Beautiful squash are growing quickly in the Garden of Grace!
Wednesday Wireless - Immanuel's Weekly News Update
This Sunday at Immanuel
Join us on this coming Sunday, June 25 at Immanuel for our 10am service. We'll welcome the Rev. Canon Pat Wingo (Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Virginia) as our celebrant, and Ed Keithly (Deputy Director, Transition Ministry in the Diocese of Virginia) as our preacher.
A Special Prayer Service on June 28
There will be a special prayer service on Wednesday, June 28 at 7pm. On that evening, we'll gather in thanksgiving and hope as we close out our time of transition and look forward to our shared ministry with our new rector. The Rev. Pam Webb has agreed to be our celebrant for that evening.
Carpeting in the Offices and Library
The offices and library in the Parish House will be re-carpeted on Tuesday, June 27. The Parish Office will be open on that day, but your patience during this day-long project is appreciated.
Church Email Address Change
Verizon, which has hosted the church's email for some time, is getting out of the email business. So, we must transition to new email addresses. Britton Trimble, the Parish Administrator, can now be emailed at email@example.com. Joy Morgan, the Cherub School Director, can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org. The old email addresses will be checked until Verizon cuts them off on June 24. Update your address books today!
Parish Office Hours
Regular Parish Office hours are Mondays-Thursdays, 9am-4pm with a 1pm-2pm lunch break.
Education for Ministry - Register by July 15!
EfM is a distance learning experience from the School of Theology at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee; " a program of theological education based on small group study and practice." Over 80,000 participants from all over the world have discovered and nurtured their call to Christian service through this program.
That's the party line, but read on for more information!
"Gets you to read the Bible!"
"During four years of EfM, I have developed a spiritual part of me I didn't know existed. I have learned that there are many paths to one God, it is best to extend an open hand with a closed mouth, everything is better in community, and there are more questions than answers. The search continues!"
"Strengthens your faith, while it helps you understand other faiths."
"It's given me the courage to discuss all kinds of questions and ideas."
"It opens your mind and heart."
"It helps you to develop insights."
Several weeks ago in one of our Monday night sessions, these were the comments that from members of our group when we began to talk about our future as EfM participants and "almost" graduates. They echo the sentiments of past EfM participants here at Immanuel. It is my feeling that the experience of EfM makes for a stronger church family, one in which we make decisions and base our actions on a theological bias. As more and more of our parishioners graduate from this program, it is our hope that this influence will color our ministries.
In today's complicated world, learning about the ways to see your life through a spiritual lens can't provide you with all the answers, but it can give you a safe place to ask the hard questions, to learn how we got to where we are in today's church through the study of the Old and New Testaments, the history of the church, and by being introduced to theological reflection and readings.
We will have room in our group for up to four new members starting in the fall. The registration deadline is July 15. Registration materials will be available in early July and our sessions will begin in late September.
Ask any current EfM participant or graduate about their experience! Or check it out at Sewanee.edu/EfM!
Garden of Grace
Current garden tasks include weeding and watering. A call for help will go out when we need helping picking vegetables!
There are many families out there who need food, and CornerStone Food Bank folks work hard to help as many as possible! Your donations go a long way towards helping those in need. June's suggested items are ham, corned beef, and hamburger helper.
The Calendar for June 21-28
Friday, June 23
- Parish Office Closed
- 2pm - Immanuel Reception Committee Meeting
- 6:30pm - Cub Scouts Mini Pack Meeting
- 9am - Choir Rehearsal
- 10am - Holy Eucharist
- 11:15am - Refreshments
- 6pm - Pilgrimage Meeting