Weekly News and Notes

News and Notes Lent 3 March 4th, 2018


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

God of heaven and earth, I listen this morning for the sound of your glory: in the songs of birds, in quiet conversations that begin the day, in easy laughter among friends, in sunlight’s warmth, pattering rain, or silent snowfall. Give me ears to hear your glory in its many forms. Give me eyes to see your glory in its many guises. Throughout this day, I, too, will proclaim your glory, your grace, and your love so that I may be a part of the chorus of praise that stretches to the ends of the earth. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen.

God of freedom, I thank you for claiming me as your own and for setting me in the midst of the community of faith. Today the news was filled with stories of people who do not live according to your commandments, with grievous results. Lives are shattered as your ancient tablets of stone are broken again and again. And I struggle, too, in my own ways, to live before you and my neighbors in faithfulness, generosity, and love. As the day comes to an end, I pray for forgiveness for myself and for this weary world, confident of your grace and mercy. Send your gift of Sabbath rest, and let me sleep in peace as, over and around me, night declares to night your power and glory. Inj Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Today, 9:15 in the East Lounge
Do you feel like faith and science are in competition, that you’ve got to choose one or the other?  Should we avoid or fear science, or can science inform faith?  Join teens and adults as we explore how science and faith can inform one another.  Those who have careers in science or math are especially invited to bring their wisdom to the conversation.

On Wednesdays in Lent we will explore, “A Faith of My Own.” After a simple supper of soup at 6pm, we will gather in the EAST LOUNGE for Prayer Around the Cross. This week,  will speak about her faith – how it has developed, and what difference it makes in her life. The service also includes time for quiet prayer and personal reflection. The service will begin at 6:45, and last 30 minutes.

The adult choirs have a different rehearsal schedule during the Lenten season because of our Wednesday evening services. The children and youth choirs’ schedules will remain the same. (Choristers rehearsals ending 15 minutes early- 5:45 p.m.)

March 7th, 14th, & 21st:  Jubilate Ringers-7:15-8:00 p.m., Cantorei 8:00-9:00 p.m.

Holy Week:  Regular schedule, 6:45 p.m. Jubilate Ringers, 7:45 p.m. Cantorei

Meets on Monday, March 5th 6:30 pm

Sunday, March 11th, 11:45 am, Fellowship Hall Lunch provided, everyone is welcome.
Sue Klevan, presenter, joined by Rev. Joe Lees from the Saint Paul Area Synod office

Accompaniment in global and local mission. We will explore the ELCA perspective on how we approach mission today, both international and domestic mission. Join the discussion as we relate accompaniment theology to its application in local and global ministry. This perspective on mission may surprise you, come and see!

Silent Auction

Save the date March 18th Youth Silent Auction. Bidding begins at 9 AM. A Texas BBQ lunch will begin at 11:30 AM. Bidding closes at 12:30.

The money raised from the auction will go to send high school students to the national youth gathering and Jr. High students to summer camp.

Please attend and buy our wonderful items!

Please donate any NEW items you might have for the auction. Bring them to Michelle Stillwell’s office by March 14th.

MENTOR YEAR STUDENTS do not forget March 17th is your faith statement work day! 8:30 AM- 1:30 PM at Pastor Cindy’s house.

CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS: Sunday mornings in March during the Sunday School hour (9:15 AM) come and learn about The Cosmic Adventure through Science and Faith. This is an intergenerational Sunday School class so get ready to share your thoughts and listen to others!

Saturday, March 24th, 9am -12 noon

Help make the church building beautiful for Easter! Lend a hand to dust, polish, wipe, clear, clean, remove cobwebs and give the place a good spring clean.  Many hands make light work.  Come meet some new friends and get a Saturday morning workout!

Multiple clinical trials have shown that daily use of an insulin nasal spray improves memory, attention, and functioning in people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. More clinical trials are needed, however, before this nasal spray can be made available to the public.  The HealthPartners Center for Memory or Aging is looking for clinical trial volunteers. Everyone participating in this trial will be monitored closely and receive free state-of-the-art medical care for their condition, including free exams, lab work, drugs, and counseling. If prior trials are any indication, those who receive the insulin (one-half of the participants will be given a placebo) may benefit even more. For information call HealthPartners at 651-495-6363, or review the brochure posted on the kiosk in the Gathering Space, or contact Cate Simler (612-327-9251 or catharinesimler@gmail.com) or any other member of the Dementia Friendly Congregation Working Group

This March we join food shelves, faith communities, businesses, and organizations across Minnesota in a campaign to end hunger and food insecurity. Donations are matched this month, meaning your gift makes an even bigger impact! Immanuel will be collecting monetary donations and nonperishable items throughout the month, but we are also asking for specific priority items each Sunday in March:

March 4: peanut butter (protein packed, loved by kids and adults alike!)

