Immanuel Lutheran Church

Immanuel eNewsletter

December, 2012

Advent & Christmas

In This Issue
Advent and Christmas Schedule
Worship News
Discipleship News
Children's News
3:16 Middle School Youth Group
High Scholl Youth Group
Grace Overflowing Appeal
Register Immanuel eNews
Welcome Picture
Worship Times




Born For All



Sunday Mornings:     8:15 AM - Classical Worship

    9:45 & 11:07 AM - Contemporary Worship


"Born in Me" - Dec. 2          First Sunday in Advent Celebration

Witness the lighting of the Advent Wreath, hear the riveting message "Born in Me," experience uplifting Advent Music by the Praise Team, and sing your favorite Christmas carols!


"Born a Child" - Dec. 9       Children's Christmas Pageant: "Jesus: The Reason for the Season."  

Hear the Christmas Gospel through the wonder of a child, as they enact the tender story of the Babe in the manger through song, drama, dance, and a surprise.


"Born to Save" - Dec. 16     Christmas Musical Cantata, "Born to Save."

Be inspired by our forty voice choir, with full instrumentation, as they share the birth of Jesus through moving song and narration.


"Born of Love" - Dec. 23     Fourth Sunday in Advent Celebration

Experience a special anthem by our outstanding "Bells of Immanuel, the Lighting of the Advent Wreath, a touching message "Born of Love," and favorite Christmas carols!


Christmas Eve Services: 3:00, 5:00 & 8:00 PM


"Born for All" - Dec. 24       Christmas Eve Candlelight Services


Join us as we celebrate the amazing good news of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God! Worship includes a brass choir, engaging choral music, the heartening message "Born for All," children's message, candle lighting, and favorite Christmas carols!




Christmas Musical Cantata: "Born to Save"


The glorious Christmas Cantata, "Born to Save" will be presented on December 16th at all three services. Be inspired by our musicians as they share the birth of Jesus through dynamic song and inspiring narration. A forty voice choir, praise band, orchestra, and bell ensemble will herald the Christmas story through both traditional and contemporary music; culminating with the "Hallelujah Chorus"!


Remaining Rehearsals: Vocalists-Wed. Dec. 5th at 6:45PM, Sun. Dec. 9th at 12:15PM, Wed. Dec. 12th at 6:45PM, and Dress Rehearsal Sat. Dec. 15th at 10:00AM.


Instrumentalists-Sun. Dec. 2nd at 12:15PM, Sun. Dec. 9th at 12:15PM, and Dress Rehearsal Sat. Dec. 15th at 10:00AM  


Annual Christmas Parade December 1, 5:00PM


Cheer on Immanuel's Praise Team on the streets of Lake Geneva December 1st as they herald our Savior's birth with live music on a moving float in the annual Christmas parade. If you are interested in walking along with the float (to pass out candy and flyers, and represent Immanuel) please call the church office or John Ivan.


Praise Team


The Praise Team will meet for rehearsals throughout December on Wednesday's at 8:00PM. We are especially appreciative of their time and talent during the holiday season. You will be blessed with their music throughout Advent, culminating with a spectacular anthem on Christmas Eve. Thanks to both instrumentalists and vocalists for their inspiring ministry and for the additional commitment this Christmas season!


Bells of Immanuel


The Bells of Immanuel rehearse on Sunday morning's from 9:00-10:00AM upstairs. The ensemble always has positions to fill with their changing music and encourages newcomers. The group includes all ages and does not require high musical skill, so don't be bashful. They will bless worship and ring again on December 23rd.. Contact director Ellen Hanson of John Ivan for more information.


Pledge Cards and Time and Talent Sheets


Please hand in your 2013 Pledge Cards and Time and Talent Sheets. As we plan for the up-coming year we hope you consider sharing your gifts of service through our many ministries here at Immanuel and your generous contributions.. Pray that the Holy Spirit will touch our hearts and move us in bold new directions.


In Need of a Microwave


The church is in need of a microwave for the overflow area. Please consider donating a slightly used or new microwave to Immanuel.


