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Highlands Voice                       Volume 13, Number 6


February 7, 2016
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Immanuel Church, Highlands


Lois McGinnis 

June 30, 1924 ~ February 2, 2016

Eucharist in Celebration of Life

Immanuel Church, Highlands

February 13, 2016

 11:00 a.m.

 Reception immediately following

Rest eternal grant to her, O Lord;

and let light perpetual shine upon her.

Please remember Lois' family

in your prayers.




Notice is hereby given that the Annual Congregational Meeting of Immanuel Church, Highlands shall be held on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 12:00 noon in the church Parish Hall located at 2400 West 17th Street, Wilmington, DE 19806.


Walter Michael

     I have been asked for some biographical information in support of my candidacy for election to the vestry.

     I am a DuPont retiree, having left the company in 1993 after 28 ½ years’ service. It was DuPont who brought me and my family to Wilmington in 1969 and we’ve been here ever since.

     In 1976, during that employment, I began teaching continuing education at the college level. After I left DuPont, my teaching turned into full-time and more, and will conclude this Spring, after a total of forty years. Having retired now, for the fourth time, I have time available to devote to Immanuel.

     To talk about my involvement with the Episcopal Church, we need to turn the clock way back. I was raised Presbyterian; my wife, Edwina, a cradle Episcopalian. I asked Edwina to marry me on a Saturday, and it seemed like a good way to start would be to join her in church the next day. Those were the days of “high” and “low” Episcopal churches, and hers was about as high as they ever got. That next day was Advent 1. I’ll let you fill in the rest. Nevertheless, I survived.

     We were married the next summer (1963) in Immanuel Highlands by the Rev. Roddey Reid.

     My first assignment with DuPont was in 1965, in north Jersey, where we attended St. David’s, Kinnelon. In 1969 we were transferred to Wilmington, and bought a house in Brandywine Hundred. Now with growing children, we became very active in St. David’s, Brandywine Hundred, where I served as Lector, LEM-B, Vestry, etc.

     Time passed. Our first house, in north Jersey, was an old one. Our house in Brandywine Hundred was a new, subdivision house. But, we still wanted an old house; so, in 1979 we began to look. 17th Street came on the market and we bought it; one block from Immanuel Highlands, and we’ve been here ever since. Pure chance; maybe.

     Between then and now we’ve become just parishioners. Both our daughters were married in Immanuel Highlands, in their mother’s dress (more or less), and walked the same aisle Edwina and I did fifty-two years ago.

     Now, with more time available, I have become more active at Immanuel recently, first as Lector, then as Receiving Treasurer, and now, on the Vestry, if you’ll have me..

Alex Lehr-Maunder

Immanuel Highlands has been my church since I was eight years old. This is where I was confirmed and married. There have been so many opportunities for spiritual growth here and so many witnesses to Christ. I’ve enjoyed being a greeter and lector. Friendship House has been of interest to me since its founding. As a vestry member, I am interested in representing all of the congregation and helping us grow in our faith and following of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Elaine Simpson

I believe God is calling me to better serve Immanuel whether it is on the Vestry or serving on one of our many ministries. God will be the one to determine my path. As a member of this congregation for over ten years, I feel blessed to call Immanuel my spiritual home. My years with all of you have strengthened my faith and even at my stage in life I have matured and learned that having a positive attitude brings great rewards. You have all played a part in my growth. I continue to serve on the altar guild and as a "cupcake baker" for Emmanuel Dinning Room. I was honored to be on the search committee that called Father Kim to Immanuel. As a former Vestry member, I have a better understanding of the role of the Vestry and how I would work with my fellow members so we can prosper and grow. I'm optimistic about our future. It brings me joy to see new families join our congregation and I look forward to welcoming many others who seek a place to worship.

Sue Welles

I have been a member of Immanuel since 1986 and have loved this community from the start. Over the years I have felt loved and cherished and have endeavored to give back to God and Immanuel through choir, vestry, Sunday school, Eucharistic minister, outreach ministry, fellowship hour, and Katrina mission trips, among others. Like my late husband, Rod, I believe there are three important relationships in life: one's relationship to God, one's relationship to other persons, and one's relationship to God's creation. I seek to serve Christ, the human face of God, in all persons and the creation. I welcome the opportunity to serve Immanuel as a vestry person at this time.


February 9, 2016

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.


February 10, 2016

Holy Eucharist

with imposition of ashes

12:15 p.m.


7:30 p.m.



Embracing Spiritual Awakening 

A Five Session Lenten Study


February 16 -

March 15, 2016

Potluck Suppers                    Study Sessions

  6:00 - 6:30 p.m.                     6:30 - 7:30 p.m.


Please bring in your palms from last Palm Sunday by February 7th for use in preparing our ashes for Ash Wednesday.


     Due to a last-minute cancellation, the weekend of March 11-13, 2016 is open to families and individuals seeking a mini getaway in Rehoboth Beach. Whether you are a frequent guest or a first-timer, this is an excellent opportunity to enjoy a quiet weekend in front of the fireplace, walking the beach, shopping or enjoying a meal at one of the many fine restaurants in Rehoboth. Please visit our website to get a glimpse of this beautiful facility, Memorial House!

     The diocesan rate is $160.00 per person and includes two nights lodging and three meals (reduced rates available for children under 13). We provide your bed linens, pillows, blankets and bath towels. A large guest kitchen allows you to store between meal snacks and beverages. Coffee, tea and ice cream are available 24/7! For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Kathy Moore at 302.256.0374 or


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




Link to Lectionary Page


Exodus 34:29-35

Psalm 99

2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2

Luke 9:28-43a



The Anglican Church of Canada: Frederick Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada

St. Anne’s Church, Middletown:

Russ Bohner, Rector

Our Vestry:

for Connie and Gretchen, our wardens, and for Alison, our secretary

Those in need of our prayers for strength, guidance or healing: Tomr, Maria, Christopher, Jeremy, Joan, Janie, Marian, Richard, George, Cathy, Marie, Leslee, Victoriano, Tom, Beverley, Eve, Cathy, Molly, Keith, Don, Austin, Kim, George, Barb, Rebecca, Aileen, Judy, Aixa, Fam, Salvador, Hugh, Suzanne, Chase, Anne Marie, Anne, Lillian, Erika, Mac, Elaine, Norman, Susan, Warren, Katherine, Kay, Alice, Virginia, George, Dee

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

Those who have died, and for the comfort of their families: Lois, Julian, John Patrick


Immanuel Church, Highlands

2400 West 17th Street

Wilmington, DE 19806

Tel: 302.658.7326

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