Inside Immanuel Weekly


Sunday, March 28, 2021
Passion/Palm Sunday

Online Worship Through Immanuel's
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Everlasting God, in your endless love for the human race you sent our Lord Jesus Christ to take on our nature and to suffer death on the cross. In your mercy enable us to share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Dear Disciples of Jesus at Immanuel Lutheran,
I am writing these words in the shadow of another act of gun violence this week, this one in Boulder, Colorado. It follows all too closely on the tragedy in Atlanta, Georgia the week before. I cannot begin to imagine the pain and suffering being experienced by those 18 families and their friends. Words cannot even describe it. What a week to journey with Jesus into Jerusalem and ultimately to his cross on Calvary. As most of you have probably heard, we begin in-person worship his Sunday at 8:30 and 10:30am in addition to continuing our on-line worship. If you would like to attend but have not yet called in your reservation, see elsewhere in this newsletter for details in doing that.
This Sunday has two names—Palm Sunday and Sunday of the Passion. Here are some words from Sundays and Seasons about this day:
This week, the center of the church’s year, is one of striking contrasts: Jesus rides into Jerusalem surrounded by shouts of glory, only to be left alone to die on a cross, abandoned by even his closest friends. Mark’s gospel presents Jesus in his complete human vulnerability: agitated, grieved, scared, forsaken. Though we lament Christ’s suffering and all human suffering, we also expect God’s salvation: in wine and bread, Jesus promises that his death will mark a new covenant with all people. We enter this holy week thirsty for the completion of God’s astonishing work.
I invite you to join us for worship this Sunday—either in-person or on-line. I believe Mark’s gospel this Sunday speaks not only to the pain and suffering of those 18 families in Georgia and Colorado, but to all of us in our grief, despair, brokenness, and feelings of God-forsakenness.
Jim Grunow, “retired” pastor and your partner in the Gospel
President's Message by Barb Schmidt
Dear Immanuel Family and Friends,

Spring is here! A bit of snow is trying to say otherwise, but warm, sunny weather is just around the corner.

I am pleased to provide more information today about our Interim Pastor Paul Olson. He will be joining us April 14th, with his first sermon on April 18th. Pastor Paul is an Intentional Interim Pastor, meaning he has been called to the transition ministry that we are now beginning. He will work with us to review where we have been, what we are doing today, and where God is calling us in the future. Please click HERE for a detailed bio from Pastor Paul.

Reminder, our service on Palm / Passion Sunday will be both in person (8:30am & 10:30am) and online. To attend in person please contact the office to reserve your seat at 208-344-3011 or

Wishing blessings to all,
Barb Schmidt, President
Spring Clean Up March 27th - THIS SATURDAY!
Spring is on the way and Easter will also be here soon. Let's prepare our church property for the warmer days ahead and make a difference in our community by showing up with rakes, gloves, and clippers for Spring Clean-up on Saturday, March 27, 9-11am. Please contact Matt Christman, Maintenance Specialist with any questions 208-871-9010.
Plan For Holy Week
Holy Week Service Schedule
  • Palm/Passion Sunday - March 28th will be in-person at Immanuel at 8:30am and 10:30am AND online on YouTube.

  • Maundy Thursday - April 1st will be online on YouTube

  • Good Friday - April 2nd will be online from the Synod

  • Easter Sunday - April 4th will be in-person at Immanuel at 8:30am and 10:30am AND online on YouTube.

The in-person services will be limited to 48 people. Please make reservations by contacting the church office at 208-344-3011 or Reservations for Easter Sunday service will begin being taken March 29th.

Click HERE for a more detailed description of in-person worship.  Whether you choose to worship in person or online is a personal decision and unique for every family and individual’s circumstances. We welcome you in whatever format you find comfortable at this time.

Additional information and links to worship services will be sent separately.
Read Bishop Eaton's Statement On Anti-Asian Racism

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elisabeth Eaton in a Statement addresses anti-Asian racism. 

Please click HERE to read her full Statement.  
Maundy Thursday Videos Needed By March 29th
Send us your feet or hand washing videos to use in our online worship service. On Maundy Thursday we remember how Jesus humbled himself before his disciples and washed their feet.

Please email videos of your family washing each other's hands or feet at no later than Monday, March 29th. 
Join Us For A New Book Discussion Beginning April 7th
Who Will Be A Witness? by Drew Hart is the title of a book that members and friends of Immanuel will begin discussing, mostly weekly, starting on Wednesday, April 7. The book’s subtitle is Igniting Activism for God’s Justice, Love, and Deliverance. The discussion is being offered at two different times on Wednesdays—1:30-2:45pm and 6:00-7:15pm. Jim Grunow, a member of Immanuel, will facilitate both discussion groups on Zoom.

Some words from Jim—Drew Hart is the author of Trouble I’ve Seen, the first book we discussed at Immanuel on the general topic of systemic racism. His latest book, hot off the press in late 2020, takes us a step further. Simply put, it is a call to action. Perhaps the best way to describe this book is to quote some words on the back cover:

WHO WILL BE A WITNESS? offers a vision for communities of faith to organize for deliverance and justice in their neighborhoods, states, and nation as an essential part of living out the call of Jesus.

