Immanuel Lutheran Church

Immanuel eNewsletter

October, 2012

Confirmation Sunday

October 21st!

In This Issue
Confirmation Sunday
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



Confirmation Sunday, October 21st, 2012


Congratulations to the following teens as they prepare to confess their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior on October 21st: Mitchell Barnett, Megan Batz, Meta Ehlen, Dayne Fisher, Kelly Gerlitz, Josh Hetz, Trey Howes, Christina Kanelos, Mercedes Sharkus, Clay Wahlstedt, Ainsley White and Stephan Wieder.


Romans 10:9-10


9 If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.





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-and invited to sing along to favorites. Mark your calendars and invite a friend to come celebrate God's gift of music!

Praise Team


The Praise Team continues to meet every Wednesday night for rehearsals at 8:00PM. Their spectacular leadership each Sunday morning is unparalleled. Both the vocalists and instrumentalists are working so hard to advance their music, grow deeper in faith, and provide fabulous leadership for the contemporary services! Contact John Ivan if you are interested in joining the team.




Jubilate (Immanuel's choir for all ages and musical genres) is diligently working on special anthems for the fall. The group has special music planned for September 30th to coincide with the guest speaker, October 7th to celebrate Music Recognition Sunday, October 28th for Reformation Sunday, and November 25th for Christ the King Sunday. Rehearsals are open to ALL and occur Wednesday nights at 6:45PM. 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!


Youth Praise Team


Teens (between 6th and 12th grade) are encouraged to join this ministry as we connect to God through fresh dynamic Christian music. Teens gain vital experience in church leadership and are offered a venue to cultivate their growing musical talent. The YPT meets Wednesday nights at 5:30PM for rehearsals. The youth's very busy fall schedules is making rehearsal challenging so we especially need singers, instrumentalists, and others to complete our growing team. Contact John Ivan for more info


Bells of Immanuel


Rehearsals for Bells of Immanuel have resumed and meet on Sundays at 9:00AM (upstairs). Director Ellen Hanson has special anthems planned for the fall. Members in the bell ensemble are responsible for particular notes, sounding his or her assigned bells whenever that note appears in the music. No musical training is necessary since participants can ring as little or many notes as they feel comfortable with. Newcomers are encouraged to join especially now as the group is beginning a new season of songs. Thanks to Ellen Hanson for her superb leadership! Contact Ellen at for more information.

Christmas Cantata


Rehearsals for the glorious Christmas musical celebration are slated for Wednesdays at 6:45PM beginning October 10th. The inspirational music comprises a variety of music, both traditional and contemporary, which unites all generations through powerful song. All are invited to join this multi-generational ministry perfect for the entire family. Rehearsal CD's will be available to aid individual learning. Vocalists, instrumentalists, speakers, and AV helpers are needed and ALL are encouraged to get involved and join in. The cantata will be presented on December 16th at all three services!


Media Specialists


Thanks to all our media specialists for their role integrating technology into worship. They play a vital role in helping the church continue to reach the next generations, and help integrate worship into a family environment-recognizing the healthy and beneficial effect of bridging the generations. The team is currently training new people and would love some extra help! Positions include controlling the computer, managing the sound board, and operating live video during worship. Contact John Ivan for more info.   Call (262)620-2349 or email


All Saints Sunday - November 4th


All Saints Sunday is November 4th when we remember our loved ones who died to Christ in the last year. A special litany will be part of each service. A candle will be lit for each person being remembered during the service. Please submit a name and we also welcome a photo of your loved one. A collage will be made for use in the litany. Please put your name, and the name of the person in the photo on the back of your picture.

The Church Directory


The Church Directory is ready. Each family can pick up a directory in the Overflow Area or in the Church Office.




A Spiritual Growth Experience for All Ages!


Our All-Church Bible Study of "The Story" has begun. Small Groups meet at various times throughout the week. The curriculum this fall will focus on the New Testament. 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 are 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., ( 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month) 6:30 PM, High School Youth Group at the home of Maureen and Jeff Radtke, W1481 Maureen Court in Lake Geneva. Facilitators: Maureen and Jeff Radtke, 262 903-3637 (Maureen); 262 374-3336 (Jeff). Starts October 1st.


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 Youth Room upstairs 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 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.


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


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 Saturday, October 20th 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.


Saturday Morning Bible Study


The Saturday morning Bible study group will meet at 10:00 a.m. on October 13th at Vena Bodine's home, W3020 Weaver Road, Elkhorn (262-723-8082).


Sunday Morning Adult Study


Adults are invited to gather on Sunday mornings at 9:40 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 Children


Sunday School Children will sing on Sunday, October 14th at the 1st and 2nd church services.


