Emmanuel Gothic Emmanuel Episcopal Church
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300 W. Frederick St.
Staunton, VA 24401
(540) 886-8172


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Sermon: Opportunity to Testify
(by The Rev. Dr. Paul Nancarrow)
Nov 13, 2016

Sunday schedule

  • 8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I
  • 9:30 a.m. Christian Education (Children's and Adult); also Choir practice in the Sanctuary
  • 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II;

    Nursery Care is available (ages 0-5) every Sunday for the 10:00 service.

Church Web sites:

Episcopal Church U.S.A. Episcopal Relief & Development Help the people of Haiti! Episcopal Diocese of S.W. Virginia Trinity Episcopal Church The Lectionary Page Diocese of West Yorkshire
& the Dales, England

Our affiliate:

Stuart Hall School


Virginia Haiti Collaborative Staunton Music Guild Sarah's Music Studio Bluebird Beginnings Photography

Church directory:

Our new Church directory is now available online, but a special password is required to open it. For security reasons, passwords will be changed from time to time, and must be not be made available to anyone outside of the congregation. Any questions should be directed to the church office.

Domain name:

Our domain name emmanuelstaunton.org
went into effect in September 2011.

Got news?

Do you have any news items or announcements of interest to our congregation? If so, please contact the church secretary, Lucy Dennison. To submit photos or to ask questions about the Web site, please contact the Webmaster, Andrew Clem (clickable e-mail links).

Sunday School

Sunday School classes this year are being coordinated by Katherine Turner, along with several assistants. For details, see the
Sunday School Calendar.

For a list of upcoming special events, see the Calendar page.

Parish News

November, 2016

Harvest Day 2016

On Sunday, November 6, Emmanuel held its annual Harvest Day breakfast, with members contributing a wide variety of dishes to share. After Rev. Shelby Owen said a prayer, she invited Russ Rutan to say a few words about how the tradition got started at Emmanuel many years ago. Many thanks to Kate Nesmith, Chair of the Fellowship Committee, for overseeing the preparations, and to all others who helped in setting up the meal and in cleaning up afterwards.

Harvest Day breakfast

The Harvest Day breakfast, with people still lined up at the door.

Shelby Owen, Russ Rutan

Rev. Shelby Owen and Russ Rutan.

Emmanuel east exterior

Outside Emmanuel that morning, it was a glorious day.

Bishop Bourlakas visits Emmanuel

On Sunday October 23, Emmanuel welcomed the Rt. Rev. Bishop Mark Bourlakas, on his annual visit to our parish. Bishop Bourlakas officiated in the rites of confirmation, reception, renewal, and baptism, and preached on the parable from Luke 18 in which Jesus contrasted the repentant tax collector with the self-righteous Pharisee. After the service, the congregation held a reception for the Bishop.

Bishop, Shelby, confirmation class 2016

The Rt. Rev. Bishop Mark Bourlakas and the Rev. Shelby Owen, with the church members who participated in the various rites were (left to right): Nicole DuMontier, Steven Berneking, Riikka Halme-Berneking, Rose Mary Jensen, Kate Nesmith, Daniel Nessar, and Rebecca Joyce.

Bishop Bourlakas cuts cake

Bishop Bourlakas cuts the official "welcome" cake.

Bishop Bourlakas cuts cake
Bishop Bourlakas cuts cake

There was plenty of food and fellowship at the reception for Bishop Bourlakas.

Fall barbecue to benefit Haiti

On Saturday October 8, Emmanuel Episcopal Church held its annual pig roast, with proceeds once again being used to support the work of the Virginia Haiti Collaborative. Matthew Poteat, Colin Hester, and Randy Hamblett spent many hours preparing the whole hog pork and chicken barbecue, done in the authentic style of North Carolina. Folks had the choice of either enjoying dinner at church or taking it home with them. The funds raised from this event will primarily benefit St. Marks School in Haiti, with which our congregation and others have established a long-term partnership. That country recently suffered heavy damage and loss of life from Hurricane Matthew, making this event an opportune time to show solidarity and support with the people of Haiti.

After the late service last Sunday, Hannah Kivlighan gave a presentation on her experiences in Haiti last summer, showing photos of St. Marks School, the capital city Port au Prince, and other places her missionary group visited. It was a moving look at the daily struggles of the Haitian people to overcome poverty.

Matthew Poteat and Colin Hester at  barbecue

Matthew Poteat and Colin Hester at the barbecue.

barbecue in dining room

Folks in the downstairs dining room enjoying tasty barbecue dinners.

Prayer list


Dana A.
Bob A.
Joan A.
Virginia B.L.
Frances C.
Kit C.
Hugh C.
Bunny D.
Bonnie D.
Meneta D.
Virgil D.
Laura D.
Bob D.
David E.
Helen F.
Connie F.
Lou G.
David G.
Jane H.
Matthew H.
Barbara H.
Jean H.
Eric H.
Robert H.
Vicki K.
Jane K.
Norma L.
Sam L.
Mary Kay L.
David L.
Linda M.
Frances M.
Lillian M.
Hal M.
Peter M.
Camden M.
John M.
Christopher P.
Ann R.
Catherine S.
Stephen S.
Gabrielle S.
Marilyn S.
Sarah S.
Steve S.
Jean S.
Elizabeth T.
Eric T.
Jan W.
Micheal W.
Jan W.
Kay W.

For James R.missionary in Japan

For the families of Robert K. and Aeh Sun K. who died recently.


prayer list

NOTE: Please help the office by keeping us informed of the status of people you place on the prayer list.


Emmanuel "word cloud"

world cloud

Thanks to Steven Cox for soliciting from parish members words that they thought best described our church congregation, and then compiling all of them into a "word cloud." Click on the image to see a full-size version. If that doesn't work, click here instead

Wordle: Emmanuel3