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December 12, 2013
 Dear   ,    
We are approaching "Stir Up" Sunday, the third Sunday in Advent, so named because the collect for the day begins with "Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us". May the Holy Spirit stir up our hearts to make room for the power, love, and wisdom of Jesus!
With love in Christ,
Fr. Rob & Mo. Lyn+


Advent Adventures

(The remaining opportunities)


Emmanuel Advent Series

Personal and Family Pilgrimages to Christmas




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. 



Santa Breakfast and Boutique

St. Nicholas

Emmanuel Preschool Breakfast with Santa

This Saturday

$7.00 suggested Donation

Get your photo with Santa (included) 

December 14 9am to 11am


Holiday Boutique

9am to 2pm

Handmade gifts & goodies

Origami Owl Jewelry, Mary Kay,

Thrift Store Vintage Treasures

Supports Preschool Scholarships

[Editors note: By the way, Santa Claus is modeled after Saint Nicholas, the historic 4th century Bishop of Myra, who had a reputation for secret gift-giving,]

  Photo of the Week

Early Birds
Thanksgiving for the Dickinsons who are now hosting the Early Birds at their home. Smiles all around!

Upcoming Eventsl.

Saturday, December 14 from 9am until 2pm.

Sunday, December 15, Las Posadas, beginning at 6pm in the church.


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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