Immanuel Lutheran Church

Immanuel eNewsletter

December, 2013

Merry Christmas!

In This Issue
Worship News
Discipleship News
Fellowship & Meetings
Worship with Us!    






Timeline for Move Into New Church Building!


Sunday, December 29th: Final Worship services in our current building. Caravan following 3rd service to new facility at 12:30 p.m.


Dec. 29 - Jan. 4: "Immanuel's Mighty Movers" spring into action! We need all the help we can get as we are handling the move as a congregation! Dec. 30, 9am - 3am; Dec. 31, 9am-Noon;

Jan. 2, 9am-3pm


Sunday, January 5th: Dedication and 1st Worship services in New Church Building!


Sunday, January 12th: Open House for the community, 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the New Church! Invite your friends!


Ribbon Needed for New Building Dedication


We are in need of 1/2 to 1 inch ribbon of all colors.  Please bring to the church office by December 2nd.  Thank you.


Wooden Cross / Thumbprints


Matt Schulz has made a beautiful wooden cross for our new church building. We want every member and participant at Immanuel to put their thumbprint and name on the cross. It will be in the back the church for the next month or so. Instructions are on the table. Thank you Matt for this amazing cross!


Thanksgiving Eve Service and Pie Fest is November 27th


Our Thanksgiving Eve Service is at 6:30 p.m. on November 27th. Note the earlier time so you don't get home too late. We welcome donations of canned goods for the local Food Pantries. A Pie Fest will follow worship. Bring your friends and family as we thank God for our freedom as Americans.


Annual Children's Christmas Parade December 7 at 5:00PM


Cheer on Immanuel's Praise Team on the streets of Lake Geneva December 7th as they herald our Savior's birth with live music on a moving float in the annual Christmas parade. If you are interested in walking along with the float (to pass out candy and flyers, and represent Immanuel) please call the church office or John Ivan. We are also in need of candy donations for the festive event!


Christmas Cantata December 15th


The Christmas cantata/musical is slated for Sunday December 15th at all three services. Be inspired by our musicians as they share the birth of Jesus through dynamic song and inspiring narration. Vocalists have begun rehearsals on Wednesdays at 6:45PM. Instrumental rehearsals will begin in November primarily on Sundays after the third service. If you play an instrument and would like to participate, please contact John Ivan. We warmly welcome ALL musicians (and other helpers) to join in this fabulous event. Dress rehearsal is Sat. Dec. 14 from 10:00AM-12:00AM and is strongly encouraged for participants to attend! Rehearsal CD's will be handed out to aid learning. The music includes a blend of traditional, contemporary, bells, and boasts a celebratory orchestra. Contact John Ivan for more info at


Youth Praise Team


Immanuel's Youth Praise Team meets on Wednesday evenings from 5:30PM-6:30PM. The group for teens 6th through 12th grade needs vocalists, instrumentalists, and other participants to expand this promising and vital ministry-especially as we transition into the new church. Parents, encourage your children to join and cultivate their growing musical talents. The youth will gain vital experience in church leadership and discover new ways to connect with God! Contact John Ivan via email at cell 262-620-2349.


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. If you play an instrument, love singing, or have technological interests, contact John Ivan at to see how you can participate.


Bells of Immanuel


The Bells of Immanuel rehearse on Sunday mornings from 9:00AM-10:00AM upstairs. Director Ellen Hanson has exciting anthems for people of ALL different skill levels. The Bells are open to ALL ages and encourage newcomers, especially at this time of season. For more info and to find out the ringing schedule contact Ellen Hanson 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


Attention Counters


Attention Counters: If you are interested in counting again for 2014, please write your name down under the time(s) you wish to count. The Counters sign-up sheet can be found on the counting table in the church office. We thank you for all your time throughout the year. YOU are a BIG help at such a timely job.





New Members Discovery Class


New Members Discovery Class meets Sunday, January 19th, 12:30 p.m. at church. Child care will be available. Sign up on the worship card or call the office, 248-4211.


