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The Messenger July 2018

July 8, 2018
08 Jul 2018

Christy’s Corner

Why Africa?!

As Jack’s and my mission trip draws nearer, that’s a question that many people have asked me. Of all of the places you could go, or the things you could do for your annual continuing education, why are you going to Africa? I was grateful to be asked this question because it led to much reflection about what I am hoping to experience and learn.

Africa has always been on my bucket list. One day about a year ago, my husband Jack who works as a hospital chaplain was calling on a patient. In the course of their visit he discovered that she and her husband were both Methodist pastors and they attended Church of the Transfiguration in Sisters, the same church that our family attends there. This couple goes to the early ecumenical service so they had never met. After talking for a while she said, “You and your wife should come to Africa with us?” Turns out they have been leading mission trips to Africa through the Volunteers in Mission program with the Methodist Church for the last 12 years and actually lived there for three years while Jim served as the hospital administrator. Jack came home that night and said, “I think we should go to Africa!” Never one to say no to an adventure, the rest is history.

So why do I consider this continuing education and not vacation? Sometimes continuing education is spent learning intellectual things and sometimes it is more experiential. For me a mission trip is where you offer yourself, mind, body and spirit to help others in need. It can be in the place we live or far away, but in the experience of offering ourselves to help our neighbors, we are the ones who are ultimately transformed. The way that this trip evolved…an invitation in the midst of Jack doing his ministry of chaplaincy, to a place we’ve both always wanted to go…to serve others in hospitals, schools, an orphanage and churches…those are some of the reasons we “know” our names are on the list, and God has called us to be part of this team. Hard work, transformational ministry and the experience of a lifetime? You bet! Vacation? Not so much!

When I experienced my call to ordained ministry I was on retreat in Cuernavaca, Mexico. My spiritual director at the time said to me, “I think God needed to get you out of the country where you don’t speak the language in order to hear God’s call!” I’ve thought a lot about that over the last couple of months. Is there something that I will be more open to because I’m in a very different culture where I don’t speak the language? What is it Lord, that you want me to learn and experience and reflect on?” I don’t know the answer, but I’m working to prepare my heart to truly be open and to let go of any expectations.

My hopes are that by immersing myself in a different culture I will be able to experience time and abundance in a different way. We have so much in our country and yet how many times do we end up complaining that there isn’t enough time or money? I’m looking forward to having that sense of scarcity challenged. I’m also hoping and praying that by being a minority in a predominately black country I will be able to go deeper into the understanding of my own racism and my part in the institutional racism of my country. Perhaps going back to the continent where many of the slaves in our country were born and then captured will inform my understanding of the work I still need to do, help me heal and bring increased healing to others. I’m looking forward to serving alongside my husband for three weeks and to speaking the universal language of love to those we come alongside. I’m looking forward to truly offering myself to God, “Here I am Lord, send me!” At the end of our trip we get to stay in a very nice hotel and go on a three day safari…I am also truly looking forward to that!

For those of you who are also travelling this summer, “Journey well!”

Summer blessings and my prayers to you and yours! Christy

Happy 4th of July

The Preschool and Kerri are on vacation this week to enjoy some much deserved vacation time! As a result, the office will be closed until Tuesday, July 10th.

General Convention of the Episcopal Church and The ECW Triennial Gathering July 5th -13th in Austin, Texas!

The Episcopal Church’s General Convention is held every three years, and is the governing body of the Church. It comprises the House of Bishops, with upwards of 200 active and retired bishops, and the House of Deputies, with clergy and lay deputies elected from the 108 dioceses and three regional areas of the Church. The Rt. Reverend Michael Curry is our Presiding Bishop and the head of the Episcopal

Church. He’s the one who likes to remind us that we are the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement encouraging us to get up and get going to spread the love and joy to those who don’t know about it! He has inspired many and will continue to lead our church for the next 6 years. The ECW Triennial meets at the same time to carry on their work and ministry on behalf of the Church.

There are many highlights of this year’s convention including The Episcopal Church Conversations (TEConversations), three engaging and informative sessions each focused on one of the three priorities of General Convention – Racial Reconciliation, Evangelism and Care of Creation.

Additional items for discussion at this General Convention include:
* whether to ever publish another Book of Common Prayer or continue to use supplements * a listening session to hear people’s stories of how they have been marginalized by the
church. This will help inform how we can ensure that our church is welcoming to all. * how we call and screen our bishops and much, much more!

For daily updates or to view the TEConversations go to the Episcopal Church website www.episcopalchurch.org or www.generalconvention.org.

Prayer

Consider offering yourself as an “intercessor or pray-er” from now until July 13th praying for the work and ministry of General Convention, the governing body of the church gathered together, for all of the delegates and for our ministry and mission.

Almighty and everliving God, source of all wisdom and understanding, be
present with those who take counsel at General Convention in Austin, Texas for
the renewal and mission of your Church. Teach us in all things to seek first your honor and glory. Guide us to perceive what is right, and grant us both the courage to pursue it and the grace to accomplish it; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.”

Book of Common Prayer, pg. 818

“God is listening to us. Listen for him to be a part of the conversation.”

…Finley, Connie, Cathy, Linda, Robert, Cameron, Megan, Joe, Carol, Jeff, Fritz, Jasmine, Thom, Ruth, Joe, Mackenzie, Sharon, Randy, Oliver, Josh, Jill, Robert, Susan, Charles, Ralph, Jim, Betty – What do I do With This Long List of Names?
-submitted by Fran Whitaker

Each Sunday morning as I opened the bulletin this question confronted me. There was a time when I knew most of them. It was lengthy but manageable. As the list grew, it became more practical to leave off the last name providing for more space and anonymity. Now what do I do if I consciously want to pray for these people? I tried offering them to God each morning by reading each name. That didn’t feel right. I tried ignoring the list. That felt even less right. I know God knows each one but I think he wants me to know them too. After much trial and error I found a way that usually works for me. Because my prayers are a conversation with God I can trust he will tell me what works and what doesn’t.

Monday morning I pray the entire list with pen in hand. I may not know the specific person named but I do know folks who have that name. I underline the ones I think I can identify. The next morning I may pray only the underlined names thinking of the ones I know personally. God knows. The third morning I often pray only my personal list. Those who know I am praying for them. I try to be direct by letting people know I’m praying for them. The rest of the week I do a variation of the above. It is comforting to know that the entire list is prayed at each Wednesday healing service. This works for me. You may have another “system.” God is listening to us. Listen for him to be a part of the conversation.

Please welcome our bookkeeper, Diana Hunter, to our staff team!

She shares with us, “Hi my name is Diana Hunter, I moved to Reedsport a year ago from Colorado. I fell in love with the Oregon Coast and am excited to make it my home! I feel blessed to have the opportunity to be the bookkeeper for the Church, and to be part of an outstanding Christian team. I’m very delighted to have been chosen for this position in my field and look forward to meeting everyone.”

Diana is currently training with Tammy in the evenings during the month of July. We are incredibly grateful to Tammy for agreeing to stay on to provide this training. We will be looking for a way to celebrate and thank Tammy for her expertise and all that she has done as our bookkeeper over the last 6 years. Fortunately as a church member, she will continue to be around so we don’t need to say goodbye, just thank you!

Who’s covering what while Christy is on mission July 2nd – 25th?

Sunday Worship: The Rev. Rich Landrith, will cover Sunday services and preach. Tom has some wonderful music planned and Rich is a lot of fun so we will be in good hands on Sunday morning!

Please extend a warm welcome and help him find his way around as this is only the second time he’s been here. He will be staying at Shepherd’s House during the weekends.

Emergency Pastoral Care will be provided by The Rev. Eileen Hedon while Christy is gone. Eileen is retired from St. John’s in Bandon and her phone number is 316-833-8213. Last time Christy was away she supplied and she very much enjoys our congregation. She also has a heart for pastoral care so if needed she will serve us well.

Wednesday services in July: There will be no Wednesday services in July. We will look forward to resuming our midweek service schedule on August 1st with eucharist at 6:30 AM and 12:00 PM.

Leadership Team: Dave Laird, Senior Warden will also be out of town for much of July. Pat Cross and our Junior Warden, Josh Payne will fill in for any urgent needs.

Pastoral Care: This will be provided the same way it always is, by each of us caring for one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. A ride here and there, a meal, flowers an unexpected visit or phone call. This is the body of Christ at work. Let’s be mindful to find ways to stay connected this summer.

Hospitality: We have many visitors in July with the music festival and many other activities. Continue to pray for those who will come through our doors. When you are in town, be at church to welcome them to our community whether, it’s for one day or for the next 20 years!

Gratitude

A note from Christy and her team:
Thanks to all of you who have supported this mission with your prayers, financial donations, school supplies, preemie baby hats, blankets, and books. Your generosity, prayers and love have truly joyed our hearts. We’ll look forward to sharing our experiences and reflections with you when we return.

Please continue to keep our team in your prayers and know that I’m holding you close to my heart and in my prayers while I’m away!

SAVE THE DATES!

European Street Fair 9 – 9 – 17
Food & Drink! Games! Music! Dancing! Surprises! Let’s get the whole parish to join in and have fun while we make it happen! This event also gives Emmanuel the opportunity to reach the wider community to share what we love about Emmanuel! Don’t miss out on the fun, please contact Teri Whitty to find the best place for you to offer your gifts and get involved.

Godly Play Training in September
Save the afternoon of Sept 14th and the 15th for an awesome retreat experience and training in Godly Play. Caryl Creswell will once again return to help us build the team of trained storytellers and door keepers so that we can offer Sunday School during our 10:00 AM service. We will attempt to have teams who serve a month at a time so you’re not committed every Sunday. More info available in August. Don’t miss this great opportunity to help our youngest members learn the foundational stories of our faith while you brush up as well. Call the church office with questions or to reserve your spot!

Vestry Visibilty

Dear Emmanuel Members,

On the Vestry, I work alongside Terri Whitty on hospitality, to welcome new community members into our church with hospitality, information and by September 9, 2018 an event open to the public that we are billing the first European Street Fair. While the Street Fair is Terri Whitty’s brain child, I have been working on a different project reaching out to people new to Coos Bay/North Bend via snail mail style letters, hand addressed, signed by Pastor Christy and Senior Warden David Laird, then stamped and posted.

The letter isn’t “boiler plate”. Instead I make a good effort to personalize each one. Where possible, I like to acknowledge in the opening paragraph, the training, educational foundations and expertise the recipients of our welcome letter bring to our community. I describe us as one of the founding churches of our area. I name our community wide ministries: food cupboard and pre-school with infant and daycare. The letter includes al of our contact information and I invite all faith traditions to pay us a visit as a place that values community service. To date I have mailed about two dozen letters to new professors at SOCC as well as to new medical professionals. I plan to identify additional sources through work related web pages, prepare letters and send them as often as the vestry meets.

I need your help to continue to reach out and welcome new members to our beautiful area by passing along by phone or email (530-217-9183 or sheryl.gerety@gmail.com) your personal knowledge of new faces — names with an address and some general background information are sufficient. Newcomers need not be just arrived and unpacking. They may have lived in the area for a few years, but they may not know about us.

If you can help me find out where they’ve moved from, perhaps what they do, where they went to school and/or why they moved here and pass it on to me, I’ll take care of the rest. Including just those bits of knowledge, to my eye, makes a personal and friendly but not intrusive letter.

Enjoy the beautiful summer weather while we have it!

Yours in Christ, Sheryl Gerety, Emmanuel Vestry/Welcome Committee

The Messenger June 2018

June 1, 2018
01 Jun 2018

Christy’s Corner

It’s Summertime!

I’m late! I’m late. For a very important date! No time to say hello! Good-bye!
I’m late! I’m late! I’m Late! – -the Mad Hatter, From Alice in Wonderland

Sometimes that’s how my days can feel. I wake clear and rested, light flooding my room. I go on my walk and the day seems endless and free. Making breakfast, I respond to a text from our kids or a friend, and then something catches my attention and I realize there are a couple of bills that haven’t been paid…then I remember I need to water the flower pots and I see some details from the day before that I didn’t get to and suddenly an hour has gone by and I’m running late to get to the office on time. It’s possible to hang on to that sense of “franticness” all day long and to watch it grow throughout the day. The focus seems to be on being behind and all those things that I haven’t done. I laugh at myself. I can so easily become a slave to a schedule I create. Many times, not one of these things is necessary today. I wonder? How might I make different choices?

It’s summertime! Perhaps this is the perfect opportunity… I realize the desire on my heart is to be able to intentionally “shift down” a gear or two. I’m being drawn to take time to really notice the things and people around me and to listen and feel and reflect more deeply. I want to pay more attention to my surroundings, the things and situations that happen “between” the planned events, in the spaces and gaps. That means I need to work to expand those gaps and spaces between events so I have increased time for noticing and wondering. More and more I’m asking God to help me live in the present moment, appreciating it for what it is and having gratitude for those people and objects and creatures who cross my path 24/7.

