The Messenger May 2014
But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said.” Matthew 28:5-6
Alleluia! Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia! These are the words of the opening sentences for Morning Prayer for the Easter season which resounded across the Christian world on Easter day, April 20th. Alleluia!
Easter Day is not about Easter eggs, chocolate bunnies, or for many, the yellow squishy chicken shaped Peeps! It is about living life in the aftermath of the resurrection. After all, Christians do call themselves “Easter people.” For now, we can bask in the knowledge that Christ is risen. In a few weeks we, like the disciples, will be commissioned to go out into the world and minister to the outcasts, the poor and sick, and the lonely with the power of the Holy Spirit. For now we can just be.
￼￼But how might the disciples have felt in the days after the crucifixion of Jesus? Scared? Definitely! They were afraid that the Roman Guard might be looking for them. They were the inner circle of Jesus. Could they be next? Might they feel dejected because their leader was not with them? Yes. Guilty because they abandoned Jesus when he needed them most? Remember Peter and the rooster crowing three times.
In our despair and darkest of time, we need something to hold on to. The disciples did not know this little scientific fact about the protein Laminin. Louie Giglio is a Christian motivational speaker and preacher and enjoys looking at God’s majesty in the universe and in the small things of life. In his speeches he makes mention of the tiny protein Laminin as the glue that holds our body together at the cellular level: its shape of this protein is a cross.
On Holy Saturday the cross bearing Jesus’ body was changed when Jesus was taken off the cross and placed in the tomb. The cross became a simple wooden cross not an instrument of murder. It is a reminder that Jesus lived, died, and on Easter, was raised to live again. Today, as on that same Easter day centuries ago, Christ lives on. Christ lives in us in the form of a collection of cells. Laminin.
Happy Easter season everyone.
Alleluia! Anne Abdy
PRAYER LIST UPDATE notice from Fr. Boston
It’s that time again. We are in process of updating the prayer list (including those in military
service). If you have someone on the list that has been on for more than one month, please let the office
know if they should continue to be on the list. Thank you.
MAY RUMMAGE SALE by Liz Cowden
Start gathering your rummage for our Spring Rummage Sale Friday, May 16th from 9:00
am to 2:00 pm…….and on Sunday, May 17th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
You may begin bringing rummage on Sunday, May 11th and throughout the week preceding
the sale. Try to have it all here by Thursday. Please set aside a few hours during the week to help us sort rummage and have some fun. We can also use help with clean-up on Saturday.
This will be a “make an offer sale.” If you have something especially valuable that you wish
to price, please do so, otherwise we don’t plan to price. When we first tried this type of sale many folks gave us more than we would have marked, others less, but we feel it evened out and those that offered less probably really needed the items they bought.
Emmanuel’s Preschool is now enrolling for our 2014-2015 school year. Do you have a 3-5 year old or know someone who does? Emmanuel’s preschool is the place to be. Please call Julianna at 541-297-7766 for more information or contact the church office. We provide a fun, loving, and learning environment.
SEARCH COMMITTEE UPDATE by John Sweet
I’m pleased to report on behalf of the Search Committee that our national posting for a new rector has resulted in several applications being made to our bishop’s office. The posting was closed at the end of March. The bishop is currently in the process of vetting the applications. Those that survive that process are forwarded to us for further review.
To date [April 13th] the bishop has forwarded three applicants’ names to us and is in the process of vetting several more. As soon as we receive the list of the applicants’ names from the bishop, we will start our process of narrowing the list further. Once that process is completed, the Search Committee will make its recommendation to our Vestry.
We do not have a definitive time line for completing this process, but are encouraged by the fact that after several months delay in getting applications, they are now coming in.
Stay tuned, John Sweet
FOR THE HEALTH OF IT by Kerry Oxford, Parish Nurse
With the increasing number of people being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s dementia, the question arises of how do I communicate with my loved one or friend with Alzheimer’s? The path along Alzheimer’s disease is a difficult road to walk, both for the afflicted and for their loved ones. Miscommunication can cause frustration on both sides. When visiting a friend or loved one, think about these tips to better communicate:
1. Approach the person from the front and say who you are. Keep good eye contact. If the person is seated or reclined, go down to that level.
