Weekly News and Notes

News and Notes March 3rd, 2019

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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
Lord Jesus Christ, as morning dawns,
be our light in this new day.
Let our lives reflect your glory,
our words show forth your goodness,
and our actions shine with your grace;
in your holy name we pray. Amen.

Evening
Lord Jesus Christ, as evening comes,
be our light and hope in darkness.
Draw near to us in grace,
surround us with your presence,
and fill us with your peace;
in your holy name we pray. Amen.

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

ADULT FORUM
 
Today – The Bible as Story
Join Pastor Cindy in a journey from Genesis through Revelation, introducing the great biblical themes and people. We will look at the Bible as the story by which we can interpret our lives and all of history. Come be immersed in and enlivened by the story of scripture. 
Today – Life in the Spirit
 
March 10th & 17thWhen 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.
 
In these two sessions, words and actions useful for grieving people, useful when supporting others, and useful in acts of advocacy will be presented and discussed.

YOUTH SILENT AUCTION
Today Lower Level

Save the date: March 3rd, for the Youth Silent Auction. Bidding begins at 9 am. 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 to a Mission Trip to a Lakota reservation in Mission, SD and Jr. High students to summer camp.

Please attend and buy our wonderful items

CARE TEAM
Monday, March 4th 7 pm West Lounge
Care team will meet on Monday evening in the West Lounge.

ASH WEDNESDAY
March 6th  
“Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Come worship with us at 6:45 pm, to receive an ashen cross on your forehead, and the body and blood of Christ in your hand.

AGING SPLENDIDLY
Thursday, March 7th, Lunch at noon, Presentation at 12:45 pm
The St. John’s Bible
Brooks Butler, MD
Brooks will share his love for the beautifully illustrated The Saint John’s Bible. Internationally respected calligrapher, Donald Jackson is the artistic director and illuminator of The Saint John’s Bible. He is a Senior Scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Crown Office at the House of Lords in the United Kingdom, a position in which he is responsible for the creation of official state documents. Donald Jackson works with a team of theologians and artists from Saint John’s University and Abbey on The Saint John’s Bible. From his scriptorium in Wales, he oversees scribes, artists, and craftsmen who work with him on the handwriting and illumination of the seven-volume, 1,150-page Bible.

FED AND FORGIVEN COMMUNION INSTRUCTION
March 10th, 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 10th & 17th, in their classroom
Grades K & 1: March 10th & 17th, lower commons; parents should attend with their children
PreK: March 17th & 24th, West Lounge; parents should attend with their children

WEDNESDAY EVENING LENTEN SERVICES
6:45 p.m., Sanctuary
On Wednesdays in Lent after a simple supper of soup at 6pm, 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.

CANTOREI & JUBILATE REHEARSALS IN LENT
The adult choirs will 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.
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

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

WE ARE WALKING THROUGH LENT TOGETHER

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.

Community Events

THE CONCORDIA CHOIR IN CONCERT WITH THE SINGERS
Today 4 pm, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
Hear one of the nation’s finest college choirs perform alongside The Singers – Minnesota Choral Artists. René Clausen conducts the 73-voice a cappella choir in several spirituals and hymns plus a stunning set entitled “Our Home – The Earth.” Visit www.TheConcordiaChoir.org today for complete concert information.  A poster is also available to view on the kiosk in the Gathering Space.

Other Activities

3-4      Scouts (6:30 pm), Scout Parent Meeting (7 pm), Care Team (7 pm)
3-5      Staff Meeting (9:30 am), Girl Scouts (6 pm)
3-6      Ash Wednesday Middle C’s (4:30 pm), Choristers (5:15 pm), Soup Supper (6 pm), Kid’s Care (6:15 pm), Confirmation (6:45 pm), Worship (6:45 pm), Jubilate Ringers (7:45 pm), No Cantorei
3-7      Improvers (9 am), Dementia Friendly Group (11 am), Aging Splendidly (12 pm)
3-9      Men’s Breakfast (8 am)
3-10    Messenger Deadline Worship (8 and 10:30 am), Fellowship (9:15 am), Fed and Forgiven Grades 4 & 5, Grades K & 1 (9:30 am),Sunday School (9:15 am), Adult Forum (9:15 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.

Worship Leaders

March 10th, 2019

Assisting Minister     Jeff Schmidt
Readers   Doris Karlisch (8), Claire Taylor-Sherman (10:30)
Communion Assistants       Lisa Struss, Jody Dahl (8), Jan Johnshoy, John Toso (10:30)
Acolyte     Leland Engelking (10:30)
Ushers      Tom Cline, Kathy Robey (8), Joe and Ellen Dufresne, Joe Kelly, Curt Hogenson (10:30)

COFFEE HOSTS
Today             Hippen Family
Mar 17th        Social Action
Mar 24th       Capital Campaign 6 Committee

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