Holiday Party & Christmas Service

Immanuel is hosting a Holiday Party at 2:00PM this Sunday, December 17 for the migrant families residing in the temporary shelter at 640 W Irving Park Road. (We are co-hosting this event with the 46th Ward, Anshe Emet Synagogue, New Life – Little Village and La Iglesia – Mundelein.)

At this gathering, shelter residents will be invited to receive a gift, have a family portrait taken by an Immanuel photographer and enjoy food and hot chocolate. We’ll also have some games for kids!

This party will be followed by a Christmas service (in Spanish, led by New Life Church from Little Village) around 4:30PM, which all families will be invited to join.

Thanks to all who donated to our Advent Offering, which is funding gifts for families and food for their meal.


The Season of Advent

The season of Advent marks the beginning of a new church calendar year. During Advent (the four weeks before Christmas) we look forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus and remember His promise to return. Advent is not only a time to celebrate the birth of Christ, but also to awaken anticipation for his second coming.

In this season, you will find our sanctuary decorated with purple fabric. Royal purple is the liturgical color for the Advent season and signifies that Jesus is the promised king, who began His rule in a manger in Bethlehem and will one day return to reign in glory.

December Services

We plan to worship at 10AM throughout all the Sundays of Advent and Christmastide!

December 3 1st Sunday of Advent
December 10 2nd Sunday of Advent Lessons & Carols
December 17 3rd Sunday of Advent
December 24 4th Sunday of Advent Christmas Eve
December 31 Christmastide

Church Calendar

The season of Advent is the beginning of the liturgical calendar, which helps Christians live the story of the Gospel of Jesus Christ all year. Sometimes referred to as the “church calendar,” this annual cycle connects us with Christians around the world and in history.

If you are new to the liturgical calendar, check out a beginner’s guide (created by Father Aaron) which gives a brief overview of each season and provides Scriptures and spiritual practices to get you started.