Immanuel Lutheran Church

Immanuel eNewsletter

April, 2013

Happy Spring!

In This Issue
Youth Quake
Worship News
Gospel Revolution Church-Wide Bible Study
Children's News
3:16 Middle School Youth Group
High School Youth Group
Building Team Update
Worship with Us!    

  Youth Quake 2013



Youth Quake - Wisconsin Dells


The 3:16 Youth Group is attending Youth Quake this month at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells! We will leave the church parking lot at 3:00 pm on Friday, April 12 - please make sure you are on time! After spending an awesome faith-filled weekend with other middle school kids, we will leave the Dells at 11:00 am on Sunday, April 14. We are really looking forward to a fun weekend sharing in our faith together!!


Youth Quake 2 



A transformational weekend for grades 6-9 where lives will be renewed and faith will become real!




Welcoming Anchor Church - April 28, 2013


As many of you know, Anchor Covenant Church is purchasing our

current building. The sale of our building will help us finance our new construction. It will also give Anchor a permanent home, since they have used various temporary sites for the past 10 years. We sense God's hand at work in this relationship which will bless both congregations and continue ministry in this neighborhood.


Pastor Bruce Bruns will set up office space at Immanuel after Easter. Please make a point of introducing yourself and welcoming him to Immanuel.


Anchor will begin holding worship services at Immanuel on Sunday evenings, beginning April 21, 2013. We are glad to be able to share our space with these sisters and brothers in Christ. This gives their members a chance to "live into" their new facility as we transition to our new building.


We would like to have our whole congregation welcome them on Sunday, April 28, 2013. Join us for a potluck for both congregations at 4:00 pm. The main course of spaghetti will be provided. Members from Immanuel and Anchor are asked to bring a salad or dessert. We'll gather for spirited worship at 5:00 pm. This will be a wonderful opportunity to break bread together, get to know one another, and worship the risen Lord. We look forward to exploring how we might continue to strengthen our partnership in the Gospel.




Jubilate (Immanuel's choir for all ages and musical genres) is diligently working on special anthems for the upcoming months. Jubilate rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. We have a great core group that would love to welcome more voices to the team! 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 this summer.


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. Contact Ellen Hanson for more information:





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 Sunday, April 21st at 12:30 p.m. at church. A pizza 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.


A Spiritual Growth Experience for All Ages!


"Gospel Revolution:  Recovering the Power of Christianity"

All-Church Bible Study is in motion.


Our Bible Study of "Gospel Revolution: Recovering the Power of Christianity," continues for the next 8 weeks! If you aren't in a small group and want to join one, give Pastor Mary Ann a call. We will get you connected to The Word and to a small group. There are groups available most days and at a variety of times.


Men's Breakfast and Bible Study


Men are all welcome on Saturday, April 27th 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


Adult Sunday Morning Bible Studymeets at 9:40 a.m. inPastor Mary Ann's office. They are studying "The Mystery of Christ." 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.


Sunday School


Things are all a "buzz" with Sunday School! Kids ages Preschool through 5th Grade continue to meet each Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Mark your calendars for Sunday April 28th for our annual Sunday School Swimming Event! This event is free, and is held at the Lake Geneva YMCA from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Thank you to Heidi Schuessler for helping to set up this event.


Sunday School Singers


The Sunday School Singers will sharing their songs on Sunday, May 12th, during the first two services. Thank you to Tami Buntrock for leading our children in song again this year!


Easter Egg Hunt


A big thank you to all the wonderful people who donated eggs, candy, juice, money, and snacks for our Children's Easter Egg Hunt. We had over 40 children, who enjoyed hunting for eggs, coloring eggs, making crafts, and listening to the story of Easter. Thank you to the Youth Group and A Day in Time for helping us fill the 800 eggs!


Early Release Day


Thank you to all our Early Release Day Helpers! We have two more Early Release Days this year, and welcome volunteers. Our next Early Release Day is Thursday, April 11th from 1:30 to 3:45 p.m. This program is open to the children in our community, with a cost of only $3.00. The Final Early Release Day is scheduled for Thursday, May 9th. Please let Brianna know (248-4211) if you can help with either of these dates.


