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                                                                           -Your Immanuel Family 
Latest News & Updates
Gary Sutherland to Serve 
as Interim Discipleship Pastor

The personnel team and deacons have voted to hire Gary Sutherland as our Interim Discipleship Pastor. We are happy to have Gary join the team in helping with this role. He will provide oversight and leadership to our Sunday Schools, vision and teaching to our Wednesday night growth groups, encourage us with D-groups, lead our premarital counseling and benevolence counseling, lead our ministry to the Franklin County jail and much more.   After a thirty-year military and law enforcement career, Gary felt the Lord's call to ministry. He and his family joined Immanuel in 2016. Gary's heart is for the truly lost and broken people in society. He began ministering to the inmates at the Franklin county Jail in 2019. Gary holds a Bachelor of Science in Religion/Christian Counseling from Liberty University. He and his wife Cyndi have been married for twenty-seven years and have two children, James and Brooke. This fall we will form a search team and begin the process of looking for a Discipleship Pastor. 
Sunday Services at Immanuel 

Sunday was such a blessing to have the Preschool and Children's ministries back open and to have Sunday School in the morning. It was a great day to be in the house of the Lord. For the next three weeks we will continue with our schedule of having 3 worship services (8am, 9:30am, and 11am) and offering 3 Sunday School times (8am, 9:30am, and 11am). If you are not comfortable or ready to come back to Immanuel, that's fine. You can continue to worship with us online at 9:30am through Facebook, YouTube, and our app and join a Sunday school class at 8am or 11am through Zoom (for the Zoom information of classes please see below). We continue to provide multiple safety measures throughout the building to provide a safe environment. Our safety measures include temperature checks for preschoolers, children, and youth, roping off every other pew in the sanctuary, sanitizing the sanctuary, restrooms, and classes before services (and in between services too!). Feel free to wear a mask if you would desire. A lot of people are wearing masks and some are choosing not to wear a mask. We ask for you to please refrain from handshakes and hugs during this time. Our prayer is that God would send revival and renewal to our county and church during this crazy season. We are so thankful for the grace you have shown us and each other during this unique time. May God be glorified in us as we seek to glorify Him. We love y'all.

Pastor Sammy 
In-Person Sunday School  Meeting Times

The following classes are scheduled
to meet in various classroom locations each Sunday:

Sanctuary Class (Larry Miller) - In the classroom across from the sanctuary. (open to all ages)

Wisdom Seekers (Scott Choisser) - Upper Room Classroom

Thumbs Up (Dennis Followell) - Thumbs Up Classroom

Men's Bible Class (David Allen) - Men's Bible Classroom

Hope Class (Maureen Rice) - Sonshine Classroom (classroom across from choir room)
Joy Class (Treva Cruz) - Joy Classroom

Sonshine Class (Sharon Clements) - Connection Point

Friendship Class (Ruth Ann Carter) - Friendship Classroom

Grace Class (Trudee Wynn/Anjie Hughes) - Grace Classroom


Preschool (Normal Sunday School Teachers)

Children (Normal Sunday School Teachers)

Youth (Normal Sunday School Teachers)

College (Rod Shurtz) - College Classroom

Young Men (Derek Flatt) - Young Men's Classroom

Young Marrieds (Richard Baker/Ryan Kathalynas) - Connection Point

Upper Room (Keith Adams) - Family Walk Classroom (classroom beside main entrance)

Bible Class (Shawn Ruffino) - Sonshine Classroom (classroom across from choir room)

Women Walking in Faith (Kerrie Stewart) - Women Walking in Faith Classroom

Mt. Sinai (John Giles) - Mt. Sinai Classroom

Younger Marrieds (Adam Johnston) -  Younger Marrieds Classroom

Blended Bunch  (Pastor Eddie Paul) - Blended Bunch Classroom


Preschool (Rotation)

K-2nd grade (Rotation)

Family Walk  (Barry Sink) - In classroom across from sanctuary.
Available on Zoom
Meeting ID: 869 0606 9631
Password: Wisdom

Growing in God's Word  (Gary Sutherland) - Family Walk Classroom (open to all ages)
(classroom beside main entrance)

The Lord's Supper
Sunday July 19

For the first time in several weeks, we will celebrate the Lord's Supper together. Deacons will be distributing pre-packaged cups with wafers as we continue to follow health guidelines. 

Back To School Fair 2020
Bring Your Items by Sun., July 26

We are once again Living Love to area families by providing children with school supplies, a new pair of shoes and a new outfit for the upcoming school year. We still have plenty of names available.  You can pick up a child's name on July 19 at the Welcome Desk or during church office hours. Please have your child's supplies and clothing at the church office by Sun., July 26. 

Volunteers Needed

We need your help preparing for the Back to Schoo Fair! We need 5 volunteers on Monday, July 27th, at 2pm  to help prepare bags and supplies for the fair. We will need 10 volunteers to help the evening of the event, Tuesday, July 28th, 5:30pm-7:30pm . If you are willing and available to help, please sign-up at Sign-Up Central, or contact Pastor Ryan.

