Immanuel Lutheran Church

Immanuel eNewsletter

February, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

In This Issue
Gospel Revolution Bible Study
Worship News
Children's News
3:16 Middle School News
High School Youth Group
Building Team Update
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Welcome Picture
Worship Times

Gospel Revolution   



A Spiritual Growth Experience for All Ages!



"Gospel Revolution: Recovering the Power of Christianity"


All-Church Bible Study - begins the week of January 27!



The most gospel-centered books ever written are the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. You'll find Jesus there. Saturate yourself in the gospel every day! Dwell with Him in the Gospels for 16 weeks! Let the Gospel Prayer saturate your heart and mind in the beauty and love of Christ.





Easter Cantata


Rehearsals for our glorious Easter cantata are underway and ALL are invited to join this riveting ministry! Vocalists, Instrumentalists, AV, etc. are encouraged to participate regardless of musical training, age, or worship style. The music is both traditional and contemporary, which will unite all generations with powerful song. The dynamic presentation is slated for Easter morning, March 31st. It promises to inspire & proclaim the powerful Easter Gospel. Rehearsals are Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. immediately following Lenten services when appropriate. An important dress rehearsal is Saturday March 30th 10:00AM-12:00N. Learning CD's and complete schedule will be provided at rehearsals. Contact John Ivan at 262-620-2349 or for more information.




Jubilate rehearsals coincide with Easter cantata rehearsals on Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. The choir is preparing a special anthem, "Jesus Loves Me" to be presented on February 10,and a special anthem for Ash Wednesday, February 13. Winter plans also include learning special music for Holy Week! We welcome extra voices as we prepare special worship services for Lent and Holy Week. Contact John Ivan at 262-620-2349 or for more information.  


Youth Praise Team


Immanuel's Youth Praise Team presents teens, 6th through 12th grade, a way to connect with God through fresh, dynamic sacred music. We are resuming rehearsals again! ALL teens are encouraged to join this progressive ministry, learning vibrant new Christian music to inspire our next generation! The YPT team rehearses Wednesday evenings at 5:30PM in the sanctuary. The group needs singers, instrumentalists, among others to complete the growing team. Contact John Ivan at 262-620-2349 or for more information.


Praise Team


Praise Team members enthusiastically lead contemporary worship songs each week, special services throughout the year, and represent Immanuel in the community. Weekly rehearsals are Wednesday nights at 8:00PM. The Praise Team is learning new music to introduce to the congregation and preparing special music offerings for the upcoming Holy season.


Bells of Immanuel


Immanuel's celebrated handbell choir rehearses on Sundays, from 9:15-10:15 a.m., in the small room on the top floor of the church. Newcomers are encouraged to give this ministry a try. Director Ellen Hanson will show you how to ring and which part to read. They are preparing special anthems for Lent and Easter. Contact Ellen Hanson for more information:


Christmas Cantata CD's


The music department will offer CD's of the Christmas Cantata presented on December 16th. A suggested donation of $10.00 covers costs, and serves as a fundraiser to help purchase music. If you missed the event, want a keepsake, or would like to give a copy to a friend, be sure to pick one up. A booth will be set up before and after worship on Sunday.


ELCA Gift Planner Visits Immanuel


Rev. Larry G. Westfield, regional gift planner for the ELCA Foundation, will be with us on Sunday, February 3rd to help us think about fulfilling our legacy through charitable planning. Join us for worship, and conversation with Larry during the coffee hour. 





A Spiritual Growth Experience for All Ages!


"Gospel Revolution: Recovering the Power of Christianity"

All-Church Bible Study - begins the week of January 27!


The most gospel-centered books ever written are the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. You'll find Jesus there. Saturate yourself in the gospel every day! Dwell with Him in the Gospels for 16 weeks! Let the Gospel Prayer saturate your heart and mind in the beauty and love of Christ.


We encourage you to consider doing a couple of things with this new study.


Read through the four Gospels with us: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. We have an easy-reading schedule for busy lives that you can do on your own.



Read the power-packed devotions for each week. There are 3-4 devotions for the week in the study guide, along with a couple of questions you might want to ponder.


Participate in a Small Group Bible Study, which includes superb DVD Teachings by Pastor J.D. Greear. Questions for the group will lead participants deeper into the gospel, so it becomes foundational in our lives.  


Worship weekly, to hear more teaching on the lessons we've all been studying.


