Immanuel eNewsletter

April, 2014

Happy Easter!

In This Issue
Worship News
Worship with Us!    





Holy Week Schedule


April 13th, Palm Sunday

8:15 a.m. Classic Worship;

9:45 & 11:07 a.m. Contemporary Worship

Procession of Jesus into Jerusalem & Sunday School Singers


April 17th, Maundy Thursday

5:30 p.m. Potluck Dinner

6:15 p.m. Worship

Last Supper Drama and Communion

Stripping of the Altar


April 18th, Good Friday

7:00 p.m. Tenebrae and Passion Drama Service


April 20th, Easter Sunday

8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

Celebrative Easter Worship with Easter Cantata: "Alive!"

7:30 - 10:30 a.m. Easter Breakfast





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Immanuel Staff Email Addresses


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Pastor Mary Ann:

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Brenda Follensbee:

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Jeri Gaugert:

Samantha Moehling:

Brianna Deering:

Edith Draper:

Karen Stein:


Wednesdays in Lent:  "Body Building!"


Join us each Wednesday night in Lent for an inspiring gathering of our faith community in the Fellowship Hall!  The response has been overwhelming - with great food, heart-warming fellowship and inspirational worship. 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



19th Annual Men's Easter Breakfast April 20, 2014


Please join us for our 19th Annual Men's Easter Breakfast. We will be serving Eggs, Ham, Sausage, Pancakes, Fruit, Danish, Coffee, Milk, and Juice. We will be serving food from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. so please bring your family and enjoy the best Easter breakfast in town. Any questions, please call Rick Ruby at 262-581-5186.


Sundays in Lent: "Transformation!"


Our "All-Church Campaign is "Transformation:  How God Changes Us," continues throughout Lent. 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:


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 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 is a brilliant 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 will resume after Easter 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.




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


Coffee Hour: 


Beverages are available following the first service at the Welcome Center Counter in the Gathering Space. Help yourself to information about Immanuel 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!


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 29th 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.



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Serving in the Military


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


Battling Cancer


Betty Aguirre, Kim Audetat, Pastor Ron Bachman, Brenda Backhaus, Lisa Barnhart, Elsa Baur, Al Bettisch, Jamee Borstein, 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, 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., Dick Sievert


Health and Strength


Betty Bauman, Karen Baumgartner, Brian Belot, Ed & Catherine Blechner, Hope Block, Mrs. Bloskio, Chris Bollwahn, Nancy Bollweg, Mike Braam, Brian Britnall, Stacey Carlson, Ray Christian, Danielle Cloutier, Loretta Combs, Bobby Joe Fritz, Mike Gerlitz, Sue Grenning, Lorraine Hanneman, Zachary Harrod, Betty Howes, William Hundsrucker, Abbie Ivan, Ernie Kloppstein, Caroline Kube,Ruth Johnson,Anthony Jovani,Linda Jurica, Mark Justison, JoAnn Koch, Tom Kuttnauer, Maegan Lambert, Colton Lazzaroni, Gary Lechner, Don Ledenbach, Jean Ledenbach, JoAnn Lindner, Char Luepkes, Ruby Madsen, Larry Malsch, Patrick McBean, Jim Michalek, Pam Millar, Larry Moe, Larry Miller, Tom Mol, Yvonne Mol, Pat Morrissey, Dean Noble, Carrie Novak, June Ann Novak, Kay Ohlson, Patricia Owen, Carolyn Phillips, Jerry Polek, Lydia Polek, Carl Rahn, Frank & Mike Rizzo, Hannah Ruebisch, Gesine Schmidt, Madgel Schluga, Emmet Schulz, Ione Schopen, Vivian Spanjer, Mackinnon Spraker, John Switalski, Gordon Van Heel,Wayne Vorpagel, Marie Voss, Shelly Weis, Valarie Weyrauch, Mary Ann Wieberg, Debbie Winters.


Awaiting / Recovering from Surgery / Hospitalization


Carol Annen, Rick Bergman, Nick Dunski, George Elblein,Penny Erickson,Lester Gilbertson,Marcia Gunderson, Ken Hanson,Kim Kirkpatrick,Ruth Kloppstein, Sandy Lechner, Craig Middleton, Linda Moreau, Nina Pappas, Mickey Petranek, Trudy Rauch, Bonnie Sigman, David Totten, T.J. Triplett, Elaine Vorpagel, Mike Woods.




+ John Burke, father of Carol Tripplett, died to Christ on March 10th.

+ LaVerne Drake, grandmother of Robyn Bakken, died to Christ on March 16th.



Serving on the Mission Field


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




+ Congratulations to Breanna Thompson who received all firsts at Solo Ensemble in saxophone and vocals.


