Immanuel Lutheran Church

Immanuel eNewsletter

June, 2013

Happy Father's Day!

In This Issue
Mid-Week Summer Services
Worship News
Discipleship News
Children's News
3:16 Middle School Youth Group
CHAOS High School Youth Group
Fellowship & Meetings
Worship with Us!    

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Mid-Week Summer Services - "Gifted Hands"


Join us for a 3 week Wednesday Night Summer Series on the theme of "Gifted Hands," beginning Wednesday, June 12th.


5:30 PM - Potluck Dinner - Bring a dish to pass if you can! But don't stay away if you can't!


6:15 PM - Informal Worship Service for All Ages! We'll see brief clips from the gripping movie, "Gifted Hands," followed by an interactive message, music, children's message and a special gift for each child.


7:00 PM - Children's Program and Small Groups for teens and adults.




Healing Service


Join us Sunday June 2nd for a special Healing Service at all three services. Worship will include time for personal prayer as well as the opportunity to be anointed with oil. Come, pray for yourself or someone you love and share with other Christians as we worship our Holy God. Worship will also include a riveting anthem by Jubilate!  




Jubilate singers rehearse Wednesday evenings from 6:45PM-8:00PM in the sanctuary. The choir welcomes all singers to join and participate in this uplifting ministry. We are preparing a riveting anthem to complement worship on June 2 (includes small pit band), a fabulous anthem to celebrate Independence Day, and special long-term music. Rehearsal CDs are available for those whom can't read music. ALL are welcome! Contact John Ivan if you have any questions @


Praise Team


The Praise Team meets for weekly rehearsals on Wednesday nights at 8:00PM. The group is learning new music to teach and lead contemporary worship. Thanks for their superb leadership and positive encouragement! If you are interested in joining contact John Ivan @ for more info.


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.


Bells of Immanuel


The Bells of Immanuel are taking a break during the summer months. We thank them ALL for sharing their time and talents, and offering special music throughout the year. Special thanks to Ellen Hanson for her superb leadership and organization. The Bells will resume in September-we will keep you posted.



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.


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.


Mid-Week Summer Services - "Gifted Hands"


Join us for a 3 week Wednesday Night Summer Series on the theme of "Gifted Hands," beginning Wednesday, June 12th.


5:30 PM - Potluck Dinner - Bring a dish to pass if you can! But don't stay away if you can't!


6:15 PM - Informal Worship Service for All Ages! We'll see brief clips from the gripping movie, "Gifted Hands," followed by an interactive message, Music, children's message and a special gift for each child.


7:00 PM - Children's Program and Small Groups for teens and adults.


This is a series for the entire family to come together around God's Word, share a meal and worship, and then talk together about what God is teaching us on the theme for the night! Sign-up on the worship card if you plan to attend, want to be in a small group, to lead a small group, to help lead the Children's Program or to lead the Teen Program.


Here are the weekly themes for our "Gifted Hands Series:"


            Week 1: June 12 - "Seeing Beyond What You Can


            Week 2: June 19 - "You've Got the Book Inside You!"

            Week 3: June 26 - "We are All Capable of Performing






Vacation Bible Camp


Vacation Bible Camp 2013 will be July 28th - August 1st here at Immanuel. VBC Registration form


All children going into 4K - 6th grade are welcome to join us nightly for a Kingdom Rocks Adventure! We'll start each evening with a Welcome Wow in the sanctuary where we'll visit with "Chadder" the chipmunk, sing songs and learn about God's love for us in Bible Study. Our adventure continues each night with games, crafts and dinner! We'll end each night with more songs and a Royal Wrap-Up. Please fill out the registration form found on-line on our website or a hard copy in the church office and return it to the church office as soon as possible so we can get our Kingdom Crews ready. Don't forget to purchase your cd's ($10) and T-Shirts ($7).

Kingdom Rock Totally Catholic VBS Promo Video
See the exciting promo video here!



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.


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. 


A First Communion Class


A First Communion Class is set for June 13th, 10:00 a.m. at church for children who are ready to take Holy Communion. We ask a parent, grandparent or other close adult to attend with their children. Sign-up on the worship card or call Pastor Mary Ann to Register.




