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Serving the Lord

DURING OUR PASTORAL VACANCY, THE SERVICES ARE CONDUCTED BY THE ELDERS. 

PLEASE JOIN US TO RAISE A JOYFUL NOISE UNTO THE LORD!

Elder Rotation Schedule:

1st  Ray Soucheck
2nd Eric Foster
3rd  Scott Cleveland
4th  Duane Hengst


Greeter Schedule:                                                                           

October
Oct. 7         Scott & Margaret Cleveland and family
Oct. 14       Dick & Pam Miller
Oct. 21       Steve & Karen Paulsen
Oct. 28       Ray & Amy Soucheck and family

November
Nov. 4         Wes & Keri Wempner
Nov. 11       Brian & Terrie Bacher           
Nov. 18       Scott & Margaret Cleveland and family       
*Nov. 21 Thanksgiving Eve     Ray & Amy Soucheck and family
Nov. 25       Dick & Pam Miller    
                 
December
Dec. 2        Steve & Karen Paulsen
*Dec. 5  midweek Advent    Wes & Keri Wempner
Dec. 9        Brian & Terrie Bacher
*Dec. 12 midweek Advent    Scott & Margaret Cleveland and family
Dec. 16       Dick & Pam Miller     
*Dec. 19 midweek Advent    Steve & Karen Paulsen
Dec. 23       Ray & Amy Soucheck and family
*Dec. 24 Christmas Eve       Wes & Keri Wempner
*Dec. 25 Christmas Day       Brian & Terrie Bacher                       
Dec. 30       Scott & Margaret Cleveland and family
*Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve      Ray & Amy Soucheck and family




Please Note: If you are unable to greet at your scheduled time please find a replacement.


Thank you for your service to the Lord's house!


Cleaning Schedule:                                                                     

October
Oct. 1-13  Duane & Stacey Hengst, and Scott & Margaret Cleveland
Oct. 15-27  Roger & Chris Abbott, and Wes & Keri Wempner

November
Oct. 29-Nov. 10  Ray & Amy Soucheck, and Tom Lantry, and Richard Eicksteadt
Nov. 12-24  Duane & Stacey Hengst, and Nikki Waldeck
Nov. 26- Dec. 8  Roger & Chris Abbott, and Scott & Margaret Cleveland

December
Dec. 10-22  Wes & Keri Wempner, and Steve & Karen Paulsen
Dec. 24-Jan. 5  Duane & Stacey Hengst, and Ray & Amy Soucheck                            



PLEASE NOTE:

  •  Cleaning teams will have a 2 week time slot for cleaning the church.

  •  Please contact your other team members to plan your cleaning.

    If you are unable to clean at your scheduled time please find a replacement.

    Thank you for your service to the Lord’s house!


Hospitality Ministry: 

October:  Beverly Bucklew
November:  Stacey Hengst 
December:  Margaret Cleveland

 

Facilities Committee:
Russell Butler  817-724-7753
Tom Lantry   817-485-8371
Richard Eicksteadt  817-739-3528



    Elder Responsibilities
  • Sunday Elder Responsibilities:
    On Sunday morning the serving elder should aid the pastor and congregation in the following areas:
    • Ensure greeters, ushers, and acolyte have arrived
    • Greeting members and visitors
    • Assist at Baptisms
    • Assist at Communion
    • Attend Bible Study
    • Ensure the offering is securely deposited in the office
    • Lock the church building and turn out the lights
    Note: If you must leave early please ensure someone completes your duties.  Thank you!
    Greeter Responsibilities
  • GREETERS
    “Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!” Psalm 100:2
     
    Responsibilities for greeters include:
    1.) Be at the front door at least 15 minutes before service starts.
    2.) Greet everyone and distribute bulletins.
    3.) Greeting visitors:
    a.)  Ask visitors where they are from and invite them to sign our guest book.
    b.) Direct WELS and ELS visitors to speak with Pastor or an elder regarding communion.
    c.)  Assist visitors in locating the sanctuary, the bathrooms, the cry room, and the Sunday School/Bible Study areas.
    d.) Invite visitors to our fellowship time in the kitchen after worship.
    4.) Please wear “Greeter” badges provided (located in the “Ushers” drawer in the hallway).
     
    Thank you for your service to the Lord’s house!
    Acolyte Responsibilities
  • To Be An Acolyte
     
    The acolyte makes a valuable contribution to the worship service.  The appearance of the acolyte in the chancel is a signal to the congregation that God is in His house and among His people.  Therefore, the acolyte must be aware that everything and everyone in the Divine Service exists to exalt God and aid in the communication of the Gospel.
     
    The acolyte serves in the presence of God.  Therefore, the acolyte’s service should honor God and keep His altar holy.  The attitude of the acolyte should be one of simple humility and reverence. 
     
    When the acolyte enters the sanctuary and moves about the chancel, the acolyte should walk reverently.  While serving in the Lord’s house, the acolyte should remain quiet.  Ask questions in a soft tone and a polite manner.  Conversations are brief and softly spoken in reverence to God.  When crossing in front of the altar, bow in respect to God. 
     
    Reverence for God also includes showing respect for the things set apart, especially for worship.  The altar, the consecrated bread and wine from the Sacrament of the Altar, the water used in Baptism, are all reminders of the presence of God and treated with care.  Even the pastor, because of his office, receives reverent respect.
     
    The role of acolyte is one of a number of roles that God’s people are invited to fill in service to Christ and His Church.  Always remember, it is an honor and a privilege to serve in God’s house.
     
    “Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.” (Psalm 100:2 NKJV)

     
    Acolyte Checklist:
     
    Before worship
    • Arrive at church 15-20 minutes before worship.
    • Ensure candlelighter has sufficient oil.
    • Dress in a blue robe with white surplice from closet.
    • Ask if there are any special instructions.
    • Pray with pastor 10 minutes before worship.
     