+ Congratulations to Andrea Pether who has been awarded teacher of the year.


+ Congratulations to Joanie Fields who has been honored with support staff member of the year. 





+ Congratulations to Jared and Samantha Hanson, on the birth of their son, Azden Neil Hanson, on March 2nd. Ellen & Ken Hanson are the proud grandparents.





+ Congratulations to Chad and Amy Bittner, on the baptism of their daughter, Lorelei Hope Bittner, on March 9th.


+ Congratulations to Danielle Draffkorn and Tyler Carroll, on the baptism of their daughter, Kyrin Ellen Carroll, on March 16th.


+ Congratulations to Jennifer Baertschy and Thomas Sommerseldt, on the baptism of their daughter, Lily Theresa Baertschy, on March 23rd.


Expecting a Child!

Maria Dean, Tiffany Erbentraut, Jayne Erickson, Chelsie Koronkiewicz, Alison Mansky, Kimberly Pillman, Kelly Vanderstappen, Jennifer Ott-Wilson

New Members


Chad, Amy & Lorelei Bittner  
2116 Heather Drive   
Lake Geneva, WI  53147  
Jeff and Michelle Edson
Jesse, Mercedes, Lilian     
Gabriella & Ellieanna
233 S Kane Street
Burlington, WI 53105


Jen Grimme   
Spencer & Trent Junion   
6242 Jones Road   
Burlington, WI  53105     
Wendy Tikk
8613 Alden Road
Harvard, IL  60033


Brenda Kissner
W3950 Longfellow Drive
Lake Geneva, WI  53147


Danielle Draffkorn, Tyler Carroll
Kyrin Carroll 
W5347 Delavan Drive
Elkhorn, WI  53121   





Saturday Morning Women's Bible Study


Immanuel's Saturday Morning Women's Bible Study group will meet at Janet Yakes' house, 3127 South Road, Lake Geneva, on April 12 at 10:00 a.m. We are studying the Beatitudes. Call Janet at 248-3215 with questions or if you need directions.


New Members Discovery Class


New Members Discovery Class meets Sunday, April 27th, 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.


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 to rave reviews. It's not too late to participate in the second half of the study! We areexploring what the Bible says 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 D 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 the Conference Room at 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.


_____ Thur., 7:00 PM, beginning March 20th at rotating venues. Facilitators: Sandy Tonn 262-348-0737, Jackie Kuehl 262-203-5296 & Karen Crusey 262-348-9502


_____ 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.  





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 a month, we need you! Sign-up on the worship card or call Brianna at 248-4211.

There will be no Sunday School on Sunday, April 20th, as we celebrate Easter with our families.


Sunday School Singers


The Sunday School Singers will be sharing their message of music on Sunday, April 13th, Palm Sunday.   The children will be singing at the 1st and 2nd Services, and should be at church at 8:45 a.m. Thank you to Tami Buntrock for leading us as we lift up our voices in song.


Day Care News


Progress is being made for the opening of a Day Care Center at Immanuel, with a target date of August 2014. This ministry is in response to a huge need in our community for quality child care. "LITTLE SPROUTS LEARNING CENTER" is the name that has been chosen, with the tag line "Where children grow in faith." This will be a full day child care center that provides exceptional care for children ages 6 weeks through 4 years. LITTLE SPROUTS will offer differentiated faith based programs for infants, toddlers, and pre-school aged children to ensure they receive developmentally appropriate experiences in a safe and loving environment.


A Day Care team has been working for several months to develop this exciting ministry. Next steps include licensing from the state, development of a business plan, outfitting rooms for children.


Immanuel Kid's Easter Egg Hunt


Mark your calendars for Immanuel's Annual Kids' Easter Egg Hunt! The hunt is scheduled for Friday, April 18th, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

We will be coloring eggs, hunting for eggs, sharing in snacks and crafts, and listening to the story of Good Friday. Immanuel's Children's Ministry is looking for donations of eggs (boiled but not colored), snacks, juice, and prizes (small dollar store items). If you can donate, please drop off the items at church marked, "Easter Egg Hunt". Thank you for your help in making this a fun event for our kids! Questions? Please contact Brianna at 248-4211. 


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 a note that Just for Kids Daycare will be closed Monday, March 31st, through Friday, April 4th, for spring vacation. Just for kids will reopen on Monday, April 7th.  

Just for Kids will also be closed on Friday, April 18th, and Monday, April 21st for the Easter Holiday.


