Parish Announcements

Prayer of the Day

O God, with steadfast love you draw us to yourself, and in mercy you receive our prayers. Strengthen us to bring forth the fruits of the Spirit, that through life and death we may live in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Happy 100th Birthday to Adeline Peters:   On Saturday, March 17, Adeline turned 100 years young. Join us at Coffee Hour for cake and fellowship.

Holy Week Services

Maundy Thursday, March 29: Trinity Lutheran Church
Gathering at 6:45 PM, Dinner/ Worship at 7 PM.
Good Friday, April 3: Immanuel Lutheran Church, 7 PM
Easter Sunday: April 1: Immanuel Lutheran Church
Traditional Worship: 10 AM
Easter Brunch: After 10 AM Service

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 March 18th. All women are invited.

Visionary Team:    will next meet on Tues., March 27th in Room 207 at 7pm. Your ideas, thoughts, and prayers are always welcomed, so please also consider joining us in this incredible ministry.

Spring Mingle:   On Saturday, March 31st, 10 AM to Noon, Son-Light Preschool is hosting a family fun time of Easter activities and Easter Egg Hunt for children and parents.

Easter Flowers:   See insert or forms in the church Narthex to donate flowers to beautify the church.

Organ Repair:   Thank You 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 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 slightly over $630,000. For further information, please talk to any Council member or our Music Director, Terry O’Connor.

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 April 7th. Hope you can make it. If you missed it, you are welcomed to catch up at our next regular meeting which will be on May 5th. All men are welcome.

Son-Light Preschool Board Meeting:   will next meet on Friday, May 2nd, at 4:00pm in the Preschool Room. The April meeting will be on Friday, April 6th. Meetings are open to all.

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.

Worship and Music:    meets today. We regularly meet on the 2nd Sunday of the month after Coffee Hour to hold our usual discussion of music, choose hymns for the next month. The team will next meet on April 8th in the Helen Room. Please join us. All are welcome.

Church Council:   next meets Thurs., April 12th 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.

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

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:   Welcome Amelia Baker, our new part-time Administrative Assistant who will share time between the church office and Son-Light Preschool. Her  hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9am-1pm, Wednesday 11am-3pm, and Friday 10am-1pm. Volunteers will continue to staff 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: 26            AFB Donation (Feb.): 10.1 lbs.

Prayer List:   Dee Rauch, Caroline Fahlen, Marsha Barta (Adeline’s daughter), Adeline Peters, Joyce Bryan, Cheryl Bess, Scott, Cameron, George Peterson,  Linda Redding, Clementine Jackson, Lindsay Hinkle-Johnston, Varsen Assorian, Fredi Kapp, Linda Alumbaugh, Gina Grossi, Lindsay Vernon, the Wilson family,  Robert Hofmann (Fredi’s brother), Jesse and Kody, Lisa Weathers, Bill McGuire, Judy Blank, Erika Wiesmann, Rebecca Starr, Pastor Han, Wallie Steinorth, Karen Wirth and Family on the sudden death of her daughter Kristin, Susan Dienesch on the death of her sister Trudi, Ron Walters, Pat Thompson, Avery Rendon, Janine, Grace Hofmann and family on the death of her father, John Lehmann (Fredi’s cousin), who has stomach cancer, Gottrfried Mauersberger and daughter, Erika on the unexpected death of his wife, and Esther Gassoway who has childhood epilepsy.

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