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 bbfranz@ameritech.net. 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 mueller63@comcast.net

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

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

The Resurrection of K.I.C.K

By Kevin Kindelin

When I was assigned the task of writing about our recently revived K.I.C.K. program (Kids in Christ’s Kingdom), I thought of all the children in this world that didn’t, don’t, or won’t grow up grounded in the Christian faith. Even though I wasn’t the most devout Catholic church-goer as a child, I had the blessing of being taught from an early age, earlier than I can pinpoint, that Jesus loved me and was my Lord and Savior. With the innocence of a child, I took it upon faith that these precepts were true. I didn’t fully understand what “being saved” meant, but I knew it was pretty important in the grand scheme of my beautiful, untarnished, childish mind. These truths were ingrained in me, so even though I may have wandered in life here and there, I came back full force, all in, so to speak, to a faith I had experienced as a child. The children that grow up in other faiths are taught to believe in a mostly works-based salvation and can never feel secure in knowing that our God loves them for who they are. I know that’s a blanket statement; that’s why I said mostly.

Jesus told us directly and in no uncertain terms that only through Him can we attain the kingdom of heaven, only through Him shall we see the Father, only by grace are we saved. I believe this to be the absolute truth, but He didn’t say how. I believe our God is so merciful and loving that somehow or another, He gives all of His children the opportunity to believe in Him…whether it’s through us planting seeds by our witness and proclamation of our faith, i.e. mission trips and even daily conversations, or if Jesus comes to people in ways we don’t understand. I also think it’s so much less complicated and more comforting to grow up in faith. As Christians, we are blessed to be exposed to the truth. As Christian parents, isn’t it reassuring to know that your kids are growing up crawling, then walking with our Lord?

With all of the distractions and temptations in their lives, it’s so important to keep our kids engaged in our church and their faith. Let truth be told…kids get bored in church, and often not only don’t get any value out of being dragged out of bed on Sunday morning to go to what they perceive as Mom and Dad’s social club, but they can cause enough commotion where Mom or Dad has to haul them back to the Noah’s Ark Room behind the narthex to cool off from their various meltdowns. Reviving K.I.C.K. aims to build stronger relationships with our youth and provide activities that will foster spiritual growth and keep them interested and invested.

K.I.C.K. kicked off its resurrected iteration recently. (Sorry, I’m a fan of the corny pun.) In an effort to plant seeds in the untilled soil of the youthful mind and the well plowed stubborn heads of our teenagers, the pastoral team thought it would be a good idea to bring back the youth- focused program that previously gathered on Wednesday nights.

On Sunday mornings, the preschoolers through fifth graders have the opportunity to shine under the glare of the spotlight during Pastor’s Children’s Message near the beginning of the 10:30 service. After that, they will be led out of the sanctuary by Pastor Donald Antor, Director of Youth Ministries, (unless he’s preaching that week whereby Senior Pastor Warren Schilf will have the honor) to Children’s Faith Hour. The sixth graders through high schoolers will remain parked in their pews to absorb the rest of the service. After that, they can participate in Back Pew, a brief question and answer discussion session with Pastor Donald covering the day’s sermon and lesson therein. Afterwards, Open Gym for the whole family will allow kids to play with other kids and, hopefully, bond with their families in a Christian environment. Parents, you can talk amongst yourselves, but please don’t embarrass your kids. It is, after all, all about them, at least during K.I.C.K.

I asked Pastor Donald what he thought of the “new” K.I.C.K. so far. “It’s exciting to have this for the youth and build stronger relationships with them. It was awesome to see 25 kids come on the first Sunday. Can’t wait to see what God has in store for this. None of this would be possible without the volunteer efforts of three Immanuel moms, Jen Healy, Dana Roe, and Cassi VanderGiessen.” More adults are needed to sustain these efforts. Dads are welcome to help also. Even if mom spelled upside down is wow, dads are pretty important too…just sayin’. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Pastor Donald at PastorDonald@ilcp.org. You may also contact the church office at 847-359-1549. No prior registration is required. Just sign your kids in at the table near the church coat room.

It’s so important to get kids involved in their faith and the church, but so too is it crucial for the adults to be involved, especially the men. Men’s Ministry is a good place to start. I’ve been involved in Men’s Ministry for about umpteen million years, and I would be hard pressed to tell you what, exactly, we do. Oh, I know who we are, (we just don’t seem to talk about it loudly enough) SO I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW we’re a loosely organized group of men, grounded in faith who get together in various capacities in service to Immanuel, the community, and, most of all, God. Men’s Ministry is probably best known for its famous singing group, The Creaky Old Bones, and rightfully so, but there’s much more. There are Bible studies to join. We‘ve held several breakfast meetings over the years where we gathered to discuss such topics as our role in the community and our responsibility to reach out into it and share our faith. There’s not really a lot of structure, so to speak, but when the need arises or circumstances dictate, we try to answer the call and we’re hoping to add more men to our ranks.

