Thu., Aug. 23, 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

Immanuel PTL Executive Board Elections
If you haven't already done so, please click this link to be taken to the PTL Executive Board Election ballot. Thank you for voting!
Special Announcements
  • Parents picking up children from AfterCare: please use the Fellowship Hall entrance (Door 2, northwest corner at the front of the building). If the children have been moved to a different location (playground, gym, etc.), there will be a note indicating where they are on the door. Thank you!

  • Students in G2-5 may still sign up for orchestra! It’s not too late! The deadline is Monday, August 27. Questions? Contact Mrs. Bogda at feral4@aol.com 

  • The first Spirit Day of the new school year is Mon., Sep. 10! Wear Immanuel spirit wear or blue and white. The winning classroom will enjoy a special treat from the Immanuel Booster Club.

Children's Choirs Begin Tonight
Thursdays at 6 PM in the music room
All children entering K-G6 are invited to join Immanuel's Children's Choir to share songs and learn to play simple rhythm instruments in accompaniment. The children sing once or twice each month and participate in the annual Service of Lessons and Carols in December.
It's Breakfast--and You're Invited!
Kick-Off Breakfast, Sun., Aug. 26, 8:30-11:30 AM* , Gym *Note new time!
The entire Immanuel community is invited to share breakfast together celebrating the beginning of the ministry year. Before or after your favorite worship service, enjoy fellowship, a hearty meal, gather updated ministry information, work on projects together, and grab a gift!
Sing & Play Returns Wed., Sep. 5
Wednesdays When School is in Session 11-11:45 AM in the gym
Sing and Play is a parent-toddler class designed specifically for young learners, 18 months and older. During the class, children can sit comfortably on mom or dad's lap, and gently ease into a class setting. Through familiar, action based songs, short teacher-led stories, and object lessons, visual stimulation, and group participation, children begin the process of learning how to behave in a group setting and how to interact with children next to them. They grow in their ability to listen and attend and practice following directions and making predictions. Sing and Play sessions begin with a small group circle time and then move into large motor free play time utilizing gym equipment. Sing and Play is a free class that requires no registration or commitment. Come and play each week or whenever is convenient. Siblings are always welcome!
Fall Cleaning?
Please keep an eye out for items (blazers, hats, etc.) that four-year-old preschoolers might enjoy using during dramatic play/dress up time. Donations can be brought to the school office and would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Looking for Ways to be Involved?
Our Tuesday Lunchroom Helpers supervise children during the lunch hour, allowing ILS teachers to have a break once a week. The teachers really appreciate and look forward to this time! Responsibilities include opening Go-Gurt, allowing children to get a drink or use the facilities (one at a time, of course), and keeping bottoms in chairs while eating. The kids know the general rules for lunchtime, so it’s a great time to spend time with them and their peers. You can volunteer as many or as few times as your schedule allows. Sign up here.
Thank You, Volunteers
The Immanuel community came together in a HUGE way this past summer to update the ILCS play area. Church members, parents, teachers, and staff worked to remove 7 tons of crushed rubber, which was then replaced with a poured in place rubber. This major improvement was provided by funds from the Parent-Teacher League through your participation in the 2017 bi-annual Auction Gala. Next up: painting more game areas, such as life-size checkerboard (using Frisbees as checkers) and Chutes and Ladders games. Thank you, so much, to everyone who helped in this effort for all of our children!
S'more About Jesus (& Immanuel)
Sat., Sep. 8, 3-5 PM, Red Barn Park (South Mill Creek Park)
The community is invited to get to know S’more About Jesus (and Immanuel) and enjoy a fun filled afternoon that includes bounce houses, a slime table sponsored by Community Therapy Services, music, games, children’s message, and snacks. The planning committee requests the following donations: Golden Grahams Cereal, mini marshmallows, 1-pound bags of M&Ms (for s’mores trail treat bags), and cases of water. These can be placed in the basked outside the church lobby. Come join the fun, volunteer at the event, and/or help by donating an item listed above. Questions? Contact Megan with Mill Creek Event in the subject line.
GriefShare Sessions Begin
Begins Mon., Sep. 10, 6:30 PM in the Immanuel Library
Many grieving people find they are only beginning the work of healing when friends or family have returned to their daily life routines. Too often people, including Christians, tend to stuff their grief instead of allowing it to do the God-given work for which it is intended. Don’t allow fear of what others may think to keep you from what could help you. Confidentiality is very much a part of this program. Your bereavement experience may be recent or not so recent. You will find encouragement, comfort and help in grieving the death of a spouse, child, parent, sibling, other family member, or friend. You will learn valuable information about facing your new normal in life and renewing your hope for the future.
Tax Seminar
Sun., Sep. 9, 10:45 AM, Heritage Room
Wed., Sep. 12, 6:15 PM, Heritage Room
Do you want lower taxes? Join us to learn some simple and effective ideas on how to take advantage of the new tax rules to potentially lower your taxes through a variety of ways. The seminar will be presented by Steve Ciaccio, MBA, CPA, CFP®. A light meal and refreshments will be provided at each presentation.
Passionate and Purposeful Parenting
Tues., Sep. 11 and 18 8:45-10:30 AM in the Immanuel Library
OR
Weds., Sep. 12 and 19 6:30-8 PM in the sanctuary
What helps parents maintain their service to their children while leading them? Pr. Chris leads this first of several parenting seminars planned for this ministry year.
Discovering Immanuel
Suns., Sep. 16-Oct. 14, 3-4:30 PM in the Heritage Room
This class takes participants from considering membership in the Immanuel community to active and intentional participation. It is essential for those 
interested in membership. Participants will also meet with an active and mature member of Immanuel who can answer questions and help make connections. They will also get to know key ministry leaders and learn about entry level ministry opportunities to consider. Complete information and an online interest form are available at immanuelbatavia.org/discovering_immanuel .
Batavia Mothers Club Coat Drive
Drop at Immanuel, Sep. 21-Oct. 5
Please help those in need in our community with donations of new or clean, gently-used winter items: coats, snow pants, snow suits, hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, and boots in good condition. Items are needed in sizes from infant to adult. Immanuel Lutheran School is one of our drop off points. All items are donated to local charities and shelters. Questions? Please contact us at philanthropic@bataviamothersclub.org .
Operation Christmas Child
Immanuel's annual Operation Christmas Child Packing Party last year provided more than 600 gift boxes for needy children across the globe! To be part of this huge effort to share the love of Jesus, please donate the following items during the month indicated...or at any time! Financial donations are also much appreciated as mailing costs have risen to $9 per box. Thank you so much for helping to support this great ministry!
September
  • School supplies: notebooks, colored pencils, $1 Target items

