Weekly News and Notes

News and Notes July 1st, 2018

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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
Good morning, God. Before this day takes hold of me and I am spread too thin by care, I come to you to sit quietly, for you are good to those who wait for you, to the soul that seeks your peace. Fill me with your life-giving presence; may all that I do this day be done with calm attention, for you are my strength and peace. Amen.

Evening
Thank you for helping me to become a more generous and attentive person this day. As I let go of all the things done and left undone this day, make me mindful that it is your strength and steadfast loving presence that keeps my faith whole and fills me with a quiet confidence. Amen

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

MOBILE CHURCH
Bags are available on the bookshelf under the bulletin board to take church with you on vacation, to the cabin or anywhere you go this summer. Each bag contains all you will need to worship together, with both “active” and “slow” devotions. Guides for each week of the summer will be posted on our website, ilcsp.org. Download it or print it and take church with you wherever you go!

THURSDAY EVENING MEALS FOR SAFE HOUSE
We only need 2 more meals for the summer – one in August and one in September!
Immanuel will be providing meals each Thursday for 6 youth at Safe House, the LSS Emergency Shelter for Teens. You can cook the meal at home with your family and friends, and deliver it to Safe House (in Merriam Park). Use this link to sign up.  https://www.carecalendar.org/logon/270838
Security Code: 8751   Calendar ID: 270838
If you have questions, contact Kim Thompson at k.thompson0331@gmail.com.
ELCA YOUTH GATHERING – THIS CHANGES EVERYTHIG
June 26th – July 1st
Our youth return TODAY from a week of learning, worship and fun at the National Youth Gathering in Houston.  Please pray for their safe return today, and in the coming weeks, ask them to tell you some of their stories!

Youth attending:
Ava Hansen   Penelope Hansen   Rocky Robey   Jonah Engelking, Ingrid Mundt   Ellen Dufresne   Teddy Engelking

Adults attending:   Mark Thompson   Lori Dufresne

CHRIST IN OUR HOME
The devotional booklets for July – September 2018 can be found on display in the gathering space and on the bookshelf near the Parish Administrator’s office.  Both regular and large print formats are available.

PARISH ADMINISTRATOR OUT OF THE OFFICE
Our Parish Administrator, Russ Carlson, will be on vacation through Monday July 9th.  Please send News and Notes announcements to Pastor Cindy in his absence.

THE PUPPET SHOW RETURNS
July 10, 7pm on the South Lawn
The Open Eye Theatre returns with another great puppet production, “Little Grandpa’s Big Surprise.”  Little Grandpa is turning 100 years old, and his granddaughter BB is planning the best, biggest, most bodacious, and SECRET — ssshhh — Surprise birthday party ever. But when cake-baking chaos ensues, BB has to call on her friends and neighbors for help. Can they bring all the ingredients together in time?
This brand new Driveway Tour show is complete with flying cakes, catchy tunes, and Henry the Helpful Rooster! LITTLE GRANDPA’S BIG SURPRISE is sure to delight and entertain all ages.

VOLUNTEER IN JULY TO BUILD A HOUSE IN ST. PAUL
Builders are needed!
Immanuel is a member of Interfaith Builders, a group of nine local congregations, that spend two weeks annually working on a Habitat for Humanity home construction project. Adults and young people age 16 and up (with an adult) are needed to work for one day or more days. There are jobs available for every skill level, even the opportunity to learn a new construction skill.

This year the home is at 864 Margaret Street in St. Paul. The work dates are July 16 – 20 and July 23 – 27 from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. Lunch, water and snacks are provided. To learn how to sign up, contact Sandi Butler 651-738-2994 or Sue Klevan 651-319-2234.

SCHOOL TOOLS DRIVE BEGINS JULY 22
Each year we collect new backpacks, calculators, and other school essentials to benefit school children from low-income and homeless families in the East Metro.  A list of needed supplies can be found in the newsletter and in the Gathering space beginning July 22.  Supplies will be collected through August 19.
Immanuel's Music and Arts Camp logoAugust 13th-17th, 2018
“New Glasses:  Seeing the world through God’s eyes”

Registration is open until July 31st for Immanuel’s Music and Arts Camp!  The class for Kindergarten and first grade is full.  Please contact Chris Cherwien to be put on a waiting list.  There is space in the other ages groups, but register soon to get the electives of your choice.   You can register on Immanuel’s website, or pick up a registration form in the Gathering Space and place it in the Parish Administrator’s mailbox.   More information at ilcsp.org.

We have funds available for full and partial scholarships!  All requests will be confidential.

Volunteers make this camp a success.  If you are willing to help us decorate, shepherd children during lunch, help at the registration table, or during recreation time please contact Chris Cherwien at ccherwien@ilcsp.org.

Community Events

TRIO CON BRIO from Stockholm, Sweden
Concert, Sunday, 3pm at Gloria Dei
The members of the group are Jan Holmgren, oboe and English horn; Carina Cederwall, flute; and Stig Andersson, piano.  Their program will include music of Scandinavian composers as well as a delightful mix of lighter fare.  Reception to follow in the Gathering Place.  Freewill offering.

Other Activities

7-3               Staff Meeting (9:30 am)
7-4               Independence Day – Office Closed, No Summer Brew Tour/Social
7-5               Improvers (9 am), Dementia Friendly Group (11 am)
7-8               Worship (9 am), Fellowship (10:15 am)

Remember in Prayer

We lift in prayer: Craig Fohrenkamm, Nilla Osten, Ken Fick, Kitty Larson, Rachel Husom, Megan Erie, Pastor John Lohre, Nathan Lee, Harvey Lilleodden, Ricky Garza, and our partner congregations: Mkimbizi Lutheran Church of Tanzania and Revelation Christian Center International.

ALTAR FLOWERS are given by Harvey and Elaine Jaeger in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary.

IMMANUEL REJOICES at the birth of Ezra Stillwell, son of Josh and Michelle Stillwell (Director of Youth and Family Ministries) on Wednesday, June 27.

Worship Leaders

July 8th 
Assisting Minister  Stephanie Alstead (9)
Reader     Paul Mattessich (9)
Communion Assistants   Tara, Paul Mattessich (9)
Acolytes  Kiera Kelly (9)
Ushers  Jerry Sandahl, Judie Prayfrock

COFFEE HOSTS
Today        The Jaeger’s
July 8th      Peggy Johnson, Lee English

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