Weekly News and Notes

News and Notes February 11th, 2018

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

Morning
God of glory, I greet you at the dawning of this day. Let me life proclaim Christ Jesus and the good news of the gospel from the rising of the sun to its setting; to the glory of your name. Amen.

Evening
God of glory, I greet you at the end of this day. Overshadow me with your peace so that I may rest in your presence from the setting of the sun to its rising; to the glory of your name. Amen.

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

ADULT LEARNING ON SUNDAY MORNING

ENGAGE THE BIBLE
Sundays, 9:15am in the East Lounge

Each week, this group will look at a well-known Bible Story from the gospel of Mark, and explore how it fits into Marks world, as well as how it is relevant in in the world today.  Each week is independent, so come as you can.  This week we will explore the story of the healing of Blind Bartemaeus, and Jesus’ question, “What do you want me to do for you?”

DEEPENING FAITH: TO KNOW AND BE KNOWN
Sundays, 9:15 in the West Lounge

This group is intended for those who want a more intensive study in a small group setting over the course of 7 weeks. Contact Kari Moeller (rwakari@gmail.com) if you would like to join the next Deepening Faith Group.

A COSMIC ADVENTURE THROUGH SCIENCE AND FAITH
Sundays, beginning February 25, 9:15 in the East Lounge
Do you feel like faith and science are in competition, that you’ve got to choose one or the other?  Should we avoid or fear science, or can science inform faith?  Join teens and adults as we explore how science and faith can inform one another.  Those who have careers in science or math are especially invited to bring their wisdom to the conversation.

ASH WEDNESDAY
February 14th
“Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” This year Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day, a day to think about love, what better time to remember that we are dust and ashes that are loved into being and loved into the future.  Come worship with us at 6:45pm, to receive an ashen cross on your forehead, and the body and blood of Christ in your hand.

LENT WEDNESDAYS
On Wednesdays in Lent we will explore, “A Faith of My Own.” After a simple supper of soup at 6pm, we will gather in the EAST LOUNGE for Prayer Around the Cross.  Each week, one of Immanuel’s saints will speak about their faith – how it has developed, and what difference it makes in their lives. The service also includes time for quiet prayer and personal reflection. The service will begin at 6:45, and last 30 minutes.

CANTOREI & JUBILATE REHEARSALS IN LENT
The adult choirs will have a different rehearsal schedule during the Lenten season because of our Wednesday evening services. The children and youth choirs’ schedules will remain the same. (Choristers rehearsals ending 15 minutes early- 5:45 p.m.)

  • February 14th:  Ash Wednesday- No Jubilate Ringers-or, Cantorei
  •  February 21st, 28th, March 7th, 14th, & 21st:  Jubilate Ringers-7:15-8:00 p.m., Cantorei 8:00-9:00 p.m.
  •  Holy Week:  Regular schedule, 6:45 p.m. Jubilate Ringers, 7:45 p.m. Cantorei

PAULSON OUTREACH GRANTS
Immanuel gives grants from the Harold Paulson Bequest to enable our members to make a difference in our community. This bequest was designated to be used for external outreach or training to accomplish outreach goals in our community. Seventeen grants have been approved and completed. These grants have made a difference in so many lives and are a wonderful example of members living their faith in their community. If you would like more information or to apply for a grant, forms are available at ilcsp.org/news/grants-for-living-your-faith or in the church office.

REDUCE YOUR RISK OF DEVELOPING DEMENTIA BY 53%.
One in 10 people 65 or older have Alzheimer’s. This number does not include those with other forms of dementia. The good news is that watching what you eat can dramatically lower your risk of developing dementia and can slow its progress if you have already been diagnosed. Studies have shown that following the “MIND diet” lowers the risk of developing dementia by about 35% for people who follow it moderately well and up to 53% for those who adhere to it rigorously.

The MIND diet is a blend of the Mediterranean and DASH diets. The emphasis is on eating from 10 brain-healthy food groups: vegetables (especially green leafy vegetables), nuts, berries, beans, whole grains, fish, poultry, olive oil and wine. At the same time, those on the MIND diet limit their weekly consumption of foods from the five food groups that have been found to increase the risk of dementia: red meats, butter and stick margarine, cheeses, pastries and sweets, and fried or fast food.

For more information about the MIND diet, pick up an information sheet on the bookcase under the bulletin board, go to https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/mind-diet, or talk to Cate Simler, Jane Tripple, Ann or Doug Derr, Dennis Engebretson, or other members of the “Dementia Friendly Church” Working Group.

DINNER & A SHOW “WELCOME BACK, BILLY BEST!” A ROARING PARABLE OF THE TWENTIES Cover image from scriptPresented by The Middle C’s Youth Choir
Saturday, February 24th, 6:00pm
Reservations: Call Russ at 651-699-5560 Seating is limited.  Please call to reserve your spot.
Invite a friend or neighbor to the Middle C’s “Dinner & a Show” on Saturday, February 24th, 6:00 pm. Following an elegant 20s themed dinner in the East Lounge, the choir will present the musical, “Welcome Back, Billy Best”, a delightful rendition of the prodigal son in a 1920’s setting. Dave Alstead and Julie Lindorff will accompany the musical with duo pianos, and our youth choir will have you humming and dancing all the way home! The show is free, we will collect a free will offering for the dinner. Reservations are highly recommended!

