Wed., Dec. 6, 2017

"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity."
--1 Timothy 4:12, ILS theme verse for the 2017 2018 school year

Advent Services Begin Today!
at 3:45 PM and 7:15 PM
Dinner between services at 4:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall
Anyone who has been around a toddler knows that one of the key questions to learning and growing is, “Why?” Those who have been around a toddler asking “why” questions realize that this question can lead you down a rabbit hole of whys. For some reason, after a certain point in an individual’s faith development, he or she stops asking why. They simply chalk up what they do not understand as a matter of faith and stop wondering. However, God knows that one “why” often leads to another, and soon deep and important questions are being asked. These questions, while certainly matters of faith, have deep and important answers.
This Advent Immanuel takes a slightly unusual path to the manger, beginning with the question, “Why did Isaiah go when God called him?” This question is then followed down the rabbit hole of whys.
Why did Nehemiah go to Jerusalem? Why was his heart broken? What did he hope to accomplish? Why is this connected to Christmas? Why did Mary say yes to Gabriel? Why does her relationship with Joseph actually grow stronger? Why does God send her to Elizabeth? Why did Mary go?

This trail is followed until the question, “Why did Jesus leave the comforts and joys of heaven to go to earth?” This is the critical Advent question. Why would the King of heaven leave its perfection for such a corrupt place as this? Was He angry and coming to set things right? Was He coming to formally lodge His complaint against humanity? Was He coming to declare His sovereignty and reign over His creation? Was He coming to reclaim what was rightfully His? What motivated Him? Anger? Jealousy? Compassion? Love?
Once it is understood why Jesus came, the question becomes about the shepherds who, having found the Son of God in a manger went back into the world. Why did they go? Why not stay with Jesus? Why not protect Mary and assist Joseph? What did they hope to accomplish? Why did they go? Why should today’s Christians go?
This Advent Immanuel returns to that child-like faith Jesus commends and begins asking why again. Come on this journey of discovery and witness faith and trust in God grow in preparation for the coming of the New Born King.
Trivia Night This Saturday!
Sat., Dec. 9, 5:30-8:30 PM
$20 per person
Join the Immanuel family for a fun adult game night at Bar Evolution in Batavia. Grab a team of four to six friends and reserve space for a great night of trivia, prizes, and delicious refreshments. Contact Brandy Bloemker at 630 818 6769 to reserve space.
Christmas Giving
San Pablo, Aurora

Help support Immanuel's sister congregation San Pablo, Aurora and their efforts to reach out to their community. Take a tag from the Giving Tree in the church lobby or the school office for store gift cards (due Dec. 20) or for Reverse Advent Calendars for the San Pablo Food Bank (due Dec. 24). Instead of taking something out of a commercial Advent calendar, set up a basket at home and give the item listed for each day. Bring items on the dates indicated for transport to San Pablo.
Aurora Pregnancy Information Center (PIC)

Each year at Christmastime, Immanuel students collect layette items and donate their chapel offerings to the Aurora Pregnancy Information Center as another way of honoring the birth of Baby Jesus in such lowly estate. Preschool families are asked to bring layette items to the school office or their classroom before Dec. 22. These items will be delivered to the Aurora PIC by ILCS staff members. Chapel offerings from K-8 students are being designated to this local charity as well for the month of December.
Got Christmas Gifts?
Note Card Sale

The Note Card Sale is part of this year's Investing in Discipleship effort to raise funds for children's education throughout Immanuel Lutheran Church and School. Note Cards are being sold in classroom packets and in mixed packets that include designs from the classrooms that participated. Card packets will be sold through Dec. 20 at a cost of $5 per packet of ten cards (envelopes not included). Photo of sets above, samples are available outside the church or school office.

Those who have questions or can spare an hour to help assemble note card sets the second week of December, are asked to contact Lori St.Vincent at 630 879 7163, 630 251 5493, or via email at . Thank you!
From the Principal
Security at ILCS

There have been questions regarding vandalism at ILCS. The administrative staff is working with authorities to conduct a thorough investigation and will be taking whatever measures are deemed appropriate to avoid having this happening again. In that regard:

  • When volunteering, please do not prop open any doors and ensure that doors are locked and latched before leaving.
  • Notice something strange or out of place? Please let Pr. Kennaugh, Donna Laughlin, or Dick Wauer know as soon as possible.

In light of recent news reports of theft of personal data, questions have also arisen regarding how Immanuel safeguards this private information. Immanuel works with a professional firm that researches, recommends, installs, and maintains firewalls and other appropriate security measures. The software used to process this information utilizes TLS software that is updated as new an d improved versions become available. In addition, the church and school (Headmaster) software provider follows industry best practices for security and notifies ILCS when software updates are required to ensure continued data protection.
The Most Sniffly Time of the Year

As the cold and flu season begins, please keep the following in mind. This is a direct quote from the Student and Family Handbook, page 10:

  • A child must remain at home if he or she shows any of the following symptoms Fevers of 100 degrees or higher (Children must be fever free without medication for 24 hours before returning to school)
  • Persistent cough or difficulty breathing
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting during the previous 24 hours
  • Contagious rashes
  • Eye infections (conjunctivitis or pink eye with drainage) until examined by a
physician and determined to not be communicable or until after 24 hours o
antibiotic treatment
  • Any known communicable disease

