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March 19, 2020 Emmanuel's E-News
Greetings from
Emmanuel Episcopal Church!

This Sunday is Laetere Sunday, the Fourth Sunday in Lent. 

From Rev. Ellen

Dear Friends,  

What is Compline?

Compline is one of my favorite services found in the Book of Common Prayer.    It is descended from the night prayers said before bed at the end of the monastic round of daily prayer.   It has this re-occuring prayer that we say together: "Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace."  I think it points to the way God asks us to place all our cares and worries upon Him.  That we are not alone, even when we are alone in our homes.  God is always with us guiding and guarding us.

Please join us on Wednesdays. 7:30pm will be social time and the prayer will begin at 8pm.  We hope it will be a nice way to acknowledge the middle of the week, come together, and to recognize that God continues to love us and is with us no matter what we will face.

Hope to see you there!
Peace,  Ellen+

The Colors and Symbols of Lent, part 2

In Roman Catholic and Anglican traditions, as well as some Protestant traditions, the fourth Sunday of Lent is known as Laetere Sunday, a Latin imperative meaning "rejoice!").  

In the midst of the more somber tone of penitence during Lent, this Sunday anticipates the resurrection of Jesus, a day of hope in light of the coming Easter Sunday.  As such, it parallels the third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday with the theme of celebration for the imminent work of God in the world. 

In traditions that observe Laetere Sunday, Rose is used as a sanctuary color for that Sunday, a lightening of the purple of Advent with the white of celebration.

Adapted from:   
CRI/Voice, Institut e-Dennis Bratcher, Copyright © 2017, Dennis Bratcher 

Online Worship at Emmanuel

Even in these chaotic times we can gather for worship and fellowship.

ComplineWednesday EveningsCompline 
Fellowship and check-in time begins at 7:30pm and prayer begins at 8:00pm. You can join us in two different ways:
1. ZOOM! Click HERE to install and view on Zoom on your computer or tablet (best choice).
2. Dial (312)626-6799 from your phone and enter the meeting ID 777 148 332.

PrayerSunday Mornings: Morning Prayer
Fellowship and check-in time begins at 9:30am and the service begins at 10:00am. You can join us in three different ways:
1. ZOOM! Click HERE to install and view on Zoom on your computer or tablet (best choice).
2. Dial (312)626-6799 from your phone and enter the meeting ID 671 624 114.
3.  Watch on Facebook Live via Emmanuel's public page. Fellowship will not be streamed so this will begin at 10am. You will also be about 20 seconds behind live and thus cannot interact with other people.

Click HERE for more information on connecting online for prayer at Emmanuel.

Queen of Hearts News: Update

Paul M. was obviously not present. His card 43 revealed the Jack of Hearts!. Close!!! 

The next drawing date is to be determined. Stay tuned.

Barrel house Social is closed until further notice. To be fair to our loyal players there and at Emmanuel, we will suspend drawings until further notice.
The pot now stands at $20,510!
Please check this space for the announcement of our next drawing of this season's Queen of Hearts Ra ffle. Drawings will be at Barrel House Social, w ho also live streams the drawing to their TV and FB page.
Barrel House Social is located at 100 W Burlington. Plenty of free parking in the Calen dar lot. 
Click on the heart for the new rules.
Remember: You can't win if you don't play!  
Pipe Organ Project

Emmanuel Family Portrait Project

In joyous celebration of the many unique individuals and families in our congregation, we are excited to announce a new photo documentation project of the identity of our members, new and old. 
We kindly ask your assistance. Please send a photograph of yourself and/or your family
to imagineartstudio@sbcglobal.net. WE ARE LOOKING FOR 100% PARTICIPATION. You and your loved ones can look forward to your image and words becoming part of a display, to be located just outside the rector's office. 
(Christmas card photos, vacation photos, photos taken at church... all acceptable!)
1. Take or find a photo of you and/or your family. (Digital or printed)
2. Complete this sentence: "We/I belong to Emmanuel because..."
3. Email your response and photo to Vestry Member Rachel Weaver Rivera at imagineartstudio@sbcglobal.net, text it to her at (773) 203-6659, give it to her in person, or leave it in her mail box in the mail room.

Magdalene House Benefit

Don't Miss Out! Early Bird Tickets Available through 4/1!

Upcoming Meetings at-a-glance
Vestry Committees                       cancelled
Vestry Meeting                               March 24
POP Committee                             April 2
Vestry Meeting                               April 14
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.
Vestry Minutes  
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Emmanuel Weekly Schedule: UPDATE

Worship Schedule
7:30 pm- Compline

9:30 am- Morning Prayer

The regular church schedule is suspended until further notice.

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: 
Joseph, Guardian of our Lord
Feast Day: March 19 

All that we know of Joseph we learn from the first two chapters of  Matthew and of Luke. Otherwise he is mentioned only in passing in Luke 3:23; John 1:45; John 6:42 as the supposed father of Jesus. (Mark does not mention him at all.)
In the face of circumstances where a man of lesser character might have reacted very differently, Joseph graciously assumed the role of Jesus' father. He is well remembered in Christian tradition for the love he showed to the boy Jesus, and for his tender affection and care for Mary, during the twelve years and more that he was their protector.
Joseph was a pious Jew, a descendant of David, and a carpenter by trade. (The Gospels use the Greek word Tekton, which means "builder," as in "architect." It has been suggested that he may have been a mason or a metalworker, or a building contractor.
In favor of the traditional translation, we have a remark in the writings of  Justin Martyr, who was born in Palestine, probably around 100, and who tells us that he has seen plows and ox-yokes still in use which were said to have been made in the carpenter-shop at Nazareth. We may not believe that the particular claims were all accurate, but they are testimony to what the Christians of Palestine in the early second century believed that Joseph's occupation had been, and this may be an idea continuously handed down in the community there since the early first century.
Because of the silence of the Gospels, and because Jesus entrusted Mary to the care of John, it is generally believed that Joseph died a natural death after the visit to Jerusalem when Jesus was twelve (Luke 2:41-51), but before the Baptism of Jesus when He was thirty. Joseph's influence during those early years must have been tremendous. When Jesus spoke of God as being like a loving Father, He was using a word that he had first learned as a child to apply to Joseph.
Joseph stands as a testimony to the value of simple everyday human things, and especially that human thing called "fatherhood."
(Source: The Society of Archbishop Justus)

UPDATE: New Classes at the  Kensington Art Center
***classes are suspended until further notice***


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In This Issue
The Colors and Symbols of Lent, part 2
Online Worship at Emmanuel
Queen of Hearts News: Update
Emmanuel Family Portrait Project
Magdalene House Benefit: Early Bird Tickets Available
Upcoming Meetings at-a-glance
Listen to Emmanuel Sunday Sermons Online
UPDATE: Emmanuel Weekly Schedule
Saint of the Week
UPDATE: New Classes at the Kensington Art Center
Sounds in the Sanctuary
The Last Word
News from the Diocese: We Are Still the Hands and Heart of Jesus- A Message from Bishop Lee
Stained Glass Window
Jesus healing the blind man

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