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The Messenger April 2017

April 3, 2017
03 Apr 2017

Join us for Holy Week and Easter… an invitation to walk with Jesus from the Cross to the Empty Tomb!

Palm Sunday, April 9
7:30 & 10:00 a.m. The Holy Eucharist with the Palm Sunday Liturgy and a Choral Reading of the Passion of
Jesus Christ.
Both services will begin in the court yard with the Palm Sunday procession.

Wednesday, April 5-our regular midweek Eucharist with lessons for Holy Week
6:30 am Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
12:00 pm Holy Eucharist and Healing Service with Anointing for healing in the Chapel

The Tridiuum or The Great Three Days, April 13th, 14th, and 15th
Maundy Thursday, April 13th – The Holy Eucharist with a liturgy of foot washing. The service ends with the solemn stripping of the altar.

A Prayer Vigil will last from the end of the Maundy Thursday service through the start of the noon service on Good Friday in the Chapel. You may pray from home for your shift and don’t need to come in to the church, especially for those that take place during the night. A sign-up sheet is available outside the chapel.

Good Friday, April 14th
12:00 p.m. Ecumenical Service with Bell Choir at Gloria Dei Lutheran, 1290 Thompson Rd.
Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Coos Food Cupboard.
You are welcome to join the Community Choir, directed by David Aakre, in providing the music for this
They will practice at SWOCC in Sunset Hall on April 3rd and 10th at 7:00 PM. They will practice the songs for Good Friday right at the beginning of their practice.

7:00 p.m. The Good Friday Liturgy – Includes the Reading of the Passion, prayers and Holy Communion from the reserved sacrament.

Holy Saturday, April 15th – 7:00 p.m. The Great Vigil– This service starts with a fire in the court yard representing the first light of Easter, procession into the church, the foundational stories of our faith, Holy Baptism and the first Holy Communion of Easter, followed by s’mores in the courtyard/undercroft.

Easter Day, April 16th – Alleluia! The Lord is Risen!
7:30 a.m. The Holy Eucharist
10:00 a.m. The Holy Eucharist with Music by Emmanuel’s Choir with

Easter egg hunt following the service.

Ecumenical Options During Holy Week

The Ecumenical Good Friday Service will be held at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1290 Thompson Rd, at Noon on the 14th of April. The Carol Lons Bell Choir will be playing two songs and the Community Choir under the direction of David Aakre will be singing along with any others who would like to join them. They will practice at SWOCC in Sunset Hall on the April 3rd and 10th at 7:00 PM. They will practice the songs for Good Friday right at the beginning of their practice so you won’t have to stay for the whole rehearsal. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Coos Food Cupboard. The offering will go to the Devereaux Center.

Easter Sunrise service at Sunset Beach at 6:30 AM. Eric Lindsey, the new Pastor at First Presbyterian Church will preach, Pastor Jon Strasman of Gloria Dei will preside and the band, Phil and the Holster, will provide most of the music.

Getting Ready for Holy Week and Easter Opportunities to Participate and to Help!

Holy Baptism will be celebrated at the Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 15th, at 7:00 p.m. If you are interested in baptism for yourself or your child please contact Pastor Christy at 541-728-7988 or prior to Sunday, April 9th.

First Communion Preparation: Many times children have been receiving Holy Communion from the time they were young children, but have never had any instruction in it. Since they are no longer required to wait for a certain age to receive their first communion, we still do first communion preparation with them, but we do it “in honor of their First Communion” rather than celebrating the first time they actually receive Holy Communion. If you would like your children to participate in this preparation prior to Easter, please let Christy know by Sunday, April 9th, 541-728-7988.

Help Read the Passion Gospel on Palm Sunday, April 9th. Readers of all ages are needed at both services, 7:30 and 10:00 for large and small parts. Sign up in the entryway and see Christy to receive your script before Palm Sunday.

A Prayer Vigil begins immediately after the Maundy Thursday worship service and continues until noon on Good Friday. Jesus asked his disciples in the garden at Gethsemane, “Could you not watch with me one hour?” We answer that question by attempting to pray throughout the 15 hours in the chapel or at home in 1-2 hour shifts. There is a sign-up sheet in the church entry-way. Questions, talk to Christy.

Help Needed for the Easter Vigil Bon Fire and the S’More Reception after the Easter Vigil on Saturday evening, April 15th. Please sign-up in the Entryway if you can help provide firewood, set the fire, keep the embers glowing for s’mores following the service, or help with the reception.

Easter Memorials – Memorial gifts for Easter altar flowers or individual lilies can be arranged through the Church office. If you would like to make an offering toward Easter flowers, please drop it off at the office or put it in the offering plate, noting who it is in memory or honor of.

Help is needed to fold Easter bulletins
and the Tridiuum booklets on Friday, April 7 at 1:00 PM. If you can help, please sign-up in the church entry or call Kerri in the Church Office, 541-269-5829.

“May the Holy Spirit, who has begun a good work in you, direct and uphold you in the service of Christ and his kingdom.” Book of Common Prayer, pg. 419

This is a wonderful prayer that the Bishop prays over someone with the laying on of hands when they reaffirm their commitment to follow Jesus Christ. Are you going through a dry spell in your Christian journey or just feel a desire to recommit or connect to God at a deeper level? Were you baptized at a young age and are now ready to confirm your commitment to the responsibilities of your baptism? Or perhaps you were baptized and confirmed in another tradition and would like to be received into the Episcopal Church. Or you may be new to the Episcopal Church and just want to learn more about it.

If any of these thoughts resonate with you then you may want to consider joining others in a small group who will gather with Pastor Christy to learn more about the Episcopal Church and to prepare for Reaffirmation, Confirmation or Reception when we welcome Bishop Michael to Emmanuel for his semi-annual visitation on May 21st!

We will be offering classes for those interested:
April 29th and May 6th in the afternoon (exact times will be posted at a later date) and/or
April 27th and May 11th

Times are flexible depending on the availability of those who are interested. Please let Christy know if you or a family member are interested, 541-728-7988, or

Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction a Great Success

We want to share a heartfelt thank you to the Preschool Board Members for the tasty dinner and for all who attended to show their support. Our gratitude is extended to Director Noriko, Teacher Cathy, and Teacher Lois for the idea and for all the hard work to organize the auction and to everyone who graciously donated items and their time to help. We made an approximate grand total of $1,370.00 to ensure the preschool’s continued success while enjoying a delicious dinner, fellowship, and fun!

Vestry Visibility April 2017

Dear Emmanuel Church Members,

Each year Emmanuel Church is tasked to complete an audit of our Church’s financial status and procedures. This is an important safeguard to confirm that Emmanuel is taking care of business in a sound, safe, and transparent manner. We have a tremendous responsibility to make sure things are done correctly when working with past and present congregation members’ donations.

To that end, your Vestry appoints an Audit Committee to evaluate the financial health and practices of Emmanuel Church. Unfortunately, we had fallen a little behind in our audits. To catch up, the 2015 Audit Committee of vestry members Pam Chaney and Dave Laird, along with congregation member and 2014 Audit Committee member Ralph Holland met every Tuesday morning to complete the 2015 audit. We examined the church’s internal accounting controls and money handling procedures using the “Diocese of Oregon Audit Program”, dated February 26, 2011 as a template.
I’m proud to report that the 2015 Audit is complete. Not only that, but our congregation can take pride in our financial practices and those responsible for the distribution and management of our monies.

The audit committee found that documentation of practices was excellent and easy to track. Compliments to Tammy our bookkeeper and Joni and Kerri our secretaries, Bob our treasurer, and Christy our pastor.

A report was issued to the Vestry outlining conclusions and recommendations. The entire 2015 Audit report is on file in the church office and is available for your viewing if interested.

The Audit Committee is looking for an additional volunteer to work with us on the 2016 Audit. This is an excellent opportunity to get a firsthand look at how our church operates. If interested contact Dave Laird, or 541-290-0352. You may also let Christy know.

Respectfully, Dave Laird 2015 Audit Committee Vestry Member


2nd Sunday of every month, Family Fun Day at the Coos History Museum! Free admission and hands-on activities for children and those young at heart. Bring the whole family in to check out our exhibits and have fun with each month’s activities. All children must be supervised by an adult.

World Newspaper: Power’s Playground

“We are so grateful to the people at Ford for their persistent support for this project,” Close Erskine said. “They provided the foundation that allowed us to lead a truly collaborative effort, where our community has come together to fulfill a need for current and future generations of Powers children. We are amazed and incredibly blessed by how far we’ve come.”

Soup Suppers: Cinema, Culture, and Covenant

“As it is in Heaven” – A Swedish film about a renowned international conductor who suddenly has his career interrupted and returns to his childhood home after suffering from a personal ailment. He is asked to listen to the church choir and give his advice. Along with the choir and the town, he finds personal growth and healing.

The soup is made and we have plenty of delicious bread and popcorn to share! JOIN US and BRING A FRIEND
Sat, April 1 “As it is in Heaven” 4 PM – 6:30 PM
Thurs, April 6 “As it is in Heaven” 6 PM – 8:30 PM

What’s Happening out Front? A pond? A swamp? Nothing? Inquiring minds want to know!

It’s true that when you look at the progress in the area outside the offices, all of the above might seem like realistic possibilities. I think of the saying, “You can’t rush art!” Indeed! Or the corollary might be that most times it takes longer than we think to achieve our vision!

The vision and plan for the area continues to be for a memorial garden and patio that is beautiful, inviting, reflective and low maintenance. The opposite side was mostly completed last year with only the memorial plaque for Fr. Gene Jennings left to place. We don’t want it to disappear as soon as it is placed in the ground so a solution involving a concrete footing of some kind is being figured out. The side that is still being worked on had some drainage issues that needed to be figured out. About the time a plan was established it started to rain, and rain and it really hasn’t stopped raining. So currently we are waiting for it to dry out so it can be completed and paved to match the other side with a small strip of plantings. Many of the plants that used to be there are being wintered over and will hopefully be transplanted to the front yard of Shepherd’s House.

Join us for a Grounds Work Party and Pizza, April 29th, 9:00-12:30

Help us clean up the grounds for spring and then enjoy a pizza lunch! We will be pruning, weeding, cleaning out the beds, spreading bark and making sure Emmanuel looks its best for spring and the Bishop’s visit later in May. We hope you can join us as many hands make light work. Bring your own work gloves and favorite gardening tools. Signup in the entry-way or call the church office. If you have questions, contact Al Rumsch or Doug Laird.

Christy’s Corner: Meetings, Meetings, Meetings…or

I am the Church! You are the Church! We are the Church Together!

I write this on Saturday evening, March 25th. It has been a busy few days filled with many meetings. Thursday morning I connected online to the Dean’s Meeting with Bishop Michael through “Go to Meetings”. He was at the Bishop’s Close in Portland, with two other clergy, while three of us connected remotely from Ashland, Eugene and Coos Bay. Then on Friday I drove to St. Thomas, Eugene for the Diocesan Council Meeting. Pete Baumer from St. James in Coquille and I are the Diocesan Council Representatives from the South Coast Convocation. Finally, today, I joined with our convention delegates Nancylee Stewart, Carla Courtney, Arlene Peil and Judy Jennings to drive to St. Matthew, Gold Beach for our Convocation meeting.

I have to admit, it was a lot of driving and a lot of meetings, but I loved the opportunity to experience the fullness of the Episcopal Church and our Diocese at work! Each baptized lay member is the foundation of the Episcopal Church. We gather in our local churches to worship God and do the work that God has given us to do. In the last several years, it’s fairly common to see bumper stickers that say, “Act Locally!” In some ways, that’s exactly what we are doing in each of our local congregations. We respond to our local context to do the work and ministry of Jesus Christ. How do we “act locally” at Emmanuel? Our Preschool and the Food Cupboard are the ongoing ministries that we are committed to on a regular basis. We have also been actively involved in supporting the development of an interfaith chapel at Bay Area Hospital. We believe that it’s important that there be a designated “holy” space of prayer for patients, their families, and staff. We have committed money and our prayers to making that a reality. As individuals and as a church community, we are always looking for ways that we are being called to minister in our local community, to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world.

