Immanuel Lutheran Church

Immanuel eNewsletter

January, 2014

Happy New Year!

In This Issue
Worship News
Discipleship News
Worship with Us!    






Join us for our first Worship Services in our new church building are Sunday, January 5th: 8:15, 9:45 and 11:07 a.m. with a Dedication of our building and special music. At 9:15 and 10:45 a.m., breakfast will be served for all worshipers!










Final Worship Services in Current Immanuel Building


The Final Worship Services are Sunday, December 29th, 8:15, 9:45 and 11:07 a.m. in our current building. A "Camel Caravan" will follow the 3rd service to New Church Building at 12:15 p.m.


Immanuel Mighty Movers: December 29 - January 4


The Immanuel Mighty Movers spring into action Dec 29 - Jan 4! We need your help in the move to our new church building! Come join the ranks of "The Mighty Movers" - any of the times below - even if it's only for an hour.


Moving Days:


Monday, December 30th: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Tuesday, December 31st: 9 a.m. - Noon

Thursday, January 2nd: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.


First Worship Services and Dedication: Sunday, January 5th


Our First Worship Services in our new church building are Sunday, January 5th, 8:15, 9:45 and 11:07 a.m. with a Dedication of our building and special music. At 9:15 and 10:45 a.m., breakfast will be served for all worshipers! Come see what God is doing!


Grand Opening: Sunday, January 12th


The Grand Opening Worship services are on Sunday, January 12th, 8:15, 9:45 and 11:07 a.m. at our new church building. The Grand Opening Celebration for the community is 1:00-3:00 p.m.! Invite your friends! There will be family activities, lunch, ministry fair, building tours. Enter to win a Kindle Fire and a 3 month family membership to the YMCA.

Worship Leader Training - Very Important!


Thursday, January 2nd, 6:30 p.m., we invite all worship leaders: assisting ministers, communion assistants, ushers, greeters, prayer ministers and head usher, to attend this training session on leading worship in the new church building. We want our first services to go smoothly and need your participation.




The Jubilate choir meets Wednesday nights from 6:45PM-8:00PM downstairs in the music room!!! Yeah! We will be launching exciting new music including anthems to celebrate the new building, anthems for Lent, Holy Week and Easter. New members are certainly encouraged to attend and are warmly welcomed! We are excited and eager to sing in the "new space" as it promises to be exquisite! This winter would be a fabulous time to join the excitement. Rehearsal CD's will be available for those who do NOT read music and learn by hearing. Contact John Ivan with questions/concerns or more info.


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. 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  


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.


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. As we transition to the new building, we are especially outreaching to new people to come and learn the new system. Now would be a perfect time to get involved as we will ALL be learning the new system! Contact John Ivan at so he can inform you of the training sessions forthcoming.



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. 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.

Men's Breakfast and Bible Study


Men are all welcome on Saturday, January 25th 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.  






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 Christmas Program, "Christmas in Black and White: Discovering the Real Story of Christmas", will be held on Sunday, December 22, at all three services. Don't miss this adorable presentation of the birth of Christ.



Today: 9:30 a.m. to 9:55 a.m.

Wednesday Evening 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. 

Saturday, December 21st - Dress Rehearsal

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 provide 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, January 9th. Please contact Brianna if you would like to help out or donate snacks/juice to the program at 248-4211.


First Communion Class


A First Communion Class is January 18th, 10:00 a.m. at church for children who are ready to take Holy Communion. We ask a parent, grandparent or other close adult to attend with their children. Call the church office to register. 262-248-4211





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.


We will not have 3:16 Youth Group on Wednesday, January 1st.


We will a have Worship Sundays on January 19 - no class on this day.


3:16 Youth Group Movie Night


Our 3:16 Youth Group Movie Night has been rescheduled for Friday, January 24th at 7pm! Join us for our first event in the new building while we enjoy a movie and light snacks!


3:16 Confirmation Youth Group Lock-In


We will have an overnight Lock-In on Friday, February 21st! Invite your friends! If you are interested in chaperoning, please contact Sami.


Youth Quake 2014


Youth Quake is set for March 21-23 at the Wilderness Resort! All 6-8th grade students and their friends are welcome! If you are bringing a friend, please make sure they join us at Youth Group prior to the Quake.







High School Youth Lock-In

The High School Youth Lock-In is January 3rd at 7:00 p.m. to January 4th at our new church.

In the New Year

In the new year, the High School Youth Group will meet on Monday's from 7:30-9:00 p.m. at our new church building.

