Principals are busy people – especially at the end of a school year. And yet, Principal Delaine Schiestel pulled together a very successful work day on June 3. Well, Delaine and 42 others did! Delaine was the organizer, but so many other people fueled the event. Volunteers from Prince of Peace worked with Immanuel volunteers, prepping middle school lockers for painting. People worked inside and people worked outside – cleaning, raking, staining, and so much more. She even had me working on the landscaping in the courtyard. It was truly a community effort. Stronger Together.
So, Immanuel, let’s continue to work as a team! That includes youth, elderly, members, non-members, new Christians and old Lutherans, all! For building a community in Christ requires everyone to use whatever God has given them. It requires changing old practices and habits. It is the old comfortable way of doing things that has led to the necessity to build up the community in Christ. Think about it!
There are so many opportunities for us to give back! There will be two more work days this summer – Saturday, July 8 and Saturday, August 5. Plus, we’re again hosting the Community Meal on July 27th. And I invite you to visit Immanuel’s website to read about more ways to serve. If you don’t live in the Palatine area, I urge you to get involved in your local community!
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me . . . Matthew 25:35
See you in church!