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September 2009

Emmanuel Episcopal Parish Newsletter

Parish Newsletter

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2009 Brown Bag Concert Season A Great Success Where to Find It: Brown Bag Series


Donations & Pledges


Contact List Update Info


Church Picnic


Hearts and Hands


Labor Day Thoughts


Market Day


Altar Rail


Meditation Room


EFM Class


Grief Recovery Group


T’ai Chi Chih Class


Labyrinth Facts


Church Nursery


Fall Kickoff for Kids


Taken after the concert on August 12, featuring Louellen McCoy, Bob Littlewood, and Dale Heisinger of the BoDaLo Trio.

The Music Committee has finished with yet another season of very successful Brown Bag Concerts at Emmanuel Parish. The Wednesday noon concerts ranged from classical to folk music to opera to the big band sound of Orcatrazz and back to classical. The church, a perfect venue for outreach, was full to over-flowing most Wednesdays. And the audience was generous with donations as the money collected provides scholarships to local music students. Eight of the concerts this year included performers from years’ past and the ninth concert featured Basso Dolce, a group of classically trained musicians led by Marilyn Parman. This is the second year there has been a waiting list of performers who want to be included in the concert series. Once the concerts were over, the audience was encouraged to eat their lunch on the church lawn and meet the performers. Although the musicians are not paid for their performance, they do receive a free lunch provided by members of Music Committee. After the Brown Bag Concerts, the Music Committee is on hiatus until the Christmas season when they plan the annual Yuletide Baroque Concert with George Shangrow and Jeffrey Cohen.

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Don ations, Pledges, and Other M onies How and Why Your Money is Used at Emmanuel Parish Every once in a while, members of the Parish are owed an explanation and a reminder about how and why their money is used, but especially since it has been some time since we (the Treasurer and the Finance Committee) have had the opportunity to communicate with each of you. There are rules that we follow to both account for funds, allocate funds and expend monies that you ought to know about so you can be informed when the time comes to make a pledge for 2010, donate to a cause you support or to think about “planned giving”. We are bound by rules Rule #1: For the “techies” among you, we comply with the IRS and FASB rules for cash accounting. For the rest of us, we account for collections and expenditures at Emmanuel much like you do at home: we can not spend what we do not have and our accounting stops on December 31st and restarts on January 1st. The message here is: please stay current with your pledges.

Emmanuel is Updating Our Contact List If you have not signed up for the new Emmanuel contact list, you may do so at any time online. Simply go to the church website, click on “Sign Me Up” at the bottom of any page and submit your information. A new email list is being created and if you are not signed up, you may miss out on your next newsletter or other important information. Sign up today and please send anyone new to Emmanuel to sign up. Keeping in touch with you is important to us!

Rule #2: If you give us money to support a Committee’s efforts, a specific outreach effort, a particular building or other physical church project, etc., we have to account for that gift (and spend the money when the time comes) strictly in accordance with your wishes. There are only two accounts that are purely discretionary when it comes to monies we have on deposit with the three financial institutions here on the island: the operating account which we use to pay bills and generally run the Church’s operations, plus the Rector’s discretionary account. All other accounts are held in the name of the Committee for their use (example: Music), or held for a specific budget item for which monies have been collected (example: Building Fund). Moreover, the operating account is largely consumed by the items voted by the Vestry and included in the annual budget (which you get each December/January). The operating account is “filled” mainly by your pledge payments and “emptied” as the budgeted items (utilities, salaries, etc.) are paid throughout the year. Once again, if you have given money to the church for a particular project or for use by a specific committee or activity (examples: maintenance of the labyrinth, Altar Guild or to support outreach), that is where those monies are held until dispersed in support of those specific activities. The message here is: we do not and can not engage in unapproved inter-account transfers of your gift for some other purpose. Your money stays where you said to put it. Rule #3: Please do not give money to the church indirectly because we could get into trouble if you do. Suppose you want to support an activity at Emmanuel that is in the “planning stages”. An example might be a newly devised outreach activity that a small number of parishioners support, but the activity has yet to get the “official” support by a vote of Vestry and, as such, is still a planned activity rather than an approved activity. You want to give money so that the planning for that new outreach activity can continue until it gets Vestry approval. Please make your check out to Emmanuel Parish with the designation of what it is to support in the “for” line at the bottom of your check. Include a note saying who is heading the effort and what the check is intended to support (materials, professional services, etc.) as part of the new outreach effort. Give the Check and the explanation to the Parish office staff or mail it to Emmanuel. We (Treasury and Finance) will create a numbered account for that planned activity and deposit the funds into that account on your behalf. Do not make a check out to a fellow parishioner. Here is why. First, your money is not tax deductible unless it is given directly to the church. Second, both you and Emmanuel might get into trouble with everyone from the IRS to the law if something went wrong during the “planning” of the new outreach effort (example: a regulatory guideline was inadvertently violated and the Church was threatened with a fine).

