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 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, email: or pick up a flyer in the Narthex.

Join us for the Palatine Hometown Fest Independence Day Parade…on July 6th!

We Need Candy!

parade pastor warrenWe will be marching in the Independence Day Parade on Saturday, July 6th, and we are seeking donations of candy that can be passed out by those marching in the parade. Simply drop off your donation into a bin that will be available by our main entrance off the parking lot - Door #1. Donations of streamers, balloons, poster board are also welcome.

Come & March With Us!

Meet at the flagpole at 10:00 a.m. on July 6th to march in the parade.

Watch the Parade @ Immanuel

The parade step off begins at 11:00 a.m. Watch the parade from Immanuel’s parking lot. Bring your friends & neighbors!

Were you Confirmand at Immanuel? We need your help…

Our 150th Celebration Committee is planning a Confirmation Reunion for all those who Confirmed their faith in Christ here at Immanuel. We need help in gathering the names and current addresses or email addresses of anyone who was confirmed at Immanuel the past 150 years.

If you or someone you know was confirmed here, please notify Betty Franz at Thank you for your help.

Voters Meeting! Sunday, June 9 at 11:45 a.m. in Fellowship Hall

The budget will be presented and officers will be elected for the coming year. Your presence is needed at this important meeting. See you there!

Is God Calling You to Serve at Immanuel?

The time of year for submitting names for 2019 Immanuel elected positions is upon us. Please prayerfully consider and submit names of Immanuel members that you feel would be good candidates for open positions.
The open positions are as follows: Board of Elders (7); School Board (2)

Please submit names in a sealed envelope to church office or Dave Mueller by: May 6.

If you have already been contacted by the nominating committee, please prayerfully consider whether God is calling you to serve at Immanuel. If you would like more information on any position, please contact Nomination Committee Chair, Dave Mueller

May’s OCC Item of the Month is Hygiene Items!

Living in Chicago’s Northwest Suburbs it’s easy to take things like toothbrushes and other simple toiletries for granted. But hygiene items are incredible treats for children living in harsh conditions.

Liquid soaps are not accepted, but bar soap is wonderful. Toothpaste cannot be included, but a child’s oral hygiene can still be improved by regular use of a toothbrush alone. Toothbrushes can only be accepted if they are in SEALED packing. That means if you buy a multi-pack of toothbrushes, please leave them packaged. But that’s ok - those toothbrushes may be all the entire family ever has.

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 information on Operation Christmas Child can be found at

The toothbrush meant a lot because before I had to share my toothbrush with 25 other girls.



I absolutely loved the washcloth. As an orphan I had to share a towel with about 20 kids. So when I got the washcloth I actually thought it was my own personal towel.



We’re collecting for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) 2019 Shoeboxes year-round!

We’re doing this to get ready for a great packing party in 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. Even if you can’t make it, 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.

Join us for The Gathering Place relaunch beginning Monday, May 6th!

We’re excited for the relaunch of The Gathering Place outpost at a new time and location. Join us Mondays at 6:30 p.m. in Lamplighter’s upper room. Gather with others in our community to connect life issues with faith through a dialogue that provides a spiritual lens to worldly issues. In this contemporary café setting, we offer praise through music, prayer and conversation. You’ll be able to order from Lamplighters menu throughout the course of the evening. Come as you are and bring a friend.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Lamplighter Inn Tavern & Grille is located at 60 N Bothwell St in Palatine.

Cambodia Mission Trip March 19 -Apr 2

by Marilyn Kosmella

The Cambodia mission trip was full of surprises just as Pastor Warren prayed on the commissioning Sunday before we left.

We attended the new “Immanuel, Snor” church on both Sundays , and enjoyed seeing the new church building and grounds built since we were last there in 2017. Mostly children attend, and it was wonderful to interact with them as we gave the message, acted out Bible stories , and sang and did activities together. After church, we walked through friendly Snor among their homes and saw up close how they live, stopping to talk to and pray with people along the way.

We traveled to another city, Sisophon , and spent 5 days there, holding an eyeglass clinic each day in a different village , setting up our clinic stations sometimes indoors and other times outside in the shade of a house on stilts, chickens and roosters and stray dogs roaming under our feet. The local pastors were able to give an opening gospel message to the people waiting, most of whom were not church-attendees, and were grateful for the outreach opportunity. We estimate that we saw approximately 700 people and gave out about 900 pairs of glasses. The clients each bowed and said thank you as they received their glasses. We were also honored to witness Pastor Samuel baptize 26 young people in a hotel pool. To God be the glory for a successful trip. Please pray that seeds planted will result in many coming to faith and also for your possible involvement in the next trip!

Immanuel, Snor

Walk through Snor

I can see the mangoes on the tree!

Eyeglass clinic