2. Call the person by name. It helps orientate the person and gets his attention.
3. Patiently wait for a response. The person may need extra time to process what you said. If the person doesn’t respond, wait a moment and ask again.
4. Give visual cues. To help demonstrate the task, point or touch the item you want the individual to use. Or begin the task for the person.
5. Be aware of your feelings and attitude. Smile, use positive, friendly facial expressions and communication. The person may not smile back, but won’t perceive you as a threat, either.
A THANK YOU
To the Vestry and the People of Emmanuel:
Thank you for the generous “retirement” gifts that were presented to me at the Annual Meeting. The Macy’s gift card I used to buy a pair of boots to wear with jeans and a Cuisinart Easy Prep stick blender and still have $11 to use. We had guests which we took to Little Italy for dinner with the other gift certificate. What great fun to have a shopping spree and all made possible through your generosity.
Thank you very much.
OREGON COAST MUSIC FESTIVAL
The OCMA will be holding a festival event at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in July. The Gold Coast Chorus and Sea Breeze Harmony Chorus will hold a FREE concert during the music festival on Tuesday, July 15, at 7:00 pm. So, SAVE THE DATE! For further information you can access their internet at www.oregoncoastmusic.org.
THE CONTEMPORARY GROUP
Have you ever wondered about the Contemporary Music Group who make such lovely music for our church service once a month? Well, I have. So, I asked Pamela Chaney if she would put her excellent writing skills together to give us a more comprehensive understanding, and here is what she came up with. – Editor
The Contemporary Group. That’s what everyone calls us, and you see us up in front about once a month. But…maybe you would like to know a bit more about us??
Dan Powell plays lead guitar and acts as our group coordinator by picking out the music while keeping in mind the church calendar and ensuring that the arrangements are written for three or four part harmony. Sometimes, in fact, he does the arrangements, himself, for us. Dan has been a student of guitar since 1959. Also, he has considerable experience in ensemble and choral work, including playing and singing, and is educated in music theory. Recently retired, he supplements his retirement income with guitar fretwork and repair. He has been a member of the group since 1997.
Nancy Clarke plays piano for our group. Nancy also has played the organ for Emmanuel, Holy Redeemer and St. Monica’s. She began her piano lessons in the first grade and never stopped! She was drafted into the contemporary group after subbing for our regular organist around Easter of 2002.
Twelve years later, she says she still enjoys it very much as it gives her a reason to practice, and as Emmanuel people are so complimentary and appreciative.
Jennifer Hancock plays the electric bass for the group. Jennifer studied violin starting at age seven, played in orchestra in Grants Pass through seventh grade, moved to our area and started singing in choir at MHS in high school. She played the upright bass in college while majoring in vocal music education (BA, Vocal Music Ed, magna cum laude). She has an Oregon teaching license for music grades five through twelve, has been in the group for a couple of years, and also recently started singing with our church choir.
Kerry Oxford, singing the soprano or melody line, has been a member of Emmanuel for thirty five years, sings in both choirs, and is a Licensed Eucharistic Minister (LEM). Kerry is well known in the local musical community, lending her voice to the Community Symphonic Choir and to many local theater productions (lots of leading musical roles in Coos Bay and Bandon). Her vocation is RN at South Coast Hospice and Coos County Mental Health. She is also Emmanuel’s Parish Nurse, but her avocation is making music with her beautifully trained voice. She continues to take voice lessons on a regular basis!
Pam Chaney is the alto of the group. Singing with the choir is what brought her back to the church in 1993. Kathleen Congdon recruited her, and she has been here ever since, also serving as an LEM and an active member of the parish, including service on the Search Committee for a new rector. For the past twenty five years she has been Administrative Director of Pacific School of Dance, an off-campus program of the Boys & Girls Club of SW Oregon. She was a band student from the fifth grade through high school, is a certified fitness instructor, teaches tap dancing, and really likes music/singing.
