November Newsletter


November Newsletter

2131 Getz Road | Fort Wayne, Indiana 46804| 260-432-2033 |

Money Talks

Money Talks is our stewardship emphasis this month. Guides are available at our Information Center in the lobby that will help you talk about money with your spouse and children. You will also find a twenty-one day devotional booklet called—you guessed it—Money Talks!

Sermons and Sunday morning adult Bible classes will also feature money discussions. We will shine the light on six different people in the Bible and see how money talks to them and to us.

Sermon Schedule

November 3/4: Lot: Money’s Dark Side

November 10/11: Gehazi: Money’s Tempting Side

November 17/18: Zacchaeus: Money’s Generous Side

Sunday Adult Bible Study Schedule

November 4: The Rich Young Ruler: Money’s Captive Side

November 11: Judas Iscariot: Money’s Destructive Side

November 18: The Dishonest Steward: Money’s Useful Side

I invite you to make the most out of these resources and opportunities. Money Talks will help you and your family better manage your money for God’s greater glory.  

—Pastor Lessing


News From Pastor Shawn


Join the Conversation

Have you ever thought about how connected you are to your parents? John Hessler wrote a piece about the consecutiveness between generations. Think about it, God is the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob. We often resemble and learn habits from the generations before us. During our conversation in October, we talked about the things, the legacies, the habits that have been passed down to us. Acts 1 speaks into a legacy that Jesus left his disciples. As we continue conversations this month, we will consider where God's grace comes into the picture of Jesus’ legacy and our connections. Join us in Luther Hall on the first and third Wednesdays from 8:30p–9:30p.

What does that mean?

Worship With Holy Communion

Community Serving Opportunity

Worship with Holy Communion

Celebrate together by sharing a meal

November We Gather

4th . to Praise

11th . to Serve

18th . to Praise

25th . to Celebrate

Acts 1:8 | Meeting Our Neighbors

A canopy, children’s books, a little music, 800 apples, and 70 pumpkins helped us connect with our neighbors on Friday, October 19. We were blessed to hand out pumpkins and apples to 30 families, along with firefighters and the office staff of the closest apartment complexes. During our time on the front lawn of the church, we met neighbors in a variety of seasons of life: retired, moving into their first apartment, homeless, and moving across country for a new job. As we listened to the stories, we prayed with the families and suggested resources to assist them.

God has uniquely placed our St. Michael family to be a blessing in our neighborhood and allow us to connect our neighbors to Jesus. Join us as we continue to meet and pray for our neighbors on November 12. We will begin with a brief talk at 5:30p about prayer walking and then walk and pray throughout our neighborhood, meet back at church for a warm drink, and talk about our experience.



Join Women’s Connection Ministry on Sunday, November 18, from 9:30a–10:30a in the gym to assemble an advent wreath. This fun and educational event will take the place of regularly scheduled Sunday school. Children must attend with a parent or guardian. Pastor Lessing’s class will meet in the sanctuary. Research by Prof. Haemig of Luther Seminary, St. Paul, points to Johann Hinrich Wichern, a Lutheran pastor in Germany and a pioneer in urban mission work among the poor, as the inventor of the modern Advent wreath in the 19th century. During Advent, children at the mission school Rauhes Haus, would ask daily if Christmas had arrived. In 1839, he built a large wooden ring (made out of an old cart wheel) with twenty small red and four large white candles. A small candle was lit successively every weekday and Saturday during Advent. On Sundays, a large white candle was lit. The custom gained ground among Lutheran churches in Germany and evolved into the smaller wreath with four or five candles known today.


If you enjoy knitting or crocheting or have always wanted to learn, you will love the PURLS group! Connect with the body of Christ while knitting or crocheting items for the Prayer Shawl Ministry, Women’s Care Center, Shepherd’s House, and Rescue Mission/Charis House. This group is happy to teach you to knit or crochet! We meet on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 1:00p–3:00p in the lobby. If you have questions, call Pat Armstrong at 432-4238.

