Immanuel eNewsletter

February, 2014

Happy Valentines Day!

In This Issue
Worship News
Discipleship News
Worship with Us!    






Welcome to our new House of Worship! Immanuel Lutheran Church does have a Heart to Care for You. Please join us for worship on Sundays at 8:15, 9:45 and 11:07 a.m. We are located at 700 N Bloomfield Road, Lake Geneva, WI. Call the church office at 262-248-4211 or go to to find out about all the exciting things taking place here at Immanuel !





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New Church Contact Information


If you send cards, weekly offering, or letters to church, please send to our new address: 700 N Bloomfield Road, Lake Geneva, WI 53147. Please notice we have to indicate N Bloomfield Road (North Bloomfield Road).


If you have a new phone number or email, please send this information to or call the office at 262-248-4211 so your contact information can be up-dated in our system. Also if you eliminate your land line, please let us know.


Immanuel Staff Email Addresses to Change


The Immanuel Staff emails are changing in the next couple weeks so please take note of the contacts below and make these changes in your email address book.


Pastor Mary Ann:

Pastor Mark:

Brenda Follensbee:

John Ivan:

Jeri Gaugert:

Samantha Moehling:

Brianna Deering:

Edith Draper:

Karen Stein:


Contact the church office at 262-248-4211 with any questions.



Letter from Anchor Covenant Church:

(This letter was read at our first service here at Bloomfield Road)


To the people of God who gather together to make Immanuel Lutheran Church; Grace and Peace to you in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.


On behalf of the people of Anchor Covenant Church, I want to congratulate you on this huge step forward. God has blessed you remarkably, you have been faithful, and this new building will be an incredible tool for worship, growing disciples, reaching the lost, and serving the people of our community. God has plans for His people, His church, in our world and in our community, and I believe He has incredible plans for Immanuel Lutheran Church.

I also want to thank you; for welcoming us into your church home last April, for being gracious hosts to us over the last 8 months and for being faithful stewards and servants in Lake Geneva for so many years. Anchor Covenant has been a nomad for a long time, and we are excited, we are grateful, to God and to you, for a place to call our own; a place for worship and growth, and a home base for service and for communicating the hope of Jesus Christ.

You can walk through the halls and stand in the sanctuary at 1229 Park Row and feel and hear and smell the decades of faithful, God glorifying worship and ministry that has taken place here. Please be assured that the overwhelming desire and goal of Anchor Covenant is that, with God's help, we will continue that beautiful tradition of worship and service. So thank you.


God bless you as you enter in to this new chapter in the life of Immanuel Lutheran, We look forward to working together, as the people of God, the Church of Jesus Christ in this community, to serve, to spread the Gospel, to glorify God, in the upcoming years.


Grace and Peace,

Pastor Bruce Bruns


Middle School After School Ministry


The first meeting of the "Middle School After School Ministry" is set for Thursday, January 30th at 6:30 p.m. at church. If you are interested in serving on the team to help plan and launch this new ministry vision, please join us! Your participation will be a great gift!


Liturgical Arts Team


The new Liturgical Arts Team meets Mondays, February 3rd & 24th, at 6:30 p.m. at church. Join us if you want to help with artwork for the new church. Call Pastor Mary Ann if you are interested.


Healing Service - February 23rd


Join us for a special Healing Service on February 23rd 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 relish support from other Christians.




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, 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 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  


Bells of Immanuel Wish List


Ring a joyful noise unto the Lord, well actually it is supposed to be "Sing a joyful noise unto the Lord," but either way, as long as we are joyfully making noise! The Bells of Immanuel have a "wish list" of sorts, things that are either needed or desired to enhance the ministry. If you are interested in donating items to the Immanuel Bells, a check can be made out to Immanuel Lutheran Church and designate it to the Bells of Immanuel. Thanks so much, it is greatly appreciated!


