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On Sunday we welcome Eva Engelmann, who will share her immigration story with us. Eva arrived in 1968, among the first refugees to the US coming from what was then known as Czechoslovakia after the Soviet-led invasion, aimed at suppressing a growing reform (the "Prague Spring"). Hear her story firsthand on Sunday, and read more about it in the February and upcoming Reporters. After worship, stay for a simulation game, and get a glimpse of what refugees undergo.

Thanks to all who participated in Sunday's Semi-Annual Meeting, perhaps the shortest on record! Thanks, especially, to all who labored long and hard preparing reports, building the budget, and reworking the Constitution!
Thank you to everyone who helped with the luncheon following the funeral for Richard Hursts's father! You are tremendous!
Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director
Soprano, Gail Weston-Roberts is the soloist this Sunday with the CLC Choir for American composer Stephen Paulus' (1949-2014) "Lord, here am I" on a text by Herbert Brokering (1926-2009): we, also, have been called to answer Christ's call to tell the good news. Brokering was a Lutheran pastor, poet and hymn writer, with four texts in the ELW. "Earth and all stars" is likely his most well-known hymn.
Tom Berryman, Music Director
Adult Formation
Adult Forum

In the Sunday forum, we'll hear again from the brilliant and animated Walter Brueggemann via video, continuing our series, Embracing the Prophets. This week's segment is titled "The Shrill Rhetoric that Breaks Denial." Join us!

CLC@the Movies
Sunday, February 17, 4 pm.
Mayan Indian peasants are tired of being thought of as nothing more than manual laborers. They organize an effort to improve their lot in life, but are discovered by the Guatemalan army. After the army destroys their village and family, Enrique and Rosa, a teenage brother and sister, who barely escaped the massacre, decide they must flee to United States. After receiving clandestine help from friends and humorous advice from a veteran immigrant on strategies for traveling, they make their way by truck, bus and other means to Los Angeles, where they try to make a new life as young, uneducated, and illegal immigrants.
Conditions haven't changed much since this film was released in 1983. If you want insight into the forces that compel people today to flee their home countries, join us on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 17, 4:00 pm. A potluck supper of Tex-Mex or Central American food continues the theme.

CLC Book Group

This month's book selection, A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline, takes the story of Christina Olson, the model for Andrew Wyeth's iconic painting "Christina's World" and weaves it into a fictional account, exploring Olson's relationship with Wyeth as muse and inspiration and her life in small-town Cushing, Maine. Available in paperback. Come to our next gathering on Feb. 18, 7:30 pm.

Bible Study

Led by Pastor Richard Hurst, the Bible study group meets each Thursday at the church. We invite you to join with us as we gather for coffee and refreshments at 9:45 a.m. in the Memorial Room so that the hour discussion/study can begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. 
Call to Action
Calumet registrations are available in the February Reporter, and on the narthex table just outside the Memorial Room door. Register yourself, and invite someone new!
Our annual Silent Movie is just around the corner! It's time to get invitations out to friends and cousins, neighbors and co-workers. This delightful event is an ideal opportunity to invite folks who might normally be wary of stepping inside a church. Who's on your list?

Looking Ahead
Two Sundays from now we'll continue exploring the plight of refugees, asylum-seekers, and would-be immigrants, showing the 1983 Oscar-nominated and Grand Prix des Amériques-winning film, El Norte. From imdb.com: "Peasants escaping mindless labor and a murderous Guatemalan government head to America in hopes for something better." A South- and Central-American pot-luck follows.  Watch a trailer: 

El Norte Movie Trailer
El Norte Movie Trailer

On Sunday, February 10th , we celebrate the 
Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
,  9:00 a.m. Adult Formation, 10:00 a.m. worship. Pastor Rebecca Bourret preaching and presiding.
February 10, 2019   Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

This coming Sunday, the gospel is the story of the miraculous catch of fish. So what does this have to do with us? Come to worship, to hear about you and the fish, to pray, to sing, to eat and drink.

First Reading             Psalm                Second Reading             Gospel
Isaiah 6:1-8 [9-13]       Psalm 138         1 Corinthians 15:1-11        Luke 5:1-11
Sing For Joy
Enhance your understanding of the weekly scripture readings by listening to Sing For Joy http://www.stolaf.edu/singforjoy/ from St. Olaf College.  The Sing For Joy radio program, produced by St. Olaf College , has a simple mission: to explore the weekly themes of Christian worship by providing the best in sacred choral music and thoughtful commentary. The musical performances eloquently "do the talking," while the concise remarks from host Pastor Bruce Benson illuminate the meaning of the texts.
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