Weekly News and Notes

News and Notes September 30th, 2018


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

May the first words in my mouth today be the sound of the name of Jesus. Lead me to reflect on his power as I seek to live my day, honoring the One who gave me salvation and a new life. In his powerful name I pray. Amen.

God, was I an agent of hope and salvation to others as you have been to me? As the day winds down, help me to think about those times during the day when I lived in your grace and the times when I failed to be salt in your world. Keep on working in my life, through the power of your Holy Spirit, so that I can become more like you want me to be. In the name of Jesus. Amen

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

In case you were not here last week, Sunday school classes are in session from 9:15-10:15 am. Parents, please pick up preK–3rd-grade students where you dropped them off.
PreK (ages 3-5): Meet in the lower level (first door on the right as you walk from the nursery to the men’s restroom)
Grades K-5: Meet in the Education Commons (all the way up the stairs by the parking lot and take a left)
Middle-schoolers: Meet in the Pine Room (behind the balcony)
High-schoolers: Meet in the Youth Room (all the way up the stairs by the parking lot and go straight)

Sundays, beginning today
We begin a 6 week focus on “Being Christian in the US.” How does our faith influence our life? Our community? Our political choices? How does the church respond to the major issues of our day? Come hear a variety of speakers share about US history and current issues as well as tell their own stories.
September 30th: A History of Church and State
Historian Jim Stewart will talk about how the church and state have related throughout US history.
October 7th: Should the church be involved in politics? 
A speaker from the Lutheran Advocacy office will talk about why and how Lutherans get involved.

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.

Imanuel’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.

October 4th, 12:00 lunch, 12:30 presentation, Fellowship Hall
From Liberia to Life in the USA
Valetta Johnson Massaquoi, RN Regions Hospital

Valetta was born and raised in Liberia. Her extended family continues to live there.  Valetta will tell us about her life journey.

October 5th – 7th, Portage Lake, Deerwood, MN
Open to all makes 18 and older. The cost is between $140 and $160 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, don’t worry, there are paved biking trails, mountain biking trails and golf courses nearby. Relax, grab a book and sit on the deck. If you have questions, contact Steve Mundt at 651-646-2195, 651-428-8144 or ahlquist.mundt@gmail.com.

Saturday, Oct. 6th and Sunday, Oct. 7th
The Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend is taking place on Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7, 2018, and to be please be aware of
road closed restrictions.

The postcard that is being mailed to those who work and live along the routes is posted on the kiosk in the gathering space.  It includes the course maps and road closure information. Also, full event details are available online.

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 1, 7 pm
Rhonda and Mike Tjaden
389 Pascal Street, St. Paul
Guests:  8 (Kids welcome)
Wednesday, October 3, 6:30 pm
Sparkling water and healthy snacks
John Lahti and Dana Simonson
1188 Ashland Avenue, St. Paul
Guests:  8 (Kids welcome)

Thursday, October 4, 6:30 pm        
Dessert and coffee
Tara and Paul Mattessich
1554 Lincoln Avenue, St Paul
Guests: 8 (Kids welcome)
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

None this week.

Other Activities

10-1             Scouts (6:30 pm), Voter Engagement Phoning (6:30 pm)
10-2             Staff Meeting (9:30 am)
10-3             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)
10-4             Improvers (9:00 am), Dementia Friendly Group (11 am), Aging Splendidly (12 pm), Worship and Music Committee (6:15 pm)
10-7             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 by Mom (Claire Taylor-Sherman) and Dad (Doug Sherman) in celebration of Jake's 29th birthday. Happy Birthday!

Worship Leaders

Worship Leaders October 7th, 2018

Assisting Minister  Kari Moeller
Readers   Paul Mattessich (8), John Toso (10:30)
Communion Assistants  Paul, Tara Mattessich (8), Jan Johnshoy, John Toso (10:30)
Acolytes   Sam Stenberg, Owen Helgeson (10:30)
Ushers      Jerry Sandahl, Judie Prayfrock (8), Berit Nelson, Anna & Otto Schmidt, Doug Wangensteen (10:30)

Today        Stewardship Committee
Oct 7th         Reed Family
Oct 14th      Bega Kwa Bega – Klevan
Oct 21st      Social Action

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