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Oh Come, Oh Come Immanuel!

COME AND WORSHIP THE NEWBORN KING!

 

Sun., Dec. 2, 9:30amFirst Sunday in Advent, Christmas Carol sing-along begins 15 minutes before worship, WOW Service, Holy Communion, After worshipChristmas Brunch and Craft Sale to raise money for winter fuel bills!

Sun., Dec. 9 , 9:30amSecond Sunday in Advent, Worship Service, Sunday School, Gideon Sunday Sun., Dec. 16, 9:30amThird Sunday in Advent, All-Church Christmas Program, featuring the Sunday School, Youth, Special Music, Holy Communion Bring a dozen cookies to share at coffee time! Sun., Dec. 23, 9:30amFourth Sunday in Advent Christmas Cantata "Christmas Fantasia", presented by Immanuel’s Choir, Sunday School

Sun., Dec. 24, 4:00pm and 10:00Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Service, Holy Communion

Sun., Dec. 30, 9:30am Worship Service, no Sunday School

Make a few phone calls, Facebook or text... Invite Family, Friends and Neighbors to

worship with you this December!

 

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November Newsletter

December 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

Itonya

 

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Christmas Brunch, Bake & Craft Sale

Sunday, December 2, 2018, 10:30 a.m. After worship, come enjoy a morning of great food and fellowship and buy something for those on your Christmas giving list!

COOKIE, BAKE & CRAFT DONATIONS NEEDED!

Donations of Christmas cookies are needed for the cookie box-es. Please have them at the church by 9:30, Sunday, December 2nd. Also, we need donations for the craft sale and other baked products. We would like the craft items priced if possible.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR DONATIONS. ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE HEATING BILL THIS WINTER.

THE MITTEN TREE IS UP IN THE NARTHEX! Bring your gifts of Mittens, Hats, Socks, Scarves, and other items that can be used by all ages this Winter Season and hang them on the this special tree! Hand made or from the store, they will be appreciated!

THE CONGREGATION IS INVITED TO GIVE… The Naomi Circle is again collecting new children's pajamas and personal items for women to be given to Family Pathways. There is always a great need for this. Anyone who would like to donate any of these items can put them in the labeled boxes in the gathering area until Sunday, December 9th. Thank you so much for adding this to your Christmas shopping list.

 

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

Email: pastormarla@immanuel.almelund.org 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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Watch for it

Coming in January: A New Look to our Web Site

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IMMANUEL ALL-CHURCH CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16 9:30 A.M.

NEW STAR

Youve probably heard the Christmas story told from the perspective of Mary, Joseph, shepherds and angels, but what about the star?

This years church-wide Christmas program is told from the perspective of an old star who was there for the very first Christmas telling new stars what its all about. Sunday School children, youth and adults will act out the familiar parts of the nativity as the story unfolds in word and song. Along with the new star, we learn that Jesus is the true reason we celebrate Christmas.

Come and be part of this uplifting Christmas worship on Sunday, December 16.

Rehearsals – Saturday, December 1 and 15, 9:00 – 11:00 AM. If youd like to have a role in church-wide this Christmas program talk with Teresa Carlson. ??

The congregation is encouraged to bring a dozen Christmas cookies to share for coffee time Dec. 16. Tara Rothe and our Prayer Shawl Ministry participants will take care of serving!

There will be no Sunday School on Dec. 30. Come and worship as a family! Children’s bulletins and worship bags available every week.

 

 

Immanuel Annual Congregational Meeting February 10, 2018. Note to Immanuel Committees—Please make assignments as to who will be turning in your committee/treasurer’s reports for the 2018 Annual Report. Deadline is January 27 so report can be copied and ready for pick up on February 3, one week before the annual meeting. Material is preferred typed and ready to copy or even better, sent to the office via email in MS Word so it can be formatted for the report. Thank You! Volunteers are needed to serve on committees in 2018. Call Pastor Marla or a council member to volunteer to be on the ballot.

Final Offering Count of 2018 will be on Sunday, December 30. For your tax purposes, please get your end of year donations in by 10:30am on Sunday, Dec. 30 so your gifts can be counted and recorded on your 2018 giving statement. Thank you! Please plan to help with snow removal! Remember, when it snows at home, the church needs to be dug out too! Thanks for your help!

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 access 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 wheel-chair, 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: danderson65@frontiernet.net 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!

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

 

 

Citizenship Concert!

Sunday, January 13 at 2 PM

What a joy it is to hear Momoh play music! On Sunday mornings his love for God comes through his fingertips to our ears and blesses us. Our little choir unleashes its big sound under his direction. The Immanuel Worship Band sets our toes tapping as they come together each month playing a variety of styles, with Momoh and Randy switching back and forth between piano and keyboard. For over four years Momoh’s music has been a real blessing for our congregation.

During these past four years, Momoh has also shared with us his compelling life story: How the Liberian Civil war split up his family. How he spent time as a teenager on his own in a refugee camp. How he used his God-given talent as a church musician while in the refugee camp to earn the money he needed to survive. How he and others in the refugee camp passed the long hours making music together. How his mother eventually came to the US and sent for him. How he came here and graduated from high school in Brooklyn Park and attended McNally Smith College of Music. We are the grateful recipients of his musical gifts each week. We have also been inspired by hearing the music and stories of his gifted musical friends who have walked similar pathways.

