So, what’s in store for you this summer? First, I would hope everything that you desire
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.
April 15, 2003, Author Unknown
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.
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!!
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.
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
Emmanuel’s Service & Faith Formation schedule is as follows; only exceptions are listed on the calendar below:
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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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