Inside Immanuel Weekly


Sunday, September 12, 2021
9:30am - Immanuel Sanctuary
Worship video will be available on Saturday.
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O God, through suffering and rejection you bring forth our salvation, and by the glory of the cross you transform our lives. Grant that for the sake of the gospel we may turn from the lure of evil, take up our cross, and follow your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Food Fellowship Needs Your Help!
Immanuel family & friends – the Food Fellowship Ministry needs your help!

Our Tuesday evening community meals cannot happen without YOU.

Each week we need folks to sign up for:

Dessert makers (Drop off Monday or Tuesday by 2pm)
Our guests LOVE homemade treats!
Dessert servers (Tuesdays 5-6:15pm)
Serve dessert, scoop ice cream and light clean up.
Laundry (Pick up after Tuesday evening and drop off prior to next Tuesday)
Wash aprons, towels, bandanas. We provide the soap.
Additionally, we need a standby list of folks that would be willing to serve / clean when members of the core weekly team are gone. We would typically contact you a few weeks prior to ask you to participate. These positions are needed to arrive by 4:45pm to serve/clean or 3:30pm to prep. We are typically done by 6:30pm.

THANK YOU for supporting this ministry and those in need in our community.

Please contact the office at 208-344-3011, email or sign up online at
Weekly Bible Study Starts This Week
Pop Quiz: Which book of the New Testament was written first, Romans or Luke? Follow up question: Was the guy who wrote Luke really named Luke? Immanuel’s weekly Bible study group will seek answers to questions like these when we resume meeting this fall. We look forward to an interesting and illuminating journey through Luke and would love to have you join us as we read, discuss, and digest what we find in this gospel.

Our first gathering will be at 10:30am on Tuesday, September 14. Because the pandemic is rearing its ugly head again this fall we will meet via Zoom. Below is the link you can use to join the conversation. Extra Credit Question: What does the word “gospel” mean?

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 885 2311 4366
Passcode: 026800
Next Book Discussion - A 5-Week Journey
Title – ME AND WHITE SUPREMACY by Layla F. Saad
Subtitle – Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
This 5-week journey will begin on Wednesday, September 22 and continues weekly through October 20. As in the past there will be two opportunities to participate each week—1:30-2:45pm or 6-7:15pm. Participants are welcome to alternate times each week depending on their schedule availability. The discussion will be facilitated by Jim Grunow, a member at Immanuel. All sessions will be on Zoom. Anyone and everyone are welcome to “attend.” Previous book discussions have included folks from 5 different states. Participants are responsible for securing this book. Jim will help you if you need assistance.

Here is what Jim said about the book in an earlier email to some former book discussion participants after spending a week recently in the Idaho mountains:

Going into the week, I had thought I would choose Heather McGhee’s book [THE SUM OF US] for our next book discussion with Immanuel members and friends. However, I changed my mind after perusing all 3 books. [The third book was SO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT RACE by Ijeoma Oluo] Instead, I am choosing Layla F. Saad’s book, ME AND WHITE SUPREMACY. The subtitle is: COMBAT RACISM, CHANGE THE WORLD, AND BECOME A GOOD ANCESTOR. It is a book that responds to a question several of you have been asking me, “What do I do, or can I do personally, now that I am learning about systemic racism which has been a part of our national character for 400+ years?” It is an intensely practical and personal book which will afford each of us an opportunity to examine and work on ourselves. I think it will be helpful to discuss this book together. The book is only 210 pages long, and they are “small” pages. Participants will be responsible for procuring this book on their own.

Here is what a few reviewers have said about this book:
  • “A timely and thoughtful guide that transforms truth-telling into accessible and actionable change in hearts, minds, and communities worldwide.” --Jamia Wilson, an author and publisher of the Feminist Press
  • “Layla not only engages readers effectively—she hands them the tools they need to change themselves so that they can better the lives of millions of people worldwide.” –Rachel Cargle, activist, writer, and lecturer
  • “She is, no joke, changing the world and, for what it’s worth, the way I live my life.” –Anne Hathaway
  • “This book is an indispensable resource for white people who want to challenge white supremacy but don’t know where to begin.” –Robin Diangelo, author of NEW YORK TIMES best seller WHITE FRAGILITY
If you are interested in participating, please contact Jim Grunow at or 208-571-6309 (call or text). He will send out a Zoom link about a week before the book discussion begins.  A closing comment from Jim, “I hope that all of you would consider participating in this next round of book discussions and that many of you will be able to do so.”
Mission and Life Committee Update
The Mission and Life Committee continues its work as Immanuel prepares to call a new pastor. 

