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Friendship Sunday / Sunday School Round Up-September 9th

On Sunday, September 9th, New Life will celebrate the resumption of Sunday morning Christian education classes with a picnic lunch and games starting at 12:00pm. We will be catering lunch from Orchard Prime Meats from right here in Lake Zurich. The menu will include pulled pork, cheesy mostaccioli, cheesy au gratin potatoes, baked beans and garden salad. Yummy! Plan to attend this special event as we kick off the educational year at New Life!

"Sunday School Roundup" is a great opportunity for us to invite our unchurched friends, relatives, associates and neighbors to hear God's word and see what New Life is all about.

Sunday School Schedule for September

  • 9th The Creation
  • 16th The Fall and the Promise
  • 23rd Cain and Abel
  • 30th Hannah and Samuel

Adult Bible Class

Last spring the Adult Bible class began a study of the 10 Commandments. By the end of the year, the class made it through the first table of the law, Commandments 1-3. Now the adult Bible class will take up the second table of the law, Commandments 4-10, summarized by Jesus with these words, Love your neighbor as yourself. Adult Bible class meets in the New Life Café on Sunday mornings from 10:45-11:45 AM. Please give adult Bible class a try. Nobody will ask you to read unless you are willing to do so.

Men's Bible Class

Men's Bible Class will resume on Friday, September 14th at 11:30 AM. Men's Bible class will continue the study of the book of Nehemiah.

Branch Connection

The Branch Connection meets on THE SECOND TUESDAY NIGHT OF EACH MONTH starting in September. The meeting time is 7:00 PM. The ladies spend the first 30 minutes of their meeting with a short Bible study entitled, Bless These Lips. The next meeting of the Branch Connection will be held on Tuesday, September 11th at 7:00 PM. All women of the congregation are welcome to attend!

Confirmation Class

Confirmation Class for 7th and 8th Grade children begins on Sunday, September 9. The class runs from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. Catechisms and work books will be provided for the students.

September Preschool News

Welcome back to our Preschool News! Hope everyone had a fun and fulfilling summer. We are so excited to start the new school year with all our added learning and care options. Getting our DCFS licensing in such a short time was a lot of work, but we have been approved and can begin classes starting Tuesday, September 4th. As of Sunday, August 26th we have fourteen three year olds enrolled and fifteen four year olds enrolled.

For the first month of preschool the 3's class will learn the theme All About Me while the 4's will have a few themes, Me, Apples and Pets. During Jesus Time the children will learn the following stories: God Made the World, God Made Me, The Sneaky Snake, and Noah's Big Boat., near the end of the month the four year old class will enjoy a field trip to Petco to finish up our pet unit. I'm sure the month of September will fly by!

- Mrs. Lori Dundore

All Day Preschool

On April 20, a licensing application was submitted to the DCFS to get Tree of Life Lutheran Preschool licensed as a group day care center. Work is being done to make sure Tree of Life can comply with all of the DCFS requirements. Some of those requirements have to do with equipment, like cots. Some of those requirements have to do with certifications, like "food handling" certification.

Our biggest challenge to providing full day preschool will be a staffing challenge. The all-day preschool will be built around our current preschool and enrichment programs. Staff will be needed to provide the before and after school care.

The parents of the 21 currently enrolled students have been notified of the changes and the fee structure that has been developed. Even as the preschool moves to a full day program, the fees remain the most reasonable in the Lake Zurich community.

Despite all of the unknowns, we continue to move forward, working our way through the process, confident that if it is Christ's will that we have a full day preschool, He will provide the resources necessary to make it happen.

-- Pastor Bauer

Green Team Returns!

The GREEN TEAM, New Life's Lutheran Pioneers, will meet on the third Thursday of each month during the school year from 6:30-8:00 PM. The theme for this year is, Show a Little Respect. GREEN TEAM is open to boys and girls ages preschool through eight grade. The first meeting of the year will be held on Thursday, September 20th.

