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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 September 8 - September 14, 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 parish-admin@immanuelevanston.org.

Sunday Worship Announcement

The Fifthteenth Sunday After Pentecost

September 10, 2023

God's Work Our Hands Sunday

We live in a world that is broken, fractured and divided, yet in living in such a space, we are called to embrace the harsh world and to care for one another. Love prevails, and Christ lives in us, offering unyielding love, no matter what we are, what we do or who we are. There are no hoops to jump through or concessions we have to give. Christ looks at every one of us, calls us by name and loves us when we can’t love ourselves or one another. Christ lays out a blueprint for the church, a church that is accessible to all, built on unyielding and immovable love.

Sunday Worship

Prelude begins about 10:20 a.m.,

Service at 10:30 a.m.

Join us in this special worship celebrating God's Work Our Hands Sunday. Masks are optional now during worship service.

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

We invite you to share with us in the sacramental meal because Christ invites you! There is no specific age requirement for Communion. There are two options: You may 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. Empty glasses can be deposited in trays on the front pews. This will be a continuous communion, standing to receive the elements. The other option is we have individually packaged communion with either wine or grape juice that you can pick up at the entrance of the sanctuary. 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. Please deposit the cups and wrappers in the trash receptacles as you leave the sanctuary.

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This Sunday during worship service we will celebrate The Rite of Holy Baptism for Gwendolyn Nellis, daughter of Abigail and Zachary Nellis.

Feeding Our Faith Sunday Morning Class Resumes

Sunday, Sept. 10, 2023, 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Gatherings include viewing short videos and lively discussions. You can participate either in-person or via Zoom.  All participants will have an enhanced experience by being able to see and hear each other, via an Owl Labs 360-degree view video camera/speaker/microphone!

September 10, 2023 – Rev. Jim Wallis: “Crossing the Color Line”

Reflecting on his own experiences growing up in segregated Detroit, Rev. Wallis provides a brief history of racism in the United States and makes an impassioned religious argument against structural racism and White Christian nationalism.

September 17, 2023 – Dr. Jennifer Carlier: “Finding God in the Basement”

In this moving testimony of her own experience with addiction, Dr. Carlier implores faith leaders to practice vulnerability and brokenness in the church sanctuary so that all may feel welcome in that space.

September 24 thru October 29 – Book Study – "Second Thoughts on the Second Coming", by Ronald J. Allen & Robert D. Cornwall

Click here to learn more about this book.

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God's Work Our Hands 2023

This Sunday, September 10, 2023

Service Projects and Potluck Lunch


Our congregation, along with Grace, St. Paul's, and St. Timothy's Lutheran Churches, will join together to serve the community for God's Work Our Hands on Sunday, September 10th. In addition to collecting donations of items for local service efforts, we will be doing projects for the community. To kick off the day of service, we will have a potluck luncheon in Fellowship Hall. Here are the details:

1.    Service projects for the community:

  • Outdoor maintenance at the spiritual labyrinth retreat at St. Scholastica in Chicago
  • Games and art projects with children at Lydia House (formerly the Rice Center) in Evanston
  • Clean-up and maintenance at Lutheran Campus Ministry of Northwestern University
  • Painting community outreach room at Grace Lutheran Church in Evanston
  • Quilt-tying for Lutheran World Relief
  • Making greeting cards for shut-ins and others
  • Sorting donated items for Interfaith Action of Evanston, Connections for the Homeless, Refugee Community Connection, and Grace Little Free Pantry

2.    Donations for community organizations:

  • Interfaith Action of Evanston Snap Gap Collection: toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo
  • Connections for the Homeless: Clothing, toiletries, cleaning supplies, backpacks/rolling suitcases
  • Refugee Community Connection: Shoes, coats, blankets, sleeping bags
  • Grace Lutheran Little Free Pantry: Non-perishable food items

3.    Potluck lunch at Immanuel. All four congregations will gather for a potluck lunch in Fellowship Hall after the worship service. You can bring to share:

  • Sandwiches
  • Salads
  • Chips
  • Beverages

For more information, contact Charly Yarnoff at csy771@northwestern.edu.

See you on Sunday!

God's Work Our Hands 2023

Items Needed for Local Service Organizations

In addition to doing service projects, we will collect donations of items for four important local service efforts listed below.


