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Youth Group Resumes
We will meet every Sunday from 3-3:30PM, initially using Zoom (but that may change later in the fall). We'll take time to catch up, do something fun together, and reflect briefly on a relevant spiritual passage or theme. 
We know that this is a challenging time for our young people, and we want to offer a space to be community and reflect on how God is with us in all of our lives. We also know that some youth are doing school in-person and some are doing so virtually, so we are trying to be mindful of possible "Zoom fatigue," while working within the guidelines currently set by the Diocese and Emmanuel and our current reality. 
Depending on guidelines and changing circumstances here in Athens, we hope to offer in-person (with physical distance, masks, etc.) gatherings sometime this fall!
Please contact Fr. Clayton for the Zoom link or if you have any questions.
Emmanuel Zoom Community Group
Thursdays from 6:30-7:30PM
Our Emmanuel Zoom Community Group continues! We begin our time with conversation, community, and check-in, and then we turn to a more intentional reflection. During August-October, we will be reading and discussing the themes of “Faith, Hope, and Love” in the Bible. Fr. Clayton facilitates our time together. 
Lucy Atkinson, Joanne Burton, Jen Wrenn, Charles Atkinson, Angie Dunlap, Rob Hoyt, Tommy Hogan,Christopher Neil, Kelli Neil, Clinton Uzoho, Susan Dukes, Maddox Dunlap, Gary Green, Lucy Rentz, Will Wrenn, Frank Christa, Donald Walton, Butch, Bush
The Scheduler
We are only scheduling Readers at this time. Thank you to all those who serve.
Sunday, September 19th at 10:30 am
Jennifer Wells, Vince Howard
Paula Barber, Christine Dargie, Mark Dodson, Evelyn Drescher, Gayle Duncan, Bibsy Gardner, Claire Gaus, Max Germain, John Hancock, Maggie Hancock, Carter Howard, Agnes Parker, Don Rhodes, Johnny Scoggins, Jim Spencer, Cindy Sullivan, Mary Vandiver
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.
Emmanuel Children’s Formation
September 2020
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Children’s Formation, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, began on September 13 online. The catechists, Bobbi Brandenburg, Katherine Barrow, Kerry Hogan, Ellen Dolphus, and Sara Baldwin, are creating reflections for families to experience in their homes until the children are able to re-gather in the atrium. To support the families, the catechists are providing families with weekly meditations, materials and resources. This past week the children created a prayer space in their home where they may contemplate and experience the joy of God. The children were also invited to create personal work for further reflection. The Hicks, Hildago and Hill families shared their work with us. What joy!
If you would like more information or would like to be included on the email, please email Martha at
A Happy Hello,
If you are interested, please reach out to me by email! I would love to address any questions or concerns. Last year, our children’s choir grew to a group of about 12 students, who sang, played bells, and gathered together to make a joyful noise. In this time where we cannot gather, I would love to still have a level of fellowship and create something beautiful for our church to enjoy. Our goal over the next few months is to put together some sort of Christmas program, all virtually. We will start NEXT WEEK! We will also be distributing bells as soon as we get interest from children. Please consider signing your child (age 3 through middle school) up for choir this fall! I look forward to hearing from you. 
Kenzie Day [she/ her]
BM Voice Performance/ Education
University of Georgia 2021
Parenting in the Wilderness
Beginning on September 20th, Emmanuel will be offering a time to come together as parents/guardians of children and youth on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month at 5PM via Zoom. Being a parent or guardian is never easy, but this is even more true during these challenging times. We hope that these meetings will be an opportunity to spend more time as community, to offer space for each other to grieve our losses and celebrate our successes, and to dive deeper into our shared faith.
During Fall 2020, we will spend part of each meeting reflecting on what it means to be in the wilderness. The wilderness is an important location in the scriptures as a place of great challenge but also of great opportunity for transformation and purpose – Moses and the Israelites wander in the wilderness for forty years after the Exodus, John the Baptist proclaimed his message of repentance in the wilderness, and Jesus began his earthly ministry by going into the wilderness following his baptism. How might we reflect on what it means for us to be people (and parents!) in our own wilderness?
Every 1st and 3rd Sunday at 5PM, starting September 20th –
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: Fall themed decor and clothing
Please contact Leah at for store hours and dropoffs. You may call 706-395-6468
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Emmanuel Day School
Please contact Amy Wraga, Director of Emmanuel Day School at for more information during this time.
Staff at Emmanuel
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
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