The Church Directory


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





All-Church Bible Study

We are starting a new All-Church Small Group Bible Study in January. Watch for details.


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 Thursday, January 10th 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, 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.


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. All are welcome.







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.


Children's Christmas Pageant: "Jesus: the Reason for the Season"


Sunday School Christmas Pageant Practice has begun! Jan Bice is excited about teaching our children the songs of the Christmas Season.


2012 Children's Christmas Pageant - Remaining Practices & Programs


Saturday, December 1 - Practice in Sanctuary


9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Grades Pre-K through Grade 3 (Snacks)

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Grades 4-9 (Snacks)

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - 'Joy To The World' ipad band

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. - 'Joyous Prelude' ipad band


Sunday, December 2 - Practice in Junker Lounge


9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Grades Pre-K through Grade 3

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Grades 4-9


Wednesday, December 5 - Practice in Sanctuary/Upstairs Small Room


5:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. - Dance in Sanctuary

5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. - Grades 4-9 choir in Sanctuary

6:50 p.m. - 7:20 p.m. - 'Joy To The World' ipad band - Upstairs

7:20 p.m. - 7:50 p.m. - 'Joyous Prelude' ipad band - Upstairs


Saturday, December 8 - Practice in Sanctuary


10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - All grades

12:00 p.m. - Pizza

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 - ipad bands


Sunday, December 9 - Programs

8:00 a.m. - Arrival - Meet in basement

8:15 a.m. - 1st church service Snacks/Games

9:45 a.m. - 2nd church service nacks/Games

11:07 a.m. - 3rd church service


Breakfast for Children in Christmas Pageant


Breakfast will be provided for the children in the Christmas Pageant on Sunday, December 9th. Please donate breakfast items, snacks, fruit and juice. Clipboards will be sent around for sign-up. Bring items to kitchen and label for Sunday School.




Photos from the Christmas Ipad Band







Ipad Band 2012 A  Ipad Band 2012 B

Ipad Band 2012 C 


Early Release Day


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




The Birthday Party for Jesus


The Birthday Party for Jesus is Sunday December 16th from 9:30 -10:30 a.m. Join us for crafts, games, prizes and birthday cake. Come celebrate the wondrous birth of our Lord!


Sunday School Christmas Break



Sunday School Children will not meet on Sunday, December 23rd or 30th due to Christmas break.



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.




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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, Ruth Feld, Alfred Gruber, Jason Kazinski, Lynn McAdams, Nick Palozzolo, Trudy Rauch, Barb Searle, Junior Shepstone, Shelly Shepstone, Garvin Smith, Marty Smith, Monica Swing, Pete Thompson, Shirley VandeZande, Marie Voss, Sara Wahlstedt, Rick Walters, Zach Zeinert.


In Hospice Care


Lawrence Norem, Chuck Wendland



Health and strength



Thomas Anderson, Carol Bice, Stephanie Bickers, Bill Binn Sr., Hope Block, Stacy Carlson, Danielle Cloutier, Loretta Combs, Reva Combs, Collin Dunford, Brenda Elliot, Bernice Fry, Rodney Fry, Carolyn Hallett, Lorraine Hanneman, Zachary Harrod, Erik Heinz, Michelle Hensky, Jonathan Hibbard, Doug Hitz, William Hundsrucker, Mark Ingbretson, Donna Jovani, 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, Dean Noble, Carol Nocek, Carrie Novak, Patricia Owen, Jerry Polek, Lydia Polek, Alice Prestia, Ginny Reinke, Ed Robers, Jackie S., Gesine Schmidt, Eric Sundstrom, Rick Sylvester, Hayden Tipps, Sandy Tonn, Gordon Van Heel, Shelly Weis, Valarie Weyrauch, Tom Yakes.


Awaiting / Recovering from Surgery


Betty Aguirre, Marty Bunge, Mike DeVroy, Frank Faul, Susie Fleischer, Shawn Flynn, Ruth Hinzpeter, Donna Jovani, Dr. Linda Peterson, Ginny Reinke, Val Reinke, Rick Ruby, Jennifer Scheel, Marion Shepstone, Wayne Vorpagel, Teri Voss, John Warfield, Dave Yakes




+Tom McRoy, Uncle of Sean Payne, died to Christ on October 31st.


