Voices & Musicians Needed for This Year’s Christmas Musical!

We need you for our Christmas musical on Sunday, December 8. “Let the Whole World Sing” is a musical inspired by how the gospel message has moved across the globe. From the Celtic lilt of “In the Bleak Midwinter” to the African rhythms of “Come, Come, Emmanuel,” through the Caribbean styled “Christ Is Born,” these arrangements gently underscore the universality of the gospel message. New music is blended with familiar, traditional carols in a wide variety of styles to create an interesting and fresh retelling of the Christmas story. Traditional carols are woven throughout for all to sing together with a live orchestra!

More Music Ministry Opportunities…
Choir practice is on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the Music Room. Ages High School and up are welcome! If you are interested but have a limited time commitment, please consider singing for October 27 Reformation Service, Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter services. We are always open to have more voices join us!

Do you play piano, guitar or other instruments?
We would love to have you with us in worship! All ages are welcome. Just let Jenny Laabs know what your gifts are and we can find a place for you! Are you interested in ringing handbells? We are working on an adult handbell choir to ring for special events.

Do you love contemporary praise? Our praise team needs people to play piano, drums, guitar and bass. Please contact Bob Rising directly after worship or Jenny Laabs.

For all inquiries, please contact Jenny Laabs at jlaabs@ilcp.org OR sign up by our table in Fellowship Hall!

The “Palatine LERT” Ministry—God’s Love, Delivered!

by Dave Brazzle

About the Palatine LERT Ministry and Upcoming Certification & Training Class

October 12, 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Immanuel’s Fellowship Hall

Christ calls us to get out into the world and help His people who are struggling to cope with the many challenges of this world. LERT (Lutheran Early Response Team) is an LCMS- sponsored ministry that provides assistance to people who have been struck by a natural disaster, such as a tornado, hurricane, micro-burst or flood.

Last year, Immanuel and Prince of Peace joined forces and further expanded the scope of our unified Palatine LERT Team to include an even broader range of needs that includes helping people in our local community with their own “Personal Disasters.”

Equipping, training and credentialing our volunteers to serve effectively and safely is a foundation of the
LERT ministry. LCC is offering their “LERT Training and Certification” class on October 12 for those who want to join the LERT ministry team. Registration is $35, which includes the training, the LERT handbook, safety vest and other materials.

Christ calls us to be His hands and feet, so this ministry isn’t about talking; it is about doing. In 2019 to date, the Palatine LERT team has provided 740 hours of service to people in need! LERT assistance is always 100% confidential and is provided free-of- charge as a tangible demonstration of God’s love and caring. The best way to gain trust, open dialogs and reach out to people in the name of Christ is through our unselfish and unexpected service to them! To this end, our Palatine LERT Ministry presents three interlinked “faces” to our members and community.

When a Natural Disaster strikes a community, the resulting needs are overwhelming. People need to be shown that they are not alone, that there is hope and that God is still walking with them. This “Natural Disaster” aspect is the founding pillar of the LCMS’s LERT program, and it remains alive and well today.

LERT-certified teams such as ours are invited, coordinated and dispatched to areas of natural disasters to clear fallen trees, to help with property damage and to be a tangible Christian presence. To learn more about the Natural Disaster Response aspects of LERT, please see the LCMS and LCC LERT websites.

The elderly, the unemployed, the sick, the poor and even some of the veterans in our own local community are challenged by home maintenance tasks that clearly exceed their resources and abilities. Simply stated, they need assistance with their “Personal Disasters” but have nowhere to turn. Yet doing nothing adversely affects their safety, health, quality of life, property value and even their self-worth.

Our Palatine LERT Team always wants to stay busy helping people! It is for this reason that we expanded our LERT ministry to include these kinds of “Personal Disasters” within our own local community! Confidently discuss your or your neighbors’ assistance needs with Pastor Warren to determine if our LERT ministry team can help.

As noted above, Christ calls us to serve, help and care for others. That’s what a true follower of Jesus Christ does. The idea of helping people in need simply calls to us. How about you? Is it calling to you as well? We would love to tell you more and let you kick our tires with no strings attached. Serving opportunities abound, including many non-physical roles. Other opportunities include working in various capacities from general labor to trade- related skills, such as electrical, plumbing, carpentry, etc. From young to old, from physically weak to strong, we need you… Jesus needs you.

Contact Steve MacKay for more information on the LERT ministry at (847) 980-9963, or complete our online form at www.immanuelpalatine.org/lert. Lastly and most importantly, our ministry and our clients need your prayers and support.

Thank you for your prayerful consideration!

Adopt-A-Sailor Thanksgiving Day luncheon. Will you help?

Immanuel would love to host a 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Day luncheon on Thursday, November 28, but we need your help! This year, the sailors are required by the Naval Base to be on our premises from 10 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. If we don’t have enough volunteers to cover this time-span, we will not be able to host this year.

Volunteer shifts for this event include:

  • Wednesday night room set up
  • Thursday
    • Morning: prepping food, serving
    • Luncheon: enjoy a meal with the Sailors after our 10:00 Worship Service.
    • Clean up.
    • Afternoon Games and fellowship with the sailors from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • Sign up for a two-hour shift in Fellowship Hall today. (1-3pm; 3-5pm; 5-7pm)

Please consider being a part of this wonderful day by giving our sailors some of your time! To make this commitment to host, we must have your answer by October 4. Contact the church office or Denise Neilson (dneilson214@gmail.com) to volunteer or sign up at our table in Fellowship Hall today.

Congratulations Vicar Bill!

