Bring Your Checkbook: Final Day of Alternative Marketplace this Sunday, December 16th

Gifts that give twice! At Immanuel, we like to offer many opportunities during Advent to share our good fortune with others, near and far. In addition to the “shoe boxes of gifts” for Marshall House mothers, and the Mitten Tree for Rawson School first graders, we offer our support to several beloved nonprofit institutions in honor of those we love. 

  • A gift to Heifer Project International will send a domestic farm animal of your choice to a family across the globe to be shared with the entire village;

  • A hand lettered certificate from Loaves & Fishes will tell your loved ones they have helped feed the hungry in Greater Hartford and supported the soup kitchen in Immanuel’s building;

  • A donation to Church World Service will send not only the warmth of blankets and shelter around the world, but also support CWS lesser known line of work advocating for LGBT protections and rights in distant places where people are at risk for being themselves;

  • Beautiful Christmas cards by Joni Earekson Tada will be sold by Lynn Johnson in support of Wheels for the World, which helps provide wheelchairs for those in need around the globe.

Look for Social Action Committee volunteers at card tables in Fellowship Hall on Sunday to accept your checks or cash in support of any or all of these organizations. And thank you for your always-generous giving.

Immanuel--An Emergency Warming Shelter

Can you imagine being homeless when the temperatures are extremely low? Would you like to help a few families who come to Immanuel to get out of the cold in a safe place at night? When the City declares a “Severe Cold Weather Emergency,” Immanuel has agreed to host several homeless families – a maximum of 10 people overnight. The Council recently approved this effort, requested of many Hartford churches when federal funding was cut for this program.  

The City asks that Immanuel open its doors at 5pm to ten guests (parents and children) assigned to Immanuel. We provide dinner, snacks and a continental breakfast. Guests would leave by 7am. (If the weather advisory continues, they are encouraged to go to daytime warming shelters, such as Marshall House). The City provides cots and blankets.

Volunteers Needed: This effort requires us to have a list of potential volunteers who would respond to the Emergency call – usually 48 hours before the severe weather occurs. On a given night, we would need 10-12 volunteers to:  

  • serve dinner, host overnight (taking turns staying awake), and serve breakfast and

  • bring dinner (such as casserole or chili etc, salad, rolls or dessert) and breakfast (such as bagels and cream cheese).  

If you would like to volunteer to bring food, or to host at our shelter, please sign up in Fellowship Hall or contact Nancy and Mike Rion, who have offered to coordinate this effort. We hope to have a large number of sign ups, knowing that not everyone will be available to help when we get the call.

Thank you for considering how you might help our most vulnerable citizens be warm and safe at Immanuel when we have severely cold weather.

Christmas Pageant this Sunday, December 9th, during 10am Worship

The children and youth of Immanuel will be presenting their annual Christmas Pageant as a part of this Sunday's service of worship. Enjoy one of Immanuel's most treasured traditions, which will include familiar carols and scripture of the Christmas story. Remain after worship for festive treats and joyful fellowship as we await the arrival of Santa. Advent fun for everyone!

Hurricane Disaster Recovery Trip: Puerto Rico

The United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries has invited work crews to help in rebuilding projects in Puerto Rico. We would be working with Puerto Rican partners on rebuilding projects, focused mostly on housing. We will join with Asylum Hill Congregational Church, and other local partners, on this trip. UCC Disaster Ministries is working in partnership with the Iglesia Evangelica Unida de Puerto Rico (IEUPR) on this recovery mission. IEUPR churches have already gathered lists of houses needing necessary repairs. At the present time, the list includes more than 90 homes. Most homes need roof repairs and painting. Work may include repairing cement roofs, light carpentry, metal and wood roofing repair, and painting interior ceilings and walls. Most of the work will be done in the Humacao city area, the hardest hit area in Puerto Rico. Volunteers should be prepared to work hard. The work will involve being exposed to a hot and humid climate, some heavy lifting, and climbing ladders. There is also some work that does not entail climbing up onto roofs.

  • Trip Dates: April 7-13th, 2019

  • Ages: 16 and older (Teenagers with a parent)

  • Cost: Approximately $800, scholarship are available through Immanuel's Social Action and Mission Committee

Contact Rev. Kari Nicewander, kari.nicewander@iccucc.org, for more information or sign up on the sheet posted in the Fellowship Hall. Spots are limited, please let Kari know if you are interested as soon as possible!

Immanuel Welcomes and Thanks Guest Reverend Donna K. Manocchio this Sunday, November 25th, 10am

Rev. Donna K. Manocchio will deliver a message on "Unexpected Blessings," complemented by gorgeous thanksgiving-themed music. Donna is a retired United Church of Christ pastor who served churches in Rocky Hill and Hartford. She is passionate about the stories of Scripture and the way they connect to the stories of our individual and communal lives.  She enjoys cooking, traveling, and finding and building community in unexpected places. She is married to David Lewis and they have two adult daughters. Donna currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Hands on Hartford, a nonprofit agency that increases food and nutrition security, improves health and provides safe and affordable housing. She can be found on many days in the Hands on Hartford Café, and she invites you to join her for a cup of tea and a tour! 

Advent Bible Study Begins Wednesday, November 28th, 7-8:30pm, in the Chapel

There will be a four-session Introduction to New Testament course focusing on the Gospels offered on Wednesday evenings, from 7-8:30pm, in the Chapel, beginning Wednesday, November 28th. The course, which will be led by Audrey Chapman, will use Gerd Theissen’s Fortress Introduction to The New Testament. If you plan to take the course, please sign up in Fellowship Hall this Sunday following worship, or by contacting the Church Office at admin@iccucc.org or 860-527-8121.