Outreach, the fruits of an active congregation, includes those activities or programs that reach beyond the immediate parish.
We assist those in need (from whom there is no expectation of return or reward). This is the area of putting faith into action to do “…to the least of these…” in God’s family. For information or to volunteer, contact the Church at (757) 824-5043.
Building A Handicapped Ramp
During September, we undertake the building of a handicapped ramp for a deserving person. All are invited to participate in this outreach project, and if you are interested in helping, please contact the Church. As noted elsewhere in this section, Emmanuel has been recognized for our parthership with the Eastern Shore Center for Independent Living through our construction of numerous ramps. We’ve gotten the reputation for “Ramps ‘R Us!” Get out those tools and join us for a great start to the fall season by helping build a ramp.
Each year we we provide Christmas gifts for a needy local family. The names, ages, sizes and hoped-for gifts of the family members are hung on our special Angel Tree. This year we are helping a Mother and Grandmother raising two children, ages 5 and 6, who were recently burned out of their home, and are staying in Melfa.
Pennies From Heaven
Pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters (and folding money is accepted!) all add up when worshipers empty their pockets and purses of loose change. In a friendly competition, two jars, one marked “Men” and the other “Women” are used to collect pocket change. Each year at their December meeting, the vestry allocates the offering to various agencies of care on the Eastern Shore. Last year $1,200 was allocated to several needy Eastern Shore agencies and individuals. With two Sundays left for 2017 donations, we have raised almost $1,500.
The United Thank Offering is a personal and family devotional program of the Episcopal Church. Founded in 1889, the UTO is a way for each person to express tangible thanks to God. United with the prayers and offerings of Episcopalians, it ministry reaches around the world. There are two ingatherings each year, in the fall and spring. The Sunday closest to All Saints’ Day on November 1 and the Sunday after Ascension Day are designated as the times to bring forward the offerings made by individuals for daily blessings and thanksgivings.
Emmanuel participates in a variety of community projects. In addition to the “Pennies from Heaven” allocations, we participate in the Department of Social Services “Adopt-a-Family” program each Christmas; we gather non-perishable food each Sunday for the Eastern Shore Food Bank; participate in the Food Bank’s “Souper Bowl” program; provide facilities to a local chapter of AA; partner with the Eastern Shore Center for Independent Living to build handicap ramps during the Summer Outreach Project; plus many other areas of community support.