Immanuel Lutheran Church

Immanuel eNewsletter

November, 2012

All Saints Sunday

November 4th!

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


 All Saints Day 2012 


All Saints Sunday, November 4th, 2012


All Saints Sunday is November 4th when we remember our loved ones who died to Christ in the past year. A special litany will be part of each service. A candle will be lit on the alter rail for each person being remembered during the service. Please submit their name, your name, their relationship to you and which service you would like their name read.



Christmas Cantata


Rehearsals for the glorious Christmas musical celebration have started. Vocalists meet on Wednesdays at 6:45PM and instrumentalists will meet on Sundays at 12:15PM starting Nov. 4th. 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!




Jubilate (Immanuel's choir for all ages and musical genres) is diligently working on special anthems for the fall. The group has two marvelous anthems planned for October 28th to celebrate Reformation Sunday, and November 25th for Christ the King Sunday-both at all three services. Rehearsals are open to ALL and occur Wednesday nights at 6:45PM. Christmas cantata rehearsals will coincide with regular Jubilate time, so join us for double the fun! Rehearsal CD's are offered to aid learning songs. The group always encourages newcomers, so don't hesitate to join and connect with God in new ways!


Bells of Immanuel


Rehearsals for Bells of Immanuel are on Sundays at 9:00AM (upstairs). Director Ellen Hanson and team have a special anthem planned for November 4th, All Saints Sunday, to honor those who have passed. The team could use some extra help ringing on this special morning. Even if you can only ring this one time, please consider helping out. No musical training is necessary since participants can ring as little or many notes as they feel comfortable with. Thanks to Ellen Hanson for her superb leadership! Contact Ellen at for more information.


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 joining the team for more info.


Youth Praise Team


Teens (between 6th and 12th grade) are encouraged to join this ministry as we connect to God through sacred, yet 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 schedule makes rehearsals challenging so we especially need singers, instrumentalists, and others to complete our growing team. Contact John Ivan for more info


All Saints Sunday - November 4th


All Saints Sunday is November 4th when we remember our loved ones who died to Christ in the past year. A special litany will be part of each service. A candle will be lit on the alter rail for each person being remembered during the service. Please submit their name, your name, their relationship to you and which service you would like their name read.


Information Meeting & Congregational Vote regarding Sale of our Building


We are thrilled with the news that God is making possible the sale of our building.  We have prayed for years that we would be able to sell our building when we move to our new facility.  Anchor Covenant Church has been praying that they might find a permanent home for their mission congregation.  At the recommendation of our building team and the church council, a sale price of $575,000.00 was proposed, contingent on approval by both congregations.  Members of Anchor have already given preliminary approval.  This opportunity would be a blessing for both congregations, as well as the neighborhood.

You are invited to an informational meeting on Sunday, November 11, at 12:15 pm.  We'll provide the main course, so bring a dessert or salad to pass.  This will be a good time for questions and suggestions regarding the timing of the sale, financing, status of stained glass windows and furnishings, as well as other pertinent issues. You are also encouraged to contact any member of the church council, building team, or either pastor with questions or comments.

A formal congregational vote, authorizing preliminary approval of the sale, will take place after each worship service on Sunday, November 18, 2012.  A majority of those voting is required for any decision regarding church property.

Coupled with the funds raised through our building appeal, the sale of our building will make a huge difference in our ability to move forward with the construction of a new church facility.


Make It Simple


Our fall stewardship emphasis revolves around the theme MAKE IT SIMPLE. As we consider our giving for 2013, we'll examine how gratitude and generosity are entwined to produce great things for Christ's church. If we focus on scarcity, we never have enough. When we focus on God's abundant blessings, there is more than we can ever imagine. Mark your calendars for Commitment Sunday on November 18, 2012. Pray that the Holy Spirit will touch our hearts and move us in bold new directions.


Healing Services on November 18th


We will have a Healing Service on November 18th at all three services.


Ipads needed for the Christmas Program


Mrs. Bice is working with Middle School students for the Christmas Program and has started an ipad band. This is a band that uses the instruments on ipads. She had a huge number of students expressing interest this past Wednesday, more than she thought, and is looking for additional ipads. They could be used or new, and she will be responsible for their care. If you have an old one sitting around the house, she could use it now for practice on Wednesdays and Sundays. If you would be willing to share later, she would appreciate the use on December 1st, 5th, 8th & 9th. Call Jan at 949-7973.


Thanksgiving Eve Service and Pie Fest is November 21st


The Thanksgiving Eve Service and Pie Fest will be Wednesday, November 21st. Bring non-perishable foods for the local pantries and bring a pie.


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" continues. Small Groups meet at various times throughout the week. Come experience the Bible like you never have before. If you are interested in joining a group, see the Small Groups list in the Narthex of the church for a list of leaders.


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, November 13th 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.


