Seventy poinsettias remembering, honoring and celebrating loved ones will grace our Chancel which promises to be an astounding sight! We light the Advent candle of justice and peace, and pray earnestly for both, as we await the birth of the Prince of Peace.
Enjoy the beautiful display of poinsettias in the Chancel this week. Each plant was purchased by an Immanuel member in honor of a loved one. Then after worship, you can deliver one or more poinsettias to members who may no longer be able to attend church. The holiday can be a lonely time, and the bright plants are a reminder that Immanuel cares. Those who receive the poinsettias deeply appreciate the message of joy, peace, love, and hope from their beloved church, and the brief visit itself is a blessing. Just come up to the Chancel, and the Deacons will match you with a recipient.
The Governance Committee will hold a listening session this Sunday immediately after worship to hear any proposals to revise the Immanuel Congregational Church bylaws.
Bob Spencer, Moderator and
Governance Committee Chair
This is the last Sunday to put some of your Christmas dollars to work in Hartford and around the world. Honor a relative or friend by donating to Loaves & Fishes, and a hand-lettered certificate will be sent to them. Or “buy” an animal from Heifer Project or a blanket from World Church Service. They will travel far! See your friendly SAMC folks at the tables in Fellowship Hall. We will help you finish your shopping!
Herb, a beloved Immanuel member since 1990, passed away over the weekend. On Wednesday, December 27th, beginning at 10am, a memorial service in his honor will take place in the Sanctuary, followed by interment in the Immanuel Memorial Garden and a reception in Fellowship Hall.
Make-A-Wish Foundation is an organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to bring joy to their lives. You can help our agents raise money for Make-A-Wish kids by just writing a letter to Santa! For each letter that we drop into Santa’s Mailbox at Macy’s Department Store, Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish to help make children’s wishes come true. Look for the letter template in Fellowship Hall, fill it out and then leave it so that we can bring all of them together to Macy’s.
When your family gets your holiday decorations out of the attic and if there are ornaments or other holiday decorations that your family no longer uses, please think about donating them to our Mission Possible Kids, “Ho-Ho-Holiday Relief” collection. Simply put these unwanted decorations into a shoe box with a lid and bring them to Immanuel so that our agents can sort and send them to families in the area who don’t have a home to call their own, but are about to get one from a charity that finds home for these people. With your Ho-Ho-Holiday Relief box, they will have their first box of holiday decorations ever to use for next Christmas.
Please see Tracy Gormley for questions or more information.
This Sunday, we light the most-appropriate Advent candle of JOY as the children and youth of Immanuel present their annual Christmas Pageant as a part of the service of worship. We hope you enjoy one of Immanuel's most treasured traditions. Plan to remain following worship for a Christmas Party in the Parlor. Advent fun for everyone!
Looking for a few stocking stuffers? Purchase a homemade chocolate pop and support our youth group mission trip fund at the same time. These goodies will be available after worship in Fellowship Hall while supplies last. We thank you for your support!
Newcomers are welcome! We will debrief our work during 2017, develop an upcoming calendar for 2018, and brainstorm ideas for new projects. Please join us!
During the festivities after church this Sunday, take time to find the tables for our Alternative Marketplace — a way to use some of your Christmas gift spending to spread love and assistance locally and around the world. This year, we feature these organizations:
- Heifer Project: your purchase of an animal (or share of an animal) can help not only a family but an entire village. Honorary gift cards available.
- Church World Service: Just $10 buys a blanket to be used for warmth or shelter. Take a card to give this gift in honor of your loved one.
- Loaves & Fishes: a gift certificate will be hand lettered and sent to your loved ones, giving the gift of reducing hunger in Hartford.
- ProjectLIGHT: Hartford. “Our own” Lynn Johnson is working with local youth to sell wristband or drawstring bags in support of CreateGlobalHealing.org. See more information at her table
Blessings and gratitude from your Social Action and Mission Committee