Immanuel eNewsletter

September, 2014

Sunday School Rally Day!

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Worship News
Children's News
Middle School News
High School News
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Sunday School Rally Day


Rally Day is Sunday, September 7th at 9:30 a.m. Join us as we begin a new year of learning about Jesus! Children ages Preschool through 5th Grade are invited to our Children's Wing to share in an ice cream treat and meet some of our teachers.

Sunday School is held every Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.




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Classic Service Choir: Rehearses Wednesdays, 6:45PM


We are launching a new Classic Service Choir that spotlights traditional anthems, and will sing primarily at the 8:15 AM Service. All are welcome to participate. Rehearsal CD's available. Rehearsals have begun.


Contemporary Choir: Rehearses Wednesdays, 6:45 PM


This group will sing contemporary choral music, primarily at the 9:45 & 11:07AM services. All are welcome! Rehearsal CD's available, rehearses Wed. nights at 6:45 PM. Rehearsals are open to ALL who love to sing or play instruments.  


Youth Praise Team: Rehearses Wednesdays, 5:30 PM


The YPT is open to ALL teens 5th-12th grade! Please help us spread the word! Participants have been meeting all summer and plan to sing early this fall during worship services. Newcomers are welcome, and will have a blast with this group! Both vocalists and instrumentalists are needed!


We plan to lead weekly confirmation classes in song on Wednesday nights immediately following rehearsal at 6:30PM. Contact John Ivan for more information at


Praise Team: Rehearses Wednesdays, 8:00 PM


The Praise Team vibrantly leads contemporary worship songs each week at 9:45 and 11:07. The group also helps lead special services throughout the year. Attendance at rehearsals is required. Contact John Ivan at if you are interested in participating.


Bells of Immanuel: Rehearses Sundays, 9:15-10:15 AM


The Bells start rehearsals on Sunday September 7th in the music room! Thanks to a generous donation, we've added an octave of bells! This opens a huge new opportunity to welcome more ringers! Director Ellen Hanson will show you how to ring, no musical training is necessary. If you can't commit to every Sunday, talk to Ellen about being a bell substitute ringer! Contact Ellen Hanson if you are interested or just show up for rehearsal. She can be reached at: or 262.210.1001


Ivan-McQuestion Wedding: Saturday, Sept. 27, 2:00 PM


Please join us as we unite in marriage, share tender vows, and celebrate our love on our wedding day! We can't imagine sharing our special day without our treasured church family! You are ALL invited to our wedding ceremony at 2:00PM, followed by a brief cake and punch reception in the Fellowship Hall. Thanks for your prayers, support, and encouragement! John Ivan and Nicole McQuestion


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 All-Church Small Group Bible Study: The Circle Maker


We are launching our new All-Church Small Group Bible Study the week of September 21. In "The Circle Maker," we will learn over the 8 weeks of the study how to claim God-given promises, pursue God-sized dreams, seize God-ordained opportunities, and bring glory to God! The study will help participants dream big, pray hard, and think long.


The Circle Maker is a New York Times Bestseller, written by Pastor Mark Batterson. The video teaching is gripping, and the Participant's Guide is applicable to all of our lives - regardless of age.


Sign up for the Small Group of your choice! If you are willing to facilitate a group, please let Pastor Mary Ann know as soon as possible. The pastors will preach on the theme each week of the study. Our High School students are already on board to also do this study! Don't miss it!


This is by far the finest study we have had the opportunity to use, so join a group, come worship around the theme each week, and allow this teaching to saturate your life as God accomplishes great things in each of us!


New Member Discovery Class: Oct. 5, 12:30 PM


The next New Member Discovery Class for those interested in membership at Immanuel is set for Sunday, October 5 at 12:30 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: Sat., Sept. 27, 7:30 AM


Join other men of faith for our Men's Bible Study and Breakfast! You will be treated to deep conversation about the issues in our time.  We will look at the Biblical teaching, and how to apply it to our lives. we might best respond.  Please bring your favorite breakfast food to share with other men.  All are welcome! 