+Spud Hinzpeter, husband of Ruth, died to Christ on November 9th.


+Irma Sanders, sister of Madgel Schluga, died to Christ on November 9th.


+Mary Leonard, mother of Joyce Schmidt, died to Christ on November 11th.


+Bill Schulz, husband of Pat, died to Christ on November 14th.


+Randy Spanjer, brother of Sandy Anselmo, died to Christ on November 23rd.


+Rolland Bauman, father of Todd Bauman, buried to Christ on November 26th.


+Kate Harrod lost her blessed aunt, Ruth Billings.


+Trudy Erickson, buried to Christ on November 19th.


+Pauline, Les and Muriel Malsch, loss of beloved June Etycheson.




+Congratulations to Bronson Weyrauch who received his Paramedic certification after one year of classes and clinical work.


+Congratulations Chase Hodkiewicz for getting a 9 point buck.


+La Verne Anderson who turned 94 years old on November 24th!


+Congratulations to Mikella Plitzuweit on her First Communion on November 4th.


+Congratulations to the Cast / Orchestra / Stage Crew on a great production: Rebecca Rennick, Colin Houden, Austin Smith, Rachel Dyer, Tess Bakken, Laura Flynn, Mitchell Barnett, Atlanta Tschida, Kelly Gerlitz, Greg Bunge, Desiree Newell, Taylor Radtke, Mickayla Tschida, & Brady Schmidt.


Expecting a Child!


Sarah Austin, Jocelyn Hayes, Roberta Pepper, Laurie Romanowski, Stephanie Ruby, Leah Tindall




+Congratulations to Jennifer Baertschy as her daughter, Eloise June, was baptized on November 11th.


+Congratulations to Nick and Whitney Curcio as their son, Dominic Michael, was baptized on November 23rd.


New Members


Daniel Tschida

N1580 Clover Road

Lake Geneva, WI 53147


Cyndi Dietze

W1019 Aralia Road

Genoa City, WI 53128


James Moyer

W1019 Aralia Road

Genoa City, WI 53128




Check out our website for information about the ministries at our church.  If you click on the "sermons" link, you will find video links for the sermons and special events!  Spread the word!



Check us out on Facebook:  

  1. Immanuel Church 
  2. Grace Overflowing for Immanuel Lutheran Church
  3. Immanuel Lutheran Crew
  4. Immanuel Lutheran Music Ministry 




Middle School Annual Turkey J.A.M.Results


Thank you to everyone who helped make this year's TURKEY J.A.M. (Jesus And Me) BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT a huge success. Profits go directly to the confirmation youth to help fund their way to "Youth Quake" at the Dells. We raised $4,313!!!!


Thank you to those who came to set-up on Friday night. Record time of 20 minutes! Also, thank you to those that cleaned up on Saturday night. Again, we were done in record time.




Samantha Moehling, Junior High Youth Leader, who organized the volunteers and worked the entire day on Saturday; Jeff Bakken for making the bracket signs; Rich McWherter and David and Tom Jooss for stepping in to help manage the tournament when I was away; Stan Hilgendorf (Badger Athletic Club) for donating a portion of the concession sales; Tim Sireno who came early to Badger and let us in; all of the officials who did an awesome job officiating that day; PFI Fashions in Genoa City for the t-shirt discount; and all of the parents who worked the day of the tournament.


We can't forget the awesome confirmation kids who worked. They did an awesome job in concessions, keeping an eye on the courts, referee go-to guys, tickets and t-shirt sales.


Great things happen when we work together!!!

And most of all, our gratitude as a congregation to Tami Buntrock who organized the Turkey JAM and was our phenomenal leader!

Thank you for all of your help.


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.


3:16 Youth Group


We need youth who want to walk in the Christmas Parade in Lake Geneva on December 1st!! Look for more information from Sami.


