Immanuel Lutheran Church
                     of Almelund, Minnesota


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Marguerite Sellman died on Sunday, Feb. 11. 

Her funeral was held on Mon., Feb. 19 (President's Day)


Vern Nordquist died on Sunday Feb. 18.

His Funeral will be held at 11:00 on Friday, Feb 23.


January Newsletter

February Newsletter

Immanuel Lutheran's Young Adult Group

Birthdays for the Month                     Bible Study Opportunities
Thank You Notes and other Membership Notes
Community Events

Youth Group            Sunday School

Words from the Synod

Pictures from Christmas Program, Dec 2017



LENT 2018

Ash Wed., Feb. 14, Holy Communion 11:00 and 7:00
Midweek Services

    11:00 worship followed by lunch
    5:30-6:45-Supper 7:00-worship

Maundy Thursday and Good Friday worship at 7:00


God’s Will and God’s Promise God’s Will and My Inadequacy God’s Will and My Dreams God’s Will and My Identity God’s Will and My World View God’s Will and My Response

"Not as I will, but as you will," Jesus prayed to his Father the night before he went to the cross for our salvation. And that is our prayer as well this Lent as we seek to do God’s will in our lives, as we draw near to the observance of Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection during Holy Week. Written by Rev. Justin Rossow, each service in the series focuses on a different aspect of God’s will at work among us. Biblical characters are used as insightful reference points each week to guide us in following our Lord more nearly day by day.

LENTEN MEAL PLANNING MEETING Service Group Leaders are scheduled to meet on Sunday, Feb. 4, after worship to plan meals for the upcoming Lenten season. The serving groups will serve in the following order: Feb. 14-Ash Wed, no meals served Feb. 21-Group 4 Feb. 28-Group 5 Mar. 7-Group 1 Mar. 14-Group 2 Mar. 21-Group 3

Midweek Meal Schedule—Feb. 21-Mar. 21

Luncheon served following 11am worship service. Supper served from 5:30-6:45 before the 7pm worship service.
(No meal on Ash Wed., Feb. 14)


February 14, 11am, 7pm - Ash Wednesday. No meals served on Ash Wed., In this service we remember that by faith, Abraham trusted the will of God when he promised that a son would be born to him. God’s will was done when that son, Isaac, was born, and God’s will was done when his Son, Jesus, came into the world to redeem his people.

February 21, 11am, 7pm In this service we remember that, at first, Moses did not think he could free the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. But God gave him confidence to set his people free. In Lent we remem-ber that God sent his Son to do his will and set all people free from the slavery of sin. Luncheon served after 11am worship, Supper served beginning at 5:30 before 7pm service.

February 28, 11am, 7pm In this service we remember that, anointed by God to rule in Judah, King David followed God’s will to shepherd his people, but often failed to live up to God’s dream for him. We welcome the Good Shepherd into our lives who fulfills God’s dream perfectly to gather his wandering sheep into the sheepfold of heaven. Luncheon served after 11am worship, Supper served beginning at 5:30 before 7pm service.


Tanzania Sunday February 25

Clay McCarthy traveled to Tanzania with the engineering group from the University of Minnesota in January where he worked on developing plans for water systems like the one Immanuel is sponsoring in Itonya. Come and hear about his experience and see pictures from his trip. We will have a Tanzania worship service on February 25 followed by a Tanzanian meal. If you would like to give offerings dedicated to supporting our partner in Itonya this would be a great day to do it. Celebrate our Tanzanian partnership!


CHURCH NURSERY MINISTRY: If you Staff it They will Come! – (or so we hope)

A team of six people have volunteered to staff our nursery during Sunday worship. Starting in January the nursery was staffed each week, making it more welcoming for young families to attend worship. A big thank you to those who have volunteered. Please spread the word to those who have children of nursery age that they are welcome and invited to be part of our worship each week – and their kids will be well cared for.

Nursery Update…

The Nursery Volunteers will be available beginning at 9:15 each week. We’re stocked up with new toys and eager for young visitors. You are welcome to bring your small children to the nursery.

