The 50’s Plus Scene

We took some time off for the summer but will resume in September. Everyone is welcome—no church membership is required, so bring friends and neighbors.

September 7 First Meeting of the Season: Opening Church Service
Come join us at 10:00 a.m. every Friday in Fellowship Hall.

50’s Plus is Immanuel’s fellowship group for mature adults. We welcome singles, couples, or one of a couple, and we encourage you to bring friends from the community. We do not actually have “members” but are people who want to enjoy each other’s company, to learn some new things, to grow in God’s word–and to have fun! We meet on Fridays in Fellowship Hall at 10:00 a.m. We greet each other over a cup of coffee and start with a Bible Topic. We then move on to our program at 11:00 a.m., which is followed by lunch at noon for a one-dollar donation. Following lunch is informal fellowship, cards, etc. No reservations are required, but if more information is needed, contact the church office at (847) 359-1549.

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!

The OCC Item of the Month is School Supplies

The 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.

august photo school supplies gift

We’re collecting for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) 2018 Shoeboxes year-round!

We’re doing this to get ready for a great packing party on November 5, 2018. 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. Even if you can’t make it, you can participate by donating something to include in the shoeboxes. Items must be new. For a complete list of accepted items, please visit our Operation Christmas Child page. Donations may be dropped off at Immanuel at any time. Please 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

Volunteer at Good Samaritan Ministries

Good Samaritan Ministries is looking for volunteers on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the mornings to help sort clothes. Good Samaritan ministers to those whose needs range from urgent to dire by responding in the following core areas: assessment of needs, referrals, food, clothing and financial assistance. Your service to Good Sam helps Good Sam serve others. If you are looking for volunteer opportunities and a way to make a difference, please contact Good Samaritan Ministries directly at (224) 801-8359 or call the Church office at (847) 359-1549.

 

Who will answer the Call?

By Kevin Kindelin

So I’ve been thinking lately. Better lately than never. No, seriously…with Pastor Tom’s recent announcement on his retirement, I wondered what made him want to be a pastor in the first place. What inspired him, or any other man or woman for that matter, to make that leap of faith to go into the ministry? As I looked further into it, I discovered that it’s not really a decision one makes. In John 15:16, Jesus said, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide.” The only decision the Called individual has is to answer yes or no.

What is a Call? Simply put, it’s a gift from God. Ah, but what is a Gift from God? You know, I could give you the standard by the book answer laying out all the blessings and gifts He provides to us, but in this respect, it means a Pauline-like thorn in the side. “Thanks God, what am I supposed to do with this?” a Called person might ask. I have an idea of what He might answer: “My grace is enough. Just do my work. I’ll let you know along the way.” Yeah, that thorn may hurt, but consider at all the good that can come from it.

I asked our deaconess and our pastors (Immanuel’s pastoral team) what it meant to them to be Called and how it was that they came to ministry.

In John 15:16, Jesus said, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide.” The only decision the Called individual has is to answer yes or no.

    Deaconess Suzanne: “Every Christian is called (small c) to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ and to share the love that He has for us so that they too may be saved and have that promise of an eternal life. Those who serve in areas of ministry in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, such as teachers, pastors, deaconesses, directors of Chris an education (DCE), directors of Christian outreach (DCO), and directors of Parrish music (DPM), believe and trust that they have a special Call (capital C) to serve God in their particular area of ministry. When I received my Divine Call to serve at Immanuel, I trusted and believed that the Lord was Calling me to serve his people and his church in Palatine. I never planned on going into full-time ministry. At the beginning of my junior year of college through a series of circumstances, I ended up in the teacher program at Concordia University River Forest. I can’t say that I felt strongly that God was leading me to be a teacher in a Lutheran school, but somehow through God’s leading, I ended up teaching for 15 years before going back to school to become a deaconess. Lutheran ministry and my Divine Call are all I have ever known and that has never wavered. I believe to this day that God has put me in ministry for a purpose. While I may never know the impact of my service on the lives of the people that I worked with, the babies that I held, and the hands that I prayed with as they were dying, I strongly believe that Jesus has walked with me and the Holy Spirit has guided me every step of the way.”
    Pastor Donald: “I feel that being Called into ministry is having that sense of God Calling you. For me, in my time I felt like I was being Called into ministry with youth. I know, at times that people think of a youth pastor as somebody just there to play games and babysit (so to speak). But to me, there is much more than that when it comes to serving in youth ministry. Youth have so much stuff going on in their lives, whether it’s coming from a broken home, temptations, not feeling like they fit in, and so on. They need to know that there is somebody out there that cares for them and wants to see them succeed. They need to be reminded of God’s presence. Youth need somebody to minister to them just as much as adults. And ultimately, I’m always reminded of what President Meyer (of Concordia Seminary, St Louis) said at my Call Day service, ‘Guys, just love your people.’ I think that is the best thing any minister can do, is just love their people.”
    Pastor Warren: “Being Called by God into the Holy Ministry is clearly the action of God leading you into service for His people, for which He designed and purposed you from the very beginning of your life. It requires recognizing God’s plan for your life, understanding His direction, and taking the steps of faith to follow Him, by denying yourself and your own plans to serve Him in His kingdom. I personally began to understand God’s calling for me through the encouragement of many people saying that I should be a pastor when I became Immanuel’s Congregation President. These encouragements came when the concept of being a pastor was not even on my radar. I was happy with the direction my career was going, but when people whom I barely knew, along with those closest to me were saying the same things, then I felt like God was trying to get my attention. After spending some time thinking, praying, and seeking counsel, God revealed more clearly His plans for me. I had many concerns that I kept giving God as I contemplated this possible new path, many of which I did not have answers for. God used these concerns to teach me more about trust and dependence upon Him. Over time God removed these concerns by opening doors to take care of those concerns for me and my family. When I saw how God was clearing the pathway, there was no denying His intention for my life.”
    Pastor Tom: “Divine Call – The agreement between a pastor and a congregation, which describes the responsibilities of each. The Call, issued through election by the congregation, is not a mere ‘contract’ but an agreement prayerfully entered into by God’s people acknowledging the work of God the Holy Spirit in the choice and the acceptance. Our understanding of the Call and the pastoral office can be found in Ephesians 4: 11-13: ‘It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.’ As for how I came to be a pastor, I had an inner feeling as a child and was encouraged by a couple of pastors as I got older. I got married very young, and my wife encouraged me to attend seminary at the expense of her own plans.”

