Wednesday Wireless - December 14, 2016

Wednesday Wireless - Immanuel's Weekly News Update

Here's a final peek at our Angel Tree presents and the donated outerwear, all loaded up and ready to go to CornerStone. The CornerStone volunteers will be sorting them this week so that they can be distributed to teens in need this weekend. Thanks to David Jennings and his doggie copilot (you can see the pup in the picture above in the front passenger seat) for hauling the load up to Aylett, and thanks to all who shopped for gifts and donated outerwear.

Greening of the Church on 12/22

The greening of the church will be held on Thursday, December 22 at 6:30 p.m.  Greens will be provided. The congregation is invited to join in the activity and a light supper will be provided.   Please join us for any part of that time that you can spare. 

Confirmations & Bishop's Visit This Sunday!

Join on this coming Sunday, December 18 at 10am for a joyous service of Holy Eucharist with Confirmation!  Congratulations to our confirmands: Dorothy Shaver, Robert Shaver, and Meredith Stout. The Rt. Rev. Edwin F. "Ted" Gulick Jr., our Assistant Bishop, will be visiting us. After the service, we'll gather in the Parish House for a reception honoring the confirmands and welcoming the Assistant Bishop. 

The Christmas Season at Immanuel

We'll hold two services of Holy Eucharist on Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24: 4pm and 11pm. The early service will include the Godly Play Christmas Eve liturgy. The late service will include our choir and candlelight. If you are coming to the late service, you'll want to be here by 10:30pm to join in the carol singing. 

We will not have a service on Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25.

We will have one service of Lessons and Carols and Holy Eucharist on the first Sunday of Christmas, January 1. 

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.  The Parish Office will be closed December 26-27 for the Christmas holiday. 

Adult Christian Formation

Why This Jubilee? Ever give thought to the words of the Christmas carols you love to sing? During Advent, we turn our focus to songs of the season. Join us after refreshments as we sing and explore the meaning of a familiar hymn each week.  Themes for the four Sundays of Advent will be:  The Place, The Men, The Mother, and The Child. Adult Christian Ed will not meet on Dec 25 or Jan 1.  We will resume on Jan 8.  Please contact Joan Beal for more information on our Adult Christian Education program.

December Men's Shelter Meal & Shelter Supplies Help Needed

We are looking for food donations for the December men's shelter meal. We need: stuffing, vegetables, soft drinks or milk, dessert, and potatoes. The deadline for bringing items for December's meal is this coming Sunday, December 18. Please let Teresa Davis at know if you can help and what you are bringing.

Additionally, we are collecting supplies for Safe Harbor shelter. Any of the following are welcome: 

(In the following lists, * denotes items that are currently in great need,  ** denotes linens, which must be new)

Food Items: Boxed Cereal, Oatmeal/Grits, Cream of Wheat, Pancake Mix,Pasta (variety, Tomato/Spaghetti Sauce, Canned/Pouch Tuna, Canned Chicken, Vienna Sausages, Spam, Rice, Boxed Potatoes, Canned Spaghetti, Ravioli, etc., Canned Soups, Juice Boxes, Milk Cartons, Coffee, Tea, Bottled/Jug Spring Water, Distilled Water (for infants), Muffin Mix, Corn Bread/Biscuit Mix, Flour, Sugar, Spices, Cooking Oil, Snack Items (cookies, crackers, cereal bars, canned fruit, etc), Individual Microwaveable Meals, Meal boxes (Hamburger/Chicken/Tuna Helpers or Home Bakes), Peanut Butter/Jelly, Syrup, Ketchup/Mustard, etc.

Art Supplies: Construction paper, Oil pastels, Drawing pads (8.5x11" and 12x18"), Canvas (20x16" or less), Foam stickers with letters/shapes, Glitter, Small paintbrushes

Household Items: Cleaning Products with bleach*, Disinfectant Spray, Cleaning Wipes*, Paper Towels*, Paper Plates/Cups, Kitchen Trash Bags*, Plastic Wrap/Aluminum Foil*, Ziplock baggies, all sizes, Toilet Paper*, Battery-powered lanterns, Sponges, Dish Soap, Dishwasher Detergent*, Laundry Detergent (powdered)*, Laundry Baskets, Batteries (all sizes), Light Bulbs (all sizes),Towels (new or slightly used), Sheets (twin-size)**, Mattress Pads (twin-size)**, Blankets and Comforters**, Bed Pillows**

Personal Items: African American Hair Products*, Hair Brushes*,Soap (bar and hand pump), Feminine Products*, Deodorant, Pain Relievers, Cold and Cough Medicines, Tissues*, Diapers, all sizes*, Pull-Ups, all sizes*, Baby Wipes*, Children/Infant Motrin and Tylenol, Children's Ear Thermometer, Umbrellas, Flashlights with Batteries, Storage Bins

Gift Cards & Bus Tickets: (Often our families arrive at our shelter with few resources or transportation. Bus tickets enable our clients to get to work, while gift cards offer the opportunity to purchase needed items not readily available in our pantry.)  Kroger/Martin's, Wal-Mart/K-Mart/Target, Gas Cards, Dollar Tree, Home Depot/Lowes, Staples/Office Max, CVS/Walgreens (used for prescription meds), GRTC Bus Tickets (can be purchased at Kroger Customer Service)

Just as for the food donations, if you can donate supplies, please let Teresa Davis at know if you can help and what you are bringing.

Godly Play

The children gather at 9:55am, and are brought to church to join their families for Holy Communion. Godly Play resumes on January 15, 2017. 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.

Yoga at Immanuel!

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

Parish House Security System

Keyholders, please be sure you still have your access code and instructions (see Britton Trimble in the Parish Office for a replacement if needed). Please don't trust your memory -  take a moment to review your 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 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. 

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!

The Calendar for December 14-24

Wednesday, December 14
  • 7-9pm: Choir Rehearsal

Thursday & Friday, December 15 & 16

  • 9am: Cherub Christmas Program in the church, with a reception following the program in the Parish House.
Friday, December 16 
  • Parish Office Closed

Saturday, December 17

  • Parish House floors waxed in the morning

Sunday, December 18 - The Fourth Sunday of Advent

  • 10am: Holy Eucharist with Confirmation
  • 11:30am: Reception, followed by Adult Christian Education
Monday, December 19 
  • 6:45pm: EfM
  • 7pm: Venture Crew
Tuesday, December 20 
  • 4:45pm: Yoga
  • 6:15pm: Vestry Meeting
Wednesday, December 21 
  • 7-9pm: Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, December 22

  • 6:30pm: Greening of the Church

Friday, December 23

  • Parish Office Closed

Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24

  • 4pm: Holy Eucharist
  • 10:30pm: Carol Singing
  • 11pm: Holy Eucharist