Mid - Week Summer Series


Join us for our Summer Series on the movie "Gifted Hands" on June 12, 19, & 26! There will be a potluck dinner at 5:30, worship at 6:15, and a special summer-style small group time for our 3:16 Youth Group from 7:00-8:00. Bring your friends and a chair/blanket for our discussion on Immanuel's front lawn (weather permitting). We will participate in fun outdoor activities and enjoy some summer treats - you won't want to miss it!!


Stay tuned for fun events this summer! We already have some plans in the works - such as a lake walk, ice cream social, etc. If you have any ideas for activities, please share them with Sami!




Due to popular demand, we will be launching another Apparel Sale for June 2 - June 9 only! Please be sure to find our table in between Sunday's services on those dates, or contact Sami for other accommodations. Don't forget to place your orders!


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!






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




 We took a vote at our last meeting and the group unanimously voted to keep meeting through the summer. Starting TUESDAY, JUNE 4th, C.H.A.O.S. will meet EVERY TUESDAY from 6:30-8pm at the church.


Facebook: Immanuel Lutheran YouthGroup

Phone or text: 218-232-7044 (Jenni) 262-949-2285 (Eric)


C.H.A.O.S. Lock-In


Fri, June 14-Sat, June 15  (7 pm - 9 am)


Help us kick off summer with a fun, faith-filled lock-in at church! We'll start with dinner and fellowship together, followed with games, movies, Bible study, and more! Bring a snack to share, sleeping bag, pillow, and comfy clothes. Sign up by the church office or by emailing  All High School Youth are invited (including incoming Freshman)!!


We have a lot planned for an awesome year ahead!!! Come join us!!!!


A BIG THANK YOU to Maureen and Jeff Radtke for their leadership with CHAOS - High School Youth Group this past year. You have made a difference in the lives of so many young individuals. Thank you for your ministry!


A WARM WELCOME to Eric and Jenni Benz who will lead CHAOS this upcoming year. We are eager and excited for the blessings your will bring to the Youth Ministry Team.


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!
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.
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.
WDA Foundation Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic
The Wisconsin Dental Association Mission of Mercy will provide a Free Dental Clinic On Friday, June 28th and Saturday, June 29th at Badger High School, 220 E. South St., Lake Geneva. Doors open at 5:30 a.m. Patients seen on first-come, first served basis with approximately 1,000 individuals treated each day. Patient quota typically reached before 8:00 a.m., so come early!
Prayer Shawl Ministry
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. Call Karen Stein at 262-203-5260, for more information. Blessings, Nurse Karen
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
Thank you to all who baked and delivered cookies. You all amaze me with your dedication to this wonderful ministry.  Cookie Ministry will be taking a break for the summer. Enjoy your summer with your families. Look for the Cookie Ministry as we reconvene in the fall. 
Card Ministry
Our Card Ministry will gather on Thursday, June 20th at 6:30 p.m. at church. This fabulous group creates greeting cards to encourage folks who are ill, hospitalized, or grieving. All are welcome - and there is no cost to participate! Thank you to each "card creator" as you give of your time and talents! Thanks, too, to the special angel who writes the encouraging words!
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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, Barb Carstensen, Danny Coleman, Kathy Dalin,Ruth Feld, Al Foldy, Shane Foraker, Dr. George Fueredi, Phil Giese, 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 - Schmidt, Hunter Schwab, Barb Searle, Marty Smith, Peter Stein, Monkca Swing, Bonnie T., Ed Thiel, Pete Thompson, Marie Voss, Sara Wahlstedt, Rick Walters, Barb Whitney, Sharyl Wilkins, Linsey Young.