Men's Breakfast and Bible Study



The men's breakfast and bible study will not meet in December due to our move to the new building but will reconvene in January.






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 


Immanuel's Sunday School is excited to announce this year's Christmas Program, "Christmas in Black and White: Discovering the Real Story of Christmas". This year the program will be held on Sunday, December 22rd (all three services). Practice is underway, and each Sunday School Family received their own cd with the Christmas Music.


Our practice schedule is as follows:

Sundays 9:30 a.m. to 9:55 a.m., followed by Sunday School Lesson

Wednesday Evenings 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for speaking parts and 6:30 p.m. to 7:00-7:15 p.m. singing, followed by Confirmation. *Children PreK-5th Grade are welcome to join in the Wednesday Singing Practice, but we ask that a parent stay with the little ones. 


We will also have two Saturday Practices:

December 7th we will be practicing from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on speaking parts, followed by all PreK-8th Grade Students practicing from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. *snack will be provided

December 15th No practice due to Cantata Practice

December 21st Practice will be:

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. speaking parts

10:30 to 11:00 a.m. solos

11:00 to 12:15 p.m all PreK to 8th Grade


** Pick up at 12:45 p.m. as we will be providing a pizza lunch 


Just For Kids


"Just for Kids" Before and After-School Program has begun. Our School Age Daycare Program is open to all children ages 4K through 5th Grade. The program will move to our new church home in January! Our Before School Program runs from 6:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. bus pickup. Our After-School Program starts with a 3:45 p.m. bus drop off and a pick up anytime up to 6:00 p.m. The cost for this program is $4.50/hr and includes a snack or breakfast.


Early Release Day


Thank you to our wonderful Early Release Day Volunteers! Our next Early Release Day is scheduled for Thursday, December 12th. Please contact Brianna if you would like to help out or donate snacks/juice to the program at 248-4211.





6th-8th Grade


Join us on Sunday mornings from 9:45-10:45a.m. for our Confirmation Classes, and Wednesday nights from 6:30-8:00pm for our 3:16 Youth Group! The group is growing by leaps and bounds! Be sure to bring a friend.


November 27th: No Youth Group - Happy Thanksgiving! Please join us for our Thanksgiving Eve Service at 6:30 p.m., with a Pie Fest to follow.


Youth Quake 2014


Your $50 deposits for Youth Quake are due on Wednesday, December 4th - Youth Quake is set for March 21-23. If you have any concerns regarding finances for the quake, please contact Sami - it is never a reason for Immanuel youth to not attend an event.


Youth Christmas Program


The Youth Christmas Program is set for Sunday, December 22nd! If your teen is participating in this year's program, please stay tuned for rehearsal information.


3:16 Youth Group Movie Night will be at the new church building on Friday, December 27th at 7pm! Join us for our first event in the new building while we enjoy a movie and light snacks!


Important dates:


We will have Worship Sundays on December 15 & 22 - no class on these days.


We will not have Youth Group on Wednesday, December 25th or January 1st.





High School Bible Study Group


A High School Bible Study Group meets on Tuesday's from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Teri Voss' home. Call Teri at 262-374-1101.


High School Summer Youth Mission Trip


All High School youth in 9th through 12th grade who are interested in our Summer Youth Mission Trip to Puerto Rico, are invited to our first planning meeting on Thursday, December 5th at 6:30 p.m. Adults interested in helping lead the mission team need to attend the session, because we have a limited number of slots for adults.


The trip will be June 21-28, and will cost approximately $800 to $850 per person. As soon as we know the exact amount, we will let you know. This is an incredibly low price for an international mission trip. During our meeting we will go over details, and will begin planning fundraisers to help participants with the cost. If you can't attend the meeting, please let Bruce Reek (262-249-3477) or Pastor Mary Ann (262-215-3177) know you still want to be on the team.


