Acolytes Needed

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

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.

Serving on the Vestry

The vestry of Emmanuel Church is the lay governing board of the congregation. Members are elected annually for three year terms and the next vestry election will be at Emmanuel's annual meeting on Sunday, May 7th. This year the vestry will have as their responsibility electing the new rector of Emmanuel. Members meet monthly on the third Wednesday of the month and oversee the finances, program, ministry and building work of the parish. If you are interested in standing for election or would like to know more about this ministry please talk to one of the members of the vestry nominating committee: Fitz Hoskins, senior warden; Liz Shaner, junior warden and Jack Carroll, vestry member, or one of the clergy.

Spoutwood Farm CSA

24-week CSA memberships are now available through Spoutwood Farm! This is your opportunity to reconnect with the joy of healthy, fresh local food, Certified Naturally Grown. Throughout the spring, summer, and fall a variety of vegetables grown at the farm of Emmanuel members Lucy and Rob Wood will be available. Shareholders can participate in several share sizes, depending on the number of people in your household, as well as in a working share option for those with flexible schedules. Food arrives weekly at a number of area locations on Thursday afternoons. Brochures describing the program are available at the information desk in the entrance area of the church, or you can email farm.manager@spoutwood.org

Updates from the Search Committee

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting a Town Hall meeting at the church on January 22, 2017! We'll serve lunch and hope that you'll join us to share your vision for a new rector. More information will come closer to the date of the meeting.

If you have any questions you can contact the committee at

rectorsearch@emmanueldowntown.org

ALSO:

The Rector Search Committee has been working to finalize the Survey that will help us build our Parish portfolio. We are pleased to announce that the survey is now open! 

Our hope is that as many of you as possible will complete it online. If you do not have computer access there will be a computer setup in the Brent Room for your use including instructions on how to access the survey.  If you would prefer to complete the survey on paper you may get a copy by contacting Kim in the office. The survey will be open through December 18th.  

The survey can be accessed here:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EECRectorSearchSurvey

Other Opportunities to Help


In addition to helping with the Samaritan Community winter clothing drive there is another opportunity to help those who are the most vulnerable in winter. 
The staff would like to help those who come to our doors during the week throughout the winter looking for emergency assistance. While we do all that we can to help people through the clergy discretionary funds we would like to invite you to consider contributing a plastic or paper grocery bag marked "Welcome visitor" and filling it with the following items: toothbrush and toothpaste; soap, comb, sanitary supplies, socks and single serving, ready to eat canned or boxed food. Energy bars are especially welcome. Please keep the bags small so that a single person can easily carry a bag he or she is given. Thank you for all that you do to support those in need.