Wed., Dec. 13, 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

Non-Public School Scholarships
Important Information for Parents Regarding the State of Illinois Invest In Kids Act of 2017

The State of Illinois created a new way to fund scholarships for children who choose to attend recognized non-public schools through the Invest in Kids Act. Scholarships offered through this program have the potential to cover up to 100 percent of tuition and eligible charges for the 2018-2019 school year.

Students in Grade K-12 have the opportunity to receive tax credit scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year. Families who meet the income guidelines below are directed to visit the website to determine what is necessary to begin the process of applying for these scholarships. The scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis so it is very important to apply early.

Families who anticipate applying for Need-Based Tuition Assistance and their family meets the income guidelines below, must apply for Invest in Kids Scholarships before applying for Immanuel's Need-Based Tuition Assistance program.
Thank You!
Trivia Night Anything BUT Trivial!

51 people the first ever Immanuel Trivia Night last Saturday at Bar Evolution in Batavia. A fantastic time was had by all--and more than $1,500 was raised for Investing in Discipleship!
Taco es Grande!

The profit from the Chipotle Night fundraiser was $350! Thank you to everyone who made the effort to come out and support Immanuel!
Advent Worship 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?”
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 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.
Children's Christmas Services
Hear the Christmas story from Immanuel's children on Sat., Dec. 16 at 5:30 PM from the ILCS preschoolers, on Sun., Dec. 17 at 10 AM from the K-5 Sunday School children, and on Thu., Dec. 21 at 6:30 PM from K-8 ILS students. On Sat. and Sun., take a few moments to shop for delicious homemade Christmas goodies at the annual Cookie Walk!
T'will Be the Week Before Christmas and all Through the Halls...
The last week before Christmas Break is always a busy time at ILS. Here is a breakdown of activities:

Mon., Dec. 18
  • Last Shop with Scrip orders before Christmas due
  • Remember to bring donations for the Presschool Layette Drive for the Aurora Pregnancy Information Center in honor of Baby Jesus

Tue., Dec. 19
  • G1 and 7 Service Trip to San Pablo, Aurora

Wed., Dec. 20
  • G3 Service Trip to Northern Illinois Food Bank
  • Remember to bring chapel offerings for the Aurora Pregnancy Information Center in honor of Baby Jesus
  • Advent worship at 3:45 and 7:15 PM

Thu., Dec. 21
  • K-8 Christmas service at 6:30 PM
  • Check the Lost and Found before Christmas Break. Items left will be donated during the break.

Fri., Dec. 22
  • Jesus' Birthday Party (Preschool and Sing and Play) at 8:40 AM in the gym
  • K-8 Chapel at 8:50 AM
  • K-8 classroom Christmas Parties
  • Preschool dismissed for Christmas Break at 10:30 AM
  • K-8 dismissed for Christmas Break at 11:30 AM
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!
New Carpet Installation
New carpeting will be installed in the sanctuary, church lobby, and balcony Dec. 26-Jan 5. These areas and a portion of the main hallway will be closed during this time. Services on Sat., Dec. 30 (5:30 PM) and Sun., Dec. 31 (8, 9:30, and 11 AM) will be held in the gym. Volunteers are needed to help move pews and furniture and assist with other maintenance during the installation. Contact Dan Nottke at, Dick Wauer at, Penny Janacek at 630 879 7163 or, or Sandy Jacobi at 630 632 7588 or for complete information. The cost of the carpet installation is supported in part by the Restore and Refresh campaign. Anyone interested in making a contribution toward the carpeting installation may contact Bonnie Dannenberg at
Coming in January
Click the image below to sign up!
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. 18. This is the LAST ORDER BEFORE CHRISTMAS!  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 are on hiatus until Jan. 6.

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 will be placed on Thu., Dec. 14.

Dental Forms

Reminder: Student in K, G2, and G6 are required to submit a dental exam form. Forms are available here on The City.
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. 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. 18 Shop With Scrip due

Dec. 19 G1 and 7 Service Trip to San Pablo

Dec. 20, G3 Service Trip to Northern Illinois Food Bank, 8:40 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, G

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

Dec. 25 Christmas Day Worship 9:30 AM, S

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