Immanuel eNewsletter

January, 2015

Happy New Year!

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


Alpha Classes begin January 15th


Alpha is coming in the New Year! If you have questions that you really want answered, but haven't found a safe place to ask them? Have you been kicking around the questions of life? Is it time to know for yourself what you believe? Then Alpha's the place to be! It is an introduction to the Christian faith. Join us Thursdays, beginning January 15, at 6:30 PM at Immanuel! Dinner is included! Sign up on flyer in the bulletin or email the church office at or call 262-248-4211.


Introduction Dinner:         Is there more to life than this?

   Week 1:                  Who is Jesus?

   Week 2:                  Why did Jesus die?

   Week 3:                  How can we have faith?

   Week 4:                  Why and how do I pray?

   Week 5:                  Why and how should I read the Bible?

   Week 6:                  How does God guide us?

   Week 7:                  How can I resist evil?

   Week 8:                  Why & how should we tell others?

   Week 9:                  Does God heal today?

   Week 10:                What about the Church?





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Easter Cantata rehearsals begin January 21st


Rehearsals for the Easter cantata will surprisingly start on January 21st and ALL are invited to participate! Following a dynamic, inspiring Christmas cantata we are already eager to prepare an amazing presentation that proclaims the powerful Easter Gospel through music and narration. Those who don't read music are welcome and able to learn the music with rehearsal tracks. New faces are always refreshing-truly ALL are invited! The cantata will be presented on Easter (April 5th) at all three services. An important dress rehearsal is Saturday April 4th from 10:00AM-12:00N. Weekly rehearsals are Wednesdays at 6:45PM (or immediately following Lenten services when appropriate). There will be a few Sunday rehearsals (following the 3rd service) to accommodate folks who can't attend Wednesdays. We need both vocalists and instrumentalists. Contact John Ivan for more information via email: ,cell phone: 262-620-2349, or at church! The great gift of Easter is hope-Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God, in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love, which nothing can shake.


Early Service Choral Ensemble Rehearsals, Wednesdays, 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


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. Contact John Ivan for more information.


Praise Team: Rehearses Wednesdays, 8:00 PM


The Praise Team rehearses on Wednesday's at 8:00PM. They are learning new contemporary music to introduce that keeps worship fresh and innovative. We are and continue to be grateful for their inspirational leadership! If you are interested in joining the team contact John Ivan at or 262-620-2349 for details.


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 continually inviting newcomers to learn the new system. If you are techy and interested in contributing your skills 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.




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 beginning a study of the book of Isaiah. All are welcome!


Men's Friday Small Group Bible Study


A Men's Small Group Bible Study meets on Friday from 6:45 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. at Peet's Coffee and Tea in Lake Geneva. Come join them!


Saturday Morning Women's Bible Study: January 10th, 10:00 AM


The Saturday Morning Women's Bible Study meets at Loretta Frank's house, N2020 County Road H #437, Lake Geneva. All are welcome! Call Loretta at 847-915-1113 for directions.


Alpha Classes begin January 15th


Alpha is coming in the New Year!If you have questions that you really want answered, but haven't found a safe place to ask them? Have you been kicking around the questions of life? Is it time to know for yourself what you believe? Then Alpha's the place to be! It is an introduction to the Christian faith. Join us Thursdays, beginning January 15, at 6:30 PM at Immanuel! Dinner is included! Sign up on flyer in the bulletin or email the church office at or call 262-248-4211.


Relational and Personal Growth Series begins January 15th


A "Relational and Personal Growth Series"will meet Thursdays at 6:30 PM, beginning January 15, at Immanuel. The series, co-sponsored by Immanuel and Green Tree Counseling LLC, will be led by the Rev. Dr. Len Hedges-Goettl, and is open to the church and surrounding community, and is a free gift to all participants. Please sign up on the Worship Card if you plan to attend.