We will be guests of Sion Lutheran Church, a vibrant congregation in the central city. The group will stay in their parish house next to the church. Sion's church council will propose a number of projects we can do while we are there, to bless their congregation and community. They are also eager to show us part of their beloved country, so we will have several play days. What an awesome opportunity to serve, and to learn from a church in another country!





Adult Mission Trip Meeting


The Adult Mission Trip meeting is Thursday, December 5th at 7:30 p.m. We are planning a mission trip to the village of Coroma. This village is located on the Bribri Reservation in Talamanca, Costa Rica. The Bribri are indigenous to Costa Rica, and their traditional culture dates back hundreds of years. This area is very poor and lacks many medical, social and transportation services that we take for granted. The main source of income is raising bananas and plantains. We will be doing repair work and construction in the village. Three years ago a youth mission team from Immanuel worked on several projects in this village. Temperatures are generally hot and humid. Torrential downpours are not uncommon. We will be carrying everything for our 8 day trip in our backpacks. If you are interested in an adventure that will make a difference in the lives of others, please attend the informational meeting. Space is limited. The dates are Saturday, March 15 through Sunday March 22, 2014. Please attend if you are interested in going.



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Serving in the Military


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


Battling Cancer


Tom Adams, Betty Aguirre, Kim Audetat, Ron Bachman, Brenda Backhaus, Elsa Baur, Mary Brandt, Mike Bureca, Christopher Botts, Danny Coleman, Jim Daily, Ed Dee, Mary Dick, Cyndi Dietze, Shane Foraker, Dr. George Fueredi, Phil Giese, Theresa Giese, Alfred Gruber, Anne Heck, Mike Hinzpeter, Bill Huml, Sherry Joyce, Jason Kazinski, Deb Kopek, Esther Laskowski, Lynn McAdams, Nick Palozzolo, Kathy Paquette, Beverly Peacock, Denise Peck, Trudy Rauch, Molly Reek, Patty Campbell - Schmidt, Hunter Schwab, Barb Searle, Marty Smith, Pete Stein, Dottie Swatek, Monika Swing, Mary Teel, Sara Wahlstedt, Rick Walters, Barb Whitney, Sharyl Wilkins, Maxwell Wiseman, Linsey Young.


In Hospice Care


Lawrence Norem


Health and Strength


Katie Alder, Mary Anderson, Thomas Anderson, Betty Bauman, Brian Belot, Bill Binn Sr., Ed & Catherine Blechner, Hope Block, Chris Bollwahn, Nancy Bollweg, Mike Braam, Brian Britnall, Jesse Brugger, Stacey Carlson, Andrea Christian, Danielle Cloutier, Loretta Combs, Dale Czarnecki, Steve Deering, LaVerne Drake, Judy Guy, Lorraine Hanneman, Zachary Harrod, Erik Heinz, Cynthia Hibbard, Jonathan Hibbard, Ruth Hinzpeter, Betty Howes, William Hundsrucker, Mark Ingbretson, Anthony Jovani,Linda Jurica, Mark Justison, Johnalee Kawalec, Marge Klein, JoAnn Koch, Tom Kuttnauer, Mildred Kwiatkowski, Gary Lechner, Don Ledenbach, Jean Ledenbach, JoAnn Lindner, Ruby Madison, Larry Malsch, Ryan Mayfield, Patrick McBean, Jim Michalek, Edie Michelson, Larry Moe, Larry Miller, Tom Mol, Yvonne Mol, Dean Noble, Carrie Novak, Patricia Owen, Merle Peiler, Carolyn Phillips, Jerry Polek, Lydia Polek, Gesine Schmidt, Madgel Schluga, Emmet Schulz, Vivian Spanjer, Mary Teel, Ed Thiel, Gordon Van Heel,Elaine Vorpagel, Scott Vorpagel, Wayne Vorpagel, Suzanne Walker, Shelly Weis, Valarie Weyrauch.