3:16 Youth Group will go caroling on Wednesday, December 12th. Meet at church at 5:00 p.m. We will carol around ton and come back for a light dinner.


Grades 6-8:


Please join us Sunday mornings @ 9:45 for Confirmation Class! We are studying The Catechism. 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!








High School Youth Group


Save the Date for High School Youth Group - Christmas Shopping at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, IL - December 8th - more info to come!!


THE HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP will not be having Monday meetings December 3rd or 17th. We will resume our meetings January 7th and 21st. If we get snow in December, we may try to schedule another (outdoor/winter) activity during that month.





Salvation Army


Sign up now on the clip board going around church to ring the bells for Salvation Army. It is a wonderful opportunity to serve others while enjoying the great outdoors.  Last year we raised over $16,000 for those in need in Walworth County.  We have 7 dates already. We still need to fill - Friday, December 14 at Wal-Mart Grocery - side, Friday, December 21 Wal-Mart Grocery - side , and Saturday, December 22 at Wal-Mart Grocery - side. There will be a copy of completed sign-up sheets posted outside the office, Brenda will have a copy inside the office and I will have a copy at home in case you forget your time or place.  Thanks, Georgia Gehrmann


Mittens, Hats, Gloves and Ccarves Tree


The Mittens, Hats, Gloves and Scarves tree will be up in church until December 16th. Please donate to help others.


Summer Mission Trip: Domestic


We are in the initial stages of reserving space for a Mission Team to go to New York to provide relief and rebuilding from the ravages of Hurricane Sandy. The Tentative dates are July 13-21. We will serve at The Site July 13-21 but need the extra days for travel. If you are interested in joining The Team, the next meeting is Monday, Dec 17th at 6:30 p.m. We will need to make our reservation immediately and a deposit for each participant will be due within a month. Contact Pastor Mary Ann for more information.

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.

Material Needed for Quilters

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


Christmas Baskets


Christmas Baskets are prepared for those who are homebound, ill, or over 80 years old. We welcome gifts of cookies and wrapped candy. Please bring items to church by Monday, December 10th. Thanks!

Cookie Ministry

Our Cookie Ministry meets on Tuesday, December 11th 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, December 20th at 6:30 p.m. at church. This fabulous group creates greeting cards to encourage folks who are ill, hospitalized, or grieving.  All are welcome - and there is no cost to participate!   Thank you to each "card creator" as you give of your time and talents!  Thanks, too, to the special angel who writes the encouraging words! 

A Day In Time Inc, Adult Memory Care Program


A Day In Time Inc, Adult Memory Care Program is looking for caring 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. 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. 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, December 18th, at 7:00 p.m. at the First Congregational UCC Church, 715 Wisconsin Street, Lake Geneva.  Funds are available for rental assistance, utilities and prescription medicines.  Applicants must reside in the Lake Geneva School District.  Bring a copy of the bill you need help paying.

Side By Side Christmas Ornament Fundraiser


The Christmas Ornament Fundraiser is an annual event to benefit Side by Side. This year's ornament was made by women workers of India. Your contributions help not only the people in need in another country, who created the ornament, but also people in our local community. 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 allows 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 February 3-9. Men are needed to spend the night; Breakfasts and dinners needed each night.


Health Newsletter 


"And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided that light from the darkness. And God called the light Day..." Genesis 1:3


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


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.


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. 


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, December 3rd 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. 


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.


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.


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:


Angel Tree:  Children with an Incarcerated Parent


The Angel Tree Ministry provides Christmas gifts to children with a parent in prison. There are angels on a Christmas Tree, listing the particular needs of a child. Take one or several requests, and be an angel to a child you will probably never meet.


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."      








Building Team Update


Steady progress is being made in our plans to construct our new church building. On Sunday, November 18, 2012, the congregation voted 254 to 4 in favor of a sale price of $575,000.00 for our current facility. This is a huge step in the financing of the project. Team members are now in conversation with leaders from Anchor church to work out the particulars of a contract for purchase. This agreement will spell out details regarding timeline, furnishings, and contingencies. Immanuel members will vote on the contract when it is ready.


