Weekly News and Notes

News and Notes, November 4, 2018


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

As I live this day, O Lord, let me be a sign of your salvation – food for those who hunger, a comfort to those who mourn. This I ask in the name of Jesus, the Alpha and Omega. Amen.

As I rest this night, O Lord, let me be a temple of your peace – a home for your holy presence, a sanctuary of renewal. This I ask in the name of Jesus, the Alpha and Omega. Amen.

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


Today: The Issue of Racism
Christine Danielson will tell her story of learning about privilege, and we will continue with Rachel Martin’s training on understanding and counteracting white privilege.

November 11th: Vital Congregations
Pastor Justin Grimm, the Director of Evangelical Mission for the St Paul Area Synod will bring the results of our Vital Congregation questionnaire, and help us understand them.

Nov. 11th and 18th, 9:30-10:15am Sundays, Lower Commons
2nd- and 3rd-graders and their parents or caregivers: 

Communion class is offered for all grades each year for two weeks. These classes are for everyone, whether your children take communion, are preparing for their first communion or are waiting until they’re older. Please plan to attend with your child(ren).

November 13th, 6:30 – 8 pm
Mount Zion Temple, 1300 Summit Ave

Initiated by faith leaders, a Minnesota Legislative Report containing recommendations for how to eliminate poverty in Minnesota by 2020 was prepared in 2009. Almost ten years later, none of the benchmarks that were set out have been met. The JRLC (Joint Religious Legislative Coalition), an interfaith public interest group, is holding Community Conversations across the state to raise awareness of the gaps that remain. This event is co-sponsored by JRLC, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Immanuel Lutheran Church and Mount Zion Temple. Childcare and a snack for children will be provided. For more information see the flyer on the kiosk in the gathering space.

Today or Wednesday, November 7th

New to Immanuel? Would you like to learn more about us or become a member of the congregation? We would love to help you connect with Immanuel in ways that are meaningful and life giving to you. Orientation classes will be offered today at 9:15am OR Wednesday, November 7th at 6:45 pm. We’ll cover the basics of what Lutheran’s believe, and we’ll help you get to know Immanuel. RSVP to Pastor Cindy (cbullock@ilcsp.org) or call the church at 651-699-5560, so we can have materials ready for you. New members will be received in worship on Sunday, November 18th.


This is our biggest sale of the year!  Volunteers are needed to help set up the fair-trade merchandise sale in the Gathering space in the early afternoon, starting at 1:00pm!
Selling merchandise for a two-hour period, or longer if you can is also needed. You choose your shift.
And finally, helping with re-packing unsold merchandise from 7:00—8:00pm is the last step and your assistance would be super great!

To volunteer or ask questions, contact Karen Osen, k.a.osen@centurylink.net
Thank you!

November 18th

Our Thanksgiving worship services will be the Sunday before the holiday, November 18th, at both services. Please bring canned goods or a cash donation for Keystone food shelves.

Sunday, November 18 at 9:15 am West Lounge 

Caregiving is hard work, whether for a spouse, parent, child, friend or other loved one. Life often feels like a tug-of-war between your loved one’s needs and yours. There aren’t enough hours in the day! How can I be everything to everyone all the time? Penne Sewall, the Director of Congregational Care at Westwood Lutheran Church in St. Louis Park, will help us explore these questions and some of the ways we might balance effective caregiving and self-care. Penne is back by popular demand following her presentation last fall on the special challenges of caring for a loved one who has dementia.


The Advent and Christmas season has some of the most beautiful music ever written. If you are unable to commit to the choir for the entire season why not join us for the Advent and Christmas seasons? We warmly welcome new members all year! Please see the website with rehearsal times and join us.

Bake Sale IngredientsILCW BAKE SALE 

Bake Sale Volunteers needed – Many hands make light work
I hope you can help support the annual ILCW Bake Sale again this year. Volunteers are needed to make Scandinavian cookies (rosettes, krumkake and spritz) and to work at the Bake Sale during the Lutefisk Dinner. Dates and times are listed below. No experience necessary. So grab a friend and join in the fun!  As the quote says, “Many hands make light work”.

Cookie Making
Sunday, November 11th   Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Lunch provided

To make the baking go a little faster, mix up a batch of cookie dough and bring it with you to church. We can store the dough in the kitchen while you attend church and then start in after a quick bite to eat. You don’t have to bring dough, we’ll have plenty of ingredients to mix some up and we’ve got plenty to do. Everyone is welcome.

Bake Sale
Friday, November 16th   3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

If these times don’t fit your schedule, you can still help by baking items in your home and donating them to sale. Donate a cake or pie and/or a few batches cookies.

Questions? Contact Rhonda Tjaden at 651-699-0868 or rhonda.tjaden@thomsonreuters.com

LUTEFISK DINNERPlate full of lutefisk dinner
Friday, November 16th

The 69th annual Lutefisk Dinner will be held on Friday, November 16th.
The cost is $20.00 for adults and $5.00 for youth 12 and under.

Seatings are at 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 pm.

