Weekly News and Notes

News and Notes October 28th, 2018


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

In this new day, allow me to live by faith, knowing that you will be with me in my travels, in my words, in my actions, and in my relationships with others and with you. In the name of your Son I pray. Amen.

As I look forward to needed rest, I thank you for allowing me to stand through the storms of problems and feelings that each day brings. When I close my eyes to sleep, let me breathe prayerfully so that the strength I gain during the night may fill me with hope and love for a new day. In the name of the One who is my comfort I pray. Amen.

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


Today: The Issue of Racism
Pr. Cindy will talk about the ELCA focus on racism, and Rachel Martin will begin a two-week training on understanding and counteracting white privilege in our interactions.

November 4th: The Issue of Racism
Christine Danielson will tell her story of learning about privilege, and we will continue with Rachel Martin’s training on understanding and counteracting white privilege.


Today Bibles are being presented to our third-grade students: Tarq Johnson, Sven Lahti, Miguel Lopez, Scott Seka and Claire Shirilla. Please keep these students in your prayers as they continue to learn about the Bible.


The Council proposed change to how Immanuel is governed would create a Visioning Board to take the long view to essentially address the following question: What difference will the Immanuel congregation make, and for whom? The Board would still have oversight of the Ministry but would focus more on high-level guidelines and less on day-to-day operations.

Now it’s your turn! Visit the Immanuel webpage dedicated to the proposed change: http://ilcsp.org/council/vision-focused-ministry/

There you can watch the Adult Forum presentation, review the draft ministry statement, and send Council President Joe Dufresne your feedback and ideas.


November 1st, 12:00 lunch, 12:45 pm presentation, Fellowship Hall

The Wisdom of Elders
Pastor Cindy Bullock
Older adults have exceptional strengths of wisdom, bravery, patience and ingenuity, yet they are often stereotyped as weak, forgetful and unimportant. How can Immanuel tap into the great resource that is our elders? How can wisdom — gained over a lifetime of overcoming adversity, seeing the world change, and raising children and grandchildren, — become a blessing for others? Come offer insights and dreams in this interactive session.


If you were unable to attend the first meeting of the Immanuel 150th Anniversary planning group (there were tornado warnings that evening!) not to worry. We will regroup and meet on Thursday, November 1st at 7:00pm in the West Lounge. Come to share ideas for celebrating this momentous event with worship, music, food and entertainment. Please contact Ann Derr if you are interested at: annderr@gmail.com


Saturday, November 3rd, 8:30 am
The annual Rake-a-Thon sponsored by the Care Team is coming soon. Sign up to rake a yard. This is a fantastic family event. Many hands make light work. Have fun working in the fall leaves. We will begin with a light breakfast at the church, and then go to homes. A sign-up sheet is available in the Gathering Space notebook for those who can help. For more information or if you would like to have your lawn raked or know of someone that needs their lawn raked, please contact Elaine Jaeger, 651-227-5507, or Jane Tripple, 651-644-8411.

November 4TH 

We remember with thanksgiving those who have joined the saints and angels in heaven. Our service will begin with a time of prayer and the lighting of the candles for our members who have died this year.  Please invite a friend or neighbor to worship on this festival Sunday


Sunday, November 4th or Wednesday, November 7th
New to Immanuel? Would you like to learn more about us or become a member of the congregation? We would love to help you connect with Immanuel in ways that are meaningful and life giving to you. Orientation classes will be offered Sunday, November 4th at 9:15am OR Wednesday, November 7th at 6:45 pm. We’ll cover the basics of what Lutheran’s believe, and we’ll help you get to know Immanuel. RSVP to Pastor Cindy (cbullock@ilcsp.org) or call the church at 651-699-5560, so we can have materials ready for you. New members will be received in worship on Sunday, November 18th.


Nov. 11th and 18th, 9:30-10:15am Sundays, Lower Commons

2nd- and 3rd-graders and their parents or caregivers: 
Communion class is offered for all grades each year for two weeks. These classes are for everyone, whether your children take communion, are preparing for their first communion or are waiting until they’re older. Please plan to attend with your child(ren).


