Weekly News and Notes

News and Notes June 3rd, 2018


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

Praise the Lord, for it is your new mercy that woke me this morning. I praise you as I see your wonderful works through the window of day. I praise you as I feel the movement of your mysterious works in me. May this new day be a song to my Creator, who is willing to befriend me in renewed grace. Amen.

Lord, I close this day acknowledging you as my God, my helper, my refuge, for it is your grace that sustained me all day. I lay down my burdens of the unwise choices, the unfinished tasks; I humbly ask that you may cover me in the blanket of mercy. I praise you with a joyful song of your salvation in which I find peace and hope through Jesus Christ. Amen

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

GOD’S WORK OUR HANDS: What’s Happening at Immanuel 
Today, after the 9am service in the East Lounge
It’s been a great year!  Let’s Celebrate it!

  • Come and hear what your contributions and commitment are accomplishing at Immanuel.
    • Get an update on the evolving plan for leadership structure and visioning.
    • Rejoice about the current Capital Campaign, and plans moving forward.
    • Soak in information about initiatives in the church facilitated by our funding, making our house of worship a welcoming, safe, and holy place.
    • Learn about the state of our finances: where we are and what needs to happen yet this year.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 7th, Lunch 12 pm, Presentation 12:3 pm
Summer Begins
Larry Wilson, Pianist Extraordinaire
Larry will delight us with musical entertainment for our last Aging Splendidly get together before summer break.

JOURNEY TO JUSTICE: The Native Community and the ELCA 
June 7th in the Fellowship Hall 7-8:30pm
Come hear two Native American theologians speak on the realities and spiritual life of the Native community. Joann Conroy will unpack the lasting effects of colonization on the Native community. Kelly Sherman-Conroy will talk about the intersection of Lutheranism and Native Spirituality today.

Joan is an ordained Lutheran Minister and the President of the ELCA’s Native American and Alaska Native Lutheran Association. Kelly is a PhD candidate at Luther. Joan and her daughter Kelly are both members of the Oglala Sioux tribe at Pine Ridge.
Come early at 6pm to view the Sheldon Wolfchild’s video on The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code.

Project Home – Can you give some Minnesota Hospitality?

Once again Immanuel will partner with Messiah Episcopal Church to help host homeless families served by Project Home at Messiah during the 5 Fridays in June (1631 Ford Parkway, St. Paul)
Consider being an Evening Host on June 8th from 5:00 to 8:30 pm. Evening hosts play with kids and set out an evening snack.  Or, choose to be an Overnight Host on June 22nd and/or June 29th from 8:15 pm to 9:00 am).  Overnight hosts sleep at the site, call staff if there is a (rare) emergency, and set out breakfast in the morning.

This is a great opportunity for friends, couples and families. People who have done it say they are enriched by the experience. Speak with Peg Wangensteen if you have questions pwangensteen@gmail.com or 651-698-0687.

Thursday Evening Meals for Safe House
Calling all cooks and grill masters! Can you prepare one meal this summer for homeless youth? 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 the online calendar service listed below to sign up to take meals to safe house:  https://www.carecalendar.org/logon/270838. If you have questions, please contact Kim Thompson at k.thompson0331@gmail.com.
Security Code: 8751
Calendar ID: 270838

When: Saturday, June 9th @ 9:30 am
Where: Mattock’s Park Corner of Palace and Macalester Avenues
Come play at the park!
Who: ILC Families and Friends with children under the age of 4.
RSVP or questions: Call Kim 612-702-2258
We will meet at Mattocks Park and I will provide pastries, juice, coffee and such for Breakfast! Bring your friends.

*Baby Palooza is a group for Immanuel Lutheran Families with children under the age of 4 to get together and have fellowship and fun. Baby Palooza is sponsored by a grant from the ILC Foundation.

June 14th, rides leave church at 10am
Pastor Cindy’s Home
Schools almost out! Confirmation is over! So now what? Let’s get together for some good food and conversation about faith, life, and what matters to you.  High Schoolers are invited to a brunch at Pastor Cindy’s home on Thursday, June 14th. Meet at the church at 10 for a ride, or come to the house anytime after 10:15.

Friday, June 22nd 12:30 pm
This means soon to be 7th grade — graduating seniors
Come bowling to celebrate the end of school and the start of summer fun. Meet at Immanuel at 12:30. Rides to bowling alley will be provided. We will get some pizza for lunch! We will return to Immanuel by 3PM.

The deadline for submitting items for the July/August edition of the Messenger will be June 10th. There will be one issue of the newsletter covering July and August. The next issue will be in September.

If you would like to sing or play in worship (either as a soloist or in an ensemble) during the summer months please let Chris Cherwien or Julie Lindorff know. They would be happy to help you select music, or put an ensemble together. ccherwien@ilcsp.org; julielindorff@gmail.com.

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!

“To Be Sung of a Summer Night”
Today, June 3rd, 3:30 pm East Lounge
Join Aliro Voices for their spring concert, “To Be Sung of a Summer Night,” featuring pieces set in the many moods of summer. Including works by Clements, Delius, Elgar, Fishbein, and Rudoi, plus works by choir members Ian A. Cook and Michael Maiorana, and a premiere by Justin Lapierre. Featuring Audrey Slote, cello.

The concert will be held in the East Lounge of Immanuel Lutheran Church and is presented free of charge.

August 13th-17th, 2018Immanuel's Music and Arts Camp logo
When we put on “New Glasses,” things look different.  We see the unexpected!  This summer our campers will “wear” different glasses that allow them to see people and situations as God does. Using their creativity and imaginations the children will look for ways to model the just peaceful and loving world that Jesus called for.

Immanuel’s Music and Arts camp is a weeklong day camp for children who have completed K-8th grades. 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.  Space in electives is limited. The class for Kindergarten and first grade is full. Please contact Chris Cherwien to be put on a waiting list. More information at ilcsp.org.

Full and Partial Scholarships are available!  Please contact Chris Cherwien.  All requests will be confidential.

We need many volunteers to 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

Ramadan, the annual month of fasting and prayer in Islam, begins on May 15th. Amidst the rise of discrimination against Muslims, we are joining with other churches in wishing our Muslim brothers and sisters a blessed Ramadan. Lawn signs reading “To our Muslim Neighbors: Blessed Ramadan” are available for $8 from Impact Printing, 1067 Rice Street, St. Paul. Display it in your yard through June 14th.​

Other Activities

6-4         Scouts (6:30 pm)
6-5         Staff Meeting (9:30 am)
6-7         Improvers (9 am), Aging Splendidly (12:00 pm), Journey to Justice (6:30 pm)
6-10       Messenger Deadline, Worship (9), 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, Tuti Mwakalinde, Ricky Garza, and our partner congregations: Mkimbizi Lutheran Church of Tanzania and Revelation Christian Center International.

Worship Leaders

Worship Leaders June 10th, 2018

Assisting Minister         Stephanie Alstead (9)
Reader     Scott Norquist (9)
Communion Assistants Chris, Greg Knopff (9)
Acolytes   Penelope Hansen (9)
Ushers      Tom Cline, Kathy Robey (9)

Today             Hansen Family
June 10th      Dementia Friendly Group

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