e-mmanuel e-letter

November 8, 2018


Stewardship 2019

All Christians are God’s stewards.

Everything we have is on loan from God,

entrusted to us for a while to use in serving Him.

THANK YOU to everyone who has thoughtfully sent in a pledge card for 2019. For those who have not, I invite you to bring it with you to the Gala on November 15 when we celebrate Emmanuel’s 175th anniversary!!

Emmanuel’s 175th 

Gala Celebration and Fundraiser

Thursday, November 15, 2018

6::30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Georgian

247 East Washington Street

Athens, Georgia



Please make your reservation to attend the Gala Celebration of Emmanuel’s 175th birthday!  

Reservations are $125 per person and include dinner, music, refreshments and a silent auction. Your check to the church office is your reservation. Parking is available at First American Bank, College Avenue Deck, and street parking.

Thank you!! Phil Bettendorf, Martha Babendrier,  Alene Northcutt, Crysty Odom, Terrie Seward, Brooke Stortz


The chapel is open for Morning Prayer

Monday through Friday

mornings at 8am. 

?Weekend Worship Services


 5:30pm Eucharist


 8:30am Eucharist Rite I

10:30am Eucharist

12:30pm Eucharist in Spanish


 5:30pm Healing Service with Eucharist


  • Adult Formation – A video presentation entitled “Speaking Christian: Redeeming Christian Language” by Marcus J. Borg facilitated by Friar Brian. Marcus Borg explores important Christian works like salvation, savior, redemption, redeemer, righteousness, mercy, sacrifice, and more, and seeks to reclaim their richer biblical meanings. What is discussed is understanding Christianity itself. The reference book is Speaking Christian: why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power – And How They Can Be Restored by Marcus J. Borg. Handouts provided.  “Westminster”
  • 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
  • Nursery - Our nursery lovingly welcomes children under 3-years of age from 9am-12:00
  • 7th through 12th graders - The Upper Room (Youth Center)
  • Women's Book Study - The Emmanuel 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 Everybody, Always: Becoming Love in a World of Setbacks and Difficult People” by Bob Goff. Please contact Phyllis Niolon at for more information and the schedule of readings.


Saturday, November 10


Altar Guild: Sandy Jarrett, Crysty Odom, Susan Tuggle

Eucharistic Minister: Karen Salamone

Lector: David Baldwin

?Sunday, November 11


8:30 – Carol Bowles

10:30 – Dylan Jacobson, Julia Say, Cory Tillman, Mary Palmer Roberts

Altar Guild:

10:30 – Roslyn DeVorsey, Betty Varnadore

Eucharistic Ministers: 

8:30 – Steve Hall, Lori Tiller

10:30 – Anne Brightwell, Claire Gaus, Sue Holt

Flower Guild: Ann Cabaniss, Beverly Sligh


8:30 – Roger Lange

10:30 – Vince Howard, Robin Johnson


8:30 – Don McAlister, Regina McAlister

10:30 – Erwin Greene, Jud Doherty, Kirby Murray, Tom Phillips

Vestry Liaisons:

8:30 – Randy Forester

10:30 – Kerry Hogan

Wednesday, November 14

Altar Guild:

5:30 – Anne Brightwell

Eucharistic Minister:  

5:30 – Claire Gaus


**If you are unable to serve at the given time, please go to

"The Scheduler"

and request a sub**

Saturday, November 10

Annual Council

5:30 pm Eucharist

Sunday, November 11

 8:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite I

 9:30 Faith Formation for all ages

10:30 Holy Eucharist

12:00 Natural Spirituality “Library”

12:30 pm Holy Eucharist in Spanish with Baptism

 1:30 Prayer Shawl Ministry “Old Music Suite”

Monday, November 12

 8:00 am Men’s Spirituality Group “Library”

10:00 Bible Study “Coventry”

Tuesday, November 13

10:00 am Natural Spirituality “Library”

 5:15 pm Finance Meeting “Vestry Conference Room”

 7:30 Al-Anon “Old Music Suite”

Wednesday, November 14

 1:00 – 5:15 pm Yoga “Old Music Suite”

 5:30 Eucharist

 6:15 Vestry Meeting “Vestry Conference Room”

 7:15 Emmanuel Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, November 15

 6:30 pm 175th Birthday Bash “The Georgian”


Gus Backelant, Adam Baker, Dan Bartlett, Polly Connerat, Cissy Hutchinson, Mark Kraby, Diane Ehlers, Mark Miller, Timothy Price, Erika Greene, Elizabeth Lovelind, Jennifer Wells, Lori Tiller, Sarah Brooks Matthews, Ransom Thomas, Jean Estes, Dodd Rentz, Angie Hicks, Jacques Germain



EMMANUEL PRAYS FOR: John Albright, Amie Arnold, Brooks Arnold, John Bowman, Arthur Crapsey, Christine Dargie, Bibsy Gardner, Max Germain, Jim Griffith, Carter Howard, Jessica Jenkins, Ellen Jones, James Judd, Sandra Ludwig, Margie Sewtoell, Cindy Sullivan


  • STEWARDSHIP 2019 - Giving to the church clearly has a spiritual component. It’s different from giving to the United Way or a non-profit. Stewardship giving is looking at money that we are privileged to have in the first place and then seeing it as a privilege to give to do God’s work in the Emmanuel community. Think of it as the first check you write every month instead of the one that you write after paying everything else. THANK YOU for sending in your pledge card today!! It’s easy to give to something you love!!
  • ANNUAL PARISH REPORTS DUE Friday, November 16th- Ministry Commissions please submit your annual parish reports to Melissa, submission must be by email at or you may drop off at the church office. All reports must be submitted in Microsoft Word
  • BROTHERHOOD OF ST. ANDREW - Eric Wells will host the meeting of the Emmanuel Chapter of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew on November 18th at 7 pm.  Visitors are welcome, and one may phone Andy Simmonds at (706) 353-3422 for more information.


If you would like to participate in helping to decorate the church for Christmas, either with a memorial or in Thanksgiving, please send payment to “Emmanuel Church,” 498 Prince Avenue, Athens, GA 30601, or you may drop off in the church office, ($20/ name is suggested). Your list of those to be remembered should include each person’s full Christian name. Absolute deadline is Sunday, December 16th. Please mark Poinsettias in your memo line of your check. CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR FORM!


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Are you looking for a comprehensive creative morning program for your two year old? We have a few slots in our Monday, Wednesday, and Friday class. School is from 9:00 to 12:30. Email Amy at to schedule a tour.

Go to our website and on the homepage click online giving on the right tab or click the picture above


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. 



As you are going through your holiday decorations, please bring any you don't need to us! That includes cards, giftbags, ornaments, etc. Nothing too small!

Also, we need winter clothing, especially boots, hats, gloves and coats.

Also, we could use some candles, jewelry, handbags, and DVDs. 


Tues-Fri (10:00-4:00pm)

Sat (10:00-2:00pm)

To volunteer, contact

Leah Goodwin at thrifthouse@?

or 706-395-6468




498 Prince Avenue,

Athens, Georgia 30601

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