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The Messenger October 2018

October 2, 2018
02 Oct 2018


Christy’s Corner: A Is For Apple

This week in the older preschool class, the letter of the week was “A”. Teacher Sterling asked if they could visit Shepherd’s House to pick an apple. So this morning, I hosted them as they each got to pick the apple of their choice. It reminded me of a foundational story that my grandfather told me when I was little. He started off as a janitor at Lilly Seed Company as a young man and ended his career as the CEO of the same company. He loved gardening and as the story goes, one day when he was in his seventies and out planting an apple tree in his garden, his priest came by for a visit. He asked what grandad was doing. When he told him, the priest laughed and said, “What are you doing that for? You’ll never taste any of those apples!” I don’t think my grandfather was very impressed as he responded, “No, but my children and grand-children will!”

What is the legacy that each of us will leave for the next generation, for our children’s children and grand-children?

The apple trees in front of Shepherd’s House are a Gravenstein and a King apple, two of the best heritage apples. They’re the same variety I grew up with. Sometimes, I wonder the story of who planted these trees long ago. I do know that Doug Laird is the one who lovingly cares for them, pruning, and grafting to produce the best fruit. But who was the one who planted a legacy that would one day help 3, 4 and 5 year olds learn about apples?

When I was first called here four years ago, my mom was so thrilled since she had been raised at Emmanuel Episcopal Church on Mercer Island, outside Seattle. My sister, Cathy, brought her to Coos Bay for a visit so she could see the church and visit Shepherd’s House where I was living. Gretchen Kean invited both of us and Bill Sweet for dinner. Doug, one of Gretchen’s sons, fried razor clams and Gretchen made a huckleberry pie because that was one of Bill’s favorites. I felt privileged to be dining with three nonagenarians, and I was struck by the fact that they could all walk on their own, feed themselves and carry on a wonderful conversation with each other. They were each life-long Episcopalians. I loved hearing the stories of digging razor clams and picking huckleberries. The richness of 180+ years of faithful, joy-filled living was something to behold.

Four years later, I have buried my mom and Bill in the last year and Gretchen’s celebration of life will be held October 26th. One centenarian and two nonagenarians, all three, devoted to their God, the church, their civic life, family and friends. What an amazing legacy they have all left, each in their own way.

October is the time at Emmanuel when we focus on stewardship. It’s a wonderful time to reflect on all of the gifts that God has blessed us with. What legacy will we leave behind for those who come after us? What financial commitment will we make to Emmanuel this year in support of our mission and ministries? How might we offer our gifts and time in such a way that it provides a legacy that honors God and ourselves? Prayerfully consider and then joyfully respond out of love.

“L” is for legacy, “S” is for stewardship, and the time is ripe for planting the seeds of Emmanuel’s present and future.

With joyful gratitude for lives well lived! ~Christy

Summer Reflections

Last month we asked, “What has God been up to in your life this summer? What are some of your wonderings or spiritual reflections?” Thank you to Terrye Laird for sharing this with us:

“It has taken me some time to reflect on and formulate a response to Christy’s question about a take away from the summer. Like many of you, our summer has been busy, crazy busy at times. Gretchen’s failing health, which accelerated to a last week of a semi-comatose state, gave the family the opportunity to visit, say good byes, maybe make apologies or just be present at her side. It is startling to me that God can use our dying experiences to speak to others but that certainly has happened.

Younger members of the family have remarked upon the calm and acceptance that Gretchen displayed. It wasn’t that she wanted to let go of family (with 2 new babies expected in December), friends, and the beauty of the world that she could see out her windows, but that she had a certainty that it would be OK. God spoke to us through her dying – we all can be OK.”

Invite a Friend to the Pet Blessing, October 7th

Sunday Services 7:30 AM, 10:00 AM or at Mingus Park with Gloria Dei at 1:00 PM

We will join with Gloria Dei Lutheran Church at the Mingus Park playground area on 10th Street in Coos Bay, rain or shine. Pet owners are invited to bring their dogs, cats, and other family pets to the outdoor services. They are requested to have dogs on a leash and to be certain that they are friendly with other animals. Small animals, such as cats and birds and rabbits, should be brought in a carrier. Photos of pets that are too difficult to transport may also be brought for a blessing.

Unable to Attend Mingus Park but Still Want your Pet Blessed? If your pet is unable to attend the gathering at Mingus Park, plays well with others, and is in a cage or on a leash, they are welcome to attend our 7:30 AM or 10:00 AM service at Emmanuel on October 7th to honor St. Francis and receive a special blessing. Questions? Talk to Christy or Kerri.

