I mmanuel Lutheran Church E-News

Immanuel Lutheran Church
Crosby, MN
April 2018
Women's Retreat

The annual women's retreat was held Friday night and Saturday, April 13th and 14th at Timber Bay Camp. It was a great weekend for 26 women. The theme was "Come and Renew" and the verse for the weekend was Luke 10:27, Love the Lord your God will all of your heart . . . and love your neighbor as yourself. Speakers for the weekend were Pastor Angie Kline who spoke about Heart, Pastor Molly Heinrich who spoke about Soul, and Tracey Srock who spoke about Mind. There were times of singing, sharing, fellowship and eating good food. Watch for information about the 2019 retreat which will be held in April 2019.

Our host for the weekend, Gary

by Judy Running

Immanuel's annual Rummage/Bake sale is on the horizon:   Thursday, May 3 rd  and Friday, May 4 th .
Gather all your gently used treasures and bake those delicious goodies to donate to this worthy mission for our community.  This annual rummage sale enables families in our area to purchase clothing, household items, linen supplies, games and toys for a very 
reasonable cost.   The proceeds of the sale are returned to the community and the youth of our church.
Items  we CANNOT accept are:   Large appliances, microwaves, televisions, technology items, large plumbing fixtures, baby cribs, car seats, stuffed animals and Christmas decorations.

Please bring the  rummage sale items   beginning Monday, April 30 th  through Wednesday, May 2 nd .  Please bring 
bake sale items:  Wednesday, May 2 nd , and Thursday, May 3 rd .
Volunteers much appreciated beginning Wednesday, May 2 nd , and throughout the sale.  Questions:  Please call Judy Running at:  218-534-2980.

Children's Ministry

Sunday School
Sunday School meets on during the 10:30am worship service on Sundays. The children are dismissed following the children's sermon.
The last day for Sunday School for the 2017-18 school year will be May 20th.

Youth Ministry


CREW  met Wednesday, April 11th. The students reviewed Ash Wednesday, Lent Holy Week, the crucifixion and Easter. They watched a short movie about the crucifixion and then discussed the movie and the events leading up to the crucifixion. They then had a friendly competition in a game show format to see how much they all remembered.

CREW will meet at church Wednesdays, April 25th andMay13th. On May 27th they will conclude this school year with a swim party at the Hallett Center.

All students grades 7-12 are welcome to attend CREW events. They do not need to be a member of Immanuel.

Handbell Ministry
by Judy Kirchoff, Handbell Director

The Hallelujah Handbell Choir enjoyed ringing the bells again in April.  Our anthem, "A Shepherd's Love" was accompanied by Judi Burson on the piano.
This spring we welcome Ardelle Patrick and Angie Randall to the bell choir.  

The Chapel Chimers have all 8 members returning this spring and they will perform on April 22.  If your son or daughter would like to ring with them, pleas e call me at 218-820-2802 for more information.
Photo by Judy Kirchoff
The Chapel Chimers are children in grades 3-8 but we also welcome mature 2n d graders to practice on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30-4:45.  There will only be 4 remaining practices for the May 20 performance, so encourage them to come and try the bells.

Meal With A Mission

The March Meal With A Mission benefited Manna For Malawi. The funds raised at this meal will be used to purchase clothing for the children in Malawi at consignment stores.

The May Meal With A Mission on May 20th will benefit Alzheimer's Awareness.

Holy Week and Resurrection Sunday

  Palm Sunday:  Holy Week began with Palm Sunday. The children paraded through the aisles of the church with palms.

Seder Supper :  The annual Seder Supper was held Wednesday, March 28th at 5:00pm. The First Communion students were special guests at
this event.
Photo by Susan Bushard
Photo by Susan Bushard
Front: Ember Popkes and Corbin Kinzer
Back: Ava Johnson and Braylee Platt-English

Maundy ThursdayFirst Communion for four young people was celebrated at the Maundy Thursday worship service. 

Good Friday: Good Friday worship was an informal service of scripture and song.

Resurrection Sunday:    The resurrection of Jesus Christ was celebrated on April 1st. The sanctuary was beautifully decorated with Easter Lilies. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the fund for these flowers.

Upcoming Events

Graduation Recognition

Immanuel's   graduating seniors will be honored at the 10:30 worship service on Sunday, May 6th. Cake will be provided during fellowship time.

Immanuel's Vegetable Garden

Volunteers  are needed to to expand the 
garden team. If you enjoy working in the dirt and feel you can volunteer 2-3 hours a week, 3-4 times over the course of he growing season, the garden team wants you to join them. Their hope is to have a minimum of six garden teams, meaning that you would be on duty every 6th week. Thanks to funds raised during the February Meal With a Mission plans are to purchase stronger supports for tomato plants so that they won't blow over during windstorms and towers for pole beans so the gardeners won't have to crawl on the ground at bean picking time. If you are interested in helping with this contact Nancy Evans at 546-2817 or nancywest.evans@gmail.com.

New Members

The next New Members classes at Immanuel will begin Thursday Evening, April 26th, 6:00 p.m. The remaining classes will be May 10th, & 17th. New members will be welcomed on Sunday, May 20th.  If you are interested in attending this 3 session class, please check  __ Interested in Membership  on the  Friendship Card or call the church office at 218-546-6010.

Manna for Malawi Raffle

Raffle tickets are now available for prizes to be awarded at Manna For Malawi on June 24th. These tickets will be sold at church beginning Sunday, March 18th. Watch newsletters and bulletins for where else the tickets will be available.

 The prizes are:
  • 1st-Powder Blue Med Size Trail Bike ($750 Value)
  • 2nd-Two Aruba 10' Kayaks/Paddles ($575 Value)
  • 3rd-43" LED Smart TV ($325 Value)
  • 4th-STOK Gridiron Portable Grill ($225 Value)
  • 5th-$200 Cash
  • 6th-Shooting Star Casino Pkg ($125 Value)
  • 7th-$100 Cash

Manna for Malawi

Mark your calendars now for the 2018 Manna for Malawi which will be held on Sunday, June 24th at the Woodtick Inn in Cuyuna. This year's event will feature the bands and Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys, a blues band from Wisconsin and  Gravel Roads, a band that played last year also  To learn more  about Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys check out their site or  Gravel Roads check out their  website .   

Many volunteers will be needed for this
event. Watch the newsletters and bulletins for more information.


Volunteer Recogniton

Volunteers were recognized at Immanuel on Sunday, April 8th. Each volunteer
was able to choose a small gift as a thank you for their service. 

Thank you to all volunteers1

Sermons on the Web

The weekly sermons are available on Immanuel's website,   www.immanuelcrosby.org. Click on the link on the home page for the sermons.

Immanuel's Facebook Page

Check out Immanuel's  Facebook  page. Brenda Bongs is maintaining this page and is posting photos of happenings at Immanuel as they happen. If you have information that you would like to see publicized on Facebook, please contact Brenda at  brendab@immanuelcrosby.org .

Immanuel's E-News

This newsletter  is published the 15th of every month. If you have any photos or news  items that you would like to see in the enews or on Immanuel's website please send them to  msegersten@charter.net .
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