Lutheran Life Villages Volunteer Opportunity

Wheel Chair Escorts, Sunday, November 18, 9:30a Carpool will leave St. Michael at 9:00a or meet in the LLV library at 9:30a for instructions and refreshments. After escorting residents, we attend the 10:30a service in the chapel. We will finish by 11:45a. You will be a blessing to the residents of this senior community. Contact Mary Nichols at 450-0025 with questions. November 2018 4 Music Ministry Thanksgiving services St. Michael has two Thank


Prepare a dish at home, help serve dinner, and visit with the ladies in their home on November 11 and December 16 at 6:00p. Call Linda Chapman at 417-3052 to volunteer. Plan to show Christ’s love in this special service opportunity during the holiday season.

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)

Join us for food, fellowship, and learning as we grow together as Christian moms. We will take time to focus on caring for ourselves as moms in the midst of caring for the little ones entrusted to us. Childcare is provided free of charge. Please RSVP for childcare to Adrienne at

What: Mom’s Night In

When: Tuesday, November 27, 6:00p

Where: Luther Hall Topic: Caring for Yourself


The Young Mom’s Bible Study continues our fall session studying Rachel and Leah: What Two Sisters Teach Us about Combating Comparison. Mothers of any age are welcome. The group meets in Luther Hall on the first and third Mondays of each month from 9:15a–10:45a. Childcare is provided. For more information, contact Laura Moll at (785) 304-4092.


Women connecting over coffee and God’s Word Women of all ages are invited to study Twelve More Women of the Bible on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 9:15a–10:45a in Luther Hall. We will learn spiritual lessons from these women and apply the Biblical principals to our own modern-day struggles. Bring your kids! Childcare is provided.

Music Ministry

Thanksgiving services

St. Michael has two Thanksgiving services: Wednesday, November 22, at 7:00p with selections from the bell choirs, and Thursday, November 23, at 10:00a, with pieces from the adult choir. Praise the Lord from whom all blessings flow!

Mark your calendar now for December Advent services!

Hanging of the Greens—Wednesday, December 5 at 7:00p

We begin our Advent preparations through music and scripture, decorating our sanctuary to prepare for the birth of our Savior and King! Don’t miss this beautiful worship experience.

St. Michael Sunday School Christmas Service—Saturday, December 15 at 5:00p

Our children pre-K through fifth grade will present the Christmas story through scripture, songs, and drama. Students interested in having a speaking part should attend Sunday School on November 4. Additional rehearsals will be held December 3 and 10 during the Sunday School hour. All students will learn songs to help lead the service.

Advent Service led by ESM students—Wednesday, December 19 at 7:00p

ESM students in grades two through five will lead us in worship with the theme Light a Candle. In order to ensure seating for everyone, there are two services: 10:00a and 7:00p. All are invited to hear our ESM students share the message of Christmas!

Christmas Orchestra and Choir

Will you be in Fort Wayne this Christmas? We would love to have you join our orchestra and/or choir to help us celebrate the birth of Christ! The orchestra rehearses on Thursday evenings from 6:10p–7:00p in the sanctuary. The choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 7:00p–8:00p. Contact our music director at for music or just come to practice!

Sing! An Irish Christmas 2018

Presented by Keith and Kristyn Getty will be at the Embassy on Tuesday, December 18, at 7:30p. Our adult choir will be among the local choirs on stage with the Getty’s as they share the true meaning of Christ’s birth. We invite you to join us! Tickets can be purchased at St. Michael will host community rehearsals for those singing in the choir for the Getty’s Christmas concert from 8:00p–8:30p on October 31, November 7, 21, and 28.

SMLC Academy

SMLC Academy of the Arts Christmas Recital Everyone is invited to a Christmas recital of the SMLC Academy of the Arts on Sunday, December 16, at 3:00p in Luther Hall. The recital will feature dancers, artists, and musicians! Thank you to our gifted instructors, committed students, and faithful parents and staff. We look forward to giving God the glory as we celebrate the birth of Jesus through the arts.


Dinner Auction—December 1

Our Cadets in Cadence Dinner Auction is just around the corner! Our event on December 1 is themed the "Christmas Tree Spectacular," and we will feature sponsored Christmas trees, wreaths and Christmas decorations that will be available for bidding at the event. If you would like to sponsor and decorate a tree for the event, please contact

Would you like to help? Volunteer at our Sign-Up genius volunteer page where you can see the different opportunities and time slots. Visit our website for details.

