• Dear Immanuel Families: Our Bible story today is from 1 Kings 2 where David prays for his son Solomon as he prepared to inherit the throne. Reading the story, I was struck by the differences between David's prayer and the ones that pray for my children. Typically I find myself focused on things that I believe will make their lives easier or make them happy such as the right job or success. However, David's prayer demonstrates how he longed for his son to know and serve God faithfully every day. Specifically, David called Solomon “to walk in his ways and to keep his statutes, commands, ordinances, and decrees.  We know that Solomon had some struggles following these instructions, and perhaps as a father who knew his children, David suspected that would occur. However, it didn't change his prayer - which is a powerful message for me. Regardless of what may be occurring in their lives right now, my job as a parent is to continue on in prayer for them to know and serve God every day.  I know that this prayer, to know and serve God, is also the mission of all of the teachers and volunteers that serve in our Children's Ministry. Every week we are blessed to have the chance to pour into the lives of Immanuel's children, sharing with them the good news of Jesus and how He came to redeem us from our sin. Thank you for the chance to be part of their faith journey.  Have a blessed week, Melissa    ** Next week: Solomon Built the Temple (1 Kings 6–9)
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        August 4, 2022

        Current Teaching Series

        We started this series on July 17, by seeing that Satan's primary weapon against us is lies. If you missed the foundational message, you can watch it here.

        We return to the series this week as we expose the first lie that Satan tells us. We will be in Genesis 2-3.

        We will see how this lie shapes our thinking in ways we may not realize and brings destruction into our lives in ways we do not imagine.

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          A few important changes to be aware of...

          God continues to bless us in many ways and we are so grateful. I want to quickly give you a couple of updates regarding the church staff so you can be aware and pray for those who serve our faith family.


          As many of you know, Amy Blankenship stepped down as church administrator on June 5. She played an indispensable role in helping us navigate the past couple of years. Jon and Amy have since moved to Tennessee to be near their daughter, Skylar. While we will miss them and continue to pray for them, we rejoice in the Lord’s provision for them in this move.


          Knowing the important role she played, many of you have asked over the last 2 months how we would replace her. The elders have prayerfully considered how God would desire us to plan for who and where we are as a church today and where we are going to be in the future. 

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            July 29, 2022

            July 31 - Outdoor Worship @ 10am, picnic following

            Come to the Schodack Town Park for worship at 10:00 and stay for an afternoon of fellowship and fun!

            Bring your own cold picnic lunch, beverages, place settings, and lawn chairs.

            Immanuel's Fellowship Team will provide bottled water, and desserts, and organize lawn games.

            Come get to know your faith family a little better.

            In case of bad weather, we will have our regular 8:30 and 10:30 services and look forward to our picnic on September 18.

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              Question.....is the entrance to the park on Route 150 going to be open so we can park on the lawn for the picnic or do we have to go in Poyneer Road?
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            1. Dear Immanuel families, Why is it that we can be so quick to see the sins of others, but have such a hard time seeing our own? In 2 Samuel 12, David's sin and efforts to cover it up had not been hidden from those in the palace and certainly not from God.  For me, one of the highlights of this story has always been the wisdom of Nathan's approach. He knew that a direct confrontation would lead to David denying his sin or putting the blame elsewhere. Instead, Nathan wisely approaches David with love and leads him to understand the depth and depravity of his sin. There would be terrible consequences for David and Bathsheba to endure (while women had much less power at that time in history, she is by no means blameless here either), but there would also be mercy. Bathsheba and David would have another son, one that would succeed David and build the temple where God would be praised and worshiped. In our sermon this morning, Pastor John talked about how our faith family can come alongside us in times of struggle in support and sometimes with needed correction just as Nathan did with David.  I know that all of our teachers are grateful for the chance to come alongside the children in our program, to speak the truth of God and show them both the correct way to walk with the Lord, and His mercy when we struggle. While trying to stay cool this week, please talk with your children about the message today, emphasizing the following points to them:  FAMILY TALKING POINTS CHRIST CONNECTION This is the big idea of how this week’s Bible story points to Jesus. ●      Babies & Toddlers: God forgives our sin when we trust in Jesus. ●      Younger Preschool: When we sin, God forgives us because Jesus took the punishment for our sins when He died on the cross. ●      Older Preschool: God hates sin because it dishonors Him and hurts us and other people. When we sin, God forgives us because Jesus took the punishment for our sins when He died on the cross. Jesus changes our hearts so that we no longer want to sin. ●      Kids: When David repented of his sin, God forgave him, but sin always comes with a price. God spared David’s life, but David’s son died. When we sin, we deserve death. But we can receive God’s forgiveness because God sent His Son, Jesus, to pay the price for our sin. Melissa Sanchez Director of Immanuelkids
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                July 21, 2022

                July 31 - Outdoor Worship @ 10am, picnic following

                Come to the Schodack Town Park for worship at 10:00 and stay for an afternoon of fellowship and fun!

                Bring your own cold picnic lunch, beverages, place settings, and lawn chairs.

                Immanuel's Fellowship Team will provide bottled water, and desserts, and organize lawn games.

                Come get to know your faith family a little better.

                In case of bad weather, we will have our regular 8:30 and 10:30 services and look forward to our picnic on September 18.

                1. Dear Immanuel Family -  Hope you are having a blessed week! Please remind your children of our memory verse for the week.     KEY PASSAGE This is a Bible verse that relates to what your child will encounter each week of this unit.    ·       Babies & Toddlers: God forgives our wrong choices. Ephesians 1:7  ·       Younger Preschool: God forgives our wrong choices. Ephesians 1:7 ·       Older Preschool: In Him, we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace. Ephesians 1:7 ·       Kids: In Him, we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he richly poured out on us with all wisdom and understanding. Ephesians 1:7-8   ** Next week: David Sinned and Was Forgiven (2 Samuel 11–12)