The Messenger January 2016
Do or Do Not, There is No Try!
When I was a freshman in college my advisor was also my psychology professor. He was a stickler for the word “try.” He called it a fuzzy function and said that when people used the word “try” they rarely accomplished what they said they
were going to “try” to do. Later I ended up working with Dr. Fromong in a chronic pain management program and he once again would hold people accountable for how they talked about their plans. It really was amazing to tune into the way
people spoke… people who “tried to lose weight” rarely made much progress… or when our students would “try” to get something finished it never quite happened. It usually was a much different scenario when someone said that they would “do” something instead of trying to do something.
You can imagine my surprise when I first saw Star Wars and heard Master Yoda proclaim, “Do or do not, there is no try!” That expression along with much observation has made me a believer! Consequently we pay a lot of attention to how we talk in our family and have attempted to eliminate the word “try” from our vocabulary. Some people may think it’s silly, but I believe that it really does make a difference.
Our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, encourages us to be part of the Jesus Movement and transform the world through the love of Jesus Christ. At Emmanuel we have a vision for our future that includes having more children and youth and younger families. We also have values of inclusiveness and respect that undergird all that we do. Finally we have the following goals that we are attempting to live into:
1.) Continue to learn how to follow Jesus.
2.) Offer opportunities to serve God and our neighbor.
3.) Continue to develop a plan for ongoing sustainability (financial, resources, people, facilities.)
4.) Fund youth pastor/intern/pastor for 24 months, and develop a sustainable system of support.
The question is how are we going to achieve our goals and ultimately live into our vision? I truly hope that we are not going to “try” to do it! Instead I’d like to suggest that we embrace this new year and the season of Epiphany with our stewardship theme of “Celebrate what’s right with Emmanuel!” and “Be the change you want to see!” What action will you commit to doing as we build on what there is to celebrate? What change do you want to see and what are you willing to do to embrace that change? Questions to ponder during Epiphany, the season where God is made manifest!
Epiphany Blessings to you and yours! Christy
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training will be at the Coos Bay Fire Hall on Elrod Saturday January 9, 16, 23, and 30. Classes are from 9:00 am to 2:30 each Saturday with a half hour lunch break. Bring your own lunch. This training is open to the public and all are encouraged to come. BE PREPARED for any emergency that may come our way — earthquake, tsunami, flooding. Learn how to care for yourself and one another.
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THIS YEAR’S COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING MEAL!
To Emmanuel: With your gift of $327.00 and the Pea Salad, we served 553 meals on Thanksgiving weekend.
In addition to supplying the meal, your generosity allowed us to donate over $2,000 directly to the Coos Food Cupboard, which will continue to serve hungry people in our community all year.
Thank you for being our partner in this community tradition.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
From Emmanuel: A big thanks to Terrye Laird for being in charge of volunteers and the making of the pea salad; along with her helpers named here:
Karen Prushmeyer, Brad Laird, Kathleen Buchanan, and her sister Carey.
The food bank for supplying bacon, peas and some mayo – without them it would have gotten very expensive.
Sharon Szabo – who attended one of the planning meetings in place of Terrye.
Bacon cooks Christy Close-Erskine, Kathleen Woods and Terrye.
Christmas Outreach Baskets
This Christmas we gave out 32 baskets to 8 different local schools and provided gifts to 81 children and household supplies to 32 families.
A big thanks especially to David and Terrye Laird, Liz and Ron Cowden, and the preschool families for each providing an individual family basket. And also thanks to Patty Hanlin, Miranda & Lizzee Seldon, Ralph Holland, Terrye Laird, Norma Frost, Arlene Peil, Alanna Johnson, Linda White, Mike & Chris Seldon, Sally Jaeggli, and Judy Jensen, for their help and to many other little secret elves who left wrapping and other supplies.
I pray I have not forgotten anyone. I deeply apologize if I have; in the confusion of Christmas, I seemed to have lost my helper list. Thank you all.
Coffee Hour and Fellowship
Coffee Hosts Needed for the New Year!
Have you always wanted to sign up and just haven’t taken the plunge?? Now’s the time!
Share duties with a friend or make a new friend! Rely on store bought goods if you are nervous about your kitchen skills! Procrastinate- sign up for March knowing you’ll be sure to learn to cook by then!!
Sign up in the undercroft or call or email Julianna in the office and she will put you down. Thanks everyone for participating in this important part of our worship!
Vestry and Parish News
Annual Parish Meeting Sunday, January 24th, Following the 10:00 AM Service.
From the Desk of Anne Abdy
I write this update while driving with a friend on a road-trip to Des Moines, Iowa, having just completed probably the most difficult semester of seminary life. My friend and I are participating in the service of a friend who is to be ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons.
You might be asking the question, “When is Anne getting ordained?” Well, the simple answer to that is, “I do not know.” I can tell you that I have been informed by the diocesan office that my candidacy interview is set for February 4, 2016. What does this mean for me? Well, essentially I get to come back to Oregon for 48 hours and spend time talking with the Commission on Ministry and Standing Committee about my process and my experience of seminary. It is part of the formation process and the discernment towards ordained ministry. The Commission and Committee will provide Bishop Michael with their recommendations; and God willing and the people consenting; he will then approve me to be a Candidate for the Transitional Diaconate. The bishop sets the date for ordination.
In the meantime, I will spend my Christmas break organizing my notes and studying as I prepare for to sit the General Ordination Examinations (GOEs) on January 4th, January 5th, and January 7th. These are timed three-hour examinations set by the General Board of Examining Chaplains. Most dioceses require their seminarians to take them; however, some dioceses offer canonicals instead. I ask for specific prayers during this time for clarity of thought and peace of mind.
It is hard to believe that I am about to enter my last semester of seminary which starts the week after the GOEs. I will be taking Advance Preaching, Pastoral Theology II, Christian Education, The Church and African Politics, and The Same-Sex debate across the Anglican Communion. This is the semester when I truly live into that nebulous liminal space and have no control over much of anything. It will be another challenging semester.
Hope you all have a happy and safe New Year!
2016 GOE Schedule
Monday, January 4, 2016
9:00 a.m. Set 1, The Holy Scriptures (Open Resources)
1:30 p.m. Set 2, Christian Theology (Open Resources)
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
9:00 a.m. Set 3, Christian Ethics & Moral Theology (Open Resources)
1:30 p.m. Set 4, The Practice of Ministry (Open Resources)
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Thursday, January 7, 2016
9:00 a.m. Set 5, History of the Christian Church (Open Resources)
1:30 p.m. Set 6, Christian Worship (Open Resources)