We're partnering again with our very own Antoin Quarles and his organization H.O.P.E. (Helping Oppressed People Excel) to provide schools supplies for children in need around Baltimore. Our goal is to raise enough money to fill at least 50 backpack--which cost about $40 each--and we'll bless the backpacks before they're sent out on Sunday, August 26. (Volunteers to help pack them the Friday before, August 24, are welcomed and very much appreciated.) Please e-mail the Rev. Wood,email@example.com, if you can help or have any questions.
As of last Sunday (June 24), our 9:00 pm Compline services are on hiatus until September.
The parish offices will be closing to the public at 1:00 pm starting on June 18 and will continue through August 31. This allows the staff to have more uninterrupted time together to prepare for the upcoming program year. If you're coming to the church after 1:00pm, please call ahead so that the staff knows to look for you at the door. (As part of this shift, the Wednesday Noon Eucharist will go on hiatus after June 13.)
In case you missed it, our presiding bishop, the Most Rev. Michael Curry,* was the preacher at the royal wedding yesterday--and he most definitely brought the Spirit.
You can watch a video of his sermon here.
*And former priest in the Diocese of Maryland! (He was rector at St. James from 1988-2000.)
As part of its work this weekend, the 234th Convention of the Diocese of Maryland resolved to endorse "the principles and goals of the revived Poor People’s Campaign and encourage the participation of all clergy and laity and mission partners in the upcoming 40 Days of Action in Washington, D.C. and other state capitals, so as to achieve those goals." Since those Days of Action begin tomorrow, May 13, we invite you to look over the Poor People's Campaign website or Facebook and discern how you might be called to get involved.
Emmanuel's annual celebration of the Kirkin' o' the Tartan will take place at our 10:30 am Sunday service on June 3, 2018. (All are invited to bring tokens of their heritage--ethnic or otherwise--to be blessed as part of the festivities.)
2018 JOURNEY TOUR
The Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Vocal Department is on its annual Journey Tour and will be performing at Emmanuel on Thursday, April 5, at 7:00 pm. Please join us for this free concert! (Douglas Anderson School of the Arts--"Where ARTS and ACADEMICS meet in EXCELLENCE"--is a Duval County Public School, in Jacksonville, FL, for students in grades 9-12 with a desire for intensive study in the arts.)
A SPRING AWAKENING
Join New Wave Singers of Baltimore, the city’s premier LGBTQ chorus, for their 2018 spring concert at Emmanuel on Sunday, April 8, at 4:00 pm. (Tickets are free for anyone 17 or under and $20 for everyone else—they can be purchased online or at the door.)
Due to the snow, the Emmanuel Church offices will be closed today, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Due to the weather, the Emmanuel Church offices will be closed today, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. There will thus be no Noon Eucharist this week, and the Lenten series will be rescheduled as makes sense--the vestry meeting, however, will go forward as a conference call. Thank you for your understanding, and stay safe (and warm) out there!
Dear Saints of Emmanuel,
I invite you to join other parish leaders and me as part of a diocesan contingent heading to the March for Our Lives on March 24 in Washington, D.C. As of now, the March's organizers have not posted time of day and locations details, so stay tuned as those logistics are clarified. (You can find out more about the Diocese's efforts here.) We will probably leave Emmanuel bright and early on Saturday morning, March 24--perhaps as early as 6:00 a.m. I'll update you as we know more.
With My Prayers and Gratitude,
P.S. If you wish to travel down together, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 25, 2018 **Given how cold it is, the 10:30 am will begin in the Narthex**
8:30 am, Holy Eucharist in Eccleston Chapel
10:30 am, Blessing of the Palms at Mount Vernon Square before processing back to the main sanctuary for the Holy Eucharist and a reading of the Passion
Holy Monday & Holy Tuesday
March 26 & 27, 2018
7:00 am, Holy Eucharist in Eccleston Chapel
March 28, 2018
12:00 Noon, Holy Eucharist in Eccleston Chapel
March 29, 2018
7:30 pm, Holy Eucharist with Foot Washing & Stripping of the Altar in the main sanctuary
March 30, 2018
7:30 pm, Choral Tenebrae in the main sanctuary
The Great Vigil of Easter
March 31, 2018
7:30 pm, Beginning in the narthex
April 1, 2018
8:30 & 10:30 am Festival Celebration of the Holy Eucharist
(The Easter Egg hunt returns to Emmanuel Church! In addition to a festive coffee hour, children will be given bags to collect brightly colored Easter eggs hidden throughout the church building. Please contact Joseph, email@example.com, if you would like to help stuff plastic eggs, hide them or otherwise assist with this event.)
