Immanuel Lutheran Church

Immanuel eNewsletter

September, 2012

"The Story" Resumes!

In This Issue
The Story Resumes!
Worship News
Discipleship News
Children's News
3:16 Middle School Youth Group
12:29 High School Youth Group
Fellowship and Meetings
Grace Overflowing Appeal
Register Immanuel eNews
Welcome Picture
Worship Times


A Spiritual Growth Experience for All Ages!



It's time to launch the second half of our All-Church Spiritual Growth Experience, The Story! Small Groups will begin meeting the week of September 9!

The curriculum throughout the fall will focus on the New Testament - at last! Come experience the Bible like you never have before.


We have a variety of groups who meet throughout the week at several locations. If you are new to Immanuel or curious about The Story please sign-up for a group or ask how you can start your own study group. Bibles, dvd's and participant guides are available for all who participate.





Worship: Voice of the Martyrs Guest Speaker


We are thrilled to announce that Robert Brock, a national speaker for Voice of the Martyrs, will bless all three worship services on September 30th with the message of the persecuted church around the world. Many of us tend to be insulated from the extent of violence and persecution that our brothers and sisters in Christ suffer in many parts of the globe.


Robert's multi-media presentation will bring to life the incredible faith and courage of persecuted and martyred Christians. Before joining the staff of Voice of the Martyrs, Robert and his family worked with refugees from Communist and Islamic countries in Europe. He has also ministered in Pakistan, Vietnam, Sudan, China, India, Egypt, Iraq, Indonesia, Columbia, Bangladesh, Nigeria, and Nepal. In his extensive travels, Robert meets with families of martyred Christians, and delivers aid, relief, and spiritual encouragement.  


Invite your friends and neighbors to come and hear this inspiring testimony to the faith of those living in areas where there is no religious freedom, and where confessing Jesus Christ as Lord can lead to torture and even death.


Music Recognition Sunday October 7


We are thrilled to announce Music Recognition Sunday on October 7th at all three services. We will celebrate the gift of music, the gift of song, the gift of worship itself, and the gift of musical prayer. You will be blessed with special music from each of our beloved ensembles - Praise Team, Youth Praise Team, Jubilate, and Bells of Immanuel. Mark your calendars and invite a friend to come celebrate God's gift of music!  


Praise Team


The Praise Team meets every Wednesday night at 8:00PM for rehearsals. Thanks for their spectacular leadership every Sunday morning for contemporary worship. Thanks also for introducing new and motivating music that upholds God's word! Contact John Ivan if you are interested joining the team for more info.


Youth Praise Team


The Youth Praise Team meets Wednesday nights at 5:30PM for rehearsals. Teens (between 6th and 12th grade) are encouraged to join this ministry as we connect with God through music. We are learning several songs and have special plans for the fall! We welcome singers, instrumentalists, and others to complete our growing team. Contact John Ivan for more info




Jubilate (Immanuel's choir for all ages and musical genres) has been working hard all summer. We have several special anthems slated for the fall. Rehearsals are open to ALL and occur Wednesday nights at 6:45PM. We are learning special anthems that are musically challenging, yet allow us to engage deeply into His word. Rehearsal CD's are offered to help learn parts for those who can't read music well. We have a great core group that would love to welcome more voices to the team!


Bells of Immanuel


Rehearsals for Bells of Immanuel resume on Sunday September 9th at 9:00AM (upstairs). Director Ellen Hanson has special anthems planned for the fall. Mark your calendars for the re-launch as it will be a great time to join. No musical training is necessary.


Av and Media Specialists


Thanks to the AV and media specialists and their new helpers for the computer, video, and soundboard! They help create a seamless worship that allows us to see and hear God's message through technology. The team is currently training new people and would love some extra help! Contact John Ivan for more info. (262)620-2349 or


A Summer Voice Recital


William Doreza presents "A Summer Voice Recital" featuring Baroque, Romantic and Musical Theater selections on Wednesday, September 5th at 7:00 p.m. here at Immanuel. Coffee and dessert reception to follow. Will Doreza is a fourth-year candidate for the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree at Lawrence University and is currently studying with soprano Teresa Seidl. After graduate school, he hopes to be involved in the church, as a music director, performer or clergy.


Teacher Installation


We will install our Sunday Church School, Confirmation and High School Teachers in worship on September 16th.


Blessing of Backpacks


Children and teens are encouraged to bring their backpacks to worship on Sunday, September 16th to be blessed for the school year. 





A Spiritual Growth Experience for All Ages!


It's time to launch the second half of our All-Church Spiritual Growth Experience, The Story! Small Groups will begin meeting the week of September 9! The curriculum throughout the fall will focus on the New Testament - at last! Come experience the Bible like you never have before.


As you get into the heart of God's story, you'll discover it's the greatest love story ever told! Your spiritual vitality will get a massive boost, as you experience God's constant pursuit of a love relationship with you and all people!


