Collection for Hurricane Harvey

We will be filling a semi with items to take down to support those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The truck plans to leave on Thursday, September 21. Bring your final donations by Wednesday, September 20!

Items most needed are:

  • Cleaning supplies
  • Bleach
  • Sponges
  • Cases of water
  • Non-perishable food (please check expiration dates!)


Please drop items off inside the parking lot entrance in the marked area.

On the Radio…

Last week, Pastor Warren was one of three pastors featured on “Let’s Talk” with Mark Elfstrand on AM 1160.
Pastor Warren on Let's Talk


Here is the recording of this “Pastor’s Roundtable” if you’d like to listen to it.


September Operation Christmas Child Item of the Month – Games

The Operation Christmas Child (OCC) Item of the Month for September is games! What a fun item and travel games fit the bill perfectly! Their compact size ensures room for other items in the shoebox, many of them necessities. A mini Etch-A-Sketch or simple pegboard game would also be wonderful. Besides size, please also keep relevance in mind. Operation Shoebox kids probably don’t have access to American television, social media, and video games, so they probably won’t recognize our popular trademarked characters. A child receives a shoebox only once in their ENITRE life – let’s make these boxes great!

Smart shoppers know that September is a great month to find the very last of the school supplies, flip flops, and summer clothes on deep clearance and we’d like to remind everyone that we’re thrilled to collect all items year-round. There are a wide variety of sale items appropriate for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) shoeboxes:

  • 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.
  • 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

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, 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.

Good Samaritan Rummage Sale – Saturday, September 16

On Saturday, September 16, we’ll be hosting a rummage sale of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing as well as household and miscellaneous items. The sale will be held in the annex (the building and parking lot just south of Immanuel’s main parking lot.) The sale runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The proceeds of the sale will be used by Good Samaritan Ministries to serve those in need.

2017 New Member Class Begins September 12

Do you wish to know God better, to understand Him, or to trust Him more?  Have questions about being a follower of Jesus, the Bible, or about Immanuel, its ministries and our Lutheran Heritage?  If so, the next New Member Class begins on Tuesday, September 12 until October 24,  from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Please contact Jan Pemoller, Membership Secretary, at the church office, 847-359-1549, ext. 152 to let us know if you plan to attend or if you have any questions.

More information on Membership @ Immanuel

Stronger Together Summit III

Please join us for the Stronger Together Summit III on Saturday September 9th from 9:00-Noon in Fellowship Hall. As you may be aware, Stronger Together is Immanuel’s on-going initiative to reach out into the community, and energize and improve our church and school. We’re going to update you on the significant progress and introduce goals for the church and school going forward, such as:

  1. Increasing congregation membership and school enrollment
  2. Improving the Immanuel campus
  3. Stating our core values going forward
  4. Brainstorming ideas to meet the budget needs of the church and school

We’re inviting YOU to come share your ideas and your God-given talents to make us Stronger Together. Child care will be provided. Can we count on you to help us September 9th at Immanuel?  RSVP

Donations Needed for October 14th Rummage Sale

Immanuel will be having a rummage sale fundraiser to help with the roof expenses.  The sale will be Saturday, October  14th from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in Immanuel’s Discipleship Center.

Since we have that all set, we now need great stuff to sell.  So let’s get those garages, attics and closets cleaned out and find lots of hidden treasures! Ask friends, family and neighbors if they have any donations too. We need clothes, kitchenware, linens, books, toys, small furniture (no couches), and knick knacks. Please no game systems or computer equipment.