    Following worship
    • Replace candlelighter in office.
    • Hang robe and surplice neatly in closet.
    • Go to Fellowship and Sunday School.
     
    Lighting candles:
     
    When lighting candles, the last candle lit is the first candle extinguished.
    • Candles are lit from left to right.
    • Candles are extinguished right to left.
    • Special candles, such as the Advent Wreath, will be explained to each acolyte by the pastor.
     
     
    Cleaning Responsibilities
  • Cleaning Information:

                Cleaning Supplies
                    ° Cleaning supplies are provided in the Janitorial Closet by the sanctuary doors.
               
                Dusting

                    ° Oil and wax are not to be used on wood products;
                    ° Use only a duster or a clean rag (dry or damp, not wet);
                    ° Dusting is to be done before vacuuming.
     
                Vacuum
                    ° Vacuum cleaners are dry vacuums only;
                    ° Care must be used with the vacuum to raise and lower cleaning height;
     
                Windows and Mirrors
                    ° Use only glass cleaner and paper towels to clean windows and mirrors.
     

    Cleaning Responsibilities: 

         Weekly:

                    ° Vacuum all carpets;
                    ° Empty all trash receptacles;
                    ° Clean glass in entryways;
                    ° Clean restrooms;
                    ° Clean restroom mirrors;
                    ° Restock all restroom supplies;
                    ° Clean all kitchen counters;
                    ° Wipe down table tops in kitchen;
                    ° Spot mop tile flooring as needed;
                    ° Clean and straighten nursery;
                    ° Dust the altar, pulpit, and chairs;
                    ° Recycle old bulletins and papers (bin is located in the secretary’s office);
                    ° Hymnals are to be centered in the hymnal racks;
                    ° "Our Communion Practice" cards should be upright in front of hymnals;
                    ° Place trash and recycling in dumpsters;
     
         Bi-weekly (1st and 3rd weeks):

                    ° Clean accessible light fixtures of cobwebs;
                    ° Clean all windows
                    ° Dust window sills;
                    ° Dust offices and library books/shelves;
                    ° Clean and straighten library
                    ° Damp mop bathroom and kitchen floors;

         As needed:

                    ° Replace vacuum cleaner bags;
                    ° Report needed repairs to the Trustees;
                    ° Report needed restocking of janitorial supplies to the Trustees.
     
     

    Hospitality Responsibilities:
  • 1. Arrive at least 20 minutes before services to make sure coffee is available for those who wish to drink it before church, as well as after.
    2. Ensure rolls, napkins, etc., are set out for fellowship
    3. Be certain to refill coffee as needed
    4. Wash coffee makers and carafes, clean counters and table tops.

    Lawn Care Responsibilities
  • Mowing: 

    1. Mow around church
    2. Mow around school
    3. Mow field and playground
    4. Ensure all grass is mulched
    5. Clean mower and store

    Trimming:
              

    1. Trim around church building
    2. Trim around school
    3. Trim around trees and flower beds
    4. Trim around out buildings
    5. Trim along walks and driveways






     
Make Note, there will be a Voter's meeting after worship services on October 28, 2018 at about 10:30 a.m.  We currently have only two more services at our beloved Immanual Evangelical Lutheran Church.

DFW Area Joint Reformation Service will be on November 4  at 4:00pm at Atonement in Plano, located at 4412 Legacy Drive, Plano, TX 75024.  Pastor Don Patterson will be giving the sermon.  A meal will provided by the Atonement members will be served after the worship service.  All are invited to join!


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OTHER ITEMS:
As decided by the Voter's assembly on 23rd September, we are continuing with worship services through October.  Please continue to join us here, or feel free to visit other area WELS or ELS congregations.  Feel free to also let any of the elders or council member know if you need help in finding information on other area WELS or ELS congregations.


Also as directed by the Voter's assembly to investigate the potential of obtaiing a line of credit to be use  operating cash.  Pertinent financial and congreational information has been submitted to Veritex Bank to consider issuing the congregation a line of credit, up to $200,000.  At this writing we have not received a response or decision by the bank.

Attendance:
October 21, 2018:  21 at worship / 20 communing
October 14, 2018:  20 at worship / 19 communing
October 7, 2018:  17 at worship / 14 communing

OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS
:
October 16, Karla Petty

OCTOBER ANNIVERSARIES:
None

Greeter Schedule:                                                                           

October
Oct. 21       Steve & Karen Paulsen
Oct. 28       Ray & Amy Soucheck and famil
y

Cleaning Schedule:
October
Oct. 15-27  Roger & Chris Abbott, and Wes & Keri Wempner

 
This report on Panama City, Florida area congregation was recently received:

Dear partners in gospel ministry,

I wanted to give a quick report on damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.  It appears that the most extensive damage among our district congregations occurred in Panama City.  I was able to speak with Vacancy Pastor Jerry Enderle last evening.  Portions of the roof had blown off the parsonage and they were trapped in their subdivision by flood waters.  They found a dry spot in the house to sleep for the night.  I just received pictures from the church.  The damage is obviously very extensive.  Early reports also indicate that there has been extensive damage to member homes.  We give thanks for no reports of injuries at this point.  We pray for the long recovery process ahead.  I have begun the process of relief assistance through CAR. 
 
Please join me in praying for the many affected by this storm.  He who once stopped the wind and waves with a word remains in complete control of this and every aspect of our lives.  May God use this event to provide us opportunity to proclaim his gospel and to serve our neighbor. 
 
Pastor Chuck Westra   
Building Disciples for Christ! ~ Matthew 28:19-20