Wednesday Wireless - March 1, 2017

Wednesday Wireless - Immanuel's Weekly News Update

Ash Wednesday, March 1

Today Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. Imposition of Ashes will be held at Noon and 7pm in the church, and the church will be kept at a habitable temperature all day for those who wish to come and pray.

Three Baritones and a Tenor This Saturday!

Three Baritones and a Tenor will perform at 7 p.m. this coming Saturday evening, March 4, in the church. The program will consist of classical songs, spirituals and Broadway music. The performance in the historic church is part of the Music in the Old Church outreach music ministry. A reception featuring savory and sweet pies follows the hour-long performance. For more information, visit or call the Parish Office at (804) 779-3454. Tickets, which support community music enrichment, are $15 per person at the door; $7 for students.

Performers are DeVonté Saunders, a Virginia Commonwealth University senior who has sung leads in the VCU Opera Theater and who studied at the University of Vienna in Austria; and baritones Chase Peak, a VCU graduate who has performed with the Virginia Opera and the Capitol Opera; John Tyndall, a VCU graduate who was a staff soloist at the Riverside Presbyterian Church in NYC and who now sings with the Virginia Chorale, and Jim Smith-Parham, who has sung many musical and operatic roles at the Virginia Opera, Barksdale Theatre and Swift Creek Theatre. He was stage director, accompanist and teacher at Operafestival di Roma, in Rome, Italy. He teaches voice at VCU and at the University of Richmond.

The accompanist is well-known organist and pianist Charles Lindsey, music director at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Petersburg.

This Sunday's Music

We start church with the Great Litany this week and we also have new service music.

Offertory Anthem Lenten Meditation, Jay Althouse

The main theme is "Lord we renew our commitment these forty nights and days. And Lord by your grace help us change our sinful ways."

Communion AnthemLord, Who Throughout These Forty Days, Music: Erick Meyer and Text: Claudia Hernaman

The main theme is a carryover from the Gospel Lesson about Jesus in the wilderness.  "And through these days of penitence, and through thy Passiontide, yea evermore, in life and  death, Jesus! with us abide.


Jimmy Hicks

Soup for the Pilgrimage!

This coming Sunday is the last Soup Sunday! This week's selections are Chili and Minestrone. The donation you give for the soup is up to you, though you are encouraged to give generously! If anyone would like to pre-order soup, just email Peyton Farnsworth, the youth pilgrim coordinating the soup sales, at by Friday, March 3. Whether or not you have pre-ordered, soups will be ready for pickup after the 10am service on Sunday, March 5. 

Pre-orders will be marked and left in the Parish House fridge for pickup on Monday or Tuesday by Cherub families and Immanuel parishioners who could not make it to church on Sunday. Britton Trimble, the Parish Administrator, will handle the Monday and Tuesday pick-ups. 

Inclement Weather Notifications

In the event that inclement weather forces the cancellation of activities or services at Immanuel, we will:

  • Add the details about the cancellation to the Closings List on WTVR Channel 6
  • Email the parish (assuming there is power)
  • Update the parish website (assuming there is power)
  • Update Immanuel's Facebook page (assuming there is power)

Note that The Cherub School follows the Hanover County Schools closings schedule. 


Yoga at Immanuel


Join us for Integral Hatha Yoga on Wednesdays at 6pm in the Parish House, taught by Martha Childress, RYT 200! The recommended donation is $12. Beginner to intermediate levels are welcome; please bring your own mat.  Note that Yoga will not be held on Ash Wednesday, March 1.

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 Office Hours


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


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.


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.


Search Committee Update


The Search Committee is reviewing information submitted by interested clergy. We invite the parish to pray for us as this is our work together. 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! February's suggested items are meat stew, vegetables, & soup. March's suggested items are canned meats, beans, and soup.


Parish House Security


Please be sure that 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. 

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.  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. 


The Calendar for March 1-8


Ash Wednesday, March 1 
  • 12pm - Imposition of Ashes
  • 6:15pm - Choir rehearsal
  • 7pm - Imposition of Ashes
  • 8pm - Choir rehearsal
Friday, March 3 
  • Parish Office Closed

Saturday, March 4

  • 7pm - Music in the Old Church Presents Three Baritones and a Tenor
Sunday, March 5 - The First Sunday in Lent
  • 9:55am - Godly Play
  • 10am - Holy Eucharist
  • 11:15am - Refreshments
  • 11:15am - Adult Christian Education
  • 11:15am - Soup Sales (benefits the Liverpool-Virginia Pilgrimage)
Monday, March 6
  • 6:30pm - EfM
Tuesday, March 7         
  • 6:30pm - Cub Scouts
  • 7pm - Venture Crew
March 8 
  • 6pm - Yoga
  • NO Choir rehearsal