Immanuel Lutheran Church
                     of Almelund, Minnesota


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Pastor Marla Amborn Office: 651-583-2340, Cell: 651-315-3354

Email: Please call Pastor Marla during office hours or email her if you or loved ones have pastoral care needs. In an emergency call her cell phone anytime, day or night.


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NEW MEMBERS WILL BE RECEIVED ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11! If you or someone you know wishes to become a member of Immanuel please contact Pastor Marla or the church office! We look forward to welcoming new members to our Immanuel family.



PASTORS UPCOMING SCHEDULE: November 12-14 - Pastor Marla will be out of town on a retreat in Illinois. For emergency pastoral care while Pastor Marla is gone please contact Pastor Richard Baumann at his home 651-257-3442 or on his cell 651-208-8533.

The Church Council meeting has been moved up to November 5 so Pastor can attend.


Worship With Love, Thanks and Joy!

Sunday, November 4, 2018 All Saints Sunday, at the 9:30 service we will remember the loved ones we have lost this year and those who have died in past years that we hold close in our hearts. There will be an opportuni-ty during our worship service to come forward to light a candle in remembrance of our special loved ones.

Sunday, November 11, 2018 is our Stewardship Sunday and Congregational Potluck! New members received! Make it to Immanuel for a wonderful morning of Thankfulness and Praise as we count our blessings and give back to God our first fruits! (Serving group 5 in charge of potluck.)

Sunday, November 18, 2018 Let’s Sing! Our worship music will be provided by Jon Ekstrom and The King’s Men. This group uses polka tunes with Christian lyrics to convey the gospel message. Donations accepted.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 Our Thanksgiving Service will be on Tuesday beginning at 7:00. Pie and coffee served by WELCA following the service! Sunday, November 25, 2018 –Christ the King Sunday! Dedication of Prayer shawls!




Presidental Ponderings… by the Immanuel Lutheran Church Council President



Thank you all for the great support of the annual Sampler – workers, musicians, donations and participants. This was a great concert and a great fundraiser for the church. Coming up on the 10th of November the Turkey Bingo will take place again at the Shafer Town Hall. Yours truly will be calling the numbers again so you will have to listen to my unique humor. Put on by the Sarah Circle proceeds go to many different projects such as the dessert serving area and the new carpet in the Fellowship Hall. Stewardship Sunday is Nov. 11 with a chance to turn in your time talent sheet and pledge for next year. We will celebrate with a potluck following the service – please bring your favorite dish to share with me! With thanksgiving coming up we all have so many things to be thankful for. We all are so blessed to live in such a wonderful and giving com-munity. We will be having our annual Thanksgiving service on Nov. 20 at 7pm followed by wonderful pie, coffee and fellowship!

Dont forget to sign up to have your photo taken Nov. 15-17 for our new directory. There is no sitting fee and remember, you get a free 8x10 plus a free directory. We would love to have 100% participation!

I look forward to seeing you in church in the near future!

Blessings to all,

Steve Peterson





On All Saints Sunday, at the 9:30 service we will remem-ber the loved ones we have lost this year and those who have died in past years that we hold close in our hearts. There will be an opportunity during our worship service to come forward to light a candle in remembrance of our special loved ones. Funerals between All Saints Day 2017 and 2018:

Congregation Members:

Donna Johnson, Donna Kaufmann, Kathy Strenke

Marguerite Sellman, Vern Nordquist, Walden Johnson



Diane Stelton, Shirley Sevelin

NOVEMBER 11—New members received! STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY! Come, celebrate God’s gifts to each of us—fill out a time and talent form and a pledge for the 2019 year. Stay for a congregational Potluck Dinner—bring a dish to share. Group 5 is in charge of set up and clean up.

November 25—CHRIST THE KING SUNDAY! This is the last Sunday of the church year and a day when we celebrate the Kingship of our Savior! This Sunday we will be dedicating Prayer Shawls, the hard work of the Prayer Shawl Ministry before they take a break during December.

