Rev. Isaac shares his thoughts on hope, and how to hold on in the midst of despair. In addition, all, including children, are invited to join in Summer Choir. Simply arrive at 9:15am for pre-worship rehearsal. Childcare is provided both during rehearsal and worship.
Deacons have been gobbling up our ONE Church/TWO Books summer reading, and we enthusiastically recommend that you do the same. You will fall in love with Starr, the sixteen-year-old narrator of The Hate U Give, and you’ll ache with her through her harrowing experiences. Angie Thomas is an extraordinary young author. Evicted, by Matthew Desmond, will open your eyes to the appalling cycle of eviction and poverty, not only in Milwaukee, but throughout our nation. Desmond brings us into the lives of eight families who live this cycle and the landlords who control it. He creates living portraits of people struggling to find stable, decent housing for their families in the face of dehumanizing economic forces. We are looking forward to discussing these important books in the fall. More information is available from Reverend Kari or Reverend Isaac. Extra copies of the books are available in Fellowship Hall.
We are blessed to worship together with Faith Congregational Church, our sister church in the North End of Hartford. Please plan on attending this beautiful service next Sunday as we continue to grow our relationships with Faith.
Help our church become a tangible presence in the hearts and minds of our surrounding community, and have fun with our friends from Faith! Food, games and fun! Volunteers are needed to help with set-up, clean-up and more! Please see Rev. Isaac to help make this a fabulous event for area families, our Faith visitors and Immanuel.
In conjunction with Community Partners in Action and Faith Congregational Church, Immanuel members and friends are invited to donate all types of toiletries, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, lotion, face clothes, towels, razors, shaving cream, pads, tampons, pads & pens, umbrellas, bus passes, socks, gloves and hats, and backpacks to put them in. These donations will be collected at a collaborative worship with Faith Congregational to be held at Immanuel on Sunday, August 19th. We thank you, in advance, for your generosity.
Join Leadership Greater Hartford’s Third Age Initiative for a community meal—Breaking Bread to Foster Connections—that will focus on how to create pathways to success for returning citizens in Greater Hartford. The meal, to be held in Immanuel Church’s Fellowship Hall from 6 to 8 pm on Tuesday, August 21st, will bring together men and women released from prison, their families, service providers and the general public. We will share success stories as well as information about available resources to help returning citizens lead meaningful, productive lives. Equally important, the meal will be a way to meet each other face-to-face and share our concerns and our dreams for creating a more supportive, vibrant community. If you would like to receive an invitation to attend, please contact Anne Stanback, firstname.lastname@example.org or Paula from the LGH team at email@example.com. There is no charge, but you must register to participate.
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Join us as we bless our Community Garden and our new Environmental Action Committee! In addition, all, including children, are invited participate in Summer Choir. Simply arrive at 9:15am for pre-worship rehearsal. Childcare is provided during both rehearsal and worship.
Following worship this Sunday, there will be a Second Hour hosted by Brian Donahue with two short presentations of issues where individuals are being denied justice. The first will consist of a discussion of how some individuals who are brought to the United States to be adopted by American citizens are not getting their legal rights to citizenship enjoyed by others. The second issue involves child/forced marriages, which is both dangerous to a minor and to society. This discussion will include an update regarding Immanuel Congregational Church’s consideration to approve a resolution that would go to the CT United Church of Christ Conference for possible action. There will be additional written material and information available, and we hope that you are able to attend Sunday’s Second Hour.
This Sunday, and every Communion Sunday, you are invited to donate extra money to the Communion Fund. Communion Fund envelopes are found in the pews, and in your packet of collection envelopes, if you get them. Please make out a check and designate it to the Communion Fund or, if you give cash, please write your name on the envelope. We also gratefully accept donations of nonperishable foods. Tuna in boxes or pouches is a particular favorite of those who visit the church. Thank you, in advance, for your generosity!