Over the last few weeks, committee members have been “listening out” to a wide variety of community members to learn more about the strengths and challenges facing our immediate area as well as the Treasure Valley as a whole. Our work will be used to help the search committee prepare the Ministry Site Profile.

It is now time to start “listening in”. We anticipate that this will be done in two phases. The first will be a short survey that we will ask all members of the Immanuel community to complete. Although we are still working out the logistics, we expect that you will receive the survey through your preferred means of communication (email, regular mail). We will also have surveys available on Sunday mornings. Completed surveys are due no later than October 3.

Once we have the results of the survey, we will hold several listening sessions during the month of October. These will probably be done by Zoom and in the courtyard after church on Sunday mornings. Your thoughts, concerns, and hopes will also become an important part of the work of the search committee. 

Of course, if you have any questions, please contact any of us on the Mission and Life Committee. Our contact information is in the church directory. We welcome hearing from you!

Bobbi Chilcote
Robyn Cruz
Amy Dockter
Jerry Healy
Susan Rowe
Kathryn Baerwald
Hurricane Relief
Be to me a rock of refuge, a strong fortress, to save me,
for you are my rock and my fortress” (Psalm 71:3)

Lutheran Disaster Response is working with local ELCA synods and Lutheran social service organizations to coordinate a response to Hurricane Ida. Immediate needs include food, basic necessities and temporary housing. Long after the headlines change, Lutheran Disaster Response will continue to accompany communities on the journey of rebuilding their homes and lives.

We pray that God’s presence will be felt in the midst of suffering and bring comfort to those who are hurting. Together, we can show our neighbors that they are not alone. PLEASE GIVE NOW - Click HERE to make your donation.
Food Pick Up
Kathyn Pierce, who recently passed away, was a member of the pick up team for Food Fellowship at Starbucks. This team can use your help to pick up pastries and sandwiches at two Starbucks locations. They are located on Franklin/Milwaukee and Broadway/Beacon. The pastries are given to our Food Fellowship guests as additional treats on Tuesday nights.
What do you actually need to do? Pick up the food bags from the Church; get the food from the Starbucks; bring it back to church and count how many items you collected; then put it into the downstairs refrigerator. Each trip takes about 2 hours to complete.

Please consider helping this ministry for as little as 2 hours and many as 6 hours per month! If you are able to help this team, please contact Jerry Healy at 208-859-0162 to volunteer. 
What Is Your Favorite Hymn?
Volunteer For Coffee Hour?
Online Grief Support Group Beginning In September
If you have lost your spouse or partner in the last several years this support group may be for you. The Online Grief Support Group will begin on September 29 and continue for twelve weeks. The group will meet on Wednesday evenings from 7:00–8:30pm (MDT) via Zoom. To participate you will need a computer with a webcam (they can be added to computers that don’t have built in ones), a tablet or a smart phone. If you need help installing a webcam or connecting to the Zoom application Barbara is available to help you with that.
Everyone who is interested in being a part of this group is asked to please call Barbara Condon at 208-270-1658 for a brief interview.
The group size will be limited to eight people plus the co-facilitators. It will be a “closed” group vs a “drop-in group”. Once this 12-week session begins no new members will be added. We ask that those who sign up to attend make every effort to attend every week. This provides a more secure and trusting environment in which to share. However, if you know that you will miss one or two weeks out of the twelve, go ahead and sign up. Just let us know that when you sign up.
During our 12 weeks we will be reading and discussing “Understanding Your Grief” by Dr. Alan Wolfelt along with the companion “The Understanding Your Grief Journal”. There will be reading to complete at home each week in preparation for the next group session. The cost for the two books is around $30.00. You can order them online or over the telephone from The Center for Loss and Life Transition in Ft. Collins, CO. Their telephone number is 970-226-6050. They are also available from, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon.
This group is part of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Boise, ID’s outreach ministry. You do not have to be a member of Immanuel or even religious to participate. Co-facilitators Barbara Condon and Tami McLaughlin Husen look forward to walking with you during these twelve weeks of group support.