Pray the Gospel Prayer daily, allowing it to saturate your heart and mind with the love of Jesus!


    • "In Christ, there is nothing I can do that would make You love me more, and nothing I have done that makes You love me less."Your presence and approval are all I need for everlasting joy. 
    • "As You have been to me, so I will be to others."


    • "As I pray, I'll measure Your compassion by the cross and Your power by the resurrection."


Check out the list of Small Groups below! Please sign up, and put your form in the offering plate. We need to know how many plan to attend so we have enough curriculum. The Participant Study Guides have arrived, and can be found on the table in the Overflow area.


Sun., 9:30 AM meets in the Youth Room Upstairs at the church. Middle School Confirmation Group. Facilitators: Rich Howes, 262 723-1144, Sami Moehling, 262 949-1472.


Sun., Eve, rotates between the home of Carol and Marty Smith, 330 Oakwood Lane; and Eileen and Brian Weyrauch, W3405 McDonald Rd. in Lake Geneva. Shared facilitation: Smiths, 262 348-0961; Weyrauchs, 262 248-4802.


Mon., 4:00 PM at church. Women's Group, Facilitator: Susan Krinn 262 245-5579.


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


Mon., 6:30 PM at the home of John and Margie Danno, W1203 Beechwood Road, Genoa City. Facilitators: John and Margie, 262 279-9668.


Tues., 9:00 AM in the Youth Room Upstairs at the church. Facilitator: Kathy Culp, 262 903-5527.


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


Tues., 9:00 AM at church by the nursery. Parents and Tots. Shared childcare. Facilitator: Brianna Deering, 262 203-6237.


Tues., 6:30 PM, High School Youth Group (CHAOS) meets in the Youth Room Upstairs at the church. Facilitators: Eric and Jeni Benz, 262 742-3180, 262 949-2286.


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


Wed., 10:00 AM at the home of Jennifer Kramp, 460 Oakwood Lane, Lake Geneva. Facilitator: Jennifer Kramp, 262 348-6245.


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


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


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


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


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


Thurs., 6:30 PM at the home of Jeri and Buz Bozovsky, 1800 Lasalle St., #5, Lake Geneva, 262 203-5400. Facilitators: Carol and Scott Warner, 262 744-3858, 847-809-2329.


Thurs., 6:30 PM at the home of Pastors Mary Ann and Mark, 395 Oakwood Lane in Lake Geneva. Facilitators: Pastors M & M, 262 215-3177, 262 215-5214.


Thurs., 7:00 PM at the home of Rich Howes, 41˝ North Lincoln St., Elkhorn. Facilitator: Rich Howes, 262 723-1144, 262 729-5444.


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


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


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


Sat., 6 PM, Couple's Group meets twice a month in rotating homes. Facilitators: Lisa and Greg Bunge, 248-4804. Group is full.


Facilitating a Group


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


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


Ash Wednesday Service


The Season of Lent begins with our moving Ash Wednesday Service on February 13th at 7:00 p.m. This deeply evocative service reminds us of our frailty and God's power to raise the dead. The evening does not include a dinner.


Mid-week Lenten Series



Mid-Week Lenten Series 



"Lessons from a Boy and his Horse!"


Wednesday Nights, beginning Feb. 20 - Join us for Mid-Week Lenten Gatherings!


5:30 PM Delicious Dinners: Homemade Soup and Sandwiches, along with nourishing fellowship!

Please sign up on the Worship Card if you can help make soup, sandwiches, set up, or clean up. We also hope you will sign up if you plan to attend, so we have enough food! Join us whether you can help cook or not! The meals are always sheer gift! Bring the whole family!!


6:15 - 6:45 Lenten Worship: Lessons from a Boy and his Horse!"


Brief, uplifting, interactive, child-friendly worship, based on the WW1 movie, "War Horse." A special gift is planned each week for the children.  


Wed., Feb. 20 - 6:15 PM - "Learning to Yoke"

Matthew 11:29 - "Take my yoke upon you . . ."


Wed., Feb. 27 - 6:15 PM - "Learning to Run"

Job 39:19 - "Did you give the horse its might?"


Wed., March 6 - 6:15 PM - "Learning to Jump"

Luke 10:3 - "I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves."


Wed., March 13 - 6:15 PM - "Learning to Overcome Divisions"

Luke 6:35 - "But love your enemies . . ."


