Emmanuel Gothic Emmanuel Episcopal Church
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300 W. Frederick St.
Staunton, VA 24401
(540) 886-8172


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Sunday schedule

  • 8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I
  • 9:00 a.m. Coffee and Fellowship in Memorial Hall
  • 9:30 a.m. Christian Education (Children's and Adult); also Choir practice in the Sanctuary
  • 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II;

    Nursery Care is available (ages 0-5) every Sunday from 9:30 on.

Church Web sites:

Episcopal Church U.S.A. Episcopal Relief & Development Help the people of Haiti! Episcopal Diocese of S.W. Virginia Trinity Episcopal Church The Lectionary Page Diocese of West Yorkshire
& the Dales, England

Our affiliate:

Stuart Hall School


Virginia Haiti Collaborative Staunton Music Guild Sarah's Music Studio Bluebird Beginnings Photography

Church directory:

Our new Church directory is now available online, but a special password is required to open it. For security reasons, passwords will be changed from time to time, and must be not be made available to anyone outside of the congregation. Any questions should be directed to the church office.

Domain name:

Our domain name emmanuelstaunton.org
went into effect in September 2011.

Got news?

Do you have any news items or announcements of interest to our congregation? If so, please contact the church secretary, Lucy Dennison. To submit photos or to ask questions about the Web site, please contact the Webmaster, Andrew Clem (clickable e-mail links).

Sunday School

Sunday School classes this year are being coordinated by Katherine Turner, along with several assistants. For details, see the
Sunday School Calendar.

Due to the continued snowy weather, the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, which had been postponed until after the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, has been re-rescheduled for Saturday, March 7 as part of Trivia Night.
For a list of upcoming special events, see the Calendar page.

Parish News

February, 2015

Season of Lent begins

Two services were held at Emmanuel Episcopal Church on Ash Wednesday, beginning the 40-day period of fasting and prayer in preparation for the Day of the Resurrection (Easter). The following is a message from Bishop Mark Bourlakas:

"The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places . . . and you shall be like a watered garden."     (Isaiah 58:11 from the Propers for Ash Wednesday)

We, the disciples of Christ Jesus, are now called into the observance of a Holy Lent. These forty days plead for us to engage ourselves in suspension. Whatever plans we make for shaping our Lenten journey, our practices should function to suspend some part of our daily busyness that distracts us from God's love for us and others.

What parched place in your life do you desire for God to water and heal? Where has your attention to your neighbors become dry and indifferent? What new fertile garden do you yearn for? These are good questions to meditate on during this Lenten suspension. May you pray for God's Holy Spirit to guide you into an honest Lent so that you may rejoice in the victory of Easter Day.


Celebration of the Epiphany

On Sunday January 11, Emmanuel staged its annual Epiphany pageant, starring the children of the congregation. It told the story, from multiple perspectives, of the three Wise Men who followed the star to Bethlehem, and the animals in the manger who shared space with Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus. Mary Evans Lott again directed the performance, assisted by Don Preston.

Epiphany pageant

The 2015 Epiphany pageant

After the service, the first Second Sunday Soup of the New Year was held, culminating with the award of the Golden Ladle prize for the best soup. This year Dottie Rutan won the award for her Wild Rice Soup. There were also prizes for best Meat Lover's, Vegetarian, Best Spice, and the PAX favorite. Our PAX youth group organizes the Second Sunday Soups as a way to promote fellowship and raise funds to offset the costs associated with the upcoming Youth at Council. (See below.)

Dottie Rutan wins Golden Ladle

Dottie Rutan wins the coveted Golden Ladle, presented by Gavin Frueh.

Prison ministry gets underway

On January 8, the Rev. Shelby Owen and Deacon Postulant Susan Peyton led a group of Emmanuel parishioners on a visit to the Augusta Correctional Facility in Augusta Springs. They celebrated a Christmas service with many of the inmates, leading in the singing of Christmas carols. For a first-hand account of that very emotional experience, read the reflections.

Annual Council in Roanoke

The 96th Annual Council of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia will be held January 23-25, 2015 at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia. Friday For more information, see www.dioswva.org.

Prayer list


Lu S.
Jean H. 
Meneta D.
Ken B.
Tina C.
Iva M.
Angela W.
Connie S.
Marilyn S.
Laura U.
Khloe B.
Peter M.
Connie H.
John M.
Robert H.
Jim H.
Jeff J.
Barbara H.
Brayden K.
John M. 
Hal M.
Graham P.
Betty L.
Rudy M.
John W.

Frances M.
Elizabeth T.
Helen F.
Ruth S.
Kit C.
Ann R.
Kay W.
Hugh C.
Charles R.

Arianna Y. C. F.



prayer list

NOTE: Please help the office by keeping us informed of the status of people you place on the prayer list.


Emmanuel "word cloud"

world cloud

Thanks to Steven Cox for soliciting from parish members words that they thought best described our church congregation, and then compiling all of them into a "word cloud." Click on the image to see a full-size version. If that doesn't work, click here instead

Wordle: Emmanuel3