It’s summertime! The strawberries are in season again and warmer days are around the corner. What is God drawing us to do differently this season? What is God wanting us to notice? How is God reaching out to us with love? My hope this summer is that we might all pause to notice the blessings that are all around us and take the time to share them with each other!

In pausing to be in the garden, I notice there is a ladybug on an artichoke leaf that does not seem to be late for anything.

Summertime blessings to you and yours!

Christy
(This article was inspired by a meditation on May 4th, “Filling in the Day” in The Book of Awakening, by Mark Nepo.)

VESTRY VISIBILITY: Volunteering!

Getting to know God and growing closer to him is what Christianity is about. Serving God in His church is certainly one way of growing closer to our Lord.

This brings us to my topic for this month’s vestry contribution to Emmanuel’s newsletter: VOLUNTEERING!

Like most local churches (our parish) Emmanuel is run by us. We do have our paid staff and they are hardworking, productive, and necessary. But much of Emmanuel’s day-to-day operations are done by folks like you and me.

One opportunity available for us to do God’s work is the food cupboard. Located in the basement of the church offices (parish house), Emmanuel houses an Ecumenical (coalition of churches) food service that distributes the largest volume of food to the needy on the southern Oregon Coast. Parishioner Brian Sullivan is the director, Brian leads a volunteer staff of about 25 people from various churches around the Bay Area, including many from Emmanuel.

The food cupboard is open for food distribution Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from noon to 2:00 pm. On these same three days of the week stocking shelves and shipment receiving takes place beginning at 9:00 am. Many of our volunteers are, shall we say, elderly. These folks are typically our best volunteers! The point is age is not a limiting factor. Many of us have reached the age where there are a lot of things we cannot do, BUT, there are many, many things we CAN do, Lord help us to focus on these things.

In addition to the food cupboard there many other opportunities to serve, a partial list includes:
Coffee hour, choir participation, acolytes (no age limitation), lay reader, usher, alter guild, nursery and day care opportunities for those of us who have experience raising children. Shrub, garden, and lawn care. The list goes on, I am sure there are opportunities I have forgot.

Of course keeping the Sabbath on Sunday mornings is what we do and ———- by all means keep on keeping the Sabbath (attend church). We can also contribute to the ‘nuts and bolts’ perpetuation of Emmanuel parish while serving our Lord Jesus Christ and growing to know Him better and walking closer to him through VOLUNTEERING!

Tim Wall Emmanuel Vestry

What an amazing year of transformation and growth in our Preschool!

As we wrap up a new year filled with so many gifts received and found within the community brought together by this journey, we reflect:

Thank you to the following people for a great year!

Cathy Bishop, Nadine Trapold, Faith Crowell, Emily Wilson, Hannah Payne, and Kerri Coldren – for being our devoted, nurturing and wonderful teachers!

The Rev. Christy Close Erskine – for our chapel and Godly Play time and helping us learn how much God loves us and for being part of our lives.

All of our wonderful preschool families – for the many ways you volunteer and help to enhance the life of our preschool. Thank you for sharing your children with us. We are so blessed to have each and every one.

Our Preschool Board and Nancylee Stewart – for your leadership, the gift of your time, and all the extra things you do to support our school throughout the year.

The Vestry (leadership team of Emmanuel Church)- for believing in us and supporting our expanded vision!
The Congregation – for sharing your space with us, opening your hearts to us and having patience in so many ways.

Hannah Payne, our Director and fearless leader – for the gift of her vision for our school and the hours and hours of hard work and dedication.

to God– for blessing us all so richly. It has been a very blessed year, and we are grateful!

To all the children who touch our lives every day with their sweet smiles and laughter!

Wednesday Summer Service Schedule

There will be no Wednesday services in July. They will resume for the first 3 weeks in August. Then there will be no Wednesday services until September 5th when we will resume the regular schedule.

Have you seen the preschool’s new garden?

It’s pretty amazing with marigolds, basil, strawberries…Many people have been commenting on the cool strawberry pots that fit over the fencing. If you have more deck space than garden space, you can get them at Fred Meyer.

Mother’s Day Tea with the Older Preschool Class 2018 – Love was in the Air!

Remember the feeling of anticipation when you have worked really hard to make or do something special for a person you really, really love? The feeling is palpable and grows and grows. That’s the way it was in our preschool as the older preschool class prepared for their Mother’s Day Tea. The kids could hardly wait to share their special items with their moms and the moms could hardly wait for them to see the special placemats they had made for their kids. A truly special day when love was in the air!

We need your gifts…

use the summer to experiment with offering them in a new way: Ushering, Acolyting, Helping with the Street Fair in September, Coffee Hour, Musical Offerings…you name it, we’ve got a place for your gifts!

During the summer, we need help covering several positions in our worship service so this might be the perfect time to step up to this calling with your gifts! We will need acolytes and ushers and training will be provided to people who volunteer. The nursery also needs someone who can cover when Darlene is out of town. Questions, talk to Christy or Kerri.

Calling for Musical Talent!

We are looking for those who would like to share their musical talents (voice, or instrument of any kind) during our 10:00 AM services this summer. Please contact Tom or Carla if you are interested in volunteering your time and talent. Thank you!

“Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.” ~ Leo Buscaglia

An Unlikely Summer Romance

On Trinity Sunday, Christy challenged us to reflect on the words that we use when we pray to God. Sometimes the words we use can either expand our experiences of God’s love… or they can limit our ability to experience God’s love.
Why not use the summer to experiment with praying to a different name or image of God and see what doors might open for you? Always pray to Father, Son or Holy Spirit? Perhaps experiment with Creator, Redeemer or Sustainer? Or what about Earth Maker, Pain Bearer or Life Giver? See if it makes a difference in your relationship and/or conversations with God.

The names and images for God in the Bible, in religious history and in our own experience are truly limitless. Have a little fun this summer and choose one of the words above and see what happens when you pray using that image of God. Even more fun, commit to doing it as a family or with a group of friends so you can share the stories of how God meets you in unexpected ways.

Our journeys of faith are truly a love story with our God. Let’s use this summer to fall in love all over again!

~ a nightly prayer sent in by Joe McKeown

A Collect for Aid Against Perils
Be our light in the darkness, O Lord, and in your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ.
From Evening Prayer, pg. 123, “The Book of Common Prayer”

Lord, it is night.

Lord,
it is night.
The night is for stillness.
Let us be still in the presence of God.
It is night after a long day. What has been done has been done;
what has not been done has not been done;
let it be.
The night is dark.
Let our fears of the darkness of the world and of our own lives
rest in you.
The night is quiet.
Let the quietness of your peace enfold us,
all dear to us,
and all who have no peace. The night heralds the dawn. Let us look expectantly to a new day,
new joys,
new possibilities.
In your name we pray.
Amen.
From New Zealand Prayer Book, pg. 184

Kerri is leading the summer camps for the Preschool this summer so new office hours will begin June 4th through the end of August:

Monday – Closed Tuesday-1PMto5PM Wednesday-1PMto5PM Thursday-1PMto5PM Friday-1PMto5PM

**July Newsletter Submissions are due Tuesday, June 26th.

The Messenger May 2018

May 9, 2018
09 May 2018

Christy’s Corner

“Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Alleluia! Alleluia!”

These words send us forth each week following Sunday worship, but what are we sent to do? Basically, we’re sent out to offer love to those we meet along the way, loving our neighbors as ourselves. As disciples of Jesus Christ and members of Emmanuel, we’re given that mission every day, 24/7, but there are special times we intentionally offer ourselves to take God’s love out into the world on specific missions.

Why? Because in spreading God’s love, God’s love changes us as well as the folks we encounter. We get to know our neighbors in a different way, understand them more deeply which makes us more aware of our own spirit, and we learn from those we meet along the way. The prayer of St. Francis describes this paradox well: “It is in giving that we receive.”

When we go on specific mission trips we open ourselves up to a different reality. Didn’t Jesus prepare for his mission by opening himself to the reality of the wilderness? Years ago there was a commercial on TV about a CEO that was discouraged about the mission of his company. So he handed out airline tickets to his employees so they could get to know their customers first hand or re-acquaint themselves with the people they were serving–he sent them off into the mission field.

Mission trips can be local–Coos Bay/North Bend, Eugene, Portland, Salem or beyond Oregon’s borders. Our son, Joshua, experienced mission trips to Seattle, Tijuana, Vancouver, B.C., and Washington D.C. as part of his youth group. He learned service, empathy for his neighbors, and what it is to carry God’s love through your actions with strangers. But again, what he came to understand the most was himself and how the spirit of others touches his spirit. We’ve been reading I John during Easter; you might want to give it another read as it describes how our care for others is the Love of God expressed in the world.

This summer Emmanuel is invited to participate vicariously in two mission trips. Payton Davidson has been chosen to join the Diocesan Youth Mission Trip to the Diocese of Navajoland August 4th-10th. They will seek and serve Christ in all persons, learn about faith in the Native American context and assist in work projects including working in a community garden, minor building repairs, painting and other projects.

They will share in Christian community and service and explore another part of our church and country.

Jack and I will be part of a Methodist Volunteers in Mission trip to Maua, Kenya, July 5th -24th. We will work side by side the people of Maua to serve in their hospital, several of their schools and maybe even help finish a Methodist Church that they have been building for the last 40 years. We will visit patients in the hospital, teach classes in grief, preach during worship and work with children and adolescents. We are a team of 16 people who come from a variety of faith backgrounds but who are bound together by a desire to change the world through God’s compassion, our hard work, and the financial and prayer support of friends like you! The leaders of our team are a Methodist clergy couple who go to our church in Sisters, the Church of the Transfiguration. They have led these trips for the past ten years.

Payton, Jack and I will come alongside and serve others and in the process we will be transformed in ways we can’t begin to imagine. We’re all excited and a bit scared and appreciate whatever support you can provide. We invite you to partner with us through your prayers, your financial support, and your help collecting supplies that we will take with us. The Diocesan team will purchase their supplies onsite while we will take ours with us. Specifically, knowing that we have many knitters in our congregation I have volunteered to collect preemie hats and blankets for the hospital, as well as school supplies. Watch for details in future bulletins and enews or talk to Christy if you’d like to help.

Emmanuel exists for the people beyond our walls, people as near as the Coos Food Cupboard and on other continents. It is in giving that we receive and we are blessed to have an incredibly generous congregation!

With gratitude, Christy

Mark Your Calendars! SUNDAY, MAY 6th, 9:00 AM

A Community Planned Giving Celebration

Eucharist with favorite hymns including How Great Thou Art, The Old Rugged Cross and more, a yummy brunch and an inspirational, interactive presentation.

9:00 – 10:00 AM: Worship – Undercroft – One church service, one community!
10:00 – 10:30 AM: Yummy Brunch, prepared by your Vestry
10:30 – 11:30 AM: Interactive Workshop designed to help us answer the question of “how we might ensure our family has the gift of our preparedness, and how we might care for future generations at Emmanuel”.

Come Join in welcoming the return of Mike Penfield, who initially visited Emmanuel when Father Jennings was the Rector. Mike volunteers his time throughout the Diocese to lead discussions around important topics such as:
– How to put into place the steps to ensure your legacy
– The importance of wills, life end health choices, estate planning, funerals and burials… Essentially

“A Plan for Living”

Emmanuel has truly been blessed by the gifts of those who made Emmanuel part of their legacy. This has allowed us to undertake important ministries, make repairs or upgrades to our physical campus, and to care for others. We are grateful for their kindness and generosity.

If you have completed and documented ALL of this planning, think what a gift your presence would be to those who have not completed these important steps, or have not yet started to plan!! If you have not yet started this important life planning, think how this workshop could start you on your journey and give you and your loved ones peace of mind!

Please RSVP to Kerri for the Brunch and Workshop so that we are prepared for enough yummy food and packets of information:
Email: secretary@episcopalcoosbay.org
Call the Parish Office: 541.269.5829

Your RSVP is greatly appreciated and will save your Vestry a phone call!

See you there! Xandra McKeown

WIN A QUILT: A Chance at an Artist’s Colorful Quilt Brings Better Life to a 3rd World Community

RAFFLE TICKETS START AT A $100 GIFT

Send 16 people to a Kenya hospital and school to serve, build, heal, be healed, and nurture the people there while at the same time giving yourself the opportunity to acquire a wonderful, serendipitous work of art from an amazing woman.

A $100 gift gives you the chance to acquire a $5000 Freddie Moral quilt. Your gift means a school and house in Maua, Kenya will get major upgrades while God’s children there receive the joy of education and health.

Another truth: it’s tax deductible unless you win the quilt & one could always increase the cost of a ticket to benefit the whole endeavor.

Asante! Thank you, Jack and Christy

All proceeds go to help the people of Maua, Kenya. Questions, talk to Christy.

