ELC eNews

The Weekly Newsletter of

Emmanuel Lutheran Church

Venice, Florida

Week of

February 17-18, 2024

"To Know Christ and Boldly Make Him Known"

This week at Emmanuel...

  • Saturday, February 17:

10:00am: Linda Renz Memorial Service, @Emmanuel

3:00pm: Confirmation Class

4:00pm: Adult Christian Education (ACE) Forum, Rm 101

5:00pm: Worship

  • Sunday, February 18:

8:30am: Worship

9:30am: Habitat For Humanity during Coffee Fellowship

9:30am: Adult Christian Education (ACE) Forum, Rm 101

10:15am: Children's Sunday School, Rm 103

10:15am: FaithBridge Worship

5:00pm: Luke Little Church, Fellowship Hall

  • Monday, February 19:

8:00am: Garden Angels

9:00am: Dorcas Quilting, Rowe Hall

10:00am: Centering Prayer, Sanctuary

10:30am: Grief and Grace, Office Center

1:00pm: Soul Sisters, Office Center

  • Tuesday, February 20

8:30am: Coffee with Police Chief Thrope, Fellowship Hall

10:00am: Torah Tuesday, VOTI

12:30pm: Mahjong, Rm 106

  • Wednesday, February 21:

10:15am: Joyful Ringers

1:30pm: Outreach Committee, Office Center

2:30pm: FaithBridge Joyful Noise

4:00pm: Sanctuary Choir

5:00pm: Youth Group, Youth Room

5:00pm: Lent Soup Supper, Fellowship Hall

6:00pm: Lenten Worship

  • Thursday, February 22:

10:00am: Special Appeals Committee, Zoom

10:30am: Jan's Exercise Class, Pinebrook Club House

1:00pm: Connections Book Discussion

  • Saturday, February 24:

3:00pm: Confirmation Class

4:00pm: Adult Christian Education (ACE) Forum, Rm 101

5:00pm: Worship

More information about several of these events follows.

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Rowe Hall, Room 101

NEW TIME for Saturday @4:00pm

Sunday @9:30am

The Forum Preview

Episode 006:

Love Wins Chapter Three

"Judgment & Hell"

(Click the picture below to watch the episode)

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Love Wins

by Rob Bell

Adult Christian Education

continues this weekend!

Available in several formats (including used) from Amazon, at local bookstores or the library.

Bell challenges Christian readers to examine their views on heaven, hell, damnation, traditions, and God’s love. Key points will be discussed from the chapter read before each session. This weekend's reading is Chapter 3, “Hell".

All sessions will be held in room 101, on Saturdays at 4:00 pm and Sunday mornings at 9:30am. 

Dear Emmanuel Family,

I hope this message finds you well. I wanted to take a moment to express my deepest gratitude for the wonderful birthday cards and heartfelt wishes you sent my way. Your thoughtfulness truly touched my heart and made my special day even brighter.

In reflecting on your kindness, I am reminded of the words from Philippians 1:3-4: "I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy." Your gestures of love and friendship have brought immense joy to my life, and I am incredibly blessed to have you in my circle.

Your words and blessings mean more to me than you may realize, and I am filled with gratitude for your presence in my life. Thank you for sharing in my celebration and for making it truly memorable.

With heartfelt appreciation and warmest regards,

Pastor Will

Book Discussion

on Thursdays continues in Room 101

Led by author Jane Ann McLachlan

Newcomers are welcome!

Books are available from Jane Ann Proceeds donated to LWR.

Contact Kathy Anderson

for more information.

Click above for information!

Soul Sisters

Bible Study!

1st & 3rd Mondays

at 1:00pm

in Office Center

All are welcome to join this WELCA group. Contact Pat Crary for more info

or just come!

Thank you to the many volunteers who helped load:

1985 quilts

77 baby care kits

2 fabric kits

1146 personal care kits

221 school kits

That's 401 boxes, weighing 9482 pounds!!

You are so appreciated!

Debi Hammett

Loaded and headed to the warehouse!

Barb's Medical Minute

 A ton of people have food allergies….or do they?

  • A food allergy affects the immune system which overreacts to a food protein that it identifies as a harmful substance. The reaction can be diarrhea, hives, swelling of lips or tongue, difficulty breathing, or even anaphylaxis which can cause death.
  • A food intolerance, on the other hand, only affects the digestive system and causes much less serious symptoms.
  • Same thing goes for medications.

Babies aren’t born with allergies and the introduction of allergy foods early in life may help prevent future allergies, according to the Mayo Clinic. I’m glad my mom gave me peanut butter and cookie dough at 2 weeks of age because I don’t have an allergy to them!! Caramel and red licorice too…Just kidding.

Please keep the following people in your prayers:

  • Irma Baity
  • Michala Chipurnoi & family
  • Paulette Gates
  • Jean McMillan
  • Curtis Savenko
  • Marie VanNosdall
  • Laura Welch

Alicia Hutzelmann is giving thanks to God for the birth of her first great-grandson, Asher.

Prayers are offered for the family and friends of Kenneth Brecht who passed away this past Monday. Services were held on Friday.

