Immanuel Lutheran Church
                     of Almelund, Minnesota


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Immanuel Lutheran Church of Almelund
130th Anniversary of Ministry!

Join us as we celebrate with a

Swedish Banquet
Saturday, May 13, 2017


4:00-7:00pm—Dinner Served (or as long as the food lasts!) Menu: Swedish Meatballs, Rod’s Swedish Sausage, Cole Slaw, Glazed Carrots, Scalloped Potatoes, Pickled Herring, Rice Pudding with Lingonberries!

Cost: $10 per person, $5 for ages 5-10, Children under 5 eat free. $30 family maximum Get your tickets at Immanuel, Rod’s Country Corner or Almelund Mercantile. Beginning at 5pm- Swedish Music during dinner provided by Ross & Marta Nelson

Don’t miss this fun event for the whole family! Let other’s know and bring them along!

An Almelund Tradition... Rod’s Swedish Sausage Buy some to take home!

3:00 pm- Kids games and activities, bounce house, minnow races!

Bake Sale! In support of our Youth Mission Trip in June. Get treats made by the good cooks of Immanuel! Donations needed by 1pm that Sat. Small craft items also accepted!




Presidental Ponderings… by the Immanuel Lutheran Church Council President Now that we have finished the Easter season, it was so good to see the service group participation for the Wednesday evening Lenten services. These groups that work together to provide meals, during Lent, for funerals and Sunday potlucks is something to be proud of. This type of group participation and fellowship is what brings a congregation closer together as a church family and it would be wonderful if this would translate into regular Sunday worship attendance. The Worship and Music committee, special music offered by Momoh with the choir and band, along with Pastor Marla and the worship team, have worked diligently to make our Sunday services more upbeat and meaningful. For those of you who have not attended recently, come check it out! Hope to see you in church.

Steve Peterson, ILC Council President



Jesus the Good Shepherd Picture

There is a new picture at Immanuel. It depicts Jesus, the Good Shepherd, caring for one lost lamb. If you look closely, you’ll see the nail scars in his hands.

As we have celebrated Easter and Good Friday, we think of Jesus, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. On that cross, he paid the price for our sin. He is the sacrificial lamb who gave his body and blood so that we might be redeemed.

We also think of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, as the one who leads us beside still waters, restores our soul, and guides us through the Valley of the Shadow of Death. Jesus has walked that shadowy valley. He knows it. Jesus has conquered death. Because of what Jesus did on that cross, we all can dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

This picture was given to the Schultz family in honor of their young daughter, Stacy, after her accidental death in a farming accident years ago. Lynn Schultz recently had it framed and donated it to Immanuel. As we think about Jesus, that Lamb of God, and as we think of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, this picture offers an image of hope.

It reminds us that just as Lynn will see her loved ones again one day in eternal life, we all have the hope of reunion with loved ones who have gone before, when we dwell in the house of the Lord forever. That is pos-sible, because of what Jesus did on that first Good Friday.





Bega Kwa Bega- A partnership of the Saint Paul Area Synod (ELCA) and the Iringa Diocese (ELCT)

Stirring Imaginations

One of the things that I love most about my work as Director of Bega Kwa Bega is the opportunity to see God's Spirit at work, stirring up the imaginations of individuals and communities alike to engage in God's Mission. This network of relationships that we share is so broad, and the work that we hold in common so vast, that there are myriad ways in which meaningful contributions can be made. I'm regularly amazed and inspired as people from all walks of life use their gifts, skills, and curiosities to make a difference in the world.

Take what I observed this past Sunday as an example:

I found myself with a carload of students from the University of Minnesota on our way to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Almelund — about an hour north of the cities. The students had recently returned from a study tour to Iringa with the College of Science and Engineering and were invited to share the results of the class project in which they devised a solution to the water issues facing Immanuel's companions in the mountain village of Itonya. Although they had officially completed their course requirements with presentations earlier in March, they freely volunteered their time to carry forward what they had seen, heard, and learned.