If reading the Bible is on your Bucket List, this is God's time for you! No prior experience is necessary! If you've been a serious student of the Bible, this study is also for you. If you're new to Immanuel, this is an outstanding opportunity to get to know a small group of folks.


We'll be using The Story for the entire church this fall, including SCS children, middle school, high school and adults. The curriculum is geared to each particular age group, and is simply outstanding!


The Study Includes:


* Small Groups! Check out the schedule of Small Groups available each day of the week, at a variety of times and locations. There is a group for YOU!


* The Story. Bibles are available for each participant. The Story uses the familiar NIV translation, with selected scriptures in a narrative format. Reading God's plan of salvation is made more accessible, because it's like reading a novel.


* Participant's Guide. This resource includes Biblical texts, personal reflections, and probing questions for group conversation. Specially created materials for our Sunday School children and teens will also be used.


* Video Presentations. Small Groups will see fantastic video teachings each week by dynamic speaker, Randy Frazee. Our teens will watch creative, and equally outstanding videos geared especially to them.


Check out the list of Small Groups below! Please sign up at church or call the facilitator of your choice. We need to know how many plan to attend so we have enough curriculum on hand. Please help yourself to "The Story Bible," and the "Participant Study Guides" - on the table in the Overflow. Thanks for letting us know if you're going to participate!


Small Groups:


Sun., 9:30 AM on the top floor of the church. Middle School Confirmation Group. Facilitators: Rich Howes, 262 723-1144, Sami Moehling, 262 949-1472.


Sun., 12:30 PM in Junker Lounge in the basement of the church. Facilitators: Brenda Follensbee, 262 441-0839 & Taume Kohl, 262 215-4418.


Mon., 11:00 AM at church. Parents and Tots. Shared childcare. Facilitator: Brianna Deering, 262 203-6237.


Mon., 4:00 PM at church. Women's Group, Facilitators: Judy Guy, 630 436-0586 & Susan Krinn, 262 245-5579.


Mon., 5:00 PM at the home of Judy Huemann, 245 Elmwood Ave. in Lake Geneva, 262 248-7572. Facilitators: Todd and Erin Huemann, 262 206-0386.


Mon., 6:30 PM on the top floor of the church. Facilitators: Mark and Kelsey Hanneman, 847-848-3332.


Mon., 6:30 PM at the home of Jennifer Scheel, 1323 Park Row, Lake Geneva. Facilitator: Jennifer Scheel, 815 790-4570.


Tues., 9:00 AM in Junker Lounge at the Church. Facilitators: Carolee Barnett, 262 215-1008, and Kathy Culp, 262 903-5527.


Tues., 10:00 AM at the home of Bev Sepp, 701 S. Lakeshore Drive in Lake Geneva, 249-0844. Facilitator: Bev Sepp. Group is Full.


Tues., 6:30 PM at New Life Lodge, N3155 County Rd. H, Lake Geneva. Facilitators: Karen Stein, 262 203-5260.


Tues., 6:30 PM at the home of Earl and Joyce Vorpagel, 180 Monica Ave., Burlington. Facilitators: Ellen Hanson 262 210-1001 & Earl and Joyce, 262 763-6713.


Wed., 10:30 AM at Arbor Village, 201 Town Line Rd. in Lake Geneva. Facilitator: Marcia Gunderson, 249-9554; 215-3178.


Wed., 6 PM at Best Western Harbor Shores, 300 Wrigley Dr., Lake Geneva. Facilitator: Tammie Carstensen, 262 749-8301.


Wed., 6:30 PM at the home of Kristin and John Larkin, W3675 Hartshorne Lane in Lake Geneva. Facilitators: Kristin and John, 414 491-1969 & 262 248-7720. Kids are welcome.  


Wed., 6:30 PM in Junker Lounge in the basement of the Church. Facilitator: Grace Peterson, 414 322-0388 or 262 245-5921.


Wed., 6:30 PM at the home of Sean and Sharon Payne, 404 Elmwood Ave., Lake Geneva. Facilitators: Sean and Sharon, 262 745-1471 or 745-9341.


Wed., 7:00 PM - in a location yet to be determined. High School Youth Group. Shared Facilitating.


Thurs., 6:30 PM at the home of Dan and Edith Draper, 1440 Linda Lane in Lake Geneva. Facilitators: Dan and Edith, 262 248-1861, or 903-5333.


Thurs., 6:30 PM at the home of Pastors Mary Ann and Mark, 395 Oakwood Lane in Lake Geneva. Facilitators: Pastors Mary Ann and Mark, 262 215-3177, 262 215-52-4.


Fri., 6:45 AM at Caribou Coffee in Lake Geneva. Facilitator: Ken Field, 262 374-1795. Men's Group.


Fri., 9:30 AM at church. Facilitator: Mickey Tolar, 248-0506. Women's Group. Group is full.


Fri., 6:30 PM at the home of Brandon and Jenny Jones, 38334 - 87th Place, Twin Lakes/Burlington. Facilitators: Brandon and Jenny, 262 537-2377, 262 206-2969. Family friendly group; kids welcome.


