Weekly News and Notes

News and Notes October 6, 2019


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

New every morning are your mercies, dear God.
As I begin this new day,
make me as merciful to others as you have been to me.
Strengthen me in faith
so that I may trust in you with my whole heart.
If any trouble overtakes me today,
help me to wait and to hope in you.
May the Holy Spirit help me
as I both guard and give away to others
the treasure of Jesus Christ, my Savior. Amen.

God of my homecoming,
the night falls with your steadfast love
watching over the world.
I put my trust in you as I prepare to lie down in sleep.
Thank you for the gift of the day as it has been:
for glimpses of beauty;
for expressions of care;
for opportunities to serve.
Thank you for the gift of faith kindled and rekindled in me
through the years.
Thank you for those who have taught me the faith
In sincerity and love.
With the return of morning’s light,
may I rise from this resting place
to live tomorrow in accord with your purpose and grace.

In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Wednesday, October 9th, field trip to St. Kate’s to walk their labyrinth, please wear weather appropriate clothing, this is an outdoor event.
Wednesday, October 17th- NO confirmation because of MEA break
Friday October 25th- Saturday, October 26th, (depart Friday 5:00 pm; return Saturday 5:00 pm). Confirmation Fall Retreat to Good Earth Village! It will be a time of togetherness and learning- as well as fun! 

Save the date… the first high school Youth Night will be Sunday, October 13th,  6:30- 8:00 PM. Meet in the youth room.

The annual Rake-a-thon sponsored by Immanuel’s Care Team will be held Saturday morning, November 2nd.  Sign up to rake a yard. Help is needed! This is a fantastic family event! Many hands make light work. 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, please contact Elaine Jaeger 651227-5507 or Jane Tripple 651-644-8411. 

Remind is an opt-in system for Immanuel’s kids, parents, and musicians that will allow you and your children/teens to get text messages from the church, with several child-safety protections included. We hope this will help us reach more people. Instructions and class codes on the Welcome desk in the Gathering Space, or ask a Sunday school leader or staff.

Please join us at Feed My Starving Children (Eagan facility) on Friday, Oct. 25th, 6 – 7:30 pm, to pack nutritious meal kits for hungry people around the world. Sign up at https://www.fmsc.org/join-group?joincode=WD634L.

Saturday, October 26, 9:30 – 11:30 am, Coffee, treats, & a speaker, held in the Immanuel Fellowship Hall.

Women of Immanuel are invited to a program about “Days for Girls Enterprise”.  Dr. Kenneth Olson will speak about the organization which provides health education, support and supplies for girls in the Iringa Diocese of Tanzania.  Dr. Olson and his wife Birdie have traveled many times to Tanzania and can bring firsthand knowledge of the health issues faced by girls. Women are invited to bring any of these supplies which will go to the girls in Iringa:

  • Gallon Size Ziploc brand freezer bags
  • Hotel size bar soap (unused)
  • New Terry washcloths (dark colors preferred)
  • Girls underwear sizes 8 – 14 or women’s size 5 (no words, faces, food, characters)

Half of the monetary offering will be given to “Days for Girls Enterprise” and ½ to the St. Paul Area WELCA.

Reservations should be made to Lynn Boogren, 651 – 245 – 7837 or boogrenlasalle@aol.com by Wednesday, October 23.

Please join us every second Saturday for the men’s breakfast, which meets at 8:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall.

A BIG THANK YOU to the leadership team (Christine Danielson, Emily King, Patty Robey, Kari Moeller, Penny Norquist, Sara Dreke Eyre, & Sarah Marsh) who ran the Flea Market. Also a big thank you to every volunteer who helped move furniture & other items and sort & price them. Also a big thank you to everyone who helped with the carnival & concessions. It was a resounding success because of everyone’s help!

October marks the beginning of our annual drive to support the ongoing ministry of Immanuel. This year you are once again invited to a Stewardship Social at an Immanuel member’s home to learn about what is happening at Immanuel, dream a bit about the future, and get to know some people you only see on a Sunday morning.  Socials will last one hour, and various light refreshments will be served.  Please plan to join other Immanuel members and friends at a social this year.  You can sign up for a social at the Welcome desk in the Gathering Space, online at ilcsp.org/registration, or by contacting the Church Administrator, Deanna Hesse, at 651-699-5560 or by e-mail at dhesse@ilcsp.org.