Young Couple's Night Out



Those of you who are young couples are all invited to join us for a fabulous evening together on Friday, November 16 at 6:30 PM at the Pastor's home. We will provide the main dish, and invite you to bring salad, dessert, or appetizers to share.

We hope this initial gathering will be an opportunity to:

  • Enjoy the company of other young couples over a meal;
  • Meet people of faith who are at a similar stage of life;
  • Explore the unique opportunities and challenges facing young couples;
  • Share ways in which our faith intersects our lives.

Together, we can discuss options for future gatherings, what they might look like (whether purely social, or theme related using a couple's study), and how often to get together and where. Sign up on the worship card, or let the pastors know of your interest. Invite your neighbors, coworkers, and friends to join the fun. We realize many who come won't know all of the participants - so it will be exciting to get acquainted.


Men's Breakfast and Bible Study



Men are all welcome on Saturday, December 1st 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 November 10th at Marilyn Heiden's home, 807 Madison Street, Lake Geneva (262-248-6439).


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 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.


Sunday School


Sunday School Christmas Pageant Practice has started! Jan Bice is excited and ready to teach our children the songs of the Christmas Season. We will be practicing each Sunday up until our Pageant Day, December 9th, where we will perform all three services. Our younger members (Preschool through 1st Grade) will practice from 9:30 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. each Sunday. Our older students (2nd through 5th Grade) will practice from 9:50 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. We will continue to have Sunday School Lesson during this time. Please try to have your child at church each Sunday, as we prepare for this wonderful celebration of the Christmas Season. In addition, there will be a few Saturday Practices. Watch for those dates to come.
Thank you to our amazing group of Sunday School Teachers for the great start to the new year of Sunday School! What a blessing to have such a dynamic group of leaders. We are still looking for donations of snacks and drinks for our Sunday School Children. Donations can be dropped off in the church office or in the kitchen marked, "Sunday School".


Sunday School Bowling Event


On Sunday, November 11th, we will be joining in our annual Sunday School Bowling Event. The event will be held at the Lake Geneva Lanes from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The bowling alley makes this event so affordable for families, charging only $1.00 for shoes and $1.00 per game! This event is open to all Immanuel Families. We hope to see you there!


Parents and Tots


Parents and Tots will meet on November 1st at the Elkhorn Library, starting at 10:00 a.m.  The library has a wonderful Story Time for families with children ages 0-3 yrs. They also have a playtime after story fun. There is no cost for this event, and is open to everyone.


Early Release Program


A big thank you to Wendy Russell, Jennifer Klug, Rich McWherter, and Georgia Gehrmann for their help with the Early Release Day Program. We took care of over 30 children on October 11th, playing games, making crafts, and sharing in fun. A huge thank you to Rhonda Ganansky from the Cookie Ministry for her wonderful Fall Cutouts! The kids loved decorating them.
Please help us spread the word about Immanuel's Early Release Day and Just for Kids Programs. Both programs help families in our community by providing care while they are working. We charge a minimal rate, and both programs are staffed by amazing helpers! For more information, contact Brianna at 248-4211. We again thank Kohl's Department Store for helping to support our program for kids!
Early Release Day


The next Early Release Day is set for Thursday, November 8th, 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.


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.





Annual Turkey J.A.M.


The annual Turkey J.A.M. Basketball Tournamentis November 10th at Badger High School 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Tournament is filled with 32 teams. Youth should contact Sami Moehling @ 949-1472 to work the day of the tournament. Each student and parent receives credit for each hour worked, which goes toward our Youth Quake in April. This is a very good fundraiser for us, so please sign up and help.


Christmas Care Packages for Soldiers


The 3:16 Youth Group is collecting items for the Christmas Care Packages for Soldiers. They will collect items until November 14th. Please consider donating : Clif bars, Beef Jerky, dried fruit mixes, baby wipes, magazines, books, movies, hand warmers, toothbrushes, mouthwash, body wash, Pringles, crackers, travel size games, deck of cards, hard candy, pens, notebooks, envelopes, powdered drinks, especially Gatorade, protein powder, crossword puzzles, word searches, Sudoku, sunflower seeds, and poptarts.


Milwaukee Soup Kitchen


3:16 Youth Group will be serving alongside other members of Immanuel at the Milwaukee Soup Kitchen on Sunday, November 18. We will leave the church at 4:00pm, and need parent drivers!


There will be no Youth Group on Wednesday, November 21 or Sunday, November 24 for Thanksgiving break.


Youth Quake in Wisconsin Dells


Deposits for Youth Quake in the Wisconsin Dells are due Wednesday, December 5 - it is $50! Turn it in on time to receive the Early Bird Rate! Youth Quake is April 12-14.


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!


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. 