Sat., 9:00 AM at church. Facilitator: Michele Rindfleisch, 262 642-2507.


Sat., 6 PM, meets in rotating homes. Facilitators: Lisa and Greg Bunge, 248-4804.   Group is for parents with children, and is full.


Sat., Eve, at the home of Carol and Marty Smith, 330 Oakwood Lane in Lake Geneva. 349-0961. Group is full.

Facilitating a Group


We are hoping for and welcome additional groups, and will add them to subsequent editions of this form. If you want to launch a Small Group, please let us know the location - at work, home, school, local business or Coffee Shop, along with the day of the week and time of your group. Thanks!


Invite your friends, neighbors, coworkers, classmates, and family to join with you in this thrilling journey of spiritual growth and enrichment!


New Member Discovery Orientation


If you have been worshiping at Immanuel and would like information about our congregation, its ministries, or would like to become a member, join Immanuel's Pastors and Staff for our Discovery Orientation on Tuesday, October 2nd at 6:00 p.m. at church. A pizza dinner will be served. Please sign up on the Worship Card if you plan to attend, so we know how much pizza to order! Let us know also if you need child care during the session.


These sessions offer a great opportunity to learn about Immanuel's mission and values, God's Plan of Salvation, to discover how you can get involved in a variety of ministries, and to ask your questions! New members will be received on the date of their choice.


Men's Breakfast and Bible Study


Men are all welcome on Sat., September 8th at 7:30 a.m. to gather at church for a delicious breakfast, and scintillating conversation about God's Word! Bring your favorite food to share for the meal - and come with a hunger to go deeper in your relationship with Christ.


Tuesday AM Bible Study


The Tuesday AM Bible study will meet on September 11th at 9:00 a.m. at church upstairs in the Youth Room.


Saturday Morning Bible Study


The Saturday morning Bible study group will meet at 10:00 a.m. on September 15th at Janet Yakes' home, 3127 South Road, Lake Geneva (262-248-3215).


Wednesday Women's Study


The Wednesday Women's Study will meet on September 12th at Joan Anderson's home to study Women of the Bible. Contact Joan at 248-7741.


Sunday Morning Adult Study


Adults are invited to gather on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. in Pastor Mary Ann's office for adult Sunday School Class. The group has been doing an in-depth bible study of heaven and hell. Their final study book is Rob Bell's, "Love Wins". All are welcome. Any questions, please call Kate Harrod at 279-3681.




Sunday School Rally Day


Rally Day is Sunday, September 9th, when we celebrate the start of Sunday School. Children Preschool through 5th Grade can come downstairs to join us for a fun kickoff at 9:30 a.m. Come meet the teachers and enjoy an ice cream treat! Middle School students meet upstairs in the large room for their New Testament study of "The Story."


Teachers Needed


We are looking for volunteer teachers to help twice a month teach children Preschool through 5th Grade about God! No teaching experience needed, just a heart to care! We will be teaching the New Testament of the Story Series. Please contact Brianna if you are interested in helping at 248-4211.

Sunday Morning Nursery Staff

A nurseryis provided during each service for children 5 and under in the basement. Children older than 5 years are encouraged to join their families during the church service or in Sunday School. We provide "Busy Bags" and "Grams" to help our older children stay focused during worship.


Just for Kids Ministry


School will be here soon, and Immanuel has just the place for kids! This year we will once again offer Before and After-School Care for children in 4K through Grade 5. We run from 6:15 a.m. in the morning to 8:15 a.m. bus pick-up., and then from 3:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with bus drop off. The cost is $4.50/hr and includes: crafts, games, snacks/breakfast, and fun! Contact Brianna for more information.


Early Release Day


The next Early Release Day is set for Thursday, September 13th, from 1:30 - 3:45 PM. The school bus will drop kids off at the church for this ministry. The kids enjoy crafts, games, snacks, and more. We are always looking for volunteers to help with center activities. Please call Brianna at 248-4211 if you are interested.


Vacation Bible Camp Thank You
Immanuel's Bible Camp 2012 "The Sky" was fantastic! With 150 kids and 75 volunteers, this year was the best ever! Thank you to all who made such a huge difference in the lives of God's Children. From the decorations to music to bible studies - everything was amazing. Our kitchen staff fed over 200 people every night!  All our group leaders and program directors were fantastic! Our Youth Leaders rocked! We couldn't have done it without you. Our missions brought in hundreds of school supplies and clothes and raised over $400 for the Honor Flight.  The food, milk, and monetary donations helped so much to offset the costs. Our Immanuel Family really came together to make the week a truly memorable experience for all. Mark your calendars! Vacation Bible Camp has been scheduled for July 28th - August 1st, 2013.


