So, what’s in store for you this summer? First, I would hope everything that you desire



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So, what’s in store for you this summer?

First, I would hope everything that you desire.

Secondly, I would hope that you might make time for reflection about yourself and your spiritual journey with the Lord. What do you think of life? How’s it treating you these days. That’s one of the strangest questions we can hear isn’t it. Is life being kind to us? Is life being particularly unfair to us? I think life simply needs to be lived and we need to be in control of our responses to the events and the “moments” of life as they unfold before us, both the bad as well as the good.

Life all by itself embodies the spirit of love, joy and truth. It was. It is. It will be. Unrest bubbles up when we are not in unity with the eternal truths of our creator. How often little things can disrupt the rhythm of love. Think of a pleasant breakfast turning south because of a glass of spilled milk. Parent yells, kid cries and unhappiness replaces joy as love and family harmony are violated. It doesn’t have to be like that. We can clean the mess cheerfully! Is there a need to make it more than it is? In the process a parent teaches their child a better way to “clean up” one of life’s little messes. Don’t we all spill something sometimes (figuratively as well as literally)? We are all responsible to some degree for the quarrels, unhappiness, mistakes and negativity that affects our wellness. Ignorance and willfulness limit us and the world we live in.

What is your relationship with God? What do you know about the unseen Spirit at work in your life and the world around you? Our words and our actions reflect our relationship with and our obedience to this Infinite source. So, maybe this summer we can work at being more spiritually attuned. I believe we will be able to better withstand the winds and the waves that might jar us into rhythms of life and love, truth and joy. Imagine what our lives would be like if we earnestly and intentionally made the attempt to wake up to the truth and desire as well as expect to know intimately the Divine, who speaks to our souls. Begin to realize that now and rest this summer and wonder God wishes for each of you. You can do it….. In his joy,
Robert



june 2016

At Emmanuel Episcopal Church, we strive to provide people the opportunity for growth in their faith through our mutual love, respect and acceptance of one another.


News from the Narthex

From father Robert
peace & every blessing from god who is all and in all. alleluia!




Emmanuel Church in the 1950’s.




The Adult Faith Formation Committee offers programs that explore Holy Scripture, Anglican tradition, and Church history to deepen personal faith, strengthen community, and share the Gospel with each other.

Christian formation, according to the Episcopal Church of the USA, is the lifelong process of growing in our relationship with God, self, others, and all creation. Every experience in our lives can provide us with the opportunity to express our faith; the challenge we face is recognizing these opportunities and learning ways to live a sometimes countercultural life in a secular world.

Adult Formation meets in the Westminster room, downstairs in the Formation Building. Please join us for these offerings this month.

Sunday, June 5, and Sunday, June 12 – Rev. Tom Camp will provide a two-part presentation on the Enneagram in Personal Spirituality. The Enneagram of Personality, or simply the Enneagram (from the Greek words ἐννέα [ennea, meaning “nine”] and γράμμα [gramma, meaning something “written” or “drawn”), is a model of human personality which is principally understood and taught as a typology of nine interconnected personality types.

Sunday, June 19 and Sunday, June 26 – Fr. Robert Salamone will provide a two-part presentation and discussion on the Book of Common Prayer. "It is a most invaluable part of that blessed ‘liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free,’ that in his worship different forms and usages may without offence be allowed, provided the substance of the Faith be kept entire." (Book of Common Prayer, p. 9) The Book of Common Prayer is a treasure chest full of devotional and teaching resources for individuals and congregations, but it is also the primary symbol of our unity. We, who are many and diverse, come together in Christ through our worship, our common prayer.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend this Lenten series.



