a welcoming, affirming, justice-seeking congregation

Income Tax Receipts As of January 29, the 2013 income tax receipts have been distributed and/or mailed out. For the people who made out a cheque to the United Church of Canada or to the Emergency Response Typhoon – Haiyan Relief, receipts will be sent to you directly from the United Church of Canada.

Gift from the Estate of Rose AndersonRecently, our office received word that our long-time congregation member Rose Anderson, who died in February of last year, had left the congregation a gift of $500 in her will. This past week, we received a cheque from Rose’s estate. We are most grateful to have been remembered in this way, and will ensure that a card of appreciation will be sent to Rose’s family.

Creating a new Stewardship Team: Immanuel is in the process of naming 2-3 people to form a Stewardship team which will begin its work in March. We are asking you, the congregation, to participate by generating names of people you believe have the gifts, who should be invited to discern if this work is something they are called to do at this time. Please put up to 4 names on the small, coloured sheet of paper you have been given this morning and place it in the box in the AMEN corner. Alternately you can email: nanette, with names you would recommend to this process.

Stewardship CPR is an online “webinar” (sorry—we didn’t make up the word!) designed to help congregations get back on track with stewardship.This particular webinar will feature United Church minister and author Chris Levan and New Testament scholar John Dominic Crossan in a conversation about stewardship. The session in which Immanuel has asked to participate will be held this coming Tuesday evening. A group from our congregation plans to meet at the Centre for Christian Studies, 60 Maryland Street, at 5:45 Tuesday afternoon, to access the broadcast on a Smart Board (thank you to CCS!) and participate together. However, this webinar has attracted much more interest than the General Council office had anticipated, so there is some uncertainty about our ability to participate in the Tuesday evening time slot. If you are interested in participating (perhaps to discern your own involvement in Immanuel’s stewardship efforts), please sign the sheet in the Amen corner, so that we can contact you if there is a change.

A New New Testament: Due to the above Stewardship event, our Tuesday evening study group will not meet this Tuesday evening. We’ll meet again on February 11th at 6:30. Participants are asked to read “The Gospel of Truth” and “The Gospel of Mary,” together with their respective introductions.

Stroke Recovery Association of Manitoba Inc. (SAM) is having their annual Valentine Tea on Saturday, February 15th from 1-3pm at Immanuel. All are welcome.

Newsletter Submissions for the upcoming newsletter are Tuesday, March 11th. Please email iuchurch@mymts.net or see Sharon in the office.

Safe Night off Winnipeg Streets: Snow Night Thursday, February 20th, 7pm until Friday, February 21st, 8am at the Salvation Army Building downtown. All women involved in the sex trade are invited to share a special night free from violence, harm, hunger and exploitation in a fun-filled all night pyjama party. Donations of new supplies, bedding, nightwear are welcome. See list in the Amen Corner. Place donations in the white laundry basket in the kitchen. For more information contact Muriel @ 204-663-2504.

Second Fridays at CCS 12 noon~60 Maryland St.
The Centre for Christian Studies’ popular Second Fridays series of noon-time presentations and discussion continues. Second Fridays for January to March, 2014 are a joint project of CCS and the Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre, each month featuring an Aboriginal and a non-Aboriginal guest reflecting on common themes.

February 14 – Community. March 14 – Reconciliation. Visit www.ccsonline.ca/second-fridays for more information.

Westminster Concert Organ Series presents the 2nd Concert in their 25th season from Rochester, New York, Nathan Laube. Westminster United Church, Westminster Ave. at Maryland St., on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 2:30pm. $25 at the door or at McNally Robinson.

THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL

Sunday, Feb 2nd 1:30-3:30pm Immanuel Players Sanctuary/Auditorium
Monday, Feb 3rd 8am to Noon Winnipeg Harvest Sanctuary/Auditorium
Tuesday, Feb 4th 9:30 am Study Group Upstairs Lounge
5:30-6:30 pm Gentle Pace Yoga Sanctuary/Auditorium
7:00-8:00 pm Beginner Intermediate Flow Yoga Upstairs Classroom
7:00-9:00 pm Immanuel Players Sanctuary/Auditorium
Wednesday, Feb 5th 7:00 pm Women’s Study Group Upstairs Lounge
7:00-9:00 pm Immanuel Players Sanctuary/Auditorium
8:00 pm AA Group Upstairs Meeting Room
Thursday, Feb 6th 7:00 pm Choir Practice Sanctuary/Auditorium
8:00 pm Bettors Anonymous Upstairs Meeting Room
Friday, Feb 7th 7:00 pm Al-Anon & Alateen Group Upstairs Meeting Room/Lounge
Saturday, Feb 8th 9:15-10:15 am Gentle Pace Yoga Sanctuary/Auditorium
10:45-11:45 am Beginner Intermediate Flow Yoga Sanctuary/Auditorium
2:00 pm Bettors Anonymous Upstairs Meeting Room
Sunday, Feb 9th 1:30-3:30pm Immanuel Players Sanctuary/Auditorium

I will be in the office on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Mornings.

Sharon Vandenberg, Office Administrator

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