November 13th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Mount Zion Temple, 1300 Summit Ave
Initiated by faith leaders, a Minnesota Legislative Report containing recommendations for how to eliminate poverty in Minnesota by 2020 was prepared in 2009. Almost ten years later, none of the benchmarks that were set out have been met. The JRLC (Joint Religious Legislative Coalition), an interfaith public interest group, is holding Community Conversations across the state to raise awareness of the gaps that remain. This event is co-sponsored by JRLC, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Immanuel Lutheran Church and Mount Zion Temple. For more information see the flyer on the kiosk in the gathering space.

ILCW Serrv Sale, Friday, Nov. 16th, 3:00—7:00pm

This is our biggest sale of the year!
Volunteers are needed to help set up the fair-trade merchandise sale in the Gathering space in the early afternoon, starting at 1:00pm!
Selling merchandise for a two hour period, or longer if you can, is also needed. You choose your shift.
And finally, helping with re-packing unsold merchandise from 7:00—8:00pm is the last step and your assistance would be super great!

To volunteer or ask questions, please contact Karen Osen, k.a.osen@centurylink.net
Thank you!

ILCW BAKE SALE Bake Sale Ingredients

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. So grab a friend and join in the fun!  As the quote says, “Many hands make light work”.

Cookie Making
Sunday, November 11th   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 16th   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 or pie and/or a few batches cookies.

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

LUTEFISK DINNERPlate full of lutefisk dinner
Friday, November 16th

The 69th annual Lutefisk Dinner will be held on Friday, November 16th.
The cost is $20.00 for adults and $5.00 for youth 12 and under.
Seatings are at 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 pm.
For tickets contact Russ Edhlund at 651-698-1260 or see him between services.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! You can help in many ways. Cookie baking, meatball rolling, and serving at the dinner. Sign up now!

Community Events

November 2nd

Celebrate All Souls Day with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and save 20% off tickets to hear Bach’s sacred masterwork, the Saint John Passion.

Artistic Partner and early music expert Jonathan Cohen leads the SPCO in one of Bach’s seminal works — his Saint John Passion. This oratorio was written for Good Friday in 1724, using the German translation of the Gospel of Saint John. Joined by a stellar cast of vocal soloists with chorales sung by The Singers, this performance at the Cathedral of Saint Paul is certain to be a highlight of the 2018.19 season.

To order: Find the November 2 concert on the online concert calendar at www.thespco.org. Click “buy tickets” and then enter code lutheran20 in the “promotional code” box on the left and click “go” to access the special discounted price. Or call our Ticket Office at 651-291-1144 and mention code lutheran20 over the phone. The Ticket Office is open 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday and 11:00 am – 3:00 pm on Saturday.

All Saints: “Dark Night of the Soul”

Mystery and deep spiritual connection with loved ones spark a time of remembrance as the National Lutheran Choir reignites our signature choral service at All Saints. More information about the concert can be found on the kiosk in the Gathering Space.

Friday, November 2, 7:30pm
St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church, Plymouth, MN
Sunday, November 4, 4:00pm
St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Mahtomedi, MN

For more information, visit NLCA.com/18-19season or call (612) 722-2301.

Other Activities

10-29    Scouts (6:30 pm)
10-30    Staff Meeting (9:30 am), Girl Scouts (6 pm)
10-31     No rehearsals, No supper
11-1        Improvers (9:00 am), Dementia Friendly Group (11 am), Aging Splendidly (12 pm),
Worship and Music Committee (6:15 pm), 150th Anniversary Planning mtg. (7 pm), Stewardship (7 pm)
11-3       Rake-a-Thon (8:30 am)
11-3       All Saint’s Day, Worship (8 & 10:30 am), Sunday School (10:15 am), Fellowship (9:15 am),
New Members Gathering (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, Megan Erie, Nathan Lee, Harvey Lilleodden, Ricky Garza, James Henry, Natalie Baird, Sean Draine, and our partner congregation: Mkimbizi Lutheran Church of Tanzania.

Worship Leaders

November 4th, 2018
Assisting Minister  Jeff Schmidt
Readers   Doris Karlisch (8), Natalie Norquist (10:30)
Communion Assistants  Doris Karlisch, Lisa Struss (8), Penny Norquist, Jackie Kelly (10:30)
Acolytes  Sam Moeller, Haven Purviance (10:30)
Crucifer  Kelley Wells (8), Zoe Hoiland (10:30)
Ushers  Jeanette Wermager, Andy Urness (8), Harvey Jaeger, Kristin Payne, Kelley and John Wells (10:30)

Today         Open
Nov 4th       Men’s Club/Lutefisk Dinner

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