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Chapel Offerings for September

Immanuel’s Chapel offerings for the month of September are being donated to Journeys. JOURNEYS | The Road Home is a non-profit agency that provides shelter, social services and affordable housing to the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in 37 towns in north and northwest suburban Cook County.

Please be generous with your September offerings.

Parent Volunteers Needed for Oktoberfest Family Table

Immanuel will be hosting a Science Activity table at the Palatine Rotary Oktoberfest, Saturday, September 21, from noon – 3:30 p.m..

Different science activities will be led by Immanuel staff and families every 30 minutes. Could you help us with one of the activities during the afternoon or be willing to talk with parents about Immanuel? Please contact the school office or Mrs. Schiestel (dschiestel@ilcp.org) if you can help.

Our schedule for the afternoon is:

12:00 – 12:25PM “Volcanoes”: baking soda & vinegar reactions
12:30 – 12:55PM Magic Writing – invisible ink
1:00 – 1:25PM Chromatography – colorful designs
1:30 – 1:55PM Orbeeze & Kinetic Sand
2:00 – 2:25PM Paper Airplanes & Parachutes
2:30 – 2:55PM Bubbles
3:00 – 3:30PM Artful Math: Tessellations & Spirographs


The OCC Item of the Month is School Supplies

Shoebox gift with crayonsThe Operation Christmas Child (OCC) Item of the Month for August is school supplies! Back to school sales make August the perfect month to purchase quality school supplies at great prices. A child receives a shoebox only once in their ENTIRE life – let’s make these boxes great!

OCC School supply list:

  • Rulers
  • Pencils
  • Crayola Crayons (24 count or smaller). Crayola crayons won’t melt when shipped overseas to warmer climates…other brands will.
  • Colored Pencils
  • Notebooks that will fit in a shoebox

Since savvy shoppers know that August is a fantastic month to find flip flops and summer clothes on sale, we’d like to remind everyone that we’re thrilled to collect all items year-round. There are a wide variety of clothing items appropriate for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) shoeboxes! For example:

  • T-shirts – Shirts without writing, are best. English is not the primary language in many of the OCC countries and kids may not even understand what is written on their shirts. There’s also a culture gap.
  • Shorts, especially those with elastic waistbands so they last and fit longer.
  • Skirts, especially with elastic waistbands
  • Hats
  • Flip Flops/Shoes – These are especially important because shoes help kids who have to walk long distances to get to school or to get water from a well.
  • Socks – These are key…it gets cold at night even though the days are hot.

Of course, WOW items, like a soccer ball with an air pump, are always needed.

Simply drop off your donations in the bin just outside of Fellowship Hall by the children’s ministries bulletin board. If you have any questions, please contact Trephina Bedell, tbedell@ilcp.org or 847-359-1549. More on information Operation Christmas Child can be found at Immanuelpalatine.org/operation-christmas-child.

Save the Date for our 2019 Backpacks, Blessings & Barbecue at the Bandshell

Mark your calendars for this year’s Backpacks, Blessings & Barbecue at the Bandshell on Sunday, August 18, 10:30am

We need your help! Help Immanuel reach our community!

Make a donation to help pay for food and event costs! Submit your donation in the SPECIAL GIVING envelope placed in today’s announcements and/or write “B4” in the memo of your check.

Last year we gave away almost 50 backpacks filled with school supplies to students from Virginia Lake Elementary (our Kid’s Hope school). We would love to make supplies available again to our Kid’s Hope School students… but, we need your help! Would you be willing to take on a lead-role in organizing the collecting, packing and delivery of backpack items?

Here’s the school supply list (all items must be new):

  • Back packs for elementary school children
  • Packs of pencils
  • Packs of pens
  • 24 count crayons
  • School boxes
  • Wide line notebook paper
  • 70 page spiral notebooks
  • Glue sticks
  • Pocket folders
  • Pink erasers
  • Box of markers

Watch for the labeled donation boxes in the Fellowship Hall.
Many volunteers are needed! Contact Tim Laabs, B4 Coordinator to volunteer timlaabs@comcast.net or call the church office: 847-359-1549

The National Day of Prayer – May 2, 2019

Today is the 2019 National Day of Prayer. This year’s theme is Love One Another. In honor of the National Day of Prayer we asked Immanuel Students “Why Do You Pray?”, “Where Do You Pray?” and “How Do You Love One Another?”. Here is what they said.

Winter Work Days

Saturday, February 16 AND Saturday—February 23 from 8:30 am – Noon

To prepare for the 150th Celebration on March 3rd and the School Accreditation visit February 24th- 26th, Immanuel is hosting a couple building work days. Painting, cleaning, replacing ceiling tiles, simple repair work, and putting up art- work are some of the activities that are on the list to accomplish. Something for everyone!

