Inside Immanuel Weekly

May 12, 2019

Worship Service Times
8:30am - Augustana Chapel
10:45am - Immanuel Sanctuary
Dear disciples of Jesus at Immanuel Lutheran,

There is great comfort in hearing the voice of the Good Shepherd assure us that even when we walk through the darkest valley, he is with us. Yet sometimes we also need to hear the voice of the Shepherd challenge us to follow him into dark valleys, bringing light and hope to others. How do you listen for the voice of the shepherd speaking to you? Our Easter faith assures us that God is still speaking in life-giving ways through Word and sacrament, in prayer and community. “My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27).
See you in church,
Pastor Gretchen
O God of peace, you brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great shepherd of the sheep. By the blood of your eternal covenant, make us complete in everything good that we may do your will, and work among us all that is well-pleasing in your sight, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Affirmation of Baptism & Faith Statements

Congratulations to
Annika Zuschlag & Rachel Hahle
who affirmed their baptisms
on May 5th!

Please read their faith statements

Summer Worship Reminder
Beginning on Sunday, May 26, we will begin our summer worship schedule of ONE service each Sunday at 9:30am in Immanuel Sanctuary. This will be in effect through Labor Day Weekend.
Summer Schedule
Acoustic Alchemy Studio Presents LeRoy Bell

LeRoy Bell will have you rocking before you know it. A 2012 X-Factor finalist, LeRoy has penned songs for Elton John, Teddy Pendergrass, The Spinners and more!

May 17th
$20 at the door

Exploring Membership at Immanuel
Pastor Gretchen will be leading a five week class on Sunday mornings after worship, beginning in June. If you would like to become a member or just learn more about our ministry and our denomination, please contact Pastor at:
Are You A Thrivent Member?
Thrivent members are eligible for Thrivent Action Team grants ($250 each) that can be used for educational, fundraising, and service events at Immanuel. If you are a Thrivent member, please let Pastor Gretchen know so that we may apply for grant funds ( ) for upcoming activities.
Eucharistic Minister Training

We are in need of people to bring Holy communion to those who are homebound or hospitalized. This ministry meets a very personal and important need. If you would like to consider being trained to serve with other Immanuel members in this ministry, please talk to Pastor Gretchen.

Children & Youth Ministry News
Synod Assembly Sitters Needed!
The Eastern Washington/Idaho Synod assembly is the weekend of May 18-19 and they are short some babysitters and are looking for anyone 16+ to help out. The shifts are Saturday 8:30am-noon, or 1-5:30pm, and Sunday from 8:30-10am. You will be paid $10/hour. If you or anyone you know is interested, see the contact information below:
Pastor Phil Misner, Assistant to the Bishop
Eastern Washington - Idaho Synod
509-838-9871 (office) or 509-288-1862 (cell)
Senior Blessing
We have our Sr. Blessing coming up May 19th at the early service. If you haven’t gotten your paragraphs/pictures to me, do it quick! We want to honor you on both our bulletin board in in our monthly newsletter.
Elementary Sunday School
Upcoming Sunday School dates are May 12 and 19 . Parents and the congregation are always welcome to attend. The Sunday School room is on the lower level of the Administration building. Please email if you’d like to help.
Let’s ROLL into Summer
On May 19 from 3-5pm we will be at at Treasure Valley Skate. Everyone’s invited! Come celebrate the end of the school year and kickoff summer with friends and family from church! There is a sign up sheet for this event in the hospitality room. If we can get 20 people to attend the cost will only be $5 per person plus the $2.50 skate rental. Bring a friend! No one should miss this even solely because of money. If you need financial help to attend this event, contact Mary or Pastor Gretchen.
Summer Camp
If you’re going to camp, put your name on the Luther Heights bulletin board in the hospitality room! We want to know who is going, and who will be going the same time we are. Do you want to carpool? This is a great way to find out who can ride with!
NEXT YEAR!! - High School Students - Save Your First Sundays
I know fall seems a long way off, and you’re really just thinking about getting through these last days of school and heading into summer break, but I want to give you a little heads-up about what we will be doing next year. We will be getting together at least once a month between services - most likely the first Sunday of the month. We will have some time to get to know one another, have some GOOD coffee, and chat/learn/study a bit and work together to figure out life a little. By Good coffee I mean I will bring in my espresso machine and whip up lattes, mochas, hot chocolate, for those of you that attend. If for some reason you’re not a coffee drinker, we will provide something you do like. Just let me know. I’m looking forward to it!
Nursery Attendant
We are still looking to hire a nursery attendant. If you or someone you know is interested in the position, please let us know. Until we find someone, we will be relying on parent (and grandparent!) volunteers to run the nursery. If you would like to volunteer, please email as well as sign-up on the sign up sheet in the hospitality room.
For Additional information on any of these subjects contact
Children & Youth Leader, Mary Riedl:
2019 Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod Assembly
All are welcome as visitors to attend the 2019 Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod
Assembly May 17-19th at the Riverside Hotel. The theme is “Global Mission: We Walk Together” with guests from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania.
 Ushers are needed for all 3 days of the Assembly!
If you would be interested in helping, please contact Nicki Tompkins at or phone 208-870-2819. The hours that need to be filled are Friday 11am-5:30pm; Saturday 8am-8pm; Sunday 8am-12pm.
Please consider this opportunity to see your synod in action!!
Jan Gieselman and Shane Maskalik were elected at our January annual meeting to join Pastor Gretchen as Immanuel’s voting delegates at the assembly. However because this spring’s Assembly is at The Riverside Hotel in Boise, others are also invited to participate as visitors.
This year’s theme is “Global Mission: We Walk Together” with guests from our companion synod, the Ulanga Kilombero Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. Additionally, our synod is partnering with the ELCA so that our Assembly will be a Global event, featuring guests to assist in worship leadership, provide plenary addresses that explore our theme, and meaningful workshops that will deepen our connection with the global church.
Name change! One of the orders of business at this year’s Synod Assembly will be to choose what we will be called in the future. The Synod Council forwarded two names to the Assembly for consideration: Inland Northwest Synod and Intermountain Northwest Synod. Both names better represent all the congregations and ministries that are a part of us. We walk together!   
Tanzania Treat: Greet, Speak, and Eat!
Ever wondered what a “Companion Synod” is?
Are you interested in how the church is working together globally?
Then you are invited to attend….
  Tanzania Treat: Greet, Speak, and Eat!
Come and meet Pastors Moses Nwaka and Eliud Payowela, two visitors from the Eastern Washington and Idaho Synod’s
Companion Synod in Tanzania, the Ulanga Kilombero Diocese
One Event, Two Evenings
May 22-7:00pm: King of Glory Lutheran Church, 3420 N Maple Grove Rd, Boise
May 23-7:00pm: Faith Lutheran Church, 2915 S. Montana Avenue, Caldwell
   First 30 minutes: Panel Presentation, Q&A time
Second 30 minutes: Refreshments and further visiting
We look forward to seeing you there!
Click HERE for speaker bios

