Immanuel eNewsletter

March, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

In This Issue
Worship News
Worship with Us!    






Wednesdays in Lent:  "Body Building!"


Join us each Wednesday night in Lent for an inspiring gathering of our faith community in the Fellowship Hall! 


Dinner: 5:30-6:15 - Delicious meal of homemade soups and sandwiches.  Bring the whole family. 


Worship: 6:15 PM - 6:50 - Worship in the Fellowship Hall. Our theme this year is "Body Building."


Worship will include clips from the movie, "Facing the Giants." Through this inspiring story about a football team, we will study how Jesus shapes and forms us into the team that the Bible calls Christ's Body - the church. There will be a message for children as well as adults, and a special gift each night that relates to the theme for the children.    


Feel free to wear the shirt, hat, or jacket of your favorite football team!  It will be a visual reminder of our diversity, in the midst of our unity






Looking for the monthly Worship Leader Schedule, the Health Newsletter, Immanuel's Website, the Calendar or the Staff Directory? Click on the links to the right.  -->



All Mail for New Church


700 N Bloomfield Road, Lake Geneva, WI 53147. Please notice we have to indicate North Bloomfield Road or the post office will not deliver our mail to us.


If you have a new phone number, address 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.


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.


Ash Wednesday: 


The Season of Lent begins with our Ash Wednesday Service on Wednesday, March 5 at 7:00 PM in the worship space.  This very moving service includes the "Imposition of Ashes" on the forehead of each worshiper, reminding us that our bodies on this side of heaven are temporary.  Two things are certain:  we will all die.  But the ashes are traced in the sign of the cross - reminding us of the certainty of Christ's promise of eternal life for all who believe in him.  There will be special music, and Holy Communion will also be celebrated.  Come and begin the season of Lent in the arms of Jesus and his promises. 


The Season of Lent:


The Season of Lent spans the 40 days leading up to Easter, excluding Sundays - because every Sunday is considered a "little Easter!  It is a more reflective time in the church year, modeled after the forty days Jesus spent in the desert being tempted by the devil.  Like our Savior, we choose to lay aside those practices that lead us into temptation.  Instead, we put on the "full armor of God" - through study of God's Word at home and in Small Group Bible Studies, as well as through prayer, generosity, and serving others in Christ's name.


Sundays in Lent: "Transformation!"


Our new "All-Church Campaign is entitled: "Transformation:  How God Changes Us."  Each Sunday in Lent, we will be preaching on the theme of the study for that week. Small Groups are available in a variety of locations. (See the listing of facilitators, locations and meeting dates under Discipleship News.) Please choose the one that works for you.

Themes are:


Feb. 23 - Transformed in my Spiritual Health

March 2- Transformed in my Physical Health

March 9 - Transformed in my Mental Health

March 16 - Transformed in my Emotional Health

March 23 - Transformed in my Relational Health

March 30 - Transformed in my Financial Health

April 6 - Transformed in my Vocational Health


Come worship and hear how Jesus brought transformation and faith to each person he encountered in our Lenten Gospel Lessons.  We hope and ask for Christ to do the same among each of us.


Easter Cantata


Rehearsals for the Easter cantata have just begun and ALL are invited to join this moving ministry! The cantata will be presented on Easter (April 20th) at all three services. The glorious musical celebration starts with months of rehearsals that culminate in a brilliant, grandiose presentation by a large combined choir with orchestral accompaniment. The inspirational music comprises a variety of music, both traditional and contemporary, and will be a "best of" medley this year! Those who don't read music are welcomed and can learn the notes with rehearsal tracks. Truly all are invited! We need both vocalists and instrumentalists. Contact John Ivan for more information via email: cell phone: 262-620-2349, or at church!


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 into this 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.


Coffee Hour: 


Beverages are available following the first service at the Welcome Center Counter in the Gathering Space. Help yourself to Information about Immanuel that is on the counter. Our Coffee Hour follows the first service in the Fellowship Hall to the left of the worship space. Come join us for treats, beverages, and conversation. It's a great way to meet new friends, and to share in fellowship with others. All are welcome!! Many thanks to those who help serve for these two ministries. If you are interested in also helping, we need you!! Sign up on the Worship Card. Thanks!




Please help yourself to a hymnal at the entrance of the worship space if you like to follow the music for hymns.


Worship Needs


We have commissioned Matt Schulz to build the new pulpit, which will match the design of the altar. Your donations to this project in honor or in memory of a loved one would be a huge gift! The pulpit will serve generations to come - especially those who come hungering for a relationship with our Savior. Thanks!


