Weekly News and Notes

News and Notes September 15, 2019


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

O Lord, have mercy on us this day
according to your steadfast love.
Create clean hearts and new spirits within us
and open our lips to declare your praise;
through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

Tonight, O God, we give you thanks
for your grace overflowing in our lives
and for the gifts of faith and love in Christ.
Strengthen us for your service,
be patient with us in our failings,
and continue to pour out your mercy upon us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

9:15 – 10:15am, Goodrich lawn
We kick off a new education year with games, food, sign ups, music, and a chance to catch up with people you haven’t seen all summer.

Grace Circle meets the 2nd Monday at 9:30am in the West Lounge.
Sophia Circle meets the 4th Monday from 7:00 – 8:30 pm in the West Lounge.
Faith, Joy & Peace Circle meets the 3rd Tuesday from 1:00 – 2:30 pm in the West Lounge.

Choirs rehearse every Wednesday from September to May.

Middle C’s Youth Choir/MC Ringers is for 7th – 12th grade. Rehearsal is 5:30-6:15 pm.

Choristers/Chorister Ringers is the children’s choir for 2nd-6th grade. Rehearsal will be 4:45-5:30 pm

Kinderchor is the children’s choir for kindergarten – 1st grades. Rehearsal will be during the Sunday education hour.

Hosanna Singers (Preschool Choir) meets during the Sunday education hour from 9:15 am – 10:15 am.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNERS have started! 6:00 pm, in the fellowship hall. All are welcome for good food, conversation and devotions.   
Choristers Study Hall is a supervised homework time for Choristers during the gap before dinner. 5:30 – 6:00 pm in the Youth Room.
The nursery will be staffed from 6:20 – 9:00 pm.

Flea Market donations & volunteering begin 9:00 am -1:00 pm on Saturday, Sept. 21! Donations accepted through Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Matthew 25:40 “Whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” 
Highlighting 1 of our beneficiaries: Rezek House, a Lutheran Social Services transitional housing program for homeless youth. The flea market supports Rezek in 3 ways: donating part of the profits toward the program, providing housewares to residents, and raising awareness of this vital program. Your contributions positively impact the lives of homeless youth.

This is an Immanuel-wide event. All hands are needed to make it a success. Please give some time – 30 minutes or 3 hours – to help support our community. All profits support our benevolence partners. Sale/festival details & volunteer signups are on clipboards at the Rally Day celebration and at ilcsp.org/flea-market. You can also sign-up for a volunteer spot online at http://signup.com/go/OPkjErB

September 21st – 22nd at Little Sand Lake, Park Rapids, MN. Open to all men 18 years and older. The cost is $150 to $175 depending upon  attendance. You’re responsible for your own transportation, carpooling is encouraged. Even if you don’t like to fish, there are hiking trails & golf courses nearby. Look for the flyers in the gathering space and contact Steve Mundt at 651-646-2195 ahlquist.mundt@gmail.com

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

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

A dozen Immanuel readers of the book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City gathered to discuss the serious issues presented.

Affordable housing is a very complex issue, with no simple answers, but here are several questions our discussion group pondered, and ones for all of our faith community to consider: What are some of the benefits of a stable home? Do you think decent affordable housing should be a basic right for everyone? Are you motivated to address housing issues in Saint Paul? What would that action look like?

It’s not too late to read the book! There are several copies in the library.  Or, if you don’t have time to read the book or just want a quick review, check out this 6-minute You Tube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ovyccOXyoQ

Immanuel Lutheran partners with Common Hope to help students in Guatemala gain a high school diploma and families break the cycle of poverty through education, health care, housing, and family development programs. Over the years, Immanuel member have sponsored over 20 students! The Men’s Club currently sponsors Juan, an 8th-grader.
September is Sponsorpalooza at Common Hope. If you’re interested in learning more, please check out www.commonhope.org or talk with Ann Derr.  Common Hope has a matching donor for new sponsors in September!

We’ve finished another season of Mobile Church. Please consider returning your bag in the shelves under the bulletin board so that we can fill them for next summer.

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’s 150th Anniversary is coming up in a bit more than year. Plans are forming for a special worship service, a banquet, a commemorate book, displays, and special events throughout the year of 2021. You can help! You may have just the right thing! Do you have:

  • Old Photos or videos of Immanuel?
  • Artifacts that relate to Immanuel’s history?
  • Stories about Immanuel?
  • The names of sons and daughters of Immanuel who went into the ministry?
  • Papers relating to the running of the church or events that took place?
  • Have members of your family been members of Immanuel for 3 generations or more?

If you would like to share any of these things or schedule an interview to share stories, please contact: Ann Derr at 651-335-3233 or annderr@gmail.com

Community Events

On November 5th, St. Paul voters will cast their ballots for four seats on the Board of Education. This school board shapes the learning experiences for more than 37,000 students. Who is running? What are their opinions on the important issues? What are the important issues? The League of Women Voters and the East Side Freedom Library are bringing candidates together in a roundtable format so we can learn more. September 18, 7:00 pm at the East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier St., Paul.

Other Activities

9-16                LGBC Music Rehearsal (12:00 pm)
BS Scouts Troop 90 (6:30 pm)
9-17                Staff Meeting (9:30 am)
Faith, Joy, Peace Circle (1:00 pm)
Finance Committee (6:00 pm)
GS Troop 52527 Mtg (6:30 pm)
Visioning Board (7:00 pm)
9-18                TOPS (10:45am)
Choristers (4:45 pm); Choristers Study Hall (5:30 pm)
Middle C’s (5:30 pm)
Supper (6:00 pm)
Jubiliate Ringers (6:45 pm)
Confirmation Orientation (7:00 pm)
Cantorei (7:45pm)
9-19                Improvers (9 am)
LGBC Bible Study (6:00 pm)
Stewardship Team (7:00 pm)
9-21                Winged Heart Yoga (8 am)
Loaves & Fishes (8:30 am)
Flea Market Donations (9:00 am)
Al-Anon (10 am)
Mat Pilates (10 am)
LGBC Prayer Meeting (10 am)
9-22                Worship (8:00 am)
Sunday School (9:15 am)
Coffee Hour (9:15 am)
Worship (10:30 am)
Flea Market Donations (11:30 am)
LGBC Worship (12:30 pm)
Aliro Voices (6:30pm)
Brass Quintet (7:00 pm)

Remember in Prayer

We lift in prayer: June Grounds, Natalie Baird, Harriet Kidder, 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 Jody Dahl in honor of her mother’s birthday.

Worship Leaders


Assisting Minister      Matt Olson
Readers   Judie Prayfrock (8); Jackie Kelly (10:30)
Communion Assistants   Judy Prayfrock, Stacey Von Wald (8), Dick Sarafolean, Jackie Kelly (10:30)
Acolyte    Sam Moeller, Ani Hoiland (10:30)
Ushers     Tom Cline & Kathy Robey (8), Curt Hogenson, Joe Kelly and Henry, Scott & Cathy Seka (10:30)

Today: Social Action

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