Sent by Jesus Into Our Neighborhood and the World
Since 1996, Immanuel has been intimately involved in supporting the life and work of the Klintsy Baptist Church in Klintsy, Russia. During this time, over 90 members of the congregation have felt led to go to Russia as a team member of one of our annual mission teams. While in Russia, we work with Bible Camps for children, help lead in worship, offer services in area villages and simply encourage the believers in Klintsy through our presence. Throughout the year, Immanuel also supports the believers in Klintsy through our prayers, calls, letters and finances.
Immanuel also financially supports several mission/ministry organizations around the world. In 2012, our youth group raised over $2,000 in its "Walk for Water" event for Watering Malawi, a ministry that works to provide clean water solutions for African nations such as Malawi. Through our budget, we give financially to global missions through gifts to the Baptist World Alliance, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and the Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board and North American Mission Board.
Immanuel believes that mission begins at home. We seek to be a people who live out our motto: embracing others in the spirit of Jesus. The members and friends of Immanuel Baptist Church are involved in many types of ministries that seek to offer help, healing, and hope to people in our community. Some of these ministries seek to encourage those who serve as ministers of care in various places.
Once a month members of our congregation prepare, serve, and share a dinner with the residents of River City Mission, an area homeless shelter. This meal takes place on the third Thursday of each month.
Family Service Society
Immanuel collects monthly contributions of staple food items to support the ministry of Family Services. Look for the bin outside the office and check the Clarion to see what we’re collecting each month.
Habitat for Humanity
Immanuel has been very active in building houses through Habitat for Humanity by purchasing and installing the insulation for every house that Habitat builds. In 1999, we built our first house from start to finish. Immanuel was a part of the 2006 Apostle’s Build, a cooperative effort of local congregations to build a home.
Paducah Cooperative Ministries
Immanuel provides financial support for PCM through our regular budget, but also supports PCM in other ways as well. Food collections are held on both a church-wide and small group level throughout the year. In 2005, members of Immanuel were also integral to the renovation of the building PCM now calls home. When PCM envisioned the Fresh Start Village, Immanuel embraced the challenge of furnishing the first house in the fall of 2015.
This ministry of the Baptist Women of the West Union Baptist Association meets each Thursday at Immanuel. Volunteers are needed to befriend internationals moving to Paducah, to teach English as a second language, to teach crafts, and to lead Bible studies.
A Comforting Presence
Following the death of a member of our congregation, we offer to prepare and serve a meal for the family in their home or at the church. Volunteers prepare dishes for the meal and/or serve the meal. Contact person: Carolyn Brown.
Share the Joy
Each Christmas, members and friends of Immanuel assist less-advantaged families in our community with Christmas. Volunteers are needed to conduct interviews, to shop, to wrap presents, and to package Christmas food baskets. Names, ages, and sizes are shared with members of Immanuel who purchase the Christmas gifts for children. The church provides underclothing and socks.
Immanuel also financially supports several mission/ministry organizations in our area and around the world. Through our budget, we give financially to local ministries: Paducah Cooperative Ministry, River City Mission, Martha's Vineyard, as well as local benevolence gifts. We support mission work throughout the state and world through gifts to the Baptist World Alliance, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Kentucky Baptist Convention, West Union Baptist Association, and the Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board and North American Mission Board. We also financially support our friends in faith at a congregation in Klintsy through our partnership with them.
Immanuel is committed to partnering with organizations across the country to minister in a variety of ways. Across the years, groups from Immanuel served the children in the Washington, D.C. area. Immanuel’s youth have served in Eastern Kentucky, Toronto, Chicago, Nashville, and Birmingham. The church owns a trailer that is equipped with necessary tools and supplies to “hitch & go” wherever the need is great, such as in the case of disaster clean-up following Hurricane Katrina.