Weekly News and Notes

News and Notes February 10th , 2019


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

God, I give you thanks this morning
as I watch the beauty of the newborn light,
listen to the first stirrings of a new day in nature,
and ponder the miracle of my own breathing
and your presence in it all.
Holy, Holy, Holy!
Increase my strength of soul today.
And whenever I see a need,
help me to respond, “Send me!” Amen.

Thank you, God, for the gift of this day.
Like the fisher folk who became disciples,
I have put in a day of work.
As evening comes, it is time to rest.
If, as I review my day, I am tempted to say,
“I am not worthy of your presence, God,”
reassure m with the calming words of Jesus,
“Do not be afraid, come be with me. Amen.

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

Today – March 3rd: The Bible as Story
Join Pastor Cindy in a journey from Genesis through Revelation, introducing the great biblical themes and people. We will look at the Bible as the story by which we can interpret our lives and all of history. Come be immersed in and enlivened by the story of scripture.
Today – Conquest and Kingdom
February 17 – Exile and Return
February 24 – God with us
March 3 – Life in the Spirit

We are now accepting donations of NEW goods.
 Do you want to donate something but don’t have any ideas?

Consider these…
Board Games, Family Movie Night, Date Night,
Coffee Lover. Gardener’s Dream,
Scrapbooking Favorites, Readers Young & Old

Mason Jar Mixes – Soups, Cookies, Breads
Homemade Bread each week for a month
Cookies each month for a year

Dinner for 6
Family Game Night
Burgers and Beer

Teach: Have a skill? Spread the knowledge:
Pie making, beer brewing, knitting, sailing, bee keeping

A Cantata for Chorus & Soloists, Cantorei & Middle C’s
Sunday, February 24th at 3:00 p.m. 
Invite a friend or neighbor to the Cantorei and Middle C’s performance of Rene Clausen’s beautiful cantata, “A New Creation”.  With soloists Tori Doll, soprano, Shawna Boll, alto, Jeff Schmidt, tenor and Matt Olsen, bass.  The instrumental ensemble includes violin, viola, flute, oboe, cello, timpani and piano.  Please come and support our talented musicians!

“Growing against Gravity” is the new acrylic painting series shown in the Narthex. With gravity as the downward pull, a plant’s seed sends a root. All other miraculous growth is against gravity! As with plants, we, too, do all our growth against gravity even when setting down ‘roots’ in life.

In this Time after Epiphany, the ELCA website states: “Green is used for its symbolism of our growth in Christ”. The painting series is appropriate in theme to our church season together. “–artist statement, Chillon Leach (ILC member)

Community Events

Holding Space – Music exploring mental health, compassion, and healing
Guest Artist, Singer/Songwriter Sara Thomsen
February 10th 4 pm, Central Presbyterian Church, 500 Cedar Street in Downtown St. Paul

VocalPoint uses the power of people, art, and collaboration to tell the stories of organizations doing life-changing work.

Our programs are multi-sensory collaborations unlike any other choral concert. We shine a spotlight on important issues such as youth homelessness, the immigrant experience, and sex trafficking, giving 100% of performance-driven donations to worthy causes that make a dramatic impact in everyday lives. This year, we are proud to support Walk-In Counseling Center.

Walk-In’s mission is to provide free, easily accessible mental health counseling to people with urgent needs and few service options. The overarching goal is to help people stabilize during a time of crisis and resolve problems before they become severe.

Tickets can be purchased at vocalpointchorus.org or from a chorus member. Adults $15 in advance/$20 at the door. Ages 8 – 18 and college students with an ID $10. A free-will donation will also be collected at the concerts. 100% supports Walk-In Counseling Center. Due to the subject matter, we do not recommend this concert for children under 8. See the poster on the kiosk.

Carry on the Christmastime cheer, and join the National Lutheran Choir’s live concert recording of Carols We Love to Sing, third in the popular Hymns We Love to Sing CD series. Audience members will have the opportunity to both listen to National Lutheran Choir perform special arrangements of carols and participate in the recording session by singing along to popular congregational hymns.

Sunday, February 10, 4:00pm
St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 9201 Normandale Boulevard
Bloomington, MN 55437

Tickets: Adult $28 | Senior $26 | Students and Children FREE
For tickets and more information, please visit NLCA.com/18-19season or call (612) 722-2301

Sunday, February 17th, 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Gustavus Adolphus Church, 1669 Arcade Street, St. Paul
Debbie Irving, author of Waking Up White, is coming to St Paul leading a workshop entitled “Leveling the Playing Field: Interrupting Patterns of Power and Privilege”.  Our is taking a group to this event and want to make sure you are invited. The book Waking Up White, contains stories, anecdotes and learnings that helped the author “get it” about how we may be enabling racism unintentionally. If you haven’t read it, scan at least a few chapters before the workshop.

Registration now open: Eventbrite Debby Irving. For more information, contact Lynnette Zika lynnettezika@gmail.com.

Saturday, February 23rd, 1:30 – 3:30 pm, East Lounge
Highland Summit Service Unit has coordinated a Red Cross First Aid training session. The session will cover adult and pediatric first aid, CPR and AED. The session is a combination of online coursework (three hours) and two hours of in-person training. The certification is good for two years.

You are invited to join us in the East Lounge.

To register, please either email gs.redcrosstraining@gmail.com or fill out the form on the website: https://sites.google.com/site/gsredcrosstraining/home. You will receive an email confirmation and instructions on how to complete the online training, which must be completed BEFORE the in-person training.

The cost is $35, to be paid when you register.  There is a minimum of 10 participants needed. A week before the session those who registered will receive a confirmation of the minimum registration has been met. If you have any questions, please contact: carolinethompson302r@gmail.com.

Other Activities

2-11   Grace Circle (9:30 am), Scouts (6:30 pm), Scout Parent Meeting (7 pm)
2-12   Staff Meeting (9:30 am), North Star Ski Touring (6 pm)
2-13   Middle C’s (4:30 pm), Choristers (5:15 pm), Supper (6 pm), Kid’s Care (6:15 pm), Confirmation (6:45 pm), Jubilate Ringers (6:45 pm), Cantorei (7:45 pm)
2-14   Improvers (9 am)
2-16   Troop 90 Committee Meeting (7 am), Dorothy Day (8:30 am)
2-17   Worship (8 and 10:30 am), Fellowship (9:15 am), Sunday School (9:15 am), Adult Forum (9:15 am), HS Youth Night (6:30 pm)

Remember in Prayer

We lift in prayer: Craig Fohrenkamm, Ken Fick, Shirley Bethke, Nathan Lee, Harvey Lilleodden, Ricky Garza, Natalie Baird, Jeff Christenson and his family, Andrea Kolaczkowski, and our partner congregation: Mkimbizi Lutheran Church of Tanzania and brothers and sisters in Christ in Guatemala.

ALTAR FLOWERS are given by Kathy Raiter in honor of family and friends.

IMMANUEL MOURNS the death of Tori Doll’s mother, Dawn. in Pennsylvania and keeps the family in prayer.

Worship Leaders

February 17th, 2019

Assisting Minister   Kari Moeller
Readers    Dave Alstead (8), Sarah Marsh (10:30)
Communion Assistants  Dave Alstead, Judie Prayfrock (8), Lori Dufresne, Christine Danielson (10:30)
Acolyte      Sophia Moeller (10:30)
Ushers       Jeanette Wermager, Andy Urness (8), Harvey Jaeger, Kristin Payne, Kelley and John Wells (10:30)

Today         Gay and Kathy
Feb 17th     Social Action
Feb 24th     Youth/Silent Auction

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