Because Lutherans are thankful: "With gratitude and thanks to God for Emanuel’s Lutheran Church of Seguin, Texas, we are gathered to celebrate the storied 150 years of mission and ministry in this place, for the worship of almighty God, and for the building up of the body of Christ. From January 30, 1870, when 19 families joined together to form this congregation, to this present day, Emanuel’s has been a place for the gathering of the people of God, a place for proclaiming the gospel through word and sacrament, a place for bringing life and hope to us and to this community." Bishop Sue Briner shared these words before Council President Allan Bode presented the door key to Pastor Marcus at Emanuel's anniversary worship service on Sunday, October 31, 2021. "Peace be to this house, and to all who enter here," she concluded before the congregation ceremoniously entered the sanctuary. We are better (yesterday, today, and tomorrow) together.