VBS 2017

VBS 2017 was a HUGE success!  This year children learned to “Go Forth” and were taught that serving others not only brings them closer to Christ, but can be a lot of fun too!

The week of activities ended with an epic water day and cookout!  VBS is open to all rising K-5 graders, $10 per child or $15 per family.   We also welcomed and encouraged youth in grades 6-12 to volunteer!

See you next year for VBS 2018!


Holy Week begins April 9

Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday with 8:00 and 10:15 services on April 9.  It continues with Tenebrae on Wednesday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m.  Tenebrae is a service of lessons, prayers, and musical offerings to help us focus on the battle between darkness and light.  Those who attended last year for the first time remarked how meaningful it was for them.

Maundy Thursday service will also be at 7:00 p.m. and the focus will be on three mandates: “Do this in remembrance of me,” the institution of the Eucharist at the last supper and the command to love and serve one another as evidenced in the foot washing.  We conclude this dramatic and moving service with the stripping of the altar, leaving us with on the Good Friday cross to contemplate.

Good Friday services will be at noon and 7:00 p.m. where we’ll think and meditate on Christ’s passion and his death for our sins. We will walk the Stations of the Cross beginning at 6:00 p.m.

All of this will end with glorious services at 8:00 and 10:15 on April 16, Easter Sunday!  Between the services will be Easter Breakfast at 9:00. All are welcome!

If you’re searching for a church in Orlando to celebrate Easter, we would love for you to join us.  Our address is 1603 E. Winter Park Rd, Orlando, FL 32803.

Ash Wednesday is March 1

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, 1 March. It is customary for Christians across the world to attend church services on this day and receive ashes on the forehead as a sign of penitence. Join us at Emmanuel for services that day at 12:05pm and 7:00pm.

Souper Bowl Sunday!

This Sunday is Souper Bowl Sunday! Please bring cans of soup to church on February 5. Donations may be left in the bin in the Narthex. Thank you!

2017 Annual Meeting

This year’s Annual Meeting will be held on January 29th following the 10:15 service. We will hear reports from our wardens and rector, and present the budget.  Please plan on attending.

Christmas Services at Emmanuel

Christmas2This year, Emmanuel will have 3 services on Christmas Eve:

4:00 p.m. Children’s Pageant and Holy Eucharist

8:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist with choir and handbell choir

10:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist

All are welcome to come celebrate this magical season!

There will also be a Holy Eucharist at 10:00 a.m. on Christmas Morning.

Advent 2016


ADVENT STARTS next week! We’ve got lots of events coming up for you to enjoy, and opportunities for your involvement!
Dec. 4, Advent Festival and Concert: Following the 10:15am service, please join us for Emmanuel’s Advent Festival, with crafts, a bake sale to benefit our outreach, and of course Jack Austin’s Anglican Chant Boot Camp. At 4:00pm, come back to church to hear a concert played by a world-class musician, Anne Stephenson-Moe. A wine and cheese reception will follow.
Dec. 16, Elf Night: From 6:00pm-8:00pm, we will be open to let the parents have a night out this holiday season. We’ll be showing that modern classic, Elf, and make cookies with the kiddos! It’s gonna be a great time!
Dec. 18, Lessons and Carols and Vintage Toy Shop: Our famous Advent Lessons and Carols returns! Come to a combined service and enjoy one of Anglicanism’s true gifts. After service, we will have a Vintage Toy bazaar so we can participate in Audubon Park’s Grandma Party Bazaar event!

Acts 2:42 Crew

acts242theydevoted12We are beginning an exciting, new, on-going, and weekly, CO-ED Bible study starting Tuesday, September 20th at 6:15 pm.
Our group will be called the Acts 242 Crew which, in short, means we will be sharing meals, study, and prayer.  This will not be your usual Bible study.  It will be more about exploring our Christian faith with the Bible as our guide. We will be studying the Bible, authors who try to answer the mystery of Christianity, and subjects that are relevant to the liturgical calendar. We will meet in the Parish Hall at 6:15 for dinner, with the study from 7:00-8:30.  The first study will be “Bible Basics: An Introduction to the Scriptures.” Join us!  We will break a little bread, visit, and learn something about Christianity, the Bible, and what it all means! RSVP to Pete Rogers at Peterogers@avaya.com, or call / text 321-439-8198.
Acts 2:42:  All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.

Courtyard Cookouts are happening at Emmanuel!

Summer-CookoutsThe Men of Emmanuel (MoE) are hosting our 2016 summertime Courtyard Cookouts!  Come join us May 29, June 19, and July 31 for a great time in Emmanuel’s beautiful courtyard!  Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, ice cream and lots of fun fellowship.  Contact Fr. David at dbumsted@emmanuelepiscopal.net if you’d like to lend a hand!

Concert this Sunday morning!

Natalia Grata is coming to Emmanuel this Sunday! Join us at 10:00 a.m…

Some while ago, I was introduced to Natalie Grata, who is a clarinetist associated with the Orlando Philharmonic. Having learned that she would be interested in joining us at Emmanuel for some special service or other, I decided that a solo clarinet work would make an ideal prelude for our 10:15 Pentecost Eucharist.  Natalie proved to be available, accepted our invitation, and suggested several works.  I chose one entitled Wings by Joan Tower, a Grammy-winning American composer, concert pianist and conductor, whose work has been acclaimed worldwide. She teaches at Bard College in New York State, and has a long list of commissions to her credit.  Of Wings, which she composed in 1981, she says, “The image behind the piece is one of a large bird—perhaps a falcon—at times flying very high gliding along the thermal currents, barely moving. At other moments, the bird goes into elaborate flight patterns that loop around, diving downwards, gaining tremendous speeds.”

So, we have a wind instrument evoking the flight of a bird through decidedly non-traditional musical language. Given the New Testament description of the Pentecost experience: “And suddenly there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages… ,” Wings seems to have the potential to enable us to share in that experience using music as our pathway to understanding.  It must have been quite alarming.  Those of us who want the bird to be a murmuring dove would do well to remember T.S. Eliot’s ungentle Pentecost evocation:

The dove descending breaks the air

With flame of incandescent terror

Of which the tongues declare

The one discharge from sin and error.

Wings is almost 10 minutes long, so please plan to be present and in your place by 10:05 on May 15, so as not to miss this extraordinary moment of worship through music.  It is made possible not only by Natalie’s graciousness, but also by gifts made to The Music Guild.

Pentecost I or Trinity Sunday

On May 22, Trinity Sunday, the Bell Choir will close its season by ringing Four Pieces by John Dare. Additionally, David Fuller, redoubtable Junior Warden and composer/guitarist extraordinaire, will be offering his new work So beautiful it hurts… as a Communion Voluntary.  David continues to astonish with his natural talent, and you will want to be present.

Music Guild

Gifts to the Music Guild can be made at any time, for any reason, not just in Advent when the appeal proceeds.  Envelopes are always available in the Narthex and at the Garden Entrance.  Many thanks for your consideration.

Jack V. Austin, Organist and Choir Director