The six week series includes:

Improving life with positive psychology

Winning the war with anxiety

Dealing with depression

Walking through grief

Understanding ADHD in children and adults

Parenting: raising adults, NOT RAISING CHILDREN 


New All Church Small Group Bible Study: "All In"


The new all church Small Group Bible Study: "All In" will launch the week of February 1. "All In," an eight session video based Bible study by New York Times bestselling author Mark Batterson, is a call to complete consecration. If Jesus is not Lord, of all, then he is not Lord at all. It's all or nothing! Many times we think we are following Jesus, only to discover that we've invited Jesus to follow us. How about you? Over these eight sessions you will be challenged to make defining decisions and follow Jesus in ways you never dreamed before. And you will be blessed to witness God's power and glory in your life! Registration forms will be in next week's bulletin. Let us know if you want to lead a Small Group too! Thanks - Pastor Mary Ann


New Members Class: February 8th, 12:30 p.m.


A New Member Class is Sunday, February 8th at 12:30 PM at the church. A pizza lunch will be served! We will talk about God's Plan of Salvation, and opportunities to get involved in ministries at Immanuel and our community! Please sign up on the Worship Card, or call the office at 248-4211. Let us know if you need child care, too!


Men's Breakfast and Bible Study: Sat., February 21st at 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. 




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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  


Lawrence Norem, Margaret Welsch, Pat Kibbe
Health and Strength


Pastor Ron Backman, Christian Bauer, Leo Baumgartner, Elsa Baur, Rich and Toni Bergland, Al Bettisch, Ken Bice, Max Biedermann, Faye Biesel, Justin Border, Stacey Carlson, Brian Carr, Ann Chant, Kenny Clark, Danielle Cloutin, Jeremy Coleman, Christina Conboy, Jack Cook, Ed Cox, Arlene Czerniejewski, Jim Daily, Ed Dee, Cyndi Dietze, Daniel Dietze, Lila and Doc DeVries, Howard Doremus, Carmen DuFour, Debbie Eggum, Ken Field, Susie Fleischer, Georgia Foldy, Jeanette Fontaine, Bob Freitag, Bill Fry, George Fueredi, Lyn Gerlitz, Vicki Gibson, Philip Giese, Jaxon Giovannoni, Susan Grenning, Elliot Gutman, Judy Guy, Paul Hainstock, Patrick Hale, Haley Hand, Lorraine Hanneman, Zachary & Misa Harrod, Bill Hinzpeter, Sophie Hope, Erin Horn, Betty Howes, Judy Huemann, Tony Huml, Brian Jeters, Nicole Jones, Mark Justison, Brenda Kelly, Tom Kerkman, Mary, Ketchpaw, Pat Kibbe, Sharon and Wayne Kimmel, Ruth Kloppstein, Ruth Kramp, Jackie Kuehl, Tom Kuttnauer, Ben Lambert, Ron Lavin, Colton Lazzaroni, Gary Lechner, Judy Lennon, Michael Lindgren, Ashley Lodarek, Jeanne Madaus, Ruby Madsen, Larry Malsch, Linda McWherter, Debbie Meinel, Betty Metzinger, Paul Metzinger, Craig Middleton, Larry Miller, Julian Misener, Larry Moe, Yvonne Mol, Kameron Morris, Pat Morrissey, Jeff Nelson, 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, Jerry Polocet, Greg Randall, Trudy Rauch, Chris Rizzo, Kathy Rizzo, Lindsey Robinson, Jon Runnells, Madgel Schluga, Lorraine Schober, Ione Schoepen, Tom Schmidt, Don Schmitz, Herte Schulte, Rebecca Sharpe, Shelly Shepstone, James Sherman, Bill Smarslik, Donald Smith, Vivian Spanjer, Mckinnon Spraker, Pete Steom. Steve Stone, Kathy Strombach, 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, Bob Tupper, Jeanne Vorpagel, Joyce Vorpagel, Wayne Vorpagel, Sara Wahlstedt, Megan Warner, Mary Ann Weiberg, Karen Wells, Jessica Willard, Maxwell Wiseman, Libby Wolfe, Audrey Yakes, Gianna Zernia



+ Grace Bunge, mother of Greg Bunge, died to Christ on December 8th.