Liturgical Arts Team


We are so grateful to God for the very talented group who have been serving on our Liturgical Arts Team. Their first meetings have focused on new "paraments": the colorful hangings on the altar, pulpit, and credence table (behind the altar) - in the colors of the church year. Team members include: Dennis Schulz, Sandy Tonn, Carol Smith, Jackie Kuehl, Gretchen & Kyle Hoffman, Jeff & Jayne Erickson, Sara Wahlstedt, Randi Mikrut and Pastor Mary Ann. The new paraments will be in the worship space for the season of Lent! Eventually the team will also work on other artistic needs in the building. If you're interested in helping, let any member of the team know.




The Adult Sunday School Class


The Adult Sunday School Class will meet in the Conference Room, in the administrative area to the right of Sanctuary, at 9:30 a.m. They are studying "The Serenity Prayer." All are welcome!


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.


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.


Saturday Morning Bible Study


The Saturday Morning Bible Study will meet at 10:00 a.m. at Loretta Frank's house, N2020 County Road H #437, on March 8th. Call 847-915-1113 for directions.

Wednesdays in Lent:  "Body Building!"


Join us each Wednesday night in Lent for an inspiring gathering of our faith community in the Fellowship Hall!  Here's the schedule:


Dinner: 5:30-6:15 - Delicious meal of homemade soups and sandwiches.  Bring the whole family.  Sign up if you plan to attend, and also if you can bring food!


Worship: 6:15 PM - 6:50 - Worship in the Fellowship Hall. Our theme this year is "Body Building." Since we have spent the last seven years building this fabulous new facility to house Christ's Church, we want to focus in Lent on "Body Building 'a chance to build up the Body of Christ."




Worship will include clips from the movie, "Facing the Giants." Through this inspiring story about a football team, we will study how Jesus shapes and forms us into the team that the Bible calls Christ's Body - the church. There will be a message for children as well as adults, and a special gift each night that relates to the theme for the children.    


Feel free to wear the shirt, hat, or jacket of your favorite football team!  It will be a visual reminder of our diversity, in the midst of our unity! 

7:00 PM - Clean up in the kitchen and Fellowship Hall.

                Cantata Rehearsal


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Serving in the Military


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


Battling Cancer


Betty Aguirre, Kim Audetat, Ron Bachman, Brenda Backhaus, Lisa Barnhart, Elsa Baur, Mary Brandt, Mike Bureca, Anne Chant, Christopher Botts, Danny Coleman, Bethany Crawford, Jim Daily, Ed Dee, Cyndi Dietze, Marian Engstrom, Phillip Giese, Paul Hainstock, Anne Heck, Eric Jelnik, Sherry Joyce, Jason Kazinski, Doug Kerkaonan, Deb Kopek, Esther Laskowski, Pat Lincoln, Judy Lindner, Lynn McAdams, Kim Michaelson, Nick Palozzolo, Kathy Paquette, Beverly Peacock, Denise Peck, Mickey Petranek, Trudy Rauch, Molly Reek, Hunter Schwab, Barb Searle, Shelly Shepstone, Dick Sievert, Anita Smith, Marty Smith, Pete Stein, Dottie Swatek, Monika Swing, Mary Teel, Ed Thiel, Sara Wahlstedt, Rick Walters, Liam Wester, Barb Whitney, Sharyl Wilkins, Linsey Young.


In Hospice Care


Lawrence Norem, Margaret Welsch, Jeannette Helfers,

Bill Binn Sr.


Health and Strength


Betty Bauman, Brian Belot, All Bettisch, Ed & Catherine Blechner, Hope Block, Mrs. Bloskio, Chris Bollwahn, Nancy Bollweg, Mike Braam, Brian Britnall, Stacey Carlson, Danielle Cloutier, Loretta Combs, Olivia Deerig, LaVerne Drake, Bobby Joe Fritz, Mike Gerlitz, Michael Grenning's Mom, Lorraine Hanneman, Zachary Harrod,Jocelyn Hayes, Betty Howes, William Hundsrucker, Jacob Ivan, Caroline Kube,Ruth Johnson,Anthony Jovani,Linda Jurica, Mark Justison, JoAnn Koch, Tom Kuttnauer, Colton Lazzaroni, Gary Lechner, Don Ledenbach, Jean Ledenbach, JoAnn Lindner, Char Luepkes, 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, Carl Rahn, Frank & Mike Rizzo, Hannah Ruebisch, Gesine Schmidt, Madgel Schluga, Emmet Schulz, Vivian Spanjer, Mackinnon Spraker, Gordon Van Heel,Wayne Vorpagel, Marie Voss, Shelly Weis, Valarie Weyrauch, Debbie Winters. 