In Almelund the students shared their presentation with the entire congre-gation. Making use of a nearby waterfall as a primary source, the student's proposal involves capturing and filtering clean water in a cistern before distributing it through a couple kilometers of piping to houses, schools, and a dispensary in the village. The students had done their homework - calculating pressure and flow and trying to find a way to maximize impact while minimizing cost. The congregation listened intently and asked many questions afterward.

The hope of Immanuel's leaders is to make this project a reality. The exciting news is that they are positioned to do it! Working in cooperation with Saint Paul Partners, one of our BKB Affiliates, and with a matching grant from an outside organization, the people of Immanuel in Almelund are well on the way to raise the necessary funds. Adding to the sense of holy serendipity around the endeavor, a member of the congregation who is a pipefitter by trade is now exploring ways that he may contribute his skills to the project as well - Mungu akipenda (if God pleases), of course.

As I travel across Iringa and Saint Paul, more often than not, this is how I observe change occurring throughout the wide life that we share. One person and one action leads to another, which leads to another, and yet another in a string of events. In this instance a class project leads to a public presentation, which leads to a fundraising appeal and the very real possibility of water arriving in Itonya in the not too distant future. All of this is exciting to see and cause to celebrate. All thanks be to God, -peter The Rev Peter Harrits

Director of Bega Kwa Bega and Assistant to the Bishop


$456 was contributed on Easter Sunday for the Itonya water project. That brings us to a total of $4,548.00 toward our goal of $5,000.00 to bring clean water to the people of Itonya, Africa. Please take a look at the display in the Fireside Room Window! "We're so close to the $5000 goal! Every drip and drop helps get that much closer to clean water flowing in Itonya. We welcome your contributions filling up the bucket!"


Immanuel Prayer Chain. Keep our Prayer Chain leader in your prayers. Due to illness Darlene Anderson will be taking some time off from her leadership role. To start the prayer chain please contact Merrie at the church office.(583-2340) If there is no answer please leave a complete message along with your phone number . I will start the prayer chains. If you are interested in being the substitute leader please contact Pastor Marla or the church office. If you would like to join the email or phone chain please let Merrie know to add you to the list! Thank You!



Dear Members of Immanuel,

From June 18th to June 24th the youth group is headed to Martin, SD on a mission trip. We are going through Youth Works, a short -term mission organization that specializes in setting up life-changing, Christ centered trips. We will be serving in Martin with other church groups from all around the United States. One of these groups happens to be from the Twin Cities!

Martin offers a mix of a small town South Dakota community with Native American heritage. With the Pine Ridge Reservation wrapping around to the north and west and the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reserva-tion just east, the location of the small town provides unique access to the Lakota culture. Martin boasts a Native American population of nearly 50%. It is also the county seat of Bennett county, in which about 35% of the population lives below the poverty line – nearly three times more than the South Da-kota state average.

We will be spending our time there doing various service projects and kids ministry through Kids Club. This work is organized by the Youth Works staff, local leaders and organizations. The service projects can consist of weeding gardens and cleaning yards, cleaning schools, painting houses or where there is a need to help serve the community. Kids Club consists of teaching the children of Martin about Jesus Christ by playing games, reading, drawing, crafts or just spending time with them. There will also be opportunities with community events to learn about the community and the Native American Heritage there. This will help us spread the word of God within the community of Martin.

As you can tell, it is going to be a full week of listening to, learning from and loving on the people we meet in Martin. There is going to be a great opportunity for personal and spiritual growth within our group.

We would love for you to pray for this mission trip experience. Pray for us that are going, that we will be open to learning from the community we are visiting. Pray that we grow closer as a group, to Christ God. Pray for the Youth Works staff that lives in Martin all summer and will be leading us. Pray for the community members who we will meet and work for, that we may love and honor them well! Pray es-pecially for the kids who we will get to do ministry with, that they will connect the love we show with the love Jesus has for them.

As you can imagine, ministry trips such as these involve considerable expense and our team is working on fund raising for this trip. Would you please consider supporting us financially? (a donation of $50.00, $100.00 or $150.00) Of course, any amount is more than welcome!

If you choose to send a donation, please send it to:

Immanuel Lutheran Church

Youth Mission Trip

37515 Park Trail

Center City, MN 55012

Thank you for supporting us through prayer and if possible, a financial gift. This trip would be impossi-ble without the generosity of so many.