When I go to “Convocation Meetings” they are made up of “delegates” from each of the local congregations. These delegates are elected by members of the congregation at their Annual Meeting. At Emmanuel, we are part of the South Coast Convocation that includes eight congregations extending from Florence to Brookings and inland to Coquille. I’m the Dean, or clergy leader of the Convocation and Barbara Gauntlett, from St. Matthew, Gold Beach is the President, or elected lay leader of the Convocation. These delegates also attend our Diocesan Convention annually in the fall where we conduct the business of the Diocese. When convention isn’t in session, the Diocesan Council is responsible for the business of convention. Each convocation elects a clergy and lay representative to Diocesan Council. When I agreed to be Dean of the Convocation for three years, I also agreed to be the representative to Diocesan Council for the same timeframe. It makes sense to me as a way to enhance communication. It’s an easy way to have the information from Diocesan Council flow to the convocation and to the local congregations. Conversely, ideas go from local congregations to the convocations and on to the Diocese.

Currently, as a convocation we are working on building relationships by committing to praying for each other, celebrating with each other and supporting one another in the work and ministry that we are called to do. Just like with any other relationship, we have to spend time together in order to support each other, build trust and understand the joys and challenges that we are experiencing. In addition, there are some responsibilities that we must fulfill for the Diocese, such as approving the budget and supporting Diocesan work and ministry.

At our meeting we celebrated with St. John, Bandon as we welcomed their new vicar Eileen Heden who just
recently started her ministry there. This is an exciting time as they have been without a vicar for almost two years.
At the same time we offered our prayers of support for St. Andrew, Florence who are in the midst of a search
process and for St. James in Coquille who are at the very beginning of the process with Albie Hazen retiring April 30th.

Many times the driving distance or weather can impact delegate’s ability to attend the meetings. We are excited because St. Matthew in Gold Beach has the technology to let us begin to use “Go to Meetings” for our convocation meetings. Thanks to David Gauntlett, of St. Matthew’s, and his expertise, we are well on our way to being able to still connect with one another even if we can’t be at the meeting physically. This is especially important on the south coast in the winter!

We used to have an Episcopal congregation in Powers. As I worked with the Ford Family Foundation Leadership Cohort on the Power’s Playground Project I thought it would be great if any Episcopalians who are still part of that community felt our support. I asked Bishop Michael if he was willing to make a donation on behalf of our Diocese and he agreed. On the plaque that will be displayed on the new playground in Powers, one of the donors will be listed as Episcopal Diocese of Oregon… another way of being Christ’s presence in the world.

The Episcopal Church is as strong and vital on the South Coast as each of our congregations! Strong and vital congregations “acting locally” create healthy convocations and convocations “acting locally” create strong, vital, and healthy dioceses. When the clergy and lay delegates from each of the Dioceses gather every three years it’s called General Convention. All of us combined, the laity, bishops, priests, and deacons, form the Episcopal Church USA, or as our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry likes to say, “the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement!”

Many of us know the coastal cities by their lighthouses. I have a vision of a poster with the local lighthouses next to the local red doors of the Episcopal Churches: “The Episcopal Churches of the South Coast Welcome You!”
I am the church, you are the church, we are the church together!

Blessings and gratitude for each of you! Christy

The Messenger March 2017

March 5, 2017
05 Mar 2017

Christy’s Corner

Create in Me a Clean Heart O Lord… and Renew a Right Spirit Within Me!

Ash Wednesday, March 1st, marks the beginning of our Lenten journey. At all of our services on this day we will be invited to a Holy Lent, we will recite Psalm 51 and the Litany of Penitence as we commit ourselves to journeying with Jesus to Jerusalem, the cross and beyond. “Create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a right spirit within me” is a portion of Psalm 51, a Lenten hope, and our Lenten theme for this year.

Lent is a time to draw closer to God by doing what is both counter cultural and counter intuitive: Rather than avoid the darker parts of ourselves we reflect on what gets in our way and offer it back to God. The key is that we offer, and God is the one who transforms.

This is not the Christian equivalent of New Year’s resolutions. As one homiletics professor characterized it, we are NOT “chinning ourselves to the bar of righteousness!” Lent is not a time for more will power or better self-help. Rather, it means looking directly at our sin, what separates us from God, and choosing an action that will bring our darkness into the light every day so that the Spirit might transform it.

This transformation process, God cleaning our hearts, takes our wounds and our sins, processes them and renews a right spirit within us. Edward Hayes, a spiritual writer, tells a wonderful story of such a transformation and notes that our sins and our wounds can become our greatest strengths when we do Lent.

A mighty Samurai came to a holy monk and asked him to teach him the meaning of heaven and hell. “I cannot teach you about heaven or hell because you are much too stupid!” The monk replied. The Samurai’s anger was kindled and he grabbed the hilt of his sword.

“Besides that you are incredibly ugly!”

Incensed, the Samurai drew his sword and raised it threatening to strike. “That is hell!” whispered the monk.

The Samurai lowered his sword and fell to his knees before the monk. “And that is heaven.” retorted the monk. (from St. George and the Dragon)

As Hayes notes, it might be having been teased as a child, shame about some mistake as an adult, or pain from some loss in life, but we all have wounds which we live out in “hell.” But when they surface we can acknowledge that they separate us from God and from our true selves, face how they take hold of our lives, and offer them to God. In doing so, Hayes teaches, our wounds move toward healing and become our greatest strengths, for then we begin to “glow in the dark” as Spirit transforms.

Thus, our Lenten prayer, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Wishing you all a holy and blessed Lenten season!


Emmanuel Offerings during Lent

Soup Suppers: Cinema, Culture, and Covenant
Enhance your Lenten journey by joining us for Cinema, Culture and Covenant… a good movie, lively discussion and yummy soup supper. Sign-up in the entry-way, undercroft or by calling the office. Questions, talk to Christy.

Saturday, March 4 “Bedazzled” 4 PM – 6:30 PM

Saturday, March 18 “St. Ralph” 4 PM – 6:30 PM
Thursday, March 23 “St. Ralph” 6 PM – 8:30 PM

Sat, April 1 “As it is in Heaven” 4 PM – 6:30 PM
Thurs, April 6 “As it is in Heaven” 4 PM – 6:30 PM

Sign-up in the Undercroft or Entryway.

Walk to Jerusalem

“In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” ~ Proverbs 16:9
You are invited to join in helping our congregation walk to Jerusalem while you also get moving to increase the health of body, mind and spirit with prayer and meditation. Developed by the Parish Nurse Program at St. John, Providence it is good for us and a lot of fun. Sign up today in the undercroft and receive a passport for logging your miles/time/steps and a Walk and Pray Meditation Booklet.

Lent Madness

Sign up now at and get to know some inspiring individuals who have gone before us in our faith. Each day you will receive an email telling about 2 different saints. You decide whose story is most compelling and then cast your vote. Fashioned after “March Madness”, the winners make it to the next bracket where they are paired against a different saint and ultimately, the Golden Halo of 2017 is decided. Or follow the progress on the bracket chart in the Undercroft.

We are excited to announce to those who are unable to attend Church on Sundays, most of our sermons will be recorded and available online from our website.

How do you get there?

You just go to the Church Website below and it will take you directly to the links of the currently available online sermons.

Emmanuel Preschool Receives $5,000 grant from the Coquille Tribal Community Fund for new Playground Equipment

The Mission of the Coquille Tribal Community Fund – The Coquille Tribal Community Fund is dedicated to providing assistance to organizations that make lasting contributions to the communities we serve. We believe through this spirit of giving we allow our communities to grow and prosper.

These are the 7 areas of focus of the Coquille Tribal Community Fund:
• Education
• Public Safety
• Environment
• Historic Preservation
• Problem Gaming
• Arts & Culture
• Health

On February 24th, Nancylee Stuart and Christy attended the Coquille Tribal Community Funds Award Banquet for the recipients of the 2016-2017 grants.

With the Community Fund they have clearly put this value into action. This year’s grants totaled $361,962 and since 2001 the Coquille Tribal Community Fund has given away $5,867,827. The impact of these gifts on our community is staggering and includes a wide range of recipients that will benefit the many in our community. We are grateful for their generosity and the care and financial support they offer their neighbors.


At our last Vestry meeting, along with the regular order of business, we held a “Mini Retreat” to bring the three new members on board and up to date with the continuing mission of Emmanuel’s Covenant of Ministry. The new members were impressed with the “Guidelines for Respect”. We have attempted to follow these guidelines and encourage members of Emmanuel Parish to follow the same in order that we might truly honor each other as sisters and brothers in Christ. `

Yours in Christ, Pamela Chaney


In keeping with the intent of this Covenant of Ministry, dated 8-2014, the Rector and Vestry of Emmanuel Parish will attempt to follow the Guidelines of Respect listed below. In addition, whenever possible, they will encourage members of Emmanuel Parish to follow the same Guidelines in order that we might truly honor each other as sisters and brothers in Christ.

1. If you have a problem with me, come to me (privately).
2. If I have a problem with you, I will come to you (privately).
3. If someone has a problem with me and comes to you, send them to me. (I’ll do the same for you)
4. If someone consistently will not come to me, say, “Let’s go to Christy together. I am sure she will see us about this.” (I will do the same for you.)
5. Be careful how you interpret me-I’d rather do that. On matters that are unclear, do not feel pressured to interpret my feelings or thoughts. It is easy to misinterpret intentions.
6. I will be careful how I interpret you.
7. If it’s confidential, don’t tell. If you or anyone comes to me in confidence, I won’t tell unless: a) the person is going to harm herself/himself, b) the person is going to physically harm someone else, or c) a child has been physically or sexually abused. I expect the same from you.
8. I do not respond to unsigned letters or notes.
9. I do not manipulate; I will not be manipulated; do not let others manipulate you. Do not let others manipulate me through you. I will not preach “at you.” I will leave conviction to the Holy Spirit (she does it better anyway!)
10. When in doubt, just say it. The only dumb questions are those that don’t get asked. Our relationships with one another, at the end of the day, are the most important things so if you have a concern, pray, and then (if led) speak up. If I can answer it without misrepresenting something, someone, or breaking a confidence, I will.*

* The “Guidelines for Respect” come from the Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel, Bishop of the Diocese of Olympia who first saw them in an article by Church of the Nazarene pastor Charles Christian.

The Messenger February 2017

February 2, 2017
02 Feb 2017

Christy’s Corner

A Time for Gratitude!

I’m writing this on Sunday afternoon following our Annual Meeting. Sixty-one of us gathered after services for a wonderful potluck meal to conduct the business of our congregation. We shared a meal, enjoyed table fellowship and gave thanks! We looked back over the last year, reviewed our finances, discussed the work of the Vestry, honored our three outgoing Vestry members, remembered some key touchstones throughout the year, and gave thanks!

We looked forward to the year ahead of us, the opportunities and the challenges, and gave thanks. We affirmed a difficult budget for 2017 which will require growth in our pledges but also upholds the value of committing a percentage off the top for outreach as a stewardship principle that gives thanks for all that God gives us.
We elected three new Vestry members, Sheryl Gerety, Cassandra Hawley, and Teri Whitty. We were also incredibly blessed at the meeting with three additional volunteers to be convention delegates allowing us to elect a full slate of three delegates, Carla Courtney, Arlene Peil and Nancylee Stewart along with two alternates Shannon Durkee and Judy Jennings. We gave thanks for abundance.

The reoccurring theme is giving thanks and I can honestly say that I am so grateful for each person and family that is connected in any way to Emmanuel! At the meeting, I had wanted everyone to turn to the person on their right and ask about their connection to Emmanuel, to listen to their response, and to say, “Thank you for sharing your presence with us and offering your gifts. We are so grateful!” Some of you are saying, “Wait a sec, I was at the meeting and I don’t remember doing that!” You are correct…I forgot. So instead I’d like each of us to take the month of February and give thanks. When you are talking to someone from Emmanuel, thank them for what they offer! If you don’t know, then ask about their involvement, and then thank them! Offer gratitude for their connection and their involvement and their presence with us!

