Join us for the Palatine Hometown Fest Independence Day Parade on June 30th!

independence dayWatch the parade from Immanuel’s parking lot. Bring a neighbor!

WE NEED CANDY!!

We will be marching in the Independence Day Parade on Saturday, June 30th, and we are seeking donations of candy that can be passed out along the parade route 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 and poster board are also welcome.

COME & MARCH TOO!!

Meet at the flagpole at 10:00 a.m. on June 30 to march in the parade. Parade step off begins at 11:00 a.m.

Contact Dave & Jennifer Walther for more information:
waltherfamily4@yahoo.com

Bible Study: Why You Should Attend

by Kevin Kindelin

Why study the Bible? Why attend Bible study? Isn’t it enough to attend church and listen to the sermon? Isn’t it the pastor’s job to teach us this stuff? The first question should be easy to answer…God’s Word is found in the Bible. That’s where we turn for answers to life’s unanswerable riddles. One down, three to go. There’s more to it than that, of course, but I have limited space here. Next: Attending Bible study allows for the exchange of ideas through learning, discussion, and fellowship, leading to a greater understanding of His Word and how it applies to our lives. Third: No! Sitting in the pew listening to and watching others do all the work is not walking in faith. Christianity is not a passive pursuit; it’s a passionate, active process and commitment to growing in faith. Last, but not least…well, I’ll get to that in short order.

It’s not always easy to find time for Bible study with all of life’s demands and responsibilities, but we’ve made it darn near convenient by placing a pastor led Bible study right smack in between the 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services on Sunday morning as part of our new service format. That brings us to the answer to ques on number four from above. Yes, it is his job. That’s why Pastor Tom (or Pastor Warren in case of emergency) is leading us in studying the Gospel of Matthew during the 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning Discipleship Hour, but it’s also our “job” to show up and participate.

“Christianity is not a passive pursuit; it’s a passionate, active process and commitment to growing in faith”

From my “humble,” personal perspective, it’s been a rousing success so far. Between 25 and 50 people have shown up each week in Fellowship Hall for an informal, interactive learning experience that encourages opinions, discussion, and even the occasional challenging of the pastor! The four questions in the first paragraph were hypothetical in nature and, hopefully, representative of what a lot of people might be thinking. This was my question to Pastor Tom: Why Matthew? “Because he was a scumbag,” he said. Excuse me…one of the apostles was a scumbag? Depends on your definition of a scumbag, “but think of it, Matthew was a hated tax collector. He was probably financially well off, but he was at the bottom of the social order in his community. Can’t we all relate to that in one way or another?” Scumbag? Yeah, I’ve been called worse. Pastor Tom also said it’s logical to study Matthew first because it’s first in the order of placement in the Bible. It wasn’t the first Gospel written, but it is the first Book of the New Testament.

The beauty of this Bible study is not only the colorful, informative slides, but the truly informal atmosphere where our input really matters, and getting up for coffee, treats, or to go to the bathroom doesn’t bother anyone. I’m no Biblical scholar, but I do study it regularly and thought I had a pretty firm layman’s grasp of it, but my eyes were recently opened to something I’d never really seen with my mind’s eye before…the topography of the settings in the Bible. I’d always thought of a barren, dessert land, but those afore mentioned slides showed me a lush, green, mountainous side of Israel that wasn’t the first thing that came to mind. It may seem like a minor detail, but it brings the distant, unrelatable past from dry and unimaginable to a vivid, almost familiar reality.

Okay, I get it. You always used to go out for brunch after the old 9:15 service. If sticking around after the traditional 8:00 service or coming early before the new 10:30 service means there’s more of an “unch” than a ”br” to your brunch, then so be it! Come join us for some quality instruction and discussion regarding the most important book in history…the Bible!

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, tbedell@ilcp.org or 847-359-1549. More information on Operation Christmas Child can be found at
Immanuelpalatine.org/operation-christmas-child.
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The toothbrush meant a lot because before I had to share my toothbrush with 25 other girls.