Early Release Day


Our next Early Release Day will be Thursday, April 10th, 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


It is that time again, time to start thinking about Vacation Bible Camp! This year's theme is, "Weird Animals: Where Jesus' Love is one-of-a-Kind ". The camp will run from Sunday, July 27th through Thursday, July 31st. We need lots of help! Our first meeting will be Tuesday, April 8th, at 6 p.m. Please come and learn about the great opportunities there are to teach children God's Word. 


First Communion Class


Please contact Pastor Mary Ann if your child is interested in attending our First Communion Class. 



Middle School After School Program


"The Vibe" is the name of our Middle School After School Program that will launch in September. Come help plan this thrilling new ministry. The next planning date is Tuesday, March 25th, 6:30 p.m. at home of Teri Voss, 1123 Wheeler Street, Lake Geneva, 262-374-1101. Contact Pastor Mary Ann with any questions at 262-215-3177.


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 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 until Holy Week.


We will not have Youth Group on Wednesday, April 2nd due to Spring Break.


3:16 Youth will have worship Sundays on April 13th and 20th - please enjoy Palm Sunday and Easter with your families!


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

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 Youth Mission Trip

Our Youth Mission Trip to Puerto Rico will be June 21-28 for students in 9th grade and up. We have 41 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 Next Youth Mission Trip Meeting is Monday, April 14th, 7:30 p.m. at church!

Pizza Ranch Fundraiser April 16th

We hope you will come for pizza on Wednesday, April 16th, 4:30-9:00 p.m. at the Pizza Ranch. Our High School Mission Team will be staffing The "Ranch" and a portion of each sale will help cover costs of the Team in Puerto Rico.

High School Graduate Parents

If you have a high school student graduating this year, please contact the office with their name and colors they like.



Walworth County Emergency Men's Homeless Shelter


Chapel on the Hill will host the Walworth County Emergency Men's Homeless Shelter 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.


Free Beachbody Fit Club at Immanuel


A FREE weekly Fit Club is starting on 4/1/14 and will meet every Tuesday from 8:00-9:00 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Join Diamond Beachbody Coach, Erin Effenheim, for a free weekly Fit Club. You will work out to fun music in a hip, high-energy environment, get introduced to cutting-edge fitness programs, learn about Beachbody products and sample Shakeology. ALL fitness levels are welcome! It's 100% FREE!!!

Hosted by: Erin Effenheim, Beachbody Coach, Certified P90X Professional

Contact me: or 262.745.0789 (call or text)

Workouts will include: P90X3, Focus T25, TurboFire, and 21 Day Fix

Come to network, meet more like-minded people, get in shape, and find some accountability to your own fitness goals.


Vision Walk is May 18, 2014


Marilyn Heiden and a friend of Immanuel, Pauline Malsch, are planning to walk in the 2014 Vision Walk, held at the lakefront on Sunday, May 18th. They will be helping to raise funds for the Foundation Fighting Blindness, whose goal is "to drive the research that would lead to prevention, treatments, and cures for the entire spectrum of blinding retinal diseases." This includes macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa among other conditions, throughout the world. We all probably know someone who has or is suffering from one of these issues. If you would like to know more and/or are interested in supporting or joining in this effort, please contact Marilyn Heiden at 262-248-6439 for more details.


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 as members 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. 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, April 15th, 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. Call Karen Stein at 262-203-5260 or Donna Hove at 262-749-0599, for more information. Blessings, Nurse Karen


Announcing The "Pillowcase "Ministry


An anonymous member has started a new ministry for seriously ill children. These are beautiful handmade pillowcases to either have at the hospital, or have at home during their convalescence. This ministry came about by one very ill child who received a doggie pillowcase and the gift will "never be forgotten." It was such a comfort to see her little head on this darling pillowcase around a stark white frightening hospital room. It supplied constant hugs, and helped her not be so fearful. The therapeutic effect it had was definitely a gift from Heaven!! If you know of a seriously ill child that would like a pillowcase, please let the office know of your need.


Health Newsletter


"And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided that light from the darkness. And God called the light Day..."                                                                                          Genesis 1:3



In this month's health newsletter, Parish Nurse, Karen Stein, addresses Seasonal Affective Disorder. 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.


Immanuel Blood Drives in 2014


Immanuel will have Blood Drives on Thursday, May 1st and Monday, September 8th. Watch for details coming soon for the Blood Drive coming up on May 1st.




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, April 17th 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!


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. Individuals who will guide patrons with a learning experience as they tour the museum; or office work, painting, exhibits, research, computer skills, cleaning, fund raising, carpentry or electrical skills. 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.


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 Pantryis 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 meets on Tuesday, April 8th, 7:00 church.