Awaiting / Recovering from Surgery


Pastor Lu Bettisch, Jeri Bozovsky, Mitchell Crabtree, Olivia Deering,Susie Fleischer,Jeri Gaugert, Maggie Guske, Joyce Haan, Mark Herick, Bill Hollister, Louise Ingbretson, Denise Johnson, Ida Lavin, Kyle Ligare, Bernadine Livingston Krueger, Sandy Lechner, Jeanne Madaus, Mac McBride, Craig Middleton, Chris Nelson, Dave Nelson, Jeanie Patchin, Scott Rudd, Steven S., Joyce Schroeder, Betty Schulz, Marion Shepstone, Elaine Vorpagel, Suzanne Walker, Jane Wall.





+ Rick and Charlotte Sylvester, loss of neighbor, Gladys Liedberg.


+ Geyer Family in Racine who lost their son to suicide.


+ Kate Harrod lost her uncle, Bruce Shissler.


+ Ryan Sullivan, nephew of Dave and Sarah Austin, died to Christ in October.


+ Patrick Jonas, friend of congregation, died to Christ on October 2nd.


+ Scott Warner at the loss of his grandmother on November 3rd.


+ Family of Henry Kawalec



Serving on the Mission Field


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




+ Congratulations to Bryan Erskine who landed a job as a PC Technician for Elkhorn School District.


+ Congratulations to Lydia and Emily Crabtree who went to State Championships in Tennis, the first ever for Burlington Tennis Team. Lydia is a junior and Emily is a freshman.


+Congratulations to Haley Dean who was student of the month at Tomahawk Middle School. Pastor's Mary Ann and Mark's new grandchild.


+ Congratulations to Erin Effenhein on her new job as an Intake/Discharge Coordinator at Dayton Residential Care Facility in Kenosha.


+Congratulations to Brittney & Chloe Jakscht and their East Troy volleyball team who won Sectionals and will advance onto State.


+ Congratulations to Carrie & Al Novak who are grandparents.





+ Congratulations to Aaron Davis and Anastasia Granucci on the baptism of their daughter, Audrey Elizabeth Davis on October 27th. Bob and Karen Gueldenzopf are the proud grandparents.


+ Congratulations to Kayla Brown on the baptism of her daughter, Ainslee Ann Brown, on October 27th. John and Kelly Brown are the proud grandparents.


Expecting a Child!

Heidi Anderson, Maria Dean, Liz Ehlert, Tiffany Erbentraut, Jayne Erickson, Mandi Fisher, Chelsie Koronkiewicz, Alison Mansky, Molly Polyock. Kelly Vanderstappen

New Members


Kim and Anthony Jarvis

Maryn & Kayden

957-4 S Lake Shore Drive

Lake Geneva, WI  53147



John and Kelly Brown

Kayla, Brianna, Ainslee

42 West Sedgemeadow Street

Elkhorn, WI  53121



Keith and Linda Rozolis

415 S Wells Street #304

Lake Geneva, WI  53147



Trudy Rauch

N3260 Tamarack Road

Lake Geneva, WI  53147



Susie Zeiser

1881 Presturck Drive

Lake Geneva, WI  53147


James Sherman

1315 W Main Street 

Lake Geneva, WI  53147



Grant and Tracy Clark

Madeline & Morgan

8320 207th Avenue

Burlington, WI  53104



New Addresses
Leah and Jude Tindall
Elijah & Isaiah
8048 S 47th Street
Franklin, WI  53132
Annette Woods (Swan)
Zachary & Matthew
3126 Lockwood - A
Lake Geneva, WI  53147
Marion Shepstone
Sherwood Lodge
116 Cherry Street #303  
Williams Bay, WI  53191




Angel Tree is Here Already!