Church Council Positions for 2018

  • Chairman-Mike Spangle
  • Elder-Mike Spangle
  • Secretary-Joe Berg
  • Financial Secretary-Ken Sarvady
  • Treasurer-Brent Anderson
  • Outreach-John Lester
  • Stewardship-Steve Flunker
  • Fellowship-Jim Smith
  • Property-John Landenberger


The Tone Chime Choir will be rehearsing on THE LAST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH during the upcoming school year and will play on the first Sunday of each month. The first rehearsal will take place on Tuesday, September 25th at 7:00 PM. New ringers are needed-come and give tone chimes a try!

The New Life Singing Choir will have its first practice on Sunday morning, September 9th at 8:45 AM and will sing during the service that morning.

Fall WLCFS Educational Presentations

New Life will once again host seminars presented by counselors from WLCFS. This year's themes will be geared for adults! Members and friends of New Life will benefit greatly by attending these seminars. Each of the three seminars will begin at 7:00 PM. There is no cost or obligation to attend. Here's a look at the upcoming topic for September:

Stressed Out But Standing Strong-Wednesday, September 19th at 7:00 PM, presented by: Sarah Reik, MS, LPC, DCC

Are you feeling overwhelmed with life and looking for some relief? Would you like to know how to prevent stress overload? This presentation clarifies the issue of stress by looking at the definition of stress, good vs. bad stress, the signs of stress, and the causes of stress. We will discuss solutions for stress by identifying coping skills and stress prevention techniques, as well as considering God's promises to help during stressful times.

WELS Campus Ministry

Heading to college can be exciting, stressful, and everything in between. WELS Campus Ministry can help! Let us help you stay connected to God's Word. To begin go to wels.net/campus-ministry and click the button College students register here. You can register for free subscriptions to Forward in Christ and Meditations booklets and will be connected to the campus pastor for your school. Students who have previously registered for WELS Campus Ministry are encouraged to check your profile and preferences and make any necessary updates. For questions please contact Ginny Mundstock at the WELS Campus Ministry office (ph. 414-256-3279).

VBS 2018

There were 85 children registered with an average attendance of 74. Thanks to everyone who helped make VBS a HUGE success!

Photos from VBS may be seen on our VBS 2018 page.

In The Footsteps of Paul Tour

You are invited to join a 10 day tour to Greece...In the Footsteps of Paul. The tour, May 27 - June 5, 2019, includes a 3 day Mediterranean Cruise. Places of special interest include Philippi, Corinth, Ephesus, Athens, Meteora, and Santorini. There is also an optional 3 day extension to Rome. For details, eMail retired WELS pastor Eugene Kock.

Emergency Assistance

While updating Ministry plans for the next fiscal year it was noted that again the Elder's plan includes assisting members or friends of New Life with emergency assistance. Emergency assistance is often needed due to weather related emergencies. Be mindful that New Life has access to equipment and tools not always readily available to the person in need. Examples include generators, chainsaws, etc. Often times it may be as simple as just needing some extra hands to address a need.

So, in the event you need help, please do not hesitate to call. To request assistance, simply call your Elder, your Property Chairman or Pastor Bauer at church. Have a wonderful safe summer!

-- Mike Spangle - Elder

Practicing Sabbath Rest

An important spiritual discipline is to stop our work once a week and put all things into God's hands. This means crucifying our idol of self-reliance and putting into practice our faith in God's promises by saying, "Yes, there is much work that I have to do and have left undone, but today I will resign my attempts to control the universe and will trust in the Lord to provide." The temptation to work nonstop belies the belief that everything depends on us-a tempting lie but a lie nonetheless.

"Wall Drug" Approach

Wall Drug is a tiny town on the edge of the Badlands of South Dakota, around 60 miles east of Rapid City. The tiny city attracted tourists by offering free ice water to weary travelers. The tourist trap today attracts over 2 million people a year. The main way they do this is with signage, signage and more signage, sometimes piling one sign on top of another. If you've driven through the Midwest, you have likely seen a Wall Drug sign.

New Life is taking on a Wall Drug approach to advertising. Real estate offices often post open house signs on the weekends to attract visitors. Six New Life signs have been put together to announce the presence of a WELS church in Lake Zurich. A couple of members have taken signs to stick in the ground on a busy corner on Friday and then yank it out of the ground on Sunday. If you know of a place for a sign, ask for one.