Inside Immanuel Weekly

March 3, 2019
Transfiguration of Our Lord

Worship Service Times
8:30am - Augustana Chapel
10:45am - Immanuel Sanctuary
4:30pm - Service of Dedication, Immanuel Sanctuary
Dear disciples of Jesus at Immanuel Lutheran,

This is a big Sunday! In our morning worship we culminate the season of Epiphany with Jesus’ transfiguration, dramatically showing the Light of the world that the darkness does not overcome. In the afternoon we gather to celebrate the transformation of our building as we dedicate our new Immanuel sanctuary and fellowship hall. As we encounter the Light of the world in this place, we are sent forth to reflect the light of Christ in the world God so loves.

See you in church,
Pastor Gretchen
Holy God, mighty and immortal, you are beyond our knowing, yet we see your glory in the face of Jesus Christ. Transform us into the likeness of your Son, who renewed our humanity so that we may share in his divinity, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.Amen.
Join Us for A Concert - March 1st at 7pm - TONIGHT!!!
Clive Carroll with Mood Swing

Guitar phenomenon Clive Carroll’s masterful compositions, coupled with his versatility and unparalleled technical virtuosity, have rendered him one of today’s most admired and respected guitarists. Touring across four continents, Clive has brought his musical talents to a variety of audiences across multiple cultures only to receive standing ovations again and again.
Mood Swing is a smooth, jazzy, bluesy singer/songwriter duo featuring Patricia Daley and Peggy Jordan. Combining airtight arrangements with a wry and playful delivery, Mood Swing can artfully make two instruments and two voices feel and sound -- and swing -- like a smooth five-piece band."
Tickets are $25 and available on
and on our Facebook page or at the door.
Service of Dedication Celebration - THIS SUNDAY!
Our newly refurbished Immanuel Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall are being dedicated on Transfiguration Sunday March 3rd at 4:30pm. It will be a time of worship and thanksgiving for everyone who has contributed to and participated in our successful church project. Rev. Phil Misner, Assistant to the Bishop, will be with us as preacher. We also welcome those from our partner ELCA congregations and people in the greater Boise community. The service of dedication will conclude downstairs in our Fellowship Hall as we continue our celebration with a reception. Kathyn Pierce is hosting this event so please contact her if you are willing to assist and/or to bring a food item: fruit or veggie trays or cheese & crackers.    208.484.7284 ~ .

Please Note: It would be appreciated if church members, who are physically able, would park farther away from the church when coming to the dedication service. This will provide greater hospitality to the guests who will be with us. Thank you!
Lenten Activities
Ash Wednesday March 6 th Worship Service
Attend at noon or 7:00pm.

Lenten Wednesday Night Gatherings
March 13-April 10
Join us for Soup Suppers at 6:00pm in the Hospitality Room Wednesday nights during Lent starting on March 13 th. Various groups from the church host these dinners offering 2-3 soup options and sides. No need to RSVP just show up! If you’d like to help with cooking or serving please contact Kathyn Pierce:; 208-484-7284.
Following soup suppers worship begins at 7:00pm in the Immanuel sanctuary with our Midweek Services of Reflection and Healing. Step away from the busyness of life for a time of music, silence, candle-lighting and prayer, with laying on of hands and anointing for healing for those who wish. This year we will be learning and using a new liturgy for Evening Prayer entitled “Joyous Light.”
Adult Learning Sunday Mornings in Lent
A new 8-week adult education series will begin on March 10th the First Sunday of Lent at 9:45am between services. Immanuel member and retired Pastor Jim Grunow will lead this class called “God’s Dream for the Creation—A brief study of the entire Bible.” Presentations and discussion will be based on Dan Erlander’s book Manna and Mercy: A Brief History of God’s Unfolding Promise to Mend the Entire Universe . This is a wonderful opportunity to delve deeper into the meaning of our Holy Scriptures whether you’re a novice or a regular student of the Bible. The first six sessions will be during the six weeks of Lent, taking a break for Easter, with the last two sessions resuming on April 28th. Sign up at church in the Hospitality Room if you’d like a copy of the book ($10 suggested donation) or just show up on March 10th.
Devotions for Lent
You are invited to keep Lent at home using the devotional booklet “Lasting Hope” based on the book of Psalms. Each day features a reading from the psalms, a quotation to ponder, a reflection and a prayer. The psalms used are also those we will hear in worship on Ash Wednesday, Sundays in Lent, and Holy Week. During times of celebration as well as suffering, loss, and lament, the psalm writers turned to God and remembered God’s promises—promises kept and promises still unfolding. You are invited to pick up one of these devotional booklets at church for your personal or family faith-building time in the home.
Children & Youth Ministry News
Sunday School
The next Sunday School is THIS SUNDAY March 3rd . Parents and the congregation are always welcome to attend. Join us in between services at 9:45am. 

Summer Mission Trip
The summer mission trip is open to everyone who is 10 th grade and up! We will be joining with other cluster congregations to build houses in Mexico with Amor. The cost will be about $150 (non-refundable) per person plus food while traveling, plus any spending money. You need to have a current passport, and adults will need to have a background check. The next informational and planning meeting is at Hope Lutheran at 4:00 Sunday, March 10 th .

Youth Retreat Rescheduled!
The youth retreat (grades 7-12) that was scheduled for Presidents Day Weekend was rescheduled due to weather concerns. It will now be March 29-31 s t . If you weren’t able to attend due to scheduling conflicts, please consider attending this time! The cost is $30. We will be leaving from the parking lot of Shepherd of the Valley Friday afternoon and will return mid-day Sunday. 