Wed., March 20 - 6:15 PM - "Learning to Recognize the Cross"

Mark 8:34 - "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.


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 Monday, February 25th 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.


20 Something Ministry


Hey, are you in your 20's? If so, we have something in store for you! We are trying to get a 20 something ministry together here at Immanuel. If you are interested in being part of the shaping of this ministry, you are invited to an informational and planning meeting on Thursday, February 21st at 7 p.m. in the Overflow Area. If you have any questions, feel free to talk to Pastors Mary Ann and Mark. You may also contact Josh Warner at 224-558-3385 or via email at


Men's Breakfast and Bible Study


Men are all welcome on Saturday, February 23rd 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.


Early Release Day


Thank you to all our wonderful helpers during last months, double Early Release Days! We could not have done it without you. A special thank you to A Day in Time for helping us make some adorable snowman.  The next Early Release Day is scheduled for Thursday, February 14th, 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 contact Brianna (248-4211) if you would like to help with this amazing program.


Just for Kids Ministry


Just for Kids Before and After-School Daycare is has openings for any school aged children. We are open 6:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. with bus pick up, and 3:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with bus drop off. The cost is $4.50 an hour, and includes snacks, games, crafts, cooking, and more! Contact Brianna for more information (248-4211).


*Please note that Just for Kids will be closed Friday, February 15th for Winter Break.


Sunday School


Everything is a "buzz" at Sunday School! We started off the new year with Group Publishing's Buzz Curriculum for Sunday School Kids. This is the same company we use with our Vacation Bible Camp Curriculum. Each week there is a bible story that goes with the overall theme for that grade level. Thank you to our amazing group of teachers for this smooth transition from The Story Program.


We are also very excited to be singing again! Tami Buntrock is leading us in song each week, and we will be sharing our beautiful voices on: February 3rd, March 17th, and May 12th. Mark your calendars for these special days.


Thank you to Jim Dresher and Frank Guske for donating food and milk to help all of Immanuel's Programs for Kids. What an amazing gift and such thoughtful hearts!


Thank you to everyone who made our Children's Christmas Program such a wonderful tribute to the Christmas Season! Thank you to all the parents who helped with costumes and all those who donated juice and snacks. A special thank you Jan Bice, the Moehling Family, Rick Ruby, John Ivan, Bruce Reek, Vijay Narayanan, the Hodkiewicz Family, Rich McWherter, Hawk Taylor, Trish Fry-Misener, Pastors Mark and Mary Ann,  and all our wonderful Sunday School Teachers for all they did to make our program so special!!


Bicycle Helmets


Immanuel has free children's bicycle helmets available. Contact Pastor Mark if you are interested.


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


Captive Free West Lakes Team is coming to Immanuel February 16-17 for a concert on Saturday night and to spend time with our Youth Group and the rest of the congregation on Sunday morning. Please invite your friends! They always put on a great interactive show, sharing in music, skits and more. Captive Free is a group of 4-5 college-aged students who travel around our region for an entire year, sharing their love of God. This group relies on donations and the goodness of the people they visit to provide housing for the time they are here. If your family is interested in hosting a member or two, the evening of February 16th, please contact Sami Moehling at 262-949-1472 or . It will be a great experience for everyone!


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....C.H.A.O.S.



The High School Youth Group has chosen a new name for the group.....C.H.A.O.S. Which stands for...Christ Has All Our Solutions! How true is that!!! Life can be so confusing and yes, chaotic at times. Often it is that way because we are trying too hard to make things happen, when really what we need to do is "Let Go and Let God." As we are told in Proverbs 3:5-6; "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."





CHAOS has a lot going on!! Below is a schedule of upcoming small groups and activities! So mark your calendar and invite a friend ....there's a little something for everyone to enjoy!


January Schedule:



Sunday, Jan. 27th           Portable Pooper fundraiser to start.....

