Weekly News and Notes

News and Notes May 6th, 2018


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

Holy One, I begin today breathing in your love for me, for others, and for the world. Keep me mindful of all the marvelous things you are doing around and within me today. Help me to feel my friendship with Jesus and his confidence in me. Maintain in my heart the image of myself as a tree, bearing the fruit of Christ’s love everywhere I go today. Amen.

God, you are both judge and friend. Even as I review my day, I give it over to you. I let go of the good, the bad, and the in-between, trusting in your care for me. I am content this night to abide in your love. I breathe in your joy and your peace. Whatever I need, I ask of you in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

Maggie, a 10:30 service regular, is graduating with a history major and Spanish minor. She told us, “After graduation I have a summer internship at the Waukesha County Historical Society, and in the fall I’ll be travelling in Europe and applying for grad school (hoping to do my masters in Archival Science). My favorite ILC moment has to be the annual lutefisk dinner, which I’ve gone to every year and is so much fun. I love getting placed at a table with people I don’t know and making conversation!” We wish her well!

Today we pray for the blessings of the Holy Spirit on our 2018 Confirmands:
Ellen Dufresne           Jonah Engelking         Ava Hansen             
Ingrid Mundt             Rocky Robey             Anna Schmidt
Otto Schmidt

Today we welcome 3 young people to the Lord’s table: Natalie Dreke Eyre, Lael Hippen, and Henry King. Please hold them in prayer as they share in Holy Communion today.

Food, Eating and a Life of Faith
 “Shouldn’t it amaze us that we can live in a world that can taste so good?” – Norman Wirzba.
Is food a commodity or a gift?  What are the wonders and mysteries of the food we eat?  What do we say by the way we eat?  Join in a conversation about eating with the help of some videos featuring Dr. Norman Wirzba, Professor of theology and Ecology at Duke Divinity School.
On the last Sunday of this program year, May 20th, we’ll celebrate with the Children’s Choir musical, “Malice in the Palace” about the biblical story of Esther.

Today, Gathering Space
Shop for quality handcrafts from around the world at ILCW’s SERRV Sale in the gathering space between services. Find something special for mom, your better half, grandma, or yourself! Sunday, May 13th will be Mother’s Day!

All sales from the fair benefit global artisans and farmers who create beautiful and unique products, helping them maintain steady work in safe conditions and a sustainable income to provide for their families.

Saturday, May 12th, 11:30 am
Plan to attend the Mother’s Day Potluck Luncheon. Free to all. DON’T FORGET YOUR HAT! Please register by calling Sandi Butler at 651-738-2994.

(We encourage you to attend the Choristers musical at 9:15 am May 20th). Thank you to all the teachers who shared their time and talents with our kids: Laura Preus, Tracy Iaria, Caroline Thompson, Mary Gwen Thompson, Kathy Robey, Anna Kirkness, Linda Tantzen, Karen Osen, Tenley Johnson, Christine Danielson, Henry Seka, Loren Danielson, and Scott Norquist. Thank you also to all who filled in or helped when there was a need.

May 20th, 2018
Our choirs and instrumentalists are so dedicated and talented.  Each week they give hours preparing music to glorify God and enrich our worship. Please plan to attend worship on May 20th! Our choirs will be singing and ringing at both services. This is a wonderful day to recognize them and thank them for their music!


Geraniums will be available for purchase after the 10:30 a.m. service. 


A musical presented by the Chorister’s Choir

Invite friends and neighbors!

Malice in the Palace

Sunday, May 20th, 9:15 am Immanuel’s Sanctuary

August 13th-17th, 2018


“New Glasses:  Seeing the world through God’s eyes”

Immanuel'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, so register early!  More information at ilcsp.org.

Full and Partial Scholarships are available! We want children in our community to experience this creative week. If you know of anyone who needs a scholarship, please let Chris Cherwien know. 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

Thursday, May 1st from 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Fairmount Avenue United Methodist Church, 1523 Fairmount Ave,
St. Paul, MN

A Presentation by Stephen Delisis, MD, Hazelden Betty Ford Addiction
Studies Program
All are invited to this free presentation. For more information call 651-699-1335 or email admin@faumc.net.

Join Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul for its 2018 Annual Assembly. We invite you to the Klas Center, Hamline University on Thursday, May 10th. Social time begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner following at 6:00 p.m. The event will feature a keynote address by Clifton Taulbert, Pulitzer nominee and entrepreneur businessman speaking on the Eight Habits of the Heart, Connecting and Inspiring Community. The event includes a report to the community about the organization’s accomplishments and impact of its current programs. Individual tickets are $40. You can register online at interfaithaction.org/annualassembly. RSVP by May 3rd.

Tuesday, May 15th, Noon
Please join others from Immanuel on May 15th for a free lunch in support of Lutheran Social Services’ programs for homeless youth. The lunch starts at noon at the Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis, and we’ll meet at the church to carpool to the event. Contact Emily King at eking@ilcsp.org or call the office to learn more or reserve your spot at our table.

Once again Immanuel will partner with Messiah Episcopal Church to help host the homeless families served by Project Home, a program of one of our benevolence partners, Interfaith Action.

Families will spend the night at Messiah Episcopal Church on Ford Parkway.
We will provide people to host them for the 5 Fridays in June. Consider being an Evening Host (5:00 to 8:30 pm) or an Overnight Host (8:15 pm to 9:00 am). This is a great opportunity for friends, couples and families. People who have done it say they are enriched by the experience. Watch for more information. Talk with Peg Wangensteen if you have questions. 651-698-0687 or pwangensteen@gmail.com

Other Activities

5-7        Scouts (6:30 pm)
5-8        Staff Meeting (9:00 am)
5-9        Middle C’s (4:30 pm), Choristers (5:15 pm), Supper (6 pm), Kid’s Town (6:15 pm), Kid’s Clubhouse (6:30 pm), Care Team (6:30 pm), Confirmation (6:45 pm), Jubilate Ringers (6:45 pm) Cantorei (7:45 pm)
5-10      Messenger Deadline Improvers (9 am), Journey to Justice (7pm), Stewardship (7 pm)
5-12      Men’s Breakfast (8 am)
5-13      Worship (8 and 10:30 am), Fellowship (9:15 am), Sunday School (9:15 am), Adult Education (9:20 am), Knitting for Warmth (2 pm)

Remember in Prayer

We lift in prayer: Craig Fohrenkamm, Nilla Osten, Ken Fick, Kitty Larson, Rachel Husom, Ruth Husom, Patty Robey, Pastor John Lohre, Nathan Lee, Harvey Lilleodden, Jim Johnson, Tuti Mwakalinde and our partner congregations: Mkimbizi Lutheran Church of Tanzania and Revelation Christian Center International.

ALTAR FLOWERS are given by Linda Engelken to the glory of God.

IMMANUEL MOURNS the death of Mary Fashner and keeps the family in prayer.

Worship Leaders

May 13th, 2018

Assisting Minister   Kari Moeller
Readers    Judie Prayfrock (8), Tyson Reed (10:30)
Communion Assistants  Judie Prayfrock, Lisa Struss (8), Doug, Peg Wangensteen (10:30)
Acolytes    Max Cordesr (10:30)
Ushers       Jeanette Wermager, Andy Urness. Harvey Jaeger, Kelley Wells, John Wells, Kristin Payne (10:30)

Today      Celebrate Confirmation and Maggie Weber a Macalester College Graduate
May 13th   Open
May 20th   Lydia Thompson

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