Preparations Underway for Adventure Bible Camp as Registration Deadline Approaches

Volunteers help move a giant sea turtle that will delight kids attending Deep Sea Discovery next month.

Volunteers and staff, including three 7th Graders willing to help move a giant sea turtle, are working hard to ensure that Deep Sea Discovery, Immanuel’s Adventure Bible Camp (ABC) will be a great experience for campers. A word to the wise: parents need to register their children this week - registration closes Friday, May 26.

Each day at ABC kids will sing, shout, praise, pray, and be introduced to a Bible story and the daily theme. Then after kids experience the other activities of the day, they gather back at Celebration Reef to be encouraged to love God and to be motivated to serve others.   Other sites at Deep Sea Discovery include S.S. Discovery, where kids will explore the Bible story in a variety of interactive ways; Pelican Pier, where kids have time to move around, have fun, and fill up on snacks; Curiosity Cavern, where kids explore the mysteries of the sea through science and crafts; and E.C.H.O. Sea Sub, where kids are encouraged to serve others! All these fun activities connect to the Bible story, Bible Memory, and the truth that God is with us wherever we go!

Volunteers and staff are waiting for some brave deep-sea divers to join them in serving and having fun!

Date: June 19 - 23, 2017

Place: Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, 200 North Plum Grove Road, Palatine IL 60067

Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon

Register Online by Friday, May 26th!

Contact: Trephina Bedell, tbedell@ilcp.org or 847-359-1549.

Mother’s Day – Thank A Mom…and the Altar Guild

Come Mother’s Day, there’s an obvious group of women to thank and honor of course.  At Immanuel, there’s also another, less obvious, group – the Altar Guild!  Each year, the Altar Guild orders hundreds of roses and then gets together to carefully package each one in its own cellophane bag, ensuring a special presentation.  And that presentation is special – on Mother’s Day weekend, every woman attending Immanuel gets a rose.  The roses – and the smiles – add a festive touch to weekend.  So – thank you Altar Guild!

Mother’s Day roses are just one of the Altar Guild’s projects.  For more on the Alar Guild, please see Altar Guild: Serving Behind the Scenes on Immanuel’s website or in the April Messenger.

RightNow Media

rightnow mediaBy Kevin Kindelin

Free stuff is good, right?  Free stuff, no strings attached and I didn’t do anything wrong to get it free stuff is fantastic, right?   If you haven’t already done so, take advantage of Immanuel’s free offer of access to a virtually unlimited resource of Biblical knowledge.   The good news is this: there are strings attached.  Just take advantage of this offer.   Use it to learn. Use it to grow in faith and ultimately share that faith with others.  Immanuel has subscribed to RightNow Media, a vast online video library of Bible study resources that can be accessed from any device.  Anyone affiliated with Immanuel can tap in to this wealth of Biblical knowledge designed to help us develop and strengthen our faith.

On Easter Sunday, Immanuel members should have received an invitation to create an account with RightNow Media free of charge!  This is a tool for everyone. Pastors, church leaders, parents, students, kids, young adults, married couples, and singles can all be enriched and equipped with the knowledge and confidence to share our faith.

When I went to create my account, I was told I was just a few clicks away from gaining access to a huge library of discipleship content.  Then that preceding “d” word jumped out at me-discipleship.  I told you there were strings attached.  We must take this knowledge we can gain, literally at our fingertips…anytime, anywhere, and share it.   Let’s say you strike up a conversation with someone out in the community (anytime, anywhere) and you happen to be discussing a faith based point of view with someone who is skeptical, or even a non-believer.   You can click on a video and actually show that person where you got your information. A little “snipette” of a video on your phone in the grocery store or break room at work seems like an awesome way to bolster any conversation and point of view.

It’s hard to strike up a conversation about Jesus with a stranger, or even a colleague or friend, if we don’t think we know what we’re talking about.  Believe me, I know the feeling.  I’ve learned that knowing what the Bible actually means isn’t always as easy as just reading it, no small task in and of itself. Go and see if you can make a quick read of Leviticus.  Whether you’re a novice or an expert, it’s your-it’s our- responsibility to spread His word.  In Matthew 28:19, Jesus tells us to go out and make disciples of all nations.

If you didn’t get an Easter invitation, we apologize but please either provide your email address to PastorWarren@ilcp.org and he’ll send you a link.

Free stuff is great, but it’s oh so much better when you share it with others.  Be that light that brings someone to Christ.  I know it’s not easy to start the conversation.  I’ve missed many opportunities to share my faith when I lacked the confidence to talk about it.  It’s still not something that comes easily to me, but I’ve found that as I continue to learn, the more natural it becomes.  With a resource like RightNow, the learning part just became a lot more convenient.    As of this writing, about 35 people from Immanuel have gained free access to a whole lot of “strings attached” Biblical knowledge.  Heed the call.  Sign up for RightNow Media and continue your journey.  Jesus didn’t ask us to share our faith; He commanded us.

