Wednesday Wireless - October 5, 2016

Wednesday Wireless - Immanuel's Weekly News Update

Parish Office Hours This Week

Britton Trimble, the Parish Administrator, is on vacation October 1-8.  Thanks to Nerine Woodard, who is in the office 9am-Noon, October 3-6.

Britton is generally in the office Mondays-Thursdays, 9am-4pm. She usually takes a 1pm-2pm lunch break.

Charlie Spigner's Anticipated Return

Charlie is recovering well from his double bypass surgery.  He anticipates returning to church on Sunday, October 16.

Blessing of the Animals Postponed

Blessing of the Animals, originally scheduled for October 8, has been postponed.

Cherub School's Great Start

The Cherub School is off to a great start!  We continue to see an increase in our enrollment, currently we have 67 students registered and expect a few more to add on this fall.  Our maximum enrollment is 78, so we really aren't far from being completely full!  There are many new families in our community and they have found their way to Cherub.  We also continue to pull students from New Kent, King William, and even some from Sandston!

We currently have 5 teachers and 2 assistants.  We are happy to welcome April Miller as our newest teacher.  April was a parent last year and we are pleased to have her on staff this year.  She brings 10 years of experience to our program.  We have had several staff changes in the past few years but are fortunate to always have a list of possible candidates hoping for an opening.  The school is blessed to have such a qualified, loving group of teachers serving our families.  They are what gives Cherub such a wonderful reputation.

It is a busy place around here but everyone seems to be adjusting well.  We did have some tears the first day, but we are seeing fewer and fewer all the time.   More than tears we are seeing lots of smiles, hearing lots of laughter, and receiving lots of hugs!!  What a wonderful experience it is to come to work everyday and know that there are multiple hugs coming your way.  I can't imagine a more rewarding job.

Thank you Immanuel for continuing to provide this ministry to our community.  It is a blessing to work in such a rewarding, loving environment and to be able to meet the needs of these families in our community.  Without this ministry many of these families would not be able to afford to send their children to preschool.  The experiences we provide these children help them to develop social experiences, independence, as well as the academic skills necessary for kindergarten.  We are thankful that 28 years ago Immanuel recognized this need and took the steps to make this school a reality.  May God continue to bless us and give the school many more years of happy Cherubs!

-Joy Morgan, Cherub School Director

BBQ and Oyster Roast and Auctions - Tickets on Sale!

Tickets are on sale as of today through the Parish Office!

Generic letters you can take to businesses to ask for donations are ready! You may get them from the table in the Parish House entryway. 

Help Needed! The auction committee is collecting items and gift certificates for the Silent auction. Please contact Kay Jewell or Belinda Cowling. We are looking for speciality items, art, wine, antiques, etc. for the live auction. Please contact Teresa Davis at 804-339-4189. Let Kay, Teresa, or Belinda know if you can help with checkout and breakdown of tables and rooms after the event.

Strong Backs and Two Trucks Needed for Music in the Old Church Prep

Several strong backs and a couple of trucks are needed to help prepare for the Music in the Old Church Concert. We need your help moving risers from Tucker High School to Holy Comforter Episcopal Church around 1pm on October 12, and from Holy Comforter to Tucker early on October 17. If you can help, please let Jimmy Hicks know!

Adult Christian Education is Back!

Adult Christian Education follows refreshments on Sundays. Join us as we view and discuss a DVD series, Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses. Author Bruce Feiler will take us on an amazing journey to sites of Biblical stories such as Mt. Ararat, the Temple Mount, Mt. Sinai, and St. Catherine's Monastery. Along the way, we'll meet local tour guides, archaeologists, monks, Bedouins, and tribal leaders.  As our host deepens in his faith, we will have the opportunity to explore our own.  No outside reading is required for this series, but you may want to begin reading Genesis in preparation. There is a companion book available. Contact Joan Beal for more information.  On October 9, the group will meet in the Parish House Library.