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).


Vacation Bible School


Mark your calendars for Immanuel's Vacation Bible School! This year our program will be held on Sunday, July 28th through Thursday, August 1st. We need lots of volunteers! Our first meeting will be Tuesday, April 16th at 6:00 p.m. If you cannot make the meeting, but are interested in helping, please contact Brianna at 248-4211. 


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


Boy Scouts Upcoming Event


The Boy Scouts will have their Court of Honor Ceremony at Immanuel Lutheran Church in the Sanctuary and overflow area on Tuesday, April 16th, 5:30 - 8:00 pm. Note the date change!







Youth Quake in Wisconsin Dells


Youth Group is attending Youth Quake this month at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells! We will leave the church parking lot at 3:00 pm on Friday, April 12 - please make sure you are on time! After spending an awesome faith-filled weekend with other middle schoolers, we will leave the Dells at around 11:00 am on Sunday, April 14. I'm really looking forward to a fun weekend sharing in our faith together!!


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!

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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, Tim Sireno, Andy Sireno, Daniel Tschida.


Battling Cancer


Kim Audetat, Ron Bachman, Brenda Backhaus, Mike Bureca, Christopher Botts, Jon Carlson, Danny Coleman, Kathy Dalin, Ruth Feld, Al Foldy, Shane Foraker, Sally Goetsch, Alfred Gruber, Rick Hoffman, Jason Kazinski, Deb Kopek, Lynn McAdams, Larry Magee, Nick Palozzolo, Kathy Paquette, Dr. Linda Peterson, Trudy Rauch, Marve Saltzmann, Patty Campbell - Schmidtt, Maggie Schoenberg, Hunter Schwab, Barb Searle, Marty Smith, Monica Swing, Bonnie T., Ed Thiel, Pete Thompson, Marie Voss, Sara Wahlstedt, Rick Walters, Barb Whitney, Sharyl Wilkins.




Pat Owen


In Hospice Care


Lawrence Norem, Kathy Dalin


Health and Strength


Katie Alder, Mary Alderson, Thomas Anderson, Stephanie Bickers, Bill Binn Sr., Hope Block, Chris Bollwahn, Mike Braam, Brian Britnall, Jesse Brugger, Stacey Carlson, Danielle Cloutier, Loretta Combs, Joan Cook, Collin Dunford, Brenda Elliot, Bernice Fry, Rodney Fry, Debra Geils, Philip Giese, Lorraine Hanneman, Erik Heinz, Michelle Hensky, Jonathan Hibbard, Doug Hitz, Bob Hummel, William Hundsrucker, Mark Ingbretson, Marilyn Johnson, Donna Jovani, Johnalee Kawalec, JoAnn Koch, Jeff Kohl, Sarah Kresch, Tom Kuttnauer, Mildred Kwiatkowski, Dale Langston, Ida Lavin, Don Ledenbach, Jean Ledenbach, JoAnn Lindner, Ryan Mayfield, Scott Melancon, Les Meusling, Jim Michalek, Craig Middleton, Larry Moe, Tom Mol, Dean Nelson, Dean Noble, Carrie Novak, Ray Otto, McKenzie Plitzuweit, Jerry Polek, Lydia Polek, Diane Purcell, Ed Robers, Jackie S., Gesine Schmidt, Madgel Schluga, Mady-Jo Schuessler, George Somerville, Vivian Spanjer, Jamie Stahulak, Bob Strube, Eric Sundstrom, Ed Thiel, Hayden Tipps, Gordon Van Heel, Elaine Vorpagel, Scott Vorpagel, Wayne Vorpagel, Carolyn Warfield, Shelly Weis, Valarie Weyrauch.


Awaiting / Recovering from Surgery


Betty Aguirre, Allen Anderson, Karen Baumgartner, Carol Bice, Glenn and Jackie Biller, Kaye Blaine, Mitchell Crabtree, Shelly Cruz, Bernice Fry, Eric Hackbarth, Mark Herick, Cynthia Hibbard, Bill Hollister, Becky Kohlman, Bernadine Livingston, Gary Parsons, Jim Petranek, Steven S., Dennis Schulz, Matt Schulz, Sandy Tonn, Sara Wahlstedt.




