The Messenger April 2015
We are Easter people and the foundation of our faith is the promise that the darkness will never overcome the light. We each have the opportunity to understand that promise at an even deeper level spiritually by walking with Jesus through the events of Holy Week to the cross and beyond. Our worship services on Palm Sunday, the early Eucharist and healing service on Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday provide us an opportunity to do just that.
At our services on Palm Sunday, March 29th, join us as we process jubilantly and expectantly with Jesus as he enters Jerusalem… “Hosanna, hail King of the Jews!” But things don’t go quite the way the disciples and the people expected. The liturgies during Holy Week are meant to let us walk with Jesus as if we don’t know the rest of the story. On Thursday, and Friday we won’t have a dismissal at the end of those services to better connect the events that we remember… one continuous story that changes the world forever. The Easter Vigil on Saturday evening is my favorite service of the church year as we act out every aspect of our faith tradition. We begin outside with the lighting of the fire and let the paschal candle represent the pillar of fire that leads the procession into the church. There the Exsultet is sung and we tell the foundational stories of our faith beginning with creation. That leads us to the first baptisms of Easter and the renewal of our own baptismal covenant. Which takes us to the first Eucharist of Easter where we give thanks… such incredible thanks, that death is not the end, and that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ lives! Which we again celebrate with such joy and fanfare on Easter Sunday! Wow, it just doesn’t get much better than that!
As a faith community let us enter the events of Holy week with each other trusting that as we walk together in faith we will each be transformed by the love of God through Jesus Christ.
Blessings to you and yours,
Bob Peil recently enjoying a visit from Emmanuel’s Choir!
A group came and gave a special performance for Bob and Arlene at the home of Sally and Nat Jaeggli. What a great community of people we have!
Holy Week Schedule
March 29th – Palm Sunday: If you’d like to read a part in the gospel narrative of the passion of Jesus, please talk to Christy or Tim Wall.
April 2nd – Maundy Thursday – 7:00 PM Service
April 3rd – Good Friday – 12:00 PM – Ecumenical Service @ Harmony Methodist ~7:00 PM Service at Emmanuel
April 4th, Saturday – Easter Vigil and Baptisms – 7:00 PM
April 5th – Easter Sunday – 7:30 AM service and 10:00 AM service ~ Here at Emmanuel 4:30 PM – Public Church @ 7 Devil’s Brewery, Ecumenical
Easter Celebration Continues on April 12th With Bishop Michael’s Visit and Confirmations!
As if Holy Week and Easter isn’t enough, the celebration will continue the Sunday after Easter, April 12th as Bishop Michael
joins us at both services for his annual visitation and we are led in song at 10:00 by our contemporary music group! Help
to welcome Bishop Michael back to Emmanuel, celebrate with ten members of our congregation who will be confirmed or
received on that day into the Episcopal Church, and renew your own baptismal vows.
Our baptismal vows (check out pg. 304 in the Book of Common Prayer) are the promises that each of us make at our baptism, or that are made for us if we are baptized as infants. They form the basis of our mutual ministry together as we are each sent back into the world by God to make a difference in our work place, school, family and neighborhood. That’s why at the end of each service I proclaim with great enthusiasm, “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!”
Join in the celebration on April 12th,as we welcome members into the Episcopal Church and continue to explore and embrace the many ways we at Emmanuel are being called to partner with God to transform the community of Coos Bay/North Bend and our world through the love of Jesus Christ!
Easter Lily Dedications
Want to honor a deceased loved one or celebrate a recent event?
Donate to the Easter Lily Fund in honor of that person or event and help decorate the church for Easter. Look for envelopes and forms in the back of the church, mail in your donation, or stop by the office this week. Happy Easter!
What’s Up? Notes from Your Vestry
Brunch on 3/29 between services for Educate for Hope
Educate for Hope is our Diocesan Outreach Project. Educate for Hope provides funds to children who are members of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Zababdeh, Palestine, making it possible for the children to attend the Latin-Patriarch school in their village. The school provides classes in English and Hebrew to Arabic speaking children from many different denominations in order to give them a broader foundation in the languages of regional commerce. Educate for Hope helps to pay the private school tuition for children from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church with a commitment to support them through high school. Contributions to Educate for Hope will make a difference in the lives of Christian children in Palestine. Those children in turn will have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of their family and to bring hope to their community.
Please join us immediately following the early service/before the 10am service (about 9am) for brunch and coffee hour. Donations go towards our Diocesan Outreach Project. There will be food, fun and we can support an important project. If you want additional information, please contact Nancylee, Terrye, Christy or the church office for more information.
