2018 Stewardship Campaign

Dear Parishioners & Friends in Christ,

Each of you is made in God’s likeness and image and with God anything and everything is possible. Hence, as I begin my ministry with you, I am filled with anticipation and joy at the thought of all the great things that lie before us as a community. Our future together is full of promise, and I am reaching out to you now to ask you to make a pledge of support for Emmanuel Episcopal Church that will enable us to make this future a bright blessing.

Let us prayerfully move forward together by providing the support necessary to not only continue but to enhance the life and vitality of this community.

·      Our growing and diverse parish membership – As witnessed by the large number of new members invited to the welcome event in early September, we are blessed to have an expanding membership even after a long period of transition. The diversity in our pews continues to be enriched as we welcome and embrace people of all colors, backgrounds, sexual orientations, abilities, and economic circumstances.

·      Important transformations to our buildings for enhanced accessibility – Recent months saw the installation of an induction loop to provide a much improved worship experience for our hard of hearing congregants. Moving toward an even larger and highly significant project for the future of Emmanuel, the Accessibility Committee of the Vestry has recently accomplished extensive initial planning for major campus-wide improvements for accessibility, and the Vestry has recently selected a leading architectural firm to begin implementation of the project.

·      Renowned Music Program - Glorious music has been and will continue to be a hallmark of worship at Emmanuel under the leadership of music director John Repulski. Augmenting the extraordinary music provided by our professional choir, we have recently welcomed Organ Scholar Jordan Prescott under a cooperative project with Peabody Conservatory.

·      Community Outreach – Recognizing the central importance of outreach to Emmanuel Church’s mission, the Vestry recently created Outreach as a standing committee. Outreach endeavors will be a top priority for our new life together, as we reach out with love to provide services and support to those in need both here in Baltimore and throughout the world.

·      Wide-ranging Congregational Initiatives and Activities – It is exciting to join a community with such a variety of opportunities for learning, participation, and service, from the EEC Discussion Group about Racism to the Urbanites, the Adult Forums to Poetry Readings and Art Exhibitions, numerous Lay Ministries to Book Group and many others, this is a vibrant and active congregation.

·      Prayer and Action - A community who believes and practices the reality that prayer changes hearts, lives, and can make us courageous at changing the world.

We hope you will prayerfully consider your pledge for the coming year to support the ministry of Emmanuel Church in 2018. The campaign runs until November 30, 2017, so we hope you will make your pledge promptly. You may complete the pledge card you received recently in the mail or you may go to the Emmanuel website and click on the donate button to make a secure donation. We thank you for your contribution as we join together to spread God’s love in the world.

Emmanuel is a sanctuary where we can be still and know God is God. And with God in our midst, we, the Saints of Emmanuel, can share transformational ministry with each other and the people of Baltimore.

 

With my gratitude and prayers for all of you, in peace.

(The Rev.) Hentzi Elek

Rector

 

The Emmanuel Church Stewardship Committee:

Gregory R. Weidman, Chair

Laura Gillis

Liz Shaner

Martha Montgomery, Senior Warden

Demetreus Gregg, Treasurer

 

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November Book Club

To meet at the home of Gail Milne, Tuesday, November 14 at 7:00 PM.

The November Book Club selection is People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. The inquisition, war and Anti-Semitism set the stage for the story of the disappearance of the Sarajevo Haggadah, an ancient Jewish text, and the fictionalized tale of its retrieval. Told by several narrators, the reader learns the details of its restoration by Hannah Heath and the compelling challenge of her task. Intrigue, romance, politics - it's all there! Please bring a sweet or a savory to share if your name begins with M to Z.

Calling All Children's Ministers!

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, jwood@emmanueldown.org, to learn more.

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.