Weekly News and Notes

News and Notes August 11, 2019


A PRAYER FOR OUR TIME OF DISCOVERY: Immanuel has entered a time of listening, praying, and opening ourselves to the Holy Spirit.  It is a time of discovering the work and future that God intends for us.  During this time, we ask you to pray for openness to the Spirit’s call, and the ability to hear God speaking through each other and through our neighbors.

As you are able, please include this prayer in your daily prayer practice:

O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Bags are available to take church with you anywhere you go this summer. The weekly lessons, a journey through the Book of Acts, can be used as devotions or for mobile worship. Guides for each week of the summer will be posted on our website, ilcsp.org, and on our Facebook page.  Download it or print it and enjoy these great stories wherever you are! 

All are invited to the one hour Closing Program!

Please come on Friday evening, August 16th at 6:30 p.m. for an hour of sharing by the children of the music and arts camp.  You will delight in hearing and seeing some of the art that the children have created!

Summer Pick-Up Choir:  August 18th
Calling all singers!  Please come join us in the Music Room on Sunday, August 18th at 8:30 to learn a very easy/intergenerational anthem for worship.  Bring a friend and join in the fun of singing for worship!

5:30 – 7:30 pm (or after work until everyone goes home)
Bang! Here we go again with another bunch of brew pubs to visit. Don’t be Surly: Clutch some cash and have a taste from the Yeorg’s Barrel! (in theory).

August 14th                                        August 21st
Headflyer Brewing                            56 Brewing
861 E. Hennepin Ave.                        3055 NE Columbia #102
Minneapolis, MN 55414                     Minneapolis, MN 55418

Sunday, Sept 15th, 9:15 – 10:15am
Save the date! Please join us for Sunday School Kick Off on Sept 15th from 9:15 – 10:15.

Thursday, September 12th  , 6:00 pm, Fellowship Hall
College Planning with Ken Harris
For questions please call: 651-224-6209

September 21st – 22nd at Little Sand Lake, Park Rapids, MN. Open to all men 18 years and older. The cost is $150 to $175 depending upon attendance. You’re responsible for your own transportation, carpooling is encouraged. Even if you don’t like to fish, there are hiking trails & golf courses nearby. Look for the flyers in the gathering space and contact Steve Mundt at 651-646-2195

June, July, August 2019
This summer we are embarking on a bold journey to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit by listening to scripture and to each other. Beginning June 2 and ending in mid-September we invite you into daily bible reading, prayer and an opportunity to have a one-on-one conversation with a leader.

Listening to scripture

  • We will be exploring the book of Acts of the Apostles through daily readings and Sunday worship. 
    • You can find a calendar of daily readings, questions and prayers (or sign up to have them emailed daily) at ilcsp.org/acts. Print versions are available in the narthex.
    • Each Sunday we will focus on a story from the book of Acts in worship.

Listening to each other

  • If you are invited this summer to have a conversation with a leader at Immanuel about what matters to you in faith and life, please say “Yes!”   Or, better yet, sign up for a conversation in the gathering space or at ilcsp.org/registration.  Approximately 120 conversations will be happening by mid-September.

We are freed in Christ to serve, love and care for our neighbor, and in this work we strive to ensure that all people have means to meet their basic needs. Grounded in God’s love and forgiveness, we are equipped to live and serve here and now, in the world, with all its complexities, tensions and ambiguities. This summer, Immanuel offers several opportunities related to hunger and homelessness.  There are lots of choices – Please join us!

Read Brave at Immanuel
Read Brave Saint Paul is a citywide, inter-generational reading program. The 2019 Read Brave theme is housing, a critical topic in Saint Paul where thousands of people struggle to afford housing.

Adults are invited to read “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” by Matthew Desmond.  It is a 2017 Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel, that follows eight Milwaukee families struggling to pay their rent around the 2008 financial crisis.  Pick up one of the 20 copies in the church library, read it, then join in a discussion on August 22 at 6:30pm at Pastor Cindy’s house (2018 Pine Ridge Dr, West St. Paul)

Teens are invited to read Burn, Baby, Burn” by Meg Medina. Set in 1977 Queens, New York, it tells the story about Nora Lopez, a Cuban American teenager, trying to find her place in a city where residents experience violence, racial tension, and housing insecurity.  Pick up one of the 12 copies in the church library, read it, and join a discussion on August 21at 6:30pm at Michelle Stillwell’s house, (968 Marshall Ave).
There is also a discussion of Evicted hosted by the Mac-Groveland faith communities on August 14 from 7-8:30pm at Fairmont Ave UMC on Fairmount Ave.  Bring a snack to share and join in an all community discussion.

