Weekly E-Bell from Emmanuel Episcopal Church
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Sunday, November 20: Christ the King Sunday (The Last Sunday after Pentecost)
Worship: 9:30 am
Formation: 10:45-11:30
Church-wide Advent Preparation this Sunday!
For all ages, after worship in the Narthex:  Today Emmanuel is offering a "open space" learning opportunity for the entire community. Grab a cup of coffee and see what opportunities await you and your family this Advent. Parishioners can:
  • visit with a representative from Heifer International (and pet the rooster!)
  • pick up resources from Episcopal Relief & Development and learn about "alternative gift giving"
  • make your own Advent wreaths and Advent calendars
  • pick up articles and borrow books on ways to make Advent a special season both at church and at home
 For all ages, after worship in the Library:  Join the Reverend Beverly Hosea for a conversation around spiritual practices that can be a part of your Advent season.
For all ages, after worship in the Choir Loft:  Learn to play handbells! Head up to the organ loft to learn beginning ringing techniques and a simple song that will be used during the season of Advent.  All ages are welcome.
For all ages, after worship in the Chapel:  Join the Reverend Sabeth Fitzgibbons for conversation about our post-election feelings .
Children's Activity Table - Ruler of All
Join Ben this week for a wonderful gospel story focusing on Jesus as King and ruler of all. Just before the Gospel, all children Prek-4th grade are invited to follow the cross out of the sanctuary and into the Narthex for children's activities. All children and adults will return to the sanctuary following the Peace.
Sign-Up to Deliver Poinsettias in December
Sign up from now through December 11 to deliver poinsettias to members of our Emmanuel family who don't get out much.  Sign up sheet is in the Narthex.  Poinsettias will be available for delivery on December 11.
Thanksgiving Holidays: Office Closure & Bell Deadline
The Office will be closed November 24 & 25 for Thanksgiving. 
Please submit any items for the Bell no later than 8:00 AM, Tuesday, November 22.
Today!  Last Day to Participate in the Adult Formation Survey
Please take 3-5 minutes and complete the survey about adult formation offerings by clicking on  this link.  Responses will be closed after midnight tonight.

Soup and Sound is Back! Dec. 2, 9 and 16 from 11:30am-1pm
You are invited to attend Emmanuel Episcopal Church’s annual “Soup and Sound” Advent Concert series. These concerts begin with homemade soup & bread made by Emmanuel's Soup Group Ministry.  Attendance is FREE but donations to the music program are gratefully accepted!
The soup luncheon begins at 11:30am followed by music in the church from 12:00-12:45pm. This year’s concerts will be provided by Pacific MusicWorks (www.pacificmusicworks.org); Susan E. Bloomfield, organ; and the Pacific NW Chamber Ensemble (www.pnwchamberensemble.com).
Advent Formation: The Gifts of Imperfection
During Advent, the adult formation offerings will be focusing on the book The Gifts of Imperfection by author and Episcopalian, Brene Brown.

Each Sunday, parishioners will use the book as well as videos from Brown to discuss how we use what she calls "guideposts" and "wholehearted living" during this Advent season and beyond in our Emmanuel Community.

Reading the book is not a necessity to attend and enjoy the conversation, however, if you would like to purchase a copy of the book, you can find it on Amazon.com and other literary outlets. There will also be several copies of the book available to borrow from the Emmanuel library beginning on Sunday, November 20.

The Advent Formation programming for all ages begins on Sunday, November 27. That day, formation offerings will also include : 
  • Prayers of the People - in the Chapel with Susan: Collaborate to write Prayers of the People for the season of Christmas and Epiphany.  All ages are welcome.
Help Secure the Parish Hall 
Due to the fact that Youth Theater NW performances are a public event our insurance company requires that an Emmanuel parishioner be responsible to secure the parish hall after performances.  A simple check list is attached can be found here.   This is a very simple request, however it does require you to commit to coming over to the church after a YTN performance.  You could even consider going to the performance.  YTN would offer a free ticket to those who are there to close up. You would need to wait until after YTN is done shutting down for the evening before you could leave.
Please consider signing up to lock up an upcoming YTN performance by  click here.  After you submit your response, Meghan will confirm the dates with you as soon as she is in the office.   If you have any questions email Meghan at Meghan@emmanuelmi.org or call the office (206) 232-1572.   
Wisdom “Practice” Day – November 19, 9AM-3PM, Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle
This day is grounded in the rich Wisdom tradition and will include contemplative practices of meditation and lectio divina, contemplative chant and movement, small group conversation and a holy meal, prepared and shared together (as a contemplative exercise in its own right). All are welcome, beginners and experienced practitioners alike. Facilitated by Darlene Franz and Pat Speidel. $35 Registration (includes lunch), Scholarships Available. For more information and to register, click here.
Annual Mercer Island Thanksgiving Service – Tuesday November 22, 7PM
Sponsored by the Mercer Island Clergy Association at the LDS Church at the corner of Island Crest Way and 40th Street.

