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September 14, 2023  Emmanuel's E-News

Greetings from
Emmanuel Episcopal Church!

Dear Emmanuel,

This Sunday is The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

This is the longest season of the church year, lasting from Pentecost Day until Advent. The year following Epiphany and Pentecost is called Ordinary Time, and includes no major feasts. But it is a time for learning and reflection. The color of the season is green, symbolizing the life and growth of the church.

9 key things to know about Pentecost (part 2)

Pentecost is one of the great festivals of the Church. In modern popular culture it isn't nearly as well-known as Christmas or Easter, but for Christians it's profoundly significant. It marks the coming of the Holy Spirit on the disciples and their transformation from frightened and confused people to men who would face martyrdom for what they believed.

4. Pentecost is the fulfilment of two promises.

One promise is in the Old Testament – Joel 2:28, which says "I will pour out my Spirit on all people," and one in the New, where Jesus says he will send another Counsellor, the Spirit of truth (John 16: 5-15).

5. Modern day Pentecostals emphasize the gifts of the Spirit.

Pentecostals are so called because of the emphasis they place on the gifts of the Spirit, particularly speaking in tongues. They stress the possibility of a direct personal experience of God, like the first disciples, which–just as it was then–is often manifested in dramatic ways. Modern Pentecostals trace their origins to the Azusa Street Revival in 1906 Los Angeles.

6. There was wind...

Luke tells of three distinct experiences. A violent wind filled the house: breath or wind is a symbol of the Spirit of God. Ezekiel 37 tells the story of the prophet's vision of a valley of dry bones which come together: when the 'breath' of God enters them, they come to life and stand on their feet. The Pentecost wind represents the power of God to bring life to the 'dry bones' of faith.

To be continued

St. Hildegard of Bingen

This Sunday is the Sixteenth Sunday after


Lessons appointed for proper 19:

The Old Testament:

Exodus 14:19-31

The Psalm:

Psalm 114 

The Epistle:

Romans 14:1-12

The Gospel: 

Matthew 18:21-35

Worship at Emmanuel
  • Midweek services are available online
  • Sunday services are available both in person and online

Sunday Mornings:
 8:00am-  Said Holy Eucharist Rite II
10:00am- Choral Holy Eucharist Rite II

Sunday Online options:

• 10:00am to 11:00am: In person worship at Emmanuel

• Service will be streamed on Facebook and YouTube

• Click HERE for Sunday worship bulletin

Tuesday and Thursday mornings:
Contemplative Prayer 
(a time of Scripture and quiet prayer)
  • Beginning at 7:30am. Please join us for a time of centering. Click HERE to join us on Zoom on your computer or tablet.
Thursday Evenings:


The ancient office of Compline derives from a Latin word meaning "completion." It is above all a service of quietness and reflection before rest at the end of the day.
  • Fellowship (optional) begins at 7:30pm and prayer begins at 8:00pm. We're done by 8:15pm.
  • Why not click on the candles and join Rev. Dave tonight for this brief, lovely service?
Christian Formation at Emmanuel

Formation is back!

Christian Education will resume this Sunday, September 17

Fall Formation: Hazardous Saints
We'll spend September & October meeting six Christian “saints” who risked all for the sake of the gospel. Like Jesus, each of the featured leaders was a change agent in his or her time.

  • The Subversive Bridge Builder, Barnabas (Sept 17);
  • The Tightrope Walker, Thomas Cranmer (Sept 24);
  • The Persevering Prophet, Sojourner Truth (October 1); 
  • The Lovable Rebel, Francis of Assisi (October 8);
  • The Idealistic Realist, Dorothy Day (October 15); and...
  • The People’s Voice, Oscar Romero (October 22). 

What were their lives like–and what lessons might they have for us as disciples and leaders? Join us to spend some time in the company of these saints. Starting September 17, join us at 11:15am in Beaudway Hall and live on Zoom.

These programs will be conducted in person after the service or over Zoom at approximately 11:15am. 

Click HERE to participate via Zoom.

