Weekly News and Notes

News and Notes April 29th, 2018


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

God of all beginnings, you bring a new day, and you promise to journey with me through the hours. I thank you for the breath and strength I have, and I beg your help that I may use my powers wisely and with compassion toward everyone I meet. Let my questions today be a form of pruning to bring forth in me new understanding, healing, and good fruit; in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Sweet Jesus, in this night of rest, heal my broken places and restore my faith. You are my vine; only in you am I strong enough to face the darkness of this world. I thank you for the safety of my home and pray for those who have no bed tonight. Make me grateful, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, Mother of us all. Amen.

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

April 15th – 29thCaring for One Another
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 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.

In honor of the coming of Spring (finally!), Adult Forum will spend the first two weeks of May looking at God’s good creation, With the help of some videos featuring Dr. Norman Wirzba, Professor of Theology and Ecology at Duke Divinity School, and some conversation with each other, we’ll learn something about living in this world that God has given us.

On the last Sunday of this program year, May 20th, we’ll celebrate with the Children’s Choir musical, “Malice in the Palace” about the biblical story of Esther.
May 6th – God so loved the world
May 13th — Food, Eating, and the Life of Faith
May 20th – Musical: Malice in the Palace

**Date change! ** Today, 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.

Thursday, May 3rd, 12 pm lunch, 12:30 pm Presentation
The Veil in Islam, Christianity and Judaism (the title is both literal and metaphorical)
Susanna Drake, Chair and Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Macalester College

Professor Drake is Sandi and Brooks Butler’s daughter-in-law. She will share information and stories from her current research into veiling practices in late antiquity.

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.

We pray for the blessings of the Holy Spirit on our 2018 Confirmands
Confirmation Sunday is May 6th

Ellen Dufresne              Jonah Engelking          Ava Hansen
Ingrid Mundt                Rocky Robey                Anna Schmidt
Otto Schmidt

Saturday, May 12th, 11:30 am
Plan to attend the Mother’s Day Potluck Luncheon. Free to all. DON’T FORGET YOUR HAT! Please register by calling Sandi Butler at 651-738-2994.


A musical presented by the Chorister’s Choir

Invite friends and neighbors!

Malice in the Palace

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



Rolling River Rampage logo

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

April 29th, 6-7:30 pm
Roseville Lutheran Church, 1215 Roselawn, Roseville, 55113
Using the Justice Choir Songbook, put together by Twin Cities musicians, Tefsa Wondemagegnehu and Abbie Betinis, the songs focus on key social issues of our day. Community Justice Choirs around the U.S. become a catalyst for building community, addressing injustice, and uniting generations. Families with children are welcome.

May 3rd 11:30 am to 1 pm
An Interfaith Informational Forum, sponsored by Saint Paul Interfaith Network (SPIN), will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, in Loring Park, on May 3rd. The Poor People’s Campaign, started by Martin Luther King, is back! Groups across 34 states are organizing to overcome poverty and economic injustice. Find out what will be happening in MN. For more information on the May 3rd event go to this website  https://spinterfaith.org/

Join Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul for its 2018 Annual Assembly. We invite you to the Klas Center, Hamline University on Thursday, May 10th. Social time begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner following at 6:00 p.m. The event will feature a keynote address by Clifton Taulbert, Pulitzer nominee and entrepreneur businessman speaking on the Eight Habits of the Heart, Connecting and Inspiring Community. The event includes a report to the community about the organization’s accomplishments and impact of its current programs. Individual tickets are $40. You can register online at interfaithaction.org/annualassembly. RSVP by May 3rd.

Tuesday, May 15th, Noon
Please join others from Immanuel on May 15th for a free lunch in support of Lutheran Social Services’ programs for homeless youth. The lunch starts at noon at the Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis, and we’ll meet at the church to carpool to the event. Contact Emily King at eking@ilcsp.org or call the office to learn more or reserve your spot at our table.

Once again Immanuel will partner with Messiah Episcopal Church to help host the homeless families served by Project Home, a program of one of our benevolence partners, Interfaith Action.

Families will spend the night at Messiah Episcopal Church on Ford Parkway.

We will provide people to host them for the 5 Fridays in June. Consider being an Evening Host (5:00 to 8:30 pm) or an Overnight Host (8:15 pm to 9:00 am). This is a great opportunity for friends, couples and families. People who have done it say they are enriched by the experience. Watch for more information. Talk with Peg Wangensteen if you have questions. 651-698-0687 or pwangensteen@gmail.com

Other Activities

4-30       Scouts (6:30 pm)
5-1         Staff Meeting (9:00 am), Exec Plus committee (6:30 pm)
5-2         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), Care Team (6:30 pm), Confirmation (6:45 pm), Jubilate Ringers (6:45 pm) Cantorei (7:45 pm)
5-3          Improvers (9 am), Dementia Friendly Group (11 am), Aging Splendidly (12 pm), Worship and Music Committee (6:15 pm)
5-6         Confirmation Sunday, Worship (8 and 10:30 am), Confirmation (9:00 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, Rachel Husom, Ruth Husom, Patty Robey, 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 Claire Taylor-Sherman in honor of Doug Sherman, my loving and loved spouse of 33 wonderful years. May 4th anniversary.

IMMANUEL MOURNS the deaths of Jim Larson; Scott Allen, husband of Debbie Allen; Hilda Purviance, mother of Sam Purviance; Mark Wright, and keeps the families in prayer.

Worship Leaders

May 6th, 2018

Assisting Minister       David Stark
Readers   Dave Alstead (8), Alice Stark (10:30)
Communion Assistants      Andy Urness, JoAnn Hogenson (8), Confirmands (10:30)
Acolytes   Sophia Moeller (10:30)
Ushers      Jeanette Wermager, Andy Urness (8), Harvey Jaeger, Kelley Wells, John Wells, Kristin Payne (10:30)

Today             Social Action
May 6th           Open
May 13th         Open
May 20th         Lydia Thompson

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