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January 25, 2018

The sermon this week focused on Jesus saying "Follow me and I will make you fish for people." We wondered together if we even know how to fish. We heard the story of the flock of brown pelicans off the coast of California  who had forgotten how to fish, because fishermen had, for so many years, thrown the trimmings from preparing the fish they had caught for market, into the ocean. And so the birds began to rely on these trimmings for food. When the fishermen found paying customers for those trimmings they quit throwing them away, but by then the birds had forgotten how to fish. And the birds grew thinner and thinner and began to die. Did the church forget how to fish for people during the "boom" years after WWII,  In those days the people came to us. All we had to do was build a church, put out a sign, and open the doors. Perhaps we need to learn anew how to fish for people as Jesus calls us to do. Part of the "how" is for us to go out where the people are. And more specifically to go out into our communities and find where the greatest pain is, where the greatest suffering is, where the greatest need is, and then minister with love. Why? Because that is what Jesus calls us to do. There are so many people out there who do not know the God of love and mercy, compassion, and forgiveness. There are so many people who are in pain and are suffering. And so we go to them and with our hearts, hands, bodies, and lives, and show them what that God's love looks like with skin on. May we be able to shift gears from being a church that waits for people to come to us, to a church that goes out to the people who need us. As Frederick Buechner said "The place God calls us to, is the place where our deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet."

With much love and prayers for your ministry,

Mo. Lyn+


Emmanuel News Bullets
Annual Meeting - One Service at 9:00 am

Remember how much joy we get looking back over the past year and offering our gratitude for the million and one ways we saw God at work in our midst? And how inspiring it is to listen as the Holy Spirit speaks the vision for the coming year through the people of the Emmanuel community? Well, it is time for that wonderful experience again as we gather for our annual meeting this Sunday. We will hear how we ended 2017 financially (Here's a's good news!) and we will hear a progress report from the Profile Committee about our search for a new rector. We will also meet and pray for the four people who have been nominated to fill positions on the vestry. So come join us, first for a single service at 
9:00 am, a sumptuous coffee hour, and then for a heart-warming meeting. I promise you will go home smiling!!!

Get Ready for Movie Night!

Care for a night at the opera and duck soup?  Then join us Friday, January 26, 6:30PM, when Emmanuel Movie Night presents the legendary Marx Brothers in two classic short comedies..."A Night at the Opera" and "Duck Soup"!  The first is grand comedy, crammed with wall-to-wall gags, one-liners and musical riffs.  The second is political satire, as entertaining and relevant today as it was when it was first released.  As always, admission and refreshments are free, and the company is stellar!


Song of the Month for February

With Lent beginning in February, our song of the month fits perfectly with our Lenten theme this year...Coming Home. The song is called Come Home Running and is sung by Chris Tomlin. Here is the link to a youtube version if you would like to learn it ahead of time!

Photo of the Week
Diane Coy visited last week with Emmanuel alumni Fred and Cheri Collin in Wilton, California, outside of Sacramento. Looks like Fred had to grow some facial hair to keep warm!!! Sure do miss them! And we miss their beloved dog Willie too!!!

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