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July, 2014

Vacation Bible Camp Begins July 27th!

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 Vacation Bible Camp - July 27-31



All children going into 4K-6th grade are welcome to join us nightly, July 27-31, 5-8 p.m. for Vacation Bible Camp at Immanuel.


We'll start each evening with a WELCOME WOW in the sanctuary, sing songs and learn about Jesus' love for us in Bible Study. Our adventure continues each night with games, crafts, and dinner! We'll end each night with more songs and a Weird Wrap-Up.


Please fill out the registration form found on-line on our website or a hard copy in the church office and return it to the church office as soon as possible so we can get our Zoo Crews ready.


Don't forget to purchase your CD's ($10)  and T-Shirts ($7)  






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Liturgical Arts Team


The Liturgical Arts Team has worked timelessly to transform our new worship space and to begin to decorate the rest of the building. They are taking a well-deserved break from their weekly schedule, and will start up again in late summer.




Jubilate choir is taking time off in June and July to recharge their batteries. Rehearsals will resume in August on Wednesday nights from 6:45 - 8:00 p.m. in the music room!! New members are certainly encouraged to attend and are warmly welcomed! 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 at 262-620-2349.


Praise Team


The Praise Team meets from 8:00PM-9:00PM on Wednesday nights for weekly rehearsals. The team leads contemporary worship music and introduces fresh new music 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 are taking off the months of June and July to enjoy the many summer events. They will begin rehearsals in August. Watch for details.


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 ministry. 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. We are so grateful for their incredible devotion and humble hearts. Positions include running the computer, managing the sound board, and operating live video. We are especially inviting newcomers to learn the new system. Now is 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 upcoming training sessions.




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. 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 helping, we need you!! Sign up on the Worship Card. Thanks!


Favorite Hymns for 8:15 a.m. Service During Offering


Kathy Middleton is asking for hymn requests to be played during the Offering. Contact Kathy at 262-758-6186 or email her at . She will play your favorite piece!





The Adult Sunday School Class


The Adult Sunday School Class meets in the Conference Room, in the administrative area to the right of Sanctuary, at 9:45 a.m. They are studying the short books of the Bible. All are welcome!


Sizzling Summer Wednesday Night Series - "The Road to Freedom!"


Our 2nd "Sizzling Summer Wednesday Night is on July 16, beginning with a potluck dinner at 5:30 PM.   Tacos will be served. Please bring a dish to pass. Informal worship follows in the Fellowship Hall at 6:15 PM including songs, scripture, video clips," a message, and children's message. Each child will receive a special gift related to the theme.


This series is based on the movie, "Second Hand Lion." Following worship, we will have a Children's Program, and Small Group Bible Study conversations from 7-8:00 PM.


Men's Breakfast and Bible Study


Men are all welcome on Saturday, July 26th 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 desire to deepen your relationship with Christ and other men of faith. 





Sunday Morning Nursery Staff

A nurseryis 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.


Back to School Clothes and Supplies for Kids


All families are welcome to our Back to School Clothes and Supplies for Kids sale, Saturday, August 16, 2013, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at Immanuel. Gently used clean children's clothing available for $.25 per item

(bring laundry basket, bags or a box to put items in), School Supplies.


We welcome donations of gently used clean or new clothing and school supplies. Backpacks are an incredible gift as well. All proceeds will benefit Side By Side.


Vacation Bible Camp


Vacation Bible Camp is July 27th-July31st! The fun starts at 5:00 p.m. and runs to 8:00 p.m., for children from Preschool through 6th Grade. We are still looking for volunteers to join us. Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 19th at 6 p.m. Please contact Brianna at 248-4211 if you are interested in helping, but cannot make the meeting.


Our Vacation Bible Camp Decorating Crew is looking for donations of pool noodles for our, "Weird Animals" Theme. We would also appreciate any monetary donations to purchase paint and duct tape. Thank you!


First Communion Class


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


Day Care News


Little Sprouts Learning Center to open on August 25, 2014 -


The day care team would like to thank all those people: who helped us unload the semi of new furnishings, remove furnishings from the boxes they were shipped in, assemble items needing assembly, clean up the used items from Sue Gifford's old day care, arrange classrooms for our pre-licensing inspection on June 19th, planned and ordered the wonderful sinks, countertops and ample storage cabinets for each room, manned the nursery while working around our new equipment, AND who helped support and finance our new child care mission!


The fencing and playground equipment are ready to be installed.


