Weekly News and Notes

News and Notes October 1st, 2017


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

Morning New every morning are your mercies, Lord Your steadfast love stayed with me through the night and greets me as I rise this day. This morning, I remember and give thanks for parents and grandparents, for teachers and friends in generations past who showed your love and told your stores to me. I pray that I will also share this faith with a new generation so that our praise of you continues forever. I will not be idle today, but will find a way to do whatever work you set before me with a glad and generous heart. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Evening Here at the close of the day, O God, I come to you with open hands to receive the gift of your grace with a thankful spirit. If there is in me any trace of anger or resentment left over from the day, from some slight, big or small, real or imagined, blow it away with the breath of your peace. In the lengthening shadows of evening, comforted by a softer light in stars and moon, quiet within me the duties and cares of the day now past, enabling me to rest in you. In your holy name I pray. Amen.

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

Today:            Faith Formation Task Force Learning Event
Join the Faith Formation Task Force for an opportunity to share your hopes and dreams for the future of Faith Formation at Immanuel. Your input is needed as we start building the job description. Results from the survey will be shared.

Oct. 8: Camp Ministries, Immanuel Youth
It was a busy summer for our Youth. Hear about time at Good Earth Village and the Boundary Waters as they share their experiences with you.

The daily devotionals for October – December can be found on the bookshelf under the bulletin board.

Thursday, October 5th, Noon Lunch (Free-will offering), 12:30 Presentation
Selim Center for Lifelong Learning

Bob Shoemake, Director Selim Center at the University of St. Thomas

The Selim Center engages older adults in quality educational opportunities that promote growth in body, mind and spirit, so that they continue to remain actively engaged in the world, serving as models of lifelong learning and contributors to the common good. Bob will present information about course and travel opportunities through the Selim Center.

October 6th – 8th, 201
Swan Lake, Pengilly, MN 
The annual fishing trip is open to all males 18 and older. A 6000-square foot cabin on Swan Lake has been rented. Plan on $125 – $150 depending on attendance. This will pay for lodging, food and bait.  You are responsible for your own transportation.  Carpooling is encouraged. If you do not fish, that is OK there is a lot to do. There are hiking trails and golf courses in the area. You are also welcome to grab a book and sit on the dock. Questions? Contact Steve Mundt 651-646-2195 or ahlquist.mundt@gmail.com.

The annual Rake-a-thon sponsored by Immanuel’s Care Team, will be held Saturday morning, November 4th. Sign up to rake a yard. Help is needed! This is a fantastic family event. Many hands make light work. Have fun working in the fall leaves. We will begin with a light breakfast at the church, and then go to homes. A signup sheet will be available in the Gathering Space notebook for those who can help. For more information or if you would like to have your lawn raked or know of someone that needs their lawn raked, please contact Kay Draine, 651-690-3538, Elaine Jaeger, 651-227-5507 or Jane Tripple, 651-644-8411.

1st & 2nd graders should bring their parents with them to Sunday School on Oct. 8th & 15th for these special parent/child communion classes. Each grade receives 2 weeks of communion instruction each year during Sunday School, regardless of when a child begins receiving communion.

November 5th   
We remember with thanksgiving those who have joined the saints and angels in heaven.  Our service will begin with a time of prayer and the lighting of the candles for our members who have died this year. There will be a special insert listing all those we remember, even someone that passed in precious years. If you have a name to be added, please share it with Russ in the office (651-699-5560 or via email at rcarlson@ilcsp.org) by noon on Wed., November 1st.  (It does not have to be a member.)

In 1517 Martin Luther posted his treatise, “On the Freedom of a Christian”, on the church door in Wittenberg.  The Reformation begun by Luther did not abandon the theological, sacramental, and liturgical traditions of the church.  It sought to reform them so that the gospel would shine through all the church does.  Since the beginning of the Lutheran Reformation to this day, there have been twenty-six thousand Sundays to proclaim the gospel and share in the gracious presence of Christ in the communion meal. How many souls have heard the good news because of what happened 500 years ago?  How many hearts have been transformed? Celebrate the impact of the Lutheran Reformation on real lives of ordinary people over time and place through word and sacrament.  Brass, bells and choirs will lead our worship at both 8:00 & 10:30.

