Immanuel eNewsletter

August, 2014

Little Sprouts Learning Center Launch!

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Little Sprouts Learning Center


Open House - Sunday, August 3rd from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
We are pleased with our staff of experienced teachers
and are anxious for you to meet them at the open house.


Little Sprouts Learning Center is opening on Tuesday,
August 26th.  Hours of operation are 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Please fill out an enrollment form TODAY!  A copy is a on our church website or a paper copy from the church office today.  Our classrooms are filling up fast!


We are so pleased to partner with you as you entrust
us with the awesome opportunity to support families in
the parenting of your precious little ones.





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Ride Your Bike to Church Sunday


On Sunday, August 17, ride bike, walk, skateboard or carpool to worship. Let's be good stewards of the earth. Reduce air pollution and get good exercise!




Jubilate, our choir for all ages and levels, is launching on Wednesday August 6th! Regular weekly rehearsals are Wednesdays evenings from 6:45 - 8:00 PM downstairs in the music room. New participants are always welcomed and encouraged especially as we begin learning exciting new music for the fall! Rehearsal CD's are available for learning parts, so don't be shy if you can't read music. Expressing your talents through song is a gift from God!


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 will begin rehearsals in August on Sunday mornings from 9:00AM-10:00AM. Director Ellen Hanson has exciting anthems for people of ALL different skill levels. The Bells are open to ALL ages and encourage newcomers, especially at this time of season. For more info and to find out the ringing schedule contact Ellen Hanson at


Youth Praise Team


Immanuel's Youth Praise Team meets on Wednesday evenings from 5:30PM-6:30PM. The group for teens 6th through 12th grade needs vocalists, instrumentalists, and other participants to expand this promising 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!




New Member Discovery Class


The next New Member Discovery Class for those interested in membership at Immanuel is set for Tuesday, August 26, 6:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. A pizza dinner will be served, so please let us know if you plan to attend so we have enough food!  We will discuss God's Plan of Salvation, respond to questions from participants, and learn about ways to engage in ministry and God's mission as part of the congregation. Please sign up on the Worship Card, or call the church at 248-4211. Be sure to let us know if you need childcare during the session.


Men's Breakfast and Bible Study


The Men's Breakfast and Bible Study will meet on Sat., August 23, 7:30 am at church.  Join with other men of faith for a scintillating conversation about the issues in our     time.  We will look at what the Bible teaches, and how we might best respond.  Please bring your favorite breakfast food to share with other men.  All are welcome! 


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!





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.


Vacation Bible Camp


Vacation Bible Camp is July 27th-July31st! Registrations are available at church or on line, and we are selling t-shirts ($7) and cd's ($10) between services. We will also be collecting food donations: milk, dessert, and fruit.  Please contact Brianna if you can donate, 248-4211. Please, no food or drinks in the sanctuary.


All volunteers are invited to a pizza luncheon on July 27th, following the 2nd Service. Right after the lunch, we will be setting up for the big event!


VBC children will sing songs from our Weird Animals program on Sunday, August 3rd at the 1st and 2nd service.


Back to School Clothes and Supplies for Kids:

(Sponsored by Immanuel & Linn Presbyterian)


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.


Sunday School Teachers


We are looking for adults who are willing to teach Sunday School for this Fall Quarter. Rally Day is September 7, and we would like children to be able to meet their teacher that day. Our hope is for team teachers for each grade level, so teachers always have a partner in case they are sick or absent. It's also possible to teach only twice a month if you prefer. Please sign up on the Worship Card, or call Brianna at 248-4211. Thanks!


First Communion Class


A First Communion Class for children who are ready to receive Holy Communion is set for Saturday, September 13 at 10:00 AM. We ask that a parent, grandparent, godparent, or other significant adult also attend the class. If your child has been asking to receive the sacrament, they are probably ready! The class is quite interactive, with age-appropriate teaching. Children will learn the two Biblical stories that provide the meaning of the Sacrament: the Passover in the Old Testament, and The Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples in the Gospels. It's a very fun morning together. Sign up on the Worship Card, or call Pastor Mary Ann at church, 248-4211.


Little Sprouts Day Care News and Launch


Open House:  Sunday, August 3 from 1:00-3:00 PM.  Come meet our Daycare staff, see our fabulous child-friendly new space, and learn more about this thrilling new ministry for children.


