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November 30, 2017 Emmanuel's E-News
Greetings from
Emmanuel Episcopal Church!

This Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent.
Rev. Ellen will celebrate and Saint Nicholas of Myra will preach.

We look forward to seeing you in church! 

Advent is the beginning of the Church Year for most churches in the Western tradition. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, and ends on Christmas Eve. The word Advent means "coming" or "arrival." The focus of the entire season is preparation to celebrate the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent.
     Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, of anticipation, of preparation, of longing. 
     Historically, the primary sanctuary color of Advent is Purple, which is also used during Lent and Holy Week. This is the color of penitence and fasting as well as the color of royalty to welcome the Advent of the King.  Purple is still used in some traditions, but in recent times, Advent has undergone a shift in emphasis, reflected in a change of colors used in many churches.  Except in the Eastern churches, the penitential aspect of the Season has been almost totally replaced by an emphasis on hope and anticipation. Most Protestant churches now use blue to distinguish the Season of Advent from Lent.
     The spirit of Advent is expressed well in the parable of the bridesmaids who are anxiously awaiting the coming of the Bridegroom (Matt 25:1-13). There is profound joy at the Bridegroom's expected coming. And yet a warning of the need for preparation echoes through the parable. But even then, the prayer of Advent is still:
Come, O Come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel!

Advent Weeknight Series
"Get Your Stuff Together"
Our Advent weeknight series will be held on Mondays (December 4, 11, and 18) with dinner at 6:30pm and program at 7. Entitled "Get Your Stuff Together", it aims to provide information about planning for death, to ease the practical burdens at a difficult time for your nearest and dearest, and including topics like:
  • What happens when we die?
  • Funeral planning
  • Wills and estates
  • Dealing with grief
  • Working with a funeral home

Singers needed for Christmas Eve

Throughout the month of December, Wednesday choir rehearsals will focus on music for Christmas Eve Midnight liturgy.  If your schedule does not allow you to sing in the choir throughout the year, consider a 1-hour rehearsal each Wednesday (8-9 pm) leading up to Christmas.  What's more, first Wednesdays are pub nights for Emmanuel choristers.  
Join us Wednesday, December 6th and the choir director will buy you a drink at Palmer's Place following choir rehearsal!  

POP For a Cookie!
Attention all bakers and cookie eaters! We will be having a holiday cookie exchange on Sunday, 12/17 after the 8 am and the 10 am services. Come and fill up a plate with your favorite goodies and buy them by the pound.
We are looking for people to bring several dozen (or more) of their favorite Christmas cookies to donate. Please let Sue Jasiak know if you are willing to bake by signing up on the board in the hallway or by phone or email. (708) 267-2547 or suzannej17@comcast.net. All proceeds will be donated to the organ fund.   

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Holiday Gift Giving

Once again we are collecting gifts for Lawrence Hall students, boys and girls, ages 12 to 21. Tags can be found on the tree at the back of the church or on the tree just inside the sanctuary. Please bring your new, UNWRAPPED gifts to church by December 10th.

Suggestions for gifts include: books, sports equipment, gift cards (Target, Best Buy, grocery stores), hats, gloves, basic clothing (i.e. socks, underwear), blankets, games, art and craft supplies, DVDs, bath and body items. If you would like to include wrapping supplies, they would be welcome.

If you have any questions, please call Ellen Busch, (708) 354-5847. As always, thank you for your continued support of this very important child-centered Episcopal Charity.

Anniversary of Fire 

December 1st, 2017 is the 93rd Anniversary of the Fire; it is also the 143rd Anniversary of our parish.

The fiery destruction of Emmanuel's original church building on the night of December 1st, 1924 appears in William Ruting's Steel Men and Wooden Ladders, a new history of the first sixty years of the La Grange Fire Department.

Click on the photo for more information on the fire and on William Ruting's book.

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Send us your news!  We would like to celebrate your and your family's achievements.  Did your child get into the college he/she wanted?  Did they make the honor roll?  Are they performing in a concert or play?  How about a work promotion or achievement for you or your spouse?   Let us know so your church family can celebrate with you.
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Emmanuel Weekly Schedule

9:30 am- Morning Prayer

9:30 am- Healing and Anointing Service 

7:15 am- Contemplation & Meditation
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.   

