The Messenger April 2017
Join us for Holy Week and Easter… an invitation to walk with Jesus from the Cross to the Empty Tomb!
Palm Sunday, April 9
7:30 & 10:00 a.m. The Holy Eucharist with the Palm Sunday Liturgy and a Choral Reading of the Passion of
Jesus Christ. Both services will begin in the court yard with the Palm Sunday procession.
Wednesday, April 5-our regular midweek Eucharist with lessons for Holy Week
6:30 am Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
12:00 pm Holy Eucharist and Healing Service with Anointing for healing in the Chapel
The Tridiuum or The Great Three Days, April 13th, 14th, and 15th
Maundy Thursday, April 13th – The Holy Eucharist with a liturgy of foot washing. The service ends with the solemn stripping of the altar.
A Prayer Vigil will last from the end of the Maundy Thursday service through the start of the noon service on Good Friday in the Chapel. You may pray from home for your shift and don’t need to come in to the church, especially for those that take place during the night. A sign-up sheet is available outside the chapel.
Good Friday, April 14th
12:00 p.m. Ecumenical Service with Bell Choir at Gloria Dei Lutheran, 1290 Thompson Rd.
Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Coos Food Cupboard.
You are welcome to join the Community Choir, directed by David Aakre, in providing the music for this
service. They will practice at SWOCC in Sunset Hall on April 3rd and 10th at 7:00 PM. They will practice the songs for Good Friday right at the beginning of their practice.
7:00 p.m. The Good Friday Liturgy – Includes the Reading of the Passion, prayers and Holy Communion from the reserved sacrament.
Holy Saturday, April 15th – 7:00 p.m. The Great Vigil– This service starts with a fire in the court yard representing the first light of Easter, procession into the church, the foundational stories of our faith, Holy Baptism and the first Holy Communion of Easter, followed by s’mores in the courtyard/undercroft.
Easter Day, April 16th – Alleluia! The Lord is Risen!
7:30 a.m. The Holy Eucharist
10:00 a.m. The Holy Eucharist with Music by Emmanuel’s Choir with
Easter egg hunt following the service.
Ecumenical Options During Holy Week
The Ecumenical Good Friday Service will be held at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1290 Thompson Rd, at Noon on the 14th of April. The Carol Lons Bell Choir will be playing two songs and the Community Choir under the direction of David Aakre will be singing along with any others who would like to join them. They will practice at SWOCC in Sunset Hall on the April 3rd and 10th at 7:00 PM. They will practice the songs for Good Friday right at the beginning of their practice so you won’t have to stay for the whole rehearsal. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Coos Food Cupboard. The offering will go to the Devereaux Center.
Easter Sunrise service at Sunset Beach at 6:30 AM. Eric Lindsey, the new Pastor at First Presbyterian Church will preach, Pastor Jon Strasman of Gloria Dei will preside and the band, Phil and the Holster, will provide most of the music.
Getting Ready for Holy Week and Easter Opportunities to Participate and to Help!
Holy Baptism will be celebrated at the Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 15th, at 7:00 p.m. If you are interested in baptism for yourself or your child please contact Pastor Christy at 541-728-7988 or Christy@episcopalcoosbay.org prior to Sunday, April 9th.
First Communion Preparation: Many times children have been receiving Holy Communion from the time they were young children, but have never had any instruction in it. Since they are no longer required to wait for a certain age to receive their first communion, we still do first communion preparation with them, but we do it “in honor of their First Communion” rather than celebrating the first time they actually receive Holy Communion. If you would like your children to participate in this preparation prior to Easter, please let Christy know by Sunday, April 9th, 541-728-7988.
Help Read the Passion Gospel on Palm Sunday, April 9th. Readers of all ages are needed at both services, 7:30 and 10:00 for large and small parts. Sign up in the entryway and see Christy to receive your script before Palm Sunday.
