Weekly News and Notes

News and Notes November 26th, 2017


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

Almighty God, reveal to me the greatness of your power, that I may see your presence among the lowly and the lost and know the authority and sovereignty of your love in Jesus Christ, our Lord, who is also our humble brother. Amen.

God, I do not like to confront what I cannot control; I shrink before my own limitations and human frailty. (Ps. 90:1– 12)  Help me to trust in your steadfast constancy and know that your sovereign goodness is all that I need. Teach me to number my days so that I may grow wise in heart, knowing that, no matter their length, I dwell in you eternally. Amen.

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

Today:  No Adult Forum

December 3, 10, & 17  The Birth Story: Fact, Fable or Parable
Join Rebecca Hinz, a pastor-in-waiting, as she explores the book “The First Christmas” by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan.  Come take a look at the Christmas Stories in Matthew and Luke from a different angle to discern ”What do these stories mean?”

Advent Resources
Advent Devotions are available for everyone!  Pick up a free copy in the Gathering Space.  The weekly devotions focus on the themes of each Sunday in Advent.  We have one for households with adults only and one for households with children.  This material will provide personal reflection or help start meaningful conversations in your home.   If you have any questions, please contact Tracie Peterson, Interim Director of Faith Formation.

OUR MUSLIM NEIGHBORS: From Fear to Friendship
Mondays November 13th, 20th, 27th, 7 – 8 pm East Lounge
Pastor Sam Wolff leads three community conversations as a step toward better relationships with our neighbors who are Muslim.

  • Nov. 13 – Stereotypes & Prejudices –  What questions do you have?
  • Nov. 20 – What Islam is, and what it is not.  History and Politics
  • Nov. 27 – Christian and Muslim relations – What can we do?

This week we welcome Muslims from the Islamic Society of
Woodbury who will speak on what it is like to be muslim
in America in 2017.

For more information, check the website at ilcsp.org/news/our-muslim-neighbors.

Thursday, Dec. 7th, Lunch 12, Presentation 12:45, Fellowship Hall 
It’s Beginning to Sound Like Christmas
Dave Stark, Choir Director and Music Teacher
This is your opportunity to hear and sing some of your favorite Christmas carols. Dave will be back again to lead us in singing Christmas music and to relate more interesting stories associated with the hymns.

Sunday, December 10, 11:45 am
This month we turn to the Bible, exploring the question – “If God became human, how does that change the way we think about and work for justice in our community? – How is Christmas related to making a difference in the world?”  Join us for a lively discussion, Sunday, December 10 after church.  Lunch will be provided.

Volunteers are needed to help with the Epiphany Pageant coming January 5th.  Volunteers are needed in December to work with speakers, choir and costuming.  Please contact Penny Norquist or Tracie Peterson if you can help!

November 26th -December 17th
The bulletin board is full of Christmas package tags! Each tag will have up to three ideas for possible theme baskets. (like super hero baskets, cooking baskets, or movie nite baskets.)  Take a tag, choose a theme, and fill a basket, bag, or box. (Please do not spend over $60 on the gifts) You can share a tag with another person if you wish. Filled baskets must be returned to the church no later than December 17th. 

(Begun in memory of Christian Olaf Osen, 8 year-old Leukemia victim)
Immanuel members have been bringing a dose of Christmas to hospitalized children since 2001!  THANK YOU!

When circumstances require a child to be in the hospital during the holidays it affects the whole family and creates stress and havoc beyond imagination. Unfortunately, there are always children who cannot celebrate Christmas at home due to medical reasons. Our goal is to ease the stress, show that we care about what they are going through, and share some Christmas glad tidings with these families.

Your donations of new, unwrapped toys and gifts for children aged 0-18 are anticipated and appreciated at both Mpls and St. Paul Children’s Hospitals each year. Donating is easy!  Beginning today, drop off a toy or gift in the green toy box outside the office by Dec. 13th, or visit the givemn webpage to give an online donation, any time, year-round.
https://givemn.org/fundraiser/Christian-S-Toy-Box. Checks may be written to MN Children’s Hospitals & Clinics, with Christian’s Toy Box written on the memo line. 100% of your donation will be used for child patients.  Thank you for your generosity!


Looking to re-energize your group, bring joy to others or make an impact on your community? The ILC Foundation has up to $3,000 available in 2017, to help you and others achieve something GREAT!

Talk with your peers and church groups to see if you can turn your ideas into a BRIGHT one! If you have questions about the grant application process and funding guidelines, please contact Heather Cordes (cordes4@gmail.com) or Sara Dreke Eyre (saradrekeeyre@gmail.com). We will happily assist you through the process. Stop by the kiosk in the gathering space to see a poster about the Bright Ideas Grants.

Please contact President Lori Dufresne (lori.dufresne@mac.com) with any questions about the Foundation

Community Events

None this week.

Other Activities

11-27     Scouts (6:30 pm), Our Islam Neighbors (7 pm)
11-28     Staff Meeting (9:30 am), Faith, Joy, Peace Circle (1 pm), Finance (6 pm), Council (7 pm)
11-29     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), Confirmation (6:45 pm), Jubilate Ringers (6:45 pm), Cantorei (7:45 pm)
11-30     Improvers (9 am)
12-1       Scouts overnight (6 pm)
12-3       First Sunday of Advent Worship (8 am), Fellowship (9:15 am), Sunday School (9:15 am), Adult Forum 9:20 am), Worship (10:30 am)

Remember in Prayer

We lift in prayer: Craig Fohrenkamm, Michael Thorson, Don Anderson, Nilla Osten, Jane Lilleodden, Ken Fick, Mary Fashner, Kitty Larson, Richard Nelson, Russ Carlson, Pastor John Lohre, Nathan Lee, Ellie Czeck, Eloise Sorenson, and our partner congregations: Mkimbizi Lutheran Church of Tanzania and Revelation Christian Center International.

ALTAR FLOWERS today are given by Brooks and Sandi Butler in honor of a grandchild soon to be born.

Worship Leaders

December 3, 2017

Assisting Minister   Jeff Schmidt
Readers   Dave Alstead (8), Ellen Dufresne (10:30)
Communion Assistants   Ann and Doug Derr (8), Jonah Engleking, Scott Norquist (10:30)
Acolytes   Isabella Arco (10:30)
Ushers      Tom Cline and Kathy Robey (8), Curt Hogenson, Jim & Darlene Hagquist (10:30)

Nov. 26     Steve Iaria, Linda Carlson
Dec. 3       Mary Fashner, Holly Goldschmitz
Dec. 10     Christian’s Toy Box

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