Wednesday Wireless - August 31, 2016

Wednesday Wireless - Immanuel's Weekly News Update

Fundraiser Night for Immanuel Episcopal Church Youth

Wednesday, August 31st from 5-8pm

A portion of dine in, take out, and token sales at the register will be given back to the church youth; just be sure to mention our group's name to the cashier. We hope to see you all there!

Tonight: Stevi B's Fundraiser for the Pilgrimage

Enjoy Stevi B's pizza and help the 2017 Liverpool-Virginia Pilgramage! Tonight, August 31 and on September 20, 5-9pm, the Pilgrimage will get 10% of all dine in, take out, and token sales. Just be sure to mention Immanuel Episcopal Church Youth to the cashier.

Stevi B's address: 9158 Atlee Rd., Mechanicsville, VA 23116. 

Walk In Love

Your Stewardship Committee has already benn hard at work on the 2017 Stewardship program. This year's program and theme is Walk in Love. Those three words are the beginning of the sentence we often hear spoken at the Offertory during the service of Holy Eucharist. Our stewardship season begins on Sunday, September 18 with a kickoff brunch and Pledge Card pickup. meanwhile, we invite you to pray for Immanuel as we begin preparing our church for 2017.

Glass Repair in the Parish House

A crew from Binswanger Glass just came and replaced all three windows in the Parish House that were broken. They did a great job very quickly, and joked that they'd been to church and were now headed to jail! (Their next job site was at the Henrico County Jail.)

Update: Parish House Security System

Keyholders, please be sure you have have your access code and instructions (see Britton Trimble in the Parish Office for a replacement if needed). We've set off several false alarms recently by inputting the wrong code. After 3 false alarms, the Hanover Sheriff's Office will charge us. Please don't trust your memory - take a moment to review yoru code and the steps to disarm the security system before you unlock the Parish House door.

If you are the last person to leave the Parish House, it's up to you to lock up and arm the security system. 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 moment, 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.

Attention Past and Current Shawl Knitters

If you have any leftover Homespun yarn that you would be willing to consider contributing to a "shawl of many colors" prayer shawl(s) that would be constructed of all of our offerings, please bring it to church or drop it by the parish house during office hours. Its a great way to use up the leftovers and create a uinique shawl with many blessings for its wearer.

Helping Flood Victims in Louisiana

On Sunday we'll take up our last special collection to send to Episcopal Relief and Development to help the flood victims in Louisiana. Please make your checks out to Immanuel and put Flood Assistance in the memo section. If you would prefer to donate to Episcopal Relief and Development directly, go online to or use the form in Sunday's insert to mail your donation directly.

Yoga at Immanuel

Come join us for Integral Hatha Yoga on Tuesdays, 4:45pm - 5:45pm, beginning September 13. The recommended donation is $12. Beginner to intermediate levels are welcome; please bring your own mat. The class is being tought by Martha Childress, RYT 200. Martha has taken 200 hours of training to become certified to teach yoga through the integral school, whiche was founded by Sri Swami Satchidananda, who statea the goal of Yoga is "an easy body, a peaceful mind and a useful life." Contact Martha at if you have questions.

Parish Office Hours & Labor Day

The Parish Office hours are generally Mondays-Thursdays, 9am-1pm and 2pm-4pm. The office will be closed on Labor Day Monday, September 5.

The Rev. Charles Signer's office hours will generally be on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9am-3pm. Rev. Signer encourages Immanuel's parishoners to contact him anytime for urgent pastoral matters at 703-629-5899 or

BBQ and Oyster Roast and Auctions

Generic letters you can take to businesses to ask for donations are ready! You may get them from the table in the Parish House entryway. Tickets will go on sale in the early fall, and we'll let you know when that happens.

Instead of steak, which can be difficult to cook to suit since nearly everyone likes theirs cooked a certain and slightly different way, we're going to try out serving homemade barbecue along with the oysters. It'll still be held on the first Saturday in November, we'll still have the Silent and Live Auctions, and of course we'll still be roasting oysters.

Music in the Old Church Returns

We're ordering music and getting ready to start rehearsals for the next Music in the Old Church concert, Songs for the Soul. It'll be held on October 15, 2016 at 4pm at Church of the Holy Comforter, 4819 Monument Ave., Richmond. This year's concert will include music from a variety of composers, and features the beautiful Requiem for the Living by Dan Forrest. The choir will be accompanied by a ten piece professional orchestra. If you have questions, or would like to sing, please contact Minister of Music Jimmy HIcks to learn more. Rehearsals begin on Sunday evening, September 11.

Adult Christian Education

Adult Christian Education resumes on Sunday, September 25, following refreshments. Join us as we view and discuss a DVD series, Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses. Author Bruce Feller will take us on an amazing journey to sites of Biblical stores such as Mt. Ararat, the Temple Mount, Mt. Sinai, and St. Catherine's Monastery. Along the way, we'll meet local tour guides, archaeologists, monks, Bedouins, and tribal leaders. As our host deepens in his faith, we will have the opportunity to explore our own. No outside reading is required for this series, but you may want to begin reading Genesis in preparation. There is a companion book available. Contact Joan Beal for more information.

Church Inventory - We Need Your Help!

Carol Joyce is leading the effort to update and organize Immanuel's list of assets. In order to do that, we need to inventory all of our physical assets. If you would like to help, please contact Carol Joyce at

Prayer List Update

Our prayer list is very long, and we are in the process of bringing it up to date. So please submit the name(s) of people who need to be on teh list, or people who can be removed. You can do this by filling out a Prayer List Update Card (available in the church and in the Parish House) and placing it in the plate or returning it to the Parish Office. Thank you.

Donations for CornerStone

August's suggested donations include canned meats and beans. Fish, vegetables, and beans are the suggested donations for September. Thanks for all that you do to help those in need!

Shop at Kroger, Help Immanuel!

Have you tried registering your Kroger Card with the Kroger Rewards program? It's a very easy way to benefit Immanuel, and not many of us are doing it. All you have to do is register your Kroger Plus Card online, choose Immanuel (Kroger organization number 82682) under Community Rewards, and whenever you shop at Kroger, Immanuel will get a small percentage back. See Britton Trimble in the Parish Office for more information. Britton will even help you log in and set it up!