Final design work on the building is near completion. Our next step will be to secure figures for hard costs, enabling us to calculate the price for the entire project. The project cost will then be matched with our revenue. If everything stays on track, we are hopeful to be able to break ground by late spring of 2013. The congregation will vote on the final design and cost before we proceed.


Your steady contributions to the Building Fund are very important. The more money we receive before construction, the less we will need to borrow. Thanks for remembering Immanuel in your year-end giving.


Season of Giving

This holiday season, we thank everyone who has supported Immanuel Lutheran Church this past year with their time, talent and financial contributions and look forward to support from all of our members in the year ahead. If you need a convenient way to make regular offerings or if you plan to make an additional gift before the end of the year, we encourage you to check out our electronic giving options. As the pace of life speeds up, especially around the holidays, you may find electronic giving a most welcome way to make contributions. Visit or contact the church office for more information.

Immanuel Lawn Signs

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





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 the church office (248-4211) if you would like to participate.


Decorating the Church for Advent and Christmas


We are decorating the church for Advent and Christmas on Monday, December 3rd at 6:30 p.m. Cookies and Punch will be provided. We are in need of cookies for this event. All are welcome to bring cookies.


WELCA Luncheon


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.


Production of Annie


Jim and Grace Hanny, Carolee Barnett and her daughter Mia are part of the cast for the musical production of "Annie" at the Walworth County Performing Arts Center in Elkhorn on November 30, December 1,2,7,8 & 9. For tickets call Grace at 262-215-0832 or Jim at 414-491-3172.


A Day In Time


A Day In Time Holiday Craft Fair is on Saturday, December 1st from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. It will be held at Horticulture Hall at 330 Broad Street. Bake Sale items are needed. Bring baked items to Immanuel before 4:00 p.m. or to Horticulture Hall Saturday morning before 9:00 a.m.


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, (December 21st) 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 (December 18th) in the Junker Lounge from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.


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 December 9th 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, December 18th at 7 p.m. here at church.




+Thanks for the special "call to worship" by the Bells of Immanuel on November 4th. It was a sacred beginning to All Saints Sunday worship. Thanks for blessing all three services with your music!


+Thank you to the Instrumentalists and Jubilate for sharing your special song "The Great Day" on Christ the King Sunday! It was stunning!


+Thank you Praise Team for your song "Behold Our God"


+A HUGE thank you to Tami Buntrock for organizing and managing the Turkey Jam Basketball Tournament at Badger High School again this year! What a blessing for our Youth Group! Thanks to you, our kids are able to go to Youth Quake year after year. Also, thank you to Tom and David Jooss and Rich McWherter for managing the tournament that day - such an enormous help!  Lastly, thank you to all of the youth and parents who volunteered. Without you, the tournament wouldn't work! Sami Moehling


+WOW, what a motivating, glorious morning of worship and music by both vocalists and instrumentalists on Christ the King Sunday! The anthem was breathtaking-a brilliant tribute to our King, Jesus. Special thanks to the band for their majestic accompaniment that was the "icing on the cake". The celebration of the entire morning was superb-brilliant heavenly brass, harmonious winds, electrifying guitar, robust drums, rousing keyboards, and passionate singing-thanks to ALL musicians for sharing your gifts in praise and worship!


+Special thanks to Rick Ruby for his help running audio on Christ the King Sunday and for recording the special music.   Thanks to Rick and ALL our media, sound, and video operators for their weekly service.


+Thank you to the Cookie Ministry for baking such yummy cookies and bringing them to my home to enjoy. What a blessing it is to be involved in a church with such caring people. Jennifer Scheel


+Thanks to the Bells of Immanuel and director Ellen Hanson for their special bell anthem on Thanksgiving Eve and for beginning our worship on All Saint's Sunday. We are 'grateful' every time we hear the soothing, harmonious sound of the bells! Thanks also to the Praise Team for leading the Thanksgiving Eve worship service. Their special anthem underscored the Pastors excellent message and theme of the night. The team leads year-round and at every special service-we are so grateful for your service!