Adult Formation for June

Emmanuel Episcopal Church


Served by

the People of God in the name of
Bishop Rob Wright

of the Diocese of Atlanta


And the Vestry
Phil Bettendorf, Finance

Ellen Cowne, Parish Life

Bill Fox, Facilities

Brian Freese, Formation

Rob Hoyt, Stewardship

Weyman Johnson, Outreach

Roger Lange, Junior Warden

Naomi Norman, Senior Warden

Crysty Odom, Parish Life

Terrie Seward, Youth Ministry

Brooke Stortz, Day School

Diane Wahlers, Pastoral Care


and supported by the Staff:
Georgia Collier

Melissa Fulcher

Karen Holland

Sam Polk


Denise Thomas
and assisted by the Clergy
Fr. Robert Salamone, Rector

Fr. Christopher Cole, Assistant Rector


498 Prince Avenue

Athens GA 30601

706-543-1294
www.emmaneulathens.org


Transitions

Charles and Karen Denning


from St. Stephens Anglican Church
Athens, GA

Edward and Barbara Kall


from St. Martin Episcopal Church
Pompano Beach, FL

Charles R. (Bob) Smith


from Faith Presbyterian Church
Watkinsville, GA

Deaths

William Kenneth Jordan


May light perpetual shine upon him.

God’s Favorite”

Emmanuel Elder Connection invites you to a reading of the play “God’s Favorite” on June 16th at 2:00 pm in the library. The play is about Job, the poster child for “When Bad Things Happen to Good People.” His children were murdered, his wealth stolen, his health failed, his friends wagged their fingers at him and God seemed indifferent. We all have our ordeals, too. Please gather in the library on June 16th at 2 pm for a reading of Neil Simon’s play, “God’s Favorite,” led by Ralph Stephens. Cookies and lemonade will follow the reading and discussion. May we, like Job, grow in spiritual strength and godly character.

Save these Dates:

August 18th time to be set, Dutch Treat Dinner at Hilltop Grille

October 19th day trip to the Conyers Monastery

ALL HANDS ON DECK!

Hello, I’m Bill Fox and new to the Vestry. I am forming two groups to do physical outreach to members of the parish and others in Athens, especially those who are in need because of events outside of their control (such as sickness, or other causes).

The first group will involve everything from changing light bulbs for the elderly to building ramps to making light repairs around the church.

The other group will be a landscaping and gardening group to add new plantings around the church (ground cover, fruit trees, and raised gardens), mulching, and maintenance outside of contracted services.



If you find satisfaction from hands-on-outreach and are interested, let’s get busy. Contact me at billdawg81@gmail.com or mail me at 1061 Red Oak Court, Watkinsville, Ga., 30677, or call after 5pm at 706-255-2887. Remember: “We love you and we need you.”

Emmanuel and Saint Gregory have new Education for Ministry graduates. Jan Wheeler (second from left) of Emmanuel and Nancy Hobart (fourth from left) of Saint Gregory received diplomas concluding four years of study. Blessings to them and all those graduating this year! Education for Ministry is a program of adult faith formation offered through the University of the South School of Theology in partnership with Emmanuel Episcopal Church.





Observation #1: As each goose flutters its wings, it creates an updraft for the bird following it in the V-formation. By flying in this V-formation, the geese are able to migrate further than flying alone.

Life's Lesson #1: People who share a common vision and sense of common direction can get further faster by supporting one another.

Observation #2: When the lead goose tires, it peels off the point position and rotates back into the V-formation. Another goose then steps up and takes its turn fighting in the wind from the point position.

Life's Lesson #2: It pays to take turns. By delegating critical tasks to all team members, everyone in the church can grow.

Observation #3: The lead goose never honks. The geese behind continue to honk praise and encouragement to the lead goose.

Life's Lesson #3: The power of praise and recognition is critical to success as people delegate significant projects to one another in an organization.

Observation #4: Sometimes two or three geese break away from the formation in order to look for a better wind current or a more creative and better way to fly.

Life's Lesson #4: An effective church believes in the “culture of celebrated discontent.” It constantly experiments with new ways of being a successful organization. In today’s environment, constant improvement through teamwork is an absolute necessity.

Observation #5: When a goose gets sick or wounded and has to go down to land. Two other geese fall out of the formation and go with it to support and protect it. They stay with it until it dies or is able to return to the formation. Then the “escort” geese try to catch up with their own flock or another formation of geese.

Life's Lesson #5: When tasks are tough, people need to support one another. Delegation and teamwork require follow-up, dialogue and support.





