Immanuel eNewsletter

December, 2014

Merry Christmas!

In This Issue
Worship News
Middle School News
High School News
Worship with Us!    



"Oh The Joy!"


"Expecting the Unexpected" - Nov. 30        

Feel the anticipation of Christmas and celebrate with us as we renew our joys this season! Join us the first Sunday in Advent and see the promising light of baby Jesus through the lighting of the Advent Wreath, hear the riveting message "Expecting the Unexpected," be uplifted by enriching music, and sing your favorite Christmas carols!


"Cradled in His Arms" - Dec. 7  

Just as baby Jesus will be cradled in His Mother's arms, we ALL will feel our Savior's loving embrace. Continue the joyous Christmas celebration and hear the encouraging message "Cradled in His Arms". Rejoice with us as we follow the light of Christ through the lighting of Advent candles. Engage the kids with a fun children's message, sing and hear cherished Christmas carols, and receive Holy Communion.


"A New Beginning" - Dec. 14    

See, hear, and experience the Christmas Nativity through the wonder of a child! Embrace your inner youth and energize your spirit, by witnessing our Children's Christmas Pageant "A New Beginning". Immanuel's treasured children will enact the joyous story of the Babe in the manger through exciting song, engaging drama, and inviting dance!


"Heaven and Angels Sing" - Dec. 21    

Indulge your senses with joyous sounds of music in our Christmas musical cantata "Heaven and Angels Sing"! The glorious musical celebration includes a magnificent fifty voice choir with lush orchestral accompaniment! Experience the miracle of Christ's birth, as Immanuel's musicians share their gifts through impassioned song and provoking narration.


"For all the People" - Dec. 24      

The Christmas journey culminates with our Christmas Eve Candlelight Services at 3:00, 5:00 & 8:00 PM! Bring your family and friends to join in celebrating the amazing good news of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God! The anticipated and cherished worship includes festive carols, brass choir, engaging choral music, a fun children's message, the promising Christmas message "For all the People," a tender candlelighting ceremony, and favorite Christmas carols!





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Angel Tree Gifts Needed


Its Angel Tree time again! For years Immanuel has been a part of this incredible ministry that provides gifts at Christmas for children who have a parent in prison. This is an opportunity to let children know their parent has not forgotten them and still cares deeply for them. Angels are on the tree in the Gathering Space. Coordinators, Linda and Rich McWherter would be happy to answer any questions after each service. Please prayerfully consider participating. Please pick-up a toothbrush, toothpaste & floss in the church office for each gift you are donating to Angel Tree.


Annual Christmas Parade December 6th at 5:00PM


Cheer on Immanuel's Praise Team on the streets of Lake Geneva December 6th! They will herald our Savior's birth with live music on a moving float in the annual Christmas parade. Representatives from Vibe, Little Sprouts Daycare, and other ministries will walk along too. If you are interested in helping and walking along with the float (to pass out candy and flyers, and represent Immanuel) please call the church office or John Ivan. We are also in need of candy donations to distribute!


Immanuel Children's Christmas Pageant


Our Children's Christmas Pageant will be at all three services on Sunday, December 14th. There are presently over 100 children in the pageant, all ready to share special talents with the congregation, glorifying God with singing, instruments, acting, and dancing. Be sure not to miss this incredible gift the children have prepared for you. Special thanks to Director Jan Bice, our Children's Ministry Director Brianna Deering, and all of our SCS Staff!


Early Service Choral Ensemble Rehearsals, Wednesday at 6:15PM


The early service choral ensemble meets Wednesdays at 6:15. Kathy and I are available after the first service to help rehearse any small ensembles or soloists interested in presenting their gifts during the early service. Thanks - Amberleigh


Christmas Cantata Rehearsals, Wednesdays at 6:45PM


Rehearsals for our Christmas musical celebration are Wednesday nights at 6:45PM in the music room in the lower level. ALL are invited and encouraged to join this multi-generational ministry perfect for the entire family! You don't need to have a professional voice, just a heart to sing! The inspirational, powerful music is both traditional and contemporary. Rehearsal CD's are available. Both vocalists and instrumentalists are welcome! The cantata will be presented on December 21st at all three services! Contact John Ivan for more information at or (262)620-2349.


