Parish Announcements

Prayer of the Day

Holy God, our strength and our redeemer, by your Spirit hold us forever, that through your grace we may worship you and faithfully serve you, follow you and joyfully find you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Thank You Capt. Rev. John Swanson:    for leading us in worship while Pastor Dot is away.

Outreach Ministry for the Christmas Season:   Thank you to all who donated to toys for CRECE and Lutheran World Relief for animals or supplies to provide families with ways to improve their lives. CRECE is very grateful for the many gifts and we collected $100 for Lutheran World Relief projects.

Ladies Aid Meets Today:    Ladies Aid generally meets on the third Sunday of every month after Coffee Hour in the Helen Room. The next meeting will be today, January 19th. Plans for the Holiday Boutique will be discussed. Please join us. All are welcome.

Annual Congregation Meeting:    will be on Sunday, January 26, 2020. The meeting after worship service will be a time to celebrate together the ministry we are doing at Immanuel, elect 2020 Council Officers, review year-end reports, approve a budget, and look forward to things we would like to do in the future.

Church Council Openings:     Please prayerfully consider if you may be called to serve (i.e. volunteer) for any of the following positions:

Financial Secretary – Shall be responsible for recording all member only giving in Quickbooks, for reporting monthly to the church Council, and issuing an annual statement of member giving. Responsible for taking offering to church office on Sundays, and making weekly deposit at Bank of Marin.

Property Oversight – Shall be responsible for tracking repair needs, and reporting at the monthly church Council meeting. Also responsible for scheduling periodic congregation work Days for maintenance of the church property. Member-at-Large position.

Monthly Council meetings are for 1 to 1-1/2 hours. Positions are for a two-year commitment

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. Thank you to the many volunteers who helped with preparing and serving dinner this past Monday. We served 115 people, 31 guests and many volunteers who helped with preparation and serving. 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. Contact Terry for more information. 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.

Immanuel Choir Sunday:   Immanuel 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 event will be Sunday, January 26th, 3 Epiphany. If you’re interested, please contact Terry O’Connor, our Music Director, or email him anytime at

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 1st. Hope you can make it. The food is great, and of course all men are always welcome.

Visionary Team Meeting:    will next briefly meet on February 9th in the Helen Room. Your ideas, thoughts, and prayers are always welcomed, so please also consider joining us for this incredible ministry. All are invited to participate.

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

Church Council:   next meets Thurs., February 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.

Son-Light PreSchool Advisory Team:    will next meet on Friday, February 7th at 4:00pm. We meet in the Helen Room. All are welcome.

Son-Light PreSchool Teachers:    We welcome our new teacher, Monice Pernell, who will be working along with Preschool Director Yvonne Brewer, Teachers Jean Benge,  and Elaine Nye for the children in our preschool program. Please keep them in your prayers

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.

Recycling Program Change:   Immanuel is always trying to be  “greener” and has recycling bins in the kitchen and Parish Hall. Please be careful in throwing out trash. See signs on containers as you throw away items. Recycling Needs: for plastic, please remove tops – for aluminum, please take off pull tabs and put in plastic bag for the Ronald McDonald House. Crush both plastic and aluminum and put in separate bags and loosely tie. Bring items to the Parish Hall to help our planet and raise funds for our church. Glass can also be brought if carefully bagged or in boxes so they do not break. Thank you for helping to cut down on landfill and help our planet.

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: 29      AFB Food Distribution (January): 38.0 lbs.

Prayer List:   Marsha Barta (Adeline’s daughter), Joyce Bryan, Cheryl Bess, Scott, Cameron, George Peterson, Clementine Jackson,  Gina Grossi, Erika Wiesmann, Ann Miller Taylor, Lenora, Lovely, Larry , Claudia Hunter Larsen, Roy and Marcia Goldt, Marty Cosgriff, Michelle (Chris Kanbergs daughter), Nathan Gould, Shirley Lustig, Linda Glasenapp, Andrei McQuesten, Charlotte Berndt, Cecilia Maldonado, Barbara Nemer (healing from shoulder surgery, Elke Rose (healing from an injury), Barbara & Jerry Journay for healing, Heidi Schmidt and sons on the death of John (Ted) Schmidt, Keith Bryan, and Barb (mother of Karen’s friend Deb).

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