Weekly News and Notes

News and Notes December 30th, 2018


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

In you, O God, I will greatly rejoice:
in speaking, I will greatly rejoice;
in silence, I will greatly rejoice;
in travels, I will greatly rejoice;
in resting, I will greatly rejoice;
in working, I will greatly rejoice;
in leisure, I will greatly rejoice;
in duties, I will greatly rejoice;
in freedom, I will greatly rejoice.
O God, my whole being exults in you,
and my life shall evermore declare your praise,
my light, my love, my joy. Amen.

Lord, let your servant sleep in peace this night
and fulfill your gracious word.
Reveal to me the salvation that you have prepared
for all people.
With Jesus Christ, help me be a light to the nations
and a sign of your glorious promise to Israel. Amen.

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

January 3rd, 2019, 12 pm lunch 12:45 pm presentation

Age Boldly with Lyngblomsten, Tom Overweg, Lyngblomsten
Age Boldly at Aging Splendidly!  Age Boldly with Lyngblomsten takes you on a tour of the community-based work of Lyngblomsten, and you never have to leave your chair. Experience this lively, interactive presentation on Lyngblomsten’s commitment to helping older adults age well in the places they love – their communities, neighborhoods and homes.

Jan. 6th, 9:25-10:15 am
Epiphany marks the end of our Christmas holiday season, so let’s do one last intergenerational event. Same format as in Advent – carols and drama, small-group discussion and an activity: a party!

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. 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.

Please remember that as the end of the year draws near, if you plan to mail a donation to the church be sure it is post-marked no later than December 31st or it will not be included in 2018.  Thanks.

The 2019 offering envelopes can be found on the book shelf outside of the Parish Administrator’s office. They are in alphabetical order. Please take yours home now.

We are in dire need of more Altar Guild members! If you are looking for a small volunteer opportunity, I would highly recommend this. Individuals or families are welcome. I helped my mom with Altar Guild as a young girl and found it to be a very special time; to be hidden away, cleaning, and caring for the Holy Things. My kids love to help and find the time preparing for communion to be magical and beg for it to be our day to help with altar guild. ~~ Tenley Johnson

What’s the commitment like? It’s about 4 weekends a year (depending on how many people help), with about 30 minutes to set up the Holy Things on Friday or Saturday, and then 30 minutes to put away the Holy Things after communion during services on those weekends.

There will be an info and training session after the 10:30 service on January 6th, for all interested. This includes current Altar Guild members.  A light lunch will be served. Please let me know if you will be attending. tenley21@gmail.com.

Thank you to all the Alter Guild members, past and present, who put so much love into our church and take immaculate care of the Holy Things. It is a blessing to know you. ~~ Tenley Johnson

January is a great month to join one of our choirs!  Our choirs have a great time together and love preparing music for worship.  We warmly welcome new members.   Please check the schedule below and join us!

Rehearsals resume January 9th.

Middle C’s 
The youth choir choir for 7th -12th grade.   Rehearsals Wed: 4:30-5:15pm
The children’s choir for 2nd-6th grade.  Rehearsal Wed: 5:15-6:00pm
The children’s choir for K-2nd grade.  Rehearsal Sun:  9:25-9:45 a.m.
Jubilate Ringers
The bell choir for high school students and adults. Rehearsals Wed: 6:45-7:45pm
The adult choir. Rehearsals Wed: 7:45-9:00pm

If you play a musical instrument and would like an opportunity to play in worship, please contact Chris Cherwien at ccherwien@ilcsp.org.

The Father
January 20th, 3 pm. Gremlin Theater
During the month of January the play: The Father will be presented at the Gremlin Theater. The play was awarded Best New Play in 2014 and won a Tony Award for its Broadway production. The play portrays dementia from the point of view of a man with dementia. This play is sure to deepen our understanding of dementia. Peter Hansen, Immanuel member, is the artistic director and actor in the play.

Join folks from the Dementia Friendly Congregation group on January 20th at 3:00 to see the play and then have a post play discussion at Cate Simler’s house in Mac-Groveland. Peter Hansen will join us for the discussion. You can order your own ticket for the general admission by going to https://gremlintheatre.org/  Please let Ann Derr know if you plan to come on January 20th,  annderr@gmail.com or call 651-335-3233

January 27th following the 10:30 service
Join us to look backward and forward. Remember the faith filled ministry and community of 2018, and approve the ministry plan and leaders for in 2019. Lunch is served at 11:45 with the meeting beginning immediately after. Committee reports are due to Russ by Sunday, January 13th, 2019.

Community Events

January 10th, 2019, 11 am, State Office Building, Room 400 South
Meet with legislators to advocate for early childhood education. For more information, contact Sue Klevan at seklevan@yahoo.com.

January 19th, 2019 11 am, Minneapolis Convention Center
This is an opportunity to learn about ISAIAH’s plan for carrying the Faith Agenda into the Minnesota legislative session and working with Governor Walz. This will include representatives from the Muslim Coalition, The Black Church Collective, the Latinx Coalition and places of worship throughout the Metro and Greater Minnesota. To register and coordinate transportation, contact Ann Derr 651-335-3233  annderr@gmail.com  or  Kathy Robey: 651-207-9627 kathyrobey29@gmail.com.

January 21st, 2019 7 am
Each year the General Mills Foundation and UNCF present the breakfast to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Marin Luther King Jr. This year’s keynote speaker is Emmy Award winning news anchor and CNN journalist Don Lemon.

With the help of countless volunteers, Interfaith Action of Greater St. Paul hosts breakfasts at multitude neighborhood locations, featuring a live broadcast of the General Mills event as well as a hot breakfast and local programming. Registration opens in mid-December. Cost of $5.

Mount Zion Temple
1300 Summit Ave, St. Paul 55105

Macalester College
Kagin Commons, 1600 Grand Ave, St. Paul 55105

Other Activities

12-31   Office Closed (11 am)
1-1       New Year’s Day Office Closed
1-3       Improvers (9 am), Dementia Friendly Group (11 am), Aging Splendidly (12 pm)
1-6       Epiphany of Our Lord, Worship (8 and 10:30 am), Fellowship (9:15 am), Epiphany Intergenerational Celebration (9:15 am))

Remember in Prayer

We lift in prayer: Craig Fohrenkamm, Ken Fick, Shirley Bethke, Bud Jorgenson, Wayne Wermager, Megan Erie, Nathan Lee, Harvey Lilleodden, Ricky Garza, Natalie Baird, John Lohre, Jeff Christenson and his family, Julie Henry, and our partner congregation: Mkimbizi Lutheran Church of Tanzania and brothers and sisters in Christ in Guatemala.

Worship Leaders

January 6, 2019 Epiphany of Our Lord

Assisting Minister  David Stark
Readers   Doug Derr (8), Peggy Johnson (10:30)
Communion Assistants  Ann, Doug Derr (8), Alice Stark, Penny Norquist (10:30)
Acolytes   Sam Moeller (10:30)
Crucifers  Rocky Robey (10:30)
Ushers     Jerry Sandahl, Judie Prayfrock(8), Max Cordes, Dick Sarafolean, Doug Wangensteen (10:30)

Today             Stillwell’s
Jan 6th           Struss’
Jan 13th         Dorothy Anderson/JoAnn Hogenson

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