Parish Announcements

Prayer of the Day

Eternal God, your kingdom has broken into our troubled world through the life, death, and resurrection of your Son. Help us to hear your word and obey it, and bring your saving love to fruition in our lives, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.   Amen.

ILC/TLC Lenten Services:   This year we are having joint Lenten Soup/Supper, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday services with Trinity Lutheran Church. Immanuel again hosts Wednesday, April 3, with Soup/Supper at 5:30 PM and service at 6:30PM. Volunteers to bring soup, bread or salad. Sign up sheets are in Parish Hall.

Adult Sunday Study:   The Adult Sunday Study has started back up again. We are meeting every Sunday at 9am in the Helen Room. The Good News of Jesus Christ as written in Luke for the “most excellent Theophilus” is the subject of our study and discussions. All are invited and feel free to join in on any Sunday.

Children’s Sunday School, First Communion Classes, Confirmation Classes, and Youth Group:    Our support and outreach to the youth within our congregation and the community will begin within the last week of March. We will hold an organizing and planning meeting for parents, grandparents, and anyone else who is interested in helping to kick these events off and make them successful. Please stay tuned and look for emails and invitation letters.

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 tomorrow on Monday, March 25th 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.

“Baskets of Promise”:    is our Outreach Ministry for Lent. We are joining Lutheran World Relief’s appeal to collect items for Personal Care Kits for people around the world to stay healthy in life’s most challenging situations. Items needed are bars of soap, combs, dark color light weight bath towels, nail clippers, and toothbrushes. Bring items to church where they will be assembled into kits after Easter.

Next Sunday is 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. If you missed today’s offering, our next Choir Sunday will be on Sunday, March 31st4 Lent. If you’re interested, please contact Terry O’Connor, our Music Director, or email him at

Visionary Team:    The meeting has moved to the last Sunday of the month after Coffee Hour. However, the February meeting is postponed until the following Sunday, March 31st. We will be meeting in the Helen Room. Your ideas, thoughts, and prayers are always welcomed, so please also consider joining us for this incredible ministry.

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 April 6th. Hope you can make it. The food is great, and of course all men are always welcome.

Ladies Aid:    generally meets on the third Sunday of every month after Coffee Hour in the Helen Room. Due to Easter Sunday falling in the third Sunday in April, the next meeting will be held, April 14th. All are invited to attend as we look forward to planning activities for 2019.

Son-Light PreSchool Advisory Team:    will meet Friday, April 12th at 4:00pm in the Helen Room. All are welcome.

New Son-Light PreSchool Teachers:    We welcome new teachers, Elaine Nye, and Elaine (Lainie) Mendes to work along with Preschool Director Yvonne Brewer and Teacher Jean Benge for the children in our preschool program. Thanks be to God.!

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.

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.

Church Council:    next meets Thurs., April 11th 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 and liturgy, and to choose hymns for the next month. The team will not meet during the month of April, but will next meet on, May 12th in the Helen Room. Please join us. All are welcome.

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: 27      AFB Food Distribution (Feb.): 5.5 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, healing for Barbara Nehmer, Roy and Marcia Goldt, healing for Heinz, Marty Cosgriff, for those who are still impacted by the fires in Califormia, Kelly, and Eugene Voltz.

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