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January 11, 2018 Emmanuel's E-News
Greetings from
Emmanuel Episcopal Church!

This Sunday is the Second Sunday after the Epiphany. 
Rev. David Jackson will celebrate and Rev. Ellen will preach.

We look forward to seeing you in church! 

The Season of Epiphany: Wise men Still Worship Him 
Epiphany means "manifestation" and is the official Season for proclaiming the identity of Christ.  Epiphany begins at sundown the day before January 6, the day commemorating the Wise Men coming to Bethlehem to worship the Baby Jesus (in the Western Church -- the Eastern Church commemorates our Lord's baptism on January 6).  Epiphany is a season of worship, as the whole world follows the Wise Men to find and honor Jesus.  The color of Epiphany is green.
Today we tend to celebrate our Holidays (Holy Days) as individual days, and so we like to celebrate the Magi as part of the Christmas Nativity---why single them out again in early January?
In previous times (and still in some countries, such as Mexico) it was "the twelve days of Christmas" (like the Song), and then the Wise Men "arrive", and while they are "here" it is the Epiphany Season.  
  • The Baptism of Our Lord, on the Sunday after the Epiphany
  • The Presentation
  • The Last Sunday after the Epiphany is Transfiguration Day
Source: www.prayerfoundation.org

The Bishop is coming, the Bishop is coming!
As you may know, Bishop Lee will be making his biennial visitation to Emmanuel on May 6th. At that time, we will celebrate the Confirmation of a number of our youth who have been going through a two-year class in preparation. But Confirmation is not just for teenagers! Adults are welcome too! In fact, there are three possibilities for adults:
  1. Confirmation: If you were baptized but have never been confirmed
  2. Reception: If you were confirmed in another denomination (Roman Catholic, Lutheran, etc.) and would like to be formally received into the Episcopal Church
  3. Reaffirmation: If you have been confirmed or received in the Episcopal Church, but would like to reaffirm your faith in front of the bishop
All of these present a special opportunity to have the Bishop, who stands in line from the original Apostles, confer a special blessing upon you individually. 

In preparation for that, we will have an organizational meeting at 9am on Sunday, January 21st in Beaudway Hall. Please come and bring any questions you may have. Then, beginning on Sunday, February 4th, we will use the Adult Forum hour to go over some of the basics of our tradition, including our history and worship. That will be our adult "Confirmation Class", but it is open to all who wish to learn more about the Episcopal way of being Christian.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church named to the National Register of Historic Places

We are pleased to announce that Emmanuel Episcopal Church has been named to the National Register of Historic Places. 
The church is only the third individual building in La Grange to be added to the registry. 
Thank you to Katherine Clark and Michael Bolton for all their hard work in securing this recognition.

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ECW Winter Tea
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Valentine Winter Tea
Sunday February 11th
3-5 pm

All women are invited to warm their hearts and souls by the fireplace in Beaudway during our annual winter tea.

Tea CupPlease bring a finger sandwich or dessert to share. 

If you would like to dress a table, please let Stephanie  Morse know via email  morse.stephanie.a@gmail.com .

Budget Meeting Sunday, January 14th at 11am

Vestry Meeting Tuesday, January 16th at 7pm

POP Organ Meeting Monday, January 22nd at 6.30pm

Annual Meeting Sunday, January 28th at 10am *One Service that Sunday at 9am
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Emmanuel Weekly Schedule

7:15 am- Contemplation & Meditation

9:30 am- Healing and Anointing Service 

7:15 am- Contemplation & Meditation

9:00 am- Bible Study
Worship Schedule

8:00 am- Said Mass Rite II
10:00 am- Choral Mass Rite II

Planning an Event? Calendar


All event dates MUST be sent to the Parish Administrator so that they can be entered on the website calendar.  This is the master calendar.  If you are planning an event, click on the calendar graphic to find out if your event conflicts with other activities.   

special Special Budget Meeting

There will be a joint meeting of the Finance Committee and the Vestry on Sunday, January 14 at 11 a.m. for the purpose of balancing the 2018 budget.  This is an open meeting - parish members are welcome to attend.

