What we are doing
As we continue to live, struggle, and love our neighbour as followers of Christ in the midst of this global pandemic, Emmanuel continues to strive to extend God’s welcome in a local and embodied way. Please take a moment to read the below, and consider how you may be able to help. We continue to appreciate that anything we do is only possible through your prayers, your time, and your financial contributions.
Join us online for worship this Sunday!
How? A few options:
1. Facebook: Go to our Facebook page on Sunday morning.
2. Email: If you are on our email list, you will receive an email on Sunday morning with a link to the Facebook feed (you don’t need Facebook account to view)
3. Shalem feed: If you live at Shalem, you can watch on your TV through the Shalem feed.
4. Website: links to the online worship will be on our website, but later in the
Over the past couple of weeks, pastoral elders have working hard to stay connected to our congregation with an initial email going out to each pastorate which is now being followed up with regular phone calls. The hope is that we’re able to connect with each person and family in our congregation over this time. Any immediate needs that arise from these interactions are being communicated to the pastors. As well, we are setting up regular online meetings with our pastoral elders to stay on top of these needs and to encourage one another in this challenging time.
If you would like one of the pastors, or an elder of the church, to reach out to you please do not hesitate to let us know by emailing Pastor Cari at firstname.lastname@example.org
Deacons are connecting with their clients, as well as aiding in the process of what giving looks like during this time and working on ways to ensure we have the necessary resources in place to support immediate and future needs.
If you are struggling with financial needs - paying bills or putting food on the table, with no savings to fall back on - the Deacons want to know, and want to help. If this is you, contact email@example.com, to be forwarded to the Deacons.
Although it will look a bit different, incorporating physical distancing, we are going to go ahead with our Food Pantry on April 8th - to provide for the great need among our neighbourhood. Food hampers will be assembled inside by volunteers, spreading out across the foyer; and distributed to Food Pantry clients outside. Staff will be present to ensure safety precautions are taken. Please see below, as to how you can help.
This ministry will continue to support the Drop-In Centre in downtown Calgary, by providing specific food items that they have requested. Please see below as to how you can help.
Hebrews 10:24-25 reads, "and let us consider how to spur one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another."
Many of our small groups are doing a great job connecting with each other via email - sharing concerns and identifying needs. Some small groups are continuing to meet via online platforms - like zoom or google hangout - and even increased the frequency of their meetings.
During this time in which we are not able to meet as a body on Sunday mornings, you may especially feel the need to connect to others from Emmanuel online, in a consistent manner to encourage each other, and spur one another on in good worksl If this is you, please email Pastor Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT CAN I DO?
We realize and appreciate that you may be doing so much already, and are likely overwhelmed. We also realize and appreciate that some of you are wondering ‘how can I help?’ Below are some options.
During this time in which households are negotiating different routines, we encourage you – if you haven’t already - to make prayer a priority. We are sending out a daily devotional - if you are not receiving these, but would like to, please let us know by emailing email@example.com If you use a different devotional, or have your own rhythm of prayer that is working well for you, simply disregard this email. In any case, however, we do encourage you to make prayer a priority.
Drop off food for the Food Pantry: We are need of food donations such as small bags of rice, pasta sauce, tea, small bags of frozen veggies or perogies. These items can be dropped off outside of the glass doors in the designated box by April 7th.
Volunteer for the Food Pantry: on April 8th: we are looking for volunteers to put together food hampers, so that we can safely distribute. If you are younger than 60 years old, healthy, and have not been out of the country in the past two weeks, please consider helping. Let us know us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and put in the subject line “food pantry”.
Drop off food for the Sandwich Ministry: Currently we are looking for donations of canned tomatoes (including sauce, soup and paste) and small bags of sugar. These items can be dropped off outside the glass doors in the designated box by April 6th.
Love your Neighbour: Leave a note on the door with your phone number asking if there is anything you can pick up or drop off for them (particularly if they are senior and/or immunocompromised). Leave some food or flowers on the doorstep of a friend or neighbour or make a card for someone in the church and send it to their home address.
Give online: as mentioned above, so much of what we are striving to do is only possible because of your generous giving. Please consider giving by going to our website, using the GIVE extension on the Bridge app, or inquiring about automatic deposits. Thank you.