World Outreach: A Glimpse of Haiti


Take the first step toward engaging in a defining moment that you will never regret!

The team will partner with Pastor Jephthe Lucien and the ministry that he has in Pignon. We will be doing ministry among children, youth and families at Haut Savanette, the church/school that Immanuel adopted. No matter what your skill is, we need you!

Who: Open to adults and IMPACT (high school ministry) students, sophomores and up
When: July 25 – August 1
Price: $1800


This video will pull your heart for Haiti. Join Immanuel Church in Haiti this summer!!

What’s on Pastor Joe’s Mind: Stuck

by Pastor Joe Boerman

Yesterday, in the snow, I made it all the way home from church, only to get stuck at the end of my own driveway … stuck bad. The garage was RIGHT THERE, but I was hanging halfway out into the street and 30 feet away from being “home.”

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It’s frustrating to see your destination, but just keep spinning wheels trying to get there.

I feel that way about our Accelerate giving initiative at Immanuel. Last
fall we “saw” what Accelerated giving could look like at Immanuel-
-A mortgage that is greatly reduced, if not eliminated
-A variety of much-needed, new initiatives in our communities and
in our church
-A deeper involvement in our world including things like the JELLY
Project, anti-human trafficking initiative, missionary projects, etc.

Three months into Accelerate, I’d like to say we’ve got good traction, but we don’t. Since December ended, our giving has been “stuck”, partly do to the fact we haven’t been talking about it enough, to be sure.

This week it just feels like being stranded at the end of my driveway.

I can see the difference a little (or lot) of traction would make, but the wheels are just spinning.

The end of my story yesterday is that a few good men came and pushed me home. At first it was just a lone neighbor. It wasn’t until others stopped to help that together my car and I got home.

I am not embarrassed to say that we need you- all of you– giving to Immanuel for Accelerate to help us gain some traction in an initiative far more important than one man getting into his garage.

And THAT is what’s on my mind this week.

Want to learn more about Accelerate? You can watch videos about our generosity initiative HERE.

The Monday After: Finding God in Failure {Sheryll}

You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave church inspired by and filled with  Truth, encouragement and passion on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the day, pieces of the message tend to fade; somewhere along the way, we often lose that Sunday feeling. 

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} is our attempt to carry the Sunday message into Monday mornings by walking together and sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Each Monday, a voice from the pews will give personal perspective to the words we soaked in on Sunday. 

So follow along each Monday as we seek to integrate that Truth into our daily lives; And thank you for your generosity. When you give lives are being changed!

The Monday After Sunday, February 24, 2013: Finding God in Failure

By Sheryll Belonga

In Pastor Joe’s message he spoke from Isaiah 33:1-24.  In those verses came three points: trust (v 1-6), brokenness (v7-12) and renewal (v 13-24).  As I reflected on the message he gave along with those verses, a line from a song came to mind which says, “I am nothing if I don’t have you”.

That one line reminded me that life without Christ is like that.  We are nothing if we don’t have Him. In John 15:5, the Bible tells us that apart from Him we can do nothing.  So why do we continue trying to live life on our own?  Oh, you may say that you don’t, but is there an area of your life where you don’t seek His guidance?  Is there an area of your life where He has not been invited in?  Is there an area of your life that you have not turned over to Him and trusted Him to handle it for your good?

It all begins with trust.  In order to get to what God has for us we must believe that He can do all that He says He will do.  In Isaiah 33:6 we read that He will be our foundation and provide us with all that we need to succeed.  With God, failure is not an option.  With God, we can be victorious.

Once we trust Him with our lives, it is easy to humble ourselves before Him and allow Him to handle each situation we face.  When we allow ourselves to be broken before God, He will honor that.  It is only when we become less that He can become more.  It is when we stop trying to do for ourselves what only He can do that His power can truly be seen.

Lastly, we can reach a place of renewal.  When I think of being renewed I think of having a full night’s sleep and feeling refreshed and at peace.  I feel like I can tackle the day.  Turning over our lives to God is like that.  We feel like there is nothing we can’t do.

In Isaiah 33:17 we are told that all we will see is His splendor verses the things that we normally feared as in verse 19.  We will no longer feel incapable of what stands before us but we will feel empowered.  In order to get to this place it all starts with trust.

Will you trust Him today?

Sheryll Belonga is wife to Jurrell and homeschooling mom to their three great boys. Her hearts desire is to glorify God in all she says and does in spite of life’s daily happenings.