Awaiting / Recovering from Surgery / Hospitalization


Rick Bergman, George Elblein,Penny Erickson,Sandy Lechner, Craig Middleton, Nina Pappas, Emmet Schulz, David Totten, T.J. Triplett, Elaine Vorpagel, Teri Voss, Brecken Wampner, Mike Woods.





+ Seth Milbocker, friend of the Radtkes, died to Christ on January 24th.


+ Mike Hinzpeter, beloved son of Ruth Hinzpeter, who died to Christ on February 4th.


+ Tom Adams, cousin of Duane Hove, who died to Christ on February 22nd.


+ Pastors Mary Ann and Mark, at the fresh loss of her cousin, Shane Alan Foraker. Shane was Andy Foraker's dad. Andy & Rachel & daughters were members of Immanuel before their move south about 5 years ago.


+ Carol Bice, step-mother of Dan & Jan, died to Christ in Febraury after a long struggle with her health.



Serving on the Mission Field


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




+ Congratulations to Joseph Danna, a junior at Badger High School, who was nominated to attend the Congress of Future Physicians and Medical Leaders in Washington, DC February 14-16.


+ Congratulations to Steve Deering, coach of the Middle School Girls Sunday Basketball League, on winning their league and taking 1st Place in their tournament. Courtney Oomens and Olivia Deering are both on the team.


 + Congratulations to Evan Gibson, accepted into Upper Iowa University with a full ride scholarship. He will play football and study pre-med.


+ Congratulations to Sami Moehling who received the Gold Award from the National Association of Remodeling Institute for her social media work!


+ Congratulations to Thomas Guske who was crowned Mr. Badger during the boys varsity basketball game for raising the most money for MDA with the help of his little cheerleaders Maelynn and Kinlee Smith.


+ Congratulations to the Badger High School Swim Team on winning their Conference.


+ Congratulations to Curtis Knaack, Blake Lancour and Simon Schuessler who earned their Arrow of Light Awards on March 1st.  This is the highest award given to Cub Scouts.  All three boys crossed over to Boy Scouts and are continuing their scouting journey.

+ Congratulations to Erin Effenheim and Tim Wester, as they bind themselves together in marriage on March 21st.


+ Congratulations to Jared Blada on his up-coming Eagle Scout of Honor on March 8th.






+ Congratulations to Abbey and Eric Rosenquist on the birth of their son, Levi John Rosenquist, born on February 12th. Wayne and Elaine Vorpagel are great grandparents for the first time.


+ Congratulations to Heidi and Bill Anderson on the birth of their daughter, Katie Joy Anderson, born on February 16th.


+ Congratulations to Jennifer Baertschy, on the birth of her daughter, Lilly Theresa Baertschy on January 2nd.




+ Congratulations to Kristy and David Borre, on the baptism of their son, Cameron John Borre, on February 2nd. Joan Mellien is the proud great grandmother.


Expecting a Child!

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

New Members


Karlee Dunbar & Lee Drummond  
400 S Edwards Blvd.  Apt 247   
Lake Geneva, WI  53147   
Adam and Jessica Marunde
Evan and Aiden
5411 W Lake Shore Drive
Wonders Lake, IL  60097





All-Church Small Group Bible Study: 50 Days of Transformation!


Our first All-Church Small Group Bible Study Series in our new church building has begun!


This is a brand new church-wide, 7 session campaign. It will guide participants to explore what the Bible has to say about how the power of Jesus Christ transforms the seven key areas of our lives: spiritual health, physical health, mental health, emotional health, relational health, financial health, and vocational health.


The world is shouting answers to our relationship struggles, solutions to our financial trouble, and explanations to our search for meaning. But the world's promises leave us empty and searching for more. God's Word is the only answer that promises to transform our lives from the inside out. As we begin to think differently, we will be empowered to live differently.  

The Study Includes:


  • DVD Teaching - includes seven powerful small group lessons taught by Rick Warren of Saddleback Church. Each lesson, combined with materials from the Transformed Journal, will inspire us to take stock of ourselves in each of these key areas of life.      


  • Small Group Bible Studies! Check out the schedule of Small Groups available throughout the week, at a variety of times and locations. There is a group for YOU!


