LOOKING AHEAD AT IMMANUEL
February 21 & 28 at 6 p.m. – Lenten Service in the parish hall
March 7, 14 and 21 at 6 p.m. – Lenten Service in the parish hall
March 25 – Palm Sunday
March 29 at 7 p.m. – Maundy Thursday Service in the sanctuary
March 30 at 7 p.m. – Good Friday Service in the sanctuary and parish hall
March 31 at 7 p.m. – Easter Vigil
April 1st at 9:15 a.m Easter Breakfast in the parish hall followed by worship in the sanctuary at 10:30 a.m.
Note new time: Choir rehearsal is on Thursdays at 7 p.m.
Weekly sermons are available at http://immanuel-amherst.org/recent-sermons
Invitation to Join Pastor for Campus “Office” Hours
The semester has begun at UMass and Pastor Steven is back at the Blue Wall on Monday
afternoons. Anyone is welcome to join him for campus office hours at the Blue Wall most Mondays from Noon to 2 p.m. You are welcome to come for all or part of the time or just drop by and say hello if you’re passing through the campus center. If you are coming for a significant part of the time, just let Pastor know you’re coming in advance. It’s a great chance
to see the campus center, meet students, and enjoy the highest rated college dining experience in the country. There will be campus hours on: February 26, March 5, 19, 26, and April 2, 23, & 30.
Interfaith Cot Shelter Meals
Every winter, Immanuel provides and serves three meals at the Interfaith Cot Shelter in
Northampton. Thank you to Martha Armstrong, Ruth Rinard, Chris Mattocks, and June Daehler
for the November meal.Our final meal is March 13th. You can provide a food item and/or come and serve/clean up.Serving is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. If you would like to be involved, contact Abby Dallmann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benefit Singalong Concert
“How Sweet It Is,” a benefit singalong concert with Annie Patterson and friends will take place
on Saturday, February 17 at 7 p.m. at the Northampton Friends Meeting, 43 Center Street
– 2nd floor. Join Annie Patterson, co-creator of Rise Up Singing and Rise Again songbooks, for
a special benefit for The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice. Renew you spirit and sing along to folk favorites, jazz, Motown and more. Suggested donation of $15 – adult; $10 – student and $5 – child. Call Jeff at 413-584-8975 for more information. Advance tickets are available at www.riseupandsing.org/events.
The Refugees of Shangri-La
The UUSGS Social Justice Film Series will present “The Refugees of Shangri-La” on
Saturday, March 3 at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Greater Springfield,
245 Porter Lake Drive. After 20 years surviving refugee camps in Nepal, the Kingdon of
Bhutan’s forgotten exiles abandon hopes of returning to their lost land and seek a new life in
America.Admission is free and refreshments will be provided as you view and discuss the film.
Free plentiful parking and handicap accessible.
Come to the Amherst Regional High School’s Symphonic Orchestra’s Winter Waltz, an evening
of live music for waltzing! When? Thursday, February 15 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Come at 6:45
if you would like to learn how to waltz. Where? Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Join our young ILC musicians – Zora Dallmann, Catherine Larson and Emma Wilburn in
supporting the ARHS music department trip to Washington DC. Suggested donation of $8.
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 January donation weighed in at 225 pounds.
Mission Support Videos
For anyone who missed the annual meeting or who would like to learn more about some
of the stories behind the work we support through the ELCA, here are links to the videos
from the ELCA YouTube channel that were shown at the annual meeting:
February Vacation Camp, 19-23 – Multi-Arts will be offering art – theater – music – dance –
mime – and more. Join them for one day, two or more days, or the whole week! Camps will be
held in Amherst (at Immanuel Lutheran Church) & Northampton.
Space is limited, so register early. www.multi-arts.org, 413-584-7951.
Brought to you by Multi-Arts, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching the Arts to
children ages 4 to 12. “Where artists bring their passion and joy to their teaching” and “Our
children…. had a chance to experience being artists.”
“Constructing the Terrorist Threat: Islamophobia, the Media & the War on Terror,” a film by Deepa Kumar, one of the nation’s foremost scholars on Islamophobia, will be shown on Sunday, March 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Lyman Hall, First Churches, 129 Main Street, Northampton. The film looks at how Muslims have become the predominant face of terror in U.S. news and entertainment media – even though terror attacks by white extremists have far outnumbered attacks by Muslim Americans since 9/11.
Following the film, Reverend Corey Sanderson will reflect on the film and offer his observations from the perspective of being a Board member of the Council on American- Islamic Relations Massachusetts (CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil rights organization) and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ, the largest Protestant denomination in the state. For the past 12 years, Corey has been an adjunct instructor at Northwestern Michigan College where he has taught Philosophy, Ethics,
and Religious Studies courses. Free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served.
Interfaith Service for Syria
“Keeping Hope Alive, An Interfaith Service for Syria,” will be held on Sunday, April 8 from
3 to 4:30 p.m. at First Churches in Northampton, 129 Main Street.
This interfaith service is sponsored by the Valley Syrian Relief Committee which is partnered
with the Syrian Emergency Task Force. The service will include an interview with Ahed
Festuk, a Syrian refugee,music by the First Churches choir, audience singing, prayers, readings
and other speakers. It will be both a solemn service and a time for people to learn more about
the ongoing war, its toll and what they can do to provide humanitarian help. The event is not a
fund raiser, and there is no cost to attend, but we will have a donation basket present so that
those who wish to can make a contribution to the Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF) for
their humanitarian work in Idlib Province and elsewhere in Syria. We also expect to have copies
of the Soup for Syria Cookbook available for sale, proceeds from which will benefit SETF
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.
March dates are now posted.