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Holy Week Services

Join us for

HOLY WEEK WORSHIP

at Immanuel Lutheran Church

Maundy Thursday, April 2

12:00 noon – service at Christ Lutheran Church in W.B.

7:00pm – service at Immanuel Lutheran Church

Prayer Vigil in the Sanctuary

8:00pm Thursday – 7:00pm Friday

Good Friday, April 3

12:00-3:00pm – Ecumenical Good Friday Worship

“THE WAY OF THE CROSS”

(begins at the gazebo in Holden Center)

12:15pm – Service at First Congregational Church

1:15pm – Service at First Baptist Church

2:15pm – Service at St. Francis Episcopal Church

7:00pm – Good Friday Service at Immanuel

Easter Sunday, April 5

8:30am and 11:00am Easter Festival Service of Holy Communion

10:00am – Easter Brunch hosted by Immanuel Youth

Please share this schedule with a friend or neighbor!

2015 Lenten Devotional Booklet available HERE

Immanuel’s 2015 Lenten Devotional Booklet is now available. We thank everyone who contributed a reflection for this year's booklet. Hard copies are available at the church, or you can view the entire booklet below (click "Continue Reading").  Enjoy each day's reading! 

"From Palms to Passion"

PALM SUNDAY, MARCH 29

Immanuel Lutheran Church has a goal this year of “helping people live close to God, close to one another, and close to what God is doing in our community and world.” That focus has led to the planning of an unusual celebration for Palm Sunday, March 29. Instead of their usual Sunday schedule of two worship services with Sunday School sandwiched between them, the congregation is planning a single inter-generational event for Palm Sunday starting at 9:30 a.m. called “From Palms to Passion.”

While the combined worship/learning/fellowship event will begin in the congregation’s sanctuary with a brief blessing of palm branches distributed to all who come, that opening gathering will quickly turn into a parade leading everyone to the congregation’s gym where people will gather around tables for a sharing of the Bible’s story of the events of Holy Week through skits, video and song. On the tables will be hot cross buns, donut holes, coffee and juice for nibbling during “table conversations” about the various events that led to Jesus’ crucifixion. After sharing Holy Communion at their tables, the event will end with an assembly-line service project, assembling Personal Care Kits for distribution to victims of disasters around the world by Lutheran World Relief.

“We’re hoping to get people out of the face-front, sit-still pews and more personally engaged with the Bible’s story of Christ’s passion,” said the Rev. Daniel L. Wilfrid, Senior Pastor at the church. “Instead of just a place where you go, we want church to be understood as who we are called and gathered to be each day in the world.”  

 

Volunteer at Dismas Farm in Oakham, MA!

"The mission of Dismas is to reconcile former prisoners to society, and society to former prisoners, through the development of a supportive community."  Immanuel Lutheran Church was asked by Dismas to provide dinner for its participants about 5-6 times a year (on the 5th Thursday of the month for months with 5 Thursdays).

But our visits to Dismas are really two-fold.  First is to provide the meal.  Second, and equally important, is to interact with the residents who are most thankful for those who come and eager to show the work and animals and produce of the farm. 

If you or your family would like to participate in this unique program to help people released from incarceration to adjust in healthy ways to live in the community, please contact Immanuel or visit www.dismashouse.org/programs/dismasfarm.

Community Lecture - Wednesday, April 15 at 7:00p

Everyone is invited to a Community Lecture at Immanuel on Wednesday, April 15th at 7:00 pm. The speaker will be Maryann D'Amato Wood, a Board-Certified Holistic Health Coach and a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition's Health Coach training program. Her topic will be Integrative Nutrition and 21st Century Health Care. Maryann Wood is also a Certified and Registered Medical Assistant. Her specialty is working with individuals and small groups to design lifestyle and eating adjustments that improve health, reduce stress and build strength and energy. Her lecture will be geared to a general audience, and all questions will be welcome. Light refreshments will be served in the church's gym after the lecture.

"Plan to be Generous"

 FINAL WORKSHOP ON HOUSEHOLD FINANCIAL PLANNING

Our “Plan to Be Generous” series was to conclude on Saturday February 28 with a special session for parents and children together, called “Kids and Money,” but our leader’s schedule requires that the session be postponed until Saturday, April 25, at 2:00 pm.  Mark your calendar, bring your child(ren), and join us!

[This session is designed and led by Jonathan Hendrickson, a Financial Consultant with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. The workshops are free of charge and include helpful hands-on exercises for participants. No personal financial data will be asked for or shared and no financial products recommended or offered for sale. The workshops are offered solely to help people more effectively plan their spending, saving and sharing.]

Join us to serve at the John Street Soup Kitchen in Worcester!

Immanuel provides meals for the The John Street Soup Kitchen in Worcester, MA six times a year.  We serve on the last Saturday of the odd numbered months (January, March, May, July, September, November).  Immanuel recruits volunteers to provide and prepare the meals, including desserts, for about 75+ patrons.  We also need a few volunteers to heat and serve the meal at the John Street Baptist Church in Worcester on these dates (with 8:30a/prep & 10:30a/serving shifts). 

"The mission of the John Street Baptist Church Soup Kitchen is to serve the Lord by providing good food to his people to nourish the body and the soul."  So if you would like to help (members and non-members of Immanuel), please call our office at 508-829-4416 to participate in this greatly appreciated and rewarding ministry!