Immanuel Lutheran Church

Immanuel eNewsletter

August, 2013

Annual Church Picnic!

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Discipleship News
Children's News
3:16 Middle School Youth Group
CHAOS High School Youth Group
Fellowship & Meetings
Worship with Us!    
Picnic 2013




Immanuel Lutheran's Annual Picnic


Sunday, August 11th

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Mona and Scot Hodkiewicz's farm

East on Townline Road, Lake Geneva (watch for Immanuel signs)


Come join in the fun!


Beach with Lifeguard (bring sand toys)

Fishing, paddle boat, canoe

Volleyball, bocci ball, bean bag toss

Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and beverages provided


Don't forget to  bring a dish to pass, swim suit, towel, sunscreen  and chair and/or blanket.


Please sign up for the Picnic on the pink sheets in church, the clipboard or call the church office, 248-4211.


We will need a final count to order the burgers and hot dogs.




"Worship on the Water"


The community is invited to a mid-summer "Worship on the Water" sponsored by Anchor Covenant and Immanuel Lutheran Churches of Lake Geneva. Join us on the Lady of the Lake on Wednesday, July 24 from 6:30 pm-7:30 pm. Worship will be spirited and informal, with an uplifting Praise Band from both congregations, and a special message for all. Area families, tourists, and church members are all welcome. Thanks to the generosity of Gage Marine, there is no cost for the evening. A reservation is essential due to space restrictions on the boat. Please call 248-4211 if you plan to attend, so your name can be included on the list of attendees. Invite a friend!




The Jubilate choir meets on Wednesday nights from 6:45PM-8:00PM. Note: There are NO rehearsals July 24 or July 31 due to "Worship on the Water" and VBC. Summer rehearsals include learning new music, and preparing for fall and Christmas. New members are always encouraged to attend! We are simultaneously rehearsing several anthems for future events. This would be a wonderful time to join! Contact John Ivan if you have any questions @


Youth Praise Team


The Youth Praise team is meeting during the day while on summer vacation. If you are a teen that is interested in joining or helping out, please contact John Ivan at or (262) 620-2349 to coordinate your schedule. Immanuel's Youth Praise Team provides teens in 6th through 12th grade with a way to connect with God through fresh, dynamic worship music. ALL teens are encouraged to join this progressive ministry intended to inspire our next generation!


Praise Team


The Praise Team meets from 8:00PM-9:00PM on Wednesday nights for weekly rehearsals. The team leads contemporary worship music and introduces fresh new music-often at two services. Thanks be to God for their faithful service! If you play an instrument, sing, or have technological interests, contact John Ivan at for more information.


Media Specialists


The media team utilizes modern technology during every worship service throughout the year. We are so grateful for their incredible devotion and humble hearts. Positions include controlling the computer, managing the sound board, and operating live video during worship. The team is currently training new people and would love some extra help! Contact John Ivan at




Men's Breakfast and Bible Study


Men are all welcome on Saturday, August 24th at 7:30 a.m. to gather at church for a delicious breakfast, and good 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.


New Members Discovery Class

A New Members Discovery Class will meet on Thursday, August 22th at 6:00 p.m. at church. 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.





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. We provide "Busy Bags" and "Grams" to help our older children stay focused during worship.


Trip to Medieval Times


As a preview to Bible Camp, join us for a royally fun trip to Medieval Times! We are planning our journey to the kingdom on July 26th. The trip includes a two-hour matinee and lunch. There will be horsemanship, jousting, knights, kings, and queens! Medieval Times is located in Schaumburg, Illinois. The show starts at 11 a.m., with doors opening at 10 a.m. The cost is $28.92 with tax, a huge savings over the $60+ normal price. Payments need to be at the church office by Tuesday, July 16th. Cash or checks made out to Immanuel would be great. For more information, contact Brianna at 248-4211. Thanks!


Vacation Bible Camp


Immanuel Lutheran and Anchor Covenant Churchs' 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!