We are excited for the new opportunity and we are looking forward to sharing about the trip with you when we return.

Grateful for the places God draws us,

Immanuel Lutheran Youth Group






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 29 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! (group 2 in charge) 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 29, 2017 - Group 2 in charge.


Be sure to take a look at our beautiful cemetery! Thanks to Daryl and Julie Abrahamson for their hard work. Updated rules - please don't plant at the foot of the grave in our cemetery. Plants growing there will be moved to the head of the grave for mowing purposes. Daryl Abrahamson, Cemetery Groundskeeper


Spring has sprung! The weather is finally getting warmer and we are sure there is plenty of yard work out there that need's to be done. If anyone in our congregation is in need of any yard work they are not able to do them-selves, the Youth Group are more than willing to help you out. We offered this last fall and are offering again this spring. Please contact Jason or Dee- Dee if you are in need of some help. 651-465-6130.


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.


We welcome to the Lord’s Table - Alexie Jean Koran, Willa Marie Tauer, Matthew James Wendel. They completed their Holy Communion training on Sunday, April 2. God Bless them as they join with other believers at the Holy Communion table in upcoming days.

Our children are invited to join in the fun! The area Lutheran Churches (Zion, CLLC and Trinity, Lindstrom) are planning a summer family VBS camp and we are hoping that your church would be interested in participating in it.

Dates: July 9, 16, 23 and 30

Time: 5:00 p.m. bring your own picnic supper, programing starts at 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Location: Area parks (TBD)

Theme: TBD

Cost: $10/family

Outreach Project: TBD

We are still working out the details, but hope that you will join in! Let me know of any questions.


Susan Peterson, Zion Children’s and Family Director

Stacy Johnson, CLLC Children’s and Youth Director

Sherry Holt, Trinity Director of Children’s Education

THE SHARING SHOP CLOTHING EVENT Friday, May 12, 9am-12pm & 5-7pm Saturday, May 13, 9am-12pm Lakes Free Church in Lindstrom, 29620 Olinda Trail, Lindstrom. 651-257-2677, 1 mile south of Hwy. 8 on Olinda trail and just north of Chisago Lakes High School. We have gathered gently used spring and summer clothing for men, women and children. There will be a 10cent charge for each clothing item and 25cents for coats and shoes. All money to purchase new undergarments and socks. All are invited to come and shop and recycle their clothing.

TO THE CONGREGATION—be sure to read the letter from our youth about their Mission Trip in the center of this Newsletter! Your gifts to the youth group for their mission trip in June will be most appreciated!


VANCO is now on line for anyone interested in automatic deposit for their church giving. Contact Dave Rue at 651-583-3412 to sign up or if you have questions. Thank You!

FUND RAISING TASK FORCE is working with Schwan’s Cares again this Spring! Through Schwan’, you can order Schwan’s Home Delivery and help our church toward our fundraising goals. When you order by May 16, 2017, 20% of the product will go back to our organization. Then for the next 45 day, until June 30th we will get 5% back! Here are two ways to support us: Order Online

1. Visit (note new number) 2. Click "Shop to Give" 3. Start Shopping! Our campaign ID is 32063 or Order by phone: Call 1-855-870-7208 and provide Campaign ID: 32063

ALUMINUM RECYCLING The first Sunday of every month, bring your aluminum cans to church for collection. Thanks to everyone for participating! Collection points will be outside the main entrances. Help your church and help the environment by recycling—Next collection: Sunday, May 7!


WELCA wants to remind everyone that WELCA pays 2/3rds of the tuition to attend Luther Point Bible Camp. If you are signing your child(ren) up for camp, please let Diane Rothe know and tell the camp that you are from Immanuel Lutheran Church in Almelund and you only need to pay 1/3. The money is raised with the donations given for Sunday coffee.

Immanuel's Relay for Life Team will be serving coffee on May 7th. We are always looking for support for our Team as we continue the fight against cancer. The date of the Relay this year in Sat Sept 30 2-8:30 at the Threshing grounds. Thank you for your support! Contact Jeske if you would like to donate or would like to join our team—Your questions are welcome!




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