May 12, 2012
Cake provided by Thrivent.
your family, friends and
MEMORIAL DAY AT IMMANUEL!
Day is the day we remember the sacrifices made by those who have served in our military
and we remember the lives of all our loved ones.
The community is welcome to attend this meaningful event.
Food Sign up chart will be up in the
Memorial Day Dinner , May 27, 2013 - Group 3 in charge.
Getting to Know You
There is a song from The King and I that goes Getting to know you, getting to know all about you. Getting to like you, getting to hope you like me In May we will celebrate my first 100 days as your pastor. It feels like the time has flown by. Because it has been so busy with Lent and funerals and so many other things I havent had as much opportunity as I would have liked for getting to know you meetings in peoples homes. Im hoping that now as some things settle down a bit we can take the time to get to know one another.
I welcome invitations to your home. You dont necessarily need to feed me. The main thing Im hoping for is to have time with you. Id like to see you in the context of your home and family, hear your story, and find out what you do and what matters to you. It would be helpful to learn why you chose to be members at Immanuel and what you appreciate about this congregation and any suggestions you have as we move forward together.
If you are available during the day, invite me over during the day. If you work or go to school during the day, lets get together during evenings or weekends. If you would like to partner with others in the congregation friends, neighbors, or relatives and get together in small groups that is fine too. If it would be a burden having me to your home, we can go out for coffee or meet at church. In any case, lets get to know one another.
schedule a time, call me on my cell phone 651-315-3354, email me at
Elevator Repair Funds Needed
Youth Sunday Sermon
April 7, 2013
by Luke Nadeau (1st year Confirmation Student)
Based on the Gospel Lesson: John 20:19-31
I went and saw a movie. Oz The Great And
this year, I had a big event in my life. It
changed me. I really
Heres a shortened summary of what happened.
One of my good friends, actually a couple of them, decided their lives may be better off without me. And I dont really blame them. I hurt them. Without trying to, but I still hurt them to the point that they said they hated me.
Usually Id brush it off and walk away, but this time I couldntit was too hard. These were people I thought I could always count on. Id go to them when I needed help or when life got tougher than usual. Well, HA-HA! Funny story. When they left, what do you know, Life Got Tougher!
I felt like I had been leaning on a crutch for support. Then someone thought itd be funny to take that crutch and run off with it. I really wondered if God did that on purpose. Or even if he existed. But I know now that he does!
When those friends left, I went to others for advice on what to do. They all basically said the same thing: Forget it and move on. But I couldnt. I wanted to, but I just could not move on. I didnt know why God would do this to me. I couldnt believe it! But, in a way it was my choice, not his. But back then I didnt know what I know today.
ONE DAY IT HIT ME! I suddenly realized that I
SHOULD move on and concentrate on the friends I have now.
God didnt do that to pick on me. He
did it to teach me something. Just like todays
Gospel, I doubted the Lord. But that doesnt
make me a sinner. Its OK to doubt God. God knows humans.
He created us. Hes aware
we doubt him at dark times. Just like Thomas,
from this whole thing, I learned something. In
the end, your doubts will be solved and pushed off to the side. It also taught me that when you screw up the first
inning its okay! Youve got eight
more to go. Or when youre pulling a
trailer 10 times as heavy as your truck...forget the doubts about the engine. Forget your
doubts about the
Greetings from Luther Point
Break in the Lake: If you dare...after you have enjoyed pancakes join the crowd who will take the plunge off the dock into the chilly spring waters of Big Wood Lake. Guaranteed to be an exhilarating experience. This has become a recent tradition over the past few years and the interest is continuing to grow!
Camp Clean Up Days: Saturdays, May 4 and 11. If you are interested in helping out please come and spend a few hours cleaning up in preparation for the beginning of camp season! Meet others from the camp association! Immanuel is a member congregationExperience the greater Christian community of Luther Point. Lunch Provided.
Camp for all Ages and all interests! Check out the Brochure! They are in the gathering area or narthex or get on the web and check out what is offered: www.lutherpoint.org
Storm ShelterHigh Priority: Additional fundraising is under way with added urgency. The camp is seeking major gifts and pledges to reach the final goal of an additional $535,000. The focus is on a re-designed storm shelter and renovation work on Luther Lodge and three camper cabins HELP US MAKE THIS A REALITY.
Family Camp, Weekend Family Camp: Major incentives and discounts. Or
Come and retreat or RENT A CABIN ON THE LAKE: Perfect for family get away or a family reunion! Retreat Center, Luther Lodge, Family Cabins and more!see the website.
11th Annual Golf Scramble: Come join us on Mon., June 24, 2013 for a day of fun, relaxation and fellowship to help raise funds for the Campership Fund. Frederic Golf Course, 10:00 am shotgun start. Consider sponsoring a hole or prize or donate an item for the silent auction. More information at www.LutherPoint.org/upcoming events.
is an edited version of Director Corbins letter.
See a complete version of the May Greeting on the Luther Point Bulletin
Board in the Gathering Area.
FOR CAMP BROCHURES IN THE GATHERING AREA!
HOMEBOUND VISITATION GROUP FORMING!