Next fall, when you see geese heading south for the winter, flying along in ‘V’ formation, think about what science has learned about why they fly that way.

As each bird flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the bird immediately following it.

By flying in a 'V formation, the whole flock can fly at least 71% farther than if each bird flew on its own.

Perhaps people who share a common direction can get where they are going quicker and easier if they cooperate.

When a goose falls out of formation, it feels the resistance of trying to go it alone, and it quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of flying with the flock.


If we have as much sense as a goose, we will work with others who are going the same way as we are.

When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates back in the wing, and another goose flies on the point.

It pays to take turns doing hard jobs for our group.

The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

Finally, when a goose weakens or is wounded and falls out of formation, two geese fall out and follow him down to help and protect him.

They stay with him until he is either able to fly or until he is dead, and they then set out on their own or with another formation until they catch up with the group.

If we had the sense of a goose, we would stand by each other like that.

Almighty God, give us a new vision of you, of your love, of your grace and power; and then, give us a new vision of what you would have us do as your church in this congregation at this time. Give us an awareness that in the strength of your Spirit we can do it to your glory. In Jesus’ Name we pray. AMEN

April 15, 2003, Author Unknown







Observation #1: As each goose flutters its wings, it creates an updraft for the bird following it in the V-formation. By flying in this V-formation, the geese are able to migrate further than flying alone.

Life's Lesson #1: People who share a common vision and sense of common direction can get further faster by supporting one another.

Observation #2: When the lead goose tires, it peels off the point position and rotates back into the V-formation. Another goose then steps up and takes its turn fighting in the wind from the point position.

Life's Lesson #2: It pays to take turns. By delegating critical tasks to all team members, everyone in the church can grow.

Observation #3: The lead goose never honks. The geese behind continue to honk praise and encouragement to the lead goose.

Life's Lesson #3: The power of praise and recognition is critical to success as people delegate significant projects to one another in an organization.

Observation #4: Sometimes two or three geese break away from the formation in order to look for a better wind current or a more creative and better way to fly.

Life's Lesson #4: An effective church believes in the “culture of celebrated discontent.” It constantly experiments with new ways of being a successful organization. In today’s environment, constant improvement through teamwork is an absolute necessity.

Observation #5: When a goose gets sick or wounded and has to go down to land. Two other geese fall out of the formation and go with it to support and protect it. They stay with it until it dies or is able to return to the formation. Then the “escort” geese try to catch up with their own flock or another formation of geese.

Life's Lesson #5: When tasks are tough, people need to support one another. Delegation and teamwork require follow-up, dialogue and support.




The goose story (a story about leadership)

Dearest friends and family,

I write you with hope, that the joy and peace we celebrated in the Easter season will anchor you, strengthen you and provide you freedom to share God’s love as we make our way into this season of Pentecost.

The past two months for some individuals and families have turned up the volume on the never-ending song “so much to do and not enough time to do it.”  In the midst of this busy stretch of time, our youth activities eased up compared to the beginning of the year.  Still, youth participated in IHN outreach as students and parents diligently worked to set up and take down the essential accommodations for this ministry. Youth also gathered for Sunday Evening Live on different occasions where they explored themes of Holy Week and Christian Hope. Woven throughout these events The Sunday Rise continued to foster student’s awareness of the Spirit’s presence in their lives.

Our leaders—Matt Humphery, Megan Ernst, Katie Maddox, Katie Wisenbaker, and Zachary Perry—continually inspired me in the final months of programming with their faithful devotion, often on a weekly basis, to this ministry.  As many of our parents voiced at their recent gathering, the commitment and care of our leaders was vital to their children’s formation.  As we concluded this program year, we celebrated these leaders with a special reception honoring their dedication and service.

I am especially thankful for the leadership of our three undergraduates—Katie, Katie and Zach.  While each will continue to be apart of the parish fabric, each has committed to a concentrated effort in their academic studies during this pivotal stretch of their learning. While they will not return in their various roles in the coming year, their spirits will be felt as their leadership has enhanced and strengthened our youth programming for moving forward; below you will find a brief reflection from Katie Maddox on her experience.