Lets Worship To The Polka Beat! On Sunday, November 18, our worship music will be provided by Jon Ekstrom and The Kingsmen. This group uses polka tunes with Christian lyrics to convey the gospel message. They play each year for the Threshing Show worship service. Last year the service they led at Immanuel was a real hit. The fee for this group is $300 so if you’d like to help cover the cost you are welcome to submit a donation just write "Polka Service" on the notes line of your check. Come and bring a friend. This is a fun opportunity to reach out to the community and welcome them in to worship at Immanuel.

All Saints Memorials

IMMANUELS MEMORIAL FUNDS: Sunday School Bibles & Curriculum

Vacation Bible School Luther Point Bible Camp Adult Christian Education Curriculum Sanctuary & Fellowship Hall Audio Visual Equipment Youth Group Mission Trips Scholarship Funds Prayer Shawl Ministry Immanuel Quilters Church Banners Itonya Congregation Support African Student Scholarships Tanzanian Mission Trip

Archives Room supplies & Compact DVD System for Archives Room Church Library Fund Choir Music Fund Landscaping Fund Cemetery Perpetual Care

Carillon Repair Fund

Church Renovation Fund Church computer/software needs

Fellowship Hall Sound System Baptism Booklets (for parents and sponsors) Grief Booklets (for families members of those who have lost loved ones)

Undesignated memorial (to be used as needed) Endowment Fund



SIGN UP TODAY TO HAVE YOUR PICTURE TAKEN FOR THE CHURCH DIRECTORY! Photos are being scheduled now for Thurs., Nov. 15, 2:00-8:50pm Fri, Nov. 16, 2:00-8:50 pm; Sat., Nov. 17, 10:00am-4:50pm

Many times are filled so call soon!


You may schedule before worship in the gathering area or after worship Sundays ; OR you may go online to the church web-site and you will find a link as soon as you get on the site.

Scan the QR Code

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appointment NOW!

It’s quick & easy!

You many also call Merrie in the church office. She will help you.

Plan to be here for 1 hour. Be ready to go when your scheduled time comes.


If you have your picture taken by Lifetouch you will receive a free 8x10 and a free directory, and you have the opportunity to order additional photos the day you have your photos taken. The photos ordered will be to you before Christmas. Directories will be handed out at the Annual Meeting in February. Please make our directory complete and take part in our picture directory! Make your appointment today!


Drop off any food item at church between now and picture day and get a

$5 coupon to use towards the purchase of additional portraits! (no pressure – no obligation)

Then, we can give that food to our local food shelf to help those in need!


Tanzania Trip 2019

You’ve seen the pictures and heard the stories. Might this be your turn to experience it for yourself? We are investigating the interest in having a group from Immanuel travel to Tanzania to visit our companion congregation in 2019. Does this perk your interest? If so, talk with Pastor Marla.



Scholarships needed to support Secondary School education for students from Itonya. The average cost per scholarship is $400 and includes a 12.5% administrative fee. Last year Immanuel pledged $2200 and our companions awarded scholarships to 5 students. Our pledge for 2019 is due by Nov 1; please let Pastor Marla know as soon as you can (Nov. 4 if possible.) if you'd like to contribute. Funds will need to be turned in by Jan 1, when their new school year begins. Bega Kwa Bega Fall Festival Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 09:00am to 12:30pm Roseville Lutheran Church in Roseville, 1215 Roselawn Ave., W, Roseville, MN 55113. The Fall Festival is an annual celebration of our Bega Kwa Bega companion synod relationship with the Iringa Diocese of the ELCT. It is a morning filled with worship, fellow-ship, and learning. and will be organized around the Swahili verb 'Kujenga' (meaning 'To Build').

We Have a Name! MiChiLu

In recent months we have been meeting with other nearby congregations (Trinity in Lindstrom, Zion, Chisago Lakes Lutheran, and First Lutheran in Taylors Falls) to find ways we can work closer together to enhance the ministry we are doing. We now have a name – "MiChiLu" for Mid-Chisago Lutherans.

We Have an Event!

