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Sharing the Joy and Power of Life in Christ

The Epistle

August 21, 2011

Rector’s Corner

Our thanks to the Rev. David Hamilton for his presence this past Sunday, August 14, as our preacher. David is a former missionary to Madagascar (for 6 years) who is currently back here in the area translating the Gospels and the Book of Acts into Antankarana (the language of the northern tip of the island.) While in Madagascar, David was ordained to the priesthood by the local Anglican Bishop. Debbie Hamilton (David’s spouse) was also present at all three Sunday services. She is currently involved in starting up a story-telling project to enable people in non-literary societies tell the Biblical stories in such a way that they are easily remembered and retold. If you are interested in supporting the Hamiltons in their calling to bring the Good News of the Gospel to the Antankarana people, pledge forms are available through the church office.

Odds and Ends

* The church office has been having great difficulties over the past week with our phone lines and internet connections. With the road construction now beginning behind the church, the phone cable was cut on Friday August 5. When the Verizon phone technician arrived the following Monday, phone service was restored briefly, but later in the week, both the internet and phone line connections were lost. With Verizon employees on strike, this has compounded efforts to get the connections restored in a timely manner. If you have an urgent need to get in touch with our staff, here are their phone numbers. It is our wish that when the church phone lines are restored you would go back to calling the church first, before the staff numbers. John Baldwin – 757-816-6241; Julia Messer – 757-636-5958; Marguerite Alley – 757-496-8634; Gale Nicholson – 757-497-6175; Sarah Singer – 757-623-7917.

* Our clergy, John, Julia, and Marguerite, attended the Leadership Summit (August 11 - 12) which was down-linked from Willow Creek Church in suburban Chicago to Spring Branch Community Church in Virginia Beach. This annual conference brings together inspiring speakers on leadership from the religious, business and non-profit sectors.


* Our deepest sympathy to Valerie Villanueva and her family on the death of Brian Charlton, who died August 5 at the age of 55. The Rector officiated at a funeral service for Brian on August 8 at Kellum Funeral Home.

Rev. Julia’s Corner
What a wonderful last few weeks I’ve had but I am so glad to be home!

Before I left, for two weeks of travel, I was Chef Basil in our Vacation Bible School at Emmanuel! The program was well run, the leaders were amazing and had such great energy, and the children were the greatest part! One leader asked a child what VBS was to them, to which they replied “It’s like church, but more fun and only for us kids!” Thank you to all our volunteers and children who came out and made this such a wonderful VBS!

After VBS, I took a week’s vacation to see my grandmother. I’m glad to say she is doing ok but it is so hard to only see her

every few years since she lives in Bern, Switzerland. Our time together was wonderful, but way too short, but I feel blessed that I was able to go over and see her.

From there I hopped over to St. Edmond’s Hall in Oxford, England, where I participated in the American-Oxford Study Program, which focused on Christianity in the 21st Century. The program’s chaplain was our own Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Holly Hollerith, and our leaders were some of the leading scholars in their fields. Cannon Vincent Strudwick, discussed how politics, culture, economics, and religion are mixing in a new way. The Venerable Christopher Hewetson introduced faith in literature especially focusing on poems. The Rev. John Kerr discussed the 21st century perspective on Creationism and Evolution. And, Ian Boxall, discussed reading The Book of Revelation in the 21st century and focused his lecture on the island of Patmos and what it meant in John’s time. The program had a great collection of lay and clergy from all over and I deeply enjoyed getting to know this great group of people. I learned so much and now have a new perspective on Christianity in the 21st century.

When I got back, Father John, invited Rev. Marguerite and me to attend The Global Leadership Summit, which was filled with great speakers: such as The Hon. Cory A. Booker and The Rev. Bill Hybles, author Seth Godin, and leaders such as Michelle Rhee. Their insights into what leadership means were inspirational and I think each of us left with several pearls of wisdom that we wanted to mull over and share in the weeks to come.

Looking forward, I am excited to reflect upon and digest all these wonderful experiences, and find ways to share what I learned with all of you at Emmanuel!

