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

Council Meeting                                                                                                                       The summer Council Meeting will be held on Monday, July 24 at 7:15 p.m. in the parlor.

Former ILC Member
Immanuel has received notice of the death of former member John Olson. His obituary has
been posted on the bulletin board opposite the office.

Accompaniment Training
Pioneer Valley Project is holding an Accompaniment Training on Thursday, July 27 from 6 to
8 p.m. at South Congregational Church (45 Maple Street, Springfield)
. Pioneer Valley
Project is organizing to support our undocumented friends and neighbors during this time of
anxiety and fear. If you’ve already attended a training, we hope you will reach out to those who
may be interested from your community.
This training is in preparation to support members of our undocumented community in
upcoming interactions with ICE. This work is a long-term commitment to be present for our
undocumented neighbors and provide social and spiritual support for individuals and families.
The Accompaniment Team will also potentially assist our immigrant partners with related needs
– transportation, connecting to social services, making appointments, etc. In addition, the team
will work to organize vigils and public actions to support individual immigration cases and
connect this work to the national movement for immigrant justice.

Members of the team may also go with immigrant partners to court hearings and other legal
proceedings. No one in our community will stand alone. For more information or if you have
questions, please contact Emily Rodriguez at
(413) 885-7796 or Please
register for this training online here:

“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Promised Land,
and we WANT YOU to help us lead the way for our youth here at ILC!
A huge thank you to Liz Larson and Kathy Niedzielski for another great year of Sunday School.
Due to other commitments, both Liz and Kathy will need to take a step back from the Sunday
School for the fall. This is where YOU can hop on your camel or donkey to become part of this
journey to the “Promised Land”!
To provide our youth a strong foundation in Biblical stories and basics of the faith, we are going
to follow the semi-continuous lectionary lessons in the fall, which will walk us through
Exodus. Each week, we will focus on a different Hero of Exodus and we are looking for adult
leaders to lead the lesson. Liz will help develop and coordinate the lessons and assist each
volunteer with differentiating lessons for the kids in our one-room Sunday School.
We hope to have a number of adults through out the fall to give the children an opportunity to
get to know their church family. If you have one Sunday or four to share, please contact Liz
( for more details. Take a step closer to the promised land by sharing your gifts with our youth this fall. More to come later!!

Habitat for Humanity
Building a better world, one house at a time, is exactly the goal of Habitat for Humanity. Learn
about this remarkable organization and what is happening right here and around the globe on
Thursday, August 10 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Woodbury Room at Jones Library.
Inspired by the summer reading program theme of “Build a Better World,” the Jones Library is
offering this opportunity to hear about the work of Habitat for Humanity.
Originally focused in Georgia and Zaire, Habitat’s work now encompasses 70 countries and
1,400 communities across the United States. Some of those communities are right here in the
Pioneer Valley – including Amherst. Since 1989 over 39 homes have been built in Hampshire
and Franklin counties by Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity, almost exclusively by volunteers
– and, importantly, by the future homeowners themselves. But Habitat is about more than just
building houses – it is about empowerment, community, and fostering hope, strength, stability
and self-reliance.
Free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223.

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 set- up and clean-up for July 30 and August 20 and 27

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 June donation weighed in at 223 pounds.

Face to Face: Trip to Michigan!
Christ the King Lutheran Church in Gladwin, MI, whose members visited Amherst in April, has
extended an invitation to any members of the Immanuel community who would like to visit
them! Please contact Sarah Olsen (, 201-669-6189) if you would be
interested in joining a trip. At the moment, dates and means of transport are very flexible, and
we’re hoping to make this work for anyone who might be interested!

Immanuel Book Group
Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran will be the next book read by the Immanuel Book Group. We
will meet to discuss the book on
Monday, August 21, from 6-7 p.m. at Panera Bread, 351
Russell Street, Hadley.
Plan to arrive a few minutes early, if you want to order food.
Conversation starts 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.

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 –