This Sunday, November 10th, 10am, is Pledge Sunday!

Sunday is Pledge Sunday, during which all members and friends are invited to present their 2020 financial pledge to Immanuel. If you have lost your pledge card, cards will be provided in Sunday's Order of Service, or you may pick one up at either of the two main entrances to the church sanctuary before worship service. We thank you in advance for your grace and generosity. If you have already pledged for 2020 or choose not to pledge, you may complete a prayer card in your pew and bring that forward and place it in the basket at the same time as the rest of the congregation.

It's No Straws November!

Did you know that Americans use 500,000 plastic straws per day? Every straw we’ve ever used is out there somewhere, as they don’t decompose and can’t be recycled. Thousands litter our beaches and end up in the ocean, swallowed by and harming marine life. Our newly formed “Eco Kids” group will be at the Advocacy Table after worship on Sunday with coupons for you to leave for your waiter/waitress the next time you dine out. They ask that the restaurant adopt a “straws on request” policy. Let’s see how many places we can get to make this change, and be sure to refuse all straws yourself. Together, we can stop polluting our lands and waters!

Last Chance to Sign Up for Undoing Racism Training

Training is offered by The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. Undoing Racism® is their signature workshop. Through dialogue, reflection, role-playing, strategic planning and presentations, this intensive process challenges participants to analyze the structures of power and privilege that hinder social equity and prepares them to be effective organizers for justice. The multiracial team of organizers/trainers includes more than 100 men and women whose anti-racist organizing expertise includes years with civil, labor and welfare rights struggles, educational, foster care, social service and health reform movements, as well as youth and grassroots community organizing. An average of 30 groups per month participate in The People’s Institute Undoing Racism®/Community Organizing process.

Workshop participants will:

  • Develop a common definition of racism and an understanding of its different forms: individual, institutional, linguistic, and cultural;

  • Develop a common language and analysis for examining racism in the United States;

  • Understand one’s own connection to institutional racism and its impact on his/her work;

  • Understand why people are poor and the role of institutions in exacerbating institutional racism, particularly for people and communities of color;

  • Understand the historical context for how racial classifications in the United States came to be and how and why they are maintained;

  • Understand the historical context for how U.S. institutions came to be and who they have been designed to serve;

  • Understand how all of us, including white people, are adversely impacted by racism every day, everywhere;

  • Address surface assumptions about how your work is (or is not) affected by racism;

  • Develop awareness and understanding about ways to begin Undoing Racism®

Dates/Times: (Participants must be available for all of the training to register)
Friday, Nov. 15th | 6pm to 9pm
Saturday, Nov. 16th and Sunday, Nov. 17th | 9am to 5pm

Location: Immanuel Congregational Church
Food: Snacks provided Friday. Breakfast and Lunch provided Saturday and Sunday.
Cost: The Cost is $450 per person. Scholarships are available simply by requesting one at registration. 100% of the fee goes to the training and food.
Group Size: There is a maximum of 40 participants per training.
How to register: Register online at http://christianactivities.org/trainings/. Send check made payable to Christian Activities Council to 47 Vine Street, Hartford, CT 06112 or pay through our web site at www.christianactivities.secure.force.com/donate/. Call 860-527-9860 with questions.

Join Us this Sunday, November 3rd, 10am, for our Book of Remembrance Worship

Please join us for worship as we celebrate All Souls’ Day and honor the members of our Immanuel family who have passed. Two important reminders:

  • Daylight savings time begins this weekend, so please "fall back" an hour on your clocks before going to bed Saturday night.

  • This is a Communion Sunday when we gratefully accept monetary gifts to the Communion Fund, and gifts of nonperishable foods such as peanut butter crackers, granola bars and fruit snacks. All donations go to help those in our church neighborhood, and in the greater community and world.

Immanuel Welcomes our New Gospel Choir Director, Margaux Hayes! Meet her this Sunday, November 3rd, during coffee hour

Margaux is a classically trained vocalist who attended the Hartford Conservatory and Hartford College for Women. She is a Performance Artist that explores empowerment through the healing vehicles of music, spoken word/poetry, movement art and environmental endeavors, gardening/farming and recycling! There will be a meet-and-greet with Margaux during our November 3rd coffee hour.

Want to sing with the Gospel Choir? Email: rev.isaac.lawson@gmail.com. We will meet for rehearsals the 1st two Wednesdays of the month starting November 6th and 13th at 7pm at the church. All are welcome!

Join Us for Immanuel's Open & Affirming BirthGAY Community Dinner!

This Saturday evening, October 26th at 6pm in the church Fellowship Hall, we will hold a community dinner to celebrate our 19th birthday of becoming Open & Affirming. The potluck dinner is open to ALL, no matter how large the group gets. The more the better! If you would like to attend, please contact Frank Hagaman at FHHagaman@gmail.com who is handling RSVPs and food assignments.

On October 29, 2000, Immanuel voted to become an Open & Affirming congregation. On that date, we pledged to “welcome into full participation members and staff of every sexual orientation.” In 2012 we added that welcome to members and staff of every gender identity and expression. Next year we will celebrate 20 years of that welcome, but we didn’t want to wait until then to celebrate such an important part of who Immanuel is.

Immanuel Welcomes and Thanks Reverend Michael Joseph, United Church of Christ Global Ministries Mission Co-worker in Colombia, for Joining Us this Sunday, October 27th!

We welcome to our pulpit Rev. Michael Joseph, whose “work in documenting the continued strife and violence against church workers has been extraordinary.” Michael grew up in Latin America (the child of missionaries to Brazil), and lived roughly half of his life in the U.S. and half in different countries in Latin America. Says Michael, “From a young age I’ve been interested in the relationship between the United States and Latin America, and Colombia is one of those places where the links are so very important.”

Michael is affiliated with Justapaz, the Mennonite Center for Justice, Peace and Nonviolent action, that has been doing prophetic peace-building work in Colombia for over twenty-five years. Though they work from an Anabaptist framework, Justapaz works with many different denominations to meet the needs of the communities they serve in the midst of violent conflict. Colombia’s internal armed conflict has spanned over 50 years, and while the motivation behind the conflict is political and not religious, Protestant and evangelical churches (which comprise 10-15% of the population) have been heavily affected by the fighting. Justapaz currently has projects in conscientious objection to forced military service, human rights documentation, women’s rights and community-based peace-building. Join us for 10am worship to learn about this most important work!

Christian Kids! Visit Immanuel House: this Sunday, October 27th, during Worship

Children are invited to wear their Halloween costumes to church and then embark to visit our neighbors at the Immanuel House during the Christian Kids! program time with their group leaders. Our short visit will include parading through the common areas and visiting residents in their dining room. We will conclude our time together enjoying fun seasonal activities in Fellowship Hall. Please contact Tracy Gormley for more information at tracy.gormley@iccucc.org.