You are invited to a Service of Remembrance and Hope on Dec. 19 at 4:00 pm

Sunday, Dec 19 at 4:00 p.m.

Immanuel Lutheran Church

200 N. Plum Grove Road

(parking lot is on Wood Street behind the church)

Questions? Contact the church office at (847) 359.1549
You are invited to a Service of Remembrance and Hope to remember in prayer, song, and readings our loved ones who have entered eternal life.

Holidays can be hard when you are grieving someone close. This beautiful candlelit service will help you to experience the amazing gift of God’s eternal presence with us, always. Bring family, friends, and neighbors.


Christmas Cookie Walk

Saturday, December 4 & Sunday, December 5

Fellowship Hall

  • Drop off your cookies on Saturday, December 4 by noon.
  • Donations should be at least 5 dozen.
  • Fill your container (provided) with an assortment of homemade cookies.
  • Masks are mandatory when filling your container. Plastic gloves will be provided.
  • Pricing: $8.00/dozen (all proceeds benefit KIT Ministry)

We also need “elves” to help the days of the walk. If you plan on baking, or would like to help, stop by the table in Fellowship Hall to sign up or contact:Renee Mueller at

November L.E.R.T. (Lutheran Early Response Team) Basic Training

Lutheran Church Charities will provide LCMS L.E.R.T. (Lutheran Early Response Team) Basic Training

Saturday, November 20 at:
Concordia University Chicago Christopher Center, Rm. 200 (southwest corner of campus)
7400 Augusta St., River Forest, IL 60305

Parking on 1st or 2nd floor of parking garage located off Bonnie Brae Rd.
Registration: 8:30 am – 9:00 am
Training: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Registration cost $35.

Any questions, contact Caleb Gustafson at CUC or Kathy O’Day, LCC Dir. of Disaster Response at 847-287- 1801

It’s time to Fill the Chancel!

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect back and give thanks to our Lord for all of the blessings we have received in the previous year. Not everyone, even in Palatine or our own congregation, have enough to eat. This is our opportunity to help those right here in our own backyards.

Next weekend the bags (with a list of needed items) will be available to bring home, fill, and return each weekend up to Thanksgiving. All items will be used to re-stock the Good Samaritan Ministry Food Pantry.


Chancel: One of two main divisions of the worship space. It is the part of the building where the altar is located, that is, on its actual or so-called liturgical east end. In most church buildings the chancel is one or two steps higher than the nave.

Socks for the Homeless

Good Samaritan Ministries is collecting SOCKS FOR THE HOMELESS. You may bring NEW SOCKS to the Church and put them in the plastic bin marked SOCKS FOR THE HOMELESS.

Men’s, women’s and youth socks are accepted. These will be given to JOURNEYS The Road Home and to Good Samaritan clients. The homeless population is more prone to foot problems such as blisters and foot infections due to poor fitting shoes and feet getting wet in rain and snow.

Last year, through your generous support, we were able to donate 317 pairs of socks to Journeys. We appreciate your support again this year.

NEW check-in procedure!

Check InWe have begun using our new electronic check-in process and it appears to be working quickly and smoothly.

Should you need any assistance, our check-in volunteer will be glad to help you when you come in to the main entrance.

You no longer need to RSVP for in-person worship!

Paint-a-thon 2021

Thanks to all our 2021 Paint-a-thon Volunteers!
Immanuel Lutheran Church partnered with a non-for-profit organization called “Hands on Chicago”. The objective is to assist one family from our community who is in financial need to give them a fresh coat of paint on the exterior of their home. All the paint and brushes were donated by Valspar Paint Company. Our volunteers painted all the trim on this home.

Backpacks, Blessing & Barbecue 2021

Backpacks, Blessings & Barbecue at the Bandshell

Thanks to all who attended our event on Sunday, August 15, 2021 at the Palatine Bandshell.

If you missed it you can still watch the video.

God has a Plan for You

When it was finally time to get a job when I was in high school, I followed in my brothers’ footsteps of working at Jewel in Barrington. Both of my brothers worked there during high school and college. It made sense to apply there when I was wrapping up my freshmen year of high school, since I knew I had an “in” at Jewel. I was hired around May of 2000 as a bagger. I worked at Jewel throughout high school and college. I officially ended my time at Jewel as a cashier in June of 2007, right before I moved to St. Louis to start at Concordia Seminary.

Overall, I would say my time was pretty good. One of my favorite parts of working at Jewel was the other high schoolers working at the store. Since, I was working at the Barrington Jewel, most of them went to Barrington High School, unlike me, who attended Cary-Grove High School. It gave me an opportunity to meet people that I normally wouldn’t have since we went to different schools, and most of my Cary-Grove classmates worked at the Cary Jewel. My group of friends at Jewel were all close and always enjoyed spending time with each other outside of Jewel. We had a solid core group made up of high schoolers from four different schools. One of my friends in that group was Mary, who was also a cashier. The core group stayed pretty well connected, even when we went away to high school, thanks to e-mail, this new thing at the time called Facebook, working at Jewel during Christmas and summer break, and, of course, weekly volleyball at Barrington High School in the summer.

