Wednesday, March 23, 2011
The first time we were outside it was an extremely cold evening, but we were still surprised at how many folks came to receive a meal and share in fellowship with one another. Hot chocolate, donated by Hub City Vineyard, kept us all warm. The spirit of that evening was precious and encouraging.
Our second evening under the sky was so gorgeous that we brought out tables so folks could relax and fellowship together. We were blessed with the incredible donation of homemade soup, brownies, and sandwiches from our amazing volunteers! We were also so grateful for the chips donated from Harvest Community Church, apples from Orrs Farm Market, and water from Pastor Lloyd!
Our third evening under the sky there were threats of horrible weather in the late afternoon and we were concerned our planned B-B-Q and free clinic night would be overcome by harsh rain and wind. The weather stayed calm as burgers were being flipped and folks fellowshipped under the beautiful sky. It wasn't till after everyone left and we had dismantled the clinic team's tents that the rain fell upon us. God is good, always!
We are constantly amazed at how these unexpected challenges turn out to be beautiful works of God...shaping community...and shaping us. The joy and love from the volunteers, the generous donation of food from individuals, businesses, and churches, the incredible flexibility of the clinic team to work under unusual conditions, and the gathering of a faithful community humbles my heart. In a way, we look forward now to these evenings under the sky...surrending it all to God...and marveling in His grace.
Blessings and peace,
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Due to weather concern, we are postponing the January 20th Sharing the Vision. We will hold it next Thursday details below...
When: Thursday, January 27th
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Where: St. John's Lutheran Church
101 West Martin Street
Immanuel’s House is an ecumenical church community in action. We strive to bring justice and peace on earth, responding to God’s call to love our neighbor and care for Creation. We seek to live and learn by justice and peace, acting with kindness and mercy, and walking humbly with our Lord.
Join us January 20th as we continue to share the vision of Immanuel's House!
Hear what we have been doing at Eastern Regional Jail, on the streets of Martinsburg and how we hope to expand our ministry. We look forward to seeing how you can join with us in serving as we strive for the kingdom of God.
Sincerely from the Team,
Karen Erskine Valentine
and Mary Gunderson King
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
We've been so grateful to Men of Valor and Vision for letting us have an office space in their facility as we raise funds to purchase another building. At this time we are located at 206 East King St., Martinsburg, WV.
Two Mondays ago we also started Immanuel's Table, which is an ecumenical worship service and community meal that we host every Monday night. The Knights of Columbus have so graciously given us their hall to use at 108 West Stephens St., Martinsburg. God is so cool! Our Immanuel's Table team also rocks...they didn't miss a beat when we moved into this new space. They had a new kitchen that they had to learn to manuever in...and set the tables and put them back each Monday. Mark, our techie, also had to figure out his new little spot to manage the sound system and powerpoint. But the whole team did it with such joy and love, I was so moved to tears.
Out team is excited about this new year and all that God has called us to! I thank you for your prayers and involvement in this ministry. May we continue to journey together and see God with and working through us.
Blessings and joy,
Mary Gunderson King
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I ask that you join us in prayer as we continue to discern if this is where we should be and as well raise funds for this site.
Blessings and peace,
Mary Gunderson King
Thursday, July 22, 2010
We have revisited one of the buildings we had looked at before, when we walked in there was a sense of being home.
Because we are working out of a single office we do not have the space to have anything big here. I am going to ask everyone to search their hearts and see if God is pulling at your heart to help in some way whether it is financially or in guidance to help us find the funding. Sooo if you are a fund raising fanatic give us a call or send us an e-mail.
PLEASE continue to keep us in your prayers.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
I would like to ask for your support, but mostly I would like to ask that you pray for this ministry and for us as we step out into places of new growth and change. Pray with us for a place WE can call home so we can help others do the same. A place where we can help others change their lives and give great hope to those who have little hope.
I am blessed and honored to accept this call that God has given me.I thank you all for your prayers and support.
Carmen L. Winiarski