FEBRUARY 2015 ISSUE Feb 1 Mark 1:21-28 Feb 11 Mark 1:29-39 Feb 18 Mark 9:2-9 Feb 25 Matt 6:1-6, 16-21 IN THIS ISSUE Page 2 Pastor Mike’s Article Page 3-6 What’s Happening at Immanuel Page 7 Youth/Appreciations Page 8 Celebrations & Prayers Page 9 Giving Back Page 10 Worship Leaders Jesus said, ‘Follow me’ The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” (John 1:43) Here is the essence of the Christian life. Following Jesus. Doing what you see him doing. Treating others as you see him treating people. Trying to have, as the Apostle Paul says elsewhere, the same mind and attitude as Jesus (Philippians 2). This instinct that the Christian life is about following Jesus was captured succinctly in those rubber bracelets many evangelical Christians sported a few years back: WWJD, “What would Jesus do?” Yes, folks can over-simplify such an ethic into rather vacuous statements about love or reduce it to “evangelizing” others. And, yes, there are many situations in our 21st century world that Jesus never encountered or likely even imagined. I get all that. But I also get that to be a Christian is first and foremost to perceive in Jesus the in-breaking of God’s grace into the world and for this reason to try to follow him in word and deed. When it’s not over-simplified, such a commitment is a near monumental undertaking. Not only does it take prayerful deliberation, particularly when situations are complex or vary greatly from those portrayed in the Gospels, but also in terms of just what a commitment demands. Turning the other cheek, loving one’s enemies, welcoming those who are outcast? Such is not for the impatient or faint of heart. Perhaps that’s why the first Christians weren’t called “Christians” but were instead called “the people of the way.” They knew they were establishing a community governed by a different perception of God and a correspondingly distinct ethic. And they knew that such a life was a serious undertaking, not a spiritual sprint but a long-haul journey. In both senses, they were the people of the way. So I’ll say it again: To be a Christian is to realize that you have been called by God. Called to grace, called to life, called to more. And in response to that call, to follow Jesus. Slowly, perhaps, imperfectly, for certain, but to try to follow nonetheless. Page 11 Follow. Not believe certain things about Jesus, but to follow him. Not to testify of either your faith or your obedience, but to follow him. Not to have some kind of conversion experience, but just to follow him. Theology, testimony, conversion – all of these things may come in time. But the immediate and Page 12 enduring call is simply to follow. For as Jesus said to Philip, so also he bids us, for his call has come Suggested Readings down through the ages in words as challenging to obey as they are easy to understand: “Follow me.” Calendar Prayer: Grant us the will, heart, and courage to follow Jesus. In Jesus’ name, Amen. - See more at: http://elca.org/Living-Lutheran/Blogs/2015/01/150122-Jesus-said-Follow-me#sthash.YujRjuD1.dpuf Living in Christ, Loving God’s people. Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, God has blessed us with many ways to learn and grow in faith. We have bible studies, devotions, sermons, and so forth. These are blessings that can be used by God’s people for spiritual growth. Lately though I have been thinking a lot about another way: Hymns. Many hymns throughout time have been a comfort and a blessing to people in need. They have taught us the faith. They have comforted us as we mourn. They are often the words of scripture set to the rhythm of God’s people. Many of them have rich history in and of themselves that upon learning can make us appreciate them more. So, for my articles for a few months I am going to look at some amazing hymns. The