Baskets of Promise Lutheran World Relief

This Lent we’re joining Lutheran World Relief’s Baskets of Promise campaign. Each week, we’ll collect a different item that we’ll use to assemble Personal Care Kits that give people around the world tools to stay healthy in life’s most challenging situations.

Collection Schedule:

Feb 11 Full Size Bars of Soap
Feb 18 Toothbrushes
Feb 25 Full Size Combs
Mar 4 Nail Clippers
Mar 11 Bath Towels
Mar 18 $2.65 (shipping) in an envelope marked Baskets of Promise

Some Important Guidelines To Remember
• Be sure to shop for light- or medium-weight towels, which are easier for Kit recipients to hand wash and air dry, take up less storage space and are considerably less expensive than the fluffier towels we may prefer to use.
• Bath towels vary in size. The 52” X 27” size listed in the guidelines is the maximum size. 20” x 40” is a good
guideline for a minimum size.
• Please give new items only.
• Please do not donate items with any religious symbols, messages or your group’s name.
• Please do not donate any items decorated with a U.S. flag, patriotic or military symbols, or references to the armed forces, including camouflage.
• All items should be new and in good condition.

Make a Difference with the February Operation Christmas Child Item of the Month

Operation Christmas Child Item Collection in Progress!

You may know that we’re collecting for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) 2018 Shoeboxes. This gives us extra time to choose special items for the shoeboxes carefully. An OCC shoebox might be the only gift a child ever receives. Is it really important to get certain items in a certain month? Yes and no. Sometimes buying at certain times yields great savings. However, Immanuel gratefully accept all allowable items all year.

accessoriesThe February OCC item of the month is accessories – like watches, hair bows, pony tail holders, sunglasses, and jewelry! Accessories are fun little items that don’t take up much space in the shoeboxes. To save money, look for accessories that are available in multipacks or on sale. And speaking of “on sale,” it’s a great time of year to find clearance sales on hats, gloves, and scarves. We could really use those as well for the OCC 2018 Shoeboxes. Remember that even though many countries have temperatures that may seem hot to us, they still experience weather that is cold to them – especially at night – and children can use these items to keep warm!

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

Stronger Together Summit IV on Jan. 27 CANCELLED

The Stronger Together Summit meeting scheduled for this Saturday, January 27th is being cancelled and re-scheduled due to the need for the use of our facilities for the funeral and Celebration of Life of a longtime member of Immanuel.

We will re-schedule the Stronger Together Summit meeting and provide that date soon. If you have any questions about Stronger Together, please contact Tom Hensley.


Make A Difference Year-Round: Operation Christmas Child Starts Now

By Kevin Kindelin
This article was originally posted on 2/01/17 and has been updated.

january items hats gloves & scarves

Buy an item each month to create a shoebox that will delight a child at Christmas. January’s ted items are hats gloves & scarves.

It looks like Christmas season is over. No more decorations. No more lights. No more Christmas cheer! You may like winter, but to me, without the joyous festivities of Christmas it’s just, well, winter. Sure, I’ll concede there’s some fun that can be derived from snow and ice, but there’s only so much you can do before you have to get inside and get warm. My point is that I, like most of us, complain about things we can’t control. We’re never satisfied with God’s abundant blessings. Now imagine you never even knew what Christmas was. Imagine being to the point of starvation when miraculously you were able to catch a few fish with your hands to feed your family for a day, that day being Christmas. But you didn’t know it was Christmas; you only knew you were exhausted from the effort but at least your family’s bellies didn’t hurt that day.

Now imagine you were a young child and that burden was upon your shoulders. Imagine being a child in a third world country who never knew the love of Christ, only the day to day drudgery of survival. This is where we at Immanuel stepped up to plant the seed of Christ’s love in the hearts of these children. Immanuel continues its partnership with Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization dedicated to providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Last November, Immanuel‘s American Heritage Girls, Trail Life USA boys, Fifties Plus, and Thrivent ministries participated in a national challenge to pack boxes filled with presents such as toys, school supplies, toothbrushes, combs, personal letters, and a variety of other small sized gifts to these children. Along with their shoebox gift, children also received “The Greatest Gift,” a colorful presentation of the Gospel in their own language.

