Emmanuel’s Vacation Bible School registration is full, but we still need volunteers for the week of July 17-21. Mandatory volunteer training is Tuesday, June 13 at 7:00 p.m. Sign up in the Centrum if you are able to support this ministry with your time & talent. Contact Kathy Uffleman for more information.
This Saturday, May 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., all Emmanuel members of every age are welcome to help either inside or outside our church building. Bring gloves and tools, wheelbarrow, all labeled with name and an appetite for breakfast items and lunch. If rain is heavy, we will work indoors.
Help is needed indoors:
- Nursery cleaning of toys, closets and general cleanup – Look for Jill Cummings in the nursery
- Centrum window washing and general cleanup – Look for supplies and instructions
- Fellowship Hall table and chair storage cleanup – Hang all tablecloths on hangers, install acoustical panels and clean storage area
Help is needed outdoors:
- Weed and plant beds in courtyard, all flower beds, and island areas.
- Plant donations, either perennial or annuals are welcome
- Remove English ivy along fence. Teams who clear the most ivy receive a prize
- Pick up wood and litter and place in pile near house
Contact Nancy Moats for additional information. 703.434.1147
Due to an overwhelming response, online registration for this year’s Vacation Bible School is now closed! Class openings remain ONLY for 4-Year Olds, 5-Year Olds, 4th Grade Missions, and 5th Grade Missions. To register, please come to the church office during business hours (Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.).
To date, more than 100 children have registered to participate this year. We are still in need of volunteers to help with this year’s effort. Here are ways you can help!
Please contact Kathy Uffelman with questions.
Each new weekly hymn of emphasis can be found on Robert Morehead’s website: http://www.rmorehead.com/hymn-of-the-week
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I don’t know what to make of the crazy events of the past year. The Cubs won the World Series! Against so many predictions, a presidential candidate won primaries, then his party’s nomination, and then our national election. The Patriots came from way, way behind to win the Super Bowl. And the film “Moonlight” won “Best Picture of the Year,” even though another film had been announced and its production staff had assembled onstage to receive the Oscar.
Maybe there’s a lesson in all this for us: Don’t count anyone or anything finished before its time. Even when Jesus spoke from the cross, “It is finished!” and breathed his last, his disciples should have remembered what he also said three times before: “And I will be handed over to the authorities to be judged. I will be crucified and die. But on the third day, I will be raised by the power of the Father!” If God can bring the dead back to life, who would doubt God’s power to revive anything?
This is the foundation for our Easter celebration each year, a spiritual season that parallels spring and its many signs of renewal. We bask in the growing warmth and light of the gospel promise—that though we die, our loved ones die, our hopes and dreams die, our spirits and beliefs die—though we face times when all seems lost–God still has a final victory to share. A new cycle of life begins. Nothing on earth is ever truly finished, except Christ’s mission to conquer death and sin and join our lives with his new life!
On the First Sunday of Lent, I shared that the word wilderness means many things in the Bible, including a period of transition. After his baptism, Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness, a transitional time of prayer and fasting that prepared him for his public ministry. I reflected on Emmanuel’s own transitional wilderness, a time of study and reflection, prayer and testing as this congregation prepares to receive a new pastor and begin its next chapter. I have heard some say that Emmanuel “has fallen behind” or “is losing its impact.” “It’s not the church it used to be!” But lest you think Emmanuel is finished, let me share three signs of new life observed that same First Sunday of Lent, reminders to me that the living Christ is still very much at work in our congregation.
The first two signs involved the “Rediscover Jesus” book I made available at the beginning of Lent. A young adult asked if she could have a copy and then asked if there’d be a study group to go with it. For two years, a group of millennials from our parish have been sharing prayer and discussion over the internet on Monday evenings. This group decided to suspend another book study so they could read and share impressions from “Rediscover Jesus.” I have been awed by exchanges with these young men and women, and I give thanks that Emmanuel is blessed with their youthful enthusiasm and faithful participation.
The second sign was a request for the book from a long time member who, except for Christmas and Easter, had been absent for many years. He shared with me a desire to go deeper on his spiritual journey. He resolved to study the book and re-engage with the church. This, too, is a blessing to note, that members return to Emmanuel knowing they’ll receive welcome and support.
The third sign was a visit to a new family that had been worshiping with us. I arrived at their home just as they were beginning a late lunch. I got to witness this young mom and dad encourage their two-year-old to begin their family prayer. As we talked, I learned these parents value Emmanuel’s welcoming of children and emphasis on faith formation. It is exciting for them to know that they and their daughters can share fellowship with other young families in our congregation. And while they asked about difficulties Emmanuel has faced, wanting to assure their offerings would be well invested, they also concluded that every congregation has challenges. They are committed to supporting their new church home as faithfully as possible. What a blessing for Emmanuel to welcome such partners in the gospel.