Vacation Bible Camp Singers


Our Bible Camp Kids will sing at all 3 services on Sunday, August 4! Come hear them!


Vacation Bible Camp Needs


VBC is such an exciting event for the kids in our community. We need money donations for paint and duct tape. We also need large refrigerator boxes, pink insulation board, 4 x 8 sheets, a bag of concrete, pvc pipe, fake silk trees. We will have small projects to work on and need to set-up on Sunday, July 28th if you can volunteer. Contact Sara Wahlstedt at 262-203-0782.


Vacation Bible Camp needs 1" flat washers and 22" gauge wire. These things are parts of a balancing toy the kids will be making. Marbles regular size (not the big shooters) If you have any of these things and would be willing to donate them we would really appreciate it.  They can be left at the church office. Thanks, Carol Smith 


Vacation Bible Camp Donations


Throughout the week of VBC, we are in need of milk and desserts (without nuts please) for the kids. Starting July 28th, you can bring milk and deserts throughout the week. We also need pizza or donations for pizza for those people helping set-up VBC on Sunday, July 28th after the 3rd service. Please consider donating for this exciting children's event.


Back to School Clothes and Supplies


Mark your calendars for the back to school clothes and supplies for kids on August 17th from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Gently used clean children's clothing available for $.25 per item. All proceeds go to Side by Side. Donations of clothing and school supplies are greatly appreciated! Drop off clothes and school supplies in the lower level, outside of the nursery July 21st - August 16th. SIGN UP TO HELP ON THE WORSHIP CARD.





Lake Geneva Walk


Join us for a short lake walk on Sunday, July 21st at 1:00pm! We will meet by the library at the start and finish. Spend a couple of hours enjoying the beautiful lake path with your friends!


Mums Sale


The 9th grade Confirmands will be selling mums again this year! Please make sure to PRE-ORDER so you have your first pick of the plants! Look for pre-order slips in your bulletins - we are using the same vendor as the last few years, and the mum are always beautiful & huge! Please note on your order sheet if you are ordering on behalf of one of our confirmands. Each mum is $10. Pick up will be in mid-September.


9th Grade Confirmation Retreat at Lutherdale


Mark your calendars!  We will have a Confirmation Retreat at Lutherdale in Elkhorn on October 4-6 - All Confirmands are expected to attend. Please meet in the Lutherdale parking lot on Friday, October 4th at 6:00 p.m. to unload and start our activities! Pick up is at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 6th. All meals will be covered for the weekend. Confirmands will spend the weekend engaging in team building activities, participating in the high and low ropes courses, and writing faith statements in preparation for their Confirmation. A $40 deposit will be due in late August & final balances will be due on September 29th. To offset your remaining cost of the retreat, you may pre-sell mums to friends and family and volunteer to work drop-off/pick-up days.


Confirmation Sunday


Confirmation Sunday is scheduled for October 20th. Be sure to invite friends and family as you celebrate this important milestone in your faith! The rehearsal date and time for Confirmation is yet to be set. Please stay tuned for more information.


Opportunity for Adults to Help with Sunday Morning Classes


If you are an adult interested in helping with Sunday morning classes, please contact Sami at - Our group meets during the 9:45am service throughout the school year for a deeper study of the Bible. We always have a lot of fun and great discussion!






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


Summer is in full swing and we want everyone to enjoy some much needed family time.  With this in mind, we will not be meeting for the next few weeks.  Watch for more information coming soon.
PARENTS:  We want to hear from you.  We want your input on what you want to see from the high school youth group.  We will be having an informational meeting for parents of all 2013-2014 high school students.  Please join us at church on Monday, August 5th at 7:00 pm.