  • The Transformed Journal. Includes 50 daily devotions, notes for the video teaching, Biblical texts, discussion questions, and personal studies.


Sign Up for the Small Group of Your Choice!


_____   Mon., 5:00 PM at the home of Judy Huemann, 245 Elmwood Ave. in Lake Geneva, 262 248-7572. Facilitators: Todd and Erin Huemann, 262-206-0386.


_____   Mon., 6:30 PM in Classroom B at the church. Facilitators: Sean and Sharon Payne, 262-745-9341 & 262-745-1471.


_____   Mon., 6:45 PM in the Conference Room at the church. Facilitators: Mark and Kelsey Hanneman, 847-848-3332; and Norma Nelson, 262- 279-9698 or 708-267-2061.  


_____   Tues., 9:00 AM in the Conference Room at the church. Facilitator: Carolee Barnett, 262 215-1008; Susan Krinn, 262-245-5579; Kristy Danna, 262-249-0113.


_____ Tues., 6:00 PM at the home of Jennifer and Mike Kramp, 460 Oakwood Lane, Lake Geneva, WI. Facilitators: Jennifer and Mike, 262-745-9895, 262-348-6245. Children are welcome.


_____   Tues., 6:30 PM, at the home of Jeri and Buz Bozovsky, 1800 LaSalle St., Unit 5, Lake Geneva. Facilitators: Jeri and Buz, 262-203-5400.


_____   Wed., 9:30 AM on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. The group meets in the Conference Room at the church. Facilitator: Jill Rosenthal, 262-949-2569. Call for more information.


_____   Wed., 6:30 PM in Conference Room the church. Facilitator: Grace Peterson, 262-245-5921 or 414-322-0388.


_____   Wed., 6:30 PM at the home of Kristin and John Larkin, W3675 Hartshorne Lane in Lake Geneva. Facilitators: Kristin and John, 414-491-1969, & 262-248-7720. Kid friendly!


_____   Thurs., 6 PM at Harbor Shores, 300 Wrigley Dr., Lake Geneva. Facilitator: Tammie Carstensen, 262-749-8301.  


_____   Thurs., 6:30 PM at the home of Dan and Edith Draper, 1440 Linda Lane in Lake Geneva. Facilitators: Dan and Edith, 262-248-1861, or 262-903-5333.


_____Thurs., 6:30 at the home of Ellen and Ken Hanson, 932 North Pine Street, Burlington. Facilitator: Ellen Hanson 262-210-1001. Children are welcome.


_____   Thurs., 6:30 PM at the home of Pastors Mary Ann and Mark, 395 Oakwood Lane in Lake Geneva. Facilitators: Pastors M and M, 262- 215-3177 or 262-215-5204.


_____ Fri., 6:45 AM at Caribou Coffee in Lake Geneva. Men's Group. Facilitator: Ken Field, 262-374-1795.

_____ Fri., 9:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall at the church. Women's Group. Facilitator, Mickey Tolar, 262-248-0506.


_____ Sat., 6:00 PM, in rotating homes. Facilitators: Lisa and Greg Bunge, 262-248-4804.


Facilitating a Group


We are hoping for and welcome additional small groups, and will add them to subsequent editions of this form. If you want to launch a Small Group, please let us know the location - at work, home, school, church, local business, coffee shop, or restaurant, along with the day of the week

and time of your group. Thanks!


Invite your friends, neighbors, coworkers, classmates, and family to join you in this thrilling 50 day journey of spiritual growth and enrichment!





Sunday Morning Nursery Staff

A nursery is provided during each service for children 4 and under to the left of the Sanctuary. Children over 5 years are encouraged to join their families during worship. Little treats are available on the coffee bar counter. Please help yourself to a"busy bag" for your pre-schooler at the entrance to the worship space, to help your child 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. 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.


We will not have Sunday School on April 20th, due to the Easter Holiday.


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.


Just for Kids will be closed from March 29th through April 6th for Spring Break.


Early Release Day


Our next Early Release Day will be Thursday, March 13th, from 1:30 p.m to 3:45 p.m. We continue to provide games, snacks, crafts, and more to the children in our area. If you would like to help with this great program, please contact Brianna at 248-4211.


Immanuel's Children's Programs are looking for donations of juice, milk, or snacks for our many programs for kids. Besides Sunday School, we could use these items for both Early Release Day and Before and After-School. Donations can be marked "Kids" and put in the Activity Room. Thanks!


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. 


