Weekly News and Notes

News and Notes January 6th, 2019 Epiphany of Our Lord


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

Glorious God,
each day provides opportunity
to awaken to the radiance of your presence,
and to welcome your blessing into my life.
How often I forget that I am your home!
Help me to draw more closely to you,
that I may manifest your love more deeply in the world.
May every bright place and darkened corner
grow ever more luminous as I bear your light this day. Amen.

Holy Jesus,
I thank you for sharing your life with me today.
As darkness comes and blankets the earth,
be with all who suffer from sickness, hunger, or lack of shelter.
Kindle in them the warmth of your presence,
and surround them with your steadfast care.
I am grateful for the blessing of this day.
And in the light of your love I rest this night. Amen.

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

Today, 9:25-10:15 am
Epiphany marks the end of our Christmas holiday season, so let’s do one last intergenerational event. Same format as in Advent – carols and drama, small-group discussion and an activity: a party!

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. 

We are in dire need of more Altar Guild members! If you are looking for a small volunteer opportunity, I would highly recommend this. Individuals or families are welcome. I helped my mom with Altar Guild as a young girl and found it to be a very special time; to be hidden away, cleaning, and caring for the Holy Things. My kids love to help and find the time preparing for communion to be magical and beg for it to be our day to help with altar guild. ~~ Tenley Johnson

What’s the commitment like? It’s about 4 weekends a year (depending on how many people help), with about 30 minutes to set up the Holy Things on Friday or Saturday, and then 30 minutes to put away the Holy Things after communion during services on those weekends.

There will be an info and training session after the 10:30 service today, for all interested. This includes current Altar Guild members.  A light lunch will be served. Please let me know if you will be attending. tenley21@gmail.com.

Thank you to all the Alter Guild members, past and present, who put so much love into our church and take immaculate care of the Holy Things. It is a blessing to know you. ~~ Tenley Johnson

Sunday, January 13th
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.

January is a great month to join one of our choirs!
Our choirs have a great time together and love preparing music for worship.  We warmly welcome new members.   Please check the schedule below and join us!
Rehearsals resume January 9th.
Middle C’s 
The youth choir choir for 7th -12th grade.   Rehearsals Wed: 4:30-5:15pm
The children’s choir for 2nd-6th grade.  Rehearsal Wed: 5:15-6:00pm
The children’s choir for K-2nd grade.  Rehearsal Sun:  9:25-9:45 a.m.
Jubilate Ringers
The bell choir for high school students and adults. Rehearsals Wed: 6:45-7:45pm
The adult choir. Rehearsals Wed: 7:45-9:00pm
If you play a musical instrument and would like an opportunity to play in worship, please contact Chris Cherwien at ccherwien@ilcsp.org.

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.

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.

Community Events

January 10th, 2019, 11 am, State Office Building, Room 400 South
Meet with legislators to advocate for early childhood education. For more information, contact Sue Klevan at seklevan@yahoo.com.

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

Other Activities

1-7      Breathing Group (6 pm), Scouts (6:30 pm) Scout Parent Meeting (7 pm)
1-8      Staff Meeting (9:30 am), Girl Scouts (6 pm), CC6 (6:15 pm), Exec Committee (6:30 pm)
1-9      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)
1-10    Messenger Deadline, Improvers (9 am), Stewardship (7 pm) 1-12 Men’s Breakfast (8 am), Breathing Group (9:15 am)
1-13    Baptism of Our Lord Worship (8 and 10:30 am), Fellowship (9:15 am), Sunday School (9:15 am), Adult Forum (9:20 am)

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.

Worship Leaders

January 13th, 2019 Baptism of Our Lord

Assisting Minister     Stephanie Alstead
Readers    Zoe Hoiland (8), Penelope Hansen (10:30)
Communion Assistants     Stacey Von Wald, Jody Dahl (8), Lee English, Peggy Johnson (10:30)
Acolytes     Leland Engelking (10:30)
Ushers        Jerry Sandahl, Judie Prayfrock(8), Micah Danielson, Scott Norquist, Doug Wangensteen (10:30)

Today Struss’’
Jan 13th Dorothy Anderson/JoAnn Hogenson

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