Bearing Fruit, by Mr. Angell

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

It is spring, although this week it feels a lot more like summer! It is time for the birds to sing, the grass to turn green, the flowers to bloom, the trees to blossom, and the garden to grow. Spring also brings back memories of the Peach Tree. Located smack in the middle of our backyard in Salt Lake City (making mowing a pain, by the way) stood the bane of my existence. Every year we would prune, we would water, we would fertilize, treating that tree with tender loving care. Unfortunately, we found that the peach tree had a mind of its own. Sometimes it would bear fruit, more than we could ever possibly use, and sometimes we would get five peaches if we were lucky. Until the day we moved, that peach tree remained one of the great mysteries of the ages.

Jesus also teaches about bearing fruit. In Luke 13: 1-9 He tells the parable of the fig tree. A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, which did not bear fruit. The man decided that he would cut the tree down. However the gardener told the man to wait one year during which he would water and fertilize the tree, and if it still did not bear fruit, the man could cut it down. We sinners are that fig tree and the law (the owner) accuses us and would cut us down, but Jesus (the gardener) has intervened for us through his death and resurrection. However, as redeemed children of God we should bear fruit (acts of love and kindness). The parable teaches us that, like our peach tree, if you don’t bear fruit you’re going to get cut down… Sorry, I got a little too law oriented there. The parable, however, does teach us that in response to the love of Jesus Christ and His actions for us, we should reach out to others in love and concern. We too should bear fruit!

Hands, by Mr. Angell

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

A basketball in my hands is worth about $20. A basketball in Kevin Durrant’s hands is worth about $30 million. It depends whose hands it’s in. A baseball in my hands is worth about $10. A baseball in Clayton Kershaw’s hands is worth $25 million. It depends on whose hands it’s in. A tennis racket is useless in my hands. A tennis racket in Serena Williams’ hands is worth millions. It depends whose hands it’s in. A stick in my hands will keep away an angry dog. A stick in Moses’ hands parted the Red Sea. It depends whose hands it’s in. A slingshot in my hands is a kid’s toy. A slingshot in David’s hand is a mighty weapon. It depends whose hands it’s in. Two fish and five loaves of bread in my hands is a couple of fish sandwiches. Two fish and five loaves of bread in Jesus’ hands will feed thousands. It depends whose hands it’s in. Nails in my hands might, if I am lucky, produce a doghouse. Nails in Jesus Christ’s hands will produce salvation for the entire world. It depends whose hands it’s in.

As you see, it really depends whose hands it’s in. So put your concerns, your worries, your fears, your hopes, your dreams, your families and your relationships in God’s hands because it truly depends whose hands it’s in.

8th Grade Awards

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

8th Grade Awards


Hannah Edgel and Kate Thuma


Kurt Brink Award: (for exceptional persistence and diligence in daily work)

Barkat Khan and Luke Mummert


Jane Schuetz Award: (for Christian life and service)

Abraham Bowen and Tyler Ruddy


Walter Bartels Award: (for leadership and cooperative spirit)

Kate Thuma


Marion Wolpert Award: (for outstanding progress and improvement)

Jakob Duran and Jean-Marie Heffenger


Alan Geuder Award (for outstanding dedication)

Avery Gohr and Thomas Hielkema


Creative Arts Award

(for showing promise and accomplishment in the areas of music, dance, art, and drama)

Madison Calhoun


Principal’s Award

Mrs. Wendy Dillon

for her years of service at Immanuel

Graduations, by Mr. Angell

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Graduations are always a time of celebration. For eighth graders, we celebrate their academic accomplishments during their time at Immanuel as they prepare to move on to high school. For kindergarten students, we celebrate their accomplishments during their first year of school, counting to 100, knowing their ABC’s, and growing in faith as they prepare to move to first grade. It is also a celebration of the committed teachers who have helped each of these children of God grow academically, spiritually, and emotionally. Graduations are a time of completion as well as new beginnings, a time of reflection, and anticipation of what is to come.

