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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
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)
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.
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.)
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.
WE PRAY FOR: Lu S. Jean H. Meneta D. Ken B. Tina C. Iva M. Angela W. Connie S. Marilyn S. Michael Courtney Alex 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. THOSE IN RESIDENTIAL CARE HOMES: Frances M. Elizabeth T. Helen F. Ruth S. Kit C. Ann R. Kay W. Hugh C. Charles R. FOR OUR WORLD VISION CHILD Arianna Y. C. F.
NOTE: Please help the office by keeping us informed of the status of people you place on the prayer list.
Emmanuel "word cloud"