The Messenger March 2014
A PRAYER FOR OUR PARISH
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
A message from Anne Abdy:
By the time you receive this newsletter the church will be anticipating the end of Epiphany and the beginning of the season of Lent. We remember the presentation to Simeon at the temple, and Jesus’ confrontation with the High priests as a young boy. For we watched Jesus build his ministry to the sick, the poor, and the hungry in heart and spirit. He walked the pathways of Galilee with his disciples, and taught ordinary townsfolk about the coming of the kingdom. He raised the dead back to life and performed miracles of healing. Yet, repeatedly he asks his followers to “not say anything.” In scholarly terms this is called “the secrecy motif.” Why would he not want his power to heal to be joyfully proclaimed? After all, the miracles and exorcisms were a visible sign of God’s majesty and glory.
Did Jesus know something? Jesus withdrew from Jerusalem early in his public life. “Odd,” you might say, “Wasn’t Jerusalem the crossroads of the religious world?” The answer is, “Yes.” But in Jerusalem radicals easily caught the attention of the Romans and High Priests. Jesus knew this, and he also knew that his ministry was not finished; rather, it had just begun, and so he withdrew to Galilee.
As a church community we anticipate a Holy Lenten season. What does that mean? Should a holy Lent be a season of oppression? I think “not!” We have our example in Jesus. This Lenten season let’s look to him. What did he do? What did he know? He knew that to proclaim the coming of God’s kingdom he had to withdraw. He knew that he needed to withdraw to a quiet place and pray.
So, too, should we withdraw. Take the time to reflect on your life, your ministry, and your relationship with one another. Most importantly, present yourself to God. Take the time to intentionally be with God. Walk a labyrinth, use Anglican prayer beads with your daily devotion, or walk a trail to see God in nature. Listen for God’s audible voice. Lent is a season of quiet reflection to bring ourselves, once again, into a right relationship with God. In doing so, like Jesus, we are then rejuvenated to continue our ministry in our everyday life.
I wish everyone a happy, Holy Lent.
LENT 2014 AT EMMANUEL CHURCH
Ash Wednesday is March 5th. Services to be announced.
A Lenten program will be held on Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 PM in the Shepherd House. Beginning March 13 and running through April 10 we will meet each Thursday evening for a simple meal and a study of the “Prayers of the People.” Contact Nat Jaeggli for more details.
EMAIL ADDRESSES FOR YOUR NEWSLETTER
It has been estimated that we can save more than $300.00 per month in postage and copier fees if we have enough members who are willing to receive their monthly newsletter The Messenger by email. That is a savings of almost $4,000 per year. If you are willing to receive your newsletter by email, please forward your email address to the church email@example.com . For the remaining people who prefer a hard copy newsletter, we will print out copies which you can pick up in the Narthex. If you do not have email, but still need a hard copy mailed to you, please let the church secretary know.
Our new website will also contain a copy of the newsletter in pdf version which is printable. You can look for your regular, “snail mail” version again in April, but May will begin our new reform.
FOR THE HEALTH OF IT By Kerry Oxford, Parish Nurse
Stephanie Polizzi, registered dietician, will be joining us on Saturday, April 5th, from 10:00 AM until noon. She will be presenting a class on Nutrition and Cancer Awareness. Stephanie’s classes are always fun and informative. The class is free and will be followed by a light lunch.
RSVP Kerry Oxford, Parish Nurse, via church secretary, at 541-269-5829, or email the church at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Thank you so much for all who participated in the blood pressure clinic on February 2nd. Kerry will next be available to check blood pressures in the church library after both services on March 2nd.
SEARCH COMMITTEE UPDATE
Our shortened search process for a new priest has not yielded the candidates that the Search Committee had hoped for. Therefore, the Vestry and the Search Committee have decided to take the broader, more traditional approach to the search process. The Rev. Canon Neysa Ellgren, Canon to the Ordinary at the Diocese of Oregon, will assist us by advertising and making nationwide enquiries.
In the coming weeks, our Vestry and Search Committee will be meeting with the Bishop to plan our next steps. They will keep us informed of their continuing progress.
EMMANUEL HISTORY Part 4
In previous articles we have traced our parish history from its beginnings with the first circuit rider missionary in 1873 to 1984 with the Rev. Thomas Murdock. We have watched the parish grow from services in an upper room in the Sengstacken Building to its present site and size.
In 1985 the Rev. John Congdon became the 13th Rector of Emmanuel Parish and served until he was called to be Dean of St. James Cathedral in Fresno, California, in 1993. During Fr. Congdon’s term as Rector, the All Saints Columbarium was consecrated by Bishop Ladehoff. The Ecumenical Emergency Food Cupboard opened its doors in the basement of Emmanuel’s Parish House in 1985, and with the help of other bay Area churches continues to distribute food to the needy throughout the year. Also during Fr. Congdon’s term, a Wednesday Healing Service and a Sunday evening contemporary prayer and praise service were added; and our financial foundation was laid through the establishment of several endowment funds.
The Rev. Frank Morris joined the staff of Emmanuel as an assisting priest in 1991 after serving in the Philippines. He spent much of his time in pastoral calling and strengthened the parish by his presence until retiring in 1998.
………To be continued.
Rest in Peace: Harley Adams