The chapel is open for Morning Prayer Monday through Friday
mornings at 8am. 
 e-mmanuel e-letter
December 1, 2017
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·      Nursery – Our nursery lovingly welcomes children under 3-
        years of age 9:00 am – 12:00.
·       Level I – 3, 4 & 5 year-olds – Atria – Third Floor
·       Level II – 1st, 2nd, & 3rd graders – Atria – Third Floor
·       Level III – 4th, 5th, & 6th graders – Atria – Third Floor
·       7th through 12th graders – The Upper Room (Youth
·       Women’s Book Study - meets in the library from 9:30 to
10:25 each Sunday following the Catechesis schedule. This fall
we are reading Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic
for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna
Neiquist. Please contact Phyllis Niolon at
for more information and the schedule of readings.
·       Adult Forum - Join Fr. Robert - It's Advent Again! "Westminster" 
Saturday, December 2
Altar Guild: Sandy Jarrett, Crysty Odom, Susan Tuggle
Eucharistic Minister: Carol Bowles
Lector: Weyman Johnson
?Sunday, December 3
Acolytes: Allen Wagner
Eucharistic Ministers: Lori Tiller, Sondra Lange
Reader: Philip Bettendorf
Ushers: Sue Boatright, Gene Carr
Vestry Liaisons: Roger Lange, Crysty Odom
Acolytes: Cooper Evans, Ngae Lay, Andrew Ehlers, Kate Kleiber
Altar Guild: Anne Brightwell, Leslie de Haseth
Eucharistic Ministers: Sue Holt, Mary Moore, Claire Gaus, Emily Kleiber
Readers: Katherine Byrne, Rob Byrne
Ushers: Tom Phillips, Jerry Sullivan, Earl Williams
Vestry Liaisons: Anna Alexander, Crysty Odom
Wednesday, December 6
Altar Guild: Anne Brightwell
Eucharistic Minister: Robin Johnson
**If you are unable to serve at the given time, please go to
and request a sub**
Saturday, December 2
 9:00 am Atrium Training
4:45 pm Daughters of the King
 5:30 Holy Eucharist "Chapel"
 6:15 Holy Eucharist "Spanish"
Sunday, December 3
 8:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite I
 9:30 Faith Formation for all ages
10:30 Holy Eucharist
12:00 Annual Parish Meeting "Common Room"
           Natural Spirituality "Library"
 1:00 pm Atrium Training
Monday, December 4
10:00 am Bible Study "Coventry"
Tuesday, December 5
10:00 am Natural Spirituality "Library"
 7:30 pm Al-Anon "Old Music Suite"
Wednesday, December 6
 2:00 pm Elder Connection Ministry "Library"
 5:30 pm Healing Service with Eucharist
 7:15 Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, December 7
 6:30 pm Stephen Ministry "Library"
Philip Bettendorf, Campbell Harrison, Mark Dodson, Esther Smith, Nell Hemphill, John Robertson, Sissy Erwin, Rhodes McLanahan, Gloria Sams, Emilee Stortz, Keith Dix, Eloise Luken, Lee Atkinson, Conner Pannell, Kate Ruston
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?ANNUAL PARISH MEETING - This Sunday, December 3rd after the 10:30 Eucharist in the Common Room.
EMMANUEL PRAYS FOR: Amie Arnold, Pam Cooke, Arthur Crapsey, Christine Dargie, Bibsy Gardner, Max Germain, Jim Griffith, Ellen Jones, James Judd, Amburn Power, Cindy Sullivan
WHAT IS FOYERS? Looking for an opportunity to meet new friends at Emmanuel? Consider signing up for Foyers. Foyers provides an informal setting of Emmanuel members to strengthen our bond through small groups breaking bread together when and where you decide. Sign-ups will begin in December and an “ice breaker” will be scheduled in mid-January. The current plan is to keep groups to a maximum of six people comprised of singles and couples. An effort will be made to have groups include a mixture of people from each of our regular services, another chance to get to know each other. Groups will meet monthly between February and May. So look for the sign-up sheets in the Narthex. Questions? Contact Carol Bowles at (706)549-8578 or
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AMERICAN RED CROSS - We have a tradition at Emmanuel of donating blood during the Advent season. Please add this gift to your gift giving list and make a difference in the life of someone who does not know who gave them this wonderful gift.  You can make an appointment to give blood at the American Red Cross Blood Donation Center located in the Academy Shopping Center on the Atlanta Highway by calling 800-733-2767 The downtown Athens community is also hosting a blood drive on Thursday, Dec. 7th from noon until 5:00 PM on the 2nd floor of the Athens First building on the corner of West Hancock Ave. and Hull Street in downtown Athens.  If you would like to make an appointment at this drive, contact Phil Bettendorf at 706-357-7068 or With an appointment, it typically takes an hour from start to finish. If you prefer to just drop in, you are welcome to do so but your donation time will vary.  Thank you for giving this Advent gift to someone in need.
