Dear Friends in Christ,

It’s the Christmas season and not everyone is happy. The sad reality is that many people are truly hurting during the holiday season, whether due to a death of a loved one, job loss, depression or a variety of other reasons. There is a place for those who are not “jolly” this Christmas. Everyone in the community, regardless of religious affiliation, is invited to join the Rev. Dr. Thomas Acton at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palatine on Sunday, December 18th, at 4:00pm, for a special worship service especially designed for those in the midst of grief.

Thomas Acton, senior pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, has more than 30 years of counseling and pastoral ministry experience, and will share a message for people who are experiencing hurt and sadness during the holidays. Both Pastor Tom and Deaconess Suzanne have experienced significant losses of loved ones and know personally how important it is to be supported with love and encouragement from those who understand what it is like to grieve. Pastor Tom has issued an open invitation, “If you are feeling sad or have experienced the death of someone in your life, or if you want to care for those who have, this service is for you.”

Immanuel Lutheran also offers these Christmas Worship Services:

    Service of Remembrance & Hope: Healing in the Midst of Grief – Sunday, December 18th, at 4:00p.m.
    Christmas Eve Candlelight Services - 3:00, 5:00, & 11:00p.m.
    Christmas Day Service - 10:00a.m.
    New Year’s Eve Service – 5:00p.m.

Immanuel Lutheran Church & School is located at 200 North Plum Grove Road (at Wood Street) in downtown Palatine, just two blocks east of the Palatine Metra Train Station.

All Christmas services will be webcast live at and will be recorded for later viewing.

If you have any questions, contact the church office at 847-359-1549 or email me if you plan to attend.

Joyously His!

Deaconess Suzanne Fingerle
Director of Care Ministry