Prayers

Prayer for Protection
The light of God surrounds me; The love of God enfolds me;
The power of God protects me; The presence of God watches over me.
Wherever I am, God is!
Said by Ralph and Jeanette Sweet every night.

Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping;
that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep
we may rest in peace.
From the Book of Common Prayer, Compline, pg.135
Said by Jack and Christy most nights before sleep and most mornings when they wake up. When apart it can be said as a text… “Guide us waking, O Lord…” and the other person finishes it “…and guard us sleeping!”

Just For Today
Lord for tomorrow and its needs I do not pray;
Keep me, my god, from stain of sin, Just for today.
Now, set a seal upon my lips, For this I pray;
Keep me from wrong or idle words, Just for today.
Let me be slow to do my will, Prompt to obey,
And keep me, guide me, use me Lord, Just for today.
This is a prayer I’ve used since I was in junior high.
~Carol Zuvich

A Prayer For Those Growing Old
Lord, Thou knowest I am growing older. Keep me from becoming talkative and possessed with the ideas that I must express myself on every subject.
Release me from the craving to straighten out everyone’s affairs. Keep me from the recital of endless detail. Give me wings to get to the point.
Seal my lips when I am inclined to tell of my aches and pains. They are increasing with the years and my love to speak of them grows sweeter as time goes by.
Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be wrong. Make me thoughtful but not nosey; helpful but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom and experience it does seem a pity not to use it all. But Thou knowest, Lord, that I want a few friends at the end. Amen
“A prayer shared by Barbara McKeown, Jeff and Joe’s mom, with a bible study group a bunch of us were in.” ~Carol Zuvich

Have prayers that are important to you? Send them along and we’ll continue to publish them in future newsletters.

Vestry Visibility – Moving forward with boldness, vision, generosity and commitment!

What serving on the Vestry can mean – (and has meant for me as I serve on the
Vestry):

*Offering your time and talents for the benefit of our church/community *Learning new skills and tools
*Working closely together as part of a team
*Helping with planning for the future for our church
*Getting to know other church members better
*Learning about the church financials
*Innovation, growth and leadership opportunities
*Understanding how the different committees and groups fit together in our church
*Being available to help share about the Vestry’s work with others, especially as questions arise *Making a difference
*Being the change you want to see happen
*Fellowship
*Serving God

The Vestry works on your behalf. Your support, interest and care are important to each of us on the Vestry. We work to keep you informed of what is happening, what is being planned, and to invite and receive feedback, as well as suggestions. The Vestry Visibility articles in the Messenger are one way we visibly share our journey with you.

Nancylee Stewart, Vestry Member & Preschool Board Chair

Preschool Silent Auction

A huge thank you to the preschool board for providing the food and beverages, all who helped
with set-up and clean-up; to the kids for the decorations, to everyone who offered items big and small to be auctioned and those who showed up to purchase the items. It was a great evening of fellowship, fun and generosity resulting in $3,117.00 that will go directly to the preschool!

When we join together behind a project in love and faith, we accomplish amazing things!

Thank you to every person who gave of their time, skills, and financial support to see the Emmanuel Preschool install new playground equipment for our kids.

The Messenger April 2018

April 2, 2018
02 Apr 2018

Christy’s Corner

Planned Giving Workshop, Sunday May 6th

Do you have a will that’s been updated in the last 5 years? Do you have an advanced directive? Have you talked to your family about what your hopes are for your remains and your celebration of life when you die? Have you left bequests for religious or charitable uses? These questions are all part of “end of life planning” and what many people don’t know is that as your pastor, I’m required to ask these questions. In addition, it’s part of my responsibility to actually provide education to ensure that all of us are prepared for the ends of our lives should that time come, tomorrow or a long time from now. Specifically the Book of Common Prayer states:

“The Minister of the Congregation is directed to instruct the people, from time to time, about the duty of Christian parents to make prudent provision for the well-being of their families, and of all persons to make wills, while they are in health, arranging for the disposal of their temporal goods, not neglecting, if they are able, to leave bequests for religious and charitable uses.” (Book of Common Prayer, pg. 445)

Sometimes this subject is referred to as Planned Giving and it’s important to the well-being of our lives, our families and our church community. As I write this article, it’s the eve of Palm Sunday and we are poised to enter Holy Week, to contemplate the “mighty acts” by which we are redeemed. It strikes me that the events of Holy Week, these “mighty acts,” are actually God’s “planned giving” for each of our salvation! Without the gift of the resurrection, our lives would be very different! Without the gifts that many people have left to Emmanuel in their wills, our church community would be very different. Next time you’re at church, intentionally notice and read the memorial plaques that you see. As you do that, give thanks for the generosity of the person who intentionally made a planned gift that allowed that item, or project to be completed.

How might we care for the future generations at Emmanuel? I often remind the Vestry that our job as leaders is to be thinking and planning 5-10 years out so that when the time comes, our future Vestries will have everything they need to continue to lead the congregation in doing the work that God gives them to do.

Our work as members of our congregation is to reflect on planned giving and ask ourselves the questions about what we might do now that will help ensure the future of Emmanuel.

Thanks to the work of Xandra McKeown, your Vestry is very pleased to announce that on May 6th we will have a special community celebration and planned giving seminar featuring the return of Mike Penfield, National Director-Charitable Services Group, US Bank. Mike actually came to Emmanuel the first time when Gene Jennings was the rector so many of you may remember him. We will have one service at 9:00 AM followed by a brunch and an educational session that will be informational as well as a lot of fun! Please save the date and plan to attend as there really will be something for everyone in terms of the information that’s provided.

We’ve been praying for a long time for babies, kids and young families to once again be part of our church community. Our preschool expansion last August increased our blessing of young children to 37 (the range is now babies to 5 years old). Their families are counting on us being alive and thriving for the next generation. Walk through the halls during the week sometime and reflect on how important it is for us to be here offering a safe place for them to learn, play and grow in developing their unique God-given gifts.

Forward Day by Day for Palm Sunday says, “As we wave our palms with joy, let us remember…to welcome the kingdom as would a child—full of hope, joy, trust and love—knowing that Jesus wants nothing less.” Last week during my chapel time with the older class I led two groups of nine kids on an experiential walk through the events of Holy Week. There was a sense within each of them that we were doing important work. The reverence, awe and love in the room were palpable.

As you experience the “mighty acts” of Holy Week through their eyes, ponder how important it is for every one of us to do everything we can to ensure through our planned giving they will have everything they need to continue to do the work that God gives them to do. They are not just the “future church”, they are the church and we are so blessed to have them in our midst!

“Innocent Wonder marches into the Temple of God, excited about a parade that celebrates life, waving the flags of joy from a by-gone era.”

“Our memories bring the past into the present and what better way to do this than to share with those who absorb everything with all senses: tasting, touching, hearing, smelling, and speaking. Our sacraments do all those things to bring forth the Holy from the depth of our hearts and attempt to put on display what, in all its Mystery, cannot be displayed. This comes pretty darn close!”

“We’re asked to wash feet and have our feet washed. Caring for and cleansing the part of our body that connects us to the Earth and grounds us, grounds us in being servants to others, especially the least powerful and in so doing we worship God whom we cannot see ( I John Chapter 4). What a day!!”

“God came into the world as a being, God with us, showing all things and all beings to be created Holy, born of love. To those who received the Light, both they and God glowed. But the innocence of such acceptance was destroyed by the darkness of power and the corruption of love bent into self-righteousness. What an image, children carrying Jesus’ cross past the name of God come into the world, a God that the world tortured and killed (and does so to this day), yet their innocence continues to receive God’s love that arises no matter what darkness brings. It did so on Easter and does so in a sanctuary in Coos Bay, Oregon where 3, 4 and 5 year olds touch us with their simple wonder, letting us know that love rises!”

“Thanks for the inspiration, little ones! Seeing this image helps a camel get through the eye of a needle. This seems to confirm the understanding that reverence and awe and simple joy are innate.”

Holy Week and Easter blessings to you and yours! With gratitude and a full heart, Christy

A BLESSING

Watch and Listen Carefully
The man whispered, “God, speak to me” and a meadowlark sang.
But, the man did not hear.
The man yelled “God, speak to me!” And, the thunder rolled across the sky.
But, the man did not listen.
The man looked around and said, “God let me see you.” And a star shined brightly.
But the man did not notice.
And, the man shouted, “God show me a miracle!” And, a life was born.
But, the man did not know.
So, the man cried out in despair, “Touch me God, and let me know you are here!” Whereupon, God reached down and touched the man.
But, the man brushed the butterfly away and walked on.
Don’t miss out on a blessing because it isn’t packaged the way that you expect.

~Submitted by Sarah Peterson

ECW Spirituality Day

Saturday, May 19th, 2018
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Presented by the Diocese of Oregon Episcopal Church Women and the Women of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
1300 Pearl Street, Eugene, OR
TO REGISTER: Registration packets can be picked up in the parish office. Registrations are due Monday, May 7th. Fee of $25.00, some partial scholarships are available. Questions: Katharine Hunt – keehhunt@gmail.com 541-607-0106.

Vestry Update & News

Vestry Retreat Saturday, March 17th, 2018 by David Laird, Senior Warden

On St. Patrick’s Day we had our annual retreat and an opportunity to get to know each other better and forge stronger bonds as we work together to help our church grow and prosper.

We had a full agenda of topics that ranged from learning about the theoretical (such as reviewing the life cycle of an organization) to down to earth stuff like reviewing and understanding the parochial report.

Both topics have good value as we use the theoretical model to frame our understanding of our church as an organization and where we are in the cycle. The good news is that Emmanuel is in a process of ongoing renewal and revitalization. The parochial report backs up that feeling. For example, the report documents a small increase in memberships for the past year – an indication of increased vitality.

We also reviewed our work team’s goals and progress. Our teams are:
– Healthcare and Benefits
– Music Team
– European Street Fair
– Service Time Change
– Planned Giving
– Stewardship
– Welcoming/Inclusion/Hospitality Team  Preschool Expansion
– Plant, Building and Grounds

At lunch, we had a little fun with our meal by sharing about the following:
– Most interesting job you’ve ever had
– Something that people would have a hard time believing about you  Most generous thing you’ve ever done

Our retreat ended on a spiritual note with the Holy Eucharist. We always end vestry meetings with the Eucharist. It draws us together and helps remind us all that we are serving the Lord.

With the values of Vision, Boldness, and Generosity we continue to work on our parish goals.
– Continue to learn how to follow Jesus  Offer opportunities to serve God & neighbor  Develop a plan for ongoing sustained growth in people, finances and facilities
– Fund a fulltime administrator/secretary and develop a sustainable system of support
Measurable Overarching 2018 Goals from our Mutual Ministry Review in September:  Increase the number of people through our doors at Emmanuel
– Increase the number of people involved in ministries Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.

David Laird, Senior Warden

Call to Artists: Diocese of Oregon art exhibition 2018 Episcopal Churches of Western Oregon

MARY MAGDALENE Reimagined
Works on this theme are especially welcome; however, all quality submissions will be considered.
T
he Details: Art juried in will be displayed July 8-Sept 9, 2018 at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland.
An opening Forum Sunday July 8 with artists is at 9am, followed by a reception 11am. Vocal music performance centered on Mary Magdalene. Please invite friends and relatives!

Digital entries deadline June 1, 2018.

Artwork cannot exceed 36” in any dimension.

Due to space restrictions, maximum of 30 pieces will be juried into exhibit.

To Submit: Each artist will submit, in digital format, 1-2 pieces to be selected in the show.

Send files as high-quality JPEG files (1800 pixels on longest dimension) to Arts@Trinity-Episcopal.org
no later than June 1, 2018. There is a $25 registration fee due with your submittal. The fee is payable during art check-in by check or credit card.

Note: We will be having Artist Forum Sunday July 8 at 9am; where we invite artists willing to speak about their work to the congregation. Please let us know by signing up when you check-in your artwork.

For further information: http://www.trinity-episcopal.org/arts or email: Arts@Trinity-Episcopal.org

Randall Vemer 503 713 8829

March for our Lives

I marched on Saturday, March 24th, along with some of my clergy colleagues and members of our congregations in the March for our Lives movement. This march had been inspired by and led by the kids who are our hope for the future.

Why did I march? Because every child in our country deserves to go to school without fear of being brutally shot or seeing their friends and teachers murdered. Their young voices will be heard and I felt called to stand with them. I want to do everything I can to prevent one more needless death as I believe that doing everything we can to protect our children is a gospel imperative.

Please join me in praying that our nation might be able to come together in a peaceful solution that protects the lives of our children, some of the most vulnerable among us!

In faith and hope, Pastor Christy

Our Preschool received State Certification for the upstairs classrooms. First day of class began on March 15th!