Vestry Nominations Vestry Lapel Pin trimmed

Please submit all nominations for Vestry to the church office or Judy at admin@eeclg.org.  Nominees must be members in good standing- participating, attending, and pledging.  
Click on the Vestry pin for the Nomination form; forms can also be found at the entrances of the church.
Please contact Cindy Mottl, Senior Warden, or Sue Jasiak, Junior Warden, with any questions.

Vestry Minutes  
Click on the dates below to view the minutes of the respective Vestry meeting:

AnnualAnnual Meeting

Save the date! Emmanuel's Annual Meeting will be held on January 28th and there will be just one service that morning.

Saint of the Week: William Laud, Archbishop and Martyr 

10 January 1645

William Laud, born in 1573, was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1633 to 1645 in the days of King Charles I. It was a turbulent time throughout, one of violent divisions in the Church of England, eventually culminating in the English Civil War.
An example is the surplice controversy. In the late 1500's and early 1600's, there were Christians in England who objected to the garment called the surplice. When participating in the services of Morning and Evening Prayer in Church, clergy, including choir members, normally wore a cassock (a black, floor-length, fairly tight-fitting garment) covered by a surplice (a white, knee-length, fairly loose garment with loose sleeves). The Puritans objected to the surplice (a) as not mentioned in the Bible, and (b) as something that the Roman Catholics had worn before the Reformation, which made it one of the props of idolatrous worship, and marked anyone who wore it as an idolater.
Archbishop Laud regarded it as a seemly, dignified, garment. The Puritans thought differently, and violently interrupted services at which the surplice was worn. On one occasion, a group of Puritans broke into an Oxford chapel the night before a service and stole the surplices, which they thrust into a the dung-pit of a privy. Again, a woman marched into Lichfield Cathedral, accompanied by the town clerk and his wife, and ruined the altar hangings with a bucket of pitch.
Under English Law, it was part of Laud's office as Archbishop to maintain order and to punish offences against the peace of the Church. He made it his practice to proceed not only against poor and obscure offenders, but also, perhaps especially, against rich and powerful ones. It is well that men should be equal before the law, but his integrity on this point ultimately cost Laud his life.  
In 1637 an attempt was made to introduce the Book of Common Prayer into general use in Scotland, and it immediately caused rioting. In February of 1638, Scottish leaders signed the National Covenant, by which they pledged themselves to uphold the Puritan position by force, and by the end of the year they had voted to depose and excommunicate every bishop in Scotland. The unrest spread to England, and in 1640 Laud was arrested on a charge of high treason. He was kept in the Tower for four years, and tried in 1644, at the age of seventy-one. He was found guilty, not because there was any evidence of his guilt, but because the House of Commons was determined that he should die.
On the scaffold he prayed: "The Lord receive my soul, and have mercy on me, and bless this kingdom with peace and charity, that there may not be this effusion of Christian blood amongst them."  

Adapted from Justus.anglican.org

Christ Church Cathedral Choir from Oxford, England will be performing at Emmanuel on Friday, April 13. When they came 2 years ago, the concert was a virtual sellout.
Tickets are on sale now - get yours early. This is a fundraiser for the restoration of our Casavant 3062 pipe organ. Enjoy heavenly music while you support the project.

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Annual Celebration of Absalom Jones

Sunday, February 11 at St. Thomas, Chicago 

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In This Issue
The Bishop is coming, the Bishop is coming!
Emmanuel Episcopal Church named to the National Register of Historic Places
ECW Winter Tea
Contemplation & Meditation
Meetings at-a-glance
Emmanuel Weekly Schedule
Planning an Event?
Special Budget Meeting
Vestry Nominations
Minutes of the Vestry
Annual Meeting
Saint of the Week
Christ Church Cathedral Choir from Oxford, England
News from the Diocese: Harvard Law Professor to be Absalom Jones Speaker
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William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury

This  Sunday is The Second Sunday after the Epiphany
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