In a recent sermon,

Christy preached on the cross and the passage from Mark, “If you want to become my followers… then take up your cross and follow me.”
She asked us, “How does the cross transform our lives today?” Here are your responses:

Sacrifice. God is love for us. The humanness of Christ.

Strength. Love. Faith. Hope. Peace.

Symbol of Jesus’ love and suffering. Reminder to keep trying to be a better person. A beacon. A Christ reminder. Salvation. Connection.
Salvation.

Gives me more faith.

I think of Christ throughout the day.

Jesus died for my sins. He is present in all of my “cross” moments, in all my mistakes. The truth of the cross reminds
me of the truth of God’s word.

Believing that the ultimate sacrifice is the door to wisdom also means the Christian faith
of that wisdom comes with a firm responsibility.

Invitation. Welcome. Endure. Hold me. Beyond today. Promise of everlasting life. Forgiveness. That God could forgive the world after losing his son, shows us the way to forgiveness and how important it is.

Love. The depth of God’s love was made evident by his giving his son that others may live. Sets an example of the importance of love.
Charity. God gave the most precious gift, one’s child, that one could give. His gift sets an
example of the importance of charity.

All are God’s children. God, a lover of justice will give us answers to our social ills because he loves us, i.e. compassion for the homeless, hungry, the marginalized, the abused.

The cross gives us strength and calms me when times are difficult.

The cross reminds me of God’s love for the world and guides us to world peace. Jesus suffered for us. A reminder of salvation.
The son of God who is also God, suffered and died for us. We need to give of our blessings from him to help others in greater need.

VESTRY VISIBILITY: 2019 Stewardship Campaign

The annual Stewardship drive kicks off shortly. Our 2019 Stewardship Campaign began almost a year ago as a team of volunteers from our church attended a workshop in Salem, OR on creating stewardship campaigns.

Out of that seminar, our team of Pat Cross, Christy, Patti Nichols, Nadine Allen and Dave Laird was formed. Our first step was to make a list of all that needed to be done. Then we developed a timeline calendar of meetings & deadlines to see that things happened on schedule.

One of the changes you may have noticed is the quarterly pledge report. We added pictures to the letter and shared messages of gratitude for the ministries paid for by pledges our parishioners have made. We’ve also tried to show through pictures the people, children, and programs supported and made possible by your donations and pledges.

Emmanuel Episcopal is extremely fortunate to have a long history of congregation members being generous to the church over the years. Because of this generosity, the church has an endowment that allows to us to sponsor many ministries and projects.

However, it is not money available to fund our regular operation costs – such as salaries, insurance, electricity, heating, supplies from toilet paper to copy paper, and other operating expenses. Most of the money to keep the church doors open, the lights and heat on, the office running and the priest in the pulpit come from our congregations’ pledges.

Please mark your calendars for the Stewardship Banquet, October 14th, and plan to attend. It’s your generous support of time, talent, money and love that makes our church and our people a “shining light on the hill”.

~Dave Laird, Stewardship Team

Undies for Rahab’s Sisters

Every Friday night, Rahab’s Sisters opens their doors at Saints Peter and Paul Episcopal on SE 82nd in Portland to provide radical hospitality to women marginalized by poverty, homelessness, sex work and substance use. At this year’s diocesan Convention, they’ll be collecting new women’s underwear for their guests.

For women living on the streets, clothing gets lost in sweeps, bags get stolen, and access to laundry facilities can be hard to come by. When you donate new women’s underwear to Rahab’s Sisters, you aren’t just giving clothes – you are giving dignity to women marginalized by homelessness and poverty.

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. Next time you’re shopping for your own household, could you throw one or two packages of underwear in your cart?

For anyone who wants to donate new women’s underwear to Rahab’s Sisters ministry, we will be taking collections from Friday, September 28th through Sunday, October 21st. Please look in Emmanuel’s Narthex for the box to place your contribution.

~Blessings, Terrye Laird

Please welcome, Sterling Williams, to the Preschool team!

Sterling is the new Lead Teacher for our Older Class, which is in session on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday’s from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. She shares with us, “I recently moved here from Texas at the end of this last May. I moved to North Bend with my daughter because my sister lives here. I graduated in 1998 with my Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Psychology from Curry College in Massachusetts. In my various teaching experiences, I have taught in private Christian schools, Montessori schools, church preschools, and most recently a Nature Based/Waldorf school back in Texas for the last 2 1⁄2 years. I look forward to getting to know Oregon, this school, and all of you!”

