BAPTIST WOMEN IN MINISTRY MONTH OF PREACHING
In 2007, Baptist Women in Ministry invited Baptist churches to participate in Martha Stearns Marshall Month of Preaching by having a woman preach during the month of February. The annual preaching month was named for Martha Stearns Marshall, an eighteenth century Separate Baptist woman, and this year BWIM is recognizing three other significant Baptist preachers during the emphasis: Ella Pearson Mitchell, Helen Barrett Montgomery and Edna Lee de Gutiérrez. Immanuel will be counted with other Baptist churches in celebrating the calling and gifts of women as three women preach in the coming weeks. Pastor Tambi Swiney will preach on Sunday, March 3, Dr. Judy Skeen will preach on Sunday, March 17, and Kelly Moreland Jones will preach in our Ash Wednesday service on March 6.
ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE
March 6 at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel
Join us in the Chapel on Wednesday, March 6, at 6:00 p.m. as we mark the beginning of the season of Lent with our Ash Wednesday service. Our guest preacher that evening will be Kelly Moreland Jones, who is working on her Master of Divinity through Central Baptist Theological Seminary’s Women’s Leadership Initiative. Pastor Steven will conduct the imposition of the ashes. Childcare will be provided for preschoolers; children and youth will join the adults in this special service.
PHILIPPIANS BIBLE STUDY
Mondays at Noon
March 11-April 15
During the season of Lent, Pastor Steven and Pastor Tambi will be leading a 6-week Bible study focused on Philippians. The Bible study group will meet on Mondays at noon in the Youth Room beginning on March 11. The group will be using Max Vincent’s book Because of This I Rejoice: Reading Philippians During Lent; the cost of the book is $12. You may bring a brown bag lunch to the study if you desire. Let Pastor Tambi know if you will be attending the Philippians Bible study so that she can order you a copy of the book.
SPRING WOMEN’S RETREAT
March 9, 2019
The women of Immanuel are invited to spend a Saturday at Kay Johnson’s lake house for a retreat led by Pastor Tambi. The focus of the retreat will be “The Hats Women Wear.” Participants will contemplate the challenges and opportunities inherent in their varied roles. The retreat will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. The deadline to register is Sunday, February 24; contact Pastor Tambi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 20-17, 2019
This year’s observance of Operation Inasmuch will include opportunities for children, youth, and adults to minister to “the least of these” in our community and beyond as we work with our local ministry partners. Here is the schedule of events:
Wednesday, March 20 - guest speaker from The Nashville Food Project
Thursday, March 21 - host Room in the Inn for the final time this winter
Saturday, March 23 - distribute gifts to the staff and patients at Nashville Community Care & Rehabilitation Center at Bordeaux or volunteer at The Nashville Food Project
Sunday, March 24 - Ingathering Sunday to collect bags of noodles for Luke 14:12 during worship and a family ministry project in Fellowship Hall after worship to prepare Easter bags for Appalachian Outreach
Tuesday, March 26 - serve lunch at Luke 14:12
Wednesday, March 27 - share stories from OIAM after the Business Meeting.
Registration for the various ministry projects will begin on Sunday, February 24.
ROOM IN THE INN
1st & 3rd Thursdays (November-March)
Immanuel is one of 200 congregations from a wide variety of traditions that partners with Room in the Inn each winter to provide shelter for 1,500 men and women from November 1 through March 31. Each time we host Room in the Inn, we need volunteers who will set up Fellowship Hall, drive the van, provide dinner, serve dinner, serve as overnight hosts, provide breakfast, prepare sack lunches, clean up Fellowship Hall, and wash the bed linens. Sign up sheets are posted on the bulletin board near the parlor. Children on Mission need you to bring the following items for them to put in our guests’ snack sacks: peanut butter crackers, granola bars, breakfast bars, mini-boxes of raisins, beef jerky, chewing gum, large bags of plain M&Ms, large bags of pretzels, cartons of goldfish crackers, and large bags of Craisins. For more information about how you can help with Room in the Inn, watch the public service announcement featuring our Children on Mission.
On Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15 AM, Immanuel offers small group Bible studies for preschoolers through senior adults. Worship begins in the sanctuary at 10:30 AM. Childcare is provided for preschoolers during worship. Older children are encouraged to stop by the worship cart near the parlor prior to worship to choose a manipulative and pick up a coloring page to take into the sanctuary. A time for children is offered regularly during the worship service, led by either Pastor Steven or Pastor Tambi. Our adult choir leads us in worship each week, and the Handbell Choir, Brass Ensemble, and Girls Ensemble are involved seasonally. Children, youth, and adults read Scripture and offer prayers. We observe the Lord's Supper on the first Sunday of most months.
On Wednesday evenings, our church family gathers in Fellowship Hall for supper from 5:00-5:50 p.m., followed by a brief time of announcements and prayer. Kindergartners through 6th graders participate in Children's Music from 5:00-5:40 PM. Childcare is offered for preschoolers beginning at 5:45 p.m. Children on Mission, Youth Group, adult programming, and the Adult Choir rehearsal take place from 6:00-7:00 PM. The Handbell Choir and the Brass Ensemble rehearse from 7:00-7:30 PM.