Neville Cordell is the low voice of the group…bass/baritone. A member of Emmanuel for ten years, he sings in the choir, is an LEM, and is chair of the Worship Committee. He works as the manager of Coos County Mental Health, but sings in our church choirs and the Community Symphonic Choir at SOCC as well as being involved in community theater both as a performer and as director of several musicals.
Bob Peil, with his beautiful and warm, natural voice, his ready sense of humor, and his way with drums and guitars, lends his support to the choir when he is in town and available. Retired from banking, Bob has been a member of Emmanuel for many, many years, and has been a part of the Contemporary Group since its beginning.
WOMEN OF EMMANUEL MINUTES March 30, 2014
Terrye Laird called the meeting to order with St. Teresa’s prayer.
A request was read for burial assistance. It was felt we need more information on this as it seemed more appropriate for individuals who are moved to contribute rather than WOE.
We discussed part of the responses from the 13 surveys that were returned. Liz will compile all of the responses, and they will be available to all interested parties. They may be part of the next newsletter.
A rummage sale was scheduled for May 16 th and 17th. The majority of surveys indicated we should try “Make an Offer” rummage sales.
Both Christmas Outreach and Holiday Bazaar were discussed, and felt each should go to a committee of interested individuals for planning. While surveys indicated people favored continuing both, no one seems to want to lead. If you are interested in being part of a planning committee for either one, please let Terrye Laird know.
Nancylee will do Book Fair again if we wish. It can be done at any time.
We discussed visiting shut-in members. Fr. Jim Boston would like Holy Communion taken to them by lay readers at Easter. Terrye will arrange cards and flowers from WOE to be taken at the same time.
Surveys indicate a few people favor a different format for WOE. The first potluck lunch with a speaker is planned to be scheduled for a Saturday in June. Ingrid will check the availability and dates possible for a speaker from Women’s Pregnancy Center, and a talk on Israel from either/or Judy Jennings and Arlene Peil was suggested. Arlene will check with Judy.
Correspondence: A thank you from Anne Abdy for her Tuck Box was read.
Our next meeting will be April 27th to discuss the rummage sale.
The meeting was adjourned with a reading from the book Brightest and Best.
Sincerely, Liz Cowden, Secretary.
From the April 22nd meeting:
Many thanks to Fr. Jim Boston, who was our guest rector for several Sundays in April and during Holy Week! We were delighted to spend time with him and his wife Pam; and we very much appreciate the time they have taken to be away from their other commitments.
Guest Clergy: April 27th The Rev. Susan Hazen
May 4th The Rev. Jim Boston
Interim Rector May 11th The Rev. Wendy Smith
We are happy to announce that the Rev. Wendy Smith has agreed to be our interim rector for the next months. She comes to us from the “other” Bay Area, having retired in 2013 after seventeen years at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Sunnyvale, California. She has served a number of churches during her career, and has experienced interim ministry four times. She received her BA from Scripps College, Claremont, CA; received her Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School; and a PhD from the University of Washington in Educational (Counseling) Psychology.
We’re looking forward to meeting the Rev. Wendy soon! Many thanks to the Worship Committee and our senior warden, Dave Kronsteiner, who conducted telephone interviews with the interim candidates.
Bob Huggins, parish treasurer, reports that finances are on track for the year-to-date. Bookkeeper Tammy Laird has completed her third month on the job. Thanks to all for keeping their pledges up to date!
The Ecumenical Food Cupboard is changing its name! Coos Food Cupboard is the new moniker. Our own Brian Sullivan is the new president. Congratulations, Brian; it’s awesome you took this on!
Building maintenance in the few months includes de-mossing the church roof and gutters, and repairs to the flashing on the steeple and chimney. Just in case you should wonder why big ladders appear.
