Wednesday Wireless - August 29, 2018

Wednesday Wireless - Immanuel's Weekly News Update

Communication Specialist

It is with great excitement that the wardens and I announce the hiring of Megan Heath to be our Communications Specialist. Megan's work for Immanuel will focus on bulletins, email newsletters, the website, social media, and fulfilling other communications projects that arise.  

After searching for the best candidate to serve the current needs of Immanuel, we were thrilled to find Megan. Megan has experience supporting the communications and marketing needs of local Richmond small businesses. She also has prior experience working for an Episcopal Church. 

In the coming weeks and months you will come to know Megan both digitally and in person. She will occasionally attend a service or special event at Immanuel. In addition, her son will start at the Cherub School this fall. Megan and her family attend Mechanicsville Christian Center. Megan has been in the Richmond area since 2007, calling Mechanicsville home for the past 5 years. 

From Megan: "As I start my new position as Communications Specialist, and my son begins preschool here at the Cherub School, I look forward to hopefully meeting many of you in the coming weeks. I consider it a blessing and an honor to be a part of the work that you all are doing here for the community and beyond. Thank you all for this opportunity and I hope to meet you soon!"

Megan's email address is mheath@immanueloc.org. If you are at the Parish House on a Thursday morning do stop in to say hello. 
 
Faithfully,

Chris

Baptism, Confirmation, Reception and Transfer of Membership

With our formal Bishop's Visitation scheduled for Sunday, December 16, it is a good time to let the Rev. Chris Miller know if you are interested in baptism, confirmation, reception, or transfer of membership. Especially if interested in being confirmed or received, please email the Rev. Chris Miller at cmiller@immanueloc.org by Sunday, September 9.

Baptism: Never been baptized? What better time than now to make a commitment to a life in Christ's community, the church? Baptisms can be celebrated throughout the year. 

Confirmation: Were you baptized at a young age and now find yourself wanting to affirm the commitment that was made on your behalf by parents and godparents? This sacramental rite requires the presence and laying on of hands of a bishop. 

Reception: Were you confirmed in a different denomination or baptized as an adult in a different denomination? Maybe the Catholic Church? Or the Baptist Church? Reception into the Episcopal church requires the presence of a bishop and is the formal process of joining the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement for those coming from other Christian backgrounds.

Transfer of Membership: Were you baptized as an adult in an Episcopal church or baptized as a child and then confirmed in an Episcopal church that wasn't Immanuel? You can let the Rev. Chris Miller know if you want to formally transfer your membership to Immanuel. This process does not require a bishop, priest, or any additional sacraments or sacramental rites.

Adult Formation Returns Sunday, September 9

Adult Formation takes place after worship in the library of the Parish House. All are welcome to participate. Our fall series will focus on the Parables of Jesus. Parable: from the Greek, meaning two things cast beside each other. This was Jesus' primary form of teaching his disciples. Simple stories? It is said, "If you read a parable and think you understand it, read it again." For more information speak with Joan Beal. 

Choir Rehearsal at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, Sept. 19

Our first fall choir rehearsal will be in the church at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, September 19. All are welcome to participate in our choir. Rehearsals are fun learning experiences and the choir has tremendous camaraderie. Be there if you can!

Save the Dates

Sunday, September 16: United Thank Offering Sunday

Sunday, September 23: Annual Parish Picnic at Whitehall after regular 10:00 AM worship with guest preacher Bishop Ted Gulick

Sunday, October 7: Blessing of the Animals Service --> Bring as many animals as you can!!

Saturday, October 27: Steak and Oyster Roast with Trunk or Treat

Church Closet and Cherub Closet

Please note that as part of the renovation work the Cherub School and Immanuel traded closets in the Parish House.

The Cherub closet is now located across from the cleaning closet on the hallway that leads to the Cherub School classrooms. The Cherub closet is for Cherub School use only.

The Church closet is now located next to the kitchen. The Church closet currently holds Godly Play materials, extra chairs, and various items that are used throughout the year.

If you need help finding something please ask the Rev. Chris Miller. 

Parish House Kitchen

The Parish House kitchen has been cleaned and organized. Of particular note is the addition of a Cherub School cabinet for the many items the Cherub School uses throughout the week. If you can't find something or think we need something that you don't see, please mention it to the Rev. Chris Miller or Kay Jewell. Additionally, the table cloths are now located in two plastic boxes in the pantry on the floor. For event setup, table cloths can be accessed without the need for a key. 

Storing Our Tables and the New Chairs

The location of chair and table storage remains the same - down the hallway that leads to the library. Chairs can be stacked 20 to a cart. Three carts fit in one storage bay. Both the small Cherub tables and the large tables are now being stored vertically in the other storage bay. For events requiring more than 60 chairs, we will get the additional chairs in the new Church closet. 

Prayer List Updates

Please email the Rev. Chris Miller (cmiller@immanueloc.org) if you have anyone you would like added to our prayer list. You may also email Chris if there is anyone that you would like removed from the prayer list as circumstances change. 

Nursery Every Sunday

We have a nursery available every Sunday during our 10 AM service. The nursery is located inside the Parish House building, next to the church.

CornerStone Food Bank

Thanks for your continued support of CornerStone's food pantry! August's suggested items include canned meat and beans.