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!!! We will be meeting at church on

Sunday, October 28th at 12:30pm to Trick or Treat in Lake Geneva's from 1-4pm. So get on your costume, bring your friends and see if we can FILL the back of a pick up truck!! We'll end back at the church for hot cocoa and treats!   Prize for best costume!!!

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 .


Youth For Hire


Cleaning the Garage      Babysitting        Weeding
Mowing the lawn           Yard work          Laundry
Cleaning out Gutters      Dog Walking      Painting
Senior Companionship   Cleaning            Shoveling
Running Errands           Washing Windows   Car washing

Organizing your closet   And so much more................

How it works

Contact Jeff or Maureen(262-903-3637) to line up a job for a teenager
We will contact you to work out job details
Once the job is completed to satisfaction you make a donation for the work performed. All money earned will go towards High School Youth and those teens who have worked for upcoming activities and trips. (Make sure you give money to Jeff or Maureen for accounting purposes...and checks need to be made out to Immanuel Lutheran High School Youth Group)

YOUTH FOR HIRE is an opportunity for....
* YOU to connect with teenagers in our church
* YOU to invest in them
* our teens to serve YOU
* our teens to earn money towards Youth Group Outings and Trips

Give a youth a try. Let one or two of the students help you! It is a win-win situation. All funds go towards the Immanuel High School Youth Events. 





Initial Mission Trip Information Meeting

If you are interested in participating in a Mission Trip next year, join us for an initial planning session on Monday, November 12 at 6:30 PM.  We will meet in Pastor Mary Ann's office.  We'll sort through our interests, options we're aware of for mission sites, a domestic or international trip, possible dates, etc.  All are welcome.  If you're interested but can't attend that night, contact Pastor Mary Ann.

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.

From Elliot Huemann's Blog in Honduras:

He was there the first day; smiling, laughing, speaking nearly perfect English with the group.  His name was Herman.  He seemed to be something like Tony's right hand man.  So much changes in a month.  Herman had been fighting with some of the boys and continually disrespected Tony.  Zion's Gate is a place to grow and change, and its doors are always open.  Choosing to stay is continuing to buy into respect for the community.  Herman wasn't able to do that, so he left.
So much changes in a month.  This week my team was at the Los Pinos ministry.  The barrio of Los Pinos is incredibly poor and dangerous.  Living there is a daily struggle.  The shacks cling to the side of a mountain that rises up above the city of Tegucigalpa. 

After visiting a couple houses we knocked on the door to a house, and our answer was a boy as he stumbled out.  He was incredibly high on paint thinner.  He teetered toward me and when I shook his hand, he gripped it tightly and wouldn't let go.  When he finally did release my hand he yelled at things that weren't there, and then laughed hysterically.

 As we walked back past the house, I looked in, and there was Herman.  The boy that once smiled and laughed and asked to play soccer with me - now glared out from the gloomy light in the house.  He looked terrifying and his once bright eyes were red rimmed and sunken from huffing thinner.  As I walked away my heart broke, and in my mind I saw him as he had been the first day - compared with how he now looked.  My heart, the boy, this place . . . everything was broken.

As it began to rain, and we descended the mountain, I felt the cold tears of God drench the place.  I realized in that moment that God's heart was broken for this place, and for Herman, in such an intense way.  It wasn't simply sad tears; God was literally sobbing over his children in Los Pinos.

We all prayed for Herman that night.  The next day my team saw him and told him how much we love him.  How more importantly God loves him.  He hasn't left Los Pinos or changed his life, but this conversation was a first step.  We are here only a couple more weeks, and only have a limited time with Herman . . . but I have hope, because so much changes in a month.

From Riely Mikrut's Blog in Honduras:

So I was off of ministry this week, thanks to a lovely stomach infection and a parasite . . . I am feeling so much better now.  Here's a blog I typed up while hangin out with Jesus:

Is there anything between you and Jesus?  Is there anything keeping you from running full speed into his arms?  Anything preventing you from hearing his voice clearly, and walking boldly into what he's calling you to do?

Run into his presence, let him search your heart, and lay it down at his feet.  The Lord answers those who seek him.  He knows our heart's desires, and wants us to fully rely on his power and not our own.  He's calling you to trust today.  He wants you to put your delight and hope in him, and he will provide all you need.  He has a plan for you and wants to reveal it. 

The one thing that the Lord desires most is for you to simply be still in his presence today.  Leave all your worries and burdens, your doubts and fears, your trials and troubles behind.  Come to the well.  Let him fill you and send you out.

Material Needed for Quilters

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

Cookie Ministry

Our Cookie Ministry meets on Tuesday, November 13 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. 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, November 15th 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 262-248-0506 with any questions.

A Day In Time Inc, Adult Memory Care Program

A Day In Time Inc, Adult Memory Care 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

Side By Side Screening

Side By Side screening is the 3rd Tuesday of each month, November 20th, 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.