 + Carolyn Hallett, sister of Don, died to Christ on March 12th.


+ Grace Leann Weis who died to Christ on March 16th.


+ Cliff Cantwell, friend of the Jones & Erbertraut's, died to Christ on March 28th.


Serving on the Mission Field



Zach Harrod, Riely Mikrut, Eliott Huemann




+ Congratulations to Tucker Milligan who was granted the "Good Citizen Award" representing Walworth Elementary from the Daughters of the American Revolution.


+ Congratulations to Holly Schmidt for being accepted into the Winona State's Nursing Program.


+ Congratulations to Clay Wahlstedt's Destination Imagination team who received the Davinci Award, Renaissance Award and First Place for the Technical Problem at Regionals.


+ Congratulations to Chase Hodkiewicz's Destination Imagination team who took Third Place in the Structure Problem at Regionals.


+ Congratulations to Frank Guske for being added to the Wall of Honor at Badger High School.


+ Congratulations to Gene Krinn on his new job at a senior advisor, partner, at Featherstone Holding.


+ Congratulations to Andy Smith who was named Teacher of the Year for the Lake Geneva School District.


+Congratulations to Dani Neumann who was awarded First in Knife Skills - Culinary Arts at State. Badger Culinary Team won 2nd place out of 29 schools and the Management Team won 1st place.


+ Congratulations to Justin (Gus) Gustafson who qualified for Nationals at the Wisconsin Collegiate State Leadership Conference - his group took first place. They are national qualifiers. Gus scored in the top 5 of all students in the State.


Expecting a Child!


Jocelyn Hayes, Annora Howes, Kate Ketterhagen, Brae Kittelson, Ashley Miu-Alexander, Betsy Moehling, Laurie Romanowski, Stephanie Ruby




+ Congratulations to Leah and Jude Tindall on the birth of their son, Isaiah Nathanial, on March 7th.


+ Congratulations to Dave and Sarah Austin on the birth of their son, Scout Andrew, born on February 27th.


New Address


Grace and Jim Hanny

140 Lake Vista Circle

Fontana, WI 53125


262-394-5202 (h)


Grace's new email:


Jim's new email:




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High School Youth Group....C.H.A.O.S.


Monday meetings will be on April 15 and 29th at the church from 6:30-8 and will be led by Helen Miller, as both Jeff and Maureen will be out of town.


CHAOS will meet every Tuesday in April for The Gospel Revolution Small Group led by Eric and Jenni Benz will meet in the upper level of the church from 6:30-8pm


Portable Pooper Fundraiser


CHAOS (Immanuel's High School Youth Group) hopes 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.


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.


The response and support from the congregation on the Portable Pooper Fundraiser has been amazing!!! We are thrilled to see so many people having fun with this, while at the same time supporting the youth group! We have had such a good response, we will be adding toilets!! This fundraiser will be ongoing, so make sure you get the word out and let people know of this fun way to help support Immanuel's High School youth!!


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. 





Side By Side Fundraiser


The next Side By Side Fundraiserwill be April 30th, 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. Look for more details in the future. Contact Judy/Steve Guy at 245-8898 or


Summer Mission Trip: Domestic


We are reserving space for a Mission Team to go to New York to provide relief and rebuilding from the ravages of Hurricane Sandy. We will serve at the site July 13-21 but need the extra days for travel. The next meeting is Monday, April 8th at 6:30 p.m. Contact Pastor Mary Ann for more information.


New York Mission Fundraiser


Participants in the upcoming mission trip to NY for Hurricane Sandy relief are willing to provide services for donation toward the cost of the trip.  Services include spring yard clean-ups, window washing, gutter cleaning, a variety of odd jobs around homes, moving, and oil changes for cars provided owner purchases the oil and filter. There are 43 people attending the trip and many are willing to work toward donations.  Jobs are subject to availability of workers and appointments must be made in advance. If there are any questions regarding types of jobs or if interested in "hiring" members, please contact either the church at 248-4211, or Rich McWherter at 262-215-1243.


