Worshipping in the beautiful Church on Factory Street that was built 1912 on the site of the former Wesleyan Methodist Church which had burned, the congregation of Emmanuel united Church continues the tradition of those pioneers who gave so much time and talent to provide a place of worship.
Church Union in 1925 made Emmanuel part of the United Church of Canada. Through many changes, and an amalgamation in 1968 with Wilton United Church, Emmanuel serves Odessa, Wilton, Amherstview and the surrounding areas. Also in 1968 Emmanuel and Trinity United Church, Elginburg, became the "Odessa Pastoral Charge".
Our large hall, with modern kitchen completed in 1975, is the scene of many suppers, wedding, receptions, anniversary celebrations and meetings.
As well it provides a meeting area of the church-sponsored Scout Group. In 1979, the former Sunday School room was divided into two meeting rooms with folding doors between, a nursery and washroom and was called "The Upper Room". The offices were downstairs. In 1996-97 this layout was changed, and the upper room made into offices for the minister and secretary. The nursery remains adjacent to the office. The rest of the Sunday School meet in the downstairs rooms.
During 1998 many improvements were made to our church and hall. Pointing of the church was the largest project that was completed. New hall doors have been installed and a handicapped bathroom completed in the old entrance way. These were the major projects with many smaller ones being worked on as well.
Through the years, with the able leadership of may dedicated ministers, the congregation of Emmanuel has responsibly filled a need for spiritual leadership and caring its community.
Having celebrated our 147th anniversary in 1998, we continue to learn and grow as we discover how best we can serve God. Emmanuel United Church maintains a full board of stewards, session members and trustees who actively take part in the the life and works of the church with zest and enthusiasm. There has been so much to be done that a sub committee has been formed to attend to property management issues. This committee will report directly to the stewards and obtain direction and supervision from them on an ongoing basis.
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