Weekly News and Notes

News and Notes October 7th, 2018


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

Help us, God, as we rise this day, to seek out our will as we enjoy the good and suffer through the bad. Prove us, O God, and try us so that we can learn the steps we need to take to follow your ways.  Amen.

When I felt like a dejected child, rejected and lost, your comfort surrounded me, and I felt as if I was home. Thank you for your embracing heart, for making me feel special and loved, for helping me up, and for saying that you are my brother, my Savior, my friend. Thank you, Jesus. Amen

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


Today: Should the church be involved in politics? 
A speaker from the Lutheran Advocacy office will talk about why and how Lutherans get involved

October 14th: 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.

The devotional booklets for October – December 2018 can be found on display in the gathering space and on the bookshelf near the Parish Administrator’s office. Both regular and large print formats are available.

Immanuel’s Voter Engagement Team will have a table with information on where to vote, how to get an absentee ballot, and how to register to vote. Look for us between services. We will be having discussions about your vision for the Future of Minnesota and how we can vote for our shared faith values of dignity, abundance, community, love, and hope.

In October you are invited to 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:

Monday, October 8, 7 pm
Dave and Lindsey Hansen
2016 Wellesley Avenue, St Paul
Guests: 10-12 (Kids welcome)

Wednesday, October 10, 7:30
Wine, coffee, and dessert
Peg and Doug Wangensteen
2171 Princeton Avenue, St. Paul
Guests:  8

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

Community Events


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

10-8             Grace Circle (9:30 am), Scouts (6:30 pm), Scouts Parent Meeting   (7 pm)
10-9             Staff Meeting (9:30 am)
10-10           Messenger Deadline, 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)
10-11           Improvers (9:00 am)
10-13           Men’s Breakfast (8 am)
10-14           Worship (8 & 10:30 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, Roger Forman, Megan Erie, Pastor John Lohre, Nathan Lee, Harvey Lilleodden, Ricky Garza, Jeannie Forman and our partner congregation: Mkimbizi Lutheran Church of Tanzania.

ALTAR FLOWERS are given in memory of Clarice Norgaard by Christine and John Otteson.

IMMANUEL MOURNS the death of Lois Smith, Emily King’s grandmother and keeps the family in prayer.

Worship Leaders

October 14th, 2018

Assisting Minister    David Stark
Readers   Jody Dahl (8), Peg Wangensteen (10:30)
Communion Assistants Stacey Von Wald, David Alstead (8), Chris, Greg Knopff (10:30)
Acolytes   Sebastian Hoiland, Leland Engelking (10:30)
Ushers      Jerry Sandahl, Judie Prayfrock (8), Kay, Peter Draine, Peg, Doug Wangensteen (10:30)
Altar Guild Barb Columbus, Phyllis Bentley

Today            Reed Family
Oct 14th         Bega Kwa Bega – Klevan
Oct 21st         Social Action

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