Momoh is working on becoming a US Citizen. That is an important, but expensive, next step for him to be able to confidently stay in the US for good. The basic cost is about $1,200 plus attorney’s fees. That’s a lot for Momoh to come up with on his own. But he doesn’t have to do it on his own. Momoh is part of our community now. This is a church community that comes together when there is a need and helps one another out. What better way for us to come together and support Momoh’s citizenship petition that through a concert?

Come to the Citizenship Concert, Sunday, January 13 at 2 PM. Momoh, the Immanuel Senior Choir, the Immanuel Worship Band, and other musicians will share their musical gifts. A free will offering will be collected to help defray costs of Momoh’s citizenship petition. We will then enjoy a dessert reception.

Mark your calendar. Invite your friends. Plan to come and be part of this special event!

 

Tanzania Report from April Trout

(the St. Paul Area Synod staff person living in Tanzania)

Water - clean and safe water - is a gift from God.

I made a trip to Idete and Itonya today with Bo and Juli Skillman and the St. Paul Partners team to check on wells they have dug. In Idete Peter Mwakatundu made a minor repair - a new gasket - to get water flowing once again to the dispensary there. The doctor noted how cases of diarrhea have gone down since the well was installed.

We drove on to Itonya primary school where we were greeted by a large and enthusiastic crowd of kids who sang for us. The headmaster reported that the kids are less often sick with stomach problems now that they have a good supply of water for drinking and washing their hands.

And finally we reached the church in Itonya, where we dedicated the new well there - but only after a serious and lengthy discussion with the village water committee over collecting a yearly water fee from every adult villag-er in order to have funds to maintain the well. St. Paul Partners works hard to educate water system recipients that the well is a gift to them and that it now becomes THEIR responsibility to care for it.

Idete and Itonya are at the southernmost reaches of the Diocese, where the mountain scenery is breathtaking at every turn. I’m glad I made the trip.

 

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.

 

 

 

Baby Grand Piano

Robin Chinander has offered to donate a 5-foot Kawai baby grand piano for use in our sanctuary. When she recently attended the Almelund Sampler she felt inspired to make this generous donation to our congregation. We are very grateful for her donation and are in the process of preparing to receive the piano, which requires a bit of preparation.

The Worship and Music Committee held a special meeting to discuss placement of the new instrument. It was decided to move the organ console back to its previous location, approximately where the choir accompaniment piano has been. Members of the Property Committee will remove a section of the lower step to create space for the console. We have been in touch with Allen Organ, the organization from which our organ was purchased, and have arranged for a representative of that company to come and supervise the moving of the console and reconnection of the cables in its new location. We have decided to purchase a heavy-duty rolling base for the piano so that it will make movement of the piano within the sanctuary easier and safer and provide flexibility in that space.

We anticipate tapping into Memorial funds designated for worship and music, and potentially some undesignated Memorial funds to cover the costs associated with moving the organ and paying for the piano base. Robin Chinander has graciously offered to pay for the cost of professional movers to move the piano to our church.

If all goes well, we should have the new baby grand piano here in time for Christmas worship. What a joyous Christmas gift!

Blue Christmas Service at Zion Lutheran Church This Blue Christmas service is especially for people who are struggling through the Christmas Season. December 21, 7:00 p.m. at Zion Luther-an, 28005 Old Town Road, Chisago City, MN 651-257-2713. The public is invited. Refreshments will be served after the service.

Family Pathways Foodshelf—end of year giving campaign.

BY YOUR SIDE; 40 years of being there!

Please bring your non-perishable food donations to the grocery cart in the Narthex on Sunday, December 2! Your help is appreciated! If you would like to give a financial donation you can put it in the offering plate with a note on the envelope designating it to Family Pathways Foodshelf. $10 feeds a family of 4 for one week. Thank you!

 

 

 

Immanuel Annual Congregational Meeting February 10, 2018. Note to Immanuel Committees—Please make assignments as to who will be turning in your committee/treasurer’s reports for the 2018 Annual Report. Deadline is January 27 so report can be copied and ready for pick up on February 3, one week before the annual meeting. Material is preferred typed and ready to copy or even better, sent to the office via email in MS Word so it can be formatted for the report. Thank You! Volunteers are needed to serve on committees in 2018. Call Pastor Marla or a council member to volunteer to be on the ballot.

Final Offering Count of 2018 will be on Sunday, December 30. For your tax purposes, please get your end of year donations in by 10:30am on Sunday, Dec. 30 so your gifts can be counted and recorded on your 2018 giving statement. Thank you! Please plan to help with snow removal! Remember, when it snows at home, the church needs to be dug out too! Thanks for your help!

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 access 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 wheel-chair, 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: danderson65@frontiernet.net 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!

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

 

 

 

BOOK DRIVE SPONSORED BY KAITLIN CARLSON AND FRIENDS!

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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ASANTE SANA!

 

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: danderson65@frontiernet.net 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 wayne.carlson88@gmail.com.

 

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