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In the wake of the global pandemic and social uprisings, the Chrysler Museum is celebrating the value of community now through January 3, 2021 with a special exhibit called Come Together, Right Now: The Art of Gathering.

Today Diann Nickelsburg, who is a docent at the Chrysler Museum, escourted two groups of four persons in each through the exhibit. The groups were kept small to comply with the museum’s restrictions for COVID-19 social distancing.

The exhibition features more than 100 works of art drawn from the Chrysler’s collection and digital photography submitted by members of the community. This Chrysler-curated show gives visitors the opportunity to see many works from the Chrysler’s collection that are rarely on view, including photography, paintings, sculpture, and installation works. Four themes–Together in Celebration, Together in Purpose, Together in Justice, and Together in Love— display the many ways artists explore the joys and complexities of “coming together” and showcase how communities are linked by activities, celebrations, demonstrations, love, and family.

Come Together, Right Now was conceived in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic when people faced unprecedented isolation, while also uniting in a struggle to control the devastating disease. The feelings of distance and loneliness have fostered a new appreciation for communities and personal connections.

The public killings of Black and brown people intensified the sense of separation and division and the need to create community as we address uncomfortable, but necessary questions about racism and intolerance and chart the course toward an inclusive future. Artwork reminds us of the value of community and prompts us to consider creative solutions to the impediments we face as we work to come together. It also helps us to discover all that we can learn right now from self-examination and each other through our common experiences, causes, celebrations, and struggles.

As we come together again, what values will we rediscover as we ponder the future and re-engage with family, friends and strangers alike? Each section of the exhibition encourages visitors to reflect on how we can come together and why doing so is beneficial.
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We hope that you are having fun collecting food items for the “Reverse Advent Calendar”, and saying a prayer for the future recipient.

If your pantry is a little crowded with this extra food, feel free to bring a load to church and we'll keep it until time to take everything to the food bank. Drop items off between 9:00 am-2:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, OR on Sunday morning between 8-11:30 am. If you need a late afternoon drop off, simply call the office to make sure someone is there.

Prayers for The Reverse Advent Calendar:

A Litany of Thanksgiving on page 837 in The Book of Common Prayer would be a great resource for praying during this Advent season.

OR this simple, short prayer

Gracious and loving God, we thank you for the gift of life and the goodness that surrounds us. As we ready this food for giving, we ask your blessing upon the family who will receive it, that through our efforts they will know of your love and care for them. Help us to continue to be bearers of your compassion and mercy, that with grateful hearts we may always share your abundant love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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We are currently taking orders to decorate the church with poinsettias and greens for Christmastide.

Please use the printable form for your order.

There is a deadline of Wednesday, December 16, particularly if you want your dedication listed in the bulletin.

Thank you for your generosity. 🎄💒
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Rev. Mimi looks at the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) numbers for COVID-19 daily. They continue to trend upward. Right now (Thursday), we plan to meet in person on Sunday morning.

However, if the numbers jump, we will not be here.

Please check the Facebook page (Emmanuel Episcopal Church Virginia Beach), the website (beta.emmanuelvb.com), or your email before coming to church on Sunday.

As always, the 10:00 am service is live streamed, and you can access it on YouTube (HERE).
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Joy Wreath Contest for everyone! Get your creative juices flowing. Wreaths can be for Advent, Christmas, horizontal, vertical, with or without candles, burlap, greenery, paper... Whatever inspires you! Do you need Advent candles or a wire frame? We have them at church.

How do you enter the contest?

Step 1: collect the materials (church has some frames and candles if you want any)
Step 2: have fun creating
Step 3: email Misty a picture by December 19 at misty8thomas@gmail.com.

The best three wreaths will be selected for prizes (Dunkin Donut coupons). Email Misty Thomas with any questions.
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