Immanuel's "Buy a Brick" New York Mission Trip Fundraiser


The goal of this fundraiser is to "sell" 170 envelopes that represent bricks. These fundraising "Bricks" would help us "Pave Our Way" to New York this summer and help victims of hurricane Sandy as they rebuild their devastated communities. Individuals or families can purchase a brick for any amount. Their name will go on their "Brick" to be displayed. Our goal is to "build" a wall of 170 bricks.


Grief Support Group


Sugar Creek Lutheran Church is offering a 6 week faith based Grief Support Group on Tuesdays starting April 16th from 6:30-8:15 p.m. They ask for a materials fee of $10. Call Evie at 252-728-6542 if you are interested. Members of Immanuel are welcome to join this group.


St. Vincent De Paul (Milwaukee) Soup Kitchen

After Pastor Mary Ann's sermon on 3/17 regarding shoes for the homeless, I called Casey, the coordinator for the Soup Kitchen, and he said they are always in need of shoes for any one. They probably give out 40 to 50 pairs a week if they have them. We have given shoes along with clothing before but I thought it would be nice to have a special collection of gently used shoes to take to our next day of service in April. Remember too, they are always in need of basic toiletries, towels and underwear for their shower ministry. Please bring them to the church office. Thank you again for caring for others. Any questions, call Mickey at 248-0506 (Thanks Jill)

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


The cookie plates looked delicious this month!  You all amaze me with your dedication to this wonderful ministry.  Thank you to everyone for baking and delivering. Our next cookie ministry gathering will be on Thursday, April 11th at 9:00am. 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, April 18th at 6:30 p.m. at church. This fabulous group creates greeting cards to encourage folks who are ill, hospitalized, or grieving. All are welcome - and there is no cost to participate! Thank you to each "card creator" as you give of your time and talents! Thanks, too, to the special angel who writes the encouraging words!


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, April 16th, at 7:00 p.m. at the First Congregational UCC Church, 715 Wisconsin Street, Lake Geneva. Funds are available for rental assistance, utilities and prescription medicines. Applicants must reside in the Lake Geneva School District. Bring a copy of the bill you need help paying.


Health Newsletter


"For this reason I remind you to fan into the flame the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands."     2 Timothy 1:6


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


Quilting Bee


Our Quilting Bees will take place on the third Monday of each month (April 15th). 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 10:00 a.m. at Carol Morem's, W3262 Lake Forest Lane, Lake Geneva, to make a quilt for a baby boy. Call Carol Morem (325-5119) or Jackie Kuehl (203-5296) for directions, to sign-up or for more information. If you are interested in getting a baptismal quilt packet of material and patterns contact Jackie or Carol.


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:


Collecting Books for W.C. Food Pantry


Clay Wahlstedt is looking for kid's books, cookbooks, and self-help books for the W.C. Food Pantry. Of course, all books are welcome. Please deposit books in the box provided in the hallway outside of the overflow area. Thank you for helping in this important ministry.


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.


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). 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. They are in desperate need of dish and laundry soap. Please bring dish soap and laundry soap on any Sunday. TheWC Food Pantry 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.


First Love International - Kenya Summer 2013 Ministry Trip


We would like to invite you to join us on our short-term team ministry trip to Kenya scheduled for June 15-30, 2013. The Kenya Summer 2013 team will focus on 2 primary ministries: 1.) continued construction projects on the Firsts Love Children's Home property in Nairobi and at 2 partnering schools and orphanages. Willing volunteers are needed for carpentry, roofing, painting, sanding & varnishing, cabinet making and landscaping. 2.) Kids Clubs at Raila Educational Center located in the Kibera Slum. Child evangelism is at the heart of these VBS type outreach ministries including Bible stories, songs, crafts and games. The cost for this 2 week ministry trip is approximately $3,650 per person. This price includes airfare, lodging, food, cost of visa and a donation towards the cost of materials used in construction & Kids Club. If you would like to join this ministry, Contact First Love at



