Get Connected. Grow Your Faith through Fellowship.
Softball Join Emmanuelites in playing softball and having fun. The Eagles, Lions and Mavericks are men's teams and the Griffins are coed. Eagles and Lions play on Monday nights, Mavericks play on Tuesday nights and the Griffins play on Sunday afternoon. All games are played at Blackburn Park. You can also come cheer on the teams if you would prefer not to play.
Fellowship events give us a chance to get know one another better, to greet and welcome new members to our parish family, to bond with each other in personal ways and to just have fun together.
Helping with one of our events is one way we can be in service to one another. It is an important ministry that is meaningful and rewarding. Please seriously consider pitching in to help with an event.
Maundy Thursday Dinner (Thursday in Holy Week) This
meal is an elegant, sit down dinner (served family-style) with flowers
on the table and candles. Reservations are required. Dinner is
followed by a Eucharist (w/Foot Washing) and Good Friday preparation of
the Altar. (No wine is served at this meal.) Chairing Involves: Publicity, ticket selling, shopping, preparing, cooking, set up, clean up
Pentecost Picnic (Date changes each year, check calendar) This all parish picnic lunch is held on the Jones Hall lawn following the 10:00 a.m. service on Pentecost Sunday. Brats, hot-dogs (some years has been KFC) and standard picnic fare are served. Everyone is asked to sign up. Tickets are sold both in advance and the day of the picnic. Chairing Involves: Publicity, selling tickets, ordering food, shopping, preparing, BBQing, set up, clean up.
Homecoming (weekend after Labor Day) This
annual picnic on the Jones Hall lawn kicks off the church year and
includes games, music and a roasted pig. Tickets are sold for several
weeks ahead of time and also that day. Everyone is asked to bring a
side dish or salad. The Men of Emmanuel begin roasting the pig the
night before. Homecoming activities begin after the 10:00 a.m. Sunday
service with lunch served by 12 noon. Chairing Involves: Publicity,
selling tickets, shopping, communication with MOE, organizing (possibly
including a permit from the City to close Bompart between Big Bend and
Lockwood), set up, clean up
Giving Tree/Advent Soup Supper (date changes each year, check calendar) This
soup and bread supper will be held the first Sunday of Advent.
Following supper, paper ornaments are decorated and hung on the Giving
Tree. On each ornament is a suggested gift item, such as gloves, hats,
books, and small toys. For the next several weeks, ornaments are
removed from the tree and replaced with gifts. Just prior to
Christmas, the gifts are taken to their respective charitable
organizations and given to those in need. (The Jr. High Youth Group
helps with set-up/clean-up, serving, compiling the list of gift items
and preparing the ornaments to be decorated. The Missions Committee
coordinates the purchase of the tree and getting the gift items to the
designated organizations.) Chairing Involves: Publicity, shopping for food, preparing/cooking soup, working w/Jr. High on set-up/clean-up.
Christmas Play Reception (2nd or 3rd Sunday of December) On
this Sunday, the service schedule changes to 8:00 and 10:00 a.m., and
the Christmas Play is conducted in the context of the 10:00 a.m.
Eucharist. A casual reception follows in the dining room with heavy
appetizers, such as meatballs and cheese & crackers donated mostly
by the parish. Food items are requested through the newsletter. Check out the video of the Christmas play. Chairing Involves: Publicity, set up, clean up
Annual Meeting (4th Sunday in January) Usually
the last Sunday in January. After the 9:00 a.m. service, all convene
in the dining room for the Annual Parish Meeting. Tables are set with
tablecloths and laid out with a light breakfast, coffee, juices and
flowers. This is a Dutch treat breakfast. (NOTE: This has for a long
time been Lee and Rogene Nelsen’s ministry to the parish. Each year
they are asked if they would like to continue. PFL assists with
finding them helpers as needed.) Chairing Involves: Publicity, shopping, preparing, set up, clean up.
Mardi Gras (every other year, Saturday night before Ash Wednesday) This
musical and comedy extravaganza is a last chance to kick loose and have
fun before Lent. Mardi Gras requires quite a commitment of time and
energy, but with the talent pool of this parish, there is never a
shortage of creative help.
This Saturday night event is held in the
church dining room and includes dinner, refreshments, and a great
show. Costumes and decorations add to the festivities. Tickets are
sold and limited to 175. This event is held every other year.
Chairing Involves: Publicity, tickets, scheduling rehearsals, working with skit, food and decoration sub-committees
Ash Wednesday Soup Supper This is a simple
supper of soup and bread followed by an evening service with the
imposition of ashes. Everyone is asked to sign up and to bring either
bread or fruit. (No wine is served at this meal.) Chairing Involves: Publicity, shopping, preparing, set up and clean up
Summer Breakfasts (early June through mid-August) This
event does not require great cooking skills. However, it does require
coordination and sometimes coercion to line up known and unknown,
formal and informal church groups to cook and serve breakfast each
Sunday during the summer. Chairing Involves: publicity, securing
approximately 12 groups to serve summer breakfasts and proper
communications to all groups
Monthly Bread Bakers (Year round) Not an
event, rather a chance to share bread with a stranger. You bake 6
small bread loaves for your designated month to be included as part of
a “welcome” bag given to visitors attending our Sunday morning
services. Sign up for a month and be part of the important ministry of
hospitality. Chairing Involves: Baking and delivering to church.
Altar Flower Delivery Following the last service of the morning on Sunday, Altar Guild members prepare floral arrangements for volunteers to deliver to parishioners' homes for their birthday, anniversary, illness, bereavement, thank you for ministry, etc. If interested in working in this ministry, please contact Susie Feldmann in the office at 961-2393.
Bishop’s Visitation (as scheduled) (This
event does NOT happen every year, please refer to the parish
calendar.) The Bishop usually speaks during Sunday morning adult
Christian Education. In preparation, we place small flower vases and
serve a continental breakfast in addition to the traditional coffee. Chairing Involves: Publicity, shopping, preparing, set up, clean up