The Worship, Music and Education Ministry is an active part of the church life here at Immanuel UCC. The main objective for this ministry is focusing on the worship services as well as giving everyone the opportunity to express their spirituality through worship. This ministry also works to provide Christian Education for all ages, whether it is through our Children’s Ministry or Book Study for adults.
Throughout the year, the Worship Ministry offers Mimosas and Cupcakes on Easter Sunday, Muffins for Mom on Mother’s Day and Donuts for Dad on Father’s Day. Before heading back to school, the Worship team hosts a “Blessing of the Backpacks” Sunday in which students of all ages can bring in their backpack for a special blessing for the new school year. During the Advent season, the ministry hosts an Advent Workshop as well as a Blue Christmas service, because Christmas can be difficult for all of us.
Music plays an integral role in the worship experience at IUCC. Our music is typically traditional in nature but sometimes we let our hair down. Preludes and Postludes and most hymns feature the pipe organ leading into the congregation.
The Vocal Choir shares music spanning many musical genres and periods. Sometimes, there is a joint effort between both Vocal and Bell Choirs to offer up a rousing anthem. The Vocal Choir also sings at various special services, such as: Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and Christmas Eve.
The Bell Choir is a beautifully melodic addition to IUCC's music offerings. It features a 4-octive set of Schlumerich Bells and a 3-octive set of Malmark Handchimes in its music ministry. Bell Choir provides music during worship once per month.
The Women's Guild is a committed group of IUCC women whose goals are to serve the church, as well as the wider world around us and to provide social opportunities for our members. It is open to all women in the church. We currently are a group of about 25. The Guild meets every other month January through November, culminating in a Christmas party in December. Our meetings are held in Volkening Hall at noon. Through fund raising and offerings we provide for needs within the church and provide support for many worthy entities beyond our walls. We also coordinate funeral lunches at the request of church families.
CONGREGATIONAL CARE & FELLOWSHIP MINISTRY
Congregational Care equips the congregation to care for each other as Christ cares for the Church. If a member is in need of a ride to church, the doctor or grocery store, or a visit from the pastor or one of our group we're there to help.
The Knitting Ministry meets the first Tuesday of each month, at 7 p.m. usually in Volkening Hall. The group has made many hats and scarves in 2017. Some have been donated to the food pantry, and others will be taken downtown for the Night Ministry in January. When we gather, we often do our own projects, or items to donate. There are no rules. But we do have yarn, and if you need yarn, and we have a collection of knitting needles and crochet hooks that have been donated to the church. Please join us for knitting nd crocheting and good conversation.
WEDNESDAYS ARE A BIG DEAL AT IMMANUEL
On the first Wednesday of each month, children from Pre-K to 6th grade gather from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the West Classroom where we share the Word through songs, crafts, readings, and games.
This year, our Children's Program will be using the Abundance Orchard curruiculm. This series will take us on a journey through the scriptures that speak of food and food justice for all. Join us in September!
Each Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m., IUCC offers a community meal for any who would like to attend. A donation of $5 is requested, but not required. From tacos with all the fixin's to breaksfast for dinner, each meal includes an entree, sides, dessert and beverae. Come for food, stay for the conversation.
Here's the menu for January:
January 8th - Pizza and Salad
January 15th - Sloppy Joes, Macaroni and Cheese, Applesauce
January 22nd - Chicken Breast, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Salad
January 29th - Hot Ham Sandwiches, Chips, Cole Slaw