Preschool’s Second Annual Silent Auction, April 19th To Benefit the Expansion

If you work for a company that would like to donate or if you have an item you want to donate as an auction item, please let Ann Blanc know, her number is 541-525-4658. In the past, we have auctioned off everything from massages, to pottery, to tugboat rides! The donation is tax deductible and for a great cause! We would like to have all donations collected by April 17th. Tax ID #93-0458490

Let’s welcome, Sabina Bridges, to Emmanuel’s Episcopal Preschool program as our lead teacher for our new and exciting toddler classroom!

Sabina consistently seeks to nourish her career in early childhood education and to provide love, guidance and trust while teaching young children in our community. Sabina strives to constantly plant seeds of Godly love through patience, kindness, gentleness and respect shown for others and their differences.

Previously, she was the owner and director of the state certified childcare facility, “All God’s Children”. Her husband is the vocal and band music teacher in Myrtle Point; a family of educators.

Wherever she serves, Sabina views a child’s development and early education as a high priority. Her hope is they may also want to make positive impact and difference in the world around them. Sabina is looking forward to many beautiful seasons and wonderful years spent at Emmanuel Episcopal Preschool. Taking in one blessed day at a time and sharing it with others great and small!

A special thank you to a parent of one of our preschoolersand Preschool Board member, Emily Wilson,</h3.
for everything she has done to support our expansion; from installing a new faucet in the preschool classroom, filling in as a state qualified teacher’s assistant, decorating the undercroft for special preschool events, to power washing our playground equipment to make it look like new!

From all of us, Thank You!

Spring Community Potluck
Hosted by the We All Belong Here Coalition
At the Sharkbites Theatre 220 S. Broadway Coos Bay Oregon
April 17th, 6-8pm

** May Newsletter Submissions are due Tuesday April 24th **

The Messenger March 2018

March 6, 2018
06 Mar 2018

Christy’s Corner

Thinking about hope in the midst of a difficult week, I happened to notice a crocus growing up among the rocks. The strip of rocks next to the memorial garden offered me a tangible glimmer of hope. We’re in the midst of Lent, the season where we deal with all the rocks in our lives that tend to hamper our growth as people and our union with God–but still God is there for us whether we’re doing a good job with our Lenten discipline or not, and then whether we think we deserve it or not.

How often in life do we end up cheering about events (Palm Sunday) only to have our hopes dashed (Good Friday)? But then disaster becomes hope fulfilled even beyond what we imagined could be (Easter).

Our kids used to love it when we read them a children’s book called, Samuel Johnson and the Blue Ribbon Quilt. While his wife is away, Mr. Johnson gets excited about sewing a pig awning that is ripped; he embellishes it with an artistic flair. Inspired suddenly by the hope of further creativity, he decides to join his wife’s quilting guild. His hope is dashed at their first meeting when they all decide, his wife included, that quilting is no job for a man: his presence will only muck up the whole group and slow them down. The guild’s huffiness is an affront to him so he gathers the other male farmers in the county and starts a men’s quilting guild. The women’s group and the men’s group now have a new hope: make the best quilt, win the blue ribbon at the fair, and show up the other group.
As both groups are bringing their respective quilts in their respective horse drawn wagons, a wind comes up and blows both quilts into a mud puddle. Hopes are dashed for both quilting guilds, disaster has befallen them and now neither group will win anything. Then the women see how beautiful the men’s quilt is and the men observe the same thing about the women’s quilt.

Like a crocus growing up amid the rocks, Samuel Johnson has an idea. Together they take both quilts back to the barn, cut out the soiled squares, and piece together one quilt with all the good squares. Both groups offer the new quilt and it wins the blue ribbon.

It’s the story of our lives and the story of Easter. Lenten blessings as we continue to look for hope among the rocks of life and find joy in the midst of lives spattered with mud. Christy

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

Holy Baptism will be celebrated at the Easter Vigil, Saturday, March 31st, 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 Christy@episcopalcoosbay.org prior to Sunday, March 18th.

First Communion Preparation: Many times children have been receiving Holy Communion from the time they were infants or 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 to help them understand a little bit more about this sacrament. One of the differences is that we do this “in honor of their First Communion” rather than celebrating the first time they actually receive Holy Communion. If you would like your child to participate in this preparation prior to Easter, please let Christy know by Sunday, March 18th, 541-728-7988.

Help Read the Passion Gospel on Palm Sunday, April 9th. Readers of all ages are needed at both services, 7:30 AM and 10:00 AM for large and small parts. Sign up for specific parts in the entryway beginning Sunday March 18th and see Christy or talk to Kerri in the office to receive your script before Palm Sunday.
A Prayer Vigil begins immediately after the Maundy Thursday worship service on March 29th 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 will be a sign-up sheet in the church entryway beginning on March 18th. Questions, talk to Christy.

Help Needed for the Easter Vigil Bon Fire and the S’More Reception after the Easter Vigil on Saturday evening, March 31st. Please sign-up in the entryway beginning March 18th if you can help provide firewood, set the fire, keep the embers glowing for s’mores following the service, or help with the reception following the service.

Easter Memorials – Memorial gifts for Easter altar flowers or individual lilies can be arranged through the Church office by talking to Kerri before Wednesday, March 28th. 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. Questions, talk to Kerri in the office.

Help is needed to fold Easter bulletins and the Tridiuum booklets on Thursday, March 29th at 1:00. If you can help, please sign-up in the church entry beginning on March 18th, or call Kerri in the Church Office to volunteer, 541-269-5829.

Easter Egg Hunt – If you would like to help organize the Easter Egg Hunt after the 10:00 AM service on Easter Sunday April 1st please let Kerri know, secretary@episcopalcoosbay.org or call 541-269-5829.

Meet your new vestry members!

Josh Payne – I feel called to serve because I want to have a positive impact in the community, and have a greater opportunity to help those who are in need. I envision more families calling Emmanuel their church, nurturing and raising their children in the warm fellowship that exists within this body. And continuing in the long and rich history that Emmanuel has established of meeting the spiritual needs of the surrounding community. The gifts that I bring are sincerity, discernment, a long history as a youth volunteer, and a project coordinator for service projects.

Tim Wall – As a newly elected vestry member I look forward to serving our parish. I am active in the acolyte/lay reader team and respect greatly the liturgy aspect of our church. I also help with the food cupboard and will help in promoting and building the outreach the foodcupboardprovides. IamalifelongEpiscopalian,thisismythirdtermasa vestry member and I am happy to do my part. I encourage all of you to volunteer to your particular calling to keep our parish strong and moving forward.

Al Rumsh – I would like to see Emmanuel face the challenge of meeting the spiritual needs of new generations of our community. I bring the experience of a 35 year career as an elementary school teacher serving the diversity of cultures that made up America’s armed forces stationed in Germany, Turkey, and Japan. I am also interested in working with the church’s music program.

INVITATION to all choristers who would like to sing in the choir for the noon Ecumenical Service on Good Friday March 30, 2018

Our anthem is Ah, Holy Jesus by Johann Cruger; choral setting by Gary Matheny We will also support the hymns selected.
This will be an inspirational time to meet and get a chance to sing with other choir members from our community.
Rehearsal will be Tuesday, March 20, 2018 7:00 PM at Emmanuel
Contact Carla Courtney, Emmanuel#: 541.269.5829, Home#: 541.266.9290, carlacourtney294@gmail.com

Financial Update as We Begin 2018

We are so grateful for everyone’s financial pledges and support for the coming year as it’s what allows us to carry out the ministry of Jesus Christ at Emmanuel. Our budget is primarily funded by individual pledges made by you, our members and their families. This year we were able to balance the budget, barely, with only $27 to spare.

What this means is that we will need to carefully manage our income and expenses. In January, our pledge income was down substantially by $6,328 to budget with pledge payments of $12,254 compared to $18,582. Typically at this time of year this kind of discrepancy is because people aren’t in church and therefore don’t keep up with their pledge.

Please consider this a friendly reminder 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 or Pat Cross, our pledge secretary 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 commitment to help with the ministry of Jesus Christ at Emmanuel, 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!

The Preschool Expansion Needs Your Help!

We passed the fire inspection for our upstairs space and our site visit for State Certification is just around the corner on March 9th. This will allow us to begin the 2-3 year old class on March 12th. The timing is important because families are depending on us, we already have 5 children enrolled and 3 additional children on the waiting list. We are working incredibly hard to stay on schedule and within our budget. We clearly need your help as we finish up the final details and turn the space into a classroom.

“How can I help?” you ask…

1. Pray, pray, and pray some more! It is amazing what we have been able to do in less than a year to help young children and their families in our community. That’s primarily the result of your prayers and we are grateful!

2. Buy Braids ($14 each) and Pies ($15 each) to help support the costs of the expansion. They are great for Easter or offering hospitality to friends or family who stop for a visit. They are also an easy and yummy way to provide coffee hour. We have already paid for them so every dollar goes towards the expansion costs. Do you have friends or neighbors who might be interested in purchasing them? Our hope is to be sold out by Easter Sunday. Talk to Kerri in the office, Christy, Nancylee, or John Sweet.

3. Make a one-time cash donation to help with the cost of preparing the 2-3 year old classroom.

4. Help us collect interesting items for the second Annual 2018 Silent Auction at Emmanuel on April
19th. (See article below.)

5. Come to the Auction on April 19th and bring friends willing to help support the Preschool by bidding on fun objects and items.

Preschools Second Annual Silent Auction, April 19th To Benefit the Preschool’s Expansion

If you work for a company that would like to donate or if you have an item you want to donate as an auction item, please let Ann Blanc know, her number is 541-525-4658. In the past, we have auctioned off everything from massages, to pottery, to tugboat rides! The donation is tax deductible and for a great cause!

We would like to have all donations collected by April 17th.

Thank you for your consideration and continued support!
Hannah Payne (Director), Ann Blanc (Event Coordinator), and the Emmanuel Preschool Board Tax ID #93-0458490

**April Newsletter Deadline is Tuesday, March 27. **

Have you wished your bulletins were stapled on Sunday morning? Well here’s your chance!

Join us for a bulletin folding and stapling gathering on Friday afternoons. The first gathering will be on Friday, March 16th at 11:30 AM in the parish office with some gooodies provided. Please contact Kerri in the church office if you plan to attend at secretary@episcopalcoosbay.org or 541-269-5829.

New Books to Check Out in Our Emmanuel Library

We have a new shelf in the library for new or topical books that you might be interested in.

Samuel Johnson and the Blue Ribbon Quilt: Interested in the book that Christy mentions in her article? It’s on loan to the library if you’d like to read it.

Becoming Nicole: A story of a family living in Maine who adopts twin boys and finds themselves on an unexpected journey to support their transgender child and her brother.

Dog Heaven and Cat Heaven – Great books to help with grief if you have had a beloved dog or cat die. Take a moment to write the name of your pet and a bit about them in the front of the book as our own Emmanuel pet memorial.

If you have a book that you think others would be interested in reading, let us know. We’re always interested in new titles. ~The Library Committee

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS REMINDER! Remember to “Spring Forward” on March 11th

2018 Award for Christian Service, Annual Meeting, February 11th, 2018

At our Annual Meeting, it was a great joy to present Emmanuel’s Award for Christian Service to our very own “Nat & Pat” team!

They are a talented team, and we are grateful for their years of service, most of it behind the scenes. Here’s some of what we love about them, taken from what Christy read at the Annual Meeting:

“Talented, thoughtful, deep thinker, word smith, prepared, spiritual, a craftsman, introverted.

The recipient has built many things around this place from the manger we use at Christmas time to the Godly Play shelves to the shelves in the Baby/Toddler class.
This year’s recipient is also tenacious, compassionate, practical, and might even be called the salt of the earth. They are brusque at time, have a great sense of humor, can be inpatient, and love a practical joke!

The recipient is also a very patient listener and many times has helped me out by just listening.
There aren’t many jobs that this person hasn’t done more than once, large and small, public and behind the scenes – Vestry, senior warden, junior warden, gardener, leak fixer.

Long time Episcopalian, great story teller, and loyal friend.

Our recipient enjoys road trips, is handy in almost any situation, a good listener, faithful, caring, hardworking, smart, practical.

The recipient many times “humors me!” Like my first stewardship campaign with all of you when I decided I wanted a blessing tree in the entry-way. I think they suggested we might use a branch…ummmh, I said. Next morning I went on my walk. Who knew the city was cutting down the big trees downtown that very day because of the “root/sidewalk problem”? I couldn’t believe my good fortune and asked if I could please have one of them? The workers looked at me a little strangely as they watched me haul it back to Shepherd’s house driveway. I asked the recipient if they might find a way that we could put it up in the entryway. A blessing tree for our blessings! They definitely humored me and I was very pleased! The recipient is also a great cook, serves as a lay reader and is very committed to the Food Cupboard.

Thank you, Nat and Pat, for all you do for our church and community!