Electronic Giving


During the Easter season, it is encouraging to see both new and familiar faces at our worship services. Throughout the year, many of you already support the congregation with your time, talent and financial contributions but greater participation is always welcome. We encourage you to look into our electronic giving program. It takes just a few minutes to setup a recurring giving plan. Visit the church website and locate the donation link, complete a paper authorization form or contact the church office for more information.


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®. If you haven't already done so, be sure to direct your designated Thrivent Choice Dollars by March 31, 2014. After that date, any undirected Choice Dollars® will expire. Go to or call 800-THRIVENT and state "Thrivent Choice®."







Building Update:


While we continue to enjoy all the benefits of our beautiful new building, a number of projects remain on the "to do" list. The delay was primarily caused by the cold and snow that didn't want to go away. When it is warm enough, we will finish the covered walkway and bell tower, install the digital sign, and begin landscaping the mud. We are also working on the design for the stained glass cross in the gathering space, as well as several other interior items. If you would like to help with any of these projects, contact Pastor Mark.


Please use caution around the edges of the parking lot, where the mud is ready to swallow your car. Many thanks to all who continue to help with weekly clean-up, ongoing projects, and organization of the lower level.


If anyone knows of a good source for drywall and steel studs to build out the lower level, contact Pastor Mark.


Parking at Immanuel


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. It would be awesome if those who can, leave spaces closest to the building for guests and seniors. Thanks!

Free Smoke Detectors


The Lake Geneva Fire Department is committed to ensuring the safety of all citizens in the Lake Geneva area. A working smoke detector is the most important measure you can take to prevent injury or death in the event of a fire. The fire department if offering to install smoke detectors, free of charge, for any resident in Lake Geneva. You may request smoke detectors by calling 248-7228. Check with Pastor Mark if you have questions


Immanuel Lawn Signs


Immanuel lawn signs are available in the church office. Please feel free to take one to post in your yard!



+ Dear Immanuel Lutheran Church, Thank you for the delicious dinners, supplies and housing that you have provided for us. Stay warm and safe!

W.C. Food Pantry, Chapel on the Hill & Star Center School


+Dear Members, Thank you for your support of the "Men's Shelter" John Swanson


+ Dear Members of Immanuel, I want to thank you for the wonderful luncheon that you served for our son, Mike's Funeral. The food was delicious, as usual, and the support was much appreciated! It is very difficult to bury one of our children but its good just to know that Mike is with his father, Spud, and also his Heavenly Father. Thank you all! Love, The Hinzpeter Family


+ Thanks to Alan Newell for installing carpet on the platform in Fellowship Hall.


+ Thank you to Linda and Keith Rozolis for donating the new church camera.


+ Special thanks to Bruce Reek for his continued commitment to our youth; the Guske Family & Jim Drescher for their work behind the scenes; Jim and Jeri Gaugert who seem to pop up whenever we're in need; Sara Wahlstedt who is our own personal angel; to all the parents who have worked side by side with their children to teach them about responsibility and commitment; to all the adult leaders & children. I am very proud of each and every one of you. Most importantly, to our congregation for your continuous commitment to our youth: past, present and future. Without you, none of this would be possible. Finally, to my wife, Linda, who allows me to give up family time in order to continue this important ministry. Sincerely, Rich McWherter


+ To our wonderful "Card Ladies," Thank you for your lovely cards of encouragement. You kind words based n the wonders of our Lord lightened my heart and emotions. My dear cousin, Doug Kerkman are blessed to have you behind them, and will enjoy seeing you cards. I truly love my church family! Bev Barnett


+ Thank you to all who helped to make Youth Quake a success! It is such a wonderful weekend for our youth group to spend together, growing in our faith!


+ Thanks to Laurie Cornue and Eileen Weyrauch for their beautiful, tender version of "Danny Boy" at all three services on March 16th! The beloved Irish melody alternated between the violin and flute creating a lush, gorgeous sound! If you missed it, watch here:


+ Special thanks to Tami Buntrock for sharing her precious talents on Ash Wednesday! She sang, and played the piano, the poignant song "Blessings" while a touching video played, and while we received ashes. Thanks for sharing your musical gifts!


+ Thanks to the Praise Team for introducing the new song "Lord, I Need You"-the exquisite new song that will be used through-out Lent. The team works so hard learning and leading music. We are so grateful for their service!


+ Thank you to Kevin Batz for creating the wonderful cross on the altar platform.


+ Special thanks to Jubilate choir for singing the gorgeous anthem "Jesus Draw Me Ever Nearer" on Ash Wednesday! The song delivered the gentle reminder of the powerful Lenten journey, "May this journey bring a blessing; may I rise on wings of faith." It was a strong proclamation for the start of Lent! 


Check out our website for information about the ministries at our church.  If you click on the "sermons" link, you will find video links for the sermons and special events!  Spread the word!


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