Immanuel Lutheran Church

Immanuel eNewsletter

September, 2013

School Begins!

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

Sunday School Rally Day 2013



Sunday School Rally Day



Mark your calendars for Sunday School Rally Day! This year's Rally Day is on Sunday, September 8th. We invite all children Preschool through 5th Grade to join us as we meet our teachers and make an ice cream treat! Sunday School is held every Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. We welcome volunteers to help teach God's Word.   







The Jubilate choir meets Wednesday nights from 6:45PM-8:00PM. We are launching the exciting fall season of music including anthems for Rally day, Reformation, All Saints, Music Recognition, Christ the King, Christmas, and perhaps some others! This time of year is ALWAYS thrilling, but especially exhilarating as we transition to the new building late autumn! Music will certainly be a means for celebration! New members are always encouraged to attend and warmly welcomed! Rehearsal CD's are available for easy learning.


Youth Praise Team


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! Contact John Ivan via email at or cell 262-620-2349 to coordinate schedules if interested.


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.


Bells of Immanuel


The Bells of Immanuel will resume weekly rehearsals starting Sunday September 8. Rehearsals are Sunday mornings from 9:00AM-10:00AM upstairs. Director Ellen Hanson has exciting anthems to teach that require ALL different skill levels. The Bells are open to ALL and encourage newcomers, especially during the launch of the season. For more info contact Ellen Hanson at  


Healing Service September 22nd 


Join us Sunday, September 22 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, receive prayer for yourself or someone you love, and receive support from other Christians. Worship will also include a riveting anthem by Jubilate!


Music Recognition Sunday October 6th


Music Recognition Sunday is slated for October 6th at all three services! Worship includes special music by several ensembles, blessing of musicians, and recognizing them for their dedication to this ministry year-round. Martin Luther said, "Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise. The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through Music." Come rejoice with us all!


Christmas Cantata Rehearsals Begin


Deck the Halls! Mark your calendars early for the annual Christmas cantata presentation. The cantata/musical is slated for Sunday December 15th at all three services. Vocalists' will begin rehearsals on Wednesday September 25th and coincide with Jubilate on Wednesday evenings at 6:45PM. We warmly welcome ALL musicians to participate in this fabulous event. Rehearsal CD's will be handed out to aid learning. Contact John Ivan for more info at


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 running the computer, managing the sound board, and operating live video. The team is 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, September 21st at 7:30 a.m. to gather at church for a delicious breakfast, and 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.


All Church Bible Study


We're ready to launch a new all-church Small Group Bible Study the week of September 8th. Check out "Becoming Who God Says You Are". Watch for the flyer in the bulletin! The Study is 5 weeks long and is outstanding material!





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.


Sunday School Rally Day!


Mark your calendars for Sunday School Rally Day! This year's Rally Day is on Sunday, September 8th. We invite all children Preschool through 5th Grade to join us as we meet our teachers and make an ice cream treat! Sunday School is held every Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. We welcome volunteers to help teach God's Word. Please sign-up on the worship card if you can help.


Just For Kids


"Just for Kids" Before and After-School Program will begin a new year on September 3rd! Our School Age Daycare Program is open to all children ages 4K through 5th Grade. The program will start at our current location, and then move to our new church home! Our Before School Program runs from 6:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. bus pickup, while our After-School Program starts with a 3:45 p.m. bus drop off, with a pick up time anytime up to 6:00 p.m. The cost for this program is $4.50/hr and includes a snack or breakfast.





Mums Sale


The 9th grade Confirmands will be selling mums again this year! Please PRE-ORDER on the form in the bulletin so you have your first pick of the plants! The mum are always beautiful & huge! Each mum is $10. Pick up will be in mid-September.


Confirmation Info Meeting


All 9th grade Confirmands and parents, need to attend the meeting on Monday, September 9th at 6:30pm. We will cover lots of information on Confirmation Sunday, the Lutherdale Retreat, and the mum sale. Thanks!


Middle School Leaders


Middle School Leaders join us on August 27, 6:30 p.m. to strategize about the coming year. If you want to help with our Middle School Ministry please consider yourself invited.


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.


6th - 8th Grade


All 6th-8th grade students and parents, please come for an Orientation Meeting on Wednesday, September 4th at 6:30 pm. We will cover a lot of important information on the upcoming year, as well as confirmation major events. I am looking forward to another great year with the 3:16 Youth Group! - Sami Moehling


Our first Sunday class will be held on September 8th from 9:45-10:45am. Our first Wednesday night Youth Group will be September 11th from 6:30-8:00pm. All Middle School students and friends are welcome to attend!







