"Faith That Feeds"
We believe that faith should feed and nurture our spirits.
We believe also that faith should lead us to feed people
in the many different ways they hunger,
both physically and spiritually.

Immanuel Newsfeeds

for the week of January 20 - January 26, 2023

Sunday Worship, Church Announcements,

Community Events & Resources

Immanuel Newsfeeds is a weekly e-blast where you'll find the spiritual and the latest information about our church & community for the upcoming weeks. If you have announcements or news to share, send it to [email protected].

Sunday Worship Announcement

Third Sunday after Epiphany including the Blessing and Sending of Quilts for Refugees

Jesus begins his public ministry by calling fishers to leave their nets and follow him. In Jesus the kingdom of God has come near. We who have walked in darkness have seen a great light. We see this light most profoundly in the cross—as God suffers with us and all who are oppressed by sickness, sin, or evil. Light dawns for us as we gather around the word, the font, and the holy table. We are then sent to share the good news that others may be “caught” in the net of God’s grace and mercy.

Sunday Worship

Prelude begins about 10:20 a.m.,

Service at 10:30 a.m.

During in-person Worship Service, masks are now optional EXCEPT during any singing. Look for the mask icon in the bulletin which indicates where to put your mask on.

For the Worship service, you can join via Immanuel's Zoom, so click on the button (or click on this bold link: https://zoom.us/j/95133316087?pwd=NmZVMW9wSHR3eUp4azFKNUZkejFZdz09)

Meeting ID: 951 3331 6087; Passcode: 461416

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Holy Communion

There are two options for receiving Holy Communion in worship.

You may pick up pre-packaged communion elements and commune in the pew, or prepare your own elements in advance if worshipping via Zoom. The pastor will say “The body of Christ given for you and the blood of Christ shed for you" following the singing of the Communion Song.

The other option is to come forward to receive the bread from the Pastor and wine or grape juice from the Assisting Minister. The glasses will be pre-poured, with the grape juice in the inner circle and wine in the outer circle. Each person will take their own glass from the tray. The Assisting Minister and Pastor will remain masked during the distribution. Please keep in mind proper physical distance from other worshippers in coming forward to consume the elements. Empty glasses can be deposited in trays on the front pews. This will be a continuous communion, standing to receive the elements.

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2023 Budget Meeting Workshop

At the end of Coffee Hour on Sunday there will be an initial presentation of the 2023 budget in preparation for expediting its passing at our annual meeting. You can attend either in person or via zoom with the same zoom link that is used for worship and coffee hour.

Feeding Our Faith

Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023, 9:00 am

1/22/23 – Valerie Kaur, TED talk:

3 lessons of revolutionary love in a time of rage

What’s the antidote to rising nationalism, polarization and hate? In this inspiring, poetic talk, Valarie Kaur asks us to reclaim love as a revolutionary act. As she journeys from the birthing room to tragic sites of bloodshed, Kaur shows us how the choice to love can be a force for justice.

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Midweek Adult Spiritual Growth and Study on Zoom

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, 7:00 pm

This is a time of gathering online for prayer, check-in, and conversation around the lectionary readings for the upcoming Sunday.

7:00 – 7:45 pm: Brief check in and gathering prayer, and time around the Word.

7:45 – 8:00 pm: For those who would like to extend, a time for prayer on our thanksgivings, sorrows, personal and communal needs.

We’ll take up lessons from our lectionary readings for the upcoming Sunday. Bring a bible if you are able, any version or translation is great. Click the button below to join Zoom Meeting.

Click to Join the Midweek Bible Study

Quilters Have Been Busy in 2022

Invite a Friend to worship on January 22nd. It will be a colorful worship experience as we bless over 180 quilts. Quilters meet the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month, 9 am - Noon, in the downstairs church Quilting Studio.

Walk for Warmth 2023

Monday, January 16, 2023, 11:00 am

We had 11 walkers and managed to stay both dry and warm as we walked by many of the sites of overnight shelter hosts, including Immanuel.

Thank you, my friends, for your presence and generous response to Interfaith Action’s Walk for Warmth. The weather held off and let us start our day with purpose, fellowship, and a good walk.


Now it’s time for SNAPGap! 


As you may recall, Interfaith Action operates the monthly Producemobile at the Robert Crown Community Center, which distributes fresh produce to Evanston’s families experiencing food insecurity. For almost two years, Interfaith has added SNAPGap, collecting and distributing items that most of us consider necessary—toilet paper, toothpaste, shampoo, laundry detergent, etc.—but are not eligible for purchase with federal benefits.


Today is the first of four times in 2023, when we will seek personal hygiene items from our faith communities and from all interested individuals. Items collected in the next few weeks will be distributed on Valentine’s Day, February 14. We won’t collect again for another three months, so we want to gather as much as possible for this distribution. For the months in between, we will distribute toilet paper, purchased in bulk, and laundry sheets, donated by Earth Breeze.


For February, we are collecting shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, and toothpaste. Shampoo has become quite expensive. This time, I looked for a moderately-priced shampoo that received good reviews from various sources, and I’ve included a bar shampoo for the first time to help reduce plastic. I will be curious about our recipients’ response. They very much like the laundry sheets that are plastic-free. Items for collection and distribution on February 14: shampoo, soap, and toothbrushes/toothpaste. Items can be purchased online at: https://smile.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/EU78AK7T6LVH/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_1


If you buy these items locally, you can drop them at:  


First United Methodist Church

516 Church Street

Evanston, IL 60201


Drop-off Hours at FUMC

Tuesday through Friday 10am-4pm 


As with all Interfaith Action programs, we thank you for your generosity and participation. Please know that all who benefit are deeply grateful.

Next Indoor Farmers Market

This Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023

8:00 am - 12:30 pm

Community News & Resources

All sessions will meet on Saturdays from 11:30 am – 2:00 pm except for the kick-off/first session, which is from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm on January 21st. Meeting at Lake Street Church.

Register Here

The Big Payback Documentary

is playing on PBS. This informative and engaging program tell the story of Evanston becoming the first community in the nation to pass reparations legislation.

The Big Payback Video link

Philip Simmons, Music Director








For More Information

Join SamaraCare's

Virtual Exploring Grief Group!

Sponsored by Congregations in the North Shore!

SamaraCare is offering a virtual Grief Group beginning on February 9th.


Our Grief Group provides a safe and supportive environment for adults who have experienced the death of a spouse, friend, parent, partner, or other loved one.


The grief group helps:

  • Normalize the intense impact of grief
  • Facilitate acceptance of grief and promote healing
  • Provide a nonjudgmental space to share thoughts, process emotions, and receive support

Winter Session Beginning in February

The winter session will meet virtually every Thursday from 7pm-8:30pm beginning February 9th through March 30th.

To register, please contact Joellen Hosler, PhD, M.Div, LCPC at 847-446-6955, ext. 419 or [email protected]. Space is limited.

To view our flyer, please click here.

Sponsored by Christ Church Winnetka,

Kenilworth Union Church, and Winnetka Congregational Church

Register Now for these 2 Racial History Bus Tours

Click on the flyer to register while spots are open

Get free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests this winter

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