Immanuel will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2021. Many hands are needed to prepare for our year of celebration. Do you have time & talent to help with:

  • Writing historical notes about Immanuel for the 2021 Messenger
  • Helping to prepare a montage of old photos and videos
  • Organizing the archives at Immanuel
  • Writing Immanuel’s history for a commemorative book – stories about our pastors, our music, our ministry partners, lutefisk dinners, and more!

Please contact: Ann Derr at 651-335-3233 or annderr@gmail.com

Save the date! January 17th – 19th, 2020, at Mount Olivet Retreat Center. Please join us Friday evening to Sunday mid-morning.

The time of Discovery team will meet on October 12th, at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church from 9:00am – 2:30 pm to train for the second phase of our yearlong visioning process: listening to our neighbors. The Time of Discovery team and vision board will meet on October 22nd at 6:30 pm, to gather information discovered in phase One: Listening to each other.

The second Thursday of every month in the fellowship Hall.
Thursday, October 10th, 6:00 pm, 5 Keys to Retiring Fearlessly with Todd Readinger & Ken Harris
Thursday, November 14th, 6:00 pm, “Income Taxes and Retirement” with Mark Ohlmann & Ken Harris

Community Events

On November 5th, St. Paul will hold elections for City Council and School Board. Immanuel’s Social Action Team encourages you to attend one of the upcoming forums to inform your vote!

Oct 8th, 6:00 – 7:30 pm: Ward 7 City Council Candidate Forum, Sunray Library, 2105 Wilson Ave.
Sponsored by League of Women Voters

Oct 10th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm: Ward 5 City Council Candidate Forum, Washington Magnet, 1495 Rice Street.
Sponsored by League of Women Voters, North End Neighborhood Organization, Payne Phalen Community Council, District 10 Como Community Council, & Metropolitan consortium of Community

Oct 15th 7:15 – 8:45 pm: Ward 2 City Council Candidate Forum, Villa del Sol Community Space, 88 Cesar Chavez Street.
Sponsored by League of Women Voters & West Side Community Council

Oct 17th 6:30 – 8:00 pm: Ward 1 City Council Candidate Forum, Hallie Q Brown Center, 270 N. Kent Street
Sponsored by League of Women Voters & Hallie Q Brown Center

Other Activities

10 -7               AWE (8:00 am)
BS Scouts Troop 90 (6:30 pm)
10-8                Staff Meeting (9:30 am)
North Star Ski Touring Club (6:00 pm)
10-9                AWE (8 am)
TOPS (10:45 am)
Choristers (4:45 pm); Choristers Study Hall (5:30 pm)
Middle C’s (5:30 pm)
Supper (6 pm)
Jubilate Ringers (6:45 pm)
Confirmation Class (6:45 pm)
Cantorei (7:45pm)
10-10              AWE (8 am)
Improvers (9 am)
LGBC Bible Study (6:00 pm)
Thrivent Financial Presentation (6:00 pm)
10-11              AWE (8 am)
10-12              Men’s Breakfast (8:00 am)
Winged Heart Yoga (8 am)
Al-Anon (10 am)
Mat Pilates (10 am)
LGBC Prayer Meeting (10 am)
10-13              Worship (8:00 am)
Sunday School (9:15 am)
Coffee Hour (9:15 am)
Worship (10:30 am)
LGBC Worship (12:30 pm)
High School Youth Night (6:30 pm)
Aliro Voices (6:30pm)
Brass Quintet (7:00 pm)

Remember in Prayer

We lift in prayer: Betty Jorgensen, Doug Derr, Natalie Baird, Greg Murphy, Craig Fohrenkamm, Mabel Pappenfus, Nathan Lee, Ricky Garza, Jeff Christenson and his family, Andrea Kolaczkowski, Drew Hippen, Mike McCann, our partner congregation: Mkimbizi Lutheran Church of Tanzania and brothers and sisters in Christ in Guatemala, Living Gospel Believers Church

ALTAR FLOWERS are given by Dick Sarafolean in honor of his mother, Rika.

Worship Leaders

OCTOBER 13, 2019
Assisting Minister         Jeff Schmidt
Readers     Jody Dahl (8); Peg Wagensteen (10:30)
Communion Assistants Jody Dahl & Judie Prayfrock (8), Peg & Doug Wagensteen (10:30)
Acolyte       Leland Engelking (10:30)
Ushers        Jerry Sandahl & Judie Prayfrock (8), Jackie & Kiera Kelly, Doug Wagensteen (10:30)

Today:           Stewardship Committee
October 13:   Open
October 20:   Social Action

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