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Donations, Pledges, and Other Monies … Con ti nue d Rule #4: We must account to you for all monies you give to Emmanuel and its activities during the calendar year. This includes monies you pledged and paid, monies you give at your discretion for activities you want to support, monies that you give toward long term investments by the church (planned giving, building projects, etc.) or any other monies or gifts in kind that you are kind enough to give to the church and its activities. If you think we have overlooked a donation when you receive your “end of the year” letter noting the amount we have on record, please contact the Church office or the Treasurer immediately. We will then communicate with you directly to reconcile any differences before you have to file your federal taxes for the year. Rule #5: Emmanuel and its Treasury and Finance activities are obligated to follow diocesan guidelines for sources and uses of funds. Example: When we cite our “investment earnings”, those are the earnings we get for monies we have to deposit with the Diocese. They invest that money, we do not. Similarly, we make monthly payments to the Diocese that they use to support their activities. That is a budget line item you can see in each year’s budget. Transparency Emmanuel Parish and its Treasury/Finance activities are open to each of you and are regularly monitored (monthly) by the Vestry. We report to the Vestry on your behalf. We work closely with the Rector, the Wardens, the Vestry and the various committees of the Parish to insure that approved activities are funded and that monies are correctly collected, accounted for and dispensed in accordance the rules that bind us and the agencies that oversee our activity. We hope this article has helped to clarify our role as members of Emmanuel Parish. Lynn Starrett, Treasurer George Garrels, Finance Committee Scott Jones, Treasury and Finance

Chur ch Pi cni c - Sep te mbe r 13th This year the church picnic will be held right on the church grounds following an informal service outdoors on the lawn, weather permitting. Please bring salads and desserts to accompany the grilled hotdogs, hamburgers and beverages the church will provide. This year’s picnic will follow the 10:00 service and anyone wishing to assist in set up please contact Scotty Whitney.

Heart and Hands Volunteer Orientation September 16 9 AM

Hearts and Hands joined the Senior Center in January 2009 and has steadily received and filled new requests for service, but we still need more volunteers. While we are looking for people who can offer regular service, we are also interested in volunteers who are only available on a part-time basis. There will be a Volunteer Orientation on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 9 a.m. at the Senior Center. If you are able to attend, or would like more information, please call 376-7723 or email heartsandhands@orc Read more about Hearts and Hands on the News & Events Page of Emmanuel’s Website

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Labo r D ay Do you remember our rector’s sermon about Radical Simplicity? I do! Did you know?…..The Episcopal Church designates Labor Day as a Holy Day with its own scripture assignments and Collect. The Gospel assigned is the familiar Matthew 6:19-24 which begins, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth…………………” The following by Barbara Crafton resonated with me in the way it connects our labor with our life style. I decided to offer it almost in its entirety. The message seems right for Labor Day: “We didn’t even know what moderation was. What it felt like. We didn’t just work: we inhaled our jobs, sucked them in, became them. Stayed late, brought work home – it was never enough, though, no matter how much time we put in……… We ordered things we didn’t need from the shiny catalogs that came to our houses: we ordered three times as much as we could use, and then we ordered three times as much as our children could use. We didn’t just eat: we stuffed ourselves. We had gained only three pounds since the previous year, we told ourselves. Three pounds is not a lot. We had gained that much in each of the twenty-five years since high school. We did not do the math………………We felt that it was important to be good to ourselves …………….I work hard, we told ourselves. I deserve a little treat. We treated ourselves every day. And if it was dangerous for us to want and not to have, it was even more so for our children. They must never know what it was to want something and not have it immediately….. So we antic ipated their needs and desires. We got them both the doll and the bike. If their grades were good, we got them their own telephones. There were times, coming into the house from work or waking early when all was quiet, when we felt uneasy about the sense of entitlement that characterized all our days. When we wondered if fevered overwork and excess of appetite were not two sides of the same coin – or rather, two poles between which we madly slalomed. Probably yes, we decided at these times. Certainly yes………..We looked for others whose lives were similarly overstuffed; we found them. ‘This is just the way it is,’ we said to one another. ‘This is modern life. Maybe some people have time to measure things out by teaspoonfuls.’ Our voices dripped with contempt for those people who had such time. ‘But not me! I have a life!’ When did the collision between our appetites and the needs of our souls happen? Was there a heart attack? Did we get laid off from work, one of the thousands certified as extraneous? Did a beloved child become a bored stranger, a marriage fall silent and cold? Or, by some exquisite working of God’s grace, did we find the courage to look the truth in the eye and, for once, not blink? How did we come to know that we were dying a slow and unacknowledged death? And that the only way back to life was to set all our packages down and begin again, carrying with us only what we really needed?” Barbara Cawthorne Crafton

