Calendar

LOOKING AHEAD AT IMMANUEL

April 27 at 7:30 p.m. – Choir rehearsal

April 29 at 11 a.m. – Funeral Service for Lyle Larson

April 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. – Community service project at the Dinosaur Footprints*
Wilderness Reservation in Holyoke

April 29 at 6 p.m. – Community dinner and dialogue (see Face-to-Face)*

April 30 at 2 p.m. – League of Women Voters family concert in the parish hall*

May 1 at 6 p.m. – Immanuel Book Group Meets at The Works*

May 4 at 7:30 p.m. – Choir rehearsal

May 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. – Meal packaging event hosted by the Islamic Society*

May 7 after service – Stewardship of the property*

May 11 at 7:30 p.m. – Choir rehearsal

May 14 – Mothers’ Day

May 18 at 7:30 p.m. – Choir rehearsal

May 20 – Annual Clean-up Day -anytime between 9-3 to help clean up and spruce up the church building and property. Lunch will be provided around Noon.

* See listing below for more information.

Wedding of Andrew Donnelly and Rebecca Bishop
Members of the Immanuel community are invited to celebrate with Andrew Donnelly and
Rebecca Bishop at their marriage service Saturday, May 6, at 3 p.m. at Immanuel.

How Can You Help with Stewardship of Immanuel’s Property?
Please join the property team after church on May 7 to gather ideas and plan our priorities and
events. What projects can we tackle on our congregational work day planned for
Saturday,
May 20?
What longer-term issues need to be addressed in our building? How can we be more
energy-efficient or sustainable? If you are interested, but can’t attend on May 7 or if you have
other questions, please contact Nat Larson (
nc.larson@gmail.com) or Stephen Rogalski
(
smrcomp@comcast.net)

Sing into Spring
The League of Women Voters will present a family concert featuring Jay Mankita and Henry the
Juggler on
Sunday, April 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Immanuel parish hall. Light refreshments
will be provided.
Admission is $20 per family OR a donation of any amount – all are welcome, no one will be
turned away from celebrating spring. Proceeds from the concert will be used to educate and
advocate for single payer health care.

Immanuel Book Group                                                                                                                 The Immanuel Book Group’s next book will be The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of
Homecoming
by Henri Nouwen. We will meet to discuss it Monday, May 1, from 6-7 p.m. at
our new regular location,
The Works cafe at 48 N. Pleasant St., Amherst. Plan to arrive a few
minutes early if you want to order food, and we’ll start our conversation at 6 p.m.

Face to Face: A Storytelling Project
In a time of increasing fear, division, and bitterness, how can our churches work to foster
connection and inclusion? That’s the question that led to “Face to Face” – an effort to create opportunities for in-person exchange and storytelling across the ELCA. An intrepid group of Lutherans from a church in rural Michigan will be here from April 28 – May 1 to share their lives, fears, hopes, and faith journeys with us at Immanuel – and I hope we’ll be ready to listen and share in turn!

Please Join Us for one or both of the following!

Intergenerational Service Project: 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 29th: at Dinosaur Footprints Wilderness Reservation in Holyoke. ( Outdoor clean-up).
Dinosaur Footprints is located on Rt. 5 in Holyoke. Directions when coming from the north:
from I-91 South, take Exit 18 to Rt. 5 South toward Holyoke. Follow for 5.2 mi. to the entrance
on the left.There is a sign-up sheet in the Parish Hall. Contact Phil Johnson
johns6043@hotmail.com with questions.

Community Dinner and Dialogue: 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, April 29th at Immanuel.
Come and hear our visitors speak about their communities and faith journeys, and share some of
our own stories in return. Main dish will be provided, please bring a salad/side dish or dessert if
you can. Contact Sarah Olsen
saraheolsen@gmail.com or Shawn Adams
adamsshawn853@gmail.com with questions.

There is a sign-up sheet on the Parish Hall door,
or sign up online at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScG1XoIDjn-920H2-OlrHaQn_7QaroomibyrZyZ_8u7MQARug/viewform?c=0&w=1

Intergenerational Service Project
On May 6th, from 1 to 4 p.m., we will be partnering up with the Islamic Society and other
Lutheran Churches from Western Mass. for a meal packaging event hosted by the Islamic
Society. Join us for a wonderful time in connecting with new people and making a community
impact by helping feed over 10,000 people through the creation of meal bags. Meals will be
distributed to local food assistance programs in Western Massachusetts.
The meal packaging will be done at the Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts, 377
Amostown Road, West Springfield.
Please sign up on the Bulletin Board outside the Parish Hall. Friends, family, and guests are all
welcome! All are invited!
Contact Philip Johnson with any questions at Pjohns6043@hotmail.com

Habitat for Humanity
Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity has a few volunteer needs they are looking to fill. Please
contact Mariah Kurtz, Volunteer Coordinator, at 413-586-5430. Office hours: Tuesdays,
Thursdays, and Fridays, for information on other Habitat for Humanity events.
Needed are construction volunteers for Women Build Week coming up May 6-14 at the
Hawthorne Farm site in Amherst. (7 hr. shifts). Also needed are hospitality volunteers to bring
baked goods, fruit, drinks, and snacks to construction volunteers both at Hawthorne Farm and at
the next build location on North Pleasant Street in North Amherst this summer. (1/2 hour
delivery)

Thank You Notes
We have received two thank you notes this week. The first note said: “Thank you for your help
and donations for our
Log Church. This church is a pillar of the community and loved by
everyone. Visit our church if you are in the area. The doors are always open.”
The second note said: “Thank you so much for supporting the ministry of
Cathedral in the
Night.
Your donation helps us continue our ministry of building a safe, supportive, and loving
community where all are welcome.”

 Light Up the Night!                                                                                                               The 14th annual Light Up the Night! dinner and auction will take place on Friday, June 16 at 5:30 p.m.This year’s Light Up the Night! event will take us deep into the transformative magic of a Midsummer’s Night. Lose yourself to an enchanted night of friends, food, and dancing. Over 200 guests will feast and frolic in a captivating garden. One-of-a-kind live and silent auction items, donated by generous local businesses and individuals, will once again be the centerpiece of the evening.The event is held at the home of Betsy and Bruce McInnis, 76 Lincoln Avenue, Amherst. Street parking is approved. For more information, contact Rachel Condry at 413-548-1272 orrcondry@chd.org. For over 25 years, Family Outreach of Amherst has assisted struggling families in our community. Each year Light Up the Night! raises close to half of the annual fundraising goal for FOA. Please join us for a great party and a great cause!

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.
Currently available dates are:
April 30 – and all of May

Spring Concerts
Over the next two weekends, Novi Cantori will join with outstanding ensembles from
Northfield Mt. Hermon School, the Hampshire Young People’s Chorus, and Longmeadow High
School to present “Music for a Great Space.”
The program includes gems from Bach to Duruflé, Gabrieli to Paulus – in the beautiful settings
of
Grace Episcopal Church in Amherst this Sunday, April 30 at 7 p.m., and St. Andrew’s
Episcopal Church in Longmeadow on Sunday, May 7 at 4 p.m.
Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 students and seniors.

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 April donation weighed in at 207 pounds.

Inviting Your Prayer Requests 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 –
immanueloffice2@gmail.com.