  Confirmation and Youth are Parterning with the Food Fellowship
The confirmation group will be working with the Fellowship Meal ministry on March 10 and March 12 . During our confirmation home sessions, we will be discussing our confirmation class topic as well as learning more about what our Food Fellowship ministry is all about while preparing the dessert for the Tuesday Night meal. The group will then be helping to serve at the next Tuesday night meal.

Lent Children's Services
All Children and Youth are invited to a special service just for them during our Wednesday evening Lent worship services in the Sunday School room. Contact Mary if you’d like to help volunteer!
For Additional information on any of these subjects contact
Children & Youth Leader, Mary Riedl:
Last Sunday's Sermon
View Pastor Gretchen's sermon on
"Beyond nice"
 from February 24th
New Americans Ministry
If you are able to help transport the Betoubam family to and/or from our 10:45 worship here at Immanuel for a particular Sunday, please do one of the following:

  • Sign up sheet is on the small table in the Hospitality Room
  • Sign up on IVolunteer from our website
  • Contact Sunniva Hoff (218) 779-2540; Jim Grunow (208) 571-6309/; or Margo Healy (208) 859-6747/

This family is new to our country from the Central African Republic. They began worshiping with us on Feb 10th and would like to do so each week. They live at 3433 W.Magnolia, a short 10 minute drive from our church building. We have use of a 6 passenger van (courtesy of Kirk Higginson) that can be used for transporting. We will need two drivers each week.
Endowment Committee Looking for Members
The Council is seeking individuals who have some of the following experiences or skills:

Investment Management, Marketing and Communications, Social Work,
 Social Ministry, Non-profit management, Education, Fund raising,
Accounting, Insurance, Legal, or Banking.
The new committee will also consist of representatives from the Church Council, the Finance Committee, and the Pastor. It is anticipated that members will be rotated on 2-3 year terms to provide both continuity and an infusion of fresh ideas.
Please prayerfully consider this service work and indicate your interest to Council President, Les Gieselman , 208-336-0065 (home), or 208-861-1370 (cell).  Once the Council has chosen the members, an announcement will be made and the new committee will begin its work.
Luther Heights Registration Open
Registration is open for all camps and retreats at Luther Heights for summer and fall 2019! The 2019 Program Guide and online registration can be found on their website .
Luther Heights
Tuesday Stories From Food Fellowship by Barak Anderson
The gospel writer of John writes of Jesus being the light of the world. I have always heard that statement with the song we learned as children, “this little light of mine” ringing in my ears. I have thus connected the two and have pictured Jesus as the candle glowing with light that is to direct our attention to him.
A recent devotional showed me the childish ways of my thought. Jesus is the light of the world, the devotional writer wrote, because he lights up the world. Because of Jesus I see the incarnation, the infleshment of God, all around me. I see the earth as sacred. I see my sister and brother as partners in a living divine drama. I see all of creation infused with the active living Spirit, the breath of God.
This little light of mine is not mine but the light of the eternal one burning to infuse me into the Ground of Being. (Tillich). The only thing profane is that which has previously been in the dark which I used to think was “other”. A spiritual person is not one who rises above our daily existence but one who walks into her/his day with the light of Christ showing them the holy ground on which they walk.
Jesus did not ever say, “look at me” and take some pride in himself. His pride was in how he lit up the world in which we find our common Life. We find the “other” to be our sisters and brothers wherever we encounter them on this sacred ground.
It was stated at our Food Fellowship Volunteer meeting last Sunday that we all find our Tuesday evenings the highlight of our week. We all have a sense that something good is happening here. I feel a bit embarrassed because it should be quite evident shouldn’t it? People gathered in community where the light of Christ shows us each other. Shows us that no matter where we have been, what we have endured, what we have suffered that we are beloved children of God called to love each other as we have been loved.
It is the sacred Word breaking into our darkness giving us the high light of our week. “In the beginning was the Word”.... I guess it is all a creation story!

Coffee Hour & Flower Sign Up
Sign up sheets for coffee hour are posted in the hospitality room by the
flower chart sign up.

Please consider hosting a coffee hour.
Easy to follow directions are available.
You may also sign up to sponsor
flowers for our sanctuary!

You may also sign up from Volunteer Sign Up on the church website or from the ivolunteer link at the bottom of this email.
Caregivers Class
Tuesdays, March 5-April 16 from 1:30-4:00pm
Trinity Lutheran Church
8 South Midland, Nampa, ID 83651
Wednesdays, April 3-May 8 from 1:00-3:30pm
Boise Senior Center
For more information, or to register
The Week in Advance
March 1
7:00pm, Clive Carroll/Mood Swing Concert, Augustana

March 3
8:30am, Worship Service, Augustana Chapel *
9:00am, Choir Rehearsal, Immanuel
9:45am, Sunday School, Sunday School Room
10:45am, Worship Service, Immanuel *
12:30pm, Confirmation, Hope Lutheran, Eagle
3:30pm, Choir Rehearsal, Immanuel
4:30pm, Service of Dedication, Immanuel - Dedication of the Fellowship Hall and reception following

March 4
9:30am, Quilters, Quilting Room
11:00am, Staff Meeting, Work Room

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

March 6 - Ash Wednesday
12:00pm, Ash Wednesday Worship Service, Immanuel
7:00pm, Ash Wednesday Worship Service, Immanuel

March 10 - First Sunday in Lent
8:30am, Worship Service, Augustana *
9:00am, Choir Rehearsal, Immanuel
9:45am, Education Hour (for all ages,) Library
10:45am, Worship Service, Immanuel *
12:00pm, Choir Potluck and Rehearsal
4:00pm, Mission Trip Meeting, Hope Lutheran - Eagle

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

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