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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.

Back to School

Welcome Back! I am so excited to welcome everyone back for this new school year. I hope that you had a great summer and that you were able to enjoy time with your family, whether you were off to some exotic location, hunkered down for a stay-cation, or spent your weekends on the sidelines cheering on your child’s team. We are glad that you have returned safe and sound.

Our theme verse for this year was selected by our 8th grade class: “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11. What an awesome reminder of what it means to live as a follower of Christ! Build each other up and Encourage each other. In a world where so many people subscribe to the “tear down” philosophy, this idea of encouraging is foreign. Society promotes pulling down, knocking down, tearing down. Christ directs us to build up, strengthen up, and to lift up. And when we work together, building each other up, helping each other up, we find that we can achieve great things under the Spirit’s guidance.

I pray that your family has a blessed year. Please let us know if we can help to encourage or support you in any way.

God’s Blessings,
Delaine Schiestel

Why Send Your Child to Immanuel?

by Kevin Kindelin

Why send a child to Immanuel Lutheran School? After doing my research and processing the many reasons in favor of such a decision, it came down to two words in my mind: Our future. When that first hit me, it was more of an epiphany than a road-to-Damascus, knock-me-out-of-my-saddle revelation. Our future was not what first came to mind. I pondered how a child would benefit and then how that child’s parents would benefit, not as opposed to public education or home schooling, but from how our school stands out on its own merit. Being the curious type, I began my investigation. I looked up the mission and vision for our school and almost proclaimed my mission accomplished. Then I got word that they’d been revised! Behold, the new and improved mission and vision! (Pretty much a leaner version of the former–says it all in less.)

Mission – The mission of Immanuel Lutheran School is to partner with families to equip children for life-long learning and service through a rigorous academic program in a nurturing, Christ-centered environment.

Vision – The vision of Immanuel Lutheran School is that each child becomes a fruitful member of Christ’s Kingdom in their community.

This clearly speaks to the benefit both the child and parent may gain. There are several good arguments for sending a child to our school right in the mission and vision. Now don’t get me wrong. Public schools are a necessary option for many and still have their place. After all, I’m a product of the public school system and I turned out all right, didn’t I? Don’t answer that! Where Immanuel stands apart is the ability to offer a Christian- centered education to children, preschool through eighth grade, consisting of a rigorous academic program and unparalleled extracurricular activities including music, art and sports. We start early at Immanuel. Kids can get involved in organized sports as early as third grade. I had to wait until seventh grade before I could move beyond kickball and duck-duck-goose.

Our students are encouraged to express their talents through music, drama and arts in our fine-arts program. All grade levels are taught art and music and participate in several productions. I must admit, I did play a pretty mean flutophone in first grade.

Our purpose is to develop children spiritually and socially, as well as academically, and also to instill the love of Jesus in their hearts while preparing them for what lies ahead in the real world.

I asked Delaine Schiestel, Principal of Immanuel Lutheran School, why send a child to Immanuel? “For so many reasons… first, the teachers and staff - they get to know the children and each family. They figure out what makes each child tick and work with them and the parents, to help the child grow and achieve. Our academics are excellent – the majority of our graduates take advanced classes in high school. We not only prepare the children for the next grade, but for life. Students learn critical- thinking skills and put their faith into action through a variety of serving activities. But through all of this, the love of Christ flows. Grace and forgiveness are practiced; caring for others is emphasized; and confidence and purpose is built because of our value and worth through the eyes of our Savior. All we do is working towards our vision - developing each child to become a fruitful member of Christ’s Kingdom in their community.”

Our teachers and staff are the engine that makes this vehicle run. As experienced, professionally trained teachers, they are able to instruct our students in a way that not only fosters their intellectual development, but their spiritual maturation as well.

Earlier I mentioned two words of particular significance: Our future. Equipping our children to be effective citizens for life is crucial to the future of our church, school and community. I see several young men and women I knew as boys and girls who play active roles in the “goings-on” at Immanuel. We need more. The young minds and hearts of our children are fertile ground to plant seeds. College and other pursuits may distract them for a while, but if we care for their tender young shoots with love and the right instruction, then the garden they grow into will surely sustain Immanuel long after you and I have moved on to be with Jesus. Sorry for the extended metaphor…I just couldn’t help myself, but you get my point!

The lyrics of a song Whitney Houston sang come to mind as I write this, “I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside.” Those lines pretty much sum up what I was saying about our kids being our future and what our mission and vision already states.

I’ve been using the possessive pronoun “our” throughout this article as if I have anything to do with the direct development and instruction of our programs. I don’t. What I do have is a vested interest in our future, which boils down to the successful perpetuation of our church and school. Many of us who attend Immanuel don’t have children, but we’d be foolish not to understand that the success of one depends on the success of the other. There’s a reason it’s called Immanuel Lutheran Church and School… because we are Stronger Together!

Lady Bobcats – LSA State Basketball Champions 2018

Lady Bobcats 2018With a final score of 21-20 the Lady Bobcats came home victorious State Champions! Congratulations, girls! Briana Wooldridge was the MVP and Anna Schmitt was named to the All Tournament Team.

On the boys end, they were State Consolation Runner Up. David McParlane made the All Tournament Team.

The Popular Egg Coloring Night is Back ~ March 22nd!

Everyone is welcome at this Fun “Make and Take!

Looking for a little family fun for you and your preschooler? Immanuel Lutheran School in Palatine is hosting an egg coloring event for preschoolers, kindergartners, and their caregivers from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22. Preschoolers can dye Easter eggs in a lively, fun environment.