Thank you to everyone who took care of my plants while I was away and I am so glad to take them home and have all of us settle down for a while.


Summer Sundays

With The Vicar of Dibley!

August 21 - 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Join us on Sunday afternoons from 4-6 p.m., to watch two episodes and have some discussion between/after each one. (Join us this Sunday even if you were unable to attend the other showings). There will be tea and coffee available; please bring your own snacks or spirits. Since the humor is aimed at a mature audience, we are making the series Adults Only, so you must be 17+.

In the Christian Formation Corner

Useful InFormation

When a Sunday is referred to as “Proper” what does that mean?

The Proper of the Church Year refers to the appointed Collects; the Proper Prefaces, directions for, and the appointed Psalms and Lessons, for that Sunday.

The Proper appointed for the Sunday is also used at celebrations of the Eucharist on the weekdays following, unless otherwise ordered for Holy Days and Various Occasions.

The Proper to be used on each of the Sundays after Pentecost (except for Trinity Sunday) is determined by the calendar date of that Sunday.  Thus, in any year, the Proper for the Sunday after Trinity Sunday (the Second Sunday after Pentecost) is the numbered Proper (number 3 through number 8), the calendar date of which falls on that Sunday, or is closest to it, whether before or after.  Thereafter, the Propers are used consecutively.  For example, if the Sunday after Trinity Sunday is May 26, the sequence begins with Proper 3 (Propers 1 and 2 being used on the weekdays of Pentecost and Trinity weeks).  If the Sunday after Trinity Sunday is June 13, the sequence begins with Proper 6 (Propers 1 through 3 being omitted that year, and Propers 4 and 5 being used in Pentecost and Trinity weeks).

Paraphrased from “The Book of Common Prayer” p. 158

What does it mean when we recite the Nicene Creed and use the term “catholic church”?

Derived from the Greek word meaning "general" or "universal," the phrase "the catholic church" was first used by Ignatius of Antioch in the early second century. The BCP Catechism states (p. 854) that "The Church is catholic, because it proclaims the whole Faith to all people, to the end of time." The catholicity of the church means the wholeness and universality of Christian doctrine in continuity with the undivided early church, the fullness of Christian life and worship, and the inclusion of all kinds of people in the church. 

Source: "An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians," Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Worship Leader Schedule


8:30 Service

10:00 Service

August 21

Meghann Scott

Need Volunteer

Gloria White

Kathy Brewer

Volunteers are needed to lead Children’s Liturgy of the Word at the 8:30 and 10:00 services.   Sign up in the Parish Hall.

The next meeting of the Every Member Commitment 2012 Committee is Tuesday, August 23, at 7:00 p.m. in Conference Room 2. All are welcome!

Men’s Breakfast

Saturday, August 20, 2011

7:30 a.m.

Come and enjoy breakfast with us. Dave Boehmer, a famous Emmanuel author, will present a program on the “Father of Lies.” Please sign up in the Parish Hall so we know how many meals to prepare.

July Vestry Meeting Highlights (updated)

  • Finance – overall figures are encouraging. Through July, revenue for Emmanuel has totaled $311, 732 with expenses of $312,091, for a net total of ($359). The next Every Member Commitment planning session will be on August 23.

  • Christian Formation – The Rev. Marguerite Alley, our newly hired Coordinator of Christian Formation, gave a power-point presentation to the Vestry articulating her vision for Christian Formation.

  • Liturgical – The Liturgical Working Committee will meet again on August 17 to plan for the September 11th service, and the Fall season.

  • Stewardship – The Green Team is planning a rain barrel making workshop in November.

  • Day School – Revisions to the Day School Commission Charter and Policy Manual are in the works. Sarah Singer has been interviewing to staff three positions in the Day School this fall. Amongst the 3 hired are Emmanuel members Fran Cullins and Annie Sessions.

