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This Week at Emmanuel Church 
May 10 - 17

 
Join us this Sunday at 10 am 
Holy Eucharist  
in the Sanctuary
Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229 -  J.S. Bach


SUNDAY PARKING - the Back Bay Garage on Clarendon Street - address: 500 Boylston St., Boston 02116.  Tickets are available during coffee hour. Your ticket is good for a 3 hour period on Sunday between 8:00am to 8:00pm. The price for 3 hours is $5. Beyond that the regular rate applies.
B-SAFE Update - this Sunday the afghan will be on display!
In early July, we will be providing lunches and snacks at St. Mary's Church in Dorchester and supporting the summer reading, learning, and shared joy that happens each year through this wonderful program. Good news - this year's beautiful afghan is now complete and on display in the Parish Hall after our service on Sunday! It will go one of you lucky people and provide funds for B-SAFE. Buy raffle tickets at coffee hour for $10 each and 3 for $25.  On Friday July 7, we will be hosting a field day for the kids. Please help us put a kid on the bus. Donations of any amount are welcome.  There will be a poster up at coffee hour for the next several weeks. Would you care to come along with the kids on Friday July 7, or help serve lunch either on Wednesday July 5, or on Thursday July 6? We could use your help. Ask your questions at coffee hour or email Peggy Bradley at margaretkbradley@icloud.com .
Thanks to all who knitted and crocheted to make this year's afghan:   Marco Barber, Jaime Bonney, Peggy Bradley, Nancy Coppelman, Beth Garbo, Ann Higgins, Janice Funk, Liz Levin, Nancy Mueller, Ann Roosevelt, Milly Wells, and Pam Werntz.


Vestry Vibes
The Emmanuel Vestry met for our annual retreat on April 21-22 at the Society of St. Margaret Convent in Duxbury.  It was a chilly and wet weekend at the retreat center on Duxbury Bay, a setting well suited to the centering theme for the retreat:  water.  Natalie Finstad from the Leadership Development Institute served ably and creatively as our facilitator, leading us in exploring the idea of "Swimming in the Deep End of Spirituality." Using a variety of tools including readings, discussions, an art project, meditation and others, we got to know each other better and began the process of discerning how the vestry can make a positive impact upon our Emmanuel community in the coming year.  Ideas generated included:
  • tending to the margins of our community, including newcomers at church;
  • refining our role as vestry contacts for each Emmanuelite;
  • planning a rich set of offerings for chapel camp sessions that help people to build community, and to enhance resilience during trying times in our country;
  • building affinity groups for parishioners who would appreciate each other's support and solidarity;
  • exploring additional types of spiritual practices that are meaningful for our community;
  • finding new and better ways to connect with and support the many groups and programs that make Emmanuel their home.
We returned from our retreat renewed and refreshed.

Tom Barber

An invitation from Kevin Neel - 
Join the Chapel Choir! The Chapel Choir is a non-auditioned group that sings for Emmanuel's Chapel services during the summer months (beginning May 28). Singers should have some experience with choral music and be able to read music and match pitch. Rehearsals are before the 10am service. Please let Chapel Choir Director Kevin Neel (kevin.w.neel@gmail.com) know if you plan to sing!



Calling All Multi-Lingual Readers! 
During our worship on the Day of Pentecost -  Sunday, June 4   - Emmanuel Church will observe the tradition of reading the text of Acts 2:1-21 in many languages simultaneously. If you speak (or can even read aloud in) a language other than English, we need your help! We would love to have as many languages as possible represented. If you would like to preview the text in your chosen language, please refer to  https://www.biblegateway.com . Please contact Becky Lightcap ( BLightReb@gmail.com)  ASAP to let her know if you can add your voice to this moving experience.
Bible Study has resumed -
Tuesday morning Bible Study meets in the mornings from 7:30-8:30 a.m. in the Emmanuel Room (through the kitchen of the Parish House). Come whenever you are able to join us for this lively conversation with the Rector. This Bible Study meets in odd-numbered months.
Stewardship Season 
2017 Pledge Season  
We have received 110 pledges and have just passed our budget pledge total of $240,000. We are still in need of more pledges of any amount to reach our modest goal of growing our pledge base. If you have made a pledge for 2017, thank you! If you have not yet, please do! Pledges may be made via email: parishadmin.emmanuel@gmail.com or via pledge card available after the service from one of the wardens or the rector. 

Get involved! 
 