Yuri

Honduras

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.

Vladimir

Russia

We’re collecting for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) 2018 Shoeboxes year-round!

We’re doing this to get ready for a great packing party on November 5, 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. 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 our next Stronger Together Summit on April 28!

Everyone is invited…
Stronger Together Summit

Saturday, April 28 from 9:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m. in Fellowship Hall.

Please plan to attend. Join in the fun and joy of furthering the Mission of Immanuel Lutheran Church and School. We need your ideas to grow and spread God’s Word. Coffee and a continental breakfast provided.
Commit and be there.

American Heritage Girls Flower and Plant Sale

FlowerPlantSale

It’s time to order flowers and plants for Mother’s Day and for your garden!

AHG Troop IL0412 will be in Fellowship Hall after all services on Sundays, April 15th and April 22nd to take your orders. Final orders are due by April 22nd.

There are many varieties of flowers available in flats, hanging baskets and small pots to repot into flower beds or containers. In addition, we have several vegetables and herbs available. Delivery Day is Thursday, May 10 at Prince of Peace in Palatine from 1 – 4 p.m. The proceeds from this sale will be used to purchase supplies needed to complete badge work during the troop’s bi-monthly meetings and to offset expenses for service projects and troop activities.

“Stuffed Animals” is the Operation Christmas Child Item of the Month for April!

The April Operation Christmas Child Item of the Month is “stuffed animals” and the timing couldn’t be better! There are always so many affordable, small, stuffed animals in stores for Easter. Why not pick up a few when they are on clearance after Easter?

We’re collecting for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) 2018 Shoeboxes year-round in preparation for a great packing party on November 5. Each box will need a “Wow” item - one thing that will instantly capture a child’s attention. “A stuffed animal is a terrific WOW item,” says Trephina Bedell, Immanuel’s children’s ministry coordinator and Operation Christmas Child point person. “They’re affordable, and may be the only stuffed animal a child ever gets. And even though a stuffed animal can be very affordable, it can provide great comfort.”

Or you can simply make a monetary donation! There’s a “mailbox” by the children’s ministries bulletin board by Fellowship Hall or you can donate online - just type OCC boxes in the “other” category.

Donations may be dropped off at Immanuel at any time. Please 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, tbedell@ilcp.org or 847-359-1549. More on information Operation Christmas Child can be found at Immanuelpalatine.org/operation-christmas-child.

We’re collecting for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) 2018 Shoeboxes year-round!

We’re doing this to get ready for a great packing party on November 5, 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. 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. Donations may be dropped off at Immanuel at any time. Please 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, tbedell@ilcp.org or 847-359-1549

The Deaf Gathering Place

Come as you are

Come as you are to gather with others in our community to connect life issues with faith through a video and dialogue that provides a spiritual lens to worldly issues.

 

Refreshments and snacks will be provided at no cost.

Date Topic Location
3/22/18 Does Life Have Purpose? Addison Library - Lg. Mtg. Room
3/27/18 Is There a God? Palatine Library - Mtg. Room #3
4/5/18 Why Pain & Suffering? Addison Library - Lg. Mtg. Room
4/12/18 Is Christianity Too Narrow? Butterfield Park Dist - Mtg. Room
4/19/18 Is Jesus Really God? Palatine Library - Mtg. Room #3
4/26/18 Is The Bible Reliable? Butterfield Park Dist - Mtg. Room
5/3/18 Can I Know God Personally? Addison Library - Lg. Mtg. Room

Meeting time: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Location addresses:

  • Addison Public Library, 4 Friendship Plaza, Addison, IL - 630.543.3617
  • Palatine Public Library, 700 N. North Court, Palatine, IL - 847.358.5881
  • Butterfield Park District, 21W730 Butterfield Rd., Lombard, IL - 630.858.2229

An Outpost of Living Word for the Deaf & Immanuel Lutheran Church, Palatine, IL
Follow us on Facebook: @TheDeafGatheringPlace
Questions? - Contact Paul Lucero at NIDW2014@yahoo.com

 

Erik Stammer Travels with Josiah Venture’s Mission Team to Estonia This Summer

This summer, I will embark on a life-changing journey where God is calling me to serve as an intern in Estonia with Josiah Venture. Josiah Ventures vision is a movement of God among the youth of Central and Eastern Europe that finds its home in the local Church and transforms society.

