a welcoming, affirming, justice-seeking congregation

The Flowers Today are in loving memory of Cecil Smyth from Joyce, Jean and family, Glen, Cindy and family, Bruce and family.

This Morning in Worshipwe will be using ancient texts that were part of the extremely important 1945 discovery made in Nag Hammadi, Egypt, of mostly Christian documents bound in leather and buried in a large earthenware jar. In particular, we will be hearing from The Prayer of the Apostle Paul and an ancient Prayer of Thanksgiving, both originally written in the Coptic language and dated somewhere between 75 and 250 CE. We also will hear excerpts from The Gospel of Thomas. The Nag Hammadi version of this Gospel is in Coptic and dates back to the first or second century, but less complete Greek versions exist, and the Gospel of Thomas itself actually may pre-date the biblical Gospels. The main reason for the importance of the Nag Hammadi discovery is that it opened our eyes to the vast diversity in the early church—a diversity that far exceeds that made evident in the New Testament as we have known it. All of the prayers and readings presented this morning will be excerpted and/or adapted from the translations found in Hal Taussig’s new book, The New New Testament: A Bible for the 21st Century Combining Traditional and Newly Discovered Texts (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013).Anybody up for studying this book in the fall?

Worship to Raise the Evening Star:This summer, we’ll be doing something quite different with our worship services at Immanuel. Rather than cancelling Sunday worship during July and holding our usual 11:00 Sunday services in August, we’ll be holding Tuesday Night Vespers, either in the sanctuary or up in the air-conditioned meeting room, at 7:30 each Tuesday throughout both July and August. The word “Vesper” means “evening prayer,” and is traceable back to an old English word for “evening star” (Venus). The summer Vespers will allow us still to gather on a weekly basis for a simple worship service and an opportunity to connect with one another, and will free up our weekends for travel or to attend a neighbouring church. If you would like to participate in the planning and/or leadership of these services, please place your name on the sign-up sheet in the Amen Corner.

The Immanuel Outreach Committee has designated the third Sunday of every month as “Stella Sunday”, and receive donations of food for Stella’s Sunday afternoon programming. Donations of high protein canned meats and beans, cheez whiz, jams, peanut butter, crackers, juice boxes, baby food, baby supplies and also cookies and buns would be greatly appreciated. The Outreach Committee will make sure these items get to Northend Stella. The next “Stella Sunday” is June 16th. Please help out if you can.

90th Birthday Celebration will be held for Hal Whittaker on June 15th from 1-3pm in the Lower Level Party Room at 60 Whellams Lane. All are invited.

Tuesday Morning Study Group will continue on a drop-in basis over the summer months beginning in July and continuing to the end of August at 10:00 am. Everyone welcome!

“Habitat for Humanity” On July 10th Movie Groups 1 & 2 are looking after the afternoon coffee break for 150 volunteer builders for the “Habitat for Humanity” build. We need donations of muffins, cookies or money towards the purchase of fresh fruit. If you can help please indicate on the sign up sheet in the AMEN corner. Thank you for your help.

“Sad Sort of Clean”~Flatlanders Studio 782 Main St, 3rd Floor (Vineyard Church), May 3-June30th; Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4pm. A gallery of 22 large, excellent pictures. This is where your hydropower comes from in Northern Manitoba. Sponsored by Interchurch Council Hydropower. Admission free. Volunteers willing to sit at this showing on Saturday or Sunday afternoons, now to June 30th, please contact Doug McMurtry~204-668-7804.

“Urban Retreats Garden Tour” Saint Matthew’s Maryland Community Ministry is holding the annual “Urban Retreats Garden Tour” on Saturday, June 15th, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. This year the gardens are in East Fort Garry. Tickets are $15 each, and are available from Nanette McKay.

CGIT Empowerment Camp “Celebrating Girls for WHO They Are” July 6th – 10th, 2013 at Camp Brereton which is located in Whiteshell Provincial Park. There is more information and registration forms on the bulletin board.

Scripture Reader: Sharon Doerksen


Monday, June 10th

8am to Noon Winnipeg Harvest
8:00-9:00 pm Church Jehova Nissi
Tuesday, June 11th

9:30 am Study Group
Wednesday, June 12th

8:00 pm AA Group
Thursday, June 13th

8:00 pm Bettors Anonymous
Friday, June 14th

8:00 pm Al-Anon & Alateen Group
8:00-10:30 pm Church Jehova Nissi
Saturday, June 15th

8am to Noon Church Jehova Nissi
5-10pm Church Jehova Nissi

For the month of June I will be in the office on Thursday mornings,

June 13th and 20th.

I will be back in the fall on Tuesday, September 3rd.

Have a great week! Sharon Vandenberg, Office Administrator