A Prayer Vigil begins immediately after the Maundy Thursday worship service and continues until noon on Good Friday. Jesus asked his disciples in the garden at Gethsemane, “Could you not watch with me one hour?” We answer that question by attempting to pray throughout the 15 hours in the chapel or at home in 1-2 hour shifts. There is a sign-up sheet in the church entry-way. Questions, talk to Christy.
Help Needed for the Easter Vigil Bon Fire and the S’More Reception after the Easter Vigil on Saturday evening, April 15th. Please sign-up in the Entryway if you can help provide firewood, set the fire, keep the embers glowing for s’mores following the service, or help with the reception.
Easter Memorials – Memorial gifts for Easter altar flowers or individual lilies can be arranged through the Church office. If you would like to make an offering toward Easter flowers, please drop it off at the office or put it in the offering plate, noting who it is in memory or honor of.
Help is needed to fold Easter bulletins and the Tridiuum booklets on Friday, April 7 at 1:00 PM. If you can help, please sign-up in the church entry or call Kerri in the Church Office, 541-269-5829.
“May the Holy Spirit, who has begun a good work in you, direct and uphold you in the service of Christ and his kingdom.” Book of Common Prayer, pg. 419
This is a wonderful prayer that the Bishop prays over someone with the laying on of hands when they reaffirm their commitment to follow Jesus Christ. Are you going through a dry spell in your Christian journey or just feel a desire to recommit or connect to God at a deeper level? Were you baptized at a young age and are now ready to confirm your commitment to the responsibilities of your baptism? Or perhaps you were baptized and confirmed in another tradition and would like to be received into the Episcopal Church. Or you may be new to the Episcopal Church and just want to learn more about it.
If any of these thoughts resonate with you then you may want to consider joining others in a small group who will gather with Pastor Christy to learn more about the Episcopal Church and to prepare for Reaffirmation, Confirmation or Reception when we welcome Bishop Michael to Emmanuel for his semi-annual visitation on May 21st!
We will be offering classes for those interested:
April 29th and May 6th in the afternoon (exact times will be posted at a later date) and/or
April 27th and May 11th
Times are flexible depending on the availability of those who are interested. Please let Christy know if you or a family member are interested, 541-728-7988, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction a Great Success
We want to share a heartfelt thank you to the Preschool Board Members for the tasty dinner and for all who attended to show their support. Our gratitude is extended to Director Noriko, Teacher Cathy, and Teacher Lois for the idea and for all the hard work to organize the auction and to everyone who graciously donated items and their time to help. We made an approximate grand total of $1,370.00 to ensure the preschool’s continued success while enjoying a delicious dinner, fellowship, and fun!
Vestry Visibility April 2017
Dear Emmanuel Church Members,
Each year Emmanuel Church is tasked to complete an audit of our Church’s financial status and procedures. This is an important safeguard to confirm that Emmanuel is taking care of business in a sound, safe, and transparent manner. We have a tremendous responsibility to make sure things are done correctly when working with past and present congregation members’ donations.
To that end, your Vestry appoints an Audit Committee to evaluate the financial health and practices of Emmanuel Church. Unfortunately, we had fallen a little behind in our audits. To catch up, the 2015 Audit Committee of vestry members Pam Chaney and Dave Laird, along with congregation member and 2014 Audit Committee member Ralph Holland met every Tuesday morning to complete the 2015 audit. We examined the church’s internal accounting controls and money handling procedures using the “Diocese of Oregon Audit Program”, dated February 26, 2011 as a template.
I’m proud to report that the 2015 Audit is complete. Not only that, but our congregation can take pride in our financial practices and those responsible for the distribution and management of our monies.
The audit committee found that documentation of practices was excellent and easy to track. Compliments to Tammy our bookkeeper and Joni and Kerri our secretaries, Bob our treasurer, and Christy our pastor.
A report was issued to the Vestry outlining conclusions and recommendations. The entire 2015 Audit report is on file in the church office and is available for your viewing if interested.