Angel Tree is an organization that provides gifts for children of incarcerated parents. It is such a gift to these children and families to see the love of Christ at work through those who let these children know they are not forgotten and loved. The first step in this process is calling the families to confirm what these children need, addresses for delivery and acceptance of gifts. It is a great help to us when others are willing to make some of the calls. Please let us know if you would be willing to help by making phone calls to these families so we can begin putting Angels n our tree before 'Black Friday." Thank you! Linda and Rich McWherter, 262-348-1342.


Salvation Army Ring The Bells


Salvation Army needs a few good men, women and children.  Sign up now on the clip board going around church to ring the bells for Salvation Army.  It is wonderful opportunity to serve others while enjoying the great outdoors. The Salvation Army provides emergency assistance to families in need, and 86% of the funds collected in the kettles stay right here in Walworth County. Last year we raised over $18,000 for those in need.  We have several dates available: Saturday, December 7; Friday, December 20; Sunday, December 22; Monday, December 23. There will be a copy of completed sign-up sheets posted outside the office.  Brenda will also have a copy inside the office, and I will have a copy at home in case you forget your time or place.  Thanks, Georgia Gehrmann 248-5745.


R.E.A.D.S Mentor Program


Would you be willing to volunteer one hour a week to read with a child? Mentors are needed. Our R.E.A.D.S. program is Tuesday - Thursday from 8:00 - 8:30 am. If interested, contact Sarah Hatlestad at


Side By Side Screening


Side By Side screening is the 3rd Tuesday of each month, December 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.


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.


Free Cell Phone


The free cell phone and 1,000 Texts / 250 minutes program per month is absolutely no cost at any time. Completely free resource for income eligible. Call 1-877-281-0571 or go to to order applications for your congregation & community using: username: Safelink and password: Faith 123.


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 or for more information. Blessings, Nurse Karen


In Need of Prayer Shawls?


If anyone you know of is in need of a prayer shawl please ask at the office or call Karen Stein. They are available to anyone that is in any kind of distress. They are made with Christ's love by church members who wish to wrap you with their gift that has been made with comfort and solace and prayers are added also for the person receiving it. Please let us know if there is someone you would like to give a prayer shawl to. Call Karen Stein at 262-203-5260 or Donna Hove at 262-749-0599, for more information. Blessings, Nurse Karen




If you are interested in making a baptismal quilt contactCarol Morem (325-5119) or Jackie Kuehl (203-5296).


Card Ministry


Our Card Ministry will gather on Thursday, December 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!


Card Ministry Fundraiser


The Card Ministry will have Christmas cards and gift bags available at the Day In Time Craft Fair at Hawk's View on December 8th.


A Day In Time Inc, Programs


*Adult Memory Care Day Program from 9:30a.m.-3:30p.m, MWF. Call: Cindy Lester, Director 262-210-9783 for questions, or visit our website to find out more


* Memory Keepers Plus - for the individuals with mild memory impairment. This group meets four Tuesdays of the month from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the Junker Lounge.


* Memory Keepers Club - Monthly, interactive brain fitness club. It is the 3rd Thursday of every month (November 21st) in the Junker Lounge from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.


* Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group meets on the 3rd Friday of every month, (November 15th) 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the upper level of Immanuel Lutheran Church.


Volunteers always welcome!


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 Holiday Craft Fair


A Day in Time, Inc. Adult Memory Care & Respite program is having their 3rd annual Holiday Craft Fair, Sunday, December 8, 2013, 9:00am - 3:00pm at Hawks View Golf Club, 7377 Kruegar Road, Lake Geneva. Visit with Santa from 10am-2pm. Vote for the community tree "Best in Show" and take your chance to win one of the fully decorated trees for your home or business! There will also be a bake sale, food and beverages for purchase. Admission is $2 at the door. Children 12 and under will be free.


Health Newsletter


"Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still." Psalm 4:4


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


Blood Pressure Checks


Immanuel will have blood pressure checks on the 3nd Sunday of each month in Pastor Mark's office.