first that comes to mind is When Peace like a River. The Lyrics were written by Horatio Spafford (1828-1875). It was written amidst his sorrow as a way to express faith in hard times. It was comfort to him and to many others. The lyrics bear the weight of his loss but his trust as well. In the last stanza it culminates with Horatio’s trust that God’s promises will be fulfilled in the resurrection. Here is the history I could find: Teaching the Horatio Spafford was a wealthy Chicago lawyer with a thriving legal practice, a beautiful home, a wife, four daughters and a son. He was also a devout Christian and faithful student of the Scriptures. His circle of friends included Dwight L. Moody, Ira Sankey and various other wellknown Christians of the day. Word, At the very height of his financial and professional success, Horatio and his wife Anna suffered the tragic loss of their young son. Shortly thereafter on October 8, 1871, the Great Chicago Fire destroyed almost every real estate investment that Spafford had. Reaching the world. In 1873, Spafford scheduled a boat trip to Europe in order to give his wife and daughters a much needed vacation and time to recover from the tragedy. He also went to join Moody and Sankey on an evangelistic campaign in England. Spafford sent his wife and daughters ahead of him while he remained in Chicago to take care of some unexpected last minute business. Several days later he received notice that his family's ship had encountered a collision. All four of his daughters drowned; only his wife had survived. With a heavy heart, Spafford boarded a boat that would take him to his grieving Anna in England. It was on this trip that he penned those now famous words, When sorrow like sea billows roll; it is well, it is well with my soul. http://www.sharefaith.com/guide/Christian-Music/hymns-the-songs-and-the-stories/it-is-well-with-my-soul-the-song-andthe-story.html In Christ, Pr. Michael Neel ALTAR GUILD We will not meet this month. Stay tuned for our next gettogether! RUTH CIRCLE Ruth Circle will meet on Tuesday afternoon, February 10th at 1:30 p.m. We will study the January and February lessons on Trans- BUSY HANDS We will be getting together on February 11th and the 25th at 9:00 AM. If you are interested in serving in this group, please contact Linda Stephens at (630) 553-1854. The ladies have also made beautiful prayer shawls. If you know of someone who could use a prayer shawl, please take one. forming Life and Faith. Bible EDUCATION FOR ALL study leaders are Carol Foster At 6:30 p.m., on February 3rd and 10th, Pr. Mike will be holding a bible study on spiritual practices in our busy world. and Bev Borneman, hostess is Bev. All ladies are invited to join us for an afternoon of bible study and friendship. SERVANT HEARTS CIRCLE We will be meeting on February 19th at 6:30 p.m. For more information about Servant Hearts Circle, contact Lesli Ambrose. MIDWEEK LENT SERVICES February 18th: 7:00 PM |Ash Wednesday service February 25th: 6:00 PM | Soup Supper 6:30 PM | Lent Midweek service March 4th: 6:00 PM | Soup Supper 6:30 PM | Lent Midweek service March 11th: 6:00 PM | Soup Supper 6:30 PM | Lent Midweek service March 18th: 6:00 PM | Soup Supper 6:30 PM | Lent Midweek service March 25th: 6:00 PM | Soup Supper 6:30 PM | Lent Midweek service Annual Meeting highlights Treasurer’s Report – Joseph Bergthold discussed and reviewed the Treasurer’s 2014 Report (Attached). Joseph informed the congregation than no monies from the Miracle Sunday fund were used in all of 2014. Joseph welcomed questions from the floor. Total income to date: $167,476.36 Total Expenses to date $193,465.98 Net Income: $(25,989.62) Nominating Committee: As outgoing members of the 2015 Council, Brian Anderson and Terry Morganegg will serve on the Nominating Committee along