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