As we enter into summer, there is much recreation time before us.  That is to say time to re-create and continue enhancing our youth ministries. The parents’ meeting last month provided incredible feedback and insights for our planning for the coming year. Parents, please return your surveys as soon as possible so we can utilize your feedback; your remarks give us the knowledge and understanding that really energizes and directs our programming.

While our programmatic ministries recharge this summer, there are still numerous opportunities for youth participation. The Diocesan tubing trip will happen the first weekend in June; Mrs. Georgia will be looking for VBS volunteers for the latter part of June; outreach efforts through IHN will take place last week of June; and the Middle and High School Diocesan Mission trips will be held July 10-15 in Atlanta and Birmingham.  At this point we have a group participating in the Birmingham trip; High Schoolers, if you are interested in being a part of this group, please let me know as soon as possible.  Also, if youth or parents have an interest in facilitating or participating in any other summer activities, please let me know. Until then, remember your opportunity to share the gift of faith that God has so graciously shared with each of us.
Faithfully,

Chris+
A Reflection from Katie Maddox


I hope you all are enjoying the beautiful start to summer as much as I am. As our spring youth activities come to a close, I have been reflecting on the past year’s youth program. From learning about different types of prayer at Camp Mikell, to flipping some delicious pancakes at the Great Pancake, it’s been a great year! I want to thank each and every one of you for letting me join you on your spiritually journey. This opportunity has taught me more about myself and Christian Life than I could have ever expected.

I am sad to say that I will be stepping down as youth intern before the next year’s programming begins. As I enter my junior year, I will be taking harder classes that limit the amount of time I will have to spend on other things. That being said, I will continue to worship at Emmanuel and look forward to seeing you all in the fall!  Thank you again for this amazing opportunity, and I hope you have a relaxing summer!!


Best,

Katie

Youth news


The time to get to know newcomers to Emmanuel is now, it is tomorrow, and it is yesterday. For that matter, it is time to get to know those folks that we see in church each Sunday but might not have met—those who sit in the pew behind us and those who go to the service that we don’t attend. The Parish Life Commission is making that happen each Saturday at 5:00 before the 5:30 service and each Sunday between services at 9:00. For the last several months, we have had coffee and refreshments in the Narthex with specific information on various ministries that members don’t know much about but might want to involve themselves in if they knew more. But these social times are not just for information and to welcome newcomers. They also offer an opportunity to get to know those Emmanuelites that we don’t already know or to just enjoy the company of those we don’t get to see except on Sundays.

Of course, meeting people new to Emmanuel was the incentive for these coffees and still is a wonderful opportunity to get to know and welcome people new to our church and/or our community. We had several couples and singles on May 22 at the 9:00 Sunday coffee. John and Bob travel quite a bit but are planning to attend Emmanuel when they are in town. Fred Hallman has moved here recently to oversee the building of a new hotel. Heading off to visit a daughter now, he will be back soon, and we’ll look forward to seeing him at Emmanuel. Celinda Wilson is not new to Athens but is new to Emmanuel, and we welcome her. Jack and Karen Emsberger were here and promised to come back. We met Becky and David. He is with the pharmacy school, and she is a retired professor. Michael Chestnut came, too, and commented on how welcoming Emmanuel is.

Katherine Byrne took the lead on the newcomers’ coffees, and Crysty Odom has headed up several. After Memorial Day when we begin having services in the Common Room, we’ll move the coffee and refreshments into the rear of that space to make this time more convenient. Anyone who is interested in being involved in welcoming our newcomers or socializing a bit between services can help. If you are interest in helping, call Crysty Odom or Ellen Cowne. If not, just come, meet some people, catch up with others and enjoy this social time.

Ellen Cowne




Come one, come all!