Hand Bell Gloves: $15.00 a pair (worn on a regular basis)

Foam Pads for the bell choir tables: $50.00 each (4 needed)

Bell Table: $190.00 per table (2 needed)

Table Covers: $25.00 (6 needed)

Duet Music Lights: $25.00 each (6 needed)

Notebook Music Stand Binder: $12.00 each (2 needed)

Table Top Wind Chimes: $80.00

Third Octave of Hand Chimes: $800.00  


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.





New Members Discovery Class


New Members Discovery Class meets Sunday, March 2nd, 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, March 1st 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.


Saturday Morning Bible Study


The Saturday Morning Bible Study group will meet on February 8th, 10:00 a.m. at Janet Yakes home, 3127 South Road, Lake Geneva. Call 248-3215 for directions. We are studying The Beatitudes.





Sunday Morning Nursery Staff


A nursery s provided during each service for children 5 and under to the left of the Sanctuary. 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


If you haven't had a chance to visit our classrooms, or have a child that would like to join us, please come any Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Last week we had over 70 children, led by a great group of teachers! We are always looking for juice or snack donations.  Donations can be dropped off in the Activity Room. We would be so blessed to have additional Sunday School teachers, especially for our soaring Preschool class! Even if you can only help once or twice a month, we need you! Sign-up on the worship card or call Brianna at 248-4211.


Sunday School Singers


Sunday School Singers will lift up their voices on February 9th.  Please have your children at church by 8:45 a.m. The children will sing at the end of the 1st Service and the beginning of the 2nd Service. We will have Sunday School in between. We hope your child can join the chorus!  


Just For Kids


"Just for Kids Before School Program is looking for help some weekday mornings, from 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Our program is open to children ages 4K to 5th Grade, attending Central-Denison or Eastview Schools. If you have experience working with children, and would like more information, contact Brianna at 248-4211.


Early Release Day


The next Early Release Day will be Thursday, February 13th, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.  Early Release Day is open to children in K through 5th Grade, and kids enjoy games, crafts, snacks, all for a minimal fee.  If you would like to help with this program, please contact Brianna at 248-4211. 


Vacation Bible Camp


The dates are set for this year's Vacation Bible Camp.  We will be sharing in games, crafts, bible stories, music, and more from July 27th to July 31st. The fun starts at 5:00 p.m. and runs to 8:00 p.m., and is open to children ages Preschool through 6th Grade. 





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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, Alfred Gruber, Paul Hainstock, Anne Heck, Mike Hinzpeter, Bill Huml, Sherry Joyce, Jason Kazinski, Deb Kopek, Esther Laskowski, Pat Lincoln, Judy Lindner, Lynn McAdams, Kim Michaelson, Nick Palozzolo, Kathy Paquette, Beverly Peacock, Denise Peck, Trudy Rauch, Molly Reek, Patty Campbell - Schmidt, Hunter Schwab, Barb Searle, Shelly Shepstone, Anita Smith, Marty Smith, Pete Stein, Dottie Swatek, Monika Swing, Mary Teel, Ed Thiel, Sara Wahlstedt, Rick Walters, Barb Whitney, Sharyl Wilkins, Maxwell Wiseman, Linsey Young.



