Wednesday Wireless - November 1, 2017

The 2017 Steak and Oyster Roast

Wednesday Wireless - Immanuel's Weekly News Update

From the Rector

Dear Immanuel Family,

I was recently having a conversation about the purpose of church. I think of two things immediately.

First, church is a gathering of people that enables us to connect with what was, what is, and what is to come. On All Saints' Sunday, a principal feast day of the church year, we especially remember what was as it shapes our understanding of what is to come. By that I mean that we give thanks for all the saints who have risen to glory in sure and certain hope that we might see more clearly a glimpse of the Heavenly Kingdom.

Second, church is a place of worship where we can create a routine. The routine is that we come together weekly to pray in community. We seek God's forgiveness, we seek God's grace, and we seek God's guidance. We are brought together at the Lord's Table to share the Lord's Supper together. In so doing, we are strengthened for our journey.

I am always reminded of the importance of a prayerful routine when things don't quite go as expected in my life. Maybe it is an event in the news that saddens us or a relationship with a friend that isn't what it used to be. In those moments, I encourage you to return to your routine. Come to church on Sunday. But also come to church any time of any day. Pray and lift up your thoughts to God in our house of worship.  

Preparing for All Saints' Sunday gives us an opportunity to intentionally reflect on the saints in our lives who have gone before us and to recommit ourselves to the daily routine of the Christian life.


All Saints' Sunday

On Sunday, November 5th we will celebrate All Saints' Day. During Holy Eucharist we will name loved ones who have died in the last year. Please email Chris Miller at to add names to the necrology that will be read. 

Stewardship Lunch on November 12

Please join us for lunch after church on Sunday, November 12 to celebrate our Stewardship Season

"All Hearts Open | Corazones Abiertos Para Ti" with Bishop Susan E. Goff

Click on the link to hear Bishop Susan talk in both English and Spanish about how her heart has been opened by God:

Music in the Old Church Presents: Desirée Roots and Friends

Please join us at Immanuel for a concert, Exploring My Roots - From Jazz to Gospel featuring Desirée Roots Centeio on November 11, 2017, 7:00 P.M.. Tickets are $15.00 per person or $25.00 per couple.  Tickets can be bought at the door or by calling the Parish Administrator at 804-779-3454. 

Desirée Roots Centeio didn't really have a choice but to become a singer.  The youngest of five, Desiree grew up in a home that was full of music all the time.  Her older siblings sang and played instruments and her gifted parents were professional musicians in the Gospel and Jazz fields.  She began singing in church at age 4 and church music has continued to be a focus in her life.  She studied Classical Voice at Virginia Union University, but Jazz and Theatre is where she has excelled. She has starred in over 40 productions in local and regional professional theatre through the years, winning awards for many of them.  Her Jazz roots are just as strong as she is very active in The Richmond Jazz Society and recently recorded her own CD, Don't Ever Stop Dreaming.

Golf Outing

On Sunday, November 12 after the Stewardship lunch, anyone who is interested is welcome to join us for an Immanuel Golf Outing. We will head to Queenfield to play 9 holes. This will be a great opportunity for fellowship and fitness. Please speak with Ken Miller or Alex Wilson if you have any questions. 

Landscape Announcement

In September 2016, J.M. Kelley, LTD., historic preservation specialists, surveyed the church. One of the first priorities they named for preserving our beloved Immanuel Church was the removal of the hemlock tree and the maple tree, both of which sit on the side of the church closest to the parish house. The roots of these trees are negatively impacting the foundation of the church and they carry the potential high risk of falling on the church. After assessing multiple bids from arborists, the Landscape Committee made the recommendation to the vestry that we move forward with hiring Medek Tree Service, Inc. for the removal of the two aforementioned trees. The vestry approved this recommendation on Tuesday, October 24th and the work will commence in the coming weeks. 

Adult Formation

We will gather in the library following refreshments on Sunday 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. For information contact Joan Beal.

Godly Play

Godly Play meets on the first, third, and fifth Sundays of each month. Godly Play is a curriculum designed to help children explore faith through stories. Godly Play is open to 3 year olds up to 5th graders.


Thanks for your continued support of CornerStone's food pantry! November's suggested donations are Thanksgiving-related items.

Calendar for November 1-8

Wednesday, November 1 

    *    7:30pm - Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, November 2 

    *    7pm - Cherub Board meeting
Sunday, November 5
    *    9am - Choir Rehearsal
    *    9:55am - Godly Play
    *    10am - Holy Eucharist
    *    11am - Refreshments
    *    11:15am - Adult Formation

Monday, November 6
    *    6:30pm - EfM

Wednesday, November 8
    *    7pm - Choir Rehearsal