Inside Immanuel Weekly


Sunday, February 21, 2021
First Sunday In Lent

Online Worship Through Immanuel's
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Dear disciples of Jesus at Immanuel Lutheran,

On Ash Wednesday we began our journey toward baptismal immersion in the death and resurrection of Christ. In the early church, this 40-day journey was a time of preparing candidates for their baptism on Easter. Just as God saved Noah’s family in the flood, God saves us through the water of baptism. Strengthened by the gift of the Holy Spirit, we are able to withstand the trials and testing in life, like Jesus did for 40 days in the wilderness, buoyed by the promises of God in our baptism.
Your partner in Christ,
Pastor Gretchen
Holy God, heavenly Father, in the waters of the flood you saved the chosen, and in the wilderness of temptation you protected your Son from sin. Renew us in the gift of baptism. May your holy angels be with us, that the wicked foe may have no power over us, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
Sunday's Color Amazed Preaching Project
Northwest Intermountain Synod
Color Amazed Preaching Project

February 21, 2021
Rev. Nicolette Peñaranda
The Northwest Intermountain Synod is thrilled to welcome Lutheran leaders of color to our digital pulpit. As our congregations continue to utilize online worship formats, this is a chance to hear siblings we may not have listened to as often and also to provide preaching relief for local pastors. Our hope is that this project helps us begin to better live into the fullness of being the body of Christ.
Retirement Party For Pastor Gretchen February 28th
Mid-Week Lenten Worship Series
Join the Treasure Valley ELCA churches in joint Wednesday Worship during Lent.
Online services premier at 7:00pm at the TV Prays website:

  • February 24th - 7:00pm "In community with creation"
  • March 3rd - 7:00pm - "In community with all the saints"
  • March 10th - 7:00pm - "In community with our neighbor"
  • March 17th - 7:00pm - "In community with those on the margins"
  • March 24th - 7:00pm - "In community with Christ"
New Hymnal Supplement – An Introduction
In the Fall 2020, Augsburg Fortress Publishers introduced a new hymnal supplement titled “All Creation Sings”. Like “With One Voice” (WOV) was a supplement to our LBW, “All Creation Sings” is the supplement to our ELW (Cranberry Hymnal).

Contained in the new hymnal supplement are two new Holy Communion Liturgy Settings, Service of Word and Prayer, new prayers and liturgical forms more in tune to current circumstances, and many new hymns and songs. Many of the new hymns have been composed in the last fifteen or so years.

Immanuel’s music staff has been reviewing the new hymnal supplement and as a means of introduction, two hymns from “All Creation Sings” will be used in our online Lenten Services. The first is a sung response to the Prayers titled “O God We Call” and will be used every Sunday of Lent. This is considered a ‘short song’ which can be learned by rote. Words and music are such that you will be able to sing the response after hearing it once from the Leader. The second hymn is planned for the Second Sunday in Lent and titled “As the Winter Days Grow Longer” using the Welsh melody “Suo Gan”. The text by Mary Louise Bringle is particularly appropriate for Lent – “As the winter days grow longer, drawing short the hours of night, as our eager expectation waits for Easter’s dawning light….” As we make our Lenten journey, may this new music be inspiring to your Lenten worship experience.    Kirk Higginson
An Anonymous Challenge

This past week my wife and I received our $1200 stimulus check (finally). We, like most of the rest of you, are anticipating another stimulus check in the amount of $1400 per person in the not-too-distant future. If you need these funds to help make ends meet, then by all means keep them and put them to work. But I would like to challenge those of you who are able, who already have sufficient income to meet household expenses, to donate your stimulus checks to some non-profit organizations and ministries, including Immanuel (over and above present giving), in Boise and beyond.  We are doing that with ours. These ministries need the funds more than we do. 

Our congregation’s Purpose—WE SHARE GOD’S GIFT OF LOVE WITH ALL—and the Guiding Principle—We are a community of joy, gratitude, and generosity—are personally challenging us to take this action.

Here are some worthy non-profits/ministries we are considering supporting. Each has a website you can check out:
  • Trinity Lutheran—New Hope
  • Interfaith Sanctuary
  • House Next Door
  • ELCA World Hunger
  • Bread for the World
  • Equal Justice Initiative
  • Sojourners
  • Poor People’s Campaign
  • Women’s and Children Alliance
  • Luther Heights Bible Camp
  • Idaho Food Bank
  • Protect Idaho Children
  • ILC—Food Fellowship
  • ILC - New Americans Ministry
There are many more possible recipients of our gifts. A friend of mine plans to be extra generous with tips at local restaurants for a month or so since these workers are especially challenged during this pandemic. I like that idea. Would some of you who are able be willing to take up the challenge of giving away your stimulus checks? Would you be willing to anonymously inform the ILC office that you are doing this?
Spiritual Direction/Companionship Class
Spiritual Direction/Companionship
What it is, What it isn't, and Who can benefit from it? 

Would you like to try something different this Lent?
Come learn about the art of Spiritual Direction/Companionship!

Spiritual Directors/Companions walk with you on your faith journey. The primary role is to listen to you and, where appropriate, ask questions and make suggestions about resources and/or practices that might be helpful to you. Spiritual Directors/Companions draw from a wide range of sources to guide their suggestions to you, such as the church mothers and fathers, mystics, contemporary theologians, and others. A Zoom class on Spiritual Direction/Companionship will be offered by Kathryn Baerwald and Heidi Gainan Thursday, March 11, at 7:00pm and the same class, Saturday, March 13 at 10:00am. Please email the office ( if you are interested or have questions. You may email Heidi ( or Kathryn ( as well.
Devotionals For Lent
Devotionals for Lent 2021 have arrived!  