In Hospice Care


Lawrence Norem, Margaret Welsch, Jeannette Helfers


Health and Strength


Betty Bauman, Brian Belot, Bill Binn Sr., Ed & Catherine Blechner, Hope Block, Chris Bollwahn, Nancy Bollweg, Mike Braam, Brian Britnall, Stacey Carlson, Danielle Cloutier, Loretta Combs, Dale Czarnecki, LaVerne Drake, Mike Gerlitz, Lorraine Hanneman, Zachary Harrod, Cynthia Hibbard, Ruth Hinzpeter, Betty Howes, William Hundsrucker, Mark Ingbretson,Caroline Kube,Linda Jurica, Mark Justison, JoAnn Koch, Tom Kuttnauer, Gary Lechner, Don Ledenbach, Jean Ledenbach, JoAnn Lindner, Char Luepkes, Jean Madaus, Ruby Madsen, Larry Malsch, Patrick McBean, Jim Michalek, Larry Moe, Larry Miller, Tom Mol, Yvonne Mol, Pat Morrissey, Dean Noble, Carrie Novak, June Ann Novak, Patricia Owen, Carolyn Phillips, Jerry Polek, Lydia Polek, Gesine Schmidt, Madgel Schluga, Emmet Schulz, Vivian Spanjer, Mackinnon Spraker, Gordon Van Heel,Scott Vorpagel, Wayne Vorpagel, Suzanne Walker, Shelly Weis, Valarie Weyrauch, Debbie Winters.


Awaiting / Recovering from Surgery


Ken Bice, Olivia Deering,Judy Guy, Joyce Haan, Bill Hollister, Rich Howes, Denise Johnson, Sandy Lechner, Jeanne Madaus, Ryan Mayfield, Craig Middleton, Vickie Musialowski, Nina Pappas, Jeanie Patchin, Joyce Schroeder, Emmet Schulz, Elaine Vorpagel, Teri Voss, Brecken Wampner.





+ Judy Schott & family, at the loss of her husband on December 25th.


+Rick Walters, friend of Nancy and Jim Daily, who died to Christ on December 26th.


+ Lindsey Spraker, niece of Elise & George Zimmerman & granddaughter of Bernadine Livingston & Lou Krueger, at the loss of her son, KailonSpraker - a twin born 4 months early.


+ Kathy & Mike Grenning, grieving the loss of her beloved mother at the end of December.


+ Marcia Thornhill, at the loss of her grandma, Jeroldine Rose Granneman, who died to Christ at the end of the year.


+ Marion Krueger, aunt of Ron Follensbee, died to Christ on January 5th.


+ Gretchin Triplett, mom of T.J. & Carol Triplett, died to Christ on January 9th.


+ Nathan Snelson, brother of Anna Lauderdale, died to Christ in early January.


+ Scott and Jody Teske family at the loss of his father who died to Christ on January 12th.


+ Irma Blatter died to Christ on January 13th.


+ Eugene Henry, grandpa of Rich Howes, died to Christ on January 25th.


+ Florence Watson, grandmother of Vicki Runnells, died to Christ on January 25th.


Serving on the Mission Field


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




+ Congratulations to Mickey Tolar who retired on December 2nd, after 48 years with Oak Hill Cemetery!


+ Congratulations on receiving First Communion to Morgan Donahue, Annabelle Ekornaas, Caitlyn Ekornaas, Connor Ekornaas, Wyatt Figard, Lillian Knopp, Graci Milligan, Lilly Narayanan, Jared Samonig, & Jordan Samonig. Welcome to the Lords Table!





+ Congratulations to Doug and Liz Ehlert, on the birth of their son,Joseph Brian Ehlert, born on January 23rd.


Expecting a Child!

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

New Members


Heidi & Bill Anderson& Peter 
3235 Chicago Club Drive  
Delavan, WI  53115   
CynDee Sentieri
N3135 Dandelion Road
Lake Geneva, WI  53147


Matt & Jessica Figard  
Aurora & Wyatt   
N1393 Thistle Drive   
Genoa City, WI  53128  


Angie Mack
N1807 Sidney Smith Lane
Lake Geneva, WI  53147


Adam & Jessica Marunde  
Evan & Aiden    
5411 W Lake Shore Drive  
Wonder Lake, IL  60097  


Matt & Stacy Dennis
Dominic, Jovie & Isley
7606 Franklin Street
Burlington, WI  53105


Cindy & Jim Flower   
Brianna & Austin   
533 Haskins Street   
Lake Geneva, WI  53147  


Matthew & Tina Knopp
Lilly & Owen
6653 Cobble Creek Drive   
Lake Geneva, WI  53147





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.


