Parish Announcements

Prayer of the Day

O God, you are the tree of life, offering shelter to all the world. Graft us into yourself and nurture our growth, that we may bear your truth and love to those in need, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.   Amen.

Special Outreach Event:    Thank you to Terry, Beth, Caroline, Ruth, Judy, and Pastor Dot who joined with the city of Alameda, the Alameda Food Bank, and the Interfaith Council to provide services to Alameda’s unsheltered. They helped prepare and serve a meal to the homeless on Thursday, June 14th at Buena Vista Methodist Church.

Today is 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. This month however, Choir Sunday will be held on June 17thFather’s Day, and will be the last Sunday for the choir before the summer break. Choir Sundays will resume again on Sept. 30th19 Pentecost.  If you’re interested, please contact Terry O’Connor, our Music Director, or email him at

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 today, June 17th. All women are welcome .

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, Food Prep & Dinner Service with First Congregational Church for the homeless on June 14th, 5-7pm at Buena Vista UMC, 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. As the events approach, more details will be given.

Visionary Team:   will next meet on Tues., June 19th in Room 207 at 7pm. Your ideas, thoughts, and prayers are always welcomed, so please also consider joining us in this incredible ministry.

Church Council:    next meets Thurs., June 21st 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.

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 July 7th. Hope you can make it. The food is great, and of course all men are always welcome.

Son-Light Preschool Board Meeting:   will next meet on Friday, July 6th, at 4:00pm in the Helen Room. Meetings are open to all.

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 will next meet on July 8th in the Helen Room. Please join us. All are 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.

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:   Amelia Baker, our new part-time Administrative Assistant, is in the office 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: 31            AFB Donation (May): 8.0 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, Erika Wiesmann, Rebecca Starr, 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, Esther Gassoway who has childhood epilepsy, Venus Calhoun, Ron Walters, and Chris Fetzer who’s recouping from an ankle injury.

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