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The service of Compline is tonight at 9:00 pm with the Rev. Mimi Lacy and Tom Lacy. You are invited to join them at Emmanuel Facebook live-streaming. It is a good way to close out your busy day. ... See MoreSee Less
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Wondering how to help others during Lent? Wonder no more! We recently contacted the Virginia Beach Housing Resource Center on Witchduck Road to find out how we could help them. Their current need is twofold: HRT bus passes (so clients can get around Virginia Beach and back to the Center) and Walmart/Target gift cards to help folks purchase home goods when they do get housing. With this in mind, we are challenging Emmanuel to commit to the discipline of putting some money in a "pot" each day during Lent. It can be a set amount for each of the 40 days, or perhaps be a variable amount, depending on what you might spend that day on a treat for yourself. Accompany that money with a daily prayer for the homeless, and at the end of Lent we'll collect the totals and use it to buy bus passes and gift cards. In this way we will help our neighbors recover from the challenges of homelessness. Prayerfully consider how you might participate. Call the office with any questions.Suggested prayers: (or make up your own)Gracious and loving God, we thank you for our many blessings. As we add to our Lenten offering, we pray for all members of the human family, especially those who suffer from poverty and homelessness, that our efforts may be a light shining in the darkness, and an expression of your care for all the people of the earth. All this we ask through your son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Merciful God, we remember before you all the poor and neglected persons whom it would be easy to forget and all who have none to care for them. Help us to heal those who are broken in body or spirit, and to turn their sorrow into joy. Grant this for the love of your Son, who for our sake became poor, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Adapted from the Book of Common PrayerAlmighty God, whose loving hand has given us all that we possess: Grant us grace that we may honor you with our use of these gifts, and, remembering the account which we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of your bounty, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Adapted from the Book of Common PrayerGrant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Adapted from the Book of Common Prayer ... See MoreSee Less
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As most of you know, Emmanuel provides four dinners during the year for the homeless at the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center (JCOC) on Birdneck RD. Normally there is a sign-up and folks provide the different parts of the meal-then volunteers take the prepared food to the JCOC and serve it. With the pandemic and social separation, we now provide a boxed chicken meal catered from Pollard’s to each person (approximately 80). This is expensive, but necessary, as the need is greater than ever and the restrictions on serving food are many. If you would like to donate some funding towards these meals it would be very helpful. Just turn in a check with “JCOC” in the memo and we’ll take care of the rest.Many thanks to Gary Ardison and Bill Sisley for buying and delivering the meals to the JCOC. Our next date to provide meals is Wednesday, March 10th. Thank you for your continued support of this valuable outreach mission project. ... See MoreSee Less
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