Safe Church + Iglesia segura


Immanuel’s commitment is to be a true urban sanctuary for the nurturing and protection of all God’s children. As with every church in the city, we remain mindful of the safety and wellbeing of the most vulnerable people in our community. Our Safe Church Policy calls for this by:

  • Maintaining a safe and supportive church environment.
  • Providing for the Training and screening of staff and ministry participants.
  • Educating the congregation on topics such as sexual, elder and physical abuse and discrimination.

Working to create a church campus that is accessible to everyone.


El compromiso de Immanuel es ser un verdadero santuario urbano para la cultivación y protección de todos los/as hijos/as de Dios. Como otras iglesias en la ciudad, permanecemos consientes de la seguridad y bienestar de las más vulnerables personas en nuestra comunidad. Nuestra Póliza de Iglesia Segura llama a esto:

  • Mantener un ambiente seguro y compasivo en la iglesia.
  • Proporcionar capacitación e investigación del personal y participantes del ministerio
  • Educar a la congregación acerca de asuntos como abuso sexual, de anciano/as, físico y discriminación.

Trabajar para crear un campus que es asequible para todos/as.

Welcome + Bienvenida Elizabeth Leu


Elizabeth Leu joined Immanuel in September 2014 as the Congregational Ministries Coordinator. Her primary responsibilities include youth ministry as well as well proving support for children’s/nursery programs, the Board of Deacons and the Safe Church Team. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from University of Houston, and she recently graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary with her Master of Divinity degree. She is now in the discerning process of ordination. She is passionate about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and pastoral ministry in multicultural church.


Elizabeth Leu empezó en Immanuel en septiembre de 2014 como la Coordinadora de Ministerios Congregacionales. Sus responsabilidades principales son de dirigir los ministerios de jovenes y apoyar a los ministerios de los niños, y tambien apoyar a los diáconos, y el equipo de iglesia segura. Ella graduó con su Bachelor of Arts de la Universidad de Houston en la area de administración, y ella graduó recientemente del seminario de Fuller con su Master of Divinity. Está ahora discerniendo sobre la posibilidad de ordenación. Ella está muy apasionada sobre el evangelio de Jesu Cristo y hacer ministerio en una congregación multiculutral.

Bilingual reflection + Reflexión bilingüe: 12.13.17


Turn to God, bind wounds

Psalm 147:3

[The Lord] heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.

Hospice care teams are interdisciplinary, consisting of a doctor, a nurse, a social worker and a chaplain. Other resources and therapies are also available, such as respiratory, massage, music and art. Given the number of bedbound patients at the end of life, wound care nurses are imperative. In fact, it’s not unusual for the weekly evaluation meetings to include extensive discussion of best practices for wound care.

In the life of the church, pastors, elders and deacons are charged with the care of the souls, which includes focusing on emotional and spiritual wounds. This can be done on an individual basis or through support groups. During Advent, there should be safe spaces to acknowledge our wounds and enable the healing. Some churches host a “Blue Christmas” service as a way to acknowledge that the holidays can be difficult for those who are wounded.

Can you recall a time when you were cared for by the church? What facilitated your healing?

God of Advent, give us empathy and patience to care for the brokenhearted. Amen.


Vuélvete a Dios, venda las heridas

Salmo 147:3

El Señor reanima a los descorazonados, y sana sus heridas.

Los equipos de cuidado de hospicio son interdisciplinarios y consisten de un médico, un enfermero, un trabajador social y un capellán (puestos que pueden ocupar las mujeres). Hay otras terapias disponibles, como apoyo respiratorio, masaje, música y arte. Dado el alto número de moribundos encamados, las enfermeras especializadas en el cuidado de úlceras son indispensables. No es inusual que la junta de evaluación semanal incluya una amplia discusión sobre este tema.

En la vida de la iglesia, los pastores y pastoras, los ancianos y ancianas, y los diáconos y diaconisas tienen a su cargo el cuidado de las almas, lo cual incluye la atención de las heridas emocionales y espirituales. Esto puede hacerse de forma individual o con grupos de apoyo. Durante Adviento, debe haber espacios seguros para atender las heridas y facilitar la curación. Algunas iglesias ofrecen cultos de «Navidad azul» (o melancólica) ya que las fiestas son difíciles para las personas con heridas emocionales.

¿Recuerdas alguna ocasión en que la iglesia te cuidó? ¿Qué facilitó tu recuperación?

Dios del Adviento, danos empatía y paciencia para cuidar de las personas descorazonadas. Amén.