C.H.A.O.S. High School Youth Group Kick-Off


All High School Youth are invited to an overnight extravaganza at Lutherdale Bible Camp on Saturday, September 7 at 3:00 p.m. to Sunday, September 8 at 12:00 p.m. To register, sign-up by the church office or email: Bring your friends! We will also brainstorm about weekly gatherings, mission trip info & other great ideas!


If you're interested in helping out with the C.H.A.O.S. Youth Group, please contact Jenni or Eric at or by calling 262-742-3180.


Facebook: Immanuel Lutheran YouthGroup

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

262-215-8020 (Catrina Pfaff or Bryan Erskine)


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

Anchor Covenant / Immanuel Blood Drive

The Anchor Covenant / Immanuel Blood Drive is Thursday, September 5th, 1:30-6:30 p.m. at Immanuel. Contact Susan Krinn at 262-245-5579 if you would like to donate or volunteer for this event, or make an appointment online at Appointments encouraged, walk-ins welcome.


Meals on Wheels Volunteers Needed


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


Paddle or Walk Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse


The Paddle or Walk Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse Fundraiser is Sunday, August 25th, 7:00 - 11:00 a.m. The entrance fee is $35 which includes registration, prize for top poker hands and a continental breakfast. Register at or download a form at Check-in at Wesley Woods Conference Center, 250 Stam Street, Williams Bay. All proceeds go to support the mission of APFV. For more information, call 262-723-4653.


Support Groups for Middle and High School Boys


The Association for the Prevention of Family Violence, an agency that supports survivors of domestic and sexual violence, offers a 12 week support group to middle school boys and high school boys who are interested in learning about healthy relationships. The middle school boys group meets on Tuesdays for 12 weeks, beginning August 27th. The high school boys group meets on Wednesdays for 12 weeks, beginning August 28th. Contact Taume Kohl, Child/Teen Advocate at 262-723-4653 or


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rock, Walworth and Jefferson Counties


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rock, Walworth and Jefferson Counties is gearing up to host their 9th Annual Golf For Kids playday, scheduled for Thursday, September 19th at Koshkonong Mounds Country Club / Fort Atkinson. Over the past 8 years, over $55,000 has been raised for youth mentoring programs in southern Wisconsin...thanks to the wonderful support from area businesses, golfers and community members! To register or see more details go to Fort_Golf_For_Kids_Registration_2013 d on the web.


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). 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.


Cookie Ministry


Cookie Ministry's summer break will soon be over. In the past, cookie ministry has started back up again in September. I wanted to let you all know that I have very much enjoyed being a part of cookie ministry. However, I will be moving on to other ministries this year, and, therefore, will not be in cookie ministry. I am hoping someone will feel called to lead this wonderful ministry from here forward. If you feel that you are interested in leading cookie ministry, please let me know. I have some supplies that I will need to pass on. Thanks for being such a wonderful group of women over the years. You are all so generous with your time and baking talents!  And thanks to the husbands and fathers who have helped bring the cookies in to church. I've enjoyed talking with them, and hope you will thank them for me.

Blessings and peace, Rhonda Ganansky.


Many thanks to Rhonda for leading this incredibly touching ministry of encouragement! If you feel the Spirit prompting you to lead this ministry, call Pastor Mary Ann at 262-215-3177.

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Serving in the Military


John Allison, Chris Bollwahn, Jimmy Flores, Don Gundlach, Erik Heinz, Mark Ingbretson, Sgt. Zachary Knud Klingberg, Thomas Migut, Alex Novak, Tim Sireno, Andy Sireno, Daniel Tschida.


