Wednesday Wireless - April 5, 2017

Wednesday Wireless - Immanuel's Weekly News Update

Join us this Sunday, April 9, for Palm Sunday! We begin in the Parish House, and will process to the church for the rest of the service.

Holy Week Services at Immanuel

Palm Sunday, April 9

  • 10am: Liturgy of the Palms in the Parish House, procession to the Church, and Holy Eucharist in the Church
Maundy Thursday, April 13
  • 7pm Holy Eucharist with Foot Washing in the Church

Good Friday, April 14

  • 7pm Good Friday Liturgy in the Church

Easter Sunday, April 16

  • 9am: Holy Eucharist in the Church
  • 11am: Holy Eucharist in the Church

This Sunday's Music

This week we will have additional guest singers and a percussionist to add to the drama of Palm Sunday.
Hosanna to the King
Music and Text: Craig Courtney

This is a festive Hosanna representing the march into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.  The accompaniment will be percussive with drum, tambourine, and triangle.  There are two solos added to the accumulative choir harmonies.
Offertory Anthem
Behold, We Have Seen Him
Music: Eleanor Daley
Text: Office of Tenebrae
"He was wounded for our transgressions; and with his stripes we are healed."
This beautiful anthem is full of emotion.  The piece is reflective of the Passion story that will be read earlier in the service.
Communion Anthem
When Jesus Wept
Music: William Billings, arr. Gwyneth Walker
Text: Perez Morton
This is a familiar anthem for Holy Week, but this is an interesting arrangement.  The piano part has a music box quality, but the vocals are very plaintive, low and deliberate.  We will also have timpani which is a contrast to the other parts of the anthem.

-Jimmy Hicks
Minister of Music

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: ___________________________________________________




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

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.

Parish Office Hours

Britton Trimble, the Parish Administrator, is generally in the office Mondays-Thursdays, 9am-4pm. She usually takes a 1pm-2pm lunch break.    

Yard Sale for the Pilgrimage

The Yard Sale for the Pilgrimage will be on this coming Saturday, April 8,  7a-12noon in the small shopping center on Lee Davis Road behind the CVS and beside Calabash/Midway.   Contributions of yard sale items are needed, and may be dropped off starting at 1pm on Friday, April 7 to the Parish House.  Alternatively, you can drop off items at the Andersons' house if you have items you'd like to get out of your house now (please call Jason Anderson at 804-382-2937 first). Please see Carol Joyce ( or Jason Anderson ( for more information.

Quiet Prayer Group

This Lenten season's last Quiet Prayer Group will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11.

A simple soup and salad supper beforehand begins promptly at 6 p.m. in the Parish House.

Previous participants say they felt the presence of the Holy Spirit in gentle and moving ways. Often this manifests as relaxation, a welcome gift after work.

Each session includes a period of comfortable silence to listen to whatever the Spirit chooses to reveal. This ancient prayer practice is reported throughout the Old and New Testaments, and in the writings of many disciples and saints.

The convener may lead a gentle visualization designed to deepen the prayer experience. This year's theme will focus on forgiveness, which was requested by previous participants.

Come as you are. No reservations. No commitments.  No experience necessary. You already possess the perfect gifts of gratitude and grace.

If you can't attend in person, please join us in prayer. Friends and prayer requests also are welcome.  

Questions? Requests for individual prayer and meditation coaching sessions? E-mail Betty Booker Morriss at or call/text her cell at (804) 397-9155.

Leave It As You Found It!

When you use things on church property, please be sure to put away, close up, and tidy up what you've used before you leave.  Making sure the kitchen trash has been taken out only takes a few minutes, but it helps so much to cut down on mice, ant, and odor issues.  If you are the last person leaving, please make sure the Parish House doors are shut and locked when you leave!  If you are not sure if you are the last person leaving or not, please take a moment to be sure.

If you are the last person to leave the Parish House, it's up to you to lock up all of the doors and arm the security system.  Please make sure all of the doors in the Parish House are closed and locked! If the system only beeps once when you try to arm it instead of starting the 45 second countdown of beeps, it's not armed. Pull the main door more tightly closed, stand still in front of the alarm panel for a few moments, and try again.  If you set off the alarm by mistake, please call Britton Trimble, Parish Administrator immediately at 814-7342. Please call Britton if you have trouble arming the system.

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,

Adult Christian Education

Join us in the library after refreshments this Sunday as we continue our study on the Gospel of Matthew. Please contact Joan Beal for more information on our Adult Christian Education program.  Christian Education will not meet on Easter Sunday or April 23.

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. Godly Play will not meet on Easter Sunday.

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 5-12

Wednesday, April 5  
  • 7-9pm - Choir Rehearsal
Friday, April 7 
  • Parish Office Closed
Sunday, April 9 - Palm Sunday
  • 9:15am - Choir Practice
  • 10am - Liturgy of the Palms in the Parish House
    followed by Holy Eucharist in church
  • 11:15am - Refreshments
  • 11:15am - Adult Christian Education
Monday, April 10
  • 6:30pm - EfM
Tuesday, April 11              
  • 10am - Wardens' Meeting
  • 6pm - Simple Lenten Dinner in the Parish House, followed by
    7pm - Quiet Prayer in the Church.
  • 6:30pm - Cub Scouts
  • 7pm - Venture Crew
Wednesday, April 12  
  • 7-9pm - Choir Rehearsal