Weekly News and Notes

News and Notes Lent 4 March 11th, 2018


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

Loving God, draw me to your light, that I may avoid the dangers of sin and receive the freedom of your grace in Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Lord Christ, as shadows of night draw near, sustain me by the light that banishes the fearful claim of death. Help me believe in you with all my heart that I may know the freedom of salvation and at last receive the joy of eternal life. Amen.

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

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, Mary Fashner 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.

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, boh 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!

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 14th, & 21st:  Jubilate Ringers-7:15-8:00 pm, Cantorei 8-9 pm

Holy Week:  Regular schedule, 6:45 pm Jubilate Ringers, 7:45 pm Cantorei

CARE TEAM MEETING: Monday, March 19, 6:30 p.m.


NEXT WEEK is the Youth Silent Auction.
— Bidding begins at 9 am.
— A Texas BBQ lunch will begin at 11:30 AM.
–Bidding closes at 12:30 pm.

The money raised from the auction will go to send high school students and chaperones 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.

Saturday, March 17th 8:30 am -1:45 pm
9th graders will meet at Pastor Cindy’s house to begin writing faith statements.  Meet at the church at 8:30 for a ride. We will return to the church by 1:45, in time to help with set up for the Silent auction (2-4pm)

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!

Dementia is one of the biggest problems people may face in their 70’s and 80’s. It can affect us or a loved one. Planning for how you or a loved one deals with dementia is something we should all consider.
Immanuel’s Dementia Friendly Church task force has provided copies of a sample Advance Directive for Dementia prepared by the Dementia-Directive Organization www.dementia-directive.org   These can be found in the gathering space at the kiosk.  Please help yourself and take the time to review it.  Remember you should consult with your doctor, a certified advance care planning adviser and/or your lawyer for assistance when preparing this and all Health Care Directives.

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

None this week.

Other Activities

3-12       Grace Circle (9:30 am), Scouts (6:30 pm), Troop 90 Parent Meeting (7 pm)
3-13       Staff Meeting (9:30 am)
3-14       Middle C’s (4:30 pm), Choristers (5:15 pm), Supper (5:45 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)
3-15       Improvers (9 am), Music and Worship Committee (6:15 pm), Lute Café (7 pm), Scout Troop Parent meeting (7 pm)
3-16       Chorister’s Workshop (5:30 pm)
3-17       Dorothy Day (8:30 am), Eagle Scout Court of Honor (8:30 am), Youth Silent Auction Set up (2pm)
3-18       Lent 5 Worship (8 and 10:30 am), Fellowship (9:15 am), Sunday School (9:15 pm), Bible Study (9:20 pm), Youth Silent Auction (9 am-12:30pm)

Remember in Prayer

We lift in prayer: Craig Fohrenkamm, 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.

IMMANUEL MOURNS the death of Don Anderson, and holds Marian and the family in prayer.

Worship Leaders

March 18th, 2018

Assisting Minister  David Stark
Readers   Judie Prayfrock (8), Peggy Johnson (10:30)
Communion Assistants   Judy Prayfrock, Stacey Vol Wald (8), Lee English, Peggy Johnson (10:30)
Acolyte    Penelope Hansen (10:30)
Ushers     Tom Cline, Kathy Robey (8), Jim & Darlene Hagquist, Curt Hogenson (10:30)

Mar 18th  Social Action

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