Meet and Greet with Rev. Eric/ Dinner for Eight kickoff
> Friday October 3, 6:30 p.m. (note date change)
> Bring an appetizer or dessert, finger food only please
> Look for Sign Up Genius invitation
> Children ARE welcome!
Please come and visit a public exhibition and display of metal models made by members of the Chicago Model Engineers Association, a Non-Profit organisation. Enjoy light refreshments.
On October 4th from 8am to 4pm.
Admission is free.
We will hold our annual Pet Blessing on Sunday 5th October, 2014 at 1.00pm
Episcopal Church Women, Diocese of Chicago
Present the 2014 Fall Forum
Saturday, October 18, 2014
9:00am – 3:00pm
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
203 South Kensington Avenue La Grange, IL
Being hungry in Illinois is a fact of life for far too many families.
Our forum will begin with a panel discussion on the issues of hunger in Illinois
as it affects our rural and urban families, children and the elderly.
During our afternoon sessions, we will exchange ideas about the solutions
and learn ways that we can help feed our neighbors.
Additional information and the registration form can be found on the ECW website: www.ecwchicago.org
August 27, 2014
Dear Fellow Parishioners,
Every good and perfect gift comes from above. James 1:17
We are pleased to formally announce that we have called the Very Reverend J. Eric Thompson to serve as our Priest in Charge. He will be joining our Emmanuel family October 1st, bringing with him his particular ability to bring liturgy to life.
Before we share more about Father Thompson, it is important for us to take the time to thank you, every member of our faith family for coming together and giving so much of yourselves to our church. Because of you, we are in a very good place and this is the perfect time for us to bring in a Priest in Charge who will help lead us and guide us forward as we continue our spiritual journey and strengthen the bonds of our parish even more.
Also much deserved, is a special thank you to the Search Committee for their time and efforts on our behalf. From creating the search profile, to selecting the candidates and then interviewing them, they took on a huge assignment and did it well. Because of their due diligence all the candidates invited for interviews were impressive in their own right, providing us with only top-quality options. Of those, they recommended the one they believe to be best suited for our specific needs. The Vestry unanimously voted to endorse their recommendation. Everyone on the Search Committee supports and is very excited Father Thompson will be joining us, as are we.
We enthusiastically welcome him, his wife Katrina and their son, John, into our faith family. We are excited for Father Thompson’s fresh energy and enthusiasm. His resume is very impressive, yet the written words do not do him justice. Have faith that he will engage and challenge us all to be better Christians.
Father Thompson is very impressive, both as a pastoral leader and a person. He has been very actively involved with both youth and adult education classes. He is very well educated as a priest. With his training and liturgical skills he is well versed in the traditions of Anglicanism. He has earned a strong reputation for being a top-notch pastor, who listens, learns and figures out quickly what it is that individuals and congregations need. Father Thompson is a leader who gets things accomplished in a thoughtful, positive and proactive fashion, all of which will serve us well. He is the Dean of his Deanery and is loved by his Bishop and fellow Clergy.
As we shared on Sunday, Father Thompson grew up in an Air Force family moving often as military families do. His parents settled the family in Clarksville, TN, which he considers to be his hometown. He earned his BA from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and a Master of Divinity from the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee. From there, he worked as a Chaplain for Emory University Hospital for two years before serving honorably for four years as a U.S. Army Chaplain, which included an overseas tour in Iraq. Upon leaving the Army, Father Thompson served as Assistant Rector of Saint James' Episcopal Church and School in Warrenton, VA. Currently he is serving Saint Michael's Episcopal Church in Geneseo, NY, where he has been Rector since October 2011, and a District Dean since January of 2013.
Father Thompson and Katrina Macaluso have been married since 2013. She is also a seminarian. Katrina has put her education and career on hold to take care of their new son, John, who was born in May of this year.