+Thanks also to our beloved Music Director, John Ivan, for his superb musical leadership throughout the year, and in preparation for our Advent/Christmas celebrations! The music touches us deep in our spirit, preparing our hearts to worship our Savior! Thanks also to organist Kathy Middleton for her excellent and faithful accompaniment of our first service and choirs.


+ Thanking our Children and Teens!

Many thanks to Adrianna Fueredi, our beloved teen harpist, who supplied beautiful instrumental harp music during the healing service on November 18th. We absolutely adore her tender music and talent!

Thanks to Hasely Schulz for her lovely vocal solo on November 18th. She was just precious! What an honor and tribute by Raya Hickey with her rendition of "God Bless America" on Veterans Day!   Her young talent is immense; she sang and lead like a pro. Thumbs up to Nathan Buntrock and Vincent Faul for their charming vocal duet, on November 4th. The boys were great, and may even sing again! Be sure to give them a big high-five!


+Thanks to Jaime Ivan for her help creating and recording rehearsal CDs for Jubilate and the Christmas Cantata singers. We appreciate the countless hours you spent because it is such a valuable tool for learning.


+Please send a HUGE thank you to the cookie ministry for the cookie tray that was dropped off at our house in honor of my husband and his military service.  It was a wonderful surprise for us and the cookies were delicious!  It means the world to our family that the church took the time to acknowledge and recognize Phil for his service.  We are truly blessed to have such a wonderful church family! Thanks again!  Phil & Vicki Runnells and family


+Cookie Ministry - Thank you for the love you put into your cookies. I live alone and do not bake so I sooooo enjoyed them. Thank you also the prayers, they mean a lot! In His Love, Trudy Rauch


+I want to thank you and the members of your church for all the prayers for me. I'm doing very well. I did have more surgery, so I'm still healing, and can still use yours prayers. I hope to meet you someday and thank you in person, God does work miracles. Thank you! Monika Swing


+Thanks for the 4500 pounds of potatoes gleaned from a farmer's field on November 3rd for area food pantries. Thanks to Frank Guske for coordinating this blessing.


+Thank you to Edith and Dan Draper who organized Pie Fest and all those who brought pies!


+Thank you to all who served at funeral lunches for Spud Hinzpeter and Bill Schulz.


+A big thank you to all who served at the Milwaukee Soup Kitchen in November.


+Thanks to all who donated books for the Walworth County Food Pantry Library and to Clay Wahlstedt for his Eagle Scout Project.


A huge thank you to Nicole McQuestion and John Ivan for their work on the Advent Posters and postcards for Immanuel. They look fabulous! What a great way to get the message out there about the Good News of Jesus' Birth.


+There are no words to express the love and words of faith that poured of of members of Immanuel when I lost my brother to suicide. My wonderful Bible Study group was beside me throughout the devastating loss. Thanks to my wonderful Pastors. I learned to get through it 5 min at a time. Pastor Mary Ann, your amazing words of faith has now turned into my "Faith Speech." Thanks to you I am on a better path and Paul, rest in peace, you will be missed by many. Love Sue Newell & family.


+Big wishes from little one who have more hope in their Thanksgiving because you cared. We hope that in this holiday season you feel the blessing of the gifts you have given. Truly Grateful, Side By Side


+My thanks to the entire congregation for all the prayers and positive thoughts as well as words of encouragement. Donna Jovani


+Thanks for the wonderful sermon, vocal duet &instrumental trio. The music today was awesome from beginning to end with John finishing up on the last hymn. We and others love that! Thanks so much! Craig and Kathy Middleton


+Dear Pastors, we appreciate your love, support and prayers. God continues to bring us gifts and you & your congregation are the nicest presents. Love you! Cindy, Lynn, Susie for A Day In Time


+Thank you to Mickey Tolar for such beautiful decorations for the Thanksgiving Eve service.


+Crop Walk Supporters, I want to thank everyone for your work on the 2012 CROP Walk on October 14th. Over 75 walkers from churches in the area raised funds for awareness of the issues of poverty and hunger in our area and around the world. Thank you! Ruth Anne Morava


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