Community Events

From the ELCA: Please stand by our neighbors as we begin the long road to recovering from recent hurricanes.

Gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response, designated for “Hurricane Response – United States” will be used entirely (100 percent) for this disaster until the response is complete. Together, we can help provide immediate and long-lasting support. Give today to support the needs in this response and others like it.

Make checks payable to 
Hurricane Response – United States 
and send to:
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 
P.O. Box 1809 
Merrifield, VA 22116-8009

Food that makes cents
Are you looking for a way to stretch your grocery dollar and help others at the same time?
Fare For All is open to everyone and is a non-profit, community-supported program. Fare For All sells packages of fresh fruits, vegetables, and frozen meals. There is no need to register in advance. For more information, there are flyers on the kiosk. Please take one.

550 West 7th Street, St. Paul
Thursday, Oct, 5th  8 am – 7 pm
Friday, Oct 6th 8 am – 7 pm
For more information about the sale, please see the flyer on the kiosk.

October 27th and 28th
*Join in presentations and workshops Friday and Saturday, (10/27-10/28) by more than 25 theologians and musicians on Luther Seminary campus.
*Attend a performance on Friday evening (10/27) by the National Lutheran Choir of “Holy Spirit Mass” a new coral work commissioned for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation at the Basilica of Saint Mary.
*Worship on Saturday afternoon (10/28) at Central Lutheran Church with ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton preached and massed choirs from area churches.
REGISTER NOW http://lutherseminary.regfox.com2017-reformation-festival.
To learn more, check out the flyer on the kiosk in the Gathering Space

World Premiere: Holy Spirit Mass
October 27, 2017 – 8pm
Basilica of Saint Mary, Minneapolis
October 29, 2017 – 4pm
Ordway Concert Hall, St. Paul

Season Passes and tickets at NLCA.com

499 Charles Ave, St. Paul
Saturday, Nov. 4th  9 a, – 3 pm
For more information about this event, please see the flyer on the kiosk.

Other Activities

10-2    Scouts (6:30 pm)
10-3    Staff Meeting (9:30 am)
10-4    Middle C’s (4:30 pm), Choristers (5:15 pm), Social Action (4:45 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)
10-5    Improvers (9 am), Aging Splendidly (12 pm), Exec Committee to Synod Dinner (6 pm), Worship and Music Committee (6:15 pm)
10-6    Men’s Fishing Trip departs, Tantzen/Caser Wedding & Reception (6:30 pm)
10-7    Men’s Fishing Trip, Men’s Breakfast (8 am)
10-8    Worship (8 am), Fellowship (9:15 am), Sunday School (9:15 am), Adult Forum (9:20 am), Worship (10:30 am), Journey to Justice (11:45 am), Knitting for Warmth (2 pm)

Remember in Prayer

REMEMBER IN PRAYER Craig Fohrenkamm, Michael Thorson, Don Anderson, Bob Lyksett, Nilla Osten, Jane Lilleodden, Ken Fick, Mary Fashner, Wayne Thompson, Kitty Larson, Russ Carlson, Pastor John Lohre, Nathan Lee, Ellie Czeck, Rachel Farnsworth, and our partner congregations: Mkimbizi Lutheran Church of Tanzania and Revelation Christian Center International.

ALTAR FLOWERS are from Paul and Tara Mattessich in honor of John Mattessich's 26th birthday today.

IMMANUEL MOURNS the death of Stan Anderson, and keeps the family in prayer.

Worship Leaders

October 8th, 2017

Assisting Minister   Ray Peterson
Readers   Paul Mattessich (8), Natalie Norquist (10:30)
Communion Assistants    Paul, Tara Mattessich (8), Christine Danielson, Penny Norquist (10:30)
Acolyte    Zoe Hoiland, Owen Helgeson (10:30)
Ushers     Jerry Sandahl, Judie Prayfrock (8), Berit Nelson, Anna, Otto Schmidt, Doug Wangensteen (10:30)

Today      In honor of Winnie’s and Kain’s baptism
Oct. 8th   Stewardship
Oct. 15th Social Action

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