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Oct 2021 Trunk-or-Treat

Our first year of trunk-or-treat was a success! We ended up with 17 trunk volunteers; the amount of vehicles was a perfect fit for the school parking lot. About 100-200 kids with their parents stopped by for the festivities. It ended up being a chilly day, but that may have encouraged our friends and neighbors to stop by and make the short trek through the parking lot. Starting off with a cup of hot chocolate or cider, parents kept warm while they walked their kids through the "U" shaped journey of decorated trunks. Volunteers entertained our guests with fun and creative decorations and lots of treats. Many trunks followed the fall theme, while others portrayed Chick-fil-a cows, castles, Lion King, a pirate ship, Star Wars, and shepherds. If they weren't too cold after the walk through, several kids gathered in the center to play with friends. The winner of the best trunk award - the pirate ship created by the Cassidy's! Those that survived walking the plank over shark infested waters to grab their candy voted for the pirate ship:) Thanks to all the volunteers for their time and hard work putting these trunks together and serving treats!!

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2021 Martin Luther Servant of Christ Award Winners - Paul & Sheryl Dauksha

Congratulations to Paul and Sheryl Dauksha, this year's Martin Luther Servant of Christ Award winners!

Paul is 1 of 4 children, born to Bob and Lorraine on January 1, 1962 and baptized not long after. He has 1 brother – Mark, and 2 sisters – Roxanne and Celeste. His dad was in the Air Force so they traveled a lot during his childhood; he was born in Wisconsin, lived in Italy for a short time, moved to Arizona, and Chicago, eventually settling in South Elgin at around age 9. Paul grew up in the Catholic church where his mom was a Sunday school and catechism teacher. His dad was very involved in the Knights of Columbus and VFW right up until the day he passed.

Paul was a manager at Taco Bell where he met Sheryl, also a manager. They were married on June 25, 1988 and soon afterward he went back to school and got his degree in computer science from Northern Illinois University, where he now works as a programmer/Developer. Sheryl grew up Methodist and when discussing what church to go to they decided to meet in the middle and try the Lutheran church; and Immanuel has been their home ever since. They have been members for 23 years. Paul has 5 children, Rob, Scott, Jake, Matt, and Rebekah, ranging in age from 14 through 38. His parents built a cabin in Wisconsin in the 70's and he loves spending time with his kids there. He likes spending time outdoors landscaping, gardening, and building campfires. Paul volunteers to help with the middle school youth. He’s taught Sunday school, helped with confirmation classes, assisted with youth group, and chaperoned mission trips. He currently serves as worship assistant in the roles of greeter and usher, and was on the green team for several years. He helps with the annual garage sale and is a regular work day volunteer. He frequently serves in the kitchen; and him and his wife are present and willing helpers at most special events. Even though his son has aged out of boy scouts, he still serves as liaison for Immanuel’s boy scout troop 12. He’s an active volunteer with the troop and serves as a merit badge counselor. Paul loves being a part of our church community. He’s a regular at the relational and Saturday men’s Bible Studies and the Men’s Huddle; and has also helped with the Heart-to-heart program, assisting those in need with bringing property up to code. He’s a past member of the Spiritual Guidance Committee and currently serves as a member of the Mission and Ministry Council.

Sheryl was born on June 20, 1964 in Dekalb, Illinois to Ed and Vera. She was the baby, welcomed by older siblings Karen, Larry, Marilee, Mary Sue, and Holly. She was baptized at the same time she was confirmed into the Faith United Methodist Church in May of 1978. She was very involved in the youth group at her church.  

