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    The Epiphany Star January 2016

    Newsletter of Epiphany Lutheran Church Fort Wayne, Indiana

    Dear Epiphany Lutheran Church, Grace to you and peace from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus

    the Christ. Amen.

    As I sit in my office preparing to write the January 2016 newsletter article, my heart is heavy. It is one week before Christmas. It should be a time of great joy at the birth of our Savior Jesus the Christ. It is a time of preparing to celebrate the coming of a New Year. Yet on December 16

    th , I was called to the home of one of

    the officers of the Fort Wayne Police Department, Sergeant Todd Hammel, who had died at the age of 38. Sergeant Hammel was one of those officers that, if you were in trouble, you would want him to be the officer to respond. He was one of those police officers who has the demeanor and personality to make everyone around them calm. He truly was one of the “good guys.” I am fortunate to be your pastor and to have an opportunity to reach out as one of the chaplains to our police department. Thank you for allowing me to make a difference in their lives. As a police officer in Fort Wayne, they work a 4/2 shift. That means they work four days on duty and then get two days off. That means that their work schedule is constantly shifting. So having any kind of regular family time is really difficult, as they have to count out on a calendar to determine whether they are working or not. They get one Sunday off a month with this schedule. So being in worship as a family at times can be very difficult. As a chaplain, I am called upon to be with our officers through some difficult situations in their lives, both their personal and professional lives. Then add to it the stress of being on the front lines between the “bad people” and the normal residents of our city, and it can be a very difficult job. Today I am reflecting on the time I spent with Sergeant Hammel and what an impact he has had with me and his fellow officers. Sergeant Hammel worked as part of the “negotiation” team. This is the team that is called upon when there is a blockade or a hostage is taken. They try to talk the person out of making the wrong decisions and making things worse. They are very good at what they do. Sergeant Hammel would also make sure that the chaplain that was called to be at the scene knew what the situation was and how they could help make the situation better. He

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    was always trying to make things better. What a gift he was to the FWPD and our community. He will be truly missed. I don’t normally devote a newsletter article to the Fort Wayne Police Department, but this month I am making an exception. I think it is important that we take the time to give God thanks for people who make a difference in our lives. Sergeant Hammel is one of those people that made a difference in my personal life. He will be missed by his wife of 15 years, Tracy, and his two sons (14 and 10). Please remember them in your prayers. Make 2016 a year that finds you giving thanks to God every day for the

    many blessings you receive and give. Start today and make it a habit to give

    thanks to God for the people who make a difference in your daily life. It will do

    your heart good.

    In Christ,

    Pastor Richard Hartman

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    We are Christians, called by God, committed to: Sharing the Gospel, Serving others as Christ taught us, and Creating disciples for witness. Epiphany Lutheran Church’s Vision Statement: A Christian family of God committed to sharing the Gospel and serving others, through joyful worship, education and fellowship.

    Please feel free to stop in or call for any of your Pastoral needs. Our office hours are as follows:

    Pastor: Sunday – Thursday 8:00 am – 2:30 pm Monday and Wednesday evenings Some Saturdays

    Amanda: Monday & Thursday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Wednesday 12:00-6:00 pm* Other times as needed

    Due to unexpected circumstances, these hours may be subject to change.

    *Please note new hours!

    E-mail Us:

    Pastor’s office .................................. Pastor’s home ...................................... Amanda’s office ............................

    WEB SITE: Epiphany Lutheran Church

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    Meals on Wheels

    Thank you for your continued support of this vital mission in our community. We donated a total of $304 in the

    months of November and December, bringing our total donations to over $6,000! Please let Amanda in the office know if you would like to be added to the list to give $7 a

    month to this worthy cause. Thank you for sharing the gifts God has given to you!

    Annual Pokagon Trip Is Coming!

    Monday, January 18 th (MLK Day — no school!), we

    will be making our annual trip to the toboggan run at Pokagon State Park. All youth are invited! (Younger children are also welcome, but may require additional drivers/chaperones, so please let Pastor know if you are interested.) We will leave at 9 am and return around 4 pm, with lunch at the Potawatomi Inn. Cost for the whole day is $20/person. Please join us for a fun-filled day enjoying the winter weather!

    Comfort Ye My People

    Our next quilting gathering will be Sunday, January 10

    th , at 9:00 am. No special skills are required; if

    you can tie a knot, you can be a quilter! We will also have a work day on Thursday, January 21

    st ,

    at 9:30 am. We have set an ambitious goal for ourselves in this new year, so please plan to join

    us in helping those in need around the world!

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    January 3 rd


    nd Sunday of Christmas

    Jeremiah 31:7-14 Ephesians 1:3-14

    John 1:1-18

    January 10 th

    Epiphany of Our Lord Sunday

    Isaiah 60:1-6 Ephesians 3:1-12

    Matthew 2:1-12

    January 17 th


    nd Sunday after Epiphany

    Isaiah 62:1-5 1 Corinthians 12:1-11

    John 2:1-11

    January 24 th


    rd Sunday after Epiphany

    Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a

    Luke 4:14-21

    January 31 st


    th Sunday after Epiphany

    Jeremiah 1:4-10 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

    Luke 4:21-30

    Join us for Worship this month! Every Sunday at 8:00 am

    and 10:15 am

    Every Monday at 7:00 pm

    Sunday School/Confirmation/Bible Study at 9:00 am on Sunday

    Please join us!

    The Saturday morning Men’s Bible Study will continue their study out of the book Game Plan for Life. We will meet on Saturday, January 9

    th , at 7:00 am for

    breakfast and the Word. All are welcome. We hope to see you there!

    Please join us for our annual Epiphany Service on Sunday, January 10

    th , at

    the 10:15 am service. Our youth will present a pulpit drama to help us learn more about this important

    festival in the church year.

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    Mission Moment January 2016

    Thanks to your wonderful generosity, three families in our community were blessed at Christmas time. We were able to provide gifts and pantry items for a family of five, a family of two, and a military family with four children. Blessings to all of you for spreading the True Meaning of the Season.

    Our annual “Souper Bowl” collection/competition will begin on January 17 th ;

    the tables will be divided as we get closer to game day. The canned goods collected will be delivered to Associated Churches Food Bank (see related article on the next page).

    While we have been having unusually warm weather, we all know this will change...we are in Indiana! We will continue to collect items (socks, hats, scarves, gloves, and coats/jackets) for Come2Go to keep the homeless in our area a little warmer. Donations can be placed in the appropriate bin in the narthex.

    The December basket drawing was a big success—we collected $230 for debt relief! The Dawkins family won a basket of goodies, and the Swansons won the cookie jar and gift certificate to the Cookie Cottage. The next basket drawing will occur in February; watch for more information coming soon.

    The Cookie Walk went well and made $215 for Epiphany needs. Thank you to everyone who participated, and special thanks to Barb Werling for bringing her beautiful items to sell, with a portion of the proceeds going to the church.

    Outreach is a success in our Missions thanks to this Giving and Caring Congregation.

    Written by Sandi Swanson

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    It’s SOUPER Bowl Time!

    In mid-January, we will begin collecting for our annual “Souper Bowl” contest! Each year, Epiphany members have the chance to root for their favorite Super Bowl team by bringing in non- perishable food items to be donated to the Associated Churches Food Bank. Once the teams have been set, simply bring in your items and place them on the appropriate side of our “field” to let us know which team you want to see win! Epiphany almost always correctly