Estonia, located in the Baltic region of Northern Europe next to Russia, is one of the most non-religious/atheistic nations, with less than 1% of young people having a personal relationship with the Lord. During communism, religion, especially Christianity, was outlawed.

To help reach the other 99% of young people, I will work with several local churches to help them run soccer camps to reach young men for Christ. Unfortunately, they do not have school sponsored sports to teach them how to play soccer, or how to work together, or be a team player. I will work alongside the local youth leaders helping them build relationships by coaching high school men during the day, and in the evening share Christ with them through stories from the Bible.

But, before I can go this summer, I need a team of partners to support me through prayers, encouragement and financial investments. I need a prayer team who will pray for me now, and while I am over there for protection over my body, heart, mind and will, and wisdom to lead the teens into a growing relationship with Christ. If you are willing to join my prayer team, please let me know by completing the attached response slip, and I’ll add you to my prayer updates.

In addition, I need to raise $4,800 by the end of April which will cover my airfare, living, training and travel cost. If you’d like to invest in my ministry with Josiah Venture, you may complete the response slip, enclose a check made out to Josiah Venture with “Erik Stammer intern account # 460584” in the memo line, and mail it to Josiah Venture, PO. Box 4317, Wheaton, IL 60189. Or click here to donate online. All donations are tax-deductible.

Your partnership will allow me to reach these young men for Christ, provide opportunities for me to grow in my faith as a child of God, and become a better disciple for Jesus, as well.

Thank you for your prayerful consideration,
Erik Stammer

Erik will be hosting two events to help raise funds for his journey. Lenten Dinner on Wednesday, March 21, at 5:00pm and Easter Morning Coffee on Sunday, April 1. All proceeds will support his Estonia mission trip.

The March Operation Christmas Child Item of the Month – Quality Crafts

This month we’re collecting crafts - either your handcrafted items or craft kits for the kids to make — for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) 2018 shoeboxes. There are many ways to participate this month!
 

  • Kids can make no sew scarves out of fleece.
  • Families can gather the items to put together a sewing kit. This will delight recipients and will greatly help their family as well.
  • Tool kits are also AMAZING contributions. Operation Christmas Child states that one of their “greatest needs is shoebox gifts for boys 10-14. Tools packed in these shoeboxes can help move young boys ahead on their journey to becoming independent and self-sufficient.”
  • Seasoned crafters will probably be able to whip up a few things at little or no cost. Crochet items, knitted, the classic pillowcase dress, and so much more. Pinterest offers a world of ideas. Here are some sewing, crocheting, knitting and no-sew projects recommended by OCC
  • Craft kits can be found in so many stores, including Walmart and those stores that regularly have 40% off coupons: Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, and Joann Fabric and Crafts.
  • Or you can simply make a donation! There’s a “mailbox” by the children’s ministries bulletin board by Fellowship Hall or you can donate online - just type OCC boxes in the “other” category.

March is also a time to shop for…

Smart shoppers take advantage of clearance sales, especially with OCC boxes. There are a wide variety of sale items appropriate for OCC shoeboxes:

  • Discounted Valentine’s Day stuffed animals and toys, as well as Easter items on sale.
  • Cold weather accessories.
  • Of course, WOW items are always needed!

Donations may be dropped off at Immanuel at any time. Please 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, tbedell@ilcp.org or 847-359-1549. More on information Operation Christmas Child can be found at Immanuelpalatine.org/operation-christmas-child.

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.