Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church
Stratford, Wisconsin
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News from our Weekly Bulletin
Sunday School:  We will sing at the beginning of the 10:30 service for Confirmation on May 19. Our last day of classes will be June 2, with special Family Day activities.

Our Easter Breakfast Table Offering amounted to $295.00, which our Sacred Steel will match as a donation to our Building Fund. Thanks also to Kwik Trip for the donuts, to Land-O-Lakes for the cheese, and to Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for their grant.

Confirmation of this year’s 8th grade class will be held Sunday, May 19 in our 10:30 a.m. service. The Examination service will be the previous Wednesday evening, May 15, at 7:00 p.m.

Our Sunday School Mission Offerings for this school year will be contributed to our Native American missions in Arizona, in recognition of the 125th anniversary of our synod’s work among the Apache nation. Our Ladies’ Aid will match the students.
    We have also contributed $100.00 from our Sunday School mission offerings from the past few years to Northland Lutheran High School and to our synod's Grace--Hmong Outreach in Vietnam.
    Our Sunday School year will conclude Sunday, June 2 with special Family Day activities aqt 9:10 a.m.

Clothing Drive:  The Ladies’ Aid of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Wausau is collecting clean, usable spring/summer clothing for Northside Lutheran Ministries in Milwaukee (our WELS inner city mission). Men's clothing is especially needed, but all clothing is appreciated. Please call 715-845-3253 for drop-off information. The drive ends May 15.

The Organization of WELS Lutheran Seniors (OWLS):  Our next meeting this year will be Thursday, May 16 at noon at St. Peter, McMillan. We enjoy a pot-luck lunch, brief business meeting, and a topic of local interest. Everyone 55 and above is welcome to attend.
    Our synod’s OWLS is the major supporter of the WELS Civilian Chaplaincy to military and civilians living in Europe. Every year OWLS members fund the salary of the Civilian Chaplain who visits our service people and civilians who are in Europe.
    More information is available at the OWLS website: www.wels.net/serving-you/christian-life/special-ministries/wels-seniors.

​Visit the Northland Lutheran High School Pride Pump to earn 2 cents/ gallon for Northland Lutheran High. It’s located at the R-Store Cedar Creek BP, 10201 Park Plaza, Rothschild, next to Culver’s. is inviting anyone in the Association to participate in a planning session the morning of Saturday, January 19, from 8:00 to 11:30. We pray the discussions and actions that stem from that day drive five-year plans to greater reach our mission and vision. 

Dime & Dollar Thrift Shop is an important source of support for Northland Lutheran High. Volunteers are needed; please call Jamie at 715-849-4168. Dime & Dollar has two locations: 211 Alexander St. in Wausau, and 3268 Church St. in Stevens Point.

​​New Addresses for our part of Marathon County are being assigned. The church is 113265 County Road P; the parsonage is 113267 County Road P; “EP” isn’t used. Both are still a Stratford address with the 54484 zip code. Please report your new address to Pastor.

Altar and Cleaning Volunteer Schedules for 2019 have been posted on the bulletin board in the kitchen. Volunteers are appreciated!

Our Ladies’ Aid collects greeting card covers, Campbell’s soup labels, and UPC bar code labels from Best Choice products sold at Davel's in Stratford and at the Lakeside Fresh Market in Spencer. Please put your donations on the kitchen counter.  Prescription medication bottles are no longer needed.
    Empty prescription medication bottles are no longer being collected.

Anyone with an artistic bent is welcome to contribute art (paper or digital) to portray the Scripture readings in our Sunday and holiday bulletins. The Scripture readings follow the Year B series on page 164 in the front of our hymnal. Our monthly calendar includes the church year date for each Sunday.

Handicap Parking:  Each of the two signs at the front of our carport is intended to reserve two spaces, for the four handicap spaces required by law. Please leave those spaces for vehicles with official handicap plates or cards. It would be frustrating for those who need them to find them blocked by non-handicap vehicles.
   If you would like to park close to the building, please do so along the north side, where the exterior door to the Fellowship Hall will be unlocked. Or ask one of our ushers to park your car for you.
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