  • Parish Life/Young Adults – A block of tickets to a Tides Game on August 7 have been purchased. There is a newly formed “Let’s Eat” Guild with three teams of 8 persons.
  • Inreach - The Joy Luncheon in June was a great success with 45 parish members over 75 in attendance. Our Parish Nurse Ministry is sponsored a Life Line Screening on August 8.

  • John Sutton and Lynne Coates were appointed to 3 year terms as Delegates to Diocesan Council (first year as alternates, followed by two years as delegates).

Chanco is Looking for

a Few Good Folks!

As many of you know, our beloved Chanco on the James is approaching middle age. As with many of us at that age, we require some "maintenance" occasionally to keep us functioning in a healthy manner! From August 8-18, the Chanco Board is looking for some enthusiastic volunteers to help with some renovations to the conference center rooms. Very little skills are needed as there will be plenty of direction from a professional contractor who has so graciously donated his time and talent. If you are interested in helping for any of that 10 day timeframe, please email Melissa Thomas at with your name, email address, phone number, availability during the work week window and your skill level from 1-10 with 10 being a professional contractor. I will then pass all of our information along to Jack Mace, property committee chair for the Chanco Board of Directors. Please consider giving some time to this place that has given so much to us in the past 40 years. 


Stewardship Ideas

For August

  1. Abstain from something you like…meat, latte, a cold drink…for a day and save the money for a charity.

  2. Recycle more.

  3. Each day, say a prayer for one of the world’s trouble spots.

  4. Turn off the TV, phone and computer, and spend an hour devoted to someone you love.

  5. Stop for a moment during your busy day and enjoy an ice cream cone or other favorite treat.

  6. See if you can go one day without complaining.

  7. Send an unexpected note for a small favor.

  8. If you spot a neighbor in the yard, stop for a brief chat.

  9. When standing in a checkout line, let someone with fewer items go ahead of you.

  10. Sing…or sing louder…at Sunday service.

Faith in Fiction

Faith in Fiction is a group that enjoys reading and discussing books. We focus on the spiritual thread and/or social consciousness running through the story line of a novel. We meet on the first Thursday of the month at 7:30 in the Library and our next meeting is September 1. This month's selection is Flower Net by Lisa See. If you have questions, please call Bonnie Kiermaier 495-3454 or one of the following members of the group: Ann Stephenson, Betty Jean Clarke, Caren Gibb, Dot Sykes, Kathy Callahan, Liz Schuppin Lewis, Loretta Jensen, Marianne Manning, Patty Rapp, and Susan Rodriguez.

Future selections:

Oct: Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Nov: Saving Cecee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

Dec: The Postmistress by Sarah Blake

Jan: My Antonia by Willa Cather

Feb: Rock Island Line by David Rhodes

Parish Nursing Ministry

2nd Annual Community

Health Fair

Emmanuel Episcopal Church

Saturday, October 8, 2011

First Friday Healing Sanctuary

September 2, 7:20 p.m.

Parish Hall

You are invited to attend an evening of healing. Please wear white or light-colored clothing if at all possible to honor the sanctity of healing. The evening is given in love, is completely free of charge and is a non-denominational, interfaith Healing Service open to all people. Reservations are recommended but not required. Call 757-504-4261 or email

Women’s Bible Study

Monday, September 19, 6:30 p.m.

We will begin our fall study September 19, 6:30 p.m. in the Parish hall. Come and join us for this study and great fellowship. Anointed, Redeemed and Transformed is the title....with 3 different authors....directed at women’s' spirituality. Member books can be purchased at the first session.  Please email Betty Schindler at to reserve your book.

Secret Recipes Revealed!

Dig out your favorite “quick and easy” recipes! Emmanuel Crafters are in the process of collecting tried and true recipes from parishioners to go into a brand new cookbook. Original recipes please. Leave recipes, with your name included, in the Crafters’ mailbox or email Nancy Ruszas at:

Happenings at Emmanuel

Aug 18 Knitters’ Group – 10 a.m.

Aug 20 Men’s Breakfast

Aug 21 Mission of the Holy Spirit – 3 p.m.

