Weekly News and Notes

News and Notes August 25, 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!

Sunday, Sept 15th, 9:15 – 10:15am
Save the date! Please join us for Sunday School Kick Off on Sept 15th from 9:15 – 10:15am as we kick off a new education year.

On Sunday September 8th, we return to two worship services beginning at 8:00 am & 10:30 am.

Sophia Circle will meet the 4th Monday from 7:00 – 8:30 pm in the West Lounge, September through May.
Faith, Joy & Peace Circle will meet the 3rd Tuesday from 1:00 – 2:30 pm in the West Lounge, September through May.

Children’s Choirs rehearse every Wednesday from September to May beginning September 11th.
Middle C’s Youth Choir/MC Ringers is for 7th – 12th grade.
Choristers/Chorister Ringers is the children’s choir for 2nd-6th grade. Rehearsal will be 4:45-5:30 pm Please consider joining the fun.
Kinderchor is the children’s choir for kindergarten, 1st – 2nd grades. Rehearsal will be 9:25 am Sunday mornings.
Hosanna Singers (Preschool Choir) meets during the Sunday School hour from 9:15 am – 10:15 am.
The Adult Choirs, Cantorei & Jubilate Ringers will resume one week earlier than the youth choirs on September 4th

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNERS will begin on September 11th, 6:00 pm, in the fellowship hall when all the youth choirs begin.

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 ahlquist.mundt@gmail.com

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!

Please join us every second Saturday from September through May for the men’s breakfast which meets at 8:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall.

It’s time to 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.  Thank you in advance. All proceeds are donated!

Save the Date! January 17th – 19th, 2020, at Mount Olivet Retreat Center!
Please join us from Friday evening to Sunday mid-morning. 

Voting is a crucial way to make our democracy work for everyone.  Elections for Saint Paul city council and school board will be held in November. In the last election for city council and school board in 2015 only 26,000 people, 12.5% of eligible voters, voted. That means 87.5% did not vote! These numbers mean there is a small group of people who are the deciders of what happens in Saint Paul.  The multi-faith organization, ISAIAH, is launching a bold and ambitious plan to engage thousands of people to vote and voice support for creating a multi-racial democracy and a caring economy in Saint Paul. The good news is that we can make our democracy work for all of us and transform what is politically possible. To get involved, join fellow Immanuel members and ISAIAH for training that will equip you with innovative strategies to change how we do politics together. If you have questions, feel free to talk with Christine Danielson 651-341-3351 or Kathy Robey 651-207-9627.

IMMANUEL TRAINING SESSION: Immanuel will host a training session on Thursday, September 5th, 6:30 – 9:00pm in the Fellowship Hall.
If you’d like more information or would like to sign up for a different training session, check out the following links:
List of the Saint Paul Faith in Democracy Trainings: http://bit.ly/STP19election
ISAIAH Saint Paul Agenda: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iF8SUVR2oNixyIS485lV08SMjSrTSo2G/view?usp=sharing
Data on Saint Paul: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1P_Uvh9qr8uCKgtxj8DFbgrPyHbxHQPUquhTqH5u2uts/edit?usp=sharing

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 King’s office door. We’ll deliver the bags as we get them.
•    Cheerios/Corn Chex/Rice Chex        •    Applesauce (unsweetened)
•    Pasta/quinoa/brown rice                    •    Ramen/chicken noodle soup
•    Boxed macaroni & cheese                 •    Canned fruit in juice
•    Canned tuna or chicken                     •    Canned vegetables
•    Peanut butter                                      •    Whole grain crackers

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 still needed for August 29th and September 5th  & 12th.
Sign up: www.carecalendar.org Calendar ID: 270838, Security Code: 8751.
Learn more about safe house at:

Community Events

None this week.

Other Activities

8-26      LGBC Music Rehearsal (12 pm)
8-27      Staff Meeting (9:30 am)
Social Action Team (6:30 pm)
8-28      TOPS (10:45am)
8-29      Improvers (9 am))
LGBC Bible Study (6 pm)
8-30      LGBC Conference (5pm)
8-31       Winged Heart Yoga (8 am)
NLC Meeting (9am)
Al-Anon (10 am)
Mat Pilates (10 am)
LGBC Prayer Meeting (10 am)
LGBC Conference (5 pm)
9-1                  Worship (9 am)
Fellowship (10:15)
LGBC Worship (12:30 pm)
LGBC Conference (5pm)

Remember in Prayer

We lift in prayer: Harriet Kidder, Greg Murphy, Nancy Elliott, Wanda Walwick, Ruth Flom, 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 given by Jan Thorson in loving memory of husband, Dean and in honor of son, David, and daughter, Kristine. Happy Birthday to all of you!

Worship Leaders

Worship Leaders Leaders SEPTEMBER 1, 2019

Assisting Minister               Ray Peterson (9)
Readers    Ron Struss (9)
Communion Assistants      Lisa Struss, Penny Norquist (9)
Acolyte     Wesley Norquist (9)
Ushers      Harvey Jaeger, Kelley & John Wells (9)

COFFEE HOSTS:  Elaine Jaeger & Linda Carlson
We need coffee hosts for upcoming dates. Please consider signing up.

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