Weekly News and Notes

News and Notes April 7th, 2019


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

Morning: Merciful God, as I begin this day,
place in me a spirit of generosity
so that I may freely share love, joy, and encouragement
with those I encounter.
Keep me from quick judgments
so that I leave room for your grace in my life and in the lives of others.
Make me your faithful disciple in my words and in my actions,
as well as in the thoughts of my heart; in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Evening: All through the day, Lord Jesus, you have been present.
As I settle into the routines of home and evening,
I long to be at home in my relationship with you.
Help me to put aside the cares of the day and worries of tomorrow
in order to fully enjoy the peace of your presence now.
I pray that your peace will also be with those I know
who have special need of your care tonight,
and I pray for those who lie down this night without the safety    of home or bed,
without enough food or resources.
Bring your light into the surrounding darkness
so that all of us may sleep in the security of your love.  Amen.


Grief and Hope
April 7th When Personal and Community Worlds are shaken: We are in This Together
Chuck Ceronsky is the retired Director of Spiritual Health Services at University of Minnesota Health in Minneapolis. He will bring some thoughts about grief and hope covering all ages. How do we walk alongside children, teens, young and older adults in their times of disruption?

Adult Forum will not meet on April 14th and 21st.

The purple paraments and pastor stole depict our journey through the Lenten season towards Easter. Originally created week by week in 2018 with painting additions, it is now completed showing the full experience. Starting the painting with leftover ash from Ash Wednesday 2018, the paraments and stole now show a mica-filled lit path through Life’s dark and troublesome times in which we might find ourselves.
Chillon Leach, artist and Immanuel member

Have you noticed the new chairs in the Gathering Space? There are a few of the old chairs that are still in good shape and if you are interested in taking one or more home, you can find them in the Snelling Avenue foyer. (The wood benches are not to be taken.)

The large and regular print devotional booklets for April, May and June can be found in a display on the welcome stand in the gathering space.

6:45 p.m., Sanctuary
On Wednesdays in Lent after a simple supper of soup at 5:45 pm, we will gather in the Sanctuary for Prayer Around the Cross. The service includes time for quiet prayer and personal reflection. The service will begin at 6:45, and last 30 minutes.

Join Immanuel members as we make the rounds to different church fish fry each week. Immanuel contact: Steve Mundt, 651-428-8144. ahlquist.mundt@gmail.com

April 12th Our Lade of Guadalupe
Where: 401Concord St, St. Paul 55107
When: Meet at 5:30, if you are late, come in and find us.
What: cheese enchiladas, rice, beans and chips
How much: around $10 depending on what you get.

Shop for quality handcrafts, chocolate, and food items from around the world at ILCW’s Sale in the gathering space between services.

All sales 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 and send their children to school.

Find something special for Spring, Easter, or Mother’s Day!  With Fairtrade you have the power to change the world every day. With simple shopping choices, you can get farmers and artists a better deal.


Do you live with, care for, or visit someone with memory loss?  Then you may want to check out (and check out) the three “memory kits” available through the church library. You’ll find the check-out card in the tag attached to each kit.

Each kit contains a collection of tactile, auditory, olfactory, and visual activities that encourage fun, creativity, conversation, and emotional expression.  For example, each kit contains a puzzle, picture book or game, CDs, scent bottles, and nontoxic art supplies.  In addition, each kit contains a handbook and other materials that provide information and ideas for those who are caring for or
visiting someone with memory loss.  Each kit is different, so try all three.

These memory kits were assembled by the Dementia Friendly Church Committee and funded by an Immanuel Lutheran Church Foundation “Bright Ideas” grant.  ILC member Chillon Leach donated her artistic talents and hand-painted each tote bag.

Community Events

Sunday, April 14th, 3:30 pm, Pilgrim Lutheran Church
Come hear the Luther College Jazz Orchestra on Sunday, April 14 at 3:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Lutheran Church (1935 St. Clair Ave, St. Paul). Under the direction of Juan Tony Guzman, 20 talented Luther students will present a fantastic afternoon of music. The concert is open to the public; a freewill offering will be taken.

May 14th, Nicollet Island Pavilion, Minneapolis
Please join others from Immanuel on May 14 for a lunchtime benefit in support of Lutheran Social Services programs for homeless youth. The lunch starts at noon at the Nicollet Island Pavilion, Minneapolis, and we’ll meet at the church around 11 am to carpool to the event. Registration opens March 21. There is no cost for the meal. Contact Emily King at eking@ilcsp.org or call the office to learn more or reserve your spot at our table.

Wednesday Evenings, April 24th, May 1st, 15th, 29th, and June 5th
6 – 8 pm, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 Snelling Ave S, St. Paul
Explore the opportunities and challenges of post-retirement with others who have recently entered, or are considering retirement. Confidential, open discussions where your questions are welcome and your experiences are valued. Exchange insights, perspectives, ideas, and concerns. Need more information? Contact Bill Lyon billlyon45@gmail.com.  Sponsored by Gloria Dei’s 3rd Chapter: Spirituality as We Age.

Other Activities

4-8      Grace Circle (9:30 am), Scout Parent Meeting (7 pm)
4-9      Staff Mtg (9:30 am), Girl Scouts (6 pm)
4-10    Messenger Deadline Middle C’s (4:30 pm), Choristers (5:15 pm), Soup Supper (5:45 pm), Kid’s Care (6:15 pm), Confirmation (6:45 pm), Worship (6:45 pm), Jubilate Ringers (7:15 pm), Brass Rehearsal (7:15 pm), Cantorei (8 pm)
4-11    Improvers (9 am), Living Gospel Believers Church Bible Study (6 pm)
4-12    Chorister’s Musical Workshop (5 pm),
4-13    Men’s Breakfast (8 am), Deep Cleaning of Sanctuary (9 am), Living Gospel Believers Church Prayer Meeting (10 am), Brass Rehearsal (12 pm)
4-14    Palm Sunday, Worship (8 and 10:30 am), Fellowship (9:15 am), Sunday School (9:15 am), No Adult Ed, Living Gospel Believers Church (12:30 pm)

Remember in Prayer

We lift in prayer: Craig Fohrenkamm, Ken Fick, Shirley Bethke, Mabel Pappenfus, Sara Fohrenkamm, Nathan Lee, Ricky Garza, Natalie Baird, Jeff Christenson and his family, Andrea Kolaczkowski, Perry O’Toole, and our partner congregation: Mkimbizi Lutheran Church of Tanzania, brothers and sisters in Christ in Guatemala, and Living Gospel Believers Church, MN.

Worship Leaders

April 14th, 2019

Assisting Minister   Stephanie Alstead
Readers   Doris Karlisch (8), Kay Draine (10:30)
Communion Assistants       Peg and Doug Wangensteen (8), Kay Draine, Ray Peterson (10:30)
Acolyte     Sophia Moeller (10:30)
Ushers      Judie Prayfrock, Jerry Sandahl (8), Peter, Kay Draine, Peg, Doug Wangensteen (10:30)

Coffee Hosts
Today Kim and Mark Thompson


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