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January 7, 2021  Emmanuel's E-News

What is Compline?

Compline is a brief service often consisting of psalms, short passages from scripture, an office hymn, a canticle, a litany, collects and additional prayers. In keeping with the earliest practices of the monastic communities, Compline is offered when the work of the day is completed, and the quietness of evening settles over the hearts and minds of those who have come together in thankfulness for the blessings of the day which has passed, and in anticipation of God’s gift of a new day.

Compline was a late addition to the Anglican liturgical repertoire; the 1979 BCP is the first American edition of the prayer book to include this service. The Americans, per usual liturgically, were 50 years late to the party as the English, Irish, and Scottish all included Compline in their 1920’s texts.

Do not be deceived however, by the lack of Anglican liturgies including Compline because the service itself is not new; it is in fact quite ancient. Dating back to the fourth century, and referenced by St. Benedict, St. Basil, and St. John Chrysostom, Compline has been prayed for century after century. Compline was the last service of the day, to be said by the monks in their dormitories before bed. It was a simple service without flourishes or flashes. 

Adapted from https://complinechoir.org/ and https://anglicancompass.com/

Compline resumes at 8:00 tonight, Thursday Jan. 7, after a brief break for the holidays. Why not click on the candles above and join us for this lovely service?
Looking for a Good Home

Homes are needed for our beautiful white poinsettias. Rev. Dave announced last Sunday that as the season of Epiphany is upon us, the Christmas flowers are being taken down. They are very healthy at the moment but will not last without some loving care.

Please telephone in advance to make sure the office/church is open, tel. (708) 352 1275. You are welcome to come and take them home. Thank you!
Emmanuel Pipe Organ Project

UPDATE: Our Casavant 3062 is now home and is currently being refitted by Jeff Weiler of Chicago!

Like a giant jisaw puzzle, the crew is painstakingly restoring, piece by piece, reconnecting, and refitting all of the thousands of parts, pipes et al.

The Pipe organ refitting resumed on Monday, January 4th, after a small
Christmas Break. Jeff Weiler visited the job on Tuesday and is happy with
the progress so far. The first row of the refurbished key board is installed
and being tested now. 

Donations to POP Fund and Friends of Casavant continue to come in! Thanks to all!!

  • 3 articles are appearing in local papers! Keep your eyes open.

  • We are looking for sponsors for the Jan. 30th re-dedication!
A grand Dedication Concert is planned for January 30th to celebrate Casavant 3062's restoration.

The POP committee is now working on the commemoration plaques for our January dedication. We thank everybody for your generous donations- without you it would not have been possible.

We are preparing the list of all donors who have generously pledged to the POP. Our plan is underway to list donors in four categories on a brass plaque permanently attached to the wall under the pipes.

We want to include everyone's name on the permanent wall plaques thanking those who donated! These are the last weeks for POP donations to be included on the plaques, so this would be the time to get any last-minute donations in. 

If you have not yet given or feel able to top up or simply fulfill your pledged amounts- now is the time. We are including all contributors and want to include you on the dedication plaque. The plaque itself will be in the region of $1500. 

We want to make it reflect our full Emmanuel family, and we have a few short weeks to finalise this. Every dollar is gratefully received and used for the POP project. 

The Pipe Organ Project has earned a total of $268.96 from Amazon Smile!

Thank you to all who have made these purchases with Friends of Casavant 3062 nominated - literally every penny helps! As we count down to our Organ completion don't forget to use Amazon Smile and add Friends of Casavant 3062 as your chosen charity.
Online Pledge Form

Please click on the POP Pledge Form at right to download a copy. The downloaded form may be filled out and emailed to Judy in the office, or printed out and mailed.

Donations may also be made online at: https://emmanuel-lagrange.org/donate_77078

Annual Meeting

Save the date! Emmanuel's Annual Meeting will be held on January 31st.
If you use the giving envelopes, the 2021 envelopes have arrived. Now we will need to decide on a way to distribute them, as we are still isolating.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Wishing the following a 
very Happy Birthday 
for this week in January: 

Hilary M-S, William P

And wishing a Happy Anniversary to Joyce and Peter Grills (62 years!) and Laura and Bill Sirp!
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

Vestry Meeting             January 19, 2021

Annual Meeting 111111January 31, 2021

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. 
Short Takes

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.
2021 Vestry Nominations
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, one person to serve a 1-year term, and a Junior Warden who would then go on to be Senior Warden the following year.

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:
UPDATE: Emmanuel Weekly Schedule



8:00 pm- Compline

9:15 am- Morning Prayer

Planning an Event? 

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. 
The Last Word
Presiding Bishop Curry:
Call to Prayer for the Nation

Yesterday, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry spoke about events at the Capitol on Facebook


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