Opening of Little Sprouts Learning Center:  August 26, 2014.  Hours of operation:  6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Our new Day Care is for children from 6 weeks to 4 year olds.  We are accepting registration forms for children, so be sure to get yours in right away!





6th-8th Grade Confirmation and Youth Group Meeting

for Students and Parents


Confirmation will launch on Wed., Sept. 10 at 6:30 PM.  Parents and students are all invited to attend.  We will talk about our new program for the fall, pass out schedules, forms for parent volunteers and drivers, information about special events, fundraiser plans, and provide sample curriculum.  Bring your friends and a parent!       

We need adult guides for our Wednesday night Confirmation Youth Group!  If you like middle school students, this ministry is for you!  Sign up on the worship card!


Welcome Our New Middle School Youth Director, Zach Ortiz


We have grand and glorious good news!  God has answered our prayers for a new Middle School Youth Director with our selection of Zachary Ortiz.  After five good interviews with candidates, all of whom are members of Immanuel, our interview team selected Zach. He is the son in law of Elise and George Zimmerman, and husband of Lydia.  Zach and Lydia have a 15 month old daughter, Annabelle, who is so precious, and he also has a 7 year old daughter Keegan.  


Zach currently works at Centegra Hospital in Woodstock, Illinois.  He is an EMT, and currently works as a Specialist and Tech for the hospital.  He is a student at McHenry County College pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education.  Zach is Co-Founder, Treasurer and Director of Fundraising for "Rationale" - a non-profit that funds food security, and a secondary education program for Northern Uganda Orphanage.  He has planned and initiated several successful fundraising events for the organization. 


Zach is also a Volunteer Event Coordinator for Invisible Children.  His job with that non-profit is educating and coordinating volunteers for fundraisers and awareness events for impoverished North African countries. 


Zach loves working with kids, is energetic, warm, enthusiastic, organized, has superb skills in technology, and is gifted in fundraising.  He is a high energy guy with a truly compassionate heart for children and teens. 


Please join us in welcoming Zach as our Middle School Youth Director! He will be leading our new Middle School After School Ministry, "The Vibe" which launches this fall. Zach will also lead our Wednesday night Middle School Youth Group and our Sunday morning confirmation ministry.



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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, Kathy Ball, 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, Mark Justison, Jason Kazinski, Doug Kerkaonan, Deb Kopek, Dan Kosherman, Ben Lambert, Esther Laskowski, Pat Lincoln, Judy Lindner, Lynn McAdams, Kim Michaelson, Larry Miller, Nick Palozzolo, Beverly Peacock, Denise Peck, Mickey Petranek, Pastor Dave Poling-Goldenne, 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, Earl Vorpagel, Sara Wahlstedt, Rick Walters, Karen Wells, Liam Wester, Barb Whitney, Sharyl Wilkins, Linsey Young.

In Hospice Care


Daryl Boyer, Ruth Hinzpeter, Judy Lindner, Lawrence Norem, Lydia Polek, Margaret Welsch


Health and Strength


Betty Bauman, Brian Belot, Hope Block, Mrs. Bloskio, Mike Boales, Nancy Bollweg, Mike Braam, Brian Britnall, Stacey Carlson, Danielle Cloutier, Jeremy Coleman, Loretta Combs, Jack Cook, Octavio Cruz, Janet Derus, Dick Falton, Bobby Joe Fritz, Sue Grenning, Patrick Hale, Lorraine Hanneman, Grace Hanny, Henson Family, Betty Howes, William Hundsrucker, Kendell, 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, Christopher Mangold, Joan Mellien, 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, Carl Rahn, Frank & Mike Rizzo, Andrew Rocha, Hannah Ruebisch, Madgel Schluga, Gesine Schmidt, Gerry Schultz, Naomi Schultz, Ione Schopen, Daniel Sepe, Aaron Sommerville, Vivian Spanjer, Lyle Swatek, Monika Swing, Doris Tolar, Gordon Van Heel,Wayne Vorpagel, Marie Voss, Carolyn Warfield, Megan Warner, Valarie Weyrauch, Mary Ann Wieberg, Debbie Winters, Mike Woods 


Awaiting / Recovering from Surgery


Evan Gibson, Lester Gilbertson,Noelle Hedges-Godtl,Michelle Henson, Ron Lavin,Ashley Lodarek, Yvonne Mol, Pam O'Brien, Grace Peterson, Kendell Smedley





+ Sherry Joyce, sister of Tom Yakes, died to the Lord on July 6th.


