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August 2, 2018   Emmanuel's E-News
Greetings from
Emmanuel Episcopal Church!

This Sunday is the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost.
Rev. Ellen will celebrate and preach.

We look forward to seeing you in church! 

Special Service Schedule August 5
8:00 a.m. - Rite II here at Emmanuel 
10:30 a.m. - Ecumenical Service at Gordon Park
NO 10:00 service at Emmanuel  

togetherll Together Under the Son

Sunday, August 5 th , 2018
10.30am in Gordon Park, La Grange

office hours Summer 2018 

The administration and church office will be closed from Tuesday, August 7th until Saturday, August 18th. 

If you need pastoral care please use the telephone numbers below:
The Rev. Ellen Ekevag  (630) 258-8882
Deacon Bill Rimkus  (708) 705-5383
The Rev. David Jackson  (810) 357-1019 
If you need to deliver items for the Garage Sale, Clarence's hours are Mon, Wed, Fri 8-1pm and Saturdays 8-4pm. 
Thank you.

Willing Gardeners and Help Needed

Enjoy a beautiful garden and looking to support the church? Please come and join us on Thursday mornings, arriving between 8:30and 10am starting on August 9th, and/or on Sundays after church on August 12th, 19th and 26th to de-weed, plant and beautify our now historic gardens. Please bring your own tools, gloves and water! We appreciate any help you can give in this ministry. 
Please contact Kim Gebhart with questions or intent: 
(708) 829-3462. 

Pastoral Care
Pastoral Note

We extend our condolences to Angelo and Kim DiGangi upon the death of Angelo's sister, Maria Ravnic, who passed peacefully away during the night of July 18th.  Please click HERE for the obituary.

Maria was married here at Emmanuel, and we will host a memorial service for her here on Sunday, August 12th at 1:00pm. 
May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace..


It goes by several names: Holy Communion, the Eucharist (which literally means "thanksgiving"), the Lord's Supper, the Mass. But whatever its formal name, this is the family meal for Christians and serves as a reminder that God is with us. As such, all persons are welcome to receive the bread and wine at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. 

While we hope children will always feel welcome to receive communion we have found that around the age of 7 they become curious about the mysteries of the table and want to know more about church and spirituality.  In this 1st Communion curriculum children will have an opportunity to examine closely the furnishing and layout of the church, the sacristy, the baptismal font, the altar area. They will learn the names of the sacred vessels, the sacred furniture and the meanings and symbolism of these items. 

We will also be introducing spirituality and prayer practices. There is an emerging body of research that indicates mindfulness and spiritual practices can help children improve their abilities to pay attention, to calm down when they are upset and to make better decisions.  Children are uniquely suited to benefit from spiritual practices. Habits formed early in life will inform behaviors in adulthood.  In this chaotic world, it is more important than ever to give our children the opportunity and skills to be in the present moment and develop habits that can bring them peace, kindness, and acceptance.  

We welcome any children ages 7-9 to join us for our first communion class.  To register please click HERE.  
No Church affiliation is required.  There is a fee of $30 to cover the materials we use for the class. 

Class Details:
Place: Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 203 S. Kensington, La Grange IL
When: Sundays 11:15-12:15 August 19th, August 26th, September 9th, and September 16th
Cost: $30

No Church Affiliation Required but Curiosity is Encouraged!
The First Communion Service
10am Sunday, September 23rd at Emmanuel Episcopal Church

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.  Click HERE for the full list.

Emmanuel Garage Sale

The Emmanuel garage sale is planned for Friday, August 24th  Garage Saleand Saturday, August 25th.  

We do not want large sports equipment, adult clothes, or TVs, as they do not sell. 

Pick-up may be possible - please contact Penny Longo at (708) 275-5028. 
Sorting has begun in earnest and it would help to take all toys, and small sports equipment down to the swamp. The nursery will not be in use for the summer. 
Thank you!

MeetingsUpcoming Meetings at-a-glance
Vestry Meeting            August 21 st

         All Committee Night    August 30th 

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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 
10:00 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: 
Joseph of Arimathaea, Burier of Jesus

1 August NT

The Gospels tell us that after the death of Jesus, Joseph of Arimathaea, a wealthy member of the Council, asked Pilate for the body of Jesus, and buried it with honor in the tomb he had intended for himself. This is our only information about him from writers of his own century.

Later tradition has embellished this account. It is said that Joseph was a distant relative of the family of Jesus; that he derived his wealth from tin mines in Cornwall, which he visited from time to time; and that Jesus as a teen-ager accompanied Joseph on one such visit. This is the background of the poem "Jerusalem," by William Blake (1757-1827):
And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England's mountains green?
    And was the holy Lamb of God
On England's pleasant pastures seen?
    And did the countenance divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
    And was Jerusalem builded here
Among those dark satanic mills?
Bring me my bow of burning gold!
Bring me my arrows of desire!
    Bring me my spear! O clouds, unfold!
Bring me my chariot of fire!
    I will not cease from mental fight,
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand,
    Till we have built Jerusalem
In England's green and pleasant land.  
After the Crucifixion, we are told, Joseph returned to Cornwall, bringing the chalice of the Last Supper, known as the Holy Grail. Reaching Glastonbury, he planted his staff, which took root and blossomed into a thorn tree. The Grail was hidden, and part of the great national epic deals with the unsuccessful quest of the knights of King Arthur to find the Grail. 

The Thorn Tree remained at Glastonbury, flowering every year on Christmas Day, and King Charles I baited the Roman Catholic chaplain of his queen by pointing out that, although Pope Gregory had proclaimed a reform of the calendar, the Glastonbury Thorn ignored the Pope's decree and continued to blossom on Christmas Day according to the Old Calendar.

The Thorn was cut down by one of Cromwell's soldiers on the grounds that it was a relic of superstition, and it is said that as it fell, its thorns blinded the axeman in one eye. A tree allegedly grown from a cutting from the original Thorn survives today in Glastonbury (and trees propagated from it stand on the grounds of the Cathedral in Washington, DC, and presumably elsewhere) and leaves from it are sold in all the tourist shops in Glastonbury.

Adapted from justus.anglican.org

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Special Service Schedule August 5
All Together Under the Son
Summer Office Hours
Willing Gardeners and Help Needed
Pastoral Note
First Communion Class
Listen to Emmanuel Sunday Sermons Online
Emmanuel Garage Sale
Upcoming Meetings at-a-glance
Emmanuel Weekly Schedule
Planning an Event?
Saint of the Week
Eclectic Choral Artists Auditions
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