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May 9, 2019   Emmanuel's E-News
Greetings from
Emmanuel Episcopal Church!

This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday of Easter.
Rev. David Jackson will celebrate and Katelyn Gibbons will preach.

We look forward to seeing you in church! 

Why is the Easter Season 50 Days Long?

Easter for Christians is not just one day, but rather a 50-day period. The season of Easter, or Eastertide, begins at sunset on the eve of Easter and ends on Pentecost, the day we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church.
Easter is also more than just an extended celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. In the early church, Lent was a season for new converts to learn about the faith and prepare for baptism on Easter Sunday. The initial purpose of the 50-day Easter season was to continue the faith formation of new Christians.
Today, this extended season gives us time to rejoice and experience what it means when we say Christ is risen. It's the season when we remember our baptisms and how through this sacrament we are, according to the liturgy, "incorporated into Christ's mighty acts of salvation." 
As "Easter people," we also celebrate and ponder the birth of the Church and gifts of the Spirit (Pentecost), and how we are to live as faithful disciples of Christ.

Queen of Hearts Update: Just Amazing!

Queen of hearts raffles now happen Tuesday and Saturday evening at 8 p m. Join the fun at 7 and get your last minute ticket purchases, along with good food and drink and fellowship at Barrel House Social (100 W. Burlington, LaGrange).  
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The Queen is still at large! 

Well, we are down to the last 6 numbers- amazing! Our winner on Tuesday was our own Linda Brongel, who was not present for her $25, but chose card number 17, revealing the Ace of Diamonds!! 

The pot is an incredible $20,500!!!

This Saturday, the 11th of May, is our 49th drawing to give some lucky player a chance to find the Queen of Hearts on our game board.
The ODDS are 1 in 6 that she will be found! The remaining card/envelope choices are:  30, 37, 41, 48, 50, 54.

With the split the pot is sure to break $21,000.  We are expecting a big turnout!!!

Buy your Tickets NOW... and join us at Barrel House Social this Saturday to see if YOU are the lucky winner!  It's worth $25 instant cash if your name is picked, AND an extra 10% of the pot winnings, over the normal 50% if not present.
How would YOU spend $12,600?  Isn't it worth a $20 investment? See Judy at the church, or phone in a PayPal order to her. Your tickets will be processed and added to the barrel! Let's try to have an Emmanuelite win this thing!... Soon.
Bring a friend on Saturday to join the excitement!

Please buy a ticket and keep the prize in our congregation!!
Buy your ticket today at Barrel House or from Judy during business hours. 
Check the game board by Judy's office or the photo above for the latest results.
Please patronize Barrel House any day of the week from 11:30 am 'til closing, as they have been very generous with helping us out. Great food and friendly service await!
The odds of finding the Queen get better each week.  See Judy, Dan, Randy, Kathleen or Stan to buy some tickets. Or purchase at Barrel House at the bar, during business hours 11:30 am 'til 10 PM daily.

Join us. YOU just may be the winner!

We are looking for donations for the following:
  • Scholarships and assistance for our youth to go to the Mission Trip ($385 per person)
    • Contributions towards meals ($100 per meal)
    • Contributions towards the van rental ($1050 for the week) 
Donations can be given in the form of cash, check, or through tithe.ly.  Please make sure that you write "Mission trip" on your envelope, memo line, or in tithe.ly.   

Pastoral Care
Memorial Service Reminder

We extend our condolences to the family of Rev. Howard Lipsey upon his passing. Rev. Lipsey and his family were long time members of Emmanuel and Rev. Lipsey served as a supply priest for us when Father Barr was here. He passed away last November.  
There will be a memorial service for him here at Emmanuel on Saturday, May 11th at 11:00am.  No reception is scheduled.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.

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.

  • Vestry Meeting May 21st. 
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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:
July- no meeting 
May 29, 2018 Special Meeting

Emmanuel Weekly Schedule

7:15 am- Contemplation & Meditation

First Wednesday of the Month
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
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Saint of the Week: Gregory of Nazianzus

9 May 389
Gregory of Nazianzus

There is a traditional list of eight great Doctors (Teachers, Theologians) of the ancient Church. It lists four Western (Latin) Doctors and four Eastern (Greek) Doctors, including Gregory of Nazianzus.  Gregory of Nazianzus, his friend  Basil the Great, and Basil's brother  Gregory of Nyssa, are jointly known as the Cappadocian Fathers (Cappadocia is a region in what is now Central Turkey).