+ Eva Magill, loss of her beloved sister, Vienna Allen.


+ Cathy Fritz and family at the recent loss of her beloved brother, David Frenzel, who was buried to Christ on July 26th.


+ Tom Cherney, was buried to Christ on July 25th.


+ Peggy and David Johnson, loss within the same week of his mother, Ellen Johnson, and her mom, Sharon Blaesing.

Serving on the Mission Field


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




+ Congratulations to Joyce Vorpagel on her 80th Birthday!


+ Congratulations to Don and Mickey Tolar on their 66th Anniversary!


+ Congratulations to Nick Sheel who earned his Bachelor's degree in Psychology!


+ Congratulations to Nick Haan and Moira Toner on their engagement, July 14th! Wedding plans are for the fall of 2015.


 + Congratulations to Michelle, Isaiah, Aaliyah & Marques Henson on their baptisms July 6th.


+ Congratulations to Michelle & Jeffrey Edson on the baptism of their daughter, Ellieanna Rabay Edson on July 13th.


+ Congratulations to Becky & Bill Kohlman on the baptism of their daughter, Hannah Marie Kohlman on July 13.


+ Congratulations to Maria & Dustin Dean on the baptism of their son, Robert Alan Dean, on July 20th. Mary Ann & Mark Moller-Gunderson are the proud grandparents!


+ Congratulations to Chelsie & Mikel Koronkiewicz on the baptism of their daughter, Mia Marie Koronkiewicz, on July 27th.


Expecting a Child!

Lindsey Boehne, Michelle Edson, Lynsey Fleck, Kimberly Pillman

New Member

Jim & Lori Moore
Morgan, Makenna, Megan
770 Heather Circle
Lake Geneva, WI  53147

Michelle Henson 
Isaiah, Aaliyah, Marques
1086 S. Wells Street Apt #1
Lake Geneva, WI  53147

Priscilla Shih & Dennis O'Brien
701 S. Lakeshore Drive #2F
Lake Geneva, WI  53147

Tina Elblein
Anthony Arneson
N2020 County H Lot 320
Lake Geneva, WI  53147

Lylace Schaitel
W3109 Krueger Road 
Lake Geneva, WI  53147

Pauline Malsch
W2802 Krueger Road
Lake Geneva, WI  53147




The Vibe


The Vibe, our new community outreach to create a safe haven for middle school students, is taking shape!  It will launch this fall, Monday through Thursday afternoons, from 3:00-6:00 PM in the lower level.  We have two outstanding teams working on this ministry.


The Vibe Tribe consists of adults and teens who are designing this ministry, developing needed components, recruiting a team of adult and teen leaders to staff it, and creating publicity resources. Additional volunteers are welcome and needed! The next Vibe Tribe meeting is Mon., Aug. 4 at 5:30 pm.


The Vibe Art Tribe is designing artwork and decorations for the lower level to be a space where middle and high school students want to hang out.  We need more artistic folks to join the team - especially throughout August as we complete the space. Come and have a blast transforming the lower level into a haven for teens! The next Vibe Art Tribe meeting is Mon., Aug. 11 at 5:30 pm.    


Needed Items for The Vibe: 


60" flat screen TV set; DVD player; 2 card tables

Games: Foos Ball Tables, Ping Pong Table, paddles and balls, Air Hockey games, Chess, Cribbage, Balderdash, Fact or Fiction, Mexican Train Dominos, Uno, Jenga, Monopoly, Pictionary, Apples to Apples, Double Banana Grams, Sorry, Decks of Cards.


Volunteers needed to staff The Vibe:


We are seeking adults and teens who really like middle school kids, are eager to hang out with them, and who have any of the following kinds of interests or skills. This is not an exhaustive list!  Use your imagination, and read between the lines. 


