a welcoming, affirming, justice-seeking congregation

Many thanks to Debbie Crump for directing the choir

and otherwise contributing to our worship music this morning.

The Flowers Today are in loving memory of our friend Carlie from Katherine and Heather Smithson.

This morning we welcome Chuck Kroeker to share his ministry of music with us. As well as teaching at Collège Jeanne-Sauvé, Chuck is on the music ministry staff at St. Mary’s Road United Church. Many of us are familiar with the instrumental CD “Eighty Strings,” which Chuck and his friends Jonathan Wong and Ted Parnell-Best released a few years ago. Now Chuck is about to officially release a new CD entitled Carlos and the Suspiroes (CD Launch Sunday, April 19th at 7:30, at SMRUC.)Chuck has brought some of those CDs along with him today, and will be glad to exchange them for $15 after worship. During Lent, $5 from each CD will be donated to Justine’s Ugandan Orphan Fund at SMRUC http://www.stmarysroad.ca/juof.html. In lieu of an honourarium for his ministry with us this morning, Chuck has requested that the Immanuel congregation make a donation to this fund. We are happy to make such a contribution.

Notice of Immanuel Congregational Meeting: A meeting of the congregation will be held after worship on Sunday, March 22, 2015. The purpose of this meeting is to review the Business Plan relating to the land adjacent to the church, and to consider authorizing an application for the next stage of funding from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. The Business Plan has been prepared by the EDGE Real Estate Planning Team in order to meet the requirements of the grant we were awarded by CMHC last year. Please note that this plan includes the newly-assessed market value of the land, together with three very basic drawings of the kind of affordable housing that might be built upon it. The drawings will prepare us to move on to the next phase of the process if we choose to do so. They do not tie us into a particular vision of the use of the land. Any approaches to not-for-profit operators with a potential interest in developing the land would be left to this next stage of the process. This meeting should not take longer than an hour. We hope that many of you will be able to attend.

“Rewind” Concert/Dance Come support our “Build Up Pay Down” fund in a fun way on Saturday, March 21st at 7:30pm here at Immanuel. Tickets are $20.00 each and can be purchased in the AMEN corner or in the church office. See you there!

Male Volunteer needed for Immanuel Food Bank Duties twice a month (every second Monday) arrive at the church at 9am, help unload Winnipeg Harvest truck, sort and bag fresh produce in the kitchen and then you are free to go. If you can help please call Joyce Smyth @ 204-669-2085.

Volunteer Delivery Driversare needed to take the donations to St. Matthews Maryland. Goods will be gratefully received from 1:30-4:00 pm weekdays, EXCEPT Wednesdays. This is a ONCE A MONTH JOB to be shared by a few hopefully. A sign up sheet is posted on the AMEN bulletin board. Any questions please see Lynne Strome.

Annual Report Submissions are due by Tuesday, April 21st. Please email or bring into the office.

Jubilee Fund Inc. 16th Annual Meeting will be held March 26, 2015 at the St. John Brebeuf Parish Hall, lower level, 1707 John Brebeuf Place, Winnipeg. Registration and light lunch will start at 6:00 pm. More information, agenda and visitor’s registration form are on the bulletin board.

Stewardship Moment…

“…the best strategy for giving is a two-fold approach: a basic plan combined with a willingness to consider spontaneous giving when unique opportunities arise.”

Andy Stanley, Fields of Gold

THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL

Monday, Mar 16th 6:00 pm Immanuel Players Sanctuary/Auditorium
Tuesday, Mar 17th 9:30am Study Group Upstairs Lounge
5-9pm Yoga Sanctuary/Auditorium
Wednesday, Mar 18th 6:00 pm Immanuel Players Sanctuary/Auditorium
7:00 pm Women’s Study Group Upstairs Lounge
8:00 pm AA Group Upstairs Meeting Room
Thursday, Mar 19th 7:00 pm Choir Practice Sanctuary/Auditorium
8:00 pm Bettor’s Anonymous Upstairs Meeting Room
Friday, Mar 20th 7:00 pm Al-Anon & Alateen Group Upstairs Meeting Room/Upstairs Lounge
Saturday, Mar 21st 9am-1pm Yoga Sanctuary/Auditorium
2:00 pm Bettor’s Anonymous Upstairs Meeting Room
7:30 pm Rewind Concert Sanctuary/Auditorium
Sunday, Mar 22nd 1:00pm Immanuel Players Sanctuary/Auditorium

I will be in the office Tues, Wed and Thurs mornings this week.

Sharon Vandenberg, Office Administrator

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