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Highlands Voice                       Volume 13, Number 45



December 4, 2016
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IMMANUEL CHURCH, HIGHLANDS

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WELCOME TO ADVENT

During the four Sundays in Advent, the ten minutes before worship will be a time of preparation. As you enter the church, please honor the time with Holy Silence.



THE JESSE TREE

     During Advent, we celebrate the first coming of Jesus and look forward to his return. The Jesse tree is a guide for us during the Advent season as we count down to Christmas day. For centuries, the Jesse Tree tradition has been used to teach us about the family tree of Jesus. It is named from the first verse in Isaiah 11 which says, “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse”. Jesse, the father of David, is a great-grandfather of Jesus.

     Our Jesse Tree ornaments depict references from both the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament to share not just the lineage of Jesus, but the Good News of his coming and the prophecy fulfilled. When we worship together and study the verses we are assisted in making the connections between these Scriptures, and see God’s perfect plan to bring all people back to himself through Jesus.

     As we count down and celebrate the birth of Jesus, let us “Come to Worship Him”

 

Advent 2016
















ADVENT ADULT EDUCATION

AdventPlease join us each Tuesday in Advent when we will examine the biblical story of different characters in the story of God’s unconditional love! Mary, Joseph, the Shepherds, and the Wise men.S


November 29th - December 20th

Supper at 6:00 p.m.

Program at 6:30 p.m.


Please sign up at church to do the supper main course



CHRISTMAS FLOWERS

Christmas Flowers may be given in loving memory of or thanksgiving for a loved one. To donate, please fill out one on the forms inserted into this week’s service leaflet. Additional forms may be found in the back of the church or on the credenza in the foyer. Checks should be made out to “Immanuel Church, Highlands,” and marked “Christmas Flowers.” Names provided to the office by December 21, 2016 will be included in the Christmas Service Booklets.



PLEASE TURN IN YOUR 2017 PLEDGE CARD

The 2017 Pledge Cards have been mailed. If you did not receive one and want to make a pledge, ask the greeters the next time you are in church or contact the church office. Pledge envelopes for 2017 will be distributed soon. If you want 2017 envelopes, you must turn in a pledge card.




YOUTH GROUP BOWLING

Friday, December 2, 2016

5:00 p.m.

Price’s Corner Bowling Alley



IN MEMORIAM

Donald Dean Wilson

October 19, 1930 ~ November 16, 2016


Eucharist in Celebration of Life

Immanuel Church, Highlands

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Eleven O'clock in the morning


Reception immediately following the Liturgy


May his soul, and the souls of all the departed,

through the mercy of God rest in peace.


Please remember the Wilson family in your prayers.



IMMANUEL BELL RINGING @ ACME BY TROLLY SQUEARE

Saturday, December 10, 2016

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon


Immanuel parishioners will Ring the Bell for the Salvation Army at the Acme near Trolley Square from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon on Saturday, December 10th. Our 9:00-10:00 a.m. time slot has space for more people. If you can join us, please contact Sue Welles at 302.299.9876 or swelles1@verizon.net.



CHRISTMAS PAGENT

Creche

We have an eager starting cast and crew for our Christmas Pageant and more are welcome! Anyone of any age is invited to participate. You and your children may also invite friends to join in. The Pageant will be performed during our Festival Eucharist of Christmas Eve, Dec. 24th, starting at 6:30 p.m. with Carols and special music. Rehearsals are: Dec. 4, 11, and 18 immediately following the 10:30 a.m. service. Dress Rehearsal is Saturday, Dec. 24th at 10:00 a.m. Questions? Can't make all rehearsals? Contact Sue Welles at 302.290.9876 swelles1@verizon.net or Maria duPont at 610.316.0748 dupontmaria@yahoo.com.



DECEMBER FOOD DRIVE FOR ST. STEPHEN’S PANTRY

Immanuel's December Drive for our local St. Stephen's Food Pantry helps fill the gap in donations after Thanksgiving. Please place a bag of non-perishable groceries under the table in the foyer any time in December. Thank you! The Outreach Ministry


UPCOMING MUSICAL EVENTS

Compline Service

Tuesday, December 13 @ 7:45 p.m.


Choir School and First State Handbell Ringers

Saturday, December 10 @ 7:00 p.m.

Christmas Concert


Piffaro Renaissance Band and Guests

Sunday, December 18 @ 3:30 p.m.

Renowned Philadelphia ensemble playing a variety of wind and string instruments in Christmas music from Spain




Immanuel is a

Welcoming Community,

Celebrating and Sharing

the Good News of Jesus

through Worship, Prayer, Learning,

and Service.



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Highlands Voice Deadline: 4:00 p.m. each Tuesday for the next week’s issue.

Phillip Stephens, Parish Administrator and Highlands Voice Editor

Office hours: 8:30 – 1:30, Monday through Friday.

Phone: 302.658.7326 ext. 10

Email: PStephens@immanuel-highlands.org


THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT


 

Link to Lectionary Page


 

Isaiah 11:1-10

Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19

Romans 15:4-13

Matthew 3:1-12






PARISH INTERCESSIONS

Karnataka North - (South India): Ravikumar J. Niranjan, Bishop


St. Peter’s Church, Smyrna: Donna Jean Kiessling, Rector


AIDS Delaware


Those in need of our prayers for strength, guidance or healing: Tom, Maria, Christopher, Jeremy, Joan, Janie, Richard, George, Cathy, Leslee, Victoriano, Tom, Beverley, Eve, Molly, Keith, Don, Austin, Kim, The People of San Marco, Guatemala, George, Barb, Rebecca, Aileen, Judy, Aixa, Fam, Salvador, Erika, Mac, Kay, Cis, David, Natasha, Tatiana, Norman, Hugh, Tony, Sandy, Steve,

Fran, Richard, George, Carolyn, Ellen, Betsy, Lisa, Bob, Ruth, Jack, Edwina, Sharon, Rod, Katherine, David, Shirley, Janet, Tim, Steve, Chelsea, Judi, Nick, Jane, Celeste, Egon, Antonia, Virginia, Renaldo


Those that are on assignment in the Middle East and throughout the world in the service of their country: Damien, Lupita, Tim


Those who have died, and for the comfort of their families: Don









CALENDAR


Immanuel Church, Highlands

2400 West 17th Street

Wilmington, DE 19806

www.immanuel-highlands.org

Tel: 302.658.7326




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