June 26 at 6 p.m. – Immanuel Book Club at The Works*

* See listing below for more information.

Our Summer Schedule Begins June 18th Worship is at 9:30 am

Pastoral Coverage
Pastor Steven will be away June 20 to 24. Pastor Anna Tew, 413-650-2636, will provide
pastoral care coverage June 20-22 and Pastor Steph Smith, 413-575-0845, will provide coverage June 23-24. He will also be away July 9-20 and Pastor Tew will provide coverage
during that time.

Join Our Facebook Group
Did you enjoy connecting with our visitors from Michigan in April? Do you want to stay in touch? Were you unable to attend events that weekend, but still want to find out more? Join our Facebook group and share pictures, memories, stories, and information!

Interfaith Perspectives on End of Life Care
Speakers from the Jewish, Muslim, Catholic and Protestant communities will be featured in a
community conversation on end of life care
Thursday, June 29 at the Newman Center on
North Pleasant Street in Amherst.
The program runs from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. There will be a question and answer period and time for sharing in smaller groups on critical decision making involving hospice and palliative care and advance directives. Speakers will include Rabbi Benjamin Weiner of the Jewish Community in Amherst, Rev.Catherine Munz, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Northampton, Dr. Zubair Kareem, Islamic Society of Western MA and Tim Biggins, Catholic Diocese of Springfield. Respondents will be Rev. Janet Bush, Unitarian Society of Northampton and Dusty Miller, First Congregational Church of Amherst.
The program is sponsored by Cooley Dickinson VNA and Hospice. Handicap access is
available in the front entrance with overflow parking in the lot across from Newman Center.
For information, call 413-582-5384 or email
To register:

Coffee Hour Sign-Ups
Sign-up sheets are on the Parish Hall door by the parlor, but if you forget to sign-up, you can
call or email the office and Diana will put your name on the sign-up sheet for you. Each week
we will publish a list of upcoming dates that no one has signed up for. If you have a future date
that you would like, but it hasn’t been listed yet, just notify the office.
Still available are: All of July and August

Learn More Here about Sanctuary
Immanuel’s council voted in May at the recommendation of the Immigration and Sanctuary
working group to formally affiliate with the Sanctuary movement as an Immigrant Welcoming
Congregation. To learn more about what that means, find more information here:

Curious About A Career in Tech?
This August, Girls Who Code is hosting a two week immersion program for high school girls to
learn computer science fundamentals, gain exposure to tech jobs and join a supportive sisterhood of tens of thousands of girls who code across the US. The campus program will be held at Mount Holyoke College from August 7 to 18 and is open to girls in 9th through 12th grades. The girls will learn how to build a website, program in JavaScript, engage in fun
bonding activities, and learn about notable women in computer science. Cost of the program is $2,000, but there are many full scholarship positions available.See the poster on the bulletin board near the water cooler or visit

Free Bell Choir Concert
The Handbell Musicians of America are having their biennial regional festival and conference at
UMass at the end of June. The culmination of the event is a free concert at the
Mullins Center
at 3 p.m. on July 2. All the attending bell choirs will play together, and it makes for quite a

Caring About Neighbors
The Orange Bag Project is an ongoing service ministry where the Sunday School collects nonperishable food for the Amherst Survival Center. On the second to last Sunday of each month, the children present the items at the altar during the offering and Marvin Daehler brings it to the Survival Center. Our May donation weighed in at only 84 pounds.

Immanuel Book Group
The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu (with Douglas Abrams) will
be the next book read by the Immanuel Book Group. We will meet to discuss the book on Monday, June 26, from 6-7 p.m. at our new regular location, The Works cafe at 48 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst. Plan to arrive a few minutes early if you want to order food, and we’ll start our conversation at 6 p.m

Sign up for the ELCA New England Synod E-News
Would you like to know more about what is happening among the Lutheran’s in New England?
We try to share important events and updates in this e-letter, but there’s lots more than we can include. If you’d like to receive a weekly email with news and updates, videos from the bishop,tips for ministry, events you can attend, and more, please sent an email to Martha Whyte: requesting to be added to the N. E. Synod News email list.

Summer Children’s Activities are offered by Multi-Arts from June 19 to August 11 at Wildwood
Elementary School in Amherst. Taught by top-notch, professional artists every day, activities include: Art, Theater, Music, Dance, Fashion, Story Telling and more. Attend for one day, one week, or the whole summer. Space is limited, so register TODAY! 413-584-7951.Fun, inspiring, empowering. Small groups for individual attention for children ages 4 to 12.

Inviting Your Prayer Request
Every Sunday we pray together in worship for the needs of the church, the world, and all those in need. These prayers are meant to be shared by the whole community and represent the things for which all of us desperately want and need God’s help.In order to help us in crafting prayers that represent that breadth of need and concern in our community, we are inviting you to submit prayer requests to a basket on the table in the narthex at any time. Names of individuals can still be submitted to the church office by phone, email or leaving a note on the desk in the office.

E-Letter and Bulletin Announcements
Please send your E-Letter and bulletin announcements to the church office by noon each
Wednesday –