Posted on: January 19, 2017

ILCW Girl’s Night In Friday, February 03, 6:30 – 8:30 pm


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAll women are invited to this fun evening of fellowship!

Continuing along our annual ILCW theme of Gathering & Journeying together, our evening will be fun, engaging and relaxing too. This annual event is a great chance to get to know other women at Immanuel while sharing in fellowship with engaging activities and yummy treats.

This year’s event will feature a workshop led by Mary “Cate” Simler, one of our very own ILC Women (see workshop description below). Cate is currently involved in an intensive J-Term course at Luther Seminary and as a final project will lead us in as interactive workshop on the Psalms.

Let’s have some fun and support our friend in this important step of her journey!

There is no cost, but we’d love to get an idea of how many of us are attending, so please sign up at church.

A Workshop on Psalms ~  Praying the Psalms of Lament

When the ancient Hebrews faced times of great distress (as they so often did), their poets cried out to God in the form of a “lament.” These prayer/poems gave voice to the pain and suffering of God’s people — and their need for God in times of personal or national crisis. Thousands of years later, we and those we pray for still experience illness, loss, violence, injustice, and oppression. These psalms can give voice to our pain as well, helping us reach towards God and experience God’s loving presence in times of sorrow, grief, anger, disillusionment, or doubt.

In this interactive workshop will read and pray a selection of these prayer/poems. Mary Cate will share with us, some nuances of the literary form and  elements of Hebrew poetry that give them such power.  We will have a chance for discussion and exploration on what they tell us about God and how they speak to the challenge of living in the “now and not yet” of the God’s Kingdom. Most importantly, we will think about how we might use these psalms in our own prayer life.