SAFE Church Training scheduled at Emmanuel for May 16th 10AM to 2PM.
SAFE Church Trainings provides awareness in the areas of sexual conduct and sexual abuse issues for both employees and volunteers working within the congregations and organizations of the Diocese of Oregon.
Safeguarding God’s Children (one of 3 trainings for SAFE Church) will be held at Emmanuel Episcopal Church on Saturday, May 16th from 10am to 2pm. The cost is $10 per person per training. Registration fees will be collected at the door. Checks can be made to the Diocese of Oregon. Snacks will be provided at the beginning and participants should bring their own sack lunch, as the training runs from 10am to 2pm.
Who should attend?
• All members of the clergy whether stipendiary or non-stipendiary
• All interns and persons in the ordination process
• All paid employees
• All wardens and vestry/BAC members
• All volunteers (age 16 and over) who work with children and youth. Volunteers age 12-14 are welcome to attend
if accompanied by a parent. We do not recommend this training for children under 12.
You must register online: http://18.104.22.168/default.aspx?page=3115&event=255 Registration deadline is by 5/12 at noon.
Diocesan Office of Disaster Preparedness
The Diocese of Oregon responding to a national level effort is concerned that all Episcopal churches make some preparations for disasters, both paying attention to continuing ministry and pastoral care following a disaster and encouraging parishioners to develop household level plans and resources: http://www.diocese-oregon.org/disaster-preparedness-program/. As the Director, Richard Raub, develops this program, we will be able to use the above link to access recommendations for further planning and for support from the wider Episcopal community.
Meanwhile at the invitation of our Pastor Christy, I agreed to support Emmanuel as a disaster coordinator, working with Director Raub to contact the southern coastal churches together with their membership for a variety of potentially awful events. I recently participated in a Level I training session put on by the Episcopal Relief and Disaster Office. I also have Red Cross training and some experience with larger scale disaster responses.
At some point this spring, please consider a visit to the Diocesan website, and also the Episcopal Relief and Development website http://www.episcopalrelief.org originating with the national offices of the American Episcopal Church in New York. The American Episcopal Church through this office is providing disaster relief on a worldwide basis in some very impressive ways.
As the Oregon Diocese develops this program you will undoubtedly see materials, training opportunities and resources become available for our use. Please accept my invitation to email me if you have concerns or questions,
Sheryl L. Gerety
For the Health of It by Kerry Oxford, Parish Nurse
“Maintaining Your Positive Attitude”
“Happy are they who trust in the Lord.” From Psalm 34.
We started January 2015 with a health newsletter on maintaining a positive mindset and an attitude of gratitude. This month we will look at 11 tips for maintaining your positive attitude no matter what’s going on in your life.
Maintaining your positive attitude is critical when you want to achieve anything…or just to improve the quality of your life. Most success literature will talk about the power of positive thinking and how important it is. It’s often easier said than done.
1. You Determine Your Reality
It’s important to determine your reality by the way you react to the outside world. When something happens you get to choose whether it’s a positive or a negative experience and react accordingly. Losing your job might be a disaster or it might be the opportunity for bigger and brighter things…you choose what it will mean to you.
2. Start Your Day Strong
Most of the population have to drag themselves out of bed and this sets a negative frame for their entire day. Positive people create a morning ritual that reinforces how great life is and how happy they are to be alive.
You might wake up and turn on some cheerful upbeat music to get you into that state. You could also start your day by reading or listening to something positive. Whether you have 1 minute, 15 minutes, or an hour to dedicate to your ritual you can start the day in whatever state you prefer…active and energetic or quiet and thoughtful.
3. Exercise Is The Natural Feel Good Drug
Exercise is a great way to maintain your positive attitude because of all the positive chemicals it releases into the blood stream. I exercise in the morning and this is often recommended as a powerful way to start the day. Exercise morning or evening by doing activities you love, dancing, yoga, or weight lifting, but even a walk around the block will help.
4. Use Books, Audio And Videos To Overload Your Brain With Positivity
There are millions of amazing books, audios and videos for you to absorb from people who are inspiring and living the life of their dreams. Tap into their positive emotions and their positive experience by learning how they think and how they create the lives they want. You can do this in the morning or while exercising, eating, commuting, cooking, cleaning…there’s always time for positivity.
