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 sfingerle@ilcp.org.

 

Immanuel Lutheran Serving As an Operation Christmas Child Drop-Off Location

During Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week, November 13 – 20, Immanuel Lutheran will be serving as an Operation Christmas Child drop-off location open to receive Operation Christmas Child (OCC) shoebox gifts. Simply bring your packed shoebox to Immanuel and we’ll send it to the OCC processing center.

Immanuel’s Drop Off Times

 

Mon, Nov. 13: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Tue, Nov. 14: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Wed, Nov. 15: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Wed, Nov. 15: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thu, Nov. 16: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Fri, Nov. 17: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 18: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Sun, Nov. 19: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Mon, Nov. 20: 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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. 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.

National Collection Week is the perfect time to participate! Simply fill a shoebox (plastic or cardboard) with a variety of suggested items – some fun, some practical, some both – and bring it back to Immanuel during “National Collection Week,” November 13- 20. For a list of specific shoebox items, please visit Immanuelpalatine.org/operation-christmas-child.

Shoebox collection efforts and projects for 2018 will begin shortly.

For more information, please contact Trephina Bedell at 847-359-1549 or tbedell@ilcp.org. 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 www.samaritanspurse.org.

Operation Christmas Child Packing Party: Beyond the Goal

The goal was ambitious: pack 250 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child in one evening. On November 6th, over 150 people came together at Immanuel Lutheran Church and School and exceeded that goal, packing 350 boxes. The Operation Christmas Child (#OCC) Shoebox Packing Party was a fantastic success Monday night. 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.

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.

It is not too late to participate this year. Simply fill a shoebox (plastic or paper) with a variety of suggested items – some fun, some practical, some both – and bring it back to Immanuel during “National Collection Week,” November 13- 20. For specific times, please visit Immanuelpalatine.org/operation-christmas-child or call 224-801-8356.

Please continue to pray for the children who will receive these boxes, and for Operation Christmas Child. Shoebox collection efforts and projects for 2018 will begin shortly!

For more information, please contact Trephina Bedell at 847-359-1549 or tbedell@ilcp.org. 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 www.samaritanspurse.org.

Shoeboxes OCC Pastor Warren
Shoeboxes AHG
Shoeboxes Trail Life

Photo Frames at Packing Party

Packing Party By The Numbers

    • 350 Shoeboxes Packed
    • 150 Volunteers
    • 9 Groups represented
    • Over 500 pictures taken
    • 2 giant photo frames
    • 6 buckets of crayons used to color friend letters
    • Over 100 cups of popcorn and pretzels served to volunteers
    • An endless number of prayers and smiles!

Immanuel Lutheran Christmas Cookie Walk

Roof Fund Raiser in Fellowship Hall

Saturday, December 2 & Sunday, December 3 after all Worship Services

ABOUT THE WALK…Cookies will be placed on tables and you will choose from an assortment of homemade holiday cookies. Once you’ve made your selection, the cookies will be weighed and sold for $5 per pound. Containers will be provided.

We hope the entire Immanuel church and school community; members, friends, parents, and staff, give cookies for the walk. We’d love to see your favorite holiday recipes. The prettier the better! We ask that donations be no less than 5 dozen. Drop off your delicious cookie in Fellowship Hall on Saturday, December 2 by noon.

We are also in need of elves to help the days of.

If you plan on baking or would like to help the days of, please sign up at the table in Fellowship Hall, or contact Renee Mueller at muellerlz@comcast.net.

All proceeds to benefit the roofing project.

Stronger Together: Reaching into the Community

By Kevin Kindelin

Stronger Together…what does that mean? We’ve been talking about it, meeting about it, strategizing about it, developing mechanisms of delivery for it, and implementing it. In the last Summit, Pastor Tom referred to it as a Unity of Purpose. What does that mean? Together with whom, and how are we stronger? To me it means working with like-minded people within and outside of Immanuel with the ultimate goal of bringing souls to Christ. We at Immanuel endeavor to fulfill this mission through a plethora (ooh, I hate that word but it best fits the context) of ministries and events that demonstrate the power of Christ’s love. After rattling it around in my brain, and after prayerful consideration, I’ve come to the conclusion that Neil Diamond was right. Reaching out will touch you, will touch me. And so we must do. And so we are doing.

Stronger Together…

Unity of Purpose… working with like-minded people within and outside of Immanuel with the ultimate goal of bringing souls to Christ.

