To the editor of THE EAGLE:
On Sunday, Immanuel Community Church will celebrate 100 years of service to the Lord with Founder’s Day. We are praising God for His faithfulness over the past century.
Thanks to the burden of a few ambitious ladies, and later, a pastor from Lanesborough, a Sunday school was started for the many youngsters from the scattered farms in this area. It was a project supported by the churches around the town square when one or another would take this little group of fledgling Bible scholars under their wing and encourage them with funds to help them in their studies of the Bible.
As we look at the history of this church, we are amazed at the insight of those who chose the name Immanuel, which means "God with us." He truly has been, bringing us through many a storm: two world wars, numerous economic depressions, and various new movements that tried to humanize the Biblical faith. We proudly hold these things clear and essential: the word of God is preached weekly, we are still singing the old hymns of the faith, and we are looking with a holy curiosity toward the second century of the life of Immanuel Community Church.
Some may ask, "Why bother with a small church?" The answer is, because there is work to do in our community. Let us not be content to join the list of 30 other small churches in the Berkshires to close in recent years.
God is not dead, so let us not close His house. Instead, let us remember our name, Immanuel, and trust that He will be with us as we prepare for the next hundred years before His coming again.
Join us for this day of renewal. The church is located at 20 Chapel Street. There will be coffee and reminiscing from 10 to 11 a.m., worship at 11 a.m. and a turkey dinner at 12:30 p.m. For questions, call 499-0873 and leave a message. PASTOR JOHN