Rev. Dr. Robert Gamble and his spouse Yulia will join us for worship this Sunday, December 4. Robert is the Director of This Child Here, a ministry to children in Odessa, Ukraine. Dr. Gamble will give a Minute for Mission during worship and then show photographs and answer questions in the chapel during Coffee Mingle following worship. Please join us to learn about this This Child Here.
Storehouse volunteering is this Saturday, December 3 from 8:45 until 1:00. The Storehouse is located at 106 Broadway Blvd. SE (Broadway and Central). There are a variety of tasks for all skill levels from bagging and sorting donated food items to taking customers through the store to get food.
Volunteers are needed for The Storehouse on Saturday, November 5 from 8:45 until 1:00. The Storehouse is located at 106 Broadway Blvd. SE (Broadway and Central). There are a variety of tasks for all skill levels from bagging and sorting donated food items to taking customers through the store to get food. Please come and help!
Our daily visitors are in need of a few items if you are out in stores this week. We could use men’s and women’s socks, bar soap, washcloths, small bottles of shampoo and conditioner, and deodorant. We are also getting requests for hats and mittens now that the nights are getting cold. Drop off your donations to the office.
Our kiva group meets next Wednesday, October 19 at 6:30 pm. Selma Prather will present on health resources and loans on Armenia and the group will be learning about Albania. Join us to learn more about micro-loans. For more information, contact Katie or Byrch Williams at email@example.com.
Please join us Thursday, October 13 at 6:00 pm, to prepare a meal for Dismas House, a program for adults transitioning from prison into society. Volunteers are needed to prepare a dish, and/or stay for the meal. For more information, contact the office.
Sunday, October 2 is our monthly offering to support hunger relief and collection of baby food for the Storehouse. Place your change in the offering basket and baby food in collection bins in Brayden Parlor.
“Can God spread a table in the wilderness?”
This year’s theme for the Peace Offering is inspired by the cry from a people feeling abandoned to a cruel existence: The Psalmist quotes the people as they ask, “Can God spread a table in the wilderness?” In response, the author reminds the people that the God who delivered them from bondage in Egypt could not only spread a table in the wilderness, but had already done so over and over again.
For many of us, it is easy to see the violence around us and hear of the violence across the globe and feel as though it is a wilderness we are abandoned to. In the stories shared in the bulletin during the weeks preceding the offering, we hope you see just a few reminders of times when people have been brought together at “tables” of all types. From tables where hard conversations have taken place, to tables where people sat in protest against injustice, to tables where seemingly intractable hate was transformed into compassion and community. All these tables are God’s. Even in our doubts, our fears, or suffering, God can spread a table of peace for all to share. We will see it in these stories, and it is revealed anew at the communion table.
On World Communion Sunday, people are joined from all over God’s earth, looking at our world and our lives and asking, “Can God spread a table even in this wilderness? Even in my wilderness?” To which God responds and says, “Come to the table of peace.” Your support of the Peace & Global Witness Offering helps invite others to the table both near and far.
Gifts to the Offering support ministries that deepen relationships between Presbyterians and inspiring peacemaking leaders, and provides us with opportunities to learn more about some of the most difficult areas of conflict around the world. These ministries offer resources Presbyterians can use to create peace in the midst, as well as respond to cultures of violence all over the world. The Offering is distributed to our own congregation’s peacemaking ministries (25%), our Presbytery and synod peacemaking ministries (25%) and national Presbyterian peacemaking ministries of the GA council (50%). IN 2015, Immanuel’s local offering went to the Albuquerque Rescue Mission.
For more information on PC(USA)’s Peace Offering, click here.
-Adapted from Come to the Table of Peace, the guide for the upcoming Peace Offering on October 2, which is also World Communion Sunday.
Storehouse volunteering is Saturday, October 1 from 8:45 until 1:00. There are a variety of tasks for all skill levels from bagging and sorting donated food items to taking customers through the store to get food. The Storehouse is located at 106 Broadway Blvd. SE (Broadway and Central).
HymnStrollers will once again be going to homebound folks in the congregation to sing and chat. We will be visiting a member on Monday, September 26. Meet us at the church at 1:00 pm to ride together. Contact the office for more information.