Choral Choir News

Our Choral Choir is directed by Tom Collins, who is also Emmanuel’s organist. Tom’s educational background is in organ studies, completed at Southern Methodist University. He has a great baritone voice and played the piano and sang for the Offertory on occasion during this past summer. During Wednesday practices when the men need some part help with a particular piece, he can sing both the bass or baritone notes and play the full accompaniment!

Tom states that he is thrilled to be back in the position of organist and choir director for Emmanuel and appreciates the warm welcome he has received from everyone.

The Choral Choir is currently working on a recently published work by Tom Fettke, God Is With Us: A Festival of Carols and Classics. Tom Fettke is a composer, arranger and producer of music and recordings for the church and school. He has published works numbering in the hundreds. He studied at Oakland City College, then California State University in Hayward (Dan Powell’s stomping grounds!). He has been a church choir director in churches large and small for over 30 years.

This Festival of Carols and Classics is a great collection of well-known church music, so much so, that you will want to sing along with the Choir. Kerry Oxford will be the soprano soloist for Blessed Jesus (Pie Jesu). The music is by the famous Gabriel Faure and arranged by Tom Fettke and Joseph Cook.

The Choral Choir will be doing this work on Sunday afternoon, December 16th at 3:00 PM. A reception will follow. A free will offering will be accepted for the Coos Food Cupboard.

New Practice Time on Wednesdays, 6:15 PM. This will allow those working a little extra time before the start of rehearsal.

We welcome Susan Vineyard, alto. We are always open for additional voices. We are especially looking for a few sopranos. Come and join us! Tom selects great works and many fun and sing-able anthems. Our rehearsals are a refreshing end of maybe a busy Wednesday. And, our greatest gift of time, talent, and love is supporting our liturgy on Sunday and during Holy Week.
~submitted by Carla Courtney, Choir Assistant

United Thank Offering Ingathering, October 22nd

Please bring your blue boxes to church on October 22nd for our annual ingathering. We will then take all that we have raised with us to convention on November 1st – 3rd in Seaside, OR so that we can join our ingathering with the rest of the Diocese. For those who don’t know the tradition of the “little blue box” it is a way to raise money through our gratitude. When we are grateful for things throughout the day, we put money into the blue box out of gratitude for our blessings. When we have the ingathering with the Diocese, all of the blue boxes are returned and the money goes to provide grants for ministries and mission activities across our country.

Sound like something you’d like to participate in? You can find a blue box in the entryway and begin to be intentional about your gratitude in ways that truly “pay it forward” to those in need.

Service Times

7:30 AM Sunday Morning Service Moves to 8:00 AM on November 4th

After much feedback from people who currently attend the7:30 AM service and much conversation with the Vestry, we have decided to offer a trial period where the early Sunday morning service will begin at 8:00 AM rather than 7:30 AM. This trial period will go from November 4th, the first day we go off day light savings time, until March 4th, the day we go back on day light savings time.
The Vestry has learned a lot during the time we’ve been considering this trial. Rumor has it that one of the reasons for the early service time was so that Jack Laird could go to church and still make it to his early tee time!  We learned that there are people who say they would come to the 7:30 AM service if it was just a little bit later. We also learned that there are people who regularly attend who think they might like a little bit more sleep in the morning. There are others who like it just the way it is but say that they will still attend at 8 AM.

It seemed like a good time for a trial and we are very interested in your feedback. We will have a feedback box in the entryway and would love to hear your thoughts as we move through this trial period. The services register records attendance at all of our services over the years so at the end of the trial period, we will compare attendance and see if the change has had any impact. The Vestry will consider all of the feedback and make a decision in February whether we will continue the early service at 8:00 AM or change it back to 7:30 AM.

Mark your calendars for November 4th and on the day where we normally “fall backwards” as day light savings time ends and if the early service is the one you attend, we will look forward to seeing you at 8:00 AM rather than 7:30 AM for the celebration of All Saints.
The Sacrament of Baptism Offered Sunday, November 4th

This year we will be celebrating the Feast of All Saints with the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, Nov. 4th. If you are interested in baptism for yourself or a family member, or if you have any questions about baptism, please let Christy know, 541-728-7988 or Christy@episcopalcoosbay.org.

**November Newsletter Submissions Deadline is Tuesday, October 23rd**

Pies & Butter Braids: Order Now!