Tuesday, Jan. 29th         CHAOS Small Group at Church  6:30pm


February Schedule:



Monday, Feb 4th            CHAOS at The Radtke's               6:30 - 8pm

Tuesday, Feb 5th           CHAOS Small Group at Church   6:30pm            

Tuesday, Feb 12th         CHAOS Small Group at Church   6:30pm


Sunday, Feb. 17th          Tobogganing at Lutherdale          Time TBD

Tuesday, Feb 19th         CHAOS Small Group at Church   6:30pm            

Tuesday, Feb 26th         CHAOS Small Group at Church   6:30pm            

Date TBD                        Tactical Laser Tag                         Time TBD

** Back by popular demand! J This time we will be our own group**


March Schedule:



Monday, March 4th         CHAOS at The Radtke's              6:30 - 8pm

Tuesday, March 5th        CHAOS Small Group at Church  6:30pm            


Tuesday, March 12th      CHAOS Small Group at Church  6:30pm            

Monday, March 18th       MCA Night                                     6:30 - 8pm

Tuesday, March 19th      CHAOS Small Group at Church  6:30pm            


Tuesday, March 26th      CHAOS Small Group at Church  6:30pm            

Date TBD                         Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Date TBD                                  MDA Bowl A Thon                    

            Portable Pooper fundraiser to continues.....


Still to come in April, May. June and July......



Outdoor Movie Night     Paintball at The Siege                YMCA Night

Pool Party                    Jail & Bail Fundraiser                

CHAOS Small Groups   and much more....


August:            Whitewater Rafting Trip .... August 9th - 11th



Portable Pooper Fundraiser


CHAOS (Immanuel's High School Youth Group) wants to put the "fun" back in Fundraising! We hope you have a little fun while helping support our youth group by taking part in our Portable Pooper fundraiser!


For a $10 donation, you can have a tacky painted toilet placed anywhere you choose, including local businesses or someone's home. To have the potty removed, a $15 donation is encouraged. A second option is a $10 donation to have it passed on to someone else. If someone decides to be a "potty pooper" the group will remove the toilet for no charge. Do you want to make sure you don't get a potty in your front yard?? We offer "potty protection insurance" for a donation of $25. This insurance ensures that the potties will not be delivered to your home or business.


This fundraiser is all in good fun! We have a "don't ask, don't tell" policy. In other words, if the recipient does not ask who sent the potty, we won't tell! J


Potty's will be delivered to recipients yard with a letter explaining the fundraiser, as well as contact information for passing the potty on or removing the potty.


Funds raised will go into the youth account to help us go on this summer's whitewater rafting trip and next summer's mission trip. Thank you in advance for your support!


Potty Request Forms (with checks made payable to Immanuel Lutheran) can be turned into the church office at any time or mailed to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1229 Park Row, Lake Geneva, WI 53147. If you have any questions, contact Jeff and Maureen @ 262-903-3637, 262-374-3336 or


High School Seniors and Parents/Guardians:


Every year at graduation, we present the graduates with beautiful handmade quilts. We need to know how many teens are graduating so the wonderful quilters can start sewing! Please call the office at 248-4211 with your graduate's name, when graduating (December or May) and if he/she knows what college they are attending.








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 Monday, February 4th 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.


Biller's Body Fund Raiser


1 Kidney at a Time... Re-Building Biller's Body Fund Raiser Friends of the Biller family have organized a fund raiser for their Kidney transplant to take place 2/7/13. Join the Biller family and friends at Pier 290, Sunday, January 27th from 4-8 pm. A chili, salad & baked potato buffet will be served with a portion of ticket proceeds going to the family. Dinner tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for children 12 and younger. A 50/50 cash raffle drawing will take place at 8 p.m., need not be present to win! Tickets are currently available at Clear Waters Salon & Day Spa, Yunker Industry and through Jamie Kluge 608-778-3646 as well as the day of event. This is a family event so bring your ice skates as Pier 290 has an ice arena, a craft table will be available for children entertainment and the Karlz will be performing live music from 4-7pm.

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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, Patty Campbell - Schmidtt, 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, Dorothy Mouw 


Health and Strength


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


 Awaiting / Recovering from Surgery


Betty Aguirre, Marty Bunge, Mike DeVroy, Ben Ehlert, Susie Fleischer, Shawn Flynn, Bernice Fry, Mark Herick, Ruth Hinzpeter, Dr. Linda Peterson, Ginny Reinke, Rick Ruby, Jennifer Scheel, Dennis Schulz, Marion Shepstone, Wayne Vorpagel, Teri Voss, John Warfield, Dave Yakes





+Art Anderson, husband of Jo, died to Christ on January 3rd.


+Shirley Vande Zande, mother of Donna Hove, died to Christ on January 8th.


 + Angeline Bauer, mother of Georgia Gehrmann, died to Christ on January 21st.








+ 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!


