Weekly News and Notes

News and Notes April 8th, 2018


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

God of light, I praise you for the gift of this new day. By the power of your Spirit enable me to live in your light and seek the holy fellowship of Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

Be with me, Lord Jesus, at the evening of this day. Enter into my heart and fill it with your peace so that I may rejoice and rest in your presence. Amen.

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


April 8: Let There Be Art!  – Opening of the Immanuel Art Show

April 15 – 29Caring 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.

April 15:  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 22: Care for a friend who is grieving (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.

The devotional booklets for April-June 2018 can be found on display in the gathering space and on the bookshelf near the Parish Administrator’s office.  Both regular and large print formats are available.

Sunday, April 8th at 9:15 West Lounge
Immanuel is fortunate to have an opportunity to learn from a dementia care specialty nurse who is visiting Minnesota from Sweden for two weeks in April. Karin Wiktersson (who just happens to be our own Ann Derr’s cousin) will share stories about her training and her work as a nurse specializing in dementia and psychological illness in the elderly in Sweden. Her training has focused on the person-centered approach to care. She will talk about her unique assistant: her dementia therapy dog, Bosse. Karin would love to have a discussion about how dementia care is done in the United States. This discussion will touch on the role of faith organizations in supporting patients and families who are dealing with dementia. Join us for a cultural exchange around dementia care.

April 13th 
*Please note the date change!*

April 15th
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.

A musical presented by the Chorister’s Choir
Malice in the Palace
Sunday, May 20th, 9:15 am Immanuel’s Sanctuary

Invite friends and neighbors!



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.

Immanuel's Music and Arts Camp logoRegistration is Open!
August 13th -17th, 2018
“New Glasses:  Seeing the world through God’s eyes”

Immanuel’s Music and Arts camp is a weeklong day camp for children who have completed K-8th grades.  Registration is now open!  You can register on Immanuel’s website, or pick up a registration form in the Gathering Space and place it in the Parish Administrator’s mailbox.  Space in electives is limited, so register early!  More information.
Full and Partial Scholarships are available!  We want children in our community to experience this creative week.  If you know of anyone who is in need of a scholarship, please let Chris Cherwien know.  All requests will be confidential.

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 15, 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.

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

4-9         Grace Circle (9:30 am), IMAC (4:30 pm), Troop 90 Parent Meeting (7 pm)
4-10       Messenger Deadline, Staff Meeting (9:30 am), Responsible Development Community Group (7 pm)
4-11       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)
4-12       Improvers (9 am), Worship and Music (6 pm), Stewardship (7 pm)
4-13       Chorister’s Workshop (5:30 pm)
4-14       Men’s Breakfast (8:00 am)
4-15       Care Team Sunday Worship (8 and 10:30 am), Fellowship (9:15 am), Sunday School (9:15 am), Adult Education (9:20 am), Journey to Justice (11:45 am), Knitting for Warmth (2 pm)

Remember in Prayer

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

PASTOR CINDY will be out of the office through April 12th. If you find that you need a pastor, please contact Pastor Joy McDonald Coltvet at 651-222-3619 (Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill, St. Paul).

Worship Leaders

April 15th, 2018

Assisting Minister   Jeff Schmidt
Readers   Ron Struss (8), Kay Draine (10:30)
Communion Assistants  Elsie Fohrenkamm, Lisa Struss (8), Kay, Peter Draine (10:30)
Acolytes  Zoe Hoiland (10:30)
Ushers     Jerry Sandahl, Judie Prayfrock (8), Berit Nelson, Anna & Otto Schmidt, Doug Wangensteen (10:30)

Today             The Butlers
April 15th        Care Team
April 22nd        Library
April 29th        Social Action

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