Geneva Lake Manor Volunteers


Geneva Lake Manor is in need of volunteers who like to help with group or individual activities with Seniors. Here are some examples of opportunities where you can make a difference: crafting, men's club, cooking, bingo, card games, singing or entertaining, board games, community outings, gardening, reading, walks & special events. Contact Cindy Paddock the Activities Director at 262-248-3145 or stop in and see Cindy in the Activities Department.


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.


Open Arms Free Clinic


Open Arms Free Clinic is a multi-faith community in Elkhorn, across from the high school at 797 E. Geneva St. It is open for 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: The website has information regarding the Affordable Care Act.


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 meet 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.


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. 262-248-2337.






Church Decorating for Advent and Christmas


We will decorate the church for Advent and Christmas on Monday, December 2nd, 6:30 p.m.


Christmas Bags for Shut-Ins


We are filling our Shut-In Christmas Bags on Tuesday, December 10th at 9:00 a.m. If anyone could bring Christmas Candies, individually wrapped. It would be appreciated. Bring the candy to the church on Monday, December 9th. Thank you! Call Bea Sutton with any questions at 262-248-4281.


Immanuel Ladies Luncheon


Please join us for the Immanuel Ladies Luncheon on Wednesday, December 11th at 12 Noon in the basement of Immanuel. Please let us know if you can attend. Call Bea Sutton at 248-4281. Bring your favorite appetizers for the luncheon and dish detergent to be given to the Food Pantries.


Immanuel Book Club


The Immanuel Book Club meets Wednesday, December 11th at 2:00 p.m. at Arbor Village. We will discuss "Garden of Stones" by Sophie Littlefield. New members are welcome! Call Lois Larson with questions at 262-248-4535.


Women of Faith Christmas Simulcast


The Women of Faith Christmas Simulcast Event on Dec 6th, 7pm - 9:30pm is the Christmas event of the year. You can watch this simulcast at Cross Lutheran in Burlington, WI. Your family and friends will be led through Christmas story and song by renown author Max Lucado and storyteller Lisa Harper with musical guests Francesa Battistelli and Sheila Walsh. Tickets are on sale at Cross Lutheran now. This is a community-wide event.  Tickets are $20 for the first 2 tickets and then $10 for each additional ticket.


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.


Church Council Meeting


The Church Council meets Tuesday, December 10th, 7:00 p.m. at church.


Electronic Giving


A number of givers have signed up for our new electronic giving program. 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.




New Building Update 


We're getting closer every day! The excitement is growing. Workers are making steady progress on our new building. Most of the painting is done in the two wings. Doors are hung, ceiling panels are installed, and light fixtures are in place. Carpet is scheduled for early December. The worship area will have the final glass panels installed in the coming weeks. The parking lot is completely paved and exterior doors are in place.

We are still on schedule to move into the new facility on December 29, 2013, with our first worship service on January 5, 2014. Help is needed with weekly clean-up on Fridays at 4:30 pm. We are grateful for the crew of volunteer painters who did a great job. We are saving a considerable amount of money through the efforts of volunteers. Please continue to pray for the Building Team as they provide leadership in the home stretch and for the safety of all the construction workers as they labor on our behalf.






Transition Team - Photos


Please help us gather photos of currently active church groups in preparation for our Open House Celebration at the new church. Please coordinate a photo with your group (i.e. Bible study, church council, youth group, music group, quilt group, etc.) & email the photo to Please include a caption that lists the first & last names of everyone pictured. The deadline is December 1st. Questions? Call Jennifer at 262-348-6245.  Thank you for your help!


Transition Team - My Immanuel Memory


The Transition Team would like you to share your fondest memories here at Immanuel which will be displayed at our Open House in our new building. We would prefer the length of one page. Forms are available in the Overflow Area on Sundays or in the church office during the week. You are also welcome to submit memories generated on your computer. Email your "Immanuel Memories" to Brenda @ Consider video-taping your memories and send them to the same email.