Author Drew G. I. Hart provides incisive insights into Scripture and history, along with illuminating personal stories, to help us identify how the witness of the church has become mangled by Christendom, white supremacy, and religious nationalism. Hart provides a wide range of options for congregations seeking to give witness to Jesus’ ethic of love and solidarity with the vulnerable.”

Here is one reviewer’s comments on the book:

Drew Hart has prophetic fire and pastoral grace. He is one of America’s sharpest young theologians. For far too long, some Christians have tried to dissect elements of the faith that were never meant to be separated—like faith and works, the great commandment and the great commission, social justice and personal salvation. Dr. Hart reminds us that Jesus and justice are like the blades of a scissors, like two sides of the same coin. In this book, you will see that God is both personal and social. God is healing our hearts, and our streets, and our world. Let this book stir up in you a holy indignation and put fire in your bones. May it birth in you the audacious hope that, with the Sprit’s help, we can change the world from what it is into what God wants it to be.”  --Shane Claiborne, author, activist, and cofounder of Red Letter Christians

If you would like to be a part of this discussion, please write, call, or text me, Jim Grunow, at, or 208-571-6309. I am eager to read and discuss this book with interested participants. Carolyn in the church office can get this book in 2 days’ time. Call her (208-344-3011) if you would like her to order it for you. 
Food Fellowship Help Needed
The Food Fellowship Team can use your help preparing desserts. Easily packaged desserts like cookies or bars without frosting are needed. We ask that you provide 60 servings four 9 x 13, nine 8X8, or 120 cookies. Sign up on ivolunteer at the Immanuel website.

We are looking for a volunteer to join the Food Fellowship Monday Morning Food Pickup Team. Each volunteer is assigned one Monday each month to pick up food from local restaurants/coffee shops. On a typical pick-up morning, it is necessary to 1) grab the food bags from the Church, 2) drive to locations (Starbucks) and pick up donated food, 3) return to Church, sort, count and refrigerate food, 4) text Cindy food count by location and lastly, return food bags to kitchen. Food is distributed to Food Fellowship guests. To volunteer contact Jerry Healy at 208-859-0162.
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Children & Youth Update by Mary Riedl
Grades 5 and Under
Egg Hunt! Saturday, April 3 at 11:00am
Join us at 11am for the egg hunt, and follow us to memorial park after for a (bring your own) picnic lunch and time to play at the park together! Please let me know if you plan on attending so we don’t start the egg hunt without you!

Grades 6 and up! - HELP WANTED! March 22- April 1 AT HOME - Help stuff eggs the week of March 22 - pick up the eggs/candy at church, stuff when you can. Return to church by Thursday. 4/1 (Or bring them Saturday morning if you’ll be joining us for our park time!)
-April 3 - help hide eggs - Meet at 10:30am (I’ll have donuts!) to hide eggs at church for the egg hunt. April 3, 11:02am - Join us at Memorial Park for bring your own picnic/fellowship time.
March 2021
Jesus’ Passion
3/28 – Small Group

April 2021
Early Church
4/11 – Video is posted and classroom opens
4/18 – Small Group
4/25 – Small Group

Join the ILC Youth Connect
and the
to stay connected!
Giving Options
Thank you to those who are continuing to support Immanuel financially. We realize some of you may be struggling financially right now and are unable to give. Your Immanuel family understands and prays that you can continue to take care of your family. 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 barcode-like 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 web page.

Glenn Martz – 3/31
Tammie C – 4/1
Siri C – 4/2
Luther Heights
Luther Heights
Registration Opens
Luther Heights is looking forward to gathering at camp again with opportunities for campers of all ages! Youth Camps, Family+ Camps, and Retreat registration opens online April 1. 
Informational Zoom Meetings
We’re here to answer your questions! Join an informational Zoom meeting with Kelly Preboski, Executive Director, on Tuesday, March 30 at 10 am or 7 pm. To participate, email Luther Heights at to receive the link.

We’re hiring!
We need your help! Do you know any young adults looking to make a difference this summer? Send them our way! LHBC is hiring for a variety of positions including counselors, kitchen and resource staff, maintenance assistant, and head cook.
Important Items of Interest
  • 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.

  • Christ in Our Home devotionals for April/May/June 2021 are available.  If you would like one, you can stop by church during business hours, call the office at 208-344-3011 or email and we will arrange to get you a copy.
The Week in Advance
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Saturday March 27
9:00am, Spring Clean Up, Immanuel Campus

Sunday March 28 - Passion/Palm Sunday
Sunday Worship, via YouTube
8:30am, In-Person Worship Service, Immanuel Sanctuary
10:30am, In-Person Worship Service, Immanuel Sanctuary
(Reservations for in-person worship: 208-344-3011 or
7:00pm, Confirmation-Small Group, via Zoom

Monday March 29
9:30am, Quilt & Comfort Ministry, Quilting Room

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

Wednesday March 31
11:30am, Creative Worship Team Meeting, via Zoom
7:00pm Premier, Mid-Week Lenten Worship Service, at

Thursday April 1 - Maundy Thursday
Maundy Thursday Worship, via YouTube

Friday April 2 - Good Friday
Good Friday Worship, via online from the Synod

Sunday April 4 - Easter Sunday
Sunday Worship, via YouTube
8:30am, In-Person Worship Service, Immanuel Sanctuary
10:30am, In-Person Worship Service, Immanuel Sanctuary
(Reservations for in-person worship contact 208-344-3011 or beginning March 29th.)
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