The Collect for Labor Day: “ Álmighty God, you have so linked our lives one with another that all we do affects, for good or ill, all other lives; So guide us in the work we do, that we may do it not for self alone, but for the common good; and, as we seek a proper return for our own labor, make us mindful of the rightful aspirations of other workers, and arouse our concern for those who are out of work; through Jesus Christ…………” p. 261 BCP Barbara Cawthorne Crafton is the author of several books and an Episcopal priest. She has a website entitled The Geranium Farm with an almost daily meditation and many interesting links. Submitted by Catherine Clemens

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Mark et D ay 2 009 Emmanuel’s Meditation Room

The St. Agnes Guild Market Day unfolded under sunny skies with treasures, food and many th hands helping to set up, serve and take down. In its 60 year, Market Day began at 10:00 with the ringing of the bell and a prayer for all the efforts undertaken to bless our island community. Islanders lined up ready to purchase that just right treasure, while others enjoyed goodies on the parish hall porch or a hotdog on the sidewalk. When the festivities concluded, over $5,300 from the bake sale, hotdog sales, and treasure purchases had come in. Jewelry to dishes, baskets to flags, the recognizable to the obscure were all donated to the cause. Funds will be distributed to local organizations on the island, such as Children’s House, Domestic Violence, Kaleidoscope, the Food Bank, Camp Orkila, the Senior Center, and Hearts and Hands. St. Agnes Guild thanks all those who helped collect and organize for Market Day, and thanks to all who shared their Saturday in whatever capacity for this yearly outreach event.

Altar R ail Comp lete d

We have a lovely, quiet Meditation Room upstairs over the Parish Hall Office, complete with Oriental rug, icons of peace, chairs and floor cushions. TV/Video capabilities are also available. The room is there for anyone seeking moments of quiet rest, relaxation or a bit of soul comfort. Opportunities for Meditation and Reflection at Emmanuel include: Meditation Room - Open Tuesday-Friday. 10:00 Am - 1:00 PM Centering Prayer Every Saturday morning 9:30-11:00 Labyrinth Walk - on lawn. Open 24/7 during the summer

Thomas Wendland and Dick Thompson recently replaced the communion railings to replicate the original in the “Carpenter Craftsman Style” of the period. In keeping with the spirit of the Genesis Covenant, the Douglas Fir used was recycled from old growth lumber used in lignum tanks by the th Burlington Northern Railway in the late 19 century. With this thoroughly seasoned wood, dovetail joinery and solid construction, the communion rail will be enjoyed for many years.

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EFM i s Star ting… EF M i s Star ting! I am pleased to announce the formation of an exciting new year of learning in Education for Ministry … EFM! Starting in mid-September, our new class will study the Bible, church history, ethics and ministry in the world. Importantly, you will learn how to apply your new knowledge to your daily life and discover how best to respond to your personal call to ministry.

T’ai Chi Chih at Emmanuel Free Introductory Class September 15 at 9:30 AM

EFM is challenging … it is a four-year program developed and supported by the University of the South. Class members commit for a year at a time and meet weekly for 34 weeks each year in a 2 ! hour seminar, plus home reading each week. Challenging yes … but also a wonderfully enriching theological learning experience. I hope you have lots of questions regarding EFM. Please call me for a Course Prospective and other information and, of course, visit our webpage on the Parish website. We only have space for a few new participants, please register early. More Gardens, Tom Tom Murdock, EFM Mentor (-6166)

An 8 week series will be offered Tuesday mornings from 11 am until noon in the Emmanuel Parish Hall by Joan Roulac, Certified T’ai Chi Chih Teacher since 1987. There is a $90 fee for the series. For more information, please visit

