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January 3, 2019 Emmanuel's E-News
Greetings from
Emmanuel Episcopal Church!

This Sunday is the day of The Epiphany. 
Rev. David Jackson will celebrate and Rev. Ellen will preach.

We look forward to seeing you in church! 

What is The Epiphany? 

Epiphany, also known as "Three Kings Day" and "Twelfth Day," is a Christian Festival commemorated on January 6. It falls on the twelfth day after Christmas, and for some denominations signals the conclusion of the twelve days of the Christmas season. Though many different cultural and denominational customs are practiced, in general, the feast celebrates the manifestation of God in the form of human flesh through Jesus Christ, his Son.

The word epiphany means "manifestation" or "revelation" and is commonly linked in Western Christianity with the visit of the wise men (Magi) to the Christ child. Through the Magi, Christ revealed himself to the gentiles. In Eastern Christianity, Epiphany puts emphasis on the baptism of Jesus by John, with Christ revealing himself to the world as God's own Son. Likewise, on Epiphany some denominations commemorate Jesus' miracle of turning water into wine, signifying the manifestation of Christ's divinity as well. 


Get your chance to grab a goodie from the "Awesome Bucket of Candy!"
Emmanuel Sunday Adult Formation

This year, don't get stuck in that same old rut of making and breaking resolutions. Kick off 2019 with a fresh new perspective on change. Join us for courageous conversations inspired by Brene Brown's book, Daring Greatly. Reconsider the story you are telling yourself and make room for taking risks and opening up to new possibilities. 
Discover your core values and vulnerabilities and their relationship to true courage. Enjoy a fun and supportive atmosphere of multi modal experiences including mindful meditation, small group discussion, individual written reflection, and expressive exploration.   
Emmanuel Kids Club

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Annual Meeting

Emmanuel All Parish Mission Trip
MissionPlease join us for Emmanuel's "All Parish Mission Trip" on July 7-13th. We'll be driving to St. Timothy's Episcopal Outreach Center in the Appalachian Region of Kentucky. This will be a working trip where we will be asked to do hard manual work to improve the living conditions for a family in the area.
All parish members who will be in their 13thyear or older are welcome to participate. If you can't attend, but want to help support the trip, donations are welcome! 
Questions, or if you'd like to sign up, please contact Penny Longo at (708) 275-5028. 

Who Likes a Good Challenge?

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Who Likes a Good Challenge? Emmanuelites do!
The Pipe Organ Fundraising committee has been graciously offered a matching challenge by an anonymous cash donor. The challenge applies to new donations (not previously pledged) to the Organ Fund made before January 31st, 2019. Donations will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $2000. 
Help us turn $2000 into $4000!
And don't forget to take your tax deduction on all donations made this year. Talk to a tax pro regarding your circumstances.
Thank you in advance for helping all of us reach our goals!
See Judy or anyone from the Organ committee to make your matching donation.

Challenge Update!

We have now set up a  Benevity.Org account, whereby we can now accept matching donations for the Organ Project, through the Friends of Casavant 3062 charity. Please ask if your employer supports this charitable form.
Benevity is a service organization formed solely for the purpose of approving legitimate charities for large corporations. Many companies like Microsoft and McDonalds match dollar for dollar any donations that their employees make to a registered non-religious charity.  
Friends of Casavant 3062 qualifies for this and is now registered. There is no cost to the receiving charity! If your company is a member of Benevity.org and you make a donation to Friends of Casavant (or any other registered charity of your choice), they may match you up to a dollar for every dollar you give! Your donation could be doubled! What a great holiday gift.
We already have one donation that will be matched from an attendee of the Rising From the Ashes dinner!!!

The Queen of Hearts Raffle
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The Queen of Hearts raffle Benefitting the Friends of Casavant 3062 (501(c)(3) for the restoration of the historic pipe organ at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, La Grange

Drawings will be every Tuesday at Barrel House Social, 100 W. Burlington, 
La Grange at 8.00pm.

Come earlier to buy your last minute tickets, before 7.30pm; winners announced at the Barrel House; 50/50 pot split if not present, 60% if at Barrel House at time of drawing!
Tickets available at BHS every day and EEC on weekends or by request.

These are lots of fun and can run for up to 26 weeks with the pot rolling over again... and again... and again!  


