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Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Greetings from Fr. Chuck
When was the last time you took a pair of shoes to be resoled? I took a pair of my favorite boots to be resoled and was told that they don’t do that anymore. “Toss em out and get a new pair!’ is what I was told. So, I’m going to wear them till they got holes in the sole. Seems sad to me that we live in a throwaway culture. With our landfills overflowing and the dwindling of resources plus pollution we are not taking very good care of mother earth. And are you still following your resolution to eat healthier in 2014? I am still trying to quit the candy, ice cream and a chip diet. I am trying to stop doing things that hurt my health. I know that some of my old ways aren’t good for me. I once heard it said that if you want to dig a new hole, you don’t dig the old hole deeper. Sometimes this is exactly what we do when we are trying to change our ways. Rehabilitated smokers may know what I mean, if you stop smoking only to indulge in eating and gain 50 pounds then maybe you need a new plan. It is possible to change destructive behavior. But it isn’t easy. Maybe Lent is a time stop those things that get in the way of drawing closer to God. It takes a great deal of energy to dedicate oneself to incorporate devotion to our spiritual growth. One must be intentional and seek ways that assist on the faith filled journey of Lent. One day St. Francis was hoeing his garden and someone asked him, “What would you do if you knew that you only had one day to live?” He responded, “I would keep on hoeing my garden.“ Could this be a metaphor for our season of Lent? We can have a new spirit, a new way of being, but only if we are willing to keep on growing. We can have a new beginning by relying on one another as a faith community and by not just recycling old behaviors. I commend to you a new beginning with your relationship to God and with all of God’s children. The change we seek just won’t happen by wishing but by doing. We can claim that power that comes from a deeper relationship with God, who seeks us to draw closer. Try it, you might grow in your faith journey!
The Wilderness Journey of Lent
Have you ever felt like you were out in the wilderness; lost, surrounded by fear and doubt and anguish? When you find yourself there, you know that sense of challenge. Our season of Lent begins with Jesus in the wilderness. He’s been there ,too. He knows what it is like to have that sense of darkness and despair that sometimes becomes our companion on the way of faith. At the end of Lent we will celebrate but for now we must live thru the times of doubt and fear. Now is a time for reflecting on what life brings, both joy and sorrow. We will live out our faith in the real world. Remember that you are not alone and may you continue to grow in faith.
Happy Birthday !
Born in March
2– Robyn Uhlig; Sierra Uhlig 3- Karen Banks-Lindner 4– Nola Russell; Curtis Woodard 5– Gary Muserallo 6- Stanislaw Chmielewski; Lynn Murray 12– Cathy Heim 13– Jeremy Strauss 14– Rachel Ballin 15– Richard Mattice; Talon Schroeder 16– Sierra Conant 17– Miranda Murphy 19– Barbara Higley; Elaine Sharki 20– Russell Ketch 21– Savanna Keator 23-David Austin 24-Bonnie Carrier; Ethan Hitchcock 25– Monica Stone; Jonathon Brummel 26– Peter Sullivan 27-Lance Henderson 28– Frederic Miers 30– Bernard Dye 31– Sally Miers
“Bless the Lord,
2 1st Lesson Exodus 24: 12-18 Psalm 2 16 1st Lesson Psalm Genesis 12:1-4 121
O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy Name.”
Psalm 103: 1:1
2nd Lesson 2 Peter 1: 16-21 Gospel Matthew 17: 1-9
2nd Lesson Romans 4: 1-5,13-17 Gospel John 3:1-17
ASH WEDNESDAY MARCH 5 1st Lesson Psalm Joel 2:1,-2,12-17 103
23 1st Lesson Exodus 17: 1-7 Psalm 95
2nd Lesson Romans 5: 1-11 Gospel John 4: 5-42
2nd Lesson 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:10 Gospel 9 Matthew 6: 16-21
30 1st Lesson 1 Samuel 16:1-13 Psalm 23
1st Lesson Genesis 2 15-17,3:1-7 Psalm 32
2nd Lesson Ephesians 5:8-14 Gospel John 9:1-41
2nd Lesson Romans 5: 12-19
Matthew 4: 1-11
Light shines in the darkness for the upright., the psalmist sings. Isaiah declares that when we loose the bonds of injustice and share our bread with the hungry, the light breaks forth like the dawn. In another passage from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus, the light of the world, calls his followers to let the light of their good works shine before others. Go out into the world and spread the light through God’s word.
