Together, we seek to open our ears, our minds and our hearts to God. Join us!
“I Am Not Alone” tells the inspiring story of Eric Jurado-Diaz, a 56-year-old veteran grappling with how to live following a diagnosis of ALS. This unique documentary film poignantly captures Eric’s journey toward acceptance, examining his resolve to live joyfully while embracing the new reality of a life with diminishing physical capabilities.
Eric is one of approximately 5,000 people diagnosed every year with this cruel and incurable disease. The “ice bucket challenge” was a cultural phenomenon that drew many people’s attention to ALS. Most people have heard of Lou Gehrig and Stephen Hawking, who lived many years and enjoyed a distinguished career, despite his profound disability. What many people may not know is the more common story of an ALS diagnosis: moderate to rapid physical deterioration and often death within 2-5 years. Veterans are twice as likely to have ALS than the general population.
We hope many newcomers are able to remain after worship this Sunday! You’re invited to bring your burning theological questions, to share what’s been on your heart, or simply join us to get to know Isaac better. So come and bring your questions, thoughts and ideas.
Please join us for a panel discussion focused on innovative reforms to our state’s criminal justice system and innovative programs in the community to help those who have been previously incarcerated. Hear from policy experts, advocates and returning citizens and learn how communities of faith can make a difference in this critical work.
Our ministers Kari, Isaac and Tracy lead a rewarding service rich with participation from our junior and senior youth, the baptism of Charlie O'Rielly Scott, and the receiving of nine new members into the Immanuel faith community.
The summer wouldn't be complete without our Fun in the Son Christian Kids program on select Sundays held outside on the church lawn. Children age three through grade three are invited to "Operation Creation" and learn about our environment through stories, crafts and special activities. Join us this Sunday, June 24th, July 15th and August 26th and invite FRANC! (friends, relatives, acquaintances, neighbors and co-workers) Dress for outside play and possible messy activities.
In addition to its usual chock-full content, this edition contains links to additional meaningful reading: both a lecture and an interview with Immanuel member Dr. Elijah Nealy, and colorful commentary on the junior and senior youth group mission trips by Christian Education Director Tracy Gormley! Click here to access the newsletter:
We lift up our Chancel Choir, Christian Education volunteers and, in an extra special way, Joan Gillette, for her years of leadership and dedication to Immanuel's Hospitality Ministry, and her innumerable other contributions to the life of our church. In keeping with our worship theme, this is also a Communion Sunday, and we hope many will bring non-perishable food donations or make monetary donations to the Communion Fund. Your generosity is greatly appreciated by our Hartford neighbors who routinely visit the church in need of food assistance.
Please join us for a panel discussion focused on innovative reforms to our state’s criminal justice system and innovative programs in the community to help those who have been previously incarcerated. Hear from policy experts, advocates and returning citizens and learn how communities of faith can make a difference inthis critical work. For more information, contact Anne Stanback at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In this deacon-led service, the message is delivered by beloved member, Rev. Dr. Audrey Chapman. We hope you'll join us!