September 15, 2018

Immanuel Lutheran Church & School
c/o Mr. Mr. Tom Hensley,
Congregation President
200 N. Plum Grove Road
Palatine, IL 60067

Dear faithful friends at Immanuel,

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the LORD is to be praised! (Psalm 118:24 & Psalm 113:3)

Thank you once again for extending to me, the Divine Call of Senior Pastor for Immanuel Lutheran Church and School.

I have spent the last couple of weeks seeking to understand the Lord’s will through prayer and deliberation over this Call. I am extremely grateful and completely humbled by all of the affirmations and words of encouragement that I have received by so many people here at Immanuel. It was very helpful to talk with our leadership, staff, and teachers in order to gain the clarity around this Call that I needed. God has spoken through you.

It is with great joy to inform you that I have decided to accept the Divine Call of Senior Pastor at Immanuel. I am excited about the future that God has planned for us, and pray that this would be a time where the body of Christ at Immanuel become unified under our Good Shepherd’s directions. With the help of the Lord, I will humbly serve and love you to the best of my abilities.

May we always keep our eyes fixed upon Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.

Serving together in Christ,

Rev. Warren K. Schilf

cc: Rev. Allan R. Buss, President-Northern Illinois District
Rev. Keith Haney, Mission Director-Northern Illinois District
Rev. Rod Krueger, Circuit Visitor
Mr. Dave Mueller, Elder Chair, Immanuel Lutheran Church
Mr. John Klein, Senior Pastor Call Committee Chair