News and Events
Meditations available
Meditations, the daily devotional booklet for December 2017 through March 2018, is available as you leave. Please stop by the church office to recieve one. The booklet is also available in large print.

Church pantry
Thank you to everyone who has donated food to the church pantry. With the holiday season coming we are in need of more items. Any non-perishable food can be dropped off at the church office.

MUMS playdate
The next MUMS playdate will be Thursday, November 16. We will be meet at 9:30 a.m. at Selleh Park, 2425 S. Los Feliz Dr. Tempe, Arizona. The topic for discussion is Thankfulness, Psalm 119:72.

Rooted: College and 20s/30s Thanksgiving
Not everyone has the blessing of family close by to celebrate the holiday season. So why not come and celebrate with your Rooted family? We would like to invite you to the Rooted Thanksgiving Dinner on November 18 at 6:00 p.m. The Crabtrees will be hosting this event at their home, 1910 West Calle del Norte in Chandler, Arizona. It will be a wonderful time to gather together to eat some good food and reflect on all of our wonderful blessings. Please bring your favorite Thanksgiving dish and post what you are bringing in the event on Facebook so we don't end up with 20 pumpkin pies (although that doesn't sound too bad does it?). RSVP for this event on our Facebook Page at Rooted: WELS Phoenix Valley Fellowship or email Christina Crabtree at

Ministry anniversaries celebration
This fall we celebrate over 100 years of service in the gospel ministry. Chris Wempner and Craig Kiecker have served in the teaching ministry for 25 years each, and Pastor Pautz has served 50 years in the pastoral ministry. We will give thanks to God for them and their service on Sunday, November 19, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, with a special service at 4:00 p.m., with a meal to follow. The guest preacher will be Pastor Kirby Spevacek.

Thanksgiving Services
Please note that Thanksgiving services will be held Wednesday, November 22, at 7:00 p.m., and on Thursday, November 23, at 9:00 a.m. Please plan to join us in giving thanks for all of God’s wonderful blessings.

Alpha Pregnancy Resource Center
We are very happy to announce that Alpha Pregnancy Resource Center Inc. can receive Choice Dollars from Thrivent. Share this good news so that we can be recipients. This is how it appears on the Thrivent site, not to confuse it with other Alpha Centers. Needs for Alpha include; winter jackets (larger sizes) and used winter clothing, outfits for boy and girl layettes 0-3 month, winter towels, wash clothes, bibs, baby wash and shampoo.

Financial Peace University
You are invited to join this upcoming Financial Peace University class hosted by Emmanuel Lutheran Church and School. Class begins in the Emmanuel’s courtyard classroom on January 21, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. There will be nine Sunday classes. Registration and materials can be ordered online at: For Information contact Pastor Rich Kogler, Stewardship Chairman, at 480-388-1094 or email him at

Mission to the children toy drive
Emanuel’s Youth and Rooted groups are sponsoring a toy drive for Mission to the Children in Mexico. Beginning next week, names will be available. Anyone in the congregation can help by picking a name off the narthex bulletin board and buying the requested gift. Bring the unwrapped gift along with the tag you selected from the bulletin board no later than Sunday, December 3. Both groups will wrap and label the gifts.


Emmanuel Ev. Lutheran Church • 715 W Southern Ave, Tempe, Arizona 85282 • (480) 967-3983