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This Week at Emmanuel


(October 20)

Sunday Worship
"Dangerous Work", Acts 7
October 26th 10:00 a.m., Dave Rohrer, Pastor
This Week's Order of Worship


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.  
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 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. This is the second time we will be open for this first Saturday
of the month drop in center.
  Thanks for your contributions to this ministry. 
For further information, please contact the church.

Evening Prayer
November 3rd, Monday, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.  The first Monday of the month 
Emmanuel Presbyterian  Church will have an evening prayer hour.  This
will be a time for communal prayer and quiet meditation.  All are welcome.
For further information, please contact the church.

Neah Bay Annual Christmas Party Annual Christmas Party

 Mark your calendar for Saturday, December 13.
There are many ways that we at Emmanuel can be involved with this mission event.
Come along to Neah Bay and help,craft ideas for young children, provide gifts cards
or cash for gift cards, 
ham for the meal, candies for gingerbread houses, cookies,
and keep those traveling to Neah Bay in Prayer.
 
For further information, please contact the church.

 

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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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