Weekly News and Notes

News and Notes April 15th, 2018


Take the opportunity to begin and end your day in prayer, remaining attentive to God’s gifts in your life.

God of surprising revelations, I thank you for rest and renewal. I thank you that when you come to your people, you speak peace and invite faith in you. Make this new day a time when I will give more thanks for life than I did yesterday. Give me ears to hear your will for me, hands that are open to others, and eyes to see the beauty in your world; in Jesus’ name. Amen.

For all that has happened this day, O God, I give you thanks. Even for the obstacles I faced, I thank you. Especially when I wobbled in doubt, I thank you because I did not fall. You came to hold me strong and help me take the next step. Now give me rest, secure in your never-failing arms. Let my dreams revolve around what is pleasing and good, bringing me to a new day with zeal for your gifts; in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reprinted by permission of Westminster John Knox Press from Feasting on the Word® Worship Companion, Copyright 2012.


April 15th – 29thCaring for One Another
I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.  John 13:34-35

In April we will explore ways we can give care to others:  friends, family and those we haven’t met yet.  You are invited to learn how you can give care to another and yourself at the same time, how you can care for someone who is grieving and the variety of ways to care for those who are in need in St. Paul.

Today:  Care For A Caregiver (Penne Sewall, BTDT, LE)

Caregiving is hard work!  Whether for a spouse, parent, child, friend or other loved one, life often feels like a tug-of-war between their needs and yours. How can I be everything to everyone all the time?  Penne Sewall, is the Director of Congregational Care at Westwood Lutheran Church in St. Louis Park, will help us explore not only the questions, but also the answers, for effective caregiving and self-care. Penne is back by popular demand following her presentation last fall on dementia.

April 22nd Care For A Friend Who Is Grieving
with Sarah Donovan, HealthPartners Hospice of the Lakes

What do I say? What should I do? Should I bring food? What can I say that isn’t trite or unhelpful? How do I help ease a pain that can’t be eased? How can I help when I feel so uncomfortable about grief and loss? Come explore ways to make a difference in the lives of friends and loved ones in the midst of grief.

April 29th:  Care for neighbors in need
With Kathryn Tiede of Lutheran Social Services

The work of Lutheran Social Services is grounded in two principles – God loves all people without condition and God yearns for us to love the neighbor.  They serve 1 out of every 65 Minnesotans to help provide the basic necessities of life – food and shelter, physical health and safety, and emotional and spiritual well-being. Come hear about the work of LSS and how we can be a part of it.

Care Team is a hands-on ministry where teams of volunteers assist individuals or families with small tasks, visiting or rides.
Care Team Ministry volunteers will be serving coffee between services and installed at the second service.  For more information, contact Jane Tripple 65-644-8411, or Elaine Jaeger 651-227-5507.

April 15th and 22nd, 9:45-10:15am, Lower Commons
Communion class is offered for all grades each year for two weeks. These classes are for everyone, whether your children take communion, are preparing for their first communion or are waiting until they’re older. Please plan to attend with your child(ren).

April 22nd
Pastor Cindy will host a pizza party after the second service on April 22nd for children preparing to take their first Communion. This is the perfect time to ask questions, go “behind the scenes” and learn more about this rite. Families should attend together.

**Date change! ** April 29th, 9:15 – 10:15 am
West Lounge **
Fifth- and sixth-graders and their parents can get a refresher on what Communion means and why we do it.

Sunday, May 6th, Gathering Space
Shop for quality handcrafts from around the world at ILCW’s SERRV Sale in the gathering space between services.
Find something special for mom, your better half, grandma, or yourself! Sunday, May 13th will be Mother’s Day!
All sales from the fair benefit global artisans and farmers who create beautiful and unique products, helping them maintain steady work in safe conditions and a sustainable income to provide for their families.



Invite friends and neighbors!

Malice in the Palace

Sunday, May 20th, 9:15 am Immanuel’s Sanctuary



Grab your life jacket and join us for a Rolling River adventure this summer at VBS! We’ll imagine ourselves in the Minnesota outdoors, experiencing fun on the water and learning that God is always with us. VBS is open to all children ages 4 through completed 5th grade. Three-year-olds are welcome with a parent volunteer. $35 per child. Register today at www.ilcsp.org.
Hey, middle schoolers, high schoolers and adults — looking for fun this summer? Find it at VBS! We have lots of ways to participate: decorating, shepherding kids, preparing snacks, leading activities, telling stories … what skills and energy can you bring to this exciting week? Contact Emily at eking@ilcsp.org to get on board.