Please join us for one or both days, for a few hours or the whole time, to give our facility a little TLC. Sign-up sheets will be at the information desk in our main entrance, door #1.

Explore God

As we begin 2019 our Church is taking part with 750 other churches in the Chicago-land area to embark on an intentional 7-week outreach program called Explore God.

Starting January 12 & 13 our worship will align with the seven questions that many people ask about God.

These questions are:

  • Does Life Have a Purpose?
  • Is There a God?
  • Why Does God Allow Pain and Suffering?
  • Is Christianity Too Narrow?
  • Is Jesus Really God?
  • Is The Bible Reliable?
  • Can I Know God Personally?

Discussion Groups have formed at Immanuel and throughout the community, and are available for you to join on our church website at www.immanuelpalatine.org/explore-god.

Please consider joining a discussion group and inviting a friend or family member to your group. This is also a great opportunity to invite family or friends to our Church for worship.

Dear Parents of Talented Young Singers…

Your son or daughter has an opportunity to have a part in George Frederick Handel’s Messiah! We are performing part 1 of his famous work with the Hallelujah Chorus on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3:00 p.m.

I would like our young voices to sing He Shall Feed His Flock and the Hallelujah Chorus! Below are rehearsal dates and times. Please contact me with any questions.

Rehearsals for Immanuel students are as follows:
• Thursday Nov.29, 2:15-3:00 p.m. and 6:00–6:45 p.m. for non-Immanuel students
• Saturday, Dec. 1 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. with adult choir and orchestra
• Thursday, Dec. 6 from 2:15-3:00 p.m.
• Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, with full orchestra and choir
• Sunday, Dec. 9, 3:00 p.m. performance– 2:00 p.m. call time

I hope to hear from you! Please contact Jenny Laabs at jlaabs@ilcp.org.

Rehearsals for Adults singing in the Messiah.
• Wednesday November 28 from 7:00-7:30p.m.
• Saturday, Dec. 1 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary
• Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary

Please let me know if anyone needs music!

Thank you!
Jenny Laabs

Get Ready, Get Set, Go: American Heritage Girls Help Church Prepare for Operation Christmas Child Efforts

Members of the American Heritage Girls (AHG) Troop #IL0412 participated in AHG’s National Service Day project by helping Immanuel Lutheran gear up for its annual Operation Christmas Child project. Immanuel is collecting shoebox items year round and there were several things that needed to be done. The girls tackled the tasks with enthusiasm. They

  • Counted, removed tags, tracked and boxed donated items
  • Assembled fishing kits and jump ropes
  • Sized and bagged socks for easy packing during the Community packing party on November 5

When asked about the National Service Day project, Trephina Bedell, Immanuel’s Children’s Ministry Coordinator, was quick to point out that, “it wasn’t just a one shot deal. AHG girls work on Operation Christmas Child (OCC) projects all year long. They even made their own “how to pack a shoebox” video last year in Immanuel’s AV studio. To see them enthusiastically embrace the behind-the-scenes, but necessary, tasks that they completed for National Service Day is heartening. They are growing in their serving. Their contributions really help propel Immanuel’s OCC efforts.” Immanuel invites the entire community to participate in those efforts in four ways:

      1. Donate! Drop off donations at Immanuel by Wednesday, October 31 at 2:00 p.m. Items donated will be used to pack boxes at the Community packing party on November 5. See Immanuel’s website for a list of accepted items.
      2. Help Pack Boxes at the Community Packing Party on November 5 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.!
      3. Pack your own box! Immanuel is a shoebox drop-off location again this year. Pack your own box and we will send it to the OCC processing center. National Collection Week is November 12 – 19.
      4. Become a volunteer! Help with the packing party or National Collection Week. Please contact Trephina Bedell at tbedell@ilcp.org for more information!

About American Heritage Girls
American Heritage Girls is a national organization that focuses on developing young women, embraces Christian values, and encourages family involvement. It helps girls learn skills that will help them in all areas of their lives…whether this is how to use a computer, learn about their ancestors, how to fish, or even what it takes to be an astronaut. Contact Trephina Bedell at tbedell@ilcp.org for more information about AHG at Immanuel.

About Immanuel Lutheran
Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, a fixture in the Palatine community for nearly 150 years, offers a variety of programs and services to the people of Palatine, as well as weekly worship services. Immanuel is located at 200 North Plum Grove Road (at Wood Street) in downtown Palatine, just two blocks east of the Palatine Metra Train Station. To volunteer or for more information, please visit ImmanuelPalatine.org or call 847-359-1549.