Saturday Morning Women's Bible Study: September 6, 10:00 AM


The Saturday Morning Women's Bible Study meets at Vena Bodine's house, W3020 Weaver Road, Elkhorn. We are studying the Beatitudes. All are welcome! Call Vena at 262-723-8082 for directions.


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.


Sunday Nursery Staff


Sunday, August 17th, was our last day with our Nursery Leader Sara Fields. We wish Sara a lifetime of blessings as she begins her future in college. Sara has been a true gift to this Ministry, and the children absolutely loved her!


We are so excited to welcome Emily Schulting to our Nursery Staff.  Emily brings patience and a gentle heart to this program, and we are so blessed to have her join us!


Sunday School Rally Day


Rally Day is on Sunday, September 7th, when we begin a new year learning about Jesus! Children ages Preschool through 5th Grade are invited to our Children's Wing to share in an ice cream treat and meet some of our teachers.


Sunday School Teachers


We are still recruiting Sunday School Leaders for our top flight Sunday School Program!   Immanuel uses a team teaching approach, asking teachers to lead twice a month. We've found that this helps keep teachers from burnout, and the kids get to see how many adults genuinely care about them!


If you are interested in teaching children, please join us on Thursday, August 28th at 6 p.m. We will hand out curriculum and share ideas for the upcoming year. If you want to teach, but can't attend the meeting, give our Children's Ministry Director, Brianna Deering, a call at 248-4211.  


Vacation Bible Camp


Thank you to everyone who made Vacation Bible Camp: Weird Animals such a huge success! We had two hundred children registered, and over four hundred people attend our grand finale event.


This week of sharing God's Word wouldn't have been possible without the over 75 volunteers that helped out each night. A special thanks to the Ministry Leaders who spent countless hours making sure their area of ministry was ready to share: Sara and Clay Wahlstedt (Set Design), Carol Smith (Crafts), Sharon Payne, Renee Wells, Joselyn Hayes (Food), Ellen Hansen (Bible Study), Roberta Pepper (Mission), Sean Payne (MC), Rick Ruby (Sound), John Ivan  and Brenda Follensbee (Publicity),  Vijay and Ashley (Games), Jess Jooss and Stacey Smith (Preschool). A big thank you to Heidi Schussler for all the behind the scenes work with Registration, and to Jamie Ivan for sharing the joy of music both during bible camp and at Sunday Worship! Finally, thank you to Pastors Mark and MaryAnn for their support  with this amazing program each year!!


Thank you to everyone who donated food, drinks, clothing and school supplies for Vacation Bible Camp.  Our mission raised hundreds of dollars for Side By Side, and helped many families in need.  Our bible camp mission for Fellow Mortals raised $367.64, used to help rehabilitate injured animals. We are so blessed to have such a generous and caring Immanuel Family. Thank you for your continued support with all our Children's 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, Ed Cox, Bethany Crawford, Jim Daily, Ed Dee, Cyndi Dietze, Marian Engstrom, George Fueredi, Phillip Giese, Haley Hand, Paul Hainstock, Patrick Hale, Anne Heck, Eric Jelnik, Mark Justison, Jason Kazinski, Doug Kerkaonan, Deb Kopek, Dan Kosherman, Ben Lambert, Esther Laskowski, Pat Lincoln, Lynn McAdams, Kim Michaelson, Larry Miller, Nick Palozzolo, Beverly Peacock, Denise Peck, Mickey Petranek, Pastor Dave Poling-Goldenne, Jerry Polocet, Trudy Rauch, Lindsey Robinson, Hunter Schwab, Clarence Schawk, Mary Schulz, Barb Searle, Shelly Shepstone, Anita Smith, Dottie Swatek, Monika Swing, Mary Teel, Ed Thiel, Bob Threadgill, Earl Vorpagel, Sara Wahlstedt, Rick Walters, Karen Wells, Liam Wester, Barb Whitney, Sharyl Wilkins, Linsey Young.