If you would like one you can:

and we will arrange to get you a copy.
Worship Video Production Technician Job Opening
Immanuel Lutheran Church is currently searching for a self-motivated Independent Contractor to join our team as a Worship Technician.

Job Purpose: Provide video production (live streamed and/or taped) of worship services; set up and monitor sound system for worship services; perform other duties as assigned.

General Information: This position will be paid on a contract basis and is not subject to withholding for federal/state income tax or payroll taxes including FICA taxes for Social Security and Medicare or federal/state unemployment insurance. Additionally, this position will not receive benefits such as paid holidays, paid leave, health/life insurance or liability insurance.

Salary: $18 to $25 per hour, for up to 10 hours per week of worship service video production.
For specific job duties and minimum qualifications, please click on the box below.
Qualified and interested applicants must send a job resume to that includes education and work history that verifies you meet the requirements listed above. If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Upchurch, Immanuel HR Committee at the email above.
Crush The Curve - Vaccinate the 208
Idaho is sponsoring websites with list of providers and links for online scheduling as well as keeping track if there are vaccines currently available at the locations. They are updated daily.

Below are the links for Central and Southwest health district 

Central - Ada county

Southwest - Canyon County
Food Fellowship Desserts Needed
A BIG thank you to those that have provided dessert for our Food Fellowship guests!
Food Fellowship Team can once again use your help preparing desserts. We need easily packaged desserts like cookies or bars without frosting. We will happily wrap them up for serving. We ask that you provide 60 servings four 9 x 13, nine 8X8, or 120 cookies. Sign up on ivolunteer at the Immanuel website.
Volunteers For Food Pick Up Needed
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. Before the pandemic there were 3 pick up locations, all Starbucks. Currently there are only two Starbucks locations. On a typical pick-up morning, it is necessary to 1) grab the food bags from the Church, 2) drive to locations 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 and they love Starbucks.

Any questions or to volunteer, please contact Jerry Healy at 208-859-0162.
New Caregivers Class Starts February 22nd
Last Sunday's Service

Last Sunday's Worship Service
is available on

Please click on the link above to view
the worship service

Last Chance For Drop In for Prayer
Children & Youth by Mary Riedl
Acolytes - We are still looking for a few youth to be acolytes on camera for our February services. If your family is willing to help, please email We will be resuming our Acolyte calendar soon. Be watching for an email with information!
Fellowship Activities - February - Sledding/Tubing at Eagle Island. February 21st from 12:30-2:00pm. Please go to to purchase your tickets, then let me know that you plan to attend. Please contact me if you need financial assistance for your children to attend this event!
March - Date/Time TBD - Park Day! Let’s hope for some warmer weather at the end of March! Kids of all ages are welcome to join us at a park for a picnic and some outdoor fun. Watch for more information about when and where we will be meeting!
February 2021
Jesus’ Ministry and Teaching
2/21 – Parent meeting
2/28 – Small Group

March 2021
Jesus’ Passion
3/7 – Video drops and classroom opens
3/14 – Small Group
3/21 – Parent meeting
3/28 – Small group

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

Join the ILC Youth Connect

and the

to stay connected!

Yes In God's Backyard
You are invited to the first ever virtual YIGBY tour!

Learn about how our church can transform our community into a place of hope, connection, and secure housing. Hear from a panel of church leaders who are actively working to solve the affordable housing crisis, including:

Jo Bankard, Collister United Methodist Church, Boise; Kat Tigerman & Karen Hunter, Grace Episcopal Church, Nampa; and Meggan Manlove, Trinity Lutheran Church, Nampa.

Yes in God's Backyard virtual meetings.

February 18th @ 12pm and February 24th @ 6pm
On Zoom

Choose a date and register today or find more info out at the following link:  
This event is free!
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.
Birthdays & Anniversaries

ANNETA L – 2/24
CECILE B – 2/24
JO S – 2/26
BRADLEY B – 2/27
CATIE M – 2/27

BRUCE & DIANNE W - 2/25 – 53 YEARS
Important Items of Interest
  • Sign Up For DAILY GRACE From WELCA - Daily Grace is an on-the-go companion for your journey, offering a faith reflection every day. Encounter God’s extravagant, boundless grace by signing up for a daily email message. You can also download the newly updated app for your IOS and Android devices.

  • 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.

  • TVPrays - This online devotional was created by ELCA leaders and pastors from the Treasure Valley. Access it at You may simply visit the site daily or sign up to receive it in your email inbox. Regular contributors from Immanuel include Barb Condon, Heidi Gainan, Susan Rowe, Kathryn Baerwald, and Pastor Gretchen. 
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Sunday February 21- First Sunday in Lent
Sunday Worship, via YouTube
9:30am, Coffee Hour, via Zoom (click HERE for link-ID: 878 3832 6700-Password: 876800)
12:30pm, Sledding/Tubing, at Eagle Island
7:00pm, Confirmation For Parents, via Zoom

Monday February 22
9:30am, Quilt & Comfort Ministry, Quilting Room
7:15pm, Youth Committee Meeting, via Zoom

Tuesday February 23
10:30am, Bible Study, via Zoom
12:00pm, Staff Meeting, vis Zoom
12:00-1:00pm, Last Chance For Drop In Prayer, Augustana Chapel
5:00pm, Food Fellowship, Immanuel Courtyard

Wednesday February 24
11:30am, Creative Worship Team Meeting, via Zoom
12:00pm, Grief Group, via Zoom
4:30pm, ILC Connects Meeting, via Zoom
7:00pm premier, Mid-Week Lenten Worship Service, at

Sunday February 28 - Second Sunday in Lent
Sunday Worship, via YouTube
9:30am, Retirement Party Coffee Hour, via Zoom (click HERE for link-ID: 878 3832 6700-Password: 876800)
7:00pm, Confirmation-Small Group, via Zoom
Quick Links
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