LOCAL MINISTRY PARTNERS
Throughout the year, a myriad of opportunities are available for adults, youth, and children at Immanuel to carry out our shared mission to wholeheartedly serve those on the margins of society.
Room in the Inn
Immanuel is one of 170 local congregations that provide shelter for homeless individuals during the winter months through Room in the Inn. On ten Thursday nights each winter, we host ten homeless men in Fellowship Hall. We provide our guests with a safe place to sleep, serve them dinner and breakfast, and provide them with sack lunches. For more information about Room in the Inn, contact Charlie Lutz at firstname.lastname@example.org or Brandon Gnetz at email@example.com.
On the fourth Tuesday of each month, volunteers from Immanuel serve a nutritious, hot lunch to our hungry neighbors downtown by partnering with Luke 14:12. Twelve volunteers are needed each time we serve; the time frame for lunch is 11:15 AM-12:45 PM. If you would like to volunteer, contact Melanie Dover at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For many years, Immanuel devoted a spring Saturday morning to local ministry during our annual emphasis called Operation Inasmuch. Taking seriously Jesus' admonition to serve "the least of these," through the years our congregation has partnered with a variety of local ministries to serve those on the margins of society in the Nashville area. In 2017, we expanded Operation Inasmuch from a Saturday morning event to a week-long emphasis. This past spring we partnered with The Nashville Food Project,Luke 14:12, Siloam Health, and Nashville Community Care and Rehabilitation Center at Bordeaux.
Over 50 years ago, the women in the Grigsby Sunday School class began visiting the patients at a city-run facility then known as Bordeaux Long-Term Care on a monthly basis. On the fourth Wednesday morning of each month, those visits continue at the now privately operated Nashville Community Care and Rehabilitation Center at Bordeaux.
In 1994 volunteers from Immanuel, St. George's Episcopal Church, and The Temple Congregation Ohabai Sholom launched the Boulevard Bolt, a 5-mile Thanksgiving Day race on Belle Meade Boulevard that raises money to support organizations that serve Nashville's homeless community. Over the years, the Bolt has grown from 2,500 participants to over 8,500 runners and walkers. More than $3 million has been donated to organizations that serve Nashville's homeless community through Bolt grants.
Missions & Ministry Budget
Through budgeted gifts, our congregation provides financial support for the following ministries:
Children on Mission
Immanuel offers mission education for kindergartners through 6th graders on Wednesday nights from August through May from 6:00-7:00 PM. The group meets in Room 2314. The children learn about Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel, make snack bags for Room in the Inn, visit Immanuel's homebound members, and learn about the ministries and missions that Immanuel supports throughout the year. Children on Mission is led by Diane Sharpe and Chris Dean.