Name Our New Day Care


Immanuel is launching a Day Care in September and needs a great child- engaging name! Please write your ideas on the worship card. 




Middle School After School Ministry


If you want to serve on the Planning Team for our Middle School After School Ministry that will launch in September, join us on Tuesday, March 4th at 6:30 p.m. in the Conference Room.


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 Youth will NOT have Youth Group on March 5th. Please join us for our Ash Wednesday Service!


3:16 Youth Group


We will have an abbreviated Youth Group throughout Lent, immediately following our Mid-week Lenten Services. Please join us for a delicious meal and worship on Wednesdays, beginning March 12th!


3:16 Youth will have a Worship Sunday on March 16th. Please remember to fill out a Worship Worksheet.


Youth Quake 2014


Youth Quake is March 21-23 at the Wilderness Resort in the Wisconsin Dells! We will meet at the church on Friday evening and carpool to the Dells - please pack a dinner, or bring money to stop on the way. All meals are provided on Saturday, along with breakfast on Sunday. We will head back to Lake Geneva on Sunday afternoon, stopping along the way for lunch (please bring money for this stop). It will be a great weekend spent sharing and growing in our faith!





Crusaders High School Youth Group

The High School Youth Group has a new Name! We are excited to announce that we are now the Crusaders! It was a very close contest with only 1 vote separating each option. Join us on Monday nights from 7:30-9:00 p.m. in the Youth Room off of the fellowship hall. Please invite your friends to join us. Our numbers are growing and we are all very excited to see you each week.

High School Mission Trip Dessert Auction

Please join us for our Spaghetti Dinner/Dessert Auction on Sunday, March 16th at 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We will be serving spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, garlic bread and a drink for dinner with the Dessert Auction to follow. All monies raised will go towards our High School Mission Trip to Puerto Rico in June. Your Support is greatly appreciated!

High School Youth Mission Trip

Our Youth Mission Trip to Puerto Rico will be June 21-28 for students in 9th grade and up. We have 40 teens and adults on The Team and a waiting list! Praise God for this incredible opportunity to serve alongside our new partner congregation, Sion Lutheran Church. The Team meets Thursday, March 6th at 7:30 p.m.




Walworth County Emergency Men's Homeless Shelter


Chapel on the Hill will host the Walworth County Emergency Men's Homeless Shelter March 9-15 and March 16-22. Immanuel Lutheran will be the assisting church. Request for Volunteers:  March 20th, 21st, and 22nd  for dinners. Approx. 16-20 people. Same nights for overnight stay. Please contact Scott Cunningham for further details 262-203-4048 (cell), or Jeannie, at Chapel on the Hill 262-245-9122.


Welcome Volunteers


Do you love meeting new people? Would you be excited to welcome newcomers to worship and to describe ministry opportunities to them? If so, you're a perfect fit to help staff our "Welcome Center!" We need volunteers to serve at 9:00 a.m. or at 10:45 a.m. in order to welcome our guests. Please sign up on the worship card if you can help. Thanks!


A Volunteer to Take Photos


We would be so blessed to have a volunteer take photos of new members and the newly baptized! Pictures would be taken after the worship service when people are received or baptized. If you are interested, please sign up on the worship card. Thanks!


Fellowship Hour


Our "Fellowship Hour" is a great opportunity for worshipers to visit and welcome newcomers over a cup of coffee and a treat. If you can help staff our "Coffee Hour" it would bless a huge number of people! We need people to bring goodies to help serve or to clean up. Thanks! Please sign up on the worship card.


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: 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 screeningis the 3rd Tuesday of each month, March 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.


Side By Side Fundraiser


The next Side by Side Fundraiser at Simple is Tuesday, April 29th, 2014. Seatings will be at 5, 6, and 7 pm. Tickets will be on sale at Immanuel the 3 weeks before the dinner or at Simple restaurant. Side by Side assists people in need in the Lake Geneva school district area with rent, utilities, prescription medication and resources. For any questions regarding the dinner, fundraising, or Side by Side contact Steve/Judy Guy - 262-245-8898.


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


Card Ministry


Our Card Ministry will gather on Thursday, March 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


"'Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security."

