Backpacks for Returning Citizens Collection THIS SUNDAY, August 19th

In conjunction with Community Partners in Action and Faith Congregational Church, Immanuel members and friends are invited to donate all types of toiletries, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, lotion, face clothes, towels, razors, shaving cream, feminine products, pads & pens, umbrellas, bus passes, socks, gloves and hats, and backpacks to put them in. These donations will be collected at our worship with Faith Congregational this Sunday. We thank you, in advance, for your generosity. 

Community Meal with Returning Citizens

Join Leadership Greater Hartford’s Third Age Initiative for a community meal—Breaking Bread to Foster Connections—that will focus on how to create pathways to success for returning citizens in Greater Hartford. The meal, to be held in Immanuel Church’s Fellowship Hall from 6 to 8 pm THIS TUESDAY, August 21st, will bring together men and women released from prison, their families, service providers and the general public. We will share success stories as well as information about available resources to help returning citizens lead meaningful, productive lives. Equally important, the meal will be a way to meet each other face-to-face and share our concerns and our dreams for creating a more supportive, vibrant community. If you would like to receive an invitation to attend, please contact Anne Stanback,annestanback@gmail.com or Paula from the LGH team at psbokros@gmail.com. There is no charge, but you must register to participate.

Help Residents Move to Safer, Sanitary Housing!

In the struggle against slumlords, the Christian Activities Council, along with neighborhood leaders, have succeeded in taking on Emmanuel Ku. Residents will now be granted mobile vouchers to move to safer, sanitary housing. This is great news! However, over 150 families now have to relocate within the next 90 days. WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Many residents want to be paired with someone who will be a companion through this complex and daunting transition. We need volunteers with flexible schedules willing to attend housing authority meetings with residents, help fill out paperwork, and possibly drive residents to look at apartments. Spanish speakers greatly needed. Training provided. Connecticut Fair Housing, Open Communities Alliance, and Greater Hartford Legal Aid will provide technical assistance, but we need people like you to provide additional logistical support. Email Rev. Kari, kari.nicewander@iccucc.org, if you may be able to help in this way or you can contact CAC directly at tgayle@christianactivities.org or 860-527-9860 to volunteer.

All Invited to Participate: One Church, Two Books

Deacons have been gobbling up our ONE Church/TWO Books summer reading, and we enthusiastically recommend that you do the same. You will fall in love with Starr, the sixteen-year-old narrator of The Hate U Give, and you’ll ache with her through her harrowing experiences. Angie Thomas is an extraordinary young author. Evicted, by Matthew Desmond, will open your eyes to the appalling cycle of eviction and poverty, not only in Milwaukee, but throughout our nation. Desmond brings us into the lives of eight families who live this cycle and the landlords who control it. He creates living portraits of people struggling to find stable, decent housing for their families in the face of dehumanizing economic forces. We are looking forward to discussing these important books in the fall. More information is available from Reverend Kari or Reverend Isaac. Extra copies of the books are available in Fellowship Hall. 

Community Day and Picnic with Faith Congregational at Immanuel: Sunday, August 19th, Noon-2pm, on the Church Lawn

Help our church become a tangible presence in the hearts and minds of our surrounding community, and have fun with our friends from Faith! Food, games and fun! Volunteers are needed to help with set-up, clean-up and more! Please see Rev. Isaac to help make this a fabulous event for area families, our Faith visitors and Immanuel.

Backpacks for Returning Citizens: Collection on Sunday, August 19th

In conjunction with Community Partners in Action and Faith Congregational Church, Immanuel members and friends are invited to donate all types of toiletries, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, lotion, face clothes, towels, razors, shaving cream, pads, tampons, pads & pens, umbrellas, bus passes, socks, gloves and hats, and backpacks to put them in. These donations will be collected at a collaborative worship with Faith Congregational to be held at Immanuel on Sunday, August 19th. We thank you, in advance, for your generosity.