Inside Immanuel

August 2018

. . . . 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. 

We began this past month by talking to people directly involved in leading our mission and ministry and have reported the findings to the committee. Our next step is to take this information and begin to set some priorities that will help serve our mission and ministry. We have talked to those involved in Sunday School, youth ministry, kitchen, storage, staff, worship leaders, just to name a few. 

Team members are: Pastor Paul Mattson, Bob Neros (church council President), Brenda Lofquist, Gene Lofquist, Randy Stanfield, Nancy Evans, Elaine Karel, John Gordon, Casey Kannel, Jim Traylor, Carl Kurtz, Art Feierabend, Hal Kirchoff, Fred Tessmer(team leader). 

Please feel free to have a conversation with any of the team members concerning the use of the facility and any ideas/ suggestions/concerns you may have. 

Submitted by Fred Tessmer, team leader 

. . . 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 Fel-lowship 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