Emmanuel Lutheran Church
326 Center Avenue
Adell, WI 53001
The Ascension of Christ -- why is this such an important holiday in the Christian Church? Why do we make such a "big deal" out of having a special midweek service in the middle of spring, just to celebrate Jesus and His "heaven-going"?
But it is a big deal. Every time we say the Apostles' Creed, we say it is a big deal. The creed talks about the ascension as one of the stages of Jesus' exaltation: He descended into hell; on the third day He rose from the dead; He ascended into heaven and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty … The Ascension is one of the major events of our Lord's saving work.
Of course it was a big deal for Jesus. He was coming home. Daniel actually tells about Jesus' homecoming from a heavenly perspective:
[Daniel 7:9-10, 13-3] As I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of Days took his seat; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire. A stream of fire issued and came out from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened.
I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.
Jesus' ascension is a big deal because it is a celebration of incredible victory after suffering so much for us.
Jesus' ascension is also a big deal because Jesus never stops working for us. The writer to the Hebrews says, [Hebrews 8:1-2] "We have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man." After Jesus ascended to heaven, He sat down at the right hand of God and uses his full power for the benefit of his church. That means you - that means me - that means all believers in Christ. Sitting at God's right hand does not mean that Jesus is in a specific place. Instead, it means that Jesus rules with the Father and the Spirit ever one God.
Jesus' ascension is a big deal because Jesus intercedes for us. We daily sin much and deserve nothing but punishment, but Jesus who died on the cross now lives again and has ascended into heaven to be our advocate with the Father. As the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to say: [Romans 8:31] Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. In addition the Holy Spirit also inspired John to say: [1 John 2:1-2] My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. Every time Satan comes before God to accuse us of our sin, Jesus is there to continually say, "This one is my friend for whom I suffered and died on the cross. The account has been paid in full."
In addition, Jesus is busy getting our place ready. Jesus said, [John 14:1-3] "Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also." Jesus' ascension means that there is a place set aside for each and every one of us in heaven.
Come, celebrate this "big deal" in the work of Christ's life for us. We will gather on the Eve of the Ascension, Wednesday, May 8, at 6:30 pm in church to celebrate one of the "big deal" festivals of the church year. Join us -- and bring a friend or two!
Come join us on Friday, May 24 as we decorate the float for the Memorial Day Parade and enjoy homemade ice cream floats. The children will have the opportunity to make ice cream floats of all kinds as well as help decorate our float for the Memorial Day Parade. Family Nite begins at 6:00 p.m. and concludes at 8:00 p.m. with a prayer service in the chapel. All are welcome to attend.
The church trustees have put together a list of items to be completed around the church property. Sign up on the list in the narthex and complete the items in May. Thanks for your help! A WORK WEEKEND will also be held on Saturday, June 1.
Our adopt-a-seminarian student, Seminarian Kyle Verage (pictured with his family at the CTS Food Pantry), final year pastoral ministry student and president of his class at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, will receive his call to serve in a congregation at the Call Service Tuesday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m. in Kramer Chapel on the Fort Wayne Campus (he’s hoping for Wisconsin!). While Pastor Seifferlein will be attending the service with his family, those who cannot be on campus for the service can watch live via the Internet by going to www.ctsfw.edu and clicking on the Watch Live! Link at any time during the service. The Emmanuel Lutheran Congregation has supported Kyle (brother of Erin Seifferlein) throughout his time at the seminary, and rejoices upon this great occasion. Jesus said, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” (Matthew 9:37-38) We thank God for His goodness to Kyle and to the church.
UPDATE: Concordia Theological Seminary announced at their Call Service on April 30 that Kyle will be sent to a dual parish in Northern Wisocnsin ... Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Crandon, WI, and St. John Lutheran Church, Laona, WI.
Mother’s Day Roses will be distributed to all women of the congregation on Sunday, May 12. A free will offering will be taken for the work of the Ozaukee County Lutherans for Life.
