Inside Immanuel Weekly

February 10, 2019

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

What makes you happy? Sometimes we think it's our possessions, or relationships with no conflict, or life without suffering. But what the psalmist reminds us this Sunday is that what makes us truly happy, what gives us joy, is not what we desire but what God wants: love of God and love of neighbor. As we "meditate on God's teaching day and night" we "are like trees planted by streams of water," who bear good fruit and thrive!

See you in church,
Pastor Gretchen
Most holy God, the earth is filled with your glory, and before you angels and saints stand in awe. Enlarge our vision to see your power at work in the world, and by your grace make us heralds of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Installation of Leaders - THIS SUNDAY
This Sunday, February 10th we will recognize new leaders for 2019 elected at the congregational annual meeting January 27th. Council members include Les Gieselman (President), Barb Schmidt (Vice President), Renee Bergquist (Secretary), Richard Keplinger (Treasurer), Matt Christman (Property liaison), Jo Stensaas (Youth liaison), Linda von Tagen (Social Ministry & Worship & Music liaison), and Andrew White (Human Resources liaison). Synod Representatives are Jan Gieselman and Shane Maskalick .
Welcome Betobaum Family! - THIS SUNDAY
On Sunday, February 10th we welcome a new American family into our congregation. There are seven members of the family—Blaise Richard, Cecile, Eric, Yolande, Geraldine, Josiame, and Charlot Betoubam. They came to our country last August from the Central African Republic and would like to attend our Sunday 10:45am worship service. They will need individuals willing to pick them up and/or take them home at 3433 Magnolia St. Can you help? Please contact our administrative assistant, Sandy, in the church office (208-344-3011; ). We will probably need 2-3 drivers each week (unless someone has a 7-passenger van). We are also looking for people to be part of a new ministry team to walk with the Betoubam family as they make Immanuel their new church home. If you would like to be a part of this group please contact Jim Grunow (208-571-6309; ).
Children & Youth Ministry News
Confirmation Class
Don’t forget that February’s Meeting is February 10 this month at Hope Lutheran! And parents are invited to participate in Parent Partners .
Summer Mission Trip
Youth and Adults interested in joining with Hope and other valley congregations need to let Mary Riedl ( know as soon as possible. We will be leaving for Mexico to build houses from June 12-21 (this date has been changed since last week) with Amor Ministries. An informational planning meeting is scheduled for February 10 at 4:00pm at Hope Lutheran. All interested should attend.

Winter Retreat
Grades 7-12 are invited to join a retreat February 15 (plan to gather around 4:30pm)-17 (return mid-day) at the River Canyon Retreat Center in Garden Valley, ID. Cost is $30 per youth. Please RSVP to as soon as possible.
Acoustic Alchemy Presents Dr. Delicious February 15 at 7pm
Acoustic Alchemy Studio, an outreach ministry of our Church, invites you to hear Dr. Delicious, with our own pianist Tony Rheault, in concert on Friday, February 15th at 7:00pm in Augustana Chapel. This trios variety of music spans many decades of hits!

Tickets are $15 at the Door or at
Dr. Delicious is a musical performing trio from Boise area which includes Tony Rheault on Keyboard/Sax, Jerry Coleman on Trombone and Lee Arthur Rice on Trumpet. They play a variety of music from New Orleans styles to Jazz and Classic Rock/Pop. Their music scans many decades of hits from Duke Ellington to The Blues Brothers and Tom Waits. They will take you on a musical journey from Down By The Riverside to Sweet Home Chicago. Crowd participation and "Sing-a-longs" are part of an evening with Dr. Delicious. Thank you for trusting your Musical Health to Dr. Delicious!