Men's Biking Group


Luke Lukenbill is inviting men of all ages who are passionate about bike riding, to participate in a weekly "Regular Guy Ride!" Join him each Saturday at 8 a.m. at church, starting April 6th. The group will
choose their route each week. For more information, call Luke at 262-955-5052

Seeds of Faith Concert Series


On April 13, 2013, the Seeds of Faith Concert Series will host its inaugural concert event with talented Contemporary Christian Artist JAMIE GRACE. Opening acts will feature Jamie Grace's sister, MORGAN HARPER and Walworth County native JON TROAST. AVERYday Ministries hopes the interest in having Christian artists perform at Whitewater's Young Auditorium will allow for future Christian concerts for our community. Your support of this event will help make this a success. Tickets are on sale now: $10 in advance ($12 at the door). 262-472-2222


The Women's Elkhorn Conference Spring Gathering


The Women's Elkhorn Conference Spring Gathering of South Central Wisconsin Synodical Women's Organization is Saturday, April 20, 9:00 a.m. through lunch at St Luke Lutheran Church, W1956 Main Street, Rome, Wisconsin. Please RSVP the number from your group attending by April 14th to Lois Bente 920-674-4769 or

2013 Badger Jazz Ensemble


The 2013 Badger Jazz Ensemble was selected as a finalist in the Essentially Ellington Festival in New York, May 10-12. This is the second year in a row, an incredible task! We will compete with 14 other bands from across the nation. Sun Prairie and Beloit are the only other Wisconsin schools, and 6 of the schools are "Arts" schools. The students have worked extremely hard, and will represent Badger High School in a most professional way. The Badger High School students from Immanuel competing for this national honor are: Tess Bakken, Jonah Zeinert, Brady Schmidt, Anthony Warnecke and Colin Hovden. They will be under the amazing direction of Greg Bunge. Fundraisers to follow. Please send donations to Badger High School to the attention of Greg Bunge.


Easter Breakfast


I want to thank everyone who enjoyed Easter Breakfast on Sunday. We served 432 people. As usual, the breakfast was successful and even considered by many our best yet. The day was magnificent! A hearty meal, a beautiful message from Pastor Mary Ann, and an absolutely fantastic Cantata by our singers and musicians. Without the hard work of the many people behind the scenes, all of this would not be possible. I want to especially thank the men of Immanuel that helped out. Without them the fabulous breakfast that so many enjoyed would not be possible. Thanks to everyone who helped make possible our last Easter in our current location, one that will be hard to surpass. Rick Ruby


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, (April 19th) 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the upper level of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Free onsite respite available to caregivers who wish to be a part of the support group while their loved one will engage in the activity program. 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 (April 16th) 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 last bowling night is April 7th 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 Meetingwill be Tuesday, April 16th at church, 7:00 a.m. Congratulations to our new Church Council Officers. President: Scot Hodkiewicz; Vice President: Frank Peiler; Secretary: Jody Teske; Treasurer: Matt Dahlgren.


New Building Update


Good news! On March 18, 2013, the Lake Geneva Plan Commission unanimously approved a Conditional Use Permit for Immanuel to build our proposed new facility. Plan members had only positive things to say about our congregation and our plans for the future.


Our General Contractor, Keller, is seeking bids from sub-contractors for all phases of the project. We will have hard numbers by April 15, 2013. At that time, we will have firm figures regarding the total cost for our building program. We will then be able to submit our final figures for a loan approval by the Mission Investment Fund of the ELCA.


At the same time, the Building Team is working with various groups in the congregation to refine the design and identify the fixtures and furnishings that will be needed. If we continue to keep on track, we hope to break ground in May, 2013! We anticipate a six month construction period for the project to be completed.


Special Congregational Meeting


Plan to be with us on Sunday, April 28, 2013, for a special congregational meeting to vote on the final design of the new church as well as the finance package to pay for construction. This will be the last step before ground breaking.


