Council News Sept 2019

Church Council Members
Jeanette Wilber- President
Janet Philips-Vice President
Patty Bervy- Recording Secretary
Heidi Brennan- Corresponding Secretary
Cate MacPherson
Richard Mac Donald (Mac)
Henry Bartel
Kurt Hoelter
[We thank you for your service.]

Next council meeting October 14, 2019 @5:30pm

Jeanette is trying to start up “Sunday Friends” (AKA Sunday School) again this year. Please let her know if you have a child interested in attending & what days & times might work best for you.

Our annual Hometown Hero’s spaghetti dinner for “God’s Work our Hands” was held on Friday September 6th. We fed approximately 45 in house & 30 take outs as well as around 25 members of COE who were there helping at the event. Thank you to everyone who baked, bought, & donated items for this dinner. Thank you to all the many volunteers who helped at the event, especially, Kyle our chief cook, Liz & Larry for securing use of the firehouse & Heidi for the great work getting the word out there!

The stained glass window work has begun!! Many thanks to Kurt Hoelter for taking on this immense project! Thank you to Mac & Gary for their assistance also! Stay tuned for updates!

Hometown Heroes Spaghetti Dinner 2019



Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Chatham Fire House ● 10 Hoffman Street


Free Spaghetti Dinner For Hometown Heroes & Their Families
Enjoy salad, bread, spaghetti, meatballs and homemade desserts on us!

For more info:

Hosted by Christ Our Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Chatham NY 12037
Christ Our Emmanuel Lutheran Church’s free dinner for hometown heroes and their families is held in support of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s “God’s Work. Our Hands.” program.

Lent 2018

During Lent there will be a midweek worship service every Wednesday with a soup & bread dinner provided by the host congregation that begins @6pm followed by the worship service at 7pm. We will move around to various churches throughout the
2/21 Zion, Athens
2/28 St Stephens, East Schodack
3/7 Christ our Emmanuel, Chatham
3/14 Trinity, Castleton
3/21 hosted by Emanuel Stuyvesant Falls, location to be determined.

Holy Week: Maundy Thursday March 29th and Good Friday March 30th:
Noon-Emanuel/ St John’s Hudson
7pm- St Luke’s Valatie

** Free will donation in support of Project Promise**
(TCLP will assemble the health kits after Easter and provide them to Lutheran World Relief.) Kits are for people who lost everything from natural disasters or life-threatening violence.
We ask that you bring one or more items from the kit below for donations:
<One light weight bath sized towel (between 20″x 40″ and 27″ x 52″) dark color recommended.
< Two or three bath sized bars of soap in original wrapping, any brand
< One adult sized tooth brush in original packing or sealed business sized envelope
< one sturdy comb, remove packaging
< one metal nail clippers, remove packaging (attached file optional )

Letter from the Council – Fall 2017

It is with great pleasure we write to offer greetings and to share the good news of what has been happening at Christ Our Emmanuel Lutheran Church (COE). Whether we see you weekly or occasionally, we are blessed to count you among COE’s faithful congregation. You are thought of often and we pray for all of our beloved church family.
To see the great things happening at COE, please check out this letter: COE Letter_Nov. 2017

Vicar Roger Behrens

Hello to all of the wonderful people who are part of the newly formed Tri-County Lutheran Parish. My name is Roger Behrens and I am so happy to be a part of this group as I begin the final stage of my educational journey, internship. I have been working to fulfill my academic requirements toward completing my Masters of Divinity at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. Most of this has been through their on-line (Distributed Learning) program. I am pleased to say that after three plus years I finished my final academic class this past June!

rogerBehrensMy high-school sweetheart, Vicki, joins me in my life journey. We have been married for 39 years and blessed with two children. Stephanie will be finishing up her Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy at St. Mary’s College in Omaha, Nebraska. Christopher is a pilot in the United States Air Force currently stationed in Germany. He is married to Jessica and they have blessed us with two adorable grandchildren, Katelyn (5 yrs. old), and Levi (3 yrs. old).

We are both originally from a small farm community in Nebraska. I spent 20 years serving in the United States Army and retired in 1997, and a 5-year period working for Union Pacific Railroad. Working as a Project Manager for technical solutions brought us New York 15 years ago. The past 6 months I have enjoyed working as a Chaplain at Albany Medical Center. Vicki has been a teacher’s aide since 1989 and currently enjoys her work in the Shenendehowa School District as a Special Education Teachers Aide.

On a personal note, I enjoy playing golf, singing in the choir, and before my schooling began I did a good amount of hiking and canoeing. Vicki and I also enjoy our date night by ballroom dancing.

I really enjoy developing and building relationships and so I look forward to learning about each and every one of you throughout this next year.

First Responders’ Dinner 2017

Free Spaghetti Dinner
For First Responders and Their Families

Friday, Sept. 8
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Chatham Fire House
10 Hoffman Street

Enjoy salad, bread, spaghetti, meatballs and homemade desserts on us!
Hosted by Christ Our Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Christ Our Emmanuel Lutheran Church’s free dinner for first responders and their families is held in support of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s “God’s Work. Our Hands.” program.