Court of Honor


On Saturday, January 18th, at 1:00 p.m., the Boy Scout Eagle Court of Honor ceremony will take place hear at Immanuel. All are welcome to attend! We congratulate Clay Wahlstedt and Jerod Blada for earning the prestigious Eagle Scout rank!!! We are so proud of you both!



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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, Marian Engstrom, 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, Judy Lindner, Lynn McAdams, Nick Palozzolo, Kathy Paquette, Beverly Peacock, Denise Peck, Trudy Rauch, Molly Reek, Patty Campbell - Schmidt, Hunter Schwab, Barb Searle, Anita Smith, 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, Margaret Welsch


Health and Strength


Katie Alder, Mary Anderson, Thomas Anderson, Tess Bakken, 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, Mike Gerlitz, Lorraine Hanneman, Zachary Harrod, Erik Heinz, Cynthia Hibbard, Jonathan Hibbard, Ruth Hinzpeter, Betty Howes, William Hundsrucker, Mark Ingbretson,Katie Jarvis,Anthony Jovani,Caroline Kube,Linda Jurica, Mark Justison, Johnalee Kawalec, Marge Klein, JoAnn Koch, Tom Kuttnauer, Gary Lechner, Don Ledenbach, Jean Ledenbach, JoAnn Lindner, Jean Madaus, Ruby Madsen, Larry Malsch, Patrick McBean, Jim Michalek, Edie Michelson, Larry Moe, Larry Miller, Tom Mol, Yvonne Mol, Pat Morrissey, 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,Scott Vorpagel, Wayne Vorpagel, Teri Voss, Suzanne Walker, Shelly Weis, Valarie Weyrauch.


Awaiting / Recovering from Surgery


Olivia Deering,Mary Dick,Susie Fleischer, Sue Gerber, Judy Guy, Joyce Haan, Bill Hollister, Louise Ingbretson, Denise Johnson, Sandy Lechner, Jeanne Madaus, Ryan Mayfield, Mac McBride, Craig Middleton, Vickie Musialowski, Jeanie Patchin, Scott Rudd, Steven S., Joyce Schroeder, Betty Schulz, Marion Shepstone, Elaine Vorpagel, Suzanne Walker, Jane Wall, Brecken Wampner.






+ Marge Klein, aunt of Karen Stein, died to Christ on November 21st.


+ Ronnie Wendland, beloved nephew of Dean and Odella Nelson, died to Christ on December 2nd.


+ Mary Fleschner, beloved mother of Janette Maxwell, died to Christ on December 3rd.


+ Kurt Dietze, father of Cyndi Dietze's children, died to Christ on November 3rd.


+ Karen Crisman, mother of Rick Crisman, died to Christ on December 5th.


+ Mildred Kwiatkowski, mother of Tom and Barb Kwiatkowski and grandmother of Jamie Walton, died to Christ on December 12th.



Serving on the Mission Field


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




+ Congratulations to Wayne and Elaine Vorpagel on their 51st Anniversary on November 10th.


+ Congratulations to Kyle Foulke's Central Falcon's Men's Volleyball team heading to state.


+ Congratulations to the Badger High School Swim Team who won the Conference. Congratulations to Karin Quaerna - 1st in 5d free!


+Congratulations to Brittney & Chloe Jakscht and their East Troy volleyball team who won 1st at State.


+ Congratulations to Jodi and Scott Renwick on their 25th Anniversary on December 17th.


+ Congratulations to Bobbi Gutman who rehearsed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for their Christmas Concert on December 10th.


+ Congratulations to Stephanie Ruby who is going to Concordia University for a degree in health care management.


+ Congratulations to Sandy and Duane Tonn on their 50th Anniversary on December 28th!


+ Congratulations to Katie Ledwell who is on the University of Minnesota Duluth's Volleyball Team - Conference Champs - they made it to State!





+ Congratulations to Matt and Molly Polyock on the birth of their son, William Timothy Polyock, born on November 24th!


+ Congratulations to Mandi and Jason Fisher, on the birth of their daughter, Leah Ann Fischer, born on November 27th.


Expecting a Child!

Heidi Anderson, Maria Dean, Liz Ehlert, Tiffany Erbentraut, Jayne Erickson, Chelsie Koronkiewicz, Alison Mansky, Kelly Vanderstappen

New Members


Harriet and Finn Nor

2447 State Road 120

Lake Geneva, WI  53147








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 screeningis the 3rd Tuesday of each month, January 21st, at 7:00 p.m. at the First Congregational UCC Church, 715 Wisconsin Street, Lake Geneva.  Funds are available for rental assistance, utilities and prescription medicines.  Applicants must reside in the Lake Geneva School District.  Bring a copy of the bill you need help paying.


