With local COVID-19 cases on the rise, including among Immanuel members, our congregation council has decided to pause our in-person worship and small group meetings once again. I invite you to make use of our online worship and other resources.
Videos of worship services and other resources will be posted by 9:30 am Sundays. From our homepage, simply click on the “WORSHIP VIDEO ARCHIVES” button to find the current and past worship offerings and use the online “CONNECTION CARD” to stay in touch. I invite you to have bread and wine or grape juice present at home that we might together celebrate Holy Communion.
Following each Sunday service, I’ll have a Zoom meeting room open for fellowship time should you wish to join with others in conversation and mutual support. Look for the “SUNDAY AM COFFEE” button to access this.
Two Bible Studies are presently taking place each week via Zoom. For instructions, click on the appropriate buttons on our homepage. Whether you wish to share or just listen, I invite you to…
Bible Study on the upcoming Sunday’s Scripture on Wednesdays at 10:00 am
Bible Study on Thursdays 6:00 pm presently working with “The Four-Gospel Journey” (videos and reflection questions are posted following each session for those unable to join live)
Home faith resources for Sunday School and Confirmation as well as personal and family devotions continue to be developed and posted.
FOR THOSE WHO DON’T HAVE INTERNET ACCESS, I encourage you to:
Reach out to the rest of us by phone with your needs and hopes. The rest of your Immanuel family is still here for you! You may call or text me at any time. My cell phone number is (906) 458-2145.
Worship using available TV and radio broadcasts, including these from our area fellow ELCA congregations.
Use your phone to join our live Zoom “Sunday AM Coffee” and Bible studies. Call the church office for further access instructions.
With a grant from our Northern Great Lakes Synod, we are in process of purchasing simple computer tablets that can be loaned out to those without a computer or internet access, enabling viewing of our worship videos. Their use will be simple in nature. Interested? Please call the church office.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR ONGOING FINANCIAL SUPPORT of our shared ministries. You may continue to make your offerings by:
Mailing your offering check to the church office.
Use your debit/credit card or checking/savings accounts to donate via VANCO to our General Fund, Building Fund and/or Monthly Mission Emphasis by....
Downloading the GIVEPLUS mobile app onto your smartphone, designating Immanuel as the recipient
Calling VANCO at (800) 675-7430 ext. 1 with your payment information, designating Immanuel as the recipient
Request a VANCO giving paper form from the church office at (906) 475-9161
Even though physically apart, together as Immanuel we journey through this time of pandemic. I invite you to consider one of the great Psalms so dear to our Lutheran hearts, reflecting on God’s faithful promise, and praying together for God’s healing and hope for all.
Psalms 46 1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; 3 though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. 5 God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved; God will help it when the morning dawns. 6 The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. 7 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. 8 Come, behold the works of the LORD; see what desolations he has brought on the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. 10 “Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.” 11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.