+ Finn and Harriet Nor, on the loss of their brother-in-law, Larry Feezel.

Serving on the Mission Field


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




+ Congratulations to Kimberly and Cody Pillman on the baptism of their daughter, Claire Marie Pillman, on December 7th.


+ Congratulations to Mike and Jennifer Kramp on the baptism of their daughter, Kylie Maryjean Kramp, on December 7th.


+ Congratulations to Kate and Kyle Ketterhagen, on the baptism of their son, Maxwell Kyle Ketterhagen, on December 28th.


+ Congratulations to Lynsey and Joe Fleck on the birth of their son, Edward John Fleck, on December 11th. 6 lbs, 8 oz, 20" long.


+ Congratulations to Jaime Ivan on the birth of her daughter, Ellie Jaelyn Ivan born on January 6th. 8 lbs, 7 oz, 21 inches long.

Expecting a Child!

Maria Dean, Julie Kolb, Liz Ehlert, Jessica Marunde, Stacy Smith


+ Congratulations to Kate Ketterhagen who was appointed to the Fontana School Board.

New Members

Mark Draeger

N3286 Tamarack Road

Lake Geneva, WI 53147


Arthur & Barbara Erickson

9608 Jean Drive

Hebron, IL   60034


Kathleen Ackerman

1008 Wisconsin Avenue

Lake Geneva, WI 53147


Jason & Joyce Smith

Austin, Adam, Aaron

N1667 Williams Plaza

Lake Geneva, WI 53147


AJ Curtis & Stephanie Dillard

320 Manning Way

Lake Geneva, WI 53147


Kristin & Kevin Gahart

Elise, Cullen, Tessa

239 Winsor Street

Elkhorn, WI 53121


Sammi Robers

1637 Brandi Street

Burlington, WI 53105

Kelly & Jerry Freeman

Kortlyn, Joe, Jennifer, Kyleigh

5954 Bender Court

Burlington, WI 53105




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 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 the church at 248-4211 with any questions.


Children's Ministry Director


We have received the resignation of Brianna Deering as our Director for Children's Ministries.  She has served with distinction in this position for the past twelve years.  Under Brianna's leadership, our ministries with children have grown exponentially - including more than a hundred children in Sunday School, Vacation Bible Camps that are legendary throughout this area because they have been so spectacular, and our Before and After School Ministries which are at capacity.  Children have heard and experienced the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and their lives have been changed for all eternity.  We owe her a huge debt of gratitude for leadership that has exceeded all expectations.


God has called her now to a long anticipated full time position teaching at a collegiate level.  This has been her life-long dream for a career.  She has been hired to teach in the Intensive English Institute of the UW Whitewater English Academy.  It's a role that will suit her well, enabling her to use her Master's Degree to the fullest extent.  She is thrilled to have been offered this position, and we can only be happy for her - although we will miss her exceptional leadership.  Her new job will also allow Brianna to attend her children's after school activities, which she couldn't do working for us in the After School Program.  So we wish Brianna well in this new endeavor.  Her students will especially reap the gain of her talent. 


We welcome applicants for our Children's Ministry Position.  Timing is of the essence, as Brianna begins her new position on January 20.  The Church Council will work out specifics for the job - which will be available January 14.  Resumes can be emailed or dropped off in the office.  Feel free to call either pastor if you have questions or suggested names. 


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 the church at 248-4211 for more information.


Early Release Day


Early Release Day is Friday, January 16th, 12:15-3:45 p.m. Please notice the day of week and the time is different this one time. We are always looking for volunteers who enjoy working with children.  Please contact the church 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.


First Communion Class: Saturday, February 7, 10:00 a.m.