+Congratulations to Chris Hand who became a member of our Immanuel family on January 13th. Welcome Chris!


+ Congratulations to Olivia Deering who won second place (winning all her games) on Saturday, January 19th at the Waukesha Basketball Invitational Tournament. Her team also had the opportunity to play during half time of the Marquette Women's basketball game.


+ Congratulations to Thomas Larwa on receiving his degree from the University of Minnesota.


+ Congratulations to Roberta and Greg Pepper, owners of :"Seasons on the Lake", 757 W. Main Street in Lake Geneva.




Expecting a Child!



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


New Members



Chris Hand

N2020 County Road H Lot 561

Lake Geneva, WI 53147



New Addresses


The Narayanan Family

306 South Main Street

Walworth, WI 53184




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Side By Side Fundraiser 


Side By Sidewill have a fundraiser on January 29th, 2013 at Simple restaurant! Seatings will be at 5, 6 and 7 pm. Cost: $10.00; $5.00 for children 10 & under; tips and drinks extra. Tickets will be sold today after each worship service at Immanuel. Thanks!! Contact Judy/Steve Guy at 245-8898 or 



New York Mission Trip Potluck and Dessert Auction 



30-40 adults and teenagers are going to New York this summer on a mission trip to do disaster relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy.  As with any mission trip, our desire is to help others who have suffered loss and continue to need assistance from their fellow human beings who are in a position to help.  Of course, getting anywhere, including destinations in the states, has costs attached to it.  Our hearts are in the mission, but our wallets need a little boost to help us get there!  We will be having a potluck and dessert auction on Sunday, February 10th at 5:00 in the basement of the church!  We would all be so grateful to those willing to make desserts to auction, share in the potluck, attend the auction and benefit from some delectable dessert items, or all of the above!  Any way in which you can contribute would help us make this night a fun and memorable event for all, as well as generate the funds needed to finance the trip for those who cannot raise it alone.  Please mark your calendars for the New York, New York dinner and dessert auction.  Our own Jim Gaugert will be the auctioneer extraordinaire!  Hope to see you there! 



Memory Café 



Please join us at the First Memory Café on February 9th from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. at Lakeland Health Care Center in Elkhorn. The Memory Café is an opportunity for individuals with dementia or memory loss and their caregivers a time to come enjoy fellowship with others in their peer group. Coffee, treats and enjoyable activities are provided. The gathering is free and open to the public. 262-741-3600.  




St. Vincent De Paul (Milwaukee) Soup Kitchen


Your help is needed again for donations to St. Vincent De Paul (Milwaukee) Soup Kitchen we sponsor. They are in desperate need of socks, men's underwear (Med or Lg), any heavy clothing, especially pants, sizes 29 to 34, and larger sizes are also accepted. Basic toiletries such as shampoo, deodorant, tooth paste & tooth brushes are also needed. Their shower ministry has grown from week-ends to every day now, so the needs are much more. You have been such a great congregation to always be there for others. I'm sure God is pleased with our work. The next date we are serving at the Soup Kitchen is Sunday, February 17th. Any questions, call Mickey at 248-0506.  



Prayer Shawl Group 



The Prayer Shawl Group is getting together for a luncheon on February 7th at 1:00 p.m. at Simple Cafe. If anyone is interested in knitting or crocheting prayer shawls, please join us. Call Karen Stein at 262-215-8052  



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 



Our next cookie ministry gathering will be on Thursday, February 14th at 9:00am. It is also an "early release day".  Sandy has volunteered to make some cutout cookies for the kids to decorate.  Please let me know if anyone else can help make some cutout cookies, too. 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, February 21st 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, February 19th, 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 are needed each night. 



Health Newsletter


"For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those whowalk in integrity."   Proverbs 2: 6, 7 



In this month's health newsletter, Parish Nurse, Karen Stein, addresses The Flu. For more information or to see the whole article, please check out Karen's newsletter at and click on "February 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 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.  



Quilting Bee 



Join us for our first Quilting Bee. We will be gathering on the third Monday of each month. Come and share your ideas, enjoy Christian fellowship, and together we will make one quilt. No experience necessary! Areas will be set up for cutting, sewing, and pressing. We will meet on Monday, February 18, 2013, 9:00 a.m. at Carol Morem's, W3262 Lake Forest Lane, Lake Geneva, to make a quilt for a baby girl. Call Carol Morem (325-5119) or Jackie Kuehl (23-5296) for directions, to sign-up or 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: 



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. The high school boys support group will meet for 12 weeks on Tuesdays. 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. 