In Hospice Care


Daryl Boyer, Lawrence Norem, 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, Debbie Eggum, Dick Falton, Bobby Joe Fritz, Sue Grenning, Patrick Hale, Lorraine Hanneman, Grace Hanny, Noelee Hedges-Godtl, Bill Gutzman, Henson Family, Betty Howes, William Hundsrucker, Kendell, Caroline Kube,Kujawa Family, Annett Jett, Ruth Johnson, Mark Justison, JoAnn Koch, Tom Kuttnauer, Colton Lazzaroni, Gary Lechner, Don Ledenbach, Jean Ledenbach, Lisa Lewallan, Pete Lindle, 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, Kendall Smedley, Aaron Sommerville, Vivian Spanjer, Lyle Swatek, Monika Swing, Joe & Kayte Sylvester, 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,





+ Ruth Hinzpeter, our beloved member, died to Christon July 28th.


+ Judy Lindner, mother of Susan Pedersen, died to Christ on August 1st.


+ Lydia Polek, mother of Barb Kwiatkowski, died to the Lord on August 4th.


+ Harriet Davis, mother of Mike Davis, died to Christ on August 11th.


+Marty Smith, husband of Carol Smith, died to Christ on August 17th.


+ Molly Reek, wife of Bruce Reek, died to the Lord on August 28th.
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 Erin and Tim Wester on the baptism of their son, Jacob Aaron Effenheim, on August 24th.


+ Congratulations to Sherrie and David Bittner on the baptism of their daughter, Mara Madelyn Bittner, on August 24th.




+ Congratulations to Mallory and Mark Zukowski on the birth of their daughter, Indie Ahna Zukowski, born on July 30th.


+ Congratulations to Trudy Rauch on the birth of her great grandson, Finnegan John Scott Stahulak, son of Jeffrey and Mallory Stahulak.


+ Congratulations to Arlene and Dick Redell on the birth of their great granddaughter, Alma Marie Rizzo, born on August 9th.




Expecting a Child!

Lindsey Boehne, Lynsey Fleck, Kimberly Pillman, Cathy Peterie

New Address & Phone Number

Amy Giovannoni
W6172 Oscar Drive          
Elkhorn, WI 53121 


Susie Fleischer

262-949-3771 (cell)



Just For Kids


Just for Kids Before and After-School Program is looking for some teachers to help with caring for our kids.  The program runs 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 6:15 p.m.  Please let us know if you would be interested in helping part-time.  We are looking for teachers with some background education in childcare.  Contact Brianna at 248-4211 for more information.


First Communion Class: Sept. 13, 10:00 AM


We look forward to the next First Communion Class for children who are ready to receive Holy Communion. 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


Due to a glitch from the State Licensing Department which they are responsible for, the full opening of Little Sprouts Learning Center is delayed until mid-September. Accommodations are being made to care for already registered children. Our hours of operation are 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!

Many thanks to all of the parishioners and staff who have worked so hard to prepare our facilities and help launch this new ministry. Special thanks are due to the three families who are temporarily hosting child care in their homes until our full opening.


Needs for Daycare


There are some needs for our daycare licensing: Gently worn clothing sizes 3 months - size 5, sweaters, sweatpants, sweatshirts, socks, mittens, hats, scarves, shirts, sleepers, onesies, coats, jackets, snowpants, boots,

Wal-Mart bags to wrap up soiled clothing/diapers, 30 child-size blankets for evacuations/emergency kit. Thank you so much, Sue Gifford, director.




6th-8th Grade Confirmation and Youth Group Meeting for Students and Parents: Wed., Sept. 10, 6:30 PM

Parents and confirmation students are all invited to attend the launch of our Confirmation and Middle School Youth Group. We will talk about our new program for the fall, pass out schedules, sign 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 youth and Sunday Confirmation Group! If you like middle school students, this ministry is for you! Contact Zach at 815-519-5167 if interested!


9th Grade Confirmation Parent and Student Meeting: Sept. 8, 6:30 PM


We ask all of our 9th Grade Confirmands and their parents to attend the upcoming Information Meeting. Confirmation Sunday this year will be Sunday, October 26th.


