Parish Announcements

Prayer of the Day

O God, through suffering and rejection you bring forth our salvation, and by the glory of the cross you transform our lives. Grant that for the sake of the gospel we may turn from the lure of evil, take up our cross, and follow your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.   Amen.

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 this month tomorrow on Monday, September 24th 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.

Save the Dates:   September 23, 2018 for Alameda Legacy Tour which will include Immanuel. The tour will be on Sunday from 11 AM to 5 PM. Sign up to be a docent and/or bring cookies, etc. to serve to those who tour our church.
Oktoberfest, October 6, 2018, 4-8pm:  Spread the word and join us for Oktoberfest with traditional German food, music by Bill Bly, Silent Auction, Child Care and Jumpy House, and a fun evening. Tickets: Adults $25, Children (12 and under) $10. Tickets are available after church, in the church office, or at
Silent Auction: See insert to donate items for our silent auction. Consider asking your favorite restaurant or store to donate a gift certificate. We have letters from Immanuel with our tax exempt status for the establishment.
Flyer Distribution: Please help spread the word of the Oktoberfest by placing flyers around Alameda and elsewhere. We have a list of places if you cannot think of any yourself.

Ladies Aid Meets Today:   Ladies Aid generally meets on the third Sunday of every month after Coffee Hour in the Helen Room. Plans for the upcoming Oktoberfest and other activities for the rest of 2018 will be discussed today and at a special meeting before the Oktoberfest. All are welcome.

Visionary Team:   will next meet on Tuesday, September 25th 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 Teacher Needed:   We are seeking a qualified teacher to work with 2 years to kindergarten children in our preschool program. if you know of anyone, please have them contact Pastor Dot or the Church Office.

Son-Light PreSchool Board Meeting:   meets on Friday, September 28th at 4:00pm in the Helen Room. All are welcome.

Sunday’s Chool (sic) Begins:   Rally Day for all ages will be Sunday, September 30th at 9AM in the Parish Hall. Children and adults are invited to come and have fun activities for everyone.

Choir Sunday’s Begin:   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. Choir Sunday’s will resume again this month on Sunday, September 30th19 Pentecost. If you’re interested, please contact Terry O’Connor, our Music Director, or email him 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 October 6th. Hope you can make it. The food is great, and of course all men are always 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. 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:   regularly meets 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 meets today, October 14th in the Helen Room. Please join us. All are welcome.

Church Council:   next meets Thurs., October 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.

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.

New Church Office Hours:   Gerard Eisenberg, our new Office Assistant, in the office Mon.-Wed. 9am-1pm, Thurs. 1-5pm, and Fri. Noon-4pm. Volunteers continue to staff the church office 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: 22            AFB Food Distribution (Aug): 5.1 lbs.

Prayer List:   Dee Rauch, Caroline Fahlen, Marsha Barta (Adeline’s daughter), Adeline Peters, Joyce Bryan, Cheryl Bess, Scott, Cameron, George Peterson, Clementine Jackson,  Gina Grossi, Lisa Weathers, Bill McGuire, Erika Wiesmann, Rebecca Starr, Avery Rendon, Janine, Esther Gassoway who has childhood epilepsy, John and wife Dee, Ann Miller Taylor, Lenora Lovely, Larry , Claudia Hunter Larsen, Don & Barbara Wilson, Marion Yeaw, Sharon Quinn, healing for Barbara Nehmer, Roger Lafferty and family, and Roy and Marcia Goldt.

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