The Messenger August 2016
“Earth’s crammed with heaven
and every common bush afire with God;
but only he who sees, takes off his shoes, the rest sit around it and pluck blackberries.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Summer days are here and they can remind us to take a moment to move a little slower, breathe a little deeper, and experience something new as you pause to look and see the wonder of God’s creation all around us! Connect with a friend you haven’t talked to in a while; investigate God’s creation in a new way; meet a neighbor you don’t know; taste or cook with a new vegetable or fruit; identify a new bird, or bug or fish; explore a hike you’ve never been on; see, taste, experience the Holy ground all around us, and give thanks! Then take a moment to send a picture and your “summer Holy ground” story to the church office so we can share the experiences with one another!
Summer blessings to you and yours!
I’m happy to report that your vestry has been meeting, discussing and dealing with the many and varied maintenance and repair issues that have popped up through the summer. This has been an unusual year for breakdowns but it now appears that all of the projects have been completed.
Along with the “nuts and bolts” issues that are part of a vestry’s responsibility, we have a strong and informed financial committee who are assessing investment accounts and spending policies in order to make recommendations to vestry to maintain a balanced budget and future sustainability.
The Pre-School Board representative reported continued growth and fresh ideas for increasing sign- ups for both age levels at the school. With the formation and enthusiasm of an updated board, the future of our pre-school has brightened.
At each meeting of the Vestry we have been asked to quiet our minds and share a “Jesus moment” that touched us since the last meeting. These moments have led to everything from laughter to tears to quiet contemplation but has also opened pathways to looking to the future of our church family and how we see it developing in the next decade. Vestry visibility is a big part of that. We encourage your input.
Respectfully submitted by Pam Chaney
Summer Financial Update
We are so grateful for everyone’s financial support throughout the year as it’s what allows us to carry out the ministry of Jesus Christ at Emmanuel. We ended June in the black primarily due to expenses being lower than expected as pledges are slightly lower than budgeted. As you travel throughout the summer please remember to stay current with your pledge as it allows us to stay current with our budget. If you find that your situation has changed requiring an adjustment to your pledge, please let Christy know. If you find yourself able to give a bit more that’s always helpful as well or if you are new to our community and would like to make a financial pledge you can find a pledge card in the office or in the rack at the back of the church. Talk to Christy with questions. We are so blessed by the faithfulness of our church community. Thank you for your support!
Wednesday Eucharist and Healing Services Schedule for August
August 3rd & August 31st 6:30 AM – Holy Eucharist 12:00 PM – H.E. & Healing Service
Have your knives, scissors and/or garden shears sharpened! Sunday, August 21st
All donations for this service will go to “Pennies for Prosperity”
– our 2016 Diocesan project.
Nancylee’s husband, Cary, will once again provide this opportunity to make those dull cutting items cut like new. There will also be a big jar for any pennies you bring to contribute to this project. Our Diocesan project brings a way to rise above extreme poverty. The goal is to provide microfinance loans, small business training and educational opportunities to allow people to rise out of poverty in some of the most remote areas of the world, as well as in urban areas where extreme poverty exists.
All funds raised by our parish for this project will be taken to this year’s Convention and presented there.
Music Team Needs Your Help
We are attempting to compile a list of the congregation’s favorite hymns that bring us joy to sing. Please take a moment to complete this survey and turn it into the church office or put it in the offering plate by Sunday, August 28th at the latest. Thanks!
FROM THE DESK OF DEACON ANNE ABDY
Thank you so very much for all the support given me on my special day, July 8th, when I was ordained. Your generosity and love shown on that day was overwhelming. Life as a newly ordained clergy has been interesting because there are times when I forget I am wearing my collar in the community. Recently I found myself in the grocery store with my clericals on. The cashier asked if I was Roman Catholic. I explained that I was not but boy I was tempted. I wonder what Pope Francis would have said? I am sure there will be many more interesting community interactions in the years to come. For now I am settling into a routine of juggling work and my duties at Resurrection which will evolve over time.
Blessings to all.