Weekly News and Notes

News and Notes for the week of February 9, 2020


Being a Church in a Divided Country

TODAY : “Truth, Polarization and Politics in Faith Communities”. Can American history guide people of faith when responding to the political division that confronts us today?  Can examples from the past suggest how best to distinguish truth from falsehood, misinformation from misrepresentation and disagreement from polarization? Which bedrock convictions and values have proven over time that they sustain unity within faith communities? Which have done the opposite? How might we better discern the difference between them?  Jim Stewart, retired professor of history from Macalester College will guide us.


WEDNESDAY EVENING LENTEN SERVICES will begin at 6:45 on March 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, & April 1st. There will be no service April 8th. Please note: There will be no Jubilate Ringer or Cantorei rehearsal on Ash Wednesday. Also, the Jubilate Ringers will begin practice at 7:15 & the Canteroi will begin at 8:00 pm after the Lenten Services.

Saturday, February 15th, the 9th graders and a parent are helping to serve food at the Dorothy Day Center. Please check in with Michelle Stillwell if you have questions mstillwell@ilcsp.org

Wednesday, February 19th, 6:45 pm, the confirmation class will be touring an Armenian Orthodox church together. Have you ever wanted to learn more about the Orthodox church? Please talk to Michelle Stillwell about coming along – our motto at confirmation is the more the merrier. mstillwell@ilcsp.org

Sunday, February 23, ALL high schoolers will meet at Immanuel at 4:00 pm. We will attend Humble Walk Lutheran Church’s 4:30pm service as a group. Please bring money for pie afterwards. We will find someplace to grab dessert and discuss what we’ve learned.

NO confirmation class on Wednesday, February 26th. It’s Ash Wednesday – we would like all confirmands to attend the service.


The Youth Silent Auction will be held on Sunday, March 22nd.  Bidding will begin at 9:00am.

We will begin accepting donations of NEW items on Sunday, February 9th.

Consider these:                             Baskets:
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
Have a skill? Spread the knowledge! Pie making, beer brewing, knitting, sailing, bee keeping

When unexpected school closures throw your family’s schedule into chaos, we’ve got your back.   Snow days are church days!  Pre-K and older children are invited to a day of age appropriate activities at the church.   For more information, please contact Emily King.

Would you like to help provide flowers for worship (that you can take home or give away afterward)?  Sign up for a Sunday in the book on the welcome desk in the gathering space. We’ve been notified from our vendor that the price of altar flowers has increased from $35 to $50 for the pair beginning February 1st. Our vendor has not raised their church price in over 7 years.

Community Events

UPCOMING THRIVENT WORKSHOPS  Be sure to register by January 15th.

February 13th:  “Income Taxes & Retirement”, 6:00 pm in the Fellowship with Ken Harris & Mark Ohlmann.  The decisions you make as you prepare for retirement can affect your income taxes. Learn more about the financial impact and how to make choices that are right for you. No products will be sold.
RSVP to ken.harris@thrivent.com

Winter is here and is chilling our days, but 2nd Half with Lyngblomsten has plenty of programs to keep you active and engaged.  Our Winter 2020 Catalog is out now and full of opportunities to learn and grow for congregation members and church staff.  You can view and register for 2nd Half with Lyngblomsten opportunities online at www.lyngblomsten.org/2ndHalf.

Lyngblomsten at Lino Lakes – Get a Sneak Peek!
Lyngblomsten, a Christian non profit senior care organization, is moving forward with plans to build a vibrant senior living campus with independent living (townhomes & apartments), assisted living, memory care, and adult day in Lino Lakes. You’re invited to attend one of the information sessions:

  • Wednesday, February 12, 10:00 -11:30 am at the Shoreview Community Center (4580 Victoria Street N, Shoreview) Presentation at 10:00am.
  • Thursday, February 20, 6:30 -8:00 pm at Living Waters Lutheran Church (865 Birch Street, Lino Lakes) Presentation at 6:30 pm.

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau is responsible for conducting the nationwide census.  On April 1, 2020, you can fill out the questionnaire online, by paper, or by phone. An accurate count is crucial, to determine our representation in Congress, and to plan local funding.

2020 Census Operations is recruiting for Census Jobs, the bulk of which is for Census Takers. The following pay rates for Census Takers was effective 12-1-2019.  Please contact Greg Huppert if you or someone you know is interested.

Washington County                 $22.00
Ramsey County                       $22.00
Hennepin County                     $27.50
(Mileage)                                 $0.58/mile

Question: Contact   Gregory.l.huppert@2020census.gov
651-470-7609 or 855-562-2020

Apply on-line at 2020census.gov/jobs

Other Activities

2- 10  Grace Circle (9:30 am), Troop 90 (6:30 pm)
2-11   Staff Meeting (9:30 am), North Star Ski Club (6:00 pm), Property Team Meeting (7:00 pm)
2-12   TOPS (10:45 am), Choristers (4:45 pm), Middle C (5:30 pm), Choristers Study Hall (5:30 pm), Supper (6 pm), Nursery Care (6:30 pm), Care Team (6:30), Confirmation (6:45 pm), Jubilate Ringers (6:45 pm), Cantorei (7:45 pm)
2-13   Improvers (9:00 am), LGBC (6:00 pm), Thrivent Workshop (6:00 pm), Worship & Music Committee Meeting (6:15 pm), 150th Anniversary Meeting (7:00 pm)
2-15   Troop 90 Meeting (7:00 am), Winged Heart Yoga (8:00 am), Dorothy Day Center (8:30 am), Al-Anon (10:00 am), LGBC (10:00 am), Mat Pilates (10:00 am)
2-16   Worship (8:00 &10:30am), Education Hour (9:15am), LGBC (12:30pm), High School Youth Night (6:00 pm), Aliro Voices (6:30 pm), Brass Quintet (7:00 pm)

Remember in Prayer

We lift in prayer: KC Kessler, Paul Fonstad, Eunice Baker, Ron Hovick, Helen Mikkelson, Matt Taylor, Wayne Wermager, Sarah Thoresen, Natalie Baird, Craig Fohrenkamm, Mabel Pappenfus, Nathan Lee, Ricky Garza, Andrea Kolaczkowski, Mike McCann, Jeff Christenson and his family, our partner congregation: Mkimbizi Lutheran Church of Tanzania and brothers and sisters in Christ in Guatemala, and the Living Gospel Believers Church

We mourn the death of Claire Taylor-Sherman. We pray that Christ will embrace her family & friends, bringing them comfort and hope.

Worship Leaders

Assisting Minister:             Jeff Schmidt
Reader:    Doug Derr (8:00 am); Zach Marsh (10:30 am)
Communion Assistant:       Stacey Von Wald, Elsie Fohrenkamm (8:00), Berit Nelson, Ray Peterson (10:30 am)
Acolyte     Sam Moeller (10:30 am)
Ushers:     Dewey Josephson & Andy Urness (8:00am), Harvey Jaeger, Kelley & John Wells, & Dick Sundberg (10:30 am)

Feb 9: Open
Feb 16: Social Action
Feb 23: Hippen Family celebrating Lael’s 12th Birthday!

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