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September 28, 2017
  

Well, I suppose it is time for me to come out of denial. It is true that next Sunday will be my last time with y'all as Rector of Emmanuel. I am so grateful for all the adventures we have had together. For ministry accomplished, friendships developed, and the grace of God experienced in deep and profound ways. 

Even though my role will change, I will never forget or leave you. You will always be in my heart, as I hope I will be in yours. I have learned so much about the love of God by being with you, and I will be eternally grateful for our time together.

With love in Jesus,
Fr. Rob

 
 
 

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Fr. Rob's Retirement Celebration this Sunday
Single Service at 10am followed by a Reception

It's hard to believe the day is finally here. We have a wonderful celebration of Fr. Rob's ministry planned. There will be music, memories, blessing, and Eucharist. Following all that there will be a festive meal out on the front lawn. If you have committed to bringing a side dish, beverage or whatever, don't forget to bring it! Take these dishes to Edward's Hall before the service where we can keep it cool/warm for you! And if you are able, Howard Minkley, our Junior Warden, will be setting up chairs and tables on the lawn at 7:30 am Sunday, and would appreciate any help he can get. This is being done early so that tables may be decorated. Thank you! See you Sunday when we will give Fr. Rob a heart-filled send-off to his next adventure with God.

 
 
 

From Father Rob's Last Epistle Article

A Future with Hope

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.~ Jeremiah 29:11
 
It is hard for me to believe that this will be my last month with you as Rector. Even after I announced my retirement, it has always felt that it would be after a September far, far, away--in a parallel universe ... and now it is upon us. I so treasure the amazing journey we have had together, through over 34 years of joyful worship, faithful service, life-giving laughter, prayers, tears, and celebration.
 
I remember so fondly when I was the "new kid on the block" and Fr. Paul and I were the "grace brothers". So many exciting ministries and opportunities to serve. 

The adventures continued as I became Priest in Charge and we built the Good Shepherd Building, started Alpha, enjoyed Silent Retreats, and launched new worship expressions like the Flowering of the Cross and Taize. As I became Rector, and Mo Lyn came on board, we reclaimed the dilapidated narthex as the Angel Chapel, started Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, did our first Las Posadas, and began the Blessing of the Animals. Nancy Shively became our new Preschool Director and all sorts of connections with the church flourished-including Noah's Ark Parade, Children's Chapel, and Preschool Sunday. Outreach was thriving with Lew Lardie's "Million Meals", Dave and Linda Dunlap doing "Project Dignity", Epiphany Thrift Store, and eventually--through Karen Carr's vision helping to launch "Wavecrest"-the first L'Arche community (for people with disabilities) in the whole southwest region of the U.S. 

I can't even begin to capture all the ministries and fellowship opportunities that we have created or supported, including Cursillo, Home Groups, Companions in Christ, Men's and Women's Retreats, The Labyrinth, SAGE, Healing Touch, LIGA, Pathways of Hope, Emmanuel Artists, Drum Circle, Book Club, EBNO, GNO, 5th Sunday BBQ, Annualish Picnic, and dozens more. Through Lorra and Gordon Dickinson (and so many of you) a dream of mine has been fulfilled to bring the "north forty" to life, as the Emmanuel Garden, Children's Garden, Peace Pole, and Vineyard joined the Labyrinth to create such a beautiful and spiritually uplifting setting visited by hundreds of people every year. I think of all your faithful service on Sundays, amazing witness and teaching at events like our Lenten series, Tuesday and Wednesday Eucharists, countless prayers you have offered for others, and innumerable visits you have made to the sick and shut in. Wow! I see so many other things in my mind and realize how impossible it is to capture them all. (It always takes several pages on the flip chart every Annual Meeting-and that's an attempt to capture just one year!) Just know how grateful I am for each and every one of you, and for the amazing ways in which the Holy Spirit has worked in our midst. We have been a community centered on Christ, led by the Holy Spirit, walking in love. What a legacy!
 
Recently, someone came up to me after a Sunday service and said, "I knew that we were going to miss YOU so very, very much, but after seeing you this morning I realized that you are going to miss US so very, very much, too!" Truly, truly! I probably won't miss unclogging toilets or figuring out how to get the money to repave the parking lot, but I am DEFINITELY going to miss being your Rector and all our adventures together.
 
The Sunday after our Story Day, Wendy Steger said to me in the sacristy, "I am not worried about us, because I know that God is with us and will guide our future." Beautiful and true. I know there are challenges in building the church as a number of our founding members have moved away or moved on to the Holy of Holies, but I know that the same Spirit that has guided us all these years will be with you. The community of Emmanuel has a future with hope, because Emmanuel, the One who holds all futures in his hands, will be with you ... always.
 
With love in Jesus,
Fr. Rob

 
 
 
PHOTO(S) OF THE WEEK

Thanks be to God for a beautiful wedding at Franciscan Gardens for Jan Zonne's daughter Melissa (who was baptized and grew up at Emmanuel!) and her husband Will Barrett. Congratulations to this amazing couple and for Jan's beautiful celebration of them at the reception!

UPCOMING EMMANUEL EVENTS


FATHER ROB'S RETIREMENT PARTY
October 1, 2017

WOMEN'S RETREAT
October 13-15
Verdugo Pines

TRUNK OR
TREAT
Emmanuel Parking Lot
October 28
6-8:30pm

TUESDAY MORNINGS
10am: Prayer & Thanks
10:30am: Bible Study
11am: Communion

WEDNESDAY MORNINGS
7am  Prayers and Communion
8am Breakfast afterwards 

MEN'S BIBLE STUDY
Saturdays at 9am in
Havermale Hall

SUNDAY SERVICES
8:15am
10am

TAIZE
First Wednesday/Month
7pm in the Church

PLANT SALES
Third Saturday/Month
9am to Noon
Under the Pergola



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