The Day Care is for children from 6 weeks to 4 year olds. Please share the news with friends needing child care. If you know of anyone who wants to work with children full-time or part-time as a lead teacher or assistant teacher, please encourage them to call the church a.s.a.p. Our teaching staff will start mid-August.


Day Care Registration


We are accepting registration forms for children in our new "Little Sprouts" Day Care.  The Day Care will open this fall for children ages 6 weeks to 4 years of age.




The Vibe: Middle School After School Program


The "Vibe Tribe Team" is planning to launch our After School Program for Middle School students in September! You are welcome to participate as we develop the activities and projects that will capture the imagination of middle schoolers. There is a boatload of work ahead, creating schedules, recruiting and training volunteers and setting up the space. The next Vibe Tribe Meeting is Monday, June 30th, 5:30 p.m.


The Vibe Area Development Team


We have a delightful array of talented folks working on transforming the lower level into a haven for middle school kids! Your creativity and muscle are welcome! The next meeting is Monday, July 14, 5:30 p.m. Contact Dennis or Evie Schulz at 262-203-3489 or 262-203-0463 for more information.





High School Youth Mission Trip

Our Youth Mission Team leaves for Puerto Rico on June 21. We have 40 teens and adults on The Team. They serve alongside our new partner congregation, Sion Lutheran Church in Bayamon. We will help with repairs at the church and with rebuilding 3 homes in the neighborhood. 


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Serving in the Military


John Allison, Chris Bollwahn, Jimmy Flores, Erik Heinz, 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, George Fueredi, 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, Beverly Peacock, Denise Peck, Mickey Petranek, Pastor Dave Poling-Goblenal, Trudy Rauch, Molly Reek, Lindsey Robinson, Hunter Schwab, Clarence Schawk, Mary Schulz, Barb Searle, Shelly Shepstone, Anita Smith, Marty Smith, Dottie Swatek, Monika Swing, Mary Teel, Ed Thiel, Sara Wahlstedt, Rick Walters, Karen Wells, Liam Wester, Barb Whitney, Sharyl Wilkins, Linsey Young.


In Hospice Care


Lawrence Norem, Margaret Welsch, Jeannette Helfers, Lydia Polek


Health and Strength


Betty Bauman, Brian Belot, Hope Block, Mrs. Bloskio, Nancy Bollweg, Mike Braam, Brian Britnall, Stacey Carlson, Danielle Cloutier, Loretta Combs, Jack Cook, Janet Derus, Bobby Joe Fritz, Sue Grenning, Patrick Hale, Lorraine Hanneman, Henson Family, Betty Howes, William Hundsrucker, Caroline Kube,Kujawa Family, Ruth Johnson,Mark Justison, JoAnn Koch, Tom Kuttnauer, Colton Lazzaroni, Gary Lechner, Don Ledenbach, Jean Ledenbach, Lisa Lewallan, JoAnn Lindner, Huzo & Patti Loy, Ruby Madsen, Larry Malsch, Marco Mancilla, Jim Michalek, Craig Middleton, Pam Millar, Larry Moe, Tom Mol, Yvonne Mol, Pat Morrissey, Larry Mue, Dean Noble, Carrie Novak, June Ann Novak, Shea O'Machel, Patricia Owen, Carolyn Phillips, Jerry Polek, Lydia Polek, Carl Rahn, Frank & Mike Rizzo, Andrew Rocha, Hannah Ruebisch, Madgel Schluga, Gesine Schmidt, Gerry Schultz, Naomi Schultz, Ione Schopen, Vivian Spanjer, Mackinnon Spraker, Gordon Van Heel,Wayne Vorpagel, Marie Voss, Valarie Weyrauch, Mary Ann Wieberg, Debbie Winters, Mike Woods.




Larry Miller, Ed Dee, Karen Wells, Chuck Tyburk 


Awaiting / Recovering from surgery


Lester Gilbertson,Glenda Hill,Eric Ingbretson,Blake Lancour,Ashley Lodarek, Yvonne Mol, Pam O'Brien, Andy Schulz, Bea Sutton, John Switalski, Clay Wahlstedt.






+ Clarence Thompson, husband of Muriel, died to the Lord on May 23rd.



Serving on the Mission Field


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




+ Congratulations to Shawn Flynn, daughter of Linda McWherter, who graduated with a Master's degree on May 9th.


+ Congratulations to Emily Sireno, daughter of Tim and Jan Sireno, who graduated from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with an Economics degree.