Youth Praise Team: Rehearses Wednesdays, 5:30 PM


The Youth Praise Team rehearses Wednesday nights at 5:30PM in the music room downstairs. Parents, encourage your child to come an hour early and lift their voices in praise. Music has the ability to inspire, uplift, comfort, and energize us like nothing else can.


Praise Team: Rehearses Wednesdays, 8:00 PM


The Praise Team rehearses throughout December on Wednesday's at 8:00PM. We are especially appreciative of their time and talent during the holiday season. You will be blessed with their music throughout Advent, culminating with a spectacular anthem on Christmas Eve. Thanks to both instrumentalists and vocalists for their inspiring ministry and for the additional commitment this Christmas season!


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


The Bells rehearse Sundays, 9:15-10:15 a.m. in the music room! 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


Media Specialists


The media team utilizes modern technology during every worship service. 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 all are 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.





Men's Breakfast and Bible Study: Sat., December. 6, 7:30 AM


Join other men of faith for our Men's Bible Study and Breakfast at Immanuel! 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. Please bring your favorite breakfast food to share with other men.   


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 book of Isaiah. All are welcome!





Sunday Morning Nursery Staff

A nurseryis provided during each service for children 4 and under to the left of the Sanctuary. Children over 5 years are encouraged to join their families during worship. Little treats are available on the coffee bar counter. 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 in the wing to the right of the Sanctuary. Our Sunday School Program is looking for snack, juice, or craft donations, as the program continues to grow! Donations can be dropped off in the Activity Room. Call Brianna Deering at 248-4211 with any questions. 


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Serving in the Military


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


In Hospice Care

Grace Bunge, Lawrence Norem, Margaret Welsch

Health and Strength

Pastor Ron Backman, Robyn Bakken, Kathy Ball, Karen Beasly, Rich and Toni Bergland, Faye Biesel, Sharon Blaesing, Leo Baumgartner, Elsa Baur, Al Bettisch, Ken Bice, Mary Ann Bielawa, John Bollwahn, Justin Border, James Brown, Grace Bunge, Lori Buntrock, Stacey Carlson, Kenny Clark, Danielle Cloutin, Jeremy Coleman, Christina Conboy, Jack Cook, Ed Cox, Margaret D., Jim Daily, Ed Dee, Dorothy Deering, Cyndi Dietze, Lila and Doc DeVries, Debbie Eggum, George Elblein, Ken Field, Susie Fleischer, Georgia Foldy, Jeanette Fontaine, Bob Freitag, George Fueredi, Vicki Gibson, Philip Giese, Jaxon Giovannoni, Susan Grenning, Elliot Gutman, Judy Guy, Paul Hainstock, Haley Hand, Lorraine Hanneman, Ellen Hanson, Zachary & Misa Harrod, Bill Hinzpeter, Baby Sophie Hope, Justine Horden, Betty Howes, Rich Howes, Judy Huemann, Nicole Ivan, Brian Jeters, Mark Justison, Brenda Kelly, Ruth Kloppstein, Ruth Kramp, Jackie Kuehl, Tom Kuttnauer, Ben Lambert, Ron Lavin, Colton Lazzaroni, Gary Lechner, Judy Lennon, Ashley Lodarek, Jeanne Madaus, Ruby Madsen, Larry Malsch, Debbie Meinel, Craig Middleton, Larry Miller, Julian Misener, Yvonne Mol, Patti Mol Pygman, Pat Morrissey, Jeff Nelson, Rita Noble, Finn Nor, Carrie Novak, Lisa, Abby & Aemon O'Grady, Craig Olson, Jim Omdoll, Patricia Owen, Nina Pappas, Joan Parsons, Pat & Gary Parsons, Beverly Peacock, Ruth Peterson, Carolyn Phillips, Jerry Polek, Pastor David Poling-Goldenne, Jerry Polocet, Greg Randall, Trudy Rauch, Chris Rizzo, Kathy Rizzo, Lindsey Robinson, Michael Ruby, Rick Ruby, Madgel Schluga, Lorraine Schober, Ione Schoepen, Tom Schmidt, Herte Schulte, Shelly Shepstone, James Sherman, Pete Steom. Steve Stone, Bill Smarslik, Vivian Spanjer, Mckinnon Spraker, Marilyn Sullivan, Bea Sutton, Dottie Swatek, Monika Swing, Rick Sylvester, Mary Teel, Debbie Tews, Bob Threadgill, Joyce Toerpe, Don & Mickey Tolar, David Totten, Ron Trochuck, Elaine Vorpagel, Joyce Vorpagel, Tim Vorpagel, Victoria Vorpagel, Wayne Vorpagel, Sara Wahlstedt, Alex Wales, Jeff Wall, Carolyn Warfield, Megan Warner, Mary Ann Weiberg, Karen Wells, Liam Wester, Jessica Willard, Maxwell Wiseman, Libby Wolfe, Mike Woods, Audrey Yakes, Gianna Zernia



