The Service of Healing was reflective, powerful, and nourishing. People from the community and neighboring churches including Salem UCC, Oak Lawn, IL, Immanuel United Church of Christ in Evergreen Park, IL and Christ Memorial United Church of Christ joined in song and prayer. We traveled through 7 stations reflecting and praying to find the light in the darkest of times.
Please mark your calendar for our next collaborative event: A Blue Christmas on December 21st at 7pm at Immanuel
CROP Walk for Hunger 2022. Thank you, walkers! A total of $3600 was raised (Immanuel $406)!
To a starving child, hope can only begin with a reliable source of nutritious food. Today we helped that happen by volunteering at a pack event at Feed My Starving Children in Libertyville. #feedmystarvingchildren
The good people of Immanuel donated a total of $1,500 to ANEW: Building Beyond Violence and Abuse this holiday season. We brought “the big check” with us when we dropped off the real check. Small, but mighty! Together we can do great things.
First of all, THANK YOU to everyone for your contributions to the School Supply Drive for Southeast School in Evergreen Park.
Next, CONGRATULATIONS for filling the schoolhouse collection box 3 times! Your generosity, while amazing, was not surprising. Three separate deliveries were made and gratefully accepted each time.
In all we collected,
282 Glue sticks 96 Crayons – box of 24
56 packs Washable markers 45 packs Dry – erase markers
27 Pencil boxes 16 Pencil pouches
87 Composition notebooks
Rah, Rah, Immanuel!
Have you school supplies?
Yes ma’am, yes sir,
three carts full by-‘n’- by.
Some for the children,
some for those who teach,
and more for those we’ve yet to reach.
And speaking of October….we will begin a new mission project that will continue through December – collecting funds for South Suburban Family Shelter. As we approach the end of September, watch the Sunday Bulletin, the October Herald and the Mission, Care, and Membership bulletin board near Schmiechen Hall for more information. As always, THANK YOU for your support.
Mid-drive delivery for The Night Ministry from Immanuel United Church of Christ – 400 masks and 48 bottles of hand sanitizer. Collection of masks and 4 or 8 oz. hand sanitizer will continue through the end of March. Monetary donations (payable to Immanuel UCC) are also accepted. One check will be written at the end of our collection.
Our Drive Through Joyful Noise collection on Sunday raised .39 for Advocate Children’s Hospital. Combined with previous donations, our grand total is 2.29! With God’s help, we can do great things!
This month’s Hidden Treasure from a Member:
MISSION, CARE, and MEMBERSHIP
January through March
While our congregation isn’t meeting for in-person worship, members continue to reach out to support those in need.
During the months of January through March our Joyful Noise collection will be designated to Feed My Starving Children. Their goal – “Through God, FMSC will strive to eliminate malnutrition and starvation in children throughout the world by helping to instill compassion in a generation that hears and responds to the cries of those in need until all are fed.”
Our mission focus will be The Night Ministry in Chicago. As our nation continues to battle COVID 19, The Night Ministry has asked that we collect masks and hand sanitizer in 4 oz. and 8 oz. sizes. Monetary donations will also be accepted.
This organization compassionately provides housing, health care, outreach, spiritual care, and social services to adults and youth who struggle with homelessness, poverty, and loneliness. The organization offers support as they seek to improve their lives.
Sometimes our mission projects involve donations to organizations such as Heifer International, where their impact is felt in faraway locations. Yesterday, however, our committee was able to hand deliver our donation of 0 plus bedding to the Oak Forest chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace. Chapter President Dave King works out of his home to organize volunteers who build beds and deliver them to children in the surrounding area who have no bed of their own. Dave told us that his chapter has built about 200 beds so far, which are delivered to applicants who might have been the victims of a flood, a fire, poverty, or domestic violence. We were invited to accompany Dave and his volunteers on a bed delivery in the near future.
Thank you for your generous donations to Sleep in Heavenly Peace, and please be ready with your donations in October and November which will benefit the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation. As always, remember that together, we can do great things with the help of God.