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October 15, 2020    Emmanuel's E-News
Greetings from
Emmanuel Episcopal Church!

This Sunday is The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost.

This is the longest season of the church year, lasting from Pentecost Day until Advent. The year following Epiphany and Pentecost is called Ordinary Time, and includes no major feasts. But it is a time for learning and reflection. 

October 18 is the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

What Is Pentecost? Part 1
If you go back and read the Old Testament, you will discover that Pentecost was one of the Jewish feast days. Only they didn't call it Pentecost. That's the Greek name. The Jews called it the Feast of Harvest or the Feast of Weeks. It is mentioned five places in the first five books - in Exodus 23, Exodus 24, Leviticus 16, Numbers 28, and Deuteronomy 16. 
It was the celebration of the beginning of the early weeks of harvest. In Palestine, there were two harvests each year. The early harvest came during the months of May and June; the final harvest came in the Fall. Pentecost was the celebration of the beginning of the early wheat harvest, which meant that Pentecost always fell sometime during the middle of the month of May or sometimes in early June.

Source: Dr. Ray Pritchard, Christianity.com

Welcome Kate Spelman!
Emmanuel is once again happy to 
welcome Rev. Kate Spelman next Sunday. The Rev. Kate Spelman is an Episcopal priest and former Rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Western Springs. 
Although a native of the Philadelphia area, Rev. Kate considers herself a lifelong Midwesterner, with family scattered around Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan. 

Kate is a graduate of the University of Chicago with a BA in Anthropology and Linguistics and of Yale Divinity School with a Masters of Divinity, and she earned a Diploma of Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School. 

In-Person Holy Eucharist at Emmanuel: 9am
9:00 a.m. Sundays- Rite II 
  • Weather permitting, the service will be held on the west lawn- otherwise we will be inside
  • Please plan to enter from the Kensington side of the church- doors on the east and north sides may be locked
  • Please bring masks and chairs for each person, hand sanitizer and a pen
  • We will be practicing social distancing. Ushers will be available to assist with seating arrangements
  • Please click on the reminder note graphic for additional information
Online Options- UPDATE
  • There will be an online option for those who are unable to attend. Click on the reminder note above for more information
  • Fellowship will be available on Zoom from 8:30- 8:55. The service will stream live on Facebook   at 9:00
  • The Facebook live stream typically begins several minutes after 9:00. If you only see last week's service at the upper right of the Facebook page, watch for a "New Notifications" box to pop up at the lower left of your screen. Click on the box when it appears, and the service will begin streaming at the upper part of your screen.
  • If you do not see the notifications box, check the bell at the upper right of the Facebook page for a red alert badge. Then click on the bell to see if the service broadcast has begun.
  • When the video window appears, click on the lower right of the video for the volume control if needed
  • Additional information, including a link to the Sunday Bulletin, may be found HERE.
NEW: Formation Program
  • There will be no Formation Program this week.

We look forward to seeing you Sunday!

Emmanuel Pipe Organ Project
***The Countdown***

6 weeks to reinstallation!

JL Weiler will be at the church on Monday to start in-house repairs and refitting. Here's a photo from Casavant showing our organ in restoration:

As we count down to our Organ return don't forget to use Amazon Smile and add Friends of Casavant 3062 as your chosen charity.

The Pipe Organ Project has earned $100.54 from Amazon Smile between April and June this year!

Thank you to all who have made these purchases with Friends of Casavant 3062 nominated - literally every penny helps!

Pastoral Care
Pastoral Note

Rev. Dave will be on vacation through Monday, October 19th. During that time, please contact Deacon Bill Rimkus at (708) 705-5383 with any pastoral care or spiritual concerns. 
Please notify the clergy or church office of a hospitalization, pastoral emergency or death.

Fall Garden Clean-Up Day - Oct 18th at 10am

We need some help to finalize the garden work before the winter. We have several very heavy items that need relocating and so we would like some muscle on that day. We are also going to remove a large weedy flower-bed, digging up plants etc, so if you can spare a good few hours for manual labor, we can get it all finished. We will begin after the service, and there is no formation on that day, so please come and join the fun.

Emmanuel Garage Sale

Due to the Coronavirus, we will have mini-sales outside of the church before and after the Sunday service (inside in inclement weather).  
We welcome donations of puzzles and books, which can be left in the breezeway.

Please contact Penny Longo at (708) 275-5028 with any questions.

Thanks in advance for your donations!

Emmanuel Special Days
Wishing the following a very Happy Birthday for this week in October: 

Amanda D and Ron T

Wishing also Leslie & Brian Stahulak, Hilary & Wayne Mottl-Schemer and Carry & Paul Zaras a very happy Wedding Anniversary! 