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


We offer Before and After-School Care for children in 4K through Grade 5, from 6:15 to 8:15 a.m. bus pick-up., and then from 3:45 - 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, October 11th, 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.


First Communion Class


The First Communion Class will be on Saturday, October 20th at 9:30 a.m. for children who are ready to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion. We ask a parent, grandparent or older adult to attend with them. The session is interactive and age appropriate. Sign-up on the worship card if you plan to attend.





Mum Sale


A HUGE thank you to all who purchased mums for our Confirmation fundraiser! It has been a great way to help with the cost of our 9th grade Lutherdale Retreat prior to their Confirmation. We are blessed to have such a giving congregation! Also, thank you to Pat Parsons, Rich McWherter, and Nee Dow Too for jumping in and helping during our sale - it was much appreciated!


9th Grade Confirmands:


Our 9th Grade Confirmands will have a Retreat at Lutherdale in Elkhorn on October 12-14 to prepare for their up-coming Confirmation. We will have a blast on the high and low ropes courses, playing games, writing faith statements, and joining in fellowship!



Confirmation Rehearsal is Saturday, October 20 @ 5:00 p.m. All who wish to be confirmed must attend.

Confirmation Sunday is Sunday, October 21st, at the 8:15 and 9:45a.m. service.


Come hear our Confirmands confess their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. The following students will be affirming their faith: Mitchell Barnett, Megan Batz, Meta Ehlen, Dayne Fisher, Kelly Gerlitz, Josh Hetz, Trey Howes, Christina Kanelos, Mercedes Sharkus, Clay Wahlstedt, Ainsley White and Stephan Wieder. Join them for the reception in their honor at 9:15 a.m.  



Grades 6-8: 



Please join us Sunday mornings @ 9:45 for Confirmation Class! We are studying "The Story", along with the rest of the congregation. Class is held in the Youth Room upstairs. Also, please join us Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 for 3:16 Youth Group and invite your friends! We will be exploring the New Testament, playing games, and enjoying music. It's the perfect way to get involved and make new friends as you develop your faith! There will be no Youth Group on Wednesday, October 24 for Fall Break.



Beginning in October, the Youth Group will be collecting items to send in a Christmas package to soldiers serving overseas. Please stay tuned for more information!


3:16 Youth Group Haunted Hayride 



The 3:16 Youth Group will go on a Haunted Hayride and hang around by the bonfire on Saturday, October 27th at Grand Geneva. The cost is $12 per person. Stay tuned for more details in the bulletin. 






New High School Youth Group


Monday, October 1st - Time to get FIRED UP! at the High School Youth Group Kick Off!! Come for Bonfire and Pizza night and give your input to what you would like to do this year!   We will be meeting at the home of Jeff and Maureen Radtke from 6:30-8pm. The address is W1481 Maureen Court, Lake Geneva. Call or text Maureen at 262-903-3637 if you need directions!!! If you can't come - we still want to hear from you -- call or email( any thoughts and ideas you may have! Thanks to the many of you who have already called or emailed is with some great ideas.


Monday, October 15th- High School Youth Group meets at the home of Jeff and Maureen Radtke from 6:30-8pm


Saturday, October 20th   -- Outdoor Movie Night from 8p-11p at the home of Jeff and Maureen Radtke


HALLOWEEN - FILL THE TRUCK!!!!Trick or Treat for the Food Pantry!! You are never too old to trick or treat!!!! This year we will again be trick or treating for the Food Pantry. Last year there was a terrific response and this year we are hoping to go all out and top our previous efforts!!! Our goal ..... to FILL THE TRUCK!!! Trick or treat with your friends an bring your canned or boxed good that you've collected to the first youth group meeting in November (Nov.5th) and see if we can FILL the back of a pick-up truck!! There will be a prize for whoever brings the mostdonations!!


Don't forget you can always check the Immanuel Lutheran Crew Facebook page for information on upcoming activities!! November Meeting Dates ..... Monday, Nov. 5th and Monday, Nov. 19th .





Blessing of Quilts for Lutheran World Relief


The Blessing of the Quilts for Lutheran World Relief will be Sunday, October 7th at all three services. 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. We are so blessed to have such a dedicated group of women who make these quilts for Lutheran World Relief.


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 Fundraiser


Agape House invites you to hear what God is doing!

