Wednesday Wireless - Immanuel's Weekly News Update
Volunteers working in the Garden of Grace this morning.
Garden of Grace
Spring is here, so dig out your gardening tools and join us in the garden. We currently need help cleaning out the gardening beds as well as annual seeds and bulbs suitable for altar arrangements.
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!
Are you graduating this spring from high school, college, or another program? If so, we'd like to recognize your accomplishment in an upcoming service. Please don't assume we know you are graduating, even if you've mentioned it in conversation; please contact Britton Trimble in the Parish Office (779-3454 or firstname.lastname@example.org) by May 25 and tell her your name, your school, and your degree.
This Sunday at Immanuel
Join us on this coming Sunday, May 14, for Holy Eucharist at 10am. The Rev. Pam Webb will be our supply priest. The service will be followed by refreshments and Adult Christian Education.
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.
Godly Play is held on the first and third Sundays of each month. The children gather at 9:55am, and are brought to church to join their families for Holy Communion. Age groups: 4 year olds through 2nd graders meet in the right side of the Parish Hall, while 3rd graders through 5th graders meet in the library.
Parish Office Hours
Regular Parish Office hours are Mondays-Thursdays, 9am-4pm with a 1pm-2pm lunch break.
Shrine Mont Retreat 2017
This year our Shrine Mont Retreat will be held on May 19, 20, and 21. The theme will be A Biblical Scavenger Hunt, led by Eleanor Fukushima. The cost remains the same as last year: $75 per person per night for double occupancy and $100 per person per night for single occupancy. Three meals per day are included. Lodging will be in Stribling and Tucker, with a total of 14 rooms, so please book early if you are planning to attend. Cut off for registration is this Friday, May 12th. Please make checks payable to Immanuel Church and put Shrine Mont Retreat in the memo line. A signup sheet may be found posted in the Parish House. For questions, please contact Eleanor Fukushima or David Jennings (804.334.9823). Additional information about Shrine Mont can be found at their web site, www.shrinemont.com.
There are many families out there who need food, and CornerStone Food Bank folks work hard to help as many as possible! May's suggested items are peanut butter and jelly.
The Calendar for May 3-10
Wednesday, May 10
- 7:30-9pm - Choir Rehearsal
- Parish Office Closed
Saturday, May 13
- 2pm - Dottie Shaver's service in the church, followed by a visitation in the Parish House
- 9:15am - Choir Rehearsal
- 10am - Holy Eucharist
- 11:15am - Refreshments & Adult Christian Education
- 6:45pm - EfM
Tuesday, May 16
- 6:15pm - Vestry
- 6:30pm - Cub Scouts
- 7pm - Venture Crew