1 Claire Gaus, Duncan Krause

2 Andrew Herrin, Sarah Ehlers, Mary Abbott Noland, Caroline Noland

3 Christopher Martin, Isabelle York, Zoe Wells, Ellen Bartlett

4 Jennifer Kolodsick

5 Emily Murray

6 David Woodruff, Claire Moore, Mervin, Thelma, E.C. Nimely

7 Lauren Koch, Lucy Hicks

8 Shooter Roberts, Audrey Bliss

9 Cathi Shinn, Lucile Surratt

10 John Vogt, Fran Thomas, Julie Miller

11 Brooke Stortz, Laura Kraus, Jarrett Kemp

12 Mary-Jeanne Bouton, Carol Malcolm, Mark Dunlap

13 Kingsley Strong, Demi Fitzgerald

14 Collin Pannell

15 Kay Hoyt, Carolyn Becker, Nicolas Kraus, Thomas Ball, Mairen Hobbs

16 Nancy Welch, Amber Hawkins, Declan Hawkins

18 Tim Moore

19 Sally Wildman, Johnny Terrell

20 Daley Connelly, Carter Kessler

21 Sarah Hoyt

22 Ruth Anne Hancock, Britton Richardson, Rachel Wells

23 June McCann, Nancy Jacobson, Amburn Power, Ian Firth, Sarah Ellis

24 Jeanette Bowers

25 David Mullis, Lisa Townsley

26 Linda Dodson, Charles Strong

27 Tucker Blount, Trey Niolon, Jack Ford

28 Robert Bottoms, John Becker, Wesley Cline

30 Jean Channell, Jason Thrasher


June Birthdays

Emmanuel’s Service & Faith Formation schedule is as follows; only exceptions are listed on the calendar below:



  • Wednesdays: 5:30 pm Healing Service & Eucharist, Chapel

  • Saturdays: 5:30 pm Holy Eucharist Rite II, Chapel

  • Sundays: 8:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite I, Church; 9:15 am Faith Formation for Children & Youth; 9:30 am Adult Formation, Westminster, and 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II, Church




Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

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4:30 Thrift House Committee Meeting, Library







4:45 Daughters of the King


5

6

7

8

9

10

11

Noon: Natural Spirituality, Library

Homeless Day Lunch Prep: Common Room




VBS set up, contact Georgia

9:00 Emmanuel Day School Camp (6th – 10th)



10:00 Natural Spirituality, Library

7:30 Al-Anon,

Old Music Suite





6:30: Stephen Ministry, Old Music Suite







12

13

14

15

16

17

18

9:30 Coffee Hour, Common Room

Noon: Natural Spirituality, Library




9:00 Emmanuel Day School Camp (13th – 17th)

10:00 Natural Spirituality, Library

7:30 Al-Anon,

Old Music Suite





11:00 Eucharist at Lanier Gardens

2:00 Elder Connection, Library







4:45 Daughters of the King


19

20

21

22

23

24

25

Noon: Natural Spirituality, Library

Homeless Day Center Prep: Common Room

4:00 DOK, Canterbury Room


VBS

VBS

10:00 Natural Spirituality, Library

5:15 Finance Meeting “Conference Room”

7:30 Al-Anon, Old Music Suite



VBS

7:00 Vestry Meeting, Holder Conference Room



VBS

11:30 Caregiver’s Support Meeting “Library”



VBS




26

27

28

29

30

1

2

IHN

Catechesis Training

noon: Natural Spirituality, Library

4:00 EFM, Library


IHN

Catechesis Training


IHN

Catechesis Training

10:00 Natural Spirituality, Library

7:30 Al-Anon, Old Music Suite


IHN

Catechesis Training


IHN

Catechesis Training


IHN

Catechesis Training


IHN

Catechesis Training








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News from the narthex

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The chapel is open for Morning Prayer
Monday – Friday at 8:00 a.m.


The Vestry Covenant

We, the Vestry of Emmanuel Church, promise to honor God by nurturing the spirit and ministering to God’s people. We will support everyone’s gifts for service and leadership made possible by God’s grace. Ministry to the poor will be at the center of all we do. We promise to welcome with Christian hospitality all persons and to offer opportunities to all to grow in faith. We will strengthen ourselves through faithfulness in worship, daily prayer, and stewardship of our time, talents and treasure. We will foster love and joy in God’s service.






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