Check them out on YouTube:
Luther Heights Sunday
Next Sunday February 17th we welcome Kelly Preboski, Executive Director of Luther Heights Bible Camp. She will preach at both worship services and lead an intergenerational activity between services in the Thomas Chapel. This activity is intended for all ages and you do not need to have children with you to attend. Come and explore the theme verse for Luther Heights 2019 programming: "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God--what is good and acceptable and perfect" (Romans 12:2).  Kelly will lead participants to discover what this Scripture verse means through discussion, creative activity and reflection time
Luther Heights
Building Dedication and Additional Info
Mark your calendars as we celebrate our newly refurbished Immanuel sanctuary and fellowship hall with a Dedication Service on Transfiguration Sunday, March 3rd at 4:30pm. Assistant to the Bishop Rev. Phil Misner will be with us and the service will be followed by a reception
Please, until you have specific permission do not move into or set up any area. This request is for safety reasons and so that we don’t impede the sub-contractors as they finish the punch-list items. Please contact Mike Schmidt, Martin Hahle, Carolyn Korn or Lois Bauer (in that order) for specific permission to move into an area, even if it looks complete to you. 
We would also appreciate a call to the church office at 208-344-3011 or email if you can volunteer some time to help. We have a lot of groups who need help setting up special spaces. You will be matched with those who can benefit most from your help and abilities.
Additionally, for those of you who have been storing items at your home, please email Carolyn Korn, our Parish Administrator, or call 208-344-3011 with a description of the items you have been graciously storing and we will let you know when we are ready for you to return those items to the church.
Join Us for A Concert - March 1st at 7pm
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 for $25.
Last Sunday's Sermon
View Pastor Gretchen's sermon "Make it Real"
 from February 3rd
Endowment Committee Looking for Members
Here’s your chance to make a long term impact on the mission work of Immanuel! The Church Council is now looking for members for the Endowment Committee.
Candidate Qualifications
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.
It is anticipated that the Endowment Committee will hold monthly 2-hour meetings throughout 2019. They will review and recommend updates to the Mission Endowment Fund policies and procedures, seek Congregational input, and plan marketing and communications to increase the Mission Endowment Fund which currently has a balance of $10,400.
Immanuel established a Mission Endowment Fund in January, 2000. At that time, the Church Council was appointed as the Endowment Committee. In October 2018, the Congregation voted to provide that the Church Council could modify the endowment resolution as needed for a more convenient or efficient operation of the fund. Since the Council has so many other responsibilities they want to create a new Endowment Committee. 
This is a wonderful opportunity to help secure Immanuel’s mission work and provide funding for future generations to share God’s gift of love with all!
Please prayerfully consider this service work and indicate your interest to Council President, Les Gieselman. Once the Council has chosen the members, an announcement will be made and the new committee will begin its work.
Lead With Love - Musical Reflections on Social Justice
Common Ground Community Chorus will be presenting a concert on February 9, 2019 at 7:00pm. The concert is entitled "Lead With Love - Musical Reflections on Social Justice.” A portion of the proceeds will benefit Wassmuth Center for Human Rights. A dessert auction will immediately follow the concert. Ticket cost is $5.00 at the door. There will be a dessert auction immediately following the concert. The venue for this event is Hillview United Methodist Church, 8525 W. Ustick Rd., Boise, ID 83704. 
Common Ground Community Chorus is a nonprofit Boise community chorus devoted to the performance of high quality standard, popular and contemporary choral music. It seeks to display the positive face of the open-minded and progressive citizens of the Treasure Valley, welcoming and recognizing diverse people. 
Caregivers Class
Thursdays, February 21-March 28 from 5:30-7pm
BSU Evening Class
The Norco Building on BSU Campus
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
February 9
9:30am, Cluster Retreat for Council, Hope Lutheran
7:00pm, Common Ground Community Chorus, Hillview United Methodist Church

February 10
8:30am, Worship Service, Augustana Chapel *
9:00am, Choir Rehearsal, Immanuel
10:45am, Worship Service, Immanuel *
12:30pm, Confirmation, Hope Lutheran
12:30pm, Parent Partners, Hope Lutheran
4:00pm, Mission Trip Meeting, Hope Lutheran

February 11
9:30am, Quilters, Quilting Room
11:00am, Worship & Music Committee, Thomas Chapel

February 12
10:30am, Bible Study, Library
2:00pm, Staff Meeting, Work Room
5:00pm, Food Fellowship, Fellowship Hall

February 15
4:30pm (departure time), Youth Retreat, Garden Valley (2/15-17)
7:00pm, Dr. Delicious Concert, Augustana

February 17
8:30am, Worship Service, Augustana *
9:00am, Choir Rehearsal, Immanuel
9:45am, Luther Heights Intergenerational Activity, Thomas Chapel
10:45am, Worship Service, Immanuel *

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

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