As Christians we also anticipate a graduation, not from elementary school or high school, but from this life to the next. Jesus tells us in John 14:2-4, “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.  You know the way to the place where I am going.” Jesus has promised us a place in Heaven not based on what we know or do, but based on our faith in Him. Through His death and resurrection He has secured us a place with Him in Heaven and a graduation that we can truly look forward to and celebrate.

Graduation: This past Thursday twenty six 8th graders received their diplomas and prepare to move on to high school. We thank and praise God for these young men and women and pray God’s blessings on them as they transition to a new stage in their life. We also want to recognize the seven Immanuel congregation graduates. They are Abraham Bowen, Hannah Edgel, Avery Gohr, McKenzie Jaramillo, Jared Martinez, Dominic Romero, and Makayla Sandoval.

Panther Sports

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

Track: We want to thank all of our coaches this year for their hard work and leadership. The coaches were Julia Mummert, Bill Dennis, Beth Calhoun, and Laniya Howe. We also want to thank all of our parent volunteers who helped at all of the meets.

Fall Sports: A reminder to all ILS students who plan to participate in fall sports including flag football, volleyball, tennis, or golf. You will need to make sure that you get a physical before the season begins and fill out all the appropriate paperwork and have that on file in the school office. Please check with Ms. Kelley if you are not sure what needs to be completed.

Elementary Sports Program: Elementary Sports: The APIAL now offers a sports program for grades 1-4 including volleyball, soccer, and basketball. If you would be interested in having your child participate please let Ms. Kelley know or if you would be interested in coaching. This does involve games on Saturdays. We know that some parents indicated interest in this on their Parent Survey but we need volunteer coaches to get the program going. There is a $50 fee to participate. If are interested in coaching or having your child participate contact Ms. Kelley.

Christian Education

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

Thank You to Youth Group Volunteers

We want to thank all of our volunteers that worked with Crazy Christians, Dynamic Disciples, Serving Our Savior-7th and 8th grade, and Girls Club. Our volunteers include: Mrs. Mary Halberg, Jessey and Paul Cherne-Durkin, Sarah Boucher, and Mrs. Laniya Howe. We also want to thank the Immanuel Lutheran Church Board of Christian Education for sponsoring these groups that help our students enjoy an afterschool activity and grow in their faith. All of these volunteers are a blessing to ILS.


Mighty Fortress VBS

Raise the banner high, should it loud, the battle is done, because In Jesus, the Victory is Won!

Mighty Fortress 2017 Vacation Bible School takes kids to a kingdom where our champion, our fortress and sure defense is Jesus our Savior, our king. This 5-day chivalrous journey through Mighty Fortress Assemblies, Stronghold Storytelling, Victory Village Bible Challenge, Great Hall Snacks, Tournament Crafts and Games, is based upon 1 Corinthians 15:57.

You can now register for this thrilling adventure by stopping by the church or school office to pick-up a registration form or by going to to register on-line. VBS runs from Monday, June 26 through Friday, June 30 each day from 9:00-12:00. If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering to help with VBS contact Becky Cherne at 410-7760 or by email at We hope your children can join us for this special opportunity to grow in faith, sing, listen to stories of heroism, eat snacks, and have some fun. Enroll your child soon.

A Great Goodbye, by Mr. Angell

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

We have had many great good-byes throughout history both in real life and in the theater. We have the parting of Marc Anthony and Cleopatra, Caesar’s “Et tu Brute”, General McArthur’s “I shall return.” In film, we have Romeo and Juliet’s, “Parting is such sweet sorrow,” as well as the farewell between Rick and Elsa in Casa Blanca, and Arnold’s “I’ll be back in.” in Terminator.

But there is none more poignant and important to us as Christians than Jesus’ farewell to the disciples as He prepared to ascend into Heaven. He told His disciples that he was going to prepare a place for them and He would ask His Father to send the Holy Spirit to give them the strength to go into the world and preach the Good News of salvation. That promise was not only to the disciples but to us as well. He has not left us but is by our side at all times. This is a comforting message to all Christians, but especially to our 8th grade students who graduated Thursday and will soon be going out into the fields as they move on to high school. We pray that the Holy Spirit would continue to help them grow in faith and live a life in Christ in a non-Christian world. We pray also for our ILS families who will not be returning next year, that they will continue to grow in faith and love for Christ.

