Prep date: Friday, September 8 - 8:30 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
Paint Date: Saturday, September 9 - 8:30 a.m.— 4:00 p.m.
Immanuel Church has once again 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 are being donated; we just need your help to prep and/or paint the home.
If you’ve been looking for a volunteer opportunity but are not interested in a long-term commitment…this is the perfect event to add to your summer schedule. We call this a “one and done” volunteer opportunity. Although this act of love and service requires just one short part of your weekend, you can be assured it will provide years of appreciation every time the homeowner admires their nicely painted home. No experience is required, and it’s really a lot of fun. You just need to be at least 14 years old to participate. If you’re not able to paint, you can help in other ways such as serving lunch or just being a friendly voice of encouragement to the homeowner and painting crew. Join Us!
Sign up for an hour or two or the whole day Friday and/or whole day Saturday. No time commitment is too small and all very much appreciated. We’ll be meeting at the Paint-a-thon site in Hanover Park. Steve MacKay or Ken Stryczek will send you the address.
Sign Up Now
Community Paint-a-thon provides the paint and all supplies. Please call or text Steve MacKay at 847-980-9963 or Ken Stryczek at 630-962-4049 to sign up for this very worthwhile community service event.
The Kid’s Hope Ministry team of Immanuel, is once again collecting school supplies for the students of Virginia Lake School. This year Virginia Lake has told us that they do NOT need any backpacks, just the supplies. Thank you for your generosity!
Virginia Lake School Supply List 2023
#2 yellow/wood pencils, sharpened, with erasers, 12
Colored pencils – 12 count
Crayons - 24 count
Highlighters, assorted colors
Dry erase markers – 4 pack (Expo brand preferred)
Washable markers – 10 count
4-pocket folders, plastic, assorted colors
6-pocket folders, assorted colors
5” kid scissors, blunt/rounded
Packages of Post-it/sticky notes, 3” x 3”, (Post-it brand
Pencil sharpener, hand-held with container for
Ruler, 12” standard/metric
Pens, assorted colors
School supply box/pencil box, plastic
Virginia Lake School requested no backpacks.
Items are needed by August 7.
Neither rain, nor cold, nor wind, could stop the 34 Immanuel volunteers from showing up to serve healthy snacks and beverages to the athletes competing at the Special Olympics Track and Field meet this past Sunday. We not only served those who came to our tent – our volunteers also took the snacks out to the athletes. Besides the help received from the volunteers, there were so many other people, including Thrivent, who donated the food and beverages for us to serve. This included vegetables, fruits, bagels, crackers and cheese and granola bars. Our new addition this year was coffee – what a year to start serving that. People were lined up to get a cup. One person, just wanted a cup, so she could warm her hands.
The athletes and their families were so appreciative. We have been doing this for 26 years, and they are still amazed that this is all free.
Here are a few highlights we would like to share:
One of our volunteers said that for 17 years her family enjoyed coming to our Hospitality Tent as her child competed in the events. And, now this year, she wanted to give back, so she, her son and one of his friends pitched in and helped prepare and serve the food. The boys even learned how to peel carrots.
A guest who came to our tent had given his jacket to a young man who was cold. Then, as the guest stood by our tent, you could tell he was now getting cold. So, one of our volunteers literally gave the man “the sweater off his back”. It is amazing how serving others brings out the best in people. By the way, at the end of the event, the guest stopped by our tent to return the sweatshirt – he was so grateful!
One of the best parts of the day was when the athletes would stop by the tent and show us their medals and describe how they won them. Seeing the joy on their faces as they talked was awesome. It is the reason we keep doing this every year. It warms our hearts to celebrate them!
Thank you so much, Immanuel Church and School, for sharing your time and treasures for this ministry.
