Immanuel Lutheran Church

Immanuel eNewsletter

January, 2013

Happy New Year!

In This Issue
Happy New Year Immanuel!
Worship News
Discipleship News
Children's News
3:16 Middle School News
High School Youth Group
Building Team Update
Register Immanuel eNews
Welcome Picture
Worship Times


    January 2013 Cover  


Happy New Year Immanuel!




Each new year brings us new opportunities to know Him more, to walk in faith, and grow by His grace. May your year be blessed in the Lord.


"What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him"

1 Corinthians 2:9 NSRV


God has blessed Immanuel Lutheran Church in so many ways. We have such exciting things to look forward to in 2013.


Stay tuned for information on our upcoming new Small Group Bible Study, new Church Facility, and our new Immanuel Website!




Praise Team


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




Jubilate (Immanuel's choir for all ages and musical genres) is diligently working on special anthems for the New Year. Rehearsals are open to ALL and occur Wednesday nights at 7:00PM. Rehearsal CD's are offered to help learn parts for those who can't read music well. We have a great core group that would love to welcome more voices to the team!


Youth Praise Team


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



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. Contact director Ellen Hanson of John Ivan for more information.





All-Church Bible Study


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



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, January 26th 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 nursery is 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. 


Early Release Day


The next Early Release Day is set for Thursday, January 10th, 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.


R.E.A.D.S. Mentor Program 


Would you be willing to volunteer one hour a week to read with a child? The R.E.A.D.S program is Tuesday - Thursday from 7:45- 8:45 am. If interested, contact Haley Leasure at





Youth Quake in Wisconsin Dells


Please remember to turn in your $50 deposits for Youth Quake! Remaining balances are due on Wednesday, March 6th. Youth Quake is April 12-14. 


Captive Free West Lakes Team



The Captive Free West Lakes Team will be here on February 16-17 to share in fellowship with our youth and the rest of the congregation! Please contact Sami at 262-949-1472 or if you are available to host one of the team members for the night.


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


High School Youth Group - our January meeting dates are January 7th and 21st from 6:00p - 8:30p at the Radtke's. At those meetings we will plan our two upcoming fundraisers - the Port-A-Potty fundraiser which will be an ongoing fundraiser and a spaghetti dinner fundraiser the group will be hosting in February.


We are still looking at doing skiing or a tobogganing day if the weather cooperates!





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. The next meeting is Tuesday, January 22nd 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.


Hand Sanitizer


Hand Sanitizer has been given to Immanuel by Rhonda Ganansky. In the interest of health and minimizing the spreading of germs, hand sanitizer is available in each pew, especially as we share peace with one another.




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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, Ruth Feld, Al Foldy, Alfred Gruber, Rick Hoffman, Jason Kazinski, Deb Kopek, Lynn McAdams, Nick Palozzolo, Kathy Paquette, Trudy Rauch, Marve Saltzmann, Barb Searle, Marty Smith, Monica Swing, Pete Thompson, Marie Voss, Sara Wahlstedt, Rick Walters, Barb Whitney, Sharyl Wilkins, Zach Zeinert.


In Hospice Care


Lawrence Norem, Shirley VandeZande


Health and strength


Katie Alder, Thomas Anderson, Pastor Vernon and Marlys Awes, Carol Bice, Stephanie Bickers, Bill Binn Sr., Hope Block, Chris Bollwahn, Brian Britnall, Jesse Brugger, Stacey Carlson, Danielle Cloutier, Loretta Combs, Joan Cook, Trinity Crandall, Collin Dunford, Brenda Elliot, Bernice Fry, Rodney Fry, Debra Geils, Carolyn Hallett, Lorraine Hanneman, Zachary Harrod, Erik Heinz, Michelle Hensky, Jonathan Hibbard, Doug Hitz, Bob Hummel, William Hundsrucker, Mark Ingbretson, Donna Jovani, Johnalee Kawalec, JoAnn Koch, Jeff Kohl, Sarah Kresch, Mildred Kwiatkowski, Don Ledenbach, Jean Ledenbach, JoAnn Lindner, Bernadine Livingston, Ryan Mayfield, Les Meusling, Jim Michalek, Craig Middleton, Larry Moe, Tom Mol, Dean Noble, Carol Novek, Carrie Novak, Patricia Owen, Jerry Polek, Lydia Polek, Alice Prestia, Ed Robers, Jackie S., Gesine Schmidt, Vivian Spanjer, Eric Sundstrom, Hayden Tipps, Gordon Van Heel,Elaine Vorpagel, Shelly Weis, Valarie Weyrauch, Tom Yakes.


Awaiting / Recovering from Surgery


Betty Aguirre, Marty Bunge, Mike DeVroy, Ben Ehlert, Susie Fleischer, Shawn Flynn, Mark Herick, Ruth Hinzpeter, Donna Jovani, Dr. Linda Peterson, Ginny Reinke,

Rick Ruby, Jennifer Scheel,

Marion Shepstone, Wayne Vorpagel, Teri Voss, John Warfield, Dave Yakes 





+Junior Shepstone, husband of Marion, died to Christ on December 3rd.