An informational meeting is set for Tuesday, April 23, 2013, to review all aspects of the project and hear about the finance plan. Even though we have had months to look at designs, it is important that members and friends attend this meeting for a look at the final proposal. This will be a time for questions and discussion about all aspects of our new church facility. The Building Team has worked diligently for the past several years to plan a wonderful building that will strengthen and expand the ministries of Immanuel. Please mark your calendar for this important gathering.


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!



+ My dear Immanuel family:  Thank you for all your prayers, phone calls, emails, cards and encouragement over the past year.  Jonathan continues on his road to recovery.  He is going part time to school, but is excelling at the 4 classes he is taking.   As for me, I'm enjoying a regular beating heart!  Even 2,100 miles apart, your compassion and overflowing grace is felt.  Thank you for your incredible gift of friendship!   I praise and thank God for you!   You have shared the love of Jesus with us and have impacted our hearts forever!  Blessings to you all with big hugs...Cynthia Hibbard (Steve and Jonathan too!)


+ Thanks so much to all of you who baked and delivered cookies for our March cookie ministry date. We were one of the extremely lucky families to receive a beautiful plate of treats this month just because I am usually a part of this wonderful ministry but was not able to make it this month due to a new and busier work schedule. As like most are each month, I was so surprised to receive these treats and was not expecting it at all.  I have to tell all of you just how much this brightens someone's day. We all make these plates up each month and probably do not even realize just how loved and appreciated they are by those that are receiving them.  Being on the receiving end this month, I can tell you that I am so proud to be a part of such a caring and thoughtful ministry. Something like a simple plate of baked goods lets so many people know that we care.  Thanks again to all of you and a special thank you to Rhonda for working so hard to organize this each month. You are all so appreciated! Kathy Bruton and family


+ Thanks to Eileen Weyrauch for her wonderful flute solo "Irish Tune from County Derry" played on March 17th at all three services! It was a lovely addition to Saint Patrick's Day. Thanks for sharing your gifts with us.


+ Special thanks to Shelby Peteler for her fantastic clarinet solo on March 3rd as part of our Healing Services. Her talent is exquisite-we all witnessed a piece of heaven and are so eager to hear you play again! Keep up the fabulous work in your musical studies.


+ Thanks to the Praise Team for generously leading song for all of our Wednesday night Lent services. We appreciate you spending extra time, in the mist of busy lives, to dynamically lead both Sunday worship and Wednesday night worship services, along with staying for two hours of rehearsal. God Bless you ALL!


+ Thank you so much Women of Immanuel for thinking of me this Valentine's Day. It feels wonderful to be reminded of my church at home. The card is beautiful and I have it hanging in my room. Love, Emily Schulz


+ Dear Card Ladies, I want to thank you so very much for the cards you have sent me since my husband died. They are so beautiful and mean so much to me. Sincerely Shirley Hurdis


+ I want to thank everyone who enjoyed Easter Breakfast on Sunday. We served 432 people. As usual, the breakfast was successful and even considered by many our best yet. The day was magnificent! A hearty meal, a beautiful message from Pastor Mary Ann, and an absolutely fantastic Cantata by our singers and musicians. Without the hard work of the many people behind the scenes, all of this would not be possible. I want to especially thank the men of Immanuel that helped out. Without them the fabulous breakfast that so many enjoyed would not be possible. Thanks to everyone who helped make possible our last Easter in our current location, one that will be hard to surpass. Rick Ruby


+ Jubilate: What a delightful and inspiring anthem on Maundy Thursday! You all did a fabulous job! The blend and balance was perfect, and musicality exquisite! Thanks to our blessed instrumentalists who added a beautiful timbre to the piece as well. It is such a joy collaborating with you all, and remembering together our Savior's arduous journey that led him to the cross. John Ivan


+ Extraordinary thanks to the Praise Team for their superb leadership and breath-taking music throughout Holy Week! Special thanks for the poignant, reflective anthem "The Cross" sung on Good Friday during Jesus' last minutes on the cross. It was heart-rending, but reflective of His incredible sacrifice.


+ Special thanks to the Bells of Immanuel and director Ellen Hanson for their haunting call to worship on Good Friday. It so perfectly set the "tone" for worship. Thanks also for leading the congregational song "What Wondrous Love is This?" While we were immersed deep in worship, it was very moving to sing to the sound of the bells. Thanks to director Ellen Hanson for her dedication and superb leadership!


