Immanuel Lutheran Church
                     of Almelund, Minnesota


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CONFIRMATION SUNDAY MAY 20, 2018 Tyler Abbott Nickolas Betterley Eithan Carlson Quintin Carlson Sadie Hunter Maggie Olson Kaili Rambow Mason Rambow Matthew Rambow Eben Scott Elisha “Ellie” Scott Zachary Wendel Please keep our students in your prayers as they prepare to affirm their Baptismal promises!


Memorial 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. This Memorial Day, Monday, May 28 we will again gather for a ceremony of remembrance beginning at 11:30 in the cemetery of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Following the ceremony, a delicious ham dinner will be served in the church fellowship hall. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for youth 6-12 and free to children through age 5. Veterans eat free! The community is welcome to attend this meaningful event. Immanuel Congregation: The Food Sign up chart will be up in the gathering area soon to bring food for this year’s Memorial Day Dinner, thank you for your generous donations.

Memorial Day Dinner, Monday, May 28, 2018 - Group 3 in charge.

Wear your hat to church! Memorial Day, Sunday, May 27! Dressy attire, hats and gloves encouraged! Remember the good old days!

Surprise Me: A 30 Day Faith Experiment (book study) You are invited to be part of book study with others in nearby congregations as part of the Chisago County shared ministry initiative. Pastor Mary Kay Ashley of First Lutheran in Taylors Falls will be leading a 7-week study on the book "Surprise Me: A 30-Day Faith Experiment" by Terry Esau, which is about prayer and risking faith. When and where will this book study happen? That's something you can help determine. She will schedule it around those who would like to participate. She's available Wed afternoons, Wed eves, Thurs eves, Fri eves, Sat afternoons or Sun afternoons for 1 1/2 hours discussion sessions. The location will be set by those who sign up - it could rotate between places or be held at one consistent place agreed on by participants. The book is free and so are refreshments, thanks to a grant from the St. Paul Area Synod. The grant was provided to First Lutheran in Taylors Falls for the purpose of "building relationships between those in our membership and those outside our membership, in our community, we trust that we will learn and grow. Even as a book study ends, we trust there will be other ways people want to work, worship, learn and have fun together. The relationships will be the sustainable part, especially if we are careful to build them with loving and respectful communication." To learn more or to sign up, contact Pastor Mary Kay by phone at 612-532-7083 or email at She will also be explaining more about it at the shared ministry dinner meeting (NEW DATE) Monday evening, May 7 at Zion Lutheran, 5 - 7 PM. You are welcome and encouraged to come to this dinner meeting as well.


May 11-13
Pastor Marla will be on vacation. Pastor Jo Lees will be our guest Preacher on May 13. 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.

May 18-19
Pastor Marla will be attending the Synod Assembly at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi.

May 21-23
Pastor Marla will be on a continuing education retreat out of town. For emergency pastoral care while Pastor Marla is gone please contact Pastor John Keller from Zion Lutheran, Chisago City; Cell number: 612-201-6625.


From the Church Council:

God has given us an opportunity!

Sometimes it is hard for us to see what God’s will is in our lives. But once in a while the opportunity is very clear. We believe that this is one of those moments that an opportunity has been placed before us.

We have among our congregation a family that is in need of our help. They have unfortunately fallen on difficult times and are in need of our support. Mounting medical bills and loss of employment have led to this family being unable to keep their house and now must move by the 1st of April. At this point there are no resources available for new housing. We do not know what could have been done differently, if anything. We are not called to judge whether someone is worthy of our help or not, we are just called to help if we can. Today we are simply being offered the chance to help one of Immanuel’s family and to make an impact on someone’s life.

When we heard of their situation we asked ourselves, but what can we do? What came to mind was Mathew 25: 35 - 40:

"for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty? 38 And when was it that we saw you a stranger, or naked? 39 And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison?’ 40 And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’

We believe that God is giving our congregation an opportunity to do just that today. In a real and immediate way we can answer His call and help this family right now by contributing financially to their need.

We are a loving, faithful and generous congregation. Please join us in showing God’s love to this family through your generosity in whatever way is possible for you today. We know that whatever we can do will be greatly appreciated and that you will make a difference for this family.

Financial donations can be submitted with the offering listing "Family in need" on the notes line of your check or in an envelope speci-fying the gift is for the "Family in need." If there are other ways you have to help this family Pastor Marla and church council members can help you connect with them. Thanks for your generous response.

In Christ’s service,

The Immanuel Church Council


Letter from a Sponsored Student Luiangilo Secondary School

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P.O Box 523, Iringa

Dear Sponsor, 6th February, 2017 I have great pleasure to greet you. It is my hope that you fine. To my side I am very fine and I continue well with my studies. The aim of this letter to you is to say thanks to you for supporting me in my studies as a Talanta Kikoti. I study in form one class. I just want to say thank you for sponsoring me to in provining support for things like school. This which help me to get education in this school. In my studies I like most science subjects like physics, basic mathematics, chemistry, biology, and also geography.

I have nothing to say and nothing to give you but I will make sure that I study hard and performing well so as to make you real happy and having a good heart to me in case of continuous help to me more and more.

Thank you and I believe that one day I will visit you so as to know where you are living.

Thank your faithful Talanta Kikoti

Sponsored girls from Itonya! The original letter is hanging on the bulletin board outside Pastor’s office.



For any church member pursuing a post-secondary education, with an emphasis on, but not limited to, Education and Christian Education.

Ray & Dory Johnson

In memory of Ray Johnson and in honor of Dory Johnson Especially for, but not limited to, those going into the senior year of college or beyond, with an emphasis on medicine.

If you are a member of Immanuel and are continuing your education you are eligible to apply for a scholarship. Applications must be into the church office by April 30th. Scholarships will be awarded in early June.

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!

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

Presidental Ponderings… by the Immanuel Lutheran Church Council President


I had the opportunity to mentor two of our young men who will be confirmed this month. It was a learning experience for me to have some meaningful discussion with them about faith. I gave some examples to them from my past experiences and events that had shown me the power of faith and God’s hand protecting and helping me. I felt it to be a very meaningful experience for me as a mentor and I hope that they felt the same.

I want to thank the volunteers who have diligently removed snow during this what seems to be a never ending winter. During the weekend of the blizzard, I happened to be out of town and debated if I should try and contact Marla to discuss cancelling services as some others in the area had done. I want to thank Pastor Marla for her dedication in seeing that the service went on as planned as she spent Saturday night at the church! By service time on Sunday the parking lot and sidewalks were cleared for the 23 worshippers who braved the weather to attend.

Blessings to all and hope to see you in church. Steve

Steve Peterson


Endowment Fund








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