Vicar of Dibley showing/discussion – 4 p.m.

Drama Group – 6:30 p.m.

Aug. 23 EMC Committee – 7 p.m.

Aug. 24 Adult Forum Planning Comm. – 7 p.m.

Aug. 25 YAC Planning – 7 p.m.

Aug. 28 Drive-thru Breakfast – 9:30 a.m.

Salad Sunday Lunch – 11:30 a.m.

Vicar of Dibley showing/discussion – 4 p.m.

Drama Group – 6:30 p.m.

Aug. 30 BUBBLES – 7 p.m.

Aug. 31 Staff Meeting – 9:30 a.m.

Healing/Eucharist – 10:30 a.m.

On-Line Calendar

Check out our on-line calendar! It’s easy…just go to our website Scroll down to “About Our Church”. Left click on Church Calendar. You will also find the latest Epistle and lots of other information.

Piano Needs a Good Home

Marty Basden has an upright piano that needs a good home. Already house broken; only barks when touched. Call Marty for details – 286-7441.

Lee’s Friends/American Red Cross

Blood Drive -

Helping People Live With Cancer

On Wednesday, August 31, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Lee’s Friends is sponsoring a blood drive at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 7400 Hampton Blvd., Norfolk, VA 23505. This blood drive is being held as a tribute to former Emmanuel parishioner, Brooks Harris, heroic cancer survivor and longtime Lee’s Friends volunteer. Both Brooks and Wendy Stiles have been recipients of blood platelets as part of their cancer therapy. So let’s give this blood drive all the support we can. If you are not able to donate blood, ask a friend! Or donate blood the next time you are able. To schedule an appointment for the blood drive visit Sponsor Code Lee’s or you may call the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED CROSS. Brooks and Pat will be at Good Shepherd August 31 during the blood drive, so you will see them if you donate!

Fall Camp 2011

October 24-27

Shrine Mont

Orkney Springs, Virginia

Discovering Ourselves Anew

Registration forms available on the Sign-up table in the Parish Hall
Solo Flight XXI

at Roslyn in Richmond

A National Episcopal Conference

for Adults who are Single

Visioning the Future: Yours and Ours”

November 11-13, 2011

For further information: Solo Flight: Catch the Vision

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church P.O. Box 27, Paris, KY 40362

You can read the complete Bible in two years using The Daily Office, and in three years using The Revised Common Lectionary.

The current cycle is using: Daily Office Readings Year One & Revised Common Lectionary Year A;

Daily Office Readings for the upcoming week & Sunday Revised Common Lectionary Readings

(Underlined readings are clickable links directly to the Bible passage)

This Week’s Readings:


Old Testament

New Testament


Week of the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost


August 16

Psalm [120], 121, 122, 123;

Psalm 124, 125, 126, [127]

2 Samuel 18:9-18

Acts 23:12-24

Mark 11:27-12:12


August 17

Psalm 119:145-176;

Psalm 128, 129, 130

2 Samuel 18:19-23

Acts 23:23-35

Mark 12:13-27


August 18

Psalm 131, 132, [133];

Psalm 134, 135

2 Samuel 19:1-23

Acts 24:1-23;

Mark 12:28-34


August 19

Psalm 140, 142; Psalm 141, 143:1-11(12)

2 Samuel 19:24-43

Acts 24:24-25:12

Mark 12:35-44


August 20

Psalm 137:1-6(7-9), 144;

Psalm 104

2 Samuel 23:1-17,13-17

Acts 25:13-27

Mark 13:1-13

Week of the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

(Proper 16)


Daily Office


August 21

Psalm 146, 147; Psalm 111, 112, 113

Psalm 124

Psalm 138

2 Samuel 24:1-2,10-25

Exodus 1:8—2:10


Isaiah 51:1-6

Galatians 3:23-4:7

Romans 12:1-8

John 8:12-20

Matthew 16:13-20


August 22

Psalm 1, 2, 3; Psalm 4, 7

1 Kings 1:5-31

Acts 26:1-23

Mark 13:14-27


August 23

Psalm 5, 6;

