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Ash Wednesday

Habitat for Humanity

Love Them First

Feed My Starving Children

Backpacking Meeting

Ash Wednesday

February 26, 2020

Everyday Discipleship

Everyday Discipleship

The season of Lent is a time of reflection, repentance, and renewal. As we move from winter to spring, from darkness to light, we journey spiritually from death to life, despair to hope. We reflect on our mortality, we repent of our sinfulness, and we are renewed as our journey to Easter brings us new life and forgiveness. As we continue our focus on Everyday Faith, our theme for this lent is Everyday Discipleship, and during each Wednesday night worship we will raise up bible passages that invite and instruct us into more faithful daily discipleship.

Lenten Faith Habit
You are invited to take on the faith habit of Lenten Bible reading and journey with us through Mark’s Gospel: Mark in Lent
Lent in a Box
Lent in a Box - Family Resource
To prepare for Easter, we will be using an awesome spiritual formation tool called Lent in a Box! It is our hope that using the activities included in each box will help you and your family prepare for Easter not just on Sundays but have meaningful faith conversations through the week.  Each box contains 7 hands-on activities, 7 scripture pages, 7 interactive prayer activities and 7 Heroes of the Faith stories. How often you do the activities is up to you—one every few days or once a week—whatever fits into your schedule the best! Everything you need will already be inside the box apart from some basic household items.  Boxes will be available the first Sunday in Lent.

Ash Wednesday

February 26, 12noon & 7 p.m

This special service includes the Imposition of Ashes reminding us of our mortality, and we begin our Everyday Discipleship theme with the call of the disciples. Holden Evening Prayer provides the music and structure for all Wednesday night Lenten worship.

Wednesdays in Lent: March 4 - April 1

Noon Worship
Noon Wednesday worship will include contemplative Taize music and Lectio Divina, a meditative, reflective practice of reading bible passages. Worship will be followed by a simple lunch.

7 p.m. Wednesday Worship
Our evening worship will continue to develop our Everyday Discipleship theme. Jesus journeyed to the cross because of his great love and care for others, for us, and calls us to discipleship - to be humble, to be a servant, to bear good fruit, and to be known for our love.

Lenten Service Project

Personal Care Kits
We’ll support the work of Lutheran World Relief as we assemble Personal Care Kits for families in need around the world. Simple items – a soap, a towel, a toothbrush – can offer hope for families coping with war, poverty and disaster. 
Personal Care Kits
What to Include (All items should be new and in good condition):

Wrap all the items in the towel and tie securely with ribbons or yarn. See the Personal Care Kit assembly instructions. Bring completed Care Kits to Immanuel by Easter! 

Holy Week

Palm Sunday, April 5
8 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

Maundy Thursday, April 9, 7 p.m.
Worship with Holy Communion and a musical/dramatic multimedia representation of the Last Supper based on the famous Da Vinci painting.  The Reformation Choir, orchestra and Immanuel actors will portray the thoughts and actions of the disciples at the Last Supper.

Prayer Vigil
As faithful friends, we sit quietly in the Sanctuary, contemplating his great compassion and love for us.  We might pray silently, read scripture or meditate at the prayer stations provided.

Good Friday, April 10

5:30 p.m. - Family Friendly Good Friday Service
The 30-minute, Family Friendly worship service will center around the powerful symbols of Holy Week, including scripture and songs. It will be an interactive service where participation from children is welcomed!

7 p.m. - Worship
Join us for a Service of Tenebrae as we journey to the cross, alongside the gospel of John. Music will be a blend of traditional hymns and contemporary songs.

No Saturday evening worship.

Easter Sunday, April 12

6:45 a.m., Sunrise Service
8 a.m., Traditional
9:15 a.m., Traditional
10:45 a.m., Contemporary

Breakfast of eggs, sausage, cinnamon rolls and fruit will be served 7:30-10:45 a.m.

Nursery is available at all Easter Sunday services except the 6:45 a.m. Sunrise Service

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Habitat for Humanity

February 01, 2020

Work on an Immanuel Habitat Team

Saturday, February 1

Following are a few notes for the day:
* Volunteers should dress appropriately for work on site: dress in layers with clothing that can get dirty and wear closed toe & heel shoes. 
* Immanuel volunteers will provide lunch. 
* The minimum volunteer age is 16. For 16 or 17-year-old volunteers, one adult for every four youth.
* Please consider carpooling as parking is limited. Remove valuables from cars.

We truly appreciate your commitment to helping Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity provide decent and affordable homes for families! Thank you! 

Immanuel’s Habitat & Immanuel Builds Coordinators:
Lynn Swanson (952.974.1689) & Ruth Lunde (  651.261.2584)

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Love Them First

February 05, 2020

Love Them First

Wednesdays, February 5 and 12, 6:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

This award winning locally produced documentary about the staff and families of Lucy Laney Elementary School in Minneapolis film addresses many issues including race, poverty, and education. We’ll view half of the film each week and then reflect and discuss.  Kim Rathjen will lead this in the Church library.

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Feed My Starving Children

January 31, 2020

Friday, Jan. 31, 6-7:30pm

Pack meals at Feed My Starving Children in Chanhassen. All ages (children over 5 with an adult) are welcome to serve together. 

Here’s the direct link to sign up for our group.

Please contcat with your questions.

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Backpacking Meeting

February 05, 2020

Backpacking 2020
Backpacking in Wyoming: Saturday, July 18 – Saturday, July 25, 2020

Interest and equipment meeting: Wednesday, February 5, 7:45pm

This is a multi-generational experience for young adults, adults and youth who have completed 8th grade. Students who have completed 7th Grade may attend with a parent.  All are welcome!



Important dates and details for your calendar

Practice Hikes

We will walk the Richard T. Anderson Conservation Area trails and talk through the trip.  Bring your pack and start out with a lighter load and work up to a heavier load.  Bring your questions and we’ll talk them through with you.  Start getting in shape now so that you’ll enjoy the mountain experience even more!  Please let us know if you’d like to carpool from Immanuel or meet at the top parking lot: as the Flying Cloud entrance and parking lot are still closed due to construction we’ll meet at the Richard T. Anderson top parking lot (Entrance to the top lost is via the Frontier Place cul-de-sac; at the end of the cul-de-sac drive into the conservation area about 100 yards to the small parking lot.  If the lot is full park in the Frontier Place cul-de-sac).

Leave No Trace Training

We’ll learn important skills through hands-on and interactive experiences that will help protect the wilderness.

Food Packing Night (Mandatory): July 15, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

You will help pack and organize your group’s meals and you’ll receive personal breakfasts, lunches and snacks, so you don’t want to miss this meeting!



See and experience things that are out of the ordinary. Take a ride across Dakota, laugh with friends, enjoy Solitude, take a shower in a mountain waterfall, sing around campfires, sleep under the stars, commune with God. Hike, work, cook, play and pray together, and take part in the best adventure of all, friendship grounded in faith, guided by Jesus Christ. Come grow in friendship and faith!  Learn how to minimize our impact on the wilderness with Leave No Trace Training (Things like: how to hike and camp respectfully, low impact cooking and camping, and how to poop in the woods…and so much more!).

For safety purposes all first-time backpackers will be asked to come in for a mandatory equipment check.  First timers are asked to bring ALL the equipment that they plan to take (with the exception of underwear) so that a trip leader can check that you have all of the necessary equipment and address your questions.

Contact Pastor Paul ( for more information.

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