In Hospice Care


Lawrence Norem, Kathy Dalin, Lori Vande Zande


Health and Strength


Katie Alder, Mary Alderson, Thomas Anderson, Stephanie Bickers, Bill Binn Sr., Ed & Catherine Blechner, Hope Block, Chris Bollwahn, Nancy Bollweg, Mike Braam, Brian Britnall, Jesse Brugger, George Bureca, Mike Bureca, Stacey Carlson, Danielle Cloutier, Loretta Combs, Joan Cook, Dale Czarnecki, Cyndi Dietze, Nick Domalik, Collin Dunford, Brenda Elliot, Ryder Fell, Susie Fleischer, Alan Foraker, Shane Foraker, Rodney Fry, Debra Geils, Phil Giese, Lorraine Hanneman, Zachary Harrod, Erik Heinz, Michelle Hensky, Jonathan Hibbard, Ruth Hinzpeter, Doug Hitz, Arlene Huber, Bob Hummel, William Hundsrucker, Mark Ingbretson,Alex, Carter and Jessica Jacobs, Marilyn Johnson, Linda Jurica, Georgia Kaspery, Johnalee Kawalec, JoAnn Koch, Jeff Kohl, Becky Kohlman, Sarah Kresch, Jarek Kunz, Tom Kuttnauer, Mildred Kwiatkowski, Dale Langston,Barb Lathrop, Ida Lavin, Don Ledenbach, Jean Ledenbach, JoAnn Lindner, Karen Mahoney, Ryan Mayfield, Scott Melancon, Les Meusling, Jim Michalek, Ray Michalski, Craig Middleton, Larry Moe, Karen Mahoney, Tom Mol, Dean Nelson, Carrie Novak, Ray Otto,Patricia Owen, Bob Pearce, McKenzie Plitzuweit, Jerry Polek, Lydia Polek, Diane Purcell, Ed Robers, Corey Roffler, Rick Ruby, Jackie S., Gesine Schmidt, Madgel Schluga, Mady-Jo Schuessler, Dennis Schulz, George Somerville, Ken Somerville, Vivian Spanjer, K. Sprinkleman, Jamie Stahulak, Bob Strube, Eric Sundstrom, Ed Thiel, Hayden Tipps, Sebastian Townsend, Gordon Van Heel,Lori Vande Zande, Elaine & Wayne Vorpagel, Scott Vorpagel, Carolyn Warfield, Chuck Webster, Shelly Weis, Valarie Weyrauch.


Awaiting / Recovering from Surgery


Betty Aguirre, Karen Baumgartner, Carol Bice,Barb Carstensen, Shelly Cruz, Joyce Haan, Eric Hackbarth, Mark Herick, Bill Hollister, Ruth Johnson, Patrick Jones, Ernie Kloppstein, Bernadine Livingston Krueger, Craig Middleton, Nick Moehling, Pastor Mary Ann Moller-Gunderson, Jim Petranek, Steven S., Sandy Tonn, Sara Wahlstedt.




+ Wilen Shisler, uncle of Kate Harrod, died to Christ on April 19th.


+ Albert Hinzpeter, brother of Spud Hinzpeter, died to Christ on April 25th.


+ Esther Reuter, died to Christ on April 27th.


+ Kicker Arnold, son-in-law of Lenore McNamee, died to Christ on April 28th.


+ Bernice Fry, mother of Trish Fry- Misener, died to Christ on May 3rd.


+ Our sympathy to Lori and Tom Hartz, at their unexpected loss of her father on May 10th. Peace and love to her family.


+ Greg Carlson, husband of Judy Carlson, died to Christ on May 17th.


+ Robert Zukowski, father of Jeff and Mark, died to Christ on May 18th.


+Jane Johnston, mother of Jeff Johnston, died to Christ on May 18th.


Serving on the Mission Field



Zach Harrod




+ Congratulations to Austin Gaugert who made All-Conference in the Horizon League College Golf! His team won the All-Conference Tournament to send them to NCAA Tournament for Golf for the first time in school history!


+ Congratulations to Atlanna Tschida who competed at the State Level for Forensics in Madison and took home a Silver Medal and will also compete at the Solo and Ensemble State competition.


+ Congratulations to Joe Twist, retiring from SC Johnson after 38 years!


+ Congratulations to Clay Wahlstedt who competes at Globals for Destination Imagination on MAy!


+ Congratulations to Doug Harrod, retiring from 45 years of teaching!


+ Congratulations to Carly Bakken, selected as a Badger High School Cheerleader!


+ Congratulations to Kristin Larkin selected as Mother of the Year in Lake Geneva!


+ Congratulations to MJ Lyons celebrating her 70th Birthday on May 15th!


+ Congratulations to Derrick Buntrock selected Badger High School Prom King!


+ Congratulations to Breanna Weyrauch who graduated with a degree in Nursing on May 13th! She also landed her dream job as a nurse at Gunderson Hospital in La Crosse.