Grief Recovery Group Offered Fountiene Prince will be leading a Grief Recovery Group beginning Sept. 8. This will be the 10th year that Emmanuel Parish has sponsored this outreach to the community. All of us suffer loss in our lives. Some losses seem minor. Others are more profound. Some losses take place gradually. Some are sudden and unexpected. When an individual suffers a loss that is characterized by the fact that from this day forward, life will never be the same, the grieving process begins and all of us experience that grieving in our own way. We live in such a diverse world that our preparation for experiencing grief is often limited. Meeting with others who are suffering loss and simply sharing the experience in a supportive setting can have a healing effect. Some people come looking for help to grieve a loss long past; others come to find relief from the pain of a more recent loss. Some find it helpful to attend the group for more than one series of meetings. The format for the meetings provides education about the grieving process and an opportunity for sharing and giving support to each other. If you or someone you know could benefit from attending the Grief Recovery Group please feel free to call Fountiene at 376-2098 if you have questions. You may sign up to participate by giving your name to Noel or Karen in the church office. Schedule for the meetings: Tues., Sept. 8 Thurs., Sept. 10 Tues., Sept. 15 Tues., Sept. 22 Tues., Sept. 29 Tues., Oct. 6 All meetings will begin at 6:30 PM and end at 8:00 PM and will take place in the upper room of the Parish Hall. There will be 2 meetings the first week. Participants are encouraged to attend all of the meetings and it will not be possible to admit new members after the second meeting. Fountiene Prince, Ph.D.

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Labyrinth on the Lawn A “Hit” with Both Visitors and Locals this Summer

Did you know……. According to the World-Wide Labyrinth Locator sponsored by Veriditas* and the Labyrinth Society, there are 75 labyrinths in the state of Washington. The probability is that there are many more that have not been registered.

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2009 V estry Mem bers Fritz Kraetzer 376-2373 Beth Lorenzen 376-7444 Thomas Wendland 376-5623 Jan Cleveland 376-2709 Chris Kenady 376-5303 Marguerite Olson 376-2220 Scott Heisinger 376-6788 Scott Jones 376-5499 Darleen Kent 376-2508 Jan Titus 376-3394 Beth Jurgensen 376-4565 Bob Cook 376-5028

There are 44 found in conference centers, museums, schools, public parks, hospitals, and private gardens. There are 10 people who travel with canvas labyrinths. The Army Corps of Engineers has a labyrinth in Bridgeport, Washington. There are 30 labyrinths found in churches, with the majority found in Episcopal churches. The breakdown for churches is as follows: Episcopal – 14 Unity – 4 Lutheran – 3 Congregational – 3 Methodist – 1 Catholic – 1 Baptist – 1 Community Church, Seattle – 1 Christian Church – 1 Center for Spiritual Living – 1

Paris h Administr ators : Karen Blinn Noel Jeffrey


VERIDITAS – a word first coined by 12 century Catholic Nun, visionary, and mystic Hildegard von Bingen. It means a greening of the soul, a renewal, a rebirth – in short, a change for the better. • The vision of Veriditas, The World-Wide Labyrinth Project, is to activate and facilitate the transformation of the Human Spirit. Veriditas' work to transform the Human Spirit centers around the Labyrinth Experience as a personal practice for healing and growth, a tool for community building, an agent for global peace and a metaphor for the blossoming of the Spirit in our lives. Veriditas offers events in the United States and the annual Walking a Sacred Path program at Chartres Cathedral in France. • Veriditas - Veriditas, The Voice of the Labyrinth Movement, was founded in 1996 by Lauren Artress, and is a non-profit organization dedicated to introducing people to the healing, meditative powers of the labyrinth. Submitted by Nancy Ayer, certified Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator

Coor dinat or, Yout h & Interg ener atio nal Min istr y : Cheryl Hunnicutt Danskin

Organ ist & Cho ir Dire ctor Marianne Lewis

Rector : Bishop Craig B. Anderson

Emmanuel Episcopal Parish of Orcas Island


Chur ch Nur ser y For the first time in many years we will be opening a nursery again with our own Ursula Pamatian as the child care giver. Ursula is beginning her first year in high school and has her own memories of being in the nursery at Emmanuel when she was young. We are grateful to have her take on this position for the fall. This will give us time to let young families know of our interest in providing child care and to see how best to meet that need. While Ursula will be the child care provider for two hours on Sunday mornings, she will need to have someone who provides the legal requirements of an adult presence. If you are interested in signing up for a Sunday without needing to plan or provide anything but a smile and loving attention, please speak with Beth Lorenzen, this year’s nursery coordinator.


Her e C ome the Ki ds!


September 13 is the kick off Sunday for children and youth at Emmanuel during the 10:00 service. Please join our families and youngsters as they return from a full summer.

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