Back to School Clothing and School Supplies Thank you 
Thanks to everyone who donated clothes and school supplies to Immanuel's, "Back to School Sale". We gave away hundreds of supplies to families in need, and raised over $380 for Side by Side. The sale was very
well attended. Families were so grateful to be able to buy clothing for such a great price! Thank you so much to all the people who helped set up for the sale, and the dedicated helpers who came to pack it all away. All remaining items were donated to local charities. We also thank Linn Church for all the donations they helped with, pairing with us on this mission.


School Supplies for Lake Geneva


Please consider donating school supplies to the Lake Geneva School District as we have learned their school supply shelves are bare. Your contributions can benefit those who are still in need of the basic materials for school.


Child Bicycle Helmets


Free Child Bicycle Helmets are available. See Pastor Mark.




Annual Mum Sale


The annual Middle School Youth Group Mum Sale is set for the beginning of September! These 9" mums will be available for $10 each - last year they were huge and beautiful! Proceeds benefit our 9th grade students to be confirmed this fall as they take their annual retreat to Lutherdale. Look for pre-order forms in your Sunday bulletin - payment will be accepted when you pick up your plants.


9th Grade Parent / Student Meeting


Monday, September 10th @ 6:30 - 9th Grade Parent/Student Meeting. This is for all of our 9th grade students who wish to be confirmed, and their parents. We will be discussing the annual Lutherdale Retreat, rehearsal, and Confirmation Sunday, so it is important that all attend!


6th - 8th Grade Parent / Student Meeting


Wednesday, September 12th @ 6:30 - Grades 6-8 Parent/Student Meeting. This is for all of our 6-8th grade students who wish to be a part of our Wednesday evening and Sunday morning youth groups. We will be discussing our schedule for the upcoming year, fundraisers, service and fellowship events, and expectations. It is important that everyone who is interested attends this meeting! We already have a number of events planned, such as a Haunted Hayride, our Turkey Jam Basketball Tournament, movie nights, and Youth Quake in the Wisconsin Dells!


Sunday Morning Confirmation Classes


Sunday, September 16th @ 9:45 - First Sunday Confirmation Class. For grades 6-8! Please join us for our first Sunday class of the year from 9:45-10:55. We will be covering "The Story", along with the rest of the congregation. Class is held in youth room upstairs.


Wednesday Evening Middle School Youth Group


Wednesday, September 19th @ 6:30 - First Youth Group

For grades 6-8! Please join us for our first Wednesday night youth group of the year from 6:30-8:00. We will start with a game in the basement, then head upstairs for our large group lesson and small group time!




New High School Youth Group


Plans are underway for a new High School Youth Group! We are excited and will share dates and times with you very soon.


High School Mission Trip


The High School Mission Group experienced an amazing journey on so many levels while serving in Crown Point, New Mexico this past July. Thank you to all who prayed for us on our mission trip and supported the teens with monetary donations! Your kindness made a huge impact on the lives of our teens as well as the community of Crown Point, New Mexico!








Prayer Shawl Ministry


Shawls have been lovingly knit and crocheted and are available at the church. If you have a friend or relative who is ill, having surgery, has suffered a loss or is in crisis, please stop in the church office to pick one up. If you would like to be a part of this ministry to knit or crochet a shawl, we welcome your help. Yarn is available at the church. We also continue to ask for yarn donations. The inexpensive Red Heart yarn at Wal-Mart is what we use. We meet quarterly to inspire each other and share the joys of this ministry. Call Karen Stein at 262-203-5260, for more information.


Agape House to Open in September


The Agape House is in need of food items as they prepare for their opening in September. The Agape House is a Christ-centered home and school for young girls and hurting women. Please consider donating the following items: bagels, oatmeal, cereal, juice, small boxes of raisins, granola bars, cheese and peanut butter crackers, fruit (fresh, canned or individual serving containers), pretzels, peanut butter, jelly, crackers, tomato soup, and chicken noodle soup, baby carrots, celery, tuna, 4 boxes of wild rice, 4 boxes of Mexican rice, 1 box of Minute Rice, 4 boxes of cheese & broccoli rice, 4 boxes of same Hamburger Helper, 4 packages of taco seasoning, taco shells, 4 cans of sloppy joe mix, spaghetti sauce, 4 cans of mushroom soup, 4 cans of celery soup, bag of potatoes, canned vegetables, dressing for salads: Ranch, French & Italian. Items can be dropped off here at church or at the Agape House located at 215 South Main Street, Walworth, WI 53184.


Material Needed for Quilters


Wanted - Any old, clean, used sheets and unused cotton fabric, thread and money for supplies. Please contact Bea Sutton.


Card Ministry


Our Card Ministry will gather on Thursday, September 20th at 6:30 p.m. at church. This fabulous group creates greeting cards to encourage folks who are ill, hospitalized, or grieving. All are welcome - and there is no cost to participate! Thank you to each "card creator" as you give of your time and talents! Thanks, too, to the special angel who writes the encouraging words!