Psalm 10, 11

1 Kings 1:38-2:4;

Acts 26:24-27:8;

Mark 13:28-37


August 24

Psalm 119:1-24; Psalm 12, 13, 14

1 Kings 3:1-15

Acts 27:9-26

Mark 14:1-11


August 25

Psalm 18:1-20; Psalm 18:21-50

1 Kings 3:16-28

Acts 27:27-44

Mark 14:12-26


August 26

Psalm 16, 17; Psalm 22

1 Kings 5:1-6:1,7

Acts 28:1-16

Mark 14:27-42


August 27

Psalm 20, 21:1-7(8-14);

Psalm 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117

1 Kings 7:51-8:21

Acts 28:17-31

Mark 14:43-52

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Schedule for August 21, 2011

PREACHER: The Rev. Marguerite Alley

7:30 a.m.


8:30 a.m.

LAY READERS: Sandy Everton, Dave Mansfield

USHERS: Jim & Sharon O’Meara, Danny Mansfield

ACOLYTES: Jesse Totten, Aaron Seip, Maggie Hallauer, Luke Hallauer



COFFEE HOUR HOSTS: Mary & Jesse Fanshaw

WELCOMERS: Dave & Charlotte Brown

10:00 a.m.

LAY READERS: George Chafee, Elaine Shrader

USHERS: Thomas Coates, Bob Paull, Suzanne Pugh
ACOLYTES: C. J. Crissman, Nathan Hyatt, David Maple, Tyler Crissman

HEALING MINISTERS: Elaine Shrader, Nancy Snell



WELCOMERS: Anne McCoy, Lori Cooke

EUCHARISTIC VISITORS: Les & Marti Drummond, Walt Altice

COUNTERS: (8/22) Carole Seal, Loretta Jensen, Dottie Page, Dick Wilk, Allan Doughty

ALTAR GUILD: (8/13-8/26) Marti & Dave Mansfield, Joanne Wade, Marlyn Lam, Beth Orr, Karen Kearse

FLOWER GUILD: (8/20) Nancy Larmore, Garnett Shores

LAY READER LAUNDERERS: (8/21-9/3) Gary & Linda Ardison

Parish Care Contact:

Clara Boyle – 818-5128

Please Pray for:

Peace in the world; John, our Rector; Julia, our Assistant Rector; Marguerite, our Deacon; Howard our retired clergy, in their daily life and work.

Please pray for: Debra, Loretta, Florence, Charlie, Carolyn, Rhonda, Jamie, Ollie, Molly, Patsy, Grover, Margaret, Dot, Bob, Larry, Rita, Barbara, Wendy, Mathew, Jeffrey, Curt, Rachel, Pat, Suzy, Janet, Ruth, Arianne, Jake, Tim, Vicki, the Cummings family, Philip, Midge, Janis, Pam, Shannon, Meaghan, Hunter, Betty Jean, and Parker.

All those in our armed forces and their families at home and abroad: Stephen & Daniel Campbell, Jason Baer, Mac Caltrider, Kurt Shriever, Brian Potts, Jack Knopp, Darby Mullis, Tony Kopp, Bryan Hart, Luis Aponte, and Eric Sherck.

Those in prison: Aki, Anthony, Robert, James, Larry, John, Tim, Ryan, and Harry.
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mmanuel Clergy & Staff

The Rev. John Baldwin, Rector Director of Finance Gale Nicholson

The Rev. Julia Messer, Assistant Rector Director of Day School Sarah Singer

The Rev. Marguerite Alley, Deacon Coord. Christian Form. Marguerite Alley

The Rev. Howard Purvis, Honorary Associate Director of Music Bob Sullivan

Phone: 757-499-1271 Parish Administrator Donna Clark

Fax: 757-499-4953 Day Sch. Admin. Assist. Karen Kearse

Day School: 757-499-7393 Building Manager Mike Lee

Custodial Assistant Barbara VanderWall

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