MiChiLu will be hosting an event at First Lutheran in Taylors Falls on Saturday, November 24 from 2 to 4 called "Getting Ready for Jesus." In contrast to the materialistic cultural focus on presents, decorations, and holiday food, this will be a day of preparing our hearts to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Getting Ready for Jesus will be held on the same day as the Lighting Festival in Taylors Falls sandwiched between a 1 PM puppet show at the United Methodist Church and 4:30 PM community Advent Vespers service.

The event at First Lutheran will be set up with stations for people to come and go and participate in as much of this at they’d like to. MiChiLu needs help preparing for and hosting the craft stations, providing snacks, and making music.

Some of the craft stations will be:

Making Yule logs/Advent wreaths

Making mangers out of popsicle sticks

Making paper Advent chains with names of people to pray for each day during Advent

If you’re willing to help, let Pastor Marla know. If you’d like to come and participate, put it on your calendar – its free, fun, and open to all. You’re welcome to bring fam-ily members or friends for this fun day in preparation for the birth of Jesus.



Turkey Bingo! Invite your friends! Saturday November 10, 2018 at 6:30 pm Shafer Town Hall. Please bring a food shelf item to be in a drawing. Bars are needed and appreciated. Leave in the church kitchen on Saturday before 5pm or bring along when you come to play Bingo. Cost: $20 for 20 games.

Naomi Circle is again collecting children’s pajamas and women’s personal items for the Refuge. In the past they have been extremely grateful for this and our Circle wants to say thank you to all of you who have given so generously to this and are hoping you will want to continue to contribute to this project this year.

There will be labeled boxes in the gathering area and we ask that you have your gifts here by Sunday, December 9th. Thank you and blessings to you for caring and sharing.

-Naomi Circle Members

Our Mitten Tree is going up in the Narthex soon! Bring donations of winter accessories, hats, gloves, scarves, mittens and socks for all ages. Help keep someone’s head, hands or feet warmer this winter with your donation! And in turn, it will warm your heart with your generous donation!

Unending thanks

For sleepless nights and first steps, we give you thanks. For children from the next county and children from around the globe, we give you thanks. For doubts about parenting and outpourings of love, we give you thanks. For healthy and whole children and children with special needs, we give you thanks. For patience and understanding, we give you thanks. For birth mothers and adoptive mothers, we give you thanks. For judges, social workers, therapists and doctors, we give you thanks. Most of all, for having adopted us as your own children, O God, we give you unending thanks. Amen.

This message is adapted from Living from the Heart of God: A journal for life’s stages, published by Women of the ELCA in 2007





My Girl Scout Troop #56332 is working on a Bronze Award which we earn by helping people in the community. We would like you to donate books to our book drive this summer and we will have a bin in the Gathering Area to help us with this. We are collecting used books to use for a book group we are starting at the Chisago Library, possibly called Book Marks - make your mark higher on a book. Through this group we plan to read to some kids and help other kids to read and get better at reading. We are collecting books to use in the book group for ages 3-11. We have decided to collect books for all ages as well to give away to shelters and senior groups. So if you donate books to the book drive, you are not only helping me and my troop, you'll be helping the kids in our book group and others around the community as well! Thank you, Kaitlin and Girl Scout Troop #56332



Cemetery Note…Please do not put wind spinners on the graves in our cemetery—the Almelund wind is too strong and breaks them apart and they get stuck in the mower. Do not plant flowers on the foot of the graves. Flowers will be moved to the head of graves for mowing purposes. Thanks, Daryl Abrahamson, Almelund Cemetery Groundskeeper. (Thanks to Daryl & Julie for keeping our Cemetery so beautiful!)

RECYCLING of ALUMINUM POP CANS– Nov 4th at church —thanks for participating in this simple fund raiser for church!


YOUR PICTURES! we would like to see your photos of our ministry! As you are involved with things at church or with people from church please submit pictures to the church office or Pastor Marla’s email! Snap a pic and send a jpeg and a description of the photos!! Thanks!



CHECK OUT YOUR CHURCH LIBRARY! You may find just the right thing to read while you are on vacation this summer!