Drop off your donations in the box in the Fellowship Hall September 10th - October 8th during the following hours:

Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Small Furniture (no couches) drop off ONLY on Friday, October 13th from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

For questions, or if you are interested in helping, please contact Renee Mueller via the church office:  847-359-1549 or


Lutheran Island Mission Trip

mission trip group pictureLast month, 5 of our teenagers and 4 adults went to Lutheran Island Camp, in Henning, Minnesota. Henning is about 560 miles away from Palatine. The group of nine went up to Lutheran Island Camp to be a part of the Christ Serve Ranch weekend. One thing I have learned on mission trips is that you never quite know what you are getting yourself into. This year was no different, because I had no clue what we would be asked to do. After our ten-hour drive and dinner at the camp, the camp staff informed us of the various jobs that were available. The had a few different projects to split amongst our group and a group from Wisconsin and another group from Ohio. The projects ranged from staining, moving a gazebo, using a wood chipper and log splitter on trees that had been cut down. None of those of those excited our adult leaders too much, that is why we choose to build a split rail fence. We thought that we had the right size group for the job and that we would be able to see what we accomplished during the week.

barbed wire fenceI don’t know what the girls initially thought when we shared with them the project we would be spending the week doing, but by the end I think they were pleased with our decision. Monday was the hardest day of the week regarding the work. We had to do a lot of prep work before we could start building the fence. That began with taking down the old barbed wire fence that was in the way. The fencing was divided into two parts by a pathway to get around the near 250 acres of land that Lutheran Island Camp purchased to become Christ Ranch. We started off on the one side of the path of cutting the barbed wire down and rolling it up to make it easy to pick-up later in the day. There was probably close to 1,000 feet of fencing that needed to be cut down and there were three strands of barbed wire the whole way. The other side wasn’t as bad as there was only about 600 feet of fencing with two strands. Taking care of that took up a good portion of Monday. The rest of the day we worked at trimming the trees in the way and cutting the tall grass. Most of the girls all learned how to use a zero-turn lawn mower.

The rest of the work was spent digging holes and putting posts in the ground and the fences rails in-between the posts. Thankfully, the camp had a tractor with an auger we could attach to the front of, so we could dig the holes much quicker. On Wednesday morning, we didn’t have the tractor, so we recruited two teenage boys from Ohio to join our group. They dug two holes before the tractor came back. On Thursday afternoon, we finished the fence on the shorter side. In the end, we put up 570 feet of a split rail fence. I was so proud of the hard work that the girls did this entire week. There were defintiely pushed out of their comfort zone, but they learned a lot of various skills they probably never dreamed of. One thing that sticks out to me is that the last day or so, we were a fine-tuned machine. The girls knew right away if the rails weren’t going to fit in the posts and they would call for Warren to trim down the rails so they could fit in the posts. I don’t know if they would have been able to do that on Monday, but they learned. That is one thing that I treasure about mission trips is what the participates learn during the week and how they grow. It was a blessing to be a part of this trip.

It wasn’t all hard work on the island. We had some fun as well. On Tuesday evening, we took a 90-minute road trip to Fargo, North Dakota. We enjoyed a nice dinner in downtown Fargo. We also, went to the number 1 tourist spot in all of Fargo, “The Visitor’s Center.” It was there that we enjoyed seeing Fargo’s Walk of Fame and some fun throwing the Frisbee around. During our free time in the dining hall before dinner we played some highly competitive card games, with the game “31” being the most popular. One evening we had a spirited game of 9 Square in the Air. All of us enjoyed our time with that. You might have to ask the girls about hunting season as we played that game. Most of the afternoon the girls would enjoy going to the lake and playing there. They also took advantage of the beautiful weather and canoed/kayaked around the island.

Of course, the week wouldn’t be complete without a time for spiritual growth. The camp staff did a great job in leading devotions each evening. There was a time set aside for Bible Study for just the groups that were taking part of the mission trips. We learned about the echo that we leave behind us. The staff helped us look at various characters in the Bible and how they left echoes in various ways. And a little bit later in the evening we would have camp wide Bible Study time along with singing God’s praises in various songs of praise. As a group, every day we would share our highs and lows for the day, which was always fun to see what each person would say. To me, one of the best parts of the trip took place on the last evening. They had the leaders of the groups meet individually with each youth and pray with them. Since our group was smaller, I met with each of the youth, talked with them, and prayed with them. It was a great experience.