Please start going through your home for items to give away. We accept gently used/good condition items. (We cannot take baby equipment including strollers, cribs, gates, car seats, or TVs, computers, & large appliances). The Flea Market will begin accepting donations on Sunday, Sept 22nd.  All proceeds are donated!

Staff at Wilder Child Development Center provide a year- round internal food bank so their students have enough to eat throughout the weekend. They’ve requested our help with keeping it stocked.  Bring a grocery bag labeled “Wilder Preschool” packed with some or all of the following items and set it by Emily’s office door. We’ll deliver the bags as we get them.
•    Cheerios/Corn Chex/Rice Chex
•    Pasta/quinoa/brown rice
•    Boxed macaroni and cheese
•    Canned tuna/canned chicken
•    Peanut butter
•    Applesauce (unsweetened)
•    Ramen/chicken noodle soup
•    Canned fruit in juice
•    Canned vegetables
•    Whole grain crackers

Each year, Immanuel joins other faith communities in the St. Paul area to collect needed school supplies for children from low-income families, grades K – 12. Backpacks & calculators are especially needed. Other items needed are loose leaf paper, spiral notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons, markers, glue sticks, Kleenex, erasers, folders, colored pencils and more. A complete list can be found on the School Tools display table in the Gathering Space. The drive runs July 21 – August 18. Please place your donations in the big box by the display table. The supplies are distributed by 10 different programs that serve children from low income families. Last year 22 different faith communities, including Immanuel, collected $23,000 worth of supplies & filled 550 backpacks! Monetary donations are also appreciated. Please make check payable to “Interfaith Action” & write “School Tools” on memo line. Please place checks in the basket on the display table. If you have any questions, please contact Peg Wangensteen at
pwangensteen@gmail.com or 651-698-0687. SINCERE THANKS!

Immanuel Lutheran helps provide weekly dinners to the LSS Safe House for the summer. A safe place for homeless teens. Please sign up to provide a meal for approximately 10 people and deliver it to the Safe House 1696 Dayton Ave. between 6:00 – 7:00 pm. You can bring whatever you would like i.e. spaghetti, tacos, sloppy joes etc., a vegetable, dessert.  Meals are needed for August 1st ,22nd ,29th  and September 5th  & 12th.

Sign up: www.carecalendar.org Calendar ID: 270838, Security Code: 8751. Questions: contact Kim Thompson  k.thompson0331@gmail.com
Learn some more about safe house at:

Community Events

None this week.

Other Activities

8-12                IMAC (9 am)
LGBC Music Rehearsal (12 pm)
8-13                IMAC (9 am)
Staff Meeting (9:30 am)
8-14                IMAC (9am)
8-15                IMAC (9am)
Improvers (9 am)
LGBC Bible Study (6 pm)
8-16                IMAC (9am)
IMAC Closing Program (6:30pm)
8-17                Winged Heart Yoga (8 am)
Dorothy Day (8:30am)
Al-Anon (10 am)
Mat Pilates (10 am)
LGBC Prayer Meeting (10 am)
Soli Etafa Wedding (9am)
8-18                Worship (9 am)
Fellowship (10:15)
LGBC Worship (12:30 pm)

Remember in Prayer

We lift in prayer: Nancy Elliott, Wanda Walwick, Ruth Flom, Philomena Hesse, Craig Fohrenkamm, Ken Fick, Mabel Pappenfus, Nathan Lee, Ricky Garza, Jeff Christenson and his family, Andrea Kolaczkowski, Drew Hippen, Mike McCann, our partner congregation: Mkimbizi Lutheran Church of Tanzania and brothers and sisters in Christ in Guatemala, Living Gospel Believers Church

ALTAR FLOWERS are donated by Mabel Pappenfus

Worship Leaders

August 18, 2019

Assisting Minister   Stephanie Alstead (9)
Readers   Natalie Norquist (9)
Communion Assistants    Penny Norquist, Russ Edhlund (9)
Acolyte    Sam Stenberg (9)
Ushers     Dewey Josephson & Andy Urness (9)

Today JoAnn & Curt Hogenson
August 18th Social Action Committee

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