with appointed members Michelle Halbesma, Wendy Drane, Lea Bateman and Sue Boldt. Budget: Treasurer Joseph Bergthold reviewed and discussed Immanuel’s Budget for fiscal year 2015. He stated that the only change to last year’s budget was a small raise for the Music Director, who has not had a raise in four years. Lesli Ambrose motioned to approve the 2015 Budget, Phyllis Corrigan seconded; motion carried. Northern Illinois Synod Assembly: President Craig Borneman stated that we need two delegates to attend the Northern Illinois Synod Assembly scheduled for June 14-15, 2015. Linda Stephens and Christopher Dove volunteered to attend Hesed House Clothes Closet: Gena Gerdin discussed the Hesed House Clothes Closet ministry, telling the congregation that Hesed House is the 2nd largest homeless shelter in Illinois and serves over 200 of our homeless neighbors each evening. She explained to the congregation how the closet is run and what the volunteer’s duties are. She told the congregation that is a wonderful way of doing God’s work and encouraged congregation members to give it a try. Speaking from the floor, Erika Pokorski shared her family’s experiences volunteering for the clothes closet and stated that this special ministry is a true blessing for her family, including her children who also volunteer. Sesquicentennial: Our sesquicentennial celebration will officially be celebrated on Pentecost Sunday, May 15, 2016. We will begin the celebration on Pentecost Sunday, May 24, 2015 and culminating on Pentecost Sunday 2016 with possible monthly events. President Craig Borneman stated that we are still looking for volunteers to help with this committee. The first meeting will be scheduled in the near future. President’s Statement: President Craig Borneman thanked everyone for their support during his recent four-year term. He stated that we’ve done a lot of work and we wouldn’t be where we are today without everyone’s help. He then handed his church key over to Immanuel’s new president Scott Davis. CONFIRMATION ANNOUNCEMENT Confirmation will meet Wednesdays on February 4th, 11th, and the 25th. Coming soon... Luther League February 6th -- BINGO at Hillside. From 6:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m. we will play BINGO with the residents of Hillside. Afterwards, if anyone is interested, we might eat at a local restaurant (each leaguer would be responsible for their purchase). If you come and play BINGO, you will not have to pay the $10 for the lockin. February 27th -- Family Movie night with a LOCK IN following. Leaguers should get to church by 5:30 p.m. to set up. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.; movie starts at 6:30 p.m. After the project, we will lock the doors and have some great times. Here are the ideas for the lock-in: Make our own t-shirts Make homemade cinnamon rolls Games Ping pong tournament Do a public service project Make homemade pizza Movie: "God's Not Dead" with a discussion You can also invite ONE friend. Cost will be $10 to cover food and shirt. The fee will be waived for the leaguer if they play BINGO with Hillside. However, each friend will have to pay the $10. See Brenda with any concerns. Possible movies for Family Movie night: Big Hero 6 Then we will be having our annual ice cream social on Palm Sunday. Sunday School The Sunday School wishes to thank everyone that came out and supported the Sunday School this last year. We ended 2014 with a great Christmas Eve program. Thanks to Brenda Karales for writing the program, Emma Wallis and Arissa Wallis for directing and to Jane Wallis for being our music director. The Sunday School finished up learning about Joseph in January and we will be starting to learn about the Plagues and ending February learning about the Burning Bush. The adult Sunday School will be taking