Facebook: Immanuel Lutheran YouthGroup

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


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

New York Mission Team

We are so proud of the individuals on the New York Mission Team. God has called these individuals to work on rebuilding projects on a stretch of Long Beach in New York. The Mission Team adults include: David Austin, Melanie Davenport, Bryan Erskine, Trish Fry-Misener, John Gardiner, Jeri Gaugert, Dan and Karrie Gibson, Sue Gifford, Terri Guske, Cynthia Hibbard, Scot Hodkiwicz, Rich Howes, Kris Keyer-Longhorn, Linda and Rich McWherter, Ryan Milligan, Chris Nelson, Catrina Pfaff, Bob and Jill Rosenthal. The Mission Team Teenagers include: Carly Bakken, Amanda Danno, Sarah Fields, Laura Flynn, Kyle Foulke, Adrianna Fueredi, Katie Hickey, Evan and Nathan Gibson, B rock Grahler, Maggie and Thomas Guske, Alexa and Victoria Hodkiewicz, Micaela and Trey Howes, Josie Longhorn, Justin Nelson, Adam Newell, Mickayla Tschida, Nee Dow Too and Anthony Warnecke.


The Starfish Project


A "Welcome Back Fundraiser for the Starfish Project will be held at Simple Restaurant in Lake Geneva on Tuesday, August 6 from 6:00-8:00 PM. Kai Hovden and Spencer Hartz have joined with a third friend to launch the Starfish Project. They are traveling 5000 miles across the country, stopping at 8 different charities - like the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center where people with disabilities are able to participate in outdoor activities like skiing and high-ropes courses, the Midnight Mission on Skid Row in Los Angeles, and 6 other charities that are making a huge contribution to the world. The team will learn about and work with each incredibly inspiring organization they visit. Then they will create a documentary out of their experiences. Their homecoming fundraiser tickets are $10, and all proceeds go to the Starfish Project. Tickets are available in the church office.
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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, Ed Dee, Cyndi Dietze, Ruth Feld, Al Foldy, Shane Foraker, Dr. George Fueredi, Phil Giese, Theresa Giese, Sally Goetsch, Alfred Gruber, Anne Heck, Bill Huml, Jason Kazinski, Deb Kopek, Lynn McAdams, Nick Palozzolo, Kathy Paquette, Dr. Linda Peterson, Trudy Rauch, Marve Saltzmann, Patty Campbell - Schmidt, Hunter Schwab, Barb Searle, Marty Smith, Peter Stein, Monika Swing, Bonnie Tiso, Ed Thiel, Pete Thompson, Marie Voss, Sara Wahlstedt, Rick Walters, Barb Whitney, Sharyl Wilkins, Linsey Young.


In Hospice Care


Lawrence Norem


Health and Strength


Katie Alder, Mary Anderson, Thomas Anderson, Brian Belot, Stephanie Bickers, Bill Binn Sr., Ed & Catherine Blechner, Hope Block, Chris Bollwahn, Nancy Bollweg, Mike Braam, Mary Brandt, Brian Britnall, Jesse Brugger, Jeremy Bruton, George Bureca, Mike Bureca, Stacey Carlson, Danielle Cloutier, Loretta Combs, Joan Cook, Dale Czarnecki, Kendal Danna, Collin Dunford, Brenda Elliot, Susie Fleischer, Alan Foraker, Shane Foraker, Rodney Fry, Debra Geils, Lorraine Hanneman, Zachary Harrod, Erik Heinz, Michelle Hensky, Jonathan Hibbard, Ruth Hinzpeter, Doug Hitz, Arlene Huber, Bob Hummel, William Hundsrucker, Mark Ingbretson,Marilyn Johnson, Linda Jurica, Georgia Kaspery, Johnalee Kawalec, JoAnn Koch, Jeff Kohl, Becky Kohlman, Sarah Kresch, Jarek Kunz, Tom Kuttnauer, Mildred Kwiatkowski,Barb Lathrop, Ida Lavin, Don Ledenbach, Jean Ledenbach, JoAnn Lindner, Karen Mahoney, Ryan Mayfield, Scott Melancon, Les Meusling, Jim Michalek, Ray Michalski, Larry Moe, Karen Mahoney, Gracie Milligan, Tom Mol, Yvonne Mol, Carrie Novak, Ray Otto,Patricia Owen, Jerry Polek, Lydia Polek, Diane Purcell, Ed Robers, Rick Ruby, Jackie S., Gesine Schmidt, Madgel Schluga, George Somerville, Ken Somerville, Vivian Spanjer, K. Sprinkleman, Eric Sundstrom, Ed Thiel, Hayden Tipps, Sebastian Townsend, Gordon Van Heel,Wayne Vorpagel, Scott Vorpagel, Chuck Webster, Shelly Weis, Valarie Weyrauch.