May these signs help you make Easter more than a holy day observed in spring. Trust the ongoing promise and power of our risen, living Lord—who takes whatever we declare finished and fashions just the right new beginning. Internalize for yourself what that good news means as you embrace God’s promise and boldly step out in faithful discipleship. And let us do the same as a congregation, building on Emmanuel’s strengths and trusting God to breathe spirit and life into all its ministries and ministers.
There’s much reason to sing again, “Alleluia!”~ Pastor Beth
The annual fundraiser to support the Emmanuel Youth Ministry’s trip to the biennial
National ELCA Youth Gathering is back! This year’s event will take place, Saturday, May 6 beginning at 8:00 a.m. It is the biggest fundraiser for the youth ministry, so please help us spread the word!
We are accepting donations beginning Tuesday, May 3. Contact Scott Sharpnack for a list of acceptable items.
Spend a couple of hours volunteering to help organize, sort, and price donations beginning Tuesday, May 3, and continuing through Saturday afternoon. All ages–from youth to the young at heart–are welcome! Sign-up to help here!
Contact Scott Sharpnack with all questions.
Mark your calendars now for Pastor Beth’s Bon Voyage Celebration, Friday, May 19. Festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary, with dinner beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Emmanuel’s new Fellowship Hall.
Instead of a gift from the church, Pastor Beth is asking that you donate to a Haiti Travel Scholarship Fund in support of Emmanuel’s annual mission trip to the Village of Hope. Checks can be made out to Emmanuel, with the note reading “Haiti/Pastor Beth.”
There are several ways for you to participate in Pastor Beth’s celebration. One way is to support Master Chef Matt Crudder’s efforts in the new church kitchen, beginning Thursday, May 18. Another is to volunteer as part of the event set-up crew, be a food server, or assist with decorating. Sign-up to help ASAP in the Centrum. Lastly, if you’re not physically able to volunteer, RSVP to attend by Sunday, May 14. Space is at a premium, and the event committee needs a good head count.
Let’s send Pastor Beth off into retirement in grand style!
We hope you join us for what promises to be a powerful and inspiring week of worship at Emmanuel, as we prepare to celebrate the risen Christ.
Palm Sunday, April 9: 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 6:00 p.m.
Worship services will include the joy and excitement of Jesus’ procession into Jerusalem with palms, and a reading of Jesus’ passion will be an important element of each worship service. A children’s procession will take place at the beginning of each morning service. Pastor Schuetze will be presiding.
Maundy Thursday, April 13: 7:30 p.m.
Commemorate the Last Supper, which included Jesus washing the feet of his disciples, with a message from Pastor Neubauer and music from Revelation.
Good Friday, April 14: 7:30 p.m.
A Tenebrae Service with reflections based on Jesus’ last seven words by Pastor Schuetze and music from the Sanctuary Choir.
Easter Sunday, April 16: 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 6:00 p.m. Celebrate Jesus’ resurrection at each worship service. Each service will have a unique music focus; Revelation will provide music for 8:30 worship. A festival Sunday Liturgy at 11:00 a.m. worship will feature the Sanctuary Choir and a brass trio. A special
Celebrate Jesus’ resurrection at each worship service. Each service will have a unique music focus; Revelation will provide music for 8:30 worship. A festival Sunday Liturgy at 11:00 a.m. worship will feature the Sanctuary Choir and a brass trio. A Christ’s candle processional will happen at 6:00 p.m.
Contact Robert Morehead for more information.
A series of devotional organ recitals including the service of sung Night Prayer will take place Wednesday nights during Lent— March 29
& April 5— from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The music each week will compliment the church-wide book study of “Rediscover Jesus.”
Contact Robert Morehead for more information.
Members of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church will gather with Emmanuel Sunday, April 2 at 4:00 p.m. for dialogue, food, fellowship, and prayers to mark the 500th anniversary year of the Protestant Reformation.
Participants will join at tables for a light meal and fellowship, sharing our common beliefs & mission as brothers and sisters in Christ. Father Matt Hillyard and Pastor Beth Neubauer will lead the discussion and later preside at a 6:00 p.m. Service of Common Prayer in Emmanuel’s Sanctuary.
Everyone is welcome!
Contact Pastor Beth with questions.