Gregory lived in a turbulent time. In 312, Constantine, having won a battle that made him Emperor of the West, issued a decree that made it no longer a crime to be a Christian. Apostles. After his death in 336, he was succeeded by various of his relatives, one of whom (Julian the Apostate, Emperor 361-363) attempted to restore paganism as the religion of the Empire. 

Gregory of Nazianzus was born about 330. He went to school in Athens with his friend Basil, and with the aforesaid Julian. He and Basil compiled an anthology, called the Philokalia, of the works of the great (but somewhat erratic) Alexandrian theologian, philosopher, and scholar of the previous century, Origen. Later, he went home to assist his father, a bishop, in his struggles against Arianism. 

Meanwhile, his friend Basil had become Archbishop of Caesarea. Faced with a rival Arian bishop at Tyana, he undertook to consolidate his position by maneuvering Gregory into the position of Bishop of Sasima, an unhealthy settlement on the border between the two jurisdictions. Gregory called Sasima "a detestable little place without water or grass or any mark of civilization." He felt "like a bone flung to dogs." He refused to reside at Sasima. Basil accused him of shirking his duty. He accused Basil of making him a pawn in ecclesiastical politics. Their friendship suffered a severe breach, which took some time to heal. Gregory suffered a breakdown and retired to recuperate.

In 379, after the death of the Arian Emperor Valens, Gregory was asked to go to Constantinople to preach there. For thirty years, the city had been controlled by Arians or pagans, and the orthodox did not even have a church there. Gregory went. He converted his own house there into a church and held services in it. There he preached the Five Theological 
Orations   for which he is best known, a series of five sermons on the Trinity and in defense of the deity of Christ. People flocked to hear him preach, and the city was largely won over to the Athanasian (Trinitarian, catholic, orthodox) position by his powers of persuasion. The following year, he was consecrated bishop of Constantinople. He presided at the Council of Constantinople in 381, which confirmed the Athanasian position of the earlier Council of Nicea in 325. 

Having accomplished what he believed to be his mission at Constantinople, and heartily sick of ecclesiastical politics, Gregory resigned and retired to his home town of Nazianzus, where he died in 389.

Condensed from Justus.anglican.org

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What does four hours a 
month mean to you? 
To a person in need, it can mean the world. 
Together with our faith community partners, BEDS will conduct transitional summer shelter for select clients from mid-June to mid-August. We are looking for volunteers to sign-up for shifts and other once a week needs. 
There will be four shifts per night with a minimum of two volunteers per shift, laundry once a week, breakfast supplies for a week and simpler meals supplied for a maximum of 25 clients each evening.
You can sign up for one shift or as many different shifts that will work with your summer schedule as you would like. You can also sign up for a meal team, laundry, or supplies. This program will automatically send you reminders prior to your shift. 
We could not provide these vital programs for our clients without each and every one of our volunteers. 
Please click on the BEDS logo above to sign-up for summer shelter shifts, meals & laundry.
Erin Molek
Volunteer Coordinator
BEDS Plus Care, Inc.
708-354-0858 x113_
Office hours: Tuesday - Thursday

Cook County Assessor Listening Tour

Time to replace your worn out flag?

 Summer is coming and Memorial Day is almost upon us. It's time to retire your tattered, torn, and worn American and POW-MIAflags and replace them with a new one. But just not
sure how to retire them properly?

Well, we can help with that. Just deposit your old flags (large or small) into the box located in the breezeway, and let Boy Scout Troop 111 and VFW Post 2868 take care of the retirement. Flags will be accepted until June 14th which is Flag Day.

Please, no holiday or sports team flags (especially White Sox flags).
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In This Issue
Queen of Hearts Update: Just Amazing!
We need your help
Pastoral Note
Listen to Emmanuel Sunday Sermons Online
Upcoming Meetings at-a-glance
Emmanuel Worship Schedule
Planning an Event?
Saint of the Week
BEDS PLUS: What does four hours a month mean to you?
Cook County Assessor Listening Tour
Time to replace your worn out flag?
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