By The Rev. Elizabeth Diely
St. Margaret’s Church, Emmaus, marks its 100th anniversary on Sunday, October 5, with a variety of special Homecoming events for current and past members and clergy. The 10:30 a.m. worship service will begin with a festive procession of acolytes, crosses, and banners. Souvenir booklets will include liturgy, favorite hymns, and church history.
A catered luncheon in the fellowship hall will follow the service. The dessert menu includes St. Margaret’s famous root beer floats and Centennial birthday cake.
Afternoon activities will begin at 12:30 p.m. and include a coin toss, beanbag tournament, children’s games, and a clown. Roving photographers will capture the fun. A Centennial DVD of parish life will be available for purchase.
At 1:30 p.m. a bagpiper will lead everyone to the newly created permanent outdoor labyrinth. The Rev. Elizabeth Haynes, Rector of Trinity Church, Stroudsburg, will officiate at the dedication. She initiated the labyrinth project during her clergy internship at St. Margaret’s.
Known as “The Emmaus Walk,” the labyrinth is inspired by St. Luke 24: 13-35. This universal meditation tool provides participants with an opportunity for relaxation, renewal, healing, and spiritual growth. It is available at all times for parishioners and the East Penn community.
St. Margaret’s clergy are the Rev. Canon Lexa Shallcross, rector, and the Rev. Elizabeth Diely, assisting priest.