First Sunday - First Fruits +
The first Sunday of each month, members of Immanuel are encouraged to bring food items and non-food items such as dish soap and personal care needed. The donated food is taken to NECM (North End Community Ministry) and then are distributed to families in North east Grand Rapids.
Baby Hats for Spectrum +
Every new born baby int he Grand Rapids area receives a warm hat after birth and its first bath. Immanuel's ladies have knitted over 2,700 hats for Spectrum Health - Butterworth Campus over the past eight years. The hats are picked up weekly in the coat room outside the Gathering Room. There are patterns in the folder on the table in the coat room if you are interested in being involved with this great project. Each hat receives a tag that says "A gift of love from Immanuel Lutheran Church" and the bible verse "Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to Me . . .'" Mark 10:14
Supper House +
Supper House is one of NECM's (North End Community Ministry) Activities. It is a delicious and nutritious meal which is served at St. Alphonsus Catholic School on Currier NE every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Immanuel sponsors the meal four times a year. We donate the money for the food and also provide 14 workers to serve and clean up. This is a great activity for young teenage children to do with their parents. It is a great teaching experience on how to reach out to people in need. The people who attend Supper house are Northeast families in need. They receive a good meal and good service from different church families each time.
Alcoholics Anonymous +
Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held on Fridays at 1:00 p.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m. to provide support, help and guidance to members and non-members dealing with substance abuse.
Holiday Food Baskets +
During the months of November and December, Immanuel is busy collecting food for people in need. Boxes of food are packed and delivered to families in area congregations and also in the community. The families do not only receive a box of food for the Holidays, they receive a letter of encouragement from Immanuel's pastor, an invitation to join us in worship, a hand made card from our Sunday school children or Immanuel-St. James Lutheran School. A note is also enclosed reminding the family that this food is an expression of love and concern for them and is donated, packed and delivered by Immanuel's caring church families.
Almoners' Fund +Members of Immanuel have historically contributed to an Almoners fund that financially assists members and others in need (rent, utilities, food and transportation). We work with Access to determine who will be helped.
Community Breakfast +
The Community Pancake Breakfast began over fifteen years ago by concerned members on the Human Needs Board and is currently handled by a crew of volunteers. This program provides an opportunity for workers to encourage and pray with economically disadvantaged individuals who attend the breakfast.
The Community Breakfast is held on the last Saturday of each month. Cereal, juice, warm fluffy pancakes right off the griddle, sausage and a great cup of coffee are served by friendly members to 150-180 people each month. Immanuel rents a van which goes to the shelters and picks up people to bring them to the church to receive this breakfast. The breakfast is served from 8:00-9:30 a.m. Workers are always needed. A brief Bible class is also available for them after they have eaten. In December, the church has their "Warm Hearts = Warm Hand and Warm Feet" Collection. Socks and gloves or homemade fleece mittens are collected and then given to all the people who attend the December breakfast.
In the month of April "Personal Care Items" such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, bath soap and disposable razors are collected. They are given to the people who attend the April breakfast. A note is also included in the gift bag inviting the people to attend worship service and bible class.
GRACE Hunger Walk +GRACE HUNGER WALK - sponsored by the Grand Rapids Area Center for Ecumenism is held the first Saturday of May each year.
County Wide Food Drive +
The food drive is held annually during October by Access of West Michigan. This is a concentrated effort to collect non-perishable food and non-food items from porches in the Greater Grand Rapids area for distribution to neighborhood food pantries. Over 7,000 families visit Kent County food pantries each month–half of these served are children. Hunger does not discriminate by age, gender, or race. It affects the elderly, the homeless, the unemployed and the working poor. Immanuel regularly participates in this event by handing out flyers, collecting food, picking up food from donation sites, sorting and packing groceries.
Five good reasons to volunteer as a family:
- It is a good teaching tool
- It has lasting effects.
- Giving time is priceless.
- It is a good real-world experience.
- Volunteering as a family is quality time spent together!