The Messenger July 2016
“Discernment is a process of letting go of what we are not.” Thomas Keating
Many times “discernment” seems like a tricky part of our spiritual journey. People talk about feeling stuck or paralyzed, unsure about what God wants us to do. Sometimes we don’t want to be still and listen to God because we’re scared about what we might hear and what God might be asking us to do, or scared that we won’t hear anything. Richards Beekman, my youth pastor growing up, was visiting some friends in Alaska. They were kayaking and he was looking for a soap stone that he could use to carve “Nanook” (a polar bear) out of. They paddled and paddled and paddled, peering into the sea, paddling around and around and looking some more. Finally in exasperation my friend said, “Just pick a stone! We don’t have to spend any more time looking!” To which his friend responded, “But I haven’t found a stone with a bear in it yet!” A stone with “Nanook” in it…a stone created to be “Nanook.” Michelangelo was similar in that he saw the sculpture waiting, already complete, in the uncut stone. He would often say that his job was to carve away the excess, freeing the thing of beauty just waiting to be released.
It helps to think of spiritual discernment in this way, says Mark Nepo in The Book of Awakening: “Facing ourselves, uncovering the meaning in our hard experiences, the entire work of consciousness speaks to a process by which we sculpt away the excess, all that we are not; finding and releasing the gesture of soul that is already waiting, complete within us.”
Like the soap stone carver, God is able to easily see the gifts within each of us that God has blessed us with. The job of discernment is to uncover them ourselves and offer them to our world so that the “world’s deep hunger meets our deep gladness.” When we are able to do that the result is vocation and a sense of vision.
As individuals, as families, and as a community of faith, we are involved in discernment about God’s hope for us and what we might offer to our neighbors and to the world. This involves all of us listening and being willing to let go of what we think we “ought” to be or to let go of what we “aren’t” in order to focus on what we are… the “Nanook” in the soapstone or the “David” in the marble. “The many ways that we suffer and all of the experiences that we have both inwardly and outwardly, are the chisels of God freeing the thing of beauty that we have carried from within since birth.” (Nepo, pg. 213.)
What are the experiences that have “chiseled” us, freed the “thing of beauty” within us? What are the unique core gifts that God has blessed us with? How is God inviting us to let go of what we are not so that we can celebrate where our deep gladness meets the world’s hunger? Soulful questions to ponder and reflect on this summer.
Blessings to you and yours!
Vestry Visibility: About Our Emmanuel Vestry
Originally the word Vestry referred to the room where the priest would put on his vestments, at which time local laity would meet with him to discuss the affairs of the parish. Over time the name of the room came to signify the group of men who governed a parish because it was where they met. While the vestry meeting location and the full inclusion of women in Episcopal life has changed over the years, the name has remained the same.
Role of the Vestry
The vestry of Emmanuel Episcopal church has these primary responsibilities.
• take care of parish finances and manage our parish buildings.
• choose individuals to fill various positions of leadership and representation
• serve as an advisory council to our rector Christy
• help keep Jesus in our church life
• serve as a sounding board for suggestions from the congregation to better our church.
The vestry consists of lay members of the church elected by the congregation at our annual parish meeting. The vestry of Emmanuel church currently has nine elected members. Vestry members normally serve a three-year term and must be members in good standing of the parish.
The vestry of Emmanuel church usually meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Undercroft. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are open to members of the congregation.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does the vestry do?
The vestry meets each month to review and approve normal monthly operational expenses of the church, receive reports from various committees, plan and approve capital improvement projects, and attend to concerns within the parish. We also advance our goals to keep Emmanuel moving forward in the spirit of Christianity.
Who are the officers of the vestry?
Emmanuel Vestry has two wardens; Troy Cribbens is the Senior Warden and is the presiding officer for the meetings. John Knutson is the Junior Warden and is responsible for the physical plant of the church. The rest of the vestry has responsibilities for various vestry goals and projects.