At Anne Abdy’s ordination, the preacher was one of her professors from University of the South in Sewanee, TN. She described a great story about Rosa Parks and one of her contemporaries sitting on the porch later in life with a young man who was eager to learn from them. At one point Rosa turned and asked him, “Now what is it that you do?” He responded that he worked with children and youth who had been incarcerated to keep them out of the prison system. In a southern drawl, she replied, “Whooohhh! Whooohhh!! Whooohhh!!!!! You’re going to be tired, tired, tired!” After a pregnant pause her friend added, “And you’re going to have to be brave, brave, brave!” All of us at times are tired, tired, tired and we are asked to be brave, brave, brave. She also told another story about a time when she was with a group of about 12 sitting in the living room of an 80 year old African American pastor who had done amazing work in a very poor community in Maryland. They were spending time with him to learn from him. He suddenly looked up and saw that his young grand-daughter was peeking into the room wondering what was going on. He beamed at her with a big smile and said, “Come on in baby, have a seat right here on my lap and let me help you be brave!” Indeed, that’s what God is saying to each of us, “I know at times you are tired, come let me enfold you in my love and help you to be brave!” And we are grateful!

With tremendous gratitude for each of you! Christy

“Congratulations to Anne Abdy, who was made priest in the church on January 28th!”

2017 AWARD FOR CHRISTIAN SERVICE is given to The Altar Guild

With thanksgiving to God for the many ways they reflect the love of Jesus Christ in our congregation!

At our Annual Meeting this year we started a new tradition, the Annual Award for Christian Service. It is something that Christy experienced when she served as an Associate at Church of the Good Shepherd in Vancouver and it is meant to honor someone in the congregation with thanksgiving to God for the many ways they reflect the love of Jesus Christ in our congregation and in the world!

As she announced our 2017 recipient she read the following with the hope that people wouldn’t figure out who it was until the very end: “Amazing…helpful… wonderful…talented…patient…flexible…tenacious! Descriptors that fit our recipient. The motto of the Boy Scouts of America might also be fitting: Be prepared!

Fellowship, laughter, caring, organization, sometimes works alone but team work is a must and hard work…and almost always with great joy! The recipient isn’t known for one event per year…not even a quarterly event per year… would you believe 156 regular events per year and that doesn’t even begin to count the special requests.
The recipient takes great pride in having exactly what we need when we need it…and most of the time has thought it through and anticipated every need before it’s even asked for. Attention to detail, preparing, dishwashing, beautifying one’s surroundings, folding, cleaning, counting, flower arranging, polishing, wax removal…without the recipient our worship services would be very different.

The first recipient of this award is also our 14th, and it’s a great joy to present Emmanuel’s Award for Christian Service to our devoted altar guild members: Their leader Jackie Crowder, and members Liz Cowdon, Shannon Durkee, Janet Huggins, Judy Jenson, Judy Knutson, Barbara Kronsteiner, Dedee Ousley, Virginia Roush, Ingrid Sullivan, Sharon Szabo, Barbara Tellian, Diana Wall, and Sue Wall!”

Christy then presented the certificates to those who were present. Suddenly someone questioned, “Church of the Good Shepherd?” Stunned Christy looked down at the certificate and realized that when she had been sent the certificate from her former congregation, she had changed all of the info except for the name! She and Troy had both signed all 14 of them without realizing it. We all enjoyed a good laugh and a gentle reminder that we are far from perfect, but still filled with gratitude!

Acolyte training and pizza lunch for new and current acolytes:

February 12th at 11:30 followed by a pizza lunch at noon!

Questions, talk to Tim Wall.

Preschool News

Our preschool is enjoying another banner year! Enrollment numbers are up from recent years. Although our founding director, Julianna Seldon, has moved on to a full-time position at SWOCC, our preschool staff, both old and new are carrying on the fine traditions established by Julianna.

We want to give parishioners and families of our preschool children advance notice of openings for next year’s preschool ahead of open registration. We are anticipating having 7 slots available in the Tuesday and Thursday classes for 3 year old children and 9 slots available for the Monday, Wednesday, and Friday classes for 4 year old children.

If you have family members or friends who are interested in registering their children for preschool, please have them contact our Director, Noriko Holt at, or 541-404-3045 for more information. ~ Submitted by John Sweet


Shrove Tuesday (February 28, 2017) officially ends the season of Epiphany with the season of Lent beginning the following day. Held the night before Lent begins is a day of “fat eating” before the fasting period of Lent. Known as “carnival day” in some parts of the world, the faithful would use up all their butter, sugar and some meats so they wouldn’t go to waste. We gather as a church family at 6:00 pm in the undercroft for our own celebration. Our supper will include plain, blueberry and gluten-free pancakes with an assortment of condiments, ham, and sausage. This promises to be a culinary delight! Mark your calendar and plan to join us for pancake supper on Tuesday, February 28, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM! – Submitted by “Pat and Nat”

Welcome Kerri Coldren ~ Our New Church Secretary

I’m pleased to announce that Kerri Coldren will be joining us as our new secretary/administrative assistant! Kerri moved to the Bay area about 4 years ago and has been working in the hospitality industry since then. She’s excited about this opportunity and feels confident and passionate her background and skills coincide well with our needs. Please introduce yourself when you have a chance and welcome her to Emmanuel! Also please be patient as it takes a while to get up to speed on all the different aspects of Emmanuel. I’m grateful to have her join our team! Christy

Please help spread the word: We are missing all of the 12-foot long white tablecloths. If you borrowed them, please return them. Thank you!

Pies and Bread Braids: Help purchase outdoor playground equipment for our Preschool

Pumpkin and Pumpkin Chiffon Pies are still available at $15 each. Bread Braids with Apple, Raspberry, Strawberry & Creme and Cinnamon are available for $14 each. Questions? Check with Nancylee, Melissa, John Sweet or Christy

Don’t miss the return of Stephani Polizzi and our Parish Health Seminars!

She’s excited to share some of her newest information with us!
Save the date, plan to attend and bring a friend!

Walk to Jerusalem

A Lenten challenge to get us moving! Can our congregation walk the 7,100 miles to Jerusalem between Ash Wednesday, March 1st and Pentecost, June 4th? Watch for more details and plan to join the challenge. If you aren’t a walker, 20 minutes of any kind of exercise equals 1 mile and together we see if we can collectively make it to Jerusalem. If you’d like to help with tracking our progress or help find out interesting information about places we will pass along the way, talk to Christy.

A thank you our Youth Group received for the wonderful Christmas cookies they made for our homebound members! If you have a Youth group member in your family who helped with the cookies, please make sure that they see this!

Women’s March on Washington

I am just returned from the Women’s March on Washington, DC. I wore a pink hat; I marched with my sister from Salem, Oregon, my oldest daughter from Creedmoor, North Carolina, and my 17 year old granddaughter who melded the “Princess Leia” trope into a poster slogan. The call to march and our collective response to the call was to mind as much a God moment as a political protest. I marched for all the past generations of women of my family, many of whom appeared on picket lines and in marches themselves at other times and in other countries.

I boarded a plane on Tuesday 17 January in Medford bound for Salt Lake City, UT, that had frozen overnight, all water on board transformed to ice. Ergo, no coffee. In Salt Lake I ran for my connecting flight to DC, and began the boarding shuffle past a young man in a sport coat who confessed to a seat mate that he was indeed going to the inauguration. Past a young Chinese American woman sporting a Make America Great Again ball cap. Our on board politics were mixed, I felt a little anxious.

I quickly got acquainted with my neighbors from my middle seat. I was bracketed by a young man at the window, a veteran of six years in the US Air Force who lived and worked in Washington, D.C., while on the aisle sat a woman in conservative Muslim dress. He, the career Air Force passenger, had been mistaken in the hope that he would be out of town for the inauguration (a preoccupation of residents being to avoid the worst of living inside the bubble). “Don’t leave your apartment Friday” he had told his girlfriend. She had spent the previous six weeks planning and organizing to bring 4,000 Muslim women out to protest in Salt Lake City and to D.C. She, the activist, slept, he, the resident veteran, slept, I didn’t sleep, musing to myself that it had taken all we could muster to organize five family members let alone 4,000 like-minded women from all over the state of Utah.

I met my oldest daughter and granddaughter at their home near Raleigh. My sister joined us Thursday night. We left by car for DC on 20 January, the Friday of the inauguration, steeling ourselves for long delays on the road. Usually, driving into DC on a Friday is an easier task than getting out. People pouring in for the inaugural balls, maybe? People pouring in for the March on Saturday? Nevertheless, I-95 remained nearly empty. We navigated the bridge and highway closures, parking in Arlington at a friend’s house, then “Ubered” to my youngest daughter’s Massachusetts Avenue NW apartment, just blocks from the White House. What did we notice? Helicopters hovering — enough chopper noise to recall TV scenes from M*A*S*H*.

9:00AM 21 January we left our building to begin the walk to the Capitol. Women filled the sidewalks, flooded the cross walks, joined in broader streams, became rivers of marchers at each intersection on the hour walk. Pink hats perched on heads. My granddaughter and I carried posters: a sketch of Lady Liberty with the message “I’m with Her”; a logo of Princess Leia’s famous hair-do and the message “A woman’s place is in the Resistance.”
As we approached our starting point, thousands of blue Don’s John’s lined the public spaces in view of the Capitol, each one with a tiny padlock on its door latch. At first comical, the lack of sanitary facilities was rapidly becoming a crisis until resolved by a skilled young man with a stiff wire who began picking the locks. A phone call to Don’s revealed the company had not locked the units, but had left them open and in place for our event on Saturday.

By 1:00PM the crowd felt immense. Planning had been done with 100,000 to 200,000 attendees in mind. Screens and speakers proved inadequate to allow the 400,000 to 500,000 marchers access to speakers during the morning hours. Young women agile enough to climb lamp posts with bullhorns told us we were too numerous to march. DC Police and the National Park Service had reclassified us as a “Rally” because our numbers exceeded the official size of a march and because the planned route on Constitution Avenue was too congested, mostly with women, to move. The message was disconcerting, even disheartening, although none of us did more than make tentative plans to go look for lunch.

By 2:00PM, however, the fast reacting DC Police and the Park Service personnel blocked Pennsylvania Avenue through to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to traffic so that we could all walk that alternate route from our places on Constitution through the length of the planned event — Capitol to White House. My group felt relief in movement, partly as respite from standing on cold sidewalks and street surfaces, partly because a March was what we wanted. We needed to witness by movement, not just by presence. Our route took us past Trump Hotel (the former U.S. Post Office) while all along the route viewing stands and roof tops packed with people cheered — real Washingtonians whose futures were suddenly as uncertain as our own. Our posters were creative and engaging, but for sheer energetic outlet, they could not compete with the chants, the call and response that admittedly ranged the gamut from tawdry to high minded to the essence of our own message “Tell me what democracy looks like? This is what democracy looks like!”

The outcome of the 2016 election and subsequent participation in the March have had a profoundly personal impact. I marched to express my outrage at the challenges to human rights, to well established scientific conclusions and to the involvement of a foreign government in our election. I affirmed my convictions by talking with, marching with, being with women who were willing AND ABLE to go to great lengths and some expense to express their points of view. I marched for my mother and father who remember the rise of Adolph Hitler and who resisted the Axis Powers in WWII. I stood with my daughters and granddaughter in expressing the desire for better lives for women. Just the higher register of voices raised in chants and song affirmed my presence there as a voice for my family. The final event of the day for my group was a celebration of my granddaughter’s 18th birthday at Comet Ping Pong. However, that party, filled with good wishes for the young woman just beginning her adult years, was a joyful occasion that led to dancing on the sidewalk, in the company of other women who had marched all day.

Submitted by: Sheryl Gerety

The Messenger January 2017

January 16, 2017
16 Jan 2017

Christy’s Corner

Today in church we celebrated the baptism of Jesus and during both services we renewed our baptismal covenant (Book of Common Prayer, pg. 304.) As we went through each of the questions I found myself reflecting on the promises we make in each of the statements. I started off this article, thinking that I would go through the whole baptismal covenant. Six pages later I’m thinking that for the newsletter, summarizing my thoughts will be a little more helpful, yet it still feels too long.