+ Thanks to Holly Schmidt for her beautiful flute solo on Maundy Thursday! She so tenderly played during our time of confession-it was just gorgeous!


+ Special thanks to Doug and Liz Ehlert for their evocative brass duet "Abide with Me" that closed the Maundy Thursday service. We are so blessed by their extreme talent and passion for God and music. Thanks for sharing your gifts with all!


+ Thanks to all our exceptional musicians who helped both on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday! Thanks to Jim Russell on drums, Kathy Middleton on organ, Mike Van Dyke on guitar, Dennis Yakes on bass guitar, Tom Jooss on keyboard, Greg Bunge and Doug Ehlert on trumpet, Liz Ehlert and Brady Schmidt on horn, Holly Schmidt and Eilleen Weyrauch on flute, a huge thanks to Rick Ruby who operated the soundboard for both nights and thank you to Ken Field for setting up the computer/screen for the Holy Week services!


+ Thanks to Greg Bunge for his heavenly trumpet solo "There is a Balm in Gilead" that closed Good Friday worship. God blesses us with extreme talent-thanks for sharing yours to the glory of God!


+ Easter Cantata: EXCEPTIONAL presentation by ALL Easter 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 the news of our risen 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 Dan Draper for controlling the soundboard; we couldn't present without his dedication to making us sound great! Thanks to Rick Ruby for working so hard to create a recording, help with setting up the sound (and running the video). Thanks to Jaime Ivan and Brenda Follensbee for helping create rehearsal CD's, and for their superb leadership with warm-ups and rehearsals. 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. 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


+ A very special word of thanks to all of the actions in our Maundy Thursday and Good Friday Dramas. Both were deeply moving services - made all the more touching by the brilliant performances of the men who played Jesus: Glen Biller on Maundy Thursday and Matt Dahlgren on Good Friday. We had close to 50 actors/ actresses between the 2 services. Nancy Daily and Carol Smith did superb work as our narrators.


+ We were all so blessed by the new costumes created by Jackie Kuehl, Carol Morem, Barb Kwiatkowski and Pat Parsons. Barb Kwiatkowski and Bea Sutton helped with a "fabric finding mission," and both Sandy Anselmo & Barb Kwiatkowski donated materials for the costumes. All was completed within 2 weeks.


+ To our Immanuel Staff for all of their extra work throughout Holy Week & Easter! John Ivan - our Music Director for the absolutely breathtaking Easter Cantata. Kathy Middleton - our organist for accompanying so many extra rehearsals. Hawk & Karen Taylor - for graciously handling the added janitorial responsibilities of Lent, Holy Week & Easter. Linda Burkart & Karen Taylor - for coordinating our Mid-Week Lenten meals. They were absolutely fantastic! Special thanks to all of the chefs who brought soup and others treats to feed the masses! Brenda Follensbee for managing a boatload of office work throughout the season. Brianna Deering for organizing the delightful Easter Egg Hunt on Good Friday and to all who donated food & helped with the event! Edith Draper for coordinating the Maundy Thursday's Potluck and for all who cooked. What a meal!


+ Many thanks to our Sound , Light and Video Crew for Lent, Holy Week & Easter. Rick Ruby, Bruce Reek & Dan Draper spent countless hours tweaking the sound and making sure we had the right microphones.


+Rick Ruby and his gifted team of men who planned and served the Easter Breakfast! Fabulous meal!!! Special thanks to all who donated food for the breakfast so we could handle the meal without charging for it!


+ Our Altar Guild for all the their work behind the scenes throughout Lent & Easter. Special thanks for organizing the Easter Garden and to Joan Anderson for coordinating the flowers.


+ Thank you to all of our instrumentalists and vocalists who blessed our worship services at the Holy Week and Easter services! What an uplifting Cantata! The music on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter was also touching.


+ Thanks to our Confirmands and leader Sami Moehling for filling Easter Eggs for the Easter Egg Hunt.

Many Blessings to You!
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