Submitted by David Laird, Vestry Member
Anne Abdy’s Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate, July 8th, 5:30 PM
Save the date and plan to attend Anne’s ordination at Emmanuel. We are currently collecting money for a gift of stoles from the congregation. If you’d like to contribute please make out a check with Anne’s name in the subject line and it will be included in her gift. We are also still in need of fruit and vegie platters for the reception. If you’d like to help, please contact DeeDee Ousley, reception coordinator. Finally if you’d like to sing in the choir contact Carla Courtney to find out the specifics. Blessings!
Save the Dates for Some Exciting Fun-Filled Days with our Youth Group.
Thursday, July 21st
Visit the Labyrinth at Bandon Dunes on the way and then spend the day exploring and playing on the beach at Bandon.
Thursday, August 4th
A day to play at Floras Lake. Details to follow, but please let contact the office with any questions.
Join us for Public Church in the Gazebo at Mingus Park, Second Sundays, 4:30-5:30 PM
Do you know someone who might be interested in knowing about Jesus but can’t quite make it through the doors of a church? Then why not invite them to Public Church which has moved to the second Sunday of the month at the gazebo in Mingus Park for the summer. This is a ministry of Harmony Methodist, Gloria Dei, Faith Lutheran and Emmanuel.
July 10th, Christy, Jack and Joshua will help lead the gathering that is always made up of great music provided by a band from Gloria Dei, a biblical reading, an experiential lesson, prayer and a simple communion service. A great opportunity to introduce someone you care about to a God who loves them. Questions? Talk to Christy…
Vacation Bible School, Next Steps for 2017
Gather to Continue the Planning, July 11th, 10:00-12:00 in the Undercroft
We will hear the overview of the Marketplace 29AD and how it will be set up. We will look at the daily schedule and follow a typical child from registration through their whole day. Finally we will divide into groups based on our areas individual responsibilities such as tribe leader, market place vender, story teller, etc and figure out some goals for the coming months. We will also work to complete background checks in order to comply with the diocesan “Safeguarding Policy.” Join in on the fun! Questions, talk to Christy, Teri Stamsos or Terrye Laird.
“Oregon Bounty” to be the Theme of our Convocation Picnic at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Bandon Saturday, August 13th, 11am
It’s been a couple of years since the last Convocation Picnic, so save the date and plan to join other South Coast Episcopalians for a fun afternoon of great food, fellowship and fun! St. John’s will provide the meat but we have been challenged to bring some “Oregon Bounty” in the form of side dishes or desserts to share with the group.
The people of St. John’s are looking for a head count so they know how many to prepare for. Please sign up in the church entry way or the undercroft before July 20th so we can let them know how many to expect from Emmanuel. Also note if you would like to carpool and if you are willing to drive, how many extra passengers you can fit. Questions, talk to Christy or any of your Convention Delegates/Alternate Delegates: Nancylee Stewart, Sheryl Gerety, David or Terrye Laird.
Wednesday Summer Worship Schedule in the Chapel
6:30 AM Holy Eucharist
12:00 PM Holy Eucharist with Anointing for Healing
Due to holidays and vacation there are times when we are unable to offer our regular mid-week services.
For your convenience, here is a list of the Wednesday services that we will offer throughout the summer.
Convocation Meets at Emmanuel June 18th
Our convocation meeting was just a week after the mass shooting in Orlando so we used the Liturgy created by the Diocese of Minnesota. We tolled the bell 49 times as we said the names of the victims while offering our prayers for peace and an end to gun violence throughout our world.
Week #2: Water Fun
Tuesday, July 19- Thursday, July 21
9:00am-12:00pm Cost: $50/week
Includes: Supplies, activities and daily snacks
Please call Julianna at 541-297-7766 or 541-404-3045 for more information or to register your child, space is limited!
We Give Thanks for Brett’s Healing!!!
Brett is a person who has been on our prayer list forever. He has struggled with drug addictions for much of his life and his uncle said, “It’s a miracle he’s not dead!” We are incredibly grateful for the healing that has taken place in Brett’s life as he is just about to graduate from a rehab program. Not only that but he has done so well that he has been asked to come back and work there as a counselor. Sometimes it feels like we pray for the same people forever so it’s important to recognize that God is at work bringing about healing in our world and our prayers do matter!