Winter Work Days – We Need Your Help!

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.

An Organ Concert for Epiphany with Singing!

On February 17 at 3:30 p.m. here at Immanuel Church, Jim Vyhanek, our musician who regularly plays for our Saturday evening 5:00 p.m. worship service, will be playing “An Organ Concert for Epiphany with Singing!”

Jim will play works of J.S. Bach, Handel, and Albinoni to name a few. He will also play his own compositions along with other present-day composers, Ore, Rotermund, and Ives.

All are invited to come, sing, and listen to great works of music on our pipe organ!

A reception will follow in Fellowship Hall.



Join the Choir… All are welcome to come to choir rehearsals!

Sopranos, altos, tenors and basses: All are welcome to choir practice! We meet weekly on Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Music Room.

Sing with the 150th and Easter Festival Choir…We’ll begin rehearsing special music soon!
Are you interested in ringing handbells? We are looking to start an adult handbell group very soon! Contact Jenny!

During Lent, March 6– April 10, we will meet after Wednesday evening Lenten worship service at 7:30 p.m.

Questions? Contact Jenny Laabs Director of Music and Worship

Immanuel Lutheran: 150 Years of God with Us

By Kevin Kindelin

Immanuel Lutheran turns 150 years old next year. She looks pretty good for that many years. I’m not blind to her wrinkles and sagging, but she sure is beautiful on the inside where it counts. That’s because the inside is us, you, me, that goofy pastor. ..(both of them are probably thinking I’m talking about the other guy). Sure, the “inside” can mean the internal structures of our building (s), but I’m trying not to be so literal but instead, paint a metaphorical picture. We embody the spirit of Immanuel, literally God with us.

I’m inspired to write about this spirit because I’m a recent witness to it and beneficiary of it. I’ve had it a little rough lately and haven’t been able to regularly attend church. I’ve missed the spirit of all of you gathering where He is with us. But His power and love are so great, that even though I could not be there, He came to me through you! Meal Ministry provided meal upon delicious meal during my “down time.” Thank you so much to all of you who took the time and trouble to prepare and deliver those meals so chocked full o’love. Thank you for the calls, texts, emails, cards, prayers, and well wishes. In addition to all that, both pastors and the vicar came to my humble dwelling to visit. These instances were not the first time in my almost 13-year history at Immanuel that I’ve been blessed with such agape love. It’s been my thorn to have this situation strike me down time after time, but the love I’ve received from then until now, has filled me with an uplifted spirit that gives me the strength to get up…time after time.

You might be thinking to yourself, “that’s all very nice, but what does this have to do with Immanuel’s history?” Everything, I tell you! Our history is who we’ve become. This moment we occupy in time is “now.” Now is the intersection between our past (history) and our future. You may have heard me prattle on about our future in past articles, and that remains true, but what we do now in our history is going to indelibly define who we’ll be in our future.

In February of 1869, 11 families in this undeveloped community met on the railroad platform to discuss the establishment of a Lutheran church in Palatine. The following month, those families organized our first congregation. Our cemetery was purchased soon after. Next we added our school. To those OCD sticklers such as myself, I’m sorry for the lack of precise dates, but the scrolls from Immanuel’s historical archives don’t always agree…close, but not precise. An interesting note…one of our first places of worship, even before the congregation was formally organized, was at the corner of Wilson and Bothwell…the same location currently occupied by Lamplighters. (Hmm…raised eyebrow.) Our building locations and configurations have changed throughout the years, but our spirit has remained the same. Immanuel has endeavored to serve an evolving, growing, diverse, burgeoning community for lo’ these many years.

We’ve administered to the spiritual need for Christianity to an ever-changing population from farmers to executives to doctors, to anybody and everybody who seek Him. We have always reached out into the community, and continue to share the Word with those who might not know Him, through our various outreach efforts. Our history shows that the love of God will flourish in the hearts of those who yearn for Him, whether it be a century and a half ago, or now.
Here we are back at “now.” I’m really not shy to say, if I may, that I’m proud of the things we do at Immanuel, and also what we have done. I’m hesitant to say “accomplished,” because that connotes to me something that has fulfilled its purpose. Our missions and ministries operate on a continual basis with, hopefully and prayerfully, no end in sight. Three years ago, we carved a little niche in our history by launching our Stronger Together campaign. It was a bold undertaking, to say the least. Heck no…it was a BOLD UNDERTAKING!!! Imagine our gall…asking ourselves to step up financially and support this initiative. Ah, but the spirit of Immanuel, God with us, was with us when we voted to move forward with this crazy idea!

The results of this “crazy idea?” Our connection to this thriving community has been further established and strengthened by bringing faith to them and inviting them to us.

    • At 12:00 noon on Sundays, a discussion based, pastor driven, music filled, non-traditional “service” is held in downtown Palatine at the Gathering Place.

    • We invite not only church members, but also anyone else who might desire a good meal with good company, to the Community Meal, where good food and Christian fellowship are served up.

    • Vicar Bill Harder takes his act on the road and dishes up a healthy Christian serving of worship through the Word, a dedicated message, and music to residents and visitors at Rosewood Care Center on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.

    • Funds have gone into infrastructure and building repairs.

    • A clearly determined mandate was cast to reach out to our youth. We hired a youth director in the name of Pastor Donald Antor and tasked him with shoring up and modernizing our youth ministry by utilizing technology and engaging those families with youth. There’s much more to what we are doing and more can be learned by contacting the church office or by gettng your hands on the same informative, glossy brochure I picked up in the narthex.

