The State of the Church and School Address is scheduled for Sunday, January 8th (during the Bible Study hour at 9:30 am), Monday, January 9th at 6:30 pm and again on Wednesday, January 11th at 6:30 pm. Mr. Hopfensperger will present on the school while Pastor Bangert will focus his discussion on the church ministries. These presentations will give an overview of the past year and what can be expected during the new year. It will also be an opportunity for families to get updates on the budget, upcoming tuition rates, results from the fall school survey, and plans for an Immanuel ministry vision retreat. See you there!
The annual Choral Vespers Service is scheduled for Tuesday, December 20th. Mrs. Kaaz is coordinating this worship service and is working with the teachers and students to prepare for this special evening. Students in Kindergarten through 8th grade will be participating in the service in a variety of different ways.
This children's service, titled Light a Candle, involves the lighting of candles to represent the good news of God’s love, shown for us in the gift of His Son on that first Christmas. There are seventeen points in the service where candles will be lit including the four candles of God's Gifts – grace, love, peace, joy. Children will be sharing the Christmas story through spoken word, music, and group recitations. In addition, those in attendance will be able to listen to and sing along with the children as they sing favorite Christmas hymns such as Away in the Manger and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. This service has always been very well attended – plan to be in the gym early to get a seat!
ILS Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) will be hosting a babysitting night on Saturday, December 10th from 5:00 - 9:00 pm. Mothers in the MOPS group will watch your children (babies through 5th grade) at Immanuel Lutheran School while you get your Christmas shopping done, go out for some adult conversation, or just enjoy time alone. Cost is $10 per child and includes dinner. If you are interested, contact the school office at 636.239.1636.
In celebration of Thanksgiving, students will have an Early Dismissal on Wednesday and no school on Thursday or Friday. Classes will resume with a normal schedule on Monday, November 28. We pray that everyone has a restful and relaxing break as you spend time with family and friends and as you pause to thank God for all His blessings!
"Praise God from whom all blessings flow!"
Basketball practices have begun for students in 5th through 8th grade students. The gym is filled with various teams every evening as they prepare for the upcoming games and tournaments! Many thanks to the individuals that will be serving as coaches this season - their commitment to the sports program is much appreciated! For the latest schedule of games and tournaments, visit www.fastdir.com/immanuelwashington. We hope to see you in the gym at one of the many games!
Our Veteran's Day celebration will be held on Wednesday morning, November 9th, at Immanuel Lutheran School. A reception for our veterans and their guests will begin at 8:30 am in the gym. At 9:00 am, the program “We Salute America” will be presented by students in PK through 8th grade. We invite all veterans to attend this program as we pause to honor your service to our country!
This program will be presented again by students in the Joyful Noise Choir on Monday, November 14th to the residents of Meramec Bluffs retirement community in Ballwin. A special thanks to Mrs. Kaaz and Mr. Wunderlich for all their work in planning for both of these events.
The Scholastic Book Fair will soon be here! Books will be on display on the stage in the gymnasium and will be open Sunday, November 6th (during the Pork Sausage Dinner) through Thursday, November 10th (before school and at student pick-up times). A large selection of books will be available for children and adults! As in past years, the Classroom Wish List will be available for families to purchase books for a particular classroom or teacher. What a great way to support reading! In addition, our annual Family Reading Night will be held on Monday, November 7th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. We would love to have you join us as we hear our guest readers share stories, have the opportunity to look at the stars through telescopes, and enjoy other "out of this world" activities!
Apple butter is available for purchase this weekend after the church services. Prices are the same as in the past ($6.50 for each quart, $4.50 for a pint, and $3.00 for a half pint). Stop by the office to buy a few jars of this sweet treat! After this week, the apple butter will be available for purchase at Not Just Cut and Dried and L&F Foods (Loaves and Fishes).
Save the dates of September 21st through 24th for this year’s Apple Butter Cook! Now we need your commitment! In order to make this event run smoothly, we need to fill in approximately 180 slots for various tasks throughout the apple butter event. Tasks include set-up, cutting and coring of apples, stirring the apples while cooking, jarring the apple butter, and the clean-up afterwards. If you are interested in helping out, stop by the sign-up table outside the school office or call the school (239-1636). If you aren’t able to commit during the week, come out on Saturday! What a great way to support the school and get to know more people in our school and church!