Immanuel Lutheran Church

Immanuel eNewsletter

May, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

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

  HS Graduation 2013 



High School Graduation Recognition Sunday


Please join us on Sunday, May 19th to celebrate as our High School Graduates move on to their next stage in life!

Our graduates are Michael Cordes, John Guske, Mikaela Harrod, Jacob Hetz, Collin Hovden, Annora Howes, Danielle Neumann, Cole Radtke, Rebekah Rennick, Maiah Scheel, Tristan Sproul, Mary Swanson, Atlanna Tschida, Jonah Zeinert.






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 soon. 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.


High School Graduation Recognition Day


14 High School seniors will be recognized on Sunday, May 19th and presented with a beautiful, handmade quilt specially designed for them by our amazing quilters! As our graduates move on to their next stage in life, the quilt is a reminder of the ever-present love of Jesus and the love from their faith community. Our graduates are Michael Cordes, John Guske, Mikaela Harrod,Jacob Hetz, Collin Hovden, Annora Howes,Danielle Neumann, Cole Radtke, Rebekah Rennick, Maiah Scheel, Tristan Sproul, Mary Swanson, Atlanna Tschida, Jonah Zeinert. Please join us on the 19th as we celebrate with them!




Jubilate (Immanuel's choir for all ages and musical genres) is working through special anthems that will be sung on April 28th and May 26th. Jubilate rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 6:45 p.m. Even if you can't sing on those dates, we encourage you to come to rehearsals-as we will be working on several songs collectively. Rehearsal CD's are available as learning aids. 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:  



Dear Ones:


We are forwarding the letter from the staff of the South Central Synod of Wisconsin.  As a congregation within the Synod, we have all been profoundly impacted by the tragic unfolding of events last Sunday involving our Bishop, Bruce Burnside.  It remains an unthinkable horror that Bishop Burnside struck and killed Maureen Mengelt in a drunk driving accident.  He has been charged with vehicular homicide while intoxicated, and then fleeing the scene.

The senseless loss of life due to drunk driving continues to be a scourge in our society.  Everyone loses in these situations.  Although we can never excuse or even make sense of such an unjust loss of life, we do know several things as people of God.


First, "When one part of the Body suffers, we all suffer."  Our hearts ache for the family of Maureen Mengelt - especially her beloved husband and three precious children.  The last thing they expected when Maureen went for her training run Sunday afternoon was news that she had been taken from them.  The circumstances of her death  intensifies their grief.  As people of faith, the Mengelt's suffering is ours as well.  We pray for them, as they seek to make sense of Maureen's untimely death, and stand with them in knowing this was an accident that did not have to happen.  As they gather with loved ones to celebrate Maureen's stunning life and witness, may God surround and comfort them with the promise of resurrection to eternal life. 


Second, we pray for Bishop Burnside.  We can't imagine his own personal suffering as he faces legal charges of vehicular homicide.  Obviously this was not in his life plan.  The guilt and shame any of us would feel under his circumstances would no doubt haunt us for life.  St. Paul wrote:  "The good that I would I do not do; instead, I do the very thing I never thought I would do."  Scripture repeatedly reminds us of our sin nature.  Every one of us needs a Savior.  As he died on the cross, Jesus said:  "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."  Jesus died to free us all of our sin - including our dear Bishop Bruce.  May he rest in the assurance of God's forgiveness, even as he faces the consequences of his actions.  It is our fervent prayer that the inpatient treatment Bishop Bruce is in will lead him to a new life of sobriety.            


Finally, pray for Christ's Church, that God would use each and every one of us as agents of grace and new life, by the power of the Holy Spirit at work within us.  God is greater than any and every tragedy we encounter in life.  Even a loss of this magnitude. 


All our love - Pastors Mary Ann and Mark



Letter from South-Central Synod of Wisconsin

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

2909 Landmark Place Suite 202 Madison, WI 53713-4236 (608) 270-0201 Fax: (608) 270-0202


April 11, 2013


Dear Members of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin,

Leaders and members of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin continue to express sorrow and sympathy for the family of Maureen Mengelt, who died April 7, when she was struck by the vehicle of Bishop Bruce Burnside, who was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide while intoxicated.