~Magdalena Garcia, Presbyterian Mission Blog

Reflection: 9.7.15



J. Herbert Nelson, II

During my high school years, I worked in my hometown shoe store one day a week. At the end of each workday, I accepted the below minimum wage cash payment handed to me in a small brown envelop. It was enough for some spending money and a very small amount of savings each week. The air-conditioned store and slow business during the day made the work simple and relatively easy. It was a fun job with little responsibility. One day my father told me to tell the owner of the store that “today is your last day at work.” On Monday morning I began what my daddy called a “real job.” He wanted me to know what “real work was like”. I entered a plant I only knew as “the bakery”. It was a place where the bread seen on grocery store shelves was made. The huge ovens made the plant extremely hot, and the work was intense with machine breakdowns, trucks to load, and schedules to meet. Working ten or more hours a day became the norm for me. I was the only teenager working there. Daddy later shared with me that he wanted me to experience the working conditions and hear the stories of the people who found themselves working in labor-intensive jobs with inadequate pay. The pay was more than adequate for me. I was college bound in August. My clothes and other items were purchased for college. I even had some spending money. But for the men who worked in that plant while raising families and trying to build a life, the compensation was often not enough in a time of family or financial crisis. I became aware of the powerful head start on life that was given to me by God. Two parents with college and graduate degrees were then – and are now – significant role models and support for lifting up another generation. However, many citizens in the United States who work everyday do not have the opportunities afforded by education and family support.

Millions of workers in the United States are inadequately compensated for their work. Corporate profits are at their highest level in at least 85 years. Employee compensation is at the lowest level in 65 years.1

The Presbyterian Church has a long history of supporting the rights of workers to earn fair wages and good benefits and have safe working conditions. Indeed, in recognizing the value and dignity of work, the 2008 Social Creed for the 21st Century, adopted by the PC(USA) and our ecumenical partners, says:
“In faith, responding to our Creator, we celebrate the full humanity of each woman, man, and child, all created in the divine image as individuals of infinite worth, by working for…

• Employment for all, at a family-sustaining living wage, with equal pay for comparable work.
• The rights of workers to organize, and to share in workplace decisions and productivity growth.
• Protection from dangerous working conditions, with time and benefits to enable full family life.”
Indeed, our biblical tradition reminds us that the livelihood of workers is a responsibility of the community. The prophet

Malachi, echoing earlier laws and prophets, prophesies, “Then I will draw near to you for judgment; I will be swift to bear witness against… those who oppress the hired workers in their wages, the widow and the orphan, against those who thrust aside the alien, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts.” (3:5)

The system of low-wage work in the U.S. ensures that those who are vulnerable and poor will stay vulnerable and poor. Low-wage work cannot support a family, nor provide workers with the necessary supports to climb out of poverty. A job should keep workers out of poverty, not in it!

Jesus said, “the Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.” In the tradition of the Savior who came to bring good news to the disheartened, dispirited, and disenfranchised, we must support social justice for all God’s children.

advent journal – day 22 – 12.20.09


Sunday, December 20 |Advent Week Four

Christian Education for Adults & Children, 9:15 a.m.

Worship in English, 10:30 a.m. Sanctuary

All Together Worship, 11:30 a.m. Sanctuary

Convivio with Church of Peace, 12:00 p.m. Patio

Posada, 4:00 p.m. Berendo Gate

Luke 1:39-56

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my savior…the mighty one has done great things for me, and holy is his name” (Luke 1:49).

It is safe to assume that the vast majority of us would have difficulty coming to a similar conclusion were we faced with an unplanned, out-of-wedlock pregnancy, inherent with potentially disastrous social and religious consequences. Mary’s decision to take God on God’s word was a profound act of faith, Mary fully trusted in the one who “sets captives free, gives sight to the blind, loves the just, protects strangers” (Psalm 146:7-9).  Mary was a woman who said yes and in the process, attempted to awaken the status quo to the beauty of God’s plan and human freedom. – Based on reflections by Michaela Bruzzese (2001)

Who are those people you have observed doing the same in the world?

Samuel Chu, Director of Relational Ministries

Domingo, 20 de diciembre | – Adviento Cuarta Semana

Educación Cristiana para adultos y niños/as, 9:15 a.m.

Servicio en español, 10:30 a.m. Capilla Chichester

Servicio de Adorando Todos/as Juntos/as, 11:30 a.m. Santuario

Convivio con la Iglesia de Paz, 12:00 p.m. Patio

Posada, 4:00 p.m. Entrada de Berendo

Lucas 1:39-56

“Mi alma glorifica a Dios, y mi espíritu se regocija en Dios mi Salvador….porque el Poderosos ha hecho grandes cosas por mi. ¡Santo es su nombre! (Lucas 1:49)

Es seguro de suponer que la vasta mayoría de nosotros tendrán dificultades en llegar a una similar conclusión donde estamos enfrentando con un embarazo no planeado y extramatrimonial, inherente las potenciales consecuencias desastres sociales y religiosas.  La decisión de María de aceptar Dios en la palabra de Dios fue un profundo acto de fe, María completamente confió en él que “pone en libertad a los cautivos, da vista a los ciegos, ama a los justos, protege al extranjero” (Salmo 146:7-9).  María fue una mujer quien dijo si y en el proceso, intento a despertar el statu quo a la belleza de la plan de Dios y a la libertad humana. – Basado en reflexiones de Michaela Bruzzese (2001)

¿Quiénes son las personas que has observado haciendo lo mismo en el mundo?

Samuel Chu, Director de Ministerios Relacionales