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This Week at Emmanuel

(October 13)

Sunday Worship

"Efficient Work", Acts 6:1-7
October 19th 10:00 a.m., Dave Rohrer, Pastor
This Week's Order of Worship

Sunday Morning Book Discussion

Coming this fall we'll be having a Sunday Morning Book Discussion of  the book, "Life of the Beloved" by Henri Nouwen.  This great spiritual writer wonderfully articulates and affirms to us that Christ calls us His own.  It is an encouraging and uplifting book.  The group will meet at 8:30 on Sunday mornings beginning September 14th.  If you are interested in this class, contact the church office for further information.

Homework Club

Homework Club, our tutoring and meal program for
elementary school students beings Tuesday, October 21, 
at 5:30 p.m.  We need LOTS of help with tutoring,
cooking, registration and table set-up.  See the sign-up 
sheet on the refreshment table.  We will have a volunteer
orientation on Tuesday, October 14, at 7:00 p.m.
For further information please contact the church.

Upcoming Events

Emmanuel Drop In Center

On Saturday, November 1, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM we will initiate a new monthly ministry to the homeless and underserved of our community.  On the first Saturday of each month the church will be open for folks who need to use laundry and shower facilities.  We will also be offering a snack bag consisting of such items as juice, fruit, and granola bars.  We need your help.  You can contribute such things as individual/travel sized toiletries, detergent for a front loading washing machine, brown paper bags, juice packs and granola bars.  Look for a donation box in the narthex.  We also need folks who want to be present on Saturdays or are willing to be involved in preparation and clean up.
For further information please contact the church office.  


Monthly Message from Pastor Dave

October, 2014

As a pastor I am in the business of words. Almost every public appearance I make in my work is structured around the task of composing and delivering words that are meant to encourage or admonish some assemblage of God’s people. I like words and I like this work. But I also need to hear the sound of voices other than my own. It is my guess that you, the members of this congregation, might feel the same way. So with this in mind I want to dedicate this space this month to someone else’s words.

When I get tired of talking, I especially like listening to the poetry of Wendell Berry. The poem below has been meaningful to me over the last months as my life has been marked by certain signs of aging. I don’t mean to be morbid and I realize that the pacemaker that now resides just under my left clavicle or the c-pap machine that now dwells on my bedside table do not mean that I am on death’s door, but they have in their own way reminded me of the limits of this life. It’s hard to face the truth of these limits. It can easily send us to a place of melancholy where we feel the pain of impending loss. But facing life’s limits can also be an energizing and liberating experience as we take that truth and resolve to live fully in whatever space we have left to live. Berry’s poem makes the latter choice. So I share it with you this month in the hope that what has encouraged me will also encourage you.

No, no, there is no going back
Less and less you are
that possibility you were.
More and more you have become
those lives and deaths
that you have belonged to.
You have become a sort of grave
containing much that was
and is no more in time, beloved
then, now, and always.
And so you have become a sort of tree
standing over a grave.
Now more than ever you can be
generous toward each day
that comes, young, to disappear
forever, and yet remain
unaging in the mind.
Every day you have less reason
not to give yourself away.

Wendell Berry, A Timbered Choir: The Sabbath Poems 1979-1997, poem #1 1993

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Rev. David Rohrer, Pastor



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