The Messenger February 2018

February 7, 2018
07 Feb 2018

Christy’s Corner

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself…

In the summer of 2014 our youngest child, Joshua, was invited to attend the International Model and Talent Competition in New York City. He has known from a very early age that he is an actor. Maybe it was the thrill he got at age 4 when he would enter the church talent show and tell “blonde jokes” with impeccable timing as a little blondie himself! There has never been a doubt in his mind that he was born a story teller, so this was a huge honor to be asked to compete with kids his age from all over the world. At the same time it was very intimidating and scary!

In the pre-competition coaching, there was one piece of advice that really resonated with him. “Give it all you’ve got, be way out there! Whether you mess up or whether you nail it, you will be noticed and remembered and that’s important! It’s better to have gone all out for an opportunity than to wonder the next day if you should have! ”
The following morning the competition began in the Hilton Ballroom in downtown Manhattan.

There was a huge stage with big screens hung from the ceiling on both sides of the stage. The judges sat in the first row and the room was packed. The kids were lined up in another hallway and one group was brought in at a time. They were given their “line” five minutes before they needed to go on stage and perform. As each contestant came forward, their head shot photo was shown on the big screens above them. I was in the audience and scared to death for Joshua as his turn got closer.

They called his number and he started forward. At the microphone he paused and then began to recite his line. “The only thing we have to fear… (little pause)…is fear itself…” (long pause…)…then suddenly he tore off one of his shoes, fell to the floor and started beating his shoe on the floor several times as if he were a bit crazed. Then he got up, again stood before the microphone, and paused for just a moment before concluding “…and spiders!”)

The place erupted in laughter and tremendous applause. “Wow!” I thought…”Wow!” The next morning I was walking down a long hallway to meet him at his next competition. A group of girls was walking in front of me. The word “spider” caught my attention and I tuned into what they were saying, “…did you see that guy yesterday who was banging the heck out of an imaginary spider…that was totally crazy, so cool…I could never do that…”

Joshua had heeded the advice he’d been given, and had gone for it, despite his doubts, his fears and his insecurities. I couldn’t have been more proud of him and we both learned a lot that day about fear…and faith!

It’s Sunday afternoon, January 28th and I’m writing this as I wait for Jack to arrive from Sisters so we can go for a hike on the South Slough. Nat preached this morning and gave me the gift of listening to God’s word instead of preaching it. For those of you who weren’t there, you might check it out on our website www.episcopalcoosbay.org, where you can scroll to the bottom to find where the sermons are listed. I found it very powerful and thought provoking. It’s about prophecy and leaves us to ponder the question of who are our contemporary prophets? He mentioned Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Martin Luther King, Jr., Oscar Romero, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

One of the things I realized as I reflected on these men’s lives and others, whom I consider to be contemporary prophets, is that they preached love instead of fear. In 1 John 4:18 we are told “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear” and yet that is so hard for us to believe because there is so much to fear as we look into our world! Fear leads us to that place of scarcity where there’s not enough and there will never be enough. Love leads us to that place where there’s always enough because we can’t imagine not sharing what we have with others. The perfect love that Jesus offers us draws us lovingly into relationships with Jesus and with our neighbors, where more and more we can respond with faith and love instead of fear.

How does this relate to Emmanuel? I had fun carrying Nat’s question one step further and asking who are the contemporary prophets in our community of faith? Who are the truth tellers in our midst? Who are those with insights that carry us forward into the future? Who are those who are always reaching out with love in ways that seem to make everything they touch bigger and more exciting, joyful and welcoming? When we are overcome with fear–it happens to all of us at various times–what happens when suddenly we are immersed in love? It’s my experience that love does cast out fear eventually and allows us to once again respond with faith.

That’s one of the major reasons why it’s so important for us to be in community with one another. It matters that we are in church together week after week because the Spirit works on us slowly and patiently, drawing us into a beloved community where we are strengthened, loved, and made whole again! …and then we are sent out to be the light and love in our world. That is what truly helps to cast out fear.

Jack recently found a quote that we have come to rely on, “Faith and fear both require us to believe in something that we can’t see. Choose one!” As this Epiphany season draws to a close, may we support one another as we move more and more towards faith and love.

Epiphany blessings to you and yours! Christy

Mark your calendars!

Don’t Miss… Emmanuel’s Annual Parish Meeting & Holy Spirit Potluck Sunday, February 11th, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM

What is a Holy Spirit Potluck? Bring something you are inspired to share with the rest of us and join in fellowship as we conduct the business of the Parish in this once a year event!
Business will include:
• election of 3 new Vestry members
• election of convention delegates
• discussion/affirmation of our 2018 budget
• state of the parish by Christy
• announcement of 2018 Senior Warden
• second annual award for Christian service!

We will also do a “Fast Forum,” a fun and efficient way to generate ideas and get immediate feedback. Come to the Annual Meeting and see how it works!

Welcome to Emmanuel Series

Are you new to Emmanuel and interested in learning more about our congregation? Then join us on February 1st, 8th, or 15th, from 7:00 PM -8:30 PM in the undercroft at Emmanuel.

Pastor Christy will lead the sessions and we hope they will be an opportunity to get to know her better, meet other people who are new, learn more about the Episcopal Church as well as Emmanuel, and to get answers to any questions you may have.

Light appetizers will be provided. Questions or to RSVP, talk to Christy or Kerri in the church office at 541-269-5829 or email.

The preschool is excited to introduce our new preschool teacher assistant, Faith Crowell.

Bio: “Young kids are the most honest, the most joyful, the most creative and the most fun people in the whole world. Being around such pure imaginative, clever individuals gives me so much hope and excitement for all that they are capable of. All children are so quick to understand and adapt, they come up with solutions to complex problems, and they create the most amazing paintings, designs, block towers, concepts and stories, things that I would never have come up with. They are kind, they are silly and they show humility and have such confidence in themselves and their peers, and everything about them inspires me. Working at this preschool has solidified my passion for learning from and teaching kids. They have taught me more than I could possibly teach them, but I hope to be a positive role model and demonstrate what it is to love, respect and accept all those around us, and to inspire a passion for helping others.” ~ Faith

February 13th, Shrove Tuesday Pancake & Sausage Dinner 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

This especially indulgent day symbolizes the start of Lent which finds many of us trying (and most often failing) to give up a luxury for the 40 days leading up to Easter. The tradition of using this particular food began when Anglo-Saxon Christians used to cook up pancakes as a means to use up their fats and eggs before the fasting period. These Christians would then head to confession to seek forgiveness for their sins, otherwise known as being ‘shriven’ which is the origin of the name ‘Shrove Tuesday’.

Many of you may be wondering what the connection could possibly be between pancakes and the potato. Well, the spud is actually a fantastic ingredient when it comes to making savory pancakes. Savory pancakes are a superb and delicious alternative to the classic sweet flavors of syrups and berries so this year in addition to our traditional fluffy pancakes, we’ll feature savory potato pancakes as well. Come enjoy!

All You Can Eat Menu:
Fluffy Pancakes…Plain/Blueberry with mixed syrups… Savory Potato Pancakes…
German Sausage and Sliced Ham…
Apple sauce…
Juice and Coffee…
Donations support the Coos Food Cupboard, Featuring Pat and Nat as your cooks.

Lenten Soup Suppers will begin Thursday, February 22nd, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Save the Date! More information to follow!

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105

OUR PRESIDING BISHOP MICHAEL CURRY INVITES ALL EPISCOPALIANS TO READ THE GOSPEL OF LUKE DURING LENT AND THE BOOK OF ACTS DURING EASTER 2018

Join Episcopalians around the world in bible Study this Lenten and Easter season.
Presiding Bishop Curry video: invitation to the Good Book Club

Sound like something you’d like to commit to during Lent this year?

Here’s how it will work: The book is designed for us to start individually on Sunday, February 11 in order to complete it by Easter. Each day there will be a section of Luke’s Gospel and a meditation with some reflection questions throughout the season of Lent. Then the great 50 days of Easter will be devoted to the Book of Acts.

“Luke alone offers the story of the encounter with Jesus on the road to Emmaus…Jesus opens up the scriptures and reveals everything that the Bible has to say about him, and the disciples’ hearts burn like fire. So, too, as we read Luke’s Gospel, our hearts burn like fire and Jesus comes alive among us so that we might live lives full of compassion, mercy, and love.”
~ The Rev. Marek P. Zabriskie, Founder of The Bible Challenge

“The Acts of the Apostles tells of the earliest people who dared to follow the way of Jesus, actually living by what he taught, living in his Spirit, and walking his way, day by day…These stories and the teachings of Jesus—and the witness of those who followed him—help, heal, lift up, and set the captive free.”
~ The Most Rev. Michael B. Burry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church

Please signup. We have 12 copies of both books on hand and they are $12 each. You can sign-up and reserve a book by calling 541-269-5829, emailing the church office at secretary@episcopalcoosbay.org or signing-up in the entry way or undercroft.

We are asked by our Presiding Bishop as part of our preparation, to pray for our hearts and minds to be opened so that our lives—and indeed, our whole church and world—will be transformed through deep engagement with God’s Holy Word.

Talk to Christy if you have any questions.

Services for Ash Wednesday will be at 6:30 AM, 12:00 PM and 7:00 PM.

Celebration of Teacher Cathy’s Years of Service Mural

Working with children is a daily exercise in appreciation. They are small for such a short while. As their teacher, they make me aware of this on a daily basis. So when considering how to hang their lovely fish, it occurred to me that some of our little people are leaving us to move into bigger ponds, specifically kindergarten.
Our big blue pond was created by the Little’s (3-4 year old class.), as was the beautiful brown that makes up our tree. How lovely it is that our younger children stay a little longer with our mother tree, some still in her branches. And yet sadly, every day they move a little closer to the big blue pond.

Teacher Nadine was inspired by the work of Eric Carle to cut up some of the big green painting left over from Christmas to put out the beginning of an idea, and the fine art of the aftercare kids made it beautifully complete.

The fish are created by each member of this preschool community. Yes, there are teachers there too. They are arranged according to students’ ages, except for their steward teachers. Teacher Faith is leading a few in a line (I think the pied piper took lessons from her), and Teacher Hannah is keeping a watchful eye, making sure none are jumping out of the school zone. We all have our part and I did my best to give that meaning too.

Thank you for giving us a place to grow and share our journey. It takes a village to raise a child, and we’re blessed to be a part of yours.

~As told by, Teacher Nadine

Prayer is one of the most important ways you can support Episcopal Relief & Development and, in turn, the people we serve. If you’re led to pray for Episcopal Relief & Development and those we serve, remember these people facing struggles:

• Children whose health and survival are uncertain
• People who are hungry or facing starvation
• Those living in war zones or places where disasters have struck
• People suffering from HIV/AIDS, malaria and other preventable diseases
• Women who face discrimination, abuse and lack of maternal health care
• The worldwide Church, especially dioceses and churches in places of great need
• Episcopal Relief & Development’s partners, who struggle to help people and communities with limited resources and in challenging circumstances
• For all who are concerned about vulnerable children and other people in need, that we would be generous with our resources

A Prayer for Episcopal Relief & Development
Loving and merciful God, you bestow your grace on all of your children: Remember our sisters and brothers throughout the world who, in partnership with Episcopal Relief & Development, strengthen communities, empower the poor, nourish the hungry, restore the sick and uplift those affected by disaster; and uphold Episcopal Relief & Development for the next seventy-five years, so that your Kingdom might be known to all people; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Vestry Meeting and Dinner at Shepherd’s House on January 30th – We take this time to celebrate and thank those outgoing Vestry members who have served and supported us.

**March 2018 Newsletter Submissions Deadline is Tuesday, February 20**

The Messenger January 2018

January 3, 2018
03 Jan 2018

Christy’s Corner

Giving thanks that the Days are indeed getting longer!
This was the view as I went for my walk two days before Christmas at 6:30 in the morning. It could have been midnight, it was so dark, and I found myself giving thanks for the winter solstice and the promise that the days will indeed begin to get longer. More importantly, it was a reminder to me that we would soon be celebrating the birth of the light of Christ into our world.

The stars were shining brightly on this cold winter morning and I was filled with gratitude for an even more foundational promise, that the darkness will never overcome the light!

I sit at my computer early Christmas morning, pondering all of these things in my heart before our 10:00 Christmas Day service. It has been an Advent unlike any I ever remember with much darkness in the form of injuries, sickness and death of people I love and care about deeply. I can’t remember a time when the week before Christmas the church treasurer, secretary, senior warden, and many members of the church were very sick and incapacitated. Then after taking communion to some of our home bound folks on the 24th, I discovered that we had two members in ICU at Bay Area Hospital. All of this on the year when the 4th Sunday of Advent falls on Christmas Eve creating even more bulletins to create, services to prepare for and music to plan and carry out. Our community rallied, everyone chipped in, and the blessings flowed abundantly!

As I ponder all of this in my heart, I realize that in many ways this really represents the truth of our lives…they are messy, and things happen that are inconvenient and certainly not the way we would plan it. Yet the one certainty we have is that love has been born into our world, in the form of a little baby lying in a manger, and that love is strong enough and powerful enough to redeem our messy lives and all of creation!

