Immanuel Lutheran Events

Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

Building a Better Working Memory

Advent Experiment

Backpacking Interest Meeting


Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

January 08, 2020

Seven Principles
Wednesdays, Jan. 8 - Feb. 19, 6:15 - 7:30pm
Supper is served from 5 - 6pm on Wednesdays (Menu)

Come share practical ways you can make your relationship happier and healthier, more satisfying and resilient using John Gottman’s research, and:

Register online or at the Registration Desk.

Copies of the book will be available for $12

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Building a Better Working Memory

January 09, 2020

Carolyn Suerth HudsonCarolyn Suerth Hudson is employed by Nutritional Weight and Wellness.  She is a registered and licensed dietitian through the Minnesota Board of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Carolyn’s topic will be “Building a Better Working Memory”.  Carolyn understands the impact nutrition has on health and well-being both professionally and personally. Working in a remote town in northern Canada, she saw the impact poor nutrition had on the health of people there. While in school, Carolyn became very ill and to restore her health, she turned to nutrition. Within a short period of time, her symptoms cleared and her energy returned.

The morning will begin at 9:30 with coffee. 

Carolyn’s program will follow with a light lunch served afterwards. 

Cost for the morning is $10.

Signup online.

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Advent Experiment

Try out a new personal or family faith habit for the season of Advent, pausing for 5 minutes, 10 minutes, or more, each day to encounter God.

Advent lends itself to faith habits and home practices, which is good, as while these four weeks are full of spiritual preparation for the coming of Jesus, they are also full of the rush of the holidays.


Advent begins Sunday, December 1 and ends Tuesday, December 24. Life is busy so try a time that works for you, like:

Advent Experiment Options

Families with Children/Youth

a) Everyday Immanuel daily Bible reading with the Faith 5*
Gather with your family by candlelight, flashlight, car-light, or wherever you are, and:

b) In Light & Darkness: An Illustrated Advent for Families
Questions and discussion topics in each devotion work for your children, no matter the age. At the same time, feel free to tweak the content and questions to work for your family. Don’t feel like you need to do all the activities for it to be a meaningful experience for you and your family.
The devotionals and Advent calendars will be printed and given to Sunday School and God Squad children/families on Sunday, Dec. 1.  A limited number of the Christmas Shadow Box templates will be printed on card-stock and available for pickup on Sunday, Dec. 1.

Flat Michaelc) Take Flat Michael with you this Advent.
Angles pop up throughout the Christmas story bringing joy and comfort and Michael is one of the named angels in the Bible. Where will he go this Advent season? Could he: Help you light the candles of your Advent wreath? Say bedtime prayers with you? Help you decorate the Christmas tree? Join your family for the Faith 5? Make dinner with your family? Come along to church? Go with you on a trip to see friends or family?
Post your adventures on social media with #FlatMichael
Print a Flat Michael or pick one up from Immanuel beginning in mid-November, or get one at Sunday School on December 1.

d) Make or buy an Advent wreath for your home. Options for you to explore


a) Everyday Immanuel daily Bible Readings in Advent. Options include:

b) One Advent devotion each week of Advent. Print or access here.

c) One Advent Study, Nearness, each week (from the ELCA)

d) Make or buy an Advent wreath for your home. Options for you to explore

e) Light a single candle and sit quietly in reflective prayer. You may have a special place, or by your Christmas tree.

For All Ages

a) #AdventExperiment Photo Challenge: Post snapshots of you or your family sharing in Advent Experiment activities with the #AdventExperiment hashtag (Please tag Immanuel.  You can also email your photo to and he can post/share your photos).

b) Fill your home, car or ear buds with a Spotify Advent selection: Advent Conspiracy Worship on Spotify (or create your own playlist).

c) Find a way to serve others, sharing hope, peace, joy and love. Immanuel provides lots of specific ways to serve!  See the current and upcoming service opportunities.


*The Faith 5
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Advent Experiment | Advent Bible Reading | Advent Prayers | Advent Wreaths

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Backpacking Interest Meeting

December 04, 2019


Bighorn Mountains, WY

Saturday, July 18 – Saturday, July 25, 2020

Interest and information meeting: Wednesday, December 4, 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!


Packing list

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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December 24, 2019

Advent Worship

Saturdays: 5pm
Sundays: 8, 9:15 & 10:45 a.m.

Dec. 1 – Proclaiming our HOPE in Christ!

Dec. 8 – Passing the PEACE of Christ!
          The Candles of Christmas: Children’s Advent Worship, 9:15 a.m.

Dec. 15 – Sharing the JOY of Christ!
            Reformation Choir & the Eden Prairie String Academy, 9:15 a.m.

Dec. 22 – Celebrating the LOVE in Christ!

Wednesdays in Advent

Dec. 4 & 11, 6:15 – 6:45pm
Worship with Holden Evening Prayer
Intergenerational and family-friendly in the Fellowship Hall


A Traveler’s Christmas

Wednesday, December 18, 6:15 – 7 p.m., Sanctuary
Especially for those who will be traveling away from Immanuel over Christmas

Christmas Eve

Tuesday, December 24

10:30 a.m. - Children’s & Family Worship
2 p.m. - Traditional
4 p.m. - Traditional
5:30 p.m. - Contemporary
10 p.m. - Family Blessing with Holy Communion

Christmas Day

Wednesday, December 25

10:30 a.m. - Service of Lessons and Carols with Holy Communion

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