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Stewardship Joy –“...giving thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to share in the inheritance of the holy ones in light.”
COLOSSIANS 1:12

God wants his Stewards to be happy. Instead of looking at the Ten Commandments as being restrictive and telling us what we can’t do, look at them as guides for a joy-filled and peaceful life.

Most of our problems arise when we put our own needs first or spend most of our time trying to acquire “stuff”. Try putting God first in all things instead. Ask Him how He wants you to use your gifts.
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At yesterday’s 10:00 am worship service (November 10th), Gabby Duesberry and Kelsey Martin did an excellent job witnessing to their love of Emmanuel. They spoke about all the activities they are involved with and the warm feelings of community and family they enjoy. Thank you Gabby and Kelsey for your witness of love, service, and worship as we all travel the journey together.

And...the big winners of the last stewardship pledge drawing for the highly valued Emmanuel Flat Jesus coffee mugs were the Nickelsburg, Furman, and Lewis families and Okie Thomas. Congratulations! Be sure to come to church next Sunday, November 17th, for Celebration Sunday when all the pledges will be blessed.
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Today we remember all of our veterans past and present. We ask for the healing of those who have been wounded in body and soul, wounds both visible and invisible. We pray for those who have returned and those who are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, for those who served in Vietnam, Korea and World War II and live with injured bodies and traumatized spirits to receive your solace and healing.

We ask that those who are unable to pray for themselves will receive the blessings of our prayers offered on their behalf. Bring peace to those places where our women and men have fought. Bless those who served in non-combatant roles. May their service continue in their lives and may that service be positive for all of us.

Give us the vision to see a world in which all grow weary with war and fighting, and turn their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. These things we ask in the name of the Prince of Peace. Amen.

~Bishop Jay Magness
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Emmanuelite high school junior Ian Larmore had the experience of a lifetime when he and a group of fellow Tallwood High School students recently went to Normandy, France. The ten day trip was part of an exchange program with a French high school. Some students spent time in Paris, but most of the time was spent in the Normandy region.

Ian had a great time and will be hosting a French exchange student in his home next spring.
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