Please note: ZOOM link for Adult Ed: <tinyurl.com/4cdd9drr>

Were you unable to attend previous Adult Ed sessions?

No worries! Recorded sessions are available online for most of this year's sessions.

NOTE: The June Formation sessions were discussion-based and thus unsuitable for recording, with the exception of 6/25.

Click the button below to view the available sessions.
Adult Ed Sessions
Community Outreach

Exciting Opportunity to Participate in the Ministry of Hospitality and Welcome a Refugee Family 

Emmanuel will be once again working with Exodus World Service to collect a Welcome to America Pack to welcome a newly arrived refugee family.

Please help us put together the Welcome to America Pack which is due this Sunday, September 17, 2023.


You can learn more about Exodus and find ways to contribute or volunteer on their website: https://exodusworldservice.org/





Memorial Hall, 203 S. Kensington Ave.,
La Grange, IL
Another Successful Garage Sale!

This year's Emmanuel Garage Sale was a big success, raising over $10,800 (with a few items still to sell on Marketplace and eBay).

Thanks to everyone who donated such wonderful items, helped to pick up furniture and other large items, priced, organized, worked at the sale and boxed up the unsold items for charity. It truly was a group effort.
A special thanks to Clarence and Judy for their extra efforts before and during our sale and to our garage sale chairs: 
  • Overall: Ellen B, Anita S, Mary Pat A, Penny L
  • Books: Katherine C and Rev. Bill R
  • Jewelry: Kerry C
  • Holiday: Dorren G-B
  • Linens: Vicky R
  • Item pick up: Randy V
The garage sale not only makes money for Emmanuel, it brings us together as a community, and we are thankful for that.

Bishop Paula Clark's first visitation to Emmanuel will occur on December 3, 2023, the first Sunday of Advent.


We will have the opportunity to put forward candidates for confirmation ("the mature affirmation of baptismal vows") and reception (for those previously confirmed in another Christian tradition), as well as the affirmation of baptismal vows (an option if you feel called to reaffirm your call to follow Christ, but confirmation isn't a good fit). Are you an adult interested in being confirmed or received, or in affirming your baptism?


Candidates will be asked to attend an adult education series, find a sponsor from within the congregation, and demonstrate involvement in at least one of the ministries of Emmanuel. We'll tailor all three of these asks to the candidates!


Please let Rev. Kate or Rev. Dave know by October 1 if you are interested in confirmation or reception. Not sure? Let us know that, too! We'd love to have a conversation with you about options.

Pastoral Care

Church Office Closing

Due to a family emergency, the administration and church office is temporarily closed. We hope to reopen by Sep.16.
Judy will continue to be available by email, and will return telephone calls when possible.

If you need pastoral care please use the telephone numbers below:

Rev. Kate: (708) 352-1275 x3
Rev. Dave (810) 357-1019

The Emmanuel Pipe Organ Project

The Final Challenge:

The Antiphonal

Click on the Antiphonal pipes to learn about this extraordinary opportunity

The Numbers

Amount received - $152,058
Open pledges - $0.00
Open matching - $46,350
Amount needed - $46,592

data as of July, 2023

For more information
check out our GoFundMe page

Pray for those who have been commended to our prayers:

For the Sick and for those in any other need: Presiding Bishop Curry, Bill, Bob, Diane, Janice and Don, Jeff, Kate, Kim, Kurt, Madison and their baby, Michael, Mike and Renee, Molly and Jim, Hilda N & family, Nikki, Pat and Steve, Richard, Richard and Connie, Steve, Zach & the people of Maui

For the Repose of the Soul: none this week

Birthdays: Lucas N, Aiden L, Reynar M Jr, Leslie A, Martin N, Bill S, Sandy R, Caroline R

Anniversaries: William & Margaret C. 34 years together

O Lord our God, accept the fervent prayers of your people; in the multitude of your mercies, look with compassion upon us and all who turn to you for help; for you are gracious, O lover of souls, and to you we give glory, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen. (BCP p. 395)
The Emmanuel Prayer List is kept in the Church Office and updated periodically. Call or email the Church Office to add someone to the list. For privacy, people will be listed by given name, and the reason for prayer will be kept generic.