+Reba Combs, mother of Charlotte Sylvester, died to Christ on December 4th.


+Mamie Deluca, Joe Twist's aunt, died to Christ on December 6th.


+Andy & Stacey Smith, at the loss of his precious grandpa, Garvin Smith, who dide to Christ on December 27th.




+ Congratulations to Jessica Carstensen who will graduate with a double major and minor as well as with honors!


+ Congratulations to Alan Ruby and Brianna Geller on their recent engagement. They are planning a fall wedding.


+ Congratulations to Chris Hand who got a role in Chicago Fire!


Expecting a Child!


Sarah Austin, Jocelyn Hayes, Brae Kittelson, Betsy Moehling, Roberta Pepper, Laurie Romanowski, Stephanie Ruby, Leah Tindall


New Members


Cindy Dietze & James Moyer

W1019 Aralia Road

Genoa City, WI 53128


John Button

1713 Miller Court

Lake Geneva, WI 53147


Kay Blaine

2535 Back Road

Burlington, WI 53105


Buz & Jeri Bozovsky

1800 LaSalle Street #5

Lake Geneva, WI 53147


Scott, Carol, Josh and Sarah Warner

469 Country Club Drive Unit 8

Lake Geneva, WI 53147




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!



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  3. Immanuel Lutheran Crew
  4. Immanuel Lutheran Music Ministry 





 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 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.


Cookie Ministry


We had another wonderful cookie ministry month!  Thank you to all who baked and baked!  We had a huge need for cookies this month and you all came through to minister to the ill, homebound, and "over 80's".  Bea Sutton and her faithful troup were very grateful for all the delicious cookies.   Calendar Alert:  We will be switching cookie ministry days to the 2nd Thursday of the month. So, our next date for cookie ministry will be on THURSDAY, January 10th at 9:00am. The next early release day that we will be asked to provide cutout sugar cookies to decorate will be in February.


We are inviting new people to our incredible Cookie Ministry Team. All are welcome! Please contact Rhonda Ganansky at 248-5266 or if you have questions.


Card Ministry


Our Card Ministry will gather on Thursday, January 17th 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 screeningis the 3rd Tuesday of each month, January 15th, 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.


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 


"For everything God made is good, and we may eat it gladly if we are thankful for it, and if we ask God to bless it, for it is good by the Word of God and prayer." Timothy 4:4-5


In this month's health newsletter, Parish Nurse, Karen Stein, addresses Overeating. For more information or to see the whole article, please check out Karen's newsletter at and click on "January 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 clinic located in Elkhorn, across from the high school at 797 E. Geneva St. It is 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. The website for the clinic is: 


Open Arms Free Clinic Fundraiser 


Save the date: January 17, 2013. Support the clinic at the all-you-can-eat Family Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction on Thursday, January 17, from 6-8 PM at Champs Sports Bar and Grill, 747 Main St., Lake Geneva. Adult tickets, $8, Children tickets (12 years and younger), $6. Proceeds benefit the Open Arms Free Clinic, Inc.


The Association for the Prevention of Family Violence


The Association for the Prevention of Family Violence is excited to announce support groups children, middle school boys, high school boys and women. A support group for girls will be offered in the spring. The children's support groups are held on Monday evenings from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and 6:00-7:00 p.m. The middle school boys support group will meet for 12 weeks on Tuesdays beginning January 22nd. The high school boys support group will meet for 12 weeks on Tuesdays beginning January 22nd. The women's domestic abuse/sexual assault support group meets on Mondays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and 6:00-7:00 p.m.Contact Taume Kohl, Child/Teen Advocate at 262-723-4653 or or call Abby at 262-723-4653.


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.






WELCA Luncheon


The Ladies Christmas Luncheon was a great time of fellowship and helping others. 375 Rolls of toilet paper was collected at the event. The toilet paper was taken to the Lake Geneva Food Pantry and the Walworth County Food Pantry. Thanks to all for the donations!

Immanuel Book Club


The Immanuel Book Club will meet Wednesday, January 23rd at 2:00 p.m. at Arbor Village. The book discussion will be on Beach Music by Pat Conroy. For information call Paula Tyburk @ 245-5535 or Sharon Aspenson @ 248-2805.


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, (January 18th) 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 (January 15th) 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 January 6th 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, January 15th at 7 p.m. here at church.







Building Team Update


We have exciting news to share regarding the sale of our building and plans for our new church facility! God's grace is overflowing. Members and friends of Immanuel are invited to learn more about recent developments by attending information meetings scheduled for: Thursday, January 3, 2013, at 6:30 pm and Sunday, January 6, 2013, at 12:15 pm with a potluck lunch.