I may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I can read the writing on the wall. Jesus will out. That’s kind of a fancy, Shakespearean way of saying, “Jesus will win.” We’ve been around long enough to know that we must continue planting His seeds. Don’t doubt that they will grow. Look around at what’s sprouted and flourished since 1869. Imagine what your children can reap of what you sow, and their children…and so on, and so on. Happy 150th birthday Immanuel! That’s 150 years of God with us. 2069 seems far away, but 200 years of Christian love, service, worship, and outreach is just around the corner!

You are invited to a Service of Remembrance and Hope on Dec. 16 at 4:00 pm

You are invited to a Service of Remembrance and Hope to remember in prayer, song, and readings our loved ones who have entered eternal life.

Holidays can be hard when you are grieving someone close. This beautiful candlelit service will help you to experience the amazing gift of God’s eternal presence with us, always. Bring family, friends, and neighbors.


Sunday, Dec 16 at 4:00 p.m.

Immanuel Lutheran Church

200 N. Plum Grove Road

(parking lot is on Wood Street behind the church)

Refreshments will be served following the service.
Questions? Contact Deaconess Suzanne Fingerle at or call the church office at (847)359.1549

Sponsored by Care Ministry/Stephen Ministry of Immanuel Lutheran Church

Christmas Cookie Walk

Mark your Calendars for our 2018 Christmas Cookie Walk in Fellowship Hall

Saturday, December 1st and Sunday December 2nd

Want to have a lot of fun and enjoy delicious cookies?
Of course you do! We are asking the entire Immanuel church and school community; members, friends, parents, and staff to provide cookies for our 2nd annual Cookie Walk!

About the walk:

  • Drop off your delicious cookies in Fellowship Hall on Saturday, December 1st by noon.
  • Cookie donations should be at least 5 dozen.
  • Cookies will be placed on tables.
  • Take your container (provided) and fill it with an assortment of delicious homemade holiday cookies
    Pricing: $7.00/dozen (all proceeds to benefit the roofing project)

We are all in need of “elves” to help the days of the walk. If you plan on baking, or would like to help pleaase sign up at the table in Fellowship Hall starting the weekend of Nov. 10 or contact:

Renee Mueller

Guest Preacher Rev Dr. John Nunes @ Immanuel Nov. 17 & 18

Rev. Dr. John Nunes, President of Concordia College New York will be a guest preacher at Immanuel Lutheran Church on:

Saturday Nov 17 @ 5pm


Sunday, November 18 @ 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Please join us and invite your friends!

Reverend Dr. John Nunes has been president of Concordia College since 2016. He is an ordained LCMS Minister.

Join the P.R.A.Y. Religious Scouting Program

The P.R.A.Y. Religious Scouting program helps young people develop a deeper relationship with God and understand how God is active in their lives and in the world around them. It is a Christian Education resource that uses Bible lessons paired with projects to help young people not only grow in Christian faith but also express their faith by reaching out in love and in service to others.

The P.R.A.Y. program is open to all scouts (American Heritage Girls, Trail Life, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts) from any troop in grades 1 - 5. The P.R.A.Y. program will meet the religious reward requirements and award the scout the religious medal, certificate and national registration. The P.R.A.Y. program is also open to any interested students in grades 1 - 5 as well.

Each child participating will be working through hands on activities using games, crafts, and object lessons to learn about “God and Me” or “God and Family.” At the end of the class, the children will have either their own game box full of games or—“pizza” - that connects the object lessons.

P.R.A.Y Program (Grades 1-3)
6:30 –7:45 p.m.
Topic: God and Me

November 12
December 10
November 26
December 17

If you have a shoebox, please bring it with you.

P.R.A.Y. Program (Grades 4-6)
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Topic: God and Family

January 14
February 11
March 11
April 8
April 22
May 13

Adopt-A-Sailor Thanksgiving Day Luncheon

Immanuel has committed to host a Thanksgiving Day luncheon on November 22 for the Adopt-A-Sailor program through Great Lakes Naval Base. We are excited to host anywhere from 40-50 sailors to come to Immanuel so they can share a Thanksgiving Day meal with us.

This is where we need your help. We need individuals and families to enjoy the meal with them, so they can connect with an adopted family for the day! This is a tremendous outreach effort to our sailors who cannot join their families for Thanksgiving. We are also looking for people to help with the meal preparations and serving the food.

Jewel Foods has graciously agreed to provide the turkey and some trimmings. Bus transportation for the sailors will be provided. We need people willing to share their cell phones with the sailors so they can call their families.

Please consider being a part of this wonderful day by giving our sailors some of your time! Please contact Art Ellingsen about the program and Denise Neilson regarding volunteering for serving. Sign-up sheets will be available in Fellowship Hall.

We are looking for help Wednesday night for room set up. Help on Thursday: prepping food, serving, and clean-up. Please come and adopt a Sailor by eating and chatting with them. Stop by the table in Fellowship Hall to sign up for this event. You can still be home in time for your own Thanksgiving dinner!

Come to the Celebration Worship Service November 11!

”Stronger Together” Year 3 Anniversary and New Member Welcome!

Sunday November 11 - One Worship Service of Celebration at 10:00 a.m.

Saturday, 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 8:00 a.m. Gathering of Song and Study

Reception to follow the 10:00 a.m. Celebration on Sunday. Bring in your favorite homemade or store bought dessert to share after the service. Volunteers needed to help set up, serve, and clean up. Sign up at the table in Fellowship Hall.