OWLs - Older Wiser Lutherans
OWLs are members of Immanuel age 55 and over. They are young at heart "seniors" - Christian folk who give a hoot! No business meetings, officers or dues. Come join in the fun and fellowship! owls
Hope Seeds Scooping Event
Immanuel hosted their 5th annual HOPE SEEDS scooping event on Tues, Sept 25.  Seventy people, young and older, were on hand to pack cabbage seeds, along with Scripture. In a 2-hr time period, they packed 6940 packets! According to CEO Mike Mueller and wife, Jean, those packets have a US retail value of $20, 820, and has the potential to produce over one million lbs of cabbage nutrition! We also gave a monetary donation to Hope Seeds: $580.50. The seeds will be sent to any of 60 countries where Hope Seeds, Inc has a presence, notably Haiti and Africa.

The Older Adults Ministry committee was in charge of the planning of the event. With the help of the $250 gift card from Thrivent Financial (Thrivent Action Team), we were able to treat our volunteers to a sloppy joe supper with all the trimmings, as well as some nifty giveaways, including LIVE GENEROUSLY t-shirts. Local rep, Ron Guinther, supplied us with free cups, napkins, and placemats.

Volunteers ranged in age from 8 (Dustin K) to 94 (Ethel L and Pastor Bahr). Eight were age 14 and under. Thirty were first-time packers! Sixteen came from outside Immanuel: from Lapeer, Unionville, Bach, Bay City, Sand Point, Fairgrove, and Lehigh Acres, FL.

HOPE SEEDS, INC will celebrate 20 years of ministry come this winter. We have counted it a privilege and joy to have lent our support for the past five years. This year’s event was truly an intergenerational experience and a generous mission outreach event. As one of our faithful workers said, “May God bless the seeds.”
 
"Click here to view Hope Seeds scooping event video"
 


Hope Seeds 1 2018

Seventy workers, young and older, supporting the mission of HOPE SEEDS, INC to Plant a Seed! Feed a Soul!


Hope Seeds 2 2018

A truly intergenerational mission event, meant to support a great interdenominational relief agency… HOPE SEEDS, INC.



Hope Seeds 3 2018 

Hope Seeds CEO Mike Mueller and wife, Jean, accept commemorative plaque marking five years of scooping
at Immanuel. OAM member, Richard Wrobleski presented the plaque which was designed and crafted by
Gary and Sandy Marxhausen.

OWLs Events


SERVE THE LORD WITH GLADNESS (Eph. 6:7)

IMMANUEL CARES!
More than a catchy slogan or an eye-catching banner hanging in the Great Room hallway. Each individual has a role in caring for one another. But we are not alone in this: Immanuel, Himself, leads us. We get support from others as we work on boards, committees, in organizations and school-related groups, prayer chains, and so much more. As a member of the body of Christ, what will you do to be the eyes, ears, feet, mouthpiece, etc as you seek to fulfill your role as God’s chosen child?
 
 
2018
 
 
Sun. Oct. 21*      Bill Burmeister, Dist. Ch. Ext. Fund - " Leaving Your Legacy, Wills & More"
1:00 PM              in the Great Room, with refreshments      

Thurs./Tues.       CHRISTMAS CAROLING,
Dec. 13 & 18
10 am- 3 pm

*Open to the congregation

2019

Sun. Jan. 27      Senior Wellness
4:30-6:30 pm     Nurse Joanna (Kemp) Matthews
Great Room

Sun. April 21     Serve EASTER Breakfast (our 11th consecutive year)
9 - 10:15 am     Great Room

Sun. April 28     TURKEY DINNER
noon                  Good Shepherd/Cass City

Ongoing:  

Wednesday Bible Study 

in the Great Room 9:30-10:30 am, Sept-June

Wednesday morning Bible Class is led by Pastor Reed in the Great Room. Our current study is the Book of Exodus.
 

Worship at Medallion Village

10:30-11:00 am, 3rd Tuesday of every month

Spiritual enrichment for all ages, but especially for seniors:  Use your daily devotion guide, Portals of Prayer. Each issue contains a treasury of prayers along with the daily readings.  Also, watch "WORSHIP ANEW".  This fine Lutheran program is shown every Sunday morning at 11:30 on channel 49, as well as on Comcast (ch 8 or 237HD), on DISH network (ch 49), and DIRECTV (ch 377).  It's also on the web at WorshipAnew.org.

Members of the OAM committee:  Doug Forsberg - chairman, Richard Wrobleski, Pastor Bahr, Pastor Reed, Erma Rummel, Fran Davis, Barb Neuman, and Vic and Kathy Engelhardt.