With this mission trip in the books, it’s time to look forward to next year’s mission trip. The goal is to get a group and go to the Bronx in New York. The plan right now, is to partner with a former seminary classmate of mine, Pastor Matthew Gonzalez and do work in the community through his church, Trinity Lutheran in the Bronx. We are still discussing what type of work we will be doing there, but I’m excited to see what God has in store. The tentative dates for this trip are July 22-28, 2018. If you have any questions about the summer 2018 mission trip, just ask me and I’ll be glad to answer.

God’s Blessings,

Pastor Donald

Outreach Ministry: Touching Our Community

by Kevin Kindelin

“Reaching out, touching me, touching you”…That’s a line from one of my favorite songs, Sweet Caroline. In days gone by, that lyric appealed to my romantic sense, but when I hear it today, it appeals to a sense of community. “Sweet Community,“ you might sing! It reminds me that we should be reaching out into our community to touch lives with the message of Jesus Christ and, in turn, touch our own lives. When we started Stronger Together, we made a commitment to increase our presence in our community. Our goal was, and is, to bring the Word of our Lord to its members through various activities, events, and outposts. In so doing, we strengthen not only the community, but ourselves as well.

Pastor Warren Schilf is heading up an effort unofficially tagged as Outreach Ministry. It’s been a busy summer. We held our third, you might as well call it annual, Shining Stars Baseball/Softball Camp this June. More than 100 boys and girls, ages 5-10 attended. Forty camp leaders, ranging from middle school age to elder statesman, lent their knowledge and skills to teaching our youngsters about this great pastime of ours and how Jesus is in charge of everything in our lives, including baseball and softball. Fifty percent of the attendees were not affiliated with Immanuel. The thought of seeds being planted comes to mind. It seems fitting because even the fields were unplayable due to recent rain (needed to make seeds grow). It’s a good thing our own member, Larry Link who owns Batting Benny’s Batting Cages, allowed us to use his facility the last two days of the week in order to keep the camp going.

We marched (walked, rode, and drove) in the Palatine Independence Day Parade once again. Nearly 30 participants carried Immanuel banners, passed out American flags, and provided candy for the parade watchers. The highlight of our parade entry was a vintage John Deere tractor, driven by owner, Warren Glawe with a trailer hitched to the back.

On July 27th, Immanuel took it to the parking lot for the Community Meal where we grilled hot dogs and burgers serving 218 meals. Tim Schmitt, Lorrie Wildman, and team created delicious garden and fruit salads to make our meal healthy. Scrumptious, not-so-healthy desserts were provided by Immanuel members.

Thanks to the caring efforts of Deaconess Suzanne Fingerle, we learned that an elderly widow in our congregation needed major structural work done on her house, along with many interior updates. Deaconess Suzanne partnered with our member and John Siegmeier, who is a professional contractor, to get this work done. Many volunteers pitched in to help the family clear out the house in preparation for the work, which included spackling and patching walls, painting the entire house’s ceilings and walls, updating the kitchen, and refinishing the hardwood floors.

Through our partnership in Kid’s Hope with Virginia Lakes Elementary School, we were able to provide nearly 50 donated backpacks filled with school supplies to students at this school who are in need of these items. Twenty of those backpacks were handed out at the Backpacks, Blessings, and Barbecue at the Bandshell on August 13th. The Bobcat Blitz combined forces with the barbecue this year when approximately 40 runners joined the more than 250 barbecue attendees after the race for a wonderful day of exercise, worship, blessings, and great food.

As with every ministry at Immanuel, room does not allow me to cover everything Outreach Ministry does. Volunteers are desperately needed to make it work. Contact the church office or Pastor Warren to see how you can contribute.

“Sweet Community… good times never seemed so good!” You don’t even need to know the song to get that!