Immanuel eNewsletter

October, 2014

Confirmation Sunday!

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Worship News
Middle School News
High School News
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Confirmation Sunday


Confirmation Sunday for our 9th graders who are affirming their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord is October 26th. Be sure to invite friends and family as you celebrate this important milestone in your faith! 


Romans 10:9-10

9 If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.





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Music Recognition Sunday October 19th


We are thrilled to announce Music Recognition Sunday on October 19th at all three services. We will celebrate the gift of music, the gift of song, the gift of worship itself, the gift of musical prayer, and will recognize our treasured musicians. You will be blessed with special music from each of our beloved ensembles-Praise Team, Youth Praise Team, Jubilate, and Bells of Immanuel-and invited to sing along to favorites. Mark your calendars and invite a friend to share God's gift of music with!  


Christmas Cantata Rehearsals Begin October 15th


Rehearsals for the glorious Christmas musical celebration begin October 15th on Wednesday nights at 6:45PM downstairs in the music room. ALL are invited and encouraged to join this multi-generational ministry perfect for the entire family! You don't need to have a perfect voice, just a heart to sing! The inspirational, powerful music comprises a variety of music; both traditional and contemporary. Rehearsal CD's will be available to aid individual learning. Both vocalists and instrumentalists are needed. The cantata will be presented on December 21st at all three services! Contact John Ivan for more information.


Jubilate Singers: Rehearses Wednesday, 6:45 PM


Jubilate (Immanuel's choir for all ages and musical genres) is diligently working on special anthems for the fall. Rehearsals are open to ALL and occur Wednesday nights at 6:45PM. Rehearsal CD's are offered to help learn parts for those who can't read music well. We have a great core group that would love to welcome more voices to the team!  


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 continues to meet every Wednesday night for rehearsals at 8:00PM. Their spectacular leadership each Sunday morning is unparalleled. Both the vocalists and instrumentalists are working so hard to advance their music, grow deeper in faith, and provide fabulous leadership for the contemporary services! Contact John Ivan if you are interested joining the team for more info.


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.


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!



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




New All-Church Small Group Bible Study: The Circle Maker


We are launching our new All-Church Small Group Bible Study the week of October 5. In "The Circle Maker," we will learn over the 4 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.


In this dynamic four session Small Group Bible Study, author Mark Batterson will encourage you to pray circles around your biggest dreams, and your greatest fears, - the kind of audacious prayers that God delights to answer. We will learn the truth that God honors bold prayers, because bold prayers honor God.


"When we feel under qualified and overwhelmed, we might be exactly where God wants us. These moments force us to pray like everything belongs on God. They also drive us to our knees. In times like this we move to a place of raw dependence on God, and raw dependence is the raw material out of which God performs his greatest miracles."


The Study Includes:


  • DVD Teaching - includes four powerful small group lessons taught by Mark Batterson, Pastor of National Community Church in Washington DC.
  • Small Group Bible Studies! Check out the schedule of Small Groups available throughout the week, at a variety of times and locations.       There is a group for YOU!


  • The Book, The Circle Maker, and Participant's Guide. Pick up your copy of both the book and the participant's guide on the table in the Gathering Space.

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!


Sign Up for the Small Group of Your Choice!


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


_____ Mon., 6:30 PM in the Community Room of the church. Facilitators: Phil and Donna Neimeyer, 262 725-3453.


_____ Mon., 6:30 PM at the home of Dean and Odella Nelson, 126 Bonito St., Walworth, Wisconsin. Facilitators: Dean and Odella, 262 374-2108; or 262 203-3036.


_____   Mon., 6:45 PM in the Conference Room of the church. Facilitators: Mark and Kelsey Hannemann, 847-848-3332 or 847-987-7153.


_____   Tues., 9:00 AM in the Conference Room of the church. Facilitator: Cynthia Hibbard, 262 374-1102.

_____   Tues., 6:30 PM in the Youth Room (adjacent to Fellowship Hall) of the church. Facilitator: Susan Krinn, 262 245-5579.


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


_____   Wed., 9:30 AM on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month in the Conference Room of the church. Facilitator: Jill Rosenthal, 262 949-2569.  