Awaiting / Recovering from Surgery


Betty Aguirre, Karen Baumgartner, Carol Bice, George Bielawa,Barb Carstensen, Shelly Cruz, Judy Guy, Joyce Haan, Eric Hackbarth, Mark Herick, Bill Hollister, Ruth Johnson, Patrick Jonas, Ellen Kalbas, Ida Lavin, Ron Lavin, Bernadine Livingston Krueger, Jeanne Madaus, Craig Middleton, Nick Moehling, Pastor Mary Ann Moller-Gunderson, Jim Petranek, Steven S., Joyce Schroeder, Sandy Tonn, Elaine Vorpagel, Suzanne Walker.





+ Miriam Eggum, mother of Karen Wells Penfield, died to Christ on July 2nd.


+ Kenneth Krebs, grandfather of Matt Molyock, died to Christ on June 26th.


+ Arlene Nelson, mother of Naomi Zeinert, died to Christ on July 15.



Serving on the Mission Field


Zach Harrod, Jenn and Jason Byers, Karen Flowers, Chris and Irene Okuna




+ Congratulations to John Ivan who coached Adam McQuestion's baseball team all the way to the grand championship.


+ Congratulations to Jennifer Plitzuweit on getting her WI Professional Educator License, grades 7-11 and landing a new job after many years of prayer and hope.


+ Congratulations to Carol Warner on getting her new job!


+ Congratulations to Joelle Dahlgren, Cora Ficklen, Kelsie Kuehl, Kalen Kramp, Kylie Kramp and Jacob Bolton who received their First Communion.


+ Congratulations to Rita Noble who celebrated her 75th birthday on July 8th.


+Congratulations to Don and Mickey Tolar who celebrated their 65th Anniversary on July 10th.


+ Congratulations to Pat Morrissey on celebrating her 91st birthday.


+ Congratulations to Erin Effenheim and Tim Wester, engaged on June 20th.


+Congratulations to Russ Carstensen who is retiring in August.


+ Congratulations to Blanche Schulz celebrating her 90th Birthday!



Weddings/ Marriages


+ Congratulations to Maria Moller-Gunderson and Dustin Dean who were married on June 29th at Immanuel.


+ Congratulations to Kristy Johnson and Aaron Lauzon who will be married on August 4th.


+ Congratulations to Taylor Keenan and Sebastian Townsend who will be married on August 10th.


+ Congratulations to Jeff Zukowski and Megan Phillips who will be married on August 31st.




+ Congratulations to Ryan and Laurie Romanowski on the birth of their son, Elliott Ryan Romanowski, born on June 3rd.


+ Congratulations to Ashley and Travis Alexander, on the birth of their son, Aiden Nolan Alexander, born on June 7th. Tony and Cheryl Miu are the proud grandparents of Aiden.


+ Congratulations to Betsy and Nick on the birth of their daughter, Madalyn Mae Moehling, born on June 21st. Glen & Cindy Moehling are the proud grandparents of Madalyn.


+ Congratulations to Brae & Trygve Kittelson on the birth of their daughter, Lydia Alaina Kittelson, born on July 5th.




+ Congratulations to Dean and Odella Nelson on the baptism of their great granddaughter, Tamera Dawn Munoz, June 9th.  


+ Congratulationsto Eric and Kristen Goetsch on the baptism of their son, Parker James Stewart Goetsch, June 16. Parker is the grandson of Sally and Dave Goetsch.


