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Preschool, Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Open House

Monday, February 3, 2020 9:15 to 10:15am

Come and visit our Preschool and Prekindergarten, Full and Half day program as well as Kindergarten. Meet the teachers and learn about our curriculum. Children are welcome. Please invite your friends and neighbors. Call or email Marlene Tres at 847-660-4163 for more information.

Learn more about our preschool at www.palatinepreschool.org

200 N. Plum Grove Road in Palatine

January Chapel Offerings

January offerings will help purchase Bible Books for Ethiopia through Lutheran Heritage Foundation. For children, the Bible’s hundreds of pages can seem overwhelming. They need books, written on their level, to introduce them to the love of Jesus. For young children, brightly illustrated, easy-to-read Bible storybooks can tell them in a simple way about the Savior Jesus and His love for them. For teens who are old enough to start reading the Bible for themselves, Luther’s Small Catechism answers the question first posed centuries ago by the Ethiopian eunuch: “What does this mean?” There are over 32 million Christians in Ethiopia,and millions of their children don’t have a single Bible storybook.

Ethiopian Lutherans are very mission-minded and enthusiastically introduce their friends to Jesus Christ.Mekane Yesus, one Lutheran Church body in Ethiopia, has grown by 3.5 million members in the past five years, to a total of 9.1 million members in 2019!

There are hundreds of Lutheran schools and Sunday schools packed with eager young students, but teachers face the dilemma that they have no written materials from which to teach. From week to week, they must make do with teaching the lessons to the children orally. Immanuel School can help change that. The Lutheran Heritage Foundation’s mission is to translate and publish these books for people around the world. For every $5 received, their organization can print a Bible storybook or Small Catechism in the languages of Ethiopia, such as Amharic, Oromo, Kambaata, and Hadiyya. So many are waiting! Let’s help!

December’s Chapel Offering is “Christmas Blessings to Needy Families”

This Christmas we once again are given the opportunity to bless others who are in need. Immanuel Lutheran School is partnering with our Sister School, St. Paul Dorchester, Good Samaritan Ministries, and Palatine Township to help families in need add to their celebration of the Savior’s birth. Your child’s homeroom teacher has posted lists for gifts, food, and gift cards. Please help as you are able. God has given us so much; let’s be His hands as we bless others this Christmastime.

    • Drop off gifts in your child’s classroom or homeroom by 10:00 a.m. on Friday morning, December 13, so that they may be delivered later that day.
    • Gift cards should NOT be put into bags, as they are sometimes missed that way. Instead, please place them in an envelope with the family’s number and the name of the recipient on the envelope; give the gift cards to Immanuel’s office, so they may be handed directly to Good Samaritan Ministries’ volunteers.
    • Gift receipts are much appreciated when possible as clothing sizes can be tricky.
    • Wrap gifts and label each gift with the family member’s name and their family number.
    • Gather all of the family member’s gifts and package them in a large box or bag,
    clearly marking it with the family’s number. (Remember gift cards should not be
    put in the bag or box.)
    • Please no perishable items.

Another Giving Opportunity - the “Mitten Trees”

Student Council is once again sponsoring this year’s Mitten Trees. Please bring new hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves to hang on the trees in the school lobby by Friday, December 13. These will be shared with needy families at our Sister School, St. Paul Dorchester in Chicago. Please consider helping those less fortunate and share the love of Christ this Christmas.

Fill the Chancel – November’s Chapel Offering

Can you taste it? The turkey, the stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows…so yummy! How blest we are by the abundance we have been given by Christ. Let’s share with those who would like to have some stuffing or cranberry sauce or even a turkey! Please bring in non-perishable food items before Thanksgiving. The Good Samaritan pantry needs to be filled—there is plenty of room for cans and boxes of food.

Here are some other suggestions: Peanut butter, jelly, chunky soup, flour, sugar, baked beans, black beans, rice, instant mashed potatoes, salad dressings, pastas, crackers, applesauce, Jello, cereal, hot chocolate, spaghettisauce, canned fruit, pancake mix, canned chicken, tuna, paper towels, laundry detergent, toilet paper, dish detergent,single-serving coffee, Kool-Aid or Crystal Light.

If you are worshiping at Immanuel we’d love to have you stay for a few minutes after the Thanksgiving Day service and help us move the food in assembly line fashion to Good Samaritan’s food pantry in the south parking lot. It’s lots of fun and goes very quickly!

National Cross Country Results

The results are in from the National Cross Country Meet at Concordia University Wisconsin on Saturday, October 26. It was a tough run with wind, cold, and LOTS of mud. More than a few shoes were lost to the mud during the run, so as you might imagine race times were affected. The girls had over 180 runners and the boys more than 200. We are happy to report that 3 Bobcat runners made it to the top 15. Great job runners!

Many thanks for a great season to ALL of the members of our hardworking Bobcat Cross Country teams, their dedicated coaches, and all of the parents who volunteered their time and gave their support to the teams!

Chapel Offerings for October

Chapel offerings received throughout October will go to FMSC – Feed My Starving Children. FMSC is a Christian, non-profit organization that coordinates the packaging and distribution of food to people in developing nations. These nutritious meals turn hunger into hope for hungry children around the world.

Please note: Offerings for Grandpeople’s Day, October 9, will help to support Tuition Assistance at Immanuel.

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