Wednesday Wireless - Immanuel's Weekly News Update
In May, clergy from around the Diocese who are beginning new ministries attended an orientation where they met with the bishops and members of the diocesan staff. Our new rector, the Rev. Chris Miller (top left in the picture above), was among the attendees.
Parish Office Hours
Regular Parish Office hours are Mondays-Thursdays, 9am-4pm with a 1pm-2pm lunch break.
An Information Book for Our New Rector
Our new rector, Chris Miller, has asked for a picture of you and a brief note that tells him about yourself and what Immanuel means to you. These notes will be bound into a book for Chris, but will not be given to anyone else but him. We are trying to work quickly to gather our information. Please send your submission in to Britton Trimble, Parish Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible, and please include your best email address and your best phone numbers.
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. Please go ahead and update your address books today!
Education for Ministry
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 eight new members starting in the fall. Registration materials will be available in mid-July and our sessions will begin in mid-September.
Ask any current EfM participant or graduate about their experience! Or check it out at Sewanee.edu/EfM!
Garden of Grace
Spring is here, so dig out your gardening tools and join us in the garden! Vegetables and flowers have been planted. Weeding and watering the plants are our current tasks.
Adult Christian Education
Join us in the library after refreshments on this coming Sunday as we continue our study on the Gospel of Matthew. Please contact Joan Beal for more information on our Adult Christian Education program.
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 7-14
Thursday, June 8
- 7pm - Cherub Board Meeting
Friday, June 9
- Parish Office Closed
- 10am - Holy Eucharist
- 11:15am - Refreshments & Adult Christian Education
- 10am - Wardens' Meeting
- 6:30pm - Cub Scouts
- 7pm - Venture Crew