Parish Announcements

Prayer of the Day

Lord God, source of every blessing, you showed forth your glory and led many to faith by the works of your Son, who brought gladness and salvation to his people. Transform us by the Spirit of his love, that we may find our life together in him, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.   Amen.

ILC Annual Congregation Meeting:  will be held next Sunday on Sunday, January 27, 2019 in continuation of our worship service. It will be a time to celebrate our mission and ministry, as well as elect our 2019 Council Officers, review and discuss year-end reports, approve a budget, and to look forward to the plans in our future. Please make every effort to attend and by all means, spread the word to other members in our ILC community.

Sunday’s Chool (sic):     is taking a break and will resume February 3, 2019 at 9 AM which will be Children’s Sunday. Children meet first and third Sundays in the Preschool Room. Adults meet second and fourth Sundays in the Helen Room. All are invited to participate in learning and activities.

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 on Monday, January 27th 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.

Ladies Aid:    generally meets on the third Sunday of every month after Coffee Hour in the Helen Room. The next meeting will be held today, January 20th. All are invited to attend as we look forward to planning the new  year.

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 next week on, February 10th 2019 in the Helen Room. Please join us. All are 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”. If you missed this months meeting, but would still like to see what this all about, our next gathering will be on February 2nd. Hope you can make it. The food is great, and of course all men are always welcome.

A New Son-Light PreSchool Teacher:   We recently welcomed a new qualified teacher to work with the children in our preschool program. Thanks be to God.! Her name will be forthcoming as more information is gathered.

Son-Light PreSchool Board Meeting:   meeting for Friday, January 11th has been postponed until January 25th at 2:00pm in the Helen Room. All are welcome.

Church Council:   next meets Thurs., February 14th 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.

Visionary Team:   The next meeting will be on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019. 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.

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.

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:   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 Sunday, January 27th3 Epiphany. 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.

Church Office Hours:   staffed by volunteers  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 2019. If you would like to bring flowers for the altar or to host coffee hour.

Last Sunday:    Attendance: 25      AFB Food Distribution (Dec.): 150.4 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, 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, healing for Heinz, Marty Cosgriff, for those impacted by the fires in Califormia, Julia, Winnie, and Lisa Weathers.

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