The Audit Committee is looking for an additional volunteer to work with us on the 2016 Audit. This is an excellent opportunity to get a firsthand look at how our church operates. If interested contact Dave Laird, email@example.com or 541-290-0352. You may also let Christy know.
Respectfully, Dave Laird 2015 Audit Committee Vestry Member
COOS HISTORY MUSEUM
2nd Sunday of every month, Family Fun Day at the Coos History Museum! Free admission and hands-on activities for children and those young at heart. Bring the whole family in to check out our exhibits and have fun with each month’s activities. All children must be supervised by an adult.
World Newspaper: Power’s Playground
“We are so grateful to the people at Ford for their persistent support for this project,” Close Erskine said. “They provided the foundation that allowed us to lead a truly collaborative effort, where our community has come together to fulfill a need for current and future generations of Powers children. We are amazed and incredibly blessed by how far we’ve come.”
Soup Suppers: Cinema, Culture, and Covenant
“As it is in Heaven” – A Swedish film about a renowned international conductor who suddenly has his career interrupted and returns to his childhood home after suffering from a personal ailment. He is asked to listen to the church choir and give his advice. Along with the choir and the town, he finds personal growth and healing.
The soup is made and we have plenty of delicious bread and popcorn to share! JOIN US and BRING A FRIEND
Sat, April 1 “As it is in Heaven” 4 PM – 6:30 PM
Thurs, April 6 “As it is in Heaven” 6 PM – 8:30 PM
What’s Happening out Front? A pond? A swamp? Nothing? Inquiring minds want to know!
It’s true that when you look at the progress in the area outside the offices, all of the above might seem like realistic possibilities. I think of the saying, “You can’t rush art!” Indeed! Or the corollary might be that most times it takes longer than we think to achieve our vision!
The vision and plan for the area continues to be for a memorial garden and patio that is beautiful, inviting, reflective and low maintenance. The opposite side was mostly completed last year with only the memorial plaque for Fr. Gene Jennings left to place. We don’t want it to disappear as soon as it is placed in the ground so a solution involving a concrete footing of some kind is being figured out. The side that is still being worked on had some drainage issues that needed to be figured out. About the time a plan was established it started to rain, and rain and it really hasn’t stopped raining. So currently we are waiting for it to dry out so it can be completed and paved to match the other side with a small strip of plantings. Many of the plants that used to be there are being wintered over and will hopefully be transplanted to the front yard of Shepherd’s House.
Join us for a Grounds Work Party and Pizza, April 29th, 9:00-12:30
Help us clean up the grounds for spring and then enjoy a pizza lunch! We will be pruning, weeding, cleaning out the beds, spreading bark and making sure Emmanuel looks its best for spring and the Bishop’s visit later in May. We hope you can join us as many hands make light work. Bring your own work gloves and favorite gardening tools. Signup in the entry-way or call the church office. If you have questions, contact Al Rumsch or Doug Laird.
Christy’s Corner: Meetings, Meetings, Meetings…or
I am the Church! You are the Church! We are the Church Together!
I write this on Saturday evening, March 25th. It has been a busy few days filled with many meetings. Thursday morning I connected online to the Dean’s Meeting with Bishop Michael through “Go to Meetings”. He was at the Bishop’s Close in Portland, with two other clergy, while three of us connected remotely from Ashland, Eugene and Coos Bay. Then on Friday I drove to St. Thomas, Eugene for the Diocesan Council Meeting. Pete Baumer from St. James in Coquille and I are the Diocesan Council Representatives from the South Coast Convocation. Finally, today, I joined with our convention delegates Nancylee Stewart, Carla Courtney, Arlene Peil and Judy Jennings to drive to St. Matthew, Gold Beach for our Convocation meeting.