You will have a chance at both meetings to review the contract to sell our current building, view the final design for the new building, and examine the financing plan that will make it all happen. We'll also share the proposed timeline to get everything done. There will be ample time for questions and answers during the meetings. Information packets will be handed out at each meeting.


A special congregational meeting is called for Sunday, January 13, 2013, to vote on the sale of the current building, the design of the new building, and financing. Votes will be taken after each worship service. Please plan to attend.


Season of 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!





+ Dear Immanuel Ladies, Once again your generous donation of hats, gloves and scarves have generated lots of smiles and the appreciation of our WIC clients. We are always glad to distribute your lovely array of needlework creations. Our hope for all of you talented ladies is that you have a very blessed Christmas and a healthy New Year! Thank you again! Walworth County WIC Staff.



+ Thank you to the Cantrell Family who donated a roaster to Immanuel in loving memory of Carolyn Cantrell.


+ Friends of Immanuel, Thank you so much for being such a blessing in my family's lives. Your continued prayers, support and gifts are a true gift from God and we are tremendously grateful and most appreciative. Words really cannot explain how blessed we feel and are for you all. Thank you! Robin Kehoe, Britney and Ryan Mayfield


+ Immanuel, Thanks is such a little word, no bigger than a minute but there's a world of meaning and appreciation in it! The cookies were great and fruit too. Thanks lots! Ginny Sellke


+ Dear Immanuel Friends, Thank you for being so thoughtful. We have thankful hearts for all the love you show us. It is so great to grow old in this fantastic congregation. The idea just warms us from our toes to our hearts. Thank you for the two beautiful quilts and the overflowing goody tub. Thanks again and much love. Lou Krueger and Bernadine Livingston


+ Dear Immanuel Church Members, Thank you so much for the container of goodies. Everything is just about gone. Form cookies to fruit, to handmade items, breads. We couldn't believe all the wonderful things we received. Bless all of you! Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday season! Much Love, Kathy Dalin and Jeanne Kuttnauer.


+ Pastor Mary Ann and Mark, I just wanted to say thanks so much for all you do to make Immanuel a wonderful place. You give so much of yourselves in all you do. I feel such a sense of joy and of being uplifted in spirit when I walk through the door and see you smiling faces. I am sure you hear this all the time, but you are truly a blessing to my life and to the lives of everyone you touch. Even Sophie knows it's good stuff at her age. Every time she sees Mary Ann on the TV screen or from a distance, she says "Go see her" and wants to hug and kiss her. You truly radiate your joy and your message that much!! Lynsey Fleck


+ The Cookie Committee of bakers, packagers and packers, etc. What a beautiful presentation your group prepares! It almost gives me a guilty feeling to destroy the items by eating them. Once started, though, it is hard to stop. I hope each of you become qualified to be on the receiving end of this wonderful program. I really enjoy and appreciate it. Thank you all very much! Octogenearian Harvey (Lois) Larson


+A huge "THANK YOU" to Sandy for helping me plate up the cookies for Bea, and also thanks to Sandy for baking for the early release day.  Brianna thanked me again for the cookies and decorating supplies provided by the cookie ministry for the kids for "early release" day.  She says they absolutely LOVE to decorate cookies. Rhonda Ganansky  


+ Immanuel Friends, Thank you so much for all you do for The Salvation Army. We could not touch as many people's lives without volunteers like you! I wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thanks! Angela Swinehart  


+ Dear Prayer Shawl Ladies, You made me feel so loved and cared for. All the prayers really worked and the prayer shawl gave such a wonderful witness to all who passed my bed and ask about the shawl. I am well and have no lasting permanent health damage from the experience Thanks to our Lord. Thank you for your prayers and beautiful shawl which I cherish. Love Bernadine Livingston   


 + Thank you to one and all for your generous and thoughtful donations to help our needy in the community during the year of 2012. Let's pray 2012 is a better year. Happy Holidays! Jean Benedict, Director of Lake Geneva Food Pantry.


+ Thank you for your recent gift of money to Hurricane Sandy Relief. Your gift makes it possible for our partners to offer the services of trained counselors and social workers as neighbors recover from a devastating flood. ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Appeal 


+ To Pastor Mary Ann and Mark and our Church family, Words cannot express the joy, inspiration and excitement of Christmas at Immanuel starting with the Christmas Cantata. What excitement and blessings! I thank God every day for all the talent at Immanuel. Also thank you for the gifts and abundant friendships. We have been truly blessed! With a heart to care, Kathy and Craig 


+ What a wonderful surprise to have all those nice youth come and sing for us. Thanks to each of them! And a special thanks to all of the ladies who packaged the surprise of goodies and delivered them. What a treat! Our love to all of you! We pray for peace, love and hope in the New Year and for everyone at Immanuel. What a blessing you are!! May God bless you all. Love, Doc and Lila DeVries


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