Happenings February 21, 2020

What is wrong with the painting?


The painting above is a hand-made gift I received from Diana’s brother and sister for my ordination in 1991.  It has hung in all my offices ever since I have received it. I look at it frequently.  On occasion I use it as a focal point while praying.  I love it.  But there is a flaw.  Were you able to spot it?


I was reminded of this because the painting is a mirror image of the original which I saw on a Facebook Post this morning.  I first realized this when I looked at the letters at the top.  The Greek letters IC XC were the shortened version of, “Jesus Christ," and they are backwards on my gift!  I love it.  I reminds me, this was a handmade gift that took time and effort and thought. 


The original, pictured above, is an icon.  An icon (before the age of computers) was a religious work of art, most commonly a painting, and on wood, found in the traditions of the Eastern Orthodox, but also in the Roman Catholic, Oriental Orthodox, and Eastern Catholic Churches.  They are not simply artworks but an icon is a sacred image used in religious devotion. 


The message today isn’t terribly serious, but I enjoyed thinking about this special gift which was given to me, and the icon and tradition on which it was based.  Hope you learned a little something. 


Finally, a joke about icons:  How do you open a window in an Orthodox Church?  Click on an icon!


Lessons from Scripture

   Exodus 24:12-18

   2 Peter 1:16-21

   Matthew 17:1-9


Pastor Dale



Presiding:  The Rev. Dale Krotee

Music Director and Organist: J. Curtis White

Immanuel Church Chancel Choir

Pianist:   Lynne Breil, Tina Lyte        

Acolyte:  Kyle Jackson

Ushers:  Carole & Roger Segar, Ashton Elzey, Brady Lyons

Nursery Staff:  Stephanie Carmine

Nursery Assistant:  Robin Burton

Sound System:  Jack Breil, Keith Malkus, Tom Wilkison


This Week at Immanuel:  (Office hours  M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Sunday     9:00am             Sunday School

                 9:15-11:30am   Nursery Care

                 10:00am            Worship

                 11:00am            Pancakes in Fellowship Hall  

Tuesday            12-1pm     Bible Study  

Wednesday       11:00am   1880 Bank

                           6:30pm    Ash Wednesday Service

Thursday            6:30pm    Choir Practice


PANCAKES:  We will serve our pancake lunch following worship on Sunday, February 23rd.  Everyone is invited.


ASH WEDNESDAY:  Worship service at 6:30pm on February 26th.


GERMAN DINNER: Saturday, March 7th, 4:30-7pm.  If you purchased Tickets for the Oktoberfest 2019, you may use them for the German Dinner.


BINGO:  The CE Board will be doing their Family Bingo on March 28th.  Doors open at 5:00pm and Bingo will begin at 6:00pm.  This is a fun evening for the entire family so plan to join us.


LADIES PRAYER BREAKFAST:  March 21st, 8:00am at IUCC in Fellowship Hall.


Janice Haller, Church Secretary