3:16 Worship Sunday


Confirmands, we will have a Worship Sunday on February 16th, Please remember to fill out a Worship Worksheet. Thanks!


Turkey J.A.M. 2013


Thank you to everyone who helped make this year's J.A.M. (Jesus And Me) Basketball Tournament a huge success. Profits go directly to the Confirmation Youth to help fund their way to "Youth Quake" in the Dells. We raised $4,795.00!!! A special thank you to Samantha Moehling, 3:16 Youth Leader, who organized the volunteers and worked the entire day on Saturday; Tom and David Jooss, for stepping in to help manage the tournament when I was away in the morning; Jeff Bakken, for making the bracket signs; Stan Hilgendorf, Badger Athletic Club, for donating a portion of the concession sales; Tim Sireno, who came early to Badger to let us in; all the officials who did an awesome job that day; a special "shout out" to Hawk Taylor who came early to ref when another ref got injured; PFI Fashions in Genoa City, for the t-shirt discount; all the parents who worked the day of the tournament; thank you to those who came to set-up on Friday night and clean-up on Saturday night; can't forget the awesome confirmation kids who worked- they did an awesome job in concessions, keeping an eye on the courts, referee go-to guys, ticket and t-shirt sales. Great things happen when we work together! Thank you for all of your help! Tami Buntrock


3:16 Confirmation Youth Group Lock-In


We will have an overnight Lock-In on Friday, February 21st! Invite your friends! We will also need a lot of parent chaperones - please contact Sami if you are interested.


Youth Quake 2014


Youth Quake is March 21-23 at the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells! 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. Balances for Youth Quake are due Wednesday, February 12th! Stay tuned for information on chaperones.  





High School Youth Group

The High School Youth Group meets at church on Monday's from 7:30-9:00 p.m. in the youth room. We have lots of new and exciting things planned, so come check it out! Bring your friends to join in the fun. If you need a ride or have any questions please let us know. Hope to see you all!



High School Youth Mission Trip


Our High School Youth Mission trip to Puerto Rico will be Saturday, June 21 through Saturday, June 28. The Team will partner with Sion Lutheran Church in building projects for residents in their neighborhood and for the inner city church. Pastor Mary Ann and Rich McWherter, along with a team from Covenant Lutheran in Stoughton met on January 23-28 with leaders of Sion Lutheran in Puerto Rico to plan our time with them. This is an exceptionally awesome opportunity for our teens to work side by side with teens & adults from a Puerto Rican congregation. We hope to develop lasting friendships with our hosts and relationships that will bless both congregations. Be sure your teen signs up! Call Teri Voss at 262-374-1101, Bryan Erskine or Catrina Pfaff at 262-325-8395. Join us at the planning meeting on Tuesday, February 6, 7:30 p.m. at church.  


Salvation Army Kettle Drive


As this year's coordinators of the Lake Geneva Salvation Kettle Drive, we would like to thank the members of Immanuel for their generous gift of time and money this holiday season. Many of you braved the cold, wind, rain, sleet and snow to staff the kettles on seven different days, collecting $3964.03. Immanuel did the lion's share of the ringing even filling in at the last minute for a group who had troubles filling their time commitment. With the help of other churches and organizations, we collected over $18,000 to be used for needy individuals and families in Walworth County throughout the year. A day of sleet when all the schools were closed and a snow emergency couldn't stop you. Many thanks to the "weekend coordinators" who put out the kettles, exchanged them, collected them and deposited money in the bank: Steve and Judy Guy, Tom Hartz, Todd and Erin Huemann, Pete Juergens and Vijay Narayanan and family. They lightened the load for us. We couldn't have done it without them! Together we will be able to make a difference this coming year in the lives of those in need of emergency help. Thanks for your heart to care!