I am pleased to share some good news about Vicar Bill Harder, and his progress in the Specific Ministry Program (SMP). Vicar Bill has completed his two year vicarage (internship) with Immanuel, and has satisfied all Seminary requirements that position him to become ordained in 2020. Congratulations Vicar Bill!!

Even more exciting news is that Vicar Bill has secured and begun part time work as a Vacancy Vicar at Trinity Lutheran Church, Genoa, IL. This position has been approved and blessed by our District President, Rev. Dr. Allan Buss. Trinity Lutheran Church is in the process of searching for a new sole senior pastor. This open ended opportunity allows both Vicar Bill and Trinity Lutheran Church the chance to walk together and get to know one another, and see what God develops for each of them in the future.

Vicar Bill will also continue his part-time work as a bus driver, and will also continue in his studies for the next two years, in order to fully complete the SMP requirements. He will be very busy with all of these duties, and so we will see less of him around Immanuel. Vicar Bill intends to keep supporting, as time allows, his weekly worship outpost ministry at Rosewood Care Center, which has grown to average attendance of 15-20 attendees per week.

Please join me in congratulating Vicar Bill, and continue to hold Vicar Bill and his wife, Marilyn in your prayers as they continue to move along in this journey that God is leading and providing for them.
As Vicar Bill approaches ordination in 2020, we will share those details as they develop.

In Christ,
Pastor Warren

Care Visitation Team

Do you enjoy visiting with people? Are you an encourager?

Then we have a wonderful opportunity for you. We invite you to become part of our Care Visitation Team (CVT). Our Care Visitation Team will be a complement to our Pastors, Elders, and Volunteers who will visit our members and friends who are hospitalized, in a short term rehabilitation center, in a long term care facility, or homebound Please join us for our CVT Workshop to find out how you can be a part of this very rewarding ministry. Our CVT Workshop will be held on Thursday, September 12th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. At this workshop we will share what a typical visit looks like in each category, and provide an opportunity for you to sign up for making visits right away. The amount of your involvement is completely up to you. Please contact Pastor Warren by email at pastorwarren@ilcp.org to sign up or ask questions.


All are welcome to come to choir rehearsals!

choir all welcomeSopranos, altos, tenors and basses - we will have choir practice on Wednesday evenings beginning September 4 at 7:00p.m. in the Music Room. Ages High School and up are welcome! If you are interested but have a limited time commitment, please consider singing for October 27 Reformation service, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. We are always open to have more voices join us!

Do you play piano, guitar or other instruments? We would love to have you with us in worship! All ages are welcome. Just let Jenny Laabs know what your gifts are and we can find a place for you! Are you interested in ringing handbells? We are working on an adult handbell choir to ring for special events.

Do you love contemporary praise? Our praise team needs people to play piano, drums, guitar and bass.

For all inquiries, please contact Jenny at jlaabs@ilcp.org.

Coming soon… “Joining Jesus on His Mission” (JJHM) by Rev. Greg Finke

On the weekend of September 7th and 8th, we will begin the Sermon and Small Group series of JJHM. The preaching series will be a seven-week series on a variety of topics based on Scripture and Rev. Finke’s book. The Small Group Series is a ten session series that also comes with a video curriculum where Greg Finke leads the discussion with a 5-10 minute video for each session. Our goal is to engage our entire Immanuel community, both Church and School, to participate in this series so that our entire Immanuel family can activate their faith and truly live the Legacy of their Faith by Joining Jesus on His Mission. You’ll hear more details at our Backpack, Blessing & Barbecue at the Bandshell on August 18.

The next weekend hear Rev. Finke live and in person, as our guest preacher at all services on August 24 & 25.


Good Samaritan pantry needs for August & September

Items most needed right now are:

  • Hygiene Products for men & women
  • Canned Fruit (no pears, please)
  • Granola Bars
  • Oatmeal
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Sugar (small bags)
  • Black Beans
  • Pancake Mix & Syrup
  • Tomato Paste
  • Spaghetti or noodles
  • Spaghetti Sauce

Note: No soup or canned veggies at this time.
If you can help, please place your donation in the green bin inside the parking lot entrance.

Save the Date for our 2019 Backpacks, Blessings & Barbecue at the Bandshell

Mark your calendars for this year’s Backpacks, Blessings & Barbecue at the Bandshell on Sunday, August 18, 10:30am

We need your help! Help Immanuel reach our community!

Make a donation to help pay for food and event costs! Submit your donation in the SPECIAL GIVING envelope placed in today’s announcements and/or write “B4” in the memo of your check.

Last year we gave away almost 50 backpacks filled with school supplies to students from Virginia Lake Elementary (our Kid’s Hope school). We would love to make supplies available again to our Kid’s Hope School students… but, we need your help! Would you be willing to take on a lead-role in organizing the collecting, packing and delivery of backpack items?

Here’s the school supply list (all items must be new):

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

Watch for the labeled donation boxes in the Fellowship Hall.
Many volunteers are needed! Contact Tim Laabs, B4 Coordinator to volunteer timlaabs@comcast.net or call the church office: 847-359-1549

Remember our Veterans during the month of July

4TH OF JULY is a time we gather to celebrate our country’s independence and honor those who defend our nation. During the month of July let’s show our appreciation to our U.S. Armed Forces by providing them with Military BibleSticks. These are small digital audio players loaded with the complete New Testament along with 65 minutes of selected Psalms. By joining with us this month, we can get God’s Word, the most valuable tactical gear available, to our service members. Your gifts in July will bring honor and appreciation to those who have defended our nation.

For more information visit MilitaryBibleStick.com, email: info@MilitaryBibleStick.com or pick up a flyer in the Narthex.