Parish Announcements

Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, by grace alone you call us and accept us in your service. Strengthen us by your Spirit, and make us worthy of your call, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.   Amen.

Adult Luther Study:    Sunday morning study group resumed today, 9-9:45 AM. The Wednesday morning study group resumed January 10, 2018, 10:30-Noon. You are welcome to join either whenever you can.

Annual Congregation Meeting, Sunday, January 28, 2018:    The meeting begins at 10 AM with worship in the church and continues in the Parish Hall with a pot luck light lunch. It is a time to celebrate together the ministry we are doing at Immanuel, elect our 2018 officers, review year-end reports, approve a budget, and look forward to thing we would like to do in the future.

Next Sunday is Choir Sunday:    Immanuel generally celebrates Choir Sunday on the last Sunday of every month and on the major Feast Days – Easter & Christmas. Anyone who wishes to sing, or learn how to sing and read music, or play an instrument is encouraged to join. There are no auditions – simply a desire to sing or play music. We gather to warm-up at 9am, then sing for worship. If you’re interested, please contact Terry O’Connor, our Music Director, or email him at terry@immanuel-alameda.org.

Organ Repair:   The first phase of Immanuel’s Bosch organ repair has been completed. The organ was donated and installed in 1965 valued at about $85,000, and repairs are needed to keep it functioning properly. The cost of an organ of this quality in today’s market is over $600,000. The Church Council has approved use of $5,175 for the work. ($5,000 from our Building Fund and $175 from our Operating Fund). Special donations of $510 have been given to date for this project. More are still needed and would be most welcome.

Mens Group:   regularly meets on the 1st Saturday of every month at 10am at Marti’s Place, 1905-1/2 Encinal Ave. near Lafayette for fellowship and a little pastoral “checking in”. Our next meeting is scheduled in the new year on  Feb. 3rd. Hope you can make it. If you missed it, you are welcomed to catch up at our next regular meeting which will be on March 3rd. All men are welcome.

Ladies Aid:   Ladies Aid generally meets on the third Sunday of every month after Coffee Hour in the Helen Room, to discuss plans for upcoming activities. The next meeting will be on Jan. 21st. All women are invited.

Visionary Team:  will not meet during the month of January, but will instead meet on Tuesday, Feb. 20th in Room 207 at 7pm. Your ideas, thoughts, and prayers are always welcomed, so please also consider joining us in this incredible endeavor.

Son-Light Preschool Board Meeting:   will next meet on Monday, Feb. 5th, at 6:30pm in the Preschool Room. Meetings are open to all.

Church Council:   next meets Thurs., Feb. 8th at 7pm. Anyone who is interested in the business side of the church is invited to attend.  Visitors may have voice but no vote, but your input is valuable as we are church together. All are welcome.

Worship and Music:   regularly meets on the 2nd Sunday of the month after Coffee Hour to hold our usual discussion of music, choose hymns for the next month. Our next meeting will be on Feb. 11th. Please join us. All are welcome.

Food Bank Sunday:   Immanuel regularly celebrates Food Bank Sunday on the first Sunday of every month. The Food Bank needs and appreciates your non-perishable (soups, caned tuna and chicken, beans, pasta, etc.) and monetary donations for those in need, especially during the holidays. Food and monetary donations are always welcomed at any time here at Immanuel. Please feel free to bring and place your donation in basket at the foot of the altar, or in the food collection baskets in the Narthex (church entrance) and Helen Room. If you’d like to help distribute the food, please also consider volunteering at the weekly Tuesday Food Distribution Program at Christ Episcopal Church. Help is always welcomed.

Recycling Program:   Immanuel is now “greener” and has recycling bins in the kitchen, Parish Hall, and other rooms. Please be careful in throwing out trash. See signs on containers as you throw away items. Thank you for helping to cut down on landfill and help our planet.

Fundraising Recycling:   Please bring plastic and aluminum beverage containers to the Parish Hall to help our planet and raises funds for our church. Please sort, crush, and bag aluminum cans and plastic bottles separately. Glass can also be brought if carefully bagged or in boxes so they do not break.

Church Office Hours:   are staffed by volunteers Wed. from 9am to Noon and Fri. from 10am to 1pm. Contact Ruth Dow, 769-7180, to volunteer on other days. Pastor Dot is in the office on Wednesday & Fridays from 9-noon and Sundays after service. You can call or text her at (510) 516-5456 to arrange other times.

Coffee Hour and Altar Flowers:   The council has decided to discontinue the sign-up charts for Coffee Hour and Flowers in 2018. If you would like to bring flowers for the altar or to host coffee hour, please simply let Pr. Dot know.

Last Sunday:    Attendance: 31            AFB Donation (Dec.): 20.1 lbs.

Prayer List:   Dee Rauch, Caroline Fahlen, Marsha Barta (Adeline’s daughter), Adeline Peters, Joyce Bryan, Cheryl Bess, Scott, Cameron, Trudi Jacob, Kristen Wirth, George Wirth,  Linda Redding, Clementine Jackson & family, Sharon Quinn, Lindsay Hinkle-Johnston, Barbara DiSalva, Dennis Millard (cancer treatments), Varsen Assorian, Chris Novosel, Fredi Kapp, Linda Alumbaugh, Gina Grossi, Lindsay Vernon, Marianne (speedy recovery), Rosita, Anneliese, the Wilson family,  Robert Hofmann (Fredi’s brother), Jesse and Kody, Lisa Weathers, Monica & family, Bill McGuire, Mary Fowler and family on the death of John Fowler, Judy Blank, Erika Wiesmann, Rebecca Starr, Pastor Han on the death of his parents, Wallie Steinorth, Elke Rose, Christina Fairless, Karen Wirth and Family on the sudden death of her daughter Kristin, Susan Dienesch on the death of her sister Trudi, Ron Walters, and Pat Thompson.

(Please call the church office to leave updates to the Prayer List)