Admittedly, we have always tried to be, and have always achieved at being, an integral part of Palatine and the surrounding community. Lately though, Immanuel’s been putting it into overdrive. Since the inception of Stronger Together, I’ve sat in on a meeting or two where we talked a lot of bold talk about how the only way to grow as a church is to grow in the community. After thinking about it though, I realized it isn’t bold at all. It’s what we’re supposed to be doing. It’s what we’ve been commissioned to do.

That plethora I alluded to earlier includes the Community Meal we’ve hosted four times and by the time this article is printed and/or posted, will have hosted a fifth on November 2. Anyone and everyone is invited to join us for a delicious meal and good Christian fellowship. This simple act of providing a meal also provides hope to those who may be lonely, neglected, elderly, or just hungry. That puts us right in step with Romans 12:13, the Community Meal’s mission: “Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” The Community Meal was founded in Barrington by Mary Sandners and has now expanded into Palatine. After all, community is not defined by municipality.

We’ve reached into the communities affected by the recent devastating hurricanes by filling and sending a semi-truck filled with much needed supplies to Texas. Another $2,455 was donated through cash and gift cards. Through our Care Ministry, we were able to do a complete house makeover for a needy and deserving long- member, clean up weeds and flower beds at two separate residences, and help rebuild a deck at another, as well as several other projects.

Earlier this year, Community Keepers, a ministry outside of Immanuel which provides food for needy families affected by job loss, health issues, and other setbacks, reached out in partnership to Pastor Tom and Pastor Warren. They needed a central location to distribute items like bread, yogurt, fruit, and vegetables. On Saturdays and Sundays, ministry volunteers pick up donated food from area grocery stores and bring it to Immanuel’s cafeteria at 7:00 every Sunday morning, regardless if it’s a holiday. The boxes of food are laid out on the floor for the 12 to 15 families that come in to take what they need on Sunday morning between 9:00-9:30. Community Keepers welcomes Immanuel members to serve in this ministry.

The reason I’m saying all this is not to blow our own horn, so to speak, but to shed light on our efforts that can only be successful if we donate our time and talent to our mission of reaching into the community with Christ’s love. This article only touches on a few of our efforts. The more people contributing to the myriad (at least I didn’t say plethora) of needs, the Stronger Together we’ll be.

Community Meal on November 2 from 5:00 – 7:00pm

Tim Schmitt, a May 2015 Daily Herald Cook of the Week, has once again volunteered to create a new and delicious menu for the Community Meal scheduled from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on November 2 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palatine. Tim enjoys feeding large crowds with delicious recipes. This November he intends to serve a scrumptious chicken with rice dish which will be accompanied by rolls, mixed greens with choice of dressings, and a frozen dessert. Those preferring a vegetarian meal will be offered a broccoli and rice dish option.

The entire community is invited to this no-cost Community Meal made possible by the generous monetary donation of Thrivent Financial. Dr. Zachary Linggle from Evolve Chiropractic will be the meal’s guest presenter on the topic of wellness that evening. We will also share information about the Operation Christmas Child Packing event taking place on November 6 at Immanuel.

If you would like to assist in serving the community for the November 2nd meal please link to the Community Meal Sign Up Form.

July community mealImmanuel has hosted the Community Meal four other times, most recently in July. People from Palatine and neighboring suburbs were invited to The Community Meal on Thursday, July 27, for a cookout. Over 230 people enjoyed the delicious food and the outdoor games that evening!

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. Immanuel is located at 200 North Plum Grove Road (at Wood Street) in downtown Palatine, just two blocks east of the Palatine Metra Train Station. To volunteer or for more information, please visit Immanuelpalatine.org/community-meal/.

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes to be distributed at Trunk or Treat this Sunday from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Want to participate in Operation Christmas Child this year? It’s easier than ever – simply pick up a free shoebox at Immanuel Lutheran church during the annual Trunk or Treat event on Sunday, October 22, from 3:00 -5:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome (all ages) and there is no admission fee. Last year an estimated 500 people attended Trunk or Treat, with decorated car trunks and kids “trick-or-treating” from them in this safe environment. Trunk or Treat will also include a variety of games and activities such as a Candyland adventure, a bean bag toss, photo opportunities, and a bounce house. Sweet treats (while supplies last) round out the event. Costumes are optional, but add a fun touch. Also of note: bring a non-perishable food item for our Food Pantry and get a prize!

Members of American Heritage Girls Troop #IL0412 assembled Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to be distributed free of charge at Immanuel’s Trunk or Treat on Sunday, October 22 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m

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 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.

