Inside Immanuel Weekly

June 9, 2019
Day of Pentecost

Worship Service Time
9:30am - Immanuel Sanctuary
Dear Disciples of Jesus at Immanuel Lutheran,

Sometimes we call ourselves "shy Lutherans" because we don't always talk about our faith as openly as Christians in other denominations. Yet this Sunday we're reminded that the first gift of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost was the gift of speech. Jesus' disciples were able to share their faith stories in languages that enabled everyone to hear and understand the story of Jesus. The Spirit still fills us with power to communicate the love of God in Jesus Christ. We don't have to be fluent in theology or know everything about the Bible. We just need to speak and act in love and trust the Spirit to do the rest.

See you on Sunday!

Pastor Gretchen
God our creator, the resurrection of your Son offers life to all the peoples of earth. By your Holy Spirit, kindle in us the fire of your love, empowering our lives for service and our tongues for praise, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
THIS Sunday is Pentecost!
From the Greek “fiftieth day”, Pentecost is a principle festival of the church year, celebrating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples 50 days after Easter. Red Is the color of the day as we remember the tongues of fire that ignited the mission of the early church. We pray that the Spirit continues to burn within us as we boldly claim our mission to share the gift of God’s love with all!
Exploring Membership at Immanuel
Pastor Gretchen will be leading a five week class on Sunday mornings after worship, beginning on June 9th . If you would like to become a member or just learn more about our ministry and our denomination, please contact Pastor at:
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. . Training will be held on June 13th from 1-3pm.

Estate Planning for the Heart
June 14-15
A workshop to examine end of life issues and decision making as persons of faith
Former Immanuel member and now Pastor Anne Palma from Our Savior Lutheran in Twin Falls and Penelope Smith from Trinity Lutheran in Nampa will present Estate Planning for the Heart, a program sponsored by our Synod for end of life planning.

The program will be Friday night June 14 th from 6:30-9:00pm and continue on Saturday June 15 th from 9:00am-2:30pm in Immanuel’s Thomas Chapel. Topics will include how to initiate difficult conversations with your loved ones; medical care and treatment decisions at the end of life; medical advance directives (Living Wills, Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, and Idaho Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment – POST form); clarification of values and priorities as end-of-life approaches; funeral planning; and how our Christian faith influences our living and our dying.  

Anne Palma is a retired hospice physician and Penelope Smith is a retired gerontological social worker. This is a wonderful opportunity to provide peace of mind for yourself and your loved ones, knowing you have made plans regarding end of life issues. Sign-up at church in the Hospitality room or call the church office (208-344-3011) to register.
Summer Solstice Concert
Enjoy the popular Idaho Favorite... Steve Eaton
performing his original, acoustic, heartful and catchy songs with the flawless guitar sounds of Ron Harding

Friday June 21 st at 7pm.
Tickets $20 at the door.
For more information please visit .
Children & Youth Ministry News
Popsicles in the Park
This is a special event for our preschool aged friends! Please join us at Memorial Park the first Sundays of July and August after the service. We provide the popsicles, you just come and enjoy some time together with other preschoolers and their families
Save the Date for DAY CAMP!
We are partnering with Shepherd of the Valley to provide day camp for anyone entering 1 st through 6 th grade. This is a great alternative for anyone who can’t make it up to Luther Heights this year. The day camp dates are July 28-August 2. Kickoff will be after Shepherd of the Valley’s 10am worship service. Monday – Thursday the camp will be from 9am to 3pm, Friday from 9am – 12pm.  
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:
Summer Fix-It Projects
With the completion of our remodel, it is time to spruce up other areas of our church. Most of the projects involve painting. We will have the necessary supplies for anyone who wants to help at any time during the summer. The areas that we have identified to “fix” are:
  • Varnish Benches
  • Paint Exterior wood eaves
  • Repaint or touch up doors
  • Refinish exterior doors
  • Touch up paint on rail and font etc. in Augustana

We also can use help supplying and planting red flowers in time for Pentecost. And, with the addition of central air in the office area, we would like to remove the window air conditioners. If you are able to help with any of this, just stop by the office between 9 and 2 Monday-Thursday after June 1 st , choose a task, and we will provide you with what you need to work on or complete the task. If you can help at a different time, please contact Matt or Carolyn to coordinate!

If you have any questions, please contact Matt Christman at  or Carolyn Korn
Instant Church Directory
We have a new tool to keep us connected. In addition to a paper directory that will be available later this summer, Immanuel Lutheran has created an online directory using Instant Church Directory Online. Parishioners who have given the church their email address are the only ones who have access to the information along with church staff.   We have had our computer experts review the site security and are confident that your information is safe. If you want to learn more about the security of this site, please visit .   
Here is the instructions for the different devices.

If you would like to opt out of the directory or add your digital picture, please contact Carolyn Korn, Parish Administrator at .
Opera At Immanuel
BSU students and alumni will present Wagner's 3rd act of 'Die Walkure' along with scenes from Mozart's 'The Magic Flute' at 7pm on June 28th and 3pm on June 30th at our Immanuel Lutheran Sanctuary.
Please join us for an evening of drama and music by two of opera's best loved composers.
Save the Date
2019 Woman’s Retreat
50 Years of Faithfulness and Fun
July 19-21, 2019
$90 per person/$95 after July 1
To register visit www.lutherheightsorg  or call the
Luther Heights Bible Camp office at (208) 886-7654.
 Immanuel is hosting this years retreat
and Pastor Gretchen is the Retreat Leader!
Storytelling Workshop
You are invited to a faith storytelling workshop and evening storytelling event at Trinity Lutheran Saturday, July 27 from 1-7pm. Learn the art of faith storytelling from ELCA Pastor Jodi Houge and Presbyterian Pastor Phil GebbenGreen. The workshop will take place from 1-4:30pm. The event is FREE thanks to the Clergy Renewal gift given to Trinity Lutheran from the Lilly Endowment. Please RSVP to by July 17 so we have enough food.
Immanuel Items of Interest
Sheets Needed
Our quilting ministry is in need of sheets for quilt backing. Please bring any twin flat sheets and put them in the tub in the Narthex. 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).

Thrivent Members Did you know 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.

New American Ministry - We are looking for transportation for the Betoubam family to Tuesday evening Fellowship Dinners as well as worship at 9:30am Sundays. I f you are able to help a sign up sheet is on the small table in the Hospitality Room or sign up on IVolunteer from our website
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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June 9 - Day of Pentecost
9:30am, Worship Service, Immanuel
10:30am, Refreshments and Fellowship, Hospitality Room
10:45am, Social Ministry Committee Meeting, Thomas Chapel
10:45am, Exploring Membership, Library

June 10
9:30am Quilters Quilting Room
10:30am, Finance Committee Meeting, Library
5:30pm, Church Council Meeting, Library

June 11
10:30am, Bible Study, Library
5:00pm, Food Fellowship, Fellowship Hall

June 13
1:00pm, Eucharistic Minister Training, Library

June 14
6:30pm, Estate Planning for the Heart Workshop, Library

June 15
9:00am, Estate Planning for the Heart Workshop Continues, Library

June 16
9:30am, Worship Service, Immanuel
10:30am, Refreshments and Fellowship, Hospitality Room
10:45am, Exploring Membership, Library
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