The Messenger July 2014
Dear Friends of Emmanuel,
Today, in the midst of sunny blue skies, accompanied by a cool breeze, I ask you to think about, and take action on, two serious tasks. The first one is, to help your family prepare a memorial service, or funeral for you. I have discovered over the years, that very few children, very few adult children, have any idea what Scripture passages might be important to their own parents. Very few adult children, know what hymns their parents love. Some adult children may be aware that their parents preferred Rite 1 or Rite II, which is only the first step in planning a memorial service.
So the task, is to write down, as an act of love for your family, the passages from the Bible that have been most meaningful for you. You may be aware that the Book of Common Prayer does suggest certain readings (on pages 494 and 495), however you may choose any readings in the Bible that have been important to you. I assure you that it is helpful to family and friends, to hear that the readings in the service were chosen by the person whose life we are remembering.
About 10 years ago, I visited, Mary, a parishioner in her 90’s, who knew that her time was short. I had never met any of her children, and assumed they lived far away. I asked her what her favorite Bible reading was, and she gave me an answer I will never forget: Joshua 1:9. Now the book of Joshua is about the entrance of the Israelites into the promised land from Egypt, about the battle of Jericho and the many other battles they fought to conquer the land of Canaan, and how they divided it among the 12 tribes. I didn’t remember any uplifting verses, or indeed anything about heaven, or life after death. I also didn’t have a Bible with me, so I simply wrote down that chapter & verse until I got back to church, and looked it up. In it, the Lord said to Joshua: “I hereby command you: be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go”. This verse had sustained Mary through many ups and downs in her life, but I don’t believe there was anyone alive who knew this. I was so glad I asked.
Now I am asking you, to write down for your family, the Bible passages that are important to you . . . and while you are at it, write down your favorite hymns as well. The friends and family who will eventually attend your memorial service, will be so grateful to be hearing the lessons, and singing the hymns, that you loved. Please note, that those lessons and hymns need have nothing directly to do with heaven, or death, or resurrection . . . if they are from the Bible and the hymnal, they are ALL appropriate. And if you are smart, you will make a copy of those choices and give the copy to the church office.
The second task is a more mundane matter, and that is to ask yourself whether you are
formally and officially a member of Emmanuel. That is, if you were baptized, and/or confirmed in another parish, perhaps decades ago, you should have transferred your membership to Emmanuel, by a Letter of Transfer. Either I, or your new rector, can provide the form, and find the address of that parish, and send the request. Today, I spoke with a member of Emmanuel, who is still a member (on the books) of a parish in California, but hasn’t lived or attended there in several decades.
Finally, I would be happy to help anyone with these important tasks: it’s part of what I am here for.
DEAR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST,
I ask your prayers for God’s people throughout the world; for our Bishop Michael Hanley; for our retired rectors Tom, Gene and Steve, for our interim rector Wendy, for the Search Committee and the Vestry, for our parish family and for the priests who are discerning whether they are called to Emmanuel.
Pray for the Church. Sally Jaeggli
VESTRY NOTES FROM JUNE 17th by Sally Jaeggli
June was a busy month! We learned the Coos Food Cupboard has submitted a grant application to the Diocese of Oregon Fund for the Poor and Homeless. Fran Whitaker signed the application on behalf of the vestry.
We heard a report from our interim Wendy regarding meals for the Jennings. She is planning a trip to walk the labyrinth at Bandon Dunes, probably June 27th. Wendy will be on retreat at Mt. Angel Abbey.
The treasurer was absent, but bookkeeper Tammy Laird shared the financial statements. At the end of May, Emmanuel’s income for the year was ahead of expenses by about $3,900. We are still looking for additional help with the Sunday deposits; Mike Oxford has been doing great service preparing the deposits for the last several years. Sally and Nat Jaeggli have been helping in the last month, along with Arlene Peil as backup. Susan Foreman will review the bank reconciliations so that we keep good internal controls.
John Sweet reported that the Search Committee has been hard at work. There were 5 applications for Rector, vetted and approved by Bishop Hanley. All 5 were interviewed via Skype. The Committee selected two candidates for further interviews. The first candidate visited the week of June 16, and the second visited the week of June 23. The candidates’ schedules consisted of tours conducted by various Committee members, interviews by the Search Committee, and Holy Eucharist and sermon, followed by a potluck for the Search Committee and Vestry. The Committee plans to make their recommendation to the Vestry very soon after the second interview concludes.
The next scheduled Vestry Meeting is July 15th.
WOMEN OF EMMANUEL POTLUCK SALAD LUNCHEON AND PROGRAM
Saturday, June 28th at 11:30 a.m. Please bring a salad to share. Arlene Peil will be speaking on her tour of Israel. If you plan to attend and have not already responded, please contact Terrye Laird or send an email to the parish secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org
WELCOME TO THE HOUSEHOLD OF GOD!
- John Rockwell V was baptized on June 9th!! Parents are John and Lori Rockwell.
- Father Jennings is home from the hospital, and there are many in our congregation who have offered to help by providing a simple meal. In organizing this support, the plan is to offer a meal three times a week, on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. If you would like to participate here will be a calendar for sign up at the back of the church on Sunday. Then it will be in the office, where Julianna will update it. If you want to help in this way: sign up for a day, then call Judy with an offer of a meal the day you plan to be there or the day before. There are some dietary restrictions, so check with Judy on what you plan to bring. Julianna will have a list of the dietary restrictions.
- The Lord’s Prayer Study – Wendy Smith Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. in the office
- ￼￼￼July 1 – Give us this day our daily bread
- July 8 & 15 – No class
- July 22 – Forgive us our sins
- July 29 – Lead us not into temptation
FOR THE HEALTH OF IT by Kerry Oxford, Parish Nurse
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“Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit; give them courage and hope in their troubles, and bring them the joy of your salvation.” BPC – Prayers of the People, Form 4