Who says we can’t have fun at church? There are so many reasons to celebrate all that God is doing at Immanuel!
This Sunday August 13, we’ll do both – have fun and celebrate at the annual Backpacks, Blessings, and Barbecue at the Bandshell event! It runs from 1:0:45 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Fred P. Hall Amphitheater in Palatine’s Community Park.
We’ll celebrate by welcoming the community, students, teachers, and everyone else the Lord brings. We will make memories, begin and renew friendships, and hopefully leave with a healthy attitude about our church, school, family and community.
Our praise band will take the stage and lead us with beautiful music. Pastor Warren, Pastor Donald and I will share a few words of inspiration. We will have the popular backpack blessing again. And of course, there will be a barbecue with pork sandwiches, fresh corn on the cob, and ice cream.
You’ll find games to play, people to meet, and time to enjoy what we hope will be a fine summer day. Invite your neighbors, your family and friends.
This year, the Bobcat Blitz will also be a part of the fun! The race, now a 1.4 mile point-to-point fun run will conclude at the Backpack event. The event is raising money for backpacks and school supplies for local kids in need. Register online now!
I’d like to share the scripture that inspires me each year. Please take a moment to read it, and then if you wish, let me know what you think.
If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.
Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion. ~ Philippians 2: 1-8 (The Message)
See you in the park!
P.S. But wait – there’s still more! Immanuel will be participating in Palatine’s Street Fest (August 26 – 27) as we do every year. We’re looking for members to help deliver our Stronger Together message and fill one or more two-hour shifts at our Street Fest tent. Please contact Pastor Warren with questions or to sign up – PastorWarren@ilcp.org or 847-359-1549.