Important Message to the ILC Community

Dear Members of Immanuel Lutheran Church,

Members of our Church Council have closely followed the news as it has broken regarding practices that may reduce the spread of the Covid-19 virus.  Yesterday, the Alameda County Public Health Department recommended that members of the “vulnerable population” (those with compromised immunity, hypertension, diabetes, and chronic respiratory illness as well as those older than 60) limit their public gatherings to 10 or fewer people. Since this describes a large percentage of our regular Sunday worshipers, the Council has made the difficult decision to join other local churches and suspend worship and other gatherings at Immanuel till further notice.  This begins on March 15, 2020.  After six months, we will re-assess the situation and advise you accordingly.

Going forward for the next three Sundays, we will be providing scripture for the week, prayers and a meditation, plus our announcements, in our weekly email.  Pastor Dot has graciously agreed to be available by telephone, (510) 516-5456.

Most know from our recent annual meeting that Immanuel’s operational budget is somewhat precarious at present, and that the church building remains in dire need of repairs.  We strongly encourage those of you who would otherwise make weekly donations in church to continue to do so during the suspension of services.  Checks can be mailed to the church at 1910 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda, CA  94501.  If you would prefer to make a cash offering, please email us at office@immanuel-alameda.org or call (510) 523-0659, and a council member can arrange to come by your home.

More importantly, please contact the church if you need assistance of any kind during this crisis.  If you become sick or if you are concerned that running an errand like grocery shopping or picking up a prescription will compromise your health, we encourage you to call the church office.  We will coordinate with those of us who are less at risk for complications from this virus to help others make sure they have what they need.

The leadership of Immanuel wants to reassure you that our life together is of utmost concern to us at this time of vulnerability.  As Pastor Dot frequently reminds us, we are called to serve one another.  We need to remain to connected even as we take proper precautions.

Yours in Christ,
Andrew Thomas, Deanna Johe, Chris Fetzer, Beth Greene,
Linda Ganfield, Chris Kanbergs, Ruth Dow and Jane Sullwold

Immanuel Lutheran Church Council  

Adult Sunday Study

The Adult Sunday Study will start back up again. Discussions will start up on Sunday, February 17th at 9am  in the Helen Room and will continue beginning the first Sunday in March. The Good News of Jesus Christ as written in Luke for the “most excellent Theophilus” is the subject of our study and discussion. All are welcome, and feel free to join in on any Sunday. Also remember that you can send your ideas on other areas of faith and discovery to Pr. Dot. The journey has just begun.

10:00am   —   Sunday Communion Worship Service

Come, be refreshed and renewed. Sunday worship at Immanuel will leave you strengthened and ready to face life’s hardships. We pray, read, listen, sing, and celebrate with “enthusiastic affirmation” God’s bountiful gift of Life through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Come and experience the peace and joy of God’s creation. Come, worship with us.

Children‘s Sunday School, First Communion Classes, Confirmation Classes,  & Youth Group

Our support and outreach to the youth within our congregation and the community will begin within the first week of March. We will hold an organizing and planning meeting for parents, grandparents, and anyone else who is interested in helping to kick these events off and make them successful. Stay tuned and look for emails and invitation letters.