| The Emmanuel Weekly Blurb
|Emmanuel Family News
||February 16, 2017
The week before last we had our annual Vestry Retreat with our new Vestry members. What a beautiful time! (Both meteorologically and
spiritually!) We are so blessed to have this particular group of people
as we enter this time of savoring and transition. May the Holy Spirit
continue to fill our souls and guide our steps!
With love in Jesus,
Fr. Rob & Mo. Lyn
Deanery IX and X Women's Retreat
with Bishop Diane and Nora Gallagher
To really be able to read this and register
Plant Sale Postponed
The weather forecast is for 100% rain
this Friday and 70% on Saturday. The following weekend is 0% rain is
predicted. Consequently we are postponing the plant sale until February
25th. Hope to see you then.
Lorra, Gordon and Charley
Fr. Rob's sermon
included a quote from Bishop Steven Charleston that was requested. Here it is:
Wisdom from Bishop Steven Charleston
I don't know about you, but I
don't think I would have made it this far without help from above. Or
beyond. Or any of the other directions the Spirit uses to reach us. I
know that I have been blessed more than once by a conscious act to pull
me back from the edge of danger, to offer me comfort after a deep
sorrow, to give me strength when facing a serious challenge. I have not
done this alone. I have been rescued, redeemed, renewed and restored. So
my faith is simple: grace is the sign of a loving presence in every
human life. It is the constant mystery, the undeserved mercy, the sudden
wisdom. We do not obtain grace. We only receive it. We can acknowledge
it or not. It does not matter for grace comes from a love that knows no
In honor of Sir John Hurt, actor extraordinaire and Anglican clergyman's son,
Emmanuel Movie Night
presents "Night Crossing"! This action-packed film also stars Jane
Alexander and Beau Bridges. It tells the true story of the ingenious and
courageous 1979 flight of two families from Communist East Germany to
the West, in their own handcrafted, hot-air balloon. We'll be showing
the film on Friday, February 24, at 6:30PM in the SHACK room. As always,
admission and snacks are free, and the company is stellar!
HELP FOR BULLYING & BIGOTRY
By an interesting work of the Holy Sp
through Fr. Barrett Van Buren and one of our Emmanuel neighbors, Dr.
Fasil Quazi, Emmanuel will be hosting a presentation by a group of
mental health professionals to provide support for those who have been
harrassed or who
like to help those who have been hurt. Karen and Charley Julien are the
contact people for this class which will be held in Edwa
rds Hall on Saturday February 25th at 2pm.
All are welcome. For a flyer you can share
LENT IS COMING! (Some wisdom from Fr. Paul)
The Tuesday before the start
of Lent is called Mardi Gras meaning "Fat Tuesday" or Shrove Tuesday, a
time our sins have been "shriven" i.e. "driven". In the early Catholic
church eating meat or sweets was out for forty days. It parallels the
forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness. The season itself lasts
forty-six days. Sundays are a free ticket to consume whatever you wish.
starts with Ash Wednesday. The ashes mark the onset of the forty-day
period of fasting and abstinence. On that day at church foreheads are
marked with ashes in the shape of a cross. The use of ashes in the
liturgy of Ash Wednesday was taken from this Old Testament biblical
custom used as a sign of a reminder of mortality and a sign of sorrow
for sin. Ezekiel sees a sealing of the servants of God for their
Ezekiel 9:3-4 "And the LORD said to him [one of
the four cherubim], 'Go through the city, through Jerusalem, and put a
mark [literally, 'a tav'] upon the foreheads)"
Tav is one of the
letters of the Hebrew alphabet, and in ancient script it looked like the
Greek letter chi, two crossed lines (like an "x") the first letter in
the word "Christ" in Greek Christos). This tav-chi-cross-christos
connection sees a prophetic foreshadowing of the sealing of Christians
as servants of Christ. What do you do with the ashes after the service?
Jesus said, "Wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others
that you are fasting, but only to your Father who will reward you."
Photo of the Week
Annual Meeting Vision and Blessing
We give thanks for our new Vestry members who
are seen here: Robert and Beth Jahncke, Ronnie Moore, and Linda &
Rich Bronzellino. What a blessing to have them join our Vestry team!