Category Archives: Newsletter

January 2017: A Year of Resurrection

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, Happy New Year! At this time of resolution making, there is a new trend taking the place of the traditional New Year’s Resolution. Instead of setting goals, some people are choosing a word to be their focus for the year. Instead of resolution words like more of such and […]

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October Pastor’s Letter: Stretching

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, This fall the council and stewardship team will be inviting all of us to stretch. We’ll be taking some time in the coming weeks to talk about the ways in which we’ve already been stretching as a congregation and as individuals, and then we’ll begin to think together about […]

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September 2016 Pastor’s Letter: Just Water

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, Last week, mandatory water restrictions took effect in Amherst as the Connecticut River moved from drought advisory to draught watch status. Watering of lawns, filling of swimming pools, and washing of vehicles, buildings, and sidewalks are prohibited and other water-saving measures (shorter showers, not letting the tap run unnecessarily) […]

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Pastor’s Letter August 2016: Churchwide Assembly

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, This month the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America meets in churchwide assembly. Elected and ex-officio representatives from all 65 regional synods across the country will gather, this time in New Orleans, for a week together. This is the highest decision-making body in our church. While the day-to-day work of […]

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Pastor’s Letter: Violence in Orlando

The following letter was sent with the announcement of an interfaith vigil on the Amherst common on Monday, June 13, 2016. Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, Knowing that I will not be with you in worship in these two Sunday morning worship services following the violence in Orlando early Sunday morning, I wanted to […]

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Holy Envy: Pastor’s Letter, June 2016

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, This month Immanuel had the privilege of hosting the Amherst area Interfaith Opportunities Network, a network of lay members of local congregations of the three Abrahamic faiths. They have been meeting for many years rotating to different local faith communities and other venues, and it’s been a while since […]

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Pastor’s Letter May 2016: Generations

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, Churches remain one of the primary places for intergenerational community in our culture. That’s one of the many reasons I went into parish ministry – for the opportunity to be a part of people’s lives across the generations. It’s a truly beautiful thing. But it’s not without its difficulties. […]

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Pastor’s Letter for April 2016

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, As you receive this by email I’m still away attending the Institute of Liturgical Studies at Valparaiso University, my alma mater. Before the Monday evening start of the conference, I was invited to preach the homily at the university’s morning prayer. They have a different style of prayer every […]

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Pastor’s Letter, February 2016: God’s Journey to Us

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, Here we are again ready to begin the season of Lent together. As we have been doing with more intention in recent months we are inviting your participation and trying to offer a variety of ways that you might engage in this season. I hope that you will take […]

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Church Together: 2015 Annual Report to the Congregation

Pastor’s Annual Report to the Congregation 2015 Our presiding bishop, The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, has given us, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, four emphases for understanding who we are as a church: We are church. We are Lutheran. We are church together. We are church for the sake of the world. At Immanuel I think […]

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