Weekly News and Notes

News and Notes March 17th, 2019


During the Pathway to the Future Capital Campaign, you are invited to consider yourself a member of the Prayer Team. Find a time of the day to pause and say this prayer. Saying the same prayer as individuals at our own best time of the day, they will lift up as one. If you forget a day or two, others will remember. Collectively our prayers will be persistent and bold. Starting with “an attitude of gratitude” and acknowledgement of abundance, this week before you pray, take a moment to write down 5 blessings you have seen at Immanuel.

Abundant God,
You made us in your image and breathed into us a spirit of generosity
that is both gift and response.
Move us to give as we have received:
and unexpectedly.
Guide and nurture us along the pathway to the future
and extend our generosity in new directions 
through ministries that reflect your unfailing grace.
In the name of the Three in whom we are One,

March 17th – When Personal and Community Worlds are Shaken: Loss, Grief, and Honest Hope 
Ted Bowman, educator, author and consultant who specializes in change and transition

In this Lenten time, participants will be invited to explore ways to honor losses AND keep hope alive after disruptive changes…whether those losses are personal or about the state of the world. At times of ambiguity and loss, being part of a supportive community aids in personal and community resiliency and well-being.

March 17th and 24th 9:30 – 10:15 am (after Sunday school opening)
The time to start receiving communion is at the discretion of the parents. Fed and Forgiven communion classes are taught every year, for all ages, recognizing that we are all growing in faith and understanding.
Grades 4 & 5: March 17th, in their classroom
Grades K & 1: March & 17th, lower commons; parents should attend with their children
PreK: March 17th & 24th, West Lounge; parents should attend with their children

6:45 p.m., Sanctuary
On Wednesdays in Lent after a simple supper of soup at 5:45 pm, we will gather in the Sanctuary for Prayer Around the Cross. The service includes time for quiet prayer and personal reflection. The service will begin at 6:45, and last 30 minutes.

How is your Lenten Practice going? Are you finding ways to deepen faith and develop discipleship? Could you use some support in these 40 days? Sign up for a daily (M-F) email with prayers, readings, ideas and support. Ilcsp.org/register

Join Immanuel members as we make the rounds to different church fish fry each week. Immanuel contact: Steve Mundt, 651-428-8144. ahlquist.mundt@gmail.com

March 22nd Holy Family Maronite Church
Where: 1960 S. Lexington Ave, Mendota Heights
When: Meet at 5:30, if you are late, come in and find us.
What: Baked or fried fish, green beans in tomato sauce served over a bed of Lebanese rice, fried cabbage, Lebanese salad, flatbread, homemade desserts
How much: $15 adults; $10 children

Thursday, March 28th, 12 pm lunch, 12:45 pm presentation, Fellowship Hall
Building a Trust Despite Tension
Natalie E. Hudson, JD, Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court
Justice Hudson will discuss how the Supreme Court maintains its collegiality in the face of disagreements with respect to its’ decisions. In a time like this, where distrust and partisanship seem to rule the day, it’s critical for the Court to work effectively together in order to make the best decisions for the people of Minnesota. She will give a short overview of the State court system; focusing on the appellate courts and, in particular the Supreme Court which is, of course, the highest court in the State. Justice Hudson finds that even well-educated audiences – like this one – find the Courts to be mysterious places and are not familiar with what judges really do. She will then talk about the challenges the Supreme Court faces as it tackles difficult, often emotional issues in the decision-making process. Many organizations face similar challenges, so she will give some “best practices” tips, as well. 


Worship Together
Wednesdays at 6:45 in the sanctuary – Prayer Around the Cross (contemplative prayer with prayer stations for all ages.)

Pray Together 
An ongoing prayer list can be found on the north wall of the narthex.  Add prayers or take time to pray at the prayer wall. You can also sign up for a prayer partner. Find instructions at the “Pray Together” sign in the narthex.

Serve Together
We’re focusing on hunger in our serving. Find ideas for including service in your Lent practice at the “Serve TOGETHER” sign in the Narthex.

Learn Together
Adult Forum will focus on “Grief & Hope” with help for how we can walk together with all ages in these times. 9:15am Sundays in the East Lounge.

Give Together
Capital Campaign 6, “Pathway to the Future,” – is March 6-24.

Registration is now open!
August 12-16, 2019

“You’ve Got This!” is the theme for our 5th music and arts camp!  Please save the date and help us get the word out.  Be sure to register early to ensure a spot and to get the electives of your choice.  This camp is for children who have completed K-8th grades. More information at ilcsp.org

Community Events


Sunday, April 14th, 3:30 pm, Pilgrim Lutheran Church

Come hear the Luther College Jazz Orchestra on Sunday, April 14 at 3:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Lutheran Church (1935 St. Clair Ave, St. Paul). Under the direction of Juan Tony Guzman, 20 talented Luther students will present a fantastic afternoon of music. The concert is open to the public; a freewill offering will be taken.

Other Activities

3-18    Scouts (6:30 pm)
3-19    Staff Mtg (9:30 am), Faith, Joy, Peace Circle (1 pm), Finance (6 pm), Girl Scouts (6 pm), Property (7 pm), Visioning Board (7 pm)
3-20    Hope Circle (2:30 pm), Middle C’s (4:30 pm), Choristers (5:15 pm), Soup Supper (5:45 pm), Kid’s Care (6:15 pm), Confirmation (6:45 pm), Worship (6:45 pm), Jubilate Ringers (7:15 pm), Cantorei (8 pm)
3-21    Improvers (9 am), Worship and Music (6:15 pm)
3-24    Lent 3, CC6 Commitment Sunday, Worship (8 and 10:30 am), Fellowship (9:15 am), Sunday School (9:15 am), Fed and Forgiven Grades K & 1 and PreK (9:30 am), Adult Ed (9:20 am)

Remember in Prayer

We lift in prayer: Craig Fohrenkamm, Ken Fick, Shirley Bethke, Nathan Lee, Ricky Garza, Natalie Baird, Jeff Christenson and his family, Andrea Kolaczkowski, and our partner congregation: Mkimbizi Lutheran Church of Tanzania and brothers and sisters in Christ in Guatemala.

IMMANUEL MOURNS the death of Rekn Toso, grandnephew of John Toso and Jan Johnshoy and keeps the family in prayer.

IMMANUEL MOURNS: Our colleagues in the Iringa Diocese request prayers for General Secretary Nayman Chavalla and his family on the death of his father at the General Hospital in Iringa. The funeral was held on the morning of Friday the 8th (East Africa Time) at the Iringa Lutheran Cathedral with burial to follow. Although separated by oceans, your prayerful presence in the days to come is deeply felt and much appreciated.

Worship Leaders

March 24th, 2019

Assisting Minister   Kari Moeller
Readers   Ron Struss (8), Peg Wangensteen (10:30)
Communion Assistants  JoAnn Hogenson, Russ Edhlund (8), Doug, Peg Wangensteen (10:30)
Acolyte    Isabella Arco (10:30)
Ushers     Tom Cline, Kathy Robey (8), Stacey Von Wald, Isabella Arco, Joe Kelly, Curt Hogenson (10:30)

Social Action
Mar 24th  Capital Campaign 6 Committee
Mar 31st  Kim and Mark Thompson
(Interested in being a coffee host in April and May?  Beat the rush and sign up in the book at the welcome stand in the gathering space. Thanks!)

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