Join Us on Sunday, June 30th, to Celebrate PRIDE and the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall

On June 30th, Immanuel will celebrate Pride Sunday and the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall with a special 10am worship service and Second Hour. The Stonewall Uprising is considered by many to represent the birth of the movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights, and activists across the country will be celebrating a half-century of LGBTQ+ liberation that same day.

In honor of this special day, The Rev. DaVita McCallister will be our guest preacher in worship and then will lead us in a discussion about gender, sexuality and faith in a Second Hour. Rev. McCallister, a former Associate Conference Minister in Connecticut and a guest preacher at Immanuel in past years, is currently the Lead Pastor at First Church Somerville (UCC) in Massachusetts.

Please plan to attend what should be an exciting and celebratory day at Immanuel! Please note there will be no Summer Choir on this Sunday.

Rainbow Blankets for Church World Service

Did you know that CWS runs programs for LGBTQ refugees in Kenya and South Africa? The CWS Safe Space program assists leaders in Kenya and South Africa to extend welcome to people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions. That means LGBTQI refugees and asylum seekers gain assistance, as they flee terrible persecution in some African nations. Community outreach to LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers in Nairobi and Johannesburg has identified new strategies to ensure personal safety and access to essential services. CWS Safe Space also runs peer support activities for parents and caregivers of LGBTQ youth, and a partnership to expand HIV prevention and treatment services to LGBTQ refugees.

So....on Pride Sunday, June 30th, you are invited to support LGBTQ refugees in Africa, by making a donation to the Rainbow Blankets for Church World Service. The money goes directly to programs supporting LGBTQ refugees in Africa, ensuring their safety and care! Please indicate “Blankets” in the memo line on your check, and give generously to Church World Service, to support this important work!

Join in One Church; One Book: Summer Reading

The Dismantling Racism Task Force and Deacons encourage all to read Dear White Christians, for Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation over the summer, then join in book discussions on Wednesdays, September 18th and 25th. "In this provocative book, Jennifer Harvey argues for a radical shift in how justice-committed white Christians think about race....A deeply constructive, hopeful work, Dear White Christians will help readers envision new racial possibilities, including concrete examples of contemporary reparations initiatives." We hope you'll join in this opportunity to engage in dialogue as we move forward in our commitment to undoing structural racism in our culture and our church. Purchase your own copy, or borrow a copy from Fellowship Hall, read it and pass it along or return it.

Join Us on Sunday, June 30th, 10am, to Celebrate PRIDE and the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall

On June 30th, Immanuel will celebrate Pride Sunday and the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall with a special worship service and Second Hour. The Stonewall Uprising is considered by many to represent the birth of the movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights, and activists across the country will be celebrating a half-century of LGBTQ+ liberation that same day.

In honor of this special day, The Rev. DaVita McCallister will be our guest preacher in worship and then will lead us in a discussion about gender, sexuality and faith in a Second Hour. Rev. McCallister, a former Associate Conference Minister in Connecticut and a guest preacher at Immanuel in past years, is currently the Lead Pastor at First Church Somerville (UCC) in Massachusetts.

Please plan to attend what should be an exciting and celebratory day at Immanuel!

Fun in the Son! Outdoor Summer Kids' Activities THIS SUNDAY, June 16th

Our Fun in the Son! outdoor sessions geared for ages three to ten return for the summer with a focus on “Green Church; Caretakers Of God’s Creation”. Children will engage their imaginations in story, song and activity as we explore how to ‘Be Green, Think Green, Act Green and Live Green’ on the front lawn of Immanuel. Siblings and older children are most welcome and can be involved as helpers for little hands during activities. Mark your calendars and bring your friends with small children to these fun and interactive mornings this Sunday, and on these additional Sundays: July 14th and August 25th. Contact Tracy Gormley at 860-527-8121 or tracy.gormley@iccucc.org for more information.

Criminal Justice Reform Victories in Legislature!

In the final days of the session, the Connecticut House of Representatives followed the lead of the state Senate and unanimously passed SB 880, a bill that will result in greater transparency by prosecutors in terms of what charges are brought, how bail recommendations are made, and who gets an offer of a plea bargain. Thanks to everyone at Immanuel who advocated in support of this bill by attending the public hearing, writing letters or making phone calls. Your voice made a difference!