Parish Announcements

Prayer of the Day

O Lord God, your mercy delights us, and the world longs for your loving care. Hear the cries of everyone in need, and turn our hearts to love our neighbors with the love of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.   Amen.

Relay for Life, July 13-14:    Thank you, Karen Wirth, for leading our Relay Team again this year. Thank you for all who are and have supported this important effort to fund cancer cure research.

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, July 29th 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. Special Recognition of Immanuel’s Role in Dine and Connect: See the Proclamation of Gratitude from the City of Alameda on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall.

Sunday School:    meets at 10 AM in the preschool room. Sunday School Teachers and Parents – If you are still interested in teaching and/or helping, Contact Pastor Dot or Andrew Thomas.

Start up of Youth Group and Confirmation :   is continuing to progress. More information to come.

Worship and Music Today:   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 meets today, July 14th in the Helen Room. Please join us. All are welcome.

Ladies Aid:   generally meets on the third Sunday of every month after Coffee Hour in the Helen Room. There will not be a meeting this month. The next meeting will be held on July 21st. All are invited to attend as we look forward to planning activities for 2019.

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 August 3rd. Hope you can make it. The food is great, and of course all men are always welcome.

Church Council:   next meets Thurs., July 18th 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.

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

Son-Light PreSchool Teachers:    We’re thankful for 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.

Visionary Team:   The meeting has moved to the last Sunday of the month after Coffee Hour. We will be meeting on July 28th in the Helen Room. Your ideas, thoughts, and prayers are always welcomed, so please also consider joining us for this incredible ministry.

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.

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.

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. The choir is on a summer break. If you’re interested, please contact Terry O’Connor, our Music Director, or email him anytime at

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: 28      AFB Food Distribution (June): 7.2 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), the family and friends of Caroline Fahlen, Bonnie Boller and family on the death of her mother, Barbara Gwosdz on the death of her husband, Charlotte Brendt, and the family and friends of Tony Fernandez.

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