Given concerns over this year's flu season, the staff here at Emmanuel would like to offer some general, gentle reminders.
- During the passing of the peace, you can choose to shake hands, hug, or otherwise greet members of the congregation physically, but you're also more than welcome to greet people without touching--please do whatever is comfortable for you.
- If you're worried about cleanliness and receiving the wine during communion, remember that partaking in either element is recognized as partaking fully in the Eucharist.* In short, you should feel free to stick to just bread, if you would prefer. (It may also be useful to note that intincting--dipping the bread into the wine--is actually much more likely to transmit germs than sipping directly from the chalice.)
Thank you, and go (to services or otherwise) with our prayers for wellness and healing during these wintery months.
*In fact, the primary method for most laypeople to participate throughout the Middle Ages was "visual communion" or "ocular communion," based upon Late Classical understandings of the senses.
Joseph and I have prayerfully agreed to share the Rota (schedule) of preaching and celebrating the Eucharist according to the following pattern.
Per my request, we have entered into a cycle in which I preach three Sundays in a row and then Joseph preaches the next three Sundays in a row.
This series of three successive Sundays allows the preacher to find common themes, patterns, and a rhythm that might better connect one week to another. It also allows the preacher to build some momentum and/or create an ongoing dialogue between text, listener, and preacher over time.
Usually, the same priest preaches at both the 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services on any given Sunday. The Sunday preacher is usually also the Celebrant for the 8:30 a.m. and the Assistant for the 10:30 a.m. service.
Similarly, one of us preaches and the other one celebrates at the Wednesday 12:00 noon Eucharist and Healing Service.
We welcome your feedback on this pattern of sharing our priestly worship responsibilities.
With my prayers and gratitude for all of you,
The Rev. Hentzi Elek,
The Urbanites are organizing Emmanuel's annual Mardi Gras celebration of food and music, including food from Sandy's Feast and live New Orleans style jazz by Tongue in Cheek. (Non-alcoholic drinks will be provided.)
The festivities will take place in the Gallery off of Read Street.
The cost is $15 in advance (or $10 for kids) and $20 at the door. Please follow the link below if you would like to buy tickets online:
On Ash Wednesday this year, February 14, a service of imposition of ashes & communion will be offered at 7:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 5:30 pm. (The 7:00 and noon services will be held in Eccleston Chapel, while the 5:30 service will be in our main sanctuary.)
I am pleased to announce that, in 2017, Emmanuel has continued to demonstrate its commitment to outreach and the fight against social injustice - especially helping poor, vulnerable and marginalized populations in Baltimore and even around the world. More than $30,000 was given to organizations who focus on these causes.
-No Boundaries Coalition (http://www.noboundariescoalition.com, $1000)
-Helping Oppressed People Excel (H.O.P.E)(https://www.emmanueldowntown.org/hope, $4200)
-Manna House (http://mannahouseinc.org, $4000)
-The Annual Ministries Appeal of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland (https://episcopalmaryland.org/ministries/annual-ministries-appeal, $2500)
-The Samaritan Community (http://www.samaritancommunity.org, $5000)
-The Intersection of Change (http://intersectionofchange.org, $5000)
-St Luke's Episcopal Church (http://www.stlukesbaltimore.org, $2500)
-Baltimore Outreach Services (http://www.baltimoreoutreach.org, $4500)
-The Episcopal Relief and Development Fund (https://www.episcopalrelief.org, $2500).
--Herschel Wade, Outreach Committee Chair
Our next Book Club choices are two short books: Deer Hunting with Jesus by Joe Bageant that explores why "working class America has given up on liberalism," and New York Times best seller Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates: a "visceral, eloquent, and beautifully redemptive" work in the form of a letter by father to son. Those whose last names begin with an A through K, please bring something to share with the group.
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.
For more information about T-Coils and Hearing Loops:
Sunday December 3-December 24 are the four Sundays in Advent. If you or your family would like to light the Advent Wreath as part of the 10:30 am service please let Kim in the office know, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to help support the Flower Guild's efforts this year to beautify our sanctuary for the Christmas season, please use the following form. (The deadline is December 13 to be included in the Christmas service bulletins.)
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
The Emmanuel Church Stewardship Committee:
Gregory R. Weidman, Chair
Martha Montgomery, Senior Warden
Demetreus Gregg, Treasurer