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.

Our Annual Voters’ Meeting will be held, God willing, Tuesday evening, January 19, 2021 at 8:00. Confirmed men 18 and older are encouraged to serve as voters; all confirmed members are welcome to attend to keep informed and lend advice. At our annual meeting we conduct our election of officers and approve our budget for the new year.

Our Congregational Chili Dinner served by our Ladies’ Aid will be held Sunday, January 31 around 11:45 a.m. A table offering will be gathered to support our Ladies’ Aid. We will observe the social distancing procedures for food service: families are encouraged to sit together at a safe distance from others; please wear a mask except when eating.

Souvenirs from Emmanuel’s past, donated by several of our families, are on the table at the front of our Fellowship Hall.

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.

AED: Thanks to our Ladies’ Aid for obtaining an Automated External Defibrillator, a reconditioned unit made available by the Marshfield Fire Department. Training will be arranged as soon as possible.

Northland Lutheran High School News:

​Basketball season has begun!  Watch online from the link on our website, as we can have only 2 in-person spectators from the same household per athlete. Volunteers are needed to help with our home games. Follow the link from our website to sign up for a volunteer position: admissions, scoreboard operator, scorebook keeper, equipment sanitizer.

Debt Reduction: Debt Reduction: Our goal for the end of this year is $788,000. Our amount gifted to date is $763,348. Still needed to meet this year’s goal: $24,652. Praise God!

Dime and Dollar Thrift Store in Wausau has a job opening for Store Manager. This is a paid part-time position, responsible for total business operation, including direct supervision of paid and volunteer staff. The Manager reports to the store Board. For inquiries, contact John Gut, Board President, at Northland Lutheran High School: 715-359-3400; or cell phone: 715-551-1588.
    Dime and Dollar is a thrift store whose primary mission is to raise funds for Northland Lutheran High School. There are two locations: 211 Alexander St. in Wausau, and 3268 Church St. in Stevens Point.  Donations are accepted Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. We are always looking for additional volunteers, and welcome shoppers Mondays 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   

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.

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