Emmanuel brings timely topics to our attention at our First Sunday Live speaker series. Bringing a wide variety of issues that face us today, these events will expand our thought, and help us learn to open our hearts, minds and doors to the things that matter to God most. Special programs for children and childcare so you can enjoy the series.

We’re still having our regular Sunday services in the sanctuary at 9:00 and 10:45 AM. If you want to worship and attend the First Sunday Live program, come to the 9:00 service.

Childcare is Available – Children younger than 3, can go to our childcare room, room 6, where they will be supervised by trained staff.

Autism Awareness and Acceptance at Emmanuel UMC – Creating a Community Where All are Welcome

Sunday September 9, 2018 (on the second Sunday, due to Labor Day weekend)

10:15am in the Youth Room

Many families take for granted that their children can participate fully in the lives of their churches, synagogues, temples and mosques. But the same may not be true for families affected by disabilities, especially Autism Spectrum Disorder. Some may wonder if their children will be able to attend religious classes and services, or take part in all aspects of the life of the community of faith. Will they be included and accepted?

Emmanuel is intentional about being a place of inclusion for ALL, and that includes people on the Autism Spectrum and their families. But just saying that we welcome ALL does not mean we act in ways that make ALL people feel included and accepted.  Some members of Emmanuel who have personal and professional experience with people on the autism spectrum will educate and dialogue with us about how we as individuals and as a faith community can be more intentional about being a community where all are welcome.

Presenters: Andy and Christi Hanks and Stephanie Gawlinkski