Lutheranism 101 (Class) @ Undercroft
Sep 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
The 15th Sunday after Pentecost @ Immanuel Lutheran Church
Sep 6 @ 11:00 am

From Pastor Fryer:

Dear Members and Friends of Immanuel Lutheran Church,

This Sunday’s Gospel story reveals a difference in method of divine healing. For the daughter of the Syrophoenician woman, the healing was accomplished at a distance by way of a mere word from Jesus. In the case of the deaf man with an impediment in his speech, Jesus used a much more hands-on approach. The final outcome is the same – healing – and the motive is the same – Christ’s love. We can count on healing and Christ’s love, and we can pray for particular methods of healing. Still, in the end, it is best to leave the method up to our triune God.

Our Lutheranism 101 course meets this Sunday. That’s 10 a.m. in the church undercroft. Please bring along your Book of Concord. We have more of them available too.

Have a good weekend, everyone. God go with you if you are traveling.

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Midweek Holy Communion @ Martin Luther Room (in church office)
Sep 9 @ 6:30 pm
Holy Cross Sunday (The 16th Sunday after Pentecost) @ Immanuel Lutheran Church
Sep 13 @ 11:00 am

Dear Members and Friends of Immanuel Lutheran Church,

My old dog-eared copy of Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship phrases
one of his great lines this way:
When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.
Nowadays, there is a more authoritative English translation of Bonhoeffer’s
masterpiece. The title has been shortened to Discipleship. It is Volume 4 of the
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works. In this authoritative translation, Bonhoeffer’s great
line reads this way:
Whenever Christ calls us, his call leads us to death.
The idea is the same. Bonhoeffer puts the inevitability of the cross this way:
The cross is not the terrible end of a pious, happy life. Instead, it
stands at the beginning of community with Jesus Christ.
As soon as we are baptized, we begin following Christ, denying ourselves, seeking
to grow into his image, and, if need be, accepting the difficulties that come our
way as we follow on behind Jesus.
In our congregation, Holy Cross Sunday is a bracing homecoming Sunday for
the start of the autumn and festival seasons. We lean our rough-hewn cross from
Good Friday up against our Communion Table on Holy Cross Sunday, to connect
the passion of Jesus with the daily life of discipleship which lies ahead of us. We
have an important autumn before us. Let the holy Cross guide us along our way.

In Christ,
Pastor Gregory P. Fryer

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Presentation on joining the NALC by Pastor Fryer @ Our undercroft
Sep 13 @ 12:30 pm
Making My Case: Some Notes from Pastor Fryer

By now, you have probably received my brief letter, dated August 1, 2015, telling you of my recommendation that Immanuel join the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). At our last Voters’ Assembly, June 7, we agreed to vote on my recommendation at a Special Voters’ Assembly to be held after the liturgy on Sunday, October 18, 2015. The September newsletter, now in your hands, is important because it shares some of the events leading up to that important vote on October 18. In my office as Pastor of this congregation, I am urging us to join the NALC. I do not make this recommendation lightly, nor have I rushed into it. I must give an account to the true Good Shepherd someday of my ministry in his name. I am trying to be faithful to you and to Him in this recommendation that we join the NALC. In the preceding article, Richard Schreiber, Chair of the Committee on the ELCA/NALC, has described the process and goals of the committee he chairs, along with a timetable of events leading up to the October 18 vote. One of the earliest of those events is now upon us: I am to lay my case before you during Coffee Hour following the liturgy, Sunday, September 13. We should have lots of food and coffee for that meeting. We need nourishment as we work our way through my PowerPoint presentation. Even more we need God’s grace and your prayers. Please try to attend that Sunday, both for the liturgy and for my presentation.

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Midweek Holy Communion @ Martin Luther Room (in church office)
Sep 16 @ 6:30 pm
Memorial Service for Ann Wilson @ Immanuel Lutheran Church
Sep 19 @ 10:30 am
Street Fair @ Immanuel Lutheran Church
Sep 20 @ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Due to popular demand on Sunday, September 20th we will be part of the 92nd Street Y Street Fair, from 92nd to 79th Street on Lexington Avenue again this year. RAIN OR SHINE!

Volunteers will be greeting passersby and selling donated items on tables on Lexington Avenue adjacent to our church at the corner of 88th Street. Proceeds will go towards our roof fund.

And we will be having a special liturgy on this Sunday at 6:00 p.m. Please join us!

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A Doctrine of the Bible (Class) @ Undercroft
Sep 20 @ 10:00 am
The 17th Sunday after Pentecost @ Immanuel Lutheran Church
Sep 20 @ 11:00 am
Special Sunday Evening Liturgy @ Immanuel Lutheran Church
Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm

This is the day of the 92nd St Y’s Lexington Avenue Street Fair, in which Immanuel Lutheran Church will be participating. As many volunteers from Immanuel will be missing our usual 11 a.m. liturgy that morning, this 6 pm liturgy will give them a chance to worship after the day’s activities are over. But all are welcome!

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Midweek Holy Communion @ Martin Luther Room (in church office)
Sep 23 @ 6:30 pm