We pray that God will comfort the Mengelt family - especially Maureen's husband, Kevin, and her children, Megan, Andrew, and Allyson - and surround them with peace and grace. We ask for prayers for all those left to grieve the death of one of God's dear children. Our sadness for the untimely death of Maureen Mengelt is too great to be adequately expressed.


Throughout these days we have been in prayer for members of the synod staff and the synod council, for Bishop Bruce Burnside and his family, and for the pastors, leaders, and congregations of our synod. Bishop Burnside has been released on bond and he entered an inpatient treatment facility on April 11.


In accordance with the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin's constitution and bylaws, the synod council confirmed the temporary appointment of the Rev. Blake Rohrer as acting bishop to oversee the ministry and work of the synod. This should not be confused with the appointment of an interim bishop.


Further information on matters of concern to the synod, including the upcoming Synod Assembly, will be available after this week's synod council meeting.   "Scripture and Prayer Resources," as well as public statements and information up-dates are available on the synod website:


Please continue to pray for all those affected by this unfortunate tragedy. We live in the trust that nothing can separate us from God's love, and we pray that God's love will sustain us all today, and in the days ahead.


In Christ,


Eric Peterson The Rev. Blake Rohrer

Synod Vice-President Acting Bishop

South-Central Synod of Wisconsin South-Central Synod of Wisconsin




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, June 10th at 6:00 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 few 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, June 1st at 7:30 a.m. to gather at church for a delicious breakfast, and scintillating conversation about God's Word! Bring your favorite food to share for the meal - and come with a hunger to go deeper in your relationship with Christ.


Sunday Morning Adult Study


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.


Sunday School Swimming Event


Mark your calendars for next Sunday, April 28th for our annual Sunday School Swimming Event! This event at the Lake Geneva YMCA from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. is free. 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!


Immanuel's Children's Program Bake Sale


Immanuel's Children's Program is having a bake sale! We will be selling bake goods on Mother's Day, May 12th, after each service. The bake sale is a fundraiser for Vacation Bible Camp. We are looking for donations of cookies, bars, breads, cakes, etc. to sell that day. Please bring donations to church by Saturday, May 11th (marked Bake Sale). Feel free to call Brianna (248-4211) with any questions.


Vacation Bible Camp


Mark your calendars for Immanuel's Vacation Bible School! This year our program will be held on Sunday, July 28th through Thursday, August 1st. This year's theme is: Kingdom Rock Where Kids Stand Strong for God. We need lots of volunteers! If you are interested in helping, please contact Brianna at 248-4211. 


Early Release Day


Thank you to all our Early Release Day Helpers! We have two more Early Release Days this year, and welcome volunteers. The Final Early Release Day is scheduled for Thursday, May 9th 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.  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).


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


A HUGE thank you to all who helped with Youth Quake last month - especially Teri Voss, Georgene Darbro, Carla Blasiman, Meaghen Van Dyke, Jennifer Plitzuweit, Rich McWherter, Rich Howes, Glenn Moehling, and Marc Klug for chaperoning! Also thank you to all of our volunteer adult leaders - Pastor Mary Ann, Kathy Culp, Elise Livingston, Cindy Moehling, Teri Voss, Ellen Gulbrandson, George Zimmerman, Jude Tindall, Rich Howes, Pastor Mark, and Glenn Moehling. From presentations and small groups to help with fundraisers, it takes a lot of effort and support from all of the leaders and parents to accomplish such a successful year in ministry. I truly appreciate everyone's hard work throughout the entire year!


We will not have Sunday class on May 12th as it is Mother's Day. Please enjoy the day as a family. Our last Sunday class will be held on May 19th, and our final Youth Group for the school year will be Wednesday, May 22nd.


Stay tuned for fun activities for our Youth Group as they are planned over the summer!


