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  • The Go The Good News MARCH 2018

    EMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH

    2218 E. Kessler Blvd., Longview, WA 98632 360-423-3250 Website: elclongview.com

    Our goal: To know Christ and to make His love known

    Easter is one of those odd holy days that falls on a different date every year. In 325CE, the Council of Ni-caea established that Easter would be held on the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox. That means that Easter can occur as ear-ly as March 22nd or as late as April 25th. While that might lead to some difficulty trying to plan your Easter celebra-tion, I like the fact that the date for Easter Sunday varies from year to year. I like it most of all, because that means Easter will almost always fall during Jewish Passover, just as it did on that first Resurrection Day. But I also like Easters ever-changing dates because it helps me to think we are to celebrate Easter every day.

    In our scripture passage from Luke, the angels said to the women, Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! That is the thought I need to celebrate every day of my life: JESUS CHRIST IS ALIVE! HE IS NOT DEAD! HE HAS RISEN! AND VERY SOON, HE IS COMING BACK! WILL HE FIND ME READY?

    Jesuss resurrection fills me with hope. It reminds me of Christs promise to all believers in John 3:16: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. If I keep the truth of Easter in my heart and mind every day, I dont have to fear death for myself or for those I love because I know God keeps His promises. I know all who died believing in Jesus will be with Him for all eternity; and when He returns in all His glory, we will be given our glorious new resurrection bod-ies.

    The main reason I want to celebrate Easter every day is because I need to constantly remind myself that I live daily in the power of the resurrection. When I said, Yes, to Jesus Christ, He filled me with the Holy Spirit. The apostle Paul reminds us in Romans 8:11 the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in us! That means I know these things are true: He (God) anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. (2 Cor. 1:21b-22) I dont have to won-der any more whose I am because: The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are Gods children. (Romans 8:16) I dont have worry about being able to understand Gods Word or about remembering what Je-sus told me because: the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. (John 14:26) I dont have to worry about knowing the truth or being prepared for the future be-cause: when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. (John 16:13) I hope you will join me in celebrating Easter every day and walking in Christs resurrection power every day of your life!

    Happy Lenten Season and Easter! Love, Pastor Dave

    Easter Every Day By Pastor Dave

    On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went

    to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the

    body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like

    lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men

    said to them, Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he

    told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners,

    be crucified and on the third day be raised again. 8 Then they remembered his words. Luke 24:1-8

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    EMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH Profit & Loss Statement

    As of January 2018

    FINANCE COMMENTARY After a fantastic December offering, we took

    quite a dip in giving which is normal for January. Our general fund income was $36,667.56 while our operating and program expenses were $45,542.16 for a deficit of $8,874.60. With our 2018 Funding Forecast of $507,603.00 our month-ly expenses breakdown into an average of $42,300.00 per month. As you know, the expenses of the church fluctuate with the seasons, and with the winter cold and darkness, our electric bill was $2,421.80 for January which isnt bad since we have had such a warm January. We continue to maintain a positive bank balance in our operating account. Thank you for your continued support of Emmanuels vision of Building Gods Kingdom through intentional discipleship.

    February 14, 2018

    For God so loved the world that he gave his one and on-ly son, that whoever be-lieves in him should not per-ish but have everlasting life. Im writing this on Valentines Day a great time to remind ourselves of Gods great love for us.

    We have experienced his love recently through his answers to your prayers. Toms sur-gery went well. His surgeon says there is no need at this time for further treatment. Hes recovering quickly enough so that we can go to our staff re-treat next week. Toms mother, Evelyn, has moved to a wonderful assisted living facility only 15 minutes from us, and shes settling in well.

    Thanks for your gifts of love your prayer and financial support for our ministry of Bible translation!

    Mary Mary and Tom Holman

    If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful think-ing, we will need the engagement of volun-teers more than ever. Kofi Annan

    Jan 18

    Income

    50000 GENERAL FUND

    50100 General Fund Offerings

    50101 General Offerings 29,022.80

    50103 Facility Use 800.00

    Total 50100 General Fund Offer- 29,822.80

    50150 Other Income

    50152 Special Bulletins 17.50

    Transfer from Assist Pastor Sav- 6,827.26

    Total 50150 Other Income 6,844.76

    Total 50000 GENERAL FUND 36,667.56

    Total Income 36,667.56

    Gross Profit 36,667.56

    Expense

    60000 PAYROLL EXPENSES

    66100 PASTORAL STAFF 13,971.86

    66200 SUPPORT STAFF 12,270.24

    66300 PROGRAM STAFF 3,263.87

    60000 PAYROLL EXPENSES - Oth- 2,854.81

    Total 60000 PAYROLL EXPENSES 32,360.78

    61000 OPERATING EXPENSES

    61100 CHURCH OPERATIONS 3,441.35

    61400 PHYSICAL CAMPUS 4,902.60

    Total 61000 OPERATING EXPENSES 8,343.95

    62000 MINISTRY PROGRAMS

    62400 PARISH EDUCATION 9.70

    62600 WORSHIP & MUSIC 1,169.18

    62700 YOUTH 386.47

    Total 62000 MINISTRY PROGRAMS 1,565.35

    69000 MISSIONS/OUTREACH 3,272.08

    Total Expense 45,542.16

    Net Income -8,874.60

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    As winter approached we managed to clear the last of the fall leaves from the grounds and gutters. We had All American Roof Restoration ap-ply a zinc de-mossing agent on the roofs. Ron Baake installed a sheet metal patch alongside the sanctu-ary foundation where

    we found downspout water running under the church. Kim Long had the outside entry doors re-keyed as an added measure to train users on coding the system and improve church security. She had Church Mutual install on-line moisture and temperature sensors to alert us via email to guard against water damage. Other than that, we ducked inside .

    So as temperatures were cooling outdoors, the activity heated up indoors. We found an awakening in a number of individuals that came forth to volun-teer their time and resources. In lock-step with the Facilities Enhancement Team this group assisted in painting, de-cluttering, installing shelving and gen-eral sprucing up. A tremendous amount of useable and unusable items were gathered up and organized, donated, set aside for the Haiti rummage sale or dis-posed of. A list of fixes two pages long has been rec-orded. It has to be pointed out that Sunnie Fortin and Marlys Ericksen teamed up to push a great deal of this work through. The rooms for Family Promise had been emphasized. That being rooms E19, E20, E21,and the Youth room. At this rate Emmanuel will be ready when the families arrive.

    In regard to an influx of work requests it has been decided to resurrect the work order system. Forms can be supplied at request in the church office. This way work can be prioritized, and will be harder to forget to do .

    We encountered some mechanical issues this winter, as well.

    We addressed the Fellowship Hall kitchen dish-washer booster heater. The pressure relief valve opened and flooded the kitchen during a community dinner night. The booster heater was checked out and replacing the faulty relief valve was the only thing required. Thanks to Pete Crosby and Tom Fortin for assisting this repair. Ron Baake has extended the drain line to a safer location to isolate the hot water that surges out when the relief valve opens and in-stalled a more assessable shutoff valve.

    We also replaced both bearings to the sanctuary gas furnace blower fan after office staff reports of an

    unusual noise. We discovered the shaft to the fan had a worn spot during repairs. Fortunately, it has been determined the shaft still has enough strength to drive the blower fan. In any event, a new shaft will be ma-chined and be on site if ever it shows signs of immi-nent failure. Many thanks to Dale Williamson, Pete Crosby, and Ron Baake for handling this. Dale will lubricate th