Emmanuel Preschool Fundraiser
Our Preschool is selling pies and butter braids by PRE-ORDER ONLY. All orders must be placed by Wednesday, 10/17 @ 2pm. Order forms are also available at the church office, at coffee hour following church services, or by contacting Nancylee Stewart (541 404-7470) or nancylee.b.stewart@gmail.com.

Pies sell for $15 each; choices are: Pumpkin, Pumpkin Chiffon, American Apple, Caramel Apple, Cherry Crunch and/or Marionberry.
Butter Braids are $14 each; choices are: Cinnamon, Raspberry, Apple, Double Chocolate, Strawberry Cream Cheese and/or Blueberry Cream Cheese.

Please submit your order, along with payment, as soon as possible, to help support our pre-school. Pies and butter braids are great for the upcoming holidays and gatherings!

The order form is on our newsletter pdf, download it here.

The Messenger September 2018

September 16, 2018
16 Sep 2018

Christy’s Corner

My husband, Jack, spent a year in England in the late 80’s. At the time in the Church of England (as an FYI: the Episcopal church is a direct descendant of the Church of England–both of us are part of the world-wide, Anglican Communion), 3% of the population attended church which is perhaps a product of having a church linked to the government. The Puritans, the Quakers, and others settled America for just this reason: they wanted the freedom to worship God in their own way. But I digress!
As we begin our program year, I’m struck by the energy the Street Faire is generating. It’s the time of year when we come back together after vacation or spending time visiting relatives or just having a different schedule. We are returning to a tried and true schedule, a routine with which we are familiar, and yet we are involved in something new and exciting and fun! The Street Faire, a new vision and a way of doing church that seeks to remedy that bunker mentality where 3% of the population attends church.

As we return to an orderly schedule, it is great to have an inspiring model of what the church is meant to be. We exist for the people who are not members. We sacrifice our time, our hard earned cash, and our abilities in order to serve those beyond our walls.

Our son’s godfather once noted that service and evangelism in the Episcopal Church seemed to be patterned after this idea: you build an aquarium that is incredibly attractive with just the right style or panache, place it down at the end of the pier, and pray that fish jump into the tank.
The Street Faire helps us kick off the program year in the spirit that started the Church, by getting out into the community at large and inviting them to come have fun with us.

We’re journeying like the two disciples did on the Road to Emmaus, (Luke 24:13-35) and like them, our hearts burn within us in three different ways: encountering Jesus in the Bible, touching Jesus in breaking bread together (even if it’s brauts, pizza and yummy desserts,) and seeing Jesus in the face of those with whom we serve (call it fellowship beyond our walls.) With the Street Faire, we intentionally offer our North Bend/Coos Bay community an opportunity to travel with us in order to be touched by the Spirit.

One of the things that impacted us so much in Kenya was the fellowship we had with the people there, both churched and un-churched. In stepping out into the community rather than waiting for “fish to jump into the aquarium,” we were the ones who were changed the most. Like the little kid’s song, we experienced “…love is something if you give it away, give it away, give it away; love is something if you give it away, you end up having more!” Good on us here at Emmanuel for giving our love away by reaching out to our community, we will “…end up having more.” In touching others in fellowship, we are the ones who will be touched profoundly.

Thanks be to God and to Teri Whitty for the inspirational vision! Blessings and gratitude to our whole community for helping to make the vision a reality…and prayers for a beautiful day!

With gratitude! Christy

Welcome Back BBQ – Sunday, September 16th, 11:30 AM

As our program year begins, Join Us for an opportunity to gather together as a community with so much to look forward to this year at Emmanuel! We’ll provide the hot dogs and hamburgers. Please bring a side dish or a dessert to help us celebrate.

Sunday School

Sunday school will be starting October 7th this fall, and we will need many volunteers to make it work. We’re hoping to have teams who commit for 2 different months throughout the program year. We will also be offering Godly Play during chapel time for the 3-5 year olds in the preschool. If you are interested in finding out more about our Sunday School and Chapel Program, Emmanuel will be hosting a Godly Play training the afternoon of Sept 14th and the 15th. The training retreat will be led by Caryl Creswell, who has taught Godly Play training all over the world and is an amazing
facilitator. Registration forms are in the office. Cost will be $25/person and scholarships are available if needed. If interested, talk to Christy or Kerri for more information with questions or to reserve your spot (office-541-269-5829, Christy-541-728-7988)!

Music at Emmanuel

Emmanuel parish is supported by both a Choral Choir and a Contemporary Music group. The Choral Choir is directed by Tom Collins, who is also the organist. The Contemporary Music Group is directed by Dan Powell.

