Join Us for Palm Sunday Worship this Weekend, April 14th, 10am

Together, we raise our palms, shout our Hosannas and celebrate Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem with the glorious music that marks Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week! Important notes: there is no parking this Sunday at the Town & County Club. 8:30am Bible Study will be held in the Chapel, not the Parlor. Looking ahead: please note that there will be no Bible Study on Easter Sunday, April 21st.

2019 Foodshare Walk Against Hunger: Saturday, April 27th, Dunkin Donuts Park, Walk Steps Off at 10am

The Walk Against Hunger is one of Foodshare's major fundraising efforts each year that raises funds to serve the 121,000 people in Hartford and Tolland Counties struggling with food insecurity. This assistance goes to help our hungry neighbors here by Immanuel by supporting our campus partner Loaves and Fishes. You can join Team Immanuel in 2 ways: sign up to join the walk and sign up to sponsor a walker. We would love to have you participate in one or both ways. The best way to sign up is via the Immanuel Team Page http://site.foodshare.org/site/TR/Walk/General?team_id=14986&pg=team&fr_id=1390 or, if you wish, see a sign up sheet in Fellowship Hall. Feel free to contact David "PJ" Pettyjohn with any questions at pettyjohnd@gmail.com

Ready to Step Outside your Comfort Zone? Ready for Honest Conversation about Racism? Ready to Engage in Dismantling Racism?

The next Undoing Racism Training will be offered Tuesday – Thursday, June 11-13th at Beth El Temple in West Hartford. The 2 ½ day intensive workshop will include Immanuel members, Beth El members, and participants from other local faith and community organizations. The trainers from the People’s Institute for Change and Beyond are highly trained, sensitive, and dynamic. 

Pursuing our church’s commitment to do the hard work of dismantling racism, Kari and Isaac and twenty-four Immanuel members have been trained in the past year and a half, and our goal is for all of ICC’s leadership and as many members as possible to participate in this life-changing experience. Here is what one of us, Iris Branch, says about her training last fall:

"In my life I have participated in and even conducted many training sessions on racism. Undoing Racism was different from all of them; it didn’t sugar coat or soft sell the ideas presented. One of its strengths was the way it made participants see how enmeshed racism is in our society and how the solutions to the problem are not easy or quick. I highly recommend the training as a great beginning to addressing the issue."

Yes, participating in Undoing Racism Training requires a significant commitment of time and money. And, yes, it is worth it. There is scholarship money available so that all may participate. For more details and to inquire about financial assistance, call the church office.

Join your fellow Immanuel members in this journey of faith and hope. Sign up for the June training and help us move forward together.

2019 Foodshare Walk Against Hunger: Saturday, April 27th, Dunkin Donuts Park, Walk Steps Off at 10am

The Walk Against Hunger is one of Foodshare's major fundraising efforts each year that raises funds to serve the 121,000 people in Hartford and Tolland Counties struggling with food insecurity. This assistance goes to help our hungry neighbors here by Immanuel by supporting our campus partner Loaves and Fishes. You can join Team Immanuel in 2 ways: sign up to join the walk and sign up to sponsor a walker. We would love to have you participate in one or both ways. The best way to sign up is via the Immanuel Team Page http://site.foodshare.org/site/TR/Walk/General?team_id=14986&pg=team&fr_id=1390 or, if you wish, see a signup sheet in Fellowship Hall. Feel free to contact David "PJ" Pettyjohn with any questions at pettyjohnd@gmail.com

An Invitation: Sign Petition to Urge CT Legislators to Vote YES in Support of SB 1003--An Act Concerning Single-Use Plastic and Paper Bags

This week, CT Senate Environmental Committee voted out of Committee to the General Assembly a bill/act “Concerning Single-Use Plastic Bags and Paper Bags. The act proposes to help eliminate pollution from single-use plastic bags by banning plastic checkout bags in Connecticut, as has been done in many other states and cities. Additionally, supporters of the bill support reusable bag use that each citizen can bring to use whenever they shop. (Please note: The Environmental Action Committee will soon make available to church members and friends a reusable fabric shopping bag that is portable and washable for a very nominal price.)

Supporters of the bill also are opposed to creating “loopholes for so called “compostable” plastic bags. Compostable bioplastics are designed to break down in an anaerobic digester and are NOT biodegradable in the natural environment. If disposed of improperly, compostable bags will continue to threaten aquatic wildlife, create more pollution, and create problems for municipal recyclers. Please consider signing the petition at the Advocacy Table after church this Sunday, March 31st.

Meet the Connecticut United Church of Christ (CTUCC) Legislators Event: Friday, April 5th, 10-11am, Hartford Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Ave.

This is an opportunity to meet those elected officials of the state’s General Assembly who share many of the CT Conference values as determined by our mission and Annual Meeting resolutions. The Conference is also encouraging people to set up meetings with their own State Representative and State Senator before or after the meeting. More information can be found on the events calendar of the UCC Conference website: www.ctucc.org. If you would like to attend, please contact Michele Mudrick at michelem@ctucc.org or 860-796-3822. And if you are interested in carpooling, please contact Anne Stanback, annestanback@gmail.com.