Agape House Job Opening



We are currently seeking a Resident Assistant for a full-time, live-in position here at Agape House. This young woman would be someone who comes alongside the girls in the Home as a big sister, offering them the love of the Lord and support they need as teenagers, while supervising them at the same time.  If you know someone who is interested, please have them contact us via e-mail at or call 262-275-6466. Thank you for your help.  



Alanon Meetings-Monday at 6:30 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. 



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



Salvation Army Thanks!




Dear Members of Immanuel, as this year's coordinators of the Lake Geneva Salvation Army Kettle Drive, we would like to thank the members of Immanuel for your generous gift of time and money this holiday season. Many of you braved the cold, wind and rain to man the kettles on seven different days during which time we collected over $3,000. Immanuel did the lion's share of the ringing even filling in at the last minute for several groups who had trouble filling their time commitment. With the help of other churches and organizations, we collected over $18,000 to be used for individuals and families in need in Walworth County throughout the year. This year we again asked for "weekend coordinators" to put out the kettles in the morning, exchange them at around 1 pm, collect them at night and deposit money in the bank. Many thanks to those of you who took on this time-consuming job - Steve and Judy Guy, Todd and Erin Huemann, Vijay Narayanan, Tom Hartz and Pete Juergens. They helped lighten the load for us. We couldn't have done it without them. Together we will now be able to make a difference this coming year in the lives of those in need of emergency help. Thanks for your heart to care! Sincerely, Georgia and Bill Gehrmann.  



Coupons for Servicemen and Women




Servicemen can use all coupons (except restaurant and store specific). 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 Pantryis open Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9:00 - 11:30 AM at First Congregational Church, 715 Wisconsin Street. Recommended Shopping List for the Pantry:  Canned Soup, Macaroni and Cheese, Breakfast Cereal, Canned Vegetables, Crackers, Flour, Sugar, Juice, Canned Fruit, Stuffing Mix, Pasta, Spaghetti Sauce, Canned Dinners, Boxed Dinners, Laundry Detergent, Bath Soap, Deodorant, Toothpaste, Shampoo, Toilet Paper.










Regional Gift Planner for ELCA Foundation


Rev. Larry G. Westfield, Regional Gift Planner for the ELCA Foundation, will be with us on Sunday, February 3rd to help us think about fulfilling our legacy through charitable planning. Join us for worship and conversation with Larry during the coffee hour.


WELCA Luncheon


TheFebruaryWomen's Luncheon will be held at Next Door Pub on Wednesday, February 6th at noon. Make your reservation with Lorraine Schober at 248-3301 by February 4th.


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, (February 15th) 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 (February 19th) 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 February 3rd at 5:15 P.M. Feel free to call John Danno at 262-206-8406 if you are interested.


Church Council Retreat


The Church Council Retreatwill be Saturday, February 9th at church, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.








New Building Update



Following well-attended information meetings on January 3rd and 6th, the congregation voted on January 13, 2013, to move ahead on three important issues related to our building program. By a vote of 188-0, members approved the sale of our current building to Anchor Covenant Church. By another unanimous vote of 186-0, approval was given to our plan to finance the construction through: building appeal money, proceeds from the sale of the building, and a loan from the Mission Investment Fund of the ELCA. Approval for the design of the new building was accomplished by a vote of 186-1. We are thrilled at the overwhelming support of the congregation as we move forward. The Building Team and the Finance team have done outstanding work, and have gained the trust of our members.

We now have signed contract to purchase our building, with a deposit being put in escrow by Anchor. That congregation is excited about the plans God has for ministry in this building. At this time, it looks as though they may begin worshiping at Immanuel on Saturday or Sunday evenings sometime after Easter. We will host a welcome celebration when that date is known.


The Building Team is now looking at more of the details regarding fixtures and furnishings for the new building. If you have questions or suggestions, contact Pete Juergens. We are still aiming for a ground breaking in April or May, with construction to be completed within six months.


Many thanks to all who continue to make regular contributions to the GRACE OVERFLOWING building appeal. We currently have $557,145.00 in the fund. If you have not yet made a commitment, contact the church office for more information. Please remember our leaders in prayer, that God will guide and direct our path as we move forward.


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!