As we begin to move into a brand new year, let us each ponder the gift that God has given us individually this year. What has been born anew within you? Within our church community? Within our world? …and what are we personally doing to ensure that we can truly receive that gift with love? Only then will we be able to do our part, passing on the gift we have received as light bearers, bringing light and love to the darker places in our lives and in our world.

I look forward to continuing the journey of bearing light with each of you, giving thanks for Emmanuel, God with us!
Blessings, prayers and my love, Christy

Thank you!

My biggest gratitude this year is for all of you who stepped in to help do all of the big and small jobs that needed to be done in order for us to offer our Advent and Christmas services.

We had so many people who were sick and unable to do things they were scheduled for. Despite that, others stepped in to help complete and fold bulletins, read lessons, usher, decorate the church, help carry out the Christmas pageant, provide pastoral care for members and much, much more. We have an amazing community of faith…thank you for offering your gifts in so many different ways!

– To the altar guild for all of the extra work involved in literally decorating the church in hours between the 4th Sunday of Advent on the 24th and our 4 PM Christmas Eve service! It was greatly appreciated.

– To Carla and the choir, Dan and the contemporary group for their extra time practicing in order to provide us with spirit filled music and leadership for all of our services. You were the rock that held our Advent and Christmas services together!

– To the lay readers, lectors and ushers who served during the Christmas services and especially to all those who stepped up to fill in where needed.

– To the children, adults and their families who helped the Christmas pageant come together so we could tell the Christmas story so beautifully at the 4 PM Christmas Eve service.

– To Julianna for her work and leadership with the Christmas baskets and for all who donated money and time helping to shop, wrap the gifts, fill the baskets and deliver them.

– To Doug Laird and Al Rumsch for caring for our grounds so they look so nice and inviting and especially for the wonderful and festive lights on the church and Shepherd’s House. A true joy, not only for us but for all who pass by!

– To John Knutson for the beautifully lit Christmas tree in the courtyard providing Christmas cheer to all who see it.

– For Sally and Nat Jaeggli for the wonderful meal they organized and hosted at the church on Christmas Eve, a true gift and time of fellowship and nourishment for all who attended!

We offered our best and trusted that God would transform our offerings into something much grander than any of us could do on our own. Emmanuel, God with us. Thank you to all of you!

Winter is Here… A Reminder of Emmanuel’s Snow Policy!

Your safety is the most important thing so this is a good time to review our general snow policy that follows 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. Questions, talk to Christy or a Vestry member.

Merry Christmas from #WCPR, Lakeside, OR

Rocks were left for us on Christmas morning from the West Coast Painted Rocks group in Lakeside, OR. They are a group that exists primarily to encourage random acts of kindness, by sharing a little piece of artwork. These two rocks were a wonderful greeting, encouragement and reminder of God’s love on a morning where all who helped with the service needed a bit of a pick me up after a long day the day before. A great example of how the smallest acts can help make a difference in our world.

Save the Date: Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will be February 13th and Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent is February 14th!

Watch your February newsletter for more details!

Vestry Seeking New Members to Join Emmanuel’s Leadership Team!

It’s that time of year again where three of our Vestry will complete their terms of service and as a congregation, we will elect three new members at our Annual Meeting in February. This year Pat Cross, John Knutson and David Laird will form our nominating committee as the outgoing Vestry members. Please consider whether you might be called to join our leadership team. It’s an exciting time at Emmanuel as we seek to move into the future with vision, boldness and generosity in order to continue to offer God’s love to our community in meaningful and life-giving ways. Wondering what’s required? Basically, a willingness to serve, a commitment to Emmanuel, and a love for Jesus Christ are the only pre-requisites. If you’re interested in finding out more about this opportunity, talk to any Vestry member or Christy.

Thanksgiving for the Life of Christy’s Mother

Thanks to all who have offered your condolences at the death of my mother on the first Sunday of Advent, Dec. 3, 2017. She was an amazing woman who spent all of her life at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Mercer Island. She loved the fact that I was serving at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Coos Bay! In gratitude for her life, we handed out 200 western cedar trees at her celebration of life to be planted in her memory.

Photo: Christy, Jack and their kids with the trees in front of the Emmanuel Bell, given by her grandparents.

In Memory of Ruth Mary Close 1917-2017
In Gratitude for her Stewardship of Creation

Our Preschool is Successfully Growing!

Beginning January 2nd things might seem a little busier in the undercroft and preschool with the addition of five more preschool students and our infant and toddler class now has eight children enrolled. Our “before care” and “after care” program is also having more and more families participating as the word gets out. Please keep sharing the word in the community! The next possible step would be expanding into the upper classrooms since we are finding we have additional families in need of quality education and childcare for their kids on our waitlist and contacting us for information. Keep the preschool in your prayers as we make important decisions in the upcoming months on what our next step will be!

**February 2018 Newsletter Submissions Deadline is Tuesday, January 23**

As we begin the New Year, there are lots of ways to use your gifts at Emmanuel and in our community. How might you serve God and our community this year? Here’s something to ponder as you look for ways to get involved.

Is it a Job or a Ministry?

Some people have a JOB in the church. Others involve themselves in a MINISTRY. What’s the difference?
If you are doing it just because no one else will, it’s a JOB. If you are doing it to serve the Lord, it’s a MINISTRY.
If you quit because somebody criticized you, it was a JOB. If you keep on serving, it’s a MINISTRY.
If you’ll do it only if it does not interfere with your other activities, it’s a JOB.
If you are committed to staying with it even when it means letting go of other things, it’s a MINISTRY.
If you quit because no one praised you or thanked you, it was a JOB.
If you stay with it even though nobody recognizes your efforts, it is MINISTRY.
It’s hard to get excited about a JOB.
It’s almost impossible not to be excited about a MINISTRY.
If our concern is success, it’s a JOB.
If our concern is faithfulness, it’s a MINISTRY.
An average church is filled with people doing JOBS.
A great and growing church is filled with people involved in MINISTRY.
Where do we fit in? What about us?
If God calls you to a MINISTRY, don’t treat it like a JOB. If you have a JOB, give it up and find a MINISTRY.
God does not want us feeling stuck with a JOB,
but excited and faithful to God in a MINISTRY.
(from St. Margaret’s in the Desert, brought to us by Karen Pruhsmeier)

The Messenger December 2017

December 1, 2017
01 Dec 2017

Christy’s Corner

The Season of Advent

“Let each heart prepare a home where such a mighty guest may come!” Hymn 76, “On Jordan’s Bank”

Recently on one of my walks, I was pondering the different ways we prepare for things in our lives and in our world. It was a cold Saturday morning, one of the first frosts of the season. I was thinking about how nature prepares for the winter, the whales and geese that migrate south. I remembered a book that I read many years ago called, High-Flying Geese and I found myself pondering some of the things that I had learned. Their formation is important because it allows them to share the lead. The one at the tip of the “V” has the hardest job fighting the wind with no draft to assist them, so they trade off occasionally to share the burden.  Their formation also allows them to fly much faster than if they were on their own.  If one is injured and needs to land, they all land and one of the geese will stay behind with the injured goose until they can move on together.  …and the noise…sometimes we can hear them before we can see them: Honk! Honk! Honk, Honk, Honk! They encourage one another by honking as they journey south. About this time I looked up and sure enough, there was a flock of “Canadian honkers” preparing for the winter by heading south. “How cool is that!” I thought…and I continued to ponder. I wondered, how might we prepare our hearts this Advent season? How might we encourage one another, “honking” for each other as we wait expectantly for the birth of Jesus? How might we care for those in our midst who are hurting or lonely during the holidays? How might we come alongside one another to help bring comfort? What would it mean for us to “fly in formation” in order to share the burden and the lead? These thoughts have led me to some specific actions that I hope to take to prepare my heart for the birth of Jesus, remembering the reason for this season. I hope they might be helpful to you as well. Advent and Christmas blessings to you and yours!

~Christy

Faith Lutheran Church’s Community Advent Party

Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 2:00 PM

The congregation of Faith Lutheran Church invites you, your family and friends to their Annual Community Advent celebration. The afternoon will be filled with music and ministry to draw our hearts into God’s presence. Refreshments will be served following the program, ending with singing carols together.

Southwestern Oregon Community College Choir’s Holiday Concert
featuring Southwestern Oregon Community Choir & Dave Aakre, Director

Date: Sunday, December 3, 2017 Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1290 Thompson Rd, Coos Bay, OR 97420 This concert is free and open to the public.

The Music Department at Southwestern Oregon Community College announces their end of term concert at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Celebrating 52 years of music at Southwestern, the concerts are open to the public and will begin at 3pm.

On Saturday, December 3rd, the SOCC Choir, under the direction of David Aakre, will perform a variety of holiday classics. There will also be a guest appearance from the local group the “Gold Coast Chorus” who will perform holiday classics. After a short intermission the Symphonic Choir will perform excerpts from Handel’s “Messiah.”

For more information please call: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church office 541-267-2347

Donations Needed for Christmas Baskets

Emmanuel continues the important tradition of providing local children and families through our schools with a Christmas basket of basic necessities and also a fun toy to brighten up their holiday. Your help and financial donations are needed and appreciated! Envelopes are available for donations in the church entryway. Please save these dates:

Tuesday, December 5 at 7:00 PM – meet at Walmart and shop for basket items (blankets, dish soap, laundry detergent, toothbrushes, special toy, etc.)

Sunday, December 10 after the 10:00 AM service – wrapping party! Donations of wrapping paper, tape, and bows are appreciated as well.

Join us for Christmas Worship

Invite a friend to join you!

4th Sunday of Advent, December 24th
We will have our regular Sunday morning worship services at 7:30 AM and 10:00 AM. Following the 10:00 AM service, please plan to stay and help the Altar Guild with the greening of the church and decorating for Christmas.

Christmas Eve, December 24th
4:00 PM – Our Family Oriented Christmas Service with Pageant, Carols and Holy Eucharist. This 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. Rehearsal for the pageant will be Sunday, Dec. 17th at 11:30 AM. Please notify the church office or Christy if you or your child would like to participate in the pageant.

8:00 PM – The Holy Eucharist with sermon, traditional Christmas carols and special music by the Choir. This is the traditional “midnight mass” at a more convenient time!

Christmas Day, December 25th
10:00 AM Christmas Day Service with Holy Eucharist, sermon and carols.

The 1st Sunday after Christmas and 5th Day of Christmas, December 31st
7:30 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite I, with a Christmas meditation.

10:00 AM Christmas Carol Sing-a-Long with Holy Eucharist. We will have a chance to sing many of your favorite Christmas Carols and we’ll let the words of the hymns speak to us as our sermon.

Our older Preschool class wants to remind you to fill the shopping cart each Sunday for those in our community who are hungry!

Join us for a festive meal on Christmas Eve!

Who: All are invited to attend
Where: Emmanuel’s Undercroft
When: 6 PM
We will gather between the 4 PM and 8 PM services for a meal with a Mexican theme. A taco bar and enchiladas will be the anchor foods, and we will plan for gluten and dairy free options. Bring something to share. RSVP to Nat or Sally Jaeggli, 541-266-0707.

Vestry Visibility To the Emmanuel Congregation:

Our 10th month vestry meeting was held on Tuesday, November 7. One of the items on our agenda was the status of our re-energized preschool: budget, playground and new plans in the formative stage. We also advanced our decision-making process toward shaping Emmanuel for the future, with the goal of sustaining Emmanuel’s spiritual life, community service and staff in the coming year.

Nancylee Stewart presented the Emmanuel Episcopal Preschool report with September budget figures and the plan to finish expanding the playground. Improving the playground to meet the larger and expanded age range of students has grown out of the successful expansion of the preschool population as well as income from fundraisers and donations. In the coming weeks we will see:

Installed: rubber matting in the circular center of our courtyard,
Installed: newly purchased playground equipment to fit that space,
Refurbished: existing playground equipment, and
Added: a portable play hutch capable of living outside in dry weather and being relocated inside the undercroft during the wet periods.

We meet December 6 to finish the process, setting the budget and goals for Emmanuel in the year ahead. Meanwhile all vestry members welcome further input from our congregation. Sheryl Gerety

Easy Cinnamon Roll Cake

Recipe contributed by Terrye Laird by popular demand!
Author: Cookies & Cups, https://cookiesandcups.com/easy-cinnamon-roll-cake/
Yield: serves 10

Ingredients
1 (15.25- ounce) box yellow cake mix
4 eggs
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sour cream (not light)
1 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons milk

Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Coat a 9×13 pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
2. In the bowl of your stand mixer combine the cake mix, eggs, oil, vanilla and sour cream. Mix on low for 30 seconds and then raise the speed to medium and mix for 2 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
3. Spread the cake batter into your prepared pan. In a medium bowl whisk together the brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle this evenly on top of your cake.
4. Using a butter knife gently swirl the cinnamon sugar into the cake batter. Don’t over-swirl, as you want ribbons of the mixture throughout the cake.
5. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick entered into the center of the cake comes out clean.
6. Cool cake for 15-20 minutes.
7. In a medium bowl whisk together the powdered sugar and milk. Pour this over the slightly warm cake. Allow the icing to set, or eat right away!

