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. (Altar Guild is on pause while the building is closed.)

Teachers lead 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. (Gatherings are on pause due to COVID-19)

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.

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 to donate or volunteer.

Loaves and Fishes. 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 at hosts for Project Home and donates supplies 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.

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.

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.

Project Zawadi offers scholarships to students in Tanzania and employs the mom of one of our VBS participants. Through her, VBS students sponsored Nyangige’s education expenses for 2 years.