This event takes place on Thursday, October 18th at 6:00 p.m. at Geneva National Club, 1221 Geneva National Avenue South, Lake Geneva, WI 35147. The cost is $25 per person. Join us for dinner, silent auction, guest speaker and testimonies of lives changed! Reservations required. RSVP by October 12th to Carol at 262-894-7397 or


Material Needed for Quilters


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


Follow Elliot Huemann's Blog in Honduras


Elliot Huemann (recent high school grad) who is currently on a 9 month mission trip with Adventures in Missions would like to extend his gratitude to his church family who have been amazing in supporting and praying for him! He has safely arrived in Tegucigalpa, Honduras where he is working with a mission that helps street kids who are homeless and addicted to drugs and household chemicals. He is ecstatic about his upcoming mission work. He would like all of you to know that he would covet your continued prayers and if you would like to follow his adventures online, you can sign-up for his blog @


Cookie Ministry


Our Cookie Ministry meets on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 9 a.m. We are inviting new people to our incredible Cookie Ministry Team. There's something for everyone in this ministry of sheer grace and encouragement. If you can bake cookies but can't make our gatherings, just drop off cookies at the church the night before. If you don't bake, come help us arrange cookies on plates and package them. If you enjoy delivering the cookies, come help with that. In other words, you are needed to help this ministry grow and thrive. 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! Please contact Rhonda Ganansky at 248-5266 or if you have questions.


Card Ministry


Our Card Ministry will gather on Thursday, October 18th 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!


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. Call Mickey Tolar at 262-248-5056 with any questions.


A Day In Time Inc, Adult Memory Care Program


A DAY IN TIME INC., ADULT MEMORY CARE DAY PROGRAM, is looking for caring volunteers who want the reward of truly making a difference in the life of adults experiencing memory loss due to Alzheimer's disease or other dementias. We provide engaging activities, games, crafts, singing, and much more. We're looking for volunteers to help with lunch and snack preparation, share a hobby, chat with the participants, and assist in our fun activities. Volunteers will receive free Alzheimer's and activity training. People18 years or older are encouraged to apply. (An adult must accompany volunteers 14-17 years of age). The program runs from 9:30a.m.-3:30p.m, MWF, and volunteers can spend a half/full day at the program or volunteer on a monthly basis. Currently our need is greatest Friday mornings: 8:30am- 12pm or Friday afternoons: 12:30- 3:30pm. Call: Cindy Lester, Executive Director 262-210-9783 for questions, or visit our website to find out more


The Crop Walk


SIGN-UP FOR THE CROP WALK which will take place on Sunday, October 14th at the Williams Bay Fieldhouse. Registration at 12:30 p.m., Walk at 1:00 p.m. Come join us as we walk so that others can eat.


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, October 16th, 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


"..who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance."   1 Peter 1:1-3


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


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.


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.


ELCA Disaster Response


Hurricane Isaac struck the Gulf Coast of the United States in August. Many residents of Mississippi and Louisiana have returned home to find their homes flooded, damaged or destroyed and many more are finding themselves without power in 100+ degree temperatures. It has impacted at least 110,000 people. The ELCA is a leader in disaster response, especially in the Gulf Coast. Our local affiliates have taken an assessment of needs, and stand ready to respond. Your gifts will help our church coordinate volunteers, provide spiritual and emotional care and provide family assistance for needs unmet by FEMA and insurance companies. Your gift designated for U.S. Hurricane Relief will be used entirely - 100 percent. 




WELCA Luncheon


The October Ladies Luncheon will be held at Scuttlebutts on Wednesday, October 3rd at noon. Make your reservation with Mickey Tolar at 248-0506 by October 1st.


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 (October 19th), 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.


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 (October 16th) 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.


Side By Side Fundraiser Dinner


Side By Side Fundraiser Dinneris Tuesday, October 30thwith seating times of 5 pm, 6 pm and 7 pm. Tickets will be sold on Sunday, 10/21 and 10/28 at the church. Tickets are also available at the church office. $10 for adults, $5 for children 10 years old and under. Come help us support families in crisis in our community.


The Book Club


The Book club will meet on Wednesday, October 24th @ 2:00 p.m. at Arbor Village. We will read and discuss "Please Look After Mom" by Kyung-Sook Shin. Contact Edie Michelson at 262-688-3009 or Judy Huemann at 262-248-7572 for more information.


Immanuel Bowlers


The Bowlers of Immanuel have joined a league which meets every other Sunday called the "Sunday Night Funnies Two". The fee is $12.50 per person per night. However, most people do get money back at the end of the season. The next bowling night is September 30th at 5:15 P.M. Feel free to call John Danno at 262-206-8406 if you are interested.



Church Council Meeting


The Church Council will meet on Tuesday, October 16th at 7 p.m. here at church.