their winter break. Stay tuned when the class will restart. We also want to congratulate our newest student, Declan Warran, on being baptized. We are so proud of you! CELEBRATIONS February Birthdays Feb. 2 Brenda Corrigan Feb. 5 Dale Nelson Feb. 6 Matt Cox Feb. 7 Feb. 16 Ed Guettler Joe Hughes Kailee Sampson Feb. 20 Craig Borneman Parker Dove Feb. 22 Brooklyn Bergthold Feb. 23 Kyle Corrigan Dianne Nenne Feb. 10 Glenn Sing Feb. 12 Colin Cox Feb. 24 Thomas Schoot Kelli Dockstader Feb. 26 Kara Dyer Feb. 13 Delores Dierzen* Feb. 14 Sharon Robinson *80 years and older Celebrate your birthday with others! Feb. 14 Tom & Jeanene Coziahr** Feb. 21 Dale & Sue Nelson Bring a cake mix and icing for the Kendall County Food Pantry! Feb. 24 Frank & Rita Campbell **50 years and over Pray for: Becky Johnson Berg; Mary Ann Gorham; Pray for the safety of all of those who serve their country. Betty Larson; Lois Tweedt; Millie Tripp; Glenn Sing; Pray for all of those things that we may not be able to give words to, but lay heavy on our hearts. Wayne Borneman; Keith Kutzbach; family & friends of Art Riemenschneider; Cathy Merkel; Russ Hughes; Ronnie Bretthauer; John Nolden; Penny Darnell; John Wayne Jr; Don Stroberg; Steve Andel; Will Durland; Lindy & Zac Bailey; Marge Stevenson and Dorothy Coppinger. DID YOU KNOW? Our newsletter can be downloaded from our web site at: http://www.immanuelyorkville.org/Newsletters.html Newsletter submissions are always welcome! Please submit all items by the 20th of each month to: [email protected] GIVING BACK IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH YEAR-TO-DATE FINANCIAL REPORT Do you have a couple of hours to spare on February 5th and the 19th to help those in need? If so, sign up on the sheet on the back table and join Pastor Mike and others as they serve at Hesed House’s Clothes Closet from 4:30pm–7:00pm. This ministry provides those less fortunate with necessary clothing items. As always, Hesed House will also receive any clothing donations you may have. — January 1– January 24, 2015 INCOME Operating Fund Income $6,767.00 Parsonage Income $1,100.00 TOTAL INCOME $7,867.00 Collections for the Kendall County Food Pantry will be accepted until the last week of the month. The pantry accepts all donations of food and necessities —personal products are always a critical need. Grab an “Inasmuch” bag from the back table and fill it with personal products and return it to the table. EXPENSES Benevolence Resolutions Church Administration Parsonage Expenses Pastoral Services $268.00 $1,155.13 $75.00 $4,237.42 Property Insurance & Taxes $465.41 Repairs & Maintenance $576.00 Utilities Worship & Fellowship TOTAL EXPENSES TITHES AND OFFERINGS MADE EASY $2,029.50 $175.00 $8,981.46 NET OPERATING INCOME ($1,114.46) NET INCOME We are on our way to earning a check from Goodsearch! The more people that use Goodsearch.com to search the web with Immanuel selected as their cause, the bigger our check will be! Immanuel also earns a percentage from online purchases made via Goodshop. Make the switch and help us grow our check. ($1,114.46) You can now access the online giving page for Immanuel Lutheran Church by scanning the QR code above. Simply scan the QR code with your smart phone (a code reader app is required), and your browser will take you to the online giving area. The online giving page allows you to regularly tithe or make a one-time offering for the operating fund, memorial fund, Sunday school fund, flowers for the altar, missions, and the building fund. OUR STAFF PASTOR ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT MUSIC DIRECTOR MICHAEL NEEL ANA PETRIC MICHELLE SMITH PHONE: (630) 553-5368 PHONE: (630) 553-5368 PHONE: (630) 553 5368 (585) 472-0470 [Emergency] EMAIL: [email protected] Sandy Collman Ryan Bateman Dhane Hardecopf Pat Lippold