“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace” 1 Peter 4:10
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Immanuel wrote a grant in 1978 that resulted in the formation of Association of Interfaith Ministries (AIM), which supports the spiritual care of persons with developmental disabilities. In October of 1980, Immanuel opened its doors and became the weekly host church for AIM’s Christian education and fellowship ministry. Thirty-two years later this ecumenical ministry continues to meet at Immanuel.
Community-Care Network (CCN) Food Truck
Many may know this as the Red Cross Food Truck. However, the Red Cross has turned all community food distribution over to local community groups. CCN arranges for the truck to deliver food to different churches in the community on a Saturday morning. They provide all the people to handle registration and to oversee the distribution of the food. The host church provides people to distribute food in the parking lot, serve snacks and visit with clients while they wait for their number to be called, and escort clients to their cars with the food. Approximately 50 members of the congregation participate in this outreach.
Crop Walk happens in the fall and is a community-wide event. One-quarter of all funds raised goes to support local food agencies and the other three-quarters supports interantional hunger relief. Immanuel is always well represented at the Crop Walk by adults, children and youth.
Every year on Thanksgiving Day the congregation serves dinner to approximately 175 community members. The doors open at noon to a true Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings. Congregational members sign-up ahead of time to provide food, host, decorate and clean-up. Some families have attended this day for years and truly enjoy gathering with the friends they have made over the years. This is a great opportunity to make sure no one is alone and to share our Thanks for all our bounty.
Fair Trade Coffee and Chocolate
In 1996 Lutheran World Relief became the first faith-based organization to establish a Fair Trade coffee project with Equal Exchange. Money is returned directly to the farmers in Uganda, Nicarangua and Peru. The benfits of the projects go far beyond the farmer to benefit the entire community through increased employment, education for women and children, and to provide greater health benefits.