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June 25, 2020 Emmanuel's E-News
Greetings from
Emmanuel Episcopal Church!

This Sunday is The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.

Pentecost: Liturgical colors

Green  ( the color of new growth and life ) is the color symbol  for  Ordinary time  ( from   after Pentecost to the beginning of Advent ).

But  "Green" is also the color used for  Epiphany.  Why is that?  

Although  Epiphany is considered a  "Church Season", it is also considered part of  "Ordinary Time" because the Sundays in it are not  named, as they are in all of the other  Church Seasons. 

Weeds Are Overtaking Us!

Kathy Clark and I have been working on the church gardens but the weeds are overtaking us! Would you be willing to help us out on Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m? Our first weeding party is this Thursday, June 25, and will continue each Thursday until we can declare victory over the weeds! Actually, we won't just be weeding, but it will be the priority. Be sure to bring your garden hand tools, gloves, something to drink and a mask. 

 We will stay six feet away from each other but just in case you may want to have your mask. You can come anytime between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. and stay as long as you can. 

I hope you can join us! We could really use the help.


Kim Gebhart

Emmanuel Garage Sale

Due to the Coronavirus, the Emmanuel Garage Sale is tentatively being moved to October 2nd and 3rd.  Please continue to hold items for the sale until September 1st, when we will begin welcoming donations. 
We encourage the following donations:  Furniture in good condition, good quality housewares, working appliances, yard tools, puzzles, games, books, jewelry, linens, bikes, toys, tools, crafts and holiday decorations. Garage Sale

We will be looking again for any donated items; if you have a neighbor who is moving - please pass on our information. 

We are looking forward to another successful sale this year, so please start saving items that you think will sell well. 
Due to the Coronavirus, this year we are not accepting:  Plush animals, clothes, shoes, sets of china, lamps, dolls, ice skates, sports shoes of any kind, helmets, and skis.
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 June:
Janet J, Stan J, Sean D, Chris J

Wishing also Cindy & Dan M, Carolyn & Mylon F, Sally & David W and Julie & Jamie W a very happy Wedding Anniversary!

Summer CREATE! 
At The Kensington Arts Center 
Children's Art Studio
  • Garden art for the wild at heart!  Tuesday, June 23 
  • Beautiful bird-o-rama art!   Thursday, June 25 
  • Amazing art-architect!   Tuesday, June 30 
  • Art you will want to eat!   Tuesday, July 14 
  • Radical Rainbow Unicorn Art!   Tuesday, July 21st 
  • Fashion-Fierce Accessory Art!   Thursday, July 23rd 
  • Viva Mexico Art!   
    Thursday, July 30th 

Presented by professional artist 
Rachel Weaver Rivera, MFA, LCPC.
Click on the Creation Space logo for full details >>
Saint of the Week:
The Nativity of St. John the Baptist
24 June  NT

Jesus called John the greatest of all those who had preceded him: "I tell you, among those born of women, no one is greater than John..." But John would have agreed completely with what Jesus added: "[Y]et the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he" (Luke 7:28).
Luke's gospel records that John was miraculously born to Zechariah and Elizabeth. They were childless and advanced in age when John was conceived. The angel Gabriel told Zechariah that Elizabeth would bear him a son who would be named John. Zechariah received this startling announcement with disbelief, and he was struck speechless. Zechariah's speech was restored on the eighth day after John's birth.
Elizabeth was in the sixth month of her pregnancy when Gabriel appeared to Mary at the Annunciation. Mary was related to Elizabeth, and Gabriel told Mary that Elizabeth had conceived a son in her old age. The feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist was originally associated with the Epiphany, but its observance was moved to June 24 in the west and June 25 in the east. This feast is celebrated about six months before Christmas, as Elizabeth was in the sixth month of her pregnancy at the time of Jesus' conception.
John spent his time in the desert; an ascetic. He was clothed with camel's hair and wore a leather belt. He ate locusts and wild honey. The word of God came to him, and he went into the region around the Jordan River to preach a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins and to call everyone to a fundamental reformation of life. John exhorted the people to live righteously. He told them to share clothes and food with the needy. He urged tax collectors to collect no more than was appointed for them, and he told soldiers to rob no one by violence or false accusation. His baptism, he said, was for repentance. But one would come who would baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire. John was not worthy even to untie his sandals. 
John was humbled to find among the crowd of sinners who came to be baptized the one whom he already knew to be the Messiah, and John told some of his disciples, "This is the man I spoke of." After His baptism by John, Jesus began to preach, and attracted many followers. In fact, many who had been followers of John left him to follow Jesus. Some of John's followers resented this, but he told them: "This is as it should be. My mission is to proclaim the Christ. The groomsman, the bridegroom's friend, who makes the wedding arrangements for the bridegroom, is not jealous of the bridegroom. No more am I of Jesus. He must increase, and I must decrease." (John 3:22-30)

The greatness of John, his pivotal place in the history of salvation, is seen in the great emphasis Luke gives to the announcement of his birth and the event itself-both made prominently parallel to the same occurrences in the life of Jesus. John attracted countless people to the banks of the Jordan, and it occurred to some people that he might be the Messiah. But he constantly deferred to Jesus, even to sending away some of his followers to become the first disciples of Jesus.
King Herod Antipas had divorced his wife and taken Herodias, the wife of his (still living) brother Philip. John rebuked him for this, and Herod, under pressure from Herodias, had John arrested, and eventually beheaded. He is remembered on some calendars on the supposed anniversary of his beheading, 29 August.
John is ranked second only to the Virgin Mary among the saints in the eastern church.
Adapted from  episcopalchurch.org/library, franciscanmedia.org & Justus.anglican.org

Upcoming Meetings at-a-glanc
Vestry Meeting                                 August 11
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Vestry Minutes- UPDATE
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Emmanuel Weekly Schedule

Worship Schedule

7:30 pm- Compline


9:30 am- Morning Prayer

The regular church schedule is suspended until further notice.

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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.   


  BEDS Plus is presently providing over 4000 individual meals a week to shelter clients, at risk clients/families we have housed in motels an d over 100 families and individuals who are housed and experiencing food insecurity. 
We couldn't continue to support these vulnerable individuals at this time without the help of individuals and businesses in the community providing meals on a daily basis.


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In This Issue
Weeds Are Overtaking Us!
Emmanuel Garage Sale
Emmanuel Special Days
Summer CREATE!
Saint of the Week
Upcoming Meetings at-a-glance
Listen to Emmanuel Sunday Sermons Online
Minutes of the Vestry- UPDATE
Emmanuel Weekly Schedule
Meal Train Plus for BEDS
The Last Word
Support the Dream Act: News from the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago
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The Nativity of St. John the Baptist
The Nativity of St. John the Baptist

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