Side By Side Fundraiser Dinner

The Side By Side Dinner is Tuesday, October 30th with seating times of 5 pm, 6 pm and 7 pm at Simple Café. Tickets will be sold on Sunday, 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.   

Side By Side Christmas Ornament Fundraiser


The Christmas Ornament Fundraiser is an annual event to benefit Side by Side. Watch for displays soon at our October 30th Simple dinner and again at Immanuel in November & December regarding this year's Christmas ornament. This year's ornament was made by women workers of India; again this year your contributions help not only the people in need in another country, who created the ornament, but people in need in our local community. Side by Side is a volunteer organization that assists folks in the Lake Geneva area who find themselves in a crisis.  Through sharing our resource information and providing financial assistance, we try to 'walk side by side' with those in need, to help them in their struggle. Your support of our fundraisers:  the 5th Tuesday dinners at Simple restaurant, and now the Christmas ornaments, allow us to help others in our community. For information, feel free to contact Steve or Judy Guy @ or at 262-245-8898.


Men's Shelter for Homeless


 The Men's Shelter for the homeless will be at Chapel on the Hill the week of November 11-17. Men are needed to spend the night; Breakfasts and dinners needed each night.


Agape   House


Agape House is in need of additional tutors (especially with Math) for the school, and mentors for the girls in the home to do fun things with evenings and/or weekends. If you are interested in helping in this way, please contact us at 262-275-6466 or via e-mail at


Health Newsletter 

 "Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him." Matthew 20:34
       In this month's health newsletter, Parish Nurse, Karen Stein, addresses the Cataract. For more information or to see the whole article, please check out Karen's newsletter at and click on "November 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, 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. 


Athletes in Action in the Czech Republic

Zach Harrod has been in the Czech Republic for 5 years with his Athletes in Action Ministry. Congratulations to Zach and the Prague Lion's Football Team who took 1st in the country of the Czech Republic.


Open Arms Free Clinic


The brand new Open Arms Free Clinic is a multi-faith community based effort with 60 volunteers.  The need is great, since 1 in 7 people of Walworth County lacks health insurance.  Badger Care Plus Core is at full capacity, with over 60,000 on its waiting list.  Roughly 10.3% of Walworth County's population lives below the federal poverty threshold. 
The clinic will open Dec. 9 in Elkhorn, across from the high school at 797 E. Geneva St.  It will be open two days per week, with eligibility screening on Wed. from 2-7 PM, and Thursday for patients from 2-7 PM.  The clinic's goal is providing free primary medical care, education, a medical home, and prescriptions to residents or those who work in Walworth County without health insurance after eligibility screening.  Many donations are needed to ensure the Clinic's sustainability.  Call 262 245-1975 for more information.


Open Arms Free Clinic Fundraiser 


An Open Arms Free Clinic Fundraiser will take place on Monday, October 29th at The Pizza Ranch from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Here is an opportunity to help the Open Arms Free Clinic with your donations and have a great meal, too. They will serve pizza, chicken, veggies and dessert. The clinic will get a portion of the profits and all the tips from their work.


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.


SAA 12 Step Meetings


SAA  meets on Saturdays at 6:00 PM.  All meetings are held in the Junker Lounge.


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 Pantry is 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.


Christmas Gifts that Make a Difference:


Every year about this time, we begin to ponder and stress over what kind of gift to give those we dearly love for Christmas.  God gave us the gift of life in our birth, and then the gift of eternal life by sending his Son, born in a manger, - our Savior Jesus Christ.  So it makes sense to us that choosing life-sustaining gifts for others in this holy season - is an opportunity to reflect that love of the Christ child in our Christmas giving.


We want to list several options - both locally and internationally, as you ponder your own Christmas list this year. 
Local Immanuel Families:


If you would like to assist an individual or family within our congregation with their basic needs for Christmas - we welcome your contributions.  Options will include providing:  gas gift cards, grocery gift cards, Walmart, Target, or Kohl's gift cards.  If you prefer to have us purchase the cards that are needed, please make your check out to "Immanuel Christmas Families."  If you know of families or individuals within the church who would be blessed by a Christmas gift, please let us know.  All information will be held in confidence.  
Families in our Community:


Side by Side:


Donations to Side by Side are an immense help to families within the Lake Geneva School District who are struggling with rent, utilities, or the cost of prescription medications.  A caring team of volunteers from numerous area churches meet with clients on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM at the UCC Church.  Families can be helped once in a calendar year.  The financial gift, although modest, is often just enough to help a family through a crisis.  Make your check out to Immanuel, and mark it "Side by Side."


WC Food Pantry & Lake Geneva Food Pantry:


If you want to help feed the hungry in our area, gifts to either of the two Food Pantries we support as a congregation will have a huge impact.  The numbers of residents using the pantries has grown astronomically in the past two years.  Many families and individuals simply cannot survive in these tough economic times without the assistance of our two excellent pantries.  Again, it's most helpful to make your check out to Immanuel, marked for the Food Pantry of your choice.  If you prefer, donations of non-perishable foods are always welcome.