Pastor Seifferlein was featured in the April edition of the Lutheran Witness, the official newsmagazine of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in an article entitled, “What does this mean?” In the article Pastor Seifferlein examined the meanings of various traditions in the Easter season such as the use of the Paschal Candle, the history of the Easter greeting “Christ is risen,” the meaning behind the Stripping of the Altar, as well as other topics. Relatives, old friends, and colleagues wrote to express their support and that they had seen the article. The editor of the Lutheran Witness, Miss Adriane Dorr, attended our congregation during her days at Concordia University in Mequon, and assisted our congregation with her musical abilities during that time. Speak to Pastor Seifferlein or call 1.800.325.3040 (press option 2) for subscription information.
Summer schedules getting you down? Our peaceful chapel is the serene setting for our Wednesday Evening Divine Service. The liturgy of Holy Communion begins at 6:30 p.m. each week and features a spoken service, one sung hymn, and an informal sermon. As the service does not repeat the Sunday readings and preaching, the service is both an additional opportunity to receive the Lord’s gifts during the week as well as a convenient opportunity for those unable to attend church on Sunday. The service lasts just over a half an hour.
Did you know that it costs more than twenty four thousand dollars for seminary tuition each year (this figure does not include other expenses)? Did you know it takes over ten million dollars a year just to run one of our synod’s two seminaries? Did you know that it is not uncommon for graduates from our seminaries to have $50,000 to $100,000 worth of debt? The mission offerings that you designate on your envelopes this May go to support Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri and the training of young men to be pastors in the church. 50% of the monies go directly to the seminary, and the other half will be sent to the seminarians that we presently support: Tim Anas from the St. Louis Seminary, and Kyle Verage from the Fort Wayne Seminary. Consider a mission gift to ease their fiscal burden and support the future of our church and the preaching of the Gospel by these future pastors. Without the seminaries we would have no pastors!
Tim Anas, our adopt-a-seminarian from Concordia St. Louis, will be with us on Sunday, May 19 to assist with the liturgy and communion distribution. We look forward to meeting him!
The roof over the food pantry needs to be replaced in the next several years. The estimated cost of the project is $10,500. Though it is our responsibility to pay for the roof, the food pantry board is hard at work raising money to assist us so that this expense is paid for by the time the date arrives to replace the roof. The board has already raised several thousand dollars through brat frys and the recent pancake breakfast.
Deb Taylor of our congregation has donated a handmade prize quilt for the effort. Every dollar raised goes to the Food Pantry Roof Fund. This quilt has an estimated worth of $800. $1 Raffle tickets are presently being sold at the National Exchange Bank in Adell, the Adell Mini-Mart, the Lakeview Community Library in Random Lake, and Greg’s Tap in Adell. Tickets (booklet or individual) are also available at the congregation by request. You may also sell these as you see fit at other functions.
The queen sized quilt will be auctioned off during the Memorial Day festivities in Adell on May 27 (need not be present to win).
What is the Centennial Fund? The Centennial Fund is a special gift opportunity offered to the congregation in anticipation of the celebration of the 100-year anniversary of our congregation in 2015. An extra gift or a weekly/monthly designation on your envelope under the “special gift” designation (write in “Centennial Fund”) will go directly to pay off the principal of our loan. Our present indebtedness is $125,000, and our desire is, over the course of the next four years, to seriously reduce or even eliminate our debt. What are you thankful about in your congregation,or how has this congregation been a blessing to you and our community now and for the past century? Consider an occasional or regular thankoffering as we prepare to celebrate this momentous anniversary of God's grace. (An additional $10 gift per week for the next four years will reduce the indebtedness by $2000, a $5 gift per week for the next four years will reduce the indebtedness by $1000, and a $1 a week gift reduces the indebtedness by $200.) Every dollar represents less interest that we will have to pay in the future, blessing us for years to come. In addition there will be forthcoming details about the refinancing of our loan to save additional money. Recent donations have brought the loan balance down to under $100,000! Thanks be to God!
Average attendance for Sunday Services: 87. To God be the Glory!