A little bit about Dan and the Contemporary Group…
Dan has been interested in music and wanted a guitar “for as long as I can remember.” He did receive his guitar at age 9 and started “right off” with lessons on both the guitar and keyboard. After high school graduation, he attended Chabot College in Hayward, California majoring and receiving his Associates Degrees in Business, Machine Tooling, and Voice & Music Theory. He says “voice was my weakest area!” String instruments were also part of his studies.

Soon after graduation, he opened a machine tooling business in Tracy, California. In 1993, he moved to Coos Bay and opened another machine tooling business. He has since closed that business and retired.

Twenty years ago, he made Emmanuel his home church and joined the Contemporary Group, under the direction of Bob Peil, playing guitar. When Bob retired in 2006, Dan assumed the directorship of the group.

The Contemporary Group supports our 10:00 AM Sunday service once a month during the program year, usually on the first Sunday. For the past several years, the Glory and Praise Hymnal has been the source of their music. The Kyrie (O Lamb of God) and Doxology (Thank You Lord) that is used when the Contemporary Group sings were both written by Dan. He also has written a Sanctus (Holy, holy, holy Lord). Dan is an accomplished musician, and we are grateful to have him here at Emmanuel!

The Contemporary Group includes Kerry Oxford, Soprano; Pam Chaney, Alto; and Neville Cordell, Baritone. Instrumentalists are Jennifer Hancock, Bass Guitar; Nancy Clark, Piano; and Dan, Guitar.

They are looking for a drummer.

The Contemporary Group meets on Thursdays at 6:30 PM. Their first rehearsal for the “new” season will be Thursday, September 6th.

The Choral Choir’s first rehearsal is Wednesday, September 5th at 6:00 PM.

Both groups meet in the church. The Choral Choir and the Contemporary Group are open to new instrumentalists and voices in all ranges! Contact for more information:
Dan Powell phone: 541-982-0013 email: dan1528@hotmail.com or Tom Collins phone: 541-269-1082

European Street Faire – Don’t miss the Fun!

Sunday, September 9th, 3 to 7 p.m. 4th & Market Streets Free Entry

Delicious foods at sidewalk cafés! Music with a polka band and more! Paddy’s Irish Pub! Auntie Em’s Attic Shoppe! Preschool fine art and landscapes! KinderFaire games for all ages! Lilliput Park! The Pied Piper! Raffle of Spot the Giraffe! And more…… ~submitted by Teri Whitty

People and Pets Invited to the Blessing of our Animal Friends at Mingus Park Sunday, October 7th, 1:00 PM

We will join with Gloria Dei Lutheran Church at the Mingus Park playground area on 10th Street in Coos Bay, rain or shine. Pet owners are invited to bring their dogs, cats, and other family pets to the outdoor services. They are requested to have dogs on a leash and to be certain that they are friendly with other animals. Small animals, such as cats and birds and rabbits, should be brought in a carrier. Photos of pets that are too difficult to transport may also be brought for a blessing.
Unable to Attend Mingus Park but Still Want your Pet Blessed?

If your pet is unable to attend the gathering at Mingus Park and it is well trained and in a cage or on a leash, they are also welcome to attend our 7:30 AM or 10:00 AM service at Emmanuel on October 7th to honor St. Francis and receive a special blessing. Questions? Talk to Christy or Kerri.

Also: Special Prayers of the People on October 7th for our Beloved Pets. Do you have a special pet who has died recently or is specially remembered by you and your family? Then send their info, preferably name and a picture, to the church office to be included in our prayers on October 7.

Special Thank You’s to

Karen Pruhsmeier, Judy Jennings, Pat Cross, Nat Jaeggli, and Teri & John Whitty, who reframed the photos of Emmanuel’s past priests! Make sure to stop in the hallway outside the undercroft on your way to coffee hour and see what a wonderful wall of history we have here to share.

Name Tags

September is the season and the reason for Name Tags. Those of you that have neatly hung yours on the wood stands should retrieve them. Please wear your name tag for the service and the Coffee Hour. We have several new members, and every Sunday throughout the summer we have had visitors, some from out of the area, and some from Coos Bay/North Bend.

