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In our country, educational focus is often on the 3 Rs (reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic). These are important pieces, but sometimes the academic focus takes away from teaching who people are and how to work together. At Immanuel Lutheran School, three things we hang our hat on are Academic Excellence, Relationship, and Christ-Centeredness.

Relationship and learning to understand people’s perspectives, actions, and lifestyles is key in helping students develop empathy for others. We teach God has created everyone uniquely. The psalmist writes, “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). We also teach that while everyone is uniquely made, we are all united as one human race (Acts 17:26).

In Christ, we are commanded to love others. Immanuel teachers share this message regularly. We serve others because the Creator of the entire universe humbled himself by becoming human and dying on a cross to show how much he loves humanity. This love is passed on in the way we serve and love all people (1John 4:19).

Next year, Immanuel Lutheran School will be part of a program called Stirred to Love. The program partners suburban Lutheran schools with Lutheran schools from Chicago. Immanuel is partnering with Grace Christian Academy.

Our partnership will have students of different cultural backgrounds experiencing each other organically. Grace will come to our school and we will go to theirs. We will share field trips, outdoor education experiences, and competitive atmospheres when our athletic programs play each other. All involved will get a small glimpse into what heaven is like with people from “every nation, tribe, people and language,” (Revelation 7:9) perfectly together.

The Stirred to Love program is just one way we are teaching students to live in a world with compassion, acceptance, and love. It will allow children from different backgrounds to see how much they have in common. They will understand differences, learn commonalities, and create organic connections to last a lifetime.

Immanuel Lutheran Church - Crystal Lake
300 S Pathway Court , Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Phone: 815-459 -1441
Website: http://immanuelcl.org/

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