How To Sign Up for The Immanuel Directory Photo Session

Hello Immanuel:

We’re sure by now you’ve heard that Immanuel is creating a new church photo directory. This edition is on track to be the best participation ever. The directory will showcase our members, provide contact information, and become a useful resource to keep us connected. Thank you to the members that already made their appointment. However, there are a few that still need to sign up. The directory won’t be complete without you.

Here are a few easy ways to sign up:

  1. Click Here to schedule your session on our website
  2. Look for the sign up table after each service
  3. Call Renee Mueller at 847-359-1549 for assistance

Our photo dates are:

Tuesday, July 25 – Friday, July 28           2:00-9:00

Saturday, July 29                            10:00-4:00

Sunday, August 6                             12:00-6:00

Please note: If you can’t attend any of these dates you can call Lifetouch at 1-866-756-0281 to schedule a portrait session at a nearby location.

Remember, if you are in the directory, you will receive a free printed and electronic version of the directory along with a free 8×10. This will only be available to those who participate. The directory will not be for sale.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at your photo session.

In Christ,
Immanuel’s Photo Team

Mission Team Departs Sunday

Pastor Donald and three adult volunteers will lead a mission trip next week.

This Sunday nine people will leave Immanuel and head to Lutheran Island Camp in Henning, Minnesota. (The first Creation-Science Environmental Learning Center in the nation is in Henning.) Our volunteers will take part in the Christ Serve Ranch Servant event. There will be all sorts of work projects, including:

  • Helping build trails, observation decks and shelters
  • Developing scientific experiments
  • Removing brush and trees
  • Building corrals and docks.

There are five teens and four adult leaders going on the trip. They will come back from Lutheran Island Camp on Friday, July 21. Please pray for them!

The trip excites Pastor Donald because of the value of mission trips in the lives of the youth who attend. He continues to have youth summer mission trips each summer when there is no National Youth Gathering. (The National Youth Gathering takes place every 3rd summer.) His 2018 goal is to bring a team to Trinity Lutheran Church in the Bronx to help with their Vacation Bible School program.

Questions? Contact Pastor Donald Antor at

Immanuel Deaf Ministry – Stronger Together

by Paul Lucero

What is happening at the studio? Well, at the studio we did not destroy or steal equipment or make a movie to be a Star. Last year, I entered the studio for the first time with Pastor Warren, Pastor Acton and Brad Holloway to make a video. The video featured Stronger Together and the 2016 Paint-a-thon.

While others were getting ready to prepare or set up, I was sitting next to Pastor Acton. He was asking me questions to practice before filming the video. Then for some reason, he started to look around at the walls and said the walls need some painting. While I was lipreading, something popped up in my mind. And then we continued practicing until we were ready.

Then last month my heart and mind were telling me to ask the Immanuel Deaf Ministry members if they would like to help paint the walls in the Studio. I explained to them about what we will do and quickly they agreed without a doubt.

On a Sunday morning after the service I had an Interpreter tell volunteer Dave Brazzle, who oversees the studio. I told him that we would like to paint the walls of the studio. He was thrilled to hear it. You could see his eyes were wide open and he was excited to hear the news. I asked him to give me the color he wanted for the walls. His quick response surprised me; he gave me the color in a week. You could see his big smile.

A day before painting, Dave moved all the equipment away from the walls, because we did not want to be responsible for damage to it. We appreciate that he did that. Next day after the service, we had the colored paint and tape. Pastor Warren brought the equipment. When we went inside the studio, the walls looked dull and marked up. My wife Betty Jo brought us Subway before we started painting because we had no lunch. After happy eating, we started to work. Betty Jo and Cindy Kermath started to tape around the door frames and the wall bases from below the floor. Cindy, Bill Doescher, and Betty Jo painted the corners and edges, while Pastor Warren and I painted the walls with rollers. The room was hot. Pastor Warren and I were soaking wet from sweating and felt good losing some pounds. We teased each other, laughed, and worked hard to complete the walls. It took us about 3 hours to complete the walls, clean up and wash the brushes, rollers and other equipment. We had fun. I want to thank Pastor Warren for being there.

Why are we doing this? We want to have a partnership with Dave just like Stronger Together. We want to know more about it and look forward to working with you in the future.

Clothes Make a Difference!

It’s July, and OCC’s item of the month is clothing! Good timing since it’s a great time to purchase clothes on sale. Clothing can also be handmade. Either way, items should be new. A child receives a shoebox only once in their life – let’s make these boxes great!

