Sunday, August 13th, Immanuel Warmly Welcomes and Thanks Guest Preacher, Reverend Michelle Hughes!

Rev. Michelle Hughes serves as the Associate Conference Minister for Transitions in the Connecticut Conference. She offers years of experience in pastoral care, community organization, and non-profit endeavors. Rev. Hughes is a graduate of Chicago Theological Seminary is also the founder of Diaspora Spirit, a women’s group dedicated to connecting women of the African Diaspora in the Chicago land area. She is a Chicago native and is the mother of two young adults, Nia Randall and Joshua Wade. 

Nicaragua Service/Learning Trip Participants Begin their Meaningful Experience!

Seventeen Immanuel members, friends and youth departed for Nicaragua, returning on Saturday, August 19th! Through global partnerships like this one, we can reinvigorate our commitment to fighting poverty both locally and globally. Our denominational partners in Nicaragua focus on sustainable social change, justice education, and the alleviation of poverty. They frequently host US delegations like ours which support locally-led initiatives in Nicaraguan cities, towns, and villages. These initiatives may include supporting local schools, working on clean water projects, or assisting with housing needs. The trips always include education, advocacy, and relationship development. We wish the Nicaragua team all the best as they seek to change the world, and change themselves, through work with global partners.

Families Can Be...Complicated

Yet they can also bring out the beauty and power in us all. Join us this Sunday at 9:30am to hear Rev. Kari's thoughts on God's family tree, and how it relates to our families and lives. We'll celebrate communion as a church family--and gratefully receive any and all contributions to the Communion Fund and our non-perishable food collection.

Final Fun in the Son! Stories for Growing: Summer Church School this Sunday, August 6th

Last chance to join in our Fun in the Son! outdoor summer church school! “Stories for Growing” is especially geared for age two to grade two. Children engage their imaginations in story, song and activity as we explore various storybooks with spirituality themes on the front lawn of Immanuel. Siblings and older children are most welcome and can be involved as helpers for little hands.

Come Make Your Mark! Special Art Session this Sunday, August 6th, 9:30am, in the Parlor

Children in the third grade and older as well as youth through high school are invited to join us for a special art session with local artist, Wendy West. Young people will be led through a reflection on how we “make our mark” as people of faith, how what we do as individuals and as communities matters to the world around us, and convey these thoughts into individual and collective art works.

Help Feed the Hungry: Bring Non-perishable Food Items this Communion Sunday

In the spirit of Communion, where all are welcome at the table, the deacons are reestablishing our monthly food donation. On the first Sunday of each month, Communion Sunday, congregants are invited to bring their non-perishable food items to the front when they come forward to take communion. The food will be donated to Hands On Hartford to help provide food assistance through their food bank. We give to the Communion Fund each month to help our neighbors in need. An additional gift of food will widen our circle of giving in love and solidarity with our community.

Support our Nicaragua Missionaries by Providing Some Supplies

Seventeen Immanuel members, friends and youth depart on Friday, August 11th, to serve in Nicaragua. The items listed below are needed for the trip. If you can provide any of them, please bring them to worship THIS SUNDAY, August 6th, and leave them in the basket in Fellowship Hall labeled "Nicaragua Trip." Thank you, in advance! 

  • 5 pairs of heavy duty work gloves
  • 2 decks of cards
  • 1 bag of Scrabble letters
  • 20 pens
  • 5 small notebooks