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November 21, 2013
 Dear   ,    
This week, during our month of thanksgiving, we'd like to give thanks for the beauty of God's creation and expressions of creativity. We are particularly grateful for the ways in which y'all have contributed to that beauty at Emmanuel. For gardens and flowers and atriums and artwork and icons and music and poetry and photos and weavings and craftwork and diverse divine delights ... we give you thanks, O Lord.
With gratitude for you,
Fr. Rob & Mo. Lyn+


Advent Adventures

(A sneak preview of coming attractions)


Emmanuel Advent Series

Personal and Family Pilgrimages to Christmas


December 1 at 6pm - Making an Advent Wreath

The first Sunday evening in our Advent Series will focus on the Advent Wreath - a tool that can assist us as individuals and families take time out of our busy lives to prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus.  While we create our easy Advent wreath crafts, Fr. Rob and Mo. Lyn will remind us of the history and meaning of this beautiful holiday symbol. Come and sip a cup of hot cider, snack on warm popcorn, share some of your  favorite Christmas traditions - and start your Pilgrimage to Christmas with fellowship instead of frenzy.  Cost is $10.00 per Advent Wreath. (Bring a sharp pair of scissors. All other materials will be provided.)  


December 8 at 6pm - Pilgrimage - Buen Camino!

Come join Fr. Rob, Ken and Kathy Peters, and Dave and Karen Maurer as they tell stories and show pictures of their pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. "The Way of St. James" is a pilgrimage route to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in Northwestern Spain, where the remains of the apostle St. James are buried. Food and drink will be provided. 


December 15 at 6pm  - Las Posadas

Posada is Spanish for lodging or accomodation. It is said in plural because traditionally Las Posadas is held for nine days in Spain, Mexico, and many South and Central American countries. The procession represents Mary and Joseph's search for a place for the Christ child to be born. It may have been started in 1538 by St. Ignatius of Loyola or Friar Pedro de Gant. It has been a tradition in Mexico for 400 years.

Here at Emmanuel Las Posadas is celebrated with "inns" located in the various rooms around the church campus. We travel from place to place by candlelight singing songs accompanied by Fr. Rob on guitar. There are "grumpy" innkeepers found at each "inn" refusing us entrance. At the final "inn" we are welcomed by more hospitable innkeepers who invite us in for a feast of tamales and other goodies and a pinata for the kids. Come join us for this inspiring and enjoyable evening starting at 6 pm on Sunday December 15th. For many of us Las Posadas has become a regular part of our yearly Christmas tradition.


December 22 at 4pm - Greening of the Church                

A long-time Anglican tradition is an event called the greening of the church. This is the time when we set up the Christmas tree, and the nativity set as well. This is all done to the sound of Christmas carols and lots of laughter. Come join the fun and be amazed at how beautiful our sanctuary looks when we are done! Afterwards we adjourn to Havermale Hall for a pot luck soup supper. 




A Way to Help Our Brothers and Sisters in the Philippines

  Philippines Typhoon


The Most Reverend Edward P. Malecdan, Prime Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines, has released the following statement regarding the church's response to Super Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda:


The Episcopal Church in the Philippines continues to offer prayers for our brothers and sisters in the central part of our country whose lives were tragically lost and broken in the ferocious path of a super typhoon that came a month after a killer earthquake also brought death and destruction in the same region. We grieve for and with them as we continue to implore Divine comfort upon all who bear the pain of such a catastrophic experience.

To all our constituents, let our communities and local churches be centers of prayerful solidarity and an assurance of our love,  thoughts and hopes for our suffering brothers and sisters. Let us individually and collectively take every positive effort to contribute to the massive relief undertaking. We are now working in coordination with the National Council of Churches in the Philippines for our participation in the relief work. We also affirm and support the initiatives of our Dioceses of Davao and Central Philippines as they minister to our constituents in the affected areas.

To our partners, we acknowledge and express our gratitude for your thoughts, prayers and support. We appeal for your continuing solidarity as we all join hands in rising up from the unimaginable devastation of our land.

Prime Bishop 

Episcopal Church in the Philippines 





   Photo of the Week

  Jen Wagner Walking
Thanksgiving for Jen Wagner and all those who walk and work for a cure. Jen just finished her fourth Susan G. Komen walk and had this to say: "I am grateful to finish the Susan G. Komen 3-Day 60 mile walk with only 3 blisters, a few aches and lots of smiles." 
We said "You go girl!" and I guess she took it literally. :)
What a blessing!

Upcoming Eventsl.


Today at noon! Potluck lunch and fellowship in Havermale Hall


Saturdays at 9am in Havermale Hall.



Parachute Group (support for those unemployed)

7pm Havermale Hall



10am: Prayer & Thanks

10:30: Bible Study

11am: Communion



7am  Prayers and Communion

8am Breakfast at Coco's 



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