Immanuel Lutheran Newsletter
September 2015
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9/11 Walk-A-Thon and


Friday, September 11

At Immanuel Lutheran School

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Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

As we begin a new program year, we are embarking on some new communication strategies to attempt to keep you informed with the information you need and also try to keep from clouding you with too much information.

Our first step in the process is to send an electronic newsletter with vital information at the beginning of each month.  That is what this email is.  It is structured in such a way as to allow you to see all that is going on while also containing the information into strategic categories so that you can go straight to the information you desire to know.  

In October we will be sending out, via the regular mail, our first quarterly newsletter.  This newsletter will be more expansive with updates on what has been happening, information about things that are coming, and helpful articles for your benefit.  

The hope in all of this is to continually be reaching out to you with what is going on and, more importantly, how you can get involved.  


Rev. Richard O. Schultz
Senior Pastor
Principal's Points

Have you ever stopped to listen to the birds singing?  Every morning they wake singing a new song.  Every evening they sing a new song.  One thing I noticed this summer was that the birds' songs sound different in Freeport than they do in Lombard.  No, I am not becoming an ornithologist, but maybe we can learn a lesson from the birds.  Do you wake up every morning singing a new song?  Do you sing a new song every evening?  The psalmist tell us, "Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise to the assembly of the saints." - Psalm 149:1
Immanuel Lutheran School and other Lutheran and Christian schools throughout the country will "sing to the Lord a new song" as we and they begin another school year.  While our songs may sound different based on our locations, may we all begin each school day with a new song of forgiveness and love for one another.  May we all end each day with a song of repentance with the assurance that our sins are forgiven and God's love for us is unconditional. 

Miss Chloe Cunningham has joined the school staff as 8th grade homeroom teacher with primary teaching responsibilities of 7th/8th Language Arts.  Chloe graduated from Concordia Chicago this past May.  Chloe will also teach other subjects.  Miss Sarah Bakkelund has joined the school staff as Pre-School Teacher.  Sarah comes to us most recently from Rockford Lutheran Academy.  Sarah has nine years of experience and is a graduate of Concordia Mequon.  Pray for these two new teachers to Immanuel as they, "Sing to the Lord a new song." 

With sadness we do say goodbye to Lindsey Hoops, Stephanie Yarzak, and Beth Barton.  We are thankful for their faithful service to Immanuel.  Bonnie Larson, Penny Julius, Chris Truckenmiller, Brenda Glandorf, Kathy Vehmeier, Diane Dietmeier, Vicki Mueller, Ali Lyvers and Dina Brobst are continuing in their positions at Immanuel. Pastor Ros and Amanda will also continue to teach weekly 7th/8th grade religion classes.  Pray for these veteran teachers of Immanuel as they, "Sing to the Lord a new song." 

Immanuel could not run without the church and school administrative staff, lunchroom staff, janitorial staff, CCDC staff and all of the volunteers who serve at Immanuel.  Pray for Jennifer, Julie, Glenna, Myra, Kelly, Suzi, Shawn, Dave, Sharon, Ernie, Tina, Andrea, Lydia, and all our volunteers as they,   "Sing to the Lord a new song."

Immanuel Lutheran Church and School is truly a Christian family with each person gifted by God with specific gifts to be used at this time in this place.  I pray for all of you as you, 'Sing to the Lord a new song."

Upcoming Events

CONFIRMATION RETREAT:  The confirmation age children will be attending a retreat 
on September 18-20
 to help them prepare for confirmation, please pray that this is a time for them to grow in their faith.  Also, if your child is in 6th-8th grade and you missed the meeting contact Amanda for information about this retreat.
2nd FRIDAY:   Calling all 6th-8th graders, join us in the youth room on the 2nd Friday of each month (September 11) from 3:20-5:00 PM for fun and fellowship
We will be hosting the 4 th Annual Lancer Invitational cross country meet on Saturday September 12 at 9:00AM.   Over 500 people will be on our campus for this event.   There is also a FREE Little Lancer Run for kids Pre-k through 4 th grade.  Everyone is invite to participate in the Little Lancer Run. 

Please join the children of our school with a special remembrance of the events of September 11, 2001.  Our school family will recognize first responders and thank them for their service.  Following the ceremony there will be a school wide Walk-A-Thon fundraiser followed by free lunch.
PTL HOG ROAST:   The PTL and the children of the school cordially invite the congregation to join them in a hog roast meal on Saturday, September 26th at 5:30 PM.
Youth News
July was a great month, full of action and ministry.  Discipleship Days continued to meet, donating toiletry items to FACC and weeding a church member's yard, as well as going on a hike and tubing in Sauk City, Wi.  Route 252 continues to follow the week's readings. Each week we study one of the readings and do a variety of activities based on what we read.  I am hoping to find more people to be involved in this fun ministry this year.  Could that be you?  If you're interested, please let me know!
                Read Like a Lutheran also continues for those in 5th grade and younger.  It is awesome to see the excitement in some of the kids as they turn in their sheets so that they can pick a new book!
                August brings a myriad of planning and informational meetings.  There will be a National Youth Gathering organizational meeting on August 16th immediately following the 10:30 service, that same day there will be acolyte training for all members going into 4th grade and higher followed immediately by dinner, and finally a Confirmation informational meeting.  I would encourage everyone who is interested or involved in these ministries to make every effort to be there.
                It is my hope that each and every member in Immanuel would join me in praying for our children and youth, asking that God would guide their lives in a way which pleases Him and draws them ever closer to His presence.
In His service,
Amanda Jahnke