Volunteers pack Shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child at our 2017 Packing Party.

Immanuel will be working on Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes throughout 2018 and will be hosting another packing party on November 5th. You may not be able to be there to take part in packing the shoeboxes but 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.

We haven’t even made it to Groundhog’s day, when we can choose whether to believe or not if the shadow, or lack thereof, of a dandified rodent determines the number of weeks remaining in winter. The renewed joy and hope that comes with the onset of spring seems so far off. Instead of complaining about it, be a part of a child’s next Christmas and future by planting the seed of the love of Jesus Christ. To find out more about how to participate and/or contribute, contact Trephina Bedell, Immanuel’s Children’s Ministries Coordinator, at or call the church office at 847-359-1549. Be a part of something greater than yourself. Be someone who plants a seed.

Make a Difference with the January Operation Christmas Child Item of the Month

Warm Up with the Operation Christmas Child (OCC) January Item of the Month! This month, we’re collecting hats, gloves, and scarves – hopefully when they are on sale – for OCC 2018 Shoeboxes.

Even though many countries have temperatures that may seem hot to us, children still experience weather that is cold to them – especially at night – and they can use these items to keep warm. Simply drop off your donations in the bin just outside of Fellowship Hall by the children’s ministries bulletin board. A child receives a shoebox only once in their ENTIRE life – let’s make these boxes great!

Please also pray for the children receiving the shoeboxes. Pray that they come to know Christ as their savior and pray that they may grow and thrive in health, safety, and peace. We thank you for praying, especially this month as we are starting to collect items for the 2018 shoeboxes.

January is also a time to shop…
Smart shoppers know that January is a great month to take advantage of clearance sales! There are a wide variety of sale items appropriate for OCC shoeboxes:

  • Toys, especially Nativity related crafts and toys.
  • Cold weather accessories.
  • Sporting goods - like a soccer ball with an air pump.
  • Take advantage of the “white sales” and pick up some wash cloths. Perhaps you will even find compact towels.
  • Of course, WOW items 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) 2018 Shoeboxes year-round?

We’re doing this to get ready for a great packing party in November 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.

Destination Known!

We’ve learned where the Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes we just packed and shipped to the Operation Christmas Child Processing Center in Minneapolis will be headed. We’re thrilled to participate in Operation Christmas Child and know that the gift-filled shoeboxes we packed will share God’s love in a tangible way and will impact not only the children who receive them, but also their family, friends, and communities. We ask you to continue praying for the children who will receive these shoeboxes.

Immanuel shoeboxes are headed to:


In 2016, Immanuel shoeboxes were shipped to:


Again, we’d like to thank everyone who donated to the project — including Thrivent Financial, Colgate, Immanuel members , First United Methodist Church, school families, and community members, as well as the volunteers who packed the shoeboxes, American Heritage Girls Troops IL0412 and IL3130, Trail Life USA Troop IL0412, Palatine High School Service Club, Cub Scout Pack Bear Den 209, Cub Scout Pack 397, and the Wednesday Adventure Bible Class.

Shoebox collection efforts and projects for 2018 will begin shortly.

For more information, please contact Trephina Bedell at 847-359-1549 or Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, a fixture in the Palatine community for nearly 150 years, offers a variety of programs and services to the people of Palatine, as well as weekly worship services. More information on Operation Christmas Child may be found at

Pastor Tom and Pastor Warren will be on the Radio!

Immanuel is participating with AM1160 WYLL to bring the Good News of Christmas through a program entitled ‘A Season of Hope’. Both pastors will be sharing past Christmas messages on the radio airing over the next two weekends as a Stronger Together Outpost, providing a greater outreach into our community.

Here is the schedule of upcoming messages:

    Saturday 12/16 at 5:30 a.m.

    Pastor Warren

    Sunday 12/17 at 7:30 a.m.

    Pastor Warren

    Saturday 12/23 at 6:30 a.m

    Pastor Tom

    Sunday 12/24 at 1:30 p.m.

    Pastor Tom

Tell your friends to tune in. They won’t want to miss it! Visit the AM1160 website for more information.