October
  • WOW items (puzzles, games, Legos; toys for all ages that fit into shoe boxes)

November
  • Free Will: any of the above prior to party date
Shop and Share
ShopWithScrip ® for 2018 2019
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. 

Visit  shopwithscrip.com  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.

Click on the image above and designate Immanuel as your charity!
Immanuel School Committee
Please reach out to the School Committee via the school office anytime with suggestions for improving Immanuel Lutheran School: Chairperson Judy Luetkens, Andrea Carroll, Larry Fass, Kendall Heetland, Sarah Murphy, and Erin Riddell.
Events
  • Thu., Aug. 23 Children's Choir 6 PM in the music room
  • Thu., Aug. 23 Christus Choir 7 PM in the music room
  • Sat., Aug. 25 Bethlehem Wood Carvers 5:30 PM
  • Sun., Aug. 26 New Ministry Year Kick-Off Breakfast 8:30-11:30 AM* in the gym *Note new time!
  • Sun., Aug. 26 Bethlehem Wood Carvers 9-11 AM
  • Sun., Aug. 26 Voters Meeting 12:15 PM in the Fellowship Hall
  • Sun., Aug. 26 Adult Volleyball 4:30 PM
  • Mon., Aug. 27 ShopWithScrip® orders due 3:15 PM
  • Wed., Aug. 29 Confirmation Orientation 6:30 PM in the sanctuary
  • Mon., Sep. 3 Labor Day no school, offices closed
  • Sat., Sep. 8 S'more About Jesus 3-5 PM at South Mill Creek Park
  • Sun., Sep. 9 Sunday School/Sunday Adult Education Hour 9:30 AM
  • Sun., Sep. 9 Tax Seminar 10:45 AM in the Heritage Room
  • Mon., Sep. 10 GriefShare 6:30 PM in the Immanuel Library
  • Tues., Sep. 11 and 18 Passionate and Purposeful Parenting 8:45-10:30 AM in the Immanuel Library
  • Weds., Sep. 12 and 19 Passionate and Purposeful Parenting 6:30-8 PM in the sanctuary
  • Wed., Sep. 12 Tax Seminar 6:15 PM in the Heritage Room
  • Suns., Sep. 16-Oct. 14 Discovering Immanuel 3-4:30 PM in the Heritage Room
  • Sun., Sep. 30 Seniors and Caregivers Luncheon after 11 AM worship in the Fellowship Hall
Outside Events of Interest to Families
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Immanuel's Mission
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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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School 630 406 0157, 8-12 PM