Sincerely, Georgia and Bill Gehrmann 


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


Thrivent Financial for Lutherans


Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is hosting a series of Social Security workshops titled "Strategize to Maximize". These educational workshops focus on strategies to maximize your Social Security payments and how Social Security fits within your retirement income strategy. The dates and towns are as follows. Delavan: February 27 & March 4. Burlington: March 20 & 25. For more information or to reserve your seat, please e-mail or call 262-806-7390.


Side By Side Screening


Side By Side screening is the 3rd Tuesday of each month, February 18th, 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 who 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 needs a prayer shawl please ask at the office or call Karen Stein. They are available to anyone in distress. They are made with Christ's love by church members, and then wrap you in their gift that has been made with comfort and prayers for the recipient. 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, February 20th at 6:30 p.m. at church. This fabulous group creates greeting cards to encourage folks who are ill, hospitalized, or grieving. All are welcome - and there is no cost to participate! Thank you to each "card creator" as you give of your time and talents! Thanks, too, to the special angel who writes the encouraging words!


Health Newsletter


"Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth."  Jer. 33:6


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


Blood Pressure Checks


Immanuel will have blood pressure checks after the 1st service on the 3nd Sunday of each month in Pastor Mary Ann's office.


Geneva Lake Manor Volunteers


Geneva Lake Manor is in need of volunteers who like to help with group or individual activities with senior: 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.


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. Website:  


Women's AA Meetings


The women's AA group meets on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. in the Community Room to the left of the Fellowship Hall. 


Weight Watchers Meeting


Weight Watchers meet at Immanuel on Mondays at 9:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room to the left of the Fellowship Hall. 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.






Birthday Celebration for Ida Lavin


Our very own Ida Lavin is celebrating her 105th birthday on February 5th.

It is also her 2nd golden birthday! There will be a birthday party for Ida at Geneva Manor on February 9th from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. No presents necessary, just your presence.


Annual Meeting Results


Congratulations to those who were elected to our Church Council at our Annual Meeting on January 26th: Scot Hodkiewicz, Frank Peiler, Heidi Schuessler, Jody Teske. Thank you for your continued leadership here at Immanuel. The budget was adopted for 2014. Copies of the Annual Report are located in the church office and gathering space. 


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




New Building Update


We are in our new building! Our last worship service at 1229 Park Row finished with a "Camel Caravan" of 88 cars to the new building at 700 N. Bloomfield. Although the day was frigid, spirits were high as the Derrick's antique fire engine lead the procession with our cross going before us. Members and friends were amazed at the size and beauty of our new facility, as we gathered for prayer and spontaneous singing. Many thanks to the Lake Geneva Police Department for the escort and the Derrick family for sharing their fire engine.


Lots of trucks and volunteers moved everything else out of the old building in two days! We scrambled to get everything organized in time for our first worship and dedication on January 5, 2014. It was a glorious morning with almost 800 in attendance! The next Sunday was our Open House, which had another record crowd in the morning and several hundred for the Open House. We are indebted to Edith Draper and the Transition Team for all their hard work that enabled our move to go so well.

The new building is functioning well, despite record low temperatures and snow. We are figuring out the best way to regulate temperatures, open doors, adjust sound and lights, and more. Just like moving into a new home, it takes time to get everything in place. We ask you to be patient with us as we get our new church home organized. We welcome your suggestions if you have ideas for improving the way our building functions.


On-going projects include constructing the covered entrance/bell tower, installing our outdoor sign, organizing the lower level, creating a stained glass cross in the gathering space, designing liturgical arts, and various other projects. Landscaping and exterior painting will wait for warmer weather.


God has richly blessed us with a wonderful new location and space for ministry. Our task is to be good stewards of this gift, so that we might also be a blessing to many.


Immanuel Book Club


The Immanuel Book Club meets on February 26th at 2:00 p.m. at Arbor Village. The book to be discussed is "The Housemaids Daughter" by Barbara Mutch. Call Edie Michelson at 262-686-3009 with any questions.