You are invited to a Service of Remembrance and Hope on Dec. 17 at 4:00 pm

Service of Remembrance and HopeYou 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, December 17th 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

Celebrate the Christ Child

By Kevin Kindelin

Here we are again…Christmas is just around the corner. It’s not easy for me to not be a bit cynical about it all when I see how the world celebrates the occasion. Oh, the world celebrates all right, but it seems to have written Jesus out of the picture. In many instances, Christmas is not even referred to as Christmas. Many institutions refer to it as the “Winter Holiday.” The materialism is undeniable. Santa Claus comes on Christmas morning bringing toys to all the good little boys and girls. Mom and Dad are ecstatic about the brand new luxury car with a big bow on it out in the driveway, or so the commercial would lead us to believe.

…Works won’t get us into heaven, but we do these things for others because He sacrificed everything for us.

The events and efforts we extend into the community allow us to show Christ’s love to others.

It’s okay to enjoy these things, as long as they don’t consume us, as long as we put God first. So what must we do to be in this world, but not of it? I would think that most people reading this are already doing it. Doing as in believing…believing that Jesus Christ our Savior came into this world to die for our sins and rise again, defeating death, Satan, and sin. But we also need to do as in doing. Works won’t get us into heaven, but we do these things for others because He sacrificed everything for us.

The events and efforts we extend into the community allow us to show Christ’s love to others. Immanuel‘s school children will be presenting music and skits on each Wednesday evening during Advent. The first Wednesday service will be led by the kindergarten through second graders beginning with the theme of “Preparation.” The second Wednesday will feature the third through fifth graders carrying the next theme of “Love Shared.” On the third Wednesday, the middle schoolers will conclude with “Joy in the Knowledge.” Listening to angelic young voices singing God’s praises can be as uplifting as building a deck for somebody any old day!

Preparing for Christmas: An Evening of Celebration and Relaxation for Women will be presented on December 8 at 6:30 p.m. It will be an evening of faith and friendship as we prepare for this holy season of Advent. Women of Immanuel, come hear about Jesus’ birth though the stories of three women named Mary. Men, stay home!

We are preparing for Christmas Worship Services and are in need of voices for the Immanuel Festival Choir. Anyone who is high school age and above is invited to participate. Musicians are needed as well, along with bell ringers for the Festival Bells.

A Service of Remembrance will be held for those who have experienced the death of loved ones on December 17 at 4:00 p.m. It will be a time to come together to hear God’s word and light candles in memory of loved ones.

As we celebrate the birth of the Christ Child, we remember His gift to us and endeavor to spread His Word by carrying out not only His wishes, but His commands. In keeping with our mission of building our church and community Stronger Together in Christ, we welcome a new innovative worship schedule beginning the weekend of 1/6/18 - 1/7/18. Our 5:00 p.m. Saturday and 8:00 a.m. Sunday services will remain as they are, but the 9:15 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday services will be blended into a Worship and Praise Service at 10:30 a.m. We will initiate a Discipleship Hour of Bible study from 9:15-10:15 a.m. in Fellowship Hall on Sundays led by Pastor Tom, along with a Children’s Faith hour (formerly known as Sunday school) if there are enough volunteers. A new contemporary outpost service including worship, praise music, Bible study, and fellowship to be held on Sundays is in the works…details coming soon!

We believe this change is in keeping with our mission and hope and pray that this will help bring us together as a church, school, and community. Hey, I think it’s great if you find a new car with a big bow on it in your driveway, or whatever material gift you might get on Christmas morning, but we can only grow in Christ as we worship, study, serve, and reach out into the community. Volunteers are needed for this bold initiative. Please contact the church office with whatever talents and abilities, or just the willing heart the Lord has blessed you with at 847-359-1549 or

Advent Calendars for Homebound

Each year we make Advent calendars for Immanuel members who are homebound. We need your help creating these calendars and delivering them to our homebound in time for the Advent season.  It’s a fun project for individuals and families alike.

To pick up your calendar kit, please stop at the table in Fellowship Hall weekends during November. Thanks for being a part of this very important ministry!

If you have any questions, please contact Deaconess Suzanne at