December 2019

  …In Prayer Ministry

When asked, I jumped at the chance to write the monthly prayer article. Then I realized it would be for December….. which means Advent….. and I didn’t really know much about it. Google con-firmed what I thought: it seems that Advent is all about looking forward to and anticipating God’s intervening in human history in the Person of Jesus. Hmmmm…… 

This time of year can be about all the distractions of over-scheduling, over-eating, over-spending, over-indulging…. (And Santa.) Lord, save us! The trick seems to be how to turn from all of that, and to Jesus: “the reason for the season”. As it turns out, I don’t have to invent a way to do that! The church has done it for us: Advent! 

There are specific ways we can step out of the busyness and into the presentness of worship and anticipation. I invite you (and your family) to get a candle and light it regularly as a sign of setting aside time to be intentional. It could be at dinner (or as often as you need) to take a break from what is distracting away from Jesus’ coming. 

Light a candle and put your focus on: 

Week 1: Hope. The ancients were given Hope, through the prophets, about a Savior. Our hope is in Jesus’ second coming and our ultimate, eternal residence with Him. Stop and think about that! Tell God how great He is! 

Week 2: Faith. We are reminded of Mary and Joseph and their faithful journey to Bethle-hem. The prophecy of the Messiah being born there was fulfilled. God, help us to hear Your voice, directing our steps, in faith, for Your glory. 

Week 3: Joy! Imagine the Joy the shepherds had learning of and meeting Jesus. Our joy is the same! Thank God for giving us the Holy Spirit, so we can really know Him, too! 

Week 4: Peace. The angels’ message is “Peace on Earth, Good Will Towards Men”. And, in-deed, we DO have peace with God through what Jesus did for us. What better Christmas gift could there be? Thank God for His good plan and wonderful gift! 

Intentionally turning toward Him, with you, 

Ruth Sandin 

. . . Dream Intercessors

The Dream Team intercessors pray specifically for the needs of our pastor and his family. The prayers are communicated every 2 weeks via email or printed up by the office staff for those without email. The Prayer Chain is communicated via email. The prayers are generated from the bulletin Friendship cards, email and phone calls. The PRT (Prayer Responsibility Team) assignments go out to member’s church mail boxes at the beginning of each month. Each month a different church ministry is rotated through each box. These prayers are for the at home prayer support of Immanuel’s ministries.

In Prayer Shawl Ministry:

A Prayer Shawl is meant to be given to anyone (male or female, including children) who has had surgery, been diagnosed with an illness, lost a loved one or is dealing with a hardship.

Prayers are said while the shawl is being made, that recipients may feel comfort and love as they wrap themselves in it. Shawls are available in the Fellowship Hall in the far right hand corner on the cabinet shelves. Please be sure to check/sign the book saying to whom you are giv-ing a shawl because we don’t want to duplicate.

Please let me know of anyone you believe should receive one of these Prayer Shawls.

Thank you, and if any questions, please feel free to call or contact me at 218-546-6065 or by email

Marsha Larson