+ Congratulations to Tiffany and Jake Erbentraut, on the baptism of their daughter, Mallory May Erbentraut, on June 1st.


+ Congratulations to Courtney Bonk, who was baptized on June 1st.


+ Congratulations to Kimberly & Octavio Cruz, on the baptism of their daughter, Micaela Lizalinda Cruz, on June 1st.


+ Congratulations to Mark Robert & Mallory Noel Zukowski on the baptism of their daughter Zoe Zahara Zukowski, on June 15th.


+ Congratulations to Bill & Heidi Anderson, on the baptism of their daughter, Katie Joy Anderson, on June 22nd.


+ Congratulations to Danielle Sheen on the baptism of her son, Elijah Monroe Sheen, on June 22nd.


+ Congratulations to Jason & Mandy Fischer on the baptism of their son, Lucas Alan Fischer and their daughter Leah Ann Fischer, on June 29th.


+ Congratulations to Jennifer Ott-Wilson and Brent Wilson on the baptism of their daughter, Elliana Louise Wilson, on June 29th.


Expecting a Child!

Kimberly Pillman and Lynsey Fleck

New Member


Kimberly Cruz


1201 Meadowlark Lane

Elkhorn, WI 53121



Courtney Bonk

441 Brennan Drive

Walworth, WI 53184



Tyler & Lauren Gibson

N1984 N Lakeshore Drive

Fontana, WI 53125


David and Sherrie Bittner

W1440 Maureen Court

Lake Geneva, WI 53147



Jason and Mandy Fischer

Lucas and Leah

N3163 Hickory Road

Lake Geneva, WI 53147








Beachbody Fit Event


There will be a Beachbody Fit Club event at Immanuel on Saturday, June 28, 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. For details, contact Erin Wester at 262-745-0789.


Community Connections Meal


Sunday, July 13, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. join us for our first community meal, providing a nutritious meal, access to community resources and new friendships. The meal is a free gift.


Starting Thursday, August 21st, meals will be on the 3rd Thursday of each month, from 5:15 - 6:30 p.m. All are welcome!


Relay For Life


Immanuel is sponsoring a team at the "Relay For Life" of Walworth County on July 18, 2014. Sign-up with Sara Wahlstedt or Ashley Miu- Alexander to walk or help the American Cancer Society fight against cancer. Look for a sign-up sheet and details for this event at the church Welcome Center.


Uganda Children's Choir


The Uganda Children's Choir will be at Immanuel the week-end of September 4-6. The children are ages 9-11 in 2nd and 3rd grade. We will need housing for 2 nights for 20 children and 8 adults. If you can host, please let Pastor Mary Ann know. They will perform a concert on Friday, September 5th at Immanuel for the entire community. Their music will bless you in unimaginable ways. The concert will be from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Invite your friends and save the date!


St. Vincent De Paul (Milwaukee) Soup Kitchen


The Soup Kitchen needs basic toiletries, towels and men's underwear, and ESPECIALLY MEN'S JEANS. Please bring them to the church office. Thanks!


Agape House Full-Time Ministry Position


A Resident Assistant for a full-time Ministry position at Agape House in Walworth, Wisconsin is available. This young women would mentor girls in the home, life skills, offering them the love of the Lord and support they need while helping them overcome the hurts from their past. Room and board are part of the salary. Contact us via email at or call 262-275-6466.


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!


Fellowship Hour


If you can help staff our "Coffee Hour" it would bless a huge number of people! We need folks to bring goodies, to help serve or to clean up. Thanks! Please sign up on the worship card.


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.


Side By Side


Side By Side is a collaborative ministry between area churches and civic groups that raises funds to help individuals and families in crisis in the Lake Geneva Area School District. Help is available with rent, utilities and prescriptions.


Side By Side Screening


Side By Side screening is the 3rd Tuesday of each month, July 15thth, 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.


Upcoming Side By Side Fundraisers

(Tickets available in church office)


Dinner at Simple: Tuesday, July 29th, with seating at 5, 6, and 7 p.m.


Studio Winery: Monday, August 18th, 6-8 p.m. Tickets are $10 each for a delightful evening.


Lutherdale Fest Quilt Auction


The Lutherdale Fest Quilt Auction is Saturday, August 9th, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Lutheradale, N7891 US Hwy 12, Elkhorn, WI 53121. The live auction starts at 10:00 a.m. There will be silent auction baskets, food concessions, crafts and odds & ends, door prizes, fresh baked goods & pies, etc. Contact Lutherdale at 262-742-2352 or


In Need of Prayer Shawls?


