David W. Landow was ordained on Saturday, October 11, at 6:00 p.m. at Emmanuel OPC.  Rev. Landow was installed as Associate Pastor of Emmanuel OPC.



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Coffee Break, a weekly Bible study for women, starts on Wednesday, September 17 at 9:30 a.m.  Free child care is provided.




Fellowship Meal

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Good food and fellowship followed by hearing about a changed life!




Annual Church Picnic

September 13

Our Annual Church Picnic will take place on Saturday, September 13 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Talley Day Park. This is a great time of food, fellowship, and fun. The kids will love the huge playground.  Bring a side to share and whatever you’d like to grill.


Root Beer Float Social

202We had a fun time together after the evening service on  August 10th enjoying ice cream and root beer together.


Fanning the Flame Update

Although it only seems like yesterday, the Fanning the Flame process began in earnest in May. When our coach, Joe Weatherly, was here for the April conference, he likened the FTF process to building a building. At the beginning, bulldozers simply appear to be pushing dirt around. But, all the dirt-shifting is crucial for laying the proper, sturdy foundation for the building to be raised. Over the past three months, the FTF team has been engaged in preparing the soil for a strong foundation. Here are some highlights of the team’s labors.


In May, the FTF team composition was finalized. The team’s first meeting with the coach took place via teleconference. In that meeting, Joe explained the visioning process. Each team member was asked to review one of the ten Embers to a Flame principles (for an overview of the principles, see www.eopc.org/embers-flame-eopc/) each day and prayerfully to write down on 3×5 cards any ideas that came to mind that would be useful in implementing the principle. This process lasted about a month.


In June, the FTF team had its first face-to-face meeting with Joe. The vision cards were placed into categories that provided the raw material for the vision narrative. The vision narrative is part of Emmanuel’s story looking back from the future at what God “did” in the life of Emmanuel. Newt Bugbee served as the narrative writer. Also in June, close to thirty members of Emmanuel filled out the Spiritual Health Survey. This tool helps to evaluate where we are, how we’re doing, and what we need to work on for greater church health. The results of the survey will be made available, Lord willing, sometime in August once the Session has an opportunity to review them.


During the month of July, the vision narrative was edited in preparation for the upcoming planning “retreat”—we’ll be meeting at Emmanuel—on August 1 and 2. Also in preparation for the retreat, the team members individually have been working through a series of assignments that review important biblical passages useful for thinking about spiritual health and ministry planning. The pre-retreat work package includes reviewing the vision narrative to make sure we’re on the same page, evaluating strengths and weaknesses of Emmanuel, thinking through what areas to focus on first in the vision, etc.


We’ve also appointed, as previously announced, Harold Grubbs as the FTF Prayer Coordinator. He gathers prayer requests and forwards them to the team at Briarwood PCA that has committed to praying for us. You’ll also see those prayer items in the EOPC newsletter. On Monday mornings, Harold and others meet together to pray for our congregation that the Lord will strengthen us and guide us. Don’t forget, you’re welcome to join in! Pete Veenema has volunteered to serve as the Spiritual Gifts Coordinator. Once his own training is complete, Pete will train a couple of others in the congregation in administering the surveys and evaluations designed to help each of us discern our spiritual gifts so we can put them into service in the life and ministry of our church. Stay tuned for more details!


Please continue to pray that the Lord will work at Emmanuel through the Fanning the Flame efforts to increase our spiritual vitality, our love for Father, Son, and Spirit, and our submission to Christ in all things.


Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.


–Philippians 4:4



OPC Singles’ Retreat

The OPC is hosting its annual Singles’ Retreat at the Machen Retreat and Conference Center October 3-5.  Pastor Arie van Eyk from Greensboro, North Carolina, will speak on “Dwelling in God’s Presence”.  For more details or to register go to the Machen website at:    http://machen.org/events/singles-retreat-2014/

2014 VBS Faith Expedition

Click here to register online today.  VBS is coming soon!

The Faith Expedition at Emmanuel starts August 11-15!  Children ages 3 through 10 years are welcome to attend our free Vacation Bible School program.  Each day starts at 9:30 a.m. and is filled with excitement as we explore the Bible. The children can make crafts, sing songs, memorize Bible verses, and enjoy recreation.  Parents can pick up explorers at 12:30 p.m. each afternoon.  Then friends, family, and grandparents are invited to attend our Closing Program on Friday night, August 15 at 6:00 p.m.  We hope to see you there!

You may call the church office at (302) 478-7776 (Tues. – Fri. ) to register by phone or to ask any questions.  Please register before August 8.


EOPC Gives Thanks for Service

We are thankful for Charlie Smith who has served faithfully for twenty years as a deacon at Emmanuel.


Associate Pastor

We are pleased to announce that Emmanuel OPC has extended a call to Mr. David Landow to serve as Associate Pastor.   He and his wife, Kathryn, work with our youth group and young adult ministries.   Mr. Landow has preached at Emmanuel and for our nursing home ministry also.  We are looking forward to having Mr. David Landow become our Associate Pastor.