In researching this article, I think I’ve come to understand the difference between a Divine Call to Ministry and the call to service a lay congregation member might hear. Let me put it into perspective. I think I’m a pretty good guy. I’ve even been called a “Godly man.” Never once did I consider entering the ministry. Never once in my life did I actually say, “yes, Lord! All that I have and am is yours.” Sure, I volunteer for this, that, and the other thing, but I’m not all in like those who have heard the Call. I really can’t speak for others, but I think this is true for most of us. I have also learned that the authority of the Call is Christ’s alone. When the Call is undoubtably Divine, then it’s a selfless one. Sure, the Called person carries human thorns into the very ministry he or she enters, but I’ll bet you already know the answer to my next unasked question. Right…grace.

Thank you Deaconess Suzanne, Pastor Donald, Pastor Warren, Pastor Tom, and all other Called teachers and staff. Thank you for being “all in.” That may seem like a simple characterization, but I’m a simple guy. Pastor Tom…I know you don’t want any fuss about your retirement, so I’ll just say this: Thank you again. Thank you for your teaching, your guidance, your leadership, your mentorship, and even your acerbic, yet somehow still silly, sense of humor. Thank you for sharing your Gift (capital G). Most of all, thank you for answering the Call.

 

OCC’s Item of the Month for July is Clothing

July is 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 is 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
  • Socks – These are key…it gets cold at night even though the days are hot.
  • Handmade “Pillowcase” Dresses
  • 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. In some parts of the world, children have to walk long distances to school. They must wear shoes and provide their own school supplies, or they cannot attend. If they don’t have shoes, they can’t go to school. Flip flops are an excellent way to provide shoes for a child. Because the sizing is more general, they can wear them a long time, even as their feet grow.

We’re collecting for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) 2018 Shoeboxes year-round!

We’re doing this to get ready for a great packing party on November 5, 2018. 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. Even if you can’t make it, you can participate by donating something to include in the shoeboxes. Items must be new. For a complete list of accepted items, please visit our Operation Christmas Child page. Donations may be dropped off at Immanuel at any time. Please 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

Save the Date! Backpacks, Blessings and Barbecue at the Bandshell on August 12

Join us Sunday, August 12, 10:30 a. m. for Backpacks, Blessings and Barbecue at the Bandshell

Last year at the August BBBB we gave away almost 50 backpacks filled with school supplies to students from Virginia Lake Elementary (our Kid’s Hope school). This year we would like to take it a step further.

Here’s what we need (all items must be new):

  • Packs of pencils
  • Packs of pens
  • 24-count crayons
  • School boxes
  • Wide-lined notebook paper
  • Backpacks for elementary school children
  • 70-page spiral notebooks
  • Glue sticks
  • Pocket folders
  • Pink erasers
  • Box of markers

Items can be dropped off in the labeled boxes in Fellowship Hall in June, July and the first week of August. So keep your eye out for good sales, and pick up something extra! At the BBBB we will be putting all of these items together into the backpacks, assembly line style, and donating them to Virginia Lake. Thank you for your help!

 

L.E.R.T. Meeting

God’s Love, Delivered.

The unified Palatine LERT (Lutheran Early Response Team) ministry of Immanuel and Prince and Peace will meet on Wednesday, June 27, from 7:00-8:00 p.m., in Fellowship Hall, as we continue to expand, organize and advance our ministry. The Palatine LERT ministry has expanded its scope to assist people who are struggling to cope with home maintenance challenges, in addition to our original focus on natural-disaster relief and cleanup. If helping people through our ministry speaks to your heart, as it does ours, please make plans to join us and check out what we are doing.

If you have any questions or if you (or someone you know) are being “uniquely challenged” by a home maintenance issue, please contact the church office (847) 359-1549, Steve MacKay (847) 980-9963 or electronically at www.immanuelpalatine.org/lert.

Join us for the Palatine Hometown Fest Independence Day Parade on June 30th!

independence dayWatch the parade from Immanuel’s parking lot. Bring a neighbor!

WE NEED CANDY!!

We will be marching in the Independence Day Parade on Saturday, June 30th, and we are seeking donations of candy that can be passed out along the parade route by those marching in the parade. Simply drop off your donation into a bin that will be available by our main entrance off the parking lot - Door #1. Donations of streamers, balloons and poster board are also welcome.

COME & MARCH TOO!!

Meet at the flagpole at 10:00 a.m. on June 30 to march in the parade. Parade step off begins at 11:00 a.m.

Contact Dave & Jennifer Walther for more information:
waltherfamily4@yahoo.com