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


_____   Wed., 6:30 PM in Classroom A of the church. Facilitators: Cyndi Dietze, 262 374-1026


_____ Wed., 6:30 PM Pulse - High School Youth Group in Youth Room off Fellowship Hall. Facilitators Carolee Hanny - Barnett, 262 215-1008 and Cynthia Hibbard, 262 374-1102.


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


_____Thurs., 6:30 at the home of Michelle and Jeff Edson, 233 S. Kane St. in Burlington. Facilitators: Michelle and Jeff, 262 716-3136.   Children are welcome and encouraged to attend!


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


_____ Fri., 6:45 AM at the Coffee Mill, 441 Mill St. in Fontana. Men's Group. Facilitator: Ken Field, 262 374-1795.


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


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


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: October 4th, 10:00 AM


The Saturday Morning Women's Bible Study meets at Trish Fry-Misener's house, W3026 Weaver Road, Elkhorn. We are studying the Beatitudes. All are welcome! Call Trish at 262-949-2480 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! 



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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


 Lester Gilbertson,Michelle Henson, Ron Lavin,Ashley Lodarek, Yvonne Mol, Pam O'Brien, Grace Peterson, Kendell Smedley





+ Molly Reek, wife of Bruce Reek, died to Christ on August 28th.


+ Donna Sheppard, our beloved member, died to Christ on September 7th.


+ The Pringle Family at the loss of their beloved nephew, Peter.


Serving on the Mission Field


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




+ Congratulations to Sandra & James Krakofsky on the baptism of their daughter, Alexa Marie Krakofsky, on September 7th.


+ Congratulations to Brent and Alison Mansky on the baptism of their precious daughter, Brynn Marie Mansky, on September 14th.


+ Congratulations to Denise and Todd Ritzman on the baptism of their daughters Kelsey Ann Ritzman and Kaitlyn Renee Ritzman, on September 28th.



+Congratulations to Dan and Lindsey Boehne on the birth of their daughter, Lucille Lake Boehne, born on August 20th.

Expecting a Child!

Lynsey Fleck, Kimberly Pillman, Cathy Peterie

New Members

Bob & Carolyn Tepe    

N1624 Washington Avenue

Lake Geneva, WI 53147



Natalie Stetter &

Christopher Vos

Casey & Layla Vos

N1578 Washington Avenue

Lake Geneva, WI 53147



Sondra & James Krakofsky

Alexa Krakofsky

N3160 Larch Road

Lake Geneva, WI 53147



Les & Barbara Zematis

207 Adler Drive

Libertyville, IL 60048



Sean & Shannon Levitt

Olivia & Logan

223 Skyline Drive

Lake Geneva, WI 53147



Betsy Kanelos

Katy & Christina

261 Rush Street

Lake Geneva, WI 53147



Dawn Greiner

W3321 Park Drive

Lake Geneva, WI 53147



Bob & Brenda Miller

PO Box 417

Powers Lake, WI 53159



Jen Castleman & Doug Bartz

Zachary & Braden Bartz

Destiny & Makenna Castleman

115 Park Drive Unit 1104

Lake Geneva, WI 53147



Linda Martin

400 S. Edwards Blvd #201

Lake Geneva, WI 53147



Theresa Powell

317 E. South Street #1

Lake Geneva, WI 53147



Karen Beasley

313 E. South Street #3

Lake Geneva, WI 53147




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. Grab a "busy bag" for your pre-schooler at the entrance to the worship space, to help your child stay focused during worship.
Please return it to the stand when the service is finished.


Sunday School


Sunday School is from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Bring your children to our classrooms located near the church office to the right of the Sanctuary. Immanuel uses a team teaching approach, asking teachers to lead twice a month. If you want to teach, give our Children's Ministry Director, Brianna Deering, a call at 248-4211. We welcome donations of juice or snacks. Please put them in our Activity Room. Thanks!


Just For Kids

Just for Kids Before and After-School Program is looking for teachers with a background in education and childcare to help serve our elementary school kids.  The program runs each week day from 6:00 - 8:30 a.m, and 3:30 - 6:15 p.m.  Please let us know if you would be interested in helping part-time.

Contact Brianna at 248-4211 for more information.


Little Sprouts Day Care News and Launch


Little Sprouts Learning Center hours of operation: 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Our new Daycare is for children from 6 weeks to 4 year olds, and is open and ready to serve your children! We still have space for several two year olds; otherwise our Center is full! Praise God! Our staff for Little Sprouts is spectacular. Come check out this ministry!


