Weekly News and Notes

News and Notes August 5th, 2018


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

Holy, holy, holy, Lord, God Almighty, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, your love endures forever. I am like the flower that blooms in its season, watered by the earth and morning dew. You send the sun and rain morning, midday, and evening, giving light and life. Thank you for protection through the night; thank you for your presence in the dawn. Renew my strength this day and let me love you with all my heart and soul and might. Bear with me as I bear my cross for Christ, for I know that I will falter. You remember that I am only dust, but you have breathed your Spirit into me and my face is renewed. How can I show my gratitude? Grant that I may be one with the mind of Christ, loving my neighbor as myself and giving as freely of myself as you have given yourself to me. Guide me today to serve in deep peace wherever there is need for healing or hope. Use me to show others that you are the power who transforms the world and that you are the One who saves sinners. This day and this night, in this life and in the life to come, let me live in you to praise you, God who is three, God who is in one. Amen.

This day has run its course, evening lights are coming on, and you are still with me, unseen, God. You have been so quiet, like the sun or misty rain or the whisper of a light breeze across my skin. Yet you gave me life today to be in your presence, and you gave me faith enough to hope that I might be serving you. You, who makes the universe (or, if there are multiverses, so be it), you, who turned a Roman weapon of torture and terror into the ultimate sign of salvation, you have been like a friend to me. Thank you. As I take moments to reflect on the day, write in my journal, or pray even now, I am sure there are ways you have cared for me of which I am insensitive or unaware. I am sure there are things I have done and other things I failed to do that made you justly angry with me. I am sorry; please forgive me. Do not let the darkness envelop me tonight. Embrace me with your light so that I can be at peace with your, restored. Prepare me for tomorrow, and for the day of resurrection, when all creation will rejoice in your glory, Holy Trinity. Amen

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

Bags are available on the bookshelf under the bulletin board to take church with you on vacation, to the cabin or anywhere you go this summer. Each bag contains all you will need to worship together, with both “active” and “slow” devotions. Guides for each week of the summer will be posted on our website, ilcsp.org. Download it or print it and take church with you wherever you go!

August 23rd is open.
Immanuel will be providing meals on Thursdays for 6 youth at Safe House, the LSS Emergency Shelter for Teens. You can cook the meal at home with your family and friends, and deliver it to Safe House (in Merriam Park). Use this link to sign up.  https://www.carecalendar.org/logon/270838
Security Code: 8751   Calendar ID: 270838
If you have questions, contact Kim Thompson at k.thompson0331@gmail.com.

5:30 – 7:30 pm (or after work until everyone goes home)
Questions, call or text Kari Moeller at 651-792-5039 or Rhonda Tjaden at 651-324-0606.
August 8th, Tin Whiskers
125 E 9th St
St. Paul 55101

July 29th – August 19th
The display is up in the Gathering Space. Check it out, to find out what is needed.

Next Sunday, August 12th, Immanuel member, Sam Purviance will be sharing some of his Gospel music before the service. (8:40 a.m.) Come early for worship and enjoy Sam’s music.

Aug 13th and 14th, 6 to 8 PM
911 Aurora Ave, Saint Paul
The Immanuel congregation and Troop 90 will be helping our community by participating in the local Paint-A-Thon. This is a great opportunity to provide help to those in need (and for the Scouts you also get Community Services hours needed for rank advancement!).
This is a bigger project than usual, and we need lots of help! We will be painting a garage, house trim, and a small deck.
If you can, please bring a scrapper, ladder, and/or step stool, and a small container for paint.
We will be doing project prep and priming on the first night (August 13) and painting on the second (August 14).
No painting skills required, just a willingness to help. We could use help one or both nights!
Contact Mark Thompson (mwthompson097@gmail.com; 651-734-3124) or Chase Hippen (chasehippen@yahoo.com; 651-214-2743) with questions.

“New Glasses:  Seeing the world through God’s eyes”Immanuel's Music and Arts Camp logo

Camp begins in one week. Please keep the leaders and children in your prayers as they look at the world through God’s eyes.