Expecting a Child!
Mandi Fisher, Kate Ketterhagen, Moly Polyock
New Members
Tim Wester, Erin Effenheim, Jake Effenheim
1036 Pleasant Street
Lake Geneva, WI  53147
Cheryl Martin
1161 Savannah Court
Lake Geneva, WI  53147


Meals on Wheels Volunteers Needed


We are looking for volunteers to substitute or help with Meals on Wheels. Please contact Pauline Malsch at 262-248-6050


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


Materials Needed for Quilters


Wanted - Any old, clean, used sheets and unused cotton fabric, thread and money for supplies. Please contact Bea Sutton.


Card Ministry


Our Card Ministry will gather on Thursday, August 15th 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, age 18 and up. They will receive free Alzheimer's and activity training. The program runs from 9:30a.m.-3:30p.m, MWF. 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 Fundraiser


The Side By Side Fundraiser will be Tuesday, July 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. Tickets are available between worship services up to the event. Contact Judy/Steve Guy at 245-8898 or


Side By Side Screening

Side By Side screening is the 3rd Tuesday of each month, August 20th, 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.


Side By Side Wine Tasting Fundraiser


There will be a Wine Tasting Fundraiser for Side By Side on August 26th, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Studio Winery, 401 Sheridan Springs Road, Lake Geneva, $10/ person. 262-348-9100.

Health Newsletter

"For God bought you at a great price. So use every part of your body to give glory back to God, because he owns it."     1 Corinthians 6:20


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

Blood Pressure Checks

Immanuel will have blood pressure checks on the 3nd Sunday of the month (July 21st). The blood pressure checks will be held in Pastor Mark's office.


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.

Zach Harrod

Zach Harrod continues to work in Prague, Czech with plans to launch a new church. If you would like to send a donation to his ministry, make your checks out to TEAM with Zach's name in the memo line and account number 011176 and send it to his organization.

The address:   TEAM, PO Box 969, Wheaton, IL 90167

Thank you for your support over the past years and thank you for being so supportive with this move/switch. Zach Harrod

27th Annual Lutherdale Quilt Auction


The Quilt Auction is Saturday, August 10th, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Lutherdale. Fresh baked goods, fall mums, and garden produce for sale. Pontoon rides on the lake are available all day. Silent auction with theme baskets. Crafts and Odds & ends tents.


Day Camp Fest at Lutherdale


Day Camp Fest is Saturday, August 10th, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Fun filled schedule includes: climbing tower, swimming, arts & crafts, s'mores and more! Only $25 per child. Lutherdale Ministries, N7891 US Hwy 12, Elkhorn, WI 53121, 262-742-2352


Quilting Bee
Our Quilting Bees will take place on the third Monday of each month (August 19th). 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 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:

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


Immanuel Ladies Luncheon


Please join the ladies of Immanuel for lunch at Next Door Pub on August 7th at noon.  We would love to have you join us and bring a friend if you would like.  Please let Toni Jooss ( or Lorraine Schober know if you can come.


Women of Faith Conference


The Women of Faith Conference is September 27-28 at the BHO Harris Bradley Center, 1001 North 4th Street. Milwaukee, WI 53203. Join us for the "Believe God Can Do Anything" 2013 Tour. Register by June 30th to save $10 with the Early Bird Discount earlybird13 @

Call Judy Guy at 245-8898 if you are interested in going. We would like to get a big group to go to this event.


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.


Looking for Work


Florence Okwi, Sue Gifford's exchange student sister, is looking for work. She is willing to do cleaning, gardening, child care, etc. in exchange for cash. Call Sue if you can help her out. 262-949-3682.


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,

(August 16th) 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 (August 15th) in the Junker Lounge from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.


Sailing Lessons


Pastor Mark is offering free sailing lessons for youth or adults who are interested in learning how to sail. No experience necessary. The available dates are August 8 and 22, depending on wind conditions. Call the church office if you are interested.


Church Council Meeting


The Church Council and Staff Outing will be Tuesday, August 20th at 5:30 p.m. at the Pastor's home. Please bring a dish to pass. Families are welcome! R.S.V.P. Brenda at 262-248-4211 or email at with the number of people attending and the dish you will bring.