+ Linda Moreau, sister of John Swanson, died to Christ on October 26th.


+ Henry Madson, brother of Grace Peterson, died to Christ on October 28th.


+ Dean Noble, husband of Rita Noble, died to Christ on November 2nd.


+ Colette Evans, cousin of Mike Brooks, died to Christ on November 9th.


+ Earl Vorpagel, husband of Joyce Vorpagel, died to Christ on November 13th.

+ Margaret Welsch, sister of Jane Noyer, died to Christ on November 15th.


+ Mike Annen, father of Sharon Payne, died to Christ on November 16th.

Serving on the Mission Field


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



+ Congratulations to Cathy and Jason Peterie, on the baptism of their daughter, Rilyn Noel Peterie, on November 23rd.


+ Congratulations to Jeff and Jayne Erickson on the baptism of their son, Oliver Jeffery Erickson, on November 23rd.



+ Congratulations to Kimberly and Cody Pillman on the birth of their daughter, Claire Marie Pillman, on October 31st.

Expecting a Child!

Maria Dean, Julie Kolb, Liz Ehlert, Lynsey Fleck, Jaime Ivan, Jessica Marunde, Stacy Smith

+ Congratulations to T.J. Bakken who graduated from the Police Academy in Grand Forks, ND in August. He also received the Physical Fitness Award & the Top Driver Award.


+ Congratulations to Ethan Ivan's Chicago Youth Football League Varsity Team who won the Superbowl State Championship!


+ Congratulations to Lester Broihahn who celebrated his 93rd Birthday on November 18th.


New Members

Laura and Matt Lindberg

Colton and Aubrey

1145 Mobile Street

Lake Geneva, WI 53147



Hannah Frazier & John Harris

Landon Harris

4303 N Dennis Blvd

Johnsburg, IL 60051



Neal & Julie Kolb

Adeline & Amelia

700 Joshua Lane

Lake Geneva, WI 53147




December 21st will be our last day of Sunday School before Christmas Break.  Join us as we have a birthday party celebrating the arrival of our Lord! Sunday School meets every Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., for children ages preschool through 5th grade. A special thank you to our wonderful teachers for sharing God's Word each week!


Children's Christmas Pageant


Remaining Christmas Pageant practices in December for Sunday School children:


Saturday, December 6th from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in the sanctuary - Snacks provided.


Sunday, December 7th at 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. in Brianna Deering's room.


Saturday, December 13th at 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in the sanctuary - Pageant donkey visiting at 10:30 a.m. - Pizza provided from 11:30 a.m. until noon.


The Pageant will take place on Sunday, December 14 at all three services. Children should arrive in the Sunday School area no later than 8 a.m. All children will be wearing costumes in the pageant and have been fitted for them.


We will be looking for breakfast food and drink donations for the morning of the pageant as well.  Please contact Brianna if you are able to donate-248-4211 and for pageant questions call Jan Bice at 262-949-7973 or email at


Just For Kids


Just for Kids is having a great year! Our morning program is full, but we still have spots in the after-school program.  We are also looking for someone to join our teaching staff to serve as a substitute. Teachers need to have some course work in the childcare field. Contact Brianna at 248-4211 for more information.