Angel Tree:  Children with an Incarcerated Parent


The Angel Tree Ministry provides Christmas gifts to children with a parent in prison.  There will be angels on a Christmas Tree, listing the particular needs of a child.  We'll have the angels up as early in December as we receive the requests.  Take one or several requests, and be an angel to a child you will probably never meet.  The families usually live in Walworth or Racine County.


ELCA Good Gifts


The ELCA Good Gifts Catalogue lists dozens of amazing gift options.  Each one changes at least three lives:  the life of the person helped by your gift, the life of your friend or loved one, and your own.  There are 3 ways to give:  Online:; Phone:  800 638-3522; Mail:  ELCA, P.O. Box 71764, Chicago, IL 60694-1764.  We will have a number of "Good Gifts Catalogues" in the Overflow Area for your perusal.  Here is a sampling of the kinds of gifts you could give in honor of someone you love.


10 Baby Chicks:  $10 


Ten little chicks make a big difference!  When they're just months old, the chicks lay eggs, making nutritious meals for families who are hungry.  The many extra eggs often allow a family to start a small business by selling them.


Duck:  $20


Large, protein rich duck eggs are nutritious meals!  A duck is the best natural pesticide available!  It eats the bugs and weeds that harm farmer's corps, while fertilizing the field at the same time!


Goat:  $50


Goats survive hot temperatures, rocky terrain or drought.  It makes them especially valuable for families in hot, dry climates where it's tough to raise other animals.  Fresh milk can be used for cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products to eat or sell.  As goats multiply, families often share the offspring with neighbors in need, helping lift entire communities out of hunger and poverty. 

(Margaret in Kenya:  "My goat has given birth to 12 kids.  With so many goats to sell, I can pay for my children to go to school.  I can even afford to hire someone to help me work the farm!"


Fish:  $250


How about pooling your financial resources as an extended family - to give a community fish farm!  The village will eat for a lifetime!  The project begins with a pond, fish food, training, and a few fast-growing fish like tilapia.  Very quickly, the pond teems with enough fish to regularly provide healthy meals for families in the community.


6 Water Jugs:  $12


Large, durable water jugs are the primary way people transport water in remote areas of Africa and Asia.  We've seen them in Kenya, Sudan, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.  A woman or child in sub-Saharan Africa will walk an average of 3.7 miles every day to fetch clean water.  A set of water jugs ensures a minimal number of trips to the well for drinking, cooking and washing.


Christmas Water Well:  $2500


What if our congregation chose to combine our contributions to provide a life sustaining fresh water well for an entire community for Christmas?  Helping a community construct and maintain a water well opens up access to clean, safe drinking water for 500 families!  They are healthier, stronger, and sanitation improves.   More than a billion people worldwide lack access to clean water.  Water-borne illnesses from the lack of clean water cause significant illness and death throughout the world.    

If you want one of your Christmas gifts this year to impact 500 families - make your check out to Immanuel, and mark it "Christmas well."      






WELCA Luncheon

The November Ladies Luncheon will be held at Su Wings Restaurant on Wednesday, November 7th at noon. Make your reservation with Linda Burkart at 248-7579 by November 5th.

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, (November 16th) 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. Volunteers are needed.

A Day In Time Memory Keepers Club

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 (November 20th) 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.

The Book Club

The Book Club will meet November 28th @ 2:00 p.m. at Arbor Village. We will read and discuss "Forgotten Garden" by Kate Morton. Contact Marcia Gunderson at 249-8554 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 October 28th 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, November 20th at 7 p.m. here at church.

Immanuel Praise Team Float in Christmas Parade

The Immanuel Praise Team will enter a float in the Lake Geneva Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 1st. We need people to walk next to the float and distribute candy during the parade. Contact Brenda in the church office (248-4211) if you would like to participate.

Caroling in the Snow

All ladies are invited to Immanuel's Christmas Luncheon on Wednesday, December 12th, at 12 noon, in the fellowship hall. Wear a scarf as carolers do! For reservations call Bea Sutton (248-4281) or the church (248-4211) with your preference of grilled or original Kentucky Chicken by December 7th.  The cost is $5 per person which will be collected at the door. Instead of a gift exchange, help us build a snow pile of toilet paper rolls to be given to local food pantries.




Grace Overflowing Building Update


We are now at the point of seeking cost estimates on what the Building Team believes is a design that is close to that which will serve the congregation and its ministries now, and allows for versatility and expansion in the future.

It has taken a great deal of time and effort to reach this point. Numerous design ramifications were considered after receiving input from members of the congregation, other churches, and construction professionals.

