The Messenger November 2015
Christy’s Corner: We till the soil, plant and nurture… but God transforms!
It seems like just yesterday that I described my joy on a sun-filled morning to be going outside to see if I could create a little vegetable garden along the retaining wall by my driveway. I carefully tilled the soil and planted the seeds. It’s hard to believe but that was six months ago. Over the course of that time I have nurtured that garden and others have helped me keep it watered. This sunflower is the result of one of those tiny little seeds that God transformed in the most amazing way in a very unlikely space. It seems to me that this picture carries with it such a delightful life lesson… we just have to plant and nurture the seeds trusting that God is the one who will transform them. Stewardship seeds that have been tilled over the last month for reflection include the following:
Celebrate what’s right with our world, Emmanuel and our lives!
Be the change you want to see at Emmanuel!
Give thanks with a grateful heart!
In addition we completed our first Mutual Ministry Review and the Vestry sifted and sorted through the data that you provided. What emerged were four goals that we hope will guide Emmanuel into the future.
• Continue to learn how to follow Jesus
• Offer opportunities to serve God and neighbor
• Develop a plan for ongoing sustained growth in people, finances and facilities
• Fund a youth pastor/intern for 24 months and develop a sustainable system of support
We sincerely hope that these goals resonate with you and that you can get excited about offering your time, passions and money to help them become a reality! What seeds might you help to plant and nurture and how might God transform us all in the process?
Blessings and gratitude! Christy
Notes from your Vestry – What’s up with that?
Following the stewardship dinner we have received 26 pledges for a total of $ 84,792 . We are off to a great start! Please plan to turn in your pledge card as soon as possible. The Vestry will begin to make follow-up/reminder phone calls the week of Nov. 8th and it would be great to not have to make many calls.
Health Seminar a Great Success! Great Speaker, Meaningful and Relevant Topic AND The First Use of our New Big Screen TV in the Undercroft to Enhance our Education!
On Saturday, Oct. 24th, Kerry Oxford, our parish nurse, facilitated another outstanding Health Seminar and lunch, “Reaching out to People with Mental Illness.” Doug Shupe, a counselor with Coos Health and Wellness and former pastor in Myrtle Creek was our speaker. He did an outstanding job of educating us on some of the most common mental health diagnoses that effect our population today. One in four people struggle with mental health and two thirds will never seek help. We discussed the impact of stigma and how even events like this seminar can help by giving us a place to “talk about it out loud without fear.” He helped us with ways to reach out and offer hospitality just by being present and understanding. He gave us much to reflect on and talk about!
This educational gathering also marked a huge first for Emmanuel as it was our inaugural educational event where we used our new big screen TV in the undercroft. Doug had three different clips from youtube videos that he showed us as part of his presentation. Everyone could easily see and hear the videos and it made for a great event. Our time was concluded with a healthy lunch and rich conversation!
Huge thank you to Kerry for all of her work in pulling the many details together, to Mike Oxford and Neville Cordell for all of the set-up and clean-up help, to the Vestry for the vision of seeing the need for wifi as well as the impact a smart TV would have for our community and to Troy Cribbins for following through on the purchase and installation of the TV. We have much to celebrate and be grateful for at Emmanuel!
72 Gather for Our Annual Stewardship Dinner!
Sunday afternoon, Oct. 25th the kitchen and church were busy places as last minute preparations were being done. People began to gather between 4-5:00 with wonderful appetizers and beverages and a chance to visit and catch up. An incredible dinner followed thanks to the gifts and time offered by our main chefs for this event, the Kronsteiners, the Cribbins and the Knutsons!
The Rev. Ron Werner was a fabulous speaker for our stewardship gathering who challenged us with a question from theologian Howard Thurman,” How has your God gotten bigger over the last year?” He asked us to ponder that question at Emmanuel…how has our God gotten bigger over the last day, the last week, the last month and the last year? He had us discuss some questions at our table including the worst job we ever had or where we grew up. What was fascinating was that even people who had known each other most of their lives learned something new. The room was a buzz with conversation and our God was getting bigger.
Troy Cribbins ended the evening by encouraging everyone to fill out a pledge card with how we plan to offer our money, gifts and time this year at Emmanuel and turn them in by this Sunday, November 1st when they will be blessed.
Finally we’d like to acknowledge a huge thank you to the Vestry for all of the work in planning and carrying out the stewardship campaign this fall. Virginia and Nancylee for work on the invitations and for Janet Huggins for design and printing help; to the whole Vestry for making reminder and follow-up calls, to all those who helped with set-up, clean-up and all of the different parts of the dinner. All who attended left with grateful hearts!
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Our Thanksgiving celebration at Emmanuel will take place on Sunday November 22nd with traditional thanksgiving lessons and hymns. Special music that day will be provided by Judy Jensen’s Woodwind Quartet.