Early Release Day


Early Release Day is Thursday, December 11th, 1:45-3:45 p.m. We are always looking for volunteers who enjoy working with children.  Please contact Brianna if you would like to help, 248-4211.


Thank you to our great Early Release Day Helpers: Mary Schultz, Wendy Russell, Carol Smith, Georgia Gehrmann, Holly Bromeland, and Chris Olson for your amazing work with area kids!


Little Sprouts Day Care News


Little Sprouts Learning Center is from 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. for children from 6 weeks to 4 year old. We are elated to have 54 children in the program! We do have space for 3 and 4 year olds; the other age groups are full. 



Dates for Youth Group / Confirmation Class:


December 6th - Immanuel Christmas Parade, 5:00 PM. Please come and walk with the float to support our youth group and confirmation class.


December 17th - Christmas Caroling 5:30PM. Meet at Immanuel. We will carol and deliver Christmas Baskets.


Childrens Christmas Pageant: Remaining rehearsals in December for Core Group Singers:


Wednesday, December 3 at 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary


Saturday, December 6 at 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in the sanctuary - Snacks provided


Sunday, December 7 at 10:40 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. in Brianna Deering's room


Wednesday, December 10 at 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary


Saturday, December 13 at 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Pizza at noon until 12:30 p.m.


Remaining practices in December for Drum/Rap and DVD Song:


Wednesday, December 3 at 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary


Wednesday, December 10 at 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary


Saturday, December 13 at 11:30 - 12 noon in the sanctuary - Pizza at noon until 12:30 p.m.


The Pageant will take place on Sunday, December 14 at all three services. Youth should arrive in the youth room downstairs no later than 8 a.m. If any questions, contact Zack Ortiz at church or Jan Bice at or 262-949-7973.


The Vibe Monday - Thursday, 3:00-6:00 PM

The Vibe, our new community outreach to create a safe haven for middle school students, runs every Monday through Thursday afternoon, from 3:00-6:00 PM in the lower level, whenever school is in session. We already have 45 students enrolled in The Vibe, after just 5 weeks! The Vibe Tribe Team of adult and teen volunteers is fabulous! Come join them! You will be blessed, and will be a blessing! Contact Zach Ortiz with any questions at 815-519-5167.


3:16 Middle School Youth Group and Confirmation


Our 3:16 Middle School Youth Group meets Wednesday nights from 6:30p.m. to 8p.m. Our curriculum this year is called "A Year with Jesus." Students are having a blast learning about our Savior, and making new friends. Our Confirmation Class is held Sundays at 9:30 a.m.




High School Youth Group


5:30 - 6:30 p.m.   Invite your friends and come for a slice of pizza donated by the Next Door Pub. 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!


Wednesday, December 3rd - 5:30- 6:30 pm - Pizza! From 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Special guest speaker, Vijay Narayanan! Come hear what he has to say. Plus we'll share highs and lows, and future activities.


Wednesday, December 10th - 5:30 - 6:30 pm - Pizza! From 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - We'll make cut out cookies, decorate Christmas ornaments, and other projects.


Sunday, December 14th - 4:00 p.m. - Join us for a fun outing to Tim Hawkins Live at River Glen Christian Church in Waukesha at 4:00 p.m.  Please text Cynthia (262-374-1102) or Carolee (262-215-1008) with your name and say "YES I WANT TO GO SEE TIM!"  We have 20 general admission tickets for this awesome Christian comedian.  Cost is $10.00 per person (the actual cost is $20.00).  Doors open at 3:15; we will plan on leaving church about 2:00.  Afterwards, we'll stop for dinner on the way home.


Wednesday, December 17th - 5:30 pm -6:30 pm Pizza. We will deliver the Christmas gifts for our "over 80", shut-ins, and the angel tree gifts.  Adult drivers are needed to help with rides and delivering. Join us for an amazing night . . . giving gifts to young and old . . .witness the joy small gestures bring. We'll even sing a Christmas Carol or two!