-Pastor Marla


Presidental Ponderings… by the Immanuel Lutheran Church Council President

I would like to thank the congregation. We finished the year so positively from an attendance and financial point. We enjoyed improved attendance in December which was very encouraging to see. I hope it will continue! From a financial point we have finished the year with positive numbers going into the new year. With all our current bills paid at the end of December we hope this situation will continue throughout the new year.

As we look back on last year there have been some wonderful things that have happened at Immanuel. The Itonya Water Project is something that we have had a chance to support enthusiastically and we look forward to finding out more about the project and the final outcome for the people of Itonya! The successful Youth Group Mission Trip is another highlight of the year! Seeing our young people travelling to see the way others live and the chance to help them is something that can stay with them for a lifetime.

Celebrating the 130th Anniversary of the Congregation and another successful Almelund Sampler was well supported and enjoyed by many. Sunday School has more participants in classes with the help of several new teachers. The Christmas Program presented by the whole church in-cluding the Sunday School, Youth, Church Choir and Church members was well received.

Nursery Ministry is a new program for 2018—we thank those who have volunteered to staff our nursery each Sunday in support of young families in our church. We hope the Young Adult Ministry continues to grow and I encourage all our young adults to take part in this new group.

Thank you to Pastor Marla for getting these new groups going!

We look forward to seeing you all in church in upcoming weeks, including at the Annual Meeting on February 11 after our Sunday service.

Steve Peterson




We are a body of believers dedicated to making the Word of God available to everyone and, together with the local church, reaching souls for Christ.

Our congregation contributed $192 to Gideons International on December 3. Thank you for your generous support of this min-istry that puts the word of God into people's hands around the world.
For info on the Gideons go to


Easter Memorial Garden


Please return this form to the church, along with your contribution by or before Palm Sunday, March 25, 2018. Make check to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Easter Memorial Garden. Funds will be used for altar flowers & worship supplies throughout the year; or you may give to a memorial fund of your choice. Thank you.

Note: Forms turned in by the deadline will be included in the Easter Sunday memorials brochure in the bulletin, those turned in after Palm Sunday will be listed on the Sunday after Easter in the bulletin. Thank You.

Your Name: ________________________________________

Name of person(s) to be remembered or honored:




Easter Memorial Garden Fund

___ Sanctuary Flowers & Worship Supplies, including Candles, Communion Supplies, Linen upkeep, etc.

___ Other memorial fund, please note:





HANDICAPPED/SENIOR PARKING SPACES IN THE UPPER, NORTH PARKING LOT. Property Committee has designated spaces in the north lot to be reserved for handicapped parking and seniors. Safe ac-cess from the north lot to the elevator is past the large front doors on the front of the church through the ground level access door. Please leave these spaces near the church for those who need them. Parking is available in the parsonage lot across from the church. Thanks.

Immanuel Prayer Chain. Please call Darlene Anderson at 651-583-3153 to start the prayer chain. Because Darlene uses a wheelchair, please let the phone ring 10 or so times before hanging up. If there is no answer, please leave a message. Darlene will return your call. If you have email you can email to start the prayer chain as well. Her email address is: Also-Let her know if you would like to join the prayer chain!

Bring your aluminum drink cans to church for recycling on the First Sunday of each month! Raise money for church and save the world! Children are encouraged to get involved in this project, too!



The Creed is not a test of faith

Jan 23, 2018 01:00 am Churches have not always made safe space for questions, so many people have recited (and still do recite) the Apostles’ Creed while wondering about its very assertions and their connection to these things.

We say the Creed together for this reason. No one among us believes perfectly and at all times. The Scriptures tell us that faith is a gift! Our corporate confession and assertion of God’s truth is a way of carrying each another through doubt and worry. We are say-ing to each other: When you are unable to believe, I will speak for both of us.

The Creed is not a test of faith. It is part of our prayer life, our welcome liturgy, our teaching tools and a connection to the history of the church and the faith.

This message is an excerpt from the Bible study "The Apostles’ Creed" by Julia Seymour in the September 2017 issue of Gather magazine. You can sign up to get Daily Grace devotions sent to you each day:

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