Battling Cancer


Betty Aguirre, 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, Alfred Gruber, Anne Heck, Bill Huml, Deiter Jensch, Jason Kazinski, Deb Kopek, Lynn McAdams, Nick Palozzolo, Kathy Paquette, Magnus Randar, Trudy Rauch, Marve Saltzmann, Patty Campbell - Schmidt, Hunter Schwab, Barb Searle, Marty Smith, Peter Stein, Monika Swing, Mary Teel, 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, Stacey Carlson, Andrea Christian, Danielle Cloutier, Loretta Combs, Joan Cook, Dale Czarnecki, Kendal Danna, Collin Dunford, Brenda Elliot, Susie Fleischer, Shane Foraker, Lisa Frick, Rodney Fry, Debra Geils, Lorraine Hanneman, Zachary Harrod, Erik Heinz, Michelle Hensky, Cynthia Hibbard, Jonathan Hibbard, Doug Hitz, Arlene Huber, Bill Hummel, William Hundsrucker, Mark Ingbretson,Linda Jurica, Mark Justison, Georgia Kaspery, Johnalee Kawalec, JoAnn Koch, Becky Kohlman, Sarah Kresch, Jarek Kunz, Tom Kuttnauer, Mildred Kwiatkowski,Barb Lathrop, Gary Lechner, Don Ledenbach, Jean Ledenbach, JoAnn Lindner, Karen Mahoney, Ryan Mayfield, Les Meusling, Jim Michalek, Edie Michelson, Ray Michalski, Larry Moe, Karen Mahoney, Larry Miller, Tom Mol, Yvonne Mol, Carrie Novak, Ray Otto,Patricia Owen, Joan Parsons, Jerry Polek, Lydia Polek, Diane Purcell, Jackie S., Gesine Schmidt, Madgel Schluga, George Somerville, Ken Somerville, Vivian Spanjer, K. Sprinkleman, Eric Sundstrom, Mary Teel, Ed Thiel, Hayden Tipps, Paw Too, Gordon Van Heel,Wayne Vorpagel, Scott Vorpagel, Craig Wahlstedt, Chuck Webster, Shelly Weis, Valarie Weyrauch.


Awaiting / Recovering from Surgery


Carol Bice, George Bielawa,Tammie Carstensen, Shelley Cruz, Jeri Gaugert, Judy Guy, Joyce Haan, Doug Harrod, Mark Herick, Bill Hollister, Ruth Johnson, Patrick Jonas, Ellen Kalbas, Ida Lavin, Kyle Ligare, Bernadine Livingston Krueger, Ted Loster, Jeanne Madaus, Craig Middleton, Pastor Mary Ann Moller-Gunderson, Andrew Rizzo, Steven S., Joyce Schroeder, Elaine Vorpagel, Suzanne Walker.





+ Cousin of Carolyn Warfield, 97 year old Les Muesling, recently died to Christ.


+ Sharlene Ulwelling, friend of Nancy Alberty, died to Christ on July 26th.


+ Josie Price, mother of Heidi Schuessler, died to Christ on July 28th.


+ Lyle Vande Zande, uncle of Donna Hove, died to Christ on August 6th.


+ Polly Culp, mother of Kathy, died to Christ on August 9th.


+ Shelley Cruz at the loss of her sister, Julie Hernandez.


+ Naomi Zeinert at the loss of her Mother.


+ Melanie & Frank Davenport at the loss of a cousin, Allen Heimsoth, brother-in-law, Bob Cox, and Aunt Mildred, all in one week.


+ Karen Penfield - Wells at the loss of her mother, Miriam.


+ Debbie Carstensen at the loss of her mother, Dorothy Hansen.

+ Antony Jarvis at the loss of his mother, Mary Jarvis.


+ Sandy Boales at the loss of her friend, Bonnie Tiso.



Serving on the Mission Field


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





+ Po Po Too, Nee Dow Too & Po Too on becoming U.S. Citizens on July 23rd!


+ Congratulations to Matt Kuehl, coach, Amanda Kuehl, Olivia Deering, Courtney Oomens who took 3rd place in their Softball Tournament. They were 3rd out of 11 teams.


+ Congratulations to Cole Deering, Chase Hodkiewicz and Corbin Larkin whose team won the Championship game.


+ Congratulations to Catrina Pfaff on landing a new job as Special Education Paraprofessional for Lakewood Elementary in Twin Lakes.

Weddings/ Marriages



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




+ Congratulations to Chad and Jamie Vezina, on the birth of their daughter, Lucy Colleen Vezina, born on July 12th; granddaughter of George & Patti Steffen and great-granddaughter of Mickey Petranek.


+ Congratulations to Mallory and Mark Zukowski, on the birth of their daughter, Zoe Zahara Zukowski, born on July 29th.


+ Congratulations to Caroline and Jonathan Watkins, on the birth of their son, Nathan James Watkins, born on August 12th. Elise and George Zimmerman are the proud grandparents of Nathan.




+ Congratulations to Katie and D.J. Dunsker on the baptism of their daughter, Charlotte Marie Dunsker, on July 28th. Charlotte Marie is the great granddaughter of Muriel and Clarence Thompson.


+ Congratulations to Bryan Erskine on the baptism of his daughter, Teagan L. Erskine on July 28th.


+ Congratulations to Jerry Smudde on the baptism of his son, Nicholas James Smudde, on July 28th.


+ Congratulations to Ryan & Laurie Romanowski on the baptism of their son Elliott Ryan Romanowski on August 11th.


+ Congratulations to Trygve and Brae Kittelson on the baptism of their daughter, Lydia Alaina Kittelson, on August 18th.