Cookie Ministry


COOKIE MINISTRY is starting up again on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 9 a.m. We are in need of new cookie ministers to join us in this fun and fulfilling mission! If you enjoy baking and/or delivering cookies, then this is the ministry for you! We will be meeting on the second Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. in the church basement. Just bring a batch of your favorite cookies to share. All are welcome! See you on September 11th. Please contact Rhonda Ganansky at 248-5266 or if you have questions.



St. Vincent/DePaul Meal Program (Milwaukee Soup Kitchen)


DESPERATE NEEDS FOR FALL: socks, basic toiletries, towels, and men's underwear (size L and XL), tee shirts, washable pants, coffee mugs and silverware (no plastic). Once a week individuals get the opportunity to have a shower, clean underwear and socks. Please drop off at the church office. There is no need for women's or children's clothing at this time. Our next service to the Soup Kitchen is November 18th. Meet at the church at 4:00 p.m. to carpool.


Blood Drive


There will be a Blood Drive here at Immanuel Lutheran Church on Monday, October 15, 2012 from 2:00-6:00 p.m. Contact Susan Krinn at 262-248-4211 or make an appointment at Appointments encouraged,

Walk-in's welcome. Please bring a photo ID.


Side By Side Screening


Side By Side screeningis the 3rd Tuesday of each month, September 18th, at 7:00 p.m. at the First Congregational UCC Church, 715 Wisconsin Street, Lake Geneva. Funds are available for rental assistance, utilities and prescription medicines. Applicants must reside in the Lake Geneva School District. Bring a copy of the bill you need help paying.


Health Newsletter


"Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard." Isaiah 58:8


In this month's health newsletter, Parish Nurse, Karen Stein, addresses the Arthritis. For more information or to see the whole article, please check out Karen's newsletter at and click on "September Health Newsletter". Copies are available at church.


Mission: Quilts for Lutheran World Relief


Each Tuesday morning at 9:00 AM, a very dedicated group of women make quilts for Lutheran World Relief. The quilts are sent to places in the world that are at war, or that have suffered from natural disasters. Lutheran World Relief distributes the quilts to the poorest of the poor - who use the quilts for a make-shift shelter, or for warmth. Your participation with this group will have a global impact, wrapping those who suffer in the love of Jesus. Come join them if you can!


Mission: Quilts for High School Graduates


We are praying for a team of quilters to create and sew quilts for our high school graduates. There are at least 17 students graduating next June, so we need a significant number of quilters in order to continue this vital ministry! The quilters will meet on Wednesdays at 9:00 AM, starting September 12, in the basement of the church. If you prefer to make an entire quilt for a student at home, please contact coordinator, Sara Wahlstedt, at 262 249-0391 to arrange for picking up material and or patterns.


Mission: Baptismal Quilts


Carol Morem and Jackie Kuehl are making quilts for the newly baptized at home. If you want to help make baptismal quilts, join other quilters on Wednesdays at 9 AM. If you prefer to also sew at home, Carol or Jackie will be happy to make up packets of material and patterns for those who want them. Call Jackie at 262 203-5296, or Carol at 262 325-5119 for more information.  


Alanon Meetings


Monday at 6:30 PM. - in Junker Lounge just off the kitchen in the basement.


AA Meetings


Sundays at 3:45 PM; Mondays and Wednesdays at 8:00 PM. - in Junker Lounge just off the kitchen in the basement.


We Care Program at Sentry


The We Care program is still available at Sentry. If you buy your groceries at Sentry, please ask for the "We Care" sticker on your receipt and turn the receipt in to church. The funds raised help support the card, cookie, and prayer shawl ministries.


Partnership with Puerto Rico


We are so excited for our partnership with Iglesia Evangelica Luterana Sión in Bayamon, Puerto Rico! Watch for information as we start planning our first trip to our sister congregation. If you would like to be a part of the initial planning team, please contact the office.


Coupons for Servicemen and Women


Servicemen can use all coupons (except restaurant and store specific). Coupons are good for 6 months past the expiration date. If possible, please cut them out before you bring them in. Thank you from Mary Rose Long and the American Legion Auxiliary.


WC Food Pantry


The WC Food Pantry is open Wednesdays from 1:00-5:00 PM, and Saturdays from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM, on the corner of Highway H North and Hwy. NN. The first Sunday of the month, WC requests large bottles of laundry detergent that they will break down into smaller containers and large containers of dish soap.  Donations can be placed in the pink box by the office.  If you have any questions or would like to request a pickup, please call Norma Nelson, 279-9698, or 614-595-8681. Thank you for your help.


The Lake Geneva Food Pantry


The Lake Geneva Food Pantryis open Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9:00 - 11:30 AM at First Congregational Church, 715 Wisconsin Street. Recommended Shopping List for the Pantry:  Canned Soup, Macaroni and Cheese, Breakfast Cereal, Canned Vegetables, Crackers, Flour , Sugar, Juice, Canned Fruit, Stuffing Mix, Pasta, Spaghetti Sauce, Canned Dinners, Boxed Dinners, Laundry Detergent, Bath Soap, Deodorant, Toothpaste, Shampoo, Toilet Paper.


