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PAX hosts Harvest Party

Emmanuel parishioners gathered at the home of Dave Rapp on October 24, for an evening of fellowship and family fun, hosted by the PAX youth group. It marked the impending end of the harvest season at Dave's garden. Children carved pumpkins, ran sack races, and enjoyed all sorts of good clean fun in an idyllic rural setting with perfectly mild autumn weather. PAX members prepared three varieties of chili, and parishioners brought their own cornbread, salads, and desserts. Afterwards, three of the older guys provided a bit of musical entertainment. It was simply wonderful.

Girls carving pumpkins
Picnic at Rapp's house

Carving pumpkins and savoring hot chili were among the highlights of the Harvest Party.

Benefit concert for Haiti

On Monday, September 13, 2010, sponsored by the Virginia Haiti Collaborative, Les Petits Chanteurs and Chamber Ensemble of the Holy Trinity Music School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti performed at Trinity Episcopal Church to crowd of 740, reportedly the largest audience the boys choir has ever had! As of Tuesday morning, donations totaled over $10,500! The funds will be used to help rebuild Holy Trinity Cathedral and Music School, which were severely damaged during the earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince in January.

Last June, seven members from the parishes and organizations belonging to the Virginia Haiti Collaborative embarked on a mission trip to Haiti. The goal was to build relationships and observe progress on the Episcopal Church-run school at Cerca-la-Source. Phillip Johnson represented Emmanuel Episcopal Church on this trip.

Haitian choir
  Haitian ensemble
  Haitian preacher

Photos courtesy of Meneta Deaton.

Another parish picnic

On Sunday July 11, Emmanuel's Holy Eucharist service was held at Dave Rapp's farm, followed by a picnic to celebrate the ongoing garden project. Music was provided by Randy Hamblett, who led a string band, and Dave Rapp gave a hay ride for the children.

Dave Rapp, hayride

Dave Rapp leads the hayride. Photos courtesy of Meneta Deaton.

Annual parish picnic

Picnic at Carters' farm

Rev. Ed Covert chats with parishioners at the Carters' home.


The "Motley Crucifers" provided music for the outdoor service.

Bishop Light confirms nine

The Rt. Rev. Bishop Arthur Heath Light officiated at the confirmation services at Emmanuel on Sunday May 9. The rites were originally scheduled for January, but a snowstorm forced a postponement. Eight younger members and one adult were confirmed. A reception welcoming the Bishop followed the service, and Tidge Roller coordinated the preparation of snacks and hors d'oeuvres.

Rev. Covert, Bishop Light

Reception for Bishop Light in Memorial Hall, after the service.

Rev. Covert, Bishop Light

Rev. Ed Covert, Bishop Heath Light.

Dave Rapp's garden

Dave Rapp, garden tiller

Dave Rapp, using his garden tiller. Photo courtesy of Meneta Deaton.

PAX yart sale 2010

Sincere thanks to our Emmanuel family for contributing items for "Art in the Garden" held on Sunday, April 18. Many of us went home with treasures, including original art by Nan Covert and Helen Fletcher. Donations of over $250 were received and will go to the Haiti Collaborative. Items that were not purchased are on the stage in Memorial Hall. Any items not picked up by May 3 will be donated to Goodwill. Please let Kathy Eastham know if you need help. Thank you for your generosity and support of Haiti.

PAX yart sale 2010

Photo courtesy of Meneta Deaton.

Easter 2010

Emmanuel celebrated the Feast of the Resurrection with special musical performances by the choir, the children's chorus, as well as organist Sarah Grove-Humphries. Dozens of Easter lilies adorned the altar and a special cross-shaped floral arrangement was presented by the children at the Offertory. After the service, the children were taken across the street to the lawn of Stuart Hall, where they had an Easter egg hunt. The weather was perfect for outdoors fun, adding to the rejoicing.

Easter 2010 children procession

Photo courtesy of Phil Johnson.

Movie on life in Haiti

On Sunday, January 24, a large crowd gathered in Memorial Hall as part of a fundraiser for the Haiti Collaborative's work in Cerca la Source, Haiti. Patrick Eugene, a Haitian student at JMU, and Rev. Paul Nancarrow, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church. Then we watched the movie The Agronomist, a 2003 documentary film about the life and death of Haitian journalist and radio pioneer, Jean Dominique. The money raised at this event will go a long way toward helping the people of Haiti recover from the recent devastating earthquake in the months and years to come.

Haiti movie crowd

Photo courtesy of Meneta Deaton.

Christmas Pageant 2009 2010

Because of the heavy snow, the annual Christmas pageant which was originally scheduled for December 20 was postponed and held instead on January 3. This year's pageant was "Away In a Manger," by Sarah Hayes, adapted for stage by Mary Evans Lott. The costumes, songs, and performances set new standards once again -- well worth the wait!

Christmas Pageant
Christmas Pageant
Christmas Pageant

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