Immanuel Lutheran Events


Masks required indoors


Saturday Worship, 5pm


Genesis to Revelation


Tables of 8 Kick-off Gathering


Sunday Worship: 9 & 10:30am



Masks required indoors

COVID Protocol Update

Masks Required Indoors

Immanuel’s Reopening Task Force continues to meet on a regular basis to chart our best course thoughtfully and carefully through the Covid pandemic. At our latest meeting we looked at the latest data on transmission and positivity rates, as well CDC and Minnesota Department of Health recommendations, for our area. This latest spike of the virus has not relented yet and is placing severe strain on hospitals. There is also concern that transmission rates could rise with kids being back at school, many of whom are too young to have received the vaccine.

Until both transmission and positivity rates return to safer levels, we are again requiring masks to be worn by everyone while inside the church building.

The Immanuel Staff will be leading this push in keeping others safe and healthy, the exception being when worship and Confirmation leaders are distanced from others while leading. The Reopening Task Force will be weekly monitoring transmission and positivity rates and will adjust our Covid protocol as conditions change. We have appreciated the understanding and patience of all during this time of pandemic as we continually adjust our practices to the changing conditions of the virus. Thank you again for helping Immanuel keep everyone safe and healthy, and hopefully shortening the duration of this pandemic. 

I would also ask that you keep our Reopening Task Force in your prayers. It has been a challenge to sort through an abundance of data, differing recommendations, and rapidly changing conditions, all with the goal of making the most healthy and helpful recommendations for Immanuel’s Covid policies. I am grateful for the wisdom, diligence, and faithfulness each member of the task force has brought to this work. While we know that there are no perfect answers to how we meet the changing challenges of Covid, we will continue to do our best in keeping each other and our community safe while ministering to one another’s needs.

Again, thank you for your patience and understanding in this continuingly difficult and rapidly changing pandemic. May God guide us through this time to a new day.

Blessings,

Pastor Paul


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Saturday Worship, 5pm

September 25, 2021

Saturday Worship, 5 p.m.

This casual and smaller worship service provides an opportunity for worship with plenty of space for social distancing with all the benefits of worshipping in-person (this service is not livestreamed).

Join us in the Sanctuary!

Masks: Until both transmission and positivity rates return to safer levels, we are again requiring masks to be worn by everyone while inside the church building.

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Genesis to Revelation

September 22, 2021

Wednesday Faith Growth for Adults

Wednesday nights 6:30-7:30 p.m.

With Professor Craig Koester

Our theme for ministry at Immanuel this fall is “MADE NEW”, how God is continually at work in us to renew our faith, hope, and love for God and for one another. We encourage you to join in our Wednesday Night Adult Faith Formation beginning September 15th and be renewed in faith as we begin an exceptional study of the bible.

Enjoy a spiritual and intellectual adventure like no other in GENESIS to REVELATION which offers a comprehensive, book-by-book analysis of the Bible from the fascinating perspective of literature and narrative. Delivered by religion scholar and acclaimed professor, Dr. Craig R. Koester of Luther Seminary, weekly video lectures, and discussion guide you through ancient stories, empowering you to engage with the books of the Bible as richly meaningful texts. From the stories of figures like Moses and King David to the gospel accounts of Jesus and the formation of the earliest Christian communities, this course offers an unforgettably vivid sense of the Bible as a tale filled with complex characters, dramatic conflicts, universal themes, inspirational wisdom, hidden meanings, revolutionary crises, and powerful life lessons. No wonder it’s considered the greatest story ever told.

Recent congregational feedback has indicated a desire for more in-depth Bible study. This excellent study provides that. It is a wonderful introduction to God’s word for those who have not participated in much study of the bible in the past, and I just as enlightening for those who have participated in more traditional bible study in the past.

We invite people to register for GENESIS TO REVELATION by September 12, but we welcome anyone, anytime to participate in this stimulating study.

Attendance each week is not required, as each lesson is an engaging study in itself, but regular attendance is rewarded with a more profound sense of how the bible progresses and builds as the story of God and God’s people.

For those who cannot participate in person, there will be an online option available.

This is an excellent resuorce available to you at no cost.

 

Course Overview

Fall - Creation through the Promised Land

Advent - The Royals, Psalms and Wisdom Literature

Epiphany - The Prophets

Lent - The Gospels

Spring - Acts, Paul, Letters and Revelation

NOTE:  a detailed weekly schedule will be available in September

 

About Professor Craig Koester

Craig Koester received a B.A. from Saint Olaf College, an M.Div. from Luther Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in New York. He served as a parish pastor for several years in Princeton, Minnesota, and joined the faculty of Luther Seminary in 1986. He was appointed to the Asher O. and Carrie Nasby chair of New Testament Studies in 2012 and served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean from 2013-2018.

Read more about Professor Craig Koester.

For more information contact Pastor Angela: angela@immanuel.us 

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Tables of 8 Kick-off Gathering

September 26, 2021

You are invited to participate in Immanuel’s Tables of 8!

Tables of 8:

After this year and a half of social distancing our connections need to me made new and Tables of 8 is a wonderful opportunity to do just that! Tables of 8 participants from past years have shared that friendships made in these groups helped connect them more deeply with one another and to Immanuel.

Tables of 8 Kick-Off Gathering: Sunday, September 26, 4 - 6 p.m.

The kick-off gathering is on Sept. 26 when you'll meet your "table" and recieve suggested menus.  Please signup below to let us know if you can participate in the kick-off.

You can register for Tables of 8 on our website or simply call the church office at 952-937-8123 and speak with MaryKay.

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Sunday Worship: 9 & 10:30am

September 19, 2021

Join us for Livestreamed or In-Person Worship: September 19

Until both transmission and positivity rates return to safer levels, we are again requiring masks to be worn by everyone while inside the church building beginning this Sunday, September 19th.

9:00 a.m. - Traditional Worship

In-person and and livestreamed. The All-Community Mural will be revealed!

10:30 a.m. - Contemporary/Informal Worship Outdoors

Especially engaging for families with young children.

This worship will be child-friendly and includes:

  • Take home activity bags with crayons, coloring sheets and small toy treat.
  • Bubbles and sidewalk chalk.
  • Lots of wiggle room on the lawn and playground.
  • An engaging message renewing you in God’s love and grace!
  • We will have chairs, but you are welcome to bring your own chairs and blankets!
  • If the weather is inclement we will move indoors.

We will livestream a service at 10:30am (either a rebroadcast of our 9am service or the 10:30am service).


Easing of some mask requirements (Sept. 7 update)

  • Masks will still be required in Sunday School for children and all teachers and helpers as those under age 12 cannot be vaccinated at this time.
  • Confirmation students, Student Leaders and Confirmation Guides will be masked when indoors and masks will be optional when meeting outdoors.
  • Masks are strongly encouraged for all those who cannot be vaccinated or are otherwise at risk.
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