+ Congratulations to Tom Larwa, also a brand new college grad who is starting his dream job as a market research analyst at Cabella's in Nebraska. So thrilled for him!


+ Congratulations to Austin Gaugert who is graduating from Valparaiso University!


+ Congratulations to Badger High School who won the girl's and boy's track and field meet in the Southern Lakes Conference.


+ Congratulations to Cindy Lester from A Day In Time who won the Outstanding Professional of The Year Award for the entire state of Wisconsin.




Weddings/ Marriages



+ Congratulations to Carolyn and John Warfield on the wedding of their daughter, Laura Bidlack and Dale Langston on May 10th.


+ Congratulations to Gretchen Dorn and Kyle Hoffman on the union of their marriage on May 25th at George Williams College.


+ Congratulations to Sheri Day and Craig Tripp on their Wedding day, Saturday, June 8th.


+ Congratulations to Maria Moller-Gunderson and Dustin Dean as they commit themselves to one another on June 29th at Immanuel.





+ Congratulations to Annora Howes and Dustin Meyer on the birth of their daughter, Hayden Elizabeth Meyer, on April 24th. Hayden is the granddaughter of Rich Howes.


+ Congratulations to Joel and Jocelyn Hayes on the birth of their son, Dylan Matthew, born on April 24th.


+ Congratulations to Michael and Stephanie Ruby on the birth of their daughter, Anna Sofia Lynn, born on April 26th. Anna is the granddaughter of Rick and Maria Ruby. 





+ Congratulationsto Jude and Leah Tindall on the baptism of their son, Isaiah Nathaniel Tindall, baptized on May 5th.


+ Congratulations to Elizabeth and Grant Parsons at the baptism of their daughter, Claire Leona Parsons, baptized on May 12th. Claire is the granddaughter of Melanie and Frank Davenport.


+Congratulationsto David and Sarah Austin on the baptism of their son Scout Andrew Austin, baptized on May 26th.


Expecting a Child!



Mandi Fisher, Kate Ketterhagen, Brae Kittelson, Ashley Miu-Alexander, Betsy Moehling, Laurie Romanowski


A Day in Time Inc, Adult Memory Care Program

A Day In Time Inc, Adult Memory Care Program is looking for caring volunteers. They 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. 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, June 18st, 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
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law."     Galatians 5:22-2
In this month's health newsletter, Parish Nurse, Karen Stein, addresses Antioxidants. For more information or to see the whole article, please check out Karen's newsletter at and click on "June 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. Growth also brings more needs to be met. I am asking nurses at Immanuel to consider giving of a small amount of time to assist with this vital ministry. Many of you have strengths we can benefit from. Please consider sharing your gifts. We will meet monthly for a short time to discuss needs and plans to meet them. There are many potential areas. Blood pressures; visiting homebound, elderly, and hospitalized parishioners; coordinating healing services; prayer; delivering prayer shawls; and coordinating meals to be delivered. Please email me at if you can be a part of this vital ministry. As the old African proverb says, "it takes a village." 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 (June 17th). 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:
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.
Weight Watchers Meeting
Weight Watchers will meet here at Immanuel on Mondays at 9:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Leader: Deb Olkives, 262-496-9965,; Weight Watchers Hotline 1-866-204-2885.
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. 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.



Immanuel Book Club


The Immanuel Book Club will meet at Arbor Village on Wednesday, May 29th at 2:00 p.m. The book to be reviewed is "Winter Garden" by Kristin Hannah. If you have any questions contacts Marcia Gunderson at 249-8554 or Sharon Aspenson at 248-2805.


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.


Moller - Gunderson Wedding Bells!


Pastors Mary Ann and Mark are elated to announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Maria, to the love of her life - Dustin Dean - on Saturday, June 29, 3:00 PM at Immanuel. You are all invited to attend the marriage ceremony at the church. We would truly be honored to have you share the moment with Maria and Dustin, as they bind themselves to one another as husband and wife.


Common Ground Healthcare Seminar at Immanuel


Immanuel is hosting a Healthcare Seminar on Tuesday, June 11 at 6:30 PM. The 1 1/2 hour seminar, sponsored by Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative, will explain the health insurance reform coming 2014. These seminars are designed for individuals without medical insurance, self-employed individuals, small business owners, and non-profit leaders.