8th Confirmation Students and Parents


For our 8th grade students and parents: Please stay tuned for information on your upcoming Confirmation in October. We will be planning a Confirmation Retreat for one of the weekends in Late September or Early October. I will notify you as soon as possible with a date, so that you can plan accordingly. All Confirmands are expected to attend. I'm so proud of all of you for reaching this awesome milestone in your faith!


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, Cyndi Dietz, 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, Hunter Schwab, Barb Searle, Marty Smith, Monica Swing, Bonnie T., Ed Thiel, Pete Thompson, Marie Voss, Sara Wahlstedt, Rick Walters.




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, Nancy Bollweg, Mike Braam, Brian Britnall, Jesse Brugger, George Bureca, Mike Bureca, Stacey Carlson, Danielle Cloutier, Loretta Combs, Joan Cook, Collin Dunford, Brenda Elliot, Ryder Fell, Alan Foraker, Shane Foraker, Bernice Fry, Rodney Fry, Debra Geils, Philip Giese, Lorraine Hanneman, Erik Heinz, Michelle Hensky, Jonathan Hibbard, Doug Hitz, Bob Hummel, William Hundsrucker, Mark Ingbretson,Alex, Carter and Jessica Jacobs, Marilyn Johnson, Donna Jovani, Linda Jurica, Johnalee Kawalec, JoAnn Koch, Jeff Kohl, Sarah Kresch, Jarek Kunz, 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, Karen Mahoney, Tom Mol, Dean Nelson, Dean Noble, Carrie Novak, Ray Otto, Bob Pearce, McKenzie Plitzuweit, Jerry Polek, Lydia Polek, Diane Purcell, Ed Robers, Rick Ruby, Jackie S., Gesine Schmidt, Madgel Schluga, Mady-Jo Schuessler, George Somerville, Ken 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, Joyce Haan, 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.


Serving on the Mission Field



Zach Harrod, Riely Mikrut, Eliott Huemann





 + Congratulations to Teela Thompson for completing her baby-sitting safety class!


+ Congratulation to Frank Guske as he is inducted into Badger High Schools Wall of Fame this Friday!


+ Congratulations to Clay Wahlstedt & his DI Team for taking 1st in the state technical. The team heads to Knoxville, TN on May 20th for the Globals Competition.





+ Congratulations to Roberta and Greg Pepper on the baptism of their daughter, Penelope Jane Pepper was baptized on April 21st.


Expecting a Child!


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


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.




Starting Monday, April 29th the Monday and Tuesday groups will combine and will be meeting EVERY MONDAY at church from 6:30-8pm. The group will be led by Jeff and Maureen Radtke and Eric and Jennie Benz.


Monday, May 6th  - CHAOS meets at church from 6:30-8pm led by Jeff and Maureen Radtke and Eric and Jenni Benz.


Monday, May 13th  - CHAOS meets at church from 6:30-8pm led by Jeff and Maureen Radtke and Eric and Jenni Benz.


Monday, May 20th  - CHAOS meets at church from 6:30-8pm led by Jeff and Maureen Radtke and Eric and Jenni Benz. This our last regular meeting.


Stay tuned for CHAOS summer activities. 


Portable Potty Fundraiser is still going strong. Thank you to everyone who has supported us. Forms can be picked up in the church office.


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.


Funds raised will go into the youth account to help us with our year end event 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






Side By Side Fundraiser


The next Side By Side Fundraiser will 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


The Blood Center of Wisconsin Blood Drive


The Blood Center of Wisconsin Drive is Thursday, May 2, 2013 from 2:00-6:00 p.m. here at Immanuel. All attempting donors will receive a pass for four people to Mt. Olympus Waterpark in Wisconsin Dells (passes valid May 25-July 3, 2013). Contact Susan Krinn at 262-245-5579 or make an appointment online at


Vision Walk Fundraiser


Marilyn Heiden and a friend of Immanuel, Pauline Malsch, are planning to walk in the 2013 Vision Walk at the Milwaukee on Sunday, May 19th. Funds raised benefit the Foundation Fighting Blindness, in driving research for prevention, treatments, and cures for the entire spectrum of blinding retinal diseases. If you are interested in supporting this effort, please contact Marilyn Heiden at 262-248-6439 for more details.