Needs for Daycare

We need "Little Tykes" kind of outdoor playground furniture for the Day Care! We would also be so blessed to receive the following items for our new Day Care: gently worn clothing sizes 3 months to 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. Thanks! Sue Gifford, Day Care Director




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 October 17-19th. Drop off confirmands by 7:00 p.m. Friday, October 17 and pick-up is Sunday by 10 a.m. $50 deposit due by September 28th. Total due by October 12th. Meals and Activities are included in the fee.


9th Grade Confirmation Sunday: October 26th


Confirmation Sunday for our 9th graders who are affirming their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord is scheduled for October 26th. Be sure to invite friends and family as you celebrate this important milestone in your faith! Rehearsal will be on Saturday, October 25th at 5:00 p.m. Parents are also asked to attend so they will know their role in the liturgy.


3:16 Middle School Youth Group and Confirmation


3:16 Middle School Youth Group and Confirmation class has started. Youth Group is held Wednesday nights from 6:30p.m. to 8p.m. Our curriculum this year is called "A Year with Jesus" and we are so excited to share it with our youth. Our Confirmation class is held Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Both classes are open to students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.


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. Contact Zach Ortiz with any questions at 815-519-5167.


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! Stay tuned for the next meeting date of the Vibe Tribe.


Needed Items for The Vibe: 


Electronics: Arcade games, Blu-Ray player Games: Chess, Cribbage, Fact or Fiction, Mexican Train Dominos, Jenga, Monopoly, Apples to Apples, Double Banana Grams, Sorry, Decks of Cards Books: Uplifting books for middle school aged readers. Art Supplies: Blank canvases. Acrylic Paint. Paint brushes. Markers. Colored Pencils. Monetary Donation or Micheal's / JoAnne's / Wal-Mart gift cards are always welcome and appreciated.


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!!!!



High School Youth Group


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:

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!


Wednesday, September 24th at 7:00 a.m. - Meet at the flag pole at Badger High School for prayer for our schools. Students and adults worldwide will meet at their school's flag pole to pray for our schools. If you attend a different school, please invite your friends to join you at your school. See you there!


Sunday, September 28th - Packer/Bear (or Bear/Packer) High School Youth Group 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!



Immanuel Blood Drive


Thanks so much to all who participated in the Monday, September 8th Blood Drive. We saw 40 donors (4 unable to donate) and collected 34 whole blood units and 2 dual red units for a total of 38 units which will save up to 114 local patient lives! We also had 8 first time donors!


Fun Facts - Status: First Time - 8, Lapsed - 5, Repeat - 27,

Fun Facts ABO: AB Positive 1, A Positive 16, B Negative 1, B Positive 3,

O Negative 5, O Positive 6.

We saw 40 donors (4 unable to donate) and collected 34 whole blood units and 2 dual red units for a total of 38 units which will save up to 114 local patient lives! We also had 8 first time donors!


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.


Finding Balance in a DOT.Complicated World Classes


Finding Balance in a DOT.Complicated World Classes - Rob Ocker, an Immanuel parent, certified Love and Logic Trainer, Lake Geneva Middle School Counselor, and Keynote Speaker is teaching a class on October 2, 9, 16 and 23 at the Middle School. Flyers are available on the table in the Gathering Space.


Trunk or Treat: Sunday, October 26th


On Sunday, October 26th, "Trunk or Treat": Trick or treating event for the whole community will take place in the comfort of our church parking lot. (Times to be announced) Decorate your car, dress up in costume, bring your candy to hand out to our local children from the trunk of your car! It's safe for the kids and fun for everyone!  Start your creative juices flowing - we need at least 30 vehicles decorated (please not too scary for the little ones).  Signup sheets will be handed out during church services in October.   Watch for more haunting details!  Any donations of wrapped candies to hand out would be appreciated; please mark them "Trunk or Treat".  The Pulse High School Youth Group along with Todd and Erin Huemann will be organizing this great event.  Any questions, call Todd at 262-206-0386. 


The Firebells Fundraiser - Sunday September 21st


The Firebells Fundraiser is next Sunday, Sept. 21, from 3-6:00 PM at Hogs and Kisses. Tickets are available at the door, or from the Gehrmanns. The food is good, and the cause is noble!