We are in need of helpers to get the groceries at Aldi's for the Lake Geneva Food Pantry.  We tend to shop once a week and if we could get bunches of volunteers, we may need you once every 8-10 weeks.  I have found that it's generally about two carts, fully loaded, that are purchased, so a van, truck or SUV are needed. Food need only be taken to the United Congregational Church and delivered to the basement; you won't need to put it away.  If you are or you know of anyone interested and willing to help us, please call Jean Benedict at 248-3874.  It takes about two hours, you will be provided with a list of items to be purchased and payment, and you will be 'trained'. Thank you so much for considering to help us help the hungry, we really appreciate it.


Pets Admirable Service


You may have sent a letter or care package to troops - but what about their four-legged partners? Right now, 12 Tactical Explosive Detection Dogs (TEDDs) are serving with the Ohio Army National Guard's 37th Brigade Combat Team in Afghanistan. These highly trained dogs, who by tradition hold rank one step above their handlers, search out bombs in combat zones. "Our job is helping to save lives, and being able to do something that machines or people alone can't do," says Spc. Devin Cooper, a handler from Columbus. "When people see my TEDD, they always say, 'I miss my dog back home.' It's just good company having him around." Handlers don't need boxes of doggie gear, but they welcome letters of support for their dogs. Send notes to Mickey Tolar or drop off in the office and she will mail all the letters.


The Walk to End Alzheimer's


Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease, including Heidi mom. This year, to help those affected by Alzheimer's, we're participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's to raise funds and awareness.

The Walk to End Alzheimer's is Saturday, Sept 15. Registration begins at 8:30am and the walk starts at 10am at Library Park in Lake Geneva. You can choose to walk one mile or three miles.

Our team name is Precious Cargo if anyone would like to join our team. We will be at church this Sunday if anyone would like to donate or they can leave a donation at church.

Thank you for your prayers and support! Brian, Heidi, Simon, Luke, & Madyjo Schuessler




WELCA Luncheon


The September Ladies Luncheon will be held at Egg Harbor on Wednesday, September 5th at noon. Please call the church office (248-4211) or Lorraine Schober (248-3301) before Sept 4th with your reservation.


Immanuel Bowlers


Hi to all past and future Immanuel Bowlers,


This year we are getting a late start in getting the word out to everyone. Sorry about that. It seems that in an effort to move our Friday night bowling league to a better night for all, we have run into a conflict with the bowling alleys scheduling.

We have come up with an alternative however, as there is a league meeting two times a month on Sundays called the "Sunday Night Funnies Two". Several of  the people that bowled on the Immanuel's League last year have already signed up for this league. It does make sense if we would just all join in with this league giving those people that could not join us on Fridays last year because of scheduling conflicts could now join us.

The fee has gone up to $25 per couple per night. However, through personal experience, I can tell you that even the last placed people do get money back at the end of the season.

There is not much time before the first night of bowling, which is September 16th at 5:30 P.M. We can send around a signup sheet this Sunday but a call to either the Heuvelman's (262) 245-6686 or the McWherter's (262) 348-1342 might speed up the process.

Thanks and hope you can join us this year for fun and fellowship.


A Day In Time Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group


A Day In Time Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group meets on the 3rd Friday of every month (September 21th), 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the upper level of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Free onsite respite available to caregivers who wish to be a part of the support group while their loved one will engage in the activity program. Contact Cindy Lester, 262-248-2922, if you want to join their team A Day in Time for the Alzheimer's Walk on September 15th.


A Day In Time Memory Keepers Club


Keep your brain sharp through this monthly, interactive brain fitness club. Learn self-help techniques that include: brain preservation, mind exercises, reducing stress, nutrition tips, aging wellness, education and guest speakers. It is the 3rd Tuesday of every month (September 18th) in the Junker Lounge from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. This is a free program; however a nominal donation per session is greatly appreciated to cover costs of handouts and refreshments.


Church Council Meeting


The Church Council meets the 2nd Tuesday in September at 7 p.m. here at church on September 11th. Please note the change.


Memorial Golf Outing



Geneva National Golf Club, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

September 10, 2012


Event Schedule

Registration begins at 10:30 am, lunch served 10:30-11:15 am, shotgun scramble starts at 11:30 am, followed by a great dinner and presentation. Silent and major auction items will be available (Credit cards accepted). Register Online at or call Josh Peterson at 262-470-7480. Opportunities for golfers (we need at least 15 more golfers to meet our minimum) and donations are available. If you aren't a golfer, please join us for dinner. Register online.


Senior Airman Daniel James Johnson (the great-nephew of Pastor Paul and Grace Peterson) was killed in action on October 5th, 2010 while deployed in Afghanistan.Because Dan was an avid rock climber, the funds raised from this golf classic will be used to construct a climbing wall at Phantom Ranch, a non-profit youth camp where Dan worked faithfully for many years.