As we all started graduating college, we began to drift away a little bit. We started in our careers, which made us busier. In my case, I moved to St. Louis for seminary; and four years later, I moved to my first church in Salem, Illinois about five hours south of the Palatine area. With all of us growing up and moving around, we lost contact except for seeing updates on social media and wishing happy birthday on Facebook, and some messaging there or texting. Even when I was in Salem, I would see Mary posting on Facebook about something she started called “The Community Meal.”

I told Pastor Warren how I had a friend who started this group in Barrington called “The Community Meal”
Fast forward, to January of 2016, I moved back to the Palatine area to start at Immanuel. One night, we were meeting discussing Stronger Together. In that meeting, Pastor Warren shared how he envisioned having some sort of community meal so we could invite the community to Immanuel to have a meal and fellowship. As soon as Pastor Warren said, “community meal,” I was reminded of my friend, Mary. I told Pastor Warren how I had a friend who started this group in Barrington called “The Community Meal” and how they serve free meals at local churches. I wasn’t sure if they only did meals in Barrington, but I told Pastor Warren I would reach out to Mary and start seeing if Immanuel could partner with The Community Meal. Almost ten years after last messaging Mary on Facebook, I sent her a message to see about partnering with The Community Meal. She responded by saying they would love to partner and that I should send an e-mail to her at The Community Meal. She invited Pastor Warren and me to Atonement Lutheran Church in Barrington to check out what they were all about and how the meals go at a local church. Pastor Warren and I were blown away by how smoothly it was run and the fellowship that was taking place, and we wanted to become partners and start hosting meals at Immanuel. Not too long down the road, we were getting ready to host our first Community Meal. We didn’t know what to expect and, over the course of the evening, we were blown away by the response. We served over 150 meals and it was such a great night. Immanuel has been partnering with The Community Meal ever since that first time. Just this last week (July 22) we hosted our last Community Meal and served 286 meals!

As I reflect upon what a blessing The Community Meal has been for us at Immanuel, I see God’s hand in the process of getting it started at Immanuel. I would say that God’s hands in this process started when my oldest brother started working at Jewel. This led to my middle brother and, ultimately, me getting a job at Jewel—not just any Jewel but the one in Barrington, which was a couple miles further away from my parents’ house than the Cary Jewel. Over the years at Jewel, God fostered my friendship with that core group. Throughout those years at Jewel, there were other high schoolers that worked there but maybe didn’t work there for very long or just didn’t get as connected with that core group that I connected with. Yet, despite moving away from the area, God kept most of us connected to each other through Face- book, so we could see what each other was up to in life. I was able to see what The Commu- nity Meal was doing in Barrington. Little did I know that God would be calling me back to serve in an area that I will always see as home and have a chance to partner with Mary on bringing The Community Meal to Barrington. I won’t forget that meeting when Pastor Warren mentioned the phrase, “community meal.” He could have used any other term; and who knows that if he did, would it have triggered my mind to remember what my friend was doing with The Community Meal.

God is still working behind the scenes in each and every one of our lives right now.


That’s the amazing thing with God–He is always working in our lives to continue to further His Kingdom here with us. We never know what God is doing and why He connects us with the people He does in our lives. When I was 16 or 17 and working at Jewel with Mary, I would have never guessed we would be partnering to serve over 200 free meals for people in Palatine. God knew exactly what He was doing and the ministry that would be happening 20 years later. God is still working behind the scenes in each and every one of our lives right now. God has placed you in your neighborhood, your place of employment, school, community, friend group, and so on for a reason. He has amazing plans for you and will do amazing things for the Kingdom through you. It starts with building relationships with the people God places in our lives. We get to know them as we start doing life together. As we do life together, we see what God is doing and how we can share His love with that person. It will look differently for each of us–maybe it’s somebody who has fallen away from the church, or it’s somebody that has never had a relationship with God, or someone who is one step from falling away from the church. It doesn’t matter where they fall on that list because the mission is still the same…share God’s love with that person. As you share God’s love, you don’t know what that will lead to; but when you go with the Lord, you can’t go wrong. Who in your life needs to feel the love of God?

Pastor Donald

You’re Invited to see Guest Speaker Jaki Hernandez

Jaki Hernandez was left at an orphanage in Guatemala by her young mother when she was only a few months old. Sharing a room with 12 other girls, Jaki learned to protect the few possessions that she had.

One December, when Jaki was 5 years old, she received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift. Cuddling the stuffed animal she received in her shoebox, Jaki felt special, loved and cared for. She had something to call her own. One year later, she was adopted into a family in the United States and she started packing shoeboxes to share the love of Jesus with other children like herself.

To hear about God’s love in her life, please join us for a special time of Jaki sharing her testimony.

Sunday, September 21, 3:00 p.m.
Immanuel Lutheran Church

We welcome you to join us at this very special event. American Heritage Girls and Trail Life Troops IL0412 would like to personally invite the community, the church, and all other troops to come join us. What a wonderful day to celebrate the combined ministries of Operation Christmas Child, American Heritage Girls, and Trail Life USA.