Parish Announcements

Prayer of the Day

Stir up our hearts, Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son. By his coming give to all the people of the world knowledge of your salvation; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.   Amen.

H O L I D A Y   S E A S O N   A T   I M M A N U E L

DECEMBER 16: Son-Light Preschool and Extended Care will
present the Children’s Christmas Program during our
10 AM worship.
DECEMBER 24: Christmas Eve Services:
7:00 PM Family Service
9:30 PM Christmas Carol singing
10 PM Christmas Eve Candle Light Service
DECEMBER 25: Christmas Day
10 AM Service of Lessons and Carols

Sunday’s Chool (sic) Meets at 9am:   Children will meet first and third Sundays in the Preschool Room. Adults will meet second and fourth Sundays in the Helen Room. All are invited to participate in and learning and activities.

Poinsettias for “Christmas:   see the insert or forms in the Narthex to donate poinsettias to add beauty to our church for Christmas.

Outreach Ministry to the Homeless:   Immanuel Lutheran Church, in conjunction with the Dine & Connect Work Group, which consists of organizations like Building Futures, Operation Dignity, the greater Alameda Faith Community, and the City of Alameda, will be hosting monthly dinners for the homeless here in Alameda. The dinners are free and will occur on the last Monday of the month here in the ILC Parish Hall. The next dinner will be held this month on Monday, December 31st from 5-7pm. Volunteers will be needed in all categories of hospitality from food prep to recycling. It is hoped and prayed for that this much needed ministry will be a small but important step in helping feed those who are hungry and unsheltered.

Worship and Music:   regularly meets on the 2nd Sunday of the month after Coffee Hour to hold our usual discussion of music and liturgy, and to choose hymns for the next month. The team will meet today, December 9th in the Helen Room. Please join us. All are welcome.

Alameda’s 24th Sing-It-Yourself Messiah:   Immanuel has the pleasure of hosting this great community event on Saturday, December 15th at 4pm. This is a free community event. Please volunteer to make cookies for the reception and bring nonperishable food items to donate to Alameda Food Bank. Join the fun. Tell a friend and come to sing or just listen. For more information go to or

Jingle Mingle, Saturday, December 8th 10 AM-Noon:   Son-Light Preschool will host families for a morning of Christmas holiday craft activities for children and refreshments for all. Tell friends to join in the merrymaking.

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”. If you missed this months meeting, but would still like to see what this all about, our next gathering will be on December 1st. Hope you can make it. The food is great, and of course all men are always welcome.

Ladies Aid:   Ladies Aid generally meets on the third Sunday of every month after Coffee Hour in the Helen Room. Plans for the upcoming activities for the rest of 2018 will be discussed. The next meeting will be December 16th. All are welcome.

Son-Light PreSchool Teacher Needed:   We are seeking a qualified teacher to work with 2 years to kindergarten children in our preschool program. if you know of anyone, please have them contact Pastor Dot or the Church Office.

Son-Light PreSchool Board Meeting:   meets on Friday, December 14th at 4:00pm in the Helen Room. All are welcome.

Church Council:   next meets Thurs., December 13th 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.

Food Bank Sunday: Immanuel regularly celebrates Food Bank Sunday on the first Sunday of every month. The Alameda Food Bank (AFB) needs and appreciates your non-perishable (soups, caned tuna and chicken, beans, pasta, etc.) and monetary donations for those in need. Food donations are always accepted 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. Volunteers are also needed for the AFB Tuesday Food Distribution Program from 9-11am at Christ Episcopal Church, 1700 Santa Clara Ave. Help is always welcome.

Visionary Team:   The next meeting is to be determined. More information to follow. We meet in Room 207 at 7pm. Your ideas, thoughts, and prayers are always welcomed, so please also consider joining us in this incredible ministry.

Organ Repair:   Thanks to all who donated to the first phase of our Werner Bosch, Opus 353 organ repair. Pledges and donations for the remaining 4 phases will still be graciously accepted. This wonderful instrument was donated and installed in 1965 by the Roth family for just under $85,000. To replace an instrument of this caliber and quality in today’s market would be significantly over $500,000. For further information, please talk to our Music Director, Terry O’Connor, or any Council member.

Immanuel ‘Choir Sunday’ for Christmas:   Immanuel generally celebrates Choir Sunday on the last Sunday of every month and on the major Feast Days such as 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. Our next Choir Sunday will be on Monday, December 24thChristmas Eve Carol-Sing & Candle Light Service. If you’re interested, please contact Terry O’Connor, our Music Director, or email him at

Recycling Program:   Immanuel is trying to be  “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:   Plastic containers are again accepted for recycling. Please clean and crush plastic and aluminum containers. Bring items to the Parish Hall to help our planet and raises funds for our church. Glass should be carefully bagged or in boxes to avoid breakage.

New Church Office Hours:   Gerard Eisenberg, our Office Assistant, is in the office Wednesday’s 9am-1pm.. Volunteers continue to staff the church office Wed. from 9am-Noon and Fri. from 10am-1pm. 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:    Sign-up charts for Coffee Hour and Flowers have once again been posted in the Parish Hall for 2018. If you would like to bring flowers for the altar or to host coffee hour.

Last Sunday:    Attendance: 23            AFB Food Distribution (Nov.): 20.4 lbs.

Prayer List:   Dee Rauch, Caroline Fahlen, Marsha Barta (Adeline’s daughter), Adeline Peters, Joyce Bryan, Cheryl Bess, Scott, Cameron, George Peterson, Adeline Peters, Clementine Jackson,  Gina Grossi, Lisa Weathers, Bill McGuire, Erika Wiesmann, Ann Miller Taylor, Lenora Lovely, Larry , Claudia Hunter Larsen, Don & Barbara Wilson, Marion Yeaw, Sharon Quinn, healing for Barbara Nehmer, Roy and Marcia Goldt, Eugene Voltz, the Family of Herb Kahler, healing for Heinz, Marty Cosgriff, Chris Fetzer’s father and brother, and for those impacted by the fires in Califormia.

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