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.
  • Handmade “Pillowcase” Dresses

Simply drop off your donations in the bin just outside of Fellowship Hall by the youth bulletin board. If you have any questions, please contact Trephina Bedell, or 847-359-1549. More on information Operation Christmas Child can be found at

Did you know that we’re collecting for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) 2017 Shoeboxes year-round?

We’re doing this to get ready for a great packing party this November. Working year round gives us extra time to carefully choose special items for the shoebox. These shoeboxes really matter. An OCC shoebox might be the only gift a child ever receives.

boys clothing
girls clothing

“One of my favorites in my shoebox was white socks because in the orphanage you get bad quality socks that always stink and have holes in them.”–Timur, Central Asia

One child in Grenada was delighted to find his shoebox packed with underwear in his exact size. His family was so poor that they could not afford to buy this for him.

Adventure Bible Camp 2017 Wraps Up an Exciting Week!

adventure bible camp children singingAdventure Bible Campers had a fun filled week last week. The theme was Deep Sea Discovery and each day of camp featured a Bible Story and a message: God Knows Me, God Hears Me, God Strengthens Me, God Loves Me and God Sends Me. Each morning students made crafts, played games, learned fun songs and had snacks together.

Adventure Bible Camp at Immanuel is for ages 4 through students entering 5th grade in the fall. During the week, the 4th and 5th Graders had many opportunities to serve God and Immanuel. They planted flowers outside the church, helped to clean up some trash at Community Park, helped with various tasks around the school and making items for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. One morning they handed out water bottles at the train station to those going to the Cubs game. One water recipient was so appreciative she called Principal Schiestel to compliment Immanuel on teaching the children to serve others.

The week concluded with a picnic after camp on Friday. Staff, volunteers, campers and their families had lunch together in the playground and enjoyed a beautiful summer day. Campers got a special treat, they each got to make their own flavor of shaved ice at the Kona Ice truck! It was a fun way to end a great week.

A special thanks to all of the 58 volunteers that helped make Adventure Bible Camp possible! Next year our Adventure Bible Camp will be held June 18-22, 2018. Registration for will open January 1, 2018.

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adventure bible camp kindergarteners

Palatine Hometown Fest Independence Day Parade Information for Immanuel Saturday, July 1

Immanuel Loves a Parade!

parade pastor warrenJoin us on Saturday, July 1st, at 11:00 a.m. for Palatine’s Hometown Fest Independence Day Parade. Immanuel will be participating in the parade again this year. Thousands line the streets in downtown Palatine to watch the parade…and the parade passes right by Immanuel on Wood Street. This is a great opportunity for us to get the “Word” out to the greater Palatine community about the wonderful things happening here at Immanuel.

All Immanuel members, students/families, coaches, staff, American Heritage Girls, and Trail Life Boys, are invited to participate in Immanuel’s parade unit. All ages are welcome! We will have a vintage John Deere tractor pulling a trailer, which will have places to sit if you prefer not to walk.

Meet at the flagpole outside the school’s main entrance at 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning. Those gathered will depart at 10:15 a.m. to walk to the parade line-up area.

We are in need of several adults to carry flags and banners, and to help distribute special Immanuel materials along the parade route.

Those interested should contact Pastor Warren via e-mail at or by phone at 847-359-1549 (church/school) or 630-673-2839 (cell).


What: Palatine’s Hometown Fest Independence Day Parade

When: Saturday, July 1st

Place to Meet: In the Immanuel parking lot by the flagpole at the main entrance

Time: 10:00 a.m. (At 10:15 a.m., we will leave as a group and walk over to the parade line up area on Wood Street, south of the train tracks, between Cedar and Quentin.)

What to Wear: ILS/Bobcat spirit wear; patriotic or red, white & blue shirts; comfortable walking shoes; cap/hat for sun protection. Parents, please apply sunscreen to your child(ren) and to yourself prior to 10:00 a.m.

Bring: A bag or two of candy to pass out during the parade (LEAVE ANY WATER/SQUIRT GUNS AT HOME! These are not permitted by the Jaycees, and we will not be invited back next year.)

Participants are welcome to bring their own water bottles, but we will have water bottles on ice for participants transported on the trailer throughout the duration of the parade.

The parade steps off at 11:00 a.m. sharp and will pass between our parking lots. Immanuel is UNIT #63. The parade ends at Wood and Oak Streets, near Cutting Hall.