All are invited to the Time of Sharing on Friday evening, August17th at 6:30 pm in the sanctuary. A reception follows the program. The Gathering Space will be set up to display the art work that was created by the children. Come and enjoy hearing and seeing all that the children created in just one week.

Volunteers are needed to help with preparing the spaces for camp on Saturday, August 11th from Noon to 2 pm and/or Sunday, August 12th from Noon to 2 pm. Volunteers are also needed to assist with the take down on Friday following the program. (We need to put the church back in order.) Please contact Chris Cherwien at ccherwien@ilcsp.org or call her at 651-699-5560 to let her know if you can help.

Community Events

Love the lute? Here’s your chance to hear the instrument performing in its many guises. Ensemble and solo music for the lute from the medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque ages are presented in five performances during the two-week festival. The location for these concerts are the SPCM Concert Hall (St. Paul Community of Music Concert Hall, 1524 Summit Ave, St. Paul.) Advance tickets are available online at: https://www.tcearlymusic.org/tickets.

Monday, August 06, 2018
Berget & Walker Lute Duo | The Lute in the High Baroque
8:00 pm | The SPCM Concert Hall

Lutenists Paul Berget and Tomas Walker, Jr, play music from some of the first printings of lute music by Weiss, Telemann, and Bach.

Saturday, August 11, 2018
Sarah Jackson & Phillip Rukavina | L’amante segreto: Music of Barbara Strozzi & Giovanni Kapsberger
8:00 pm | The SPCM Concert Hall

Soprano Sarah Jackson and lutenist Phillip Rukavina perform the sumptuous works of Barbara Strozzi, 17th century Venetian composer and singer, and Roman theorbo master Giovanni Kapsberger. Strozzi’s music evokes the spirit of Cavalli, heir of Monteverdi. However, her style is more lyrical, and more dependent on sheer vocal sound. Come and hear the lovely stirrings of the early Baroque Age.

Sunday, August 12, 2018
Le Grand: Music of the Couperin Dynasty
3:00 pm | The SPCM Concert Hall

Soprano Maria Jette and harpsichordist and TCEMF director Donald Livingston present vocal and instrumental music from the most famous musical family of the French baroque. Joined by lutenist Tom Walker, Jr., gambist Mary Burke, and traversist Paul Jacobson.

Hope to see you there!

2018 SUMMER MUSICAL – “MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS” (Music and lyrics by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blaine)
Richfield Lutheran Church, Corner of Nicollet Avenue South and 60th St.
Friday, August 10th, Saturday, August 11th at 7:30 pm
Sunday, August 12th at 4 pm
To reserve tickets call 612-861-2265 or stop by Richfield Lutheran on Sundays after their 10 am worship to purchase tickets.  Cost: $10 adults and $5.50 Youth (12 and under).  Immanuel’s own Stephanie Alstead is in the production.

Other Activities

8-7               Staff Meeting (9:30 am)
8-8               Summer Brew Tour/Social (5:30 pm), Social Action (5:30 pm)
8-9               Improvers (9 am), Dementia Friendly Group (11 am), Voter Engagement task force (3:30 pm), Stewardship (7 pm)
8-10             Messenger Deadline
8-11             Music and Arts Camp Decorating (12 pm)
8-12             Worship (9 am), Fellowship (10:15 am), Music and Arts Camp Decorating (12 pm)

Remember in Prayer

We lift in prayer: Craig Fohrenkamm, Ken Fick, Shirley Bethke, Megan Erie, Pastor John Lohre, Nathan Lee, Harvey Lilleodden, Ricky Garza, Marian Cherwien, Gloria Happel, Jeannie Forman and our partner congregations: Mkimbizi Lutheran Church of Tanzania and Revelation Christian Center International.

ALTAR FLOWERS are given to the glory of God by Linda Engelken.

Today we welcome Pastor Kistin Thompson to Immanuel. Pastor Cindy is on vacation and will be returning to the office on Tuesday.

Worship Leaders

August 12th, 2018

Assisting Minister    Stephanie Alstead (9)
Reader     Sarah Marsh (9)
Communion Assistants    Loren, Christine Danielson (9)
Acolytes   Zoe Hoiland (9)
Ushers      Jeanette Wermager, Andy Urness (9)

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