Inside Immanuel

January 2019

. . . . in Immanuel Lutheran Church Feasibility Team 


A team has been formed to review how the building helps to serve the mission and ministry of the congregation. This includes looking at how the current space is utilized, in what ways can the building be better utilized, and what would need to be done to better serve our mission and ministry. 

At our August meeting we identified areas in which the facility/building is not doing a good job at serving our mission and minis-try. They are: Sunday School space, youth area, multi-purpose room, office space, and storage. 

At our December meeting we began the process of writing our final report for the church council. We will meet one more time on January 15 to finalize this report and hope to present our findings to the church council at their February council meeting. It will then be up to the church council to determine the next step. We will have our recommendations on the approximate size of the unattached addition, the approximate size of the rooms, as well as how we see each of these areas being used. This includes Sunday School rooms/break out rooms, a larger area for a combination youth room/multipurpose room, conference room, rest rooms, possibly one office, and storage space. 

Team members are: Pastor Paul Mattson, Bob Neros (church council President), Brenda Lofquist, Gene Lofquist, Randy Stan-field, Nancy Evans, Elaine Karel, John Gordon, Jim Traylor, Carl Kurtz, Art Feierabend, Hal Kirchoff, Jim Bloedel, Meredith Bloedel, and Fred Tessmer. 

Our next meeting is January 15, 6:30pm. 

Submitted by Fred Tessmer 

. . . in Immanuel’s Harvest Table 

The phrase “harvest table” brings to mind cornucopias and tables laden with seasonal foods. We have such a table at Immanuel Lutheran Church, and you will find it next to the mailboxes in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday mornings from now through the first frost of fall. 

During July, August, and September, home gardeners and our church garden team share fresh produce they have grown for your enjoyment with the added goal to raise money for our soup kitchen ministry. Please help yourself to fresh lettuce, beans, tomatoes, herbs, and other seasonal produce which members of our congrega-tion have harvested to share with you. Free-will donations are ap-preciated, and there is a can labeled for those. Money raised goes towards the preparation of delicious healthy meals for needy fami-lies in the Brainerd Lakes area through the Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen. (See Pat Neros for more information on this local minis-try.) 

Enjoy the fresh produce, but keep in mind the need of the hungry families at the soup kitchen and the hard work of our home and church gardeners, and please give what you can as a sign of thanks. 

Nancy Evans 

. . . . in A Big, Heart-Felt Thank you 

I want to take a few minutes to express my thanks and gratitude for all the support and encouragement I have been given in the position of Administrative Assistant/Office Manager here at ILC. It has been a very challenging, de-manding and rewarding experience. 

We have put together a very good team and they have been a tremendous asset and have helped me make significant changes to our operations and the way things should be done. I take great pride in what has been accomplished. I could not have done this on my own. 

Most members of the congregation would be amazed at all that is accomplished in the office at Immanuel Lutheran Church. The position of the Administrative Assistant/Office Manager requires one to be able to multi-task many duties in a very timely manner to meet specific deadlines. With the new person (Brenda Hayes) coming into this posi-tion, I ask for patience and understanding as this position has a very long learning curve. 

I may be retiring but I will be there to assist and guide our operation in the office. I have invested a great deal of sweat equity getting our office to run in the efficient manner that we have now. I want to assist with a smooth transi-tion for our new Administrative Assistant/Office Manager. 

Once again, I want to thank all members of the congregation for the support and help you have given me. I look back on my years of service with fond memories and I take great pride in the work we have done for our church, all for the glory of God. I love you all and cherish our relationship! 

Brenda Lofquist