 

Is God Calling You to Serve at Immanuel?

The time of year for submitting names for 2017 Immanuel elected positions is upon us. Please prayerfully consider and submit names of Immanuel members that you feel would be good candidates for the following open positions. If you have been contacted by the nominating committee, please prayerfully consider whether God is calling you to serve at Immanuel. The Immanuel Lutheran Church Constitution details the duties and responsibilities, but the basic objectives of the various boards and open positions are as follows:
CHRISTIAN SCHOOL BOARD
The Christian School Board is responsible for the proper operation and administration of our elementary school and auxiliary programs. This board is to make sure the school remains Christ-centered in its approach to all programs.
ELDERS
The basic objective of the Elders is to watch over the spiritual welfare of the pastoral staff and the congregational members, both individually and corporately.
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
Plans, directs and implements all aspects of financial strategy, decisions, and activities impacting Immanuel and sits on the Board of Directors.
DIRECTOR of PROPERTIES
Responsible for the care and upkeep of Immanuel’s campus and sits on the Board of Directors.
MEMBER AT LARGE 
Special projects generally in the areas of ministry action teams or nominating committee.
If you would like more information on any position, please contact the church office, Tim Schmitt, or Tom Hensley at 847-359-1549.

Welcome to Deep Sea Discovery!

deep sea discovery adventure bible campGet ready for a life-changing adventure taking place right here at Immanuel Lutheran Church and School!

Each day begins at Celebration Reef, where kids will sing, shout, praise, pray, and be introduced to a Bible story and the daily theme. Then after kids experience the other activities of the day, they gather back at Celebration Reef to be encouraged to love God and to be motivated to serve others.

Other sites at Deep Sea Discovery include S.S. Discovery, where kids will explore the Bible story in a variety of interactive ways; Pelican Pier, where kids have time to move around, have fun, and fill up on snacks; Curiosity Cavern, where kids explore the mysteries of the sea through science and crafts; and E.C.H.O. Sea Sub, where kids are encouraged to serve others! All these fun activities connect to the Bible story, Bible Memory, and the truth that God is with us wherever we go!

The staff is waiting for some brave deep-sea divers to join them in serving and having fun!

Date: June 19 - 23, 2017

Place: Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, 200 North Plum Grove Road, Palatine IL 60067

Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon

Register Online by May 26th!

Contact: Trephina Bedell, tbedell@ilcp.org or 847-359-1549.

Special Olympics Spring Games 2017

Thank You for Supporting This Event for 22 Years!

2017 Special Olympics Volunteers

Some of our 2017 Special Olympics Volunteers

Families, volunteers and spectators cheered on men and woman, boys and girls-all Special Olympic athletes as they competed at the Special Olympics Illinois Area 18 (Northwest Suburban Chicago) Annual Spring Games-Track and Field Competition on Sunday, April 23.

We were blessed again with beautiful weather and approximately 46 Immanuel family, staff and friends volunteered in the hospitality tent preparing trays of healthy snacks, serving food, and greeting athletes and their families and friends. Some supervised “Olympic Village”, an area filled with “carnival” type games – bags, ring toss, soccer drills, etc. to provide fun and companionship in between the athletes’ events.

The athletes worked and trained hard and we thank you for taking time to encourage, cheer them on, and congratulate them on their medals and ribbons. Your kindness goes a long way in making them feel special. Thanks to all who donated time, food and money to support the Student Council donut and bake sale to purchase supplies. Thanks to Thrivent for the generous monetary donation, and to Paul Nicholson for the donation of Immanuel logo hand sanitizer and punch balloons. The giveaways were fun and big hits! Most of all we thank you for your prayers and we hope that volunteering in whatever capacity was a unique and memorable experience for you.

Faith igniting the Olympic Cauldron

Faith DiPaolo, winner of 2 gold medals, ignited the Olympic Cauldron.

Join us in congratulating Immanuel member Faith DiPaolo who won 2 GOLD medals; one in the softball throw and one in the 50 meter run which qualified her for the Special Olympics Illinois State Summer Games in Bloomington-Normal. Faith was honored to participate in the final leg of the running with the torch escorted by representatives of several community police officers. Faith ignited the Olympic Cauldron which was quite a sight to see! We are so proud of you Faith!!

May God bless you all for your servant hearts!

Elaine Schmitt and Carol Hajkaluk

 

 


Hygiene Items Make a Difference for Operation Christmas Child Recipients

“I absolutely loved the washcloth. As an orphan I had to share a towel with about 20 kids. So when I got the washcloth I actually thought it was my own personal towel.”–Vladimir, Russia

“I absolutely loved the washcloth. As an orphan I had to share a towel with about 20 kids. So when I got the washcloth I actually thought it was my own personal towel.”–Vladimir, Russia

May’s item of the month is Hygiene Items! Toothbrush, washcloth, or a bar of soap are all great shoebox item ideas!