I believe that our baptismal covenant is aimed at helping us realize that when we are baptized we begin a journey of discipleship that lasts a lifetime. In some ways I look at the questions that are asked of us as guidelines for our journey as disciples of Jesus Christ. Our response after each of these questions is, “I will with God’s help.” The promise of our faith is that the darkness will never overcome the light and that we are never alone, Jesus has promised to be there to help us on our journey. At the same time, the promises that we make are hard work, substantial and require us to go deeper as we draw closer to our God.

With God’s help, I have been reflecting a great deal about these questions over the last several months. What do I believe is really asked of us as disciples of Jesus Christ? What do the words mean for me? I’m deeply concerned about the lack of respect that I see in our nation and in our world. I struggle with how easy it has become to exhibit power over people and groups rather than coming alongside, empowering and building up. I’m troubled that we are losing our ability to truly listen to someone else’s experience without needing to defend our own. I wonder how sin and evil and darkness play into all of this. How do I respond as a “light bearer- one who bears the light of Jesus Christ” in the darkness to help spread God’s love?

A journey of discipleship implies action and our baptismal covenant is filled with action verbs: persevere, repent, return, proclaim, seek, serve, strive, respect. What does it really mean for me to “persevere in resisting evil?” “Persevere” is a strong word that suggests to me that I don’t give up when it’s hard. I’m wondering if for me it might mean that when others around me are being put down, hurt, or silenced in whatever capacity, I need to be willing to stand with them and do everything I can to create “safe places” or “sanctuaries.” Similarly, proclaim is a strong word that speaks to me of boldness and for me the “good news” filters down to God’s willingness to be in loving and forgiving relationships. I wonder how I boldly take God’s love and forgiveness into every contact I have with individuals 24/7?

“Strive for justice and peace among all people?” Wow, this one is really hard for me to get my arms around as it’s so huge. It seems to be talking about world peace, equality, and abundance for all. What’s my part in that? I wonder how that fits with our world-wide refugee problem, or questions about immigration and religious tolerance?

“Respect the dignity of every human being.” How do I respect the dignity of someone like Hitler who caused pain, suffering, and death for many innocent people? I think about parenting and the times you have to tell your kids, “I love you and I always will, but I do not like your behavior right now!” Maybe it’s similar to that since I certainly don’t like or approve of his behavior, although it’s also different because I don’t love him, either. I wonder if there’s a way to hold a place for “respect of his dignity” because he, too is a beloved child of God? Perhaps that lets me still hold him accountable for his behaviors while letting go of any need for me to personally judge him, opening the door to respecting his dignity.

Maybe“respecting dignity” comes from the ability to truly listen, understand, and empathize with someone’s story? We can hone our listening skills by being mindful of the difference between listening and debating, of asking wondering questions rather than putting down or arguing. Perhaps God’s vision allows us to see someone for who they are, accept them and respect their dignity, even if they are totally opposed to everything that we stand for.

I believe it’s important for us to grapple with these promises we make because how can we truly offer hospitality, inclusivity, or welcome to all who come through our doors unless we understand how to respect their dignity? How can we create a safe place or sanctuary for people to experience God’s love for them if we fail to respect their dignity or fail to offer hospitality to all?

One of Jack’s and my favorite movies is American President. These reflections remind me of a scene in the movie where the President, Andrew Shepherd, is giving a speech defending the rights of US citizens. The speech takes place after the President’s most outspoken opponent has found a very old picture of his girl-friend burning the American flag, in a rally that was opposing apartheid.

“America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You’ve gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say, ‘You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours.’ You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country cannot just be a flag. The symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Now show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then you can stand up and sing about the land of the free”

Being a disciple of Jesus Christ, a light-bearer in our world, isn’t easy either. It’s hard work and yet, if it’s going to mean more than lip-service, then we too have to be able to listen, understand and respect the dignity of someone whose words and actions make our blood boil…and then we have to be able to come to the table, the meal of our Lord, side by side to receive the grace that our God offers readily to all people.

Personally, I find this incredibly challenging, but it is life-giving work at the same time. In the midst of it I feel Gods loving invitation for me to be willing to be transformed by grace. In some ways that’s what this is all about, our own journeys of discipleship. I don’t believe our motivation on this journey is to change others, but rather to be open to God’s love and presence ourselves. In turn, that is what will ultimately “transform the world through the love of Jesus Christ” while also transforming each of us.

Obviously, these are huge thoughts and wonderings that I’m currently reflecting on and at this point I don’t have many answers. I know that I’m a disciple of Jesus Christ, on a journey, just like you and I look forward to continuing on that journey with each of you!

Epiphany blessings to you and yours! Christy

Vestry Visibility

“We are a community that takes great joy in worshiping, praying and breaking bread together. We are committed to serving others, and to respecting the dignity of every human being.”

Maybe you have been hearing or seeing this statement recently. It is an identity statement developed from the mutual ministry visioning event held at the history museum. It is just one of the many things that your vestry has been working on over the last several months.
Some of the others things the vestry has been working on range from more banal including updating the security system, adding deadbolts to many of the exterior doors, looking at exterior lighting for the parish house, and preparing for the annual meeting coming up at the end of January to more paramount items such as the identity statement above, approving new bylaws for the preschool board, as well as, their 2017 budget.

We also approved a difficult congregational budget for 2017, attempting to follow God’s call in furthering the mission of the church while being fiscally responsible and ensuring sustainability with the resources of the congregation. We are very blessed as a church; however, the difficulties with respect to the gap between expenses and pledges is not new. Pray for discernment with respect to stewardship and make your gifts in grateful response to God whether they be of time, talent, or treasure.

Finally we are preparing to replace 3 vestry members including myself, Carla Courtney, and Virginia Roush. Serving on the vestry is an opportunity to use your gifts in service for others, to guide our congregation’s ministries, as well as an opportunity to receive and benefit from your service. If you are considering serving on the vestry remember you are not alone you will have companions, the body of Christ has many parts and the necessity of working as a body can enrich your life and deepen your relationship with God. Whether or not you are considering the vestry, please pray for perspicacity in the election process, and if you are curious or have any questions contact the nominating committee (Myself, Carla, and Virginia) or any other vestry member about being on vestry or anything else you may have questions about.

Thanking God for all of you, Troy Cribbins Sr. Warden

Annual Parish Meeting and Potluck Lunch

January 29th, Following the 10:00 Service

This year the Annual Meeting of our church community will be held following the 10:00 service and will begin with a potluck around 11:15. It is our hope that this can be a wonderful gathering of the whole community that celebrates our mutual ministry together. Please bring a potluck item to share. Help celebrate all that we have to be grateful for as a faith community. This is an exciting time filled with promise and we hope you will join us.

If you’re new to Emmanuel you might be asking what happens at the Annual Meeting? It’s a time to gather and discuss the state of the parish. We will affirm and accept the budget developed by our Treasurer, Bob Huggins, and the Finance Committee, and approved by the Vestry at their meeting on December 20th. We will also elect 3 new Vestry members and delegates to convention. You will hear from our outgoing Senior Warden, Troy Cribbins and from Christy about the state of the parish and we will all celebrate and give thanks to God together for the abundance we share. We hope to see you there!

Anne Abdy’s Ordination to the Priesthood will be on January 28, 2017, at 2:00PM
at the Church of the Resurrection, located at 3925 Hilyard Street, in Eugene.

Christmas Thank You’s

I’d like to extend a huge thank you to all of the individuals and teams of people who made our Christmas season and activities so special this year.

• To all of our musicians who helped enliven our worship services during Advent and the 12 days of Christmas: the choir, contemporary group, Carla on organ, Nancy on piano, Carla and Dan who lead our musical groups, Robert Cribbins and Al Rumsch who provided beautiful Advent music for us on the dulcimer and recorder and Cullen Cribbins who offered his gifts on the piano during our 4:00 Christmas Eve service.
• To the eucharistic ministers, acolytes, all who served at the altar and our ushers for taking care of all of the details involved in each of the services.
• To the altar guild who painstakingly and patiently took care of decorating and preparing the church with loving care for all of our worship services.
• To the youth of the parish who made Christmas cookies and cards for our home bound members, to all those who went caroling to help spread some Christmas cheer and deliver the cookies, and to all who helped with our Christmas pageant.
• To Miranda Seldon and Lilly Hanlin for directing our Christmas pageant once again this year, to those who supported them in making sure that all of the details came together, for Virginia Roush, and Terrye Laird for helping to sew costumes for the pageant, to Loanne Lark who provided much of the fabric and to all of the children who participated and helped to tell the story.
• To Doug Laird and Al Rumsch for preparing our grounds, for putting up all of our Christmas lights and for John Knutson for getting our outside Christmas tree.
• For Terrye Laird for watching out for all of our memorial plants and roses as the temperature went below freezing.

It takes a whole community joining together and offering what we can in order to provide all the extras that make the holiday services special.
Blessings and gratitude!

– Christy

Don’t Miss Emmanuel’s Annual Parish Meeting & Potluck

Sunday, January 29th, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Business will include:
• election of Vestry
• election of convention delegates
• discussion/affirmation of our 2017 budget
• state of the parish by Troy and Christy
• announcement of 2017 Senior Warden
• beginning of a new tradition: annual award for Christian service!

Join us for Fellowship & Great Food as we conduct the Business of the Parish

Help Wanted

We are still looking for two leaders to serve on the Vestry and two to serve as Convention Delegates. If you would like more information or you are interested, please talk to Christy, Troy or any Vestry member. Thanks!

Just a Reminder

Annual Reports for 2016 are needed no later than January 24, 2017! Please send your annual report to Joni via email in an attached document to:

If you have any questions, please talk to Joni or Pastor Christy. Thank you!

Emmanuel Staff Comings and Goings

We are excited to welcome Lois Johnson to our preschool staff as our new assistant teacher in the older class. She is new to the Coos Bay/North area and comes with a willingness to substitute in our younger class as well. We are looking forward to the consistency that we hope she will provide. Lois took Irina’s place who resigned after finding out that she was pregnant and having her doctor recommend that she not spend so much time on her feet. Please keep Irina, her husband, and their baby in your prayers!

At the same time, we are disappointed to have to say goodbye to Joni Eades, our secretary since the end of September. Unfortunately, Joni and her husband’s needs have changed requiring her to have a full-time position. Her last day will be on January 31st. We have posted the position on Craigslist and are hopeful that we will be able to have a new secretary in place by the last week of January so that Joni will be able to do some training before she leaves. Please keep all of these transitions in your prayers and help us network letting us know of anyone who might be interested.

Women’s Retreat

You are cordially invited to attend a Women’s Retreat at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
Sponsored by the Catholic Daughters of America
on Saturday – January 28, 2017
Several “sessions” and a free lunch will be provided.
Session topics range from frugal living, genealogy, tai chi,
Bible study, fellowship, crafts and much, much more!
Registrations forms are available outside the Undercroft.
For more information, please call 541-756-0633

Winter is Here

School closures, meeting cancellations, icy roads and unusual amounts of snow and winter storms have played havoc with the beginning of 2017. On Wednesday, January 4th I had intended to return to Coos Bay from Sisters in the early afternoon. Unfortunately, heavy snow and an avalanche that closed the passes made that impossible, so I returned on Thursday instead. We had over a foot of snow that night in Sisters and when I looked out at my car, Serenity, it became clear I wasn’t going anywhere, as it just wasn’t safe, and it wasn’t possible even if I had wanted to as the passes were closed!

Your safety is the most important thing so this is a good time to review our general snow policy that follows North Bend and Coos Bay Schools. If they are closed our office and scheduled meetings will also most likely be closed and cancelled. If they have a delayed start then we may or may not cancel the meetings and the office will most likely be open but the hours may need to be adjusted. Church on Sundays will not be cancelled and as long as there is at least one person present with the priest we will have Eucharist. If there is no clergy person available then we will have Morning Prayer. The most important thing is your safety, so please don’t go out when it doesn’t feel safe.