+ Thanks to Jim Drescher for his donation of computer monitors, keyboards, notebook binders and desk lamp to Immanuel.


+ Thank you to Jim and Wendy Russell for your donation of the computer monitor, keyboard & speakers to Immanuel.


+ Thank you to Susan and Gene Krinn for you donation of copy paper to Immanuel.


+ Dear Immanuel Friends, we are blessed to be part of such a loving and caring church family. We were very surprised to come home and find a delicious plate of cookies. Thanks to the Cookie Ministry for everything you do - it saved me from baking! God Bless Everyone! Ryan, Laurie and Ethan Romanowski


+ Immanuel Cookie Ministry, I was pleasantly surprised to find a plate of cookies at my front door the other day. Thank you so much and God Bless! Muriel Malsch


+ A big thank you to Jim Drescher who donated surplus Golden Guernsey milk from the Walworth County Food Pantry to Immanuel for the Just For Kids, Early Release Day and families in need of milk. Such a blessing!


+ Thank you to the Cookie Ministry for the comfort food. What a blessing! Laurel Herick


+ It was such an uplifting feeling to hear the many carolers at Christmas and to receive the delicious goodies. They surely did not last long. What a treat! Just can't forget the gorgeous Poinsettia. It is absolutely the deepest shade of burgundy I've ever seen. Thank you Immanuel for brightening the season. Nannette Yakes


+ Outstanding vocal solo by Kathy Grenning on December 30th. Thanks for sharing "In the Bleak Mid-winter" through beautiful, poignant singing.


+ Thanks to Pastor Mark for his annual vocal leadership of "We Three Kings" on January 6th to celebrate Epiphany. Great job pastor, we need you in the choir!

+ Special thanks to Bobbi Gutman for the moving, inspirational, and interactive solo on January 13th! The Holy Spirit transcends all-how evident through her music!


+ Christmas Cantata Thanks: Cantata Participants-EXCEPTIONAL presentation by ALL this morning!!! I can't find the words to describe how inspiring, joyous, and fabulous the entire presentation was. Hearts were moved and lives touched! I am so grateful that you were able to share your musical gifts to celebrate and herald the birth of our Savior, Jesus. The musical talent we have at Immanuel is breathtaking! Thanks for offering your time, energy, and talent for such a wonderful and uplifting music ministry. We have so many to be thankful for-including EVERY single participant. The band supplied a first-rate accompaniment to the glorious singers. Special thanks to Bruce Reek for controlling the soundboard; we couldn't present without his extreme dedication to making us sound great! Thanks to Rick Ruby for working so hard to create a recording (and run the video). Thanks to Jaime Ivan for creating rehearsal CD's, her help designing a seating chart, and for her superb leadership with warm-ups. Thanks to Kathy Middleton for her excellent leadership on the keys throughout. Thanks to Pastor Mary Ann for the brilliant words of inspiration-spoken with such passion. Thanks to the Drapers for feeding our bodies downstairs, so we could feed others' souls with brilliant music. Every piece of the ensemble plays such a crucial role-thanks to ALL for the sheer joy that you have given me as your director! FABULOUS JOB!!! John Ivan


+ The Bells of Immanuel rang a beautiful Christmas piece on December 23rd. Thanks to all participants and director Ellen Hanson for sharing your time and talents in this celebrated ministry!


+ Thanks to Dennis Yakes for his special guitar music on December 23rd. In the midst of a busy holiday season, he graciously offered his musical talents for all to hear.


+ Christmas Parade Thanks: Praise Team-You guys were on fire this past weekend! We are so blessed by your talents and music ministry. The parade was no only a blast, but such a great way to spread the Gospel to the community. I have heard numerous positive, excited, and cheerful comments. We simply can't thank you enough for spending a Saturday in December to evangelize His Word. It probably goes without saying, but we could not have achieved this event without Bruce Reek. He does so much, gives so much, and never wants any credit. Be sure to thank him for his immense contributions. Thanks to our band, Al Novak, Dennis Yakes, and Doug Ehlert-you were rockin and the "live" music is what makes the float so cool. Thanks to our singers-your excitement is contagious and dedication so appreciated. Thanks to Richard McWherter for driving. Huge thanks to the walkers (or should I say runners) whole got the message out. Thanks to Nicole McQuestion for designing the beautiful flyers. Special thanks to Dan and Edith Garrison Draper for hosting a wonderful party after-the perfect end to a delightful day. Thanks to All for help with set-up, tear-down, cleaning, etc. We are blessed with a wonderful team, it is such a joy collaborating with you! Sunday morning was also riveting and exciting, even though we were all exhausted. The Praise Team anthem was awesome-such a unique and lovely piece to compliment Advent. Thanks for sharing! John Ivan


+ Special thanks to Mindy, Meta, and Becca Ehlen for their holiday preludes at all three services on December 23rd! The holiday trio was a perfect way to start the 4th Sunday in Advent worship. Thanks to a precious family!


