Weekly News and Notes

News and Notes January 13th, 2019 Baptism of our Lord


Take the opportunity to begin and end your day in prayer, remaining attentive to God’s gifts in your life.

Loving God,
we begin this new day in the sure knowledge
that you have claimed us as your children.
In all that we do,
keep us mindful of actions that are pleasing in your sight.
In all that we say,
make us attentive to the witness we give to your love.
Let our lives be an example to all whom we encounter,
living as daughters and sons of God
who follow in the path of Jesus,
our Lord and our brother. Amen.

As evening comes and we end the labors of this day,
we thank you, Lord Jesus, that you have been our companion.
If we have disregarded your fellowship, forgive us.
Where we have strayed from your path, correct us.
Let us rest this evening as children of God,
sheltered in the love of those who belong to your holy family of grace.  Amen.

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

The 2019 offering envelopes can be found on the book shelf outside of the Parish Administrator’s office. They are in alphabetical order. Please take yours home now.

There will be a final presentation of the Vision Board model which will be voted on by the congregation at the Annual Meeting. Come bring questions.  (Information can also be found on the website: ilcsp.org/council/vision-focused-ministry)
Sunday January 20:
At Adult Forum (9:15am) there will be a presentation of the ministry plan (budget) for the coming year. The budget will be presented in detail at this meeting, so bring questions and suggestions. At the annual meeting there will only be a general presentation before it is approved.

Jan. 20, 11:45-1:15 pm
Prepare your child for their first communion with Pastor Cindy. After a pizza lunch, there will be time to review, ask questions and practice. Parents should attend with their child; siblings are welcome too

January 20th, 3 pm. Gremlin Theater
During the month of January, the play: The Father will be presented at the Gremlin Theater. The play was awarded Best New Play in 2014 and won a Tony Award for its Broadway production. The play portrays dementia from the point of view of a man with dementia. This play is sure to deepen our understanding of dementia. Peter Hansen, Immanuel member, is the artistic director and actor in the play.
Join folks from the Dementia Friendly Congregation group on January 20th at 3:00 to see the play and then have a post play discussion at Cate Simler’s house in Mac-Groveland. Peter Hansen will join us for the discussion. You can order your own ticket for the general admission by going to https://gremlintheatre.org/  Please let Ann Derr know if you plan to come on January 20th,  annderr@gmail.com or call 651-335-3233.

Sunday, January 20th, 3 pm Fellowship Hall
A sing-a-long with folk singer Bill Berlinghoff on guitar and banjo starts at 3 pm with a break for food and conversation around 4:30 pm. Chili and drinks provided. Salads or desserts welcome.  A bit more music will probably follow. Come when you can, leave when you must.  All are welcome! Questions? Call Kathy Robey at 651-207-9627 or Ross Robey at 651-253-2711.

Immanuel’s Cantorei Choir will be spending Saturday morning, January 26, with the National Lutheran Choir and other singers from around the state with Dr. Andrew Last, Director of the Luther College Nordic Choir.  The National Lutheran Choir, as part of its mission to support church musicians, offers this program in which choirs learn music and work on choral technique with a guest clinician.  The Cantorei will be singing the anthems that they work on with Dr. Last in worship at Immanuel. 

January 27th
Pastor Andrea Mwalilino. originally from Tanzania, will be our guest preacher that morning.  He currently leads a Swahili language Lutheran service at Holy Trinity in Minneapolis every Sunday afternoon. On that Sunday, we will also receive two offerings, our regular offering to support ministry at Immanuel, and a second offering to support ministry in Tanzania and in Guatemala.

January 27th following the 10:30 service
Join us to look backward and forward. Remember the faith filled ministry and community of 2018, and approve the ministry plan and leaders for in 2019. Lunch is served at 11:45 with the meeting beginning immediately after. Committee reports are due to Russ by Sunday, January 13th, 2019.

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!

Community Events

Saturday, January 19, 10 am-12 pm, Unity-Church Unitarian, 733 Portland Ave., St. Paul. 
Learn to speak with confidence about gun violence and the need for gun safety legislation. Led by Protect Minnesota’s Executive Director Rev. Nancy Nord-Bence. Leave with your personal one-minute message expressing your sincere thoughts on the topic.

The workshop is free. Register at protectminnesota.org to help preparations.

January 19th, 2019 11 am, Minneapolis Convention Center
This is an opportunity to learn about ISAIAH’s plan for carrying the Faith Agenda into the Minnesota legislative session and working with Governor Walz. This will include representatives from the Muslim Coalition, The Black Church Collective, the Latinx Coalition and places of worship throughout the Metro and Greater Minnesota. To register and coordinate transportation, contact Ann Derr 651-335-3233  annderr@gmail.com  or  Kathy Robey: 651-207-9627 kathyrobey29@gmail.com.

January 21st, 2019 7 am
Each year the General Mills Foundation and UNCF present the breakfast to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Marin Luther King Jr. This year’s keynote speaker is Emmy Award winning news anchor and CNN journalist Don Lemon.

With the help of countless volunteers, Interfaith Action of Greater St. Paul hosts breakfasts at multitude neighborhood locations, featuring a live broadcast of the General Mills event as well as a hot breakfast and local programming. Registration opens in mid-December. Cost of $5.

Mount Zion Temple
1300 Summit Ave, St. Paul 55105

Macalester College
Kagin Commons, 1600 Grand Ave, St. Paul 55105

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

Other Activities

1-14    Grace Circle (9:30 am), Scouts (6:30 pm)
1-15    Staff Meeting (9:30 am), Faith, Joy, Peace Circle (1 pm), Finance (6 pm), Council 7:00 pm)
1-16    Hope Circle (2:30 pm), 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)
1-17    Improvers (9 am)
1-19    Troop 90 Committee Meeting (7 am), Dorothy Day (8:30 am)
1-20    Worship (8 and 10:30 am), Fellowship (9:15 am), Sunday School (9:15 am), Adult Forum (9:20 am), Pizza Party with Pastor Cindy (11:45 am), Breathing Group (3 pm), Sing-A-Long (3 pm)

Remember in Prayer

We lift in prayer: Craig Fohrenkamm, Ken Fick, Shirley Bethke, Bud Jorgenson, Wayne Wermager, Megan Erie, Nathan Lee, Harvey Lilleodden, Ricky Garza, Natalie Baird, John Lohre, Jeff Christenson and his family, Julie Henry, and our partner congregation: Mkimbizi Lutheran Church of Tanzania and brothers and sisters in Christ in Guatemala.

ALTAR FLOWERS are given by Jody Dahl for the joy of Epiphany

Worship Leaders

January 20th, 2019

Assisting Minister    Tori Doll
Readers    Jody Dahl (8), Scott Norquist (10:30)
Communion Assistants  Russ Edhlund, Jody Dahl (8), Christine, Loren Danielson (10:30)
Acolytes   Sam Stenberg (10:30)
Ushers      Jerry Sandahl, Judie Prayfrock (8), Zoe Hoiland, Gay Bartholic, Penelope Hansen, Martha Hansen, Doug Wangensteen (10:30)

Today             Dorothy Anderson/JoAnn Hogenson
Jan 20th         Social Action


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