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LCMS National Youth Gathering 2022

Growing up in a smaller church, I never had the opportunity to participate in a mission trip or a youth gathering, so it was important to me that my kids take advantage of that opportunity when they were old enough. Last year, Jamieson went with Erik on the mission trip to South Dakota, so this year I took my turn going to the LCMS Youth Gathering in Houston. I had heard so many good things about past gatherings from folks at Immanuel, but honestly, as it got closer, this introvert was a little nervous. I’m more of a small-group, traditional worship person and Gatherings are big and energetic. I also carried with me no small amount of nerves about big crowds following the fourth of July events in Highland Park. So, I went because I thought I should, but I didn’t know what the experience would really be like for me. It was indeed a week with some challenges: very long drives and very hot weather were just the start of it. But, it was also a week with so much good. It was an opportunity to get to know our Immanuel youth better and learn what amazing young people they are, both in personality and in faith. There were inspirational sessions on current topics, engaging bible studies, and fun activities. The evening “Mass Events” at Minute Maid Park were even more loud and energetic than I expected, but they were also very moving. There is just nothing like hearing almost 20,000 young people singing “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art” together. So, now that I’ve recovered from the sleep deprivation, I can honestly say I am so glad I got to share the Gathering with Anna, Erik and all our youth, and I’m looking forward to going again to New Orleans in 2025. - Christine Olsen

I’m going to be honest with you – when we left for the National Youth Gathering four weeks ago, I had no clue what I was getting myself into. Sure, I knew I would be in a van for 16 hours, and I knew everyone was obsessing over a deflated balloon who was our mascot, but I never knew what it was going to be like, no matter how many times people tried to explain it to me. And honestly, I don’t think I could fully explain it to you either. But I’ll try. In a nutshell, NYG is where thousands of Lutheran kids from all over America gather in one place to talk about Jesus. Pretty cool, right? You get to connect with the King of Kings, but you also get to connect with each other. I sat down in that van on the morning we left knowing most of the people we were driving with, but I wasn’t close with them. The day we came back, I stepped out of the van with my best friends. And those were the same people I left for Texas with! NYG was a place where I made deeper bonds and connections with the people I knew, and I got to meet new people too. The friends I made are incredible, and I still keep in touch with them; I know I will for the rest of my life. When we came back from NYG, I felt different. Changed. Transformed. (A good transformation, don’t worry). I had a new outlook on my life, such as how to handle my friendships and other relationships. I also had many new memories made with my new friends. But most of all, I had a different connection to our Lord, one where I was (and still am) closer to Him. Even though the NYG event is over, I still feel it going on in my life every day. I consistently talk to the friends I met. I listen to more Christian music when I drive. I wear this epic Martin Luther hoodie. And I see God’s hand everywhere - in nature, in people on the street; I see Him. He’s in all things. - Colleen Siemann

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VBS 2022

Back in June we had over 300 people involved in the ministry from the generous people who donated food supplies, to greeters, to kitchen staff, to crafters, to guides, to tech people, to storytellers, nursery staff, to office staff, music leaders, to dancers, to guide helpers, to parents who attended with their preschoolers, to all of our activity leaders, and to all the behind-the-scenes people...LOOK what it takes to run a VBS. It takes a community! 

We took over 3,000 food items to Batavia food pantry. It filled a truck and a van! We held a contest between the boys and the girls as to who could bring in the most food--the girls won! Everyone, boys and girls, got to throw water balloons at Pastor Chris because they lost the Food Drive competition. ( It would have been Mrs. Wert had the girls lost.) But let's just say, contest aside, Batavia Food Pantry won!

"An ya" Heart visited our VBS this year. The Bible verses we learned this year were written "On Many Hearts." She pushed her shopping cart around and handed out goodies to everyone who sought her out to say the verse of the day. I think many leaders also learned the verses as I heard them saying them with their groups during snack time.

