Weekly News and Notes

News and Notes February 4th, 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
In the morning, while it was still very dark, Jesus got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. As I turn to you in prayer this morning, God, bless me with a sense of purpose. As I go out into this day, show me what I am to do. Amen.

Evening
Everlasting God, you have been here from the foundations of the earth. I give to you this day now ending, with all its gifts and failings. As I rest through the night, renew my strength and, in my dreams, lift me up on the wings of eagles. Amen.

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

PANCAKE BREAKFAST
This morning, 9 am – Noon
Boy Scout Troop 90 will hold its annual pancake breakfast.  All you can eat pancakes, sausage, orange juice, milk, and coffee.
Tickets: Adults $6.00, Youth $3.00, Family $15.00.

 

 

ADULT LEARNING ON SUNDAY MORNING

ENGAGE THE BIBLE
Sundays, 9:15am in the East Lounge
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 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 will be independent, so come as you can and join the learning. This class will be discussion based, and lead by members of Immanuel.

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. 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, as well as learning how to listen to others. This group will meet in the West Lounge.

CONFIRMATION TRIP
Friday, February 7th, 6:15pm
On February 7th, 7&8th graders and their families are invited to visit Mount Zion Temple (1300 Summit Avenue) for a tour and the evening service.  Meet at Mt Zion at 6:15, and remember – no jeans.  If you have questions, contact Michelle Stillwell (mstillwell@ilcsp.org)

THEATER OPPORTUNITY
Sunday, Feb. 11th, 2 pm
The Social Justice Group at Immanuel is organizing a theater opportunity at the Minnesota History Theater to see “A Crack in the Sky” on Sunday, Feb 11 at 2pm.  Please contact me for details if you are interested in joining us.  I will need a final count by Feb 6th. Margaret Horstmann mphorst@gmail.com.
614-558-8019

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

DINNER & A SHOW “WELCOME BACK, BILLY BEST!” A ROARING PARABLE OF THE TWENTIES
Presented 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

SELIM CENTER FOR LIFELONG LEARNING
University of St. Thomas
Three lecture series are being offered. Titles as listed below.  For dates, times cost and registration information, stop by the kiosk in the foyer for the Selim Center flyer.

     “Africa: A Comprehensive Overview” with Dr. Robert Werner
Emeritus of Geography, University of St. Thomas

     “Animal Minds: with Dr. Ben Denkinger
Assistant Professor in Cognitive & Bioligical Psychology, Augsburg University

     “Theology & the Sciences: From Queen, beyond Conflict, toward Mutuality” with Dr. Alan G. Pagett
Professor of Theology, Luther Seminary & Methodist Minister

MARLENE JOHNSHOY AND THE SINGERS OF VOCALPOINT INVITE YOU TO VOCALPOINT’S 7TH SEASON SUPPORTING TWINC CITITES RISE
FEATURING GRAMMY WINNING SOUNDS OF BLACKNESS WE RISE!
Saturday, February 10th 4 pm, and Sunday, 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.

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

2-5         IMAC (4:30 pm), Scouts (6:30 pm)
2-6         Staff Meeting (9:30 am), Exec Committee (6:30 pm)
2-7         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), Confirmation (6:45 pm), Jubilate Ringers (6:45 pm), Cantorei (7:45 pm)
2-8         Improvers (9 am), Breathing Group (6 pm)
2-9         Council Retreat (6:00 pm), Confirmation class to Mount Zion Temple (6:15 pm)
2-10       Messenger Deadline, Men’s Breakfast (8 am), Breathing Group (9:15 am)
2-11       Worship (8 and 10:30 am), Fellowship (9:15 am), Sunday School (9:15 pm), 3rd – 6th grade Sunday School class baking communion bread (9:15 am), Bible Study (9:20 pm), Knitting for Warmth (2 pm)

Remember in Prayer

We lift in prayer: Craig Fohrenkamm, Michael Thorson, 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 Linda Engelken to the glory of God..

Worship Leaders

February 11th, 2018

Assisting Minister   David Stark
Readers   Doug Derr (8), Ingrid Mundt (10:30)
Communion Assistants Dave Alstead, JoAnn Hogenson (8), Rocky Robey, Mark Thompson (10:30)
Acolyte    Isabella Arco (10:30)
Ushers    Jeanette Wermager, Andy Urness (8), Harvey Jaeger, Kelley, John Wells, Kristin Payne (10:30)

COFFEE HOSTS
Today             Boy Scouts
Feb 11th          Jackie Kelly
Feb 18th          Social Action
Feb 25th          Dick Sarafolean

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