January 2018 Newsletter Submissions Deadline is Tuesday, December 19.

Newsy note about name badges

If you are new to Emmanuel or need a name badge and lanyard replaced, please let Carla Courtney know ( 541.266.9290 or carlacourtney294@gmail.com or see me after the service). We are happy to do a reprint or print a new one. We encourage all parishioners to wear their badges for the services and especially during coffee hour. ‘Tis the season we have visitors, and they appreciate knowing the name of the person/s they have spoken to. Thanks everyone! ~Carla

We honor the work of Mary Hansen and her gift of knitted caps for outreach

This amazing woman knitted nearly 60 hats in the last years of her life. While her mind struggled with remembering day to day, her fingers remembered the knitting skills she learned in earlier years as she created hat after hat. In the final year or so of her life, the sewing together of the hats became harder, but the knitting was still as good as ever. Her daughter Alanna Johnson wondered if the hats could be used for Christmas outreach if someone could finish them. Emmanuel’s knitters Nancy Cross, Loanne Lark and Sally Jaeggli did the final stitches on a few and assembled the unfinished. Mary Hansen’s work lives, like so much of the work we do in community. What one starts, another may finish.

Thanksgivings go to the donor of new tablecloths to be used in the undercroft.

There are both round and rectangle tablecloths for use on the tables in the undercroft. The shapes will fit the tables we have now and are commercial easy care. Because they are polyester, they only need delicate drying. Even though there has been some purging of the table clothes due to irreversible staining, the cupboards were full. Thanks to Eric for his contribution for organizing a designated closet for hanging the long clothes. It is the last lower closet on the west side of the hall between the kitchen and the preschool. If you have ever had to sort through to find a tablecloth to fit the long table (many are too short), you will appreciate the idea to hang only the cloths that fit. Don’t you love a time saver? ~Blessings, Terrye Laird

Stewardship Dinner Photo Album

As we continue to reflect on the reason for the season, let’s take a moment to share the joy of our community gathering together. Thank you to everyone who attended and all those who contributed to a delicious meal and fun filled evening and special thanks to our senior warden, Xandra McKeown, and our Vestry.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

The Messenger November 2017

November 3, 2017
03 Nov 2017

Standing at a Cross Roads… Be the Change You Want to See! Part I

On Sunday, October 8th, 56 of us gathered for potluck brunch and a congregational meeting in the context of our worship. The purpose was to identify where we are at this particular time in our history and to ask for God’s guidance as we move forward to do the work that God has given us to do. What did we discover? First we once again discovered that we enjoy coming together around food and worship and prayer. There was great energy as people who usually attend different services were able to spend time catching up. We began with the opening sentences and a hymn and then we feasted and shared with one another.

• Bob Huggins, our long-time Treasurer explained a graph of our expenses and income over the last three years, 2015, 2016 and 2017. This graph indicates a trend: we have consistently had a short- fall of about $12,000 each year.
• Pat Cross, our long-time pledge secretary, explained a graph representing the number of pledgers (regular financial contributors) and the level at which they have given for 2016 and 2017.
We then moved into the Ministry of the Word where we heard the lessons from scripture and Christy shared a homily celebrating the ministry that we have done at Emmanuel over the same three years.
• The Food Cupboard has given out 67,000 boxes of food to hungry people in our community. This has been accomplished with over 14,000 volunteer hours.
• The preschool has touched the lives of 67 children and their families, providing them with early childhood education and a solid foundation for the rest of their lives.

We’ve done all of this and much more while running a deficit budget. She told a story of a woodcutter who was an expert at cutting down trees. He would move into the forest and start whacking tree after tree. He got so caught up in what he was doing he didn’t notice that he was beginning to go slower and slower. He had forgotten to take time out to sharpen his axe. It’s time for us to sharpen our axe as we note that we are at a crossroads where we give thanks for all of our blessings and trust God to lead us forward into a future of abundance.

• We then discussed two possible roads forward and how they both might be abundant
– Christy at 3⁄4 time which would allow us to balance our budget
– Christy continuing at fulltime, which means we need to figure out where the additional $12,000 would come from.

• Christy shared an outline of how her time is currently spent and the potential changes if she were to work 3⁄4 time.

• We had a time of general questions about the specifics of everything that had been presented, then had table conversations to discuss our thoughts and feelings about the possible ideas as well as sharing additional ideas. How might both possibilities lead to more abundance?

Small group gatherings-a time to ponder and reflect with others: All of us have been asked to attend a one- time small group gathering to continue the conversation. In case you haven’t been able to attend one, the primary questions to ponder and embrace are:

• As we consider the 3⁄4 time option, how might less be more for Emmanuel?
• If we are convinced that Fulltime is the way we need to continue, then what might we learn from the 3⁄4 option and “less is more” conversation that might inform how we move forward?
• How are we each called to be the change we want to see?

Our Time of Stewardship: A Fall Harvest of Abundance! Part II

With the present realities of where we stand and the hopes for our future ministry fresh in our minds, we move into our annual focus on stewardship. This is a personal time of reflection where we each ponder where we are in our lives, the blessings that God has given us, and how we will respond with our money, our time, and our gifts. How will we be stewards of all that God has blessed us with?

Annual Stewardship Dinner, Nov. 5th, 4:00: This is the culmination of our stewardship season and one of our most fun events of the year. It’s a time to gather and be treated to a wonderful dinner, great fellowship and good stewardship teaching. This year our guest speaker will be The Rev. Frank Moss of Eugene. He most recently served in Pendleton and the Diocese of Eastern Oregon before retiring in Eugene. Everyone is invited and you only need to bring yourself!

Our Response: Each family or individual is asked to fill out a pledge card where we offer what we feel called to give to Emmanuel financially for the ministry of Jesus Christ in this place over the next year. We are also asked what gifts we would like to offer and if we are willing to commit to praying for Emmanuel’s ministry. Sunday, Nov. 12th is our ingathering, where we will bless all of the pledges and commitments that we have received for 2018 and offer them back to God.

Crossroads, Stewardship, Pledges: Where do we go from there? Part III

Your Vestry will take the responses they have heard from the small group gatherings and the pledges we have
received. We will work together to discern the best course forward for Emmanuel, how God is calling us to move into the future? A budget for 2018 will be put together by the Finance Committee and Vestry, approved, and brought to the Annual Meeting of the Parish in January to be affirmed by the congregation. This brings us full circle where we begin another year of ministry at Emmanuel continuing to do the work that God has given us to do and giving thanks for the abundant blessings in our lives! Your presence and participation matters. Be the change you want to see at Emmanuel!

Blessings! ~ Your Vestry and Christy

Vestry Visibility: THE SQUARE BLOCK AND THE CROSSROADS

I served as a Eucharistic minister at the 7:30 AM service last Sunday. During announcements, I reminded the congregation of the symbolism of the large gold offering plate that we use to collect the offering from the ushers. As an acolyte, you are taught that initially you are to hold it vertically so that it is clear to everyone, that it is empty. That is done as a reminder to each of us that part of our responsibility is to fill it with our offerings. I’d like each of us to reflect on that as we think about our pledges for 2018.

Emmanuel has owned the same square city block and our collection of buildings and grounds for years and as our laity numbers have diminished through the years so have our resources. So we have reached the crossroads, we have to make some choices and the choice we make is determined by the stewardship response of the parishioners. At the crossroads the choices are:

• We can plod along the way we have with a deficit budget until we run out of funds.
• We can trim back our major expenses, of a full time priest, to 3⁄4 time.
• We can keep everything and grow.

IT ALL DEPENDS ON OUR STEWARDSHIP—Think about what you want to do at this crossroad. Do you want to keep the block? Be the change you want to see!

Gratuitous, Pat Cross

EMMANUEL’S WILD WEST BOOK FAIR: Saddle Up & Read!

It’s Book Fair time again! Reading is vital to every child’s success. Literacy starts early – with seeing and handling books, being read to by others, seeing others take time to read, etc. You can help a child to gain important skills.
Emmanuel’s Book Fair will be open the following times:

Sunday, 12/3: immediately following both services;
Monday, 12/4 through Friday, 12/8: 8:45am – 9:30am; 11:45 – 12:15pm;
Sunday, 12/10: immediately following both services; last Chance!

If you wish, you can also do online shopping from 11/28 through 12/11/17 for these great books. Online shopping is only available during the above listed dates.

Go to: http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/emmanuelepscplchrchsch

December Newsletter Deadline is Tuesday, November 21.

Godly Play Training at Emmanuel

We are so grateful to Caryl Menkhus Creswell, our Godly Play Instructor who led a spirit filled training. We gathered in the Godly Play Room upstairs to hear and to tell the foundational stories of our faith. Those who participated discovered great joy and great fellowship while we learned how to offer impactful Godly play lessons. We hope to begin offering them again soon at Emmanuel to the preschool during chapel and on Sunday mornings. Interested in helping? Let Christy know.

Undies for Rahab’s

We wanted to share! We had 110 pairs of undies and other assorted sundries for the Rahab’s Sisters ministry in Portland. The contingent from Emmanuel who attended the Convention in Salem took them up to hand off. Emmanuel’s generosity is outstanding.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving comes early this year and so it is no surprise that the organizers for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner have approach Emmanuel for a contribution. Would we please supply 30 pies? The county has stipulations on the pie, store bought and store cooked (think bakery). The sign up sheet will be in the Narthex 11/5. How to make this manageable? If 15 people sign up for 2 pies then we have it covered. What if we bring more? GREAT! Gloria Dei is the venue this year and the pies can be dropped off Wednesday 11/22 at the church between 10:00 and 3:30.

Bless you ever generous hearts for helping to feed the community many of which will be shut-ins, the poor, the hungry and those alone. ~ Terrye Laird

Just a thought! You can always purchase the pies from the preschool fundraiser and have it be a double outreach benefit. Thank you for all your support of these important community outreaches.

Our Thanksgiving service will be held on Sunday, November 19 with special music and prayers of the season.

Diocese of Oregon Convention 2017

On Oct. 26-28th Judy Jennings, Nancylee Stewart, Carla Courtney, Shannon Durkee, as an alternate, and Christy attended our Diocesan Convention in Salem. The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori was our keynote speaker. The main work of convention was to pass the budget, vote on resolutions to change our Diocesan Constitution and Canons and to consider 2 other resolutions that were brought before convention. The following are brief reports from your convention delegates.

Pre-convention Dinner: Thursday evening began with a dinner and presentation at St. Paul’s in Salem. We learned about the Prince of Peace Resettlement Program for refugees and Salem for Refugees, a new non- profit that is helping to meet the needs of refugees in the Salem area. They described their ministry as a connecting point between people and resources so that refugees can thrive. The statistics they described were staggering. There are 65.6 million displaced people and 28,000 are displaced every day. 22.5 million of these are refugees who are displaced and have crossed a physical border. They have been forced to flee their country due to violence and fear. About 80% of the refugees worldwide are women and 50% are children. Next year in the US, 45,000 will be allowed to resettle in the US and 400 of those will come to Oregon. Most of our refugees have been in the Portland area, but that has now expanded to the Salem area. One of the ways we can help to support this effort is by providing resettlement kits. Salem for Refugees has put together a pamphlet of various kits that they use: welcome kit, personal kit, bedding kit, kitchen kit, etc. They don’t usually resettle refugees in places as remote as Coos Bay but one way we could help at Emmanuel is by providing the various kits which they store so they are available when needed. Several people have talked to me ab out how we might help with the refugee crisis, maybe this might be a beginning. The evening ended with a beautiful sung evening prayer led by the choir of St. Pauls.

Report from Committee on Constitution & Canons, by Nancylee Stewart

The Committee on Constitution & Canons reminded us that Constitutional changes require passage by two successive conventions. The Constitutional changes were approved at last year’s convention, and were approved at this year’s convention as well. Also passed was the motion that the Canons of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon, 2013 revision, be repealed in its entirety and replaced by the 2017 canonical repeal and revision.

The changes in the Canons were aimed at placing items that changed more frequently from the Constitution into the Canons, updating archaic language and outdated information, as well as ensuring alignment with the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church. There was one amendment made to Canon 2.1, section 3(b), replacing “or” with “and” to ensure General Convention Deputies and Alternates are elected at the same time.

These documents are available on the Diocesan website. https://www.diocese-oregon.org/convention/

The 2013 Constitution & Canons are in a process of revision, addressed at the 129th Annual Convention. The updated documents are below.

