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May 23, 2020

 

Dear Immanuel family,

 

I continue to pray you are prospering in Jesus in spite of these challenging days caused by COVID-19. He is our only true source of peace and strength in difficulty!

 

As most of you know, President Trump announced on Friday, May 22 he considers houses of worship essential and called upon governors to allow them to open immediately.

 

I would like to share my thoughts about this unexpected announcement and what it means for Immanuel Church. While I am grateful that our President acknowledges the importance of churches being essential during this crisis it raises some challenging issues for Immanuel like:

 

Is it wise for Immanuel to resume public worship services immediately?  The answer is no. Here’s why. Our context is Montgomery County, which is still in “red”, meaning we are still under the “stay at home” order. Opening Immanuel would mean we would be going against the directive of county officials. Romans 13:1-5 clearly states that we should obey our government authorities because Christians should always be seen in the community as being good neighbors. It’s also unwise because it may put the most vulnerable people at risk. In other words, “just because you can doesn’t mean you should”. The apostle Paul stated this principle to the church in Corinth: “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others. I Corinthians 10:23-24. I can assure you, no one wants to resume normal church activities more than me, but we need to make sure we have procedures in place to ensure that it’s safe to open.

 

What is the process for opening Immanuel? The “when and how” decision to resume public activities at Immanuel will be made by the church leadership. Once we move from “red” to “yellow” (perhaps within the next two weeks), gatherings up to 25 people are allowed, so small groups can resume meeting at the church, outside or in people’s homes. If groups meet on the church property, they will have specific guidelines and procedures in place to ensure safety. When Montgomery County moves to “green” we will resume public worship services and follow all appropriate safety guidelines.

 

Immanuel’s goal during this pandemic is to continue to worship God, proclaim Jesus, be the church in our neighborhoods, be a good witness to our community and help everyone do so safely.

 

If you have any questions or would like to share your feedback, please don’t hesitate to contact me at mark.prugh@lansnaz.com or on my cell at 267-377-7684.

 

Blessings in Jesus our only hope!

 

Pastor Mark

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FOOD & BLOOD DRIVE @ IMMANUEL...AGAIN!

Immanuel Blood Drive Details

Date & Time: Monday, June 22nd from 8AM-6PM

Location: Immanuel Church parking lot

YOU MUST REGISTER BEFORE ARRIVING. Click this link to register: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?dt=WB:PL:DR:PM&ed=06%2F22%2F2020&order=DATE&range=10&sd=06%2F22%2F2020&zipSponsor=19446

Please adhere to all instructions given when registering in order that you may successfully donate. Thank you for your generosity!

Thank you to all those who came by for your generosity! We were able to donate a substantial amount of food once again to Front Step Ministries! If you missed it, not to fear...

Other Ways to Give

If you weren’t able to make the time frame or for any other reason couldn't come to donate food, there is still an alternative! On our online giving page (“Give” tab on the website and app), we have added the fund option for “Front Step Ministries.” If you would like to make a one-time gift toward the food drive, just select their fund online or mail-in/drop off a check with “Front Step Ministries” in the memo line. Any kind of donation you are able to make is appreciated!

 
March 27, 2020

Dear Immanuel family,

I pray this letter finds you spiritually prospering and physically well. Although we are restricted in our normal activities, the Holy Spirit is not restricted and continues to move among us. I have become convinced that God is using this crisis in America and globally to awaken and revive the church. While God didn’t cause COVID 19, he has promised to bring good from bad and I believe a nationwide revival could be at hand. Would you pray with me for a 21st century revival?

There are a couple of items to bring you up to date on since my last congregational letter:

1. Since our government issued a “stay at home” order we will only be offering livestream services for the foreseeable future. So, stay home, stay safe and join one of the services at 9am, 10:30am or 6pm by going to www.lansdale.church and clicking the “livestream” box. Since we’ve gone to live streaming services, several hundred people have participated every week. Praise God for technology! Remember to be ready to celebrate communion together by having your bread and water or juice handy. Communion is an intentional way to stay connected to each other by reminding us who we have in common—the Lord Jesus!

