The Call Committee Wants to Hear From Those Who Have Not Yet Sent In their Surveys or Added Thoughts to the Bulletin Board!

Do you have an opinion about the Pastor you want to have leading us in the future?  Do you want to have a voice in whom the Call Committee selects?  Have you put off getting your survey in?

Please do not procrastinate any longer.  We need to hear from everyone by September 10th.

Unless we hear from you, we have to assume that you have full confidence in whatever decisions we make, and that you will be pleased with those decisions.  While are grateful for your confidence, and we take that responsibility very seriously, we would be glad to hear from you and to know that we are on the right track.

The survey is only 5 questions long.  You can answer it in a few minutes, or you can take a long time to fully express your feelings and wishes.  In each case, we are listening, and we care about what you would like in our next Pastor.  You can find a copy of the survey on the table next to the "Have a Good Think - Leave a Great Thought" bulletin board here online.  Once you have completed it, please put it in the large Quicker mailbox in the Narthex.  We look forward to hearing from you this week or next!

Giving Input to the Call Committee

On June 11, the Emmanuel congregation bade Pastor Lookingbill an emotional farewell in a moving service and celebration of his 38 years of ministry.  Now, we officially enter the critical period between the pastor we have known and loved for 32 years and our next pastor.

The Call Committee has now shifted into a higher gear, too, working diligently to identify and to call the pastor who will lead us for the next three decades.

Your input is critical to developing the vision for our church and the job description for our pastor.  Have you gotten your questionnaire?  If not, contact any one of us listed below, and we will get it to you immediately!  If you have gotten it, but have yet to fill it out and turn it in, please take time to do so now.  This will not be your one and only chance to convey information and ideas, so don't let concern over forgetting something keep you from completing it.  We need to have everyone's answers by the end of July.  Thank you!

Easter is Rapidly Approaching!

Once again, we will have an assortment of various colors of azaleas and hydrangeas available for order.  If you would like to remember or honor a loved one, you can order an azalea or hydrangea to be placed on the altar for Easter. You may do this by filling out an order slip in the bulletin beginning on March 19th and lasting until April 9th. The cost is $19.00 per plant.

Some details about the plants: Each plant will be approximately 8-inches and available in red, white, pink, or purple for azaleas and blue or pink for hydrangeas. The plants will be coming from Potomac Petals and Plants on River Road, which is the same nursery that supplied our beautiful poinsettias at Christmas.

Website Postings and Enhancements

Now that we have a spiffy new website, we'll be able to greater utilize the opportunities that it can provide. However, please be aware of the following:

When requesting an item to be posted, please provide it to the Support Team no later than two weeks prior to the posting date. This will allow the Team time to review and work with you to ensure the content is as good as it can be. If you have an urgent request, we cannot guarantee our availability to fulfill that request.

When requesting an enhancement or notifying the Support Team of a defect, please be aware that these will be added to a tracker and prioritized for resolution. This means that requests will not be addressed immediately (between 0 and 48 hours) unless it is determined to be critical in nature. We will do our best to address these items in a timely manner and will notify you when it has been completed.

To request a post, request an enhancement, or notify the Support Team of a defect, please contact support@elcbethesda.org. We will respond to your message as soon as we are able to do so.

Preparing for the Congregational Vote on One Sunday Service

In October and November of last year, the church council held several open forums to discuss the recommendation of the Worship and Music Committee to combine the two Sunday morning services into one. At the forums, members were able to openly share their opinions and preferences on that issue. The good news is everyone in attendance wanted what they believed would help Emmanuel prosper most. We all want to build on our church’s strong foundation of service to our members and to our community. The impact of combining services on Christian Education, Fellowship Hour, and utility usage, along with the outcomes from other churches who have combined services were also discussed. At our January 29th Congregational Meeting for Budget and Finance, each eligible voting member in attendance will get to cast a vote on this resolution.

Below you will find links to articles that have been helpful in raising awareness to both potential benefits and setbacks to this resolution. Should the congregation decide to move to a single Sunday morning service, the change would be implemented with the usual single Sunday service change used for the past several summers. The church council urges everyone to consider what course they believe will help Emmanuel fulfill its mission to God's children already in membership and those who have yet to come through our doors. 

Thank you to each of you for making Emmanuel Lutheran Church such a wonderful House of Worship!

Mike Dixon, Church Council President


Oktoberfest is coming!

Oktoberfest is Emmanuel’s annual extravaganza of German food, beer, and of course, an Oompah band! This year’s main dish is Tafelspitz, which is a simmered beef brisket with a horseradish cream sauce. Let's not forget the traditional fare, which includes a trio of Bavaria’s sausages, spätzle, red cabbage, sauerkraut, potato puree, mixed vegetables and apple strudel. My mouth is watering already!

Prices are $45 per person and children 12 and under are free. Tickets can be bought on September 25 and October 2 between services and after the late service.  If you're paying by check, please make it out to "Emmanuel Lutheran." Don't delay, as all reservations or cancellations are due by October 3.

If you have any questions, you can contact Sheila Murtland directly for more information.