In these Challenging Times, We Look to the One Who Can Immerse Us in New Waters

Join us for 10am worship this Sunday, March 3rd, as we encourage one another to keep our eyes open for God's presence, keep our hearts alert for the Lord's voice, and keep our spirits ready for almighty surprises. This is a Communion Sunday. Your Communion Fund donations of nonperishable food products such as peanut butter crackers, fruit snacks, and boxed tuna and chicken, as well as monetary donations, enable us to do God's work in our neighborhood and world, and will be most gratefully accepted.

Ash Wednesday Taize Worship Service: March 6th, 5:30pm, in the Chapel

At Taizé, a service is called a prayer which has neither beginning nor end. Taizé includes short songs repeated again and again which are quickly learned. In a few words they express the reality of one’s faith, an attentive waiting on God that becomes a way of listening to God. The service includes imposition of ashes. All are invited to join us in this special service marking the beginning of Lent.

New Multi-faith, Multi-racial Organizing Assembly, Tuesday, March 12th, 7pm, Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave., West Hartford

Since 2016, Christian Activities Council has gathered clergy and leaders from over 50 faith-based institutions to develop relationships and begin organizing to build the power necessary to make our region more just and equitable. See insert in this Sunday's Order of Service to learn more. If this ground-breaking faith-based organizing excites you, please come to assembly. Plan to arrive no later than 6:40pm to leave room for parking and sign-in. Please let Sue Fisher, admin@iccucc.org, 860-527-8121, know if you plan on attending.

Join our Lenten Book Study: Climate Church, Climate World: How People of Faith Must Work for Change, by Rev. Jim Antal, Wednesdays, March 13th, 20th, 27th and April 3rd, 6:30-8pm, in the Chapel

The Environmental Action Committee invites you and all friends to participate in a Book Study of Rev. Jim Antal’s important book. Antal is a United Church of Christ denominational leader, award-winning activist, and public theologian. He serves as the national spokesperson on climate change for the United Church of Christ. Rev. Antal’s book poses the question, “As God’s children, we are entrusted with the responsibility to protect God’s creation,…how must people of faith face the enormity of a moral crisis which constitutes a theological emergency?”

Interested persons are encouraged to sign up on the sheet posted in Fellowship Hall, or contact Roland Axelson, rgaxelson@gmail.com, 860-817-2915. Participants are encouraged to purchase copies of the book at Barnes and Noble or from Amazon.  Some copies of the book have been purchased for anyone unable to purchase the book. Please let R. Axelson know. 

Please note that Rev. Jim Antal will preach and hold a Second Hour discussion at Immanuel on April 28th, the Sunday after Earth Day, April 22nd. All are invited to attend.

Criminal Justice Reform Task Force Meeting: Wednesday, March 13th, 7pm, Fellowship Hall

The 2019 legislative session is underway and there are a number of important bills that could have a positive impact on our state’s criminal justice system. At our March 13th meeting we will hear from an ACLU-CT lobbyist, as well as from legislators who are championing these reforms, and learn about ways that we can help advocate for these proposed pieces of legislation. 

What started as an Immanuel group has expanded to a growing number of area congregations, which is very exciting. All are welcome to attend these meetings. To be included on the email distribution list, contact Anne Stanback, annestanback@gmail.com, or Jim Boucher, jmbb2020@gmail.com.

Interfaith Freedom and Justice Ride Worship Service and Second Hour Discussion: Sunday, February 17th, beginning at 10am

Participants share experiences of their powerful trip to Alabama at a special worship service and Second Hour that you won't want to miss. In addition, our Reverend Kari and Faith Church's Reverend Steve Camp were interviewed for a television segment while on the trip. View this segment at this link:  
https://www.alabamanews.net/2019/01/04/selma-tourism-impacted-by-government-shutdown/?fbclid=IwAR1caaPCd75bTwPKzKQLtPjjNJ4niOSsd9z1ypiKTm7Sju1djjFSVL9Ggl8
While the segment was about the government shut down, our ministers' words underscored the racial justice learning that was the impetus for taking this trip. Also, Reverends Kari and Steve were interviewed by Fox 61 Television about the trip. View their interview at this link: https://youtu.be/0ntxsb_o52M.

Youth Group Collecting Toiletries

Our Youth Group will participate in “Church by the Pond” in Bushnell Park on Saturday, February 23rd, and are looking for toiletries to hand out to the folks in need that attend this weekly worship service. They are collecting toothpaste, soap, deodorant, lotion, lip balm and socks. This is the last Sunday to deposit your donations in the bin in Fellowship Hall. Thank you for your generosity!

Safe Church Training, February 24th, at 11:30am, in the Parlor

Safety is one of our main concerns for our children and vulnerable adults in our church community. Church leaders and those involved with our children and youth are required to take our “Safe Church Training” module each year. Please plan to attend this training session if you are a member of Church Council, Deacons, Ushers, Social Action & Mission Committee, Personnel Committee, Called to Care, youth group leader, Christian Kids! leader, Board of Christian Education or staff. This final training of this program year is February 24th, at 11:30am, in the Parlor. Please contact Tracy Gormley with any questions or concerns at 860-521-8121 or tracy.gormley@iccucc.org.

Collaborative Worship Service with Faith Congregational Church: Sunday, February 10th, 10am, at Faith Church, 2030 Main St., Hartford

Rides are available, leaving at 9:45, 9:55 and 10:05am from the Immanuel parking lot. Please note there will be no worship service at Immanuel as we join with Faith to celebrate the 200th anniversary of their church, and continue to develop our relationships with the people in their congregation. Childcare is available. An additional note: Sunday Bible Study at Immanuel WILL take place from 8:30-9:30am, in the Parlor.