Jeremiah 33:6



In this month's health newsletter, Parish Nurse, Karen Stein, addresses Gallstones. Check out Karen's newsletter at and click on "March 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 Museum


Last year the Geneva Lake Museum celebrated its 30th Anniversary. The museum continues to grow and develop due to the support of the Geneva Lake area community, their members and volunteers. Due to the increased volume of visitors last year, they are currently looking for additional volunteers to help. They are seeking individuals who will guide patrons with a learning experience as they tour the museum. They also offer opportunities to use skills or talents such as office work, painting, exhibits, research, computer skills, cleaning, fund raising, carpentry or electrical skills. If you would like to learn more about the volunteer opportunities at the museum, please call Karen Jo, Helen or Pat at 262-248-6060 or contact them at There will be a Volunteer Training Session at the museum on Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. Please contact the museum if you would like to attend.


Career Development Group


We are postponing this group for the time being. Thanks to those who have participated, especially coordinator Kim Jarvis for her superb leadership.


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.


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 Classroom C in the classroom area. 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.


Local Food Pantries


All local Food Pantries are in need of women's feminine products. If you can donate, it would be a gift!





Church Council Meeting


The Church Council and Staff Retreat is Saturday, March 15th, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon 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.


Did you Know?


The Thrivent Choice® program lets eligible members recommend where some of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans' charitable outreach funds go by directing Choice Dollars®. The 2014 details can be found at


Church Photo Directory


There is one more opportunity to get your picture taken for our new photo directory: Wednesday, March 5th, from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m. - just before our Ash Wednesday Service.





New Building Update



PARKING: We are blessed to have 5 times more parking spaces than we did at our old building but now we're filling it to capacity. Thankfully we can use the Middle School Lot. We're grateful for those who can use this option. Please do not park in the connecting driveway to the Middle School. Please leave spaces closest to the building for guests and seniors. Thanks!

Immanuel Lawn Signs


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




+ A very big THANK YOU to all who donated to the bake sale for the family of Seth Milbocker which was hosted by Immanuel's 3:16 Youth Group last Sunday. The bake sale was a great success due to the tremendous outpouring of support from those who donated baked goods, bought from the bake sale, or simply made a donation.... Each of your donations are appreciated and such a help to this family during this difficult time. 


+ Special thank you to our Middle School students - your support during the sale, and in the last couple of weeks has been simply amazing. Every one of you is a blessing to our congregation.


+ Thanks to the amazing Bells of Immanuel for ringing on February 2nd. They rang for the first time in the new building and it sounded exquisite! Special thanks to Ellen Hanson for leading the group! If you missed the song, listen here:


+Thank you to all the wonderful Sunday School Singers for sharing their voices on February 9th! A special thank you to Tami Buntrock and John Ivan for their dedication in helping Immanuel's Kids. We continue to have over 70 children bless our classrooms each week. Thanks to all our teachers for sharing the message of our Lord each Sunday! It is so nice to see our classrooms filled with children eager to learn God's Word! Brianna Deering


+ A special thank you to Rhonda Ganansky for her amazing heart cookies on February 9th! The Sunday School Kids loved the special treat, and had such fun decorating them after they were done singing. Brianna Deering


+ Thanks to the Praise Team for learning and introducing new Christian music to keep worship inspirational. They introduced a fabulous new song, "Jesus, Firm Foundation" on February 9th and have plans for wonderful new songs coming up!


+ To Members of Immanuel Lutheran, As my 80th Birthday approached I told my family that I did not want any "fuss" about the day. In addition they were told I would not be sending "thank you" notes for occasions such as Father's Day or Birthdays. I wanted to say "thank you" later from the perspective of living as an 80 year old. Six years ago a diagnosis of stage four, Type B Large Cell Lymphoma was unexpected. The prayers and support from Pastor Mary Ann, Pastor Mark and the congregation during surgery and chemotherapy was overwhelming and appreciated. Thank you to the Quilters for the gift of a beautiful quilt in my favorite colors for my 80th birthday. Additional "Thank You" to the card and cookie ministry members for their consistent encouragement and prayers. A heartfelt "Thank You" to the members of our Immanuel family. Joyce and Earl Vorpagel


+ Dear Immanuel, Thank you for the Christmas cookies and the Poinsettia plant. Sincerely, Shirley Adams


+ Special thanks to Laurie Cornue (violin) and Eileen Weyrauch (flute) for tenderly playing the duet "Blessed Assurance" on February 16th at all three services. It was so moving, especially played during confession time. Thanks to these very talented ladies!


+ Huge thanks to Jaime Ivan for subbing on the piano for me on February 16th with a two hour notice! She did a fabulous job (I hear) under the circumstances! I so missed being at church, but rested well knowing she and the entire team would still bring glory to God through song! Thanks all for being flexible! 




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