Remember that registration is discounted now through October 31 at $75 per person or $750 for a table of ten. Register now at


Congregational Dinner and Meeting

Sunday, November 18

5:00p Potluck Dinner

6:00p Meeting

If your last name begins with….

A-G please bring a dessert

H-P please bring a side dish or salad

R-Z please bring a main dish or casserole

J.O.Y. Ministry Events

Zechariah Bible Study

Led by Pastor Lessing Second and Fourth Tuesdays In Luther Hall from 10:00a–11:30a.

November 9 Shipshewana Bus Trip December 13 J.O.Y. Christmas

The calendar events are open to everyone who is 55 and older.

Check the J.O.Y. (Just Older Youth) bulletin board for more information.

St. Michael Preschool

Grandparents Day— Monday/Tuesday, November 19/20

Grandparents, parents, relatives and family friends learn about circle time, playtime, singing, and center time on this special day! The children will enjoy a snack and Thanksgiving craft, and present their invited guest with a present they’ve prepared.


Learning & Book Fair—November 9

Students are already hard at work on their projects, and of course, everyone loves to browse the Book Fair! There is a wide variety of books to choose from, and they make great Christmas gifts. Join us at the Getz Road Campus at 6:30p.

Grandparents Day—November 16

We are looking forward to welcoming our special guests at both the Getz Road Campus and the Union Street Campus. The program at the Getz Road Campus begins at 8:35a and will conclude at 11:00a. The doors open at the Union Street Campus at 11:30a and will end after a chapel service. This is one of our favorite events of the year and we are excited to share our ministry with our guests!

Support ESM Student Scholarships and Receive 50% State Tax Credit

Give families the opportunity to attend ESM by generously supporting SGO scholarships. Donors earn a 50% state tax credit on gifts made through the Lutheran Scholarship Granting Organization of Indiana – but only if they hurry. The State limits the total amount of tax credits awarded each year. This past year ESM awarded more than $65,000 of scholarships through the SGO. Help us make sure we can continue this outstanding support. Learn more at Donations can be made online or with forms available in the school office. *Also, you can use your IRA Charitable Rollover to reduce federal taxes and earn a state tax credit.


St. Michael Lutheran Church Foundation Update

Our church’s foundation has received another generous gift to forward our mission. The family of Ken and Nina Bruns contributed $25,000, and established the Bruns Memorial Mission Outreach Fund. The Bruns family wants the growth from this gift to support local, regional and world mission causes in support of our Acts 1:8 Team.

There are four named funds that complement the Church’s General Endowment fund established in 1971: the Bruns Mission Outreach Fund, the Shew Fund for ESM/CLHS tuition support, the VBS Fun Fund and the Youth Mission Trip Fund. The rebirth and refocus of our church’s foundation occurred in 2006 with total current deposits of approximately $350,000.

While named funds may be established with a contribution of $10,000, gifts to the general endowment fund or into any of our named funds are welcomed. God’s blessings occur at all times of the year and in all seasons of our life. Consider sharing both those unplanned and planned gifts with the St. Michael Lutheran Church Foundation. Please call Ron Menze, Foundation Advisor, at 341-5289, if you have any questions or comments.

A Note from Pastor Lessing

Several weeks ago, our Ministry Leader Manual was sent to our churches’ leaders. It was a deeply flawed document and I take full responsibility for that. I am sorry. The good news is, together our leadership team and church council will come back with a much better tool that will help us connect people to Jesus.

November Wedding Celebrations

Unifying Early Childhood Ministry with ESM Lutheran School

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

For many years, St. Michael and Emmanuel congregations have both operated early childhood programs separate from our shared ministry of Emmanuel–St. Michael Lutheran School (ESM). Recently, leaders of both congregations initiated a conversation with the inter-parish school board of ESM asking the question, “Could the early childhood ministries of Emmanuel and St. Michael be effectively unified under the administrative arm of ESM Lutheran School?”