Bowling Fundraiser


There will be a Bowling Fundraiser for the Traveling Homeless Shelter on October 27th at Delavan Lanes.






Grace Overflowing Building Update


Many thanks to everyone for your steady contributions to the building fund. All the money that is received prior to construction will reduce the long-term loan needed to finance the project. We are truly blessed by the generosity and faithfulness of members and friends of Immanuel.


We are in the final stages of having our new property annexed from Bloomfield Township into the city of Lake Geneva. This will enable us to have access to city water and sewer. Many thanks to Matt Kuehl for taking care of all the legal documentation that the process required.


A preliminary loan application has been submitted to the Mission Investment Fund of the ELCA. The application considers our size, giving history, pledged amount for the building, anticipated growth, projected costs, and other detailed information. When the material has been reviewed, we will learn what our borrowing capacity is as a congregation. This will inform the building team what we can afford to build. The congregation will have the opportunity to review all the material, and will vote on the final design and cost.


The building team is hard at work with the architect and building consultants to incorporate suggestions that came from feedback sessions with the congregation. They will share those plans as soon as they are ready, hopefully within the next two months.

We are also working with two potential buyers for our current building. We are thrilled that there is interest in our property. When there is a clear recommendation regarding a sale, the congregation will be able to discuss it at an information meeting and will have the final vote. Please pray for God's guidance on this important step, with the hope that both Immanuel and the buyer can be blessed by a mutually beneficial agreement.


Electronic Giving


A number of givers have signed up for our new electronic giving program. Simply go to our web page at and click the "Online Giving" option. This giving program allows you to give on a weekly, monthly, or yearly basis depending on your preferences, as well as special gifts and mission donations.


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 Coleman, Kathy Dalin, Dorothy Deering, Mamie Deluca, June Eytcheson, Ruth Feld, Alfred Gruber, Jason Kazinski, Lynn McAdams, Nick Neumann, Nick Palozzolo, 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


Thomas Anderson, Carol Bice, Stephanie Bickers, Bill Binn Sr., Marsha Bloechl, Stacy Carlson, Fred Charles, Danielle Cloutier, Loretta Combs, Reva Combs, Ed Dee, Megan Domalik, Collin Dunford, Brenda Elliot, Ron Erickson, Bernice Fry, Rodney Fry, John Guske, Carolyn Hallett, Lorraine Hanneman, Zachary Harrod, Erik Heinz, Jonathan Hibbard, Doug Hitz, Mark Ingbretson, Pastor Eric Jelnik, Lisa Klingberg, Emma Kohl, Jeff Kohl, Sarah Kresch, Mildred Kwiatkowski, Don Ledenbach, Jean Ledenbach, JoAnn Lindner, Howard Madsen, 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, Betty Scott-Roberts, Karen Stein, Eric Sundstrom, Rick Sylvester, Hayden Tipps, Camille Tracy, Shirley Vande Zande, Beverly Vogel, Wayne Vorpagel, Shelly Weis, Valarie Weyrauch, Tom Yakes, Zach Zeinert.


Rick Ruby suffers from a disease called Polymyositis. It is a muscle wasting disease which eats the muscle. It will affect his lungs, swallowing and voice. Presently there is no cure for this disease. Rick is on steroids now and physically is close to walking again. He is doing well. He will see specialist at Froedtert Hospital and the Mayo Clinic. He hopes to begin physical therapy in October.


In Hospice Care


Bill Schulz, Lawrence Norem


Awaiting / Recovering from Surgery


Bev Barnett, Laura Bidlack, Jan Brooks, Marty Bunge, Holly Ekornaas, Susie Fleischer,

Evan Gibson, Bobbi Gutman, Ruth Hinzpeter, Jeff Johnson, Donna Jovani,Herman Keisler, Susan Krinn, Maureen Radtke,

Marion Shepstone, Jeanne Vorpagel, Tim Vorpagel, Dave Yakes




+John Evans, father of Emily Snyder, who died to Christ on September 1st.


+Betty Riecher, sister of Beverly Peacock, who died to Christ on September 13th.


+Adele Bartel, sister of Alyce Olsen, died to Christ on September 20th.


+Marion Jane, friend of Marilyn Heiden, died to Christ on September 21st.


+Donald Bergquist, father of Sheri Belanus died to Christ September 22nd.




+Congratulations to Austin Gaugert who finished 2nd in his first college golf tournament of the season at Valparaiso University. He broke 2 school records for coming in under par with scores of

68 - 73 - 71. Way to go Austin!


+ Congratulations to Ellen and Ken Hanson on their 40th Anniversary. They will Affirm their Vows on October 14th.