The revised Constitution, as approved by the 128th Annual Convention.
The proposed Canonical revision, with redline edits
The proposed Canonical revisions, master copy
Summary and Explanation of Constitutional and Canonical Change Proposals

Submission by Judy Jennings

The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Retired Presiding Bishop-Keynote Address

She started by telling us that the times now are similar to the times when the prophet Micah lived. There is
war and destruction, predatory treatment of the poor, selfishness and greed. Micah left us with these words of encouragement, “Do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God.” We are meant to do what is fair and just. She also quoted Teresa of Avila who reminded us that Christ has no body in the world but ours. We are sent out into the world to GO, GO, GO– out into the world to engage in conversations. Get up, get out, and get lost in our neighborhoods in order to love God and our neighbors!

Submission by Carla Courtney, Delegate

At the 129th Convention of the Diocese of Oregon, two Diocesan Resolutions were presented, discussed and passed.
Resolution #1 urged the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon to endorse passage of Universal Health Care in Oregon that would provide health care for all people working or residing in Oregon. The Diocese will join the organization Health Care for All Oregon to continue to study, review, educate and receive feedback from the people and congregations of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon. A report will be provided annually to the conventions of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon until Universal Health Care is passed.

Resolution #2 declared that the Diocese of Oregon stand firmly in confronting hate, racism and poverty in this Diocese. Two of the discussion points included:
• Having leaders of the churches in the diocese complete Diocesan anti-racism workshops.
• That the Diocese direct the convening of a task force to develop best practices for feeding the hungry. Copies of these Resolutions in their entirety will be displayed in the undercroft.

At the beginning of the 129th Convention of the Diocese of Oregon, a statement was delivered by several diocesan leaders in response to the allegations of a lawsuit by a former diocesan employee, filed on Tuesday, October 24 and publicized in various news media. The full text of the statement is available in the church office, or entryway of Emmanuel or on the Diocesan website, www.diocese-oregon.org. Talk to Christy if you have any additional questions.

Christy’s Corner

Fall is one of the key times when people seek out and look for new church communities. Maybe it’s the beginning of a more structured time following the summer that have people looking for a church home. They may have moved to our community over the summer, gotten settled, and are seeking out a spiritual home. Or perhaps it’s the impending holidays where despite the festivities all around us it can be a time of great loneliness and sadness for many. The reasons are varied, but we need to be prepared to greet and warmly welcome our visitors with our best hospitality.

When we are part of a church community and have that sense of belonging, it’s very easy to take it for granted. Yet we have the amazing gift and joy of coming together to worship, to be fed and renewed before being sent back out into the world. Isn’t there an incredible peace of knowing there are people who care for you and about you and your family, who pray for you and miss you when you aren’t there? But sometimes I think we take all of that for granted. It’s easy to get out of the habit of coming to church on Sundays and sometimes we even forget the importance of it. Your presence matters. With our 7:30 AM service, it’s different worshipping with a congregation of ten then it is a congregation of thirty, and at 10:00 AM it’s different with thirty than with fifty. When visitors join us, it has a different feeling as well.

Recently I was remembering a time in my 20’s when I got up on my day off and went to church when there were MANY other opportunities that also had presented themselves to me for that same morning. The hymns were so, so, the sermon wasn’t great and as I left I thought, “Well, that didn’t do much for me this morning!” As I drove away, it was like I was hit over the head with a lightning bolt…(imagine a cartoon with a talking bubble slamming into my head in the shape of lightning bolt!) “Christy, maybe that’s not the point! Maybe it is pleasing to ME that you are there to worship me. Maybe your presence, or smile, or greeting, or prayer or… is just what the person sitting across from you that morning needs to get through the next day of their life! Maybe…”

Ummh…point made! I’m not the center of the universe and just maybe it’s not all about me! That “lightning strike” changed my thinking in many ways. So in the midst of the fall season with the holidays right around the corner, I offer you two things to reflect on.

1.) Research shows that the number one reason people visit a church is because they have been invited by someone. Who do you know that you might invite to come to church with you? How might you help them to become part of our church community and to understand how the liturgy and our morning worship works? How might you introduce them to others in our church community so that they begin to feel like they belong?

2.) If you attend church regularly, look around and notice who you don’t see around as much anymore. Commit to writing them a note, or giving them a call to let them know that you miss them…it can mean a lot, and remind them that they do belong. On the other hand, if you have gotten out of the habit of going to church, and going to breakfast or sleeping in, or hiking, fishing or kayaking have become your preferred mode of worshipping God, perhaps you might ponder what it means to others and to God for you to be at church on Sundays. No guilt…just an invitation and an acknowledgement that when you aren’t there you are missed!

Blessings and gratitude for our church community! ~Christy

The Messenger October 2017

October 5, 2017
05 Oct 2017


Christy’s Corner

It was a year ago that we gathered at the Coos History Museum for our Mutual Ministry Visioning event and asked the question, “What will we see in 5-10 years when we open the doors at Emmanuel?” As a reminder, here is the summary of what you said. “Children, lots of children, babies and families. Opportunities to serve our neighbors. Spiritual growth and vitality. Prayer. Engaging music and worship. Partnering with others in our community to serve those in need. A place of respect for all people. Hospitality.”

I believe that time together last year while worshipping, praying and reflecting allowed us to begin to see who we are as a faith community. It helped us understand our identity.

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

…and once we began to see who we are as a faith community, it was also easier to see who we are not. It was easier to let go of the past and feeling bad about what we were no longer able to do. It reminds me of a meditation that I love. “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’s pretty amazing just a year later to look at that summary of our hopes from last year, and see how we are living into many of the things that we listed. We have begun to put down the stones that we were clutching and with open hands we offered ourselves to God…and God has answered with increased energy, enthusiasm, and engagement…and we have grateful hearts!

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year, but it’s time to gather again. Greg Rhodes, life-long Episcopalian and church consultant, will once again facilitate our time together, but this year we will stay at home, gathering in our own undercroft on October 8th from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM for a potluck brunch and important congregational meeting: One service for our whole community to worship, pray, break bread, and reflect together on our future. We stand at a crossroads with some decisions to make. Together we will set our course, offer ourselves to God and commit to being the change we want to see in our community and our world.

Blessings and gratitude for our journey together! ~Christy

Vestry Visibility: THE ECUMENICAL FOOD CUPBOARD AT EMMANUEL

In the late 1970’s, Emmanuel Food Cupboard began as a small outreach effort with a few cupboards in the Parish kitchen labeled “Father Murdock’s Food Cupboard” set aside as a convenient place to donate and gather shelf stable foods. While the needs of the broader community have changed significantly, the Food Cupboard continues today as one of Emmanuel’s key ministries.

As we approach fall and plan for our annual Stewardship Dinner on November 5th, we reflect on our many gifts and how we might best dedicate our time, talent and treasure to serving God and the needs around us. Earlier this month, I talked with Brian Sullivan and Jerry Stonebreaker at the Food Cupboard to learn more about their operations and how we might better support their important work.

Open to the public from 12:00 – 2:00pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, you can find volunteers hard at work anytime of the day and throughout the week. Volunteers come from five local churches and perform a wide variety of tasks including pick-up of fresh, frozen and shelf stable foods, stocking shelves, preparing food boxes and talking with local businesses and organizations about grants and food drives. Food comes from various stores within our community, Community Gardens and the weekly Farmers Market, private donations, food drives, and South Coast Food Share, the Regional Distributor for the Oregon Food Bank. While the Food Cupboard exists to serve residents of Coos County, no one is turned away.

Emmanuel supports the Food Cupboard by the donation of space for their operation as well as providing many volunteers over the years. During the past year, we were also able to make critical improvements to the facility due solely to parishioners who previously left planned gifts to Emmanuel. The annual spending distribution from these legacy gifts enabled us to purchase a new, secure door and improve the ceiling panels to cover wires, as well as to install a bench to the left side of the Food Cupboard entrance.

How can we help support the Food Cupboard?
– Food Donations from our home pantry – remember that packages past their expiration date (if the can or box is not damaged) can be donated
– The shopping cart (found in the vestibule or undercroft) is a visible reminder that hunger is present year-round. It eagerly awaits our food donations any time!
– Cash donations or purchased food – which provides the greatest impact? Brian reminded me that he has additional purchasing power at South Coast Food Share and can leverage our cash donations into greater food volumes. What we might pay for one case of tuna, he could purchase perhaps three times that quantity.

Heartfelt thanks and gratitude go to those from Emmanuel who have volunteered their time over the years, and those who currently serve including: Brian Sullivan (Manager), Pat Cross, Robert Cribbins, Tim Wall, Liz Cowden, Nat Jaeggli, Gracie Svatos, and Fran Whitaker. Thanks go to Al Rumsch and Doug Laird for installing the bench!

With Thanks and Gratitude, Xandra McKeown, Senior Warden

Welcome, Nicole Devine, our new Head Teacher to our preschool team!

Nicole shared the following with us, “I have lived in Coos Bay for 9 years. I attended Southwestern Oregon Community College where I obtained my Associate’s Degree in General Studies. Some of you might have met me at Christ Lutheran Church & School where I was a Preschool Teacher for 2 years. On my down time, you can catch my fiancée, Stephen, and I at the movies or chilling and watching our Superhero TV shows. In the last three years, I have discovered my love of teaching and being around children. I know there is a desperate need of childcare in Coos Bay, and it is an honor for me to help with that. I have a passion for helping children learn and giving them the foundation they need to grow into successful adults. I am so very excited for my new journey at Emmanuel and very grateful to be a part of this family.”

The Preschool had its first fire drill, and we are so proud of our kids for doing such a great job!
As our preschool begins its fall session, it is vital we teach our students how to react, behave, and what to expect in the case of a fire. Our teachers complete evacuation of the preschool by taking the students safely to Shepherd’s house where in the event of a real fire then would become the base of communication for parents.

Godly Play Classroom
Join us Thursday, Oct. 5th from 11:30 AM-2:30 PM and Thursday, Oct. 12th from 12:00 PM-2:30 PM Help us get the Godly Play classroom ready for the training session. Experience joy and great fellowship with us while we find all of the materials and get them in order once again. Questions, talk to Christy.

Want to participate in Godly Play Training at Emmanuel on Oct. 13 & 14? Registration forms are available in the church entryway or you can request one via email or mail by calling the church office at 541- 269-5829. Hope to see you there!

“Emm M & M” Emmanuel’s Mission and Ministry Gathering

Potluck Brunch, Worship and Important Congregational Meeting
Don’t miss church on Oct. 8th at 9:00 AM!
Please remember and share: no 7:30 or 10:00 AM service on this morning, as we will worship together in the undercroft.

Sunday Morning, Oct. 8th – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Don’t miss this annual opportunity to gather and worship together as one community. This is an important time for us as a congregation as we reflect on our future and what God is calling us to do in 2018. Your presence matters…please plan to attend and bring something to share with the rest of us for brunch!

A prayer for our Country from a resident of Charleston:

Our God and God of our ancestors: We ask Your blessings for our country, for its government, for its leader and advisors, and for all who exercise just and rightful authority. Teach them insights of Your Torah, that they may administer all affairs of state fairly, that peace and security, happiness and prosperity, justice and freedom may forever abide in our midst.

Creator of all flesh, bless all the inhabitants of our country with Your spirit. May citizens of all races and creeds forge a common bond in true harmony to banish all hatred and bigotry and to safeguard the ideals and free institutions which are the pride and glory of our country.

May this land under Your Providence be an influence for good throughout the world, uniting all people in peace and freedom and helping them to fulfill the vision of Your prophet: “Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they experience war anymore.” And let us say: Amen.
~Submission from Julianna Seldon, source unknown

There are several opportunities to give in October

All of which will be turned in at the diocesan Convention in Salem:
– Undies for Rahab’s Sisters – All sizes, styles and fabrics are needed and appreciated. They go through medium sizes (7s and 8s) most quickly, but have guests all across the size spectrum. You can turn in your donations in the church entryway. Please see Terrye Laird for more information.
– Our companion Diocese in Cuernavaca Mexico needs our help. The earthquake of September 19 caused significant damage throughout the Diocese of Cuernavaca, and the clergy and parishioners have been going throughout their communities to identify the immediate needs for aid and survey for the longer-term recovery efforts. We invite the churches of the Diocese of Oregon to designate October as a month focused on gathering financial gifts to help the Diocese of Cuernavaca provide food, water, and medical aid to their communities.
– United Thank Offering – time to turn in your little blue box prior to convention. Please bring it to church by October 14th so we can add it to the rest of the Diocesan UTO. Your pennies make a huge difference in the lives of many! Every time you’re grateful for something you put a coin in your blue box and they raise hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to give out in grants.

Nov. 5th will be our celebration of All Saint’s

If you would like the sacrament of baptism for you or your child, please let the church office or Christy know. We will also have the reading of the necrology at both of our services. If you would like your loved ones who have died to be remembered on that day, please contact the church office.