If you have any questions email Barbara Harrison Condon, Grief and Bereavement Practitioner (
Children & Youth Update
Mary Riedl, Children and Youth Ministry Leader
208-801-9249 cell/208-344-3011 office/

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The Jakes Gulch Fire has prompted a closure of the Sawtooth National forest, including Luther Heights and the surrounding areas. We pray for the crews working to put out fires and for their wisdom and safety. We also lift up the staff and leadership for Luther Heights, Camp Perkins, and all other camp areas dealing with the closure. 

Unfortunately, this means that the Confirmation Retreat at Luther Heights will not happen at Luther Heights this year. We will gather at Hope Lutheran, during our normal confirmation time Sunday, September 19th (1:30-3:30pm). Please watch for information that will be coming from the TV Confirmation Email account. I will be in contact with each family individually in the next few days as well.

If you have not registered your students, please do so at the link below:

All Ages - September Fellowship Event
The change in schedule means that we can have our September Fellowship on Saturday September 18th - Join us at Quinn’s Pond from 2-5pm. Bring a chair, a paddle board, or whatever. Bring a friend. I’ll bring my inflatable Kayak. Please bring an updated insurance form if you have not already sent one in.

Family Student Update Form
Just in case you missed it:

All Ages -Chalk the Church
September 27th, after service! Help us brighten the neighborhood with messages of hope, love, and beauty - using sidewalk chalk! 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Diane C – 9/12
Richard K – 9/13
Carol H – 9/14
Clara O – 9/14
Maxwell O – 9/14
Drake Z – 9/15
Molly C – 9/17
Geraldine B – 9/18

Siri & David C – 9/10, 56 Years
Giving Options
Thank you to those who are continuing to support Immanuel financially. If you are able, please contribute online through the church website by clicking on the "Online GIVING" button. 
You may also give via U.S. mail, or place your envelope in the mail drop slot to the right of the glass double doors we use to enter the Thomas Chapel, Library, Office area and Hospitality Room. Or you can scan this QR code image with a smartphone's QR decoder, it will instantly connect you to the mobile version of the Immanuel web page. It provides a quick and easy way to access the webpage.
Important Items of Interest
  • The Hand in Hand Clothing Room Ministry - Thank you for your generous donations over these past few week, however clothing in still needed and being accepted. Please drop your donations of new and gently used clothing by the church. If you can’t deliver it to the church, please contact Carolyn at to arrange a pick up.

  • Quilt Ministry - We would love to have you participate in this ministry. Non sewing jobs include: Taking the top hem out of the sheets we used to back the quilts, washing and pressing them. Tying the quilts. Washing and Pressing donated fabric. Cutting 11 inch squares. Sewing needs include: Creating the tops (kits are available in the church office.) Sewing the binding after the quilts are put together 

  • COVID-19 Relief Program - We invite anyone who is experiencing hardship due to the pandemic to request monetary and/or task assistance from your Immanuel congregational family. Please find a link to the request form HERE.
The Week in Advance
Inside Immanuel Weekly is published/emailed every Friday (occasionally on Thursday.)
The deadline for submitting articles is Wednesday by 5pm.
Please send articles to

Sunday September 12
Sunday Worship, via YouTube
9:30am, In-Person Worship Service, Immanuel Sanctuary

Monday September 13
9:30am, Finance Committee Meeting, Library
9:30am, Quilt & Comfort Ministry, Quilting Room
5:00pm, Endowment Committee Meeting, via Zoom

Tuesday September 14
10:30am, Bible Study, via Zoom
12:00pm, Staff Meeting, via Zoom
5:00pm, Food Fellowship, Immanuel

Wednesday September 15
4:30pm, ILC Connects Meeting, via Zoom

Saturday September 18
2:00-5:00pm, All Ages Youth Fellowship Event, Quins Pond

Sunday September 19
Sunday Worship, via YouTube
9:30am, In-Person Worship Service, Immanuel Sanctuary
1:30pm, Confirmation, Hope Lutheran, Eagle
Purpose/Guiding Principles/Quick Links
Immanuel Lutheran Church -
208-344-3011 -