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September 19, 2013
 Dear   ,    
 
Wow! We are getting so excited about the Emmanuel Anniversary Celebration. Emmanuel alumni are coming from all over the country! The Korean church will join us and so will some of the Preschool families. So grateful for all of you who are working to make the big day a big celebration. Check out our Facebook activity page here: Anniversary. (You can visit even if you aren't on Facebook!) And here's a link to a beautiful flyer that Deborah Cantwell designed: Anniversary Flyer
 
Blessings and much love,
Fr. Rob & Mo. Lyn
 
P.S. We need to know how many are coming, so please put your RSVP card in the offering plate or call 714-879-8680. Thanks!

 

Anniversary Adventures #2!!!

(a whirlwind tour of Emmanuel history by Fr. Rob)

 

Emmanuel by Kathy

 

Thanks to Fr. Paul's pioneering spirit, we have always been on the cutting edge of church life. Emmanuel was one of the first congregations to have women lay readers, girl acolytes, and to support women for ordained ministry. Equal rights and fair housing were important issues in the parish. We were in the forefront of the charismatic movement, which lifted up the work of the Holy Spirit and led to a desire for spiritual growth supported by movements such as Bethel Bible Study, Cursillo, Marriage Encounter, Faith Alive, and Life in the Spirit seminars. Outreach ministries such as Million Meals began, connection with Church of the Epiphany initiated, Fullerton Interfaith Emergency Services, Martha House, Aids Walk, Crop Walk, Episcopal Service Alliance and a black Baptist church supported, and over 75 refugees given housing. During those early years the church building, Havermale Hall, and later Edwards' Hall were constructed, and in 1977 the church became a parish. I came to Emmanuel in 1983 and joined Fr. Paul to become the "Grace Brothers" as these ministries developed and the grace of God proclaimed.

 

Since becoming Rector in the mid 90's and later joined by Mo Lyn, we continued that legacy with Fr. Paul as Rector Emeritus. The Good Shepherd Hall was built, narthex transformed into the Angel Chapel, Labyrinth built, Taize begun, St. Francis Garden constructed, and a variety of new ministries initiated. Those years saw the birth of Project Dignity, the founding of L'Arche Wavecrest for people with disabilities, Kairos and Kairos Outside prison ministry, Daughters of the King, the Alpha program for those new in Christ, and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for our children. We instituted new celebrations such as the Blessing of the Animals, baptism by immersion, Las Posadas, Fifth Sunday BBQs, and a trip to the Holy Land. We started multimedia ministry through laptop on Sundays, virtual Advent and Lenten videos, Emmanuel website, weekly blurb, and various expressions by Emmanuel artists. In the new millennium Emmanuel had Companions in Christ, training for those wanting to be Spiritual Directors, Healing Touch, ongoing Cursillo support and participation, SAGE, LIGA, Legacy Fund, the Emmanuel Community Demonstration Garden, Peace Pole, Drum Circle, Supper Groups, Book Club, and-more recently-the Parachute Group, and T-Party Men's Bible Study. Whew! Emmanuel has also had a significant impact on the leadership of the church. Over the years we have sponsored thirteen people for ordained ministry (including one who became a bishop!) and have had a major influence for Christ on both clergy and lay people throughout the wider church.

  

And this just scratches the surface! I'm sure you can think of other great programs and ministries that are near and dear to your heart. None of this would have happened without the inspiration and perspiration of all of you who have given so faithfully of your time, talent, and treasure, and have made Emmanuel the amazing place that it is. Thank you!!! Through these programs and activities we have lived out our mission to "discover, celebrate, and share Emmanuel: God with us." Because things tend to happen so gracefully at Emmanuel, we sometimes don't realize how many things have unfolded in our relatively short history. It is good to reflect (at least every 50 years or so!) on the amazing, redemptive, healing, empowering, joyful, and spirit-filled work that the Lord has done in our midst. To God be the glory. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

 

With love in Christ,

Fr. Rob

 

 


Emmanuel Appreciation Fund

 

Celebrate

 For people who would like to show their appreciation for Emmanuel's 50 years of ministry and service, we've started an Emmanuel Appreciation Fund. Our goal is to raise $50,000 that will be a support fund for Emmanuel's ministry.

 

If you would like to contribute to this fund, just send a check made out to Emmanuel with "Appreciation" in the memo. Thank you!


   Photo of the Week

 
As we spiff up the campus for the big day, a special appreciation goes out to the Edmond boys, Wendy's boys, and Sam and Co. for moving all the concrete that was in the parking lot. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Upcoming Eventsl.

 

EMMANUEL ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Multiple Anniversaries!

*Emmanuel: 50 years

   started by Fr. Paul

*Preschool: 40 years

   17 years, Nancy Shively

*Fr. Rob: 30 years

*Mo. Lyn: 18 years

Starting with Communion

at 9am on September 29 followed by a big BBQ and party.

  

 

MEN'S BIBLE STUDY

Saturdays at 9am in Havermale Hall.

 

MONDAY NIGHTS

Parachute Group (support for those unemployed)

7pm Havermale Hall

 

TUESDAY MORNINGS

10am: Prayer & Thanks

10:30: Bible Study

11am: Communion

 

WEDNESDAY MORNINGS

7am  Prayers and Communion

8am Breakfast at Coco's 

 

 

 

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