The Search Committee met on April 20th. They have received eight applications from Bishop Hanley’s office, and there appear to be some very good applicants. The next step is for the committee members to review all the applications and to rank the candidates based on the qualifications and answers to narrative questions which they were required to submit. The committee will meet early in May to compare results of their individual reviews. The committee will then conduct telephone interviews, followed by in-person interviews. Visits to observe the final candidates in their home parishes may occur at some point in the process.
WOE QUESTIONNAIRE RESULTS – 13 received
The 2013 budget for WOE showed that we were able to meet all our projected obligations.
However, closer examination discloses a negative year, and we had to dip into some of our carryover balance. That remaining balance at the start of 2014 is not adequate to fund even the in-house expenses which include:
1. Child Care: Yes
2. Coffee Hour: People need to put money in the kitty. Most don’t. Coffee expense, put out pig
3. Receptions: Yes
4. Ecumenical Emergency Food Cupboard: Reduce donation – What obligation?
5. Christmas gifts to the staff: Yes – eliminate – Adequately funded in church budget?
6. Priest’s discretionary fund Yes – eliminate – Adequately funded in church budget?
How best would you describe the mission of the Women of Emmanuel?
First serve the parish, then the community. To be a part of Emmanuel and to help in any way that we can, not just in traditional women’s roles. I thought the main purpose of WOE was to provide hospitality for church receptions and to earn money for Christmas gifts for staff and the needy in our community.
1. We should address our in-house and member outreach/care first.
2. Everything WOE has been doing is valuable but, we have to acknowledge what is practical to pursue. Otherwise, we fall short and become overwhelmed leading to decline and frustration.
To be God’s hands, feet and brains in the church (along with the men). Feel our basic mission is to assist members as needed and to welcome people to our church home.
1. Fellowship for members, draw new members to the church into activities.
2. Support the ministry of the church internally – coffee hr., child care, shut ins, reception, staff, parish nurse, discretionary fund.
3. Outreach to community groups, focusing on feeding, evangelism, support to homeless and women.
May be off topic but, when shut ins are visited they don’t seem to realize it is a visitation from the church. Although I took Eucharist to one member regularly and brought another member on the visit, her step-daughter said NO ONE from church ever came to see her. I think she didn’t think it was a visit unless the Priest came.
Mission can be whatever we define it to be. I think providing fellowship for women in church, and an opportunity for spiritual growth and study are central. Outreach is also important but is a role we should re-church-examine. In the past our fund raising activities provide both fellowship and funds.
But unless we can draw in new people I think we are in danger of doing these events only to raise funds. I think we need to reexamine what is central to our mission and cut back on our commitments to community organization
Would you want to continue in 2014 as we have in 2013? If yes, please circle what best reflects your thoughts and interests:
Rummage Sales pricing items: Yes 5 “Make an offer” rummage sales Yes 9
Holiday Bazaar: Yes 5 No 3
Christmas Outreach: Yes 8 No 1
Visit with one of our shut ins: Yes 6 No 3
Be in charge of getting the list and organizing the visits: Yes 0 No 5
Making 2 or 3 visits: Yes 4 No 4
Would you want to see the Women’s group pursue a different format?: Yes 5 No 1
Focus on a women’s Bible study: Yes 2 No 5
Have a once a month salad lunch with a guest speaker: Yes 9 No 1
Willing to recruit a speaker: Yes 6 No 4
Would you step forward to be an officer of WOE?: Yes 1 No 8
Would you take on a leadership role if you could share that position?: Yes 1 No 7
Many comments about us being an older congregation. Having done these things in the past and would like to do them but no longer able. Are open to help some but only a couple of hours. Important to support our community. Be more visible in the community via newspaper, Facebook, newsletter, radio, TV. Several suggested one rummage sale per year. Most feel we should continue with receptions.
“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. Please see the pdf of The Messenger for the list.
MUSIC: In memory of Keith Stewart by Judy and Richard Heaney