Bill Behrens Sr. Bill Behrens Jr. Bruce Sampson Pat Lippold Bill Lippold Beth Hage Sandy Collman Brittany Strause Hayley Schoot Erika Pokorski Brenda Karales Bill Behrens Sr. Bill Behrens Jr. Bruce Sampson Pat Lippold Bill Lippold Beth Hage Sandy Collman Parker Dove Alexis Polizzi Erika Pokorski 10:30 9:00 10:30 ASSISTING 10:30 MINISTER 10:30 ACOLYTES COUNTERS 11:30 USHERS 9:00 Lynn Molitor Sharon Robinson 9:00 READERS Erika Pokorski Beth Hage Bill Lippold Pat Lippold Bruce Sampson Bill Behrens Jr. Bill Behrens Sr. Sharon Hosler Linda Stephens Dave & Kathi Dockstader Jim Follmer & Carol Bowen Calvin & Jane Wallis 10:30 GREETERS Kent & Lea Bateman FEBRUARY 15 Steve & Michelle Halbesma FEBRUARY 8 Brian & Arlene Anderson TIME FEBRUARY 1 9:00 ROLE February WORSHIP LEADERS Erika Pokorski Christian Polizzi Trey Ambrose Sandy Collman Beth Hage Bill Lippold Pat Lippold Bruce Sampson Bill Behrens Jr. Bill Behrens Sr. Brad Pokorski Sandy Stone Bruce & Laura Devick Craig & Jen Borneman FEBRUARY 22 •10:30am | Worship •6:30 PM| Midweek Lent Service •9:30am | Sunday School 25 •5:30 PM | Confirmation 24 •9:00am | Worship 23 No Confirmation •9:00 AM | Busy Hands 22 •10:30am | Worship •9:30am | Sunday School 26 •6:30 PM | Servant Hearts Circle •4:30 PM | Hesed House 15 7:00 PM | Ash Wednesday Service 17 •10:30am | Worship •9:00am | Worship •7:00 PM | Council Meeting •9:30am | Sunday School 19 •5:30 PM | Confirmation •6:30 PM | Education for All 12 18 •9:00 AM | Busy Hands •1:30 PM | Ruth Circle •9:00am | Worship 16 11 10 8 9 •6:30 PM | Education for All •9:30am | Sunday School •10:30am | Worship Caring Visits •5:30 PM | Confirmation Caring Visits •9:00am | Worship •4:30 PM | Hesed House 5 4 3 2 1 Thu Wed Tue Mon Sun •6:00 PM | Family Movie night 27 20 13 •6:30 PM | BINGO at Hillside 6 Fri 28 off and Game night •4:00 PM | Chilli Cook- 21 Valentine’s Day 14 7 Sat SUGGESTED READINGS FOR FEBRUARY Feb 12 Psalm 50:1-6; 1 Kings 11:26-40; 2 Corinthians 2:12-17 Feb 24 Psalm 77; Job 5:8-27; 1 Peter 3:8-18a Feb 1 Feb 13 Psalm 50:1-6; 1 Kings 14:1-18; 1 Timothy 1:12-20 Feb 25 Psalm 77; Proverbs 30:1-9; Matthew 4:1-11 Feb 2 Feb 3 Feb 4 Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 111; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28 Feb 14 Psalm 35:1-10; Numbers 22:1-21; Acts 21:17-26 Feb 15 Psalm 35:1-10; Numbers 22:2228; 1 Corinthians 7:32-40 Feb 16 Psalm 35:1-10; Jeremiah 29:1-14; Mark 5:1-20 Feb 17 Psalm 50:1-6; 1 Kings 16:1-7; Luke 19:41-44 Feb 26 Psalm 22:23-31; Genesis 15:1-6, 12-18; Romans 3:21-31 2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9 Psalm 110:1-4; Exodus 19:7-25; Hebrews 2:1-4 Feb 27 Psalm 22:23-31; Genesis 16:1-6; Romans 4:1-12 Psalm 110:1-4; Job 19:23-37; 1 Timothy 3:14-16 Feb 5 Psalm 147:1-11, 20c; Proverbs 12:10-21; Galatians 5:-15 Feb 6 Psalm 147:1-11, 20c ; Job 36:1-23; 1 Corinthians 9:1-16 Feb 18 Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Psalm 51:1-17; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Feb 7 Psalm 147:1-11, 20c; Isaiah 46:1-13; Matthew 12:9-14 Feb 19 Psalm 25:1-10; Daniel 9:1-14; 1 John 1:3-10 Feb 8 Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-11, 20c; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39 Feb 20 Psalm 25:1-10; Daniel 9:15-25a; 2 Timothy 4:1-5 Feb 9 Psalm 102:12-28; 2 Kings 4:8-17, 32-37; Acts 14:1-7 Feb 21 Psalm 25:1-10; Psalm 32; Matthew 9:2-13 Feb 10 Psalm 102:12-28; 2 Kings 8:1-6; Acts 15:36-41 Feb 11 Psalm 102:12-28; Job 6:1-13; Mark 3:7-12 Feb 28 Psalm 22:23-31; Genesis 16:7-15; Mark 8:27-30 Feb 22 Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15 Feb 23 Psalm 77; Job 4:1-21; Ephesians 2:1-10 Tech Times Issue 00 Month Year www.immanuelyorkville.org Reprinted from Sundays and Seasons.com, copyright 2006 Augsburg Fortress. 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