News/Announcements

For Your Meditation and Preparation for Worship 
Scripture readings for Sunday services are listed on the Worship Services Page. 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.

CHURCH SERVICES HAVE RESUMED! 

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ADULT BIBLE STUDY CLASSES (Meets in the Immanuel Library)
Sunday morning classes return beginning October 25th online via zoom. If you would like the login information please message Pastor Aaron at aaron@immanuelmokena.org

MEN OF THE WORD meets the First and Third Mondays of each month at 7:00pm. We'll be starting a new, inter-generational conversation centered on the question, "What does in mean to be a godly man in today's world?"  Bring a lawn chair and join Pastor at his or other congregation members homes at 7pm. In the event of inclement weather an alternate location will be selected. 

Meeting Dates:
October 19
November 2 and 30  
December 7
*No Class November 16

WOMEN OF THE WORD meets the Second and Fourth Mondays of each month at 7:00pm.  We will utilize Zoom to host our meetings.  If you would like a link to be invited to our virtual Women of the Word, please send an email to Leeann at dceleeann04@yahoo.com

We will continue to look at each aspect of the Fruit of the Spirit.  Newcomers are welcome!

Meeting Dates:
October 26
November 9 and 23
December 14


Women's Morning Bible Study meets the Second and Fourth Thursdays of each month at 9:15am. 

We will begin a new DVD study based on the life and ministry of Peter: “Peter
from Fisherman to Fisher of Men.” Donna Pyle has written the study to impact our spiritual walk and to grow our faith by sharing how God used the Gospel to reveal Peter’s brokenness, failures, struggles, and triumphs. He is very relatable!! He made huge mistakes but remained open to listen, learn, lean in, and love in new and challenging ways.

Our study will seek to answer the following questions:

  1. Where did Peter come from?
  2. What did Peter’s life look like before Jesus entered the scene?
  3. How did Peter become one of Jesus’ inner circle among the twelve disciples?
  4. What was his calling given by Jesus?
  5. What were Peter’s strengths and weaknesses as a disciple?
  6. What was Peter inspired to teach and write that applies to our Christian walk today?

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 TO BE DETERMINED. 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.

2021 Serving Dates: To Be Announced


2020 ALTAR FLOWER SIGN-UP 
(2) Vases of Flowers is $40.00  /  (1) Vase of Flowers is $20.00. 

2020 ETERNAL LIGHT is $15 per month.

Sign-up sheets can be found in the Opportunity Book in the church lobby for altar flowers and the monthly eternal light. Or you can contact Barb Belanski. The Ruth Society would like to thank all those that have ordered flowers in the past and for honoring the Lord. 

Checks should be made payable to the Ruth Society and placed in the offering plate or Mailbox D1.


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. 


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.


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 in September 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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CONGREGATIONAL COOKIE EVENT REIMAGINED FOR US TO GIVE BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY

Who would have thought that 2020 would send us on such a journey, but given the current circumstances, we cannot possibly host our Annual Cookie Walk. What we would like to ask is that you consider this idea for a 2020 COOKIE WALK REIMAGINED.

This will take a little imagination but rather than buying all the ingredients you would have purchased, we would like you to consider taking that money and buying $10 gift cards from our local grocery stores. We would also like to collect as many cookie recipes as you are willing to share. 

The Board of Fellowship will then arrange small gift packages that include recipes, a Christmas devotion, and a gift card on a cute little plate. These will be available for the congregation members to take home and give to a friend or neighbor. It gives us an opportunity to Join Jesus on his Mission by sharing a little love and a gift card that they can then use to buy ingredients and fill their home with the decadent smell of fresh baked cookies. 

Please place all your recipes and gift cards in envelopes labeled 2020 Cookie Walk and leave them in the black lock box outside of the Church Office entrance. We will need all of them by the end of November so that we can put them together and have them ready for you to distribute before Christmas. If you have any questions, please see anyone on the Board of Fellowship. 


PRESCHOOL SHOWER

Click here to find a list of items needed by the preschool to reopen. Please review the list and prayerfully consider a donation to support these purchases. We would appreciate these to be monetary donations and the Immanuel trustees and Preschool will handle the purchases. Checks should be made payable to Immanuel Lutheran Church with “Preschool Shower” in the memo line on the check. Please use one of the Designated Offering envelopes from your offering envelope packet (or a regular envelope would be fine) and indicate “Preschool Shower” on the front of the envelope.

Please continue to pray for Immanuel Lutheran Church and Preschool and the various ministries that are part of our congregation. Thank you for your support in this effort.


IN-CHURCH COMMUNION SERVICES!!!

We are excited to announce that we will begin to host communion in the sanctuary following the end of Worship services on the following dates: 

  • December 5th & 6th
  • December 19th & 20th

THE NEW PORTALS OF PRAYER AVAILABLE NOW

The January - March Portals of Prayers are available now in the pick-up box by the church office entrance or in the Narthex. Get yours today!


LUTHERAN WOMEN’S MISSIONARY LEAGUE

Next Mite Box Collection Date:  Dec 5/6
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.


LIVE-STREAMING INDOOR WORSHIP

You can access the Live Stream on our website under the Connect tab, facebook page or our YouTube Channel. So if you are not ready to come back in-person there is an option for you to view services from the comfort of your own home. Click on the blue highlighted words above to link to our live stream. Check it out on Saturdays at 5:00pm or Sundays at 9:00am! Playbacks of the service will also be available if you can not watch live!


TENTATIVE HOLIDAY WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Thanksgiving Eve: November 25, 7:00 pm / Live-Streamed
Mid-week Advent Services: Hosted Online, 4pm
Christmas Eve: December 24, 4 pm & 10 pm 
Christmas Day: Hosted Online, 4pm

**There will be no Saturday, December 26th Worship Service**

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