 Although the cost / benefit relationship of various options has been considered as much as possible during the preliminary design stage, it is essential to know at this time, with a reasonable amount of assurance, if we are within budget with the current concept. In order to confirm our direction, the Building Team will receive and review detailed estimates from our General Contractor.
Once it has been determined that we are within our budget with the basic concepts, documents will be drawn up to seek bidders on the plans.

If this process seems like a lot of work, it is. It is time consuming. However it is necessary to assure we eventually get what we want and at a price we can afford.

Since you saw the very preliminary concept designs last spring, some things have not changed. The basic configuration on the property is the same and in general, the exterior look is the same. The latest design does include a lower level to accommodate suggestions from Ministry Groups.

The amount of space provided for various ministries, is pretty much the same, although location on the building "footprint" has been further detailed.

The current concept proposes a metal framed structure and metal roof.

Some significant details are yet to be addressed, including: exterior construction type and materials, interior finish, floors and ceilings. Additionally, window type and treatment need to be detailed. Furnishings for the worship area, chancel, offices, etc. have not yet been determined. All these unfinished items are extremely important to achieving the result we want, but will be much easier to consider once we have the basic structure and layout priced.

The congregation will have an opportunity to review preliminary plans and concepts as soon as they are available.

Assuming that all design work and financing is in place, the Building Team is targeting ground breaking in spring or early summer of 2013.

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


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


Battling cancer


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


Health and strength


Thomas Anderson, Carol Bice, Stephanie Bickers, Bill Binn Sr., Hope Block, Stacy Carlson, Danielle Cloutier, Loretta Combs, Reva Combs, Megan Domalik, Collin Dunford, Brenda Elliot, Ron Erickson, Bernice Fry, Rodney Fry, Carolyn Hallett, Lorraine Hanneman, Zachary Harrod, Erik Heinz, Michelle Hensky, Jonathan Hibbard, Spud Hinzpeter, Doug Hitz, William Hundsrucker, Mark Ingbretson, Jeff Kohl, Sarah Kresch, Mildred Kwiatkowski, Don Ledenbach, Jean Ledenbach, JoAnn Lindner, Howard Madsen, Dottie Marquardt, Ryan Mayfield, Jim Michalek, Craig Middleton, Larry Moe, Tom Mol, Sue Newell, Dean Noble, Carol Nocek, Carrie Novak, Patricia Owen, Jerry Polek, Lydia Polek, Alice Prestia, Ginny Reinke, Ed Robers, Jackie S., Gesine Schmidt, Bill Schulz, Eric Sundstrom, Rick Sylvester, Hayden Tipps, Sandy Tonn, Camille Tracy, Shelly Weis, Valarie Weyrauch, Tom Yakes.


 In Hospital


Don Moller


In Hospice Care



Bill Schulz, Lawrence Norem, Chuck Wendland


Awaiting / Recovering from Surgery


Bev Barnett, Maggie Bednar, Marty Bunge, Holly Ekornaas, Frank Faul, Susie Fleischer, Shawn Flynn, Bobbi Gutman, Ruth Hinzpeter, Donna Jovani,

Brenda Kelly, Trudy Rausch, Val Reinke, Rick Ruby, Grace Shepstone, Marion Shepstone, Wayne Vorpagel, Carolyn Warfield, John Warfield, Dave Yakes




+ Dorothy Rausch, mother-in-law of Trudy Rausch, died to Christ

October 7th.


+ Al George, father of Cheryl Miu, died to Christ on October 14th.


+Ruth Vorpagel, grandma of Vicki Runnells, died to Christ on October 19th.


+ Nikki Beranis lost her 3 year old son on October 19th.


+Paul Wohlers, brother of Sue Newell, died to Christ on October 20th.




+ Congratulations to Jake Hetz who was accepted to the UW Whitewater and detachment 925 Air Force ROTC.


+ Congratulations to those who completed their First Communion Class and are ready to receive the Sacrament of Communion: Austin Bestul, Cade Fisher, MIkella Plitzuweit, Kaeleigh Runnells, Grace Rote, Emmet Schulz, Porter Wells, Madison Zilske, and Robert Zilske


+ Congratulations to Lorraine Peterson celebrating her 94th birthday on November 10th.


+ Congratulations to Wayne and Elaine Vorpagel as they celebrate their 50th Anniversary on November 10th.


+ Congratulations to Dean Noble who will celebrate his 90th birthday on November 17th.


+Congratulations to Nick Neumann who will graduate from Basic Training in the National Guard around November 20th. Then he goes to Fort Gordon, Georgia for AIT Training and will be home in April.


+ Congratulations to the Immanuel Confirmands: Mitchell Barnett, Megan Batz, Meta Ehlen, Dayne Fisher, Kelly Gerlitz, Joshua Hetz, Trey Howes, Christina Kanelos, Jeremy Rullman, Cruse Schuster, Mercedes Sharkus, Clay Wahlstedt, Ainsley White, Stephan Wieder


Expecting a Child!


