a welcoming, affirming, justice-seeking congregation

The Flowers Today are in loving memory of Grace Searle McMurtry from her family.

Annual Reports have been emailed. There are some hard copies for anyone who would like one.

Seeing Red (and Orange and Yellow): Next Sunday, May 19th, is Pentecost—the church’s celebration of the descent of the Spirit upon the gathered community. As the story of Pentecost is told in the Book of the Acts, the apostles were gathered with people of many different lands and tongues, when suddenly the Holy Spirit appeared among them like tongues of fire, undoing the damage of Babel, suddenly making it possible for people of many different languages to understand one another. You are invited to come to worship next Sunday wearing one or more of the colours of the Spirit—red, orange or yellow. Let’s see if we can look the part of a people visited by the Spirit!

Immanuel’s Annual Congregational Meeting is this Wednesday, May 15, at 7:00 p.m. This will be a very important meeting, at which two important items will be considered by the congregation:

(a) Approval of a recommendation by the Immanuel Board that the rental agreement with Church Jehovah Nissi be discontinued, and

(b) Approval of a new governance structure recommended by the Immanuel Board.

These are very important issues, affecting the future life and work of the congregation. Your participation is valued and will be most welcome. The latest materials related to the proposed new governance structure are on the table in the Amen Corner. Please help yourself to a copy on your way out of worship this Sunday, or help us to save paper by signing up for an electronic copy of the materials. Care will be taken on Wednesday night to make the content of the proposal as accessible and understandable as possible. Come, bringing your questions and ideas, and we’ll talk about new ways of organizing our life together as we move into the future at Immanuel.

Governance Structure~ Should the proposed governance structure be approved at the annual meeting, a nomination process will begin as a first step in identifying and developing a transitional leadership team for next year. A training day is being planned for Saturday, June 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. You may be nominated and asked to come to the training day so keep the date open.

The Immanuel Outreach Committee has designated the third Sunday of every month as “Stella Sunday”, and receive donations of food for Stella’s Sunday afternoon programming. Donations of high protein canned meats and beans, cheez whiz, jams, peanut butter, crackers, juice boxes, baby food, baby supplies and also cookies and buns would be greatly appreciated. The Outreach Committee will make sure these items get to Northend Stella. The next “Stella Sunday” is May 19th. Please help out if you can.

Dessert Theatre Bakers please pick up your dishes from the kitchen. Thank you.

May Newsletter submissions are due by Tuesday, May 14th. Please hand in to the office or email to iuchurch .

HELP ! In the name of peace, justice and ecology. Immanuel has committed to hosting the Project Peacemakers Eco Friendly dinner, Thursday June 6th from 6:30 to 8:30. This vegetarian feast (no meat, poultry,fish) with guest speaker and music, raises much needed funds to educate and advocate for us. Yes, there will be sign up sheets, more information, and tickets for $15.00. Lynne Strome

Market Day! On Saturday, May 25th from 9am – 2pm John Black United Church, 898 Henderson Hwy will hold its annual Market Day and BBQ. We will be selling gently used household items, furniture, toys, books, etc. Also, there will be homemade pies, plants and bags of soil for sale. Something for everyone…

***Gentle Pace Yoga: Wednesdays 5:45 – 6:45 (May 1 to June 19)

This class is for participants who need a little more time to get into the poses and will move at a slower pace. Poses will include modifications, options and props (blocks, straps) to assist you throughout the class.

Classes are held in the lower level at Immanuel United Church. Registration cost is $55 for 8 weeks, or $8/class if you prefer to just drop in for a class. Payment of cash or cheque made payable to Carlyn Hanson will be due at the first class. Please email me back to confirm your spot.

Since September, attendance in Yoga at Immanuel has helped to contribute over $300 to local charities. Remember, in addition to the benefits to your own mind & body health, your attendance also benefits our local community! Hope to see you there. Carlyn Hanson Email: cjandmonty

“Sad Sort of Clean”~Flatlanders Studio 782 Main St, 3rd Floor (Vineyard Church), May 3-June30th; Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4pm. A gallery of 22 large, excellent pictures. This is where your hydropower comes from in Northern Manitoba. Sponsored by Interchurch Council Hydropower. Admission free. Volunteers willing to sit at this showing on Saturday or Sunday afternoons, now to June 30th, please contact Doug McMurtry~204-668-7804.

Winnipeg Pops Orchestra in concert at Grey Street United Church on Thursday, May 23rd at 7:30pm. Enjoy a selection of pop classics and show tunes played by a 40+ members ensemble under the direction of Mary Ann Taylor. Reception to follow. Tickets are available by calling the church office at 204-667-9413 or Wilma at 204-668-2756. Prices are adults $15 and students $10.

CGIT Empowerment Camp “Celebrating Girls for WHO They Are” July 6th – 10th, 2013 at Camp Brereton which is located in Whiteshell Provincial Park. There is more information and registration forms on the bulletin board.

Scripture Reader: Al Mackling


Monday, May 13th

8:00-9:00 pm Church Jehova Nissi
Tuesday, May 14th

9:30 am Study Group
7:00 pm Finance Committee Meeting
Wednesday, May 15th

7:00 pm Annual Congregational Meeting
8:00 pm AA Group
Thursday, May 16th

8:00 pm Bettors Anonymous
Friday, May 17th

8:00 pm Al-Anon & Alateen Group
8:00-10:30 pm Church Jehova Nissi
Saturday, May 18th

5-10pm Church Jehova Nissi

I will be in the office Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings this week.

Have a great week! Sharon Vandenberg, Office Administrator