For tickets contact Russ Edhlund at 651-698-1260 or see him between services.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! You can help in many ways. Cookie baking, meatball rolling, and serving at the dinner. Sign up now!

Community Events


Twin Sheet Sets Needed
Currently, at our two Project Home sites, we are serving 10 families, including 27 children, ranging in age from 1 to 17 years old. We are in need of new or gently used twin size sheet sets. If you’d like to make a donation of these needed items, please stop by our offices at Interfaith Action, 1671 Summit Avenue, anytime between 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday. Or, feel free to call me to make an alternative delivery arrangement.

November Volunteers Needs
Our November Project Home host site, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, could use some extra help! Our Redeemer Lutheran Church is located at 1390 Larpenteur Avenue East in Saint Paul. Families and volunteers comfortably sleep overnight in their many Sunday School classrooms. Great environment for families and volunteering!

Our most urgent volunteer needs are in the first two weeks of November:
• Friday, 11/2 – 1 Overnight Volunteer
• Saturday, 11/3 – 2 Evening & 2 Overnight Volunteers
• Sunday, 11/4 – 2 Evening & 1 Overnight Volunteers
• Monday, 11/5 – 1 Evening Volunteer
• Tuesday, 11/6 – 1 Overnight Volunteer
• Wednesday, 11/7 – 2 Evening & 2 Overnight Volunteers
• Thursday, 11/8 – 2 Overnight Volunteers
• Friday, 11/9 – 2 Overnight Volunteers
• Saturday, 11/10 – 2 Evening & 2 Overnight Volunteers
• Sunday, 11/11 – 2 Evening & 2 Overnight Volunteers
• Monday, 11/12 – 2 Evening & 1 Overnight Volunteers
• Wednesday, 11/14 – 1 Evening & 1 Overnight Volunteers

…and many more openings throughout the month.

To see calendar of volunteer needs and sign up for a shift, please contact Sara Liegl, Director of Project Home.  651-789-3848.

Thursday, November 15th at 7:30 pm,
Summit Center for the Arts and Innovation,
1524 Summit Ave, St Paul.

Twin Cities lutenist Tom Walker presents a program of 17th Century solo music for French Lute.

In the 17th century French lutenists, working mostly in Paris, were pioneering a new style of composition very much attuned to the natural sonorities of the lute, and reflecting the shift from the contrapuntal style of the Renaissance to the more clearly chordal fashion of the Baroque. We see the rise of the Courante as dominant musical form, and the first signs of that very uniquely French contribution to art, the unmeasured prelude. Thomas Walker, Jr. will perform music by the young Ennemond Gaultier, who later emerges as the leading light of the French stile, Michelagnolo Galilei, whose “Sonate” masterfully blended Italianate toccatas with French dances, as well as other early pioneers Antoine Francisque, Nicolas Vallet, and Robert Ballard.

For more information email info@philliprukavina.com. or call 651-699-1808. The New Lute Café is sponsored by the St. Paul Conservatory of Music.

Saturday, November 17th 9 am – 1 pm
CityLife Church, 225 Cleveland Ave, St Paul

Get all your holiday shopping done in one stop, and support artisans from over 25 countries at the same time! The Harvest Fair Trade Sale is a pop-up market which offers around 1,000 unique handmade items including leather products, jewelry, baskets, ornaments or clothing. You purchase ensures that these men and women are able to earn a fair and living wage, which helps them overcome extreme poverty, sex trafficking, and marginalization from disability. For more information see the poster on the kiosk.

Other Activities

11-5             Scouts (6:30 pm)
11-6             Election Polling Place, Staff Meeting (9:30 am), Adult Ed (5 pm)
11-7             Middle C’s (4:30 pm), Choristers (5:15 pm), Supper (6 pm),
Kid’s Town (6:15 pm), New Member Gathering (6:45 pm),
Confirmation (6:45 pm), Jubilate Ringers (6:45 pm), Cantorei (7:45 pm)
11-8             Improvers (9:00 am)
11-10           Messenger Deadline, Men’s Breakfast (8 am)
11-11           Worship (8 & 10:30 am), Sunday School (10:15 am), Fellowship (9:15 am),
Sunday School (9:15 am), Adult Ed (9:20 am), Cookie Making (12 pm)

Remember in Prayer

We lift in prayer: Craig Fohrenkamm, Ken Fick, Shirley Bethke, Bud Jorgenson, Megan Erie, Nathan Lee, Harvey Lilleodden, Ricky Garza, Natalie Baird, Sean Draine, John Lohre, and our partner congregation: Mkimbizi Lutheran Church of Tanzania.

Worship Leaders

November 11th, 2018

Assisting Minister   Shawna Boll
Readers  Dave Alstead (8), Christine Danielson (10:30)
Communion Assistants   Dave Alstead, Russ Edhlund (8), Christine Danielson, Ray Peterson (10:30)
Acolytes  Leland Engelking (10:30)
Ushers  Jeanette Wermager, Andy Urness (8), Harvey Jaeger, Kristin Payne, Kelley and John Wells (10:30)

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