You are overflowing with God's grace! Thank you for your commitments to our Grace Overflowing capital appeal! Our total at the time of this writing is $1,100,00! Thanks be to God!


Grace Overflowing Building Update


We now have a total of $1,100,000 pledged for the building appeal from members and friends of Immanuel! We just received a check for $25,000 from a friend of the congregation. Thanks be to God for all who have given so generously. What an amazing response! Be sure to mark your envelopes and checks for "Building" so that your donation will be directed to the proper account.


The Building Team is now meeting with our architects to refine the church plans. Look for more up-dates as they unfold.


The Finance Team is working on documentation for short and long term financing of this project. Please keep all of these team leaders in your prayers.


Gifting Appreciated Stock or Mutual Funds


You can gift appreciated stock or mutual funds held over one year and receive a charitable deduction for tax purposes. Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church is an exempt institution and pays no tax on gains. Interested in making such a gift? Please contact the office at 248-4211 for more information on how to gift the stock or mutual funds. What a fantastic gift!


Electronic Giving


A number of givers have also signed up for our new electronic giving program. Simply go to our web page at and click the "Online Giving" option.


Immanuel Lawn Signs


Immanuel lawn signs are available in the overflow and narthex. Please feel free to take one to post in your yard!


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Serving in the military


Mark Ingbretson, Tim Sireno, Andy Sireno, Jimmy Flores, Sgt. Zachary Knud Klingberg, Thomas Migut, Alex Novak, Daniel Tschida, John Allison, Jesse and Cassie Puryear, Erik Heinz.


Battling cancer


 Kim Audetat, Ron Bachman, Brenda Backhaus, Mardi Bauman, Christopher Botts, Jon Carlson, Danny Fred Charles, Coleman, Kathy Dalin, Dorothy Deering, Mamie Deluca, June Eytcheson, Alfred Gruber, Jason Kazinski, Lynn McAdams, Nick Palozzolo, Ozzie Salas, Barb Searle, Shelly Shepstone, Bob Sitze, Garvin Smith, Marty Smith, Monica Swing, Pete Thompson, Shirley VandeZande, Marie Voss, Sara Wahlstedt, Rick Walters.


Health and strength


Emily, William, Wyatt, Carol Bice, Stephanie Bickers, Laura Bidlack, Bill Binn, Sr., Jan Brooks, Stacy Carlson, , Danielle Cloutier, Loretta Combs, Reva Combs, Megan Domalik, Collin Dunford, Holly Ekornaas, Brenda Elliot, Ron Erickson, Susie Fleischer, Bernice Fry, Rodney Fry, Evan Gibson, Carolyn Hallett, Lorraine Hanneman, Zachary Harrod, Erik Heinz, Jonathan Hibbard, Ruth Hinzpeter, Doug Hitz, Mark Ingbretson, Pastor Eric Jelnik, Weston Jooss, Lisa Klingberg, Emma Kohl, Jeff Kohl, Jeanne Kuttnaur, Mildred Kwiatkowski, Don Ledenbach, Jean Ledenbach, JoAnn Lindner, Howard Madsen, Les Malsch, Ryan Mayfield, Jim Michalek, Craig Middleton, Larry Moe, Tom Mol, Dean Noble, Carol Nocek, Carrie Novak, Patricia Owen, Jerry Penfield, Lydia Polek, Alice Prestia, Molly Reek, Ed Robers, Rick Ruby, Scott Rudd, Jackie S., Gesine Schmidt, Bill Schulz, Marion Shepstone,Eric Sundstrom, Rick Sylvester, Hayden Tipps, Camille Tracy, Shirley Vande Zande, Beverly Vogel, Wayne Vorpagel, Victoria Vorpagel, Shelly Weis, Valarie Weyrauch, Tom Yakes, Zach Zeinert.


In Hospice Care


Bill Schulz, Lawrence Norem


Expecting a child


Sarah Austin, Leah Lary


Awaiting / Recovering from Surgery


Laura Bidlack, Jan Brooks, Holly Ekornaas, Susie Fleischer, Ruth Hinzpeter, Weston Jooss, Jeanne Kuttnaur, Les Malsch,Marion Shepstone




 +Gwen Swartz, who died to Christ on August 6th.




 +Congratulations to Doug and Kate Harrod on celebrating their 35th Anniversary on August 6th.


+Congratulations to Sami Moehling on getting a new job at Renovations Group Remodeling Firm.


+Congratulations to Kendra Fredrickson, daughter of Suzanne Walker, who was ordained into Ministry of Word and Sacrament on August 25th.

Upcoming Weddings!



+Congratulations to Troy Migut and Rori Flynn on their marriage on September 8th.


+Congratulations to Tara Starck and Cory Palmer on their up-coming wedding on September 29th. Tara is daughter of Gary and Evelyn Starck.


Expecting a Child!


