Music Ministry Opportunities

All are welcome to come to Choir Rehearsals!
Sopranos, altos, tenors and basses, we will have choir practice on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the Music Room. **During Lent, we will meet after worship at 7:30 p.m.** Ages high school and up are welcome! If you are interested but have a limited time commitment, please consider singing for Easter. We are always open to have more voices join us at anytime!

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 need you!

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

For all inquiries, please contact Jenny at If you would like to donate, we are going to purchase more hymnals for our church! Please help us fill the pews!

Let’s Celebrate Immanuel Lutheran School’s 150th Anniversary

Mark your calendars as we celebrate our school’s 150th Anniversary in 2020. We’ll begin with a special worship service on January 26, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. The students will help lead worship in music, prayer, and reading scripture. Please join us! Watch for more school anniversary happenings in 2020. (No 8:00 a. m. Worship Service on 1/26)

After the Celebration Service,
be sure to stop in Fellowship Hall for cake and coffee hosted by our School Board. All are invited to stay for a rousing game of BINGO sponsored by our youth raising funds for their summer mission trip to Peru. $5/Card or 3 Cards for $10. See you on the 26th! Bring a friend!

Attention L.E.R.T. Volunteers AND prospective L.E.R.T. Volunteers…

Come to the next Palatine L.E.R.T. meeting!

January 11, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Prince of Peace - Palatine
(1190 N. Hicks Road | Palatine, IL 60067)

In addition to team activity discussion, feature speakers will be:
  • Palatine Mayor, Jim Schwantz
  • Kathy O’Day, Lutheran Church Charities- Director of Disaster Response.

All current team members and prospective team members are encouraged to come. This is a good opportunity to learn more about the L.E.R.T. ministry and see what we do.

Questions? Contact Jim Beckley or Steve MacKay

Save the Date for these Basic L.E.R.T. training events:

February 8, 2020 - Immanuel Lutheran Church; Des Plaines
March 7, 2020 - Lord of Life Lutheran Church; Elburn
May 1-2, 2020 - Walcamp (chainsaw certification)

Looking forward to seeing you January 11th at Prince of Peace!


Winter is here. And with it comes the unpredictable. A severe storm or other emergency may require Immanuel to be closed. Emergency closing information for Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, as well as information on weather-related or other emergency situations, will be posted at

You are invited to a Service of Remembrance and Hope on Dec. 15 at 4:00 pm

You 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, Dec 15 at 4:00 p.m.

Immanuel Lutheran Church

200 N. Plum Grove Road

(parking lot is on Wood Street behind the church)

Questions? Contact the church office at (847) 359.1549

Inspiration at the 2019 Operation Christmas Child Packing Party

The Operation Christmas Child (#OCC) Shoebox Packing Party was a fantastic success Monday night. On November 4th, 150 people came together at Immanuel Lutheran Church and School and packed 333 boxes. We’d like to thank everyone who donated to the project — including Thrivent Financial, Immanuel members, community members, as well as the volunteers who packed the shoeboxes, American Heritage Girls Troops IL0412 and IL3130, Trail Life USA Troop IL0412, and the ILS 8th grade class who showed up in force.

The evening was an inspiration. This packing party project brought together 150 individuals from across the community and provided an opportunity where they could give of themselves. More importantly, the shoeboxes will be used worldwide by local organizations to help children receive the Good News of the Gospel.

The people – everyone from toddlers to people in their seventies — who volunteered to pack were an inspiration. Parents patiently guided and taught their children that it’s important to be generous. One child was so tiny he had a hard time even carrying the shoebox, but he dutifully carried it. Older children were excited to be able to pack more than one box. One couple with grown children (and plans for the early evening), arrived at 8:00 p.m. because they knew cleanup help was important. They want to make it possible for volunteers with children to go home and get those kids to bed.

Also inspiring of course are the people who donated items all year. Perhaps it’s school supplies during the summer. Or carefully assembled sewing kits. One family purchased tool kits, carefully modifying the packaging so it would be nestled safely in the shoeboxes, along with soap, pencils, etc. One woman took donated fabric and sewed skirts - pretty and practical - for young girls. And so much more.

The shoeboxes are part of Operation Christmas Child, a project that brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations worldwide through gift-filled shoe boxes. These boxes are frequently called GO boxes, Gospel Opportunity, because they allow the love of Jesus to be shared to children who have not previously had the opportunity. Shoeboxes are filled with presents such as school supplies, toothbrushes, combs, personal letters, a toy, and a variety of other small-sized gifts. For many children, their shoebox is the first and only gift they’ll ever receive. The presents and personal letters inside communicate that someone cares for them and gives them an opportunity to experience the love of God. Immanuel Lutheran collects donations for these boxes year-round.

For more information, please contact Trephina Bedell at 847-359-1549 or

Christmas Cookie Walk

Fellowship Hall

Saturday, December 14 & Sunday, December 15

Mark your calendars.

Want to have a lot of fun and enjoy delicious COOKIES??!!
Of course you do! We are asking the entire Immanuel church and school community; members, friends, parents, and staff, to provide cookies for our 3rd Annual Cookie Walk!


  • Drop off your delicious cookies in Fellowship Hall on Saturday, December 14,, by noon.
  • Cookie donations should be at least 5 dozen. Cookies will be placed on tables.
  • Take your container (provided) and fill it with an assortment of delicious homemade holiday cookies.
  • Pricing: $8.00/dozen (all proceeds to benefit KIT Ministry).

We are also in need of “elves” to help the days of the walk. If you plan to bake or would like to help, please sign up at the table in Fellowship Hall starting the weekend of November 9 or contact: Renee Mueller at

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 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 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 ( to volunteer or sign up at our table in Fellowship Hall today.