The point is, we are a bunch of creaky old bones and we need new blood to rejuvenate and sustain us. It’s a lot of fun being part of Men’s Ministry. It doesn’t really matter what we do as long as what we are doing is in service to the Lord. He may wince when I might hit a bad note singing, but I know He’s smiling! If you don’t feel comfortable singing, don’t worry; there are other things we can find for you to do. The requirements are quite stringent…you must be a man! Don’t even come knocking if you can’t fit that bill. Women, I love you more than you know but we need more men to step up and be a part of all this! I see K.I.C.K. as being part of the equation, but that’s a few years away. Contact Pastor Warren at PastorWarren@ilcp.org or Vicar Bill Harder at bharder@ilcp.org.

“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’re on sale for Easter?

Each shoebox we pack in November 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 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.”

Why now?

We’re collecting for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) 2019 Shoeboxes year-round in preparation 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 to the packing party, 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 green bin just outside of Fellowship Hall. Or you can simply make a monetary donation! If you have any questions, please contact Trephina Bedell, at trephina@thelaughingdog.com or 847-359-1549.

It’s Kringle Time!!!

You may ask, what’s a Kringle?

It a delectable pastry filled with fruit covered with sweet vanilla icing.

Kringles will be coming to Immanuel Lutheran for the Palm Sunday weekend. Stop by the table and take home your favorite flavors. These make great hostess gift or would be a fabulous addition to your Palm Sunday or Easter cup of coffee. They can also be frozen.

Date: Saturday, April 13 & Sunday, April 14 (Palm Sunday weekend)
Time: Before and after services
Price: $13.00 for 22oz. Much larger than the ones you get in the grocery store (14 oz.)
Flavors: Almond, Pecan, Apple Cinnamon, Cherry, Raspberry, Turtle or Blueberry Cheesecake

All proceeds go towards replacing our exterior doors.

Food Drive

Our Good Samaritan Ministries are low on Emergency Food Bags.

WIFI (Women in Faith at Immanuel) is sponsoring an event to pack bags after Church on Sunday, March 31.


How Can You Help?

Join us on Packing Day!

Tables will be set up at 11:30 am in Fellowship Hall on Sunday, March 31. Each person will walk down the table picking up the items and putting them in a shopping bag. You don’t need to bring anything but your heart for serving others.

This is a great opportunity for kids to serve - invite the whole family!

Donate Food Items!

  • Bottled water, juice boxes
  • Applesauce and pudding in individual servings
  • Pop-top soup, spaghetti, stew, chili
  • Individually-wrapped hand wipes
  • Protein bars, granola bars
  • Cheese & crackers
  • Individualized tuna packs
  • Ramen Noodle Bowls
  • Mac & cheese Bowls
  • Pop-tarts, fruit bars, rice Krispy treats
  • Any other individualized non-perishable food

Make sure the cans have pop-tops!

Bring your items to the Fellowship Hall drop-box by Wednesday, March 27.

Lutheran World Relief – Season of Hope

This Lent we’re joining Lutheran World Relief’s Season of Hope campaign. Each week, we’ll collect a different item that we’ll use to assemble Personal Care Kits that give people around the world tools to stay healthy in life’s most challenging situations.

Collection Schedule:

March 10 Soap (4 to 5 oz)
March 17 Toothbrushes
March 24 Combs
Mar 31 Nail Clippers
April 7 Bath Towels
April 14 $2.65 (shipping) in an envelope marked Baskets of Promise

Join us to assemble Personal Care Kits on April 24 at 9:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall.

Some Important Guidelines To Remember
• Be sure to shop for light- or medium-weight towels, which are easier for Kit recipients to hand wash and air dry, take up less storage space and are considerably less expensive than the fluffier towels we may prefer to use.
• Bath towels vary in size. The 52” X 27” size listed in the guidelines is the maximum size. 20” x 40” is a good
guideline for a minimum size.
• Please give new items only.
• Please do not donate items with any religious symbols, messages or your group’s name.
• Please do not donate any items decorated with a U.S. flag, patriotic or military symbols, or references to the armed forces, including camouflage.
• All items should be new and in good condition.