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January 26, 2017

We are so grateful for all of you! As we look back over the year in preparation for the Annual Meeting this Sunday, we are amazed at all the beautiful ways in which the Holy Spirit has worked through you and other members of Emmanuel. Thanks be to God for this wonderful community! Come and celebrate this Sunday!

With love in Christ,
Fr. Rob & Mo. Lyn

Emmanuel Annual Celebration

Emmanuel Worship
Come celebrate the dazzling bouquet of Emmanuel this Sunday! We will have a single service at 9am, where we will have a photo journal tour of the year. Then, after a little snack break, we will conduct the Annual Meeting, where the budget will be presented, new Vestry members elected, gratitude gathered, and vision explored. Finally, we will end our celebration with a mouth-watering BBQ presented by Ernie and friends. Bring a side dish to share, if you have culinary talents. Our Korean brothers and sisters will be joining us with some surprise dishes and it will be a wonderful opportunity to get to know them and deepen our friendships with one another! Ya'll come!
Farewell to Three Friends of Emmanuel

Helen Seymour was one of the early Emmanuel members, joining the church family with her late husband, Ernie, in early 1970 before our sanctuary was built.  She enjoyed many roles at Emmanuel including member of the Vestry, head of Altar Guild, and Cursillo sponsor, but her most treasured activity was co-hosting Early Birds with Ernie for more than 35 years (I don't know exactly how many).   
 Born August 2, 1921 in Columbus, Ohio, Helen enjoyed a long, happy and adventurous life.  While studying at Ohio State University, Helen worked at Curtiss Wright where she met Ernie when both were performing in a company musical.  Helen enjoyed a variety of jobs prior to answering her true calling as "Mom."  She served as a TWA flight attendant, having been selected as one of three applicants out of a field of 3,000. Upon their arrival in California in the late 40's, Ernie went to USC Law School and Helen worked at various clerical jobs, as well as running her own small dance studio.  Once her children were grown, Helen worked side-by-side with Ernie in his law office.
Helen's volunteer work included leadership positions in United Way, Emblem Club (Elks), PTA, and Fish of Fullerton, to name a few. 
She lived her life with passion, confidence and unbridled optimism.  Her devotion to family was unparalleled.  She spent endless hours watching her children and grandchildren play sports, perform in ballets and dance recitals, and any other activity no matter how minor.  She was "second mother" to her grandchildren.  Helen and Ernie were married almost 67 wonderful years.
A memorial service will be celebrated at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 4 at Emmanuel.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans through DAV Memorial Program, P. O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.
(Written by her daughter and member of Emmanuel, Jan Zonne.)


Vern Woodlief was a member of Emmanuel for many years and was sponsored by this congregation for ordination to the Diaconate. Vern had a special heart for those who were suffering grief because of the loss of loved ones, or were themselves approaching the gate of death. She worked for many years with hospice as a chaplain and counseled countless people with deep and generous care. In retirement Vern moved to Tucson, Arizona and helped out at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Green Valley. There will be a memorial service Monday, January 30 at St. Francis at 11am. If you would like to add a story about Vern or give thanks for her life, please click  here


Mel Mehlhoff was an early member of Emmanuel, serving on the vestry and as an usher. When Emmanuel was a fledgling community, worshiping at the YMCA, he would be there every week, helping set up chairs and a portable altar. A patent attorney, he was always available to provide legal support for the congregation. Here is a little background from his obituary:  Ferdinand "Mel" Mehlhoff  passed away on November 30, 2016 at the Veteran's Home in Fayetteville, NC. He was born in Glendive, Montana on May 17, 1924, raised in Livingston. He volunteered for  WWII  and proudly served in the Philippines on Okinawa and Leyte where he earned two  purple heart s and his 96th division of the Dead-Eyes was awarded the medal of honor. Well-educated, Mel was a patent attorney for Beckman Instruments until 1984 when he retired. Passionate about golf, he built a golf course in Montana, moved to Orange County to have sunny golf days, had two hole-in-ones and he played well into his 80's.  Mo Lyn did a service for Mel on Saturday, January 21 at Emmanuel. His daughter, Laurie Watson, also a former Emmanuelite, now living on the East coast, was in attendance.

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

News Flash

  • Christmas and the Wise Men in January?  At Emmanuel's movie night, yes indeed!  Join us on Friday, January 27, 6:30PM, for "The Nativity Story".  The traditional story of Jesus' birth is told with realism and reverence as it plays out in the midst of the hard-scrabble existence of occupied Israel.  "The Nativity Story" shows us the very human side of Mary and Joseph's extraordinary personal journey as they grow into their "yes" to God.  And Israel at the time of Christ comes alive through amazing cinematography and fine acting, as we enter the story of our Lord's birth.
    As always, admission and refreshments are free, and the company is stellar!
  • For many years we supported Epiphany East LA with their thrift store ministry. When they closed that ministry we redirected our contributions to Zion Lutheran Thrift Store which is run by Nancy Shively's sister. If we are going to continue to do this ministry, we need someone who is willing to pick up the contributions from Emmanuel and bring it to the Lutheran Thrift Store. Here's the info:

    Zion Lutheran Thrift Store
    1109 E. Commonwealth Ave.
    Fullerton, CA 92831
    Ph. #714-879-1147
    Drop offs are on Friday and Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm
    If we are going to drop off a large amount of items, it would be helpful if we notified them ahead of time. 
    Contact person: Michele
    If you can help with this, please contact Fr. Rob or Mo Lyn. Thanks! 

Photo of the Week

It's a Sign!
Literally a sign of things to come, we've put out new welcome mats and signs for our guests and visitors. A big thanks to Howard Minkley, our Junior Warden, who is working in big ways to upgrade the look and welcome of Emmanuel.

January 29
Single Service - 9am
Meeting - 11am
BBQ - noon


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

7am  Prayers and Communion
8am Breakfast afterwards 

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7pm in the Church

Third Saturday/Month
9am to Noon
Under the Pergola

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