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APRIL NEWSLETTER 2017
Immanuel Lutheran Church “Grace Happens at the Church on
P.O. Box 1355 - 411 CR 401 Taylor, Texas 76574 Phone: (512) 365-9494 - [email protected]
Sunday Schedule Discipleship Classes 9:15 Worship 10:30
Church Secretary Sharon Fritz (512) 560-0908 Financial Secretary: Evelyn Remmert
This first month has been very enlightening and challenging. It is a joy to get to know you,
though you will have to be forgiving if it takes me a while to get your names and faces
right. The picture directory is a big help in this regard and is useful tool of getting to know
you and your families. The format you have selected makes updating this directory very
easy, so I urge you to think about having a time to fill in the missing pictures, edit those
that need updating, make additions and retire those who have passed to a memorial sec-
tion. This will help all of us to stay in touch and will greatly aid your new pastor when that
time comes. I am looking forward, after Easter, to get out and visit with each family. The
Wednesday Lenten gatherings have been a positive time to get to know one another in
these first weeks. Our Lenten program has been focused on prayer and defining our-
selves in relationship to our faith and ministry. Immanuel Lutheran has a long history, be-
ing one of the first congregations formed and church buildings built in the Taylor-Hutto
area. May we seek the blessing of our God our Father through Jesus Christ to be a con-
gregation of Word and Sacrament practicing the Means of Grace.
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April 5th Lent 5 – Awareness of God and His Timing
April 13 Maundy Thursday - “The New Covenant in My Blood”
April 14th Good Friday - “Repentance at the Cross”
April 16th Easter – Sun Rise “HE has risen – HE has risen indeed! Alleluia – Alleluia
Worship He Shall Reign forever and ever – Alleluia - AMEN
Our concluding Wednesday Lenten gather-
ing will be on April 5th, at noon and 6:30
pm. We have sought “An Audience with the
King”, and hopefully will have watered the
seeds of our congregational life with
prayer, drawing closer to our Lord and God.
We hear the “old timers” talk of when the
church was a buzz with activity. Back then
Sunday’s were a conclusion of congrega-
tional activities and the beginning of new
ones. However, in today’s world this is not
the case. Other activities apart from con-
gregational life draw our attention. If Im-
manuel Lutheran is to be a beacon of light
in Jesus Christ to the community it will be
because this congregation is committed
and obedient to the will of God. Easter is a
time of new birth, new beginnings express-
ing and living in the love of God through
the ministry of Jesus Christ - being the
Church. Pastor Rusty
If you would like to purchase an Easter
Lily to be placed in the Sanctuary,
please contact Bonnie Kaderka or
Phyllis Johnson. There will be order
forms in your bulletin and at the en-
trance. The deadline is April 9th. You
may take your lily home following Easter
Service. $10.00 ea. THANK YOU for sup-
April 2nd, fundraiser for pew refin-
ishing. Bring something or stop
and buy something!
Help Support our Kids!
Easter Breakfast is a Camp
Fundraiser for our kids.
Please sign up to help cook
and/or clean up!
It will be delicious!!!!
Live on Purpose
“How many souls have you won for Christ?” That question was
recently posed by one of our pastors to a group of colleagues
to begin what ended up being a very lively conversation on
evangelism and discipleship. This question is not often dis-
cussed by Lutherans and the terminology tends to make us a
bit uncomfortable. In our good Lutheran theology, we under-
stand that a person coming to Christ does not happen apart
from the work of the Holy Spirit, so we tend therefore to not
see ourselves as responsible for such a victory. But it made
me wonder if the same thinking might have led many of us to
forget that we do have a responsibility as followers of Jesus.
In Acts 1:8, Jesus sends his disciples with the command to be
his witnesses to the ends of the earth. And while we don’t
have the power to “bring” someone to faith, we do have a role
to play in others coming to Jesus.
I believe the key for most of us is we need pause and think
about living our lives for a greater purpose. As followers of
Jesus, we have a calling to live with an intentionality in our
relationships. Each relationship represents the opportunity to
bear witness to Christ and the grace and mercy that our Lord
and Savior has given his life for.
And it can be as simple as paying closer attention to the peo-
ple that God has already brought into your life. Think for a
moment about all of the people that you know that you don’t
know about their faith lives. Don’t know any non-believers?
Then get to know some. Begin with your neighbors or co-
workers, or start befriending employees of businesses you
frequent. We can all do a better job of befriending the 85+%
of the population who don’t attend worship in a week!
Next, pray to God for opportunities to love these people with a
Christ-like love. Pray for open doors to begin spiritual conver-
sations. And don’t forget that we believe in a God that can
transform lives, so be sure to include those people who you
might first write off as lost causes. We cannot forget that we
ourselves are our own lost causes in need of God’s grace just
as much as the next person!
