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After enjoying long lives on the earth, God decided to bring to Himself the souls of Roger and Joyce Nicklaus at the beginning of April, five days apart from one another in their departure from this life. The members and friends of New Life mourn with Chris, Susie and Annie, the Nicklaus children. At the same time we rejoice with them that their parents are now with Jesus.

A funeral service for Roger and Joyce is scheduled for Friday, May 7, at 4:00 PM at New Life Lutheran Church. A visitation will take place before the service from 3:00 - 4:00 PM. Following the service, hors d'oeuvres will be served in the fellowship hall.

An internment service for Roger and Joyce's remains--with full military honors for Roger--will take place at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery near Elwood, IL, on Monday, May 10 at 10:00 AM.


  • 2nd The Rich Man and Poor Lazarus
  • 9th Jesus Raises Lazarus
  • 16th Zacchaeus
  • 23rd Mary Anoints Jesus


Back in 2017 the Lutheran church observed the 500th anniversary of Luther nailing the 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg Germany. Luther''s actions began the start of the Lutheran Reformation. This past April 18 marked another important anniversary. On that date in 1521, Luther stood before Emperor Charles V in Worms, Germany. He was asked if he would recant what he had written. Luther famously responded, ''Unless I am convinced by the teachings of Holy Scripture or by sound reasoning…I am tied by the Scriptures I have quoted and by my conscience. I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither safe nor right. Here I stand. God help me! Amen.''

May the Holy Spirit give to Lutheran Christians and Christians everywhere the same spirit that refuses to back off on what the Bible clearly teaches to be true!


The adult Bible class on Sunday morning is studying the book of Colossians. In that book Paul addresses false teachings about Jesus - many of which are still prevalent today - by exalting Christ. Adult Bible Class begins at 10:45 AM and ends by 11:45 AM. Make it your Spring resolution to give adult Bible class a try!


Men's Bible class meets on Fridays at 11:30 AM. The Men's Bible class is making use of a Bible study called, ''His Hands Among the Nations.'' The class looks at the many Old Testament examples of how God overtly or in a hidden way directed the affairs of the world for the good of His people.


The church council will try to make Mother's Day special by serving a breakfast before the service on May 9. The breakfast will begin at 8:30 AM and will have a wide variety of food items on the menu. As with Easter Breakfast, the church council will take orders and serve the breakfast in a ''box.'' 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!


A Preschool Open House will be held on Monday, May 10th from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM.


It is hard to believe that we are already in the last month of preschool for this school year! What a strange year it has been with COVID-19, but also truly a great year!

The month of May will be a very fun, but busy month, as we wrap up final things to end our school year. During the month of May both classes will make special gifts and cards for their moms for Mother's Day. After that we will be learning all about ''Farming & Planting.'' We will cover the following stories during Jesus Time: ''Stephen Bravely Tells Others about Jesus'', ''Philip Tells a Man about Jesus,'' and ''Jesus Blesses the Children.'' In the three-year-old room the children will learn the Bible story, ''Jesus is the Good Shepherd.''

We are currently practicing for our final Spring Program which will be held on Sunday, May 23 at 1:30pm. Our last days of school will be on Thursday, May 27th and Friday, May 28th.

A huge thank you to my helpers this year and good luck to all the four-year-old children in moving on to Kindergarten next year! It has been my pleasure and a blessing to work with you all.....have a fabulous summer! I will be looking forward to the fall and getting to see all who will be returning again next school year!

- Mrs. Lori Dundore


The month of May is already here! As we begin the month, the Little Sprouts will be busy learning about ''Trucks and Transportation.'' One of our activities will be taking a closer look at the transportation toys in our classroom and deciding if they travel on the road, in the air, or on the sea. We will also find time to make some special Mother's Days gifts. We end the month with the theme ''Down on the Farm'' where we will learn about farm animals and discover how much of the food we eat comes from farms - a perfect opportunity to have a special snack! Our Jesus stories this month will be ''Jesus Visits Mary and Martha'', ''Jesus Returns to Heaven'', ''Jesus Takes Care of the Birds'' and ''Jesus is our Rock.''