Join us. You just may be the winner!

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Listen to Emmanuel Sunday Sermons Online 

If you were truly inspired by any of the sermons you hear, don't forget you can listen again to the sermons from Emmanuel. They are normally available on our website within a few days of the Sunday service.   
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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.
2019 Vestry Nominations Vestry Lapel Pin trimmed

The vestry is the leadership council of the parish, and new vestry members are elected at the January annual meeting. They work closely with the co-rectors to define the mission and direction of the parish and manage the parish's operations, finances, and property. Vestry members are an example of commitment, participation, and support of the life of the parish.
Over the three-year term, their responsibilities include:
  • Representing the congregation as the fiduciary decision-making body of the parish
  • Serving as a council of advice and support to the clergy 
  • Serving as liaisons on commissions and as members of assigned committees
  • Attending monthly and special meetings, as well as retreats and training sessions; (Vestry meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7pm)
  • Assisting the clergy to seek out and promote lay leadership for present and future needs of the parish
A nominee for vestry must be a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, a faithful worshiper and communicant, a pledger, active in the life and mission of Emmanuel Church, and cannot be a person rotating off the vestry or the spouse or partner of a person remaining on the vestry.
This year we are looking for three people to serve 3-year terms, and one person to serve a 2-year term.  

If you feel called to serve in this ministry, or would like to nominate someone else, click on the Vestry pin graphic for the nomination form.  Forms can also be found at the table outside the church office.

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

7:15 am- Contemplation & Meditation

First Wednesday of the Month (see note)
9:30 am- Healing and Anointing Service 
10:15 am (after service) Bible Study

7:15 am- Contemplation & Meditation
Worship Schedule

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


Please note the next Wednesday Healing and Eucharist is on Wednesday, February 6th, and will be held only on the 1st Wednesday of each month. Thank you.

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.   

Memorable Christians of the Past: 
Gladys Aylward, Missionary to China

3 January, 1970

The "Little Woman" whose great faith carried her to the people of China.
Gladys Aylward's life is remembered around the world as one that defied all expectations. Despite a poor education, a family that had no money, and the disappointment of being told that the China Inland Mission considered her too old to learn the Chinese language, her desire to be a missionary refused to surrender its call. She scraped and saved every penny she could earn and booked an overland rail passage to China on October 15, 1930.

What followed was one of the most remarkable missionary careers imaginable. Over twenty years of service would be given for the people of China, including remaining with her people through the torturous war with Japan. Before her death she would meet the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. In Europe, she met the head of every state she visited, and a movie would be made about her.

One of the great missionaries of this century!
Click on the book cover to read the amazing story of Gladys Aylward.
Book description from Amazon.com

Kenyon College Chasers to Perform at Emmanuel

The Kenyon College Chasers, featuring our own Amanda  Bolton, will be performing at Emmanuel on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 7:30.  Admission is free, but donations will support the group and the Organ Fund.  
The Chasers, Kenyon's oldest a cappella group, perform everything from Amazing Grace to Top 40.  Refreshments will be served.

The Long Shadow

Expand Your Circle: Enrich Your Life - join us to view  The Long Shadow and learn more about the history of race relations in the US.
  • Friday, Jan 11, 2019; 7:00 pm
  • Lyons Township Performing Arts Center (4900 Willow Springs Rd, Western Springs, park in South Lot)
  • Doors open at 6:30
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To reserve your spot, RSVP  HERE (or email
communitydiversity@gmail.com with your name, email address and phone #).

Jazz in the Sanctuary
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UPDATED LINK: Click HERE to purchase tickets.

The Last Word 


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Because God So Loved the World

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's Christmas message  


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In This Issue
Go-Seek-Find- THIS Sunday
Emmanuel Sunday Adult Formation
Emmanuel Kids Club
Annual Meeting
Emmanuel All Parish Mission Trip
Who Likes a Good Challenge?
Queen of Hearts Raffle
Listen to Emmanuel Sunday Sermons Online
2019 Vestry Nominations
Emmanuel Weekly Schedule
Planning an Event?
Memorable Christians of the Past
Kenyon College Chasers to Perform at Emmanuel
The Long Shadow
Jazz in the Sanctuary
The Last Word
News from the Diocese: Because God So Loved the World
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