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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.

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.