“Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty
or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?” Matthew 25: 44
James (not his real name) came to Immanuel seeking help. An immigrant from Eastern Europe, James moved to the Hartford area with his wife and three-year-old daughter. Sitting down with our pastor, Rev. Kari Nicewander, James explained his predicament. He had been living with his family in a motel, but he did not have the money to pay for another night. He was working in a construction job, and while he was getting a regular paycheck, the money would not be coming for another week. James needed help with food and housing. After listening to James and praying together, Kari was able to help provide food for the family, and to offer options for housing assistance. The Communion Fund was the resource that Kari needed in order to meet the needs of James and his family.
Many different folks knock at Immanuel’s door. Many are single mothers struggling to get by. Few have any discretionary income. Their request might be for help paying their utility bill, security deposit, or for help buying groceries, or, sometimes help in buying something special for a child. For most, theirs is a one-time request because of an unusual circumstance. Many have heard that Immanuel respectfully listens to those who come with emergency needs. Over the course of the year, we contribute and meet requests totaling up to $9,000.
We encourage you, members and friends, to give to the Communion Fund. You may choose to write a check or contribute through the “communion envelope,” which is in the church pews, or in your boxed set of giving envelopes for those who chose to receive envelopes. The Communion Fund is such a special way to meet the needs of our neighbors and live out the call of the Gospel. Thanks so much for your support of this significant ministry of Immanuel!
Rev. Kari and Rev. Isaac