Thu., Dec. 13, 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 and New Year's at Immanuel
Sick Season Reminders
Be sure to review our policies regarding health and wellness on pages 10 and 11 of Immanuel’s Student and Family Handbook . Of special note is our policy that a child must stay home until her or she is fever and/or vomit free for 24 hours; students should also stay home if they have a persistent cough, diarrhea, a contagious rash, an eye infection, or any communicable disease until examined by a physician and determined to not be communicable or until after 24 hours of antibiotic treatment. Those who are absent for three consecutive days must have a doctor's note to return to school.

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.
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 Tuesday Dec. 18. 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 .
Ringing and Singing
ILS Students rang bells and sang Christmas songs at the Red Kettle at Woodman’s in North Aurora on Dec. 1 from 9-3 PM. Every hour a new group of middle schoolers and teachers were there to help the Salvation Army help those in need. The average amount a kettle takes in is about $30/hour—on the day ILS was there, the it took in more than $860 in ten hours! “It was so full at the end of our time that it was hard to put money in!” said Mrs. Laughlin. Thanks to all who donated and thanks to our ILS students and teachers for spending their day helping others in need.
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.
Midweek Advent Services
Wed., Dec. 19 AT 2 and 7 PM
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.
Seeking Substitute Teachers
Position: Substitute Teacher
Teach students in preschool, grade school, or middle school at Immanuel when regular classroom teacher is absent. Days as mutually agreed upon by substitute and school administration. Times to be determined based on classroom needs.
Qualifications:   Minimum bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning and current Substitute Teaching Certificate through the Kane County Office of Education . Successfully complete the background check process.

Hours:   Vary based on need and worker availability
Reply by:   Please provide resume and completed   Immanuel paperwork   by   Thu., Jan. 31.

Immanuel Lutheran Church and School is an equal employment opportunity employer; 
however, because we are a church body, we retain the right to give preference in hiring to persons who are members in good standing of a Lutheran Church Missouri Synod congregation.
Immanuel Voices Podcast
Events for Women
Made Matchless Event
Sat., Jan. 12, 9-3 PM
$30 per mother-daughter couples, $5 for each additional girl (G1-5)
The average girl’s self-confidence peaks at age nine —be equipped with the biblical truths Leah Tatina shares with moms and (G1-5) girls. Learn more or register at . Contact Kari Larsen at 630 879 7163 or .
Invite your friends
Women's Retreat
Sat., Jan. 19, 9-3 PM
$30 for workshop, continental breakfast, and luncheon
Discover what the types of friends bring to life at “The Five Friends Every Person Needs,” presented by author Allie Pleiter. Learn more or register at or complete and submit the forms outside the church office. Contact Linda at or 630 630 947 2475.

Invite your friends!
Restaurant Nights Put the FUN in FUNdraiser!
  • 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. 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

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
Tues., Dec. 18 Varsity Boys Basketball Game at 5:30 at St. John-Lombard
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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Chicago Steel Family Events

Annual Teddy Bear Toss
Fans are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped teddy bear to the game. When the Steel score their first goal fans throw the teddy bears on the ice. We then stop the game to collect the teddy bears and donate them to local children in need (last year we collected over 450 teddy bears)

Faith and Family Presentation
Following the game enjoy a special Faith and Family Night from the hockey world and beyond in a discussion of the tole faith plays in their lives on and off the ice, a message that will resonate with children and adults.

Tickets for Teddy Bear Toss and Faith and Family night start at just $9 for groups of 15 or more. Please see the attached flyer for more details on this night and our attached group pricing
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. 8-4 PM
School 630 406 0157, 8-4 PM