Prayers are also offered for the family and friends of Mary Beth Runk who passed away Monday. Services are planned for March 1 @ Emmanuel. If you wish to send a card to the family, contact the office.

New Sign-ups for 2024

2024 Altar Flower Sign-up

January - March
April - June
July - September
October - December

Submit your payment of $35 with dedication to the church ASAP.

2024 Eternal Candle Sign-up

January - March
April - June
July - September
October - December

Submit your payment of $15 and dedication to the church ASAP.

If you are unable to sign-up online, Click Here for the form to print and return with payment.

Here's an opportunity to help those who are in need of assistance, companionship, etc. For more information, click the logo above to see a flyer about this opportunity OR check out the flyer in the FH OR visit their website by clicking the link listed below OR email Stacey@sistersforseniors.com.

Sisters for Seniors, LLC. | In-Home Care Services

Presentation this Sunday

during Coffee Fellowship !!

Please Join Us between services in the

Fellowship Hall

Click here to visit H4H website

Ongoing events...

Saturdays after Worship

In Narthex

Sundays 9:15am-10:15am

In Fellowship Hall

Come enjoy a cup and mingle!!

Hosts are still needed. Sign-up in the Narthex.

Garden Angels


1st & 3rd Monday of each month

Work on Outside Projects

Dorcas Circle - Quilts - Every Monday @ 9am in Room 105/106. Pennie Anderson, Leader.

Soul Sisters - Local Projects - First &Third Monday @ 1pm in the Office Center, Pat Crary, Leader.

Deborah Circle - Baby Kits - Second Tuesday @ 3pm in Room 101, Kathie Winemiller, Leader.

All women are invited to join a circle for fellowship and devotions.

Centering Prayer

Every Monday Morning

10-11am in the Sanctuary

Come and join us!

Torah Tuesdays

10:00am every Tuesday

Venetian Room, Matthew Hall

at Village on the Isle

Click the picture

to view the videos and class booklets.

Mahjong on Tuesdays

Every Tuesday, 1-3pm

Room 106

All skill levels Welcomed!!

Widow's Lunch

First Tuesday of Every Month

@12noon at Bob Evans

Contact Jackie Sapp for Info!

Men's Breakfast

Third Tuesday Every Month

at Abby's on Miami


Cancelled in February -- Join us for the "Coffee with Chief Thorpe" this Tuesday!

Thursdays Together

10am via Zoom & at the Office Center

Click the picture to join in the conversation

Resumes April 4th - After Easter

Jan's Exercise Class

10:30am every Thursday

Pinebrook South Club House

1348 Featherbed Ln, Venice

You may view these 2 publications and other information about the ELCA and WELCA online be clicking on the names.

Living Lutheran Magazine -- We are a church that values and encourages diverse voices and lively dialogue in our faith and life. Living Lutheran is an opportunity for church members to express individual perspectives. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to view the current issue.

Gather, the magazine of Women of the ELCA, offers a mix of articles, theological reflections, devotions and stories of comfort and challenge that help readers grow in faith and engage in ministry and action.

Looking ahead...

March 1: Mary Beth Runk Memorial Service

CWU World Day of Prayer Gathering

March 5: Widow's Luncheon

Finance Committee

Property Committee

March 6: Worship & Music Committee

March 7: "Write your Life Story" Workshop

March 11: Mark Bible Study

Fellowship Committee

March 12: Christian Education Committee

Deborah Circle

March 13: Youth & Family Committee

March 17: Luke Little Church

March 18: Presidential Primary Election

Men's Breakfast

March 20: Outreach Committee

More details for each event will be in future eNews Editions.


February 18

First Sunday in Lent

Genesis 9:8-17

Psalm 25:1-10

1 Peter 3:18-22

Mark 1:9-15

February 25

Second Sunday in Lent

Genesis 17:1-7,15-16

Psalm 22:23-31

Romans: 4:13-25

Mark 8:31-38

Contact us at...

Pastor William A. Kittinger, Jr: wkittinger@emmanuel-elca.org

Pastor Dave Hess, Visitation Pastor: linda.hess@gmail.com

Kris Bowker, Worship & Music Director: kbowker@emmanuel-elca.org

Aiden Capps, A/V Coordinator: avcoordinator@emmanuel-elca.org

Linda Critchfield, Bookkeeper/Finance Secretary: bookkeeper@emmanuel-elca.org

Peter Doherty, Property: pdoherty@emmanuel-elca.org

Debi Hammett, Office Coordinator: dhammett@emmanuel-elca.org

Chuck Koons, Treasurer: treasurer@emmanuel-elca.org

Becky Rothgery, Office Coordinator: info@emmanuel-elca.org

Barb Spenks, Parish Nurse: bspenks@emmanuel-elca.org

Nick Sperry, Youth Director: nsperry@emmanuel-elca.org

Counseling Services are available through:

Samaritan Counseling Services

of the Gulf Coast

Phone: 941.926.2959


Emmanuel Lutheran Church

790 Tamiami Trail S

Venice, FL 34285




Office Hours:

M-Th 8:30am-2:00pm

Closed Friday and Holidays

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