Weekly News and Notes

News and Notes September 10th, 2017


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

Morning Good morning, God. Thank you for the invitation to live faithfully today, walking in your paths, loving my neighbor. The day is new, unmarred by missteps or words misspoken, so I pause in this newness to remember your commandments and to delight in therm. Help me to follow you all through this day. Keep my feet from stumbling or wandering down other trails so that I honor you and others in word and deed. In Christ I pray. Amen.

Evening Loving God, as I have put on Christ in my words and deeds today, now let me rest in Christ’s light and presence as the evening comes. Awake or asleep, you watch over me, and I am grateful you love me so. I turn my whole heart to you in love, and my heart is full of love and care for my family and friends and for all those whom you have made my neighbor. In the quiet hours of sleep, mend in me whatever is unresolved from the day now past, and wake me with the morning light, and with your grace yet again. Amen.

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

Our Faith Formation Task Force has been working over the summer to try and discover how we want Faith Formation to look here at Immanuel.  Now we need your feedback.

Take the survey. It will be available online and on paper on September 10th. Computers will be available in the Gathering Space to complete the surevy. This survey is our chance to gather information that will be used to define Faith Formation at Immanuel as well as helping us write a job description. Surveys will be live for 3 weeks. Early October we will have a chance for everyone to hear what we discovered and to give us more feedback.

If you have questions concerning the process, please feel free to contact any of our Task Force Committee Members.  Chase Hippen, Emily King, Tracy Iaria, Karen Osen, Loren Danielson, Sue Klevan, Tracie Peterson. Thank you for your prayers as we continue to move forward.

Join with others to explore the issues of racism in St. Paul. Readings, movies, one-on-one conversations, and other activities that help us understand and confront racism.  The JtJ group meets the 2nd Sunday of each month at 11:45 am in the West Lounge. September’s meeting (Sept. 10th) will look at options for the year. It’s a great time to join in!

Monday, Sept. 11th, 6:30 pm, West Lounge
A reminder that Care Team will meet on Monday evening. Hope to see you there!

Sept. 17th
Anticipation of a Journey
Come meet your Sunday School teachers for the year as we journey together towards the new creation. There will be something for everyone – children of all ages. Hear the story of Jesus in the Wilderness, experience the bible through arts & crafts, games and more. Hope to see you in the East Lounge at 9:15 am.

Child Care position available in the nursery. Care for children, ages 0-5, while their parents attend church activities. Hours needed are Sundays 7:45 am-noon, Wednesdays, 6:15-9 pm, and other occasional hours. Contact Tracie Peterson at faithformation@ilcsp.org. Please feel free to share with your friends who may be interested.

Help Immanuel to fulfil the promises we make as a congregation at every baptism here. Make a difference in the lives of children here. Full and part-time volunteer positions available. For more information, please contact Tracie Peterson at faithformation@ilcsp.org.

Annual WELCA Gathering
Saturday, September 16th, 9 am – Noon (then lunch)
Women of ILC are invited to the Annual WELCA Gathering together which will introduce the “Gather” Bible Study for 2017-18. Study themes are “The Apostles Creed” and “Multiple Meanings” Learning from Other Interpretations”.
> Place:           St. Mark’s Lutheran Church 2499 N.
Helen Street, North St. Paul, MN
> Cost: $15.00
> More information and registration forms are at the Activity Table in the Gathering Space.

Come join the fun of singing and ringing at Immanuel. Our Children and Youth Choir rehearsals begin Wednesday, September 13th!  Bring a friend!

October 6th – 8th, 2017
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.

11th Annual Fall Flea Market and Kids Carnival!
Friday, September 22th
Flea Market Open:       10 am – 6pm
Kid’s Carnival 5:30-7:30 pm (bouncy house, games,
climbing wall!)
Live Music! 6 –  8 pm

Saturday, September 23th
Flea Market Open: 9 am -3 pm, Bag Sale 12-3 pm

Donations will be accepted:
Sunday, Sept 17th noon– 3 pm;
Monday, Sept 18th  – Wednesday, Sept 20th: 8 am–
3 pm, 6–8 pm
No donations will be accepted after 8pm on

Please check your attics, basements, closets & garages for gently used, good condition items you no longer want or need. (We cannot take baby equipment including strollers, cribs, gates, car seats; TVs & computers; large appliances.)

Our Fall Festival weekend is a fun way to get to know your fellow Immanuel members, open our doors to the community and raise money to support the ministry of Immanuel. All proceeds are donated.