The rehearsal for Confirmation Day is Saturday October 25th, with the time to be determined at our first meeting on September 8th.


9th Grade Confirmation Retreat: October 17-19


All of our 9th grade confirmands need to attend our confirmation retreat in preparation for their Confirmation Day. The retreat will be at Covenant Harbor this year!


Mum Sale!


Mums are available from the same vendor we used last year. The plants were huge and absolutely breathtaking! Plants need to be pre-ordered; forms are available at church. These are the most gorgeous mums available in the area!


Cost is $10 per plant. All proceeds benefit our 9th grade students for their Confirmation Retreat in preparation for their confirmation day! Thanks for your support!


The Vibe Launch: October 13, 3:00-6:00 PM


The Vibe, our new community outreach to create a safe haven for middle school students, is taking shape! It will be every Monday through Thursday afternoons, from 3:00-6:00 PM in the lower level, whenever school is in session.  

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 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 as we complete the space. Come and have a blast transforming the lower level into a haven for teens!


Needed Items for The Vibe: 


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: Sunday, Oct. 26

Our 9th grade students will confirm their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior on October 26, at the worship service of their choice.


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, Wed., Sept. 3, 6:30 PM

Come join us on our adult team working with High School students this year! We are talking about possible new models for a vibrant approach to high school ministries in the new school year! The next High School Youth Group Leaders meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 3rd at 6:30 p.m. at church. Any adults who are interested in helping are welcome and encouraged to come. Call Pastor Mary Ann with any questions and ideas! We're so excited about the possibilities ahead.


High School Youth Group is switching gears as we are going to offer many different ways to be involved in various "treks". For instance, we'll have one trek that is a Bible Study, another trek that is the mission trip, a trek that is cookie ministry, a trek that is music, a trek that is community service and so on. We are excited for each trek as you can join us in your journey with Christ by participating in one trek, two treks or all of them. Our goal is that our high school youth are able to participate as their schedule allows and doing something they love to do with a wide variety of treks to choose from. Here are the treks for September:


Saturday, September 6th - High School Cookie Ministry: We're bringing our beloved cookie ministry to our high school level. If you would like to learn to bake cookies, come to the home of Cynthia Hibbard, W1161 Trieste Drive, Lake Geneva, at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 6th and we'll learn how to make chocolate chip cookies. If you already know how to bake and want to bake at home, please bring your baked cookies at 11:00 a.m. We will package the cookies up at that time and get them ready for delivery. Taste testers are welcome to come any time! J We need people to help deliver the cookies to our friends that may be suffering the loss of a loved one, having surgery, celebrating a special birthday or anniversary or just need the love and joy a tray of cookies can bring.   If you are willing to deliver, please come at any time, but before noon for instructions. Any adults interested in helping are welcome to attend also! Questions, call or text Cynthia at 262-374-1102.


Saturday, September 13th - Citizen Way, Milton, WI: Award-winning Christian band Citizen Way will perform at Crosspointe Community Church in Milton, WI at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.).   General admission tickets are $15.00 per person.   Please text Carolee Barnett at 262-215-1008 if you are interested in attending.


Sunday, September 14th - Dinner and Bonfire:  Let's kick off our new treks with a dinner and bon fire at the home of Cynthia Hibbard, W1161 Trieste Drive, Lake Geneva at 6:30 p.m. Come for food, fun, laughter, stories and more!


Wednesdays for 7 weeks beginning September 17th - Join us at church for a time to connect with friends and be refreshed. For 7 weeks (September 17th - October 29th), we will be studying a vibrant and intriguing Bible study called "The Circle Maker". Here is how this "trek" looks:


5:30 - 6:30 p.m.   Invite your friends and come for a slice of pizza for a buck ($1). Every Wednesday we'll offer you a place to do your homework, visit with your friends, have a little bit of down time after your school activities and enjoy some pizza!


6:15 - 6:30 p.m. Our musicians are invited to join John in a quick rehearsal of a couple of songs that we'll sing to start our Bible study. If you want to just come and jam with John, he'd love it!