25 Years At Emmanuel Episcopal Church
On February 16th Emmanuel Church hosted a special Coffee hour to Honor Linda Delong for her 25 years as Emmanuel’s Administrative Assistant. Thank You Linda, Enjoy your Retirement !
Poem by Reverend David Mehalyi Retired Episcopal Priest Now living in Lowville, NY
from Women’s Auxiliary Cookbook By Katherine Eaton
The spirit rose one morning And began to paint Face upon shape, shape upon shade. She sculpted beauty, And he being founded by God to see his essence Arranged and rearranged the patterns of life Until all who gaze See the colors of creation.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2014 The next planning meeting will be Monday, March 17, 2014 at 6:30p.m. in the lounge at the Broad Street United Methodist Church. This is the one of the biggest outreach ministries we do for the children of Norwich and we need your help! There are plenty of ways you can share your gifts and talents! Please call the church office at 334-2895 for more information, to let us know that you will just come to the meeting, or would be interested in helping in someway.
1 can crushed pineapple 2 cups cooked rice 1 bag marshmallows
1 can condensed milk 3/4 cup sugar
Cook rice and cool. Mix in drained pineapple and sugar. Whip milk and fold into rice mixture. Add marshmallows and chill. This can be made the day before, and is better this way.
The Lord Is My Shepherd
A Sunday School teacher decided to have her young class memorize one of the most quoted passages in the Bible—Psalm 23. She gave the youngsters a month to learn the chapter. Lille Rick was excited about the task, but he just couldn’t remember the Psalm, after much practice, he could barely get past the first line. On the day that the kids were scheduled to recite Psalm 23 in front of the congregation, Ricky was nervous. When it was his turn, he stepped up to the microphone and said proudly , “The Lord is my Shepherd, and that is all I need to know.” submitted by Pat Lindau
Saturday, March 29th at Onondaga Community College
Welcome to the 2014 Ministry Fair of the Diocese of Central New York. It is always great to gather in this way, yes to gain knowledge and skills for ministry in and through our parishes, but also to be reminded that we are a part of some-thing larger than our own faith community. So come to this day with an open heart to receive all that God is calling you to be in the love that transforms and makes all things new, “To be the passionate presence of Christ for one another and the world we are called to serve.” -Bishop Skip
Ministry Fair 2014
Saturday, March 29, 2014 8:00-4:14 Onondaga Community College, Syracuse Theme: Equipping us to be the Church of Today and Tomorrow 25 different workshops: Ex. What does a healthy small Parish look like; Personal Spirituality; Responsibilities of a Vestry; Outreach-Locally and Globally; and so much more. For more info go to: email@example.com and click on event registration
March 2-Open March 9– Open March 16– Open March 23– Open March 30– The Sayko Family in loving memory of
Millie Sayko *We are currently making a 2014 Altar Flower Schedule. If you would like to donate Altar Flowers in honor or memory of someone please contact the Parish Office to sign up for a Sunday. Stations of the Cross Stations of the Cross is a series of fourteen icons depicting incidents in the narrative of Christ’s passion, from Pilate’s house to the entombment, which are arranged around the walls of the church. We will use them as a devotional service called The Way of the Cross in which the stations are visited in turn with a pause for a reading, a versicle and response, and a collect. This is especially appropriate for the Friday’s in Lent. We invite you to join us for this meaningful time of reflection each Friday in Lent beginning on March 8th at 4:30 p.m. Mr. Gary Brookins will lead us in this time of devotion throughout lent at Emmanuel. All are welcome!
Pray for Parish Families
“For all people in their daily lives and work; For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who are alone.”
-BCP 23 February to March 2– Rosalyn & Gregory Grosvenor; Grace Gustafson; Florence Hand; Zacaria, Brooke, Megan, Kristin & Joseph Harris. 3 to 9 March – James Haynes, Jr.; Lance Henderson; Ilene & Raymond Herrington; Barbara Higley; Deborah & Mark Hitchcock. 10 to 16 March– James Houghtaling; Karen & Richard Ingraham; Jacob, Jennifer Jenkins; Madalyn, Gretchen & Paul Jones. 17 to 23 March– Victoria Kappel; Nancy Karaman & Harold Palmer; Devin, Savanna, Belinda, & James Keator. 24– 30 March– Russell Ketch; Carrie Sue Lacoe; Joyce & William Lawrence; William, Tyler, Karen Banks– Lindner & Richard Lindner. 31 March to 6 April– Kai & David Loomis; Caleb, Rachel, Cheryl, & Michael Loomis.