Sheryl attended Genoa Elementary School, Genoa Middle School, and Genoa-Kingston High School before attending and graduating from Northern Illinois University. She met Paul when they were both managers at Taco Bell, and they were married on June 25, 1988--one of the hottest days of the year. They have welcomed four children, Scott, Jacob, Matthew, and Rebekah.  Sheryl has taught preschool Sunday School for many years and loves watching Bible stories come alive for these little ones. She has volunteered for and supported student ministry, and served at several Buildings and Grounds work days. She helps with the annual garage sale and frequently serves in the kitchen. She and her husband are present and willing helpers at most special events. She also serves as a worship assistant in the roles of greeter and reader. Sheryl is a valued long-term member of Women's Bible Study, is a Bible study leader, serves on the team developing the Five Pillars, has completed several of the Relational track studies, and has served as a member of the Mission and Ministry Council.

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2021 Chris Patterson Memorial Foundation Donation

On September 23rd, we received a $2,600 donation from the Chris Patterson Memorial Foundation in support of our music and performing arts programs. Pictured here is Music Director, Sharon Dalpini, receiving the check from Chris’s dad, Bob Patterson. In 2012, Immanuel’s own SPC Chris Patterson was killed in action while serving his country in Afghanistan. To honor his legacy, the Chris Patterson Memorial Foundation was founded to support area performing arts programs. The Foundation regularly hosts two fundraising events each year: a motorcycle ride and a red tie gala. The proceeds from these fundraisers then go to students or organizations in support of Chris’s passions: God, country, and music. This marks the 5th year for the annual motorcycle ride, and we are proud to be the recipient of this generous donation! 

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Jun 2021 Youth Mission Trip

by Matt Cassidy

For me, the mission trip meant seeing God at work on a continual basis. It sounds simplistic and obvious, but I believe that is at the heart of all of it. Meeting the residents whom we were helping, building relationships among the other churches who attended and seeing the growth in our youth who participated was all

God’s work. Nearly 80% of the residents of Rosebud live at or below the poverty line. It is a far cry from Batavia and I truly believe what we saw helped put much of our daily stresses in perspective. There is much need everywhere, even in our own backyard. But there was something very special about serving in Mission,

S.D. Maybe it’s the history and how the Lakota Sioux ended up in South Dakota or the role of family in their culture. They are very proud of their heritage and were grateful for our help. I personally was grateful for the opportunity to serve and am very excited for my next trip up there.

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Jun 2021 Vacation Bible School

by Mary Wert

There are so many things that I love about Immanuel’s Vacation Bible School. One

might call it my Immanuel’s Vacation Bible School Top Ten List! I love our volunteers--awesome volunteers that take off work, that give up their free time to come and help, and that donate items. 2. I love the decor! Whether it be a jungle, a beach, safari--It gets us in the mood for our week of fun! 3. I love the skits! They are so goofy and funny and they pave the way for the Bible Event along with the animal characters of the day and Bible Points. 4. I love the Bible Events! This is the time where the story from the Bible comes to life! The kids are engaged to hear God’s Word! 5. I love the crafts/imagination station where the kids’ imaginations can go wild! 6. I love the music! To see kids dancing and singing about Jesus brings chills up my spine. 7. I love the team work! Everyone pitches in to help with this ministry from sound to nametags to registration and then some. 8. I love the Family Worship Celebration where families come and worship together. 9. I love the kids! The building is full of kids and adults. It is an intergenerational week full of laughter and fun. Relationships are formed. Friends are made. Last, but not least...10. I love Jesus. Jesus is present. Relationships are formed. Growing in Jesus is the best part of all. For some it is a first. For others it is a boost. And still for

others it is a comfort. I can’t wait for the Summer of 2022!

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Jul 2021 Garage Sale

by Cindy Rueffer & Chris Graham

We did not know what to expect, as we thought donations might have all gone to Goodwill or other charities after taking a year off from the sale, but we were pleasantly surprised when you donated wonderful treasures. We had a

record year—just over $20,000! The sound system at Immanuel can be completed, and some other projects will get a boost, as well. We continue to receive compliments on our sale, this year lots of, “Thanks for bringing it back!” A special shout out God's blessings on our volunteers, who made this sale such a tremendous success! Multiple organizations [the Epilepsy Foundation, Children's Cancer Federation, Chip-In, Batavia Clothes Closet. and Goodwill] benefited from our treasures after the sale.

