Emmanuel brings timely topics to our attention at our First Sunday Live speaker series. Bringing a wide variety of issues that face us today, these events will expand our thought, and help us learn to open our hearts, minds and doors to the things that matter to God most. We offer special programs for children and childcare so you can enjoy the series.

We’re still having our regular Sunday services in the sanctuary at 9:00 and 10:45 AM. If you want to worship and afterwards attend the First Sunday Live program, come to the 10:45 service.

Childcare is Available – Children younger than 3, can go to our childcare room, room 6, where they will be supervised by trained staff.


Sunday, December 1st, 2019
12:00pm – 1:15pm
Navigating the Holidays with Families

“Navigating the Holidays with Families”
Presented by Rev. Leo Yates, Jr., LCPC

As much joy as the holidays bring, they can no doubt bring stress to many families. In this conversation, Rev. Yates will present some of the common stressors that families typically face, as well as share strategies to keep the “merry” in Merry Christmas. Adlerian family roles (birth order) and other family system theories will be touched on to better examine and understand the source of some of the stress. Come, sit back, and enjoy some hot chocolate and Christmas cookies and learn to better de-stress your holidays. 

Rev. Leo Yates is a deacon in full connection serving at his primary appointment at MSDE Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), where he serves as a behavioral health specialist. Bishop Easterling has appointed Leo to Emmanuel UMC as his secondary appointment. For DORS, he works primarily in Baltimore where he provides assessments and counseling to both Deaf and hearing adults. He has a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor license and is a board approved clinical supervisor. His secondary appointment is at Emmanuel UMC as Disability Ministries Coordinator. He is also an adjunct professor at Wesley Theological Seminary, teaching pastoral care and counseling classes.

Leo’s passions are Deaf ministry, disability ministries, and addiction recovery ministries. On the conference level, he is a member of the SEEDs committee (related to domestic violence). He is on the steering committee, as the secretary of BWARM. He also serves as the consultant to Global Ministries by serving on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Ministries Committee.  Governor Hogan has appointed Leo to serve on the board of trustees for the Maryland School for the Deaf. In addition, Leo is an avid cruiser!