Our Summer Schedule Worship is at 9:30 am 

On September 10th we return to 10:30 am worship time.


Meet Our Neighbors Dinner
In partnership with the Graduate Student Food Security Coalition, Immanuel will again host our
neighbors from North Village Apartments (and other graduate students and families). The July
dinner hosted over 120 people from at least 16 different countries! These dinners offer an
opportunity for cultural sharing, building relationships, and creating an open welcome all
around a meal provided in our parish hall.
Children are most welcome and activities for them will be provided. We would love for
Immanuel members to come help host as well as to be a part of meeting our neighbors.
The next dinner will be Saturday, August 19, with children’s activities from 5:30-6:30 and
dinner from 6:30-7:30
. The main dishes will be provided, but we need you to help provide
desserts (due to cultural, religious, and medical dietary restrictions, please provide a full
ingredient list or food label with your dessert).
Please let Sandy Petersen ( know or sign up on the Parish
Hall door by August 14th if you can attend or if you can provide a dessert.

Blessing of Backpacks
Join Pastor Steven on Tuesday, September 5, for our annual blessing of backpacks. We will set
up on the lawn near the sidewalk, greeting UMass students (and others) with a word of
encouragement for the first day of classes. We offer free baked goods, coffee, lemonade, and
blessings. We will have a tent to provide shade and protection from rain!
We’ll be set-up from
8 a.m. – 2 p.m. and you are welcome to come in shifts that work for you.
Sign up on the parish hall door to help staff the tent and/or to contribute baked goods. Contact
Pastor for more information.

Immanuel to Host Dinner for Amherst College Students
Immanuel will once again this year be hosting a group of incoming Amherst College freshmen
on their Community Engagement Orientation Trip. We will provide a potluck dinner for them
Friday, September 1 at 5:30 p.m. There is a sign-up sheet on the parish hall door. It’s
always a lot of fun to meet incoming students, hear about their experiences, and welcome them
to our community.
We encourage you to bring something and stay for dinner, but you are also welcome to drop off
food in advance or just come to eat if you can’t bring something. Contact Pastor Steven for
more information.

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 July donation weighed in at 138 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
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.

Thrivent Choice Dollars
Thrivent is offering a bonus of $50 in Choice Dollars to eligible Thrivent members, for donation
to a Lutheran congregation or other ministry. Go to, then search “Choice
Dollars.” Questions? Please call Pam Juengling at 549-2667.

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.

UMass Student Art Initiative
One of Immanuel’s vision goals has been to engage artists of all kinds. We have worked to
increase engagement with member artists and would love to continue that. We also are reaching
out to the UMass Art Department around the possibility of working with student artists. We
need a few Immanuel members to serve as an ad hoc advisory group as we explore this
possibility. Please contact Pastor Steven if you’re interested.

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 –