Newsletter

Here we go!

September is the engine revving up, the sprinter taking off, the shuttle launching. It’s the beginning of the school year, but for adults and kids alike, it’s really the beginning of what our schedules will be until next summer. So, here we go! It’s a year of work, growth, new experiences. What are you planning to do to grow in your faith? You could start by checking out our new recommended resources page for growing in faith and study of Scripture! immanuelrapids.com/church/resources

But, while individual study is a wonderful and recommended practice, just as crucial is study and fellowship with your church family. Well, you’re in luck, because we’ve got a whole heap of it coming this fall!

*Inhales*

  • ALL NEW Discipleship Hour for adults AND KIDS!
  • Altogether Beautiful Women’s Bible Study
  • Fit for Life
  • Monthly Men’s Breakfast
  • Immanuel Family Potluck and Open Gym
  • MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)
  • MOMSNext
  • A Monthly Devotion Service at Renaissance
  • 7:00 Sunday Morning Study on Church and State Relations
  • Tuesday Morning Bible Study at Renaissance on Revelation by Pastor Jonathan
  • Tuesday Evening Bible Study
  • Thursday Morning Bible Study at Four Star
  • Women’s Evening Guild

*Exhales*

Whew! Okay, some of those things have been around for a while. But here’s the thing: they’re awesome. And full of really cool people. And this time of year is the perfect opportunity to join in because everyone else is! (Is the peer pressure working?) But there are also TONS of volunteer opportunities!

*Inhales*

  • Stephen Minister Class is starting this fall (and there’s a huge need for more Stephen Ministers!)
  • Ruby’s Pantry
  • Church Tech Team (slides ‘n stuff)
  • Discipleship Hour Volunteer
  • Childcare for MOPS
  • Hospitality Team
  • Love INC
  • Project Compassion
  • Offering Counters
  • Newsletter Assembly 
  • Altar Guild
  • Usher Team
  • Communion Assistant
  • Facility Maintenance and Care Team
  • School Library Assistance
  • Adult Choir and Praise Team
  • School work nights/days

*Exhales*
Whew! Bottom line: there is a TON going on at Immanuel. And I want YOU to be part of it. For more information on all of these, check our website (immanuelrapids.com) or look for the Sept-Nov 2019 Ministry Connection catalog. 

One last thing: we need your financial help. WAIT! Keep reading! First off, the weather has been crazy this last year. (Did you know we canceled church FOUR times since the start of 2018?!) Giving tends to go down when we cancel church (mainly because we don’t collect offering that week—go figure). But beyond the offering plate, we need to put air conditioning into some classrooms, install internal and external security cameras, and install controlled door access points at the school. Would you be willing to help Immanuel cover these costs? Any donation amount helps, so if you would be willing to make a donation, please indicate it is for the Special Funding Project. Thank you!

Pastor Jonathan Petzold

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