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.


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 contact Carol Morem (325-5119) or Jackie Kuehl (203-5296).


Card Ministry


Our Card Ministry will gather on Thursday, January 16th at 6:30 p.m. at church. This fabulous group creates greeting cards to encourage folks who are ill, hospitalized, or grieving. All are welcome - and there is no cost to participate! Thank you to each "card creator" as you give of your time and talents! Thanks, too, to the special angel who writes the encouraging words!


Health Newsletter


"Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water.  I will take away sickness from among you..."  

Exodus 23:25


In this month's health newsletter, Parish Nurse, Karen Stein, addresses Food Poisoning. Check out Karen's newsletter at and click on "January 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.






Annual Meeting - January 26th, 2014


Our Annual Meeting is Sunday, January 26th at 9:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., following the 1st and 3rd services. We will vote on the 2014 Budget and elect council members. The 4 council members who have completed 1 term and are eligible for re-election and have expressed their willingness to continue to serve on council. They are Heidi Schuessler, Frank Peiler, Jody Teske and Scot Hodkiewicz. We are so grateful for our entire council. They are an incredibly faithful and gifted team of leaders.


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.


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.


Church Council Meeting


The Church Council meets Tuesday, January 14th, 7:00 p.m. at church.







New Building Update


We are now in the home stretch for completion of our new church building. The administrative/classroom wing and the fellowship hall are substantially finished. The remaining work will be concentrated in the worship space. Many thanks to members for their painting and clean-up work. We remain on schedule for our move starting December 29, 2013. We'll need lots of help to get everything accomplished before our first worship on January 5, 2014. Please keep all the workers and volunteers in your prayers as we move forward.






Immanuel Lawn Signs


Immanuel lawn signs are available in the overflow and narthex. Please feel free to take one to post in your yard!





+ To my friends at Immanuel, thank you for the very beautiful cards you have sent to me over the past years. I'm glad I don't have to choose which is my favorite! Bod Bless You All! Madgel Schluga


+ Thank you to Dennis and MJ Lyon for donating a printer to our office. Pastor Mark


+ Special thanks to the Bells of Immanuel for their lovely bell anthem on Thanksgiving Eve! The collective sound of bells is divine! We are grateful for this enduring ministry that unites generations. Thanks to Ellen Hanson for her fabulous leadership and to all our beloved ringers!


+ Wonderful job by the Praise Team on December 8th! They sang "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" as a special musical offering at all three services! The poetic text suggests a Christmas renewed hope for peace among mankind. See video here:


+ Huge thanks and "pat on the back" to the Praise Team for a fabulous job at the holiday parade on December 7th!!! Thanks to ALL for braving the bitter weather and STILL sounding magnificent! Thanks to the pit band, Jim Russell and Mike Van Dyke, for supplying the "excitement" and "foundation" to the music. Thanks to all helpers for setting up early and staying after for takedown. Special thanks to Bruce and Molly Reek for opening their house for the pre-setup and for their fabulous hospitality. Thanks especially to Bruce for having the float 70 percent complete before we arrived. Thanks to ALL our walkers for handing out flyers and candy, Rich McWherter for driving, the wonderful organizational work by Brenda Follensbee, Sami Moehling for designing the beautiful flyers, to all those who donated candy, and everyone else that made the special event happen! Thanks to Dan and Edith Draper for their hospitality, wonderful food, and for hosting the post-party. We need everyone to function as God intends, and I am so grateful for your dedication and friendship! John Ivan


+ Thanks to Chuck and Paula Tyburk for welcoming their precious granddaughter Erika Huber to play a piano solo on November 24th! She delightfully played "How Great is our God", a favorite. Her young talent is superb! Thanks for sharing! See video here:


+ Thanks to Tami Buntrock for her beautiful solo, "Hallelujah", sung at all three services on December 8th! What a lovely Christmas arrangement and wonderful job! Thanks for sharing your gift of music for all to hear! See video here:


+ Thanks to Doug Ehlert and John Ivan for their evocative trumpet/piano collaboration of "Sonata for Trumpet and Piano" on Thanksgiving Eve. God has gifted Immanuel with talented musicians and we are grateful that they are willing to share their gifts to glorify God! See video here:  






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