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May Preschool News

It's hard to believe that it is now May and this is our last month of preschool. I am always amazed at how quickly the school year goes by. This month in school both classes will learn about ''Farms/Farming.'' Each class will do a variety of different activities to help them learn about farms and the animals that live on farms. The 3-year-old class will enjoy a field trip to Volkening Heritage Farm at the end of the month, while the 4-year-old class will enjoy a field trip to the Arlington Race Track (thanks to Mr. Nicklaus). During Jesus Time both classes will study the following stories, ''Jesus Comes Back to Life, The Coming of the Holy Spirit, Faithful Stephen,'' and ''Philip Tells a Man About Jesus.'' Our official last days of school will be on Tuesday, May 30th and Wednesday, May 31st. On these two days we will celebrate with a fun game day as well as an ice cream party. Finally, we have started getting ready for our final Spring Program which will be held on Sunday, May 21st at 1:30 PM. Please mark your calendars and join us for this fun day!

- Mrs. Lori Dundore


This year there are three confirmands, Sarah Lester, Christine Massa and Seann O'Mara. Confirmation will take place on June 11.

Preschool Open House

In an effort to continue to register new students for the 2017-18 school year, Tree of Life Lutheran Preschool will hold a second open house on Sunday, May 7, from 6:00 - 7:30 PM. If you know of any parents in or near Lake Zurich that are still looking for a preschool, please inform them about our open house. Tree of Life offers the lowest tuition for preschool in Lake Zurich. Currently there are 14 4-year-olds and 6 3-year-olds registered for next school year.

Mother's Day Breakfast

The church council will try to make Mother's Day special by serving a breakfast before the service on May 14. The breakfast will begin at 8:15 AM and run until 9:15 AM. The breakfast will have a wide variety of food items on the menu. Although the breakfast is served on Mother's Day, the breakfast is for everyone in the congregation. Come enjoy this fellowship opportunity with members and friends of New Life!

New Life Choirs

The Tone Chime Choir had its last practice of the current school year on Wednesday, April 26th and will play for the church service on Sunday, May 7th.

Green Team

New Life, in the past, has had a group known as the Green Team. Green Team was a Lutheran Pioneer-like group, open for kids Kindergarten through Eighth grade. The Green Team met twice a month during the school year, and enjoyed a variety of different activities including the building of pine cars for an annual pine car derby. To restart Green Team, adult volunteers would be needed to run the program. Now would be the time to start planning for the 2017-18 school year. If you are interested in restarting Green Team, please contact Pastor Bauer.


Vacation Bible School will be held August 7-11.

Wedding Shower

The Branch Connection will be hosting a Bridal Shower for Vanesa Abad on Sunday, June 25th at 11:30 AM in the fellowship hall after church that morning. Vanesa is the fiancée of Jerry Bauer. The couple is planning an August 5th wedding at New Life. More details will follow in next month's newsletter.

Biblical Tour of Israel, 2018

Pastor Andy Bauer, of New Life Lutheran Church in Lake Zurich, IL, will host a Biblical tour of Israel, June 5-14, 2018. The tour will depart from Chicago/O'Hare. Well respected and experienced ''Imagine Tours and Travel,'' will organize the tour. A tour of Israel makes it possible for believers in Jesus to walk in the steps of the Savior. To learn more about the tour you can go to this website , enter the tour code Bauer18, and download the brochure. Imagine Tours and Travel provides early registration incentives. For more information, contact Pastor Bauer at 847-438-5018 or e-mail him at nlelc@aol.com Since the tour is more than one year away, those who desire to travel to the Holy Land will have plenty of time to save for the tour and work it into your schedule.


Following Haiti's earthquake in 2010, several organizations in the WELS (WI Evangelical Lutheran Synod) responded with disaster relief and gospel out-reach. These efforts include nutrition programs and health care for eight orphanages. Lutheran elementary schools were established at three of the orphanages. In 2015, responsibility for ongoing operations of the schools was transferred to Branch Lutheran Schools of Haiti, Inc. a para-synodical, non-profit organization. The group has funded the schools since October 2015 and is committed to faithfully continuing and expanding the work in Haiti.

Currently, 200 students are enrolled from the orphanages and their surrounding neighborhoods. Instruction is provided for children preschool through grade five. The goal is to add more classes so children continue to receive education through age 18 when they must leave the orphanage. The orphanage directors are enthusiastic about the positive impact on the children and their community!

The bowling outing on February 19th served as a fundraiser for the school. Donations are still being accepted until the end of March. All monies will be matched dollar for dollar by National Mutual Benefit. If you'd like to contribute, please put your donation in an envelope marked "Haiti" and put it in the offering plate on Sunday morning.

Please click here to learn more about Branch Lutheran Schools of Haiti

Training Camp

Training Camp will be held Sunday, July 23 through Friday, July 28, 2017 at Camp Duncan in Ingleside, IL. New Life sent 8 kids from our congregation to camp last year. The ONE AND ONLY FUNDRAISER for Training Camp took place on Wednesday, March 1st at the Ash Wednesday Lenten supper at 6:15 PM. All proceeds will be matched dollar for dollar by National Mutual Benefit.

SAA Recommendations

On Friday, February 17th, Pastor Norman Burger sent a 22 page report to New Life concerning his visit to the congregation. The church council is currently reviewing that document. In the report, Rev. Burger makes eight suggestions, which, God willing, will be helpful in moving New Life forward. The eight suggestions are as follows:

  • Address your planning processes, especially long range.
  • Continue to work hard at outreach, with a special focus on 1) inviting others to church services, events, and programs, and 2) building relationships with prospects.
  • Provide members with ongoing training for sharing their faith and encouragement to embrace personal evangelism as their calling.
  • Explore the opportunity to reach out to Poles and Russians in your community.
  • Build on your current efforts to reach out to folks in your immediate parish area.
  • Maximize your preschool for outreach.
  • Increase the number of people engaged in your ministry.
  • Report on and celebrate outreach efforts made, versus visible results.
  • WHAT'S NEXT? At the end of his report, Pastor Burger writes: You have my report and recommendations before you. In the next few weeks, I will be in contact with your leaders to learn which of those recommendations you will proceed with. I will then produce an action plan that sequences those recommendations, putting start and end dates for the modules on a calendar. I will list which leaders would ultimately be responsible for the use of the modules and the implementation of any subsequent adjustment in your ministry efforts.

    Then, for the next ten months or so, I will communicate with those leaders on a regular basis. I want to offer encouragement, as well as be available to offer any advice that I can. I will ask for quarterly reports on how things are going, which enable us to make the SAA program the best it can be.

    In other words, our work isn't finished. It's just beginning!

    Charitable Giving

    Some of you may work for an employer that allows employees to designate contributions to certain charitable organizations. Tree of Life Lutheran Preschool is recognized by the United Way and has assigned our preschool the following number:10438331 Any and all contributions to the preschool are appreciated.Tree of Life is designed to serve as a self-supporting preschool.

    The Thrivent Choice® program lets eligible members recommend where some of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans' charitable outreach funds go by directing Choice Dollars®. You can direct your funds to New Life Lutheran Church and/or Tree of Life Lutheran Preschool.

    In 2015, New Life Lutheran Church received $573 choice dollars and Tree of Life Lutheran Preschool received $500 choice dollars.

    910 S. Old Rand Road
    Lake Zurich, IL 60047


    Tel: (847) 438-5018
    eMail: nlelc@aol.com






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