The Messenger December 2016

December 8, 2016
08 Dec 2016

Christy’s Corner

Keep awake! Be alert! Prepare the way of the Lord!
These are all Advent admonitions encouraging us to wait expectantly during the four weeks leading to the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day. We wait expectantly with the belief and the faith that we are the ones who will be transformed in some new way. We trust that God is at work within us and that something new will be born in us this Christmas season. In our part of the world, Advent represents the darkest time with the shortest days of the year and we long for the light to return. It’s said that the tradition of Christmas lights was started as a way to “beckon” the light back into the world.

In our own spiritual lives how might we take time this Advent to reflect on an area of “darkness” in our lives? How might we offer that darkness to God, to the babe born in the manger, to the light of the world, so that it can be transformed? It seems like there are always relationships in our lives that we are working on. People who we’ve lost touch with, or had difficult words with, or maybe just never taken the time to let them know how much they mean to us. Over the years I have developed an Advent tradition of taking 1-2 of these people and writing to them to reconnect. This simple act is more about me taking the time to pause and reflect and has become a way of “preparing my heart” for the birth of Jesus into our world. How might you prepare your heart this year? What is waiting to be born within you this Christmas Season?

Advent and Christmas blessings to you and yours!

November Vestry Meeting Report:

Vestry Visibility
Besides performing our usual duties of business, ( Christy’s and the wardens reports, approving the financial reports, preparing for the budget, discussion on the Pre-school) we came to what I thought was the most satisfying report and that was the stewardship report.

After having more people attend the stewardship dinner than in a long time (which included a very inspirational talk by Jack), more people responded with pledge cards at the dinner. Later having more people timely remit their pledge cards, we had very few vestry follow up calls. This made for a very pleasant stewardship drive and the total outcome was financially higher than last year.

I want to thank everyone, all of the responding parishioners, all the vestry involved, and the leadership and patience of our Rector. This was the most satisfying drive in a long time. Let’s try it again next year!

Submitted in Gratitude by Pat Cross

2017 Stewardship Report

“Offering our Best Gifts, Stepping into God’s Promise!”
Thank you so much to all of you who have returned your pledge cards for the work and ministry of Jesus Christ at Emmanuel in 2017. We received 70 pledges representing many pledges of prayers, gifts and financial commitments of a little over $170,000. This is an increase from last year of about $10,000 and your Vestry is incredibly grateful for your response! If you haven’t yet returned a pledge card we would still appreciate your response as we are just beginning to work on
the budget. You can find them in the entryway of the church or in the office.

2016 donations: In order for donations to be credited to the 2016 calendar year they must be brought to the church or postmarked by Dec. 31, 2016, per IRS regulations. Thank you!

Emmanuel’s Christmas Pageant

Our 4:00 Christmas Eve service includes a simple joy-filled pageant with a part for every child and adult who wants to participate in telling the story of Jesus’ birth. Once again Lilly Hanlin and Miranda Seldon, two of our high school youth will be our co-directors and it promises to be great fun! We have sheep and cow non-speaking parts, beautiful angels, shepherds, 3 wise people and the Holy family. Costumes and parts can be picked up early as we just have one rehearsal on Sunday, Dec. 17th at 11:30 (Following our 10:00 service.). Please notify Christy or the church office if you or your child would like to participate in the pageant or if you can help with costumes, props or crowd control. (Picture complements of our 2015 Preschool Christmas Program.)

Christmas Poinsettias

If you would like to make an offering toward the poinsettias that decorate our church at Christmas time in memory of or thanksgiving for a loved one, please contact Joni at the church office by phone or email: 541-269-5829 {or}

Your remembrance will be included in the Christmas bulletins.

Our Traditional Youth Group Christmas Cookie Extravaganza Please Join us and Bring a Friend!

Dec. 17, 12:00pm-4:00pm: Christmas Cookie Baking for our Homebound Baking, Sampling, Packaging, Card-making and Fellowship!
Please let Christy know if you plan to attend so she has enough pizza! Thanks!

Dec. 18, 12:30pm: (after the Christmas Pageant rehearsal and a quick lunch) Caroling and delivering the cookies to our homebound.

Don’t miss out on the fun!

Emmanuel Christmas Baskets

– Any monetary donations
– Organizers to help arrange baskets and supplies
– Wrapping party set for Sunday, December 11, at 11:30 AM.
– Volunteers to be available to hand out baskets the week of December 12-16.
For more information or to volunteer to help, please contact Julianna by calling 541-297-7766 or email:

Thank you to everyone for your help!


It’s Book Fair time again! Reading is vital to every child’s success. Our Book continues through Sunday, December 11. Funds earned from our book fair are used to purchase books for our Preschool and our church library, as well as to provide books for our Outreach Christmas Baskets to families.

Book Fair Hours:
Friday – 12/9: 9-9:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm
Sunday – 12/11: Immediately following both services each Sunday

Note that Sunday- December 11th is the last chance to buy books at the church and online! This is a great opportunity to buy books for children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc. If you wish, you can also shop online for these great books, go to:

The Messenger November 2016

November 12, 2016
12 Nov 2016

Christy’s Corner

November, a month for gratitude and showing up!
Do we seek God or does God seek us first? My mentor, Bob Rhodes, taught me that God always acts first; that God calls and we respond. Over the years he helped me to see that there is never a moment when God isn’t reaching out to us with love through some situation, person or interaction. Sometimes it’s the most difficult situations in our lives, the ones that we think we will never survive, when we actually realize that God has shown up to meet us. Perhaps it’s because when we are hurting, we are so desperate that it is somehow easier to see God.

What if God always goes before us to meet us in the most unexpected places? I believe that’s exactly how God works; God meets us with love, always offering healing, forgiveness, and transformation regardless of the situation! Bob used to also encourage others by saying if you can’t quite believe that God loves you and is active in your life, then just pretend it’s true; suspend your disbelief for a day and see what happens! Then do it for another day, and another until it becomes the way you look at the world. If you look out into the world and only see a dry, parched, barren desert, look for just one thing that you can give thanks for. Look for one blade of grass in that barren desert, and when you see it, give thanks with your whole heart! But don’t stop there, keep looking and pretty soon there will be another blade of grass, something else to give thanks for and before you know it, the desert will actually be in bloom. It’s called faith!

As I write this article early in the morning the Saturday before our national election, I find myself deep in prayer for the healing of our country. My heart is troubled by the ease in which we have come to put each other down, to show disrespect and unwillingness to listen to one another, especially to those who differ from us. Disrespect, intolerance, the inability to listen are not Christian values; they are not Gospel values. They are not the way that Jesus taught us to live our lives. The fact is that we will elect a new president of our country this Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 and there will be winners and losers, those who are thrilled and those who are aching and many who just feel numb. My concern, my heavy heart, my prayers, my wonderings are focused on what will happen after the election. Regardless of who wins, how will we begin to heal as a people and a nation?

Recently at one of our midweek services we focused on the life and ministry of Henry Martyn, a priest and missionary to India and Persia in 1812. He had a unique gift for languages that led him to these countries in his late twenties where he translated parts of the Bible and the Book of Common Prayer into Hindi and Persian. Sam Portraro in his book Brightest and Best says, “What was most remarkable about Henry Martyn was his respect for others. In every culture he entered, he took up the burden of learning another people’s language and worked to comprehend their way of seeing the world. He seems never to have assumed that those different from himself represented anything other than the rich possibility to learn something new about the richness of God” (Brightest and Best, pg 186.)

When we are open to the possibilities, it seems that in the most unlikely places and people we are able to meet the God whom we seek. Portraro goes on to say, “That is mission and ministry; it is meeting God in one another. It was certainly so for Henry Martyn, who seems to have undertaken his travels not so much to promote God, as to meet God. Our most fruitful witness and ministry come not from preaching God, but from seeking God, from venturing forth and reaching out to one another, to discover all the places and the many ways that God has gone before us—and comes out to meet us.”

How is God coming out to meet us following our election? How is God offering healing to our communities, our nation and our world? How are we called to show up and participate in that healing as light bearers? Will we respond to God’s call to show up? If so, what are we each willing to commit to in our lives? What specific action might we take to increase the respect, tolerance, gratitude and love in ourselves and in our nation, community and family? I recently saw a bumper sticker that touched me deeply. Instead of the traditional “God bless America” it simply said, “God bless all nations!”
At our baptism we are “sealed by the Holy Spirit in baptism and marked as Christ’s own forever!” and we make some promises about how we will treat others. One of the ways I am committing to “show up” for the remainder of the year is to use the last five questions in our baptismal covenant as a daily prayer.

– Will you continue in the apostle’s teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers? I will with God’s help! How have I done these things today?
– Will you persevere in resisting evil, and whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord? I will with God’s help! How have I done these things today?
– Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ? I will with God’s help! How have I done these things today?
– Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself? I will with God’s help! How have I done these things today?
– Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being? I will with God’s help! How have I done these things today?
(BCP, pg. 304)

Heavenly Father, we thank you that by water and the Holy Spirit you have bestowed upon us, your servants the forgiveness of sin, and have raised us to the new life of grace. Sustain us, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit. Give us an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy and wonder in all your works. Amen.

The healing in our nation and our world begins with us as individuals being willing to show up to offer the light of Christ that is within us in specific, tangible ways. I have committed to saying my baptismal covenant as a daily prayer because I want to remind myself about the promises that I have made to God. I’m trusting that God will meet me there and help me to better live into these promises in specific ways allowing me to see the blades of grass of hope and healing in the parched dry desert…ultimately giving thanks for the desert that is in full bloom! How will you “show up” to offer your light to our world?

Blessings and gratitude to you and yours!

Limited Office Schedule Last Two Weeks in November

When we hired Joni as our church secretary she let us know that she and her husband had a vacation planned Nov. 15th to Nov. 30th. She will return to the office on Thursday, Dec. 1st.

We are working out specific office hours and hope to have coverage from 9:00-12:00 the week of Nov. 15th.

On Thanksgiving week the office will have minimal hours on the 22nd and 23rd and will be closed Nov. 24th -25th.
Christy will also be gone Nov. 23rd-25th as she will be in Sisters, with her family for Thanksgiving. She will return to Coos Bay on Nov. 26th.

Vestry Visibility: 2016 Mutual Ministry Review (MMR)

At the last Vestry meeting on Nov. 1st, we completed our mutual ministry review for 2016 by reflecting on the past year and our ministry together. This review is about asking ourselves how Emmanuel did in terms of our ministry as baptized Christians and we specifically look at our role as members of the congregation, the leadership of the Vestry and the leadership of Christy as our Pastor. It’s important to be able to take the time to acknowledge and celebrate our accomplishments. It’s also important to look at areas we need to continue to work on strengthening. Finally, we look at our goals to make sure they still seem to fit with our vision and the direction God is leading us. Here are some of the specific responses:

What do we have to celebrate about the Congregation’s Ministry?
– “It was a plus year! The whole church just seems happier.”
– They showed up for the Visioning event at the museum and were willing to risk participating in something
new. Also great participation at the stewardship dinner.
– The faithfulness of the altar guild and all the behind the scenes ministry that is done every week to make
sure we have beautiful flowers on the altar and to ensure that everything is in place for our worship services and cleaned up afterwards.

What do we have to celebrate about the Vestry’s Ministry?
– “the preschool reboot” and all the work to improve its viability and sustainability
– The work of the finance committee to improve the transparency and systems for financial management so we know and understand where our investments are and how they can be used.
– Work that was done to ensure that we are up to date with our policies and procedures for human resources.
– Improved work on Vestry visibility including regular newsletter articles, and monthly Q and A opportunities at both coffee hours.
– Engaged, active participation during our monthly meetings.

What do we have to celebrate about Christy’s Ministry?
– Offering opportunities for moving “outside the box” like the visioning event at the museum, possibilities of putting the pews on sliders to increase the potential usage of the sanctuary for music and dance concerts
– Working on increased relevance
– Strong leadership

What do we hope to do better next year, opportunities for improvement?
– Improved follow-through to get things done in a timely manner.
– Increase ownership of what we are doing and willingness to lead various efforts and ministries. Participate more in everything we are doing.
– Change the focus from “being too old and too tired” to do the things we used to do, to offering what we
have energy and passion for now.