If anyone you know needs a prayer shawl, please ask at the office. They are available to anyone in distress. They are made with Christ's love by church members, to wrap you or a loved one in comfort and prayers. Call Karen Stein at 262-203-5260 or Donna Hove at 262-749-0599, for more information. Blessings, Nurse Karen


The "Pillowcase "Ministry


Beautiful handmade pillowcases are available for seriously ill children to have at the hospital or at home during their convalescence. The therapeutic effect they have is definitely a gift from Heaven!! Please let the office know of your need.


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.


Health Newsletter


"By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth." Psalm 33:6 


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


Card Ministry


Our Card Ministry will gather on Thursday, July 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!


Feed My Starving Children


Evie and Dennis Schulz are launching a "Feed My Starving Children Mobile Event" Immanuel Team and will serve as our Team Captains. You are invited to a "Feed My Starving Children" dinner on Sunday, August 3rd, from 5-6 p.m. at Immanuel. We will enjoy a simple baked potato dinner with toppings, beverages and dessert together. Evie and Dennis will give a presentation on this amazing feeding ministry. We will all have the opportunity to also sign-up for a 2 hour shift on Saturday, October 4th with Christians from all over our area to help package meals that will be sent to the hungry around the world. Watch for more information and dates the dates!!!


AA Meetings


AA Meetings: Our Women's AA Meeting - Sundays at 4:00 p.m. in the Community Room to the left of the Fellowship Hall. Open AA Meetings - Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. at Immanuel in the Community Room.


Weight Watchers Meeting


Weight Watchers meet at Immanuel on Mondays at 9:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the Youth Room, just off 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.




Saturday Bicycle Rides


Come exercise and enjoy bike riding with others from Immanuel! Meet at church on Saturday's beginning July 5th, 8:00 a.m. All levels of riders welcome - even whole families!


Sailboat Rides / Learning to Sail


Pastors Mark and Mary Ann would be honored to take folks who want to sail or learn to sail, out on Lake Geneva. Call them if you're interested at 262-215-3177 (Mary Ann) or 2626-215-5204 (Mark). Sailing depends on good wind, of course, and the pastors will try to find a time that works for you!


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.


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!






+ Glenda Hill, a friend of the congregation, who was injured in an auto accident in April, is recuperating and rehabilitating nicely but slowly at Willowfield in Delavan. She sends heartfelt thanks for all prayers, notes, cards, and calls, and is amazed, thrilled and impressed by the Card Ministry's creation.


+ Thank you to all who have worked on landscaping and on our watering team. You are a gift!


+ A big thank you to Chad and Amy Bittner and Next Door Pub for providing a pizza dinner for our High School Mission Team Meeting, as individuals made final preparations for their trip to Puerto Rico.


+ Thank you to Mickey's Friday morning Bible Study group, Immanuel Quilters and Pete and Pam Juergens for purchasing a blind for the storage room. Mickey Tolar


+ Thanks to Jubilate choir who sang a poignant patriotic medley "Of Thee I Sing Medley" on May 25th to honor our veterans and all those who have served. The Memorial weekend tribute wouldn't be complete without singing some of our favorite, powerful patriotic songs. Special thanks to the group for singing at all three worship services, blessing God and congregants with uplifting music! Enjoy a recording here:


+ A special thank you to all our Just for Kids, Early Release Day, and Sunday School Teachers for another great year helping kids! Your compassion and dedication were amazing!


+ Thanks to Raya Hickey for singing "Butterfly Kisses" at all three services on Father's Day! The poignant text, "She was sent here from heaven and she's daddy's little girl", evoked a special message for all the fathers and men in our lives! Listen here:  


+ Our heartfelt gratitude to all of our Immanuel friends who remembered us at a very difficult time. Your calls, cards and prayers during Clarence's illness were much appreciated. Special thanks to Pastors Mary Ann and Mark for all their love, support and prayers we all needed. To all Immanuel members who brought food for my husband's funeral luncheon, to all who set-up, served the lunch, and then clean-up. Thank you, thank you, my dear friends with heats that care. Lovingly, Muriel Thompson and family

+ Thanks to Annie Gaugert for her dynamic and inspiring sharing of God's Word at Our Father's Day worship services.


+ Thank you to Pat Stockdale for her donation of the tractor / lawn mower to Immanuel. We appreciate your gift.



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