Parish Announcements

Prayer of the Day

Gracious God, your blessed Son came down from heaven to be the true bread that gives life to the world. Give us this bread always, that he may live in us and we in him, and that, strengthened by this food, we may live as his body in the world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.   Amen.

Outreach Ministry Opportunities:   Immanuel will be busy with ministry in the community in the next months with: our monthly Food Bank Sunday’s, on the first Sunday of every month, CROP Walk on June 30th; Relay for Life on June 9th; support of CRECE’s visit to El Salvador during the months of June and July, and Equipped 4 Success during the months of July and August. Thanks to all who have donated items or cash to CRECE to help in this important ministry. God speed to Tulio. We also continue to join the community wide drive, Equipped 4 Success, to collect school supplies for Alameda’s low-income students so they are prepared to learn on the first day of school. See insert.

ILC Annual Summer Outreach Ministry:   The Alameda Food Bank will again be using Immanuel’s Parish Hall for the Tuesday Food Distribution Program site while Christ Episcopal Church prepares for their annual “Rummage Sale”. Help on July 31st, August 7th, and August 14th from 8-11am would be greatly appreciated.

Last Sunday for a Special Offering for Immigrant Families in El Paso, TX:    A ministry in El Paso giving immigrant families transitional housing needs funds for personal items and food while they wait. This ministry coordinated by ICE, churches and other nonprofits give a place to stay, meals, and a place of respite while families wait to be reunited or immigration status to be determined. Make checks to Immanuel Lutheran Church marked in memo as El Paso ministry.

Equipped 4 Success:   Thank you to all who donated school items and cash to prepare students for the first day of school. We collected one large box and 8 big bags of supplies plus cash for needy Alameda students.

Invitation: Henry and Gudrun Schamoni will celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary:   on August 25, 2018 at the Speisekammer Restaurant, 2424 Lincoln Ave. Alameda. You are invited at 12 noon to celebrate with them. No gifts please. A money tree will be available for donations to Immanuel Lutheran Church’s Building Fund. RSVP by August 15th to 510-814-8825 or email

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 September 1st. Hope you can make it. The food is great, and of course all men are always welcome.

Worship and Music meets Today:   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 will today, August 12th 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. Plans for upcoming activities for the rest of 2018 will be discussed at the next meeting on August 19th. All are welcome .

Son-Light Preschool Board Meeting:   will next meet on Friday, August 17th, at 4:00pm in the Helen Room. Meetings are open to all.

Church Council:   next meets Thurs., September 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.

Visionary Team:   will next meet on Tuesday, August 28th in Room 207 at 7pm. Your ideas, thoughts, and prayers are always welcomed, so please also consider joining us in 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.

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. We will be on a Summer Break through the months of July and August. Choir Sunday’s will resume again in the Fall on Sept. 30th19 Pentecost. If you’re interested, please contact Terry O’Connor, our Music Director, or email him at

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:   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: 23            AFB Food Distribution (July): 8.2 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, Lindsay Vernon, the Wilson family, Lisa Weathers, Bill McGuire, Erika Wiesmann, Rebecca Starr, Avery Rendon, Janine, Esther Gassoway who has childhood epilepsy, Venus Calhoun, Ron Walters, and John and wife Dee.

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