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Transformation
The Transformation Renewal team was created in the recognition that the Holy Spirit is dynamic and moves within our everyday environment in many different ways. The Transformation team at Immanuel seeks to keep our mission attune to the needs of our community in fulfilling our Purpose Statement and Guiding Principles in dynamic ways. It works in conjunction with the church council, ministry team and programs. Its meetings are public with all minutes posted. The Holy Spirit is dynamic and moves within our everyday environment in many different ways. The Holy Spirit is mentioned in the creation story in Genesis, in Matthew Chapter 3, in John Chapters 3 and 14, in Acts Chapter 1, in Romans Chapter 8, in 1 Corinthians Chapter 14, in Jude Chapter 30, Galatians Chapter 5, Hebrews Chapter 3, in 2nd Peter Chapter 1 and many other quotes. In all the biblical notations the Holy Spirit is moving and active, a catalyst for change, which happens through prayer and Holy inspiration. If you are reading this page as a member, guest or visitor we urge you to talk with a team member about any questions you may have and any needs you feel our church can help fulfill in our mission
Staff
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Pastor Pastor Adrienne Strehlow Email: pastoradrienne@immanuelvancouver.org Greetings Child of God! In January 2016, I moved to Vancouver, WA to serve Immanuel Lutheran Church. As a child of the Pacific Northwest who grew up in Vancouver, I am familiar with and share the Pacific North Westerner’s love of independence, nature and connection to the spirit. I have a passion for learning about different cultures and peoples, having lived in Germany briefly in high school, and The Gambia, West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteers after college. This love stems from seeing all people as valuable to God and translates into a passion for welcoming all people into the body of Christ. As an extremely curious person with a deep love of nature, I studied Biology and Chemistry at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. I also believed that all creation as valuable to God, which translates into passion for caring for the earth. My greatest passion of all however, is participating in God’s mission to heal lives by walking alongside people struggling with poverty, mental illness, addiction, or anything that keeps them from experiencing abundant life. This passion brought me to seminary at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA and into the ministry. The truth is we are all on a journey of seeking wholeness that I believe only God can fill, so it is my deepest joy and privilege to worship, grow and serve alongside all whom God brings together. Blessings on your journey of faith! Office Administrator Jill Hellerud email: office@immanuelvancouver.org I have worn several hats during my life, starting with my career as a legal secretary. I moved on to work for a trucking company, and ran my own daycare before we left our home town of Duluth Minnesota. While living in Ft. Wayne Indiana I became a pharmacy technician. In 2006, my family and I moved to the Pacific Northwest. We had moved around several times, but Vancouver was the place we wanted to stay. After staying home with my children for several years, and working as a substitute administrative assistant at my home church, I decided that working at a church would be a great match for me. In 2012, I began my journey as the administrative assistant here at Immanuel. I love my job, and it has become my passion. Serving with the people of Immanuel has been an exciting adventure with many changes in the time I have been here. On my days off I enjoy volunteering, crafting and savoring time with friends. Pianist Zita Jefferson I was born in Waco, TX. My mother is from West, TX where most of the residents are related to her. My dad is from Vancouver. He was in the Air Force, and stationed in Waco, when he met my mom. We moved to Vancouver when I was 3. I lived here until I graduated from Ft. Vancouver in 1980. I have a son Andrew, and a daughter Taylor. I live with Taylor, her husband Mike, and my precious granddaughter Grace, who will be 2 years old in September. My dad taught me to play the piano when I was 3. I had to sit on a Sears & Roebuck catalog to reach the keyboard. I moved to Portland, OR in 1980 to attend PSU, where I studied piano performance. I got my degree in 1985, but didn't immediately go into a musical career. I was paralyzed with stage fright. I worked as a medical transcriptionist, massage therapist and receptionist. After my daughter was born, I felt pulled back to church. I was raised Catholic, and even attended an all-girls boarding school in the 8th grade. Pregnancy, and childbirth were such an incredibly spiritual experience for me that I started reading the bible for the first time. When my daughter was a baby, we went to a potluck at the Presbyterian church in our neighborhood. We were greeted so warmly! I was a single mother, and very shy. They treated us like family! Soon we were attending regularly. I joined the choir where it was discovered I played the piano. To make a long story short, I was hired as their pianist/organist and overcame my stage fright through playing every Sunday. I felt my music was a prayer to God. I tried to imagine myself as a vessel for the Holy Spirit to flow through me, and connect us all in prayer and music. From there, I ended up finding a wonderful job teaching piano at the Community Music Center in Portland, where I have been for over 20 years. I also taught piano at home, so I could spend more time with my children. Over the years, I have played music for many different churches and denominations. The last few years I have felt a pull towards the Lutheran Church. I love the liturgy, and am obsessed with the life of Martin Luther! I could go on, but I would prefer to meet, and get to know you all in person! I am so thrilled and excited to begin this journey with you as your new pianist/organist. Peace and blessings to you all,
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Council
2016-2017 Council Members Lisa Hasart - Council President Maradee Potter - Vice President Ann Pongon - Secretary Diane Nelson - Treasurer Cheryl Lulow - Transformation Renewal Team Liaison Morris Kermon - Safe Haven Liaison Stephanie Haas - Outreach Liaison
TRANSFORMATION TEAM Transformation Council Staff
Sunday Worship Service Sundays at 9:30 am Women of Immanuel First Thurs of each month (Sep-Jun) Immanuel Lutheran Church 9:30 am Sunday Bible Study Sunday at 11:15am Pines Coffee - 8086 E Mill Plain Sunday School 11:00 am Safe Haven After School Program School Days, including early release days 3:00-6:00 pm Church Choir Practice Wednesdays at 7:00 pm September-May Sings during worship 2x/month Book Study Mondays at 12:30 pm Currently reading: “The Book of Joy” by Dalai Lama & Desmond Tutu DORCAS Disciples 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month 10:00 am-12:00 pm Sept - May Work on your crochet, knit, embroider or other craft projects in fellowship with others. Quilters 1st, 3rd & 5th Tuesdays of each month 9:00 am Sept - May Resouces ELCA Website Southwestern WA Synod Website FreeClinics.org WHOprogram.org LutheranWorld.org