Wednesday Wireless - March 29, 2017

Wednesday Wireless - Immanuel's Weekly News Update

A glimpse of Spring outside a church window during Quiet Prayer on Tuesday evening. Join us next Tuesday!

Palm Sunday Passion Gospel Readers Still Needed

Thanks to the people who have volunteered to read on Palm Sunday! We are still looking for volunteers to read parts in the Palm Sunday Passion Gospel. If you can help, please email Britton Trimble, Parish Administrator at

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

Altar Guild April Fools Sunday Fun and Meeting

No Fooling! Come join The Altar Guild in a fun filled afternoon of games and planning on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 4pm in the Parish House.

Please bring with you:
  • 1 one wrapped gift for a gift swap with others
    (no more than $10.00 in value)
  • 1 date book
  • 1000 good ideas

Dress casual and food provided!

RSVP to Boo Elmore via email ( or phone at 804-307-6134.

Easter Lilies!

Order your lilies today and help make our church beautiful and festive for Easter! Lilies will come in a 6 1/2 " pot with dark green foil and white bow, 3 to 4 blooms, $15 each.  The ordering deadline is Sunday, April 2.  Order forms are in the church and the Parish House, or you can print and use the one included here below.

Given By:    ______________________________________________________

Lily # 1:   ________________________________________________________

                      In Memory  /  In Honor  /  In Thanksgiving (Circle One)

Lily # 2:   ________________________________________________________  
                      In Memory  /  In Honor  /  In Thanksgiving (Circle One)

Lily # 3:   ________________________________________________________
                      In Memory  /  In Honor  /  In Thanksgiving (Circle One)

Lily # 4:   ________________________________________________________
                      In Memory  /  In Honor  /  In Thanksgiving (Circle One)

Total # of Lilies:  ________ @ $15 each:  $_________  total.

Please return your order form & payment to the Parish Office by Sunday, April 2nd.  Please write Easter Lily in the memo section of your check. Thank you!

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.    

Cherub Art Show: Primary Colors

Tomorrow night, March 30 the Cherub School will hold its annual Primary Colors Art Show from 6:30pm until 8pm.  In the past few years the parish has helped out by supplying the appetizer-type food for the event.  We usually have items like chips and dips, cheese and crackers, cookies, fruit, and veggies. If you can help by making an appetizer, setting up, serving, or cleaning up, please contact Harriet Stout.

We encourage you all to come out and support the Cherub School and enjoy the wonderful creations! This year's art show includes a special section on weather as well as art the students have worked on throughout the year. There are some really lovely raffle items that you can bid on, and original art work items will be available for purchase. Admission is only $10 per person (children 12 and under are free), and all proceeds benefit the Cherub School.

Yard Sale for the Pilgrimage

Mark your calendars for the Yard Sale for the Pilgrimage! It'll be held on 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 Quiet Prayer Group is being held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays in Immanuel's sanctuary. The remaining dates are April 4 and 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.

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.

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! March's suggested items are canned meats, beans, and soup. April's suggested items are fish, vegetables, and beans.

The Calendar for March 29 - April 5

Wednesday, March 29 

  • 6pm - Vestry
  • 7-9pm - Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, March 30
  • 6:30-8pm - Primary Colors Art Show by the Cherub School

Friday, March 31

  • Parish Office Closed
Sunday, April 2 - The Fifth Sunday in Lent
  • 9:15am - Choir Practice
  • 9:55am - Godly Play
  • 10am - Holy Eucharist
  • 11:15am - Refreshments
  • 11:15am - Adult Christian Education
Monday, April 3
  • 6:30pm - EfM
Tuesday, April 4             
  • 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 5 
  • 6pm - Vestry
  • 7pm - Choir Rehearsal