Weekly News and Notes

News and Notes for the week of June 28, 2020


Worship on Sunday
Join us for worship this Sunday at 10 am

Click HERE to join us live (or use Zoom meeting ID 255 534 510 at zoom.us or on the Zoom app).

The service will be available HERE to watch later. (Usually by Tuesday)

Readings for June 28stJeremiah 28: 5-9, Psalm 89:1-4,15-18, Matthew 1040-42
Hymns for June 28st: #651 “Oh, Praise the Gracious Power”, #659 “Will You Let Me Be Your Servant”, #546 “To Be Your Presence”

Sunday Coffee Hour 
Gather virtually after Sunday worship (10:30ish or whenever the service ends). We’ll use Zoom meetings so we can see and chat with one another. Click HERE to join (or use meeting ID 953 0990 4322 at zoom.us or on the Zoom app). 

Holy Communion—July 12th
Holy Communion will be celebrated the second Sunday of each month during our online 10:00 a.m. service beginning July 12th.  We will continue sharing Communion online monthly on the 2nd Sunday until we can return to our sanctuary.  For more information about communion or how to prepare the table at home, seeHERE.

Youth and Family At-Home Service Opportunity 
We have a number of supplies to create bags for homeless youths served by StreetWorks outreach teams. Michelle and Emily are looking for youth to help divide up bulk items and deliver them to homes and families to assemble the individual kits. Interested? Contact us at mstillwell@ilcsp.org or eking@ilcsp.org.

Racial Justice Opportunities
Would you like a chance to process all that you have seen, heard, and read in past few weeks?  Would you like to think about how your faith speaks to these issues? Would you like to speak or listen with others in your community?   Here are a few opportunities:

  • Just Mercy Film Discussion

As part of our collective anti-racism journey, Immanuel is hosting online discussions of the 2019 film “Just Mercy”. “Just Mercy” is based on the life work of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, and highlights the racial inequities of our criminal justice system. Two dates will be offered: Today at 3:00 p.m. or Monday, June 29 at 7:00 p.m. Please view the film on your own (currently streaming for free on YouTube, Amazon Prime, Google Play, and other platforms; seewww.justmercyfilm.com) and sign up to join a discussion HERE.A Zoom meeting link will be e-mailed to you prior to the discussion. There will be more events throughout the summer. 

  • Ongoing Covenant Groups

Because learning and transformation take intentional effort over time, we are beginning several small groups of people who would like to walk together in racial justice.  Each group meeting will have time for learning, prayer, discussion and small steps together.  Wherever you are on the journey of racial justice, you are welcome. If you are interested, sign up HERE to let us know a preferred time and frequency.  

  • Book Discussion

All residents of Minnesota are invited to the “One Book/One Minnesota read of the book “A Good Time for the Truth.  There is more information HERE.

School Tools Drive 2020 
Once again Interfaith Action (IFA) hopes to collect school supplies this summer for children from low income families. The supplies will be given to several different community programs who will distribute them to the children they serve. IFA is working with the St. Paul Schools to learn if schools will open or do long distance learning in the fall.  This will help to determine just what supplies are needed.  We will let you know soon where and when to drop off your donations or gifts of money. Thanks much!  

Middle School Book Club
A book club for incoming 7th-graders through incoming 9th-graders will meet on Zoom at 6:00pm on Sunday evenings. Know of a middle-schooler who would love to join? Please email Michelle at mstillwell@ilcsp.org – the more, the merrier. The book will be “A Long Way From Chicago” by Richard Peck.

“Let Us Play to the Lord!” 
This summer we’re offering a monthly bag of materials and activities related to a story in Matthew. June will be The Parable of the Sower and will include artwork from Miss Chillon! The activities are designed for kids to do on their own or with parents or siblings – with ideas for play inside and out. An email will go out to parents today (Saturday, June 20) with information about distribution.  

Bible Study
Join us on Wednesdays at 7 pm for a group Bible study via Zoom. We’ll explore the gospel for the following Sunday. No preparation required. Sign upHEREand we’ll send you the link.

How to Give  
Immanuel is still doing ministry among our members and in the community, but we are not able to pass the plate on Sunday morning. Please find a way to continue your giving to God’s work through Immanuel. You can make your offerings online HERE, and even set up regular weekly gifts. You can download the Give Plus app at the App Store or Google Play. You can mail your offering to the church. We are grateful for your generous gifts.  

Church Office Closed
The council has endorsed the recommendations put forward by the Building Reopen Team to keep the building closed through Labor Day.  Requests for the use of outdoor space during this time are to be brought to and approved by said team.  The recommendations are based on safety considerations for worshippers and staff alike.  The team and church leadership will continue to assess and evaluate as the current situation continues. The church office is currently closed to visitors

Staff are working in the building on a limited basis and checking phone messages and mail. You can reach the staff by phone at 651-699-5560 or email (see HERE for a list of email addresses). If you have an emergency, please call Pastor Cindy at 651-260-3090.

Community Events

Please Support the Work of Interfaith Action
While you are safe at home, please consider a gift to help families in our community who are experiencing homelessness and food insecurity. Your financial gift will help Interfaith Action provide safe shelter, healthy food, and other support services.

  • $250 buys face masks, sanitizers, gloves, disinfectants, and more to keep staff and clients safe.
  • $100 buys enough food to feed 5 families for a week through the Department of Indian Work food shelf.
  • $50 provides 35 hot meals for families in the Project Home shelter.
  • $25 provides education and art materials for school-age children in the shelter.

To donate, please make checks payable to Interfaith Action of Greater St. Paul. Write in the memo section your preference for the use of your donation.
Mail to: InterFaith Action
1671 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
You may go to the website and make a donation: interfaithaction.org

Winged Heart Yoga via Zoom
The yoga group that normally meets in our East Lounge on Saturday mornings are still meeting Saturday mornings at 8 am via Zoom while the church is closed. The first class is free and we have scholarships available for those that need financial assistance to attend classes after that. Anyone interested please call Chrissy Mignogna at 612-735-0296 or e-mail Christine.mignogna@gmail.com

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 266 486 0089
Password: 2020

Other Activities

Remember in Prayer

We lift in prayer: Betty Jorgensen, Carmen DePrimaJohn Kilpatrick, Vicki Jacobsen, Marjorie Carlson, Tim Hansberger, Paul Fonstad, Eunice Baker, Matt Taylor, Sarah Thoresen, Natalie Baird, Craig Fohrenkamm, Nathan Lee, Ricky Garza, Andrea Kolaczkowski, Mike McCann

All those who are ill from this virus outbreak, those who care for them, and first responders who are at risk.

Our partner congregation, Mkimbizi Lutheran Church of Tanzania, brothers and sisters in Christ in Guatemala, and the Living Gospel Believers Church in St. Paul.

Immanuel Mourns
We mourn the death of Lori Cline, sister-in-law of Tom Cline & Kathy Robey. We also mourn the death of Katie Pritchard, wife of John Pritchard. We pray that Christ will embrace their families & friends, bringing them comfort, hope, and peace. 

Worship Leaders

Preaching: Pastor Cindy Bullock
Reader: Natalie Norquist
Prayers: Ray Peterson
Soloists: Chris Cherwien, Matt Olson
Pianist/Organist: Julie Lindorff
Producer: Emily King
Editor Marlene Johnshoy

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