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Highlands Voice                       Volume 12, Number 44


November 22, 2015
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Immanuel Church, Highlands


A long-standing fall tradition in most churches is to ask parishioners to consider their financial giving to God, and God’s work in the world, in and through their church. This year, Commitment Sunday at Immanuel Church is November 22nd and on that day we hope that you will return your completed commitment card (placing it in the offering plate). It is very important that every member of our community of faith prayerfully consider their overall financial commitments such that God is clearly their number one priority.

God’s Peace,



Thanks to all of you who contributed items for the Ditty Boxes. This week I delivered a car full of items to the Seamen’s Center and they were most thankful. There were enough items to fill about twenty-five Ditty Boxes. Hoping all of you have a blessed Thanksgiving. Deacon Sheila.


Saturday, December 5th

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

@ the Acme in Trolley Square!

Join other Immanuelites in helping the needy in Wilmington by ringing the bell for the Salvation Army of Wilmington's Red Kettle Fundraiser at the Acme next to Trolley Square. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board for four 1-hour time slots. Questions or need a buddy to stand with? Contact Sue Welles at 302.429.6676 or swelles1@verizon.netReplace.


During the month of December, we are collecting food donations for St. Stephen's Food Pantry, our local pantry on Broom Street in Wilmington. We are asking for a bag of groceries - dry and canned goods - for the poor and needy in our community. Please leave your gift of food under the table in the foyer. Thank you! Outreach Ministry


     Our Christian faith calls us to do everything possible to repair our broken and hurting world. Episcopal Relief & Development responds to that mandate – helping those affected by disaster, chronic hunger, and pervasive poverty.

     For 75 years, Episcopal Relief & Development has been creating lasting change in many of the world’s poorest areas. Episcopal Relief & Development haS worked with millions of families to alleviate hunger … provide safe, clean water … improve farm and garden output … prevent disease … build a reliable source of income … and so much more.

    Today, with support from generous churches and individuals, Episcopal Relief & Development continues to respond to disasters and work to find lasting solutions for the countless families who still live with hunger, poverty, and lack of health care.

     As Episcopal Relief & Development approaches the end of their 75th Anniversary year, all are invited to join in this mission by supporting Gifts for Life this Advent season. Take a look at their catalog found on the credenza in the foyer or visit to see this year’s options. This year we can choose from a wide array of engaging Gifts for Life: a gift of a goat that will provide a stable source of food and earnings; a gift of seeds for reforestation; a gift of care for a mother and her newborn. There are so many more options – chickens, pigs, mosquito nets, medicines, disaster relief kits, youth vocational training, or a family garden. 

     Please join Episcopal Relief & Development this year in Gifts for Life, as we take to heart our faith’s call to help those who have so much less than we do. Together we can make a huge difference.


If you are interested in singing with the choir or ringing handbells for upcoming Advent or Christmas services, please speak with Steven Patchel. We are looking for singers and ringers for the following services: Sundays in Advent, Advent Lessons and Carols - Sunday Dec 4 @ 4:00 p.m., and Christmas Eve @ 6:30/7:00 p.m. Let's make a joyful noise this season!


Sunday, December 6 @ 4:00 p.m.

Lessons & Carols for Advent

Sunday, December 13 @ 7:30 p.m.

Osher Madrigal Singers


Sunday, December 20 @ 6:00 p.m.

Cathedral Choir School: Lessons & Carols for Christmas

There are music flyers in the foyer to take home.

Remember to mark your calendar!


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


Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14

Psalm 93

Revelation 1:4b-8

John 18:33-37




(Victoria, Australia)

John Parkes, Bishop

Postulants / Candidates for Holy Orders and Members of the Commission on Ministry

Our wardens Connie Shultz and Gretchen Broadwater, our vestry, ministry members, choir, Sunday School students and teachers

Those in need of our prayers for strength, guidance or healing:

Tom, Maria, Christopher, Jeremy, Joan, Janie, Lois, Gerry, Marian, Mike, Richard, George, Marie, Leslee,  Tom, Victoriano, Beverley, Eve, Cathy, Molly, Keith, Don, Austin, Kim, Barb, Rebecca, George, Aileen, 

Judy, Alxa, Fam, Salvador, Hugh, Suzanne, Chase, Anne Marie, Anne, Lillian, Erika, Jordan, Mac, Elaine, Norman

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

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


Immanuel Church, Highlands

2400 West 17th Street

Wilmington, DE 19806

Tel: 302.658.7326

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