Thank you so, so much to everyone who donated or otherwise supported the Backpack Project-we surpassed our goal by over 9 backpacks! Antoin and several volunteers will purchase supplies this week, and then we'll meet Friday evening, August 18, at 6:30 pm in the Brent Room to pack them before Sunday. (We'll even feed you pizza.)
The Rev. Wood & Roza Guillaume are putting together a children's ministry team for the coming program year. Ideally, we'd love to find 6 brave souls willing to share in this adventure with us, which would mean that each team of two would be responsible for about one Sunday a month. (We'll help with format and lesson plans.) If you have a passion for kids and would like to share what you love about our church with them, please e-mail Joseph, firstname.lastname@example.org, to learn more.
One of our own, René Armstead, is putting together a tour of some of Baltimore's beautiful churches, cathedrals, and other historic sites on August 19th from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. (Tickets are $35, including lunch and transportation.) If you're interested in reserving a space or finding out more, please contact René directly at 410-916-2957. If you'd like to assist with Emmanuel's presentation that day, please e-mail the Rev. Wood, email@example.com.
Please remember that we now have a Hearing Loop in the church. If you use a hearing aid, please turn the appropriate switch to activate the T coils which will give you access to the Loop.
The parish offices now close to the pubic at 1:00 pm and will continue through September 1. This allows the staff to have more uninterrupted time together to prepare for the Fall. If you're coming to the church after 1:00 pm, please call ahead so that the staff knows to look for you at the door.
The current schedule for lectors, chalice-bearers, altar guild, bread guild, ushers, and collection counters is available online. Simply visit www.emmanueldowntown.org and click "Resources" then "Lay Ministers' Schedule."
Be advised that this schedule is now the master schedule and overrides any existing individual ministry schedules, so please be sure to check it regularly. There are printed copies available in the Narthex.
Contact Taylor Daynes at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about using this new scheduling system. You can also watch this tutorial video about setting up your ministry scheduling account: www.ministryschedulerpro.com/video/49
Please bring canned foods for people in need. Drop them in the groocery basket in the Narthex or the basket at the back of Eccleston Chapel. Thank you.
Tuesday, September 26, 7:00 pm at the home of Alene Crenson
Our next book is Last Hope Island by Lynne Olson. Erik Larson writes: "A rip-roaring saga of hairbreadth escape, espionage and resistance during World War II. Last Hope Island salvages the forgotten stories of a collection of heroic souls from seven countries overrun by Hiltler who find refuge in Churchill's London and then seek payback in ways large and small."
On Saturday, June 17th we're hoping to have a group here at the church to welcome parade people and offer them a chance to cool off. If you'd like to join in this effort, please sign up or e-mail the Rev. Wood (email@example.com).
If you serve on the altar or bread guild, or as an acolyte, lector, chalicer or collection counter, you can now view a preliminary copy of your June 4 - September 30 schedule by clicking "Lay Minsters' Schedule" under the "Resources" heading on the main navigation menu.
Interested in Piano Lessons? Maria Scott is now offering weekly lessons at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. A Peabody graduate and experienced educator, Maria enjoys teaching children and adults of all ages. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have wanted to "Lift high the cross" and lead the choir and clergy in our worship procession, this is your chance to learn about serving as an acolyte. This worship ministry is open to adults and children. Training for Sundays and Holy Weeks will be offered in the Sanctuary after the 10:30 am service by the clergy and the Emmanuel vergers, Demetreus Gregg and David Kettler on Sunday, March 19th and Sunday, April 2nd.
Children's Chapel Returns! Beginning Sunday, March 19th during the first part of the 10:30 service children and youth will join the clergy in a children's chapel worship experience in the Brent Room. After the prelude, young people will be invited to join the celebrant in procession to the Brent Room for 30-40 minutes of song, prayers, a look at the Scripture of the day and a reflection on the meaning of the gospel message in their lives. Children will be provided with music and worship materials. At the time of the peace the children will return to the church to join their families for communion.
Children's Chapel weeks will alternate with Sunday School weeks during the 10:30 am service time. Parents are invited to accompany their children to Children's Chapel.
We can always use your help to provide hospitality for our own at Coffee Hour. It's easy to do. Simply sign up on the sheet in the Narthex or speak with Becki Atwater, hospitality chair. The church provides drinks.