2. Check out the 6 boxes on the website to stay connected to Immanuel. Many people have shared how meaningful the daily devotionals are. I agree! Thanks to the pastoral staff for providing these daily reminders of the Lord’s constant love and presence in our lives.

3. I want to encourage you to set a notification on your electronic devices for noon every day to pray. Pray for the brave medical professionals on the front line fighting COVID 19. We have many professionals from Immanuel who are depending on your prayers! Pray also for a swift end to this pandemic. Pray for those who have tested positive; that they would receive the medical help they need. Pray for a massive spiritual revival to break out across America.

4. Join Pastor Jungmo on Facebook and YouTube as he livestreams an online prayer meeting! It’s another great way to stay connected and pray for others!

5. I’ve heard many wonderful reports of small groups meeting through Zoom or conference calls. Keep it up! If you don’t belong to a small group, contact Pastor Ann (ann.hanson@lansnaz.com) to start one or get connected to an existing one. We may be physically distanced but we don’t have to be socially distanced.

6. If you have a need, don’t hesitate to contact the church office (215-855-4446 or office@lansnaz.com) or one of the pastoral staff. We’re here to serve you any way we can.

     a. Jake Bunjo (Director of Youth Ministry) jake.bunjo@lansnaz.com 484-643-3181

     b. Pastor Ann Hanson 267-222-0691; ann.hanson@lansnaz.com

     c. Pastor Jungmo Koo 215-237-9820; jungmo.koo@lansnaz.com

     d. Pastor Mark Prugh 267-377-7684; mark.prugh@lansnaz.com

     e. Pastor Betsy Scott (Young Adult Coordinator) 330-716-7519; betsy.scott@lansnaz.com

     f. Pastor Dave Scott 330-261-4236; dave.scott@lansnaz.com

     g. Allison Wetzel (Director of Children’s Ministry) 215-527-5795; Allison.wetzel@lansnaz.com

 

7. A gentle reminder to remember Immanuel in your giving. The church is continuing to serve and coordinate care for those most vulnerable.

Holly and I love you! I once heard a wise counselor say that shared hard times bond families together and make them stronger. Well…we’re doing a lot of bonding! But we’ll come out stronger in the Lord together! I’m convinced of that!

The Lord reminded me today of I Peter 1:3-9 and I want to pass it on to you by way of an encouragement: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”

As a result of this challenge we are facing, may your faith and mine result in much praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed!

You are loved brothers and sisters in Jesus. Stay encouraged in the Lord.

 

Pastor Mark

March 17, 2020

Dear Immanuel family,

I want to bring you up to date on what we are doing to address the ongoing changes in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the latest restrictions regarding public gatherings.

As I’m sure you know, it is being recommended that all public gatherings be limited to less than 10 people for approximately 2 weeks to dramatically curb the potential spread of the virus. I am fully supportive of this important step because I believe it will save many people who might get infected.

Because we are unsure how long some level of social distancing will be recommended, I want to share important information to help you stay connected to the Immanuel church family.

  • We are asking you to visit our website, https://www.lansdale.church/ daily for the latest information and inspiration: There are 6 boxes on the home page: WHAT’S HAPPENING (to obtain the latest information you need to know), LIVESTREAM (watch livestream services each Sunday), DAILY DEVOTIONAL (read a devotional provided by one of the pastors), GIVE ONLINE (support the ministry of Immanuel during the pandemic), PRAYER REQUESTS (share your prayer requests), HOW CAN I HELP? (sign up if you are willing to help someone in our congregation with a need).

  • Following is the contact information for each pastor and director. We have provided this information so you can contact us directly if you have a need. We are committed to serving everyone in the Immanuel family with practical needs as well as spiritual needs (e.g. If you need someone to get groceries, etc.). Your need will be coordinated with those who have signed up to SERVE.

  • For the foreseeable future worship services will be provided online at 9am, 10:30am and 6pm through livestreaming. You can livestream the service by clicking on the LIVESTREAM box on our webpage: https://www.lansdale.church/. There will be a pastor online in each service in the “chat room”. Additionally, past services will be available on our website if you were unable to join in during service times.

