The Messenger April 2018
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
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org 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
– 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.
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.
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 **