Weekly News and Notes

News and Notes October 14th, 2018


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

Steadfast, loving God, in the morning I sing your praise. Give me wisdom for this day and rejoice in me, as I rejoice in you.  Amen.

Steadfast, loving God, in the evening I bless your name. Give me grace for this might and abide with me, as I abide in you.. Amen

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

Today: The Issue of Immigration
Kathryn Berger from Minnesota Council of Churches will reflect on how our Judeo-Christian background impels us to “welcome the stranger.” as she describes the world refugee crisis.
October 21st: The Issue of Immigration
Come to hear the story of immigrating to the U.S.
October 28th: The Issue of Racism
Pr. Cindy will talk about the ELCA focus on racism, and Rachel Martin will begin a two-week training on understanding and counteracting white privilege in our interactions.
Sundays are available between October 21st and November 25th to sign up for altar flowers. The sign-up sheets can be found in the binder on the welcome stand in the gathering space. You can write a dedication on the page when you sign-up. The cost is $35 and you are welcome to take the flowers home after the 2nd service.

If you have not done so, please sign up for a stewardship social at an Immanuel member’s home to talk about spiritual giving and our hope for the future. Meetings will last about an hour and various light refreshments will be served. Please sign up in the gathering space for one of these meetings with your peers.
Choose from the following dates:
Sunday, October 14, 4 pm
Wine and appetizers*
Jody Dahl
202 Oak Grove Place (Lex and St. Clair)
Guests:  8
Monday, October 15, 6:30 pm
Wine and snacks*
Kelley and John Wells
1359 Stanford Avenue, St. Paul
Guests:  8 (Kids welcome)
Thursday, October 18, 7 pm
Wine and cheese*
Paul and Amy Shirilla
1544 Goodrich Avenue, St. Paul
Guests:  8 (Kids welcome)
Friday, October 19, 7 pm
Gay and Dan Bartholic
1875 Hampshire Avenue, St. Paul
Guests:  12 (Kids welcome)
*other beverages will be available
You can RSVP by signing up on the poster in the Gathering Space, or by calling the church office. 
The Stewardship theme this year is from ELW hymn #546: “To Be Your Presence” – check it out!  Thank you in advance for making your Stewardship Pledge by October 21st.
The Stewardship Committee

Saturday, October 27, 9:30 am,
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 Snelling Ave S
Women of Immanuel are invited to meet Dorcas, a Nigerian woman who is living in sanctuary with her three children at Reformation Lutheran Church in St. Paul. Dorcas came from the city of Ibadan, Oyo State in southwestern Nigeria where she served as a teacher in a Christian School. Please join us in welcoming Dorcas to the Saint Paul Area Synod and to learn of her journey.

Cost: $5.00 for coffee and treats. Registration forms are at the Activity Table in the Gathering Space.

November 13th, 6:30 – 8:30 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. For more information see the flyer on the kiosk in the gathering space.

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

Community Events

November 2nd,
Celebrate All Souls Day with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and save 20% off tickets to hear Bach’s sacred masterwork, the Saint John Passion.

Artistic Partner and early music expert Jonathan Cohen leads the SPCO in one of Bach’s seminal works — his Saint John Passion. This oratorio was written for Good Friday in 1724, using the German translation of the Gospel of Saint John. Joined by a stellar cast of vocal soloists with chorales sung by The Singers, this performance at the Cathedral of Saint Paul is certain to be a highlight of the 2018.19 season.

To order: Find the November 2 concert on the online concert calendar at www.thespco.org. Click “buy tickets” and then enter code lutheran20 in the “promotional code” box on the left and click “go” to access the special discounted price. Or call our Ticket Office at 651-291-1144 and mention code lutheran20 over the phone. The Ticket Office is open 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday and 11:00 am – 3:00 pm on Saturday.

All Saints: “Dark Night of the Soul”
Mystery and deep spiritual connection with loved ones spark a time of remembrance as the National Lutheran Choir reignites our signature choral service at All Saints. The fervent emotion of Ola Gjeilo’s Dark Night of the Soul a tour-de-force for string quartet, piano, and choir, invites us into the mystery of God’s grace.  Central to the All Saints service is the recitation of memorial names– come share the name of your loved one with our community for a deeply moving remembrance of those who are no longer with us.

Friday, November 2nd 7:30 pm
St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church, 17205 Cty Rd 6, Plymouth

Sunday, November 4th 4 pm
St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 900 Stillwater Rd, Mahtomedi

Tickets: Adult $30 | Senior $28 | Students and Children FREE
For tickets and more information, please visit NLCA.com/18-19season or call (612) 722-2301

May 13th – 23rd
Concordia – St. Paul professor and author Eric Dregni, along with retired president Bob Holst are organizing a tour to Norway from May 13th -23rd, 2019. Among Dregni’s 16 books, two are on Norwegian history and culture. Eric lived in Norway for a year as a Fulbright fellow. This Norway tour is open to the public and features nine nights including Oslo, Bergen, Dombas, two nights at a fjord hotel and Trondheim to celebrate Syttende Mai, Norwegian National Constitution Day. For more information contact Bob Holst at holst@csp.edu.

Other Activities

10-15           Scouts (6:30 pm)
10-16           Staff Meeting (9:30 am), Faith, Joy, Peace Circle (1 pm), IMAC (4:30 pm), Finance (6 pm), Girl Scouts (6 pm), Council (7 pm)
10-17           Hope Circle (2:30 pm), Middle C’s (4:30 pm), Choristers (5:15 pm), Supper (6 pm), Kid’s Town (6:15 pm), Confirmation (6:45 pm), Jubilate Ringers (6:45 pm), Cantorei (7:45 pm)
10-18           Improvers (9:00 am)
10-19           Dorothy Day (8:30 am)
10-21           Worship (8 & 10:30 am), Sunday School (10:15 am), Fellowship (9:15 am), Sunday School (9:15 am), Adult Ed (9:20 am)

Remember in Prayer

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

ALTAR FLOWERS are given in honor of our family and friends by Wayne and Jeanette Wermager.

IMMANUEL MOURNS the death of Wesley Schultz and keeps his family in prayer. A memorial service will be held at 3:30 pm on Tuesday, October 30th at Immanuel.

Worship Leaders

October 21st, 2018

Assisting Minister Kari Moeller
Readers    JoAnn Hogenson (8), Peggy Johnson (10:30)
Communion Assistants Curt, JoAnn Hogenson (8), Peggy Johnson, Lee English (10:30)
Acolyte      Isabella Arco (10:30)
Ushers       Jerry Sandahl, Judie Prayfrock (8), Stacey Von Wald, Doug Wangensteen (10:30)
Altar Guild Barb Columbus, Jackie Kelly

Today          Bega Kwa Bega – Klevan
Oct 21st       Social Action

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