BostonWarm update for the summer months 
This Friday will be BostonWarm's last day at Emmanuel for the summer. They will be relocating to Old South Church and will meet there each Thursday from 9am - 2pm.
Volunteers are still needed!  The sign up link remains the same and is below.  The program will return to Emmanuel the first week of September. 

please click on the link below to volunteer




Join the Altar Guild -
Altar Guild is seeking new volunteers to train for the coming year. If you are interested in learning about what goes on "backstage" before and after services, and are able to volunteer one or two Sundays a month, please contact Ivanna at  iyi@fas.harvard.edu

At Emmanuel -
Name Tags for All
- Because it's always nice to be able to attach a name to a face, we encourage you to wear a name tag. You may find them along the wall in the Parish Hall, alphabetized by FIRST name. And in our efforts to make Emmanuel Church a more welcoming and inclusive community for all, we invite you to put your pronouns (he/him, she/her, etc.) on your name tag. By doing this, we help make Emmanuel Church a more welcoming place for transgender worshippers. If you don't see a name tag along the wall in the Parish Hall, and would like to have one, please find Penny Lane at coffee hour or email her at penelopelane77@gmail.com with your name and pronouns.

Small Wonders is our program for young children and it meets the 1st Sunday of each month, for half an hour during the sermon and prayers of the 10:00 service. We are using the Godly Play curriculum, which is based on Montessori principles. Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach helps them to explore their faith through story, gain religious language and enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play. A simple seasonal/lectionary appropriate story will be told using the Godly Play materials. Curiosity and imagination will be encouraged as the children experience the mystery, joy, and love of God! The program is led by Jaime Bonney and Linnea Massie. Please escort children to the chapel during the end of the Gospel hymn.

Emmanuel Church Photography and Social Media
Communicating through social media helps our efforts to build community and expand our reach to people who are new to Emmanuel, as well as to Emmanuelites around the world. Volunteers help spread the Word by taking photos before, during and after services, posting and sharing online. We value the sanctity of our worship and aim to strike a balance between sharing life at Emmanuel and creating a sacred space for all, filled with wonder, love, thanksgiving and praise. No one will be tagged or identified by name in a photo without their permission and other privacy wishes will be respected on request. If you are interested in helping in these efforts or have concerns please see a vestry member after the service. Please check out Emmanuel's online venues and follow us to help grow our global presence!
Website: www.emmanuelboston.org
Facebook page: Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston
Twitter feed: twitter.com/EmmanuelBoston
This Week @ Emmanuel is linked from our website's homepage and Twitter.

Care Commission 
If you can write notes or make visits, we would love to have your help. Do you know someone who is in the hospital, or confined at home? Know someone who needs a ride to or from a medical appointment, or would just appreciate a visit? The Care Commission wants to help. Contact Pauline Ratta (617-469-2232) or Walter Jonas (617-696-8020) and we will see that a pastoral response is provided.

Musings from the Margins...




- Kate Solow

Reminder of Sanctuary
In a typical week, Emmanuel Church provides sanctuary and hospitality for as many as 1500 people who are living on the various margins of our society because of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, disability, addiction, immigration status, religion, and so on.  Coming together to help lift heavy hearts and carry heavy burdens is what we do, and many hands make light work.  Every single one of us has some capacity to join in this vital mission, thanks to Love. - plw
 
EMMANUEL CHURCH supports the mission of religious, social service, and artistic organizations in Boston by providing space and some staff support for meetings, concerts, events and functions. As our mission states, Emmanuel Church strives for justice and peace. And your financial contributions help us continue to support these organizations vital to the health and spiritual wellness of the City of Boston. We are proud to support the mission of: 

·   AA and Al-Anon Meetings
·   Artists-in-Residence: Sara Peattie, Puppeteer & Ted Southwick, Woodcarver
·   Back Alley Puppet Theater & Free Lending Library
·   Back Bay Chorale: weekly rehearsals
·   Boston Gay Men's Chorus: weekly rehearsals
·   Boston Early Music Festival
·   BostonWarm (see Ecclesia Ministries below)
·   Calliope: weekly rehearsals
·   Central Reform Temple
·   Ecclesia Ministries: BostonWarm day center for people without shelter; and the
   common art studio program for unhoused and marginally housed people
·   Eliot Center: Safe Haven, a transitional shelter for women
·   Emmanuel Music
·   Ethos: weekly GLBT Senior luncheon
·   Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti
·   New England Watercolor Society gallery
·   Onnuri I:um Chapel Korean Presbyterian Campus Ministry
·   Universal Worship in Boston: A Celebration of One Human Family
 

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contact Amanda March, Parish Operations Manager