The Messenger November 2019
Our Prayer Was Answered
“See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them.” Isaiah 42:9
What an honor it is to be called to serve as Priest-in-Charge at Emmanuel! I am very
excited for January when our journey together will begin in earnest. Meanwhile, these words from the prophet Isaiah do seem just right for a first little note in the newsletter. Indeed, the Lord God is beginning a new thing for the parish and for me. I am not sure I can “now declare what they are even before they spring forth”…. but I love the prophet’s confidence in God.
The verse implies that God is so generous that good things are already about to spill over the edge of the cup. Isaiah always points toward God taking action in the world and in our lives. I like that. I can sink my teeth into that kind of hopefulness. It means that God is both present with us now in this time of transition as well as in the future.
I am looking forward to joining with you on November 4th at the stewardship dinner and meeting with you and connecting face to face. Let us be in prayer for the parish and this time of transition for all involved. Let us come to God with the confidence of Isaiah knowing that the Holy Spirit is bringing forth new things that will be both blessing and challenge to us all in the months ahead.
In Christ’s glad service, Rev. Patti+
Sunday, November 3rd, Celebration of the Feast of All Saints
This is an important feast day in the church year where we celebrate the communion of saints and are reminded, “That the saints of God are just folk like me, and I mean to be one too!”
Necrology: If you would like your loved ones who have died remembered in the reading of the necrology at both services, please give their names to Kerri at 541-269-5829 or Administrator@episcopalcoosbay.org. If they are difficult names to pronounce, it is also helpful to include pronunciation cues.
Mark your calendars to “fall backwards” one hour as day light savings time ends on November 3rd.
Stewardship Dinner with Special Guest Rev. Patti Hale, Monday, November 4, 6:00 PM
Dinner provided by the Vestry and volunteers.
If you or a member you know needs a ride to and from the Stewardship Dinner then contact senior warden, Dave Laird, 541-290-0352, and transportation will be provided.
Pledge Cards: Pledge cards will be available at the Stewardship Dinner and in the church entryway. Please return to the parish office or to a member of the Vestry.
Butter Braids will be available for pick-up on Tuesday, November 5, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM.
Additional pick-up times are Wednesday, 11/6 & Thursday 11/7 from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM, both days.
It’s Book Fair time again! Reading is vital to every child’s success. Literacy starts early – with seeing and handling books, being read to by others, seeing others take time to read, etc. You can help a child to gain important skills.
Emmanuel’s Book Fair will be open the following times:
- Sunday, 11/3: immediately following both services;
- Monday, 11/4: 8:30am – 9:30am; 11:30am – 1pm
- Tuesday, 11/5: 8:30am to 9:30am, 11:30am to 1pm
- Wednesday, 11/6: 8:30am to 9:30am, 11:30am to 1pm
- Thursday, 11/7: 8:30am – 9:30am; 11:30am – 1pm
- Sunday, 11/10: immediately following both services; last Chance!
This is a great opportunity to buy books for children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc.
You can also do online shopping from 10/30/19 through 11/12/19 for these great books. Online shopping is only available during the above listed dates.
Emmanuel Preschool teachers have a few “wish list” items.
If you are able to donate any of the following
items, we would be very grateful. Thank you!
*Black and Color sharpies *Expo Markers *White and Color cardstock *Contact paper
Emmanuel Preschool, P.O. Box 1028, Coos Bay, OR 97420 TAX ID: 93-0458490
“Blessings to you during this season of Giving Thanks!”
Office hours for Thanksgiving Week will be Tuesday, November 26th, and Wednesday, November 27th, from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM. The office will be closed on Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving.
Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church is coordinating the 34th Annual Thanksgiving Meal sponsored by the Coos Food Cupboard along with area Churches, Businesses and Organizations.
The dinner will be held on Thanksgiving Day November 28, 2019 between 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1290 Thompson Road, Coos Bay. The dinner is free and everyone in the community is invited to a meal of thanksgiving and fellowship.
Your presence and participation is vital to this effort. As in the past, they are requesting contributions from each of the churches to donate, as well as volunteers to help with food preparation, set-up, meal service, meal delivery and all aspects of cleanup. Emmanuel Church is asked to donate 30 pies and 50 rolls this year.
There will be a sign-up sheet in the church entryway.
May you be blessed,
Nancy Layne, Coos Food Cupboard Board Member, and Gloria Dei Church Member, 541-435-0054 Brenda Rioux, Holy Redeemer Catholic Church Member, 541-217-1309
Help Keep Food Cupboard’s Shelves Filled during the Holidays
As you prepare for your own family celebrations, be sure to buy extra food for the Food Cupboard and help us to fill up the shopping cart in the church entryway.
We hope that you and yours have a blessed Thanksgiving holiday!
November Music Notes
In November we are happy to welcome the Contemporary Choir back! Musicians Kerry Oxford, Neville Cordell, Nancy Clarke, Pam Chaney, and Jennifer Ortega will lead the “sung prayer” (see below) at the 10:00 All Saints service on November 3rd.
Other musical offerings in November: on the 10th, the choir harmonizes on “Sing a New Song,” by Daniel Schutte, a contemporary American composer. On November 17th I will play one of my piano compositions, “Everyday Miracles.” And on November 24th, the choir sings “Arise and Hail the Sacred Day,” by William Billings, published in 1794 in “The Continental Harmony.”
The musical highlight of the last month for me was attending the hymn workshop with Dr. Carl Daw at St. Paul’s Episcopal in Salem. The topic of the workshop was “Exploring the Spiritualties of the Christian Hymns.” I learned so much at this in-depth workshop. Dr. Daw served on the committee which produced the 1982 hymnal, and is currently the Curator of Hymnological Collections and Adjunct Professor of Hymnology at Boston University School of Theology. Dr. Daw shared his experience and insights with clarity and good humor. He is also a hymn author (on October 27th we sang his “As newborn stars were stirred to song” for our processional), and the following titles of collections of his hymns give an idea of his approach: “A Year of Grace: Hymns for the Church Year,” “To Sing God’s Praise,” “New Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs,” and “Prayer Rising into Song.” The workshop attendees sang lots of hymns very prayerfully! He had a valuable suggestion for learning new songs and hymns: “At least read the words while other people sing… The hymn is a sung prayer, not a decoration of the service.” Thank you, Emmanuel, for supporting me in attending this inspiring workshop!
One final note: This is a great season to be in the choir as we begin to rehearse music for Advent and Christmas Eve. You are welcome to join us for rehearsals on Thursdays at 6:15 PM.
Kate Moody, Organist/Choir Director
Christmas Basket Time is Fast Approaching!
Emmanuel will continue the important tradition of providing local children and families with a Christmas basket of basic necessities and other gifts that they hope for to brighten up their holiday. Your help and financial donations are needed and appreciated! Envelopes will be available for donations in the church entryway. Donations of Christmas wrapping paper, ribbons and bows are also greatly needed.
Patti Nichols will be contacting the schools for names of families and children – tentatively planning to have names by November 22 . The big shopping day would be Thursday, December 5 and a wrapping party in the undercroft will follow Sunday services on the 8 . Please call or text Patti Nichols at 541-252-1076 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved or if you have questions.
Blessings! Patti Nichols