Weekly News and Notes

News and Notes for the week of January 12, 2020

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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 this new morning,
you have awakened me to the brightness of your dawn.
I begin this day in gratitude,
recalling your mercies through the night,
anticipating glimpses of your glory in the hours ahead.
Make my face shine today with the joy of your grace,
so that another is helped to see your presence
and find hope.
In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

EVENING:
God of love,
as the sun has set and night has come,
I will not be afraid of the darkness,
for you are with me.
Your glory never recedes,
but is always expanding,
bringing more and more people into the sphere of your love.
Thank you for such boundless grace
as has been given in Jesus Christ.
Make me a prism for the light of Christ,
reflecting his grace to others all my days.
In his name I pray. Amen.

Reprinted by permission of Westminster John Knox Press from Feasting on the Word ® Worship Companion, Copyright 2013

THANK YOU to Chillon Leach, for the beautiful “Beloved” bulletin cover, cards and painting in the narthex.  This work came about in amazing, creative day at Immanuel.   Here is Chillon’s artist statement:
 
“With brushes filled with lush green and blue acrylic paints, after creating a smaller painting for the “Beloved” cards, I was compelled to create a larger painting.  The whorl’s movement depicts the Holy Spirit transformative energy using colors that represent Life.  The golden accent is God’s grace and love for us.  The “whorl” is like God’s embrace, holding us close. The darker, wider brush strokes on the painting’s right side represent members in our Immanuel community who are now walking in darkness yet held in our love, hope, and prayers.”

ADULT FORUM

January 12: – A lot is happening internally at Immanuel.  We are experimenting with a new structure for leadership and ministry, and we are in the midst of a yearlong visioning/strategic planning process.  Come get caught up on what is happening.  (And see how you can help this winter as we listen to the needs of our neighbors.)

January 19:  Funding for Ministry – Our incredible Finance Team will present the budget for 2020, explain the details and talk about how we will fund our ministry in 2020.  Bring some questions!p

Being a Church in a Divided Country

January 26: “How Lutherans Are Perfectly Suited to Strengthen Democracy: Being Church in a Time Like This.”  Lois Malcolm, Professor and Chair for Systematic Theology at Luther Seminary, will be offering thoughts on how we can be differently in this world in a time of deep divisions.

February 2 & 9: “Truth, Polarization and Politics in Faith Communities”. Can American history guide people of faith to when responding to the unprecedented moral/ political crisis 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.

There are still spaces available for the
IMMANUEL WOMEN’S WINTER RETREAT

January 17-19 at Mt. Olivet Retreat Center in Farmington.
 
Take some time in the new year to rest, reflect and reconnect with God and with other women.  It will be a slow, peaceful weekend, with some time for devotions and learning, as well as time for conversation and sharing stories with other women.  The Retreat center has 5 miles of trails for running, walking or cross-country skiing, a pool, whirlpool and sauna.
 
The cost for hotel style rooms (2 nights) and 5 meals is $277/single or $200/double.  Registration forms are available at the information desk at the church or you can register online at ilcsp.org/registration.  Full and partial scholarships are available – just speak with Pastor Cindy.  If you have questions, please contact Kari Moeller at rwakair@gmail.com.

ANNUAL MEETING
January 26th following the 10:30 am service
Mark your calendars and please join us. We will hear about the past year, and some plans for the future, along with electing members of the Church Council and voting on changes to the bylaws.  There will be a luncheon catered by Shobi’s Table.

WHEN SCHOOL’S OFF, CHURCH IS ON
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.

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS IN TANZANIA
In Tanzania, education is free of charge through 7th grade.  Those who wish to continue through High School must pay tuition.  Through Immanuel’s partner churches, Mkimbizi and Magubike, we currently support 17 students in high school or technical school.  You are invited to contribute to the scholarship fund in any amount to help a young person complete their education.  (A full annual scholarship is $450).  You can write a check to Immanuel (write “Tanzania scholarship” in the memo line), or make a gift online (choose “other” and put “Tanzania scholarship” on the blank line.) For more information, contact David Klevan.

Community Events

MLK BREAKFAST 2020: RISE UP  The annual MLK Community Breakfast will again be held to celebrate the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. It will be held at Mount Olivet Baptist Church, 451 Central  Avenue W. and is presented in conjunction with the General Mills Foundation and the United Negro College Fund. In addition to a delicious breakfast and a local program, you’ll enjoy a live stream of the program at the Minneapolis Armory. The Honorable Eric Holder, Jr. will be the keynote speaker. He is a former Attorney General of the United States and the first African-American to serve in that position. The breakfast is on Monday, January 20 from 7am -9:30 am. The cost is $5. Learn more and register at https://interfaithaction.org/mlkbreakfast/

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

GREETINGS FROM LYNGBLOMSTEN
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.

2020 CENSUS IS COMING
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.

You can help! In addition to completing your Census forms promptly, the U.S. Census Bureau needs Census Takers in every Community, to reach out to homes which have not returned their forms. Weekly paid work, paid training, and mileage reimbursement are all part of this important process. Applicants are encouraged to apply online: 2020census.gov/jobs. Or call: 1-855-JOB-2020.

Other Activities

1-13    Grace Circle (9:30 am), BS Troop 90 (6:30 pm), 150th Anniversary Meeting (7:00 pm)
1-14    Staff Meeting (9:30 am), North Star Ski Touring Club (6:00 pm)
1-15    TOPS (10:45 am), Choristers (4:45 pm), Middle C (5:30 pm), Choristers Study Hall (5:30 pm), Supper (6 pm), Care Team meeting (6:30 pm), Jubilate Ringers (6:45 pm),  Confirmation (6:45 pm), Cantorei (7:45 pm)
1-16     Improvers (9:00 am), LGBC (6:00 pm)
1-17     150th Anniversary Meeting (9:30am), ILCW Winter Retreat (6:00 pm)
1-18      ILCW Winter Retreat (all day), Winged Heart Yoga (8:00 am),  Dorothy Day Center (8:30am), Al-Anon (10:00 am), LGBC (10:00 am), Mat Pilates (10:00 am),
1-19       Worship (8 & 10:30 am), Sunday School/Adult Ed (9:15 am),  Fellowship Coffee Hour (9:15 am), LGBC (12:30 pm), High School Youth Night (6:00pm), Aliro Voices (6:30 pm), Brass Quintet (7:00 pm)

Remember in Prayer

We lift in prayer: Ruth Flom, Helen Mikkelson, Matt Taylor, Wayne Wermager, Claire Taylor-Sherman, 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

ALTAR FLOWERS
Are given by Stephanie & David Alstead in honor of Mary Ann Pierce

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.

Worship Leaders

JANUARY 19, 2020
Assisting Minister:             Shawna Boll
Reader:    Russ Edhlund (8:00 am); Scott Norquist (10:30 am)
Communion Assistant:      Russ Edhlund, Jody Dahl (8:00), Elilza Mitzel, Deb Alquist (10:30 am)
Acolyte     Steian Johnson (10:30 am)
Ushers:     Jerry Sandahl & Judie Prayfrock (8:00am), Confirmands & their mentors (10:30 am)

COFFEE HOUR HOSTS
Today: Bega Kwa Bega
January 19: Social Action Team
January 26 – Linda Carlson

Coffee hosts are needed for February. Please consider signing up in the binder at the welcome table in the gathering space.

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