Weekly News and Notes

News and Notes December 31st, 2017


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.


Engage the Bible:
You’re smart, you’re faithful… but the Bible is confusing, and it seems to be talking about a world that is no more. Come join the conversation about how the bible connects to the real world. Each week, this group will take a look at a well-known Bible Story and explore how it is relevant in in the world today.  Each week will be independent, so come as you can and join the learning. This class will be discussion based, and lead by members of Immanuel. (We are looking for individuals who are willing to lead one or more discussions. – Let Pastor Cindy know if you are interested.)

Dive Deep:  This group is intended for those who want a more intensive study in a small group setting. The groups will use the book, “Deepening Faith” as a guide to learning. Over eight weeks, each participant will consider their own faith story and hear the faith stories of other members in the group. The participant’s book serves as a guide for developing your faith story, and learning how to listen to others. This group will meet in the West Lounge. Please sign up in the notebook in the Gathering Space if you are interested so we can prepare materials for you.


We are looking for individuals who are willing to lead this discussion each week during Adult Forum.  Materials will be provided and a training will be held January 17th.  – Let Pastor Cindy know if you are interested.

Thursday, Jan. 4th, Lunch 12, Presentation 12:45, Fellowship Hall

Eunice Neubauer of Choice Connections will be speaking about housing options for seniors in the Twin Cities.  Eunice is a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) who specializes in Senior Living Options such as assisted living, memory care, residential homes or alternatives to a nursing home. As a Senior Care Advisor and expert on all the local senior living options, she helps narrow down the best choices for you or your loved one based on location, preferences, care and finances. As a referral and placement service she is FREE for most clients as senior living communities partner with her to pay her fee when she makes the referral.

The Surprising Christmas Pageant: The Story of the Birth of Christ told with Humor, Mystery and Awe
Friday, Jan. 5, 6:30pm

Celebrate the end of the 12 days of Christmas with this special event. All generations are invited to come to our Children’s Epiphany Pageant. The Immanuel Sunday School children, ages PreK-6th Grade, will retell the story of Christ’s birth with drama, humor and song.

Looking to get a little extra baking in?  Desserts are needed for the Epiphany Pageant. Want to help but not cook?  Volunteers are needed to make the coffee and help serve. Please sign up in the notebook in the Gathering Space.

Note the date and time change.  There will be a rehearsal on Wednesday, January 3rd from 5 – 7 pm.

Wednesday, January 10th, 6:30 pm 
Care team meets on the 10th on the lower level. Please join us.

Sunday, January 14
This year for Global Mission Sunday we welcome back Pastor Nordphrey Mlangali.   Pastor Mlangali is from Tanzania and has been an ordained Lutheran pastor since 2007. He is pursuing an M.A. degree in Congregational Mission and Leadership at Luther Seminary.  We had a marvelous time with him last year and look forward to hearing from him again.

Come to hear Pastor Mlangali and participate in a global worship service. On that Sunday, we will also receive two offerings, our regular offering to support ministry at Immanuel, and a second offering to support ministry in Tanzania and in Guatemala.

There will be an opportunity that day to purchase global fair trade items between services.

Sunday, January 14, 11:45 am, lunch will be provided
Christine Danielson, speaker

Dismantling Systemic Racism Conference – Breaking the Silence
Silence colludes with systemic racism.  It is time to join in community to break the silence.  Come hear, discuss, and sit in discomfort around the ideas of systemic racism in America.  Christine Danielson attended a two-day conference on Dismantling Systemic Racism in November and is eager to invite you into community as we struggle to interrupt racism in our own lives.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast

Monday, January 15th, 7 – 9:30 am
Cost is $5. 12 and under are free

Macalester College is a host simulcast site for the 28th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast, sponsored by the General Mills Foundation, The United Negro College Fund (UNCF), and Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul. This breakfast is an opportunity to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy of service and be inspired to live out his dream today in our homes, the community, and throughout the world.

The simulcast of the live event will be held in Kagin Commons, Alexander G. Hill Ballroom. This breakfast celebration is free, and an RSVP is required to attend. For information on how to RSVP, please contact Jason Jackson at jasonjackson@macalester.edu, before January 8.
This year’s keynote speaker David Oyelowo (pronounced “oh-yellow-oh”), a British-Nigerian actor and producer will address the theme of Building Bridges for a Bold Dream.

Here is another location you could attend:  
Summit-University St. Paul Register Now
Mount Olivet Baptist Church
451 Central Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55103

January 28, 11:45am

The Annual Congregational meeting will be on Sunday, January 28, after the second service (about 11:45 am).  It will begin with lunch then we will look back at 2017 and forward to 2018.  All reports for the meeting must be turned in to Russ before January 14th.

This year we’re making a change to the agenda! Because the financial reports take time to understand and need time for reflection, they will be offered one week in advance. On Sunday, January 21, at 9:15, the treasurer and finance chair will provide a detailed report of the church’s finances.  If you have questions about 2017 or 2018 finances, or would like to have input to the 2018 budget, be sure to attend the meeting on the 21st.  At the annual meeting there will only be brief comments by the finance chair and a vote to approve the budget.

The annual meeting will include a slideshow of events at Immanuel in 2017.  Do you have pictures of things that happened during the year?  Do you have stories of ministry and faithfulness to the gospel?  If so, talk with Pastor Cindy – we’d love to tell the story!!

Community Events

None this week.

Other Activities

1-1         New Year’s Day, Office Closed
1-2         Staff Meeting (9:30 am), Executive Committee (6:30 pm)
1-3         Pageant Rehearsal with pizza dinner (5 pm)
1-4         Improvers (9 am), Aging Splendidly (12 pm), Worship and Music
Committee (6:15 pm)
1-5         Epiphany Pageant (6:30 pm), dessert to follow
1-6         Epiphany
1-7         Worship (8 and 10:30 am), Fellowship (9:15 am), Sunday School (9:15 pm), Bible Study (9:20 pm),

Remember in Prayer

We lift in prayer: Craig Fohrenkamm, Michael Thorson, Don Anderson, Nilla Osten, Ken Fick, Mary Fashner, Kitty Larson, Russ Carlson, Pastor John Lohre, Nathan Lee, Ellie Czeck, and our partner congregations: Mkimbizi Lutheran Church of Tanzania and Revelation Christian Center International.

Worship Leaders

Assisting Minister  Jeff Schmidt
Reader    Ron Struss (8), Otto Schmidt (10:30)
Communion Assistants      Stacey Von Wald,  Lisa Struss (8), Anna Schmidt, Shawna Boll  (10:30)
Acolyte  Owen Helgeson (10:30)
Ushers  Jerry Sandahl, Judie Prayfrock (8)

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