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!
On Wednesday evenings during Lent (starting February 25), you are invited to share in a service of Evening Prayer at 7:15p in the sanctuary. Prior to the service a simple Soup Supper will be served at 6:00p. During the supper, our pastors will lead a study on Practices of Christian Faith, including brief video segments to trigger good conversation around the table. The suppers, study sessions and worship services will be shared with our neighbors at Christ Lutheran in West Boylston. We will be host for the first three Wednesdays and Christ Lutheran will host the two final Wednesdays. Hosts are needed for the three Wednesday suppers that we will host. A sign-up sheet is posted in Lawson Hall or simply call the office to have your name added.
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!
Have you ever wanted to try Yoga? Here's your chance! Yoga Gold is a class designed for both beginners and seniors, men and women. Our instructor is Denleigh Grniet (Certified Personal Trainer). Come and learn the basic elements of Flexibility, Balance and Range of Motion.
We will be hosting classes in our gym Tuesday afternoons from 1:00 to 2:00p AND Thursday afternoons from 1:00 to 2:00p. These are drop-in classes for members of our church and the Holden community. Bring a friend! The cost will be $5 per class/per person and will be collected during each class session.). No prior experience necessary. All participants are asked to bring water and a mat (if possible). Hope to see you there!
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.]
"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.
Below are some pictures of Immanuel's gym and kitchen area. We rent out our gym at the rate of $40 an hour, and we rent out our gym AND kitchen for $45 an hour (partial hours accepted too). Please visit out gym reservation page (under the "GATHER people" tab) to see availabilities. Simply call our office at 508-829-4416 to book a reservation. Ask for Jen.