Weekly News and Notes

News and Notes for the week of January 26, 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:
Lord Jesus, you call me to be a faithful disciple.
Enable me to hear your voice above the distractions of this day,
to see each challenge as an opportunity for faithful witness,
And to offer myself in obedient service in all that I do. Amen.

EVENING:
Your face, O Lord, have I sought this day and your beauty have I beheld.
I have seen you in the face of the stranger,
and beheld your beauty in creation.
Thank you and keep me aware. Amen.

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

ADULT FORUM
Being a Church in a Divided Country

Today: “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 and 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.

ANNUAL MEETING
Today following the 10:30 am service
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.

BOY SCOUT TROOP 90 PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Troop 90 will be hosting its annual pancake breakfast on Sunday, February 2nd from 9:00am to noon. The pancakes and fruit are very good! This event is a major fund raiser for our Troop and proceeds go to camping equipment and programming for our scouts.  Thank you in advance for you support!
~ Russ Edhlund & Mark Thompson

AGING SPLENDIDLY
February 6th, YOU are part of Immanuel’s History!
Luncheon at noon followed by movies & pictures. We will watch old movies of Immanuel events and look at some old pictures of members and activities at Immanuel.  Come try to find pictures of yourself and help us identify others. Bring stories about Immanuel and pictures if you have them. What do you know about the history of Immanuel? ALL are welcome!

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

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.

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

1-27      Boy Scout Troop 90 (6:30pm), Sophia Circle (7:00pm)
1-28      Staff Meeting (9:30 am), ARE Gathering (6:30 pm), Property Committee (7:00pm)
1-29      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),) Confirmation (6:45 pm), Jubilate Ringers (6:45 pm), Cantorei (7:45 pm)
1-30      Improvers (9:00 am), LGBC (6:00 pm)
1-31      150th Anniversary Meeting, (9:00 am)
2-1        Winged Heart Yoga (8:00 am), Cantorei Tune-Up with NLC at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 9201 Normandale Blvd, Minneapolis (8:30am), Al-Anon (10:00 am), LGBC (10:00 am), Mat Pilates (10:00 am)

Remember in Prayer

We lift in prayer: Ron Hovick, 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, the family of Kelley & John Wells, our partner congregation: Mkimbizi Lutheran Church of Tanzania and brothers and sisters in Christ in Guatemala, and the Living Gospel Believers Church

IMMANUEL MOURNS with the family of Berit Nelson and Jeff Schmidt in the passing of Berit’s father, Allan Nelson.

ALTAR FLOWERS
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.

Worship Leaders

WORSHIP LEADERS FOR FEBRUARY 2, 2020
Assisting Minister:             Dave Stark
Reader:    Judie Prayfrock(8:00 am); Penny Norquist (10:30 am)
Communion Assistant:      Judie Prayfrock, JoAnn Hogenson (8:00), Chris & Greg Knopff (10:30 am)
Acolyte    Caelyn Hippen (10:30 am)
Ushers:    Dewey Josephson & Andy Urness (8:00am), Harvey Jaeger, John Wells, & Dick Sundberg (10:30 am)

COFFEE HOUR HOSTS
January 26: Linda Carlson
Feb 2: Boy Scouts
Feb 9: Open
Feb 16: Social Action

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