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Christian Education

Christian Education takes many forms and is a vital part of the ministry of Immanuel. There are Bible studies, youth retreats, special musical and fellowship events, our Sunday School, private conversations, and of course the reading and preaching of the Word that occurs in our services of worship.

The new 2011-2012 church school year began Sunday, September 11, 2011. The classes for this academic year will end on June 10, 2012. Children's classes will be held from 9:15 to 10:15 am, and are organized as follows:

This year the Sunday School and Confirmation classes:

Orange bags for Survival  Center

Orange bags for Amherst Survival Center

Adult Forum meets from 9:00-10:15 in the Church Parlor.

Everyone is welcome to attend these and all other activities of Immanuel Lutheran Church!

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Social Ministry

We have been able to collect many pounds of food items for the Amherst Survival Center over the past 12 months. Thanks to all of our congregation members and others who have dropped off items at the church for the Center and have collected food at the door of Stop and Shop.

Want to do good while purchasing coffee or tea? If you purchase coffee or tea through Lutheran World Relief/Equal Exchange you will not only get great coffee or tea, but also help a coffee or tea grower earn a living wage. To make a purchase, you can either buy a bag of coffee out of the box of coffee set out during most coffee hours, or you can order as little as one coffee or box of tea (see instructions and order forms for doing this on the bulletin board in the hallway outside the fellowship hall. To learn more about the plight of coffee growers, see http://www.lwr.org/coffee/.

The Interfaith Community Cot Shelter in Northampton reported an intense start of the winter emergency cot shelter program. Volunteers from Immanuel have participated in the effort. They are part of a group of 249 volunteers from approximately 17 different houses of worship and groups. While most of them are located in the Northampton-Amherst region, supplies and service donations come from even more far-reaching areas.

More to come on our expanding social ministry ...

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Music at Immanuel Lutheran Church

Do you sing or play an instrument? Immanuel has a long tradition of excellent music. Our organist, Matt Cron, has recently received his PhD in musicology from Brandeis University and is wonderfully knowledgeable in matters musical and otherwise. Also, his wonderful playing and music planning adds greatly to the beauty, the depth, and the spirituality of our worship. Our Interim Senior Choir director, John Mange, and the other members of the choir welcome you! Along with singing for services, the choir presents occasional special concerts -- cantatas, choral evensongs, and even silly pops concerts/fun nights. The choir has been featured on Channel 57, the local PBS station. Senior Choir meets from 7:30-9 on Thursday evenings (September through min-June) and sings at the 10:30 services on Sundays. Come and try us out!

During recent seasons, there have been many special musical events, in addition to the regular Sunday morning services. For a listing of some of these, check out our Events page: Click here for a partial listing of these special events.

Our Organist, Matthew Cron, PhD, playing the organ of
Martin Luther Kirche in Linz, Austria.

Our organ, a two manual pipe organ, was installed in 1974 by the M. P. Moller Organ Company of Hagerstown, Maryland. The recital of dedication was presented by Dr. John Weaver, Music Director and Organist, Emeritus of New York City's Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church and, recently retired Chair of the Organ Departments of both the Juilliard School of Music in New York City and of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. John Weaver's successors in these positions are each his own former students: Andrew Henderson at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, Paul Jacobs at the Juilliard School, and Alan Morrison at the Curtis Institute. At the time of his retirement from Madison Avenue Church, a half-page article appeared in the New York Times about John's work -- click here to view the article. One can listen on-line to a Public Radio interview with John Weaver recorded on the occasion of his 70th birthday by clicking here.

Immanuel's TV and Internet Ministry

In recent years, many of our services have been recorded for later broadcast on the Amherst-Pelhan Community TV channel, ACTV. Our sincere thanks to Richard Trueswell for having made this ministry possible through his faithful work in recording and editing these services and events for the community.

Also, audio recordings of a number of sermons delivered by our current pastor and by guest pastors can be heard on-line.

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Press here to write to:
Pastor Steven Wilco
Church Office
867 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, Massachusetts 01002
413-549-0322 (Voice)
413-549-1916 (Fax)

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