UPDATE 4-24-20: Because Illinois Governor Pritzker is extending the Stay at Home Order, our campus will be closed through May 31.

In a continued effort to take every precaution in helping our community stay healthy during the spread of the Coronavirus, Immanuel’s entire campus of buildings will be closed from all activities from today, March 16th to April 30th.

Only essential personnel, such as pastors, teachers, and staff, etc. will be allowed on campus today and tomorrow to collect all work items needed to work remotely. We are scheduling a deep clean with our cleaning service through this period of time to do our best to remove any existing germs and bacteria.

We will suspend in-house Sanctuary worship for all mid-week Lenten and normal weekend worship services for the next two weeks. However, we will be streaming worship services online for all mid-week Lenten and weekend worship services at their normally scheduled times. This will allow you to have some sense of normalcy with regard to our worship schedule. The only difference is that you can worship online in the comfort of your own home.

While it is clearly important for us to take every precaution in exercising due care during the Coronavirus outbreak, it is even more important that we continue to have the opportunity to worship our Lord and to be comforted by Him through the message of the Good News of Jesus Christ.

We are blessed to offer our worship via live web stream from our website, so that you can worship with us in ‘real time’ at home. We will also make online worship available through our Immanuel Facebook page at

Another blessing we have at Immanuel, is the ability to participate more fully in worship through our online giving web page at
You may also give through our mobile app, called “God with Us” , by texting IMMANUELAPP to #77977. This will provide the link for you to download the app and begin online giving through your smart phone. Our mobile app is also available at the Apple and Google stores for download. We strongly encourage you to continue to give your offering regularly during this time of interruption and change. Immanuel’s ministries depend on your gifts, as ministry will continue even through this campus closure.

Online Worship Schedule (March 16th - May 31)

Mid-week Lenten Worship
Wednesday @ 7:00 p.m.

Weekend Worship
Saturday @ 5:00 p.m.
Sunday @ 8:00 a.m.
Sunday @ 10:30 a.m.

Our pastors are continually available for any pastoral care that you have, so please call the church office, and the auto attendant will direct you to one of the pastor’s phones.

Good Samaritan Ministries is available to provide any Human Care needs that may arise. Our food and clothing pantry will be open during this time by appointment with our Good Samaritan team of volunteers. Please contact them by phone at 224-801-8359 or by emailing Betty Franz at

Be well and stay healthy



Immanuel will provide worship services as normally scheduled this weekend. We will continue to exercise due care and precautionary measures previously instituted for all participants, given concerns surrounding the Corona Virus.

We recommend that anyone who is at greater risk, who is 55 years or older, and/or have existing health concerns to stay home and take care of yourself. If you have any health concerns about attending worship, please stay home. It is important that you protect your own health and the health of our family, and make wise choices regarding possible exposure to any virus.

As a precaution, Fellowship coffee and juice will still be provided, but we will not be serving food.

We are blessed to offer our worship via live web stream from our website, so that you can worship with us in ‘real time’ at home.

Another blessing we have at Immanuel, is the ability to participate more fully in worship through our online giving web page at You may also give through our mobile app, called “God with Us”, by texting IMMANUELAPP to #77977.

Worship Schedule
Blended Worship - Saturday @ 5:00 p.m.
Divine Service - Sunday @ 8:00 a.m.
Discipleship Hour (Bible Study) @ 9:15 a.m.
Worship & Praise - Sunday @ 10:30 a.m.

Be well and stay healthy.

Volunteers Needed for the Properties Committee

Have you ever considered how you can help to take care of God’s House and His school here at Immanuel? There are times when we can save the cost of hiring professionals and use the money to further God’s Kingdom, because volunteers have skills and are willing to give of their time to accomplish various tasks around the building. Perhaps you have noticed a need somewhere and are interested in volunteering to correct it. Some projects will require skilled people, while others won’t require special abilities. Some projects will have a skilled volunteer overseeing the work, helping others to learn-as-they-go. You do not need to be a member of Immanuel to volunteer, and anyone high school age and older is welcome.

How To Volunteer

As you can see, there are lots of things to do, and we need more hands involved to accomplish the tasks. Contact Bill Mayyou at (847) 520-0715 or with any questions.

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