We’re collecting for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) 2017 Shoeboxes year-round in preparation for a great packing party this November. Living in Chicago’s Northwest Suburbs it’s easy to take things like toothbrushes and other simple toiletries for granted.  But hygiene items are incredible treats for children living in harsh conditions.

A few things to note:

  • Liquids are not accepted.
  • Wet wipes are accepted however because wet wipes do not have enough liquid to spill out into the shoebox so they are OK to include in your gift.
  • Starting in 2017, toothpaste cannot be included in shoebox gifts, but a child’s oral hygiene can still be improved by regular use of a toothbrush alone
  • Toothbrushes can only be accepted if they are in SEALED packing. That means if you buy a five-pack of toothbrushes, please leave them packaged…one child will receive all five.  But that’s ok - those toothbrushes may be all the entire family ever has.

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, tbedell@ilcp.org or 847-359-1549. More on information Operation Christmas Child can be found at Immanuelpalatine.org/operation-christmas-child.

Trail Life Campout

TLAppleCanyonThe fact that Trailmen from Immanuel’s Trail Life USA Troop 0412 awoke to a brisk 38 degree morning on Saturday didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of this young troop for their first campout in Lena, IL. They just made a fire and started their day. In fact, the entire campout was a success. Hiking at Apple River Canyon State Park, a Jumbo Jumper, hiking, splitting wood with an ax, more campfires, hot dogs over the fire, and more activities rounded out their weekend.

“I feel the Trailmen had a fantastic weekend. For some of the boys, this was the first time using an axe, hatchet, and saw. It was great watching them cook their own food over a fire made with the wood that they split. I know this gives them a sense of pride and ownership, and that turns to confidence. The weather could not have been better for our hike in the Apple River canyon,” said Troopmaster Jonathon Bedell.

Trail Life is open to anyone in the community who is looking for an outdoor adventure program to learn about camping, canoeing, orienteering, rock climbing, personal growth development, and so much more.

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About Trail Life
Trail Life USA is a Christian Outdoor Adventure, Character and Leadership Program for boys and young men and Immanuel is honored to support and back a troop based right here in the heart of Palatine. Trail Life USA serves boys and young men from kindergarten through 25 years old from anywhere in the community.

Trail Life USA is a national organization that focuses on developing boys and young men, providing character building opportunities, outdoor adventures such as camping, hands on learning, and non-traditional sports such as archery, rock climbing, fishing. The men teach the young men, and the young men teach the boys. The focus is on the youth, learning responsibility, integrity, and growing through teaching and learning to see God’s hand in everything. He is the center, the Rock, of the Trail Life Program.

Immanuel Lutheran Church & School is located at 200 North Plum Grove Road (at Wood Street) in downtown Palatine, just two blocks east of the Palatine Metra Train Station. For more information or to register for Trail Life, please contact Trephina Bedell at 847-359-1936 or email her at traillife@ilcp.org.

Husband and Wife Global Messenger Duo Thanks Immanuel’s Students

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Immanuel Principal Delaine Schiestel and Special Olympics Global Messengers Lisa and Kurt Nobel.

Special Olympics Global Messengers, Kurt and Lisa Nobel, gathered with Immanuel Lutheran School students for chapel yesterday and then stayed to personally thank them for Immanuel’s support of the Hospitality and Game tent at the Special Olympics Area 18 Annual Spring Games-Track and Field Competition this coming Sunday.

The Nobels became Special Olympics Global Messengers last October and have been competing in Special Olympics a combined forty years plus.  They’ve celebrated many victories together, on and off the field, including their 8th wedding anniversary earlier this month.  This was Kurt’s 4th speaking event, earning him a coveted Special Olympics Global Messenger jacket.

They thanked Immanuel for supporting the Hospitality and Game tent. Immanuel volunteers, both adults and students, have sponsored the Hospitality Tent for 22 years, under the able direction of Elaine Schmitt and Carol Hajkaluk. This year, Immanuel’s Student Council sponsored a bake sale, raising over $500 to help with the effort.

From the moment Immanuel Principal Delaine Schiestel introduced the Nobels, they were terrific role models for the students. Not only did they express appreciation, they talked about the importance of being brave, doing your best, and being supportive of others.  Judging by the robust round of applause when they finished speaking, the students also appreciated them!

To learn how you can help with Immanuel’s 2017 Special Olympics Hospitality Tent, please see Immanuelpalatine.org/special-olympics. Come on out this Sunday and cheer on Lisa and Kurt!  They will be competing in race walking and mini-javelin events.

Stronger Together April 22

StrongerTogether SquareOn April 22, the Stronger Together planning team will be meeting with representatives of the Board of Directors, Board of Elders, and the School Board to talk about a 10 year vision, a 3 year strategic plan, a one year operating plan and quarterly priorities.

If you are interested in attending the April 22 meeting and/or joining the Stronger Together planning team, please contact Tom Hensley (tj2688@aol.com), Pastor Tom (PastorTom@ilcp.org), or Diana Broj (dbroj@ilcp.org) and they’d be glad to welcome you aboard!