The Messenger June 2016
June always marks a time of change and transition…endings that allow for new beginnings…graduations, whether from a class or program, or a grade in school that leave one with a sense of accomplishment and help to propel us forward to the next opportunity. Last week as I watched the excitement of our pre-school graduation I realized that it seemed like yesterday that our son Joshua was that age…and in just a few weeks he will graduate from high school ready to take on the world in his own way. How does that all happen so quickly?
It’s summertime! The strawberries are in season again and warmer days are around the corner. The summer months can be a time to shift down to a lower speed…an opportunity for reflection on our spiritual journeys and what God might be urging us to do with our lives and with our time. Sometimes I think we take things too seriously and I wonder…what if God wants to say to us lighten up…life is supposed to be joy-full! We’re told in Galatians, Chapter 5 that the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. How might we increase those qualities in our lives and lessen the stress, worry and anxiety? I wonder?
Last month Karen Pruhsmeier returned from her annual winter trek to the desert and a sunnier climate. When there she attends St. Margaret in the Desert and many times she returns with things that have touched her while away. This time around she brought us a wonderful way to pause and reflect on the things that we do with our time, “Is it a Job or a Ministry?” (Reprinted following this article.) Perhaps this can be a beginning for summer reflections aimed at increasing the fruit of the spirit in our lives and decreasing the angst, as we continue to do the work and ministry that God has given us to do.
Summertime blessings to you and yours and prayers for all of the changes and transitions!
Is it a Job or a Ministry?
Some people have a JOB in the church.
Others involve themselves in a MINISTRY.
What’s the difference?
If you are doing it just because no one else will, it’s a JOB.
If you are doing it to serve the Lord, it’s a MINISTRY.
If you quit because somebody criticized you, it was a JOB.
If you keep on serving, it’s a MINISTRY.
If you’ll do it only if it does not interfere with your other activities, it’s a JOB.
If you are committed to staying with it even when it means
letting go of other things, it’s a MINISTRY.
If you quit because no one praised you or thanked you, it was a JOB.
If you stay with it even though nobody recognizes your efforts, it is MINISTRY.
It’s hard to get excited about a JOB.
It’s almost impossible not to be excited about a MINISTRY.
If our concern is success, it’s a JOB.
If our concern is faithfulness, it’s a MINISTRY.
An average church is filled with people doing JOBS.
A great and growing church is filled with people involved in MINISTRY.
Where do we fit in?
What about us?
If God calls you to a MINISTRY, don’t treat it like a JOB.
If you have a JOB, give it up and find a MINISTRY.
God does not want us feeling stuck with a JOB,
but excited and faithful to God in a MINISTRY.
(From St. Margaret’s in the Desert)
For our Vestry news-article this month I would like to update you on the progress of our Vacation Bible School Planning Team.
The dates set are July 11th, 12th, and 13th from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM. Mark your calendars for the fun!
The theme this year is “The Bible Marketplace”. The children will experience Bible time activities from family customs to occupations of the time such as weaving, carpentry, pottery making, dancing, and singing. They will learn that the Bible is about real people such as Ruth and Esther, Jonah and Daniel.
Since the Marketplace was always full of people, we hope to have some of you come and participate as village folk.
In God’s Peace,
A big thank you from the choir to Troy Cribbins; for the gracious donation of a 5-shelf bookcase that Carla located at The Goodwill Store. Troy picked this up on a Saturday in May, then wrestled the unit up to the second floor Choir Room, by himself!
Thank you Troy! We so needed, and are so delighted to have this storage!!
The Emmanuel Choir
Youth Celebrations, Camps, and more!
Mark your calendar for Sunday, June 5th – Youth Celebration Sunday and Barbecue:
Plan to come and celebrate our youth during the services and enjoy a barbecue with them afterwards. Barbecue fixings will be provided but please bring a salad, side or dessert to share.
