At Immanuel, we offer many different ways to become part of our church family beyond Sunday worship. Take a moment to look at the list below and see if there is a way for you to share your time and talent - a way for you to join Immanuel's family. We welcome all and have a place for you.
This committee strives to help our congregation practice and embrace our ONA statement so that we may become a church of true extravagant welcome. In addition to the oversight team, there are currently three subcommittees with specific tasks: Accessibility (improving and enhancing our physical facility), Communications (raising awareness and consciousness of our congregation and communicating our ONA commitment to the local community and beyond) and Education (providing education and activities to help "act our way into thinking" as an ONA congregation). New members are needed on all of these subcommittees. For further information please contact the church office.
EXTRAVAGANT WELCOME OVERSIGHT
Outreach is an integral role of Immanuel’s overall ministry, and continues to be a huge part of what we are about as a church. Our outreach ministries are focused on programs here, there, and everywhere (local, national, and international). We are committed to bringing God’s love and hope to the places where it is most needed. We strive to embrace outreach at every level, and are committed to prayer, worship, and discerning God’s will for us and the work we do. Please consider joining us on this journey. For more information, visit our Outreach page.
OUTREACH: HERE, THERE, EVERYWHERE
Immanuel offers various mission trip opportunities which are open to all, no skills required! Our mission experiences include local, national and international opportunities. Every two years a team travels to Guatemala for medical mission. Domestically we've traveled to Maine, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Rhode Island, and New York where we've participated in home building, repair and painting projects, gardening, local food pantries, and kids' summer camps. We welcome individuals in our community to travel and share in our mission ministry. For further information about how you can join our team please contact Robin Herb at firstname.lastname@example.org or the church office.
Music at Immanuel seeks to enhance and deepen the worship and cultural life of this church and the larger community. Immanuel has several choirs for singers of all ages, two bell choirs, and many opportunities for soloists and small groups to enrich our worship each week. The Gifts of the Arts Concert Series presents almost a dozen concerts each year, with all ticket proceeds going to support local charitable organizations in the community. The music of our church embraces a wide variety of styles and genres, allowing us to celebrate and lift up the wondrous power and love of our Creator. For more information, visit our Music Ministries and Gifts of the Arts Series pages.
Each Monday morning, except for holidays, a group of women (and sometimes men, who are also welcome) meets in the church conference room for Bible study from 9:30 a.m. till 10:30 a.m. Typically, we study the scripture text for the coming Sunday service, often exploring its context, content, and meaning in anticipation of the pastor's sermon application on Sunday morning. It is also a time of sharing joys, cares, and prayers for our brothers and sisters in Christ as well as for the world. For information please contact Larry Nallo through the church office.
MORNING BIBLE STUDY
The goal of this group is to purposely unite women in meaningful Christian fellowship. We generally meet at 6:30 PM on the second Wednesday of each month (September through May). We strive to offer programs that appeal to a variety of interests. Examples include historical reenactment, authors, painting classes, cooking for the holiday and trends of interior design. Our group is always looking for additional participation to join together in faith and fellowship. For information contact Jan Buskirk at 610-777-2746 or the church office.
The purpose and goal of this group is to provide an opportunity for men to read books that stimulate our thinking and foster discussion related to life, faith, community, and Christian discipleship as well as to foster fellowship among men of the church and of the wider community. Books are selected by the members and vary widely in genre and topic. The standing meeting date is the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the church, though dates may occasionally change based on calendar conflicts. For information please contact Larry Nallo through the church office.
LIFFT (LADIES IN FAITH AND FELLOWSHIP TOGETHER)
MEN'S READING GROUP
Congregation members may actively serve through the reading of the Sunday scripture lesson during worship. The church office provides the scripture in advance to allow the reader to become comfortable with the lesson in advance. New lectors, including youth or adults, are always welcome. For further information please contact Olive Lumb at 484-855-3074 or the church office.
Our worship liturgists are made up of a group of dedicated men, women and youth who participate in our worship as liturgists. They lead the congregation for the call to worship, call to confession, prayer of confession, assurance, prayers of the people, The Lord's Prayer and the commission. It is a humbling and meaningful experience to participate in our worship service and if you are interested in serving in this manner, please contact Elaine Laws at 610-372-8106 or the church office.
The Parish Nurse Committee works in collaboration with the pastors and other church committees to identify and address the health- mind, body, and spirit- of all members at Immanuel UCC. Parish Nurses will provide education and health awareness activities, referral to resources, advice and support in the transition following an illness or hospitalization, and avenues for spiritual growth and faith expression. For more information, contact Sherry Murphy at 484-663-4000 or the church office.
This prayer shawl ministry meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 1 to 3 P.M. This ecumenical group welcomes all, member or non-member, who have a love of knitting or crocheting or who wish to learn these age-old skills. In addition to prayer shawls, we make baby hats, baby blankets, scarves, baby wraps, lap robes, renal sleeves to cover the arm of a person on dialysis and items for the animal shelter. Items are knitted to support an expressed, requested or determined need such as returning to good health, celebrating a birth or a marriage, solace or sympathy. While creating the item, we reflect on the receiver, encouraged by God's love for each of us. When completed, the item is blessed through silent prayer. A card or a tag is then included with each item explaining the shawl and our mission. God's love in our hearts is shown through these tangible knitted and crocheted items. If you would like to participate with our group or request an item, please contact Marcia Stoudt at 610-207-6369 or the church office.
Book Babble is a monthly book club that fosters fellowship while broadening our horizons and sharing our thoughts on a variety of topics through our love of reading. Book Babble meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 in the office conference room. Books for the year (October through May) are selected at our initial meeting at Barnes and Noble Book Store. All are welcome for informal, thought -provoking and always interesting discussions. For more information please contact Barb Springer at 610-777-3439, email@example.com, or the church office.
WITH SACRED YARN (PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY)
This dedicated group meets monthly to pray for those in need. Prayers for wellness, grief, joy, are offered. Also, prayers of celebration to thank God for prayers answered are given. The group is open to the Immanuel members and nonmembers as well. For information contact the church office.
This group of amateur gardeners cares for the flower beds around Immanuel. Most of these areas are already established and require only maintenance such as weeding, edging, etc. For more information, please contact Darlene Dorman at 610-775-9931 or the church office.