6:35 - 6:45 p.m. Come sing a couple of songs as we gather for our Bible study. Even if you aren't a singer, come here the amazing songs!


6:45 - 7:45 p.m. The Circle Maker Bible study (Video Clip and Small Group Discussion)


We invite you to come for all or parts of the study! You will be so glad you did!


Sunday, September 28th - Packer/Bear (or Bear/Packer) Tailgate Party:  Come join the fun as two of our favorite teams go head to head. TV's will be set up outside so you can watch the game. Bring a chair, wear your team colors and get ready for some fun and football! Carolee and Steve will be providing the food. Game starts at noon - W3408 McDonald Road, Lake Geneva! Can't wait to see who wins!



Uganda Children's Choir Concert: Fri., Sept. 5, 6:30-8:00 PM


We are so excited to hear the Uganda Children's Choir concert at Immanuel on Sept. 5! The children are ages 9-11, and are in 2nd and 3rd grade. The concert is for the entire community, so please be sure to invite your friends, neighbors, family, and co-workers!   Their music will knock your socks off and touch you in the depth of your spirit!


Badger High School Anti-Bullying Training, Sept. 23, 24 & 25


We are so honored that the administration of Badger High School has asked to use our church to conduct a three-day Anti-Bullying Training Seminar for their student body, Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 23-26, from 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM. The seminar will be in the worship space.


This is a phenomenal opportunity for us to partner with the High School, and to serve students as they learn how to resist, speak out, and rise above the scourge of bullying across our country.


We also thank God for the privilege of serving the school district, because without the positive vote of the school board, we would not be on this land in our expansive new facility. Pray that God works miracles in the lives of each student in this program.


Upcoming Feed My Starving Children Events!


Our Feed My Starving Children group has organized many awesome events for the next couple months! Each event listed below will help to feed starving children around the world!


5K Family Fun Walk/Run - 9/20, 9AM @ Immanuel


Advanced registration is $10.00 per person, or $25.00 per family of three or more. We guarantee a Sweat Band with FMSC Logo to all participants! All proceeds go to feed starving children around the world.


The walk starts at 9:00 AM; pre-registration at 7:30 AM at the church. The route begins across the street from Immanuel, and returns to the church. Registration forms are available at Immanuel's Welcome Center, or contact Sarah Austin, 262 215-6653. Whether you walk or run, it's a perfect family outing, nourishing to your own body and spirit - as well as for hungry children.


Bingo and BBQ Bash - 9/21 4PM-6:30PM @ Immanuel


Join us for a Bingo Barbeque Bash for Feed my Starving Children! We have over $700.00 in prizes, including a new Convection Oven! Family friendly, everyone welcome! Advanced ticket sales to be sold after each worship service for a suggested donation of $7.00 for adults, $6.00 for Seniors, $5.00 for children under 12, and under 5 free. The cost includes five games of Bingo, supper and prizes, and loads of fun and laughter! Bring the whole family, your friends and co-workers.


Have a Cup of Tea on Us! Sunday, Sept. 14 after each service


You are cordially invited to a one of a kind bakeless bake sale! No need to bring any bakery. You can have a cup of tea, and a delicious recipe on us! All proceeds go to Feed My Starving Children!    


Remember that 22 cents will feed 6 children, which makes this the best feeding ministry available!


Thanks to all who contributed to our "Noisy Cans" in worship on Aug. 24! We received $381.74 - which will go a long way to provide nourishment for children who are desperate for food! God bless your generosity!


If you would like to help Volunteer at any of these events please contact Dennis or Evie Schulz - (262)728-6542


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!

Contact Mickey with any questions at 248-0506.


Community Connections Meal: Sept. 18, 5:15-6:30 PM


Our community meals will be on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Thanks to all who donated fresh and canned foods last month! We had about 65 people attend, and it was just an incredible night! All are invited to join us for a nutritious meal, access to community resources and new friendships. The meal is a free gift. All are welcome!


We also need additional volunteers to staff this very moving ministry of hospitality and nourishment to people in our community! Contact Jill at 262 248-7491.