A First Communion Class is set for Saturday, February 7, at 10:00 a.m. If your child is ready to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion, please sign them up on the Worship Card. We ask that a parent, godparent, grandparent, or other significant adult also attend with the child. Check with Pastor Mary Ann if you have questions!


Cub Scout Pinewood Derby: January 30-31


The Cub Scout Pinewood Derby will be held at Immanuel on Friday, January 30th, 5-9 p.m. and January 31st, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.



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


High School Happenings:

Happy 2015!  As we begin our new year, join us for four weeks of discussion on life lessons.  Remember, yummy Next Door Pub pizza is served from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.  Come enjoy the pizza and have fun hanging out with friends, catch up on some homework, and relax.  From 6:30 - 8:00, we will gather in the high school youth room for Bible study, life lessons and small group discussions.  Bring your friends! 


High School Youth Mission Trip


The 2015 Kentucky Mission Team Meeting Monday, January 12th, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall.  We will be discussing fundraisers including the fun and exciting Dessert Auction scheduled for Sunday, March 15th.  Please contact Cynthia at 262-374-1102 if you have any questions.



Walworth County Emergency Men's Shelter


Immanuel Lutheran will be supporting the Walworth County Emergency Men's Shelter (WCEMS), January 11-17 at Chapel on the Hill.  We will be preparing and serving meals, and staying overnight. Scott Cunningham


Community Connections Meal: January 15, 5:15-6:30 PM


Thanks to all who helped with our Community Meal in December - whether donating hams or other foods, setting up, serving, or cleaning up. We served 225 people - a new record! The sense of joy was unmistakable, and those present truly appreciated the gift of such a nutritious Christmas Dinner. All are invited to join us on the 15th of January! 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.


Boot Drive for Milwaukee Soup Kitchen


Boot Drive for Milwaukee Soup Kitchen Guests: Maddi Tripplett, a young teen from Immanuel, was deeply moved by the need for boots of many who come for their dinner meal at the Milwaukee Soup Kitchen. A significant number who come to the Soup Kitchen are homeless, and many are children. Maddi is hosting a "Boot Drive" at Immanuel, and welcomes boots for any age - children through adult. Her father will deliver the boots to the Saint Vincent de Paul Meal Program in Milwaukee. Thanks!


Liver Donor Needed



From Evie and Dennis Schulz:

Dear Pastors, We just received word that a friend of ours and fellow congregant at Sugar Creek is in dire need of a human donor liver transplant. Bob has leas a life of service to others vocationally and is a man of strong faith. Sadly, he has been battling end stage liver disease for about 9 years while on a waiting list for a cadaver liver. He just learned that he now has a rare liver cancer as well and his time is limited; he has been placed on the priority list but was also told he was a candidate for a live donor. In short, the live donor gives a part of his/her healthy liver to Bob. The donors liver rejuvenates in a surprisingly short time. Insurance will pay all the costs for the donor. Bob needs someone with an O positive match, between the ages of 18-55. We are wondering if there is someone in our caring congregation who might be moved to give the hope of life back to Bob. Bob has given his permission to share this. If you are interested, please Evie Schulz at 262-728-7002.


Debtors Anonymous Meetings


DA, Debtors Anonymous, meets Mondays at 7:30 p.m. in the Lower Level. 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!


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


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


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


We are starting to collect clothes again for St. Vincent De Paul - Milwaukee Soup Kitchen. They are in need of socks, underwear, toiletries and towels. Please bring them to the church office. Thank you so much for your "plus" donations before Christmas. We had plenty of jeans donated which they needed badly. If you have any questions regarding clothes call Mickey Tolar at 248-0506. Our next service date is February15th. We will carpool from Immanuel at 4:00 p.m. Call Bob Rosenthal with any questions at 262-248-7491.


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, January 20th, 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 January 22nd 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


"Don't turn away from me in this time of my distress. Bend down your

ear and give me speedy answers, for my days disappear like smoke."

                                                                                       (Psalms 102:2)


Parish Nurse, Karen Stein, addresses Advance Directives in her January newsletter:


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.

