The Messenger December 2019
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Senior Warden Update
These are exciting and rewarding times for Emmanuel. It’s the start of Advent and following that, we welcome Rev. Patti as our new priest!
I want to thank Pat Cross for his dedication and hard work on collecting the pledges for our 2020 Stewardship Drive.
Pat reports that we have 48 pledges in hand totaling $162,000! There are 28 increased pledges, 10 pledges stayed the same, 6 pledges decreased and there were 4 new pledges. There are still a few pledges yet to be turned in so the total might go even higher.
This is an outstanding show of support from our congregation! What a great leap of faith from everyone as we look forward to 2020 and our new priest, Rev. Patti Hale.
I hope to see many of our congregation at the Evening Song service as we enter the Advent Season. I know Terrye & I are really looking forward to this special and wonderful way to start Advent.
Emmanuel Church will welcome the season of Advent with an Evening Prayer service on Sunday, December 1, at 4:30 p.m. Our Choir will lead the service, which will include music and song, candle lighting, prayer, and readings of scripture. All are welcome to attend.
For those of you that knew Jack & Marilyn Stevens, there will be a memorial service for Jack at Emmanuel on Saturday, Dec 7, at 11AM. Many of us remember Jack fondly as “the Mayor of Glasgow”. He will be missed!
The Preschool is having their Christmas Program Wednesday, December 18. John Sweet and I are organizing food and volunteers to help the kids and their parents celebrate their Christmas Program. If you’d like to help, either with time or food, let us know.
If you would like to make an offering toward the poinsettias that decorate our church at Christmas time in memory of or thanksgiving for a loved one, please contact Kerri at the church office, Administrator@episcopalcoosbay.org, 541-269-5829. Your remembrance will be included in the Christmas bulletins. Thank you!
Volunteers 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:
- Thursday, December 5th at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – meet at Wal-Mart on the pharmacy entrance side and shop for basket items (blankets, dish soap, laundry detergent, toothbrushes, special toy, etc.)
- Sunday, December 8th after the 8 and 10 AM services – wrapping party! Donations of wrapping paper, tape, and bows are appreciated as well.
- December 17th, 18th, and 19th from 10am–12pm, 12pm–2pm and 2pm–4pm we need volunteers to help with distributing the baskets to the families. Please sign up in the church undercroft or call/text Patti at 541-252-1076 if you have questions or would like to volunteer.
December Music Notes
We have two musical services to welcome the Advent season, both on Sunday, December 1. The Contemporary Choir will lead awakening music at the 10 a.m. service, and the Emmanuel Choir will offer an Evensong service at 4:30 p.m.
We look forward to a season of sung prayer as we reflect and prepare, and joyfully celebrate with carols and communion on Christmas Eve.
Gratefully yours, Kate Moody, Organist/Choir Director https://www.katemusic.com/
GIFTS of MUSIC – Kate Moody’s CDs and Sheet Music:
Kate has CDs of her music for sale, which can be purchased either from Kerri in the office, or directly from Kate. Solo piano CDs are “Welcome to Piano,” “inscapes,” and “Free Spirit.”
Her orchestral album, “The Seeker,” was recorded at Capitol Studios in Hollywood and won the Just Plain Folks Best Album Award. “Grateful Heart” is a collection of evocative instrumental music. CDs are $15. Many of Kate’s solo piano pieces are available as sheet music singles, $5 each.
Knife/Scissor Sharpening Event!
(Be set for the Holidays)
Sunday, December 15, after the 10:00 AM service, Cary will again be available to sharpen knives/scissors or other cutting items – like garden shears. This is a fundraiser for our Preschool – donations for sharpening accepted. Bring your knives, scissors and other items with you to church on 12/15 and have them all ready for the upcoming holidays. Sharpening will immediately follow the 10:00 AM service.
Thanks for supporting our Preschool!!!!! Nancylee Stewart, Preschool Board Chair
The 2020 Episcopal Church Year Guide Kalendars
are now available for purchase in the office or in the church entryway. The cost is $3.00 per Kalendar, and you can leave payment in the church entryway in the envelope provided.
Our Preschool Welcomes New Lead Teacher for the Toddler Program, Dallas Brown
Dallas Brown has been working in the preschool field locally for five years. He has worked in a number of facilities in our community. As a graduate of Coastal Mountain Bible College, he majored in business and is currently finishing his degree in Early Childhood Development.
He discovered a passion for being a positive influence in the lives of children through fathering and mentoring his own four children – Joshua, Hannah, Brooklyn, and Stella.
He is an accomplished musician and loves to teach children through song and dance.
– December 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 we have had visitors, some from out of the area and some from Coos Bay/North Bend.
Our goal is to have everyone wearing their name tags, especially through the holidays and the arrival of Rev. Patti Hale in January. If you do not have a name tag, or have misplaced yours, please let Carla Courtney know via her email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-266-9290. See you there – with a name tag!
~submitted by Carla Courtney
Church wide Bible Reading Initiative Begins in Epiphany 2020
Forward Movement, along with partners from across the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada, invites followers of Jesus to participate in the Good Book Club, a church wide Bible reading initiative. The Good Book Club will focus on the Gospel of John, with participants reading a section of scripture each day during the Epiphany season, starting on January 6, 2020.
“The Good book Club is helping us to read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest the Holy Scripture, anew in our time,” said Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry. “The Good Book Club is a helpful tool to engaging in ‘Learn,’ one of the seven Way of Love practices for a Jesus-centered life.”
“When we embrace scripture and commit ourselves to prayerful study of God’s Word, we open ourselves to transformation, and we take another step on the path of the Way of Love,” said Richelle Thompson, deputy director and managing editor of Forward Movement. “The Good Book Club offers a wonderful way to celebrate Epiphany by diving deep into this gospel and the story of the true light of the world.”
The Good Book Club website lists the daily readings and partners as well as a variety of resources and formation tools. Learn more at www.goodbookclub.org. Forward Movement is a ministry of the Episcopal Church that inspires disciples and empowers evangelists. Learn more at www.forwardmovement.org.
For more information, contact Richelle Thompson at email@example.com or 513-721-6659, ext. 315.
A Mary Hymn for Advent from the Iona Community – Traditional Irish Tune
A carol of the Annunciation with words by the Iona Community set to the traditional Irish tune Columcille, arranged by John Bell. It is sung here by the choir and friends of St David’s Church Exeter UK, directed by Nigel Walsh, at Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve 2014.
Watch online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A40RuvTSjWA