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 TJ Triplett for the toilet repair in the basement.


+ Thank you to John Noyer for replacing floor tiles in the basement.


+ Thank you to Rich McWherter for cleaning out the drain spout and helping with roof repairs.


+ Thank you to Donna Christian for replenishing pens and envelopes in the pews.


+ Dear Immanuel Friends, Thank you so much for all the cards and well wishes. We had a wonderful time celebrating in Vegas with our entire family. The only thing that was lacking was Karen's "gold medal."

Love Hawk & Karen


+ C.H.A.O.S. would like to thank everyone who purchased apples and donuts!  We'll be using the funds to help with upcoming activities for the high school youth group!


+ A huge thank you to Tami Buntrock for organizing the Turkey JAM Basketball Tournament again this year! It is such a success because of you. We truly appreciate all of the hard work and time you put in to this fundraiser each year. Thank you!!


+ Another huge thank you to Jeff Bakken for printing all of the large bracket signs for our tournament! It would certainly be hard for us to keep score if not for those! 3:16 Youth Group


+ Thanks to the Wonderful Card Ladies! Joe's Cataract surgery was successful. Thank you for the cards now and in the past! Many thanks! Sandy Anselmo


+I don't even have the words to thank you guys enough for how wonderful yesterday's service was. I am overjoyed at all the love shown to our family. Thanks for making Radley and Luke's baptism so special. We are so happy to be a part of Immanuel and feel truly blessed. Ang Curro and Jared Hlavac


+ Thank you to Jim and Nancy Daily who will donate a ping pong table to our new church.

+ A big thank you to Jaime Ivan for leading our pageant this year, and to John Ivan for copying all the cds!  It will be so much fun to see a Christmas filled with penguins sharing God's Word!


+ Dear Immanuel Church, Thank you for making Emily's baptism so special. We have not attended for very long, yet I felt very welcome and like we had been a part of the Immanuel family for years. The quilt and book are amazing gifts. The Quilt is used daily and the book read nightly. Thanks Again! Love Paul Melissa, Aaron, Ethan & Emily Priester


+ Pastors Mary Ann, Mark & my church family, Thank you so much for the food cards. They will be put to good use! We love you, Kathy & Craig


+ Thank you to Carrie Filletti, daughter of Terry and Carol Madsen, for sharing her beautiful anthems with us this morning. Carrie has been the featured soloist for several Christian Recording Companies.


+ Special thanks to Bobbi Gutman for her tender and poignant vocal solo "Lead Me, Guide Me" on November 10th. It was an exquisite witness of God's guiding power and Holy influence in our lives! Thanks for sharing YOUR precious talents and proclaiming HIS prevailing guidance and everlasting peace! Thanks to Kathy Middleton for a perfect collaboration to the prayerful song. The organ/voice duo sounded heavenly! You are both dearly loved and appreciated!


+ We were charmed again by Raya Hickely through her exceptional leadership of "God Bless America" to honor our veterans on November 10th! Thanks to Raya for sharing her young talents so passionately!


+ Thanks to the Praise Team for continuing to learn new music to teach to the congregation. They work so hard to keep worship fresh and we are so grateful for your ministry!


+ Thank you to the Teske and Schulz families who have all helped with cleaning of the new building.


+ A big thank you to John Larkin for restoring the bell for our new church. We so appreciate the countless hours you spent grinding out pits in the bell, and cleaning up the bell with the help of Bud Humphrey at Steward Tank Sales.


+Thank you to John Larkin for fixing the bell tables which was broken recently.

+ Thank you to Marion Shepstone for donating coffee to Immanuel.


+ Thanks to Hawk for helping clean the church while Ed is recuperating.


+ Dear Pastors Mary Ann & Mark, A much belated thanks is in order for baptizing our little Lucy. We so appreciate your care and thoughtfulness for our family and can't think of a better place to have started her journey in faith. Once again thanks so much. Jamie Vezina




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