Weekly News and Notes

News and Notes February 3rd, 2019

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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, you have given me the gift of another day;
may I live in gratitude.
Help me to be loving to others,
to Earth, and to myself;
in Jesus’s name. Amen.

Evening
Holy One, this day is drawing to an end.
Be with me as I pause and ponder
all the love I saw and received today.
Help me to see you in each moment of love.
Where I fell short of being patient and kind,
help me feel your patience and kindness toward me,
and give me peace, as I give this day back to you.. Amen.

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

ADULT FORUM
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 – Slavery and Exodus
February 10 – Conquest and Kingdom
February 17 – Exile and Return
February 24 – God with us
March 3 – Life in the Spirit

PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Today, 9 am – Noon, Fellowship Hall
Boy Scout Troop 90 will hold its annual pancake breakfast today from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.
 
All you can eat pancakes, sausage, coffee, juice and milk.
Tickets:  Family $15.00, Adult $6.00, Youth $3.00

SILENT AUCTION
We will begin accepting donations of NEW goods today.
Do you want to donate something but don’t have any ideas?

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

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

Host:
Dinner for 6
Family Game Night
Burgers and Beer

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

AGING SPLENDIDLY
Thursday, February 7th, Lunch at noon, Presentation at 12:45 pm
The St. John’s Bible
Brooks Butler, MD
 
Brooks will share his love for the beautifully illustrated The Saint John’s Bible. Internationally respected calligrapher, Donald Jackson is the artistic director and illuminator of The Saint John’s Bible. He is a Senior Scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Crown Office at the House of Lords in the United Kingdom, a position in which he is responsible for the creation of official state documents. Donald Jackson works with a team of theologians and artists from Saint John’s University and Abbey on The Saint John’s Bible. From his scriptorium in Wales, he oversees scribes, artists, and craftsmen who work with him on the handwriting and illumination of the seven-volume, 1,150-page Bible.

EMERGING LEADER TRAINING
February 10th
Mentor Year Students do not forget February 10th is your Emerging Leader training day at Boy Scout Basecamp.

“A NEW CREATION”
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! 

NARTHEX ART
“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

VOCALPOINT CONCERT
Holding Space – Music exploring mental health, compassion, and healing
Guest Artist, Singer/Songwriter Sara Thomsen
February 9th and 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.

WINTER CONCERT RECORDING: “CAROLS WE LOVE TO SING” NATIONAL LUTHERAN CHOIR
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

“WAKINGUP WHITE” WITH DEBBY IRVING
Sunday, Februay 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 lead a workshop entitled “Leveling the Playing Field: Interrupting Patterns of Power and Privilege” on February 17th.  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

Other Activities

2-4     Scouts (6:30 pm)
2-5     Staff Meeting (9:30 am), Girl Scouts (6 pm), Team Leads (7 pm)
2-6     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)
2-7     Improvers (9 am), Dementia Friendly Group (11 am),  Aging Splendidly (12 pm), Troop 90 Pin Night (7 pm)
2-9     Men’s Breakfast (8 am)
2-10   Worship (8 and 10:30 am), Fellowship (9:15 am), Sunday School (9:15 am), Adult Forum (9:15 am)

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 Wayne and Jeanette Wermager in honor of family and friends.

IMMANUEL MOURNS the death of Linda Wolf and keeps the family in prayer.

Worship Leaders

February 10th, 2019

Assisting Minister    Ray Peterson
Readers   Russ Edhlund (8), Kiera Kelly (10:30)
Communion Assistants    Russ Edhlund, JoAnn Hogenson (8),                   Jackie Kelly, Penny Norquist (10:30)
Acolyte   Wesley Norquist (10:30)
Ushers     Jeanette Wermager, Andy Urness (8), Harvey Jaeger, Kristin Payne, Kelley and John Wells (10:30)

COFFEE HOSTS
Today             Linda Carlson and Rhonda Tjaden
Feb 10th         Gay and Kathy
Feb 17th         Social Action
Feb 24th         Youth/Silent Auction

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