300 W. Frederick St.
Staff / Vestry
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
Other:Virginia Haiti Collaborative Staunton Music Guild Sarah's Music Studio Bluebird Beginnings Photography
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.
Our domain name emmanuelstaunton.org
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 classes this year are being coordinated by Katherine Turner, along with several assistants. For details, see the
Report on General Convention
The 78th General Convention met in Salt Lake City from June 24 through July 3 this summer. In one sense you could say it was a family reunion on a colossal scale -- 4000 of your closest family members! Folks from over 100 dioceses came, usually including a bishop or two or three from each diocese and eight deputies, four lay and four clergy. Emily Cox and Shelby Owen both attended as deputies for our Diocese of Southwestern Virginia. Long days and nights, leaving hotel rooms at about seven in the morning and not usually returning until ten or eleven at night. The days consisted of committee meetings, coffee conversations, worship, visits to the exhibit hall, meetings of the House of Deputies, lunches with old and new friends and colleagues, meetings with the HoD again, receptions and dinners sponsored by our bishop or Virginia Theological Seminary or EfM (Education for Ministry) of Sewanee University, and concerts at the Mormon Tabernacle and Cathedral. Some saving graces: having a common faith in Christ, the mile long walk to and from the hotel so we did get our exercise, lots of laughter, having generous alternates offer us a day or afternoon off from business so we could take some time to recharge, visits to St. Mark's Cathedral to see the Illustrated St. John's Bible, where we were given a tour by Bunny Davenport's sister and brother-in-law and could sit in silence in a pew for a few minutes.
A highlight, perhaps the highlight, was the historic election of our new Presiding Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, from the Diocese of North Carolina. Curry, a dynamic preacher, who has a great love for the Lord, is the first African American to serve in this role. Some resolutions that passed include a revision of our canons on marriage to include gender neutral language, thereby authorizing same sex marriage, a budget that includes two million dollars for racial reconciliation, preparing plans for revision of both the Book of Common Prayer and Hymnal (this is just the beginning of a likely long process), and a resolution condemning the ruling in the Dominican Republic that makes Haitians born in the D.R. effectively stateless. Hundreds of other resolutions passed and the summary of actions will be available to us in about two more weeks on the General Convention web site. We will have opportunities to share more in the near future. In the mean time, please talk to Emily or Shelby+ if you would like to hear more.
WE PRAY FOR: Jean H. Meneta D. Ken B. Iva M. Connie S. Marilyn S. Michael Courtney Alex Laura U. Ed W. Connie H. Jeff J. Edna M. Linda W. Mabel Brayden K. John M. Graham P. Jeff S. Jerry C. Bunny D. charlie N. Kate T. Bob D. William H. THOSE IN RESIDENTIAL CARE HOMES: Frances M. Elizabeth T. Helen F. Ruth S. Kit C. Ann R. Kay W. Jane K. Hugh C. Jane H. FOR OUR WORLD VISION CHILD Arianna Y. C. F. For the family of Paul R. who died recently
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