Wednesday, December 24th: Christmas Eve - Join us as we celebrate the birth of Jesus!  Bring your family to either 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. or 8:00 p.m. services.  You will be blessed!  Oh what JOY!  Christ is born!


Sunday, December 28th - Movie Night at Church - 7:00-11:00 pm - Come hang out with friends at church over your Christmas break. Bring your pillow and enjoy a night of movies, popcorn and fun - ping pong, foosball, air hockey, etc.   


High School Youth Mission Trip


We are excited to serve the people of Appalachia in Harlan, KY on our mission trip from Sunday July 5, to Saturday, July 11.  We have 55 spots, and the estimated cost is $550.00 per person.  If you are planning on going, contact Cynthia at 262-374-1102 or Rich at 262-215-1243.



Side By Side Fundraiser


Side by Side Christmas ornaments are available for purchase in the Welcome Center! These ornaments, handmade in India, have a two-fold benefit: 1st, the group of artisans who made them, and then 2nd, those in need in our community.  Side by Side provides assistance with housing & utility needs to people in the Badger High School area.

Ring the Bells for Salvation Army


Sign up on the clipboard going around church during worship to ring the bells for Salvation Army. Last year we raised over $18,000 for those in crisisThere are still a number of dates available. A copy of completed sign-up sheets is in the Gathering Space. The schedules will be in the church office, or call Georgia at 248-5745 if you forget your time or place. Thanks!


Association for the Prevention of Family Violence Fundraising Dinner


The Association for the Prevention of Family Violence Fundraising Dinner is Thursday, December 4th at Simple Restaurant. Seatings are at 5, 6, and 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for 3 menu choices. Please support local anti-violence efforts and enjoy a great dinner. For tickets contact Jean Henderson at 262-723-5414 or .


Lake Geneva J.A.M.


Thank you to everyone who helped make this year's J.A.M. (Jesus And Me) BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT a huge success. Profits go directly to the middle school youth to help fund their way to "Youth Quake" at the Dells. We raised $4,755! We have all heard the old cliché, "I couldn't have done it without you."   Everyone stepped up on Saturday and worked so well together and I literally couldn't have done it without you. I sincerely thank you. Thank you to those who came to set-up on Friday night and clean up on Saturday night.


Habitat for Humanity


Habitat for Humanity in Walworth County is seeking volunteers to help with the 2015 building project in Whitewater. The build family has been chosen and the home is in the design phase. Late spring 2015 is the goal for project completion. For more information, or to volunteer, please go to, call 262-949-0542, or e-mail


Agape House Christmas Open House


Please join Agape Housefor our Annual Christmas Open House on Sunday, December 7th, 1-4 p.m. at 215 South Main Street, Walworth. We'll have our sanctuary decorated for the holidays, cookies, coffee, and warm cider to share, songs to sing, and lots of gifts to purchase for special people in your life. We'd love to see you there! For additional information, 262-275-6466 or


Debtors Anonymous Meetings


DA, Debtors Anonymous, meets Mondays at 7:30 p.m. in the Lower Level starting October 20th. Is your life unmanageable because of debt? Are you sick of bouncing checks, paying late fees, & having creditors hound you? Is your marriage or other relationships in constant strife due to debt? DA Statement of purpose: to stop incurring unsecured debt one day at a time. Come join us & break free of crushing debt!


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


Thanks to all who helped with our Community Meal in November - whether donating turkeys or other foods, setting up, serving, or cleaning up. We served 175 people - a new record! The sense of joy was unmistakable, and those present truly appreciated the gift of such a nutritious Thanksgiving Dinner. All are invited to join us on the 18th of December! The meal is a free gift, so donations make it possible for the meal to continue. All are welcome! We also need additional volunteers to staff this very moving ministry of hospitality and nourishment. Contact Jill at 262 248-7491.


