Wednesday Wireless - November 16, 2016

Wednesday Wireless - Immanuel's Weekly News Update

Music in the Old Church Presents: Sanctuary

Join us in the church on this Saturday evening, November 19 at 7pm for a concert by Sanctuary, St. Stephen's Compline service choir. Tickets are only $15, and will be available at the door. A soup reception will follow in the Parish House. Please see Jimmy Hicks, Minister of Music, or call the Parish Office for more information.

Thanksgiving for the Animals

As the holidays approach, our thoughts often turn to those who are in need and how we can help them. This year, we are going to help animals in need, too! We are collecting pet food, pet items, and money and ask that you get those items in by this coming Sunday, November 20. Collection bins are in the Parish House and the church.  Linden Updike will take our collections to local rescue groups.  Thanks for helping our four-pawed friends!

Men's Shelter Meal Help Needed

We are looking for food donations for both the November and December men's shelter meals. We need: stuffing, vegetables, rolls, soft drinks or milk, dessert, and potatoes. If you can help with November's meal, please get your dishes to the Parish House kitchen by this Sunday, November 20. The deadline for December's meal is December 18. Please let Teresa Davis at know if you can help and what you are bringing.

Vestry Reviews the 2017 Proposed Budget

At the November vestry meeting we reviewed the Proposed 2017 Budget. The vestry felt that a summary of this information should be shared with our congregation.  This discussion presents a summary of our income/expenses and has not been finalized (to be finalized at the December 6th meeting).

Income for Immanuel comes from pledges, fund raisers, loose offering, and investment income. Your pledge is the major source. To date we are projecting a total income of $196,000. We have other assets such as the Old Church Foundation, Cemetery Fund, Memorial Fund, Music Ministry Fund, Pastoral Fund, Altar Guild Fund and a few others. These funds are directed for specific uses and in some cases we can only use the income and not the principal.

Our regular expenses are projected to be $236,000 and included many uses such as care of the building and grounds, youth and adult education, evangelism, insurance, office supplies, utilities, worship, outreach, Region XI, diocesan pledge, and payroll with its associated expenses (i.e. FICA, etc.). The vestry has worked hard to keep our salaries competitive (we are not there yet). In addition to regular expenses, for 2017 we need to budget $7,000 to $10,000 for search and moving expenses associated with calling a new rector.

So you can see we have a significant projected deficit for 2017. Even using the projected carry over from 2016 of $23,000 we will come up short by about $26,000. Your Stewardship Committee has is working with enthusiasm to fulfill their mission. Please keep this summary in mind as you consider your pledge for 2017. 

Thank you!

Jeff Piland

Senior Warden

Adult Christian Education

Join us in the library after refreshments on this Sunday, November 13 as Lindsay Ryland gives a presentation on her recent journey on the Camino de Santiago in Spain.  

Coming for Advent: Why This Jubilee? - Ever give thought to the words of the Christmas carols you love to sing? During Advent, we will 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. Books for the study are available.  Let Joan Beal know if you would like one.
Contact Joan Beal for more information on our Adult Christian Education program.


Thanks For Your Help With The Auctions!

Thanks to everyone for their donations to the live and silent auctions! Special thanks to Sally, Belinda, Lindsay, Joan, Harriet, Melanie, and Carol for all their help setting up and working the auction. 

-Teresa Davis and Kay Jewell


Cherub School Movie Night and Basket Collection

On December 2 the Cherub School will be holding The Polar Express movie night!  As part of the fun we would like to have a silent auction for 2 baskets, a "Trim a Tree" basket and a "Christmas Baking" basket.  We are looking for donations of items such as cookie cutters, kitchen baking utensils, baking pans, recipes with ingredients, Christmas towels or oven mitts, ornaments, wrapping paper, ribbon and tape, lights, or anything else fun you can think of to add!  If you are able to donate something please do so by November 30 at the latest.  We appreciate your support, Immanuel! Questions? Please contact Joy Morgan, the Cherub School director.

Outreach Opportunities at Immanuel

As we settle into our normal church schedule I would like to remind everyone of outreach ministries going on at Immanuel.

Cornerstone:  There is a donation bin in the entrance to the sanctuary for canned and box food for the Cornerstone food bank in Aylett.   As fresh foods become less available this time of year your donations become more important.  Please donate as you can.

Habitat for Humanity:  Ever notice the aluminum recycle bins outside the Parrish House entrance?  All recycled aluminum there goes to Hanover Habitat for Humanity.  If you use the transfer station on Verdi Lane, there is a special site to contribute there as well.  Want to get more involved with Habitat for Humanity?  Go to their web site and find an opportunity that fits your ability and interest in their Faith Build projects.  There are more opportunities to be covered; your input is welcome.  

Thank you,

David Jennings


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.

Walk in Love

We invite you to pray for Immanuel as we prepare our church for 2017. The in-gathering of pledge cards was on this past Sunday, but it is not too late to submit a pledge card!  You may drop yours off in the offering plate on Sunday, or drop it by the Parish Office. 

Godly Play

The children gather at 9:55am, and are brought to church to join their families for Holy Communion on a couple of Sundays every month. Remaining Godly Play Sundays in 2016 include November 20, December 4, and December 11. 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. 

Cub Scout Corner

The Cub Scout Calendar through the end of November: 

  • 11/22 - no meeting
  • 11/29 - 6:30 regular meeting

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. 

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 will be constructed of all of our offerings, please bring it to church or drop it by the parish house during office hours. It's a great way use up the leftovers and create a unique shawl with many blessings for its wearer.

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 November 16-23

Wednesday, November 16

  • 7:30pm: Choir

Thursday, November 17

  • 7pm: Cherub Board meeting
Friday, November 18  
  • Parish Office Closed

Saturday, November 19

  • 7pm: Sanctuary concert, followed by a reception in the Parish House

Sunday, November 20

  • 9:55am: Godly Play
  • 10am: Holy Eucharist
  • 11:15am: Refreshments, followed by Adult Christian Education
  • 3pm: Old Church Community Thanksgiving Service at Mt. Zion Baptist Church
Monday, November 21 
  • 6:45pm: EfM
  • 7pm: Venture Crew
Tuesday, November 22   
  • 4:45pm: Yoga
  • 6:30pm: Cub Scouts
  • 7pm: Choir