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Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Greetings from Fr. Chuck
We are still early in Lent but I am looking down the road towards Easter. My thoughts have been peaked by someone asking me to write about those who doubt everything about God and Easter. One of my childhood heroes was Bob Hazeltine. Bob was a crusty, old coalminer. His mine was a family owned business in an area dominated by much larger operations. Bob ‘s mine employed himself and a trusty old mule. I was fascinated by his stories not only of the mining business but of his worldly experiences. As a young boy, I remember a conversation with Bob. He told me that when he was younger he thought the existence of Europe was an outright lie. He found it difficult to believe that anything existed beyond the story and an account of what borders of the United States. But early in 1919, he received orders to report to the military and had the opportunity to experience Europe first hand courtesy of WWI. It became real and if I recall correctly, he told me that he wouldn’t have believed it, if he hadn’t seen it. As I like to tell people, I believe in the product that I sell. I believe the Easter story. My sermons on Easter over the years have included emerging butterflies from the cocoon, the budding of snow drop flowers, and the return of the robins. But these really don’t measure up, do they? Sometimes, I think that we modern people flatter ourselves with our intelligence. The people who walked alongside of Jesus knew the difference between a good really happened. And many didn’t know what to make of the Easter event. When they claimed that Jesus had risen they were suspected of either being fools, drunk, or both. I believe that this is what Paul might call a “stumbling block.” Do you have doubts about the truth that lies in Easter? Who doesn’t? Are you baffled and are struggling to understand? If I read the Gospel accounts of that first Easter correctly, then you aren’t alone. Those faithful men and women who walked with Jesus had similar reactions. They were confused, afraid, and didn’t understand. Easter may challenge the way you look at the world around you. It may be hard to explain but make no doubt about it. It is a mystery that just can’t be explained. But know this, it is true! He Lives!
Why Interfaith Cooperation is important
For the last several weeks, a number of people have come together for a series titled, “Embracing Interfaith Cooperation.” For many this is the first time we have openly discussed what interfaith cooperation looks like in the 21st century. As we listened and discussed this series of DVD presentations, I have been fascinated, surprised, and moved into a greater realization of how all Christians need to grow a deeper appreciation for other faith communities. The very thing that makes America a great nation is the rich diversity of the USA from its earliest beginnings. America has a rich tradition of religious freedom for all. We will meet for several more weeks around the subject of interfaith cooperation. I encourage you to join us and grow a deeper respect for all of God’s people. April 2-6:30 p.m. at Christ Lutheran, Norwich April 9th-6:30 p.m. at Emmanuel, Norwich
April Birthdays & Anniversaries
1 Devin Keator 2 Lindsey Markham 3 Andrew Everard 19 Brian Fink Elverd “ Jack” Frink 20 Gary Brookins Mary Alice Whitney 21 Jason Woodard 22 April Woodard 23 Amy Sutherland 24 Sarah Carnachan Terri Ann Woodard 25 Sarah Spittler 28 Daniel Andrew “Drew” Maclntosh 29 Megan Carnachan 30 Mark Hitchcock
April 6-OPEN April 13–OPEN April 20-Easter Sunday April 27-Betty Nolan in memory of James E. Nolan, Sr., James E. Nolan, Jr., and Philip Nolan *If you would like more
4 Lawrence & Anne Tucker 5 Madison Loeffler 7 Tim Thompson Nicole Thompson 10 Linda Turner Brayden Supensky 11 Brandon Smith 12 Nancy Gibbon Alice Angle 16 Dylan Gladstone 19 David Loomis
information on Altar Flower Pricing and available options, Please Contact The Parish Office.
Emmanuel Prayer List
We would like to start fresh with our Prayer List.. After the month of April we will be clearing the prayer list. Please contact the Parish Office if you would like to keep or add a name to the prayer list.
6 1st Lesson Psalm Ezekiel 37: 1-14 130 20 EASTER 1st Lesson Acts 10: 34-43 Psalm 118: 1-2, 14-24
2nd Lesson Romans 8: 6-11 Gospel John 11: 1-45
2nd Lesson Colossians 3: 1-4 Gospel 27 1st Lesson Psalm John 20: 1-19 Acts 2: 14, 22-32 16
13 PALM SUNDAY 1st Lesson Isaiah 50: 4-9 Psalm 118 : 1-2, 19-29
2nd Lesson Philippians 2: 5-11 Gospel Matthew 21: 1-11
2nd Lesson 1 Peter 1: 3-9 Gospel John 20: 19-31
Soft Molasses Cookies
1 cup shortening 1 cup molasses 5 cup flour 1 tsp cloves I tsp salt 11/4 cup sugar 1 cup sour milk 1 1/2 tsp ginger 2 tsp cinnamon 4 tsp soda Combine all ingredients. Sprinkle cookies with sugar Bake at 350 deg. 15 minutes
RECIPE FROM THE 1964 COOKBOOK by Sue Ackerman
A little boy opened the big and old family Bible with fascination, looking at the old pages as he turned them. Then something fell out of the Bible. He picked it up and looked at it closely.