2016 Goals: Are they still relevant for us as a congregation and how God seems to be leading us? Anything to add, drop or modify?

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 a youth pastor/intern pastor for 24 months, and develop a sustainable system of support.

Overall it was felt that we need to work on our specific action plan for these goals including how we will measure the outcomes especially for the sustainability goal.

Asking the reflection question in the Vestry meetings and other groups, “Share a Jesus moment in your life or a moment when you felt closest to God/Jesus/Holy Spirit since we last met” has helped with goal #1.

As you read this article and reflect on our ministry together at Emmanuel over the last year do you have thoughts you’d like to add to any of these categories? If you do please send them to Christy or any Vestry member so they can be included in this MMR. It takes all of us offering our best gifts and stepping into God’s promises to be able to continue to do the work that God is giving us to do.

Submitted in Gratitude ~ Your Vestry

Advent Wreath Making at Coffee Hour Nov. 27th

Advent wreaths are a wonderful way to celebrate the season of Advent while preparing for the birth of our Lord. You can plan on making an Advent wreath for you and your family while enjoying the fellowship of coffee hour on the first Sunday of Advent, Nov. 27th.

The Episcopal Church: Helping People Around the World

In these last several months the weather has been a threat for many, not only in the U.S. but worldwide. If you want to see how the Episcopal Church responds, visit the web site Episcopal Relief and Development.

Christmas Baskets are coming!

Are you interested in helping our Christmas Outreach this year? We need:
– Shoppers – Each child will receive a toy and a blanket or sweatshirt
– Every family will need a laundry basket.
– Each basket will need toilet paper, laundry soap, dish soap, and other household items.
– A person or people to gather supplies from the church- toothbrushes and toothpaste, wrapping paper, laundry baskets from last year, and other items.
– Any monetary donations
– Organizers to help arrange baskets and supplies
– Wrapping party captains (Sunday, Dec. 11th)
– Volunteers to be available to hand out baskets the week of Dec. 12-16.

Please contact Julianna by calling 541-297-7766 or email: to offer your help or to get more information. Also look for sign-ups at church. Thank you everyone in advance for your help!


It’s Book Fair time again! Reading is vital to every child’s success. Our Book Fair starts on Sunday 12/4 and continues through Sunday 12/11. Funds earned from our book fair are used to purchase books for our Preschool and our church library, as well as to provide books for our Outreach Christmas Baskets to families.

Book Fair Hours:
Sundays 12/4 & 12/11: Immediately following both services each Sunday
Monday, 12/5; Wednesday 12/7; Thursday, 12/8; Friday, 12/9: 9-9:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm
Tuesday, 12/6: 9-9:30am only.
Note that Sunday, 12/11, is the last chance to buy books. This is a great opportunity to buy books for children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc. If you wish, you can also shop online for these great books. The site is available from 11/22 through 12/11 only. Go to:

Standing in Solidarity with the Standing Rock Community

In response to a statement of support from the Diocesan Council and an invitation from the Rev. John Floberg, presiding priest of the Episcopal Churches of Standing Rock, several of our clergy went to Standing Rock November 2nd-4th to stand in solidarity and witness to the ongoing conflict of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Our clergy who represented us were the Rev. James Joiner, St. Michael and All Angels, Portland, The Rev. Jeremy Lucas, Christ Church, Lake Oswego, the Rev. Dn Meredith Ayer Pech, Trinity, Ashland and the Rev. Dn. Ken Powell, Grace, Portland. As convention was meeting we continued to offer our prayers and support by sending this picture.

Jeremy and James drove 20 hours to be able to report to convention on Saturday morning about their experience (and Jeremy was also giving the report for the Board of Trustees.) There were clergy from every state in our country and many denominations and world religions were represented. They were told that the people of Standing Rock have been praying for months that the clergy would come and stand with them and they are so grateful. Please continue to offer your prayers for a peaceful resolution to this conflict that honors all people.

Stewardship Update:

A huge thank you to all who helped make the stewardship dinner a great success!

To our chefs: Barb and Dave Kronsteiner, Melissa Cribbins, Joe Benetti, Judy Knutson, and Xandra McKeown, to John Knutson and Troy Cribbins for support in the kitchen, to Carla Courtney and Norm Frost for help cleaning up and to Jack Erskine for being our speaker! To many others who helped in many different ways to make it a wonderful celebration. We are grateful!

To date we have about 40 pledge cards turned in with commitments for 2017. If you have turned in your pledge card, thank you! If you haven’t done that yet, please take the time to reflect on how you will offer your best gifts of money, time and talents for the work and ministry of Jesus Christ at Emmanuel! The Vestry will be making follow-up calls on Sunday Nov. 20th so help us out and save us a phone call by turning in your pledge card as soon as possible.

Financial Update

At our Nov. 1st meeting, Bob Huggins, our Treasurer noted that for the second month in a row pledge payments are well below what was budgeted. In September pledge payments were down $4,228 from our budget projection. Our budget is solely dependent on your pledges so please do everything you can to remain current. If for some reason your situation has changed, please let Christy know so that your pledge can be adjusted. Also know that there are many in our community who are struggling financially so if you are able to give more than your pledge that will also help our budgeting process. We are grateful for each one of you and all the ways you contribute to our faith community.

Please watch for Thanksgiving Opportunities. Coos Food Cupboard will again host a community Thanksgiving meal. They have asked Emmanuel to bring pies to Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, located at 2250 16th Street in North Bend, on Wednesday, Nov. 23. We are committed to 12 and please sign up on the sheet found in the back of the sanctuary. They will also accept servers and you will need to notify the office there if you are interested. The Community Thanksgiving meal is set for November 24, from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM. There is transportation and home delivery available for the meal. For more information, please call Holy Redeemer Catholic Church: 541-756-0633, ext. 22.

Benetti’s Restaurant also will provide a community Thanksgiving dinner and is accepting your store-bought pies and helping hands. Please see the sign-up sheets for that ministry in the back of the sanctuary. No one should go hungry on Thanksgiving Day. Praise God!

128th Convention of the Diocese of Oregon – Every Blessings

Convention Highlights 2016: Christy’s Impression on the Bishop’s Address and Sermon

As I reflect on my time at convention I feel connected, inspired and proud to be an Episcopalian. Connected because of the work and ministry that is being done on our behalf in communities all over our diocese, our nation and our world. Inspired by the courage individuals have had to act out of their passion and belief and the amazing ministries that are the result. Proud because our theology and spirituality as Anglicans allows, encourages and inspires us to be engaged in our world in so many different ways.

Our chancellor is stepping down after serving since 2008 and he addressed convention. He is leaving the diocese in much better shape than when he took over thanks to the hard work, commitment and prayers of many. He encouraged us all to treat the Diocese of Oregon as precious as it is! He also reminded us of a quote by our former presiding bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori, “If your church disappeared tomorrow who would notice?” Use that question to focus on how to be a blessing to the world.

The Bishop’s Address

Bishop Michael talked about the challenge of our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to be the Episcopal branch of the Jesus movement. Jesus was loving, liberating and life giving and we are called to do the same. He sees us living that out by focusing on evangelism, reconciliation and by being good stewards of our environment. He then asks, “Can we see ourselves and our congregation in that vision?” In the politically charged atmosphere in the US today we see a very different world and it’s up to each of us to preach the word of God. The politics of hate and exclusion must not be allowed to win the day.

Bishop Michael went on to ask, “How does that impact our diocese?” He had put together a Blessing Basket, which would also be raffled, representing our blessings as a diocese that help to sustain us so we can represent the loving, liberating and life-giving nature of Jesus. A bottle of wine representing the Eucharist and how it sustains us week after week; music CD from the cathedral for all our musicians who help us see joy and rejoice in the Lord; a book on the Benedictine life representing the importance of how we teach the faith and having a rule of life; picture of our companion Diocese of Cuernavaca representing the liberating ministry of care and compassion; a bread board for all of the feeding ministries and programs throughout our diocese; a prison ministry candle representing ministry in all its fullness shining a light in very dark places; an amaryllis bulb representing the stewardship of creation and our environmental commission; and finally an icon of the Holy Trinity a symbol of God and God’s presence among us always.

His sermon during the Convention Eucharist and Ordination of Joyce Atchley, St. Stephen, Newport continued the same theme. He emphasized the ministry of the baptized. He walked through each question of our baptismal covenant and encouraged us to see how that covenant has a claim on each of us in terms of our ministry, whether lay person, deacon, priest or bishop. He concluded by saying what a privilege it is for all of us to be part of the Episcopal branch of the Jesus movement.

Notes from the Episcopal Church Women luncheon Speaker: The Rev. Dcn. Marla McGarry-Lawrence “And who is my neighbor? Lessons from Latino Ministry”

For more than 40 years, starting in Boring, Oregon, we have had a Latino Ministry. In 1980, Father Hoyt was the first Latino Missioner. Rev. Dcn. Marla shared with us her journey and work with the Latino Ministry. She spoke affectionately about ‘sneaky Jesus’ – “He is so great. He gets us to do these things that we would never thought we could.” She also shared five lessons learned, mentioned below.

1. Spanish speakers come from 22 countries (where Spanish is the official language). Most Episcopal parishioners in OR come from Mexico. The USA is the 2nd largest Spanish speaking country in the world, second only to Mexico.
2. Not all Latinos are immigrants. 41% of all Americans who identify as Latino are NOT immigrants. The number of Latinos in Oregon is up 72% since 2000 (Nationwide, up 50%). Our Diocese has 10 congregations with Latino Ministries.
3. Not all Latinos are Roman Catholic!
4. The Latino community has strong values around family, hard work and religious faith.
5. Always be open to surprise and unexpected joy. Where is the Holy Spirit moving you next?

ECW officers were elected for 2017-2019. Jo Martin from St. Thomas in Dallas was elected President. Kay Marino from St. John in Bandon was elected Vice President.

2016 Proposed Amendment to the Constitution & Canons

An informative introduction was provided. Highlights from this are included below:

The foundational document of The Episcopal Church (TEC) is its Constitution approved at its third Convention in 1789, and drafted by some of the same men involved in drafting the U.S. Constitution. Next within that hierarchy of Church authority are the Canons of TEC. Below these are the Constitutions of various dioceses and their Canons, all of which must be consistent with the governance documents above them in hierarchy. The Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon were drafted and ratified more than a century ago, and the last revision to our Constitution was in 1981.
The Constitution of the Diocese transmits our culture and the traditions of our church as well as forming the foundation the foundation for organizational governance. Under the Constitution, the Canons establish the mechanics of how we are going to accomplish what we said we would do in the Constitution. Canons include more Articles, are longer, more detailed, and easier to change as the need to do so arises.

The goal for amending our Constitution is to make it consistent what we actually do, edit for clarity, add what is needed and ensure we keep what is cannot be changed without loss. As two conventions must approve any constitutional change, they began this year with the Constitution. As the Convention approved carrying this proposal forward for consideration at next year’s (2017) convention, the committee will also submit a complementary set of canonical changes for consideration at that time (2017 Convention).

The Committee working on this did an excellent job of keeping the “big picture” items in the Constitution, and combining related areas. The Proposed Constitution now has 15 Articles instead of the current 22 Articles. Some have been combined, and the general content of others is felt to be better suited to be in the Canons. There were only a few minor changes at the Convention to what was proposed by the Committee.

I invite you to read our new proposed Constitution which can be found on the Diocesan website, or ask one of the Delegates, and we’ll make you a copy! Delegates: Pastor Christy, David & Terrye Laird, Nancylee Stewart

The Messenger October 2016

October 20, 2016
20 Oct 2016

Christy’s Corner

Abundance: Offering our Best Gifts, Stepping into God’s Promise

Our Mutual Ministry Visioning Event was a great success! 76 members of our community gathered for a morning of lively worship, engaged conversation, energy, passion, inspiration and joy. We spent time discussing key values that people see reflected in our community of faith at Emmanuel. Words like family, inclusiveness, service to our community, God’s presence, hospitality, acceptance, music, love, and tradition began to emerge as key descriptors of some of our values.

