Wednesday Wireless - November 23, 2016

Wednesday Wireless - Immanuel's Weekly News Update

Some of the Cherub students get ready to sing at the Cherub Thanksgiving program on November 21st. Each feather on the turkey behind them was made by one of the students!

Baptisms, Confirmations and the Bishop's Visit

Are you interested in being baptized or confirmed during the Bishop Gulick's December 18th visit? If so, please speak with our Interim Rector, the Rev. Charles Spigner, by November 28.

CornerStone Angel Tree

The tree will go up next Monday, but the ornaments are ready for you to take from a basket on the left side table as you enter the Parish House! Please take an ornament and shop for a gift for either a teen boy (red ornaments) or teen girl (green ornaments) ages 13-17. Please use the ornament as the tag for your wrapped gift. Your gifts need to be back by December 11. Thank you for helping those in need this Christmas!

Hats, Scarves, Gloves, Socks, and Coats for CornerStone

CornerStone is gathering coats, gloves, scarves, hats, and socks for all ages. They can even take gently used items. Donations are due in the Parish House by December 11!

December Men's Shelter Meal Help Needed

We are looking for food donations for the December men's shelter meal. We need: stuffing, vegetables, rolls, soft drinks or milk, dessert, and potatoes. The deadline for bringing items 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 coming Sunday for the first Sunday in our Advent program!

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.


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 2016: 

  • 11/29 - 6:30 regular meeting
  • 12/6 - 6:30 regular meeting
  • 12/13 - 6:30 pack meeting with bridging ceremony

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 23-30

Wednesday, November 23

  • No Choir Rehearsal!

Thursday, November 24 - Happy Thanksgiving! 

  • Parish House Rented
  • Parish Office Closed
Friday, November 25 
  • Parish Office Closed

Sunday, November 27 - The First Sunday of Advent

  • 10am: Lessons & Carols and Holy Eucharist
  • 11:15am: Refreshments, followed by Adult Christian Education
Monday, November 28 
  • 6:45pm: EfM
  • 7pm: Venture Crew
Tuesday, November 29 
  • 4:45pm: Yoga
  • 6:30pm: Cub Scouts

Wednesday, November 30

  • No Choir Rehearsal!