Legacy Summit: “Love is Never Stationary”

If you asked this year’s Legacy Summit speaker Bob Goff his take on love, he’d likely tell you love isn’t just a feeling that makes the heart flutter or a part of a phrase to be uttered every night before we go to bed.

” … We need to stop plotting the course and instead just land the plane on our plans to make a difference by getting to the ‘do’ part of faith. That’s because love is never stationary,” Goff wrote in his book, Love Does. ” In the end, love doesn’t just keep thinking about it or keep planning for it. Simply put: love does.”

This year’s summit attendees will spend a morning with Goff as he encourages us to love well and inspires us to love in ways we perhaps have only dreamed.

Want a little sneak peak of Goff in action? Check out this video of Goff giving us tips on how to live a secretly extraordinary life.

So are you ready to stop thinking about living an incredible life and start doing it? Are you ready to love and love well?

Register now for the Love Does! Legacy Summit at the early-bird pricing!


Love Does Legacy Summit

Date: Saturday, October 4 from

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Location: Immanuel Church

Register: Click here

Parent Summit: Youth Culture

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.” 
– Philo of Alexandria

Most of us parents probably remember at least some of the frustration that centered around being a kid or teenager under the rule of parents who just didn’t seem to “get it.”

And maybe some of us have found ourselves as parents trying to navigate a youth culture we just don’t quite understand, trying diligently to get it so we can raise our kids in a way that pleases the Lord and lends to harmony and growth.

Fortunately, God understands the culture in which we’re raising our kids and the truth in His word transcends time with wisdom and clarity as to how we can best raise our children to become people of integrity who worship the Creator instead of self.

But what does that look like? Does the Bible tell us how we can best parent a two-year-old wild child who is intent on unloading toilet paper rolls into a clogged toilet look like? And does that interaction matter for the future? And what’s the Bible say parenting in a Christ-centric way  looks like with a grade schooler or teenager who faces challenges way different than what we faced while growing up?

Thankfully, it has plenty to say! Youth Pastor Josh Petersen will be sharing with us how God’s word intersects and is applicable even with today’s youth culture.

And parents and grandparents of preschoolers and grade schoolers, lest you think this summit is mainly for those with older kids please know it’s very much for you! It’s hard to imagine these cute little ones facing such challenges in their daily lives, but they do and foundations we begin to build in the early years are extremely important! Someday these children will be teens, adults and parents themselves.

So what’s  the climate of youth culture even feel like today? Here’s a little insight from some of the young adults in our youth group:

“I wish that parents knew that high school is NOT the same as it was before. I can’t tell you how many times my parents have said, “I was in high school once, I know what it’s like.” But in reality, most parents aren’t aware of how different school is now. One of the main places I see this is simply with my schedule. I am busier than my parents are today! I have school, rehearsal, basketball, Bible study, youth group, I’m on four teams at church, and when I don’t have anything to do (which is incredibly rare) I babysit so that I can raise money to go on a mission trip this summer. So that’s one way that high school isn’t the same. Also, not everyone is doing drugs, smoking, drinking and having sex. Now there are still people who do that, but it’s just not cool anymore! People are smarter about their bodies than other people were just a decade ago. Even just in the ’90s it was waaaayyyy cooler to do all that stuff than it is now. The people that I notice in the ‘bad crowd’ are people who either don’t have any rules set by their parents or kids who have too many rules set. As silly as it may sound, teens want rules. They might not admit it, but if parents can sit down and think of good and necessary rules, it shows that they actually care about the well being of their children. Also, this one does sound silly, but teens want to be treated like adults. I think that as long as parents show respect and trust to their teenagers, they will get much better results than smothering them or making them fend for themselves. I hope that now parents know, high school is different.” — a high school junior who attends Immanuel

“I wish that our parents knew that the worldly, sinful things of this world consistently find a way to creep into our lives, and that we need strong, scripturally based parenting to equip us for what we face in our schools and daily lives; we need to know what the Bible says about the issues of our society.  I wish my parents knew that sin permeates even more than they realize. They can never succumb to the false perception that we are ignorant or sheltered from the things of this world. We are aware of and are hit by more temptations than they realize. Don’t ever be afraid to ask us questions about our own spiritual lives, and in general, don’t ever shy away from spiritual conversation with us. We need to hear what you have to say as spiritual role models, and even if we appear like we may not want to talk about our spiritual lives, a simple “how’s your quiet time been going?” from our parents can go a long way toward helping us stay on track. Allow us to see why you make the decisions you make in regard to parenting us. Being disciplined is a lot more bearable when your parents have explained that they love you and have your best spiritual and eternal interest in mind.” — a high school sophomore who attends Immanuel

Want to go deeper into understand today’s youth culture and what the Bible has to say about parenting in grace and love? You definitely won’t want to miss this spring’s Parent Summit.

Click HERE to register for the April 13, 2013 Parent Summit!

Green Lake Getaway: Experience God’s Great Outdoors

by Pam Gillaspie, Immanuel Attendee

I’m a retreat professional.

Bet you didn’t know such a thing existed! I travel around the country speaking at conferences and retreats and my daughter Katie, now 15, travels with me. This past year we’ve been from Minnesota to Ohio to Alaska, but the retreat she won’t miss is the one in Green Lake, Wisconsin!

Katie has attended Immanuel’s Green Lake Getaway every year of her life and her old mother (that’s me) hasn’t missed one of them since, well, the beginning of time. To be honest, there have been years when I’ve thought about taking a pass. Life happens, and retreats aren’t cheap. Add to that when my husband travels on business for most of June the thought of hunkering down at home grows in its appeal.

Every year we faced the choice: To go or not to go? Invest the coin or pocket the money? On one particular trip to Green Lake, however, that all changed for me. Katie announced from the backseat, “Mom, when you’re old and can’t get up here on your own, I’m going to pick you up from the nursing home and bring you to Green Lake with me every year!” In that instant I knew that this had become more than a weekend away. The Green Lake experience was part of the fabric of our family, part of our history. Over the years we had built memories of family, of extended family and of church family that were priceless.

Katie wants me to tell you that you can do this trip much more economically by camping (Can you tell what discussions we often have in our house?), but I want you to know that if you need a clean pillow, your own bathroom and a great place to play games you can join us in the lodge!

Email DianeV@immanuelhome.org to register for the Green Lake Getaway or head over to the info circle while you’re at church! Registration begins January 20 and ends February 10, 2013. Green Lake Getaway runs Thursday evening, June 13 through Saturday afternoon, June 15.

Pam Gillaspie, her husband Dave and kids Brad and Katie call Immanuel Church home. Pam is an author and speaker with Precept Ministries International. She also is, indeed, a retreat professional who will most likely be at Green Lake again this summer unprofessionally.