Weekly News and Notes

News and Notes September 8, 2019

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

MORNING:
Abiding God,
Awaken my heart to greet you
And open my lips to sing your praise.
May I follow the way of Christ
ever more fully this day. Amen.

EVENING:
Lord, you know my strengths and weaknesses
and how I long to serve you.
Thank you for the love and guidance
you have shown for me this day.
In your book of life are written all my days;
in you I fully trust.
Bless me as I sleep this night
and bring me to tomorrow,
rejoicing in the gift of living ever close to you. Amen.

RALLY SUNDAY is ALMOST HERE!
Sunday, Sept 15th, 9:15 – 10:15am
Save the date! Please join us for Sunday School Kick Off on Sept 15th from 9:15 – 10:15am as we kick off a new education year.

ILCW EVENT – ANNUAL WELCA GATHERING
Saturday, Sept 14, 9:00 am, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 2499 N. Helen Street, North Saint Paul.

Women of Immanuel are invited to the Annual WELCA Gathering Together which will introduce the “Gather” Bible Study for 2019-20. Study themes re “Poetry of the Old Testament” and “Vocation and Calling”.

Cost: $16.00 for study & lunch.  More information and registration forms are available at the Name Tag station in the Gathering Space.

ILCW CIRCLES WILL BEGIN AGAIN IN SEPTEMBER.
Grace Circle will meet the 2nd Monday at 9:30am in the West Lounge, September through May.
Sophia Circle will meet the 4th Monday from 7:00 – 8:30 pm in the West Lounge, September through May.
Faith, Joy & Peace Circle will meet the 3rd Tuesday from 1:00 – 2:30 pm in the West Lounge, September through May.

CHOIRS ARE BACK SINGING & RINGING IN SEPTEMBER
Children’s Choirs rehearse every Wednesday from September to May beginning September 11th.

Middle C’s Youth Choir/MC Ringers is for 7th – 12th grade.

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

Kinderchor is the children’s choir for kindergarten, 1st – 2nd grades. Rehearsal will be 9:25 am Sunday mornings.

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

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNERS will begin this week on September 11th, 6:00 pm, in the fellowship hall when all the youth choirs begin.

THRIVENT FINANCIAL WORKSHOP
Thursday, Sept 12th  , 6:00 pm, Fellowship Hall
College Planning with Ken Harris
For questions please call: 651-224-6209

ILC MEN’S CLUB FISHING TRIP
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

INDELIBLE GRACE WORSHIP SEMINAR
Friday, September 20th, Worship Seminar at 5:00 pm, Concert at 7:00 pm, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in the Midway, 436 Roy St. N., Saint Paul.  Early bird tickets $8 or $20 group of 4. Children 12 & under – free. All proceeds support LydiaPlace.org 

MEN’S BREAKFAST
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.

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

READ BRAVE SAINT PAUL
A dozen Immanuel readers of the book, Evicted: poverty and profit in the American City, gathered to discuss the serious issues presented. Families have watched their incomes stagnate or fall, while their housing costs have soared. Even middle income earners (teachers, health care workers, service employees) are living on the edge, but the poor are most severely impacted. Poor renting families spend over half their income on housing, with many struggling to dedicate over 70 percent to paying rent!

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! Last Sunday, September 1st, there were two copies of EVICTED on the cart in the library available to be checked out, and more copies may become available soon. If you don’t have time to read the book, or if you just want a quick review, check out this 6 minute You Tube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ovyccOXyoQ

FLEA MARKET
It’s time to start going through your home for items to give away. We accept gently used/good condition items. (We cannot take baby equipment including strollers, cribs, gates, car seats, or TVs, computers, & large appliances). The Flea Market Schedule:

Donation Acceptance Hours:
9/21 Saturday 9:00am – 1:00 pm  NEW!
9/22 Sunday 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
9/23 Monday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
9/24 Tuesday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
9/25 Wednesday: NO donations accepted.  NEW!
9/26 Thursday: NO donations accepted

FLEA MARKET SALE:
9/27 Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm
9/28 Saturday 9:00am – 1:00 pm

Thank you in advance! All proceeds are donated!