R.E.A.D.S. Mentor Program Needs Volunteers


Would you be willing to mentor a child on hour a week? The R.E.A.D.S program is Tuesday-Thursday from 8-8:30 a.m. at Eastview Elementary School. You can choose to do 1, 2 or all 3 days. If interested, contact Sarah Hatlestad at


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! This year we will have at least 20 high school graduates, and have had 47 baptisms!!

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 on Wednesdays at church, 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!!!


St. Vincent De Paul (Milwaukee) Soup Kitchen


The St. Vincent De Paul - Milwaukee Soup Kitchen has a request for 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!


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.


Side By Side Screening


Side By Side screeningis the 3rd Tuesday of each month, December 16th, at 7:00 p.m. at the First Congregational UCC Church, 715 Wisconsin Street, Lake Geneva. Funds are available for rental assistance and utilities - for those living 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, December 18th at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room, to create greeting cards to encourage the ill, hospitalized, or grieving. There is no cost to participate! Join us!  


Health Newsletter


"Say to him: Long life to you! Good health to you and your household! And good health to all that is yours!' 1 Samuel 25:6

Parish Nurse, Karen Stein, addresses Psoriasis in her newsletter: and click on "December Health Newsletter".


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?


Prayer shawls made with Christ's love are available through the office for anyone in distress. Wrap your loved one in comforting prayers. Call Karen Stein at 262-203-5260 or Donna Hove at 262-749-0599, for more information.


The "Pillowcase "Ministry


Adorable handmade pillowcases are available for sick or hospitalized children. Their therapeutic effect is heaven sent! Contact the office for one.


Blood Pressure Checks


Blood pressure checks after the 1st service on the 3nd Sunday of each month in Pastor Mary Ann's office.


AA Meetings


Women's AA Meeting - Sun., 4:00 p.m. in the Community Room off the Fellowship Hall. Open AA Meeting - Tues. 8:00 p.m., Community Room.


Weight Watchers Meeting


Weight Watchers - Mondays at 9:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the Youth Room. 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, 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 bar soap and razors.


The Lake Geneva Food Pantry


The Lake Geneva Food Pantry, Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9:00 - 11:30 AM at First Congregational Church, 715 Wisconsin Street. 262-248-2337.





"Giving In Grace"


"Giving In Grace" is the theme of our fall stewardship emphasis. We are blessed by all the ways God's grace has overflowed in our lives. We welcome your commitment card indicating your giving plans for 2015, as well as your Time and Talent forms to identify areas you want to serve.  Pray for God's guidance, that we might grow in our stewardship of all God has given us.


Special Congregational Meeting December 7, 2014


A special congregational meeting will be held after each service on Sunday, December 7, 2014. Members will vote on the council recommendation to retain the services of the James Company for a 3 year debt reduction appeal at a cost of $31,600.00. Funds have been budgeted to cover the cost for services.


We are grateful for the generosity of members and friends of Immanuel who have sacrificed to bring us to this new chapter in our life together. We trust the Holy Spirit to guide us as we move with confidence into the future God has planned for us.


Immanuel Book Club


Our Book Clubwill meet on the Wednesday, January 28th at 2:00 p.m. in the Youth Room off Fellowship Hall at Immanuel.  We will feature the book "On Mystic Lake" by Kristin Hannah. New members are welcome! Call Edie 262-608-3009 with questions.


Electronic Giving


Each holiday season, Immanuel Lutheran Church anticipates and relies on a seasonal increase in contributions. It is through the donations of every individual and family in the congregation that we are able to carry on our ministries. If you need a convenient way to make recurring contributions, or plan to make an additional gift before the end of the year, check out our electronic giving options. As the pace of life speeds up around the holidays, electronic giving might be a welcome way to contribute. Visit us online at and locate the Online Giving button. If you prefer, complete a paper authorization form and return it to the church office. Thanks for your generosity and 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! 




