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This Week @ Emmanuel

March 20, 2020

If you need pastoral assistance, please contact The Rev. John T. Thomas at 540-456-6334 office or 434-282-4118 cell.
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Dear Emmanuel Family,
We are living in a new reality.  We are distanced socially.  We are uncertain.  We are not sure what to expect in the days, weeks, and months to come.   In conversation with our diocese and fellow clergy, we know that gathering for public worship will not be happening for many more weeks.
All of that being the case, what can we do?  It is a good question and there will be creative answers in time.  For now, I want you to know that I am praying for you all daily.  I am going into the sanctuary, hitting my knees and asking for God to be present and inspiring in these difficult times.  Our parish may be far flung, but we are all in this together.  I ask you to pray for our parish family too.  That really matters.  That is something you can do when there is not much else to do.
Hopefully, you saw my amateur slide show that I put together on Sunday.   Look for more creative attempts to support you and bring you the God’s Word as time passes.  I am learning new technologies and will do what I can to stay connected.  In addition, I am including a list of resources for you use in worship, prayer, and study.  Lots of good content is being created out there.  If you find something good, share it with me and I will pass it along.
Like all of you, I am sailing into uncharted waters.  While we may not have what we have known as Holy Week and Easter, we will honor Holy Week and celebrate Easter in some appropriate form or fashion.
For all of the complicated things that cell phones and internet technology have brought upon us, they are great tools for our current predicament.  By all means, call people.  Call folks you love.  Call folks who might need a call.  Call or text me (434-282-4118) or send email jthomas(at) if you need support or prayer.  That little text ding is now a sign of life and connectivity.
Having lived through some tough times and natural disasters, I know such challenges bring out the best in people.  I am a believer in hope and the persistence of human love as healing balm.  We are learning how connected we are and must be for health and well-being.  God is teaching us new things every day. 
And so…
My friends, life is short, and we do not have much time to gladden the hearts of those who make the journey with us.  So be swift to love and make haste to be kind.  And may the blessing of God Almighty be among you and remain with you always.
Emmanuel is God With Us

Litany for Dark Times


Let us all pray:


For those who are sick, suffering, or dying…

Those who are lonely or alone…

Those who are homeless or impoverished…

Those in prison or refugee camps and cannot isolate...

Those who are chronically depressed or anxious

Those who are addicted and need regular support groups…

Those who are pregnant and uncertain…


For those who are leaders in public service…

Those who work as doctors, nurses, and medical caregivers…

Those in the news media, sharing critical information…

Those who are researchers public health officials…


For those we love but cannot visit… 

Those who care for children at home…

Those who cannot see their children or family out of cautious necessity…


For those who work in grocery stores…

Those who clean and disinfect public spaces…

Those who own small businesses…

Those whose work is hourly and depend on people gathering…

Those who work for sporting venues and caterers…

Those who are anticipating a wedding or birth…


Remember us all in O Lord, in your mercy,

nourish our souls with patience, 

comfort us with a sense of thy goodness, 

lift up thy countenance upon us, and give us peace.


Glory to God whose power working in us can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.  Glory to God from generation to generation in the Church and in Christ Jesus forever and ever.  Amen.


This is a classic that has daily readings and meditations.  It mirrors their publication.
The National Cathedral has good content for daily meditations and streaming services of worship on a regular basis
If you do not have a hard copy of a Book of Common Prayer, this is the online version.  It is a great resource for liturgies, prayers, and daily services.
Cindy Kirchner likes this for a podcast stream of Morning Prayer
Harry Lankenau likes Boyd Bailey’s devotions.  Look under the blog section for a catalog.
Janice and I love theologian Richard Rohr’s meditations.  You can sign up to get one sent to you daily.  He is developing new content every day.
I also like the content being posted through St. Philip’s Cathedral in Atlanta.  Their Dean, Sam Candler, is a thoughtful and wise colleague and friend.


Dear Emmanuel Family, 

I want you to know that even though I am working from home I am still committed to you. I have my computer synced and have been working in that capacity. The voicemail is synced with my phone so when a message is left I get a notification. 

I will be checking the mailbox around three times a week, and distributing mail to the appropriate parties. 

If you are in need of something through the office, please email me floosewagner(at) and I will do my best to help. 

Stay healthy! 

All the best, 

Regarding Pledges

If you normally drop a pledge payment in the collection plate, you may mail it to

Emmanuel Episcopal Church,
P.O. Box 38
Greenwood, Virginia, 22943.  

We also have a lock box outside of Marston LaRue House if you want to drop it off and go in the sanctuary for some prayer time.
March Birthdays
Perrin Darrell March 01
Anne Dagner March 02
Baylan Miller March 04
Simon Rader March 04
Elizabeth Braswell March 05
Patsy Crosby March 05
Tracy Pettit March 05
William Dunn March 07
Chris Lehmbeck March 07
Katrin Naess March 07
Susie Frederick March 08
Hayden Stearns March 08
Linda Aagaard March 09
Dave Mirra March 09
Karin Mott March 09
Stuart King March 12
Kate von Briesen March 12
Henry Oakey March 14
Thomas Cunningham March 17
Katherine Merhige March 17
Parker Kuznar March 19
Linda Marchman March 19
Thedra Nichols March 19
Candace  Moore March 20
Sarah Capshaw March 21
Jeri King March 21
Taylor Quarles March 23
Bobbie  Thomas March 23
Emily Schinstock March 24
Lauren Kossin March 25
Rachel Hundley March 27
Michael Gallik March 28
Marcie Slaughter March 28
Yvonne   Batcheller March 30
Darren Klein March 30
Joe Schinstock March 30
Tyler Gallik March 31
Pete Gatje March 31

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