When absent more than three consecutive days, a written excuse from the health care provider must be submitted to the school office before the child will be allowed to return to school. Absences for children without the proper Documentation will be marked unexcused. Absence and truancy policies will apply.
Investing in Discipleship

In January, the broad pool of talent available in the Immanuel community will be highlighted in weekly blind auctions. Donations of time and/or talents are needed. To date quilts, a painting, stained glass art, jewelry, and photographs have been promised. Donations of talents could include photography sessions, cooking, plumbing--time and talents donated to benefit Investing in Discipleship . Contact Sue Wauer at 630 402 0549 or to learn more.
Immanuel Bunco Night

Plan to attend Immanuel's Bunco Night fellowship fundraiser! Bunco Night is part of Investing in Discipleship and 100 percent of Bunco Night proceeds are benefiting this campaign, which supports educational opportunities for children within the Immanuel community. These opportunities include Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, preschool, grade school, middle school, and confirmation classes.
Each $25 ticket covers finger foods, two beverages tickets, and three games of Bunco. Prizes will be awarded for Most Buncos, Mini Buncos, as well as a mystery prize. There will also be raffle baskets, 50/50 raffles, and much more! Tickets may be purchased in the school office, from Kristy Joanis, Megan Popp, or Melba Layton.
Shop--And Share the News!
Shop With Scrip Special This Month

Help ILCS raise additional funds while earning family cash back: pay for Christmas shopping with gift cards! Earn 2.5 percent on Amazon, 4 percent when paying off Kohl’s cards, 8 percent at the movies, 14 percent at GAP or Old Navy, 5 percent at Woodmans, 2.5 percent at Walmart, and 4 percent at Jewel! Start today using the code 96A591B555773. Visit

The next orders and checks are due Mon., Dec. 11.  Abbreviated order forms are available in the church and school lobbies. Check here for more information and a complete list of retailers. Email questions to  Megan Watson  or visit the  school website  for information on signing up and placing orders.
Troop 12 Trees

NOV. 19-DEC. 22, M-F 5-9 PM, S-S 9 AM-9 PM, 411 S. RIVER ST. BATAVIA
Celebrating 60 years of tradition, Immanuel Lutheran Church’s Boy Scout Troop 12 will offer fresh, pre-cut Christmas trees on Route 25, adjacent to the Batavia Skate Park All proceeds directly benefit the Scouts; cash, checks or credit cards are accepted with great Appreciation. Questions? Email
Study Oppportunities for Everyone
Click on a study below to link to details.

Sunday Studies, 9:30-10:30 AM  

Sunday School PS3-4          Preschool and Kindergarten rooms, 106, 107, 108
Sunday School K-G3           Fellowship Hall, 002
Sunday School G4-5           Youth Room, 158
Middle School                    Middle school wing, 255, 256, 257
Youth Bible Study                Conference Room, 105
Sunday Adult Forum           Immanuel Library, 159
During the Week

Theology on Tap , Crosstown, Batavia , second and fourth Mons., 7 PM
HSY Simply Bible , Batavia Panera , Mon., 7 PM is on hiatus until Jan. 8
Tue. AM Bible Stud y, Fellowship Hall, Tue., 9:30 AM, 002
Early Risers Bible Study , Fellowship Hall, Wed., 6:30 AM, 002
Women’s Bible Study , Fellowship Hall, Wed., 9 AM, 002
Thu. PM Bible Study , Heritage Room, Thu., 6:30 PM
Men’s Bible Study , Heritage Room / Panera , Sat., 8 AM, 002 /  Panera
Office Info
Scholastic Book Orders

The web address is  and the ILS Class Activation Code is GMXY4. December flyers will be sent home this week.
Immanuel School Committee
Please reach out to the School Committee via the school office anytime with suggestions for improving Immanuel Lutheran School.

  • Judy Luetkens (chairperson)
  • Larry Fass
  • Kendall Heetland
  • Erin Riddell
  • Sarah Murphy
  • Andrea Carroll
Upcoming #ImmanuelEvents
Dec. 6 Advent Worship, "Why Did Isaiah Go?" 3:45 and 7:15 PM

Dec. 7 Middle School Field Trip to Batavia Fine Arts Center 9:30 AM

Dec. 13 Advent Worship, "Why Did Nehemiah Go?" 3:45 and 7:15 PM

Dec. 16 Cookie Walk 5-7:30 PM

Dec. 16 Preschool Christmas Worship 5:30 PM

Dec. 17 Cookie Walk 9-11:30 AM

Dec. 17 K-5 Sunday School Christmas Worship 10 AM

Dec. 20 Advent Worship, "Why Did Mary Go?" 3:45 and 7:15 PM

Dec. 21 K-8 ILS Christmas Worship 6:30 PM

Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Worship 4, 6, and 11 PM (NOTE: no morning services)

Dec. 25 Christmas Day Worship 9:30 AM

Dec. 31 New Year's Eve Worship 8, 9:30, and 11 AM (NOTE: no evening service)
Immanuel's Mission

 The Word of God is at the foundation of all we do.
We welcome and equip people to follow Christ and live authentic faith.
We are a family that demonstrates our faith in Christ
by the way we love, support, and grow together.

Developing Today’s Disciples 
Church 630 879 7163
School 630 406 0157