Community

Outreach is an integral role of Immanuel’s overall ministry, and continues to be a huge part of what we are about as a church. We are committed to bringing God’s love and hope to the places where it is most needed. We strive to embrace mission work and outreach at every level, and are committed to prayer, worship, and discerning God’s will for us and the work we do.

Please spend a few moments and read about where Immanuel has been… and where we’re going. A sampling of our local and community outreach activities are listed below.

Governor Mifflin School District

Immanuel is proud to be part of “Mustang Nation” – Governor Mifflin School District.  Over the years Immanuel has provided after-school programming, classroom supplies, and mentors to young learners. Throughout the 2020 pandemic, Immanuel has expanded its outreach with the school to include monthly food distribution.

New Journey Community Outreach (NJCO) Soup Kitchen

On the first Tuesday of each month, a team of 5 men and women prepare and serve 140+ lunchtime meals at the New Journey Community Outreach (NJCO) soup kitchen, which is the only daily food program in downtown Reading. In addition to the serving of meals, there is an opportunity to donate food items or to join in preparing food in the Immanuel kitchen. To volunteer please contact Kate Conrad at 610-763-7073 or the church office.

Family Promise

Family Promise of Berks County is a faith-based organization that provides hope for the future by helping families and children that are currently homeless. Approximately four times during the year, Immanuel provides a home for up to three families.  We provide dinner, conversation, and overnight accommodations for our guests.  Volunteer opportunities include preparing and serving dinner, staying overnight at the church, being an “on call” nurse, or washing the laundry after our guests leave. Contact Kasey Angstadt at ‪484-955-7389  or Susan McGovern at 610-914-4910  to volunteer, or the church office.

Opportunity House

On the third Wednesday of each month, a team consisting of 5-8 people journey into Reading to serve dinner at Opportunity House, a shelter offering services such as emergency, transitional, and long-term housing, a child center, and Veteran assistance services to the homeless community. Each team is prepared to serve a total of 60 men, women, and children. We have use of a full industrial kitchen if choosing to cook on site, or the meal can be prepared ahead of time and heated on-site. Members of the congregation donate food items and help offset costs through monetary donations. This is a personally fulfilling experience! Gather your family, friends, club, or group to form a team then contact Sharon Kaufman at ‪610-781-6581 or srkaufman2@ptd.net to reserve your month.

A Few of Our Other Community Partners

Safe Berks

Souper Bowl of Caring

Habitat for Humanity

Hope Rescue Misson

LGBT Center of Greater Reading

WordPress Image Lightbox