Blood Drive: Mon., Sept. 8, 2:00-6:00 PM


Come to the fellowship Hall to donate blood, and help save lives! Contact Susan Krinn at 262 245-5579 for information, or visit for an appointment. We welcome people to help staff the event!


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, September 16th, 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.


Card Ministry


Our Card Ministry will gather on Thursday, September 18th 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


"Then he touched their eyes and said, 'According to your faith will it be done to you'; and their sight was restored."           Matthew 29, 30


In this month's health newsletter, Parish Nurse, Karen Stein, addresses Night Blindness. Check out Karen's newsletter at and click on "September 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.






Immanuel Book Club


The Immanuel Book Clubwill meet on the Wednesday, September 24th 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! 




+ Thanks to Tina Knopp for washing and sorting of clothes for the Back to School Clothing Drive.


+ Thank you to Matt Knopp for putting up the coat racks for the Daycare.


+ Thanks to Jaime Ivan (director), all helpers, and parents for bringing your children for the special Vacation Bible Camp songs on August 3rd. The gift of song, especially from children, is such a gift. The kids were precious. See here:


+ Thanks to Tami Buntrock for singing "A Parent's Prayer" as a dedication and send off to all our college kids on August 17th! The prayerful words were a tender blessing as our children prepare to leave the nest. Thanks for sharing your gift with all of us. Watch here:


+ Thanks to Amberleigh Aller (soloist) and John Ivan (piano) who collaborated and preformed the "Alleluja" from Mozart's Exsultate Jubilate on August 10th at all three services. Amberleigh's soaring soprano voice was heavenly! Thanks Amberleigh for sharing your precious gifts to the glory of God for ALL to hear. See a recording here:


+ Special thanks to Mike Van Dyke led "Thrive" with help from the Praise Team on August 17th. Mike's talent is superb and we were thrilled by his music! Thanks to the Praise Team for backing him up; including Dan Schmidt on mandolin! Enjoy the video here:  


+ Thanks to Rick Ruby for his generous donation of our new pulpit microphone! Thanks also for setting it up so that ALL can hear the good word!


+ A big thank you to Dennis Lyon for donating 3 towers for the computer stations in the lower level which will be used for the Vibe program!


+ I just wanted to take the time to thank everyone who makes these beautiful quilts! The time, commitment and love poured into this quilt made for Mia's baptism is evident in every stitch. I'm so blessed that Mia can grow up in such a fantastic church family. This blanket is something she will cherish forever. Thank you for all of your hard work - it means a lot! Sincerely, Chelsie, Mike & Mia Koronkiewicz


+ Dear Quilters of Immanuel, Thank you so much for the beautiful quilt you made for my 80th birthday! I know the time and love you put into each quilt you make. Each one is special and mine came in my favorite color blue. Immanuel is so blessed by you quilters. With love, Joyce Vorpagel


+ Immanuel Staff, Thank you so much for all you did to make our wedding ceremony possible. Everything turned out wonderful and it was all because of your hard work. God Bless, Ben & Caitlyn Kiefer


+ Dear Pastors Mary Ann & Mark, I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for the donation of the use of your property for our fundraising event, The Geneva Lakes Amazing Race, on June 28, 2014. The property was perfect for the starting line of our event. We had plenty of registration and set up space in the parking lot. A great place to launch our first challenge and thankfully the use of bathrooms before the racers began their very long race day! This is our 8th year for this fundraising event and we raised over $21,000 which will be split between 2 charitable organizations: The TS Alliance & Children's World Impact. Our sincere thanks for al you do for this community and for your genuine generosity. Erin Huemann, Geneva Lakes Amazing Race Volunteer


+ Thank you to Scot and Mona Hodkiewicz for donating turkeys for our church picnic. We appreciate your generosity.


+ Thank you to Frank Guske Jr. for cooking up the turkeys for our picnic. We appreciate the use of your many resources.


+ A Big Thank You to Edith Draper and her picnic team for the amazing annual church picnic! Thanks for all the planning, time and set-up which created such a festive church event. We also thank all who stayed afterwards to clean-up.


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