ICYouth: Share Christ Like Crazy {Gracie}

Your generosity helps transform lives! Every Friday, we’re taking a peek at how God is working in the lives of our impact students. These servants of Jesus are walking daily by faith as they navigate the hallways and relationships inside their school walls and beyond. Our weekly series will highlight what God is up to in their lives in their voices. Leave them some encouragement by commenting?

by Gracie Adamek

For a good portion of my life, I’ve heard and seen stories on the news about mothers and fathers totally broken down because their teenage son or daughter was killed in a car accident.

For 14, almost 15, of my 16 years of life, I’ve been able to think, “Wow. I could never imagine that happening to me or someone I know. God would never let me be affected by something like that!”

And then, three days before my 15th birthday, I had to face that awful reality when one of my very best friends was killed in a car accident. The reason my heart is so heavy all of the sudden and why those memories from that day, over a year and a half ago, are coming up is because very recently, both Lakes and Antioch high schools have also had to face this unfortunate reality.

So, as you can imagine, the entire student body has been walking the halls with sad hearts, a whole lot of questions and tears in their tired eyes. But the thing that I love about being a student at Lakes Community High School these days is that yes, we’re all sad, but I don’t think a single student or staff member has continued thinking that this couldn’t happen to anyone; I think we’ve realized we all need to make sure that everyone we love knows that we love them.

So, what can I do to really reach out as a Christian to those who need it? Especially at a time when everyone is suddenly claiming Christianity. Well, I’ve been thinking about that a lot. And the thing I think God has led me to realize is that I need to be really intentional about telling people about Christ. And that scares me. If you know me, you know I don’t really care about what people think about me. If you like me, great! If you don’t, oh well! But for some  reason, telling people about my faith just seems so scary!

God is calling me, though. Calling me to jump off of “comfort mountain” and trust that He will be there to catch me. The thing is, God is bigger than mountains! That means He’s bigger than all of my fears and troubles, too! Yay God! So I can trust that if God is calling me to get a little uncomfortable with the ones I love and even people I don’t exactly care for, He’s doing it for a reason. And there is no one in this world that I dislike enough to deny them the love, peace and eternal home that only Jesus can give them.

After all, Matthew 28:19-20 says,

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

So, now I am left with the challenge of seeking out opportunities to share the Lord with everyone that I can. I’m leaving all of YOU with a challenge too! Show Christ like crazy. Never be ashamed. And, if you love someone, make sure they know it. Not just with words, but with actions as well. Because you never know when you if you’ll have the chance again.

Snapshot_20121212Gracie Adamek is a junior at Lakes Community High School. She enjoys singing, acting and spending time with friends! Gracie is so grateful for this opportunity and hopes to glorify God 100% through this!

Hearts For Haiti


Thinking of missions? Have a heart for Haiti? Then join Immanuel Church in Haiti this summer!!

Our lives are filled with defining moments. Most of these “defining moments” are ones that were not comfortable. But when we look back, we realize that they helped define who we are and who we are becoming.
That is what going on a Mission Trip is. It is a defining moment that shapes us into becoming more Christ- like.

Is God inviting you to participate in one of the opportunities below? To take the first step toward engaging in a defining moment that you will never regret, read on!


The team will partner with Pastor Jephthe Lucien and the ministry that he has in Pignon. We will be doing ministry among children, youth and families at Haut Savanette, the church/school that Immanuel adopted. No matter what your skill is, we need you! More planning will happen as the team forms and we see the gifting of each person who is on it!


Who: Open to adults and IMPACT (high school ministry) students, sophomores and up
When: July 25 – August 1
Price: $1800

Past Haiti team members had this to say:

I look forward to being the hands, feet and heart for God. I don’t know what I will encounter, I don’t know who will touch my life, I don’t know whose life I’ll touch….but I do know God has and will encounter everything with me as I go.   – Patti

We’re all told that our God is a big God, but in Haiti I finally realized just how universal He is. Here I was sitting in a tent made of sticks and tarps that was their church, praising the same God that we worship at Immanuel on Sundays. It was just a big revelation to me.  – Tarin

Missions trips are always unique because of the overpowering feeling of God’s presence. Things that we like to call God moments occur very frequently on trips due to our awareness of God. – Zach

Informational meeting at Immanuel – Sunday, March 10th – 10:15-10:40 am (room B112)

Stop by the WO Info Circle and pick up an application or go to, click on World Outreach and fill out the application online.

God has made these children to be “kings and queens” for Him!