“They rise in the darkness as a light for the upright; they are gracious, merciful, and righteous. It is well with those who deal generously and lend, who conduct their affairs with justice. For the righeous will never be moved; they will be remembered forever.” Psalm 112:4-6 (NRSV)
Psalm 112 speaks eloquently about our stewardship theme of Living Generously. It defines generous living as being gracious, merciful and righteous. To live in such a way, we are to conduct our lives with justice.
Living Generously is what we do at Emmanuel. It is who we are; it is who you are.
Thanks to your giving generously each week, we have a rector who nurtures us in word and sacrament. Through your generosity we are able to offer the extraordinary “Godly Play” Sunday School program every week.
You make it possible to offer exceptional music programs and choir, and an “Angel Choir” where youngsters ages 4-7 are taught music skills.
Emmanuel Day School provides a fun, loving and nurturing environment with enriching opportunities for preschool children.
More than three decades ago, the Aquidneck Island soup kitchen began at Emmanuel. This ministry now has 22 different churches and a synagogue working together to prepare a hot meal twice a day for our less fortunate neighbors.
Over the last five years, Emmanuel Church has been recognized throughout the state as a leader in environmental stewardship.
These are only a few of the many ministries we provide thanks to your giving generously.
Some of our members tithe (give ten percent of their income to the church) while others commit a certain percentage, some make a one-time annual gift, and others give as they are able. Although giving levels vary in the congregation, what is important is that all of us are asked to make a gift that reflects our commitment to living an abundant and generous life. If you would like to consider a tithe, there is a chart on the bottom of the pledge form to help you.
Annual giving is a time to reflect on the practice of intentional giving so we can live into the generous and abundant life to which God is calling us. Jesus said, “I come so that all may have life and have it abundantly.” Living Generously brings us closer to that abundant life.
Enclosed you will find a 2017 pledge commitment form. During the next two weeks, we invite you to prayerfully consider how you might live life more generously. Think about the impact Emmanuel has on your life and the wider community. Pray about God’s generosity in your life and then make a pledge that reflects that generosity and together we will make our commitment to Emmanuel for 2017.
You become a member of the “Forever Emmanuel Society” by naming Emmanuel in your will. It’s that simple! Join with the members of Emmanuel who have already done so, and thereby are members of the Legacy Society, or what will be called the Forever Emmanuel Society. Contact Mother Anita at 401-847-0675 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about naming Emmanuel in your will.
The Value of Emmanuel Church as a Community Institution
For the past 160 years, Emmanuel has been a vibrant presence and an anchor in our Island Community. As “the church of the people,” some of our outreach programs have long since grown beyond our walls. These include Island Hospice, the Church Community Housing Corporation, and the Maher Center, a sheltered workshop. Our “Soup’s On,” begun in 1982, has become part of an island-wide network to feed hungry people. Our annual mission trips have helped people in need from Appalachia and New Mexico to the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Founded in 2004, Emmanuel Day School has given hundreds of local children a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning. Many local groups, from Alcoholics Anonymous to the Girl Scouts, use our community hall. We keep finding new ways to be of service. Examples include our Saturday “Neighborhood Breakfasts” and the “Emmanuel Speakers Series.” In short, Newport is a better place to live because of Emmanuel Church.
The Age and Condition of the Church that supports our Role in the Community
Our present church building has been serving the community for 114 years. Though our predecessors were good stewards, the ravages of time and weather have taken their toll on our aging campus. Since the catastrophic rains of March 2010, our priorities list has grown in length and in urgency. Despite generous donations from members of our congregation, much remains to be done. Our magnificent church building, one of Newport’s architectural treasures, has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is imperative that we, as a community, preserve this beautiful space for future generations.
What We Must Do to Secure Emmanuel’s Future Role in Newport
In the Forever Emmanuel brochure you will find a prioritized list of capital repairs and upgrades with an explanation of both the need and the estimated cost for each project. The total comes to over a million dollars. We will use this list to guide how the funds raised will be spent. Recognizing that some donors might want to contribute toward a particular need on the list, we will attempt to honor such a preference. You may give to this campaign on a one-time basis or over a period of time.
For more information regarding the Forever Emmanuel Campaign, please contact the Emmanuel Parish Office at email@example.com or 401-847-0675.