+ Dear Mary Ann & Mark, I can't begin to express my gratitude to you and the folks at Immanuel for the warm welcome and gracious hospitality. The reception was amazing! Please pass on my thanks to all who had a hand in it. So glad to have you two as colleagues. God's Peace. Bishop Mary Froiland


+ Dear Friends in Christ, Thank you for hosting worship and the reception for the Bishop's conference. The members truly outdid themselves with the reception. All was greatly appreciated. Thank you. In Christ, Pastor John Tabaka, Grace Lutheran Church, Monroe, WI


+ Special thanks to Rhonda Ganansky for planting the daffodil bulbs from our Easter floral display.  Rhonda was so gracious to do it before the cold weather set in!  We can't wait to see the fresh blooms in the spring! 


+ Huge thanks to Todd and Erin Huemann for organizing our fabulous first annual trunk or treat!  So much fun was had by all!  Thank you to all who decorated their trunks to welcome the trick or treaters too! 


+ Dear Immanuel Lutheran Family.  Todd & I wanted to send out a big Thank You to everyone who participated in the Trunk or Treat Event.  First Praise to God for the amazing weather we were given.   We had 21 decorated cars ready and waiting in the parking lot and approximately 150-200 trick or treaters from both our community and church family who remarked about how fun it was and many thanked us for such a "fun, safe trick or treat experience."  Finally, thanks so much for the donation of candy as the families kept pouring in our buckets ran low and it was so wonderful to have all that candy for refilling.  Truly a wonderful example of how the church comes together to make a difference in the community!  We're already looking forward to next year. Erin and Todd Huemann


+ Special thanks to Chad and Amy Bittner with their very generous donation of pizza each week for our youth groups!  Be sure to stop in to the Next Door Pub to say thank you and have some of their delicious food!


+ The Praise Team triumphantly presented "The Great Day (The Second Coming)" on November 23rd to recognize Christ the King Sunday! The powerful song was filled with lush harmonies, glorious brass, and a driving beat that led to a climactic, robust ending. We thank God for our talented Praise Team who inspires us weekly! See special video here:


+ Thanks to the Traditional Choir for their anthem, "Battle Hymn of the Republic" in honor of Veteran's Day on November 9th! It was a stirring tribute to all those brave men and women who have served our great country. Director Amberleigh Aller and accompanist Kathy Middleton collaborated for the first time. Amazing job to the group! See video here:


+ Pastor Len Hedges-Goetti sang "How Beautiful" during communion on November 16th. His passion for Christ and love of music is very evident in this dynamic version! Be sure to listen to the marvelous text that underscores the significance of Holy Communion. Thanks Len and enjoy video here:


+ Special thanks to the Traditional Choir for singing "Soon and Very Soon" on Christ the King Sunday! They "jazzed" up the celebrated song and joyfully offered their gifts! Thanks to director Amberleigh Aller for leading the group!


+ Jim Hanny, Grace Hanny, and Carolee Hanny-Barnett sang "God of Our Fathers, Whose Almighty Hand" as a special music offering on November 9th. The triumphant piece was part of a tribute to our veterans in honor of Veteran's Day. Special thanks to the Hannys! See video here:


+ Thank you to Steve, Colleen and Nathan Wilson for the donation of the beautiful pine tree nurtured by Nathan since he was very young.


+ Pastor Mark, Our family wants to say thank you and the Immanuel Church staff and volunteers. While losing our mother has not been easy on us, we couldn't be happier with the memorial service you all helped us deliver. It was truly a celebration of her life. A special thanks goes to Pastor Mark, John, Rich and the kitchen staff. Thanks be to God. The McKaigs


+ Immanuel Quilters and members, Thank you for your caring support through the Lutheran Disaster Response. Together we provide immediate support as well as partnership for the long team. In peace, Barbara Burswold, Lutheran Disaster Response


+ I wish to thank everyone for their prayers and cards during my recent illness. A prayer and a hug are so comforting and appreciated. The cards are so inspiring and to know the time they spend doing them. "God Bless" you all and I thank you from my heart. Beverly Peacock


+ To the High School Youth Group, thank you for your kind and generous gift of homemade soups, bread and desserts. They were delicious. It was such an unexpected gift and bright random act of kindness. God Bless you for all you do. Mary Rose Long