Free Produce and Dairy Box Giveaway
Thurs., July 23 @TBA

We are once again Living Love to our community by hosting another Drive-thru food giveaway on Thursday, July 23. Our truck is supposed to arrive at 11:30am. We will begin distribution as soon as the truck is unloaded. Each car will receive one miscellaneous produce box and one dairy box placed in the trunk of their vehicle by our volunteers. Everything is free. No income requirements. 

A big thank you to all our volunteers who worked in the heat to bless our community!
Sunday School @9:30am

We're moving Sunday School back to Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM! Students will gather in the youth room and be dismissed by class to their room for Bible study. We will follow social distancing, do temperature checks and other health guidelines to ensure the safety of your student(s). See you on Sunday!

Movie Night
Wed., July 22 @6:30PM

July 22nd we will have a movie night in the youth room! We hope your student can join us for some popcorn, candy, drinks, and a movie! We'll start the  movie at 6:30 PM. Social distancing guidelines will be followed. Hope to see your student there!
Car Wash

Although we are not able to serve alongside of their church for our mission trip this year, we can still serve their people and their community in Irving Park! We will have a free car wash in the church parking lot on Wednesday, July 29th from 4:30-6:30pm, to serve and raise funds for Sow Chicago Community Church. This is a free car wash, but any and all proceeds donated will be sent to Sow Chicago Community Church. We hope your student can join us for an opportunity to serve our brothers and sisters in Chicago! 
Lake Day
Wednesday, Aug. 5

We will close out our summer with a relaxing evening at the lake! We'll have free food, drinks, and games at Gun Creek Group Shelter 10 from 6:30-8:30 PM. Transportation will be provided from Immanuel to the Shelter at the lake if your student needs a ride. Social distancing guidelines will be followed. 
College & Young Singles
Sunday School @9:30am

We hope you can join us for Sunday school back in the building this Sunday at 9:30 AM! Our class will be meeting in its normal classroom upstairs, and we will follow social distancing and other health guidelines to ensure your safety! Hope you can join us this Sunday!

Fri., July 31 ~ 6:30-8:30PM

Let's get together one last time this summer before school starts back! All college and young singles are invited to a cookout on Friday, July 31st, from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Casey Household. 604 N. Main St., Benton. We hope you can come and hangout with us before school starts back!
Discovery & Kidz Zone
Crazy, Wacky, Slimy Fun Day!
Wed., July 22 ~ 10am-11:30am
on the Grass Lot Behind 
the Discovery Zone

The Kidz Zone (K-5th) is hosting an exciting event full of messy and wet craziness! This event will be for grade school-aged kids. The kids will need to bring clothes that can get wet and a towel. Sign up  HERE  .
Pre-K Splash Day
Wed., July 29 ~ 10am-11:30am
On the Grass Lot Behind 
Discovery Zone

Preschool-aged children and their parents are invited to join us for some water fun! The kids will need to bring clothes that can get wet and a towel. Parents will need to stay on-site and are invited to join in on the fun. Sign-up  HERE.

Kids Camp 2020
July 31-August 2
@Lake Salateeska, Pickneyville, IL 

Kids who have completed 2nd-5th grades will enjoy an exciting week of camp at beautiful Lake Sallateeska! Activities include fishing, swimming, boating, archery, games, worship, Bible studies, and more! Sign-up today to reserve your child's spot; space will be limited. The cost is only $45 this year!  Click here to register!
Puerto Rico 2020
October 10th-16th
Cost: Approximately $800

Pastor Ryan will be leading our third trip to Puerto Rico!  We will partner with NAMB Send Relief to serve families who have suffered through devastating hurricanes and earthquakes over the past few years. 

The scope of this trip will include:

-Rebuilding/Repairing roofs
-Brush and Debris Removal
-Ministering and praying with families in the community
-Experiencing the rich Puerto Rican culture

This is a great trip to Live Love in a tangible way. 
We have updated the Kidz Zone hallway!
Be sure and check it out!

2020 Backyard VBS: LIFESAVER

Unfortunately, we are unable to host our typical VBS programming due to social distancing guidelines. In this strange season, we have to think a little differently about VBS. The fact is that children in our community still need to hear the Gospel of Jesus! This is where we need your help! Our idea is to ask you host a one-day, backyard VBS with your kids' friends or kids from your neighborhood. This could be at anytime this Summer. It could be one hour or all day; it's completely up to you! 

Don't worry, we've made it easy for you! We've made a kit with a step-by-step host guide to help you pull it off. The kit includes our suggested theme, games, lesson, and a craft. If you would like to host your own Backyard VBS and help share Jesus with your neighborhood families, click  HERE to reserve your Host Kit! Kits will be ready for pick up next week. If you want to check out the material and theme now, click  HERE to access the digital host guide!