The Art in Fellowship Hall Second Hour: this Sunday, October 21st, following Worship

The art work in Fellowship Hall is part of the permanent collection from the Prison Arts Program which is part of Community Partners in Action. The stories behind these works of art are amazing and thought-provoking. Jeffrey Greene, who is the manager for this program, will be with us for a Second Hour in the Parlor on Sunday. He will talk about the program, and then do a walk-around to share some of the amazing stories. This is your final opportunity to spend time with this exhibit as the show will be coming down next week in anticipation of the next exhibit!

Walk with Al Dornan for Immigrants: this Sunday, October 21st, 2-4pm, 450 Main St., Hartford (ICE Headquarters)

Join in this 2 mile walk through Hartford stopping at locations with important immigration history, ending back at 450 Main Street for a rally. This is a family friendly event—bring your friends, kids, signs and become an Ambassador for Immigrants by showing your support for a path to citizenship for DREAMers and Immigrants! 

Criminal Justice Reform Task Force Meeting: Wednesday, October 24th, 7pm, in the Chapel

Our criminal justice system needs significant reform regarding mass incarceration issues that disproportionately have a negative impact on racial minorities. Immanuel’s Criminal Justice Reform Task Force spent 2018 educating ourselves about many of those issues, from reentry services to voting rights, through conversations with advocates, government leaders and individuals who were previously incarcerated. Those conversations led us to hold a public forum in June; to host a dinner in August organized by Leadership Greater Hartford for people returning to the community from prison; and with our sister churches, to collect personal items to give to women returning to the community. All are welcome to attend these meetings at any time. Our criminal justice system needs significant reform regarding mass incarceration issues that disproportionately have a negative impact on racial minorities.

Reviving Justice Event: Saturday, October 27th

On October 27th, at First Church of Christ in Simsbury, the Connecticut Conference of the UCC will offer its first ever Reviving Justice event. Please join us for worship, networking, and workshops. Connect with faith and community leaders who are working for environmental, economic, and racial justice. Kari was a part of the planning team for this event, and would love to see some Immanuel folks there. It will take place from 12:30-5pm, and will involve awesome worship, as well as really important workshop opportunities. Register here: https://www.ctucc.org/eventdetail/11452493.

Second Hour: Hartford's Roadmap to 100% Renewable Energy: THIS SUNDAY, October 14th, 11:30am, in the Parlor


Come to this inspiring Second Hour with Bernie Pelletier, Project Manager of the People's Action for Clean Energy (PACE) 100PercentCT Campaign. Bernie will tell us how Hartford can move to a sustainable future when 100% of our energy comes from renewable sources. Eight towns in Connecticut are already working on this process. Find out how you can be a part of this campaign!

Giving Resource

Some people ask, “How much should I give?” That is a question that varies from person to person. But here are some guidelines to help in that discernment:

Scripture encourages us to give 10%, or a tithe, to the work of God’s kingdom. This has its roots in the agricultural economy of Israel, when a tenth of the crops harvested was set apart as an offering to God. This produce was used for works of mercy and temple needs. Generosity is a part of our heritage as people of faith!

Ten percent may be a hard goal to attain, and so reaching that goal depends a lot on people’s financial circumstances. Therefore, we encourage you to consider “stepping up” by 1% in your giving. Please remember: your giving, your generosity, comforts dying people, feeds the hungry, sings beautifully, proclaims the gospel, advocates for justice, builds peace in our city, and welcomes everyone. Your generosity creates miracles.

The chart below includes a giving chart, which may be helpful to you. We understand that not all of your giving goes to Immanuel. So, we would encourage you to consider where you are on the chart, and see if you can increase by 1%.

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Once you have determined your pledge amount, please fill out the pledge card and return it to Immanuel. Your pledge helps us to make plans for the upcoming year, as we seek to feed God’s sheep, as we are also fed.