+ Christmas Eve worship was a spectacular celebration of our Savior's birth! Thanks to all who ministered that created a wonderful worship experience for the magical night. Special thanks to the Brass Ensemble-Greg Bunge, Doug Ehlert, Liz Ehlert, Evan Gibson, and Keith Addison-for their dynamic music. Thanks to Greg Bunge and Doug Ehlert for their majestic duet! Thanks to the Praise Team for the poignant, beautiful anthem "Hallelujah, Light Has Come". Thanks to our three special singers-Vincent Faul, Paige Lind, and Nathan Buntrock-for singing and leading "Away in the Manger". Special thanks to Josh Schmidt and Kelly Gerlitz for the beautiful vocal duet "Christmas Offering". Thanks to the Ehlerts for the lovely brass duet. Thanks to the Christmas Choral Ensemble for sharing your talents singing "O Holy Night". Thanks to all our participants for graciously giving your time and talents on your Christmas Eve-Kathy Middelton, Jim Russell, Shelby Peteler, Mike Van Dyke, Mike Gieron, Holly Schmidt, Greg Bunge, Doug Ehlert, Evan Gibson, Liz Ehlert, Brady Schmidt, Keith Addison, Bruce Reek, Ken Field, Rick Ruby, and the entire Praise Team! The evening would not be complete without the Pastor's brilliant message and welcoming leadership! Huge thanks to the Drapers for their incredible hospitality, tasty food, and wonderful fellowship with the Christmas Eve dinner. John Ivan


+ Thank you Immanuel for the cookies and delicious treats and for the beautiful poinsettia plant. They were lovely Christmas gifts. Sincerely, Pat Owen


+ How wonderful to get a huge plate of delicious cookies! Thank you, thank you! Blessings abound and we are able to head to San Antonio, TX for the winter. Dean & Odella Nelson


+ Dear Friends at Immanuel Church, thank you for the beautiful poinsettia plant. It was thoughtful of you. Much appreciation and love! Marge S.


+ I can't begin to thank everyone for the nice Christmas basket, the cookies, cards and the help everyone has given me. Thanks to everyone! Helen Teegen

+ Dear Mark. Mary Ann and All, It's difficult for me to comprehend that my spinal surgery was nearly eight weeks ago. Words cannot express how sincerely grateful I am for all your kind thoughts, cards, words and prayers. They truly mean more to me than you could possibly imagine! You are the best! And I'm blessed to know you! Again! Thank You! Mike DeVroy


+ To all my friends at Immanuel, Thank You for the sympathy card and prayers. Thank you Pastor Mary Ann for delivering the beautiful handmade quilts and Christmas box of homemade cookies, breads and books, fruits and candy. Thank you all at Immanuel.


+ Thanks to Dee Crisman, Sara Wahlstedt and all who helped. Thank you so much for organizing all the wonderful food that was prepared. Everyone thought it was so good. Greatly appreciated! Thank you for remembering Cindy. Dan Fischer.



+ Church Council and Members of Immanuel, your Christmas gift was much appreciated and was used to help those in need. Looking forward to another year of keeping track of the Giving and more importantly to our new church. Don Anderson


+ Dear Friends of Immanuel, Thank you so much for the beautiful poinsettia plant. We are enjoying it a lot. Happy New Year to all of you! We look forward to doing things with you in 2013. Take care! We care! Much Love & Thanks! Jeanne Kuttnauer and Kathy Dalin 



+ Dear Pastors Mary Ann and Mark, We thank you your generous congregation for the monthly support that faithfully arrived throughout 2012. We appreciate the extra donations in December. We always strive to apply these gifts to the most needy who have a chance of staying in their homes. Immanuel is such a vital member of Side By Side. Steve and Judy Guy are much loved pillars of our group. Thank you all! We are grateful for you all. Side By Side Inc.



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