Wednesday Wireless - November 9, 2016

Wednesday Wireless - Immanuel's Weekly News Update

The Cherub School and the church asr collecting CornerStone Thanksgiving. Pictured are some the items we've gathered so far. Donations are due on November 15.

Altar Guild Meeting

The Altar Guild will meet at 3pm on this coming Sunday, November 13 in the main room of the Parish House.

All members are asked to attend as we talk about scheduling, Christmas, Advent, and more! Are you interested in Altar Guild but haven't joined yet? If so, please join us on this coming Sunday.

Donations for CornerStone Thanksgiving Due on November 15

Thanksgiving items are November's suggested donations. We'll need those in early - by November 15th! Thanks for all that you do to help those in need!

Music in the Old Church Presents: Sanctuary

Join us in the church on 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

Join us in the church on 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.

Adult Christian Education

Join us in the library after refreshments on this Sunday, November 13 as we talk about pilgrimages.

On Sunday, November 20, Lindsay Ryland will give a presentation on her recent journey on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Join us after refreshments. 
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. 

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: 

  • 11/12 (Saturday) hiking outing
  • 11/15 - parent/leader meeting at Allen residence
  • 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 9-16

Wednesday, November 9

  • 7:30pm: Choir

Thursday, November 10

  • 11am: Stewardship Committee Meeting
  • 12:15pm (approximately): Budget Committee Meeting
Friday, November 11 
  • Parish Office Closed

Sunday, November 13

  • 10am: Holy Eucharist
  • 11:15am: Refreshments, followed by Adult Christian Education
  • 3pm: Altar Guild Meeting in the Parish House
Monday, November 14  
  • 6:45pm: EfM
  • 7pm: Venture Crew
Tuesday, November 15  
  • 4:45pm: Yoga
  • 6:15pm: Vestry
  • 6:30pm: Cub Scout Leaders meeting at the Allen residence
Wednesday, November 16 
  • 7:30pm: Choir