Community Events

The National Lutheran Choir is seeking volunteers for its 2018 fundraising Gala, Hope Takes Flight. The event gathers over 500 guests in an evening of fellowship, music and support of the Choir.

Volunteers will help with one of the following tasks: decoration, and set-up of the ballroom; guest check-in and registration; spotting and scribing during the
live auction; guest checkout and retrieval of auction items. All volunteers will need to be able to stand/walk for an extended period of time, do some light lifting, and use our auction program via smart phone, iPad, or tablet (training will be provided). In return for your time, all volunteers will receive a FREE dinner and an opportunity to hear the National Lutheran Choir sing during the brief program portion of the evening.

Sunday, April 15th, 2018
Event Starts at 4pm
DoubleTree by Hilton, 7800 Normandale Blvd., Minneapolis, MN
Interested or Have Questions? Contact Kris Rongstad at kris@nlca.com or (612) 722-2301 ext. 102.


Sarah Jackson, Soprano, Thomas Walker, Lute
Date: April 21st, 2018 at 7:30pm
Place: Pillsbury A-Mill, 315 Main Street SE, Minneapolis

(Enter the door under the 315. There will be someone there to let you in.)
There’s something indescribable and breathtakingly magical about French Baroque music, and this concert of mesmerizing airs de court and lute works has been a supreme pleasure to prepare. It’s a performance that promises to be a feast for the senses: full of sophisticated, transparent, yet opulent arias and entrancing lute solos, which will leave you feeling as warmed, insouciant, and sated as a glass of magnificent cognac.

As the long-awaited and much anticipated debut for Sarah Jackson and Thomas E. Walker Jr. as a duo, this is truly a performance not to be missed!
Suggested donation $15.

Wednesday, April 25th from 9AM to Noon at Loyola Spirituality Center
If you are a caregiver, you may want to check out Loyola’s upcoming workshop for those caring for loved ones experiencing the challenges of chronic illness, aging, and disability. The workshop will focus on nurturing the spirit of caregivers. How does a caregiver slow down to find time and space to renew with prayer and rest? What spiritual practices would be helpful to caregivers that would help them nurture their spirit? Registration fee: $30. To register visit http://loyolaspiritualitycenter.org/building-resiliency-and-nurturing-the-spirit-of-caregivers.

Other Activities

4-16       Scouts (6:30 pm)
4-17       Staff Meeting (Off-site) (9:30 am), Faith, Joy, Peace Circle (1 pm), Finance (6 pm), Council (7 pm)
4-18       Hope Circle (2:30 pm), Middle C’s (4:30 pm), Choristers (5:15 pm), Supper (6 pm), Kid’s Town (6:15 pm), Kid’s Clubhouse (6:30 pm), Confirmation (6:45 pm), Jubilate Ringers (6:45 pm) Cantorei (7:45 pm)
4-19       Improvers (9 am), Lute Café (7 pm)
4-20       Michael Thorson Memorial Service 10 am Visitation, 11 am Service
4-21       Dorothy Day (8:30 am)
4-22       Worship (8 and 10:30 am), Fellowship (9:15 am), Sunday School (9:15 am), Adult Education (9:20 am)

Remember in Prayer

We lift in prayer: Craig Fohrenkamm, Nilla Osten, Ken Fick, Mary Fashner, Kitty Larson, Jim Larson, Pastor John Lohre, Nathan Lee, Harvey Lilleodden, Jim Johnson, Tuti Mwakalinde and our partner congregations: Mkimbizi Lutheran Church of Tanzania and Revelation Christian Center International.

ALTAR FLOWERS are given by Linda Carlson in memory of husband, Jim.

MEMORIAL SERVICE for Michael Thorson will be on Friday, April 20th at Immanuel. Visitation at 10 am. Service at 11 am.

Worship Leaders

Worship Leaders April 22nd, 2018

Assisting Minister   Jeff Schmidt
Readers   Russ Edhlund (8), Chillon Leach (10:30)
Communion Assistants       Jody Dahl, Russ Edhlund (8), Alice Stark, Peggy Johnson (10:30)
Acolytes   Isabella Arco (10:30)
Ushers     Jerry Sandahl, Judie Prayfrock (8), Stacey Von Wald, John Arco, Doug Wangensteen (10:30)

Today             Care Team
April 22nd       Library
April 29th       Social Action

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