I have to admit, it was a lot of driving and a lot of meetings, but I loved the opportunity to experience the fullness of the Episcopal Church and our Diocese at work! Each baptized lay member is the foundation of the Episcopal Church. We gather in our local churches to worship God and do the work that God has given us to do. In the last several years, it’s fairly common to see bumper stickers that say, “Act Locally!” In some ways, that’s exactly what we are doing in each of our local congregations. We respond to our local context to do the work and ministry of Jesus Christ. How do we “act locally” at Emmanuel? Our Preschool and the Food Cupboard are the ongoing ministries that we are committed to on a regular basis. We have also been actively involved in supporting the development of an interfaith chapel at Bay Area Hospital. We believe that it’s important that there be a designated “holy” space of prayer for patients, their families, and staff. We have committed money and our prayers to making that a reality. As individuals and as a church community, we are always looking for ways that we are being called to minister in our local community, to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world.
When I go to “Convocation Meetings” they are made up of “delegates” from each of the local congregations. These delegates are elected by members of the congregation at their Annual Meeting. At Emmanuel, we are part of the South Coast Convocation that includes eight congregations extending from Florence to Brookings and inland to Coquille. I’m the Dean, or clergy leader of the Convocation and Barbara Gauntlett, from St. Matthew, Gold Beach is the President, or elected lay leader of the Convocation. These delegates also attend our Diocesan Convention annually in the fall where we conduct the business of the Diocese. When convention isn’t in session, the Diocesan Council is responsible for the business of convention. Each convocation elects a clergy and lay representative to Diocesan Council. When I agreed to be Dean of the Convocation for three years, I also agreed to be the representative to Diocesan Council for the same timeframe. It makes sense to me as a way to enhance communication. It’s an easy way to have the information from Diocesan Council flow to the convocation and to the local congregations. Conversely, ideas go from local congregations to the convocations and on to the Diocese.
Currently, as a convocation we are working on building relationships by committing to praying for each other, celebrating with each other and supporting one another in the work and ministry that we are called to do. Just like with any other relationship, we have to spend time together in order to support each other, build trust and understand the joys and challenges that we are experiencing. In addition, there are some responsibilities that we must fulfill for the Diocese, such as approving the budget and supporting Diocesan work and ministry.
At our meeting we celebrated with St. John, Bandon as we welcomed their new vicar Eileen Heden who just
recently started her ministry there. This is an exciting time as they have been without a vicar for almost two years.
At the same time we offered our prayers of support for St. Andrew, Florence who are in the midst of a search
process and for St. James in Coquille who are at the very beginning of the process with Albie Hazen retiring April 30th.
Many times the driving distance or weather can impact delegate’s ability to attend the meetings. We are excited because St. Matthew in Gold Beach has the technology to let us begin to use “Go to Meetings” for our convocation meetings. Thanks to David Gauntlett, of St. Matthew’s, and his expertise, we are well on our way to being able to still connect with one another even if we can’t be at the meeting physically. This is especially important on the south coast in the winter!
We used to have an Episcopal congregation in Powers. As I worked with the Ford Family Foundation Leadership Cohort on the Power’s Playground Project I thought it would be great if any Episcopalians who are still part of that community felt our support. I asked Bishop Michael if he was willing to make a donation on behalf of our Diocese and he agreed. On the plaque that will be displayed on the new playground in Powers, one of the donors will be listed as Episcopal Diocese of Oregon… another way of being Christ’s presence in the world.
The Episcopal Church is as strong and vital on the South Coast as each of our congregations! Strong and vital congregations “acting locally” create healthy convocations and convocations “acting locally” create strong, vital, and healthy dioceses. When the clergy and lay delegates from each of the Dioceses gather every three years it’s called General Convention. All of us combined, the laity, bishops, priests, and deacons, form the Episcopal Church USA, or as our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry likes to say, “the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement!”
Many of us know the coastal cities by their lighthouses. I have a vision of a poster with the local lighthouses next to the local red doors of the Episcopal Churches: “The Episcopal Churches of the South Coast Welcome You!”
I am the church, you are the church, we are the church together!
Blessings and gratitude for each of you! Christy