 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.


Feed My Starving Children Packing Date - Saturday, October 4th


Feed My Starving Children Packing Date - Saturday, October 4th at Delavan Christian School. Directions will be on the confirmation email each registrant receives.


Feed My Starving Children is a Christian nonprofit hunger relief organization dedicated to feeding God's starving children hungry in body and spirit. Feed My Starving Children provides a world class volunteer opportunity for students, parents families, businesses and churches. During a packing session, you will be engaged in high-energy, tangible service to the neediest children and families on the planet. Contact Den & Evie Schulz at 262-203-0463.

Here is the registration link:Copy and paste this into your search engine:


Type in boxes: Evie Schulz - Leader, Triple Is - Group, October, 2014 - Month, Hit "Search" Button.


These are the shift times that are available. Note that on the Friday Shift and the last Saturday shift, volunteers are needed who can lift a minimum of 30 pounds. The other shift are for all ages, physical abilities. Select the shift wanted by clicking on the "join button" by that shift.


Click the box that indicates you agree to abide by all the rules. The rules will then drop down for you to read. Then click on the "accept button at the bottom right of the drop down.


Click "View All Members" so you can go in and create your individual account, adding....

(This is the info needed from folks who want Evie to register them)

Email Address, Password, First Name, Last Name, Address -include City, State and Zip Code, Phone No.  


Click on "confirm and a message should come up confirming the registration. A reminder email will then come to the email address a couple days before the event.


Community Connections Meal: October 16, 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.


Quilters needed in our Quilting Ministry


If you love to quilt, or want to learn how, we welcome you on our quilting team! God continues to bless us with a growing congregation! Last year, we had 19 high school graduates and 28 baptisms. This year we will have at least 20 high school graduates, and have had 40 baptisms!! This represents a HUGE number of quilts!

If you could make one or two, or even more quilts for graduates (60x80"), or baptismal quilts (42x55") - we would jump for joy! Quilts can be made with our team on Wednesdays between 9:00 AM - Noon, or at home, or both! We can provide you with the material, or you can choose your own and be reimbursed for the cost. The team will gladly teach newcomers the art of quilting! Please call Jackie Kuehl at 203-5296, or Sara Wahlsted at 203-0782 if you are interested, or with your questions. Thanks!!!


Thrivent Financial Educational Workshops


Thrivent Financial is hosting a series of educational workshops focused to help people be wise with money. The last workshops address Savvy Social Security: October 21st in Delavan and October 28th in Burlington. For more information or to reserve a seat, contact our local Thrivent Financial representative, Jim Pfeil at 262-740-9040 or


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.


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, October 21st, at 7:00 p.m. at the First Congregational UCC Church, 715 Wisconsin Street, Lake Geneva. Funds are available for rental assistance, utilities and prescription medicines. Applicants must reside in the Lake Geneva School District. Bring a copy of the bill you need help paying.


Side By Side Fundraiser at Simple Restaurant


Join us for the next Side By Side Fundraiser on Tuesday, September 30th, at Simple Restaurant. Seatings are at 5, 6, and 7 PM. $10 Tickets will be available at the Welcome Center, or at the door! Thanks for helping families in crisis in our area!


Card Ministry


Our Card Ministry will gather on Thursday, October 16th 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


"But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head." Psalm3:3


In this month's health newsletter, Parish Nurse, Karen Stein, addresses Concussion. Check out Karen's newsletter at and click on "October 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, October 22nd 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 fall, if you can't make it to church 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! 




+ Special thanks to Connie Shadewaldt for making some yummy cookies and brownies to share with our High School Cookie Ministry. What a gift! The HS Cookie ministry baked and delivered 12 trays of cookies! Thank you to all who baked and delivered cookies! What a blessing you are! Watch for the next date in October!


+ Huge thanks to Kwik Trip for donating sandwiches and to Bittner's Bakery for donating pastries for the High School Youth Group bonfire! They were a delicious addition to our celebration of the start of a new school year. Thank you, thank you!!!  