Thank you to all the volunteers! This ministry is so intergenerational! You were all so awesome to give up a week of mornings to help share the Great News of Jesus to kids and parents! That is what VBS-Vacation Bible School is all about!

-Mary Wert, Director of Children's Ministries

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Last day of Sunday School May 15, 2022

Sunday School ended for the year with the kids doing a Servant Event! Kids, K-6th planted 3 small raised gardens next to the blue house in hopes that what God produces, we can give to the Batavia Food Pantry or make a salad for Hesed House. We planted zucchini, tomatoes and green beans and prayed over them. Next time you come to church, look how God is helping our garden grow!

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Concordia Magazine Article featuring Pastor Eric Kennaugh and his daughter Mikayla

Pastor Eric Kennaugh and his daughter Mikayla were recently featured in Concordia Wisconsin's Spring Magazine in an article entitled "Called Alongside to be a Director of Church Ministries". In it Pastor Eric tells us about how he knew that God had big plans for Mikayla even when she was little. Mikayla explains some of her faith challenges and how her father helped guide her through them and how they prepared her for ministry as a church worker. Read the full article on page 14 of Concordia's Hearts Together Spring 2022 magazine here.

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Congrats to Ryan Howard on earning Eagle Scout Rank!

Ryan Howard earned his Eagle Scout rank on 2/22/2022. Ryan's Eagle project benefited Bethany Lutheran Church in Batavia. His project involved creating a landscaped area and a fire pit in the courtyard that that Youth Group can use. Ryan has held various leadership positions in the Troop including Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Quartermaster, Troop Guide, and Scribe. He earned the BSA Triple Crown Award by attending 3 High Adventures - Seabase, Northern Tier, and Philmont. Ryan has completed 32 merit badges allowing him to earn a Gold and Bronze Palm with his Eagle rank.

Ryan is currently a senior at Batavia High School where he is active in marching band, jazz band, pep band and wind ensemble. He plays the tuba as well as the trumpet and piano. Ryan plans to attend Furman University next year to pursue a degree in music education.

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Congrats to Corey Berg on earning Eagle Scout Rank!

On 11/15/2021, Corey Berg earned his Eagle Scout Rank. Corey joined Troop 12 in 2015. His leadership positions within the Troop include Webmaster and Troop Guide. He attended Seabase High Adventure in June of 2019. Corey's Eagle project benefited the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry. He coordinated a food drive by designing door hangers that volunteers distributed in various neighborhoods throughout Batavia. Troop volunteers collected the donations and helped sort these items and stock the pantry shelves. Corey's project also included the production of a commercial for the Food Pantry. The commercial highlights the mission of the Food Pantry. It was distributed to BATV and various churches.

Corey earned 28 Merit badges during his Boy Scout years, which allowed him to earn a Bronze Eagle Palm. Corey is a senior at Batavia High School. He plans to study computer science in college after graduation. 

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Congrats to Lucas Blair on earning Eagle Scout Rank!

Lucas Blair earned his Eagle Scout rank on 11/17/2021. His Eagle project benefited Marmion Academy by redoing landscaping around the Virgin Mary Statue in the courtyard. This included removing 3 evergreen bushes that have been there since the 1960s. These bushes were replaced with hydrangeas. Also hostas, day lilies, lenten roses, and lavender plants were added. Lucas held various leadership positions in the Troop 12 including Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Troop Guide, and Den Chief. Lucas earned the Triple Crown Award by attending 3 BSA High Adventures - Seabase, Northern Tier, and Philmont. He also participated in a kayaking high adventure in the Apostle Islands. Lucas earned 34 merit badges, which also allowed him to earn a Bronze and Gold Palm during his Eagle Board of Review.

Lucas is a senior at Marmion Academy, where his is active in the Marmion Rosary Band, Jazz Band, Cross Country, CPARC,and is a platoon leader in Headquarters Company of the JROTC leadership program. Lucas plans to study architecture in college.

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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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