The Food Cupboard is accepting monetary donations to help with this Thanksgiving event, as well as prepared pies. Please talk to the Food Cupboard or call the office for more information on how you can help. Thanks!
We are helping to look for a loving home for Mocha, a chocolate lab who will turn 6 this month. Mocha is a pure bred and his owner, Debra, a newcomer at Emmanuel. is looking for a home where he will be loved if she is no longer able to care for him due to her own health issues. Debra believes that “a lab when he comes into your life is a blessing from God!” She wants to make plans so that Mocha can continue to bless others if she is no longer able to care for him. Interested, contact Julianna at the church office, 541-269-5829 and she will put you in touch with Debra so you can meet Mocha and see if it might be a match.
It’s Book Fair time again! Reading is vital to every child’s success. Literacy starts early – with seeing and handling books, being read to by others, seeing others take time to read, etc. You can help a child to gain important skills.
Emmanuel’s Book Fair will be open the following times:
• Sunday, 11/1: immediately following both services;
• Monday, 11/2 through Friday, 11/6 : 8:30am – 9:30am;
• Sunday, 11/8: immediately following both services; last Chance!
This is a great opportunity to buy books for children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc. Emmanuel’s Preschool will also have a “wish list” for anyone who wants to purchase books for them.
If you wish, you can also do online shopping from 10/29 through 11/17/15 for these great books. Online shopping is only available during the above listed dates. Go to: http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/emmanuelepscplchrchsch
Dear Members of Emmanuel Church,
I wish to thank all of you who made my last Sunday at Emmanuel such a glorious experience for me. I wish to thank Christy for the blessing-prayers, Wilbur, Kerry, and the choir for the beautiful music, and everyone who attended the 10:00 service.
Many thanks to everyone who prepared the lovely reception; the flowers were beautiful! Thank you for the delicious food, including the beautiful cake.
I deeply appreciate all your cards, notes, and gifts. They will be treasured mementos in the years to come. I will really enjoy using the gift certificate from “Off the Record”. The beautiful icon of Cecilia will always remind me of you. Thanks for the other gifts as well. Most of all, thank you for your friendship and your prayers. God bless you, now, and in the days to come.
Your friend in Christ,
To Pastor Christy and Church Members,
I wish to take a moment to thank everyone for all that you have done for me. I started attending your wonderful church last Easter. On my first day there was the Pastor and all in attendance welcomed me with open arms which meant a great deal to me. During the short time that I attended you all blessed my life. I had only been in Oregon a short period of time and was looking for a place to worship. I cannot express enough how much you all made this effortless for me.
I wish to thank the Pastor for the hugs that I received each Sunday and for times that she spent with me when I was in need of support. I moved 3 months ago and without that help that I r3eceived during the process it would not have been possible. I can never thank you all enough and I will always hold a special spot in my heart for all that helped me.
I apologize for not attending since I have moved but I feel I need to find a church that will better suit my needs. I grew up and have always been a Lutheran and I feel at this time that it is the path that I need to follow so I will be attending Lutheran churches in this area in hopes of finding the right one. I am confident that The Lord will be with me on my journey and will help me choose the right one.
Thank you for all of the love and support that you have shown me and God Bless you all. Please continue to show the same love and support to all who cross your path.
FROM THE DESK OF ANNE ABDY November 2015
Well, not a whole lot has happened since last month other than the weather has changed and fall is upon us. So I wake up to a crisp morning chill which is refreshing. I am in the midst of mid-terms and hitting the books studying for those exams and completing assignments.
In the Episcopal Church History course I am researching the role of mission within the Diocese of Oregon and in the Pastoral Liturgics course, the class is practicing the nuts and bolts of liturgy. I am in the group developing the marriage liturgy practicum and we get to ask other seminarians to be our actors. The other groups reflect all the other services, including baptism and funerals but it is a fun way to learn the practical side of liturgy. In field education I continue to be mentored by a great priest who is also a Sewanee graduate and am preaching twice this semester. With Be The Change Alabama, a program coaching lay leaders, our parish is planning a soup supper fundraiser. This Saturday, a group will headed to ceramics shop to paint soup bowls that will then be auctioned off at the potluck supper in November. The funds will go towards helping make the food pantry financially sustainable.
I have received word that my candidacy interview is set for February 4, 2016. What does this mean? Well, it is one more step forward in the process. In February I will fly back for a meeting with the Commission on Ministry and Standing Committee in the Portland area to discuss my process, formation, and progress. This is another step in my discernment for ordination. What does it mean for Emmanuel? I ask for your prayers as the vestry and Christy+ discern with me in the weeks and months ahead. The diocese requires a letter of support from the vestry of the supporting parish. This letter is part of the application that I will send to the diocese before the end of the year.
Grace and peace to all,