2018 Machen Singles’ Retreat

Machen Retreat & Conference Center

McDowell, VA

September 28- 30, 2018


Speaker Information:

The 2018 Machen Singles Retreat will include several speaking sessions by Jonathan Hutchison on the topic “The Gospel According to Nakedness”.  Jonathan Hutchison is the pastor of Reformation Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Morgantown, West Virginia. He is married with four children.


Retreat Information:

  • The registration fee of $75 includes lodging in a bunkhouse, all meals, and use of the main lodge facilities.
  • Tent sites are also available if you would like to bring your own tent and sleep in it.
  • Enjoy hiking/recreational activities of your choice.
  • Deadline for registration is Friday, September 14.
  • Details and registration can be found at https://machen.org/conferences/fall-singles-retreat/
  • For any questions, please contact the singles retreat organizer, Tom Sills, at sills.tom@gmail.com.

The Blood Bank Needs You

Please join Blood Bank of Delmarva on Friday July 27th for the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd’s Emergency Summer Blood Drive! People are more active in the summer months, which unfortunately leads to more accidents. Thus, the need for blood increases.

Please visit https://donate.bbd.org/ to schedule your appointment. Their sponsor code is LCGS. You can also call 1-888-8-BLOOD-8 to schedule your appointment.

Block Parties

This summer Emmanuel plans to host three block parties.  There will be food, games, and kids’ activities.  All the action takes place from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.


  • June 20 – Rotisserie Chicken
  • July 18 – Taco Bar
  • August 15 – Hamburgers and Hot Dogs

*Some gluten-free options will be available.

If you are interested in helping, feel free to provide a dessert or snack by signing up here.  Thank you.

Emmanuel’s Summer Intern

Tyler and Natalie are both from southwest Ohio, the land of cornfields and Buckeye pride. They both attended Cedarville University, and they first met during their freshmen year at Redeemer OPC in Dayton, OH. They were married on April 2nd, 2016. That same year, the Detricks moved to Glenside, PA to pursue Tyler’s theological education at Westminster Seminary where he is now in his second year. From an early age growing up in a Lutheran church, Tyler developed a love for teaching God’s Word, and that sense of calling has grown into a desire to preach Christ in the context of a local church. The Detricks enjoy music (Natalie sings and Tyler plays violin and bagpipes), birdwatching, and literature, among many other interests. They are excited to meet all of you this summer during Tyler’s internship opportunity at Emmanuel! Tyler will start at Emmanuel on May 29.

Vacation Bible School Registration

Register here for Vacation Bible School at Emmanuel.  We’ll have Bible lessons and Bible memory, daily crafts, snacks, recreation, and music all centered on the theme “The King Is Coming.”  Each day will be packed with fun and learning.  Your children ages 4 through 6th grade may attend.  There is no cost.  The program starts at 9:30 a.m. Monday, August 13 and ends Friday, August 17 at 12:30 p.m.   If you have questions, please call the church at 302.478.7776.  We hope to see you at VBS 2018!


A Musical Evening of Vocal and Piano Selections

April 14 at 7:00 PM

Featuring Artists:

  • Gretchen Lort, soprano
  • Jonathan Duan, pianist

Come to Emmanuel OPC for this free concert.


Sunday Breakfast Mission Men’s Chorus Visits Coffee Break

About a dozen men from the Sunday Breakfast Mission Men’s Choir came and sang at the Women’s Coffee Break brunch on January 10. It was a wonderful Christmas program.  Choir director, Virginia Vaalburg also told about the important work of the mission.  You can learn more about Sunday Breakfast Mission at https://www.sundaybreakfastmission.org/.


OPC Thank Offering

There’s a lot going on in the OPC!  The Thank Offering supports the work of Home Missions, Foreign Missions and Christian Education.

Learn about it here: http://opcshort-termmissionsanddisasterresponse.cmail20.com/t/ViewEmail/t/7831D87C38BB1408/6FA6441BA3A753A1D9767B6002735221


Good Neighbor Project

Emmanuel participated in the Good Neighbor Ministry at the end of October by sending a team to help install a new roof on a home in Newark.

First State Symphonic Band Winter Concert

You are invited to join us for a festive winter concert by the First State Symphonic Band.  The concert takes place at Emmanuel, December 1, starting at 7:30 p.m.  This event is free.

Band picture