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Thursday, November 19

6:30 pm Emmanuel Community Zoom (Click here to get connected)

Sunday, November 22

9:30 am Livestream Facebook/YouTube

10:30 am Bells with McKenzie "Zoom"

11:30 am Outside Worship "Parking Lot"

12:30 pm Livestream Facebook/YouTube (Spanish)

Monday, November 23

10:00 am Bible Study "Zoom"

Wednesday, November 25

12:00 noon Devotions by Clergy & Staff (Click here to get connected)

12:00 noon Church office closes

Thursday, November 26

Church office closed "Happy Thanksgiving"

Friday, November 27

Church office closed??

Sunday, November 29

9:30 am Livestream Facebook/YouTube

10:30 am Singing with McKenzie "Zoom"

11:30 am Outside Worship "Parking Lot"

12:30 pm Livestream Facebook/YouTube (Spanish)


Join us ONLINE

We look forward to worshiping together in person in the future, but in the meantime we are glad that we will still be able to come together and worship, just in a different way.

There are NO in person gatherings at this time in the Sanctuary.

Join us ONLINE for worship on

Sundays at 9:30 am and 12:30 pm (Spanish)

Click on the icon below to join us in worship online



(weather permitting)

in Emmanuel's Parking Lot.

YOU MUST REGISTER ONLINE by CLICKING HERE or call the church office

If booked, please join the wait list.

If inclement weather, a email will be sent out to those who registered the Saturday before the service.

"Faithful Five":

Devotions for Youth

For the rest of 2020, instead of meeting over Zoom we will be following the model used by our Children's Ministry/Catechesis of the Good Shepherd counterparts here at Emmanuel. For us, this means that we'll be sending a brief video every Sunday morning, about five minutes long, with a spiritual reflection/devotion that your whole family can watch together. We are hopeful that this will be a meaningful addition to the lives of our youth and your families.

Keep an eye out this Sunday for the first "Faithful Five" to be coming your way. If you have any questions, please contact Fr. Clayton.

As the Shadows Lengthen: An Advent Series

Every Thursday – 6:30-7:30PM on Zoom

Join the Emmanuel Community Zoom Group for a series on Advent. We’ll be discussing the history of the season of Advent, the Advent Wreath, and then take a look at the prayers, readings, and themes of each Sunday of Advent. As always, we begin our time with conversation and community, before turning to our “program” for the evening. Fr. Clayton facilitates our time together. 

To log into the meeting, click this link:

Sara Baldwin, Thomas Wilson, Taylor Evans, Jay Shinn, Helen Byrne, Hal Cofer, Charles Denning, Polly Hixson, Cindy Sullivan, Lee Albright, David Burger, Jonathan Fox, Carol Bowles, Diana Falletta, Daniel Marks

The Scheduler

We are only scheduling 1 reader at this time. Thank you to all those who serve.

Sunday, November 22 at 9:30 am

Weyman Johnson

Paula Barber, Christine Dargie, Mark Dodson, Gayle Duncan, Bryan Ferguson, Bibsy Gardner, Claire Gaus, Max Germain, John Hancock, Maggie Hancock, Carter Howard, Sandy Ludwig, Agnes Parker, Don Rhodes, Johnny Scoggins, Jim Spencer, Cindy Sullivan, Mary Vandiver


The nominating committee is working on a Vestry slate for 2021 and if you feel led to serve on Vestry please consider submitting your name to Katherine Alexander at



Please continue your giving by check or online giving.

You may mail your check to Emmanuel Church, 498 Prince Avenue Athens GA 30601. You may TEXT (73256 to emmanuelathens) Give as illustrated above, or online giving go to Emmanuel's website at then press on the word. Giving is located at the top right and follow directions.

Season of Service

Online Angel Tree

Our Angel Tree is online this year! Emmanuel is partnering with Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA) and Clarke County Schools to collect Christmas gifts for those in our local community. 

ACCA provided a list of items in greatest demand for our local seniors. Ms. Gay, CCSD Social Worker, worked with three local families and created a Christmas wish list for several children age 4 to 9 years old. The Christmas wishes can be found on the sign up links.

If you would like to help us spread Christmas joy this season- it is simple. Just take a look at this link. If you see a gift or gifts you would like to purchase, click on the item(s) and fill out the required contact information.

Once you purchase your gift, attach a “nametag” to help us make certain the item goes to the right recipient. For example, ACCA- Bath Towels or Alexander, Hot Wheels.

Bring your unwrapped gift to Emmanuel. We will collect gifts Mondays through Fridays 9:00 am to 2:00 pm from November 15 through December 6. For contactless delivery, ring the buzzer at the parking lot door entrance and drop your gift into the basket by the doors. Or if you participate in the outdoor Eucharist, there will be a basket at the check in table for you to drop your gifts.?

And if any of these options don’t work, please contact Martha at to schedule a time.

Thank you for helping us to brighten the lives of so many this Christmas season!

Amber Pitt, Katharine Garth, Erica Golding, Season of Service Coordinators

Martha Babendreier, Director of Children’s Formation

Children’s Choir Schedule 


November 22, 2020: 10:30-11:00 Bells

November 29, 2020: 10:30-11:00 Singing

December 6, 2020: 10:30-11:00 Bells

December 13, 2020: 10:30-11:00 Singing

December 20, 2020: No choir- virtual singing/ playing videos due December 23.



Kenzie Day [she/ her]

BM Voice Performance/ Education

University of Georgia 2021

Tis the season to think about gift-giving...

Please consider honoring a family member or friend, or giving a memorial by purchasing one of the stone pavers at the rear entrance to our church "All Saints Terrace".  

Contact Bob Davis 

Thrift House?

The Thrift House is open for shopping Thur, Fri, and Saturday MOST of the time.

Donations accepted above days, Tues 1-4, and by appointment.

Needs: Holiday decorations, coats, warm weather gear, blankets

Please contact Leah at for store hours and dropoffs. You may call 706-395-6468

day school water picture

Emmanuel Day School

Please contact Amy at to learn more about availability for our January 2021 opening.

Staff at Emmanuel

Robert Salamone, Rector

Samuel Porras, Associate Rector

Clayton Harrington, Campus Minister and Youth

Melissa Fulcher, Director of Administration

Michael Brewer, Director of Music

Martha Babendreier, Director of Children's Formation

Alexandra Dunbar, Organist

Karen Holland, Director of Finance

Amy Wraga, Director of Emmanuel Day School

Miguel Escano, Sexton

Leah Goodwin, Thrift House Manager

Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 498 Prince Avenue, Athens GA 30601