Parish Announcements

Prayer of the Day

O God of peace, you brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great shepherd of the sheep. By the blood of your eternal covenant, make us complete in everything good that we may do your will, and work among us all that is well-pleasing in your sight, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.   Amen.

Today 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. Our next Choir Sunday will be a special one on a special day, Sunday, May 12thMother’s Day. If you’re interested, please contact Terry O’Connor, our Music Director, or email him at

Special Congregational Meeting following service on Sunday, June 2nd      to review our budget and discuss our current financial position. This is an important meeting, Please attend.

Sierra Pacific Synod Convention:    Pastor Dot, Andrew Thomas, and Karen Wirth will be attending the one day convention of our Sierra Pacific Synod on Saturday, May 11th in Lodi, California. Pray for us and the work we do through the ministry of the Synod.

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, May 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.

“Baskets of Promise Last Week”:    Thank you to all donated items and helped assemble Lutheran World Relief Baskets of Promise. We are sending 15 bundles of emergency care kits for disaster relief in the US and the world.

Alameda’s Sing-It-Yourself Messiah Easter Section (Parts II &III) June 2, 2019 at 3:00 PM :    at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut Street. This is the first time Alameda will add the Easter section to the traditional Christmas section done in December. Come and sing along or just listen.

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.

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 this month, the meeting will be held today, May 19th. All are invited to attend as we look forward to planning activities for 2019.

Visionary Team:    The meeting has moved to the last Sunday of the month after Coffee Hour. However, the February meeting is postponed until today, Sunday, May 26th. 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 June 1st. Hope you can make it. The food is great, and of course all men are always welcome.

Son-Light PreSchool Advisory Team:    will meet Friday, June 14th 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.

Church Council:    next meets Thurs., June 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.

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: 21      AFB Food Distribution (April): 15.6 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, Eugene Voltz, Michelle (Chris Kanbergs daughter), and the family and friends of Caroline Fahlen.

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