Churches are more than simply places to worship. In addition to tending to the needs of their congregations, they adopt a mission of community service, as well. One example of this widespread fellowship can be found at Immanuel Lutheran Church, in Crystal Lake. The church participates in several efforts, including its popular community-wide Upward Basketball and Cheer program, a 6K global walk in partnership with World Vision and an annual free community clinic.
Since 2009, Upward at Immanuel has been serving the greater McHenry County community as a sports ministry dedicated to providing kids a safe and nurturing place to grow in character, confidence, faith and sportsmanship while discovering and refining their athletic abilities. “We recently participated in a global 6K walk to help drill clean water wells in Africa,” said Bob Dorn, of Immanuel Lutheran Ministries. In that case the community is international. Locally, our Community Clinic is our largest outreach.”
In its ninth year, the free Community Clinic is slated for Saturday, July 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., 300 S. Pathway Ct., Crystal Lake, behind Crystal Lake Jewel and Hobby Lobby. The clinic is organized by Immanuel Lutheran Ministries, including Immanuel Lutheran, Prince of Peace - Crystal Lake, Crosspoint – Lakewood and Fellowship of Faith - McHenry.
The clinic features Ronald McDonald House’s Mobile Care, which will offer free back-to-school physicals and immunizations to children, from kindergartners to high school seniors.
Also included are free medical screenings for adults and kids, dental screenings, vision screenings, hearing and chiropractic screenings, all provided by licensed medical professionals. Other services include an on-site hair salon offering free haircuts, a personal services/community resource expo, free backpacks and school supplies, free lunch, and a visit from the Northern Illinois Food Bank’s mobile pantry containing 10,000 pounds of food for the Clinic guests.
We feel very privileged to be able to serve the community in this way,” Dorn said.
For more information, visit www.immanuelcl.org or call (815) 459-1441