Saint of the week:   

St. Hildegard of Bingen

Feast Day: September 17

Hildegard of Bingen, Visionary

"Listen: there was once a king sitting on his throne. Around Him stood great and wonderfully beautiful columns ornamented with ivory, bearing the banners of the king with great honor. Then it pleased the king to raise a small feather from the ground, and he commanded it to fly. The feather flew, not because of anything in itself but because the air bore it along. Thus am I, a feather on the breath of God."

Hildegard of Bingen, 1098–17 September 1179, also known as Saint Hildegard and Sibyl of the Rhine, was a German Benedictine abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, visionary, and polymath. She is considered the founder of scientific natural history in Germany and has been called by her admirers "one of the most important figures in the history of the Middle Ages," and "the greatest woman of her time."


When Hildegard was eighteen, she became a nun at the monastery at Mount St. Disibode. Twenty years later, she was made the head of the female community at the monastery. The community of nuns at Mount St. Disibode was growing rapidly, and they did not have adequate room. Hildegard accordingly moved her nuns to a location near Bingen, and founded a monastery for them completely independent of the double monastery they had left. She oversaw its construction, which included such features (not routine in her day) as water pumped in through pipes.


Hildegard traveled throughout southern Germany and into Switzerland and as far as Paris, preaching. Her sermons deeply moved the hearers, and she was asked to provide written copies.


She left us about seventy poems and nine books. Two of them are books of medical and pharmaceutical advice, dealing with the workings of the human body and the properties of various herbs. (These books are based on her observations and those of others, not on her visions.) Some modern researchers are now checking her statements in the hope of finding some medicinal properties of some plant that has been overlooked till now by modern medicine. 

Her surviving works include more than a hundred letters to emperors and popes, bishops, nuns, and nobility. (Many persons of all classes wrote to her, asking for advice, and one biographer calls her "the Dear Abby of the twelfth century.") 


She wrote 72 songs including a play set to music. Musical notation had only shortly before developed to the point where her music was recorded in a way that we can read today. Accordingly, some of her work is now available on compact disk.


Her writings bring science, art, and religion together. She is deeply involved in all three, and looks to each for insights that will enrich her understanding of the others.  Her use of parable and metaphor, of symbols, visual imagery, and non-verbal means to communicate makes her work reach out to many who are totally deaf to more standard approaches. In particular, non-Western peoples are often accustomed to expressing their views of the world in visionary language, and find that Hildegard's use of similar language to express a Christian view of reality produces instant rapport, if not necessarily instant agreement.


Hildegard wrote and spoke extensively about social justice, about freeing the downtrodden, about the duty of seeing to it that every human being, made in the image of God, has the opportunity to develop and use the talents that God has given him, and to realize his God-given potential. This strikes a chord today.


Hildegard wrote explicitly about the natural world as God's creation, charged through and through with His beauty and His energy; entrusted to our care, to be used by us for our benefit, but not to be mangled or destroyed.


Adapted from Justus.anglican.org

Vestry Meeting -------September 19, 2023

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Worship Schedule

Emmanuel Weekly Schedule

  • Midweek services are available online
  • Sunday services are available both in person and online


7:30am: Contemplation & Meditation


7:30am: Contemplation & Meditation


8:00pm: Compline


 8:00am- Said Holy Eucharist Rite II

10:00am- Choral Holy Eucharist Rite II

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Thank you! 

Compline takes place on Zoom at 8:00pm Thursday. Why not click on the candles and join Rev. Dave tonight for this brief, lovely service?
Emmanuel COVID-19 Policy

  • Wearing of masks is optional
  • Please sanitize your hands as you enter and immediately before Communion.
  • People may share the Peace in whatever way is comfortable for them
  • Socially-distanced seating will still be maintained in the rear of the church
  • The distribution of Communion will continue to be offered at the altar rail, but now with disposable cups as an option

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