March 11: toilet paper (this essential cannot be purchased with food stamps)

March 18: macaroni and cheese (meals in a box are a great staple for families)

March 25: personal care items (soap, toothpaste, diapers, feminine hygiene, etc. are much needed)

When you pick the food of your land at gathering time, do not pick all the way to the corners of your field. And do not gather the food left on the ground there after you have picked. Do not gather what is left among your vines, or gather the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for those in need and for the stranger. -Leviticus 19:9-10

To purchase a plant for the Easter Garden, please fill out this form, enclose your payment and place it in the offering plate or the floral box in the Gathering Space, or mail it to the office by March 18th.  Make checks to Immanuel Lutheran Church, and designate “Easter flowers” on the memo line.  Any questions, please call Dave Stark at 612-333-3428.  Thank you!

Name:                                                        Telephone:

Please have the flower dedication read as follows:

In memory of / In honor of / other __________   (circle one)


Given by:

Please indicate the number of plants and the color(s):

_____  Azalea ($22.50) – Hot Pink, Red, Coral, Purple, White
_____  Begonias ($12.50) – Yellow, Pink, Peach Tones
_____  Cyclamen ($12.50) – Pink, Purple, Red
_____  Daffodils ($12.50) – Yellow
_____  Daisy Mums ($14.50) – Yellow, White, Lavender
_____  Hyacinth ($11.50) – Blue, Pink
_____  Hydrangea ($23.50) – Blue, Pink
_____  Kalanchoe ($12.50) – Yellow, Orange
_____  Lilies ($10.50) Single Stem – White only
_____  Star Gazer Lily ($15.50) – Pink
_____  Tulips ($11.50) – Pink, Purple, Red, Yellow

Total amount:  $                                

Community Events

Saturday, March 10th   7:30 Pm, Pilgrim Lutheran Church, St. Paul, MN
The Ripon College Chamber Singers, John C. Hughes, conductor, along with the Cretin-Durham Hall High School Chamber Singers, Isaac Lovdahl, conductor will perform a variety of unaccompanied choral works as part of their annual tour. Their program includes a wide variety of works from Renaissance madrigals to new arrangements of Native American music. We’d love to have you in the audience. We’ve created a Facebook event  (https://www.facebook.com/events/167140920570692/) and a brief preview video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1c1dS-x3Bw).  The concert is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be collected.

Other Activities

3-5   Care Team (6:30 pm), Scouts (6:30 pm),
3-6   Staff Meeting (9:30 am) Exec Committee (6:30 pm)
3-7   Middle C’s (4:30 pm), Choristers (5:15 pm), Supper (6 pm), Kid’s Town (6:15 pm), Worship (6:45 pm), Confirmation (6:45 pm), Kid’s Clubhouse (7:15 pm), Jubilate Ringers (7:15 pm), Cantorei (8 pm)
3-8   Improvers (9 am)
3-10 Messenger Deadline, Men’s Breakfast (8 am)
3-11 Lent 4 Worship (8 and 10:30 am), Fellowship (9:15 am), Sunday School (9:15 pm), Bible Study (9:20 pm), Journey to Justice (11:45 am), Knitting for Warmth (2 pm)

Remember in Prayer

We lift in prayer: Craig Fohrenkamm, Don Anderson, Nilla Osten, Ken Fick, Mary Fashner, Kitty Larson, Jim Larson, Pastor John Lohre, Nathan Lee, Harvey LIlleodden and our partner congregations: Mkimbizi Lutheran Church of Tanzania and Revelation Christian Center International.

Worship Leaders

March 11th, 2018

Assisting Minister  Ray Peterson
Readers   JoAnn Hogenson (8), Peg Wangensteen (10:30)
Communion Assistants      JoAnn Hogenson, Russ Edhlund (8), Peg, Doug Wangensteen (10:30)
Acolyte    Sebastian Hoiland (10:30)
Ushers    Tom Cline, Kathy Robey (8), Loren, Christine, Zachary & Micah Danielson, Curt Hogenson (10:30)

Mar 11th The Reed Family
Mar 18th Social Action

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