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 everyone who braved the winter weather to make our Sunday School Christmas Program a huge success! We shared the message of the birth of Jesus, penguin style! Thank you to Jaime Ivan for her wonderful direction, and to all the Sunday School Teachers and Parents who kept all our penguins happy during the program, as well as between services. We appreciated all the donations of food and drinks to keep our children going :) What a joy to have Glenn Moehling and Terri Voss in our cast of characters, as well as the other children in their top hats and wings. Thank you to John Ivan, Rick Ruby, and Bruce Reek for all the behind the scenes help. What a joy to be a part of such a wonderful church family!


+ I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the members of your church for everything you do for the Lake Geneva Food Pantry. Both monetary and food donations are what helps to keep this pantry operating. We need all the help we can get to feed those in need. Happy New Year to all! Jean Benedict - Lake Geneva Food Pantry


+ EXCEPTIONAL Christmas Cantata presentation by ALL on December 15th!!! I can't find the words to describe how inspiring, joyous, and remarkable the entire presentation was. Hearts were moved and lives touched! I am so grateful that you were able to share your musical gifts to celebrate and herald the birth of our Savior, Jesus. The musical talent we have at Immanuel is breathtaking! Thanks for passionately offering your time, energy, and talent for such a wonderful and uplifting ministry. We have so many to be thankful for-including EVERY single participant. The orchestra supplied a first-rate accompaniment to the glorious singers. Special thanks to Bruce Reek for controlling the soundboard; we couldn't present without his extreme dedication to making us sound great! Thanks to Rick Ruby for working so hard to create a recording, run the video, and take professional photos. Thanks to Jaime Ivan for her help devising a seating chart and Amberleigh Aller for her exquisite help with warm ups. Thanks to Kathy Middleton for her excellent leadership on the keys throughout. Thanks to Pastor Mary Ann for the brilliant words of inspiration-spoken with such passion. Thanks to the Drapers for feeding our bodies downstairs, so we could feed others' souls with brilliant music. And thanks to all those who brought goodies to share. Every piece of the ensemble plays such a crucial role-thanks to ALL for the sheer joy that you have given me as your director! FABULOUS JOB!!! John Ivan


+ Special thanks to the Ehlens for their beautiful prelude music on December 22nd! It was a lovely way to start the snowy worship service that included the fabulous children's pageant.


+ Many thanks to the carolers and the bag of "goodies" they brought. You put a bright spot in a bad day. Also the lovely cards I receive each month. They are so inspirational. The poinsettia plant is beautiful. Last but not least, the prayers. I am so grateful for each and every one. What a blessing you all are. I hope to be able to return soon. Bev Peacock


+ Thanks to Chuck and Paula Tyburk for arranging to have their precious granddaughter play "Silent Night" piano solo on December 22nd! Erika Huber did a fabulous job and we are so grateful to hear young talent that brings praise and glory to God!


+ Thanks to Amberleigh Aller-soprano, Doug Ehlert-trumpet, and John Ivan-piano; who skillfully collaborated Handel's "Let The Bright Seraphim" at all three Christmas Eve services! It was a majestic Christmas offering with heavenly singing and magnificent trumpet! Thanks to ALL our musicians for sharing your gifts on Christmas Eve, especially at all three services! Please enjoy this classical piece if you missed it. Watch here:


+ Dear Immanuel Quilters, We were so surprised to receive the lovely quilts when Pastor Mary Ann came to visit. It was so kind of you to think of the two of us, especially with something made with care and concern. Thank you all for your thoughtfulness! In Christ, Betty Schulz


+ Thank you for the delicious treats and the beautiful poinsettia plant. It made my day! I love flowers! Sincerely, Pat Owen


+ Special thanks to Reese Mikrut who tenderly sang "Just A Girl" for all three Christmas Eve worship services! 11 year old Reese Mikrut beautifully revealed what it might have been like for Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem in this new Christmas song. Her young talent is exquisite and we are so grateful that she shared her gifts at all three services! If you missed it, please enjoy this precious song here:


+ I want to thank Pastor Mark for bringing me the delicious gift of cookies, fruit and goodies. It came at a good time. God Bless You! Marie Hinzpeter and family


+ I would like to thank Ayla for bringing me the beautiful poinsettia plant. The blooms are beautiful and full. God Bless You! Marie Hinzpeter and family


+I want to thank the card creators for the beautiful cards they make and the verses - they are very heart warming. God Bless You! Marie Hinzpeter


+ Special thanks to Jaime Ivan for singing "Find You on my Knees" at all three services on January 12th during the grand opening celebration! She did a superb job! We are blessed with immense talent at Immanuel! Thanks for sharing your gifts to the glory of God! Watch here:  


+ We want to sincerely thank the person or persons who had flowers on the altar for our 51st anniversary, November 10th. We wish we knew who you are so we could thank you in person. It was a surprise and was truly appreciated. Thanks also to the ones who sent cards or phoned after my surgery. I'm still going to therapy. It has been a long and painful process. Thank you for thinking of me and us. God Bless and thanks! Elaine & Wayne Vorpagel


+ Thanks to the Praise Team for being flexible and putting in extra hours of time as we transition to the new building! They have gone above and beyond to adapt to a new system, with different acoustics, and done it with patience and grace. Thanks to a wonderful leadership team!


+ Thanks for the very thoughtful gift of a poinsettia for Christmas! Lorraine Schober


+ Thanks to Shelby Peteler for her lovely clarinet solo on January 12 at all three services! The tender classical piece was a lovely way to start Holy Communion. Thanks to Shelby and all our musicians for freely giving your time and offering your talents!


+ Dear Immanuel Lutheran Church Members, The W.C. Food Pantry & Lakeland School / FOLS thanks you for the dinner that you provided for us 1/5/14. The waffles, sausage, eggs and fresh fruit were perfect. Thank you also for the food you provided for the rest of the week. With gratitude, Scott, Janet, John, Shelter Staff and Residents


+ A huge thank you to Glenn Moehling, Dan & Jan Bice, Rich McWherter, the Gibson's, Lee and everyone else who helped us pack, move, and assemble our new youth room in the new building! We appreciate all of your hard work!! Sami Moehling


+ Dear Immanuel Members, Thank you for the generous donation of hats, gloves, and scarves for our W.C. clients. Our clients are so appreciative of these warm garments. Happy New Year and thank you again! Walworth County Food Pantry Staff and Clients


+ To My Immanuel Church Family, Cantata Singers, Pastors Mary Ann & Mark, Thank you so much for being such a blessings to me always and especially today through music & inspiration on the Cantata. An amazing job to all!!! Thank you for the gifts and most of all your friendships. Love you all! Kathy Middleton


+ Dear friend at Immanuel: We were so surprised and delighted to receive the goodie bag of fruit, cookies, candy, etc. We very much appreciate your time and thoughtfulness in thinking of us. Blessing to all at Christmas. Betty and Emmet Schulz


+ Thanks to Jubilate choir for singing "Cornerstone" at all three services on January 19th! It was the first time they sang in the new building and the voices soared! The text declared that Jesus is our cornerstone, hope fitting! We are so excited to hear more beautiful anthems in the new space! Thanks for sharing your gifts!


+ Thanks to Steve Norem who sang "Mary Did You Know?" as a musical offering on January 26th. His blend of tender moments followed by very robust climaxes fascinated listeners and certainly brought glory to God! The text is a wonderful reminder that the Babe in the Manger becomes a child, then man that will be the Savior of the world! Special thanks to Steve for sharing his precious gift of singing! Watch and listen here:


+ 11 year old Raya Hickey sang "God Girl" by Jamie Grace on January 26th. This contemporary pop Christian song inspires and encourages young women to follow Jesus when faced with the troubles of our big world! Raya has such talent, passion, and desire to share her gifts! Thanks Raya! Watch and listen here:  





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