May the Lord grant all our ILS families a safe and blessed summer!

Classroom News

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Last Day of Classes: Friday, May 26 will be the last day of classes for the 2016-1017 school year. Pastor Hefflefinger will lead chapel starting about 8:45 followed by the Awards Ceremony. Students will be dismissed at 10:30 a.m. and there will be no afterschool care that day.

ALS Field Day: ILS students did a great job at Field Day last Friday. Our relay teams all won except, the kindergarten class who finished a close 2nd. The 7th grade class won for the seventh year in a row and our school relay team won for the second year in a row. Thank you to all our families who attended Field Day.

Spring Concert: Parents, family, and friends were again treated to a wonderful band concert this Tuesday by both the beginning and advanced bands as well as a fantastic performance of the musical “Life Song” by the middle school choir. We want to thank Mr. Stoneking and Mrs. Halford for all that they do in working with our ILS students. We also want to thank Mr. Pflieger and Mr. Younis for their help with the sound system.

Graduations: We will still have two graduation ceremonies coming up this week. On Thursday, May 18 the 8th grade graduation will be held in the gym beginning at 6:00 pm. This will be followed by a reception that will also be held in the gym. Finally on Friday, May 19 the Kindergarten Graduation will be held at 6:30 pm in the gym. This will also be followed by a reception in the gym.

Middle School Literature Library Mrs. Dillon requests that ILS middle school students return any books borrowed from her literature library, prior to the end of school, so that she can complete her inventory. Failure to comply with this request will result in a severe beating, torture, and other extremely painful experiences until said books are returned. Just kidding!

Library Thank You: Thank you so much to all of our library volunteers who have so faithfully and generously given of their time and talents to serve in the ILS library this school year. This includes our classroom helpers, Rachel Van Zele (1,3) Daryl Wells (2), Michelle Aragon (2), Dawn Osborn (3), Sharon Westerfield (4), Christine White (6) in addition to our Book Repair specialist, Deb Burke. Please see your 2017/2018 classroom teacher for details on how you can serve next year.

New Head Librarian: We are excited to announce a change to the library program for the 2017/2018 school year. Dawn Osborn will assume the helm as head librarian and will be assisted by the talented Daryl Wells. We look forward to the application of their many God given talents to the ILS library program and thank them for agreeing to serve in this capacity.

This Week’s Chapel

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Chapel Offering: Our April Chapel offerings will go to support the missionaries sponsored by Immanuel Lutheran Church. Immanuel sponsors a number of missionaries and missions both in the United States and throughout the world. We will try and highlight one of these missionaries each week. This week we would like to highlight the work of Mrs. Janet Borchard who works for Lutheran Bible Translators in Papua New Guinea. In this role she helps to translate the Bible into several native languages as well as leading Bible Studies for people from the area.

Chapel: In chapel this week Mr. Angell talked about ways in which we show our pets that we love them by grooming, feeding, watering, and keeping them healthy. We then talked about how we show Jesus that we love Him by loving others, worshipping Him, praying, reading the Bible, and sharing the Good News. These actions don’t earn us eternal salvation only faith does that but they are in response to Jesus’ love.

Prayer Corner: We pray for wisdom for the Deacons as they finish the interview process and arrange pastoral visits. We pray for Mrs. Tammy Frerichs as she considers our call to be the 6th grade teacher for next year. We pray for the visit of Pastor Kear and his family this weekend! We pray God’s blessings on our 8th grade graduates as they leave Immanuel and for a safe travel for them, Mrs. Cotter, and the chaperones on their class trip. We pray also for our kindergarten graduates and that God would continue to bless them!

Bring Back Your Books!

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Middle School Literature Library

Mrs. Dillon requests that ILS middle school students return any books borrowed from her literature library, prior to the end of school, so that she can complete her inventory. Failure to comply with this request will result in a severe beating, torture, and other extremely painful experiences until said books are returned. Just kidding!


Library Books Due

All library materials are now due. The library police have been notified and all students with outstanding materials will not be issued a report card until they are returned or paid for. Don’t get booked! Return your library materials today.  Call/text Lindy Newlander for assistance or by email at

Thank you for your help!