Thu., Dec. 6, 2018

"Therefore encourage one another and build each other
up, just as in fact you are doing."
--1 Thessalonians 5:11, ILS theme verse for the 2018 2019 school year

Christmas at Immanuel
Can you help?
Our Parent-Teacher League is looking for a few people to help set up, serve, and clean up the Cookies and Cocoa portion of the Christmas Journey event this Sunday at 3 PM. In the past, the PTL held their own event for Cookies, Cocoa, and Crafts, but this year, we are partnering with Immanuel's Family Ministry team to provide cookies and hot cocoa as part of this event. The link to sign up is the same as all other PTL events: . Thank you so much!
Book Orders Arrive After Christmas
Scholastic book orders for December will not arrive in time for Christmas. We place them on the second Tuesday of each month, Dec. 13, so they will probably arrive during Christmas break.  
Lunchroom Helpers
Immanuel's Parent-Teacher League is looking for Tuesday Lunchroom Helpers for the last two Tuesdays Dec. 11 and 18. These dates were inadvertently left off the original calendar. Sign-ups have also been enabled for January-May. Thank you to everyone who volunteered September through December! There are plenty of opportunities to put in some volunteer time! Sign up here:
Hot Lunch
Remember, when ordering hot lunch for the current month, you may also order for the following month. Click on Next Month to see the menu. When you click Order Lunch, you may also put in the dates through the end of the following month and place your order. Questions? Please contact the school office .
Midweek Advent Services
Weds., Dec. 12, 19 AT 2* and 7* PM

*Please note time changes!

Immanuel is offering Afternoon Tea in the Fellowship Hall after the 2 PM Midweek Advent Services. Join us for a hot beverage, a light snack, and fellowship! The 2 PM services are taking the place of the usual Wednesday morning chapel services for Immanuel students. They will worship with their classmates at this time.
Christmas Journey
Sun., Dec. 9, 3 PM
Join us for this free family event that explores the nativity. From 3-4 PM take a guided tour of Immanuel's outdoor nativity, make a craft--there are a variety of options for preschool through adult, and enjoy Cookies & Cocoa courtesy of Immanuel's Parent-Teacher League. We end with Immanuel Lutheran School's preschool students sharing their Christmas songs (4:15 PM).
Christmas Cookie Walk
Sat., Dec. 15, 4:30-7 PM and Sun., Dec. 16, 7-11:30 AM, Fellowship Hall
Take a break from holiday baking and help Immanuel’s high schoolers attend the 2019 National Youth Gathering! The Cookie Walk provides a variety of Christmas cookies at $10 for large boxes and $7 for small boxes. Proceeds help provide transportation and lodging for this inspiring triennial event. Anyone interested in providing additional support are invited to donate homemade cookies to supplement those provided by high school families. Please label Cookie Walk and bring to the Fellowship Hall kitchen after 2 PM on Fri., Dec. 14.
Events for Women
Made Matchless
Sat., Jan. 12, 9-3 PM Registration closes Dec. 20!
The average girl’s self-confidence peaks at age nine. This startling statement is the result of a   study   on children and self-esteem commissioned by the American Association of University Women and reported in the  New York Times. Leah Tatina designed the Made Matchless curriculum as a class to help young girls learn their true value in Christ and she's now offering it as a one-day workshop for moms and daughters. Register at . Cost is $30 per mother-Grade 1-5 daughter couple and $5 for each additional daughter (G1-5). Registration closes on Thu., Dec. 20, so don't delay! Questions? Contact Kari Larsen, Director of Family Ministry, at .
Women's Retreat: The Five Friends Every Person Needs
Sat., Jan. 19, 9-3 PM Registration closes Jan. 12!
Author Allie Pleiter leads us through a workshop on friends and what different types of friends bring to life and work. Be inspired to gather your own “Friend Corps” for richer relationships, greater support, growth, and healthy boundaries. Cost is $30 per person and includes continental breakfast and luncheon. Register . Questions? Contact Linda Fass at .
Sick Season Reminders
Be sure to review our policies regarding health and wellness on pages 10 and11 of Immanuel’s Student and Family Handbook . With cold and flu season upon us, these recommendations from the CDC are important to follow:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands often to protect yourself from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
Restaurant Nights Put the FUN in FUNdraiser!
  • Mon., Dec. 10, 11 AM-11:30 PM at Buffalo Wild Wings, 820 Commons Dr., Geneva
  • Thu., Jan. 10, 5-8 PM at Portillo’s, 531 N. Randall Rd., Batavia
  • Tue., Feb 19, 4-8 PM at Noodles & Company, 1310 Commons Dr., Geneva