As our first year of Little Sprouts comes to an end this month, I am thankful for the opportunity to see these young children grow and mature physically, mentally and spiritually. I am also thankful for the support that I have received from the church, the preschool, my family and my students' families. It is greatly appreciated!

Little Sprouts is now accepting registrations for the 2021-22 school year. If you know of parents in the community who are looking for a two-year-old program, please refer them to Little Sprouts.

- Mrs. Rachel Andrews


At our last meeting in April, Green team had 13 kids in attendance and nine adults. The kids learned about our fellow human beings who live in Russia, built a bird house and wrapped their pine cars. Green Team will have two opportunities to meet in May, on the 13 and 27th. At the meeting on the 13th the kids will race their pine cars. The meeting on the 27th will serve as a picnic / wrap-up meeting.

There's always room for more kids to attend Green Team.


It's that time of year again to clean-up our section of Long Grove Road. More helpers mean a faster cleaning time. Scratch the itch to don one of those stylish orange vests. Please sign up on the sheet in the lower level at church if you can help. Picking up other people's garbage is a ''COVID-19 safe'' activity.


Pastor Bauer recently had a conversation with Rev. Zarling, the director of Training Camp. Rev. Zarling indicated that YMCA Camp Duncan doesn't feel as if they can safely allow groups to use the camp. So, it appears there will be no Training Camp this summer.


Vacation Bible School is scheduled for the week of July 26-30. Please mark your calendar so that your child / children can attend VBS and Sand Volleyball Camp.


After two months of providing the opportunity to help purchase the new hymnal for church, already 82 hymnals have been purchased, along with many of the accompanying books. The hymnals and books are being purchased in memory or in honor of someone. Our goal is to purchase one hundred hymnals which will be delivered this fall.

The overall effort which is called Christian Worship is the result of a careful, years-long curation process conducted by dozens of spiritually discerning pastors, teachers, and laypeople with field test results from across the synod. The new hymnal also comes along with several accompany books: a psalter book, an altar book, etc. which will be used at church. Much more information is available on christianworship.com.

A new hymnal costs $24. Craig La Plante, the Stewardship Chairman, has filled out a worksheet which helps congregations get an idea of what getting the new hymnal for New Life, along with the needed accompaniment books, will cost. The cost will be around $3,000. Members of New Life will be given a chance to purchase a hymnal or hymnals in memory of someone or in honor of someone. Giving members an opportunity to purchase hymnals in this way is how New Life funded our current "Christian Worship-A Lutheran Hymnal" and "Christian Worship Supplement".

The three books every Lutheran Christian wants in their home are the Bible, Luther's Catechism and a hymnal. If you'd like to pre-order a hymnal and / or the accompanying devotion booklet for yourself, you can do that as well.

Envelopes will be provided for ordering. A large sign-up sheet listing the books and their cost of each book will soon be posted on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall. If you would like to purchase one or more of the accompanying books, please use an envelope and designate your gift for that purpose.


A contract has been signed with DSH Audio Visions LLC to design an updated video / audio system for our church. Once the design is complete, we will look at installing different phases of the design to upgrade our video / audio system. At the current time we are also trying to take advantage of a Siebert Foundation grant that offers a 9 to 1 match on gifts given for this purpose up to $5,000. Unfortunately, the process for obtaining the grant has been delayed due to an overwhelming response. Be assured that work continues to bring this project to completion.


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 interest from the New Life Endowment Fund for 2020 was $941.18. The balance of the fund stands at $32,322.82. The Executive Board of the New Life church council will designate how the interest from the fund will be distributed at its February meeting.


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. If you have any questions about how to do this, please speak to Craig LaPlante the Stewardship Chairman.


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 church at 847-438-5018 and leave a message. Have a wonderful safe summer!

-- Mike Spangle - Elder


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, ginny.mundstock@wels.net or phone 414-256-3279.