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Detroit 2015

Sermon on our experience at the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit - Mark 16:1-8

“The Beginning of the Good News of Jesus Christ.” That’s the way the Gospel of Mark begins. He announces to us the Good News he’s about to tell us. Strange, then, that the Gospel ends on such a down note. For that’s what we read as our Gospel lesson today; the very end of the book. Jesus performs miracles and teaches great things, he is betrayed and crucified, and there’s an empty tomb, and— And they said nothing to anybody, because they were afraid.

What exactly is the message Mark wants us to hear from this? Where does this Good News of Jesus Christ take us? Off a cliff, it seems. They said nothing to anybody, because they were afraid.

Summary of upcoming events at Immanuel!

  • Sing and Play at CLC - Sundays at 4:30p
  • Women's Bible Study - Mondays at 7:15p
  • Volleyball - Mondays at 8:00p
  • Adult Choir Rehearsal - Thursdays at 7:15p
  • Bible Study - Thursdays at 10:30a
  • Women's Circle - Monday, November 2 at 9:30a
  • Confirmation Classes - Wednesdays, November 4 & 18 at 7:00p
  • ILC Fall Grounds Clean-up Day - Saturday, November 7, 7:00-noon+
  • Council Meeting - Tuesday, November 10 at 7:00p
  • "Holy Spirits" at O'Connor's in West Boylston - Wednesday, November 11
  • Men's Ministry - Saturday, November 14 at 7:00a
  • Forward Leadership - Saturday, November 14 at 9:00a
  • Youth Junior League (trip to Old Sturbridge Village) - Saturday, November 14 (time TBD)
  • Commitment Sunday - Sunday, November 15
  • Mission Fair - Sunday, November 15 (during coffee hour)
  • Facility Management Team - Tuesday, November 17 at 7:00p
  • Thanksgiving Eve Service - Wednesday, November 25 at 7:00p
  • John Street Soup Kitchen - Saturday, November 28, 8:30 & 10:30a shifts

(AA meets weekly at ILC on Sundays at 7:00p in Room 5, and this meeting is open to the public.)

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!


Yoga Gold

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!

Volunteer at Dismas Farm in Oakham, MA!

"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.

Interested in renting our gym?

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.