"Calling all INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK VOLUNTEERS:  First, please sign up for our final hosting week of 2017, starting December 10 and running through December 17. The scheduler went live on October 22. If you do not have the link, please contact me or Erin Wallace ( Thank you for your help. Nothing spells Advent like serving your neighbors in need. Second, please note in your 2018 calendars each of our IHN hostings for next year. They are January 21-28, April 1-8, August 12-19, and November 4-11. We look forward to working with you in December and throughout next year on this important ministry. Weyman Johnson at
EMMANUEL DAY SCHOOL REGISTRATION: Priority Registration at the day school: January 8th to 18th. Are you looking for a comprehensive morning program for your 2,3,or 4 year old? Emmanuel Church members have priority registration for the 2108-2019 school year at the day school. Please email Amy Wraga to schedule a tour before December 15th. Or join us in the Common Room on Thursday January 11th for our Open House.
ANGEL TREE: This Advent, take a moment to share in the Hope that only comes from God. Remove a name from the tree in the Narthex to share in extending the gift of Peace in this season of awareness and expectation. The gifts will be delivered to Emmaus House for their annual Children's Christmas Festival. The Christmas Eve Festival offers local residents entertainment, food, fun, and a visit with Santa and his helpers for more than 800 children and their parents. The food will be donated to the Food Bank of NE Georgia to support a new food pantry at Cedar Shoals High School. All donations should be returned to Emmanuel by December 17th. CHILDREN OF EMMANUEL:The honor of your presence is requested as the Children of Emmanuel bring to life the story of Christ’s birth. Sunday, December 17th, 4:00 pm - Emmanuel Sanctuary. Following the ceremony we will host a wrapping workshop as we prepare our Angel Tree gifts for their final recipients. Please contact Georgia at 706.540.8237 to register your child.
Reminder: 2018 EMMANUEL STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN -For those of you who have already responded to our request for your 2018 pledge, we thank you very much. As a reminder, our Stewardship Campaign theme for this year isEnhancing Mission at Emmanuel. 
Generous pledging by members of Emmanuel in the past has helped house the homeless, provide meals to the hungry, clothe the poor, and assist community members in need. I ask that you prayerfully consider a pledge to Emmanuel for 2018, and I encourage you to freely and joyously offer to God your gifts of time, talent and treasure. Although you should have received a letter and a pledge card in the mail during the first week of November, we also have pledge cards available on the table outside the Sanctuary and on the counter in the Narthex. You can also contact the Church Office if you would like us to mail you a pledge card. 
Please return your completed pledge card by mail or at an upcoming service. We hope to receive your pledges by December 3, or as soon as possible. I am happy to answer any questions that you may have about this year’s campaign. Please help us in Enhancing Mission at Emmanuel. Rob Hoyt, Chair, Stewardship Committee (  
Tues-Fri (10:00-4:00pm)
Sat (10:00-2:00pm)
To volunteer, contact Leah Goodwin at
or 706-395-6468
Items needed: Toys, baby items, coats, hats, gloves, scarves, boots
CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS: If you would like to participate in helping to decorate the church for Christmas, either with a memorial or in Thanksgiving, please send a check made payable to "Emmanuel Church" or you may drop off in the church office or offering plate ($15/name is suggested). Forms are available in the weekly bulletin and News From The Narthex. Deadline is Friday, December 15th.
click on this link and consider scheduling an automatic, recurring contribution today. It's very convenient. You will no longer need to write out checks and prepare envelopes every week. Even when you travel, illness or other circumstances prevent you from attending services, your electronic contributions will continue to be received on an uninterrupted basis. 
Go to our website and on the homepage click online giving on the right tab or click the picture above
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Celebration of the Eucharist
Rite I - 8:30 a.m.
Rite II - 10:30 a.m.
Celebration of the Eucharist
with Healing Service
5:30 p.m.
Celebration of the Eucharist
Rite II - 5:30 p.m.
in Spanish - 6:15 p.m.
Morning Prayer Monday-Friday
Mornings at 8:00 am 
The nursery is available Sunday
mornings from 9am-12noon