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One of the best things about returning home was hearing about the initial work done by our three groups looking at how we Emmanuelites can relaunch our community together, imagining more effective models and structures for some of the ways we serve God. This is an All Hands On Deck moment in the life of -- well, our church, but just about every church I know! I found Marisa's article on the presentation she attended full of insight (see below) and I encourage you to read it, take your reactions to prayer, and then roll up your sleeves for Jesus.

This Week's Highlights
Beginning today, Emmanuel will no longer require all persons to wear masks at indoor events (with the exception of one event: our "safer" RSVP-only Mass on Wednesday at 12:15 for those who are not vaccinated or wish to be cautious.) Our vestry has endorsed fully vaccinated Emmanuelites going unmasked while at church, in accordance with state and CDC guidance, if they choose to. By not wearing a mask, you are affirming that you are fully vaccinated and that your fellow parishioners can rely on that as a truthful statement. We also encourage anyone who prefers wearing a mask to continue doing so. 

What will the church look like now that we’re coming to the end of the pandemic? We've all been asking the question, and Marisa has gone on the hunt for some answers. Click here to read her summary of a continuing-ed event she attended that identified both challenges and opportunities facing the church in the year to come.

"One of the best memories I will treasure from the pandemic is the Sunday Morning Prayer zoom group, with a “coffee hour” including discussions of the week’s sermon, and a sharing of life events. This group of dissimilar people quickly became a community based on our common faith in Jesus Christ. Since an increasing number have returned to in-person worship, however, now seems the right time to conclude the Sunday morning Zoom liturgy. Thanks to all who were a part of it. I look forward to seeing you in church! (The Wednesday Evening Prayer 5:15 Zoom will continue.)"                                                     -- Deacon Chris

With Michael Fisher on vacation this week we are delighted to welcome well-known concert artist Katelyn Emerson to the organ bench at Emmanuel. You can learn more about her at
The office will be closed Monday July 5th for the Independence Day holiday. The 9 a.m. Mass on July 4 will take place as usual. For your prayers this weekend, we suggest the collect For The Nation (Book of Common Prayer, p. 258):
Lord God Almighty, you have made all the peoples of the earth for your glory, to serve you in freedom and in peace: Give to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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IN A PASTORAL EMERGENCY - If you or a family member are in the hospital or have another personal emergency, please let the clergy know; they are ready to visit or assist. If the office is closed, please leave the information (including which hospital) in one of their personal office voicemail boxes or on a home phone. Emmanuel can also arrange to have meals provided; just ask!
Emmanuel's ministry staff seek health for both themselves and the parish culture by taking regular time off. MOTHER BETH is off on Fridays. MARISA CROFTS is off on Mondays. DEACON CHRIS is in the office Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Voice mail may be left in their boxes at any time.
The church office is open roughly 9-11 weekday mornings currently, as well as by appointment. At other times our staff will continue fulfilling all their ministry responsibilities from home, including actively responding to email and phone messages.
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