+ Congratulations to Travis Alexander and Ashley Miu-Alexander on the baptism of their son, Aidan Nolan Alexander, on August 18th.


Expecting a Child!
Mandi Fisher, Kate Ketterhagen, Molly Polyock
New Members
Dennis & Evie Schulz  
N4054 Westwood Drive
Delavan, WI 53115
Jerry Smudde
1932 East Evergreen Terrace #4
Carbondale, IL 62901
New Addresses
APO AE 09355 

Marty and Carol Smith

930 Bonnie Brae Lane
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

John & Diane Button

129 S. Curtis St. #1112

Lake Geneva WI 53147


Tiffany and Jacob


122 Choors Lane

Twin Lakes, WI  53181




Card Ministry 


Our Card Ministry will gather on Thursday, September 19th 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, Programs

Adult Memory Care


A Day In Time Inc, Adult Memory Care Program is looking for caring volunteers, age 18 and up to help with several of their ministries. They will receive free Alzheimer's and activity training. This 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


Adult Group Activity Program


If you enjoy brightening someone's day,have a craft, skill or hobby you'd like to share with our participants, wish to help with clerical/computer operations or want to assist in our activity program, we could really use YOU!


Flexible shifts are available: Monday, Wednesday and Friday,

(9a.m.-12 p.m.) or (12- 3:30 p.m.) Please contact Cindy Lester.


A Day in Time Memory Keepers Plus


Memory Keepers Plus is designed 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.


A Day In Time Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group


Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group meets on the 3rd Friday of every month, (September 20th) 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the upper level of Immanuel Lutheran Church.


A Day In Time Memory Keepers Club


Keep your brain sharp through this monthly, interactive brain fitness club the 3rd Thursday of every month (September 19th) in Junker Lounge from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Side By Side Screening

Side By Side screeningis the 3rd Tuesday of each month, September 17th, 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


The Side BY Side Fundraiser is Monday, August 26th 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Studio Winery, 401 Sheridan Springs Road, Lake Geneva, (across from Next Door Pub) This fundraiser is for families in distress. There will be live music by our own John Ivan. Tickets are $10/ person, which includes choice of 5 wine tastings or 3 sodas or one beer. Cheese/sausage, chips/dips provided. Tickets available from Judy or Steve Guy, 245-8898, Tickets will also be sold in between services 8/25. Come and support a local new business and help out those in need in our community!

Health Newsletter

"Say to him: 'Long life to you! Good health to you and your household! And good health to all that is yours." 1 Samuel 25:6


In this month's health newsletter, Parish Nurse, Karen Stein, addresses Hypertension. Check out Karen's newsletter at and click on "September Health Newsletter". Copies are available at church.

Blood Pressure Checks

Immanuel will have blood pressure checks on the 3nd Sunday of the month (September 15th). The blood pressure checks will be held in Pastor Mark's office.


Missionaries Jason & Jenn Byers


Jason and Jenn have been called to launch indigenous churches in Thailand and have begun their language training. Please continue to pray for them in this new mission.



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 thanks for being so supportive with this change. Zach Harrod

Quilting Bee

Our Quilting Bees will take place on the third Monday of each month, 10:00 a.m. at Carol Morem's, W3262 Lake Forest Lane, Lake Geneva, (September 16th). No experience necessary! Come and help 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 is provides free primary medical care, education, and prescriptions to residents or those who work in Walworth County without health insurance after eligibility screening. Donations are needed. Call 262-379-1401 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 and laundry detergent. 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.

First Love International Ministry Trip


The First Love International Ministries Kenya Winter 2014 Ministry Trip is January 18 - February 2, 2014. You are invited to join this team focusing on Building Projects, Kids' Clubs, Medical & Dental Outreaches and Pastors and Wives Conference. Cost is approximately $3,650 per person, including airfare, lodging, food, land transportation, visa and a donation towards the cost of materials & supplies. If you are interested, pick up a form at church and mail it with a deposit of $250 to First Love International Ministries, PO Box 15836, Loves Park, IL 61132-5836. Email Tom Clinton at or call 815-222-8481 with any questions.



Immanuel Ladies Luncheon


Please join the Ladies of Immanuel for lunch at Pizza Hut on September 4th at noon. The luncheon includes salad, pizza, dessert for $5.95. Please RSVP Mickey Tolar at 248-0506. She needs to know if you are having the luncheon or just pizza.


Attention Bridge Players


Bridge Players! If you are interested in creating a foursome or two that would meet regularly - please contact Bernadine Livingston or Lou Krueger at 269-650-1244.


New Contact Information


If you have a new phone number or email, please send this information to or call the office at 248-4211 so your contact information can be up-dated in our system. Also if you eliminate your land line, please let us know.