Lutherdale Ministries


Lutherdale is building lives in Christ. They strive to keep camp affordable for today's families. All are welcome and no one is turned away for financial reasons. Help make camp an important part of a child's life by supporting a mission that transform lives. Please give a gift to Lutherdale's Annual Fund by going to and click on donate now on-line.


Fundraiser Dinner for Hurricane Sandy Mission Team


The Immanuel Lutheran Church Hurricane Sandy Mission Trip Fundraiser Dinner will be Thursday, April 25, 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Tuscan Restaurant, 430 Broad Street, Lake Geneva. A Pasta dinner with bread and butter, salad, coffee, tea, milk, or soda, tip included for $12.00. For tickets or information contact the church office at 262-248-4211. Make checks payable to Immanuel Lutheran Church.


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 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


We are having a special collection of gently used shoes to take to our next day of service on Sunday, May 19th. They are always in need of basic toiletries, towels and underwear for their shower ministry. Please bring them to the church office. Thanks! Any questions, call Mickey at 248-0506.




If you have been saving pennies or any change, please give to Bea Sutton or drop them off at the church office. Please bring coins in by June 1st. This collection of coins will be given to the Women of ELCA Biannual convention for women and children in crisis. Thank you!


Prayer Shawl Ministry


The prayer shawl ministry met for a luncheon meeting on April 11. It was a wonderful afternoon. Anyone that knits or crochets and is interested in joining the prayer shawl group is welcome. We would love to have you in our group. We are still in need of yarn (red heart from Walmart) and large gift bags of any kind to put them in. Blessings, Nurse Karen. 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, May 9th at 9:00 am. 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, May 16th 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


A Day in Time Memory Keepers Plus


Memory Keepers Plus is a class designed specifically for the individual who is experiencing mild memory impairment due to dementia, M.S., Parkinson's, "brain fog" or other brain diseases. This group meets four Tuesdays of the month from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the Junker Lounge beginning Tuesday, May 14th. Monthly charges apply. Call: Cindy Lester, 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, May 21st, 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


"Behold, you have instructed many, and you have strengthened the weak hands."   Job 4:3


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


Calling All Nurses at Immanuel


As we experience growth at Immanuel, we rejoice in the fact that many are committing their lives to Christ. Along with this growth, brings much more needs to be met. I am asking any and all nurses at Immanuel to consider giving of a small amount of time to assist with meeting these needs and helping to expand this huge and growing ministry. Many of you have strengths that we can benefit from. Please consider sharing your gifts. It would consist of meeting monthly for a short time to discuss needs, and come up with plans to meet the needs. There are many areas we can touch upon. Blood pressures, visiting homebound, elderly, and hospitalized parishioners, coordinating healing services, prayer, delivering prayer shawls, and coordinating meals to be delivered are just a few needs. As we move forward we need to come up with new and creative ideas for this ministry. Please consider helping and email me at if you can be a part of this vital ministry. As the old African proverb says "it takes a village" so it is with serving others. Blessings, Nurse Karen


Blood Pressure Checks


Immanuel will have blood pressure checks on the 3nd Sunday of the month starting in May. The blood pressure checks will be held in Pastor Mark's office.


Quilting Bee


Our Quilting Bees will take place on the third Monday of each month (May 20th). 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 soap. Please bring dish soap on any Sunday. The WC 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



Immanuel Book Club


The Immanuel Book Club will meet at Arbor Village on Wednesday, May 1st at 2:00 p.m. The book is "Defending Jacob" by William Landay. If you have any questions, contact Judy Huemann at 262-248-7572.


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. The group will choose their route each week. For more information, call Luke at 262-955-5052.