PREPARING FOR 2019 ELECTIONS IN SAINT PAUL
Voting is a crucial way to make our democracy work for everyone.  Elections for Saint Paul city council and school board will be held in November. In the last election for city council and school board in 2015 only 26,000 people, 12.5% of eligible voters, voted. That means 87.5% did not vote! These numbers mean there is a small group of people who are the deciders of what happens in Saint Paul.  The multi-faith organization, ISAIAH, is launching a bold and ambitious plan to engage thousands of people to vote and voice support for creating a multi-racial democracy and a caring economy in Saint Paul. The good news is that we can make our democracy work for all of us and transform what is politically possible. To get involved, join fellow Immanuel members and ISAIAH for training that will equip you with innovative strategies to change how we do politics together. If you have questions, feel free to talk with Christine Danielson 651-341-3351 or Kathy Robey 651-207-9627.
IMMANUEL TRAINING SESSION: Immanuel will host a training session on Thursday, September 5th, 6:30 – 9:00pm in the Fellowship Hall.

If you’d like more information or would like to sign up for a different training session, check out the following links:

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO DONATED TO SCHOOL TOOLS DRIVE
The School Tools Drive brought in an abundance of school supplies, including 14 calculators and 25 backpacks.  We guesstimate the value to be $1,475. Many children will have the tools they need to do well in school. Many thanks!

FIGHTING POVERTY WITH DIPLOMAS IN GUATEMALA WITH COMMON HOPE
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!

NEED SUMMER MEAL ASSISTANCE FOR SAFE HOUSE:
Immanuel Lutheran helps provide weekly dinners to the LSS Safe House for the summer. A safe place for homeless teens. Please sign up to provide a meal for approximately 10 people and deliver it to the Safe House 1696 Dayton Ave. between 6:00 – 7:00 pm. You can bring whatever you would like i.e. spaghetti, tacos, sloppy joes etc., a vegetable, dessert.  Meals are still needed for September 12th.
 
Sign up: www.carecalendar.org Calendar ID: 270838, Security Code: 8751.
Learn more about safe house at:
https://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/07/news/homeless-youth-safe-house

HELP FEED WILDER FAMILIES
Staff at Wilder Child Development Center provide a year- round internal food bank so their students have enough to eat throughout the weekend. They’ve requested our help with keeping it stocked.  Bring a grocery bag labeled “Wilder Preschool” packed with some or all of the following items and set it by Emily King’s office door. We’ll deliver the bags as we get them.
•    Cheerios/Corn Chex/Rice Chex        •    Applesauce (unsweetened)
•    Pasta/quinoa/brown rice                    •    Ramen/chicken noodle soup
•    Boxed macaroni & cheese                 •    Canned fruit in juice
•    Canned tuna or chicken                     •    Canned vegetables
•    Peanut butter                                      •    Whole grain crackers

Community Events

None this week.

Other Activities

9-9                  Grace Circle (9:30 am)
LGBC Music Rehearsal (12:00 pm)
150th Anniversary Committee Meeting (7:00 pm)
9-10                Staff Meeting (9:30 am)
GS Troop 52527 Mtg (6:30 pm)
Confirmation Orientation (7:00 pm)
Property Team Meeting (7:00 pm)
9-11                TOPS (10:45am)
Choristers (4:45 pm) Choristers Study Hall (5:30 pm)
Middle C’s (5:30 pm)
Supper (6:00 pm)
Care Team (6:30 pm)
Jubiliate Ringers (6:45pm)
Cantorei (7:45pm)
9-12                Improvers (9 am)
LGBC Bible Study (6 pm)
Thrivent Financial (6 pm)
9-13                Messenger Deadline
9- 14               Men’s Breakfast (8 am)
Winged Heart Yoga (8 am)
Al-Anon (10 am)
Mat Pilates (10 am)
LGBC Prayer Meeting (10 am)
9-15                RALLY SUNDAY!
Worship (8:00 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: June Grounds, Natalie Baird, Harriet Kidder, Greg Murphy, 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 to the Glory of God. Happy 25th Wedding Anniversary to Jackie & Joe Kelly who will be celebrating their wedding anniversary on September 10th

Worship Leaders

SEPTEMBER 15, 2019

Assisting Minister          Shawna Boll
Readers   Dave Alstead (8); Sarah Marsh (10:30)
Communion Assistants  Dave & Stephanie Alstead (8), Zach Marsh, Penny Norquist (10:30)
Acolyte    Wesley Norquist, Caelyn Hippen (10:30)
Crucifer   Owen Helgeson
Ushers     Tom Cline & Kathy Robey (8), Curt Hogenson, Joe Kelly and Henry, Scott & Cathy Seka (10:30)

COFFEE HOSTS:
Today: Flea Market
September 15th Social Action
September 22nd Open

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