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New Life will observe the 506th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation on Sunday, October 29th. It was on October 31, 1517 that Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. This event marked the start of the Protestant Reformation.


The Sunday School lessons that will be taught in October are:

  • October 1-God Calls Moses
  • October 8-The Plagues
  • October 15-The Passover
  • October 22-Crossing the Red Sea
  • October 29-Quail and Manna

Sunday School begins at 10:45 AM in the FEllowship Hall.


New Life has been blessed with three teachers who put a lot of time into preparing Sunday School lessons. Parents, please make Sunday School a priority for your kids. Kids who have perfect attendance for a month straight will be rewarded with a $5 gift card for Oberweis Dairy-a sundae for perfect Sunday school attendance.


Last Spring we began to look at the Bible lessons covered in the video series "The Chosen, Season 3." Though the series includes a lot of "extra Biblical material," Pastor Bauer uses the parts of the series that cover the life and ministry of Jesus from the Gospels. The lessons to be covered in October: "Clean Part 2," and "Intensity in Tent City."

Adult Bible Class will begin at 10:45 AM. After church, grab something to eat and drink and head to the New Life Café for Bible class.


Men's Bible class finished a video study called, "Working for the Man Upstairs." In October, the men's class will begin a three part video study on the life of Martin Luther.

Men's Bible class is held on Fridays at 11:30 AM. The class starts with lunch and is usually over by 1:00 PM.


The Little Sprouts class had a fun September getting used to classroom routines and meeting new friends. It is hard to believe that October is already here! We begin our month by learning about shapes. We will sing some songs and do a shape scavenger hunt in the classroom (with some help from the teachers).The children will color a book about shapes and create a "shape" Noah's ark, complete with sticker animal pairs! Delicious and crunchy apples is the next theme. Children will learn the songs "A-P-P-L-E" to the tune of "Bingo" and create an apple tree using Duplo blocks dipped in red paint for the apples. An apple taste test will take place during snack time one day where the Sprouts can decide on their favorite apple - red, yellow or green. Storytime will feature both fiction and nonfiction books about apples - there are so many titles to choose from!

Jesus Time stories this month include: "Noah's Big Boat", as well as a look at Abraham, Jacob and Joseph in the titles "Count the Stars!" "Jacob's Beautiful Dream, Joseph's Special Gift," and "Joseph's New Job".

- Mrs. Rachel Andrews


What a great start to our school year! The children have got most of our routines down, and because of this, we can enjoy longer free play and outdoor time when the weather permits. This month marks our first opportunity to sing with the Sunday school children on Sunday, October 1st. The children have been working very hard. I hope to see some students attend. We will be learning about "Colors" in the three-year-old class. The four-year-old class will be learning about "Fall & Pumpkins." Both will enjoy a field trip to Country Bumpkin. Additionally, they will enjoy a fall party at the end of the month. During Jesus Time, all the children will learn the following Bible stories: "God Answers Abraham's Prayer for a Son", "Jacob Sees a Beautiful Dream", "God Has a Plan for Joseph" "Joseph Becomes a Ruler in a Faraway Land."

Finally, we will have picture days on Tuesday, October 10th & Wednesday, October 11th.

- Mrs. Lori Dundore, Teacher/ Director


The next rehearsal for the tone chime choir will be on Wednesday, October 11 at 7:00 PM. The tone chime choir will then play for the divine service on Sunday, October 15.


Green Team held it's first meeting of the month on October 14th. This year, the kids are following the theme: DISCOVERING THE GREAT ARTISTS. At each meeting the kids will learn about a famous artist, study his or her style and medium, and then create a piece of artwork in the genre of the great artist. At their first meeting the kids learned about Giotto di Bondone and created a painting using egg tempera paint and homemade paint brushes. Kids who are preschool through eighth grade are invited to come to Green Team. Green Team meets the second and fourth Thursdays of every month from 6:30 - 8:00 PM.


The Branch Connection will be collecting money to purchase gifts from Trevor Dundore and Alisson Maan De Kole's wedding registry. If you would like to participate, please see Susan Sarvady or Kelly Daugherty by Sunday, October 15th.


Sponsored by the Branch Connection

  • When: Tuesday, October 10th at 6:00 PM
  • Where: Fat Rosie's Taco and Tequila Bar in Lincolnshire, IL
  • Who: All women of the congregation and friends, too!

Please sign up on the sheet at church located on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall.


According to the Recruit Training Center at Great Lakes Naval Station, Adopt-a-Sailor is a "go" for this year. In years past when hosting Naval Recruits for Thanksgiving Day, New Life has prepared the turkey and stuffing and potatoes herself. This year we will be catering those main items. In the days ahead, a sign-up sheet will be posted to let people indicate if they'd like to bring a side dish for Thanksgiving. Pastor Bauer obtained a grant to fund the program.


  • 9:00 AM-Noon
  • There will be a job for you!


It's that time of year again to break out those stylish orange vests and clean-up our section of Long Grove Road. More helpers mean a faster cleaning time. Please sign up on the sheet in the lower level at church if you can help on Sunday, October 15th at Noon.


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 towels.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: 414-256-3279.


The United Way's fall fund drive is underway right now, and many employers will match employee contributions. Tree of Life Lutheran Preschool is recognized by the United Way, so this is a great opportunity to help out with our education and community outreach efforts via the preschool. "10438331" is the ID number for Tree of Life. All contributions are greatly appreciated!


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


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.