Weekly News and Notes

News and Notes September 29, 2019


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

God of radiance and glory
you give life to all things
and call us to life everlasting.
Show us the treasure of your grace
so that we may take hold
of the life that really is life;
through Christ Jesus, Lord of lords. Amen.

Most High God,
in the shadow of your wings
there is nothing to fear.
Cover us with your grace this night.
Be with us in trouble,
satisfy us with long life,
and show us your saving love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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.


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

Choristers/Chorister Ringers is the children’s choir for 2nd-6th grade. Rehearsal is 4:45-5:30 pm every Wednesday from September to May.

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.

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.


Wednesday, October 2nd, 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!

9TH grade: If your mentor has not met with Pastor Cindy and turned in the correct paperwork please contact her to get it done.

Save the date… 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 Kay Draine, 651-690-3538, 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.

October 3rd, 12:45pm. Professor Fred Arman, author of several books including “We’re in America now: A Survivor’s Story” will be our guest speaker. Free will offering lunch at noon, readings, comments and questions/answers about growing up Jewish in America. Please join us.

Please join us at Feed My Starving Children (Eagan facility) on Oct. 25, 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.

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 members have sponsored over 20 students! The Men’s Club currently sponsors Juan, an 8th-grader.
September is Sponsorpalooza at Common Hope. Please check out www.commonhope.org or talk with Ann Derr.  Common Hope has a matching donor for new sponsors in September!

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!

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.

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 commemorative 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

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


Bake Sale Volunteers needed – Many hands make light work!                                
I hope you can help support the annual ILCW Bake Sale again this year. Volunteers are needed to make Scandinavian cookies (rosettes, krumkake and spritz) and to work at the Bake Sale during the Lutefisk Dinner. Dates and times are listed below.  No experience necessary. Grab a friend and join in the fun!

Cookie Making, Sunday, November 17th   Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Lunch provided.  To make the baking go a little faster, mix up a batch of cookie dough and bring it with you to church. We can store the dough in the kitchen while you attend church and then start in after a quick bite to eat. You don’t have to bring dough, we’ll have plenty of ingredients to mix some up and we’ve got plenty to do. Everyone is welcome.

Bake Sale, Friday, November 22nd   3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
If these times don’t fit your schedule, you can still help by baking items in your home and donating them to sale. Donate a cake, a pie and/or a few batches cookies.

Contact Rhonda Tjaden at 651-699-0868 or rhonda.tjaden@thomsonreuters.com

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.

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! Upcoming dates:

Oct 1, 2019, 7:00 – 8:30 pm: Ward 3 City Council Candidate Forum,
Highland Park Community Center, 1978 Ford Pkwy

Oct 3, 2019, 7:00 – 8:30 pm: Ward 4 City Council Candidate Forum,
Saint Paul Neighborhood Network, 550 Vadalia Street, Suite 170

Other Activities

9-30             AWE (8:00 am)
BS Scouts Troop 90 (6:30 pm)
10-1             Staff Meeting (9:30 am)
GS Troop 52527 (6:30 pm)
10-2             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)
10-3             AWE (8 am)
Improvers (9 am)
Aging Splendidly (12:45 pm)
LGBC Bible Study (6:00 pm)
Worship & Music Team (6:15)
Stewardship Team (7:00 pm)
10-4             AWE (8 am)
10-5             Winged Heart Yoga (8 am)
Al-Anon (10 am)
Mat Pilates (10 am)
LGBC Prayer Meeting (10 am)
10-6             Worship (8:00 am)
Sunday School (9:15 am)
Coffee Hour (9:15 am)
Worship (10:30 am)
LGBC Worship (12:30 pm)
Aliro Voices (6:30pm)
Brass Quintet (7:00 pm)

Remember in Prayer

We lift in prayer: Betty Jorgensen, Doug Derr, 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

Worship Leaders

OCTOBER 6, 2019
Assisting Minister     Kari Moeller
Readers   Dave Alstead (8); Sam Stenberg (10:30)
Communion Assistants    Stephanie & David Alstead (8), Peg Wangensteen & Claire Taylor-Sherman (10:30)
Acolyte     Haven Purviance & Steian Johnson (10:30)
Ushers      Jerry Sandahl & Judie Prayfrock (8), Berit Nelson, Anna & Otto Schmidt, Doug Wagensteen (10:30)

Today:       Thrivent Financial
October 6: Stewardship Committee

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