News/Announcements

For Your Meditation and Preparation for Worship 
Scripture readings for Sunday services in February are listed below by date. At home before worship, read the Scriptures, listen for what God says to you, and come to worship anticipating and ready to receive what God gives in His Word and worship.

October 12-13, 2019 Services:
Ruth 1:1-19a; 2 Tim. 2:1-13; Luke 17:11-19
Sermon: Here I Stand: Esther
LWML Weekend & ILP Read-A-Thon Offerings Collected

October 19-20, 2019 Services:
Gen. 32:22-30; 2 Tim. 3:14--4:5; Luke 18:1-8
Sermon: Here I Stand: Elijah

October 26-27, 2019 Services:
Rev. 14:6-7; Rom. 3:19-28; John 8:31-36
Sermon: Here I Stand: Martin & Katy 

November 2-3, 2019 Services:
Rev. 7:(2-8) 9-17; 1 John 3:1-3; Matt. 5:1-12
Sermon: TBA


OCTOBER 2019 NEWSLETTER IS AVAILABLE NOW!

Download the OCTOBER 2019 CALENDAR here.


BIBLE STUDY CLASSES (Meets in the Immanuel Library)
Men of the Word meets the First and Third Mondays of each month at 7:00pm. 

Women of the Word meets the Second and Fourth Mondays of each month at 7:00pm. 

People of the Word meets the Fifth Monday of each month at 7:00pm. Both men and women are invited to join! 

Women's Morning Bible Study starting October 10th we will meet the Second and Fourth Thursdays of each month at 9:15am.


SERVING ST. MATTHEW’S SOUP KITCHEN On each of our visits, we are humbled and thankful for God’s blessings on this ministry. Our next visit is planned for November 14th. Everyone is invited to join us – we leave Immanuel about 10:45am and are back to Mokena by 2:00pm – please call Barb at 708.995.5375 if you are interested in joining us.

Future Serving Dates: Dec 12th


ALTAR FLOWERS (2) Vases of Flowers is $40.00  /  (1) Vase of Flowers is $20.00.  There are only a few more slots available, please check the flower chart and sign up today.

ETERNAL LIGHT is $15 per month.

A sign-up chart is posted in the church lobby for altar flowers and the monthly eternal light. The Ruth Society would like to thank all those that have ordered flowers in the past and for honoring the Lord.


NOW OFFERING GLUTEN FREE If anyone has health issues requiring gluten free communion wafers, please contact Pastor Schellhas.


PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THE WEEKLY BULLETIN OR PRAYER CHAIN 
Please call the church office at 708-479-5600 or email prayer requests to office@immanuelmokena.org. If you would like them included in the weekly bulletin please indicate that in your message. Prayers will be removed from the bulletin after one month unless updates are provided and further need for prayers is requested.


GREETERS & READERS WANTED!!!
We are still looking for help with Greeters and Readers for Saturday and Sunday services. If you can help, please add your name to the sign-up sheets located on the bulletin board in the church lobby/narthex


JOY TO THE WORLD – The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod invites you to participate in the 2019-21 LCMS National offering. This special collection under the theme of “Joy to the World” sets the tone for our next 3 years of preparing hearts for prayerful rejoicing, gratitude, and bold action. Any gifts go directly to the mission of the LCMS. For more information supporting this national offering, please pick up a brochure/envelope labeled “Joy to the World” from the greeter’s table in the lobby.


PRAISE BAND NEWS
If you’re interested in checking out the Praise Band Hymns for each month, go to the church website, immanuelmokena.org, click on music under the ministries sections, and scroll down to Praise Band current selections. Enjoy the youtube videos.


Immanuel's Remodeling Committee
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the newly presented plans for the Narthex remodel project, please contact via phone or email Nasser Diab (708-363-5705 / ndiab56@gmail.com) or Lyn Thorne (708-805-4456 / Lynthorne54@gmail.com).


JOIN THE RUTH SOCIETY -  Immanuel women and members you are cordially invited to attend our meetings for 2019-2020. Ruth Society meets the first Thursday of each month starting on Thursday, September 5th at 7:30pm in the HUB. Perhaps you will consider joining us to serve our Lord and congregation. More information may be obtained by call Bev Whittier at 815-485-9269.


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PAPER GOODS DRIVE
Benefiting The Frankfort Township Food Pantry

Item Collection Ends October 20th
During the month of October Immanuel will be helping the pantry with a list of requested paper themed collection items including: toilet paper, kleenex, napkins, paper towel and paper plates.
The pantry would also appreciate Dollar Tree Gift Cards. Items can be dropped off in the box near the lobby from October 5th through October 20th. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Limanowski at 708-479-2523.