Restaurant Night Reminders
  • Flyers must be mentioned or shown when ordering.
  • Before you leave, please check your receipt to ensure Immanuel has been given credit for the sale.
  • Copies of flyers are in the church and school lobbies and at
  • Online orders are NOT included in earnings on restaurant nights.
Immanuel Bible Studies: You're Invited!
To learn more about Bible studies and in-home small groups, contact Pr. Chris at . Bible studies will be suspended for the holidays, Dec. 24-Jan. 2.

The Gospel of Mark, Monday AM Bible Study, Mons. at 9 AM; Monday PM Bible Study, Mons. at 7 PM; and Early Risers Bible Study, Weds. at 6:30 AM
The Truth Project ,   Tuesday AM Bible Study, Tues. at 9:30 AM, Fellowship Hall
The Armor of God,   Women’s Bible Study, Wed. at 9 AM, Fellowship Hall
The Book of James,   Thursday PM Bible Study, Thu. at 7 PM, Heritage Room
The Book of James,   Men’s Bible Study, Sat. at 8 AM, Fellowship Hall and Panera
Luther--The Movement , Sunday Forum topical study, Sun., 9:30-10:30 AM, Library
Shop and Share
ShopWithScrip ®
Raise money for ILCS and save money on everyday purchases! Shop with Scrip allows families to do both while purchasing items such as gas, groceries, and clothing. Retailers offer a rebate percentage; 55 percent of this rebate goes to ILCS and 45 percent is refunded to purchasers at the end of the school year. Email Mike Riddell   with questions. The next orders are due Mon., Dec. 10 and 17. Check out this special order form ! Be sure to sign up and order online (see below).

Visit   to see a list of retailers and use the enrollment code 96A591B555773 to sign up. Signing up for PrestoPay allows purchasers to receive gift cards immediately and with no need to write and drop off a check.

Did you know your purchases can make a difference? AmazonSmile donates to Immanuel Lutheran Church and School when you do your holiday shopping at .
Immanuel School Committee
Please reach out to the School Committee via the school office or through the School Comments group in the Parent Login section at anytime with suggestions for improving Immanuel Lutheran School: Chairperson Judy Luetkens, Andrea Carroll, Larry Fass, Kendall Heetland, Sarah Murphy, and Erin Riddell.
Made Matchless mother-daughter event and
Women's Retreat: The Five Friends Every Person Needs

Thu., Dec. 6 Varisty Boys Basketball Game vs. Roselle, 5:30 PM, Gym
Sat., Dec. 8 Immanuel Prayer meeting at 9 AM in the sanctuary
Sun., Dec. 9 Christmas Journey at 3 PM
Mon., Dec. 10 Willy Wonka Jr. auditions, Grades 5-8, 3:30-6:00 PM, Music Room
Tue., Dec. 11 Willy Wonka Jr. auditions, Grades 5-8, 3:30-6:00 PM
Wed., Dec. 12 Midweek Advent services at 2 and 7 PM in the sanctuary
Wed., Dec. 12 Advent Afternoon Tea following the 2 PM service, in the Fellowship Hall
Wed., Dec. 12 Willy Wonka Jr. auditions, Grades 5-8, 3:30-6:00 PM, Music Room
Sat./Sun., Dec. 15/16 Cookie Walk Sat. 4:30-7 PM, Sun., 7-11:30 AM
Sun., Dec. 16 PS-5 Sunday School Christmas service at 10 AM in the gym
Wed., Dec. 19 Midweek Advent services at 2 and 7 PM in the sanctuary
Wed., Dec. 19 Advent Afternoon Tea following the 2 PM service, in the Fellowship Hall
Thu., Dec. 20 ILS K-8 Christmas service at 6:30 PM in the gym
Mon., Dec. 24 Christmas Eve services at 1, 4, and 11 PM (sanctuary)
Tue., Dec. 25 Christmas service at 9:30 AM in the sanctuary
Mon., Dec. 31 New Year's Eve service at 5:30 PM in the sanctuary (Please note switch back to traditional time.)
Outside Events of Interest to Families
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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 
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