Our church's volunteers stepped up to fulfill a vital need, installing a new lift for a Bridgeport family. We are so blessed by the opportunity to extend a helping hand to those in need in our community.
Our mission team left for Buffalo, NY on Monday, April 17 to do repair work on a church that was damaged in last fall's devastating snowstorms. They were there 5 days, from April 17 thru 21.
Thank you for your prayers and support as Immanuel's Mission team was the hands and feet of Jesus in Buffalo.
Our Disaster Recovery team is planning a trip to Buffalo on April 17-21, 2023. There will be an informational meeting at Immanuel on Tuesday, March 21 at 7pm.
See the attached flyer for more details. Please share with anyone you feel would be interested.
On October 16th the Greater Syracuse Hunger Walk took place at Onondaga Lake Park. Unlike last year's monsoon, the weather was perfect for a 3-mile walk and ALL walkers were fortified prior to the walk by a lunch of Barb Blanchard's "world famous" macaroni & cheese.
Immanuel's team of walkers were Jane Monnell (and dog Posie), Shelley Dawson Smith, Erin, Chris & Joey Paoli (and dog Penny) and John & Nori Gartner (and dog Baca). At the end of the walk, we were treated to a snack and bottle of water by Liverpool 1st UMC which was very kind of them.
I'm happy to say that Immanuel raised $1,130.00 because of the fund-raising efforts of the team members and also Barb Merckel. Thanks to everyone who contributed; your donations will help fund six local agencies that feed and minister to the people in our community.
Thank you everyone!
Shelley Dawson Smith
Immanuel United received a request for assistance. An elderly couple needed a ramp to get in and out of their home. The husband has mobility issues, and his wife recently fell and broke her pelvis and tail bone.
They reached out to other organizations in the community, but were unable to find timely assistance. They heard we may be able to help, and so reached out.
Our Mission Team had a brief meeting and performed a site survey. The couple chose a lift option to be installed in their garage. This was a very good option for upstate New York, due to the many months of ice and snow. An outdoor ramp would be very dangerous.
The platform and lift was installed by our team, and the Knit n Stitch folks were instrumental in providing spiritual support with the sharing of Prayer Shawls!
The retired couple live in Chittenango and the husband is a retired Methodist pastor still serving in the Mohawk Valley.
On October 17th, the Greater Syracuse Hunger Walk took place at Onondaga Lake. It was a cold, windy and rainy day but Immanuel's team of Jane M., Amy S., Peg Webster, Shelley DS, Pastor Jack, Erin, Chris & Joey P. and Penny the dog did our best.
Unfortunately the inclement weather persisted so we weren't able to walk the entire 3 miles because we were cold, wet and our sneakers were very soggy but we made a great effort!
At the end of the walk we were treated to a snack and bottles of water by Liverpool First United Methodist Church, which was very kind of them.
I'm happy to say that Immanuel exceeded it's goal of $1,500.00 because of the fund raising efforts of the team members and also Barb and Gary M. Thanks to everyone who contributed, your donation of $2,234.00 will help fund nine local agencies that feed and minister to the people in our community.
Thank you everyone!
We are so excited to have collected 19 garbage bags and 3 shopping bags full of coats, hats, scarves and socks to be distributed by Beautiful Mess Ministries and The Connected Church on Saturday October 3 to people in need in the city of Syracuse. We pray the recipients will be warm and feel the love of God in these gifts.
Our collection of school supplies for Brown Memorial UMC overflowed my trunk! Many thanks to all who participated in helping students on the Westside of Syracuse.
We are collecting "gently used" shoes and sneakers that will be delivered to "Ralph the Shoe Guy" who owns Discount Shoe Repair in downtown Syracuse. Ralph refurbishes the shoes which may involve some polish or replacing the laces or soles. Then he gives the shoes to the Rescue Mission.
Ralph started this ministry 6 years ago and it has grown from 60 pairs the first year to 15,465 pairs last year! Ralph donates his time and supplies however he will accept cash to help defray the cost of the supplies.
Last year Immanuel donated 75 pairs and so far this year we donated 47 pairs. So let's help Ralph and the Rescue Mission with this ministry!
The donation box is in the Narthex. Any questions ask Shelley Dawson Smith.