Saint of the Week: 
Andrew the Apostle

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Most references to Andrew in the New Testament simply include him on a list of the Twelve Apostles, or group him with his brother, Simon Peter. But he appears acting as an individual three times in the Gospel of John. Before Jesus feeds the Five Thousand, it is Andrew who says, "Here is a lad with five barley loaves and two fish." And the first two disciples whom John reports as attaching themselves to Jesus are Andrew and another disciple. Having met Jesus, Andrew then finds his brother Simon and brings him to Jesus. Thus, on each occasion when he is mentioned as an individual, it is because he is instrumental in bringing others to meet the Saviour. In the Episcopal Church, the Fellowship of Saint Andrew is devoted to encouraging personal evangelism, and the bringing of one's friends and colleagues to a knowledge of the Gospel of Christ.

Just as Andrew was the first of the Apostles, so his feast is taken to be the beginning of the Church Year. The First Sunday of Advent is defined to be the Sunday on or nearest his feast.

Several centuries after the death of Andrew, some of his relics were brought by a missionary named Rule to Scotland, to a place then known as Fife, but now known as St. Andrew's, and best known as the site of a world-famous golf course and club. For this reason, Andrew is the patron of Scotland.

When the Emperor Constantine established the city of Byzantium, or Constantinople, as the new capital of the Roman Empire, replacing Rome, the bishop of Byzantium became very prominent. Byzantium was scorned by the other patriarchates as a new-comer, with no apostles in its history. Byzantium responded with the claim that its founder and first bishop had been Andrew the brother of Peter. They pointed out that Andrew had been the first of all the apostles to follow Jesus, and that he had brought his brother to Jesus. Andrew was thus, in the words of John Chrysostom , "the Peter before Peter." As Russia was Christianized by missionaries from Byzantium, Andrew became the patron not only of Byzantium but also of Russia.

It is said that Andrew was crucified on a Cross Saltire -- an 'X' -shaped cross. His symbol is a Cross Saltire, white on a blue background. This is accordingly the national flag of Scotland. The crosses of George and Andrew were combined to form the Union Jack, or flag of Great Britain, and later the cross of Patrick was added to form the present Union Jack. 

Adapted from justus.angican.org 
Vestry Minutes  
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LTHS Madrigals Holiday Concert

The LTHS Madrigals are coming to Emmanuel again with their Christmas Program. We all love their music and want to support our neighbors, so please come out and represent the Parish on Thursday, December 7th @7.30pm. There is no entrance fee, but freewill donations for the school program and for our Organ are always welcome. Thank you.
Many of our parishioners are alums of this and other wonderful LTHS choir programs.
In the Moon of Wintertime
Hear the William Ferris Chorale in a winter concert like you've never heard us before.  The acclaimed William Ferris Chorale, a 20-voice professional choir, returns with a program celebrating the season of winter. 
 Under the direction of guest conductor Carling FitzSimmons, the chorale will perform music exclusively by contemporary composers, singing works that explore the darkness and light, solitude and companionship, and cold and warmth of this beautiful season.
Special promotion for Emmanuel members: now through December 8, use the code "Emmanuel" at check out to receive $5 off regular ticket prices.

Sunday, December 17, 2017 @ 3:00 PM
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Click on the poster to purchase tickets.

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Love One Another:
Bishop Lee's Convention Sermon 

The 180th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Chicago took place on November 17 and 18. On Saturday, Bishop Lee gave his convention sermon titled "Love One Another."

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In This Issue
Advent Weeknight Series
Singers needed for Christmas Eve
POP For a Cookie!
Lawrence Hall Holiday Gift Giving
Emmanuel History: Anniversary of Fire
Join Us for Morning Prayer
Emmanuel Weekly Schedule
Planning an Event?
Saint of the Week
LTHS Madrigals Holiday Concert.
In the Moon of Wintertime
News from the Diocese- Bishop Lee's Convention Sermon
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