Immanuel Lutheran Church
                     of Almelund, Minnesota


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Thank You


SPECIAL THANKS to Alan & Judy Olson and Wild Mountain Winery located in Almelund, for supplying us with wine for our Holy Communion services. Thanks to Liz Sandberg for bringing the wine to church for us! Blessings to you! -ILC Altar Guild



Thank God for prayers given and an-swered for me....thank you Pastor Mar-la and Merrie for going the extra mile this last month for me after I was hospi-talized after having influenza, although I had received my flu shot last fall. Extremely contagious, I was in isolation when Pastor visited me. I've been home now for several weeks. Thank God for faithful-ness and healing. -Darlene Anderson, Immanuel Prayer Chain leader. Please call or email Darlene with your prayer requests. Remember to let the phone ring 10 times and leave a message if she is doesn’t answer—she will call you back. Her number is 651-583-3153, or her email is "Almelund Lutheran Prayer Shawl Committee, Thank you to the ladies of the prayer shawl ministry for the beautiful shawl given to me. It has kept me warm during my cancer recovery as I sit in my chair. It especially warmed my heart to be thought of by my home church that I grew up in. Thank you so much for your prayers and thoughtfulness. Blessings, Judy Lindahl"

Be sure to take a look at our beautiful cemetery! Thanks to Cemetery Groundskeeper Daryl and Julie Abrahamson for their hard work!

Immanuel would like to thank Lois Johnson for her years of dedicated

service and skill as Treasurer for the Memorial and Property Committees and Building Fund. She has kept a detailed accounting of funds moving in and out of these committees. Beyond that, if a person needed to know one of these details, Lois was usually able to pull it from her memory. Thank you Lois for being such a thorough and committed Treasurer and volunteering so much of your time to this work. The Memorial Committee recognized Lois at a coffee held in her honor on April 23. (Editors Note: Here is a "did you know.." about Lois. Did you know that Lois Johnson was the first woman ever to be on our Church Council!)

GRATEFUL THANKS to the Sarah Circle members and any others who came to deep clean church on Wednesday, April 19! The Sanctuary smelled of Easter flowers and Murphy’s Oil soap when we got here for choir rehearsal! The wood shines under their care!

TO IMMANUEL YOUTH AND PARENTS! Jason and I want to say a great big THANK YOU to all the kids AND parents that busted it out on Saturday and Sunday for the Easter breakfast. We are so proud of this group and all the work they put into making the breakfast a HUGE success! We received a LOT of compliments. We couldn't do it without the kids and parents. So again, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! Jason & DeeDee Fredlund, Youth Directors




Thank You to everyone who helped us serve David Johnson’s funeral. Many hands make light work. God bless you all. -Group 2

"Thank you so much for the beautiful prayer shawl. It does give me so much comfort in my stressful times in knowing God and your work is around my shoulders. Hopefully Vicki will be discharged on March 9 and go to a group home that "specializes" in all her cares. Thank you to Pastor Marla and everyone that remembers her in their thoughts and prayers. -Donna Kaufmann"

THANK YOU to all who contributed to the Gideon ministry this past Sunday. We raised $236 to support the distribution of Bibles around the world! If you didn't get a chance to contribute last Sunday you are welcome to take a Gideon brochure titled "Share God's Word" from the table at the back of the sanctuary. Included in that brochure is an envelope you can use to mail in a contribution. Thanks for your generous support of this minis-try!

The following is a Thank You from Sharon Thiel and family of the little boy they lost... "Prayer Shawl Group, members of WELCA, quilting, mem-bers of Immanuel Lutheran Almelund, MN ---We are so wrapped by your thoughtfulness and Jesus love, God's Blessings. Sharon Thiel

Thank you for your prayers and the shawl. When I put it around me it will remind me of Killian and your warm thoughts.

Sharena, Killian's grandmother, Sharon's daughter

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers in our difficult time. The shawls are greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and dedica-tion. Shelly, Killian's Aunt

From the bottom of my heart I would like to thank you for your thoughts and prayers in my most difficult time. Thank you for this beautiful gift. May God bless you and your families.

Joshua Vik, father of Killian M. Vik

Thank you so much. Your care, concern, prayers and a shawl to wrap up in brought comfort and warmth from you and our loving God."

Where Your Food Shelf Donations Go

Each month you are invited to contribute items for the food shelf by putting them in the shopping cart that is just outside the sanctuary. Shortly after the first Sunday of the month they are taken to the food shelf alternating months between the North Branch or Lindstrom food shelves. Thank you Mylo and Irene Lundquist for bringing the food to North Branch and Kris and Lexie Koran for bringing it to Lindstrom. Thanks!




Sunday, May 7Food Shelf Sunday - We are collecting for kid’s meals during the summer. Donate things like Spaghettio’s, Beef Stew, Chicken & Stars soup, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Fruit Cups, Breakfast Cereal as well as the regular donations like canned tuna and chicken, Hamburger Helper, chili, canned veggies and fruit. High protein menu items are most desired. Bring items to the grocery cart in the narthex. If you miss the May 7th collection please bring food anytime during the month.

BREAD DAY IN ALMELUND—Fri., May 12, 3:30 at the Township Office. A small price will get you many loaves & treats from this community service.

FARMERS MARKET! Celebrating the 10th season of the Almelund Farm-ers Market they begin Friday, May 26! They meet from 3-6:00pm each Friday at Rod's Country Corner to sell local items… produce [asparagus should be ready!!], garden plants, fresh eggs, home-made breads and goodies! New vendors are encouraged and welcomed to join in this fun community get-together if interested, contact Alice Burnside, Jewell Peterson, Pat Remer or Gina Sapp.

Community Prayer Breakfast May 4, 2017 | 6:30 - 7:30 am at North Branch Legion Hall, 6439 Elm St., North Branch. Cost: $5 per person. RSVP to 651-277-0100 Let's pray together for our community! River Valley Christian Women’s Connection TEA Luncheon

Monday, May 15, 11:30 a.m., $12, Pay at door At Chisago Lake Lutheran Church, 1 Summit Ave., Center City, MN 55012

Special Feature: "Purposely Fashioned", The Whole look we want.

Music: Janelle Anderson and daughters Speaker: Gina Stanley, "Handling Life with Detours" Brenda Hansen "A Fractured Fairy Tale" Reservations by noon May 9 @ Diane, 651-808-8579

The Friends of Wild River State Park will be hosting a ?Fundraising Concert at our church on Friday, June 30th! Performing will be Dan Chouinard "Once Upon a River" along with the community choir Unexpected Company. Tickets go on sale on 4/30/17 via the website or contact Jeske Noordergraaf or Deb Benson. Join us for an evening of songs, stories and fun. The money raised from this concert will support our effort to build a new amphitheater at Wild River State Park. See poster in Narthex and by serving window.


THANKS… THANKS FOR MS GIFTS! In April our Prayer Shawl ministry participants served coffee in support of the MS Walk to be held on May 7 this year (see Pat Noyes for details on the walk in NB.) Thank you for your generous donations—about $500 was raised for this important cause.

THANK YOU! Thank you so much for providing us with such a great place to play (in March)! And thanks for the delicious treats after the concert. The audience and musicians all appreciated it. Thanks again, Janette Cysewski for the St. Croix Valley Orchestra