God’s blessing to all of you,
Carol Hajkaluk and Elaine Schmitt
In March, HFCM President, Meschac St. Amour drove a rental truck loaded with three pallets of prepackaged food donated from FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN in Schaumburg,and clothing and household items donated by the children at Immanuel, to Florida where it will be loaded on a ship for LeJune, Haiti, to be distributed to those in great need of clothing and especially food. The cost of shipping from Florida to Haiti is approximately $2000.00. If you wish to help with this cost, please mark your donation HABITAT FOR CHILDREN MINISTRIES, and leave it in the Good Sam mailbox in the school/church office hallway. While Meschac was here, he shared pictures with the school children of the first donations of gently used clothing received by the children of Haiti.
Once a year, HFCM sponsors a BACKPACK program, which consists of backpacks filled with school supplies that are distributed to approximately 1000 children. Backpacks and school supplies are purchased at a discounted rate in Florida, and shipped via boat to Haiti. A backpack with supplies can be purchased for $15.00, which includes the cost of shipping. If God is leading you to help with this project, please leave your donation in the Good Sam mailbox, marked for HABITAT FOR CHILDREN MINISTRIES. (Make checks payable to “Habitat for Children Ministries.”) The deadline for this project is June 1.
You may ask, what’s a Kringle? Its a delectable pastry filled with fruit covered with sweet vanilla icing. Kringle’s will be arriving at 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 1st & Sunday, April 2nd (Palm Sunday weekend)
Time: Before and after all services
Price: $13.00 for 22oz. Almost twice the size that you buy in the grocery store (14 oz.)
Flavors: Almond, Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry Cheesecake, Cherry, Pecan, Chocolate Eclair, Strawberry and Turtle
All proceeds go to Keep in Touch Ministry (KIT).
Lutheran Church Charities Disaster Response will provide LCMS L.E.R.T. (Lutheran Early Response Team) Basic training:
When: Saturday, February 25, 8:30a.m.
Where: Immanuel Lutheran Church
200 N. Plum Grove Road
Palatine, IL 60067
How: Registration 8:30a.m. - 9:00a.m.
Training 9:00a.m. - 12:30p.m.
LCC is providing LCMS disaster response training for Lutheran Early Response Teams (L.E.R.T.). Should a disaster strike, these teams would be put on call and may be asked to deploy in 72 hours or less to the disaster site. This training will prepare a team member for credentialing and will focus on the safety, work, and ministry of Lutherans as Early Responders.
If you know someone who is interested in disaster response, encourage them to register and attend this training. The registration cost for new L.E.R.T. volunteers is $35.00. As a refresher to update your ID, the cost is only $15.00.
For more information and to register, go to: https://www.lutheranchurchcharities.org/dr-training.html
Any questions, contact Steve MacKay at (847)980-9963 or Kathy O’Day, LCC Director of Disaster Response at 847-287-1801.
A Spiritual Pilgrimage to the Land of the Bible – Israel and Jordan
15 Days: October 27-Nov. 10, 2023
Host and Leader: Tim Hetzner
Ambassador for Spiritual Growth, Lutheran Church Charities
This is a Spiritual Pilgrimage to the Land of the Bible
This is a Bible Study tour – group size is limited to 25 people – to study the Land of the Bible and visit
and study the sites where Jesus lived and taught. It is NOT a tourist trip but a Biblical Study so only
those that have an active study of the Bible should consider. Tim has led study tours over the last 35
years and has studied in Israel and worked on an archeological dig at Tel Dor. Consider joining Tim on
this Spiritual Pilgrimage to the land of the Bible.
It’s year-end giving statement time.
You can pick yours up two ways:
• At the church office weekdays between 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
• On your way into weekend services, near Fellowship Hall.
If you have any questions, please contact the church office at
Now through February 12th, bring in soup for Immanuel’s food pantry.
Drop off in the green donation bin in the front lobby.
Sunday, Dec 18 at 4:00 p.m.
Immanuel Lutheran Church
200 N. Plum Grove Road
(parking lot is on Wood Street behind the church)
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.