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!


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, New Location: 205 East Commerce Court, Elkhorn, 262-723-4488. 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.





Annual Congregational Meeting - January 18th


We will have an annual congregational meeting on Sunday, January 18th after each worship service. We will elect members to the church council, and pass the congregational budget for 2015.


Altar Care Meeting


The Altar Care Meeting is Saturday, January 17th at 9:30 a.m. Call Sharon Aspensen at 262-248-2805 or email: with any questions.


Thrivent Financial Retirement and Estate Strategies Events


This workshop is hosted by Thrivent Financial and your local representatives to share strategies on how to accumulate and distribute money for retirement, how to pass on money to heirs or charities in a tax-wise manner, increasing the probability of investment success and multi-generation IRA planning.


January 13, 2015                                   January 20, 2015

11:30 am & 6:00 pm                              11:30 am & 6:00 pm                 

Thrivent Financial Office                        Thrivent Financial Office

400 N Pine Street                                  1407 Racine Street Unit E

Burlington, WI                                        Delavan, WI


Immanuel Book Club


Our Book Club will 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.


Gospel Concert


William Smith Jr. and the Renewed Voices for Christ are returning to Immanuel on Saturday, February 21st from 7-9 p.m. for a Gospel Revival! The tickets will be available following each service beginning January 11th in the Fellowship Hall. Tickets will also be available in the church office or through Mark McAuliffe at 2626-215-3900. A $10 donation per ticket is appreciated.


Electronic Giving


In the New Year, 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! 




+ Many, many thanks to the individuals who contributed to the Children's Christmas Pageant! As I told the children, I can't think of a better way to honor God and celebrate the birth of His Son, than to share the gifts and talents He gave to each of them. It was such a pleasure to work with the children and share their excitement of the birth of Christ. The children did a PHENOMENAL job in every aspect, whether singing, dancing, playing instruments, or acting. As one boy remarked to me, "I am so happy to glorify God in this way!"   Praise God for blessing all of us with these incredible children.


+ Special thanks to: Ministering the children - Brianna Deering & Sunday School Staff; Ministering the youth - Zach Ortiz; Assisting during the pageant/practices - Cindy Moehling, Glenn Moehling, Samantha Moehling, Mary Schulz, Laurel Schulz, Betsy Kanelos; Providing AV - Rick & Michael Ruby; Coordinating sewing of costumes - Arlene Redell; Sewing angel costumes - Arlene Redell, Jackie Kuehl, Carol Van Dyke; Creating the backdrop - WTT & Staff; Designing & building the stable - Rich McWherter; Decorating the drums - Lynn Gerlitz, Denny Schulz, Cindy Peterburs; Bringing the donkey - Dr. Mona Hodkiewicz; Bringing the children - Parents


Additional help with props/costumes - Arlene Redell, Pat Parsons, Karen Stein, Melanie Davenport, Loretta Frank, Janet Yakes, Trish Fry-Misener, Jessica Joost, Judy Guy, Dennis Schulz


I can't thank all of the above people enough. Each one put in many hours to make the pageant a success and hopefully a lifetime memory for our children. Please contact the church if your name has been omitted from the above list. We want to give credit to all who helped with the children and the pageant. God Bless! Jan Bice


+ Barb Hedges-Goetti sang a beautiful version of "Breath of Heaven" on November 30th to start the season of Advent on a reflective, tender "note". Special thanks to Barb for singing the same day as giving an exquisite message! It was certainly a special morning and we are so grateful for her leadership and willingness to share her many talents! See song here:


+ Immanuel's Choral Ensemble sang "Thankful" for Thanksgiving Eve worship. The song's beautiful melody with lush harmonies supports an exquisite Thanksgiving message... "There's so much to be thankful for"! Please enjoy our special version here:  


