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Emmanuel Family News
December 14, 2017

This past Sunday our focus was on the wilderness. First we considered the centrality of the wilderness in the spiritual lives of the people of Israel. Second we were reminded that experiencing transformation and regaining our identity, who we are and whose we are, is often the result of time spent in the wilderness. Then we looked at the wildernesses of our own lives, grief, loss, loneliness, addictions, depression, allegiances to things other than God, sin. We must not lose heart when we find ourselves in the wilderness. For it is there, as we wander, that we often experience a John the Baptist moment and are pointed in the direction of God. It is often in the wilderness that we learn some of the most powerful truths of the spiritual journey. So then, it can be said, that even in the wilderness, we can follow the admonition in 
1 Thessalonians 5:18, "Give thanks to God in all circumstances."

With much love,
Mo. Lyn+


Emmanuel News Bullets
Thom Babcock, Granddaughter  Allysa and Chef Bruno Serato at Pastathon

Two years ago, when she was turning 12, Thom Babcock's granddaughter Alyssa said that what she wanted for her birthday, was to participate in collecting pasta and sauce for the needy children living in motels in the area. She wanted to be a part of Caterina's Club, a program offered by Chef Bruno Serato of the Anaheim White House restaurant. Chef Serato feeds approximately 3300 children, 5 days a week, through his non-profit program. This year Thom, Barbara and Alyssa collected 2,669 pounds of pasta and sauce and an additional $300 in cash donations. We are so proud of them and grateful for Allyssa's inspiration.
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Las Posadas Was a Huge Success!

Thanks to the persistent work of the Visibility Committee, Emmanuel once again had a huge turn-out for an event we offered to the public. This time Gene Cantwell posted a video of last year's Las Posadas on Facebook. It was shared a number of times and the result was a crowd about three times the size of last year. The event drew people from Downey, Corona, and Los Angeles to name a few places. There were lots of new faces. A number of the people were Hispanic and were looking for a way to connect their children to family traditions they experienced in Mexico. One woman stopped me and shared that our version was so authentic. It felt like home to her. Another woman brought her family and didn't realize that the evening included a tamale fiesta and a pinata. They were overwhelmed. Everyone had a wonderful time! Thank you to all the members of the Visibility Committee who got the word out!!! Thank you to our grumpy innkeepers, Beth Jahncke, Mary Doman, Marti Edmonds and Lynda Bronzellino, and our one nice innkeeper, Patti McDaneld who welcomed us to the fiesta and hosted the pinata bashing event. Thank you to Rich Bronzellino who played guitar and led us in song during our wanderings, and a big thank you to Sherry, Dan, and Megan Ortiz who hosted the fiesta and provided the tamales! 

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Greening of the Church and Soup Supper
Greening of the Church
This coming Sunday, December 17th, at 5:00 pm we will gather together to decorate the church for Christmas. We will put on carols and sing while we put up the tree, the wreaths, the manger, and work on flower arrangements. Following that we gather in Havermale Hall for a pot luck soup supper. So bring a soup of your choice to share and join in the fun. Everyone is invited!!!

All dressed up and ready for the Breakfast With Santa Event on December 4th at Emmanuel Preschool is Gordon Dickinson along with his film crew, Deborah and Gene Cantwell. He must be Santa, he has a real beard!

Sunday, December 17th 5:00 pm
Meet in the sanctuary

Sundays 12noon to 1 pm until Christmas 

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

7am  Prayers and Communion
8am Breakfast afterwards 

Saturdays at 9am in
Havermale Hall


First Wednesday/Month
7pm in the Church

Third Saturday/Month
9am to Noon
Under the Pergola

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