Everyone at Emmanuel has something to be excited about in our new priest and his family, and we can’t wait for him, Katrina and John to join us. His first day will be Wednesday, October 1st, with his first service on Sunday, October 5th. Please join us on the 5th to give Father Thompson and his family a warm Emmanuel welcome. This is just the first page in our new chapter of growing as a faith family. Working together, we will achieve great things together in service to our Lord Jesus Christ.
Yours in Peace,
Bill Hoekwater Randy Valenta
Senior Warden Junior Warden
KIDZ NEWS-Emmanuel Episcopal Church
August 28th, 2014
Back to School!!
Now that everyone is back, I hope you and your students have had a great start to the school year. Only a few more weeks and Sunday School and Emmanuel will be cranked up too!
We are thrilled to welcome our new rector as of October 1st and can't wait to work with Reverend Thompson.
A CHANGE: Same Day, New Time
There will be a parent meeting on September 7th immediately following the EARLY service in the 1st-5th grade Sunday School classroom, adjacent to Memorial Hall. The purpose will be to register students for class. Light refreshments will be served.
We are making the switch to accommodate the opening weekend of NFL Football...sorry for the inconvenience!
A Bigger Change:
We will have our first class on September 14th
Sunday School will now officially begin at 9:30 a.m. Students will work on singing and music first with Music Director George Tarasuk until about 9: 50 a.m., when regular Sunday School instruction will start with the teaching staff.
Because of the earlier start time, students will now be brought in to church following the sermon. We feel this will allow more opportunities for our students to participate in the Nicene Creed and the Prayers of the People.
A full calendar will be available at the parent meeting on the 7th or I can email you one directly.
We would love to see all of the fourth and 5th graders when you are not acolyting! Don't forget about us!!
We will be advertising locally, but there is no better endorsement than when it comes from YOU! Please tell your friends, neighbors, schoolmates, grandkids, cousins-whomever-about the wonderful things we are doing in our Sunday School classes. There will be several Sundays over the course of the school year dedicated to bringing a friend, but get the message out there now-Emmanuel Episcopal is the place to be for Sunday School!
For allowing us to educate your child on what it means to be a Christian. I am very excited at a new beginning in many ways at Emmanuel. This is an exciting time to be a member and I can't wait to get started! If you have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at home at 708-485-8389.
For now, enjoy the rest of your summer!
Children's Ministry Director
The Sunday anthems are now on the music ministry page. Go to the Ministries tab and then to music. It will make your day! -George
BEDS PLUS (Building Ecumenical Discipleship through Sheltering) is a non-profit agency providing emergency overnight shelter along with assistance to the homeless & those individuals in danger of becoming homeless in Southwest Suburban Cook County.
Shelter Site Volunteers work a 4-hour shift, once a month.
Cooks work individually or as a team to provide hot evening meals & breakfast items, once a month.
Laundry Volunteers wash linens & bedding, once a month.
Lunch Providers prepare bagged lunches for 15-20 clients at our daily Support Center, once a month.
Support Center Site Volunteers serve bagged lunches, engage in light conversation with clients & do general clean-up, once a month.
Please contact Diane Kassel: email@example.com or 708-354-0858 ext. 7 for more information.
All Saints' Day Bonfire
> Saturday, November 1, here at Emmanuel
> Brats, Hot Dogs,, S'mores
> All welcome
Judy's office hours for January through June can be downloaded here.
Our soft space is for chilren ages 3 years of age through 7 years of age. It is a place for children to feel relaxed and comfortable during the communion service. Following Sunday school the children come into the sanctuary and the younger children are invited into the soft space while the older children join their parents.
No access to a computer on a regular basis? No problem - let us know at the Church Office and we will gladly send you a paper copy of our E-News Weekly Edition or our in-service Sunday Times (which is usually the same information!)
The Parish Life and Outreach Ministry at Emmanuel Episcopal seeks to foster relationships among parishioners, cultivate a welcoming environment for newcomers, and engage the congregation in service to others, both locally and globally.