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


Seeds of Faith Concert Series


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


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.


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, (May 17th) 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 (May 21st) in the Junker Lounge from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.


Church Picnic


Save the date for our Annual Church Picnic Sunday, August 11th in the afternoon at the Hodkiewicz farm and pond.


Church Council Meeting


The Church Council Meetingwill be Tuesday, May 21st at church, 7:00 p.m.



New Building Update


Immanuel's Groundbreaking Celebration is Wednesday, May 1st at 5:30 p.m. We will have a tailgate gathering at the Middle School parking lot. Hotdogs, chips and cookies will be provided. Please bring hard hats and shovels. We will have a blessing and the ceremonial ground breaking. Join us for this exciting event as we move one step closer to our new building.


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.


Custodian Resignation


Pastors Mary Ann, Mark and members of Immanuel,


We are submitting our letter of resignation as of May 15, 2013. I, Robert, am 72 years old and have never had a week that I haven't worked. There are things Karen and I would like to do, travel, fishing, visiting family and house projects. I have enjoyed working and helping out the people of my church, but it is time to be "retired." Best Regards, Robert and Karen Taylor


We are so grateful to Hawk and Karen Taylor for serving as our custodians. The church building and grounds have been kept immaculate under Hawk's careful watch and he has treated the building like his own home. He and Karen more than deserve this time of retirement to savor friends and family and to travel. We are thankful to God for all the ways they have cared for our building.


New Custodian


We are also thrilled to announce that Ed Domalik has accepted the job as Immanuel's new custodian beginning May 16th. Ed worked alongside Hawk on numerous occasions and has filled in for Hawk whenever he was gone. His work is way above average and he knows our facility well. He and his wife Marla and their 2 daughters are members of the church. We welcome Eddie to our staff!


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 so much for the cards from the "Card Ministry." They are beautiful and meaningful! Sandy Anselmo


+ Dear Cookie Ministry of Immanuel, Thank you so much for the yummy cookies today! My students thank you too! What an unexpected, pleasant surprise! In spite of the dreary weather, there was sunshine toady! Thank you so much for thinking of me! Emily Soley-Johnson


+ Pastors Mary Ann and Mark and our Immanuel Church Family, I am still in "awe" and so pleased & excited for the amazing Easter Cantata - all the hard work, dedication & worshipping our God was a blessing to me.I am always overjoyed to see how the Holy Spirit works in our lives. Our God Lives!!! The generous gifts are much appreciated & I thank you! Love to all! Kathy Middleton


+ To all of you at Immanuel, Thank you for the beautiful lily plant. We appreciate you dropping it off. Much Love to All, Kathy Dalin and Jeanne Kuttnauer


+ Dear Friends at Immanuel, Thank you so much for the absolutely beautiful Azalea plant! I see in the dictionary it is a shrub so will need to be put outside. It will never replace the Passion vine but will give the lupine flowers a run for their money. With Love, Madgel and Toby


 + Dear Quilters, Thank you for our baptismal quilts. They are most beautiful and cozy. We are in awe of their detail and beauty. Your gift to us meant so much, words cannot describe how such an act of kindness deeply impacted our Christian walk, yet it did in such an amazing way. God bless you and prosper you as you serve our great Lord and Savior. Scott, Carol, Josh and Sarah Warner


+ We offer words of praise and comfort from the members of Immanuel as they prayed for our daughter's fiancÚ during his healing from broken ribs and clavicle in a motorcycle accident.  He has recovered very well and is off to physical therapy. In God's blessings, Carolyn and John Warfield


+ Special thanks to Hasely Schulz for her lovely vocal solo on April 14th! She was absolutely precious-with hand movements and all. What a light in all the darkness! Thanks also to Tami Buntrock for accompanying her and helping coordinate our children's music.


+ Thanks to the Praise Team for introducing the new song "Glorious Day" on April 21st. It is a perfect song to celebrate the Easter season! Thanks for working hard to keep worship fresh and inspiring with new music.


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