Wednesday Wireless - August 30, 2017

Trinity by the Sea parishioners boarded up their Port Aransas, Texas church on August 23 before they evacuated. Photo: Trinity by the Sea via the Rev. James Derkits and Facebook.

Wednesday Wireless - Immanuel's Weekly News Update

From the Rector

Dear Immanuel Family,

It is with great excitement that we enter the program year. From the Steak and Oyster Roast to the Music in the Old Church concert series we will have many occasions to gather together beyond our Sunday worship. Formation opportunities include our adult formation program following worship each Sunday as well as Education for Ministry (EFM) on Monday evenings. The Cherub School will soon be at full speed, too. We continue to reach beyond our walls in support of local ministries like CornerStone. Rather than being an exhaustive list of all we do, this is just a taste of things to come. If you are on the fence about a program or ministry at Immanuel, ask a fellow parishioner about it and give it a try.

In looking beyond Old Church, I imagine that many of you have been following the news of Hurricane Harvey and the devastation in Texas and now Louisiana. As Sarah's hometown, Houston is close to the Miller family's heart. We have heard updates from family and friends as well as church leaders in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.

There are two ways we can help right now. First, lift up all of the people impacted by the hurricane in prayer. A common question is, "What does prayer really do?" One outcome of prayer is the reshaping of our actions. So pray for the hungry in Houston, pray for the thirsty in Beaumont, pray for the homeless in Louisiana. Pray for all the people impacted by Harvey such that our actions may be geared towards helping our brothers and sisters in need. Second, if you would like to make a monetary donation, please consider contributing to Episcopal Relief and Development ( or the Episcopal Diocese of Texas ( Both Episcopal institutions are coordinating recovery efforts together and they are worthy recipients of money.

I continue to rejoice in God's call for me to be among you at Immanuel and look forward to our work that lies ahead.



Parish Picnic at Whitehall

Mark your calendars for our annual parish picnic at Whitehall on Sunday, September 17! After our regular Sunday service of Holy Eucharist at 10:00 AM we will travel to Whitehall in Walkerton (approx. 30 minutes from Immanuel) for food, fellowship, and fun on the water. Chicken will be provided. Please bring a side or dessert and contact Boo Elmore at with any questions about the picnic. 


Thanks to all who contributed towards the school supplies drive and undercover project! So far CornerStone has given out 366 backpacks with school supplies to children in King William, King and Queen, Hanover, and Essex. They were also able to provide 28 haircuts and perform blood pressure checks for 35 people. The food pantry, as always, is ongoing. September's suggested donations are: fish, vegetables, and beans.

Adult Formation

After a long summer break, Adult formation will resume on September 24. We will gather in the library following refreshments to continue our study of Matthew. Our focus in this class comes from the work of N.T. Wright, a prominent New Testament theologian. "Tom" Wright emphasizes Jesus as Messiah and Teacher and proposes that His life announced the Kingdom of God on earth. Please join us even if you weren't able to come last year. No preparation is required. For information contact Joan Beal.

Adult Christian Education has a new name at Immanuel: Adult Formation. Engaging the Word in community is one of the ways that we can deepen our spiritual lives and be formed for ministry.

Altar Guild Meeting

Join us on August 31, 2017 at 6:30pm in the Parish House for a meeting with Chris, our new priest. We will discuss his service preferences and help him feel welcomed. We will also work on the schedule for upcoming church holidays.

Please RSVP (regrets only) to Boo Elmore at

Choir Rehearsals

Choir rehearses from 7pm until 9pm tonight, and then takes a break until Sunday, September 17 with a 9am rehearsal before the 10am service. Choir will rehearse on Wednesdays from 7pm until 9pm September 20 through October 11, when it resumes its normal 7:30pm until 9pm Wednesday rehearsal schedule.  Director Jimmy Hicks will be out for the first two weeks in September as he recovers from surgery, but please see him when he returns for more information.

United Thank Offering

Immanuel's annual United Thank Offering (UTO) is underway! UTO boxes are available in the church now.

Immanuel´s Celebration of New Ministry.

On Tuesday, October 3, at 6pm, we will gather for a special worship service with Bishop Ted Gulick to celebrate the work and ministry of our Immanuel church family. A reception will follow in the Parish House. Please join us!

Steak and Oyster Roast

Get excited for our annual Steak & Oyster Roast at Immanuel on Saturday, October 28. Tickets will be going on sale soon!

Parish Office Hours

Regular Parish Office hours are Mondays-Thursdays, 9am-4pm with a 1pm-2pm lunch break. The office will be closed on Labor Day, September 4.   

Calendar for August 30 - September 6

Wednesday, August 30

    *    7-9pm - Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, August 24
    *    Parish Office closed

Sunday, September 3
    *    10am - Holy Eucharist
    *    11:15am - Refreshments

Monday, September 4
    *    Parish Office Closed for Labor Day