  In addition to a dish or two to pass,
please bring 2 dozen cookies or bars that we can use to create “packages of love” that will be sent to our college students to let them know we have not forgotten them and they are loved.  This will be a great time of
fellowship together.
Please sign up in the Christ Center by Sunday, April 14.
Beverages and table service provided.
Price: Free!

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Thursday, May 23                Depart:  Time TBA                Return:  Time TBA
Surprise, surprise…everything is a surprise!!
Price: $75.00 per person includes everything!

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Mon-Fri, June 10-14                Depart Monday at 8:00 a.m.           Return Friday at 4:00 p.m.
Adult Mission to Serve the Lansing City Rescue Mission, Lansing, MI
A unique opportunity to serve geared specifically for the 50+ age group
Monday will be a travel day as we head to Lansing, MI, stopping enroute for late breakfast/early lunch before arriving in Michigan.  We will stay at the Homewood Suites by Hilton, chosen due to the nice
accommodations but also because it offers a free hot breakfast each morning and a free evening supper is provided for hotel guests, as well. (There are restaurants within walking distance to this hotel if you care to eat
there instead of the complimentary supper at the hotel, but this will be at your own expense.)   

On Tuesday we will spend our first day of service at one of the three buildings of the Lansing City Rescue Mission.  With an estimated 5,000 people who identify themselves as homeless in the region, there is a huge
need for this ministry.  The mission’s executive director, Mark Criss, first cousin of Rich, said this mission with three buildings: one for males needing help; one for women and children needing assistance, and one for
persons struggling with alcohol and drug addiction.  100,000 meals each year are served from this rescue mission, and an average of 150 people each night receive shelter in this faith-based shelter.  Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday mid-mornings through late afternoon will be spent performing assistance such as painting, cleaning, sorting items for the thrift store, working in the food kitchen and other areas as needed.  
These activities will be specifically geared towards the physical abilities of the 50-60+ person with some of the work being able to be done until sitting.  On Friday, we will depart Lansing and head for Illinois, arriving
home late afternoon.

Every effort is being made to make this trip as affordable as possible.  Fundraising for this trip may be an option, as well, to cut down on expenses.

Price: $600 per person includes bus, lodging and all meals.

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Tuesday, July 30                Depart: 7:30 a.m.                        Return at 6:30 p.m.
Ball Brothers in concert at Fireside!!
When it comes to the Ball Brothers, forget what you know about other "gospel quartets." Because this unique group stands in stark contrast to many preconceived notions regarding traditional quartet music, the Ball
Brothers have found life "outside of the box." Tenor vocalist, Andrew, states, "We're a younger group and we're a different kind of group. At first, it was a struggle trying to imitate other groups and fit into the
proverbial 'southern gospel mold'. We finally stopped apologizing for what we weren't and have embraced the uniqueness of our God-given voices and harmonies. Since then, our musical horizons have expanded, and
our ministry has really taken off."

Since their formation in 2006, the Ball Brothers have rapidly made their mark in Christian music by finding a musical balance between the old and the new. "We've never been to a place where every person in the
audience was the same age. On the contrary, most places we go have a mixture of young, middle-aged, and older people. So, our music style and song selection is based around that blend. It's great to see a grandmother
and granddaughter worshiping together and enjoying the same music. We get to see that on a regular basis," says lead vocalist, Daniel.

Price: $75.00 per person includes Fireside’s famous Fish & Chicken Buffet, concert, motor coach and drivers tip

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Thursday, September 19                Depart 9:30 a.m.        Return 5:30 p.m.
“Spirit of Peoria” Riverboat Cruise with the Kramer Family in Christian Concert!
Celebrating our 24th year, RiverLife gospel music lunch cruises combine quality family-oriented entertainment with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. RiverLife cruises are sponsored by Hands of Love Ministry
and hosted by The Kramers and take place on the beautiful “Spirit of Peoria” paddle wheeler.  A delicious lunch buffet is served prior to the concert.
Price: $75.00 per person includes buffet lunch on the boat, concert, motor coach and drivers tip

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Wednesday, October 16                Depart: 10:45 a.m.                  Return: 5:30 p.m.
Circa 21: “Singing in the  Rain!”
Rated G
Tap your toes and sing along in this splashy adaptation of the celebrated and beloved film.
The "Greatest Movie Musical of All Time" is faithfully and lovingly adapted by Broadway legends, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, from their original award-winning screenplay in Singin' in the Rain. Each unforgettable
scene, song and dance is accounted for, including the show-stopping title number, complete with an onstage rainstorm! Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards make Singin'
in the Rain the perfect entertainment for any fan of the golden age of movie musicals.
Price: $75.00 includes motor coach, lunch, show, dessert of choice and tips

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Thursday, November 14                1:00-2:00 p.m.                Harvest Party
Come join together as we host a wonderful Harvest party for the residents at Windsor Manor!  Spend an hour or so having fun, fellowship, refreshments and prizes as we celebrate the season of Harvest with our
brothers and sisters who are residing at Windsor Manor.  More details will be presented, but please mark your calendars as we enjoy this event together!
Price: Free!

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Wednesday, December 4        Depart: 10:45 a.m.                  Return: 5:30 p.m.
Circa 21: Christmas Show yet to be Announced
Knowing the awesome reputation of Circa 21’s Christmas shows, I have secured us excellent seats for the December 4 matinee performance of their Christmas show what will be announced in June, 2019.  As soon as
I know what the show will be, I will get the word out, but wanted to have the date and activity decided.
As always, this will feature a plated meal choice so you won’t have to manage a plate of food while navigating steps and ramps that are part of the Circa 21 experience.  Of course…choice of dessert will be included!
Price: $75.00 includes motor coach, lunch, show, dessert of choice and tips