9:30 – 11:00 a.m.: Food Pantry (668 Catalina St. entrance)
9:00 a.m.: Johnston Fellowship English language adult class (McVay Hall)
10:30 a.m.: English Worship Service begins (Sanctuary, but meet in Narthex for annual “Chalking” of the doors on Wilshire)
10:30 a.m.: Spanish Worship Service begins (Chichester Chapel, but meet in Narthex for annual “Chalking” of the doors on Wilshire)
11:10 a.m.: All Together Worship Service comes together (Sanctuary)
12:00 p.m.: Convivio (refreshments and fellowship in the Parlor – all are welcome)
7:30 a.m.: English Worship with Communion (Westminster Chapel)
Johnston Fellowship, an English language adult Bible class, which began over 50 years ago and was named in honor of the senior pastor Dr. Paul C. Johnston, is still going strong today. Classes taught by dedicated ministers and spiritual leaders are held in McVay Hall every Sunday morning from 9:00-10:00. Following each class is a time of fellowship and refreshment. Come and be refreshed.
Offering Envelopes/Automatic Payments
Offering envelopes available in the cloister, narthex, and office. Please ask an usher or the front desk staff if you would like an offering envelope. If you would like your pledge to be debited from your account or charged to your credit card automatically, ask an usher for an automatic payment form.
At the beginning of worship this Sunday January 6th meet at 10:30 in the Narthex (back of sanctuary) near the doors at Wilshire Blvd where we will “chalk” the doors of the church, as a blessing of our church “home”. A part of church history is the custom of blessing homes at the New Year. A family would hold a short service of prayer to ask God’s blessing on their dwellings and on all who live, work with and visit them. In this way, we invite Jesus to be a “guest” in our home, a listener to each conversation, a guide for troubled times, and a blessing in times of thanksgiving.
“Chalking the door” or the door step may be used as a way to celebrate and literally “mark” the occasion. In the Old Testament the Israelites were told to mark their doors with the blood of the lamb on the night of the Passover to ensure that the angel of death would pass them by.
Chalk is made of the substance of the earth and is used by teachers to instruct and by children to play. As the image of the chalk fades, we will remember the sign we have made and transfer it to our hearts and our habits. From www.worshipwell.org
Chalk will be handed out for those who wish to do a similar blessing at their own homes. Following the “chalking” of the doors, we will begin mixed worship with the English speakers in the Sanctuary and the Spanish speakers in Chichester Chapel.
3 Magi Epiphany Party January 6th at 5PM
On Sunday January 6th all are invited to an evening gathering at church for fellowship, community and celebration of Epiphany and the visit of the 3 magi. It’ll be a pot-luck meal and we’ll have a Rosca de Reyes (king’s loaf) plus games and small treats for kids (please RSVP so we know how many to expect).
Craft Table During Worship
At Immanuel we welcome the presence and energy of children in our worship. We invite and encourage families with children to come to the front of the sanctuary to take advantage of the craft table we have set up.
Celebration of IPC Healing Center 1/13
In worship on Sunday January 13th we will celebrate the Healing Center as a ministry of our church for the past 9 years. The Healing Center was conceived by our church leaders at least 10 years ago and for the past 9 years has received funding from the Dignity Health Community Grant to fund its programs of healing and wellness. Since the church is no longer receiving the grant as of 2019, the IPC Session has made the decision to close the Healing Center. Worship on Sunday 1/13 will be an opportunity to celebrate the many ways our community has been blessed and impacted by the yoga classes, wellness screenings and workshops, and in so many other ways. The IPC HC’s Coordinator, Michelle Wong, will be leaving us on January 15th so we will celebrate her and her contributions as well. We hope to see some familiar faces of folks who have been involved with the HC over the years and impacted by its programs. A special Convivio will follow worship.
Thursday January 24th from 7PM-12AM Immanuel hosts the Homeless Count led by the LA County Homeless Services Authority. Please let Pastor Andy or the front office know if you plan to volunteer to help with the count that evening. You will get trained that evening before we go out.
Donations for Our Food Pantry
Please support our food pantry by bringing in donations for our emergency lunch bags which help our homeless neighbors. These bags are handed out Monday through Sunday. We currently are in need of:
Cup-Of-Noodles (chicken flavor);
Oatmeal Individually Servings Only;
Please drop off donation at the front office with Melissa or Hector. Thank you.
Opportunities to Give
This week and every week, we receive a monetary offering in support of our church programs and ministries. Donations may be made online by clicking here.
This week and every week, we receive a financial offering in support of our Food Pantry ministry. For more information, please click here.
Healing Center’s Offering
This week and every week, we welcome offerings to support our Healing Center. For more information, please click here.
Every first Sunday, we receive a monetary offering in support of our Deacons ministry. For more information, please click here. This offering may also be made online by clicking here.