Dear Friends in Christ:
Every day lives are being changed at Emmanuel. Every week acts of service are being given in Jesus’ name. Every day, week and year we have the joy of giving of our time, talent and treasure in the service of others – right here at Emmanuel. Won’t you join us on this road as our journey continues?
Because of your generosity Emmanuel is able to share with you and our neighbors five weekly worship services, Godly Play Sunday School, Bible Studies and Confirmation classes. Emmanuel Day School is one of our most exciting ministries. This year includes new and returning programs such as The Emmanuel Book Club and a Hydroponic garden. (Feel free on any Sunday morning to go downstairs and cut chard or basil or whatever is growing at the time for your own salads!). Our annual Harvest Fair is on October 26 & 27.
Look at the ways Emmanuel serves our neighbors through our monthly Speaker Series, AA, our monthly soup kitchen: Soup’s On, Angel Choir, Adult Choir, and the Community Chanting Group. AlAnon will hold a retreat here later this month. Other programs recently hosted at Emmanuel include the annual Flu Clinic by the Visiting Nurses, the Newport Music Festival, Island Moving Company’s rehearsals, Seaside Stage Company, Rosie Warburton’s Healing Sound Concert, Keith Stokes lecture and exhibit on “American Irony: Religious Freedom & Slavery in Colonial Newport,” Dr. Ehsun Mirza speaking on “Searching for the Righteous Path, an Immigrant American Muslim’s Journey,” and the Reverend Bruce Torrey on the ministry program “Food For The Poor.” Annually, we participate in the First Freedom Open House tour of churches in Newport. All activities at Emmanuel are always open and you are invited to attend any of them. You make all of these programs, and more, possible through your presence and pledge.
You also support Emmanuel by praying for one another, our community, and the world. You support us by remembering Emmanuel in your will (and if you don’t have a will, there is no time like the present.) You can help increase our membership by inviting someone to Emmanuel. Sit with them. Hang out with newcomers at coffee hour. And, especially, be joyful in the Lord. Love Jesus and love Emmanuel – every day!
Your financial support is another vital part of our journey as disciples of Christ. The Rector and Vestry have made their pledges for 2019. Help us reach our goal of 100% participation by all parishioners.
Proportional Giving is an easy way to increase or make a pledge. A pledge form, and how to give proportionally, is at the end of this letter. Please complete it, cut it out, place in an envelope addressed to “Bookkeeper” and leave in the offering plate or mail to “Bookkeeper,” Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn Street, Newport, RI 02840. While we usually print the names of everyone who makes a pledge, your pledged amount is always confidential. Pledge Sunday will be on November 4 when pledges will be received at both the 8 and 10 am services.
Every day we have the joy of serving Christ. Join us today in serving our neighbors as, together, we equip people to live as disciples of Jesus.
The Rev’d Dr. Anita Louise Schell, Rector
Ellen Vadney, Sr. Warden
Annie Sherman, Jr. Warden
The standard of giving for the Episcopal Church is a proportional tithe, or 10%, of our income. There are a couple of ways you can use to figure how to give proportionally.
Increase your current pledge by 10%
If you currently give $20 a week – consider raising your pledge to $22 – a proportional increase of 10%.
If you currently give $100 a week – consider raising it to $110 – again a proportional increase of 10%.
2. Increase your pledge by working toward a tithe of your annual income. For example:
If your annual income is $25,000, would you consider working toward a tithe of 10% or $48 a week?
If your annual income is $50,000, a tithe would be $96 a week.
Ways to Give your pledge:
In Church: Place your offering envelope with cash in it into the plate as it goes by. Checks may be placed in the offering plate with or without an offering envelope and will still be tracked for your statement of giving.
Or Online: www.emmanuelchurch.org, and use the link at “Donate Online” to set up your profile and how you would like to make your pledge – weekly, twice a month, or monthly, with the funds automatically deducted from your checking or savings account.
Please do not use the credit card option as that incurs an additional expense to Emmanuel every time a credit card is used.
For more information, or if you need help to set up your on-line giving, please email Annie Sherman, our bookkeeper at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Please print out this pledge form, complete it and return it to Emmanuel at
Bookkeeper; Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn Street, Newport, RI 02840.
I/we pledge $__________________
_______weekly, _______monthly, _______semi-annually, ________annually.
______I would like offering envelopes. _______I will pay my pledge electronically.
Please contact me about using electronic giving. ______
Please contact me about including the church in my estate plan. _______
Commitment Sunday 1 from Steve MacAusland on Vimeo.
Commitment Sunday 2. Brett Bartholomaus, USMC from Steve MacAusland on Vimeo.
Commitment SUNDAY 3, Sarah Atkins from Steve MacAusland on Vimeo.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-847-0675.