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March 15, 2018

This week the sermon addressed the issue of how to reconcile the God mentioned in Sunday's reading from the book of Numbers, a God who sent poisonous snakes to bite and kill those who disobeyed, with the God of mercy and compassion that Jesus mentioned in the gospel. There is a way to do that without standing on your head or turning yourself into a pretzel. Trust me. We also had a visit from Bob Barclay of the Gideons who shared about their ministry of distributing bibles throughout the world. Though not all of us were comfortable with his rather old fashioned view of men, women, and marriage, we could all agree that the Gideons have, throughout the years, brought God's word to a lot of people who wouldn't 
otherwise have heard it. For that we give God thanks.

Much love,
Mo. Lyn+


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Saying Goodbye to Old Friends is So Hard

I am so sad to let you know that our dear friend Bobbie Lardie, an old-time member of Emmanuel has died. She had recently been living in Vancouver Washington close to her daughter. She is shown here, in this picture, with her husband Lew who died several years ago. Lew was the person who began the Million Meals program here at Emmanuel. Bobbie was an wonderful person. She was very gregarious, always laughing, and had an amazing artistic flare. She made beautiful flower arrangements for the foot of the altar. Even more beautiful were her arrangements of fresh fruit and vegetables at the altar for Thanksgiving. One of my fond memories of her is on the Fourth of July weekend, wearing a baseball cap replete with bright red, white, and blue, sequins. Lew and Bobbie would annually host an Emmanuel New Year's Eve party at their home. Bobbie's contributions to the life and ministry of Emmanuel cannot be measured. She was usually the first one to greet a newcomer. In fact, she was the first one to formally greet me, with a hand drawn card featuring a couple of silly looking crows! Her greeting cards were legend and were sold in local dress shops. We will miss you Bobbie, but I am picturing you and Lew together again, dancing in the streets of heaven. God bless you beloved friend.

Ryan Hayward has died of the effects of Lou Gehrig's disease. Recently he had lost his ability to speak and to move. In earlier years he was often at Emmanuel's 5th Sundays helping his Dad, George with the BBQ. George, too has died in recent years. I have wonderfully fond memories of those BBQs. All during the service you could smell the meat cooking, with both George and Ryan in attendance. Then right at the end of Eucharist, they would both come in, wearing their aprons, and kneel at the altar to receive the bread and wine. It always touched me to see the two of them, working so hard to feed all of us, being fed themselves. Ryan, you are free now, with a new body, and with your Dad. And just maybe there are some wonderful BBQs happening in heaven. Enjoy your new life dear friend. Say hello to your Dad for us!


Charley Says!!!
Plant Sale Cancelled  
This Saturday, March 10, due to a forecast of rain.


Emmanuel Episcopal Preschool Paint Nite

April 7th 7:00 pm in Edwards Hall

We had so much fun we are doing it again!!! 

At paint nite a local artist will assist and inspire us all while we socialize, sip wine and eat snacks for a great cause. We'll end up painting fond memories and a priceless masterpiece. 
No art experience necessary! 
To register go to

Deaneries 9 and 10 
Annual Women's Lenten Retreat Day

Wisdom of the Ancient Celts
Saturday March 17th 8:30 am - 1:30 pm

Please join the Rt. Rev. Diane Jardine Bruce and the women of Deaeries 9 & 10 for their annual Lenten retreat to be held at 

St Paul's Episcopal Church, 1221 Wass Street, Tustin. 

The retreat leader, Dr. Rebecca Prichard has taught theology, worship, and spirituality in a variety of congregational and academic settings. Rebecca has served as a Presbyterian minister for nearly thirty years and is now a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Tustin. 

The retreat will explore the wisdom of the ancient Celts and of Celtic Christians in Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Workshops include one on Celtic Art including copying and coloring some Celtic designs, which can become a way of praying for us, as it was for the Celts. The other workshops are Celtic Spiritual Practice which invites us to see the light of the Holy in all things and includes a walking meditation, and A Celtic Way of Praying which will include writing and sharing our own prayers. What a wonderful way to spend the morning of St Patrick's Day!

Registration is due on or before March 10. The cost is $25.00 and includes lunch and art supplies. Childcare will be available for children ages 5 and under. Registration forms are on the counter in Havermale Hall.
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Photo of the Week

Rich Bronzellino is our other musician at the 8:15 am service. Each week, Rich has a beautiful song to offer at ministry time. He also plays for us at other special services such as Las Posadas, and recently each week at the Lenten series. Here he is playing, several weeks ago, with his wife Lynda at his side. Be sure to thank Rich for offering his gifts at Emmanuel!
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10am: Prayer & Thanks
10:30am: Bible Study
11am: Communion

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8am Breakfast afterwards 

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