May 20 – Annual Clean-up Day *

May 24 at 7 p.m. – Choir rehearsal – note change to Wednesday

May 25 at 6 p.m. – Ascension Day Evening Prayer with Optional Hike*

May 29 – Office Closed for Memorial Day

June 8 at 7:30 p.m. – Last Choir Rehearsal until September

June 12 at 7:15 p.m. – Council Meets in the parlor

June 18 – Summer Worship Schedule switches to 9:30 a.m.

June 26 at 6 p.m. – Immanuel Book Club at The Works*

* See listing below for more information.

Congregation Work and Fun Day
We will have a Congregation Work and Fun Day on Saturday, May 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. –
rain or shine. Choose a morning or afternoon shift, but either way enjoy lunch and get a T shirt
— courtesy of a Thrivent grant arranged by Sarah Barr (thanks!). Exciting and age-appropriate
activities are expected to include Cobweb Search, Stencil Painting, Wood Staining, Mulch
Mania, Wheelbarrow Challenge … and more! Feel free to bring any favorite tools and gloves or
other protective wear to show off.
For any questions or suggestions contact Nat Larson ( or Stephen
Rogalski (

Congregations: Put Your Faith in Action
The people that Ascentria serves have been blessed over and over again and Ascentria will be at
the 2017 Synod Assembly in June requesting support again this year. Items collected will be
shared with individuals & families in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Items requested are:
Pillows, blankets (twin or full) and sheets – new
Gift Cards – Wal-Mart, Target or a grocery store
Toiletry items – full size preferred
shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, deodorant, shaving supplies,
feminine hygiene products and bar soap or body wash
Immanuel will collect donations through
Sunday, June 4. A basket will be near the food
donations in the narthex. Please join us in putting our faith in action and rising together to help
one another realize new possibilities.

Ascension Day Evening Prayer with Optional Hike
We are taking advantage of the late date for Ascension to have evening prayer by the Summit
House on Mt. Holyoke in Skinner State Park. We will gather Thursday, May 25th at 6 p.m.
near the Summit House for a brief evening prayer. The road to the Summit House will be open,
so all are welcome to drive (take Skinner State Park Road in Hadley to the top of the mountain).
Please allow a few minutes of flexibility in start time for the hikers to arrive. Bring folding
chairs or a blanket for sitting, or you are welcome to stand.

For those who would like to hike, we will meet at 4:45 p.m. (plan to begin hiking by 4:50)
from the main gate parking area (intersection of Mountain Road and Skinner State Park Road,
Hadley, MA, off of Rte. 47).

The hike from there is approximately 2 miles over steep terrain, and is expected to take about an
hour. Hikers should be prepared for the terrain and bring water and appropriate gear for the
weather. The return hike is also about an hour.

Open Invitation
Samara Nelson would like to extend an open invitation to all members and friends of Immanuel
to her graduation party and open house on Sunday, June 4th from 2 to 5 p.m. at 3 Graves
Street, South Deerfield. Samara will be graduating from Frontier Regional High School.

Interfaith Perspectives on End of Life Care
Speakers from the Jewish, Muslim, Catholic and Protestant communities will be featured in a
community conversation on end of life care
Thursday, June 29 at the Newman Center on
North Pleasant Street in Amherst.
The program runs from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and is free and
open to the public. There will be a question and answer period and time for sharing in smaller
groups on critical decision making involving hospice and palliative care and advance directives.
Speakers will include Rabbi Benjamin Weiner of the Jewish Community in Amherst, Rev.
Catherine Munz, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Northampton, Dr. Zubair Kareem, Islamic
Society of Western MA and Tim Biggins, Catholic Diocese of Springfield. Respondents will be
Rev. Janet Bush, Unitarian Society of Northampton and Dusty Miller, First Congregational
Church of Amherst.
The program is sponsored by Cooley Dickinson VNA and Hospice. Handicap access is
available in the front entrance with overflow parking in the lot across from Newman Center.
For information, call 413-582-5384 or email
To register:

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: May 21 & 28 and all of June

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.

Prayers for the Planet
Prayers for the Planet: Reverence & Resistance, a festive, spirited, interfaith, outdoor service
to lift up our love for Earth and our resolve to protect it, will be held Sunday, June 11 at 2 p.m.
under a big tent at Congregation B’nai Israel, 263 Prospect Street, Northampton. Gather
outdoors with friends, neighbors, and worship leaders from a wide range of faith traditions to
join in prayer, song, and silence, listen to stirring messages, and renew your energy and hope.
Free, family friendly, and open to all. Free childcare is available by advance reservation.

The primary message will be given by Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, Minister for Ecological
Justice, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Boston. Reflections by Jay O’Hara, a
Quaker and visionary climate activist.

Strawberry & Asparagus Supper
First Congregational Church of Hadley, 102 Middle Street, will hold its annual Strawberry &
Asparagus Supper on
Saturday, May 20 with seatings at 5 and 6:30 p.m. – by reservation
Featuring local Hadley food products – asparagus, baked ham, potato salad, rolls,
strawberry shortcake with biscuits from Barstow’s and ice cream from Flayvors.

Tickets at the door are $13/adults; $6/ages 6-12; free/under 6 years. Save $1 per ticket by prepaying. Take out meals are available if reserved by May 18. Call Joan at 413-362-6654 or
Delores at 413-584-4117 for reservations/questions.

Immanuel Book Group
The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu (with Douglas Abrams) will
be the next book read by the Immanuel Book Group. We will meet to discuss the book on
Monday, June 26, from 6-7 p.m. at our new regular location, The Works cafe at 48 N. Pleasant
Street, Amherst. Plan to arrive a few minutes early if you want to order food, and we’ll start our
conversation at 6 p.m

Montague Jazz Festival
The First Congregational Church of Montague is hosting the 4th Annual Montague Jazz
Festival on
Saturday, June 3 on the Green, 4 North Street. Space Train will begin the day at
3 p.m.; followed by Bad News Jazz & Blues Orchestra at 4:45 p.m.; the Doug Hewitt Group at
6:30 p.m.; and a Jam Session at 7:45 p.m. where all are invited to stay and play!

Spring Supper
South Church in Amherst will hold a Family Style dinner on Saturday, June 3 with seatings at
5 and 6:30 p.m.
Dinner will include chicken salad, fresh asparagus, and strawberry shortcake.
Early reservations are recommended and take-out is available. Adults – $12; children under 12
years – $6. Call 413-253-2977 or email

New Member Sunday
We will welcome new members on Sunday, June 11. Membership is an opportunity to affirm
your faith and identify with this community as a partner in our local expression of the ministry
of the whole church. If you are interested in formally joining Immanuel, please speak to Pastor
Steven if you haven’t already. We’d love to have the opportunity to formally welcome you
among us.

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 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.  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 or

Summer Children’s Activities are offered by Multi-Arts from June 19 to August 11 at Wildwood
Elementary School in Amherst. Taught by top-notch, professional artists every day, activities
include: Art, Theater, Music, Dance, Fashion, Story Telling and more. Attend for one day, one
week, or the whole summer. Space is limited, so register TODAY!
Fun, inspiring, empowering. Small groups for individual attention for children ages 4 to 12.

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 –