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BSA Troop 12 Eagle Rank - Logan Wilson

Logan Wilson from Troop 12 earned his Eagle rank on March 23, 2021. Logan's Eagle project benefited the Fox Valley Park District's Red Oak Nature Preserve in North Aurora. He led a project that built barn-style doors on their firewood storage and painted chalkboard paint to an existing playhouse. 

 Through Troop 12, he earned the prestigious BSA Triple Crown Award by attending Seabase, Philmont, and Northern Tier High Adventures.


Logan is a 2021 graduate of West Aurora High School where he was active in machining, band and volleyball. He is currently attending Northern Illinois University to study Mechatronics.

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Aug 2021 Back to School Community Picnic

by Lori St.Vincent, Director of Community Connections

After taking the last couple of years off from hosting this event, Immanuel’s Back-to-School Community Picnic came roaring back on Sunday, August 22.

We began at 10 AM with inspirational worship led by Pastor Chis and our Youth Praise Band. The music was outstanding and Pastor Chris’ message about the difference between simply believing in God and being a true follower of Christ was on point and meaningful. While our adult Praise Team took the stage to share their songs of praise and worship, Ryan Marino and his family set up an amazing buffet that included brats, hot dogs, grilled onions and peppers, baked beans, potato salad, and chicken wings with three types of sauce. Everything was homemade and scrumptious. The spread was prepared for 150 people and disappeared in 45 minutes! To round out the meal, ice water, juice boxes, Rice Krispie treats, and fruit snacks were available. Special thanks to Nancy Radtke, Keith Bartelmey, Dan and Mary Jo Nottke who helped Ryan and his family feed the masses.

As the Youth Praise Band returned to continue sharing their beautiful music, children and adults played giant pick up sticks, giant Jenga, giant Dominos, giant matching game, Yardzee, and Bags. A bounce house was also available for those who needed to burn off a little extra energy. Many wonderful volunteers were there to help with games, supervise the bounce house, and to assist children at the craft tables that provided a different type of entertainment. The afternoon continued with an outstanding music set provided by Mike Cruger. Mike played contemporary Christian and soft rock hits in his signature low key, but compelling style. Games, crafts, and the bounce house continued to entertain, as did Wendy Nelson at the face painting table. As the only face painter, she decorated sweet little faces for four hours straight! There was also a photo booth for families to take back-to-school pictures against a school locker backdrop.

We estimate more than 200 visitors and gratefully thank more than 60 volunteers for this incredible community outreach event. Your participation helped Immanuel touch the lives of members of our community in the name of Jesus. Thank you.

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BSA Troop 12 Eagle Rank - Matt Nallenweg

by Brian Nallenweg

Matthew Nallenweg from Troop 12 earned his Eagle rank on 6/12/2021. In addition to this, he earned the Bronze and Gold Palms by completing 35 merit badges. Matthew earned the prestigious BSA Triple Crown Award by attending 3 High Adventures - Philmont, Sea Base, and Northern Tier. He liked Philmont so much he recently attended a second trek. Matthew has been a very active member of Troop 12 since 2014. He has held various leadership positions within the Troop including Librarian, Patrol Leader, and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. Matthew epitomizes the "Scout is Helpful" part of the Scout Law - he has logged over 125 service hours within the Troop and participates in numerous other service projects outside of Scouts. 

Perhaps you have driven past the raised garden beds while entering the parking lot at church. Matthew led this Eagle project to build and install these raised beds. It is currently brimming with plants that the Sunday school children have planted. 

Matthew is a recent graduate of Batavia High School. He was active in marching band, wind ensemble, robotics, and Latin club. He is currently attending community college and plans to join the Navy. If you see Matthew in the Church hallways, be sure to offer him a hearty congratulations for his Eagle rank and his other Scout honors.

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