Stewardship is what I do after I have said I believe. Stewardship is our attitude toward everything that God has placed at our disposal during our stay on earth. It is our humble acknowledgement that all good things come from God.
A college teacher made up a game called sharing. He brought into class a jar of 12 It was an old leaf from a tree that has been pressed jellybeans. He would pass the jar around in between the pages. the room and you could take as many or as few as you wanted. The teacher "Mama, look what I found," the boy called out.. explained that for every jellybean the "What have you got there, dear?" his mother asked. student had at the end of the game, one point would be added to his grade. At the With astonishment in the young boy's voice he end of each round the number of answered, jellybeans left in the jar would be doubled. In every class the teacher played "It's Adam's suit". the game the jar never made it beyond the first round. In fact, in one class the jar Submitted by Dick Gestwick never made it past the first student, he took them all. The teacher asked a friend, an elementary teacher, to try it in her fifth and sixth grade class. She did. And eventually the bowl was overfilled. Every student passed the bowl without taking any jellybeans, At the end they divided the jellybeans equally. The characteristics of sharing and caring must be taught while the children are MENU young so when they grow up they will be Ham Dinner good stewards.
“ The Lord is my Shepard; I shall not be in want.”
Yams– Coleslaw Roll-Beverage-Dessert
St. Matthew’s Events April 6 ECW Meeting Following Service April 24 Pot Luck Supper
Palm crosses will be made on Saturday, April 12 th @ 9:00 a.m. at St. Andrew’s
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"
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 31 March to 6 April– Kai & David Loomis; Caleb, Rachel, Cheryl, & Michael Loomis. 7 April to 13 April– Joan Lorincz; Drew, Alyssa, Andrea & Daniel MacIntosh; Ann Markham; Ruth Mason. 14 April to 20 April– V. Peter & Linda Mason; Dottie & Rick Mattice; Ian, Tammy, & Phil May. 21 April to 27April– Patricia McAvoy; Jean McDowell; Abbie Newbold; Carolyn & Larry McMaster. 28 April to 4 May– Sally & Fred Miers; Jason Morris; Aiden, Jacob, Madelyn, and Megan Morris.
-Hosted by Broad Street Methodist Church March 19th
Session 2: "Interfaith Literacy" -Hosted by First Baptist Church -March 26 Session 3: "The Science of Interfaith Cooperation" -Hosted by Christ Lutheran Church April 2nd Session 4:“The Art of Interfaith Leadership” -Hosted by Emmanuel –April 9th
The last session will be announced later on
Everyone is welcome! All sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. Coffee, tea, and light snacks will be provided.
Pray for Our Vestry
Deb Cassavaugh; Dave Loomis; Jim Everard; Nancy Karaman; Kai Loomis; Sandra Colton; Jay Vorhies and Tony Giglio.
Spaghetti Pie Supper
Saturday April 5, 2014 4:30p.m. to 7:00p.m.
At Christ Lutheran Church 94 N. Broad St., Norwich Spaghetti pie with Meatballs, Salad, Bread, Beverage, & Dessert Gluten Free Available
Regular Sunday Worship Services
The Regular Sunday Worship Service starts at 9:30 a.m. Either Rite I or Rite II Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at these services, except that on the fourth Sunday of every month the service may be Rite I or Rite II Morning Prayer. You are cordially invited to join with us in these events. Please call (607/334-8801) or e-mail the Parish Office at email@example.com for details or if you need a ride.
Adults- $8.00 Kids 3-10 years old—$3.00 Under 3 years old—FREE Eat In or Take Out
Proceeds Support Sunday School Youth Activities and SUNY Morrisville Human Services Organizational Local Homeless Aid
Wednesday Morning 9:00 am: Interactive Contemporary Eucharist in St. Francis Chapel, with Anointing with oil for the sick on the second Wednesday of every month (lasts approximately 30 minutes). When a clergy person is not available, a Morning Prayer service will be held. Depending upon the availability of an officiant, once a month a service will be held at either Valley View Nursing Home or Chenango Valley Home. Please, obtain the current schedule for these services from the Parish Office.
Our Daily Bread Food Pantry
Hours of Operation Monday & Wednesday 10:00a.m.-12:00p.m.
Re-opens again at
3:30p.m. to 5:00p.m. Friday 10:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.
