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.

December 07-08, 2019 Services:
Is. 11:1-10; Rom. 15:4-13; Matt. 3:1-12
Sermon: "Embodied: Smell" (Psalm 141:2)

December 14-15, 2019 Services:
Is. 35:1-10; James 5:7-11; Matt. 11:2-15
Sermon: "Embodied: Taste" (Psalm 34:8)

December 21-22, 2019 Services:
Is. 7:10-17; Rom. 1:1-7; Matt. 1:18-25
Sermon: "Embodied: Hear" (Mark 4:23)

December 24 & 25, 2019 Services:
Sermon: "Embodied: Touch" (Mark 10:16)

December 28-29, 2019 Services:
Is. 63:7-14; Gal. 4:4-7; Matt. 2:13-23
Sermon: "Embodied: See" (John 12:15)

January 4-5, 2019 Services:
1 Kings 3:4-15; Ephesians 1:3-14; Luke 2:40-52
Sermon: TBA


Download the NOVEMBER 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. (No Class Nov 18th)

Women of the Word meets the Second and Fourth Mondays of each month at 7:00pm.  (December 9th starts at 6:30pm - Celebration)

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. (No Class Nov. 28 or Dec 26)

SERVING ST. MATTHEW‚ÄôS¬†SOUP KITCHEN¬†On each of our visits, we are humbled and thankful for God‚Äôs blessings on this ministry. Our next visit is planned for December 12th. Everyone is invited to join us ‚Äď we leave Immanuel about 10:45am and are back to Mokena by 2:00pm ‚Äď please¬†call Barb at 708.995.5375 if you are interested in joining us.

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 sheet can be found in the Opportunity Book 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.

Please call the church office at 708-479-5600 or email prayer requests to 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.

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 in the Opportunity Book in the church lobby.

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

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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On December 14, 2019 we will host our annual cookie walk fundraiser. If you are interested in being a volunteer baker please visit our opportunity book. 

THANK YOU...The Fall Festival Committee would like to thank everyone who helped to make the 2019 Fall Festival sponsored by the Ruth Society a great success. We had so many helpers & volunteers which assisted with our fundraising effort. Everyone was in great spirit & many compliments were received about the Beef Dinner & craft show. A financial total will be forthcoming. A total of 180 lbs of beef were cooked!

MEIJER'S SIMPLY GIVE is a program that helps stock the shelves of their food pantry partners across the Midwest. The Meijer on Wolf Road in Mokena partners with the Frankfort Township Food Pantry, which we also support with periodic donation drives. From November 10th¬†through January 4th, shoppers at Meijer will have the opportunity to purchase $10 Meijer Simply Give donation cards which will provide funds to the local food pantry.¬†¬†Key date¬†to keep in mind is Double Match Day¬†‚ÄstFriday, December 13th. On those days, your purchase of a $10 Simply Give card will provide $30 to the food pantry!!

Poinsettia Orders Due December 8th!
Cost: $12 Per Plant

Please complete the enclosed order form & deposit it with your payment in the green bank bag on the table in the lobby/narthex.

Ladies You’re Invited to the Ruth Society Christmas Party
The Ruth Society invites all Immanuel women to their Christmas party on December 5th,.6:00 at Little Joe's/Frankfort. Please see/call Barb Belanski for details. (708.995.5375)

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.

Next Mite Box Collection Date: December 7/8
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 ‚Äď your whole family is invited to participate. Thank you for supporting our Northern Illinois District and National LWML mission grants ‚Äď you are a blessing to so many!!! See the October newsletter for a list of grants that the monies collected are donated too.

All women are invited to the bi-monthly Thursday morning Bible hour meeting on December 12th.¬†Our initial study will focus on ‚ÄúOverflowing Abundance:¬† Jesus Feeding the Five Thousand‚ÄĚ, 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‚Äôs Word with us ‚Äď meeting in the library at 9:15AM.¬† Workbooks have been ordered ‚Äď bring you Bible and enthusiasm to be fed by His Word with Overflowing Abundance.

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 or 708-479-5600 x 2.