Help us Celebrate Your Kids! Response Needed by June 2nd!
Please send us any accomplishment that your kids (pre-school through high school) have had this year in sports, drama, the arts, academics, fishing…anything that you think we might want to give thanks for as a congregation. Sunday June 5th will be the day to celebrate them but we need your help to send us the info and pictures of the event if you have them. This is one of those times when it is ok to brag, so have fun remembering the accomplishments and send them to us. Email or text Christy at 541-728-7988 or Christy@episcopalcoosbay.org by June 2nd.
Summer Camp Fun for Young Children
We are excited to announce that we will be offering summer camp to preschoolers in our community! Campers will spend three half-days wondering, learning, and exploring through theme-based activities. Days will be modeled after our existing Preschool program, with a low child to teacher ratio, a great way for children to experience what the Emmanuel Episcopal Preschool has to offer. Ages: 3-6 years
Week #1: Summer Camp Adventures Tuesday, June 28- Thursday, June 30
Week #2: Water Fun Tuesday, July 19- Thursday, July 21
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!
Basic Disaster Supplies Kit
This Basic 72 hour Emergency Kit is meant to furnish a three day buffer in case of a short term emergency or disaster. The kit should be stored in the trunk or cargo space of a vehicle or vehicles sufficient to evacuate your household. These supplies are meant to integrate with longer term emergency planning and/or in the event that you remain in your house, sheltering in place.
As fire season approaches and with the ever present possibility of a Cascadia Event we urge our members to gather up these items. Pack them in a variety of portable containers such as roller bags, duffles or backpacks, cheaply obtained from a thrift store. Store your supplies in a vehicle with gas tank maintained at or above the 1/2 mark.
Enjoy a safe, happy summer
Sheryl Gerety for Emergency Preparedness at Emmanuel
72 hour Emergency Kit: Recommended Supplies List
A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:
• Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation, include pets, portable water filter
• Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food, include pets
• Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• First aid kit, prescription medications
• Whistle, small mirror to signal for help
• Dust mask(s) (N95) to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
• Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties
• 5 gallon bucket for personal sanitation, filled with items
• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
• Manual can opener for food
• Local maps
• Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
Registration has begun for “Marketplace A.D. 29” Vacation Bible School
Registration is underway for Vacation Bible School here at Emmanuel, set for July 11th through the 13th, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The program’s theme, “Marketplace 29 A.D.”, will acquaint area children with their Christian heritage from the time that Jesus was living and teaching.
“A Bible land setting will be created on the church grounds, and activities will also reflect traditions of long ago. Children will be grouped into small family tribes, and will participate in areas such as marketplace craft activities, singing, story-telling, synagogue lessons, dancing and games,” says Pastor Christy.
Enrollment in the program is for children ages 3 through 11 years (entering fifth grade in the fall), and registrations will be accepted through June 27th, as space allows for each age group. Children who aren’t members of Emmanuel Episcopal Church are welcome to take part in the three-day program.
Registration forms are available at the church office. For more information about registering for Vacation Bible School, call Christy or Julianna at 541-269-5829.
WANTED FOR VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
People Needed for VBS:
Recreation Leaders – outdoor games, exercises, fun
Music Leaders – lead kids in song and other music
Villagers in the Marketplace – dress in a simple tunic/costume and add color and excitement to the market.
Shopkeepers – weaving, herbs, ceramics, simple toy making, tunic sewers
Things Needed for VBS:
Bring Snacks for the kids
Tents for the tribes 10×10 or larger for setup in the undercroft
$$ Donations of $$
VBS – Emmanuel Church July 11-13, 2016
9 am to 12:30 pm – Lunch Provided
Contact Julianna if you can help or have questions
In spite of all our best efforts, there are bound to be some corrections needed for the directory information. Please check your directory to ensure your information is correct. If something needs to be changed, please alert the office. We will have a special section in the next few e-news and newsletters to give everyone updates.