Not sure what to say? Get some help. Be sure to turn to God
in prayer for the words and don’t be afraid to ask others for
help. Talk with your pastor and other brothers and sisters in
Christ for ideas on how to share the Gospel. I highly recom-
mend Bill Hybel’s book, Just Walk Across the Room, as a guide
to relational evangelism. But most of all, make a commitment
to God and yourself to live your life with a greater intentionality
and purpose: to be a witness for Christ in all of your relation-
ships. While it is indeed by God’s grace and power that any-
one comes to faith in Jesus, as his followers we also have a
responsibility and therefore we share in the joy of victory of
souls won for Christ
"Christ Jesus is the one who died-- more than that, who was raised-- who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? …No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (Rom. 8:34-
35 ,37 ESV)
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APRIL ALTAR GUILD:
4/2/17 Arthur & Anna Siptak in honor of
their anniversary & Anna’s birthday
4/9/17 Palm Sunday
4/16/17 Easter Lilies—flower cross
4/23/17 Cheryle Kruger, in honor of her
parents 60th wedding anniversary—Ted &
4/30/17 Shirley Mundkowsky, in memory
of Gene Mundkowsky
DONUT & COFFEE TIME_
Everyone loves a cup of hot coffee or juice and a donut when they
come to Sunday School. If you can volunteer to make coffee and
bring donuts on some Sundays, please sign up on the sign-up sheet
which is posted on the refrigerator in the kitchen. Please have cof-
fee ready by 9:15—and remember that you will be responsible for
clean up. Thanks so much!
4/2/17 Cheryle Kruger
4/9/17 Bonnie Kaderka
4/16/17 Cindy Bailey
4/23/17 Paige Morris
4/30/17 Kristina Weise
WOW thanks everyone for your deligence and hard work to make our Turkey and Dressing
Fundraiser a huge success. From parking cars, filling plates, runners, inside help, to selling
tickets, YOU were awesome! God blessed us with beautiful weather! As you know the
money raised is helping referbish and recover our pews! In addition to the fundraiser and
our bake sales, we have had an awesome response in that 11 families have either "adopted
a pew" or gave a conribution to this fund! We thank God for blessing our congregation and
ask his guidance as we continue our journey.
Jesus brings hope to others.
We can bring hope to others too!
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The purpose of our year together is seeking the will of God our Father through prayer, find-
ing direction and clarity, (Identity) that you the congregation of Immanuel Lutheran might
be defined and purposeful in seeking your next long term pastor. To this purpose your
Church Council created “Standing Committees” that are designed to allow each member
of the congregation to participate in the decision making of Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Any member is welcome to participate on any or as many committees as they feel called.
A standing committee is designated for each segment of congregational life. The commit-
tees are Finance and Stewardship, Education, Evangelism and Worship, Mission, and
Property. The structure of these do not require election or appointment but rather are
open to your ideas and opinions. If you have an idea these are where you can make them
known and discuss them with other members. A member of the Church Council will be as-
signed as chair and report to the council the input and consensus of the committee. The
Council will then determine how the findings of each committee can be incorporated into
the life of the congregation. Pastoral involvement will be made available to each commit-
tee to guide and help each group for the building up the congregation. Pastor Rusty
April 2—Book Fair Ends
April 9—Palm Sunday—Procession of Palms by kids.
Skit on The Beatitudes, Drawing for Pizza Party
April 16—Easter—Breakfast & egg hunt (fundraiser for camp)
If you can, please bring any type of
flowers for the Easter Flower Cross
Serving Our Lord….
Faith circle is on Thursday mornings at
10am for devotions, card crafting and
chatting. All ladies are invited.
APRIL Memorials Building Fund:
For: Irene Boehm—by Mr. & Mrs Emory Leschber
For: Mary Guenzel—by Lena Lantzsch
Memorial Fund—Church Renovation:
For: Betty Jean Farrack—by Robert & Donna Rinehart
For: Ann Newsom—by Robert & Donna Rinehart
For: Elsie Bachmayer—by Robert & Donna Rinehart
For: Charlie Stalinsky—by Arthur & Anna Siptak
For: Joyce Hoffman—by Arthur & Anna Siptak
For: Elsie Bachmayer— by Robert & Bonnie Kaderka
For: Irene Boehm—by Robert & Bonnie Kaderka
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SPRING & EASTER CARDS ARE AVAILABLE
NOW FOR .50 CENTS. MOTHER’S DAY
CARDS COMING SOON!!! Stop and check
them out—they are beautiful!!
SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
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Immanuel Lutheran Church
P. O. Box 1355
Taylor, Tx 76574
E-mail: [email protected]
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BOOK FAIR ENDS
Special Cong. Mtg.
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