Pastor Donald: Fisher of Youth

By Kevin Kindelin

So, who is this Pastor Donald Antor guy anyway? What does he do other than the occasional sermon and the greeting/mingling, visit the homebound, hospitalized and institutionalized, and all the other things that pastors are supposed to do? Don’t we already have two more than capable pastors? These are questions some might have if they weren’t familiar with our Stronger Together campaign. Next time you’re in church, take a look around you and count the heads that have gray hair as opposed to the number of those that don’t. Bald and thinning heads don’t count; that can happen at any age. The sad point of my rambling is that the decreasing amount of people in attendance, especially among those in their 20s and 30s, doesn’t bode well for the future of Immanuel. That’s why we’re doing something about it. That’s why we need a young cat like Pastor Donald to reach out and connect with our youth.

The definition of youth, in this context, is broad-ranging, from our wee little ones to our young adults. Pastor Donald’s mission is to help develop the Christian faith in our youth, and nurture them in the teachings of Jesus. It is also his mission to reconnect with those youth who feel that the ministries at Immanuel aren’t geared toward them. Immanuel needs someone who can speak to them in their own language.

I’m reminded of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples to allow the crowd of people comprised of different nations to hear the message in their own languages. My goodness, I love the younger generation, but why can’t my 20 and 30 something nieces and nephews answer their phones or check their voicemails? Because they don’t; they speak a different language…the language of text messages and social media to an extent. Pastor Donald speaks that language.

He uses Instagram to post one minute video devotions on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. As a “fisher of youth,” Pastor Donald casts his net where the guppies are swimming. Apparently, that’s not Facebook. Old fish swim there. He encourages the kids to discuss or comment on the videos and usually gets about 30 to 50 views within the first few days of posting one. Pastor Donald figured another good way to connect and interact with our youth is to go where they focus much of their attention…their phones! Every week he sends out individual text messages to 63 kids (as of this writing) asking how things are going or he tailors the messages to something he knows is going on in their lives. Since he started this effort last August, he’s had hundreds of responses and prayer requests. Pastor Donald continues to follow up with the kids that don’t respond because every once in a while, a kid will respond out of the blue and make a prayer request. Instead of saying “I’ll keep you in my prayers,” he sends back a prayer specific to that request.

Pastor Donald also connects to our youth through good, old fashioned face to face interaction. On Sunday nights, he leads Bible study for junior high school students from 5:30 to 6:30 and high school students from 7:00 to 8:00-8:30, depending on how long they want to hang out. He leads mission trips aimed at helping communities, usually through construction based projects, although he does plan on expanding into other areas of service. There are so many aspects to Pastor Donald’s ministry, that like most ministries at Immanuel, it’s impossible to adequately cover all of it in this limited space.

Pastor Donald knows these kids are not only the future leaders of our church (hopefully), but the future of the church itself. He emphasized how vital it is to reach a generation that doesn’t see church as a priority. “Ultimately, my mission is to reach the youth, help them grow in their faith and relationship with God, and be that bridge to the church,” he said. Volunteers are welcome. There’s a lot more work to be done than any one man can do. Lead a Bible study; chaperone a mission trip. Be a part of the future of Immanuel. For our children and for ourselves, we are Stronger Together!

Contact Pastor Donald at or follow him on twitter or instagram.

Adventure Bible Camp Kick-Off!

Thank you to the 46 volunteers who helped make our first day of Adventure Bible Camp so great!

Today’s camp happenings:

  • In crafts, we started to make jellyfish that will take shape as the week progresses!
  • Our snack was Noah’s Ark — graham crackers, animal crackers, fruit loops, pretzel sticks, mini-pitas and blue cream cheese.
  • We played a game working as teams to capture sea creatures!
  • The 4th and 5th Graders served God and Immanuel by planting and watering geraniums outside the church. The flowers look beautiful in their new homes! Thank you to Fred Seibert for helping to oversee the planting!
  • We learned songs and the theme song for our week! AND MORE!
  • Bible memory verse:  Psalm 139:1

At Deep Sea Discovery, children are diving into God’s Word and experiencing God’s presence in their
lives firsthand. The Bible tells us that God is with us and will watch over us wherever we go! (Genesis 28:15) Today campers learned that God KNOWS them! God knew Noah’s heart, and saved him and his family from a great flood. God knows us too! He sees everything we do. And we can serve God by doing the right thing—just like Noah.

Questions? Please contact Trephina Bedell, or 847-359-1549.