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November 29, 2018 Emmanuel's E-News
Greetings from
Emmanuel Episcopal Church!

This Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent.
Rev. Ellen  will celebrate and Rev. David Jackson will preach.

We look forward to seeing you in church! 

A dvent 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!


Get your chance to grab a goodie from the "Awesome Bucket of Candy!"

Make Your Own Advent Wreath
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.   

Emmanuel's choir is a perfect social outlet that adds beauty to our worship and meaning to the Christmas season.   

Thank you!


Christmas Gift Idea

Why not make a donation in the name of a loved one to preserve and restore the historic organ at Emmanuel Episcopal Church? Music is the voice of the soul, and this organ needs to be preserved for the enjoyment of future generations.   
If you would like more information on the project, please click on the illustration. 

Checks can be made out to "Friends of Casavant 3062" and mailed to 203 S. Kensington Ave, La Grange, IL, 60525. 

Santa's Gift Confirmation Cards will be available for your recipient. You can fill them out or we will be happy to do so at your request.
Thank you for considering this request and Merry Christmas!
Advent Quiet Day
To reserve a place you can sign up on the sign up sheet on Sunday, or click on the image of Mary above.

National Register of Historic Places Celebration
The event is now closed for more tickets; thank you for supporting this event. If you have reserved your place at our historic table, the event will be held in the church.  The doors will open at 6:15pm, with the cocktail 'hour' to start at 6:30pm, and dinner to be served around 7:15pm. We will be 
having a silent auction for a few special items. 
Tickets are not being issued, but your name will be on our list at the doors.

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Youth Services 
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 9th.

Suggestions for gifts include: books, sports equipment/apparel, gift cards (Target, Wal-Mart, Old Navy, Visa, grocery store), hats, gloves, scarves, basic clothing (i.e. socks, underwear, sleepware), blankets, personal care items, games, jewelry, bath and body items. 
If you would like to include gift 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.  

Queen of Hearts News
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Next Tuesday  is the 7th Queen of Hearts drawing. The now pot stands at over $2792. 
Remember not to choose numbers 11, 13, 18, 19, 34 & 45 so the odds get more in your favor every week to pick the elusive Queen.
Keep the fun going with your Friends of Casavant 3062 at 7 pm at Barrel House Social. 
The odds of finding the Queen get better each week. Get your tickets now! 
See Judy, Dan, Randy, Stan, or Kathleen to buy some.
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!

click HERE for event flyer

Vestry Meeting                     Dec. 18th
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.   
Register of Attendance and Offering
Sunday, November 25th
Attendance: 96
Offering: $ 4,405.00
on-line giving: $300.00
Our weekly goal to meet our budget is $4,615. 
Thank you for your generosity. 
Short Takes

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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.
Vestry Minutes  
Click on the dates below to view the minutes of the respective Vestry meeting:

Emmanuel Weekly Schedule

7:15 am- Contemplation & Meditation

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

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 

JoyThe Joy of Christmas
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Click HERE  for more information or to order tickets.

WonderChristmas Wonder with the William Ferris Chorale
This December, the William Ferris Chorale presents a concert of sacred music that invites us to contemplate the true wonder and mystery of this most beloved season. 

Guest conductor Benjamin Rivera leads 24 unaccompanied voices in a program celebrating the mystery of the season featuring Francis Poulenc's stunning Quatre Motets pour les temps de Noel and Bob Chilcott's exquisite concert setting of the Great O Antiphons. Works of the season of John Tavener, Herbert Howells, William Mathias, and other well-loved composers of faithful William Ferris Chorale audiences round out an afternoon of choral music sure to give you the right start to this season of waiting and wonder.  

Sunday, December 2, 2018 @ 3:00 PM
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
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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 Tuesday, December 11th @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.

Jazz in the Sanctuary
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Click HERE to purchase tickets.
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In This Issue
Make Your Own Advent Wreath
Singers needed for Christmas Eve!
Christmas Gift Idea
Advent Quiet Day
National Register of Historic Places Celebration
Lawrence Hall Youth Services
Queen of Hearts News
Upcoming Meetings at-a-glance
Listen to Emmanuel Sunday Sermons Online
Register of Attendance and Offering
Emmanuel Weekly Schedule
Planning an Event?
Saint of the Week
The Joy of Christmas: Eclectic Choral Artists
Christmas Wonder with the William Ferris Chorale
LTHS Madrigals Holiday Concert
Jazz in the Sanctuary
The Last Word
News from the Diocese: Discovering Our Nerve
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