Looking at this school year, I am struck by how well the Immanuel community – students, staff, and families – have stepped out to serve others this year. Serving is noticing a need and caring enough to do something about it.
In September, the students honored our local first responders during the Patriot Parade on September 11th and by writing notes to them. We also collected needed supplies for those impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.In October, we celebrated Pink Day to raise funds for research for breast cancer. We donated items for the Rummage Sale to benefit the roof fund. We hosted Trunk or Treat, a safe event for the community. Our middle school held the Fall Fest party for students in K-5th.
In November, we shopped to Fill the Chancel, bringing in canned goods to restock the Good Sam food pantry shelves before the winter season. Over forty families were blessed with Thanksgiving dinners through a partnership with Jewel. Some of the classes wrote notes to thank veterans for their service. We served the community through our Community Meal. Immanuel also served as a collection site for Operation Christmas Child collecting hundreds of boxes destined for children who will only receive this one Christmas gift.In December, our 3rd through 8th grades packed meals with Feed my Starving Children on two different days. Preschool children sang Christmas songs to hundreds of family and friends. The K-8th classes led the Wednesday Advent services, during the school day and in the evening. Our School families blessed twelve families here in the Immanuel community and at our sister school, St. Paul Dorchester, Chicago with Christmas gifts and gift cards. Our partnership with Jewel allowed us to distribute 120 ham and turkey dinners to families in need.
I pass on to you the thanks from all those who have been touched by you. Thank you so much for opening your hearts to help others.
May you have a blessed Christmas as we celebrate our Savior.