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September 9, 2021  Emmanuel's E-News
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We’re Back!

Starting this Sunday, Sept. 12, Emmanuel returns to two services!

 8:00am-  Said Holy Eucharist Rite II
10:00am- Choral Holy Eucharist Rite II
Please see Rev. Dave for your finder's treat after the service!
We will resume our new venture of Children’s Church this Sunday.

We invite the kids of the parish (up to about fifth grade or so) to join us either on a special Zoom link or in person in Beaudway Hall at 10:00am to work on a fun activity while parents are either in church or at our online service.

Each week, we will be breaking down the week's sermon into a kid friendly version as well as enjoying songs and crafts together as a group.

Click on the graphic above to Join Miss Katherine and Miss Danielle 
for a Zoom lesson. For those in church, we'll see you in Beaudway Hall!

Christian Formation at Emmanuel

Formation begins on September 12th and will be held in Beaudway Hall at 11am (at least for now). We will take September 19th off since we will be welcoming Rev. Kate that day with a festive brunch after church. The first three sessions of formation will be an introduction to the Episcopal Church, and will especially appropriate for those who are newer or want to learn more about our way of being the church. The topics will be:

  • September 12th - History...or, Where did we come from?
  • September 26th - Theology...or, What do we believe?
  • October 3rd - Governance...or, How do we make decisions?

These programs will be conducted in-person after the service or over Zoom at approximately 11:00am. Click on the graphic above to participate via Zoom.
Emmanuel COVID-19 Policy
With the recent rapid rise in COVID-19 cases, the Diocese has informed us that they do not intend to impose mandatory restrictions at this time.
Unfortunately, however, the COVID-19 picture in our area has continued to get worse. Suburban Cook County has moved from a "Substantial" to a "High" level of community transmission. As a result, the vestry has voted to require wearing a face mask or other covering at Emmanuel when in the presence of other people, effective immediately.

  • Socially-distanced seating will still be maintained in the rear one-third of the church.
  • People may share the Peace in whatever way is comfortable for them.
  • The distribution of Communion will continue for now as it is currently being practiced: at stations with disposable cups.

Please click HERE for further information.
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: Compline (night-time calming prayer)
  • Fellowship and check-in time begins at 7:30pm and prayer begins at 8:00pm. Click HERE to join us on Zoom on your computer or tablet.
Welcome trimmed
Welcome Rev. Kate Spelman!

Please join us for a brunch to welcome Rev. Kate Spelman to Emmanuel!  It will be held after the 10am service on Sunday, September 19th.  
There is no charge and everyone is invited, but we are asking those who can to consider bringing a dish if possible. We hope to eat outside, weather permitting. 

Please click HERE to RSVP. Thank you
See you there! 
Pastoral Care
Pastoral Note

We are sad to share that we have received news this week that Jeanette Ammons and Carlotta Vantluka passed away, both long-term parishioners at Emmanuel. We have no additional information at this time but will endeavour to keep you informed.

May Jeanette's soul, and Carlotta's soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of Christ, rest in peace.
Vacation Note

Church Office Closed Sept 15th through Oct 3rd

I am trying, once again, to go home to the UK as I was unable to go in July due to Covid and the quarantine requirements. I will be out of the office from Sept 15th to Oct 3rd. Please let me know beforehand if you need anything from the office, Tel. (708) 352-1275. 
Thank you,
Episcopal Peace Fellowship

The Episcopal Peace Fellowship was founded in New York City on November 11, 1939, with the mission to pray, study and work for peace. 

The EPF has a national office with a small staff, and many local chapters. It urges the broader Episcopal Church, other organizations and people in general to adopt a more peaceful stance on issues such as the Iraq War, Iran, promoting peace in the broader Middle East, nuclear weapons, and Cuba. It offers Active Nonviolence Training, takes part in peace demonstrations, helps organize action groups, and awards peace prizes to individuals around the world who strive for peace.

The EPF Peacebuilding Online Series is a series of free, one-hour online presentations on the first Sunday of each month, starting in August. The presentations focus on different aspects of and approaches to peacebuilding, both with others and within ourselves. These presentations are offered online via Eventbrite/Zoom.

Click HERE to learn more about the EPF Peacebuilding Project. The first presentation, What Kind of Bridge Are We: Living with Political Division in Our Lives, may be viewed HERE.

Please join us for our next presentation on Sunday, September 12 at 3:00 pm Central. Click HERE for more information.

Please plan to attend as many of our programs as you can, bring a friend, and hear inspiring voices. Learn. Discover resources for going deeper.
CCD Training

The College for Congregational Development is a comprehensive training program that originated in the Diocese of Olympia in Western Washington. It seeks to nurture and develop congregational development practitioners from within existing parish lay and clergy leadership. 
The College is a two-year program that includes readings, homework, presentation, working in teams, the completion of a content exam and the completion of two back-home projects. Because the College seeks to improve the way that leaders function in congregations, congregations are strongly encouraged to send clergy-lay teams to the College. Click on the Diocese of Olympia seal or HERE to learn more. 

Wishing the following a 
very Happy Birthday 
for this week in September: 

Tori L, Lucas N, Reynar M, Jr., Leslie A, Martin N, Joseph M

Memorable Christians of the Past: 

Constance, Nun, and her Companions: The Martyrs of Memphis

9 September 1878

In 1878 the American city of Memphis on the Mississippi River was struck by an epidemic of yellow fever, which so depopulated the area that the city lost its charter and was not reorganized for fourteen years. Almost everyone who could afford to do so left the city and fled to higher ground away from the river. (It was not yet known that the disease was mosquito-borne, but it was observed that high and dry areas were safe.) 
There were in the city several communities of nuns, Anglican or Roman Catholic, who had the opportunity of leaving, but chose to stay and nurse the sick. Most of them, thirty-eight in all, were themselves killed by the fever. 
One of the first to die (on 9 September 1878) was Constance, head of the (Anglican) Community of St Mary.
 Source: Satucket.com

UPDATE: Regular Vestry Meeting September 14th

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. 
Short Takes

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:

7:30 Tuesday and Thursday mornings on Zoom.
Click on the graphic to join us.
Emmanuel Weekly Schedule



8:00 pm- Compline

10:00 am- Choral Mass Rite II

Planning an Event? 

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. 
Compline takes place on Zoom at 8:00pm Thursday. Why not click on the candles and join us for this brief lovely service?
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