LOOKING AHEAD AT IMMANUEL
Adult Forum Is at 9:00 a.m. in the parlor, and Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m.in the classroom.
How Can You Help with Stewardship of Immanuel’s Property?
Please join the property team after church on Sunday, September 24, as we plan for our needs
and priorities. If you are interested but can’t attend that day or if you have other questions or
ideas, please contact Nat Larson (email@example.com) or Stephen Rogalski
Global Harvest Festival
Heifer International’s Global Harvest Festival at Heifer Farm in Rutland, MA will be held on
September 30 & October 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: $10 per adult; $5 per child
(ages 3-10); free for children 2 & under.
Heifer Farm’s annual Global Harvest Festival is a fun-packed cultural celebration for all ages!
This festive weekend features international crafts and games in the Global Village, live music,
delicious food, hay rides to the pumpkin patch and, of course, all the farm animals. Live bands
will play on the main stage throughout the festival and the Dale Perkins Horse Show will
perform at 1 p.m. daily. Heifer Farm is located at 216 Wachusett St. in Rutland, MA. Call
508-886-5000 for more info!
“Syria’s Disappeared” – Documentary
The Valley Syrian Relief Committee will be screening a recently-made film, “Syria’s
Disappeared” on Sunday, October 1, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Edwards Church in Northampton.
This documentary tells the hidden story of tens of thousands of men, women and children
disappeared by the regime of President Bashar al Assad into a network of clandestine detention
centers. The film weaves together the powerful personal stories of three Syrians who survived
the detention, including Mazen al-Hamada. We are collaborating with the Syrian Emergency
Task Force, based in Washington, D.C., who will be bringing Mazen al-Hamada to the United
States. They have arranged for him to come to Northampton to speak after the film. He will be
sharing his experiences in detention, and will appear with Mouaz Moustafa, the Director of The
Syrian Emergency Task Force, who will be translating for Mr. Al-Hamada. The film also
showcases families of detainees, regime defectors and international war crimes investigators as
they fight to bring the perpetrators to justice and work for the release of the disappeared.
Sheets and Other Linens Available
If you are in need of XL Twin sheets, mattress pads, or other linens, Immanuel has recently
been gifted with a large quantity of used but professionally cleaned linens. We are sharing them
with our community partners, but we are also inviting any members who would like to take
advantage of them to stop in the parlor Monday through Thursday between 10 and 2. If you are
unable to make those times, you can check with the office, 549-0322, to make other
Immanuel Book Group
The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel will be the next book read by the Immanuel
Book Group. We will meet to discuss the book on Wednesday, October 4, from 6 to 7 p.m. at
our new location, Panera Bread on Rte. 9 in Hadley. Please plan to arrive a few minutes
early, if you want to order food. Our conversation starts promptly at 6 p.m.
Daily Devotionals Available
Copies of the ELCA daily devotional “Christ in our Home” are now available on the table in
the narthex and in the entryway near the bookrack. Please feel free to take a copy for use at
home. Booklets arrive quarterly (this one is for October, November, December) and provide a
brief scripture reading and reflection for each day written by people across the country.
Spiritual Resources for Personal and Community Transformation
All are welcome to attend a mini-retreat informed by the intersection of Christian and Buddhist
traditions on Saturday, September 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Immanuel. The
retreat will be facilitated by Dr. Robert Jonas, founder and director of The Empty Bell, a
contemplative sanctuary in Northampton which is a resource for contemplative Christians and
for Buddhist-Christian dialogue. Free and open to the public; donations welcome.
Doctors Without Borders
All are welcome to hear a presentation by midwife Liza Ramlow on Sunday, September 24
from 9 to 10:15 a.m. in the parlor. Ramlow has served 8 missions with Doctors Without
Borders in 6 countries including working on a boat rescuing refugees from the Mediterranean
Sea. She is a resident of Gill and a graduate of the UMass School of Nursing.
Sharing the “Thronged and Common Road”
Rediscovering Jane Addams in a Time of Crisis – a public forum – will be held on Saturday,
November 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Edwards Church in Northampton.
Jane Addams (1860-1935)––the co-founder of Chicago’s Hull House, social justice pioneer,
leader in the American Progressive Movement, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate––may be the
most important American woman that most people today have barely heard of. A disciple of
Lincoln, Tolstoy, and Gandhi, Addams was an astute critic of Gilded Age capitalism and
advocate for economic and social justice. She was a pioneering feminist, suffragist,
internationalist, peace activist, ethicist, co-founder of the NAACP, the ACLU, and the Women’s
International League for Peace and Freedom.
The forum will be the first public gathering ever to revisit the life and legacies of Jane Addams
and reflect on how her work is carried on today in the Pioneer Valley. The program will open
with a welcome from Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg. The keynote speaker will
be Louise W. Knight, author of Citizen: Jane Addams and the Struggle for Democracy (2006)
and Jane Addams: Spirit in Action (2010) (http://www.louisewknight.com/). Panelists will
include Addams scholars, practitioners in fields she influenced, and representatives of
vulnerable populations. General audience discussion will be encouraged.
500th Anniversary of the Reformation
Newman Catholic Center and Immanuel Lutheran Church will observe the 500th
Anniversary of the Reformation with a lecture on “Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue: Past,
Present and Future” on Tuesday, October 3 at 7 p.m. at the Newman Center, 472 N.
Pleasant Street. The lecture will be given by Bishop Mitchell Rozanski, Roman Catholic
Diocese of Springfield, Chair of the Ecumenical and Inter-religious Affairs Committee of
the US Conference of Bishops. Rev. Dr. Karl Donfried, Professor Emeritus of Religion
and Biblical Literature at Smith College; Pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran CHurch in
On Sunday, October 29 at 2 p.m. there will be a joint prayer service: “From Conflict to
Communion” at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 867 N. Pleasant Street. The service
will be led by Rev. Steven Wilco of Immanuel, and Fr. Gary Dailey of the Newman
Center. There will be music by a combined choir and the service will be followed by a
reception in the parish hall.
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
Our September donation weighed in at 278 pounds.
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. You can sign-up for all
tasks or just one – set-up, clean-up, provide snacks.
Currently available dates are: All of October and November.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org requesting to be added to the N. E. Synod News email list.
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
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