What’s Going on the Other 11 Days of Christmas

The Magi arrive on the Feast of the Epiphany, 6 January 2020, so we have a lot of Christmas yet to celebrate. Here are some details to keep in mind.


Sunday, 5 January 2020, we will resume our regular schedule, but with a twist! No sermon this week, but a brief story from the Rector to introduce the Magi, and then the full Gospel account of their illicit trip from the East into Palestine and the fate of the infant Jesus and others as Herod gets wind of their duplicity. It’s not fiction, it’s Gospel! Then maybe a little Q & A about the Christmas season as we proceed to Epiphany.

And, because Heaven is a Banquet … First Sunday Breakfast at 9:00 AM featuring a Three Gifts theme in anticipation of the feast. Come join us for a modest donation and enjoy out three gifts of Food, Fellowship, & Faith.

Something Fun:

Emmanuel is hosting a Christmas Village Train Garden in our Parish Hall, which is open to the public from 26 December to 30 December. You will see the hours posted in the widget at the upper right hand corner of this page.

Thanks to all our faithful volunteers who have been gracious hosts to our guests during this event. We welcomed almost 600 visitors to Emmanuel to see the trains. Thanks also to Joe Bragg and his crew of “engineers” for providing and setting up the display.

Christmas Money to Spend?

Check our the Emmanuel Church merchandise available for sale at www.tidewaterwebstores.com. You will find polo shirts, fleece vests, and lightweight pullovers available to order. The store is only open until 12 January, so take a look soon. The variety of colors is different than from two years ago, so even if you already have a shirt or two, take a look at the new fashions. Once the items are made, they will be picked up and made available at the Church by the first of February.

New Stained Glass:

If you haven’t yet had the chance, come and see the three new Stained Glass Windows in the Nave of the Church, which were installed just a couple of weeks ago. A memorial to the late Bill Acker, they will be formally dedicated later this winter. Watch this space for details.

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