All doors to the sanctuary are now open! Ushers will greet you and hand out service bulletins at all entrances to the sanctuary. The nametags will be in the back of the church, and you are encouraged to wear yours.
Come to church!
Let us celebrate together, as a community:
Registration is no longer required.
Fully vaccinated people are not required to wear face coverings inside the church building
Non-vaccinated people must wear a face covering in the church building
Do you love sharing Bible adventure stories with children?
Immanuel's library has 45 Guideposts Bible adventure stories which can be read aloud to young children. Children who are reading on their own will love these stories, too. So, jump into summer fun with:
Samson the Strong Man
Gideon Fights for God
The Princess and the Baby
Ruth's New Family
Joseph and the King of Egypt
and many more!
To borrow these books, sign out the card in the back of the book and leave it in the basket. Going on vacation? Sign out 5 or 6 books for a great family adventure!
Letter of Thanks from the Emmanuel Dining Room
Our EDR cooking team received a letter of thanks upon delivery of meals to the EMMANUEL Dining Room (EDR) in downtown Wilmington. A excerpt is below; the full text of the newsletter can be found on theParish Ministriespage of the ICH website.
"We thank you for your continuing support of drop-off prepared meals, which have been extremely helpful in feeding families. We also thank you for your monetary donations, which have been a true blessing in supporting our day-to-day operations of the Emmanuel Dining Room, but most of all, we are grateful and humbled by your caring hearts … It is through your remarkable and amazing acts of love and hope that many lives have been changed. Your enormous giving has touched many hearts in our community."
Emmanuel Dining Room
Cornerstone II Update:
Work on the Cornerstone II building restoration project has begun! The scaffolding is up, and work is underway. Our fundraising efforts continue. A letter to Immanuel parishioners and friends describing the fundraising effort has been sent. During this initial phase of fundraising, your contribution will be matched by the diocese at 50 cents on the dollar. Please give careful thoughtand prayer to what you can do to help. To make a contribution, make your check payable to Immanuel Church Highlands, with Cornerstone II in the memo line. Write “attn: Ken Germain” on the envelope. If you have any questions, contact Ken Germain, Beth Burnam, or Rob Volko. For more information on the project, and to see the fundraising letter and project history, click on this link:Cornerstone II
One year ago, Fr. Curt, Sellers, Grayton, and Henry Kennington moved from Alabama to Delaware to serve as our rector and shepherds. We are blessed to have them in our Immanuel family!
Please join the Vestry and Search Committee as we acknowledge this first challenging and wonderful year at Immanuel. We have much to celebrate!
The Search Committee will host an old fashioned, pre-Covid style coffee hour in the Parish Hall, following the Sunday service on August 8th. All are welcome!
Adult Sunday Education will meet that morning, so plan to celebrate and get some refreshments first! Stay tuned for any adjustment in the start time of the class.
*We will follow safe serving of the food and beverages. There is plenty of seating and space in the undercroft, and elevator service is available.
Hear Ye, Hear Ye…
Women of the Episcopal Church in Delaware
Are you interested in participating in a Women’s Retreat?
As women, our lives are usually busy and stressful. Often, we are caring for others and have little time left to care for ourselves? If you are interested in setting aside nagging obligations to spend time in reflection, renewal, fellowship, and connecting with and listening for what God may have planned for you, then let us hear from you. We are imagining a retreat for women of all ages at Memorial House in Rehoboth Beach.
For more information, including how to sign up, click on this link to The Net.
August 4 Lennart Di Santo
August 4 Rob Volko
August 9 Bob Maunder
August 14 Anna Mae Buhl
August 15 Grayton Kennington
August 18 Rachael Murray Zito
August 19 The Rev. Kim Capwell
August 24 MaryAnn Byrne
August 26 John Hoover
August 28 Chris Pollock
August 31 Ken McCourt
August 31 Sharon Davis
August 4 Alex Lehr-Maunder and Bob Maunder
August 6 Kay and Richard Wack
August 6 Rev. Sheila and Richard Sharpe
August 6 Peggy and Rev. William Dunning
August 13 Sherry and the Rev. Kim Capwell
August 25 Nancy Kusik and Harry Gillen
From the Editor
If you have an item to be included in the Voice, please email it to me, Bonnie Swan, by the Tuesday before the Thursday release of the newsletter. If you don't have access to email, please leave your written request in my mail slot in the mailboxes across from the Parish Administrator's office no later than the Sunday before the Voice goes out. Thank you!
Bonnie Swan (email@example.com)
From the Rector
John Davis, my father-in-law, shared many things in our time together: his sense of humor, his complicated charm, his joy for his grandsons, and yeah, his love. As the years passed, and even in his decline, there was love. In all the chaos and obstacles of in-laws, Sellers and I knew his love. It was real.
I find these things hard to represent in an article. Maybe the best poets have it figured out. Such was my relationship with John, who two weeks ago died from acute supernuclear palsy and complications from Alzheimer’s. We were not there when he died, and we know he died in peace. We know we had our peace with him.
Had I been there, I might have leaned in and said the two words that had been resonating in my mind for days, “Thank you.”
Remember gratitude. Remember love. Saying nice things to one another. There are moments of despair. Of anger and unfairness. Relationships, especially with the ones we love the most, are intricate. The devil will jump in and take his shots, and the Good News is, the Devil loses. Every time.
People are here one day, and then they’re gone. The gift of our Christian heritage is that death is an Easter moment. One of resurrection, the promise of eternal life, the knowledge that death does not have the last word. John knew this. His death was merciful, and he will not be forgotten – all of him – the good, the hard, the difficult, the beautiful. So, I leave the end of this message to the better poets.
I don't wonder anymore what I'll tell God when I go to heaven when we sit in the chairs under the tree, outside the city...I'll tell these things to God, and he'll laugh, I think and he'll remind me of the parts I forgot, the parts that were his favorite. We'll sit and remember my story together, and then he'll stand and put his arms around me and say, "well done," and that he liked my story. And my soul won't be thirsty anymore. Finally he'll turn and we'll walk toward the city, a city he will have spoken into existence a city built in a place where once there'd been nothing.