Help with nursing home visitation and/or with worship one Sunday a month. Jim Mielke leads a worship service at Ecumen in North Branch. If you would like to help with these services by walking with residents or pushing those in wheelchairs to worship services, give a call to Jim at 583-2813. If you would like to be a part of our new visitation group that visits nursing homes and home-bound members, please contact Vicki Johnson or Pastor Marla. If you would like to visit those hospitalized please contact Pastor Marla
Thanks to Kris Koran for signing on as our new Greeter Coordinator. When she calls please sign
1st - Jean Berg, Christine Johnson, Robb Medin,
2nd - Jennifer Stanek
3rd - Kim Maroschek, Brody Rothe, Brooke Rothe
4th - Steve Ekstrom, Steve Peterson
5th - Jennifer A. Abbott
6th - Dewayne Gunderson, Rachel Johnson, Melissa Ryberg
8th - Peter Johnson, Jeff McKenzie
9th - Bobby Ferrier
10th - Randy Lindblom
11th - Tami Buus
12th - Lesley Mohn, Audrey Peterson
13th - James Armstrong, Terry Hogenson, Karmen Johnson, Aaron Maroschek, Bert Nelson, Bill Ryberg, Dan Schultz, Sydney Staley-Parks
14th - Christina Ellifritz, Keith Parsons
15th - Carter ekstrom
16th - Corrine Holt, Alice Mortenson
17th - Michael Koran
18th - David Hanson Pamela Olson
20th - Brigette Sellman, Mark Sevelin
21st - Darrel Weslander
23rd - Carina Lindberg, Kayla Olson, Jason Schultz,
28th - Darla McKenzie
29th - Charlie Greene, Fran Magner,
31st - Bob Linder, Dale Sandberg
Come and celebrate at coffee time after worship on Sunday, May 19th as we wish Bill Ryberg a Happy 80th Birthday. The Ryberg Family will bring the treats, you bring the good wishes!
Cleaning Day Coming UpJune 10-15.
are invited to a Bridal Shower for
4 Funerals; Our Love and Sympathy goes to the families of :
R. Swenson - 2/9
5 Baptisms; We welcome into the Body of Christ through Baptism:
Logan Alan, son of Troy Dorn & Gabrielle Carlson - 1/27
Ella Marie, daughter of Steve & Heather Tuhy - 1/27
Jane, daughter of Bert & Teya Nelson - 2/10
Everett William, son of Heidi & Zach Wiberg, 3/17
5 New Members joined Immanuel on April 28:
6 Members Confirmed on Sunday, May 5:
Tristen Charles Agar
...YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION UPDATES NEEDED!
In an effort to update our membership records please contact the church office with your updates. Has your address changed? Do you have a cell phone number or an email account we may use. Have your adult children moved away? Please let us know their addresses and phone numbers as well. Parish Life Committee is planning to undertake the production of a new church photo directory in the Fall so updated information is vital to produce a complete picture of who we are! I cant wait to hear from you! Please email or telephone me with your updated information TODAY! Thank You, Merrie Tolzmann, Administrative Assistant
firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-583-2340
THRIVENT SPONSORED SHREDDING EVENT! Sat. May 11:
Where you can bring your items to be shredded,
at Trinity Lutheran, North Branch from 9:45-11:45
at Brinks Market in Chisago City from 12:15-1:30.
Classes on ID theft at both locations that day. Look for posters at church!
If you want more info call the Lindstrom Thrivent office @ 257-1818.
You to the wonderful people of Immanuel Lutheran Church.
We have been so Blessed with all your caring thoughts, prayers, cards, and support.
Dealing with cancer is never a picnic, but when you have
Friends at Immanuel,
Thanks you for all your prayers, concern and cards received while Im healing. It will be a long process and I appreciate your support.
David Wm. Johnson
To the Congregation of Immanuel Lutheran,
you for your recent donation of 16 lbs. of food in March.
We were able to get a percentage match from several corporations in the
cities, during March Food Share Month. So you
generosity will be added to.
the funerals we have recently had we have received many compliments on the meals provided
to the families and friends following the
services. This form of caring and ministering to our community is very much appreciated,
coming at a very difficult time for a family. When you are called to help or provide food
for an event, Please respond positively! It
really does matter when we reach out to help and care for each other. Thank
Dear Prayer Shawl Ladies, Thank you so much for presenting me with a beautiful prayer shawl for my time of care giving. It is a real comfort to me along with all your prayers and kind words. You are an amazing group of dedicated women in ministry at Immanuel and beyond. Thank you for all you do and for caring. Sincerely, Joanne
IMMANUEL IN OUR COMMUNITY!
FOR LIFE! This year celebrates the 100th anniversary of the
American Cancer Society and we want to Celebrate and Finish the Fight. Please come and
join us. If you would like to be part of the
Immanuel Team or have questions, contact Jeske Noordergraaf or Grace DeVault or Janice
Elkerton. We are serving coffee on Sunday, May
16 to raise funds for Relay for Life. All
money gathered goes to cancer research.
Shelf Sunday -
We are collecting for kids meals during the summer. Donate things like Spaghettios,
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
year has already passed and it is time for JoAnn Nielsen to answer the call of the Lord to
return to the northern remote village of Ft. Yukon,
is still time to help by dropping your donation in the offering plate on any Sunday or
giving it directly to JoAnn. Just write Alaska
Mission 2013 on your donation. JoAnn
will leave Sunday evening, June 23, and return home on July 3, 2013.
Please return this slip along with your financial gift of support. Please note on your check: Alaska Mission 2013
Gift: _____________________________________ THANK YOU!
96.7 Radio Furaha (Joy in Swahili).
Support Tanzanian Farmers through Ag Broadcasts
our Tanzanian partner congregation, is located in a rural area. Farmers have small (often
2-acre) plots of land in which they grow crops to feed their families and animals and
hopefully, have some produce left over to sell. Radio Furaha, a station
IS YOUR MISSION?
to Tamis grandma, June McKenzie for passing her story on to us.