Topics for discussion include the new insurance exchanges (market places), subsidies for purchasing insurance, the individual mandate, and other important issues. The seminar will address all the questions that an individual who may never have purchased insurance before and the subsidies that some may be entitled to receive. Small business owners who formerly may not have been able to provide insurance for their employees will also find this presentation helpful as they explore their new options under the Healthcare Reform Act.


All seminars are free and open to the public. I if you are interested in attending, but cannot make the session at Immanuel on June 11, the same seminar will be available innumerous Milwaukee locations, Brookfield, Waukesha, Slinger, Kenosha, Racine and Grafton. We have posted the schedule outside the office for those who may want to attend one of the other dates.


Feel free to contact Michelle Mooney at with  any questions you may have.


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


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, (June 21st) 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the upper level of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Free onsite respite available to caregivers who wish to be a part of the support group while their loved one will engage in the activity program. Volunteers are needed.


A Day In Time Memory Keepers Club


A Day In Time Memory Keepers Club - Keep your brain sharp through this monthly, interactive brain fitness club. Learn self-help techniques that include: brain preservation, mind exercises, reducing stress, nutrition tips, aging wellness, education and guest speakers. It is the 3rd Thursday of every month (June 20th) in the Junker Lounge from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.


Walworth County Dementia Caregivers Conference: Focus on the

Early Stage


Please join us for a free educational event for Dementia Caregivers at Mercy Walworth Hospital, lower level, on Wednesday, June 5th, Hwy 50 & Hwy 67, Lake Geneva. Registration / Sign-in 4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Presentations: 4:30 - 7:45 p.m. Call 888-396-3729.


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, June 18th at church, 7:00 p.m.


New Building Update


On April 28, 2013, a special congregational meeting was held to approve the final building design and finance plan. The vote for the design was 253 yes, 2 no. The tally for the finance plan was 252 yes, 3 no. We are grateful for the confidence and trust the congregation has shown for the work of the appeal team, the building team, and the finance team. On the basis of these votes, the congregation was approved for a loan of $2,700,000.00 from the Mission Investment Fund of the ELCA. This is a five year note at 4.125%.


On May 1, 2013, over 250 members and friends gathered for food, fellowship, and a ground breaking celebration at the site of our new building. God blessed us with a perfect warm and sunny afternoon. Many thanks to the Drapers for coordinating the food, the Ruby's for cooking hot dogs and bratwurst, and for everyone who brought a dish to pass. Everyone had a chance to shovel dirt on ground we claimed as holy. We place sticks in the ground to remind us where God has planted us and to challenge us to welcome others to our new church building. While Pastor Mary Ann was in the hospital, she was able to view the entire event on her cell phone (thanks to Jeri Gaugert).


You can watch an amazing video of the ground breaking, produced by John Ivan here.


Groundbreaking Ceremony May 1, 2013
Groundbreaking Ceremony May 1, 2013


Excavators have started moving dirt already. Check it out when you drive by. We are on our way! Thanks be to God!!


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!



+ Thank you to Dan Draper for his knowledge, wisdom and legal counsel in helping us finalize our contracts for the final construction of our new church. Pete Juergens


+ Thank you to the Immanuel congregation for coming together to bring desserts for the Homeless Shelter. John Swanson


+ To our beloved Immanuel family: Once again our words cannot express our deep gratitude for your continued love and support. A huge thank you to our anonymous angel for such an incredible gift.   We are blessed by being members of this congregation each and every day. The Narayanan Family


+ Thank you Lord, an all of my family of Immanuel, for your love, prayers and cards of support during my recovery. Marion Shepstone


+ Special thanks to Raya Hickey for sharing her precious Mother's Day Tribute, "There You'll Be", in loving memory of Jeannie Willhite on Mother's Day. If you missed it, see video here.


+ Thank you to everyone who donated and purchased items at the Bake Sale. We made $255.00 at the Vacation Bible Camp Bake Sale! Brianna Deering


+ We were blessed with special piano solos by Jake Dahlgren on May 5th. What a thrill and treat to have Jake play! His young talent is superb! Thanks for sharing; we look forward to hearing him again.