+ Thanks to my Immanuel family who supported and sponsored me in this year's CROP Walk on October 5th! It was a beautiful day for a walk, the 27th time I've been able to do it since the first on in 1985. Every year I am overwhelmed by your generous hearts to care!. With love, Marilyn Heiden


+ I want to take this opportunity to thank Pastors Mary Ann & Mark for letting Jamie & I sell tickets for the Walworth County Special Olympics Fundraiser at the Simple Café which was held on October 7th. And thank you to the wonderful parishioners who supported this successful event. Without their support, we would not be able to accomplish the needs of our physically and intellectually challenged individuals. Our athletes are winning life itself. And in doing so, they give to others a most precious prize,,,,Faith in the unlimited possibilities of the Human Spirit. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. Thank you one and all for standing beside us and being our friends. Sincerely, Betty & Jamie Aguirre


+ Immanuel Lutheran Congregation, Thank you so very much for opening your doors to provide a wonderful environment for our students to experience Challenge Day. We have heard such positive responses from students, parents, and volunteers as to the privacy of the venue, warmth of the space, and the uplifting impact the day has had on them or their student respectively. Your willingness to reach out and incorporate our community into yours has left all involved with a deep sense of gratitude. Thank you for helping us create an atmosphere of trust and respect for our students. Best regards, Bob Kopydlowski, Mike Giovingo and Jenny Straus


+ Thank you to Tami Buntrock for organizing and running another successful Turkey JAM Basketball Tournament at Badger High School. We appreciate all you do to help our youth raise money and create a fun atmosphere for so many.


+ Thanks to our High School Youth Group, The Pulse, for their gift to our family of nourishing and delicious homemade soups, yummy desserts (with no calories, of course!), and cranberry nut bread! It came in the midst of two funerals, when we simply didn't have time to even think of preparing a meal! We were blown away by the surprise gift, and were deeply touched. You rock!!! All our love - Pastors Mary Ann and Mark, Maria, Dustin and baby Robert!


+ A Big Thank You to Nicole Ivan for designing the Christmas postcard, flyer and ads for the 2014 Christmas Season. Thank you for sharing your creative and artistic graphic design gifts with us here at Immanuel.


+ Dear High School Youth, thank you so much for your "Act of Kindness." The food was all so delicious. I appreciate your thoughtfulness, more than words can express. Warmest regards, Shirley Hurdis


+ A special thank you to...Zach Ortiz, Junior High Youth Leader, who organized the volunteers and worked the entire day on Saturday; Jeff Buntrock for stepping in to help manage the tournament when I needed help; Jeff Bakken for making the bracket sign; Russ Tronsen (Badger Athletic Club) for donating a portion of the concession sales and who worked the entire day; Tim Sireno who came early to Badger and let us in. The Badger Custodians who were there when we needed them; All of the officials who did an awesome job that day. A special "shout out" to Hawk Taylor who stepped in and "reffed" an extra game when another backed out; PFI Fashions in Genoa City for the t-shirt discount!; All of the parents who worked the day of the tournament; Can't forget the awesome kids who worked. They did an awesome job in concessions, keeping an eye on the courts, referee go-to guys, tickets and t-shirt sales. Great things happen when we work together!!! Thank you for all of your help. Tami Buntrock


+ On a thankful note, your random act of kindness of delivering soup and goodies to 12 people was so appreciated!  Many of the recipients had tears of joy!  I heard there were even hugs given!  We received a thank you note from one recipient that said this:  "Dear High School Youth - Thank you so much for your act of kindness.  The food was all so delicious.  I appreciate your thoughtfulness more than words can express."  This person made a monetary donation so that we can continue our random acts of kindness!  YOU each made a difference in at least 12 people's lives!  If you missed it, I hope you can join us again as it is such a blessing for both the recipient and the giver. 


+ Dear Pastors and Church Family at Immanuel, Thank you so much for the bible and music and of course, the beautiful quilt. Thank you for baptizing our Lucy even though we aren't official members. We always feel so welcome at Immanuel. I've never been to such a friendly, generous church. You all treat us so well. Thank you so much. Love, Lindsey, Dan & Lucy Boehne


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