Sarah Austin, Leah Lary




  +Congratulations to Terry and Carol Madsen on the birth of their granddaughter, Rubina McKay Madsen, on August 1st.


+Congratulations to Kierrssa Rullman on the birth of her son, Noah Joseph Rullman, on August 6th.


+Congratulations to the Reinke's on the birth of their first great granddaughter, Caroline Dee Nevergall, on August 19th.


New Addresses


Cynthia, Steve and Jonathan Hibbard

River Terrace #306

700 Agnew Road

Santa Clara, CA 95054


Cheryl and Tony Miu

704 Casa Del Lago Way

Venice, FL 34292

312-217-8582 (Cheryl's cell)


Taume, Emma and Miles Kohl

218 E Court St Unit 1

Elkhorn, WI 53121


New Members


 The last newsletter had an incorrect phone number for Bernadine Livingston and Lou Krueger. Their phone number is 269-650-1244.





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+ Thanks to Jubilate for offering up your musical gifts on August 19th at all three services! The anthem was inspirational. Thanks to Kathy Middleton for her fabulous accompaniment! Thanks to the team for their dedication and hard work.


+Thank you to the Guske Family for the hotdog donation and Jim Drescher for all the food his program donated to Vacation Bible Camp.

+Thank you to the Lake Geneva Balloon Company for donating the hot air basket for our decorations.


+Thanks to Jaime Ivan and Brenda Follensbee for their help creating rehearsal CD's for Jubilate! The time consuming process helps the team better learn their parts so they can sing with more confidence.


+Thanks to Bobbi Gutman for her inspirational solo on August 12 at the early service. The Holy Spirit encompassed worship as she sang with such passion! Thanks be to God!  


+ Thank you so much to all the people who helped set up for the Back to School Clothes and Supplies For Kids Sale, and the dedicated helpers who came to pack it all away: Karen Taylor, and sister Linda, Bev Barnett, Brianna Deering, Olivia Deering, Cole Deering, Molly Deering, Delaney Deering, Mickey Tolar, Edith Draper, Heidi Schuessler, Judy Guy, Jeanne Madaus, Suzanne Walker, Beth Narayanan, Grace Narayanan, Lily Narayanan and ClairNarayanan.


+Thank you to the Tuesday Quilters who donated the fabric bags to our Back to School Supplies Sale. - Brianna Deering


+Special thanks to Jaime Ivan for leading worship on piano on August 5th. She did a fabulous job subbing and allowed me to get away to coach a baseball tournament in Beloit. We have such gifted musicians here at Immanuel!-John Ivan


+Huge thanks to Jim and Grace Hanny for hosting a splendid music party on August 22nd. It was a great time to fellowship away from strict rehearsals and tight schedules. The beautiful evening was second only to their fabulous hospitality.


+Thanks to Dennis and Adam Yakes for sharing their special song, "Live By Faith", (written by Dennis) on August 19th. Not only did they play beautifully, but the original song was inspirational and worshipful. Thanks also to Dennis for playing guitar every week with the Praise Team.


+Thank you Pastor Mary Ann and Mark for inviting the Church Council, Staff and families to your beautiful home. You are wonderful hosts complete with your greeters Einstein and Sadie! It was a fabulous evening of food, fun and getting to know members within our church family.


+A very special thank you goes out to Mickey Tolar for all of the items she provided at the Milwaukee Soup Kitchen. Thank you for all you have done! What a blessing! - Bob Rosenthal


+A huge thank you to Kevin Batz for repairing our Handicapped Ramp here at church!


+Thanks to Gary Parsons for spraying the basement for ants.


+A big thank you to all who helped transport, set up and take down the tables, chairs and tents for the picnic. Your time and dedication to Immanuel made the picnic a huge success! - Edith Draper


+Thank you to John Swanson and Colleen Lofy for life guarding at the picnic. - Edith Draper


Immanuel Friends, it is said:" All that you bring into the lives of others, comes back in to your own". To those who have given over & over again to the St. Vincent/ DePaul Soup Kitchen (Milwaukee), your blessings must be overflowing. Thank you so much for your generosity and support. Don & I took in 9 large bags of clothing, blankets, etc. one afternoon. The Soup Kitchen workers brought another 6 bags, toiletries & mugs last Sunday. What a blessing to those who are having difficult times. A special thank you to the Rosenthal's and their group for working at the Soup Kitchen. Also thank you to Tammie Carstensen for all the blankets donated and to Donna Fortney for the bags of new bath towels. Immanuel had more than a heart to to care - they share it. I'll keep you posted as to their future needs - as clothing may be discontinued to a certain extent in the fall. I am grateful to be a part of this ministry and because of you, my part is pretty easy. Thanks! - Mickey Tolar


Thank you for all your prayers while looking for our new home. - Taume, Emma & Miles Kohl


+Immanuel Friends, Thank you so much for all the beautiful cards you send letting me know you are thinking of me. They lift my spirits and help me to keep going. - Madgel Schluga


Many Blessings to You!
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