Wednesday Wireless - Immanuel's Weekly News Update
Low Country Boil for the Pilgrimage
You won't want to miss this delicious annual event! Join us June 3rd at either the 5pm or the 6:30pm seating in the Pavilion behind the Parish House. Tickets will be on sale after church or in the Parish Office: $20 per shrimp boil meal, $7 per hot dog meal. All proceeds benefit this summer's Liverpool-Virginia Pilgrimage.
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 21, for Holy Eucharist at 10am. The Rev. Pam Webb will be our supply priest. Godly Play starts at 9:55am. The 10am 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. The Parish Office will be closed Thursday, May 25 - Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day. Normal hours will resume on May 30.
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 17-24
Friday - Sunday, May 19-21
- Shrine Mont Parish Retreat
Friday, May 19
- Parish Office Closed
Saturday, May 20
- Parish House floors waxed in the morning
- 10am (approximately) - Hanover Heritage tour of the church
- 9:15am - Quartet Rehearsal
- 9:55am - Godly Play
- 10am - Holy Eucharist
- 11:15am - Refreshments & Adult Christian Education
- 6:45pm - EfM
Tuesday, May 23
- 6:30pm - Cub Scouts
- 7pm - Venture Crew