This event is sponsored annually by Immanuel’s Early Childhood teachers and is always popular and well-received. Please call Mrs. Tres, Immanuel’s Early Childhood Director, at 847-660-4163 to reserve a spot. Please bring one or two dozen hard boiled eggs and a basket in which to take them home.

Immanuel Lutheran School is located at 200 North Plum Grove Road in downtown Palatine, just two blocks east of the Palatine Metra Train Station.

About Immanuel Lutheran Preschool
Immanuel Lutheran Early Childhood Center has been providing quality, Christian education in our community for over 50 years. Our teachers provide a warm, caring, family environment, so that children can learn and thrive. Children learn thru engaging, hands on, relevant activities. We include Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math activities. Pre-reading and language arts activities are also integrated into our thematic dramatic play units. Come and see our dynamic program in action.

For tours and enrollment information please contact Marlene Tres, Early Childhood Director, at mtres@ilcp.org or at 847-660-4163.

Bobcat Alumni News

Krista Mayyou Parker, daughter of Jan Mayyou, has been named as a 2017 William C. Ackmann Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee at Concordia University - Wisconsin. Krista was an ILS 2001 graduate, on the Bobcat team that won back-to-back State Championships in 2000 and 2001. She went on to play at St. Viator where she was named the 2005 St. Viator Female Athlete of the Year. She continued her teamwork and star quality shooting when she went on to play basketball at Concordia University, graduating as part of the class of 2009.

The announcement detailing her accomplishments states:

Krista Mayyou was one of the most dynamic players in program history, helping Concordia University Wisconsin win three conference regular season titles and two conference tournament championships. She guided the Falcons to the program’s only NCAA Tournament victory in the 2008-09 season. The program also won the Concordia Invitational Tournament in 2007.

Mayyou was instrumental in the Falcons 85-26 record during her four-year career, including a 63-7 record in conference play. She was a D3Hoops.com All-Region Third Team honoree, along with being named all-conference first team four times and Lake Michigan Conference Freshman of the Year.

She ranks third all-time in program history with 1,621 points, while being the program’s best 3-point field goal shooter (39.0 percent). Mayyou owns the NCAA-era record for field goals made (602), and free throws made (323), to go along with being second in points per game (15.3) and third in steals (187). The forward-guard started 98-of-106 games throughout her illustrious career.

Congratulations, Krista! The Bobcat start has taken you to the finish!

Join us for STEAM Night on January 25 @ 6:30 pm

Immanuel Lutheran in Palatine will hold a “STEAM” night for the entire community on Thursday, January 25 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. STEAM is an acronym for “Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.” The evening provides an opportunity for children and families to explore a variety of STEAM topics through hands-on and problem solving activities. Busy Brains Children’s Museum and Mathnasium of Palatine will once again add to the festivities through their exhibits and math challenges.

STEAM Night introduces children to creative and critical thinking skills via entertaining, hands-on activities. Immanuel Lutheran School’s classrooms — preschool through 8th grade — will be the site for a variety of different experiments and challenges all based around the STEAM framework. Look for sensory tables, kitchen chemistry, catapults, and an assortment of activities that will surprise and delight children and adults alike. As an added bonus, all children are eligible to enter a drawing…prizes include STEAM-related toys.

STEAM Night 2016 activities“We are so excited to be able to invite the families of the community to come and ‘play’ with us once again, to experience STEAM hands-on. Families are also invited to learn more about Immanuel and meet our awesome teachers,” says Immanuel Principal Delaine Schiestel.

Immanuel’s teachers and staff will be stationed at the exhibits and around the building to explain the different activities and to answer any questions. STEAM night is for preschoolers through 8th graders and their parents/caregivers. Bring the whole family for a night of exciting, interactive learning!


Immanuel’s Amazing Teachers

Recently, I asked the teachers to share their stories –

Why did they became teachers? How did they come to be a part of the Immanuel family?

Today, I would like to share some of their reasons with you.

Immanuel’s Teachers on the First Day of the 2017-2018 School Year

Positive Influence: Many of our teachers were influenced by the teachers that taught them. A number of our teachers attended Lutheran schools where their teachers had fun teaching and made learning fun. Their teachers exhibited kindness, grace, and encouragement to them as students. These experiences planted a seed in the hearts of our teachers - they wanted to be teachers when they grew up to inspire and touch the hearts of the next generation.

God’s Call for Them: Our teachers described how this was God’s plan, a calling or nudge to teach, and how every path led them here. Immanuel’s teachers are deeply rooted in their service to God through their call to teach your children. Many mentioned how teaching was the only thing they ever really wanted to do.

Share God’s Love: Teaching at Lutheran Schools, and in particular Immanuel, is a place where our teachers can openly share their faith with their students. They can pray with the students, comfort them with the hope of God, and help them discover God’s plan for them in their lives. Immanuel is a community that honors children as the priceless Children of God. Here, the teachers are able to participate in a ministry of Love to the students and their families.

As we plan our celebration of National Lutheran School Week January 22nd – 27th, we celebrate our teachers and their commitment to excellent education, sharing God’s love, and caring for each student.

God’s Blessings,
Delaine Schiestel

Loving is Serving

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.

The mitten tree & gifts gathered.

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.

St Paul Thanks

The kids at St. Paul Dorchester thanking Delaine for the dinners and gifts.

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.

Delaine Schiestel

Trunk or Treat – October 22, 2017

Trunk or TreatRainy weather made it necessary to move the event inside this year but it didn’t spoil the fun! Thank you to all the volunteers that made our 2017 Trunk or Treat a success. A special thanks to the Palatine Library for hosting story time. Here are some pictures of the event.