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! 

BE IN THE WORD WITH PASTOR AARON FROM YOUR LIVING ROOM OR CELL PHONE BY VIEWING HIS VLOG!


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MEN OF THE WORD meets the First and Third Mondays of each month at 7:00pm. We are currently meeting using Zoom, but are looking to meet safely together soon. If you would like a link to join the Zoom meeting, please contact Pastor Aaron or the church office.

Meeting Dates:
June 7 & 21

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 are looking at the Sermon on the Mount.  Newcomers are welcome!

Meeting Dates:
June 14


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


2021 ALTAR FLOWER SIGN-UP 
(2) Vases of Flowers is $45.00  /  (1) Vase of Flowers is $22.50. Summer flower arrangement is $45.00

2021 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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KICKOFF OF MORTGAGE PAYOFF FUNDING

At the May 16th Immanuel Voters’ Meeting, it was proposed and approved to eliminate the current mortgage debt of the church. In order to accomplish this, $15,000 in donations (above and beyond regular church offerings) will need to be raised.

A small group of members have generously agreed to match this $15,000 in donations, which will provide a total $30,000. This amount, along with approximately $140,000 in church reserves, will be enough to eliminate the current mortgage, saving the church $25,000 a year in mortgage expense.

Why pay off the mortgage?  Our current loan has an interest rate of 4.625% -- well above the yield on our savings accounts. Eliminating this expense allows us to focus on ministry opportunities and potentially redirect those dollars to support new opportunities. Using the $140,000 in reserves still leaves the church with adequate reserves and does not touch the funds that have been set aside for specific purposes – such as capital improvements.

What if we raise more than $15,000?  Funds raised above and beyond the $15,000 goal will allow us to pull less from reserves, leaving the church in an even better financial position than originally planned.

How do I contribute?  Please make checks payable to Immanuel Lutheran Church and make sure to note Mortgage Payoff on the memo line. You may drop checks in the offering plate or mail to/drop off at the church office. 

You may also contribute online, but please be aware that if you contribute with a credit card, fees will be charged. Fees are not charged if you donate online directly from a bank account. If you choose to donate electronically via credit card, we ask that you choose the option which increases your donation slightly to cover the credit card fees. To donate online, click here and choose the fund titled Mortgage Debt Reduction.

Thank you for prayerfully considering your participation in this effort. The goal is to raise the $15,000 by July 31st, but we encourage members to contribute as soon as they are able. If you have questions, please contact the church office so that your question may be directed to the correct person.


PRESCHOOL STAFF OPENINGS

Our preschool director, Linda Marquardt, will be leaving us this year. We are sad to see her go but know that she will be a blessing in her new endeavors. We are searching for a new director as well as an assistant director/teacher.

Preschool Director position - Part-time Director position is available (25 hours per week) for the 2021-2022 school year, with availability to start June 1, 2021. Position may lead to full-time employment as enrollment increases. Director leads and administers staff of 5 for approximately 60 preschool students. Preschool has 2-day, 3-day and 5-day AM classes. Please submit resume to: education@immanuelmokena.org

Job Requirements: Required qualifications include: Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development; 4 years minimum teaching experience in early childhood education. Preferred qualifications: Bachelor’s degree or higher in Early Childhood Education or a related field.

Assistant Director/Teacher position - Part-time Assistant Director/Teacher position is available for the 2021-2022 school year. Up to 25 hours per week mid-August through June. Preschool has 2-day, 3-day and 5-day AM classes. Please submit resume to: education@immanuelmokena.org

Job Requirements: Required qualifications include: Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development; teaching experience in early childhood education.


THE NEW PORTALS OF PRAYER AVAILABLE NOW

The April - June 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:  July 3-4
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!


 

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