Use of the Means of Grace

This Sunday, like the fourth Sunday of every month during the school year, was Family Sunday. The kids learned last week in brother-and-sister-praySunday school about prayer, so this week they led our prayer in worship, along with a few other leadership roles. We’ve got a great bunch of children and families here growing in faith together. Fantastic, then, that the week’s quote from our national church’s document on worship calls us to celebrate our ministries of education and worship: “Proclamation of the Word includes the public reading of Scripture, preaching, teaching, the celebration of the sacraments, confession and absolution, music, arts, prayers, Christian witness, and service. the congregation’s entire educational ministry participates in the proclamation of the Word.”

Kids are great at real honest “God-talk,” otherwise called “theology.” You’re never too old, too young, or too ‘adult’ to ask questions – or to be part of telling the stories of our faith!

Pastor Angela

Why worship?

The Presiding Bishop of the ELCA has invited conversation on a document worked on and written by members of the ELCA (including our own James Slater) on the why and how of our 20020403 Worshippers On the Mountain of Godworship. For the remainder of the church year (end of Pentecost comes in November), there will be quotes from that document on the back page of our bulletin for our consideration and conversation. The document as a whole can be downloaded from the website:

The quote from this week’s bulletin pretty much sums it up: “In a world of yearning, brokenness, and sin, the Church’s clarity about the Gospel of Jesus Christ is vital. God has promised to come to all through the means of grace: the Word and the sacraments of Christ’s institution. While the Church defines for itself the customary practices that reflect care and fidelity, it is these means of grace that define the Church.”

Theology on Tap – every 3rd Tuesday [except October]

Please join us for Theology on Tap every 3rd Tue of the month starting in September and ending in December EXCEPT in October when we will meet on the 4th Tuesday (28th) from 7pm to 8:30pm. We will be meeting at the Peint O’ Gwrw in Chatham and having a theological study over a pint/food and reading The Augustine Catechism: The Enchiridion of Faith, Hope and Charity by Augustine of Hippo. If you are interested in joining please respond by Sept 16th to
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God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday Sept. 7

On Sunday September 7,2014 members of Christ our Emmanuel Lutheran Church will join nearly 10,000 congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in “God’s work Our hands” Sunday. On this Sunday, & furthermore throughout ELCA-GodsWork_OurHands_2the year, congregations complete various service activities to serve their communities in ways that share the love of God with all of God’s people; for the good of God’s people. Members of Christ our Emmanuel will be throughout the village of Chatham as well as in front of the church on Park Row & the town Hall in Ghent, collecting nonperishable food for the Chatham & Ghent food pantries. We will also be collecting school supplies for needy school children to be distributed by the food pantry as well.

The congregation of Christ our Emmanuel Lutheran Church has carried out other mission work to address hunger in our communities in the past as well. There have been donations of money to the pantries after concerts & other special events that the parish held. In addition the last Sunday of every month is “family Sunday” at the church where members are encouraged to bring in food items or donate money for the food pantry. Also a member took it upon herself to collect money for several weeks in a mason jar to be sent to ELCA World Hunger to help people in other parts of the world! To learn more about ELCA World Hunger visit

Members will begin collecting items after church service concludes @ approx. 11am on September 7th. The community is asked to help by donating non-perishable food &/or school supplies. Just look for the people with the bright yellow T-shirts in the community on that day & thank you!!

Patricia B.
Christ our Emmanuel Lutheran Church Secretary

Member booklet

New member welcome booklet in the making!

On August 31st, our beloved and fantastic organist will be officially
making her membership official and we will officially welcome her into
official membership at Christ Our Emmanuel. In good Lutheran fashion, this
brings up two questions:

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How is this done?

What this means is…. well…. what does it mean to you? Our parish
welcomed three new adult members on Confirmation Sunday when Sami,
Charlotte, and Garrett affirmed their Baptism before the gathered assembly.
Now that Cate is also joining officially (have I mentioned it’s kind of
going to be official?) it seems a sort of handbook is in order. A welcome
pamphlet, a new member guide. Granted, Cate has been with us for years, but
what does it mean, officially, that she’s becoming official? What does this
mean for you? What might it mean for her?

How is this done? Email or write down
and put into the offering plate on the next two Sundays, what does it mean
to you to be a member of Christ Our Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Chatham,
NY. I’ll compile these into a printed format which we can gift Cate with on
the 31st, which we can also use to encourage current members and to remind
ourselves what we expect and look forward to in this community.

We can always update this welcome booklet, especially after our meeting
with the Synod at the parish on September 8th (6-8pm) about the results of
our vitality survey – all are welcome and encouraged to come and listen and
share and celebrate the life Christ has given us and called us to!

Pastor Angela

Church Tag Sale kicks off a busy July

Come one, come all, to the summer extravaganza!

Also known as Tag Sale! This weekend is the big fellowship and fundraiser for the parish. yardSaleWe’ll meet Wednesday 6pm at the parish to move everything from the garages to the Stalkers’ place. Then through Saturday we’ll set it up and sell it all ’till it’s gone (ask Patty or Linda or Linda for more details on helping out).

The sale runs Friday and Saturday; Thursday we will be setting up.
Many hands make light work for clean-up Saturday, or Sunday after worship if we don’t have the hands Saturday. While the proceeds from the sale tend to fund some of our major projects around the parish, the sale itself is also a great ministry opportunity, to reach out in fellowship and welcome to the greater Chatham community.

But wait, there’s more!

The following Sunday, July 20th, worship will be with our Reformed neighbors at Crellin Park. Bring a canned item for the food pantry, a lawn chair, and a dish to share. We’ll have worship at 10 am, followed with food and fellowship time together. Bring your kids, your friends, your neighbors, and have them each bring a canned good or other non-perishable item (whichever parish brings the most food to donate gets to soak the other parish minister). Bring your singing voice, your prayers, your sense of fun, and let’s have a party!

And just when you thought we’d had all the fun, there’s more!

The season of Pentecost continues as our kids go to camp, play ball, catch fireflies. It’s a perfect time for campfire stories, so we’ll have a bit of training after worship on the 27th for those who like to tell stories, who might share that gift with the parish by reading on a Sunday morning. Bring your calendars and sign up to read on a day of celebration – your birthday, anniversary, or other special day – so we can honor you as you share the word of the Lord with us in worship.

Pentecost blessings!
Pastor Nelson


Seeking & serving with hope, love and faith in Chatham, New York