GOD'S KIDS CLUB 2019-2020 NOW IN SESSION
God's Kids Club meets on Sundays from 10:15am - 11:15 am. If your child has their bible from last year please bring it with you to class. New faces are always welcome, simply complete the registration form online and come to class!

We are looking for Volunteer God's Kids Club Teachers to help us on Sunday! Must Love Children, Love God and Be Willing to Serve. Contact Lyn Thorne for more information or if you are interested.


LUTHERAN WOMEN’S MISSIONARY LEAGUE 
Next Mite Box Collection Date: November 2/3
Mite offerings are collected on the first weekend of the month in the large mite box in our narthex.  Help yourself to a mite box – your whole family is invited to participate. Thank you for supporting our Northern Illinois District and National LWML mission grants – you are a blessing to so many!!! See the October newsletter for a list of grants that the monies collected are donated too.


WOMEN'S THURSDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY HAS RETURNED
All women are invited to the bi-monthly Thursday morning Bible hour beginning on October 10th. Our initial study will focus on “Overflowing Abundance:  Jesus Feeding the Five Thousand”, authored by Donna Pyle. Through this 6-lesson DVD Bible study and workbook, we will dig deep into Scripture to see a compelling picture of our compassionate Savior who provides for our every need.

Donna Pyle has authored over 23 Bible studies and traveled throughout the United States and internationally to speak and teach from the Scriptures.  She has published several shorter Bible studies in the Lutheran Women’s Quarterly; written numerous books, devotions and magazine articles and was the featured Bible study presenter at many LWML conventions.  Donna loves to mentor and encourage all women embarking on their path of faith.

So, come and study God’s Word with us – meeting in the library at 9:15AM.  Workbooks have been ordered – bring you Bible and enthusiasm to be fed by His Word with Overflowing Abundance.


STAY HEALTHY THIS FLU SEASON
Immanuel is teaming up with our local Walgreens to offer flu shots after worship services on Sunday, October 20, 2019. We have successfully worked with Walgreens in the past doing this event. Please sign up in the church lobby if you plan to attend so that we can have a headcount to provide Walgreens. Please have your insurance cards with you on the day of the event. Questions? Please contact Mary Oesterreich at 708-479-7745.


PRESCHOOL READ-A-THON FUNDRAISER  
Our Preschool is hosting their annual read-a-thon fundraiser from September 23 through October 24. The Immanuel congregation will have the opportunity to donate to this fundraiser through a door offering the weekend of October 12/13th. 


JOIN US OR SERVE AT A SPOOKTACULAR EVENT 
Trunk-or Treat is Sunday, October 27 from 4pm – 6pm. We will begin collecting donations of candy and bottled water the weekend of October 6th. We expect an even bigger crowd than last year so we welcome your candy donations! We also need many volunteers! We need the following: provide a decorated “trunk” and pass out candy OR help with food, raffles, games, or parking lot. You will find a sign up sheet on the bulletin board but we encourage you to go to our website and use the online sign up — you will find the link on the home page at immanuelmokena.org. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Sarah Bechtel at bechtelnl@comcast.net or 847-712-8649. Thank you!


SAVE THE DATE TO VOLUNTEER OR JUST ATTEND
THE RUTH SOCIETY'S ANNUAL FALL FEST AND BEEF DINNER

On November 9, 2019 we will host our annual Fall Fest including craft show, beef dinner and bake sale.

Please join us for this enjoyable fundraising event.
Craft Show & Bake Sale
10am - 7pm (Free Entry)

Beef Dinner 4pm - 6:30pm
(Adults: $13, Children 6-12yrs: $4,
Children 5 & under: Free)

Interested in Volunteering? Fall Fest Beef Dinner Sign-up sheets will be up in the lobby beginning Oct 4. The Ruth Society greatly appreciates all the help from our congregation. All the money we earn goes to our missions and Immanuel. Any questions please contact Mary Oesterreich at 708-479-7745


LIMITED 2019-2020 PRESCHOOL OPENINGS AT IMMANUEL
We have a few openings remaining in the 3 yr old & 4 yr old classrooms for the upcoming school year! If you would like to register please contact our Preschool Director, Linda Marquardt at preschool@immanuelmokena.org or 708-479-5600 x 2.

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