Once you pick up your free shoebox, fill it with a variety of suggested items – some fun, some practical, some both – and bring it back to Immanuel during “National Collection Week,” November 13- 20. For specific times, please visit Immanuelpalatine.org/operation-christmas-child or call 847-359-1549.

Another way to participate in Operation Christmas Child is to donate something to include in the shoeboxes – nail clippers, crayons, little notebooks, small toys, soap, combs, and more. Items must be new. For a complete list of accepted items, please visit www.immanuelpalatine.org/operation-christmas-child. Donations may be dropped off at Trunk or Treat this Sunday or at Immanuel prior to November 1.

For more information, please contact Trephina Bedell at 847-359-1549 or tbedell@ilcp.org. 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 www.samaritanspurse.org.

2nd Annual Operation Christmas Child Community Shoebox Packing Event on November 6, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Immanuel's 2016 Packing Party

The 2016 Operation Christmas Child (#OCC) Shoebox Packing Party was a fantastic success. Over 120 volunteers packed and prayed over 140 shoeboxes to be sent out to children worldwide.

On November 6, Immanuel Lutheran Church and School in Palatine will be hosting a “Shoebox Packing Party” open to the entire community. Volunteers will fill shoeboxes with donated items – some fun, some practical, some both – and prepare those boxes to be sent around the world. 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 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.

You’d be surprised at how much fits in a shoebox! All of this will fit nicely when efficiently packaged.

“Everyone is invited to participate in the November 6 Packing Event. It worked out so well last year,” says Trephina Bedell, Children’s Ministries Coordinator at Immanuel. “It will be a meaningful event for all involved. My family has been involved in Operation Christmas Child for five years and we have no plans to stop. I’ve been asked what’s most needed. I would definitely say nail clippers, washcloths, soap, small tools, combs, and also the “wow gift.” The wow gift is not something that’s a “need” – it’s a wish or a want. It’s a special item like Legos, a deflated soccer ball and air pump, a backpack, a game, a toy car, a wallet, a purse, or a doll. You’d be surprised what fits in a shoe box.”

Another way to participate in the project is to donate something to include in the shoeboxes – nail clippers, crayons, little notebooks, small toys, soap, combs, and more. Items must be new. For a complete list of accepted items, please visit www.immanuelpalatine.org/operation-christmas-child. Donations may be dropped off at Immanuel prior to November 1.

The November 6 shoebox event will be held at Immanuel, located at 200 North Plum Grove Road, Palatine, IL 60067. For more information, please contact Trephina Bedell at 847-359-1549/tbedell@ilcp.org. 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 www.samaritanspurse.org

Immanuel Palatine’s Women of Faith and Fellowship “Evening with the Dogs” …Comfort Dogs that is

Dekalb, Newtown, Orlando, East Peoria, Mattoon, Boston, Houston …these are all cities that were under siege either from shootings or natural disasters. And in each of these cities, God helped people pull through the crisis with the aid of the LCC comfort dogs.

Many of us have heard about and have even seen the LCC comfort dogs, but not many of us have seen them in action. Have you ever wondered …What they do when they arrive onsite? How do they engage with the victims? How do the victims react? What is the job of the handler? What stories do they have to share?

All these questions and more will be answered at the Women of Faith ministry event at Immanuel Palatine on Thursday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m.. Please join us as Dona Martin, Director of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry, shares her stories about the comfort dogs and the places they have been. This is a wonderful opportunity to surround yourself with your fellow sisters in Christ while learning firsthand how God used these dogs to serve people in crisis.

“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer. We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us”. 2 Corinthians 1: 3-7.

October 19, 7:00 p.m.
Immanuel Lutheran Church and School
200 North Plum Grove Road, Palatine, Illinois

For more information, call 847.359.1549
Light refreshments will be served

Hurricane Harvey Mission Trip

Immanuel is assembling a team to help with Hurricane Harvey clean up to go on a short term mission trip to Texas from October 15th - October 22nd.

If you are interested in joining this effort, I invite you to attend a conference call this Friday, October 6th at noon to learn more details.

Simply dial into the conference through the following number and access code to join. I look forward to sharing more about this exciting opportunity.

Dial-in Number (United States): (712) 451-0200
Access Code: 593493

International Dial-in Numbers: https://www.freeconferencecall.com/wall/immanuel#international

Online Meeting Link: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/immanuel
Online Meeting ID: immanuel

God bless,

Pastor Warren Schilf
Associate Pastor
Immanuel Lutheran Church - Palatine
pastorwarren@ilcp.org
224-801-8338