Sarah Austin, Leah Lary, Roberta Pepper, Stephanie Ruby




+ Congratulations to Jean and Matt Pagliaro on the birth of their daughter, Lydia Rose, on September 24th. She was 6 lbs, 9 oz.


+Congratulations to Clarence and Muriel Thompson on the birth of their great granddaughter, Charlotte Marie, on October 16th. She was 6 lbs, 9oz. Parents are Katie and D.J. Dunsker.




+ Congratulations to Kierssa Rullman and Zachary Nolder as their son, Noah Joseph, was baptized on October 14th.


+ Congratulations to Dena Lancour as her sons, Blake Matthew and Chase Wyatt, were baptized on October 21st.



New Members


Eric and Jenni Benz

W5224 Lauderdale Drive

Elkhorn, WI 53121



Michal, Meaghen and Wyatt

Van Dyke

1132 Sauganash Drive

Fontana, WI 53125



Jim, Jamie, Brody and Keaton Kluge

150 Highland Way

Lake Geneva, WI 53147





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From Pastor Mary Ann:
"I thank my God every time I remember you.  In ALL my prayers for ALL of you, I ALWAYS pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being CONFIDENT of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."  Phil. 1:3-5
My heart overflows with gratitude to all of you for your prayers, phone calls, texts, emails, Face Book messages, flowers, meals, cookies, visits, hugs, and encouragement - throughout my recent medical ordeal. 
I can only describe the experience of being diagnosed with two kinds of heart disease on Friday; an angiogram the following Tuesday, and the subsequent news that there is NO heart disease, as miraculous.  The doctor anticipated that at the least I would need a stent in the blocked vessel, and if that failed, bypass surgery would be needed.  We had no idea what he would propose for the leaky mitral valve that was seen on Friday.
What we couldn't have anticipated was that I would not need ANY medical treatment at all, because my heart is healthy!  That outcome is so much greater than I ever could have asked or imagined, which is of course exactly how God operates!  The even more amazing outcome is that I feel GREAT!

Your visible support for Mark and me throughout what was a very frightening time for us was such a blessing.  We are humbled by your generosity and hearts to care.  You are an amazing, Spirit-filled congregation that is awash in God's grace.  I love you all, and praise God for our partnership in the gospel!  Pastor Mary Ann


+  A special thank you to Tami Buntrock, John Ivan, and the Sunday School Singers for sharing their beautiful songs on Sunday, October 14th. Your voices bring happiness to all who hear them!

+A Special Thank You to the Card Ministry for all of the lovely cards sent to Shelly and Marion Shepstone. The cards are beautiful and heartfelt. Marion Shepstone

+ Giving thanks for the Card Ministry for the words of encouragement which are in my car as I travel for work. The cards are a smile! Thank You! Jennifer and Eric Plitzuweit

+ We would like to say a big thank you to the congregational members for their kind words and cards that were sent to our daughter, Laura Bidlack, during and after her surgery.  She was comforted by your kind words and prayers. She is back to work and doing just fine now and we wanted to say Thank You. John and Carolyn Warfield

+ Thank you to Linda McWherter, Crop Walk Organizer, and all who walked and all who supported them with gifts to help feed the hungry at home and around the world.

+ Special thanks to Mindy Ehlen for the gorgeous flute solo she played on September 23rd. We all delighted in listening and appreciate you sharing your musical gifts with us.

+ Thanks to the Cookie Ministry! I was surprised to find the cookies outside our door on Tuesday. There are so many favorites, it is hard to choose. We are enjoying them and I have learned to share :) I appreciate your prayers at this time. Thanks! Bill Binn 


+ Thank you for all the prayers, cards and cookies for my brother Jerry Polek. He will be home soon and busy with OT, PT and Speech Therapy. Barb Kwiatkowski


+ Thanks to Doug and Liz Ehlert for their lovely brass duet, "The Prayer" offered on Music Recognition Day. The trumpet and French horn combine so beautifully-we just love hearing your musical talents and gifts to God!

+ Thanks goes to Susan Krinn for organizing the Blood Drive for October 15th and all who donated blood and helped in this event!

