Chapel offerings are collected at each Wednesday morning service, at special Thankgiving and Christmas chapels, and at opening and closing services. These offerings are shared as outlined below with missions outside of Immanuel.

 


 

Immanuel Lutheran School chapel collections for August will benefit Mission Central in Mapleton, Iowa. This organization, staffed entirely by volunteers, works to provide financial support for international missionaries, who must support themselves while in the mission field. The dynamic Gary Theis visits congregations and other organizations every week to encourage support for this important work. To learn more about Mission Central and the work it supports, visit missioncentral.us.

 

Immanuel Lutheran School chapel collections for September benefit Lutheran Schools Week Rally Day. Concordia University Chicago is hosting the NID National Lutheran Schools Week Rally on Friday, January 24, 2014. ILS middle school students will attend the late morning rally involving worship and entertainment. Campus tours and an opportunity for a Servant Event are also being planned as options before and after the rally. Details will be shared as they become available.

 

October chapel offerings help support the efforts of K9 Comfort Dogs. This ministry provides support and comfort for victims and others affected by extreme circumstances. In the past year the dogs and their handlers have traveled to Newtown, Connecticut, tornado-ravaged sites in Oklahoma, and those affected by fires in West, Texas and Prescott, Arizona. Lutheran Church Charities and the Comfort Dogs work Visit lutheranchurchcharities.org to learn more.

 

Immanuel Lutheran School chapel collections for November benefit the Salam Christian Fellowship. Salam Lutheran Church, an outreach ministry of Peace Lutheran Church in Lombard offers services for Muslim Lutherans at Immanuel on Saturday afternoons and provides support for Muslim families new to the area, many of whom live at Batavia Apartments. Visit salamchristianfellowship.org to learn more.

 

Thanksgiving chapel offerings help support Feed My Starving Children, a national organization that packs and ships meals for starving children all over the world. Various groups from Immanuel have participated in meal packing at the Aurora location: ILS school children, Immanuel’s high school youth, and Nurture (adult Bible study) Groups. During November, school chapel offerings will be donated to the Feed My Starving Children organization to help offset the cost of meal ingredients. To learn more visit fmsc.org.

 

December chapel offerings will benefit Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem. CLC stands as a part of that ongoing witness and proclamation of the Christian faith in the Middle East. It is the oldest Lutheran Church in Palestine, started in 1854 by German missionaries. To learn more, visit bethlehemchristmaslutheran.org.

 

In December preschoolers contribute baby items to The Aurora Pregnancy Information Center is committed to supporting the value of each and every human life regardless of physical or mental challenge, from conception to the grave, which will be communicated through all forms of education within and outside the Center. To learn more visit rupregnant.com.

 

January offerings will benefit Voice of Hope prison chaplaincy work provided by a Lutheran deaconess at Stateville Prison in Joliet, Illinois. The deaconess rounds cell houses and teaches classes twice each week, offering a comprehensive curriculum designed for long-term offenders. Visit voiceofhope.us to learn more and to read the writings of some of the inmates participating in some of the classes offered through Voice of Hope.

 

January offerings will also be shared with Voice of Care, which serves 17 agencies that provide housing for people with disabilities. Their mission statement reads, “To enable the church in serving Christ to do ministry with persons developmentally challenged and those who care for them within congregations, homes, residential facilities, and communities; seeking with them our Lord’s good plan for them and enabling their full participation in the Body of Christ. To learn more visit voiceofcare.org.

 

February offerings will benefit Hearts for Jesus, an annual opportunity in the Northern Illinois District LCMS to support the mission field in our own back yard: the Chicago/Rockford Lutheran schools. Many of these schools are in high crime/low income neighborhoods and are struggling financially to continue to share the Gospel in their area. All these special schools must rely significantly on gift funding to provide quality Lutheran education. The financial support from Lutheran schools, churches and Sunday Schools is crucial in sharing Jesus Christ with these students and their families. Visit ni.lcms.org to learn more.

 

March chapel offerings help support Phil’s Friends, an organization that delivers care packages filled with comfort, entertainment, and spiritual items. Each patient will receive (if wanted), communication and encouragement through letters, email, telephone calls, visits and support groups. Phil’s Friends prays for each patient and offers Christian counsel for patients and their families. To learn more visit philsfriends.org.

 

April chapel offerings help support the Liberian Children's Ministry, which shares the love of God through Christ-centered education with over 2,700 children in ten Lutheran grade schools in Liberia. LCM serves as an extension of the ministering arm of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Liberia by providing a quality education for God’s children to develop spiritually, physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially. Visit NL4U.org to learn more.

 

May offerings go to Wheat Ridge Ministries, a nonprofit organization that helps health and human care initiatives get off the ground by providing the initial funding and support they need to thrive. This year’s focus is ABAN—which is solving two problems with one solution. Every day, more than 40 tons of plastic waste from drinking water bags is thrown into the streets of Accra. Every night, more than 30,000 children fall asleep on those same streets. ABAN provides some of these street girls with safe shelter and food as well as an education and the opportunity to learn a trade, make a living and secure a future, while at the same time helping to transform their city into a healthier environment. Learn more about ABAN, a current Wheat Ridge Ministries grantee at wheatridge.org.

 

Closing chapel offerings will assist Lutheran Bible Translators. Lutheran Bible Translators offers Bible translation, literacy, formation and production of non-print media to make the Scriptures accessible to people in an accurate and culturally relevant way. Visit lbt.org to learn more.

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