Serve

Immanuel’s community takes seriously its call to serve others. Join us as we live out our faith in St. Paul and beyond.

In the congregration

Care Team members provide friendship and practical support to those in need within the congregation, including friendly visits, transportation, shopping, or respite for family caregivers. All Care Team members receive training and meet every other month for support and education. Contact Pastor Cindy if you’d like to participate.

Altar Guild members prepare the “holy things” we use during worship: readying communion and setting up the altar. This is a great opportunities for families who wish to serve together. Contact Tenley Johnson for more information.

The Improvers meet Thursdays to complete maintenance projects within the church and squeeze in a little socializing. The Imps tackle everything from small repairs, preventive maintenance, and yard work to special projects. They keep the church property in working order and have a good time doing it! Contact Doug Wangensteen for more information.

Activity guides join discussions and activities with a small group of children on Sunday mornings. Liking children and being able to manage some chaos are the only requirements for this role. Contact Emily King for more information.

Day camp leaders are integral to our VBS and IMAC programs. Roles include shepherding small groups through their day, leading an activity or story session and preparing snacks. Afternoon VBS field trip leaders join the kids on service trips and a just-for-fun outing. Contact Emily King or Chris Cherwien for more information.

In the community

Immanuel’s Student Spot is an emergency no-school childcare program that activates during St. Paul snow days and is open to all community children. It also provided free care during the St. Paul teachers’ strike in 2020. Contact Emily King to donate or volunteer.

Serving meals. Immanuel volunteers on the third Saturday of the month at the Dorothy Day Center in downtown St. Paul. Donations of cookies are always welcome! (Immanuel’s role is on pause due to covid-19)

Lutheran Social Services provides vital services to homeless youth in our community. Our support includes providing meals, donating goods and raising funds for Rezek House, Life Haven and Safe House.

Keystone Community Services provides emergency food service to those in need. Pre-COVID, we pledged to provide 300 pounds of food per month. Monetary donations can be made directly to Keystone.

Interfaith Action. Immanuel’s community serves as hosts in June for Project Home and donates supplies (July and August) for the annual School Tools drive.

Wilder Child Development Center. Every Christmas, we provide gifts to the families in the preschool program. In 2020, we fulfilled the wish lists of more than 70 families. Look for information about this opportunity in November.

Hearts and Hammers (formerly Paint-A-Thon). Each summer Immanuel members and our affiliated Boy Scout troop complete a small house-painting project. The commitment is usually 2 evenings and includes sanding and painting. Contact Mark Thompson for more information.

Rake-A-Thon gets Confirmation students together with their mentors for a morning of community service in the fall. Contact Michelle Stillwell for more information.

In the world

Bega Kwa Bega. Immanuel partners with 2 congregations in Iringa, Tanzania. We exchange prayers and visits, and provide funding for several projects including scholarships for secondary students, microfinance and planting trees.

Common Hope supports our brothers and sisters in Guatemala. Immanuel sponsors provide scholarship money for students, ensuring they have what they need to get an education.