+Congratulations to Gary and Pat Parson's celebrating their 50th Anniversary on September 15th.


+Congratulations to Kelly Vanderstappen on her new job with Advantage Hospice.


+Congratulations to Sandy Anselmo who retired after 45 years as a Flight Attendant for United Airlines.



Expecting a Child!


Sarah Austin, Leah Lary, Roberta Pepper, Stephanie Ruby




+Congratulations to Karen and Pete Stein on the birth of their new grandson, Dylan Howard Charles on September 3rd.


+Congratulations to Barb Kwiatkowski on the birth of her grandnephew, Dominic Michael Curcio on September 4th.


+Congratulations to Steve and Judy Guy on the birth of their grandson, Nathan Robert Warren on September 27th.


New Members


Barb Carstensen

715 Holland Avenue

Delavan, WI 53115





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+ Many thanks to the Immanuel Card Ministry for the consistently uplifting and thoughtful cards that bring me hope and smiles. Like receiving a long-distance hug from the church at the perfect time, these cards mean so much to me. Thank you! Stacey Carlson


+Thank you to the Cookie Ministry for the delicious cookies you delivered to the "newbie" in the office. The cookies were enjoyed by all who entered the church office. Brenda Follensbee


+ Praise Team: The angels were singing in heaven on Rally Day accompanied by your beautifully, inspiring music! Marvelous job introducing the new piece, "Behold Our God"-the gradual crescendo of the piece swept the entire congregation off their feet and turned hearts toward Jesus! Thanks to Todd Krause and Jaime Ivan for the lovely duet. It would not have been the same without the trumpet's glorious sound as well-thanks to Greg Bunge and Doug Ehlert. And mostly, thanks to the entire TEAM as, like Pastor Mary Ann said in her sermon, church is a team; and it took you ALL to make the morning so special! John Ivan


+Special thanks to Riley Mikrut for her beautiful vocal solo, accompanied by guitar, at all three services on August 26th! It was a great way for her to share her musical gifts before she left for 9 months to do mission work.


+ I would like to thank the cookie ministry for thinking of me and sending such a wonderful treat to the Lodge. We all enjoyed them. What a wonderful blessing to have such thoughtful people in my life. Thank you! Karen Stein


+Thank you to all who have donated to the quilting fund! Your generosity is making it possible for us to be creative and make baptism quilts for children of all ages. Thank You! The Baptism Quilters.


+ Thanks to Mindy Ehlen for her lovely flute solo at the traditional service on September 23rd! God has gifted Mindy with immense talent and we are so grateful that she is able to share it during worship. Thanks to Kathy Middleton for accompanying.


+Special thanks to Dan and Karrie Gibson for their gift of music on September 23rd at all three services. The "folk-like" duet was a stunning version of the favorite song, "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)". Not only did they sing great, but it was incredibly special having a married couple share their musical gifts together!    


+To Our Immanuel Lutheran Church Family, Pastors Mary Ann and Mark,

Thank you so much for the groceries. We love you and appreciate every inch of kindness and blessings with a heart to care. Love, Kathy & Craig


+A special thank you to the Jubilate Anthem choir for their special song, "Prayer of the Children" on September 30th. Your tender song touched the hearts of all who attended.

+Dear Quilting Group, I wanted to thank you for making me the college quilt. I love the dogs and the special prayer on it. It will keep me very warm and remind me of all your love. Thanks again for the quilt. I will enjoy it for many years to come. Love & God Bless, Tanner J. Triplett


+To all of our Friends at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Words can't express our appreciation for all the things you have done for us since my accident. Your support of Spud was a blessing. All your cards, meals, phone calls, home & hospital visits are much appreciated. A special thank you to Pastors Mary Ann and Mark for being there when we needed them. I'm hoping to return to church soon. I really miss not being there. Again thanks to everyone! Love, Spud and Ruth Hinzpeter


+ Dear Pastors, Parishoners, Cookie Ministry and Quilters, Thanks so much for making Kennley's baptism such a love filled experience. Our small family loves being part of the larger church family. We look forward to watch Kennley's faith journey grow with the help of Immanuel. Thanks so much for the beautiful quilt which matches Kennley's room, the delicious cookies and the always lively and friendly worship. Thanks, Aaron, Megan and Kennley Burg


+ Dear Immanuel Congregation, Thank you to Pastors Mary Ann and Mark for making our stay here so pleasurable. We love everyone! Thank you for giving of your hearts and honoring our "A Day In Time" mission. It is truly a gift to give and we are blessed. Thank you for your kind spirits! Love & Gratitude, Cindy Lester - A Day In Time


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