5-week Lenten Study Series
You are invited to a 5-week Lenten Study Series on "Embracing Interfaith Cooperation." Our evening will begin with a DVD presentation and then we will have time to discuss the video and grow in our understanding and respect for other faith traditions. In our time together, we will explore both the challenge and the necessity of Interfaith Cooperation. In an engaging way, the founder of the Interfaith Youth Core, Eboo Patel, tells stories of American founders and great leaders who believed and acted on principle that is possible to embrace differences in religion and maintain a common life. Hopefully, we will be empowered to speak out for pluralism and promote more cooperation and understanding.
Session 1: "Interfaith Cooperation in American History" hosted by Emmanuel Episcopal Church - March 12 Session 2: "Interfaith Literacy" hosted by Broad Street Methodist Church - March 19 Session 3: "The of Interfaith Cooperation" hosted by First Baptist Church - March 26
Pray for Our Vestry
Deb Cassavaugh; Dave Loomis; Jim Everard; Nancy Karaman; Kai Loomis; Sandra Colton; Jay Vorhies and Tony Giglio.
Condolences to Sandra Colton & her Family on the passing of her daughter, Karen Robinson.
Last 2 sessions will be announced next month Everyone is welcome! All sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. Coffee, tea, and light snacks will be provided.
Habitat for Humanity Annual Souper Bowl
“Souper Bowl” fundraiser for Chenango County Habitat for Humanity is scheduled for Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the Norwich, YMCA from 4pm until 6pm. Soups donated by various Chenango County restaurants will be available for sampling. In addition, there will be entertainment, baked goods, a Chinese auction, a 50/50 raffle, and door prizes. Tickets are $5.00 if you get them early, $6.00 at the door. Bring a can of soup to donate to local food pantries. Don’t miss out on a : “Souper” evening while you support Habitat for Humanity. Advance tickets locally: Norwich YMCA & NBT Bank Oxford.
Hours of Operation Monday & Wednesday 10:00a.m.-12:00p.m.
Re-opens again at
Our Daily Bread Food Pantry
3:30p.m. to 5:00p.m. Friday 10:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.
Located at Emmanuel Church
Beef Stew Roll-Beverage-Dessert
Emmanuel Outreach Program
The Emmanuel Mission Outreach encompasses two formal grant programs plus other supported events for the District. As of January 6, 2014, the Mission Outreach Grant program and Heating Assistance Program have been updated with a combined computer tracking database, and new combined application form. A separate phone line (607)334-8803 set up with its own answering service, allows people to call in for assistance anytime, and messages can be monitored when no one is in the office. The usual office hours for the outreach desk are 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Monday through Friday. In the current heating season, since Sept. 2013, 70 families have applied and of those, 63 were approved. So far this has cost $17,448.18 for fuels. With the government shut down that delayed HEAP applications for 2 weeks, plus the intense cold temperatures, many families were hard pressed early in the heating season, or have used up all their allotments including Emergency HEAP funds before the end of February. In the Mission Outreach Grant program, assisting families with other utility needs, medical supplies and prescriptions, so far in January and February of 2014, 30 families have applied and 22 approved for grants totaling $2032.25. The Emmanuel Soul Kitchen is also being supported by Mission Outreach for the community. Often when the recipients of Mission Outreach from Emmanuel Episcopal Church get confirmation of our assistance, they say it is an “answer to a prayer”.
–Lynn Walton Emmanuel Outreach Coordinator
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Fr. Chuck Taylor 37 West Main Street PO Box 203 Norwich, New York 13815 607‐847‐6361 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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May God Richly Bless:
We Worship Together
Remember the church in your will !
Emmanuel Office Hours
6:00 pm Pancake Supper St. Matthew’s
Followed by Ash Wednesday Liturgy with Imposition of Ashes
Monday –Friday 9:00a.m.—1:00 p.m. Phone: (607) 334-8801 Outreach Phone : (607) 334-8803 www.emmanuelnorwich.com
ASH WEDNESDAY WORSHIP 9:00 am Ash Wednesday Liturgy with Imposition of Ashes hosted by Emmanuel, Norwich 10:45 am Ash Wednesday Worship at Chase Nursing Home 7:00 pm Ash Wednesday Ecumenical Worship hosted by Broad St. Methodist Church, Norwich STATIONS OF THE CROSS every Friday during Lent at 4:30 pm at Emmanuel, Norwich, with Gary Brookins leading the Lenten devotion
The Mission of Emmanuel Church is to carry out the work of Jesus Christ in the world through ministry to our parish family and outreach to the larger community.
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