Pot Luck Luncheon and Planned Giving Presentation

On Sunday, October 9, the Stewardship Committee will be offering a brief presentation on planned giving in the Parish House following the Sunday service. It is open to all who are interested in learning about different ways to make gifts to the programs and ministries of Immanuel. In lieu of refreshments, everyone is asked to bring a dish to share for a pot luck lunch that will precede the presentation and Adult Christian Education. Join us!

Music in the Old Church Returns on October 15

The next Music in the Old Church concert, Songs for the Soul will be held on October 15, 2016 at 4pm at Church of the Holy Comforter, 4819 Monument Ave., Richmond. This year's concert will include music from a variety of composers, and features the beautiful Requiem for the Living by Dan Forrest.  The choir will be accompanied by a ten piece professional orchestra.  If you have questions, or would like to sing, please contact Minister of Music Jimmy Hicks to learn more. Rehearsals are underway!

If you'd like to make a donation to this year's Music in the Old Church, please fill out this form, attach your check, and give it to either Jimmy Hicks, Minister of Music, or Britton Trimble, Parish Administrator, in the Parish Office. You may also mail it in to the church at 3263 Old Church Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23111.  Thank you for your support!

Please print clearly

Name:_____________________________________  Telephone #:________________

Mailing Address:________________________________________________________

City:___________________________________ State:_______ Zip Code:___________

List the name of the person or people you want your donation in honor or in memory of, as you want it to appear in the program. If you prefer to just have your name, write how you want it to appear as well.


Please make checks payable to Immanuel Episcopal Church with Donation to MITOC in the memo line.

Walk in Love

This year's Stewardship program and theme is Walk in Love. If you have not already, please pick up a 2017 pledge card in the Parish House (to the left of the main bulletin board) or the back of the church. We invite you to pray for Immanuel as we prepare our church for 2017.

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. Godly Play Sundays for this semester include October 2, October 16, November 6, November 20, December 4, and December 11.  Age groups are: 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

Immanuel's Cub Scout Pack will be having a recruitment open house on Sunday, October 9, 4:00 to 6:00pm in Immanuel's Parish House.  Please encourage any families with sons ages 1st thru 5th grade to attend and consider joining the cub scouts.  Families living in Old Church or nearby are most likely to be interested in this.

The Cub Scout Calendar for the rest of September & October:

  • 10/9 - 4:00 - 6:00 (Sunday) Open House to recruit new scouts
  • 10/11 - 6:30 regular meeting
  • 10/18 - 6:30 parent/leader meeting (nursery)
  • 10/25 - 6:30 regular meeting
  • 10/29 - (Saturday) Scouting for Food bags out

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.

Update: 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). We've set off several false alarms recently by inputting the wrong code. After 3 false alarms, the Hanover Sheriff's Office will charge us. 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 moment, 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. 

Donations for CornerStone

Fish, vegetables, and beans are the suggested donations for September. Thanks for all that you do to help those in need!

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, 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 October 5-12

Wednesday, October 5 - Thursday, October 6: Parish Office Open 9am-Noon Only!

Wednesday, October 5

  • 7:30pm: Choir
Friday, October 7 
  • Parish Office Closed
Saturday, October 8
  • 10am: MITOC Orchestra Rehearsal at Holy Comforter

Sunday, October 9

  • 10am: Holy Eucharist, The Rev. Pam Webb, Guest Celebrant
  • 11:15am: Pot Luck Luncheon, followed by:
    • Planned Giving Presentation in the Main Room of the Parish House
    • Adult Christian Education in the Parish House Library
  • 7pm: MITOC rehearsal at Holy Comforter
Monday, October 10 
  • 6:45pm: EfM
  • 7pm: Venture Crew
Tuesday, October 11
  • 10am: Wardens' Meeting
  • 4:45pm: Yoga
  • 6:30pm: Cub Scouts
  • 7pm: MITOC rehearsal at Holy Comforter
Wednesday, October 12
  • 7pm: MITOC rehearsal at Holy Comforter