+ We want to thank the Cookie Ministry for the awesome cookies and the cards, emails and kind words from our Immanuel family. The words meant the world to us as we grieve the loss of our dad / grandpa. Always, Sheri and Zach Belanus

+ 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says "In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God". We cannot even find the words to say thank you to all those involved in the planning and implementing of our 40th wedding anniversary renewal vow ceremony and reception, it was beyond words and expectations. Pastors Mary Ann and Mark, you never cease to amaze us. It was such a tough week for the two of you and yet you carried on and went above and beyond, your love is truly extravagant. John Ivan, Kathy Middleton, Mindy Ehlen, your gift of music is profound and the voices of our grandchildren, Mikella, Emma, McKenzie, Julius, Macie, Emmet and Hasely singing "How Great Thou Art" was so heartwarming and made us smile with such pride. Our family and their blessing, well, again all so well spoken and then our Immanuel family who came and witnessed and shared this day with us and made our friends feel welcome. Ken and Ursula, during those challenging technical moments you persevered and it paid off, thanks for your patience. Cleanup crew including Wayne & Elaine Vorpagel and Hawk for the final touch. Matt & Laurel, you filled in where needed and we are thrilled with our photo's . Then Brenda, who just kept working through the many challenges the week brought including having to battle the copying machine, and in the end you won! Our programs were beautiful. If we left anyone out we apologize but you know who you are, so thank you. We are so blessed!  Ken and Ellen Hanson


+ Praise Team: Your musical gifts are so appreciated every week-and Music Recognition Sunday was no exception! Thanks for coming early to participate and share your fabulous musical gifts for all to hear. People loved our special song, and always delight in singing together with your extraordinary leadership. The instrumentalists were on fire as well-it was fantastic to have a full alter of musicians sharing their talents together. Our growing TEAM inspires powerful worship, strengthens scripture, and encourages camaraderie. Thanks for sharing your tremendous gifts that continue to strengthen the music ministry at Immanuel! John Ivan

+ Jubilate: WOW, Amazing!!! You were all a "witness" to the power of music and the inspirational value it brings to worship on Music Recognition Sunday. We worked hard and you proved that you can present difficult, enriching music. Part of my joy was seeing the passion on each of your faces. Fantastic sound singing acapella-I knew you could do it. I heard countless "praises" afterward, people loved the variety it brought to worship! Thanks again for giving extra time-singing at all three services-so that everyone could hear your fabulous gifts of music! John Ivan

+ Thanks for the beautiful, touching, poignant, anthem, "Prayer of the Children" by Jubilate on September 30th! You all pulled together and created wonderful music that certainly touched hearts and emphasized the theme presented by the guest speaker. Thanks for working so hard and stepping out of your comfort zone and presenting a difficult, exposed anthem. A thousand thanks for blessing all three services with your marvelous gift of music!

+ Thanks to Shelby Peteler for the very special clarinet solo she played on Music Recognition Sunday. Her talent and love of music is enormous! We often also hear her playing the bass guitar on Sundays.
+ Thanks to the musicians here at Immanuel: Dennis Yakes - guitar; Michal Van Dyke - electric guitar; Eileen Weyrauch - flute; Greg Bunge - trumpet; Al Novak - drums.
+ Thanks to the Bells of Immanuel and director Ellen Hanson for the special song on Music Recognition Sunday-at all three services! A special thank you to Eileen Weyrauch for her beautiful flute accompaniment. The congregation delighted in singing along with the adoring sound of the bells. It was different, fun, inspiring, and the perfect addition to worship. Thanks for all your hard work putting special music together. We are looking forward to hearing you ring on November 4th. 

+ Thanks so much for the awesome outpouring of kindness and compassion, my Immanuel friends! I love you and miss you all so much. Yours in Christ, Ginger & family of H. W. Peterson Jr.

+ Thank you to Doug Harrod and all of your helpers for the delicious veggies. I deeply appreciate all your back breaking work. Jean Benedict
(The Community Garden raised 1 ˝ tons of food for our local food pantries. What an inspiration to us all)

+ Thanks to Scott Warner and Lou Krueger for volunteering to count on Thursdays.

+ Thank you to the Tuesday AM quilters who made 250 quilts for Lutheran World Relief and 50 School Kits! Amazing!


+Thanks to Hilary Clark for helping with the October Cookie Ministry deliveries last month. Welcome to this important ministry.

+ Thank you Pastor Mark for coming to talk to our group about Fire Safety. Thanks also for allowing us to be here at Immanuel. Cindy, A Day In Time

+ It was so nice meeting Pastors Mary Ann and Mark. Thank you so much for having us and our families come to your church and celebrate Asher's baptism. It was a wonderful service and we all enjoyed the baptism. We absolutely loved the quilt the church made. It is so precious and very thoughtful. Thank you for the packet of literature, nursery cd, calendar and Bible Story too. You are wonderful pastors and we are truly blessed to have you be part of our lives. Thank You! Jessica Nowak, Andy Schulz, Acidy and Asher
Your congregation is such a vital part of the Side By Side ministry. From active members and supporters of fundraisers to your monthly financial support there is no imagining our mission apart from you. Since the very inception of this outreach, Immanuel has been indispensable. Now that we're in our 7th year of service, Side By Side members have new friends from each other's churches who work beautifully 'side by side.' We thank you for designating us as recipient of the $384.70 check. We know your clothing drive is very much appreciated. We imagine how much work by so many went into this event. It's a win/win with people receiving needed clothing and then donations going to help needy families. Thank you for being there and caring so much!



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