Community Events

MARLENE JOHNSHOY AND THE SINGERS OF VOCALPOINT INVITE YOU TO VOCALPOINT’S 7TH SEASON SUPPORTING TWIN CITITES RISE FEATURING GRAMMY WINNING SOUNDS OF BLACKNESS WE RISE!
Today, February 11th 4 pm
Central Presbyterian church, 500 Cedar Street, Downtown St. Paul
Join VocalPoint as they sing along with Grammy Award-winning Sounds of Blackness. From Jazz and Blues, to Rock & Roll, R & B, Gospel, Spirituals, HipHop, Reggae, and Soul, they bring uplifting messages of hope, unity, love and peace for all humankind.

Twin Cities RISE assist individuals in poverty on the path to long-term and stable employment. Their coaches provide one-on-one support, partnering with participants for a year after they’ve landed their new jobs. They focus on long-term results with 81% if graduates staying at their jobs after one year, nearly twice the national average.

Tickets:  $15 in advance (from a chorus member or on-line or $20 at the door. At the concerts, a free-will donation will be collected.  100% of which benefits Twin Cities RISE.

END OF LIFE PLANNING ISSUE
The Transforming Nature of Grief
Thursday, February 15th, 7 pm, Fairmount United Methodist Church
1523 Fairmount Ave., St. Paul 651-699-1335
Paul V. Johnson, MA, ADEC will address “The Transforming Nature of Grief.” He will help us understand the grief process and ways of living with it.

ELK CREEK LUTHERAN CHURCH OF HALE’S ANNUAL LUTEFISK DINNER
February 17th, 12:30, 2, 3:30 and 5 pm
Cost $15
If you are still hungry for a lutefisk dinner, check out this menu: Lutefisk and meatballs, mashed potatoes and gravy, rutabagas and cole slaw, cranberry chutney, lefse and rolls, milk and coffee, and, of course, dessert.  Call B. Rongstad for reservations: 715-694-2181. Limited number of seats in setting so call before they are gone!

Elk Creek Lutheran Church is located 8 miles southwest of Osseo, Wisconsin, at W16316 County Road OO. A flyer for the event is posted on the kiosk.

THE NATIONAL LUTHERAN CHOIR PRESENTS ‘CALL TO PRAYER’
Saturday, March 3rd and Sunday, March 4th
The National Lutheran Choir presents an evening of song from three sacred prayer traditions together with the Augsburg Choir, Hazzan Joanna Dulkin, and New York guest artist Zafer Tawil. Concluding a landmark season dedicated to the art and legacy of the Protestant Reformation, “Call to Prayer” will feature a new commission by Maryland composer Joshua Fishbein entitled “Allahu Echad: God is One”.

Saturday, March 3rd, 7:30pm
Hoversten Chapel, Augsburg University

Sunday, March 4th, 4:00pm
Adath Jeshurun Congregation Synagogue
Tickets: Adult $28 | Senior $25 | Student $10 | 17 and under FREE
Call Brown Paper Tickets 1-800-838-3006 or order online at NLCA.com

Other Activities

2-12       Grace Circle (9:30 am), IMAC (4:30 pm), Scouts (6:30 pm), Troop 90 Parents Meeting (7 pm)
2-13       Staff Meeting (9:30 am), Exec Committee (6:30 pm)
2-14       Ash Wednesday Middle C’s (4:30 pm), Choristers (5:15 pm), Supper (6 pm), Kid’s Town (6:15 pm), Kid’s Clubhouse (6:30 pm), No Confirmation, Worship (6:45 pm), No Jubilate Ringers No Cantorei (7:45 pm)
2-15       Improvers (9 am), Lute Café (7 pm)
2-17       Dorothy Day (8:30 am) – Confirmation class helping at Dorothy Day
2-18       Lent 1 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, Don Anderson, Nilla Osten, Ken Fick, Mary Fashner, Kitty Larson, Patty Robey, Jim Larson, Pastor John Lohre, Nathan Lee, Sara Thorson and our partner congregations: Mkimbizi Lutheran Church of Tanzania and Revelation Christian Center International.

ALTAR FLOWERS are from Jackie, Joe, Jack and Kiera Kelly in memory of Dan Payne who brought so much joy and love to this world.

IMMANUEL MOURNS the death of Michael Thorson, son of Janet Thorson, and keeps the family in prayer.

Worship Leaders

February 18th, 2018

Assisting Minister   Stephanie Alstead
Readers   Ray Peterson (8), Zach Marsh  (10:30)
Communion Assistants      Stacey Von Wald, Elsie Fohrenkamm (8), Berit Nelson, Ray Peterson (10:30)
Acolyte     Kiera Kelly (10:30)
Ushers      Jeanette Wermager, Andy Urness (8), Harvey Jaeger, Kelley, John Wells, Kristin Payne (10:30)

COFFEE HOSTS
Today             Jackie Kelly
Feb 18th          Social Action
Feb 25th          Dick Sarafolean

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