Parish Announcements

Prayer of the Day

Holy and righteous God, you are the author of life, and you adopt us to be your children. Fill us with your words of life, that we may live as witnesses to the resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Earth Day Worship, April 22, 2018:   Bring your garden tools, gloves, potting soil, seeds, etc. to be blessed during worship as we help take care of our world. Remember recycling bottles and cans also.

Save the Date: Spring Boutique, April 28th 10AM to 4 PM:    We will have many vendors selling hand crafted jewelry, home décor, hats, baked goods, and much more. Mother’s Day is coming so come shop for moms, sisters, aunts, grandmothers and the whole family.

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 May13th in the Helen Room. Please join us. All are welcome.

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 April 15th. All women 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”. We met yesterday, so if you missed it but would still like to see what this all about, our next gathering will be on May 5th. Hope you can make it. The food is great, and of course all men are always welcome.

Church Council:   next meets Thurs., May 10th 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:   will next meet on Tues., April 24th in Room 207 at 7pm. Your ideas, thoughts, and prayers are always welcomed, so please also consider joining us in this incredible ministry.

Son-Light Preschool Board Meeting:   will next meet on Friday, May 4th, at 4:00pm in the Helen Room. 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.

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’re interested, please contact Terry O’Connor, our Music Director, or email him at

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:   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: 23            AFB Donation (March): 41.0 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)

 Easter Flowers
Donor In Memory or Honor of:
Jeannette Bilstein Memory of Tom Bilstein
Gary & July Blank Memory of Harry and Lahala Blank; Norman
and Anne Colbath
Susan Dienesch Memory of sisters Marian and Trudy
The Dows Honor of school shooting victims and those
working to stop gun violence
Caroline Fahlen Memory of Patrick D. McAvoy
Chris Fetzer Memory of Alice, Amelia, Donna, Morrison
Lorne Gould Memory of parents
Deanna Johe Honor of Adeline Peters’ 100th Birthday
Chris Kanbergs Memory of John Kanbergs
Terry O’Connor Memory of Daniel Hart, Samuel O’Connor, and Leoma O’Connor
Gudrun & Henry Schamoni Memory of Gudrun’s sisters Hanni and Bertel; Henry’s sister Ursula
Karen Wirth Memory of daughter Kirstin and mother Marian