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


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Sermon: God delights in you!
(by the Rev. Shelby Ochs Owen)
May 22, 2016

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.

For a list of upcoming special events, see the Calendar page.

Parish News

May, 2016

Pentecost *

When the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts ii. 1-4)

* Pentecost is Greek for "the Fiftieth Day," as in forty nine days (seven weeks) after Easter Sunday.

Happy Easter!
The Lord is risen indeed!

Stirring hymns, beautiful flowers, a large congregation, and joyous spirits marked the celebration of Easter Sunday, the Day of the Resurrection, on March 27. The children of Emmanuel carried the flower cross during the processional, and after the service was over, many of them took part in the Easter egg hunt on the lawn of Stuart Hall School, across the street.

Easter flower cross

The Easter flower cross.

Holy Week 2016

This year's observance of Holy Week was changed because of adverse weather forecasts. Instead of the customary joint Palm Sunday procession through the streets of downtown Staunton with other local churches, we had a brief blessing of the palms service at nearby Trinity Episcopal Church, followed by hot cross buns (a tradition), and then a somewhat "abbreviated" procession back to Emmanuel. At 6:30 on Thursday there will be a potluck dinner followed by a Maunday Thursday service. At 11:00 AM on Good Friday there will be a Way of the Cross procession through downtown Staunton, followed by a noon service at Trinity and a 7:00 PM service at Emmanuel. At 8:00 Saturday an Easter vigil will begin at Emmanuel, concluding at Trinity. There will be two Holy Eucharist services on Easter Sunday, at the usual times: 8:00 and 10:30.

Palm Sunday procession

The Gaines family (Luke, BeccaMarie, and Jeff) led the Palm Sunday procession, March 20, 2016

Stop Hunger Now

On Saturday, March 19, members of our PAX youth group joined their counterparts from with Trinity Episcopal and Stuart Hall School for a major Stop Hunger Now food packaging event, in the Stuart Hall gymnasium. Altogether, several dozen youth participated in this very important effort to alleviate malnourishment in Haiti.

Stop Hunger Now 1
Stop Hunger Now 2 Stop Hunger Now 3

The Stop Hunger Now food pack at Stuart Hall, on March 19. Among those pictured above are Allison White and Sophie Kozlowski.

Prayer list


John M.
Jean H. 
Meneta D.
Marilyn S.
Laura U.
Ed W.
Connie H.
Christopher P.
Brayden K.
Peter M.
Graham P.
Bob D.
Kate T.
Mike B.
Allen H.
Ethan W.
Jan W.
Frances C.
David G.
Steve S.
Hal M.
Laura D.
Norma L.
Sam L.
camden M.
Richard G.
Cleda C.
Bunny D.
Barbara B.
Mandy G.
Lou G.

Frances M.
Elizabeth T.
Helen F.
Ruth S.
Kit C.
Ann R.
Kay W.
Jane K.
Hugh C.
Jane H.
Bob and Joan A.
For James R.missionary in Japan

For the family of Carole M. who died recently.


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