Wednesday Wireless - April 26, 2017

Wednesday Wireless - Immanuel's Weekly News Update

Parish Office Hours Next Week

The Parish Office will be closed this coming Monday-Wednesday, May 1-3. The regular hours of Mondays-Thursdays, 9am-4pm with a 1pm-2pm lunch break, will resume on May 4.  

A Letter From Charlie Spigner

My dear friends,

I want to start with a passage from Paul's Letter to the Philippians. Throughout the letter the mutual affection of the church at Philippi and Paul is very evident. Paul is in prison, and despite being locked away, he still manages to write these words (4:6-7):

Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Last Sunday, my last Sunday with you, was a wonderful occasion, and I shall be forever grateful to the parish of Immanuel Old Church for the privilege of serving as Interim Rector for the past eighteen months. It has been a quick year and a half, but a time filled with much grace and many blessings, especially the blessing of getting to know all of you as we worked together to prepare this historic Old Church for a new ministry and a new priest. You are ready, and I am ready to hand the priestly leadership of the parish over to your next priest. I am confident that you are on the verge of many new and good things. I wish your new priest all the best and every blessing in a ministry that will be blessed and upheld by the same great people who supported and loved me and Elizabeth during my service with you. I am not worried about anything as I leave because I know that the Holy Spirit will lead you forward.

Elizabeth joins me in sending our very best to all of you. Our paths will cross again one day, and I trust you know that we leave with much love and respect for you. We will pray for your new priest and for you. Stay strong, stay together, continue to honor and respect one another. Receive your new priest with love and understanding.

And now I end as I have at the end of every service:

Go now in peace. Be of good courage. Hold fast to that which is good and true. Love one another, love the Lord. And the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be with you and all your loved ones this day and always.

With love and a grateful heart,


This Sunday at Immanuel

Join us on this coming Sunday, April 30, for Holy Eucharist at 10am. The Rev. Bob Friend will be our supply priest. The service will be followed by refreshments and Adult Christian Education.

Old Church Garden Fair To Feature Plants, Music, BBQ and Tours - May 6

Shop for deals on garden plants and homemade baked goods while you enjoy live music, homemade pork barbeque, historic church tours and kids' activities, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 6, at Immanuel.

You'll find perennials and cuttings from the gardens of parishioners as well as a variety of locally grown bedding plants, herbs, hanging baskets, shrubs and trees at the popular annual plant sale.  "God only knows what you'll find!"

You'll find cuttings from the gardens of parishioners as well as a variety of locally grown bedding plants, herbs, hanging baskets, shrubs and trees at the popular annual plant sale.  "God only knows what you'll find!"

Ask representatives from the Hanover County Master Gardeners questions about growing plants and solving problems. Pull up a chair and tap your feet to music by the popular local band, "57 Degrees," while you enjoy Bill Jewell's homemade pork barbecue for lunch. You can also order dinners to-go and barbecue by the pound. Meals include pork barbecue, coleslaw, baked beans, pasta salad, and rolls.

Don't miss out on homemade goodies at the bake sale. You'll find a large assortment of homemade cakes, pies, cookies, breads, jams and jellies made by church members.

Kids can pot flowers, play carnival-style games and release their inner artist at the Chalk-in (chalk is provided or bring your own).

Be sure to make time for an insightful tour of the 1853 landmark church building and learn historical anecdotes from Marion Jones, Darryl Starnes, Joan Beal, David Jennings and Lindsay Ryland. No two tours are alike.

Please bring potted plants from your garden for the plant sale to the pavilion area behind the parish house no later than Friday, May 5. Baked goods should be delivered to the parish house the day before the event. Thank you! Questions? Contact Kay Jewell or Jane Ruffin about plants and Nell Fukushima or Janet Gravatt about baked goods.

Eagle Scout Dinner Fundraiser

On Wednesday, April 26, 5:30-7:30pm at Fairfield Presbyterian Church's Family Center (6930 Cold Harbor Rd., Mechanicsville), Wyatt Schneck will hold a dinner to fund raise for his Eagle Scout project. Wyatt is a member of Immanuel's Venture Crew 531 here at Immanuel.  He will be serving Pat Daugherty's Famous BBQ with cole slaw, baked beans, corn bread, and dessert. Drinks include lemonade, tea, water, or coffee. Suggested donations are $6 for adults and $4 for children. You can dine in or take-out. Call ahead ordering: 804-335-8485. RSVP to Tara Hilbert at 335-8586 or Wyatt at 

Adult Christian Education

Join us in the library after refreshments on April 30 as we resume our study on the Gospel of Matthew. Please contact Joan Beal for more information on our Adult Christian Education program. 

Godly Play

The children gather at 9:55am, and are brought to church to join their families for Holy Communion. Godly Play is held on the first and third Sundays of each month. 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.

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.

Bud McCaul Scholarship

The Immanuel Old Church Foundation is accepting applications for the annual granting of the Bud McCaul Scholarship.  This scholarship is available to any member of Immanuel Church who is furthering their education.  In the past, it has been awarded to a member to pay their tuition for Education for Ministry, and undergraduate college students to assist with expenses. 

Eugene W. "Bud" McCaul, Esq., who practiced law in Richmond and in Hanover County, was a long time member of Immanuel,  and is memorialized with this annually awarded scholarship.  The scholarship fund was established after his death in 2010, and was first awarded in 2011.

You can print and use this form below or get one from the Parish House. Forms may be dropped off to the Parish Office.

The deadline for applications is Thursday, May 4, 2017

Immanuel Old Church Foundation
The Eugene "Bud" McCaul Memorial Scholarship Fund 
Application Form

Date: _______________________

Name: ___________________________________________________

Address:  _________________________________________________


Phone: _______________________


Name of school attending:


Please include a short essay about yourself and your educational plans.  This is a needs-based scholarship.  

The deadline for applications is Thursday, May 4, 2017.   

Return application to:
Immanuel Old Church Foundation
3263 Old Church Rd.
Mechanicsville, VA   23111

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 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,

Spaghetti Supper at Bethlehem Presbyterian

Join our Old Church neighbors on Friday, April 28, 5-6:30pm at Bethlehem Presbyterian Church for a spaghetti supper.  $8 per adult, children 12 and under free

Search Committee Update

The Search Committee is in the process of visiting, listening to, and interviewing some great clergy. Please continue to pray for us!  Dear Lord, Surround us this night with your abundant love. Guide our hearts and minds in a way that is pleasing to you. Give us patience to do your work, wisdom to seek the desires of our congregation, and the ability to use the gifts you provide us in our search for a new rector. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen. The Search Committee: Jim Trimble, Whitney Anderson, Pat Cowling, Boo Elmore, Suzy Miller, Alex Wilson, and Nerine Woodard.


There are many families out there who need food, and CornerStone Food Bank folks work hard to help as many as possible! April's suggested items are fish, vegetables, and beans.

The Calendar for April 26 - May 3

Wednesday, April 26  
  • 7:30-9pm - Choir Rehearsal
Friday, April 28  
  • Parish Office Closed
Saturday, April 29
  • Parish House rented
Third Sunday of Easter, April 30
  • 10am - Holy Eucharist
  • 11:15am - Refreshments & Adult Christian Education
Monday, May 1 - Wednesday, May 3
  • Parish Office closed
Monday, May 1 
  • 6:45pm - EfM

Tuesday, May 2 

  • 6:30pm - Cub Scouts
  • 7pm - Venture Crew

Wednesday, May 3 

  • 7:30-9pm - Choir Rehearsal