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The Time Has Come to Act
A vibrant energy animates Emmanuel United Methodist Church, as it has throughout our 112 year history. It is the desire to make God’s inclusive love tangible. In the past, Emmanuel UMC’s visionary leaders have seized moments for making courageous, careful and forward-thinking choices. Today we stand at the threshold of the next bold opportunity to serve the thousands of current and future members of our great community.
Let’s Face the Facts…
• We have outgrown our current facilities.
• Our programs and services are reaching and involving more people day by day.
• Our space crisis seriously limits our ability to serve fully the needs of our membership and restricts our ability to reach out to the local and global communities.
• The time for action is now.
To Reach Out More Courageously
Emmanuel UMC is known as a place that practices generosity. Continuing our tradition of generosity we will tithe 10% of the financial gifts made to our capital campaign to our Outreach ministries. The tithe funds will be put into our Outreach Fund. The Outreach Committee at Emmanuel has the task of distributing these Outreach Funds. The funds will be used for outreach ministries at Emmanuel, in our local and global community. Some recipients of Outreach Ministry Funds will include:
• The Laurel Advocacy and Referral Service (LARS) – Emmanuel is partnering with LARS to provide transitional housing in the basement of our Vernon Brown Ministry Center for families who are moving from being homeless to self-sufficiency. Emmanuel will renovate our Ministry Center basement and provide the housing space and LARS will provide the social services that the families need to be successful in their transition.
• Winterhaven – an interfaith ministry that houses homeless guests in the cold months of the year in area church, synagogues and mosques
• Local Prison Ministry Organizations
• Volunteer in Mission Trips for Adults and Teenagers
• The Youth Scholarship Program of the Women and Community Association, an ecumenical organization run by Emmanuel UMC Missionaries Nan and Miguel in San Francisco Libre, Nicaragua –The Youth Scholarship Program allows low-income youth, especially those of single mothers and those from remote villages, to complete their high school and post-high school study.
The dates 1893, 1952 and 1992 are etched in Emmanuel history. Now, the year 2016 will join in.
Below are some other resources and information detailing the Building on Emmanuel Project (pdf).
- Building floor plans – Upper and Lower Levels
- Property Site Development Plans
- Capital Campaign Brochure
- Why We Need the Expansion
“One of Emmanuel’s greatest treasures has always been the ability to look forward and step out in faith – generation after generation of believers with the vision to look to the future. Over the years, building on the little country sanctuary, to Fellowship Hall, to an expanded sanctuary and new classrooms, now is our time to look ahead and see what God’s next step is for Emmanuel.” -Marty MacFarland