1.  Interfaith Action of Evanston Snap Gap Collection. Through its SnapGap program, Interfaith Action Evanston (IAE) collects and distributes necessary items that are not eligible for purchase with Federal benefits. Especially needed are:


Toothpaste - Toothbrushes - Shampoo


2. Grace Lutheran Little Free Pantry is stocked with nonperishable food items donated by members of the congregation and neighbors. Needed are:


Canned Goods - Other non-perishable food Items        


3. Connections for the Homeless is the leading agency in the northern suburbs delivering essential services to people facing homelessness and housing insecurity during the pandemic. They need:


Clothing - Toiletries - Cleaning Supplies - Backpacks/rolling suitcases


4. Refugee Community Connection provides needed items to migrants living in police stations and other temporary shelters. They need:


 Shoes - Coats - Blankets and sleeping bags


Bring your donations to Immanuel on Sunday, September 10th. If you'd prefer to donate money, checks can be made out to "Connections for the Homeless" or, for the Little Free Pantry, to Grace Lutheran Church with “LFP” in the memo line. 

Midweek Adult Spiritual Growth and Study on Zoom

Tuesday, Sept. 12, 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.


Click to Join - Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86372212374?pwd=U3RwUEJpWEN2eUJydkFndXFMSTNOdz09#success

Meeting ID: 863 7221 2374

Passcode: 848936

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Generations Confirmation Lunch

Serve and Join!

Parker and Christian Kloster will be participating in a joint Confirmation program with Grace and St. John's called Generations, held in Fellowship Hall on Sundays. It's Immanuel’s turn to provide lunch for the group at 12:30 pm each Sunday beginning Oct. 1 until Oct. 22.


Consider supporting this program by providing one of the lunches (a simple lunch feeding about 12). Lunch providers are encouraged to join in the meal, and stay for the class. Here is a Google doc to sign up.

Group Spiritual Direction

Would you like to grow closer to God in a group setting? We facilitate group members to assist one another in paying attention to the God moments in their lives. Participants will listen deeply to the spiritual experiences of others and have a willingness to share their faith journey with others. Together we’ll contemplate the mystery and pay attention to the sacred moments of our lives.

Pastor Mark Sloss and Kit McCarthy are the trained Spiritual Directors who will be facilitating the groups. We are currently forming groups that will begin on September 20th. Groups may meet either in person or via Zoom or in a combination of ways.

Please contact Pastor Mark, pastor@immanuelevanston.org, or Kit McCarthy, kit.mccarthy@comcast.net for more information.

Church Parking Lot Notice

Please note that on September 11 - September 22, parking in the spaces at the South side (against the condo building) of the parking lot will not be permitted during the weekday, 8 am - 5 pm. The condo building is being tuckpointed. Park in the spaces closest to the church building. On weekends and before 8 am or after 5 pm, parking is permitted in all spots. If you need more information or have questions, contact Jane in the church office: 847-864-4464 or parish-admin@immanuelevanston.org

Immanuel Becomes North Side Goods-for-Migrants Collection Point

To our sisters and brothers of Immanuel,

A person in Rogers Park who was a collection point for the migrant "mobile free store" -- cars that deliver items to police stations and shelters in Chicago where migrants are in temporary housing -- is out of the country for several months. Now the closest drop off point is on the near north very west side of Chicago.

Starting next week, Immanuel will be a drop-off spot for pillows, blankets, shoes, coats and other things needed for our new neighbors. Chris Djuric is willing to sort and cull items and coordinate pick-up of items. The idea is to keep things moving.

Drop off times at church are on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 am-noon. Being a collection site would be a huge help to the migrant crisis. It will keep the supply chain full and take pressure off of the volunteers doing the deliveries who usually do all the collecting, too. We'd love to have you join us in this effort and if you'd like to help, see Chris Djuric.

Thank You!

Community News & Resources

Donations Wanted - Producemobile

Distribution on Sept. 12, 2023

Drop-off continues until Monday, Sept. 11th

Now that COVID funding has ended and prices have gone up, the number of people seeking assistance has increased as well, from the monthly average of 250 households to 300. Our recipients will eagerly welcome the following items for the September 12 distribution: shampoo, toothpaste, and toothbrushes. Items can be purchased online at



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

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1509 Ridge Ave., Evanston, IL 60201

Friday, Sept. 8: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 10: Noon – 2:00 p.m.

Monday, Sept.11: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 


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

Warm regards,

Interfaith Action Team

Save the Date!

Interfaith Action of Evanston’s Annual Fundraiser

The Vision Keepers Dinner

Immanuel's Vision Keeper 2023 is Michael Kloster

DoubleTree Hilton Hotel, Skokie ~ Sunday October 8, at 5:30 PM

Sign-up sheets for Dinner Reservations are posted in Fellowship Hall.

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