5. Your Language Shapes Your Thoughts
Little changes in your language can change the way you think and how you act. Whenever someone greets you and asks how you’re doing do you answer with “fine” or “not too bad?” Think about just what this language is communicating to others…and yourself.
I always answer with “great,” “fantastic”, or “amazing.” Not only does this remind me that life really is great but it usually lifts the state of the person I’m talking to as well.
6. Hang Out With Positive People
It is often said that you will have a similar level of health, income and lifestyle as the 5 people you spend the most time with. Want to be fit then start hanging out with fit people…want to start a business then hang out with business owners. If you want to be positive make sure you’re hanging out with positive people.
7. Show Your Appreciations For Others
By appreciating others for a job well done, their outfit or their smile you start to cause a chain reaction. Don’t you feel great when you receive a compliment from someone else? Well if you want to receive more then start giving them out and watch what happens to the people around you.
8. Garbage In, Garbage Out
This is an expression from programming where the result is only as good as the input. So if you’re feeding yourself with negativity all day long then it’s pretty obvious you’re going to be feeling negative as well. A lot of the media including news and TV thrive on negativity so put yourself on a negativity diet (including people) and watch how much easier it is to maintain your positive attitude.
9. Stop Negative Thoughts In Their Tracks
It’s hard to be a constantly positive person and negative thoughts are going to bubble up from time to time. These will be more frequent in the beginning but decrease as you practice the tips we’re talking about. When you start to notice negative thoughts you can use a pattern interrupt to stop them in their tracks.
The idea is to interrupt your current thought pattern and change your state. My most successful ones are favorite songs, or prayers. Whenever I start to feel frustrated, sad or angry I simply start humming a tune or reciting a prayer and pretty soon a big silly smile comes over my face.
10. Live With Gratitude
So many positive things happen during our day and we often ignore them while letting one negative comment or event ruin our mood. It can help to keep a gratitude journal where you jot down things you are grateful for each night or during the day. If you’re reading this then you probably live with a roof over your head and food in your belly which is a daily struggle for most of the world…so it should be easy to find tons of things you’re grateful for.
11. Recharge Your Batteries
A key to maintaining your positive attitude is taking the time to recharge your batteries. This might mean taking a few hours or the weekend to read a positive book or taking a few weeks for a holiday. If you’re not in the position to travel you can always have a Home Holiday where you simply switch off from the outside world and spend time doing things you love.
How To Use These 11 Tips
You now have 11 tips for maintaining your positive attitude but they are no use to you unless you implement them into your life. So pick the easiest tip or the one that you really love and introduce it into your life starting right now. Then over time start implementing the other tips and watch your positivity soar.
Now… How do you feel? I feel WONDERFUL!
My favorite sayings this month:
• There is nothing to fear but fear itself…and spiders…and grizzly bears.
• Always be yourself, unless you can be a unicorn. Then always be a unicorn.
• If it walks out of the refrigerator LET IT GO!
From the Desk of Anne Abdy
Well, nothing exciting has been going on since I last wrote. The month of March and April are when all my papers are due. Some weeks I have one assignment and other weeks I have two or three assignments with two sermons to preach dotted in between. So it is going to be “nose to the grindstone” till May 1 when school gets out. Spring Break is over Monday and I really needed time to rest. Even classmates and professors worried that I wasn’t getting enough sleep because of everything that had to get done. With that being said, over the break I did complete two papers, working on a third but didn’t get my taxes done…so I know that will be on my mind. Plans for my trip overseas are coming along although I am awaiting my ticket. I did take the time to continue to train for my first swim meet since I was twenty. It was great fun, and I was pleasantly surprised by my times, plus the exercise has been good for me. Sewanee has survived the Ice Age of 2015 and spring has arrived with the sprouting of the daffodils. This picture is of a field about twenty minutes from the school–and one of the legends of this unique place!
“Once upon a time (I am not making this up!) someone planted hundreds and hundreds of daffodil bulbs in a field in Bell’s Cove, right at the foot of the mountain. Those hundreds became thousands, covering acres and spilling into the adjacent woods. Every spring, the kindly “daffodil farmer” invites one and all to come pick as many as we want for a mere 2¢ per stem! It’s on the honor system – count your flowers, count your money, and leave it in the box.
No, I’ve never met the farmer, and I know only the skimpiest of stories about this place. Bu I do know that it’s a wonderful thing that we have here. And a trip to the daffodil farm is a great way to welcome springtime!”
Taken from the Sewanee Herbarium (an online magazine about the goings-on about ecology here on the Domain)