Save The Date: Estate Planning for the Heart

"A workshop to examine end of life issues and decision making as persons of faith"

Friday, June 14th 6:30-9:00pm
Continuing Saturday, June 15th 9:00am-2:30pm

To register call Immanuel at 208-344-3011
New Americans Ministry
We would like transportation for this New American family for the Tuesday evening Fellowship Dinners as well as worship at 10:45am Sundays.

If you are able to help transport the Betoubam family, please do one of the following:

This family is new to our country from the Central African Republic. They live at a short 10 minute drive from our church building and we have use of a 6 passenger van (courtesy of Kirk Higginson) that can be used for transporting. 
Sunday's Sermon
Immanuel Items of Interest
We’re Planting Flowers!
If you would like to help plant red flowers to beautify the church grounds, please
contact Matt. We would like this to be completed by Pentecost, June 9th. Thank you!
Members Needed
The Social Ministry Committee is looking for a few more interested members. Please plan to join us on Sunday, June 9th at 10:45am in Thomas Chapel. Come learn how you can be a part of this important ministry.

Coffee Hour & Altar Flowers - Sign up sheets for coffee hour and altar flowers are posted in the hospitality room or you may sign up on the church website or from the Ivolunteer link at the bottom of this email.

Parking - In addition to on-street parking, there are 18 spots in the St. Luke’s Center for Neurobehavioral Medicine lot at 608 and 610 Hays Street (Sundays only).

Quilt Ministry - the Quilting Group is looking for individuals who like to sew quilt tops at home, or cut 11" squares again at home, or come down to the quilting room to help put quilting together on Monday mornings from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon or come when you can and leave when you must. All members men, women, and the young, new or old members are welcome to join us. We are also always looking for yardage of material to cut squares.
Immanuel Job Opening - Hospitality Host
Job Purpose:  Set up drinks and treats, greet people, clean up, keep kitchen and supplies in order and maintain a safe and inviting reception space during Sunday morning coffee hour; facilitate wedding and funeral receptions.
General Information: Hours are from 9:00am to 12:15pm during the regular church season, and from 9am-11am during the summer. The host must utilize good handwashing and wear food service gloves when handling food. There is no responsibility for personally providing treats/food or soliciting for treats/food. This position may be shared by multiple people. The Immanuel Hospitality Policy and Procedures outlines detailed responsibilities.
Minimum Qualifications:
* Friendly and inviting personality.
* Effective communication skills.
* Organizational skills.
* Punctuality and dependability.
* Ability to assess inventory of needed supplies.
* Knowledge and use of safe food handling.
* Must pass a background check before work begins.
Hours:  Hours: Approximately 2-3.25 hours per week each Sunday; On call for weddings and funerals
Pay:   Pay: $25 per Sunday during Jan/Feb/Mar/Apr/May/Sep/Oct/Nov/Dec; $15 per Sunday Jun/Jul/Aug; $75 per wedding/funeral.
For the entire job description please CLICK HERE .
If you are interested in this position, please submit a resume to
Nancy Upchurch, HR Committee Chair at .
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May 12
8:30am, Worship Service, Augustana *
9:00am, Choir Rehearsal, Immanuel
9:45am, Sunday School, Sunday School Room Downstairs
10:45am, Worship Service, Immanuel

May 13
9:30am, Quilters, Quilting Room
11:00am, Staff Meeting, Work Room
5:30pm, Church Council, Library

May 14
10:30am, Bible Study, Library
3:30pm, Linden House Meeting, Library
5:00pm, Food Fellowship, Fellowship Hall

May 15
11:00am, Organ Move, Immanuel
1:00pm, Endowment Committee Meeting, Thomas Chapel
1:30pm, Katie Circle, Library
5:00pm, Piano Recital, Immanuel
6:00pm, Music Meeting, Library

May 16
5:00pm, Piano Recital, Immanuel

May 17
Synod Assembly Starts, Riverside Hotel, Boise
7:00pm, LeRoy Bell Concert, Augustana

May 18
Synod Assembly Continues, Riverside Hotel, Boise

May 19
Synod Assembly Concludes Riverside Hotel, Boise
8:30am, Worship Service with Senior Blessing, Augustana *
9:00am, Choir Rehearsal, Immanuel
9:45am, Sunday School, Sunday School Room (Lower Level)
10:45am, Worship Service with Teacher Recognition, Immanuel *
3:00pm, Spring Fling, Treasure Valley Skate

* Fellowship and refreshments following the worship services in the Hospitality Room
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