  • I am starting a new sermon series this week entitled “Hope in Challenging Times”. My prayer is that God uses this series to encourage and inspire you. It’s going to be a GREAT series and PERFECT to invite a friend to watch by sending them the link to our website page.

  • I’m sure many of you have found margin in your schedule and you’re wondering “What am I going to do with my extra time?” Instead of binge watching endless series on Netflix or your favorite streaming channel, why don’t you consider watching rightnow media? You can access it FREE by going to https://www.lansdale.church/ and scrolling down the page. It contains a gigantic collection of Christian content PERFECT for you and your family rightnow!

  • I have instructed every pastor and director to reach out through phone or email in the next two weeks to EVERY PERSON WHO CALLS IMMANUEL THEIR FAMILY. That’s you! We will be asking for prayer requests. Is there any need we can assist with? Do we have your complete contact information? Are you able to watch the services online? If you (or someone you know who considers Immanuel their home) doesn’t receive a contact from a pastor/director, we may not current contact information. Please fill out the Digital Connection Card found on the homepage of our website.

  • As you know—the church building is closed. Having said this, many people have keys to the church building. PLEASE DO NOT ACCESS THE BUILDING AT ALL. NO EXCEPTIONS. THE BUILDING HAS BEEN THOROUGHLY CLEANED AND SANITIZED. EVERYTIME SOMEONE GOES INTO THE BUILDING IT MUST BE RECLEANED. IF YOU MUST ACCESS THE BUILDING, PLEASE CONTACT JD DiBonaventura at 215-767-7159 or jd5308@yahoo.com.

  • A specific word about finances: The church leadership does an excellent job stewarding the tithes and offerings given to Immanuel. This is an ideal time to consider going online with your giving either through the GIVE ONLINE box on our website or through your personal online banking. Questions may be directed to our Financial Administrator, Amy Walker, amy.walker@lansnaz.com, 215-855-4446. You may also consider mailing your tithes/offerings to Immanuel Church (1260 Welsh Road, Lansdale, PA 19446). The ministry of the church is continuing at full pace through these challenging times. I recognize that many of you may be negatively impacted as a result of all the temporary shut downs, but if God has blessed you with margin in your finances, please remember Immanuel in your giving.

 

If you were able to watch online last Sunday, I encouraged everyone to memorize three scriptures over the next few weeks. I have provided them below and hope you accept the challenge because these verses will CHANGE YOUR LIFE!

a. “Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear. I’ll give you the strength. I’ll help you. I, your        God, have a firm grip on you and I’m not letting go.” Isaiah 41:10,13 MSG

b. “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world        cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27 NLT

c. “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”              Philippians 4:19 NIV

 

I want you to know that Holly and I are praying for you by name and we love you. We are here to help in any way we can. I have been so blessed by the number of Immanuel folks who have reached out to say “Pastor, what can I do to help?” Thanks! I pray that God uses these challenging times to bring a spiritual revival to America through his church. It’s our moment; it’s time to FACE EVERYTHING AND RISE!

 

Much love,

 

Pastor Mark

March 14, 2020

Hi Everyone,

In consideration of the public health concerns related to COVID-19, we will not be hosting services on Sunday, March 15 and Sunday, March 22.

 

We're excited to inform you that worship services will be available online. There will be services streamed each Sunday at 9am, 10:30am, and 6pm.

 

We want to make giving as easy as possible, so feel free to click the give tab above or on the app so that we can continue our ministry here at Immanuel. In addition, you can give by check by simply mailing it to Immanuel Church.

Immanuel Church

1260 Welsh Rd

Lansdale, PA 19446

If someone asks why Immanuel chose to respond to this health crisis by closing our doors, here’s our response:

  1. We are loving our neighbors by protecting our neighbors.

  2. We are not being fearful. We are being responsible.

  3. This is what love requires of us in this season.

 

 

Thank you for your patience. Check back on this page for the latest updates about what's happening at Immanuel Church.

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