After lunch when we began to focus on the question of “What will we see in 5-10 years when we open the doors at Emmanuel?” it became clear that we are people of hope! So many ideas were expressed during the chalk talks, an exercise that occurred without talking. Huge pieces of butcher paper were spread out on four tables with a group at each table. The task was to write down what you saw inside our doors in 5-10 years, and to observe what others had written, adding comments or additional ideas that came to mind. Then everyone rotated one table to the right until we all had a chance to review and add to what we had seen. If you’re curious, the chalk talks are on tables in the undercroft for your review and will stay there for a few weeks.

The hope for the future that’s represented by people’s thoughts and reflections is very apparent. It is clear that we are hopeful for much! Trusting God to step into that hope with abundance will also require each of us to step into God’s promise with abundance. This is the work of stewardship and will be much of our focus during this year’s stewardship campaign in October. How do we recognize and offer our best gifts as people of God so that we are able to step into God’s promise of abundance to us as a faith community? At times it can be scary business to risk putting ourselves out there in new and unique ways. Many times it requires letting go of the certainty of the past that we have known in order to say, “Yes!” to the future that God is calling us to.

“The time has come to put our stones down. For hands clutching stones can’t freely drum. And hearts fisting the past can’t freely sing.”

“It only took me a lifetime to learn. But the lesson is as profound as it is simple. As long as we clutch to one thing—be it a stone, or rail, or weapon—our hands cannot open or reach for anything else. Timeless and essential drama of living into the unknown resides in this simple sequence. We must risk putting down the stone or stick or gun we are grasping, in order to build or touch or make music of any kind.

It reminds me of a friend who wouldn’t let go of his past. He clutched it like a rope and was afraid that if he let go, he would fall. But as long as he fisted his history in this way, he couldn’t embrace the love that was before him, and so he never healed.

It is unavoidably true: hands must be emptied before they can be filled anew. It is the same with our hearts. It is why courage, day by day is necessary.”
(The Book of Awakening, by Mark Nepo, pg. 316.)

In planning this year’s Mutual Ministry Visioning Event, your Vestry and I had to let go of how we traditionally do Sunday morning at Emmanuel. No services at the church, going off site, combining the 7:30 and 10:00, having it last from 9-2:00…unheard of and many voiced their opinions that it wouldn’t work. These were just some of the stones in our hands that we had to let go of in order to lean into and embrace the abundance that we felt God was offering our community. My biggest prayer was, “Lord if this is right for us to do, just keep opening the doors…and if not, then slam them shut and I will listen.” Guess what? The doors kept opening and in less than a month the event came together. Your Vestry stepped into God’s promise of abundance, and God met us there with the abundance of God’s hope for us as a faith community and the beginnings of a vision for our future.

It’s an exciting time at Emmanuel as we look forward to owing our future together as baptized members of the body of Christ, stepping into the abundance that God offers in order to do the work and ministry that God is giving us to do.

With gratitude for each of you!

Vestry Visibility – Troy Cribbins, Senior Warden

If you missed the church vision meeting on September 25, then you missed an inspiring event! It was a beautiful morning, and we had a great view of the bay from the windows of the Coos History Museum on Front Street. We started the day by sharing with the person next to us our best moment at Emmanuel, and the reasons that made the moment so special.

After the completion of services, we gathered together at tables to share each other’s stories and to identify the values that we share and want to preserve. We then each voted on which values mattered the most to us. After lunch, provided by Joe Benetti and Benetti’s Italian Restaurant, we did a little chalk talk at our tables to imagine what Emmanuel will look like in 2021. We looked at the themes that emerged from those table talks, and we voted again on which ideas were the most important to each of us. A special thanks goes to our facilitator, Greg, and Pastor Christy for their work in making the day productive and creative.

So what happens next? Your vestry will meet, take the values and themes identified, and work on how to take those values and themes and incorporate them into Emmanuel’s five-year vision and work plan. The vestry will bring those ideas and how they see them being implemented back to the congregation for more input, and to make sure that we have consensus moving forward.

Sun, natural beauty, food, and fellowship. That’s how I spent my Sunday. It was a remarkable opportunity to identify the values that we share. It was a reminder of things that we think make Emmanuel special, and the place that each of us has chosen for our spiritual home. It is our sense of place in this community and this world that grounds us and reminds us that we are on this earth to be of service to each other and our community. Thank you all for the gift of your time and attention.

In Christ

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Introducing Joni Eades

Hello! My name is Joni (pronounced Johnny) Eades and I am delighted to be the new church secretary at Emmanuel Episcopal Church! I was born and raised in Port Angeles, Washington, which is located on the Olympic Peninsula. I “grew up” in Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, where my mother was the church secretary for many years. My husband and I have recently relocated to the Coos Bay area and we are anxious to settle into our new community and to meet new friends! We have two grown children, a golden retriever and a rabbit. We enjoy camping, hiking and gardening. I’m an avid crafter and I enjoy attending vintage markets in search of treasures! I look forward to meeting each of you in the weeks ahead and making Emmanuel Episcopal Church my new church home!

Episcopal Bishops Issue A Word to the Church for the World

Greetings from Detroit, a city determined to be revived. Greetings also from the city of Flint, where we are reminded that the gift of water has for many of our brothers and sisters become contaminated.
Here we have been exhorted to set our sights beyond ourselves and to minister to the several nations where we serve and the wider world.

We lament the stark joylessness that marks our present time. We decry angry political rhetoric which rages while fissures widen within society along racial, economic, educational, religious, cultural and generational lines. We refuse to look away as poverty, cruelty and war force families to become migrants enduring statelessness and demonization. We renounce the gun violence and drug addiction that steal lives and crush souls while others succumb to fear and cynicism, abandoning any sense of neighborliness.

Yet, in all this, “we do not despair” (2 Cor. 4:8.). We remember that God in Christ entered our earthly neighborhood during a time of political volatility and economic inequality. To this current crisis we bring our faith in Jesus. By God’s grace, we choose to see in this moment an urgent opportunity to follow Jesus into our fractured neighborhoods, the nation and the world.

Every member of the church has been “called for a time such as this.” (Esther 4:14) Let prophets tell the truth in love. Let reconcilers move boldly into places of division and disagreement. Let evangelists inspire us to tell the story of Jesus in new and compelling ways. Let leaders lead with courage and joy.

In the hope of the Resurrection let us all pray for God to work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish God’s purposes on earth.

Writing Committee

Bishop Tom Breidenthal of Southern Ohio Bishop Mariann Budde of Washington Bishop Diane Jardine Bruce of Los Angeles Bishop Victor Scantlebury of Ecuador Central Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves of El Camino Real Bishop Alan Gates of Massachusetts
Bishop Wendell Gibbs Jr. of Michigan
Dr. Scott Bader-Saye
Bishop Prince Singh of Rochester
Bishop Robert Wright of Atlanta
Bishop Rob Hirschfield of New Hampshire

The Episcopal Church House of Bishops met September 15 to September 20 in Detroit MI (Diocese of Michigan).

Emmanuel’s Annual Stewardship Dinner, October 30th 4:00-7:00

Save the date and plan to attend this year’s annual stewardship dinner. Jack Erskine will be this year’s speaker and it promised to be a fun evening with good food, fellowship and lively conversation. Look for your invitation arriving soon in the mail. Questions, talk to any Vestry member.

Recently Joshua Erskine did a phone interview

with a reporter the Sister’s newspaper The Nugget. It was about his book, Inque and a gift he gave to Deschutes County Health Services for suicide prevention. It’s a great stewardship story about offering our best gifts with hope while stepping into God’s promised abundance.

Writer creates legacy for friend By Erin Borla

Josh Erskine of Sisters is a freshman at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. The 18-year-old recently made a significant cash contribution to the Deschutes County Mental Health program focusing on suicide prevention.
Funds were raised through the sale of a book he penned and self-published in honor of his friend who took her own life just a few years ago.

Both Josh and his friend Taye Nakamura-Koyama were students at Cascades Academy. Josh really got to know Taye through her art.

“She posted online that she was looking for a writer for a web-comic that she wanted to write” he said.
Josh submitted a few ideas and they started working together.

“She was not afraid to speak her opinion – ever,” said Erskine of his friend. “She was an incredible artist. I remember looking over her shoulder once and she was drawing with two pencils, one in each hand.”
On August 12, 2014 Taye took her own life. She was just 16.

Josh was grieving. His dad, the Chaplain at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, had heard the night it happened. The school had a meeting – in the middle of summer – to help students and their families understand the sudden loss and help cope.

“In the midst of grieving, I remembered the idea that we had and what would happen to it,” said Josh. “I decided, instead of a comic, I would try to write it up as a book and self-publish it. I wanted
to do this as a legacy for her.”

At Cascades Academy, students are required to do a mastery project where they intern for a year. Josh was allowed by his teachers to work on his book and learn about self-publishing for his project. He worked diligently throughout the year but was continually met with questions of his own.

“I wondered constantly, ‘am I really doing her justice,'” he said. “Is this what she would have wanted? How would the story be different if she were still here.”

He knew it was important.

“I felt like I was meant to be doing this,” he said. “It was important to her and very necessary to the community to tell her story.”

“Inque” released on May 20, 2015 on and retails for $12.99. The book is about Claire, a young writer. When a small black book enters Claire’s life everything changes – “she is thrust into a world of magic and fantasy and becomes the one person who can save its inhabitants.”

Erskine received help from family members who had self-published in the past and from friends with the editing. In the end he even received special permission from Taye’s parents to have her listed as the co-author.

“This was important to her – she was an incredible artist and had amazing ideas,” he said. “I wanted to do this as a legacy for her.”

With sales from the book, Erskine created the Inque Fund within the Deschutes County Mental Health office. The fund is used for suicide prevention services.

“It’s a big thing in my family that we take 10 percent of what we make and do something that will
improve the world,” he said. “After I paid everyone back who helped me through the process I am taking 10 percent of the book sales and donating to suicide prevention in Deschutes County.”

Prior to Erskine leaving for college he delivered his first check in the amount of $1,636.

“Oftentimes people my age allow their age to limit them,” he said. “They say ‘I’ll do this when I’m older or have more experience,’ I want them to know, no matter how old you are, you are not insignificant. Trying things can lead you to great things and if they don’t, you can learn from it and try again.”

Article taken from Nugget News

A Letter of Thanks and Gratitude as I Complete My Last Newsletter

Dear Christy and the Congregation of Emmanuel,

I want to thank everyone for the last 14 years of employment and family. The opportunity to run the preschool, as well as the church office, has been such an incredible part of my life. This is a second home to me and it is bittersweet to be leaving as an employee.

I appreciate so much the send-off you have all given me and all the kind words and thoughts I have received. It has given me a great attitude towards starting my new job even though I am somewhat sad to be leaving my position here.

This wonderful parish will continue to be my church home and I look forward to being active in some of our many outreach programs, the first being to stay on as a member of the preschool advisory board.

Christy, you have been truly amazing to work with. Thank you for believing in me in all our new endeavors and giving me a chance to grow even more in my professional life. In addition to being a great boss, you are a friend, and I will miss our weekly talks and comradery. I look forward to our relationship continuing as both friends and pastor/parish member.


Gratitude to Those Who Helped to Make Our Visioning Event a Huge Success!
– Thank you to LoAnne Lark for arranging the beautiful flowers from her garden
– To Joe Benetti for providing the wonderful lunch
– To the table facilitators, John Whitty, Troy Cribbins, Melissa Cribbins, Nancylee Stewart, Pam Chaney, and David Laird
– To Shepherd Song from Church of the Good Shepherd for providing our music for worship
– To Pat Cross for helping to transport things from church to the museum for the service
– To members of the altar guild for helping to prepare and put away the needed items for the service
– To Tim Wall, Pat Cross, and Liza Holland for serving as Eucharistic ministers
– To Bob Huggins for ushering and for taking great pictures
– To all those who attended to make it an amazing event
– To the Vestry members Pam Chaney and Carla Courtney for making follow-up calls to ensure that people knew about the event.
– To David and Terrye Laird for thinking about putting signs on the church doors telling people where we were and inviting them to join us

The Sacrament of Baptism Offered Nov. 6th

This year we will be celebrating the Feast of All Saints with the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, Nov. 6th. If you are interested in baptism for yourself or a family member, or if you have any questions about baptism, please let Christy know.