Located at Emmanuel Church
Emmanuel Church Cleaning Day... April 12th-9:00a.m. until done. “Church Cleaning & Polishing Day” for Easter! Not limited to Altar Guild members. Additional help appreciated, any questions contact Nancy Dye.
Cub Scout Troop 62
Cub Scout Troop 62 helped raise non-perishable food items for Our Daily Bread Food Pantry located at Emmanuel Church. Cub Scout Troop 62 is also sponsored by Emmanuel Church. They frequently have meetings and activities at the Church. These Boy Scouts are a tremendous help to the Church, they have even began painting and fixing up old rooms in the upstairs of the Parish Hall! Thank you Boy Scout Troop 62 for all your hard work and dedication to Emmanuel! We really appreciate it !
Emmanuel Outreach Program
As we near the end of March, and hopefully the end of a long winter, the Emmanuel Heating Assistance Program has helped 81 families, half of them with children in the household. Even with an additional grant of $5000 to add to the account, the balance is so low that applicants are being referred to other resources in the community. Meanwhile, the Mission Outreach Grant program has spent $3200 to help 30 families (20 with children) since the start of the year. We continue to coordinate assistance with The Area Agency On Aging, Catholic Charities, Roots & Wings, South Broad Street United Methodist Church, and United Church of Christ First Congregational. The separate phone line and new email address for the outreach program have helped improve communications, and the data base is helping us to stay on top of current spending in each account. - Lynne Walton Outreach Coordinator Tel: 334-8803 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
At the March Emmanuel Soul Kitchen Dinner….
The March 13th, Soul Kitchen dinner was welcomed by the Norwich High School Cheer leaders. They helped served the dinner and even performed one of their cheers! A big “Thank You” goes out to the Norwich High School Cheer Leaders! (Featured in the photo are Fr. Chuck, Charlie McMullen, Rick Ingraham, Carl Berdzinski, and the Norwich High School Cheer leaders)
Thank You Notes To Emmanuel…..
( A homemade Thank You card from a woman we helped) ( A Thank You Card from Linda DeLong)
If you wish to request Easter Plants this year…
For the nave on Easter as an appreciation of a relative or loved one, then, please, fill in this form and return it to Emmanuel’s office by Monday, April 14th, 2014 by noon. You May also tell us by calling the Parish Office (607) 334-8801 prior to the date/time above to make arrangements. That deadline permits the names of the donors and those in whose memory the plants are given to be included in the Easter leaflet. Only requested received in the office by Monday April 14th by noon by way of telephone, mail or Sunday morning offerings will be listed. Thank You. These Plants are given by____________________________________________________________ Phone: (___)__________Email:________________________________________________________ Check one box only: Please Print: _______________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________
Any Questions Please contact :Cathleen Reeder, Emmanuel Administrative Assistant.
For Thanksgiving for the following:
At Emmanuel on April 20th
following 9:30am worship
You are invited to Emmanuel’s Annual Easter egg hunt for kids ages up to 12 at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Norwich, NY. If the weather is nice the Easter egg hunt will be outside, if rainy then it will be held inside the Parish Hall. Treat bags will be handed to children for collecting the eggs.
Sunday School at Emmanuel Sundays at 9:30a.m. to 10:15a.m. Emmanuel Episcopal Church 37 West Main Street—Norwich, N.Y. Ages 6—12 Welcome.
Class Dates April 6 April 13 April 20 April 27 June 1 June 8
Fr. Chuck Taylor PO Box 361 New Berlin, NY 13411 Phone:607-847-6361 Email: email@example.com
MAY GOD RICHLY BLESS Editor: Cathleen Reeder Phone: 607-334-8801 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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To Know Christ And To Make Him Known
Passion Sunday Liturgy of the Palms & Holy Eucharist April 13 8:00 a.m. St. Matthew’s, South New Berlin 9:30 a.m. Emmanuel, Norwich 11:00 a.m. St. Andrew’s, New Berlin Recognition of 200th Anniversary and Planting of fir (weather permitting) Maundy Thursday April 17 6:00 p.m. Emmanuel, Norwich: Maundy Thursday Liturgy and Holy Eucharist 7:30 p.m. St. Andrew’s, New Berlin: Maundy Thursday Liturgy and Holy Eucharist Good Friday April 18 Noon St. Matthew’s, South New Berlin: Good Friday Liturgy 1:00 p.m. Emmanuel, Norwich: Stations of the Cross Good Friday Liturgy The Sunday of the Resurrection Easter Sunday April 20 8:00 a.m. St. Matthew’s Festive Holy Eucharist with Lighting of the Pascal Candle 9:30 a.m. Emmanuel Festive Holy Eucharist with Lighting of the Pascal Candle 11:00 a.m. St. Andrew’s Holy Eucharist with Lighting of the Pascal Candle