+ "To make a long story short" ....I want to thank everyone for all of the cards and well wishes on my "retirement." Thanks for the pizza and that delicious cake Jeri Gaugert made. A very special thanks to the Day in Time crew for their great party, poem and that really cool plaque. I will really miss "talking" to everyone! I'll be over just to "chew the fat." See you at church! Hawk and Karen


+ Thanks to Becca Ehlen for her lovely violin solo on May 5th at the Classic Service. We love hearing her and her entire talented family play special music. Thanks for sharing!


+ We delivered 12 cookie plates this month, including to 3 families with new babies!  Thank you to all who baked and delivered cookies.  A special thank you to those of you who baked and sent your husband or father to drop them off.  You know who you are!  Also, thank you to Pastor Mark for helping deliver this month. Rhonda Ganansky


+ Special thanks to Jubilate singers who sang "Your Heart" as part of their offering on April 28th. The gorgeous music was delicately woven with an inspiring text: "At the end of the day, I want to hear people say, my heart looks like Your heart, my heart looks like Your heart". Thanks to the singers and instrumentalists for sharing their musical gifts that encourage people's hearts to turn toward Jesus. Listen here.  


+ Thanks to the Praise Team for introducing the inspiring new song, "Glorious Day" for worship! We appreciate their fabulous leadership and astounding commitment to the TEAM.


+ Special thanks to the Praise Team for providing live music for the celebratory groundbreaking ceremony on May 1st! We were blessed with outstanding weather, delicious food, poignant words, and live rousing music. Thanks for taking additional time with set-up, clean-up, etc. - further thanks to Bruce Reek for the extra help that made it possible.


+ Thank you to the Immanuel quilters for all their hard work. The quilts were amazing knowing the kids will be wrapped in warmth, love, and Scripture is all we need as parents when they leave the nest. Jennifer Tschida


+ Dear Pastor Mary Ann and Pastor Mark, Thank you for letting me have a box at church to collect items for my school project, Operation Military Kids. Thank you, Monique Addison, 3rd grade Alden-Hebron School


+ Dear Immanuel Lutheran Church, Thank you for helping my service learning group project with your donation to Operation Military Kids. It will reconnect many military families. We met our goal of creating 40 packs! We appreciate your help. Sincerely, Monique Addison and her 3rd Grade Service Learning Group, Alden- Hebron Elementary


+ Dear Cookie Ministry, Thank you very much for the delicious plate of cookies. What a treat! Kathy and I are enjoying them. Love, Jeanne Kuttnauer and Kathy Dalin


+ Special thanks to Jaime Ivan for her fabulous job substituting on piano on Sunday May 19th! I was able on short notice to participate in a 10 year old baseball tournament. Thanks to Jaime for swiftly preparing and doing a super job! Thanks to the pastors, and entire Praise Team, for being flexible and considerate of my impromptu absence! John Ivan


+ Dear Friends at Immanuel, Thanks so much for the greeting card. It is nice to know someone is thinking of me and praying for me. How can I lose?? The cards are a reminder for me to say a prayer for all the people who are involved in the mailing of all the lovely cards. Sincerely Yours, Madgel Schluga  


+ I would like to thank Mrs. Wahlstedt and the Immanuel Quilters for the graduation quilt they made for me.  It means a lot that someone put that much time and effort into something for me.  John Guske


+Thank you to Rich, Linda and crew, What a good job the group did on our yard clean-up. Can't express how much we appreciate the help/ God Bless you all, Doc and Lila DeVries


+ To my Immanuel Friends and Family - How can I begin to express my thankfulness for the warm hearts and loving concerns that has radiated out through your beautifully versed cards, your loving eager hugs and concerned calls. I have felt enveloped in the Holy Spirits embrace and at Peace with the knowledge that my mother, Bernice Fry is now safe and healed in Jesus' arms. Love to you all. Your sister in Christ, Trish Fry-Misener


+ Thank you to Hawk for setting up tables and chairs for the Albert Hinzpeter's funeral. Also, thanks to the Ladies of Immanuel for the wonderful luncheon to honor Albert. Joyce Kane.


+ Thanks to everyone for your support of the Tuscan Fundraiser for the Mission Trip. We raised over $1000 - A huge support and quite a crowd! What a blessing!


+ I would like to thank everyone for their help with both food and monetary donations to the Lake Geneva Emergency Food Pantry. We couldn't do our part without your help. Jean Benedict, President



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