Over the last two years, the ESM school board and leadership have prayerfully reflected on the potential of unifying these ministries. In the summer of 2018, the school board engaged a specialist in LCMS early childhood education who is currently leading a multi-site early childhood ministry to provide perspective and recommendations on this potential opportunity.

After a careful review of the information collected in this process, and with the involvement and support of Emmanuel and St. Michael congregational leaders, the inter-parish school board of ESM is recommending that the school association effectively and efficiently unify and administrate an early childhood educational ministry through a multi-campus model in much the same as the current kindergarten through eighth grade.

The recommendation proposes a unified yet multi-campus early childhood ministry with unique programming offered at each campus to suit the needs of families and to maximize the space available. It is the intention that early childhood education continue to have a presence on both campuses and, like the rest of the school, be referred to as the Getz Road Campus and Union Street Campus. Furthermore, the leadership of the congregations and the school have the utmost confidence in and respect for the current early childhood staffs of both St. Michael and Emmanuel. These staff members will be involved in planning for unification.

Both of our congregations value early childhood education as an outreach ministry, connecting young families to our Christian community and developing relationships in which we can share God’s love. Both believe that there is an opportunity for growth in early childhood ministry and are committed to seeing that occur. A thriving early childhood ministry provides an important community connection for the congregations and will strengthen the school ministry of ESM.

At the congregational voters’ meeting on November 18, a motion will be made to approve this recommendation. I am excited about this plan and humbly ask you to join me in praying for the Lord to bless this recommendation and the future ministry it will enable. If you have any questions about this recommendation for our shared ministry, please let me know.

In Christ,

Eric Lahey, Council President

NEW Online Directory

St. Michael has moved to a new online directory! Many of our members have already logged on to review their information and upload a picture. There is also an app that you can download to your phone: Fellowship One Go. This app will give you access to the directory and the church calendar. The app will prompt you for our domain: stmfw. If you have questions or need a password, email Thank you for participating! It is a blessing to match faces to names on the new online directory!

Bylaws and Constitution Updates

November 2018

Constitution brought to the voters at the congregational meeting

January – March 2019

Open forums to discuss revisions April 2019 Congregation votes on approval of constitution

November 2019

Bylaws brought to the voters at the congregational meeting

January – March 2020

Open forums to discuss revisions

April 2020

Congregation votes on approval of bylaws

3:15 Youth Ministries


High School Youth Nights

November 11/25, 6:00p-8:30p

High school youth nights are great opportunities to hang out with youth who care. Each youth night, we’ll share a meal together, have Bible study, and do a closing game or activity. All high school youth are welcome, and you can always bring a friend. In November, our youth nights will have the theme of Decisions. We will explore some of the biggest decisions youth have to make with school, relationships, and careers.

Sunday Morning Bible Classes

Sundays, 9:30a-10:30a

All high school youth are welcome to our Sunday morning Bible study in the youth room from 9:30a-10:30a. In November, we’ll be wrapping up a study called #Struggles, which explores how to stay engaged with technology while still keeping our eyes on Jesus.

Advent Wreath Project

November 18, 9:30a–10:30a

This fun and educational event will take the place of regularly scheduled Sunday school. Children must attend with a parent or guardian.


Youth Band Gatherings

Wednesday, November 14/28, at 7:00p

Do you love music? Do you play an instrument or sing? All sixth through twelfth graders are welcome to come to our practices on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Find out how you can use your gifts to connect people to Jesus. Musicians of all skill levels are welcome!


Second Saturday Youth Event

November 10, 6:00p–8:30p

Join other sixth through eighth graders for a night of food, games, and God’s Word. Our theme for our November gathering will be Awesome. God is acting in amazing ways. We will dive into the awesome examples of how he is working in our lives. We will start in the St. Michael gym with a meal at 6:00p, have games and Bible study, and then end by 8:30p. Friends are always welcome!

Late-Night Lockout

December 7, 7:00p–12:00a

This is such a fun event for our sixth through eighth grade students and a great opportunity to connect a friend to the church. We’ll meet at 7:00p at church, get everyone organized, and head out to a couple of fun Fort Wayne locations. Look for more information on activities in our December newsletter and plan on attending this awesome event.