Artistic ability, painting, play or teach a musical instruments like guitar, a garage band, vocalist, cooking demonstrations, ethnic or other fun cooking, homework tutoring, sign language, book club, oral storytelling, nature and the environment, sculpting, crafts, jewelry making, bracelets, scarves, pottery, bicycle maintenance and repair, Small Group Bible Study, conversations with kids, auto repairs, cross country skiing, computer skills, constructing a website, scrapbooking, baking, sewing, quilting, outdoor skills, drama, etc. The sky is the limit - as long as it's fun and can captivate the heart of a middle school kid! 

We also need adults with organizational skills who could create the monthly schedule of volunteers; maintain our check in/out website; do shopping for supplies, materials, and food needed in the program (paid for by Immanuel!); folks to run the snack bar and keep it stocked for each day; playing table games and board games with kids, tutoring/mentoring kids with homework, etc!!!!



9th Grade Confirmation Day


Our 9th grade students will confirm their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior on Sunday, October 26, at the worship service of their choice. Watch for upcoming news about the Information Meeting with parents and 9th graders to plan for Confirmation Day.


Our 9th Grade Confirmation Retreat is set for the week-end of October 17-19 at Covenant Harbor Camp. Be sure to put the dates in your calendar!  More information to come!


High School Youth Leaders Brainstorming and Planning


Come join us on Wednesday, August 20, 6:30 pm - if you have been or want to be part of our adult team working with High School students this year!  We will talk over possible new models for a fresh new approach high school ministries in the new school year!  All are welcome to the forum and planning session!  Call Pastor Mary Ann with any questions and ideas!  We're so excited about the possibilities ahead.



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!!!


St. Vincent De Paul (Milwaukee)Soup Kitchen


The St. Vincent De Paul - Milwaukee Soup Kitchen has a new, much needed request: salt, pepper, sugar & hot sauce. Other needs include basic toiletries, towels and men's underwear, and ESPECIALLY MEN'S JEANS. Please bring them to the church office. Thanks! Our next day to serve is Sunday, August 17th. Meet at the church at 4:00 p.m. to carpool.

Contact Mickey with any questions at 248-0506.


Community Connections Meal


Starting Thursday, August 21st, our community meals will be on the 3rd Thursday of each month, from 5:15 - 6:30 p.m. Join us for a nutritious meal, access to community resources and new friendships. The meal is a free gift. All are welcome!


Uganda Children's Choir


The Uganda Children's Choir will be at Immanuel the week-end of September 5-6. The children are ages 9-11 in 2nd and 3rd grade. We will need housing for one night 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!


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 screeningis the 3rd Tuesday of each month, August 19th, 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 Cafe: This Tuesday, July 29th, with seating at 5, 6, and 7 p.m., $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. Tickets available in between church services on July 20 and 27, or by contacting Steve and Judy Guy @ or 262-245-8898.Tickets are also available at Simple after July 8th.


Studio Winery: Monday, August 18th, 6-8 p.m. Tickets are $10 each for a delightful evening with music by John Ivan. Tickets will be available between services at the welcome center in August.


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


Card Ministry


Our Card Ministry will gather on Thursday, August 21st 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!  


Health Newsletter


"I will guide him and restore comfort to him, ... Peace, peace, to those far and near, says the Lord. And I will heal him".   Isaiah, 57:18, 19


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


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.


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.


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 Pantryis open Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9:00 - 11:30 AM at First Congregational Church, 715 Wisconsin Street. 262-248-2337.





Church Picnic:  "Fellowship Fiesta!"


Join us on Sunday, August 24, 1:00 pm at church for our annual church picnic!  Our theme of "Fellowship Fiesta" indicates an afternoon of extraordinary fun for all ages! Bring a dish to pass if you can. Hamburgers, brats and hot dogs will be provided, along with an ice cream social, and lemonade stands! Wild and crazy games for children of all ages promise a day replete with laughter! There will be Pinatas, Miniature Golf, Kerplunk with Balls, a Bounce House, Dunk Tank, Bocce Ball, Horse Shoes, Water Balloons, and Face Painting - just to mention a few! Several truly hilarious events are also in the works, and we are trying to book a Mariachi Band!!           


There will also be a quilt raffle!  We ask you to bring canned foods if you are able. Kids will put together baskets for those who could use a boost.  Much more is planned, so put the date on your calendar! It's a perfect event to invite your friends or neighbors to also attend! See you there!


