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Upcoming Special Services

  • Maundy Thursday Communion Service April 13-7:00 PM
  • Good Friday Tenebrae Service April 14th-7:00 PM
  • Easter Sunday-April 16th:
    Breakfast at 8:15 AM
    Worship Service at 9:30 AM
    Easter Egg Hunt at 10:45 AM
  • Easter Opportunity

    More so than any other time of the year, people who don't normally attend church, think about attending a church service on Easter Sunday. This means that Easter is an ideal time to invite someone to hear the message about Jesus' resurrection. Now would be the time to start thinking about someone to invite on Easter Sunday.

    At New Life the day begins with an Easter breakfast. A sign-up sheet has been posted in the basement of church if you would like to bring something for the breakfast. The breakfast is a special opportunity to spend time with fellow members and family, but it is also a golden opportunity for you to invite someone to a wonderful, free breakfast. The breakfast starts at 8:15 AM.

    Easter Sunday worship is at the normal time, 9:30 AM. You can invite someone to join you for worship, meet them at the door and sit with them during the service.

    After Easter Sunday worship, there will be fifteen minutes for fellowship. Then at 10:45 AM, the kids will gather in the New Life Café for the start of a MEANINGFUL Easter egg hunt. The hunt will take the place of Sunday School on Easter Sunday. Adults and teens are needed to help with the hunt which will involve puzzle pieces. Again, this event serves as a great opportunity to invite a family with kids to join you on Easter Sunday.

    2,500 Holy Week postcards have been printed. 2,350 will be mailed to Lake Zurich residents. The remainder will be available to be used for making personal invitations. If mailed, remember that the post cards, due to their size, will require two stamps.

    Life is full of opportunities. Easter is a grand opportunity for God's people at New Life. Let's work together to take advantage of the opportunity before us to ''reach out to our uprooted world.''

    Sunday School and Preschool Children Sing

    The Sunday School and Preschool children are preparing a song to sing in church on Easter Sunday. What a great way to spend the morning with the family! Easter breakfast, Easter worship, and a meaningful Easter egg hunt. Plan to attend!

    Easter Breakfast

    Easter Breakfast is right around the corner! Breakfast will be served on Easter Sunday, April 16th beginning at 8:15 AM. A sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board in the lower level at church. Please indicate what you'd like to bring by signing up. What a great fellowship opportunity for members and friends of New Life! Bring the family and plan to attend.

    Easter Lilies

    An Easter lily sign-up sheet has been posted on the bulletin board in the lower level if you'd like to purchase one or more lilies to adorn the Lord's chancel on Easter Sunday. The cost of each lily is $7.00 payable by cash or check written to ''Kelly Daugherty''.

    April Preschool News

    It's hard to believe that we only have two more months of preschool left. This month the 4 year old class will be busy learning about "Bugs and Insects" as well as "Taking Care of the Earth." The 3 year old class will learn about "Signs of Spring" and "Taking Care of the Earth." Both classes will also do an Easter project as well as enjoy an Easter egg hunt! During Jesus Time we will study the following Bible Stories: "Jesus Dies on the Cross, Jesus Comes Back to Life" and "Doubting Thomas." In addition, both classes will enjoy a field trip at the end of the month to Heron Park where they will first clean-up the park and then get to play on the playground. On April 10th and 11th I will have my final conferences with the preschool parents. Finally, we will begin working on practicing for our Spring Program which will be held on Sunday, May 21st at 1:30pm. Mark your calendars and plan to attend the program!

    - Mrs. Lori Dundore

    Sunday School Schedule for April

    Sunday School Stories for April

    • 2nd Woman of Canaan
    • 9th Crucifixion
    • 16th No Sunday School, Easter Egg Hunt
    • 23rd Jesus' Burial and Resurrection
    • 30th Ascension

    Bible Classes

    The Sunday morning Bible Class finished their study of 1 John and is now studying the topic of Immigration. Already covered on Sunday March 26th were: definition of terms and no longer foreigners but fellow citizens. Pastor Bauer will cover the other sub-topics throughout the study: Old Testament treatment of aliens, migration in the Bible, Old Testament examples of border enforcement, Nationalism vs. Globalism, a Christian's relationship to his / her government, the purpose of government, immigrant responsibilities, reasons for immigration, special cases, the cost, the Christian's agenda of mercy and justice, the employer's responsibility, refugee immigrants, the concept of ''sanctuary,'' morality and immigration, and false conclusions.

    The Men's Bible Class will take a break until after Easter. The class will resume on Wednesday, April 19th at Noon with its study of Joseph.

    New Life Choirs

    The Tone Chime Choir will have its next rehearsal on Tuesday, April 25th at 7:00 PM. The tone chimers will play for the worship service on May 7th.

    To restart our regular vocal choir, a strong, or several strong soprano voices are needed. Work is being done to put together a men's choir.

    Branch Connection

    The Branch Connection will be having its monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 19th at 6:30 PM. The ladies will be doing a ''work project'' by making tie blankets for the residents at the Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights. Many hands are needed! Bring a scissors if you have one.

    Spring Cleaning

    Saturday, April 22ndh is scheduled on the ministry plan as the day for spring cleanup at church. The cleanup will be an inside / outside clean up. It will last from 9:00 AM until 11:30 AM. Donuts and coffee will be served. If you can spend a few hours keeping our beautiful facility up to par inside or out, plan to attend the cleanup. Or, if you can't make it on Saturday, sign up for a job on the sign-up sheet and get it done at your convenience.

    Care Packages

    What happens when someone stops by church and asks for a handout? Though our primary mission as a church is a spiritual one, New Life does want to meet the physical needs of those who come in need of help. Often, those seeking help are obviously living out of their vehicle.

    Instead of trying to sort through the many yarns that are spun, someone asking for help is told that we as a church can offer a "care package." They are then asked if they would like a care package. If so, they are given a file box containing items to help them survive. Included in the package are grocery items, toiletries, and water. The package also includes a small gas card and a small gift card for Walmart. Information on the local PADS shelter and the Ela Township Open Door Clinic are included. In addition, church material / devotional materials are included. The care package is one of New Life's ways to meet physical needs in the community.

    Usually, six care packages are put together at a time and replenished when the supply is spent. Thanks to Joe and Sheila Berg who put the packages together as part of the Elder's ministry of New Life.

    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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