The ecumenical program will last about one hour.  There will be light refreshments afterward.   Please feel free to bring a plate of cookies or treats, and/or a non-perishable food item for donation to the Mercer Island Youth and Family Services Food Pantry.

Thanksgiving Day Eucharist – Thursday November 24, 10:00 AM
The Diocese of Olympia invites you all to a celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 10:00 AM on Thanksgiving Day at Saint Mark's Cathedral in Seattle.  What better way to give thanks for the blessings of our lives than to join together in worship? Put the turkey in the oven before bringing your family to your cathedral, then continue with the family feast, football, or whatever traditions you enjoy on this special day.
Pacific MusicWorks is Back - Navidad! Christmas Music from New and Old Spain -- Dec. 10 at 7:30pm at Emmanuel 
Colonial Latin America’s unique melting pot of Italian, Spanish, African, Portuguese, and native traditions led to the creation of the Christmas Villancico. This vivacious, rhythmic, and rustic form retells the Christmas story through the characteristic sounds of guitar, harp, harpsichord and strings with a quartet of voices. Experience a rich tapestry of works from Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, Bolivia, and Spain in this unique holiday program. The program includes the US premieres of works by Guatemalan composer Rafael Castellanos (ca. 1721-1791) and Spanish composer Fabián Garcia Pacheco (1725-1808).
Additional concerts on December 9 at Edmonds United Methodist Church and December 11 at Benaroya Hall.   Ticket prices: $45 General, $20 Students,  Youth (5-17) free with accompanying ticketed adult.  www.pacificmusicworks.org/performances/navidad-christmas-music-from-new-and-old-spain
The Rev. Beverly Hosea's Pre-Election Day Sermon
Click here for a copy of Beverly Hosea's sermon from Sunday November 6.  All are encouraged to read it.
Christosal: Advancing Human Rights in Central America
Cristosal is a nongovernmental organization based in El Salvador advancing human rights in Central America through rights-based programming, research, and learning. For more information click here.
From The Rev. Mark Blindheim: Many of us have questions about the way to live faithfully in the coming days in our country.  I found post-election statement from Bishop Mark Handley of Oregon very thought provoking:
To check out the statement go here - http://www.diocese-oregon.org/election-statement/
Make a Joyful Noise
You are invited to grab a fresh cup of coffee and come sing with the choir every Sunday at 8:30am in the Chapel.  We will practice songs for that Sunday as well as upcoming anthems.  Everyone is welcome!  Don't read music?  Don't worry!  Susan chooses music that is accessible to everyone, teaches the music during rehearsals and provides recordings to practice with.  Curious?  Just show up at choir practice or contact Susan Bloomfield at susan@emmanuelmi.org. 
Donate to Northwest Harvest!
Emmanuel invites the entire congregation to contribute food, as you are able, to Northwest Harvest.  Just drop your donations in the collection bins near the east and west entrances. We will bless and contribute the collected food each month. NW Harvest buys white rice and beans in bulk but welcomes the following general foods: oatmeal, whole grain pastas, brown rice, tomato products, canned vegetables, canned fruit especially with low sugar (but NOT artificial sweeteners) canned fish or meat, shelf stable milk, beef stew, chili and similar meals with low sugar and low saturated fats, cereal - low sugar varieties, infant and baby foods, baby formula, canned or powdered milk, infant cereal.  
Check out the Emmanuel YouTube Channel and Like Emmanuel on Facebook
Check out our YouTube Channel periodically for new videos and tell your friends.  It's a great way to see what we've been up to lately.  Click the link above, or visit YouTube.com and search on Emmanuel Mercer Island. 
Also remember to like us on facebook by clicking here  and pressing the "like" button on our page
Tuesday Bible Study
For more information click here.
Community of the Lamb: Meditation Classes at Emmanuel
For more information click here.
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