+ Dear Immanuel Family, There are not words enough to say thank you for the most beautiful memorial service and delicious luncheon for my husband, Marty Smith. The service was filled with tears, laughter, breathe-taking music, and God's presence. Thanks to pastors Mark and Mary Ann for creating the inspiring service and eulogy of Marty's life. To John Ivan, the praise team, and all the musicians - you truly made beautiful music to the Lord lifting us high. Thanks to Bruce Reek and Rick Ruby who made the words and sound fill our hearts; to Ed Domalik who made every inch of the church shine; to Yvonne Mol and those who helped put together the nourishing and delicious luncheon, set-up and clean-up and to Sara Wahlsted for the beautiful flower arrangements. Thanks too to those who helped with communion, ushering, prayers and readings during the service. Everything was so beautiful! Dear men & women of Immanuel, you wrapped me and my family in your love and we were so honored. Thank you, thank you. Carol Smith Andrew Smith, Melody Smith and Madison Smith


+ The angels were singing in heaven thanks to Amberleigh Aller's special musical solo on September 14th. Thank you to Amberleigh for sharing her lovely voice and to Kathy Middleton who accompanied on organ. "My Tribute" was beautifully inspiring music!


+ Dear High School Cookie Ministry, Thank you so much; such a nice treat.  We are enjoying the good cookies.  I don't believe that you busy teenagers take the time to make cookies for us older folks.  It's so nice to know that you care.  What a great church Immanuel is.  Take care.  Love, Earl and Joyce Vorpagel


+ Thanks to Dan Gibson who sang "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)" on August 24th at the 2nd and 3rd service. Dan accompanied himself on guitar and offered a beautiful acoustic arrangement of the popular song. Thanks for sharing your talents Dan! If you missed it, watch video here:


+ Thank you to Bobbi Gutman who sang the touching song "I Must Tell Jesus" on August 24th for the classic service. We are so blessed by her gentle and warm singing; it turns our hearts towards Jesus! Thanks for sharing your gifts with us all!

+ Jon, Sara and I would like to thank all of those that helped to make Molly Maguire-Reek's celebration of life, a memorable and uplifting experience.  The support that we have received from our church family  has been amazing. Thank you to Pastors Mark and Mary Ann for their guidance as we made our way through this ten month journey with cancer.  Thanks to the many people involved in the actual service, setting up for it, preparing a great meal and cleaning up.  Special thanks to Sara Wahlstedt and Wendy Russell for coordinating things for me.  Pastor MaryAnn's personal and touching message was wonderful. The celebration would not have been complete without the great music. Thanks to the praise team, soloists, instrumentalists and John Ivan.       Bruce Reek


+ Special thanks to Laurie Cornue (violin), Eileen Weyrauch (flute), and John Ivan (organ) for providing poignant instrumental music during the Healing Service on August 31st. The beautiful Bach piece offered a tender atmosphere for the laying on of hands. Thanks to the trio for presenting at all three services!


+ A big thank you to the High School Cookie Ministry, we so enjoyed the delicious cookies you delivered to us. We appreciate the time it took to mix, bake, package and deliver these awesome goodies! Thanks for thinking of us! Brenda & Ron Follensbee


+ Dear Immanuel Church Family, Pastors Mary Ann & Mark, You are most generous! Thank you so much for the grocery cards. Your love shines & we appreciate all you do for us! Love, Kathy & Craig


+ Dear Friends and Card Ministry, than you for your card and lovely note n memory of my Mom. She was a grand and gracious woman. I appreciate your dedication and beautiful cards se received from you each month! My Immanuel family members are amazing! I'm very blessed to have all of you in my life. With Love & Thanksgiving, Barb Kwiatkowski.


+ Pastors Mary Ann, Mark and our Immanuel Church Family, First thank all of you for your prayers and concerns as we deal with a secondary cancer. Today we finished round two of chemo treatment. There is a glimmer of hope so your continued prayers and support will be appreciated. With Our Love to all, Joyce & Earl Vorpagel


+ Dear Quilters, Thank you for the beautiful quilt. To know people of our church have put in that much love and energy just for me means a lot. I wouldn't have wanted to grow up in any other church. Thank you for supporting me in my future. Love, Derrick Buntrock


+ Thank you to our wonderful quilters for the two beautiful quilts they made for Mark and me. The reality of becoming 80 years young hasn't sunk in yet for me. We are both hoping to get back to church just as soon as the powers that be can let go and allow some work to be done on Mark's van to make it accessible for him to get into. Pray that it may be so! Love and Blessings, Laurel & Mark Herich


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