Quilt Raffle at Picnic


We will have a Quilt raffle at our annual picnic to raise money for the materials used to create the quilts for the High School Seniors.


Church Council & Staff and Families Picnic at the Pastor's home:


Church Council members and our Staff and their families are all invited to a picnic at Pastor Mary Ann and Mark's home, 395 Oakwood Lane in Lake Geneva, on Tuesday, August 19 at 6:00 pm. Please bring a dish to pass.  Beverages and the main course will be provided. Children are welcome!!  Come for an evening of great fun and conversation! Please call the office at 248-4211 to RSVP. Thanks!


Saturday Bicycle Rides


Come exercise and enjoy bike riding with others from Immanuel! Meet at church on Saturday's, 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!


Round the Manure Bicycle Ride


The Round the Manure Bicycle Ride is Saturday, August 16. Meet at church at 8:00 a.m. to carpool to Sharon. There 22, 44, 66 mile rides with ice cream stops.


Thrivent Family Fun Day at Lutherdale


You are invited to enjoy a family day at Lutherdale, Saturday, August 23rd from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Lutherdale is located at N7891 Hwy 12, Elkhorn. The day consists of a catered lunch, pontoon rides, Tower Adventure course, educational workshop, crafts, games and bingo, ice cream, a sing-a-long and Door Prizes. The cost is $5 per person or $20 per family. R.S.V.P. by August 11th including payment, payable to Walworth County Thrivent Chapter: Amy Wurster, W4945 Paddock Drive, Elkhorn WI 23121. Any questions, contact Amy at 262-742-4355.


Immanuel Book Club


The Immanuel Book Club will meet on the Wednesday, August 27th at 2:00 p.m. at Immanuel.  Look for details regarding the next book in the Bulletin insert.


Electronic Giving


The Gift of Generosity. This summer, if you can't make it to church due to travel or other commitments, we encourage you to automate your regular donations. Immanuel relies on the consistent financial support of the congregation and electronic giving offers an easy way to give on a recurring basis. Visit or contact the church office for more information. We thank you for your continued support!




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! 




+ Thank God for all his healing & blessings. Many thanks for all of Immanuel's caring members - the calls, cards, visits and the many happy meals. All my love, Bea Sutton


+ W are so grateful for your financial gifts to ELCA World Hunger. Thank you for all that you do to support these ministries through education, action and giving. Peace, Jessica Fairfas, ELCA World Hunger


+ Many thanks to Tom Jooss for painting the shed here at church! We appreciate your help in giving the shed a facelift.


+ Thank you to all volunteers who have helped with the landscaping and weed pulling. The church is taking shape outside, thanks to you all!


+Thanks to Hawk and Karen Taylor for watering plants outside, an important part of the landscaping plan.


+ Thank you to Matt Knopp for painting the closets in the welcome area & fellowship hall as we continue adding finishing touches to our facility.


+ We were SO inspired by Mitchell Barnett during his special music offering on July 13th at all three services! His talent was exquisite as he sang and play guitar to the lovely song "Lord, I Need You"! A Big THANKS for sharing your gifts with us!


+ A gigantic thank you to our community of faith for supporting us on our partnership mission trip with Sion Lutheran in Bayamon, Puerto Rico in June! With your help, 31 youth and 9 adults were able to build the foundation with our partners in Christ. Special thanks to all who had yard work or jobs for our youth to do. Your donations to the trip are priceless. Thank you to Chad and Amy Bittner for the delicious "last supper" before we left. It was scrumptious! Thank you to the Danno family for donating the cost of shipping 45 boxes of clothes that you so generously donated. Thank you to all who supported our fundraisers and donated to them! We are so blessed by your generosity. Most importantly, thank you for your prayers. We had a medically uneventful trip! Yay! We are excited to see what God has planned for our partnership with Sion and the people of Puerto Rico. Watch for details on next year's mission trip....helping somewhere I the US with the ELCA disaster team. The plan would be to go to Puerto Rico the summer of 2016. If your work or vacation plans take you to Puerto Rico, please go visit our friends. They will welcome you with open arms as they did us. Thank you, again, for your kindness! You are loved!

Sincerely, Cynthia Hibbard and Rich McWherter


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