The Messenger September 2016

September 3, 2016
03 Sep 2016

Christy’s Corner

“You are sealed by the Holy Spirit in baptism and marked as Christ’s own forever!”
Book of Common Prayer, pg 308

What does it mean to have the light of Christ shine within us? What does it mean when we are promised in the Bible that the darkness will NEVER overcome the light? How do those promises have anything to do with our real lives that we lead 24/7, 365 days a year?

On Saturday, August 27th word began to spread that Ashley Laird, grand-daughter of Gretchen and niece of David, Terrye and Doug was missing. An experienced runner, she had left the house in Jacksonville, Oregon for a run Friday morning and hadn’t returned. Concern was growing on Sunday morning as she was still missing and it had been over 48 hours. As Gretchen entered the church for the 10:00 service she told me that Ashley had been baptized at Emmanuel and that her parents were married here. Everyone was devastated and it was hard to hold onto hope and not imagine the worst.

As I sat listening to the lessons I thought about the promises of our baptism and the promise that the light will never overcome the darkness. What does that mean for us today? I thought to myself, “Well, it means that when we are baptized we literally have the light of Christ that shines within us.” Suddenly I had this vision of Ashley’s light shining so brightly that it would lead people to her. During the announcement time I updated everyone about Ashley’s situation. “We are powerful pray-ers and we all need to join in praying for Ashley’s well-being. We need to pray that the light within Ashley will shine so brightly that it will lead the search and rescue teams to her and that she will be all right.”

Many times through the rest of the service I found myself thinking about Ashley and praying for her to radiate light wherever she was. Others said that they had similar experiences. It helped to have a positive way to participate and do something to help. I was in Sisters around 5 when I got a text, email and several calls from people telling me that Ashley had been found and that she was alive. She had a few cuts and bruises and was being taken to the hospital but she was alive. Thank you Jesus! Thank you, thank you Jesus! Such relief and heartfelt gratitude!

It wasn’t until the Vestry meeting Tuesday night when David Laird was sharing his moment closest to Christ (which we do at the beginning of each Vestry meeting) that I learned how she was found. She had a runner’s GPS wrist piece that she usually wore when she ran that recorded what trails she ran on. She hadn’t put it on Friday morning and an IT person was able to find out the trails she had run most recently. Her dad was with a search and rescue team as they rounded a corner of a trail and looked up…on the cliff in front of them stood Ashley with a shining light behind her! She was a little disoriented and shaky as she had just stood up but she was alive and so grateful to be greeted by her dad. Wow! There aren’t many times when we are able to receive that kind of direct response to prayer and able to witness and participate in that kind of a miracle. Just a few more hours and the official search would have been called off as she had been missing for so long. Yet, isn’t that an example of the
power that is given to each of us at our baptism when we are “sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked as Christ’s own forever?”
Thursday morning I woke up early and went for my walk. With fall approaching it’s staying darker in the early morning and the fog and marine air was low in the sky. As I walked along the boardwalk the sun broke through the darkness and it reminded me of the protection and companionship we are each provided by the light of Christ shining within us… I thought of Ashley’s story and I wondered how I might do a better job claiming the power given to me through Jesus Christ 24/7, 365 days a year. What might we do to help transform the world through the love and healing light of Jesus Christ?

With gratitude for each of you! Christy

Vestry Visibility – Offering Our Gifts

As we transition from summer to the more measured, rhythmic pace of fall, I thought we could reflect upon the abundance of opportunities at Emmanuel that are available to each of us. Any family unit, team or organization is strengthened by the contributions of its members. Indeed, the contributions of many enhance the sustainability of any team. And, Emmanuel is an even more special place due to so many of you who give of yourselves, and give of your talents bestowed by God.

Every opportunity to engage is so important, and every task meaningful. As we enter the doors on Sunday, we are greeted by friendly ushers, we enjoy the beauty of the altar carefully prepared by our Altar Guild, and our worship is aided by Pastor Christy and lay readers who assist. Services are further enhanced by those with musical talents who sing in the Choir, play instruments, or provide leadership. Coffee hour is very important to many. It affords a social opportunity for those who might not see each other during the week, and allows us to greet and welcome newcomers or those passing through our community.
Our Pre-School and Food Cupboard are exceptional ministries that require talented and dedicated support and involvement to be successful, and there are many leadership opportunities such as serving on the Vestry, or on committees such as Finance. These are just a few examples of the many opportunities.

As a life-long Episcopalian, I recall watching my mother prepare the altar for various services and tagged along as she took the flowers to the hospital after the last Sunday service. My father served on the Vestry and was a lay reader. Perhaps that is why my journey at Emmanuel has taken the path that it has. Under the kind and helpful eyes of Judy Knutson and Liz Cowden, I learned how to prepare the altar. And, during the training provided by Pastor Christy I hope to ultimately become a Lay Reader after I shadow with Pat Cross!

What are your gifts, and what are you called to do to make Emmanuel the best that it can be? Talk to Pastor Christy or any of those on the Vestry!

With Gratitude for all that you do, and extending Blessings to you and yours! Xandra McKeown (1st Year Vestry)

Welcome Back Sundays

Join us on Sept. 11th, for special music and prayers for world peace as we remember the events of 9-11 and pray for an end to terrorism throughout the world.

Then, on Sunday, September 18th, join us at 11:30 AM as we gather for our Welcome Back Barbecue. Bring a side dish or dessert to share. Barbecue items will be provided.

PreSchool Starts Soon

Our Emmanuel Preschool begins Monday September 12th. We currently have openings in our Young Preschool Class, ages 3-3 1⁄2. Call Julianna at 541-297-7766 for more information.

We are excited to start our new year and will keep you posted on our activities!!

Emmanuel Choir

August was a busy month in preparation for the new academic year. On August 6th and 21st members of the choir devoted themselves to filling our new book case shelves with hard-bound copies of several hymnal publications and sorted and filed hundreds of pieces of music. It is a new room! My special thanks to Dan Powell, Liz Cowden, Judy Jennings, Pam Chaney, and Sally Jaeggli.
The week of August 22nd, sound system re-balancing was done in the Sanctuary by Anthony Pescatore, Great Dane Productions and under the guidance and helpful hands of Dan Powell.

Our Emmanuel Preschool begins Monday September 12th. We currently have openings in our Young Preschool Class, ages 3-3 1⁄2. Call Julianna at 541-297-7766 for more information.

We are excited to start our new year and will keep you posted on our activities!!

The hum is now gone, speakers have been re-positioned for better reproduction of sound, new directional mikes installed for the choir. Wire path changes were made in the console and settings readjusted to achieve sound balance.

Mr. Pescatore will return for a console training in September. Anyone interested in this re- introduction to our fully restored, functioning sound board, should contact either myself or Dan Powell (541.982.0013). This will be a 2 hour hands-on session. If there is a teen or young adult in your home that might be interested in the new phase of electronics for Emmanuel, they are welcome.

Emmanuel’s “regular” choir will commence rehearsals on Wednesday, September 7 at 6PM. Anyone that likes to sing with joy is always most welcome. Emmanuel also has an outstanding Contemporary Choir that supports the 10 o’clock service with liturgical music on the first Sunday every month. They rehearse at 6:30 every Thursday, commencing September 8. Dan is looking for an electric drum player.

Please join us on a Wednesday or Thursday to add your voice to a fine complement of singers. Carla Courtney 541.266.9290

Choir Appreciation Dinner at Shepherd’s House

On Friday, September 1st the Music Team made up of the Choir and Contemporary group were guests for dinner at Shepherd’s House as a thank you for all of their hard work and dedication. It was a great way to kick off the program year and to celebrate the gifts that they each offer our congregation. (Unfortunately Judy Jennings had left before Christy remembered to take the picture and Jennifer was unable to attend.) Interested in checking the choir out and possibly singing with them…contact Carla Courtney, Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings.

A Note from Tammy, Our Bookkeeper:

If you would like your donation to go to a specific item or ministry such as the Food Cupboard, the Pre-School, or other cause, please note it on your check. In that way it will be allocated to the correct account and ministry. Let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you! Tammy

Parishioners Require Transportation to Get to the 10:00 Service… Can you Help?

We have been contacted by a woman named Erin who has recently moved to the area and lives near North Bend High School. She is hoping to find a ride to church for the 10:00 Sunday service and/or the 12:00 Wednesday healing service.
Alice Sanders, a long-time member is also looking for a ride to the 10:00 service. She lives on 15th and Myrtle off of Ocean Blvd.

Please email Christy to let her know if you can help either of these folks and she will put you in touch with them (

July 31st Gene Jennings Memorial Blessed

During coffee hour following the 10:00 service on July 31st we blessed the crape myrtle shrub that was given by Judy and her family in memory of Gene. The plaque will be embedded in cement in the dirt so it will a more permanent fixture and not as tempting to remove for those passing through.

Many have asked what is being done where the hydrangea used to be in front of the offices. It will ultimately be paved to match the other side creating a memorial garden. The plants that were there are in rehab at the Pat and Nancy Cross’ and we are hoping they survive as moving day was one of the hottest days of the year. Thanks to the Memorial Garden Committee for all of their work and perseverance!

Fall Dates to Save

The Vestry has completed the calendar for the fall and here are some dates you might want to put on your calendar. More information will follow.
Sunday, September 11th: First Sunday back for the Choir
Sunday, September 18th : Welcome Back Barbecue following the 10:00 Service
Sunday, September 25th: Mutual Ministry Visioning Event
Sunday, October 2nd: 1:00 Blessing of the Animals with Gloria Dei, Mingus Park
Sunday, October 9th: The Stewardship of Holy Ground and Creating Sacred Space Information and Ingathering for the Interfaith Chapel at Bay Area Hospital
Sunday, October 30th, 4:00-7:00 PM: Stewardship Dinner
Sunday, November 6th: Celebration of All Saint’s, Baptisms and Ingathering of 2017 Pledges

People and Pets Invited to the “Blessing of Our Animal Friends” at Mingus Park, October 2nd , 1:00 PM

It is once again time to honor our animal friends with special blessings. Gather with us at Mingus Park where we will join with Gloria Dei Lutheran Church to host a community “Blessing of Our Animal Friends” on Sunday, October 4 at 1:00 p.m. We will meet at the Mingus Park playground area on 10th Street in Coos Bay, rain or shine. Pacific Cove Humane Society will participate in the celebration, providing treats for the pets in attendance.

Pet owners are invited to bring their dogs and cats, and other family pets, to the outdoor service. They are requested to have dogs on a leash and to be certain that they are friendly with other animals. Small animals, such as cats and birds and rabbits, should be brought in carriers. Photos of pets that would be too difficult to transport to the park may also be brought for a blessing.

Unable to Attend Mingus Park but Still Want your Pet Blessed?
If your pet is unable to attend the gathering at Mingus Park and it is well trained and in a cage or on a leash they are also welcome to attend our 7:30 or 10:00 service at Emmanuel on October 2nd to honor St. Francis and receive a special blessing. Questions? Talk to Christy or Julianna.

Special Prayers of the People on October 2nd for our Beloved Pets
Do you have a special pet who has died recently or is specially remembered by you and your family? Then send or bring their info, preferably name and a picture, to the church office to be included in our prayers on October 2nd. Questions, talk to Christy or Julianna.

The Messenger August 2016

August 8, 2016
08 Aug 2016

Christy’s Corner

“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!

Vestry Visibility

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!


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.

The Messenger July 2016

July 6, 2016
06 Jul 2016

Christy’s Corner

“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.
July 13th
July 20th
July 27th
August 24th
August 31st

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!