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. Call Judy Guy at 245-8898 if you are interested in going.


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 date is August 22nd, depending on wind conditions. Call the church office if you are interested.


Church Council Meeting


The Church Council meets Tuesday, September 17th, 7:00 p.m. at church.




New Building Update 


Great progress continues to be made on our new building. Thanks be to God! The side walls are up on the administrative/classroom side and in the fellowship hall. Roof components are also being installed. The curbs go in the parking lot August 19-23. We are on schedule for completion in mid-November. Your contributions to the building appeal make this possible. Thanks for your generous support. Please keep the workers safety in your prayers, and members of the Building Team who are putting in long hours to steward this project to completion.


New Building 8/22/13



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!





+ Many Thanks to all the Fabulous Volunteers who made VBC a Royal Happening!!  The Kitchen Crew worked very hard to make sure all the children had a delicious dinner every night!  And All the leaders did a great job of teaching everyone about Staying Strong!!  Excellent Planning done by Brianna and her dedicated team!!!  My granddaughters loved going to Kingdom Rocks and hearing about God and seeing Chadder the Chipmunk!
Thanks again, Sandy Anselmo


+ Thank you to everyone for the prayers and cards you sent during my time of surgery and healing. Jean Madaus


 + Thank you to all our volunteers who made this year's Vacation Bible Camp, "Kingdom Rock", a huge success! We had 175 children registered this year, and had an amazing group of volunteers! We had a great week of games, songs, bible studies, crafts, and all of our campers learned that God helps us "Stand Strong".  Families helped us collect lots of schools supplies and clothing for our community sale. We also collected hundreds of dollars to help pay for Malaria Kits through the ELCA. Brianna Deering


+ Thank you to all the people who donated money, food, milk, and desserts. Our Immanuel Family really worked together to make this year's Vacation Bible Camp an amazing testament to God's Love! Brianna Deering


+ To All of the VBC Volunteers: A big thank you to everyone of you who took time out of their week and ministered to all the sweet children including our own Jacob. He absolutely loved it and we appreciate all that was done to make it such a success! I don't think many people know the countless hours put into this program. You are all a blessing! God Bless! Pete, Pam & Jacob Juergens


+ I want to thank the congregation for all the kind thoughts and prayers for my husband Peter. For the cookies, the phone calls and cards. Next to family, true friends like all of you at Immanuel are the most cherished gifts I've been given in life. God bless every one of you. Karen Stein


+ Special thanks to the Vacation Bible Camp singers for sharing their special songs at ALL three services on August 4th! We love seeing kids on "fire" for God! Big thanks to Jaime Ivan and Tess Bakken for teaching the kids all week and leading them on Sunday!


+ Thanks to Steve Norem for his robust and powerful solo on August 11th at all three services! He sang the classic hymn "The King of Love my Shepherd Is" like we have never heard it before! Thanks for sharing your precious gifts and talents with us! Listen to it here:


+ I would like to thank all members of your church for your thoughtful donations, both monetary and food. The summer months are very lean - all donations are very much appreciated. Thank you! Jean Benedict, President of the Lake Geneva Food Pantry


+ To: Long Beach Mission Team Members, It was such a crazy week but so meaningful and important to me and so many others here in Long Beach. Several of my Delaware Avenue neighbors have commented on the graciousness and generosity of your team. You have reminded us of the goodness in the world and have been a blessing to all in our community and we are beyond grateful not only for the work of your hands but for the spirit of love that you have brought to us. Love, Mary Ellen


+ What a wonderful and fun picnic.  Thank you to everyone who helped move chairs and tables and put up tents for the picnic: Dan and Jennifer Tschida for the use of your truck and trailer, Andy Smith - truck and trailer, David Jooss , Edward, Marissa and Megan Domalik, Dan Gibson, Edith & Dan Draper, Pastor Mark, Bruce Reek, Ron Follensbee.  Thank you to Maria and Jeff Halpin from Annie's Burger Town for donating buns, loaning us the tent and gas grill.  Thank you to Chef Rick Ruby for cooking.

Thanks to the Kloppstein's for the delicious corn on the cobb.  Thank you to Gary Parson for coordinating the parking.  Thank you to Mona and Scot Hodkiewicz for hosting our picnic.  Thanks to Glen Biller for lifeguarding our event. Thank you to Jess Jooss, Stacy Smith, Brenda Follensbee and Edith Draper for coordinating the picnic.  Thank you to the families who blew up ALL the water balloons.  Thank you to all who helped set and cleaned up.  Everyone's help is greatly appreciated.






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