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CROP Hunger Walk Results

We have just completed our 36th year of the Holden CROP Hunger Walk and have lots to celebrate. We had 97 walkers, 10 canine companions and raised a total of $15,213, our best year EVER! Our 36 year total is $246,167 and growing as the last minute contributions come in. We had a pleasant day to walk and honored 3 special people for their service: Joan Orton for 30 years, Wendy Fiffy for 31 years and Jim Keevan for 36 years! We have some amazing people who contribute every year to this walk, whether it is your 36th or your first, we value your effort in helping CWS work toward stopping hunger, here in Holden and all over the world. Thanks to all who contributed to the most successful year yet!

Community Lecture - Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 7:00p

Our first Community Lecture for this year will be on November 12 at 7:00p in the sanctuary:  "HOW THE HUGE MULTI-TRILLION DOLLAR ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY CAME  INTO BEING".  Ed Clarke will present an overview of the development of the Electronics Industry as we know it today including his personal experience. Please join us for light refreshments after in the gym.

New Organ "Hymn Sing" - Saturday, Nov. 22 at 7:00p

November is the month for giving thanks.  One thing that all of us can be thankful for is the completion of our recent organ project.  Now it is time to celebrate!!!  During the month of November we will have guest musicians (most of whom are members of our congregation) sharing their gifts of music with us during our morning services.

 November 9:  Allen Hill, our organ technician 

(Allen will also be speaking to our  
Adult Sunday School class on this day.)


November 16:  Bruce Kiefer


November 23:  Osman Bilsel and Claire Paquette  

playing a piano and organ duet


November 30:  Karen Wilfrid


We have also scheduled a special event on Saturday, November 22 at 7:00p.  Allen Hill will return for a special lecture/demonstration explaining our organ project and demonstrating our new instrument.  No one knows this project better than Allen, and he has a fun and enthusiastic way of explaining his work to all of us.  A hymn sing and a prayer of dedication will close this event.  Come join us for this informative and fun evening.

Because of all of you, organ music can continue at Immanuel for many years to come. Now is the time to celebrate!  Come and give thanks with us!

"Plan to be Generous"


Members of Immanuel and neighbors in the community are invited to participate in a series of monthly workshops on personal/household financial management that are 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. Participants can attend any or all sessions. 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 remaining workshops (except for the last one on a Saturday afternoon) will be held at Immanuel on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:00pm.

Wednesday, September 24 - Budgeting

Wednesday, October 15 – Goal Saving

Wednesday, November 5 – Investing

Wednesday, January 14 – Retirement Savings

Wednesday, February 4 – Estate Strategies

Saturday, February 28 (2-3:00pm) – Kids and Money

Youth Fundraiser Dinner - Saturday, Nov. 22 at 6:00p

Yes, it's time again for our youth to put on a gourmet dinner for our congregation. What will it be this time? Jambalaya? Baked Ziti ala Vodka? You'll just have to come and see! Proceeds from the dinner event go to support our youth traveling to Detroit next summer for the ELCA National Youth Gathering. Mark your calendars for November 22 at 6:00p and come join us for a wonderful meal!

Thanksgiving Eve Service - Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 7:00p

Plan to begin your celebration of Thanksgiving by coming to worship at Immanuel on Wednesday, November 26, at 7:00p for a service of thankful songs, prayers and testimonies of thankfulness from fellow members and friends. One of Immanuel's cherished traditions, this service is always inspiring and uplifting. It's also a great opportunity to invite friends and neighbors to Immanuel. If you would like to share a story or reflection on thankfulness at this service, please let Pastor Dan or Pastor Aaron know.

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!