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Object Lessons of the Garden Variety

by Margaret Griffin

In Mark 4: 15-20, Jesus explains the meaning of The Parable of the Sower: The farmer sows the word.  Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown.  As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.  Others, like seed sown…

Posted in: General, Women's Ministries

Farewell to Matt Graham

by Erin Stringer

At Emmanuel we have the privilege of working alongside young leaders to help develop and equip them as they prepare for service in ministry.  One of the primary ways we do this is through our internship program.  At any given time we have a handful of interns at the church serving in…

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12 MARKS OF A QUALIFIED WORSHIP LEADER

by Sam Ward

It's that time of year again. This is the time of year when we announce that we're looking for people to join our established group of artists who lead the church here at Emmanuel in music for a full year!  It's an honor, a privilege and a WHOLE LOT 'O FUN!  We will…

Posted in: General, Worship Arts Ministry

The Single Most Important Thing You Could Do

by Erin Stringer

Invite a friend to church. It might be the single most important thing you do for someone else’s life.   Knowing the recent tragedy Heather and her husband had just faced, I was instantly curious as I read the beginning of her Facebook post. Heather and Jeramy, parents to 1…

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Why This Man Left His Job

by Erin Stringer

We leave jobs all the time.  Life happens, things change and we change accordingly.  But it is not everyday you meet a man who leaves a good job -- a rewarding and satisfying job -- to embark into the unknown.  Meet Kirk Falconer, the new CEO of Destiny Rescue (USA).  He is one…

Posted in: General, Missions

Other Spaces

by Michelle Harris

In 1995, Scott and I moved to Gabon, an equatorial African country on the Atlantic, to pioneer a Christian student movement. We were working with a group of students who were already gathering and praying for their campus, l'Université Omar Bongo. During that first year, we mostly…

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Under (Summer) Construction

by Brent Stringer

Over the next month you will notice a lot of changes taking place in our facility.  As many of our ministries take a break for the summer it is a good time to refresh our spaces and make each environment a little more effective.   The primary areas of updating will happen in our…

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Celebrating all year round

by Erin Stringer

There is nothing more exciting in children's ministries than celebrating children coming to faith!  Baptizing children and celebrating their public confession of faith is something we look forward to each year and we are thrilled to now have a constant reminder of this life-changing…

Posted in: General, Children's Wing Expansion, Family Ministries, Children's Ministries

Are you middle-class in spirit?

by Erin Stringer

This past weekend Pastor Miller unpacked one of the most misunderstood passages in all of scripture, Luke 6:12-26.  We learned that the "the poor" in this passage refers to "the poor in spirit."  In his book, Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just, Pastor and…

Posted in: General, Worship Arts Ministry

What the Staff is Reading For Fun

by Erin Stringer

Hoping to catch up on a few fun reads this summer?  In case you're looking for a few ideas here is what some of our staff is reading for fun these next couple months.   Sam Ward: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning…

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