Volunteers Needed to Sort and Price Items. Especially evenings the week prior to the Flea Market! Sign-up Link:  http://signup.com/go/seRNrxV

Community Events

“Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. AMEN.”
(Ephesians 3:20-21)

In our synod’s statement of purpose we proclaim the core belief that Christ is working to stir up bolder trust in God’s work through us. This often leads to the expectation that God will continue to do new and innovative things in our midst and that we will play a crucial role in those new ventures.

However, today we are called to place that same trust in God as we close one of the long-established congregations in this synod. After much prayer and discernment, North Emanuel Lutheran Church in Saint Paul will close with a final worship service on Sunday, September 17th.

Founded in 1891 by an immigrant generation, North Emanuel has long been an anchor for religious and community life in the North End. Members have faithfully lived out their baptismal faith and mission there for 126 years.

While it is bittersweet to witness the closing of a congregation, we give thanks for the faithful witness of this congregation and trust that the Risen Christ is still at work.

Please keep the members of North Emanuel and Pastor Kisten Thompson in your prayers, as they prepare for this service of holy closure. Join us as we gather with North Emanuel for their final service on Sunday, September 17 at 2:00 pm at 301 Hatch Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55117. The service will be followed by a time of fellowship.

Patricia J. Lull, Bishop

From the ELCA: Please stand by our neighbors as we begin the long road to recovering from Hurricane Harvey, one of the most catastrophic storms to hit the country in more than a decade

Lutheran Disaster Response’s affiliate is actively present, collaborating with community leaders and officials to initiate the proper responses, particularly the long-term recovery efforts. Together, we have a strong history of working with disasters in the Gulf Coast area. Recovery efforts are expected to take years, and Lutheran Disaster Response will be there to accompany those affected through every phase of this disaster.

We invite you to stand by our neighbors on the Gulf Coast during this time. Your gifts ensure that our church will be able to provide help and hope for those left homeless or otherwise affected by this disaster for years to come.

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

September 14th, 7 pm, History Center at Historic Fort Snelling

Winning the Pacific War
James D. Hornfischer, Author of The Fleet At Flood Tide and Neptune’s Inferno along with veterans will discuss the Campaign in the Central Pacific that led to the final victory over the Japanese.

Other Activities

9-11    Grace Circle (9:30 am), Scouts (6:30 pm), Care Team (6:30 pm)
9-12    Staff Meeting (9:30 am), Stewardship (7 pm), Confirmation Parents Meeting (7 pm), Confirmation Mentor Meeting (8 pm)
9-13    Middle C’s (4:30 pm), Choristers (5:15 pm), Sunday School Teacher Orientation (5:15 pm), 7th/8th Gr Acolyte Training (5:15 pm), Supper (6 pm), Jubilate Ringers (6:45 pm), Cantorei (7:45 pm)
9-14    Improvers (9 am), Tjaden Wedding Prep (9 am)
9-16    Dorothy Day (10 am), Flea Market Set-up (10 am)
9-17    RALLY DAY Worship (8 am), Fellowship (9:15 am), Worship (10:30 am), Flea Market Collection begins (12 pm)

Remember in Prayer

We lift in prayer: Craig Fohrenkamm, Michael Thorson, Don Anderson, Bob Lyksett, Nilla Osten, Jane Lilleodden, Elmer Kaardal, Ken Fick, Mary Fashner, Wayne Thompson, Russ Carlson, Nathan Lee, Ellie Czeck, Rachel Farnsworth, and our partner congregations: Mkimbizi Lutheran Church of Tanzania and Revelation Christian Center International.

ALTAR FLOWERS are given by Shirley Bethke in memory of husband, Fred, who was dedicated to Immanuel and the Improvers.

Today Brooks and Sandi Bulter
Sept 17th Social Action
Sept. 24th Common Hope/Guatemala

Worship Leaders

September 17th, 2017

Assisting Minister   Kari Moeller
Readers   Dave Alstead (8), Sarah Marsh (10:30)
Communion Assistants      Dave Alstead, Russ Edhlund (8), Sarah and Zach Marsh (10:30)
Acolyte    Kiera Kelly, Sophia Moeller (10:30)
Crucifer   Ingrid Mundt (10:30)
Ushers     Tom Cline, Kathy Robey (8), Jean Sazevich, Dave & Karl Hedlund, Curt Hogenson (10:30)

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