Reading the Bible is important. Reading the Bible is a big deal! Whether we’re reading it alone or in community, whether we’re hearing it in worship, engaging in group Bible study or doing personal daily devotions, reading the Bible is important for our relationships with God, neighbors and ourselves.

The Bible is the primary way God’s Word—Jesus Christ—is revealed to Christians. In fact, Martin Luther referred to the Bible as the manger in which Jesus lies, for it delivers the good news of salvation through Christ, the faith we need to trust this good news, and the guidance we need to respond to this good news as disciples.

This message is an excerpt of "Reading the Bible for love" by Laurie A. Jungling in the April 2018 issue of Gather magazine.

From the last page of our pew Bibles here are some Bible readings that you may want to look at this month

God’s Promises of: Love—Matthew 10:30-31; John 3:16; John 15:9, 13; 1 John 4:9

Forgiveness—Luke 15:3-7; Acts 10:43; Ephesians 1:7; 1 John 1:9

Salvation—Matthew 1:21; Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8; Hebrews 7:25 Peace—John 14:27; Romans 5:1-2; Ephesians 2:14; 2 Thessalonians 3:16 Joy—John 15:10-11; John 16:22; Romans 16:13; 1 Peter 1:8 Blessing—John 1:16; John 10:10; Romans 8:28; Ephesians 1:3 If you or someone you know doesn’t have a Bible, please take one from the pew!



Letter from a Sponsored Student Luiangilo Secondary School

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Thank you for your continued support of secondary education in the Iringa Diocese of the ELCT. By working shoulder to shoulder with your companions in Iringa you are helping to equip a new genera-tion of leaders in Tanzania. Here are words of thanks from our 3 sponsored students. -The BKB Scholarship Team

Lutangilo Secondary School P.O. Box 523, Iringa January 23-24, 2018

Taranta Kikoti Dear Sponsor, I hope your fine and in my side am fine and I continue well with my studies. My name is Taranta Iaudosy Kikoti am a form two at Lutangilo Secondary School.

The aim of this letter is to say thank you for your sponsorship God be with you, and in my life I have dreams that after accom-plishing my studies I want to be a nurse. This is my dream and for long time I like much to play to sing and to dance also to do oth-er exercise for my body health, dear sponsor am praying for God that can help me to reach my goals and God be with you in your different jobs and works because I see you help to me. Thank for that: GOD BLESS YOU IN OUR LIFE. BE BLESSED. Your faithful Taranta Kikoti

Lidia Mbangile Dear Sponsor, It is my hope that you are fine. I am fine too and I’m well with my studies.

I am to say thank you for pane (paying) me money for school fees for this year. For my heart am feeling happy, also I want to say thank you for your good heart. God bless you because you pane me school fees for the year 2017 to now 2018. So I say thank you for all to sponsor student. God bless you for all your life.

Your Loved Lidia Mbangile.


Salome Mpogole

Dear Sponsor, I hope that your fine, but also myself am ok! The aim of writing this letter is to say thanks for sponsoring me since I was at form one up to form three and I hope that you may sponsor me up to form 4. In a help of God.

And I hope that I will study hard in order to achieve my goals. And after my studies I want to be a teacher. Because I’m studying hard may you God help you in your life and he will increase your years in the world in order to help another people.

Your beloved Salome Mpogole

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!


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

When donating books to the Church Library please be sure to put your donations into the large basket in the Library and do not put books directly on to the shelves. The Library committee must take a look at them before they are put in our library. Keep Reading! Thanks!

Join us in the choir…

We need all the help we can get!


The YOUNG ADULTS group discussed a variety of possibilities moving forward – Bible studies on topics of interest at times that work, a summer camping weekend, a church baseball team, putting faith to work through a service project. This is a time to put your ideas forward and shape the direction of this group to meet your needs as this group is in its formative stages. Come and be part of it. Anyone who is confirmed and in their late teens, 20s, 30s, or 40s is welcome. Families are welcome. Singles are welcome. Friends are welcome. If you have ideas for an event or want more information please contact Matt Carlson at 651-247-2437 or


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