Our goal is to have everyone wear their name tag on September 16th for the gathering after the 10:00 o’clock service. This is a great time to meet 7:30 or 10:00 o’clock worshipers. If you do not have a name tag, or have misplaced yours, please let Carla Courtney know via her email carlacourtney294@gmail.com or call 541-266- 9290. See you there – with a name tag!
~submitted by Carla Courtney

Summer Reflections

Last month we asked, “What has God been up to in your life this summer? What are some of your wonderings or spiritual reflections?” Thank you to John Sweet for sharing with us.

“As summer winds down, I look back on the time Michelle and I had with our family and especially our grandchildren. The pleasure and love we experienced with our family was repeated whenever we dropped by the church during Preschool hours. It is gratifying to see how many young lives Emmanuel is touching.”
~ John Sweet

The Preschool has been state certified for our second year!

Thank you for your prayers! Thank you to everyone who helped and supported us to be our best so we can continue to give our kids the best education and care possible. We are proud to be fostering the positive growth of an upcoming generation of our community’s citizens, and we couldn’t do what we do without all of you. Thank you!

Preschool Summer Camps

As our preschool summer camps come to a close tomorrow, here are a few of our favorite moments from the last few weeks…

“Born to Move” – Campers this week had special guest, Miss Alison from the Pacific School of Dance, each day to show them how to move their bodies through dance. They were also shown how to listen to their resting heart beats versus their heart beats after being active and had A LOT of silly and fun dance parties. We ended our week with showing off our very own dance/movement routine. A special thank you to Pam Chaney and the Pacific School of Dance!

“Blast Off to Space” – Campers blasted off to space to explore the sun and the planets! We had a special story time around our “campfire” with s’mores to learn about our most notable constellations, made “Martian Mud”, and our campers earned their Jr. Astronaut Certificates, along with being able to take home a sample of astronaut food.

“Fables and Folktales” – Campers delved into our favorite fables and folktales, especially “Three Billy Goats Gruff”, and explored characters with important lessons about relationships and choices. We read and acted out various stories and wrote our own stories to share. It was our mini summer theater! PHOTO: Eli Davidson as “The Troll” and Eve Gederos as “The Medium Sized Goat”.

“It’s A Small World” – Campers went international this week and explored the continents. We “visited” other continents by exploring cultural food items, language and music and what makes each of us special on this planet. BIG thank you’s to Mr. Lorincz for coming by and sharing language and music from Mexico, the Bridges Family for providing us with a fresh, healthy snack for our campers to explore the Mediterranean and for sharing music from around the world, and to our own Teacher Faith for making crepes and exploring France with our campers.

Coos Food Cupboard

Emmanuel Parish houses the Coos Food Cupboard, supported by the South Coast Food Share Program.
The Food Cupboard is open Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from noon until 2:00 PM. During this time, a daily average of anywhere from 22 to 57 families may be helped in one day, with each family identifying 2 to 3 to 5 to 8 family members. We also help just a single person who is perhaps newly working but needs some food for “now”, or those without homes or shelter. These people are never asked about circumstances or living conditions. We give food to all who come through our doors. Many will tell us that they do not have any way to keep food cold except maybe in an ice chest if they can afford the ice. And many do not have cooking surfaces and ask if we can give them something that does not have to be cooked.

The Coos Food Cupboard has an active board that includes names that are familiar. Brian Sullivan is the President; Diana Schab recently stepped in for our retiring Fran Whitaker. There is Pat Cross, Nancy Lane, Doris Wilson, and Jerry & Jeanette Stonebraker.

Keeping the Cupboard stocked requires lots of pickup trucks, and we have a fine crew consisting of Brian Sullivan, Pat Cross, Nat Jaeggli, Jeff Clark, Nick Furman (the produce guy), Tim Wall, Nova Cordell, and Bob Jacobson (the bread man). Nick also collects produce that might be beyond its prime and delivers to those who distribute to the deer and wildlife in the area.

MWF shifts of volunteers number from 6-7 per day, which means it takes 20-21 volunteers to man all the days open. There is a greeter, 2 cover the front desk, and 4-5 distribute the canned vegetables and fruit, cereal, crackers, peanut butter, shelf milk, sealed meals like stew and a host of other staples like rice, spaghetti and spaghetti sauce. A meat is offered each day. One day it could be a whole frozen chicken, another day pork or ground beef, and sometimes even cat fish or fish sticks. And often, we get donations of decorated cakes or cupcakes from Safeway. The families are thrilled to receive these!

What we also need and receive requests for: toilet paper, laundry detergent, dish washing soap, and bars of soap for baths/showers. You may donate food or care items by placing in the shopping cart that is in the Undercroft. Thank you from the Food Cupboard volunteers and those so in need!

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