Memorable Christians of the Past:  
Samuel Isaac Joseph Schereschewsky of Shanghai
Scholar, Translator, Bishop

14 Oct. 1906

Though still restructuring after the Revolutionary War, the Foreign Missionary Society of the Episcopal Church sent out its first missionaries in the 1830's initially to Greece, and then to China and Liberia.  William Boone, the church's first foreign missionary bishop, was consecrated for China in 1844.  While on a fundraising trip to the U.S., he met a seminarian named Samuel Schereschewsky, whom he recruited to return with him to China.
Samuel Isaac Joseph Schereschewsky was a Lithuanian Jew who came to America after years of rabbinical training in Europe.  As a young man, he'd been given a Hebrew translation of the New Testament, and reading it convinced him that Jesus was the Messiah.  In America, he became an Episcopalian and entered seminary.  When bishop Boone came looking for missionaries, Samuel answered the call.  
In China, his extraordinary gift for languages quickly became apparent, and because of his ethnicity and intimate knowledge of Hebrew, translating the Old Testament into Mandarin became his main responsibility.  The job took fourteen years to complete.  Afterward, Samuel was elected Bishop of China, but he was often ill, and longed to return to his translation work. 
One day, while overseeing a construction project, he collapsed from sunstroke with a fever of 108 degrees.  He survived, but lost the use of his limbs.  He and his family returned to the United States.  But Samuel was convinced God still had work for him to do; so, using his one good finger, he typed a revision of his Mandarin Old Testament, followed by a translation of the entire Bible (all 2,500 pages) into Wenli.  

When he was finally able to return to the Orient, he worked on two Chinese Reference Bibles and two more revisions.  As his health slowly failed, Samuel prayed that he would live just long enough to finish these projects.  His prayers were answered.  He completed his task, and died quietly two days later-his last words:  "It is well; it is very well." 
The stained glass window:Samuel Schereschewsky represents the international missionary spirit of the Episcopal Church.  His translations are some of "the greatest trophies of missionary work and learning which the Church has ever given to a foreign land."  He is shown in his wheelchair, with his typewriter and a child reading a Bible, a reminder of his work as well as his handicap, and the inclusion of the disabled within our church.

Source: St. George's Episcopal Church, Dayton, Ohio

Upcoming Meetings at-a-glanc
Vestry Meeting                                 October 20
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At The Kensington Arts Center Children's Art Studio

  • Fab, Fierce Fall 
    • Saturday, October 3 
  • Make it Mask-tastic
    • Saturday, October 17 
  • Beautiful Witches, Bad Dude Wizards!
    • Saturday, October 24 
  • Pop Up Sparkle Haunted Houses 
    • Saturday, October 31 
  • Radical Rainbow Unicorn Art 
    • Saturday, November 7 
  • Terrific Turkeys 
    • Saturday, November 14 
  • Felt Gratitude Quilts! 
    • Saturday, November 21  

Click on the Creation Space graphic for full information >>>

To ENROLL, Call or Text Instructor 
Rachel Weaver Rivera, MFA, LCPC at 773-203-6659

CROP Hunger Walk 2020 

Because of COVID-19 and all of the safety precautions, this year's CROP Hunger Walk will be very different, but the need is greater than ever. The loss of jobs and increase in illness have strained food resources both locally and globally.
The La Grange / Western Springs/ Brookfield CROP Hunger Walk has suggested ways to walk safely in our communities. Individual walkers, families, or safe "pods" may choose to walk in any neighborhood (perhaps near their local church) staying a safe distance apart and wearing masks if not a family. 
Their walk can be done any day between October 16- 25, 2020. Walkers should register online and then ask family, friends, and neighbors to support their effort with an online donation at crophungerwalk.org/lagrangeil. The online donations are preferred, but donations may also be checks made payable to CWS/CROP. 

Beds Logo
Beds Plus was excited and thankful to receive the generous donations of single-serving meals from Emmanuelites. Three large boxes of food were delivered with love, and received with much gratitude. 
Beds staff explained that it would be incredibly helpful if our parish members could continue to collect items to share with families sheltering in place. Specifically the families are in need of:
  • *     20-30 manual can openers
  • *     laundry pods
  • *     dryer fabric softener sheets
Please consider donating one or more of the above items so that we might continue to help support this important lifeline in our community. 

***Please click on the BEDS logo above to view the flyers***

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In This Issue
In-Person Worship at Emmanuel
Emmanuel Pipe Organ Project Countdown UPDATE
Pastoral Note
Fall Garden Clean-Up Day
Emmanuel Garage Sale
Emmanuel Special Days
Memorable Christians of the Past
Listen to Emmanuel Sunday Sermons Online
Emmanuel Weekly Schedule
CROP Hunger Walk 2020
BEDS Plus News
The Last Word
Announcing the Slate of Candidates for XIII Bishop of Chicago: News from the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago
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