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July 12, 2018

Do you know that there is a predictable life cycle of a church and that there are stages in this life cycle? This news comes as a result of a study done by the Cornerstone Project of the Episcopal Church Foundation. After studying hundreds of churches, they found that there is a cyclical nature to the life of a church. And this life cycle has four stages. I have shortened the names of these stages to  1. Birth and Formation 2. Stability 3. Decline
4. Rebirth  For the few years, Emmanuel has been in stage 3. But the good news is that I believe we are on the cusp of moving into stage 4...rebirth. As we approach that stage of new life, it is important to remember what Jesus had to say about ministry and how to go about it. Last Sunday's gospel gives us guidance in that department! Through Jesus' example and through his words, we are given some very important things to remember about ministry. Here they are:

1. We are called, not to keep Emmanuel alive and well. At least that can never be our primary ministry. The work of the church is always about being sent out. It is about finding others who need to know the love and presence of God and bringing them in to be a part of us. That's how Emmanuel grew the first time and that is how it will grow again. But our motivation must not be to grow but rather it must be the desire that others will come to know Jesus and what it is like to be a part of a community of love.

2. We are to travel light and to keep moving. We don't get a map or a feasibility study or a set of goals, strategies and objectives. We are to go in prayer and faith, trusting God for what we need and directions about with whom to share our good news. Sometimes people will reject us or be offended at the people we reach out to. Other people's disapproval never kept Jesus from doing what he was called to do. Disapproval and rejection must never stop us.

3. The message we have to share is that God is love. But it is not enough to just say the words. As Charlie Parker, the famous jazz sax player, said once "If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn." People won't believe that God is love if they don't experience that in us. And that is where we are already living it. Time and time again, newcomers have told me how they can feel the love in this community the minute they walk through the door. All we have to do is get the people here and let them experience what they are longing for. 

Lord Jesus, help us to do your will!!!

With much love, 

Mo. Lyn+ 

Emmanuel News Bullets


It Isn't Every Day You Turn 90!

Here is Warren Knape celebrating his 90th with family. When asked how many of those years he had spent at Emmanuel, he answered...45!!!
Happy Birthday Warren!


Proud to Be an Episcopalian!


Our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry preaching, at the opening Eucharist at General Convention in Austin, about the Way of Love.  He said he wanted to help people throw themselves into the arms of Jesus. As the bishop who took this picture said  " It would appear that the royal wedding sermon was a warm up"
Preach it Bishop!!!

Remember Flat Stanley? Well, Flat Jesus is making the rounds at General Convention. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's theme is how we might more fully become the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement. So everyone is carrying flat Jesus with them!


All Age Paint Night
This Friday, July 13th
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

One of our artists in residence, Kathy Eppick will teach a class in her signature watercolor style that can be adapted to any age or skill level. Come join the fun and explore your creative side! Donations accepted to cover materials. 

Light meal 6 pm and Class 7 pm.
RSVP 714-738-1541
Photo of the Week

Just couldn't resist. It fits with this week's gospel. Maybe we should get a sign like this. Think of all the messages we could write!!!
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