New Building Update 


The pace of construction for our new building is now accelerating. During the week of July 15-19, the steel superstructure is being put in place and concrete is being poured for the floors. The weather has cooperated, so great strides are being made. Thanks be to God! You can visit the site, as long as you stay outside the safety fences. If you can't make it, we'll provide updated pictures every week during worship and on our website. Please continue praying for the health and safety of all the workers.


Volunteers will soon be needed to help with daily clean up, landscaping, painting, and other chores. Please call the church office if you can help.


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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!






+ Mission Trip Thank You:


Thank you so much to all who have donated for our July mission trip to help Hurricane Sandy victims in New York!   By your donation, you are coming along with us in spirit and have helped immensely to raise the funds needed to get there.  Special thanks to Charlie Vaughn, of Vaughn & Bushnell in Hebron, IL, for once again donating a huge box of hammers; to Lake Geneva Comfort Suites for getting us a special rate on the hotel for our bus driver; to the amazing quilters who are sending us with beautiful quilts to give to the victims of the hurricane that have lost everything; to Stacy Smith for donating all of the proceeds from the sale of her  Wildtree products; to the Tuscan Restaurant for a delicious fundraiser meal; to Papa Murphy's for donating 20% of their proceeds for one day; to all the people who had yard work or cleaning to do and so generously donated; to those who have just donated money through buying "bricks" to pave our way; to the anonymous donors; to anyone we may have are all incredible and so generous.  Thank you to all of you who have been lifting us up in prayer as we plan, organize and finalize the details of our trip.  Please continue to pray for our safety, that we can make a difference by sharing God's love and the rebuilding of homes.   Thank you again from your 2013 New York Mission Team! 


+ Thank you to Steve Rote for cutting grass near our new building during construction.


+ Jubilate, another fabulous job on an electrifying and inspirational anthem, "Great is the Lord", on June 23rd! The song and your singing were SO uplifting! The arrangement with vibrant chords and a ton of energy matched the message that our Lord is Great! Thanks for singing at ALL three services-I had some people specifically go out of their way to notice your sacrifice and encourage us for offering at all three! The recording really sounds great! Please enjoy and watch here:


+ Special thanks to Raya Hickey for leading and singing "God Bless America" on July 7th to honor our country's birthday! Her robust singing and innate talent inspired us ALL to wave our flags and join together in singing.

+ Thanks to Brenda Follensbee for leading and singing "Love the Lord" on July 14th at all three worship services. It was a fun, collaborative, and inspiring song that reinforced the lesson of the day. Not only do we LOVE your voice, but your gestures were engaging and a great addition! Thanks for sharing and teaching us all a new, exciting song!


+ Special thanks to the Praise Team for introducing the new song, "Where I Belong" on June 30th. We are blessed weekly by your music ministry, and especially appreciate learning new music to keep worship fresh and alive with the Spirit. Thanks for your hard work year-round and for the dedication to the TEAM!  


+ Dear Quilters, thank you all so much for the beautiful quilt! I love it so much! I can't wait to use it up in Madison this winter! God bless you all, Atlanta Tschida


+ What a beautiful send off to the graduates. Way to wrap them in love! thank you so much! Love to you all. The Tschida Family - Dan, Jennifer, Atlanta & Mickayla


+ Church has always felt like a second home to me. What a loving, caring and joyful atmosphere; church has made me feel comfortable and safe. I'm so thankful for your generous contribution of the quilt that I will be taking up to college next fall. The blanket will be a reminder of the unconditional love from my home town. The quilt will also be a reminder of how no matter where I am, I also need to have faith and love in God. Thank you so much for the blanket, it means so much to me and will help me through next year. Thanks! Tristan Sproul


+ Thank you for the beautiful handmade lap blanket from the church ladies. I truly cherish it. Trudy Schmitz


+Thank you to Cindy Twist for your gift of helping with Coffee Hour over the years.




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