Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church
Stratford, Wisconsin
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COVID-19 Guidelines:

With thanks to God for the opportunity to gather for worship in His house, and with respect for His representatives in our government, we will follow health guidelines to the best of our ability.

Statewide Mask Mandate:  While it is in effect we will follow the latest mandate to the best of our ability. Everyone over 5 years old is asked to wear a mask, except for those with health conditions for which a mask would be hazardous. No documentation is required for those exceptions; we are trusted to be conscientious and honest. Specific exemptions allow Pastor to conduct the service without wearing a mask, so long as he is at least six feet away from the congregation. He will wear a mask to distribute communion; we are allowed to remove our masks to receive the sacrament.

Hand sanitizer and facial tissue are available throughout our building and in each pew. Please try to touch as few surfaces as possible. 

We have plenty of seating.  Churches and schools are exempt from the 25% seating capacity limit.  Please spread out comfortably in alternate pews for safe social distancing.  If you like to sing out, please don't sit directly behind someone else. You are welcome to sit in the Fellowship Hall.

Our Offering Plate is on a stand in the entryway. We will not pass it through the pews. Ushers will bring it forward for placement on God’s altar at the usual point in the service. If you didn’t have the opportunity to place your offering in the plate before the service, you are welcome to take it to the counters in our Fellowship Hall after the service.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. If you think of any other guidelines, please tell Pastor or a church council member.

Current News:

Winter Weather Policy:  In case of bad roads, please make your own decisions. We may have to cancel the 8:00 a.m. service and Sunday School, but the highway and our parking lot are usually plowed in time for our 10:30 service.

Women’s Bible Study resumes in March. We will meet Monday evenings at 6:30 to read and discuss Full Accessories of God, an NPH publication written by and for women. Copies are available on the round table toward the front of our Fellowship Hall. If you would like to attend, please take a copy of the book. The cost is $15.00; more can be ordered.

A Door Offering to support the work of our Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society (LWMS) will be gathered after our worship services on the first Sundays of March and April. We hope to be able to hold our spring rally in person in April. Zion, Stetsonville is next on the rotation for hosting.

Altar and Cleaning Volunteers for 2021 are welcome and appreciated. Please sign up on the list on the table at the front of our Fellowship Hall.

Northland Lutheran High School News:

Together We Shine: Our annual fun-and-fundraiser will begin Saturday, March 6: Walk through the NLHS hallways any time from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. to see what’s available and to place a bid! Social distancing and masks will be required. Pick up some soup-to-go, by the pint ($5) or by the quart ($10). Then visit the auction online and bid from the comfort of home! The link for the auction will be sent soon, and the auction will remain open through noon on Saturday, March 13.
    Monday, March 15 - Friday, March 19: Drop in at Northland during school hours to collect all items for which you had the winning bid, or contact the school office at 715-359-3400 or nlhsoffice@nlhs.org to arrange to receive your items.

Visit the Northland Pride Pump to earn 2 cents/gallon for NLHS, at the R-Store Cedar Creek BP in Rothschild, next to Culver’s.

Dime and Dollar Thrift Store at 3268 Church Street (Business 51) in Stevens Point relies on donations and volunteers to produce a profit that goes directly to Northland Lutheran High School. 
    In order to continue in its current capacity, the store is in desperate need of your help. First, if you have an interest in retail management, the store needs a part time manager to organize volunteers and oversee its general operation. Second, the store is struggling to keep pace with cleaning, pricing, and displaying the goods with so few volunteers. We can train you to enhance any current skills or interests you have or develop a new interest in an entirely different type of work. We need volunteers who are actively involved with customers as well as those who might only work when the store is closed or remotely from home doing various tasks. 
    Our store is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (we are closed on Thursdays and Sundays), but the work can be done any time of day. Please contact Debbie Durst at 715-457-2663 or by email at durstfam1@gmail.com.
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