+ Young Emma Hanson and Mikella Plitzuweit sang a lovely duet of "This Is My Father's World" with bell accompaniment on Thanksgiving Eve. Thanks to director Ellen Hanson and bell ringers-Jennifer Plitzuweit, Susan Krinn, Meta Ehlen, Becca Ehlen, and Mindy Ehlen-ALL collaborated to make a beautiful, delightful accompaniment to the piece. The girls blended so well! Listen here:


+ What a joyous and fun occasion at the annual Holiday Parade on December 6th! Huge thanks to the Praise Team for providing vibrant, live music on a moving float! I want to express my thanks to ALL who made the parade such a huge success! We looked fabulous, sounded great, and represented Immanuel superbly. Thanks to ALL for giving your time, energy, voices, hands, food, and joyous Christmas spirit that radiated the streets of Lake Geneva! Thanks especially to Bruce Reek for hosting the gathering space, supplying an enormous amount of materials, feeding us, and making the event possible. Thanks to Rich McWherter for supplying the truck and driving us all. Huge thanks to our walkers who had a significant and less appealing task. Special thanks to the Drapers for hosting a hospitable party with mouth-watering food, drinks, and great fellowship. We are capable of excellence when we come together as a team! John Ivan


+ Bobbi Gutman and Amberleigh Aller presented "Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth" as a musical offering at the Classic service on December 7, 2014. Bobbi's low voice provided the "foundation" to the duet and Amberleigh joyfully played the drum to add another exciting element to the song. Thanks ladies for sharing your God-given talents! See video here:


+ Kalen Kramp (piano), Kylie Kramp (voice), and Will Payne (voice) adorably presented "Away in a Manger" on December 7th at all three services! The children were just precious! The inspiring holiday trio was entirely youth lead! Kalen lead the entire congregation throughout verse 3-a stunning achievement for such a young gentleman. See video here:


+ Special thanks to the angels who always stuff our bulletins for us!  During Christmas week, they stuffed over 1,600 bulletins!  Yvonne Mol, Lawrence and Donna Carstensen, Wendy Russell and Jayne Erickson, you are amazing!  Thank you for your behind the scenes ministry!  Your ministry touches each one that enters our church!  Thank you!!!


+ Thank you to Donna Hove for donating baking ingredients and decorations.  The kids in the early release program had so much fun using the sprinkles for crafts.  The baking ingredients will be put to good use for many ministries at church.  Thank you!


+ Thank you to Joyce and Adam Smith for making delicious cinnamon roll cookies and cut-outs for the High School Youth Group to decorate and to share with the musicians.  Thank you!


+ Thank you to all who volunteer to help at church!  It's incredible to witness all the tasks that get done, both big and small.  The church is decorated so beautifully for Advent and Christmas!  Thank you to the team of people who helped make it feel like home for Christmas.  It takes so many people to make our worship service run smoothly; thank you for being willing to serve!


+ What an inspirational, remarkable, and lauded cantata presentation on December 21st! Words cannot adequately define how stirring your music was and how it touched those who heard it! It was breath-taking-in all its majesty-and was perhaps the best cantata in my 20 years at Immanuel! The blend among singers was superb! You could hear the promising words of the birth of our Savior through-out the entire church. Your "angelic" voices resoundingly echoed the glorious Christmas story! The instruments were lush, complementary, and magnificent! The tender, soft moments contrasted perfectly with the majestic, robust moments. The orchestra reverberated enthusiastically reaching every crevasse of the church! Both singers and instrumentalists collaborated beautifully creating a sensory overload! It was the perfect musical celebration! I could not be more pleased with your dedication and commitment, it certainly showed. To each and every participant: it wouldn't have been the same without YOU! Consider Romans 12:4 "Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body." Each one of you added the perfect component to the complete sound. The combined sounds of the ensemble were astounding! I cherish your unique talent and thank God for the opportunity to share our gifts together. Thanks to ALL for presenting at three services, for extra rehearsals, and giving your time and talents during such a busy season. Special thanks to Rick Ruby for his incredible behind-the-scenes work with the sound! Thanks to Pastor Mary Ann for eloquently speaking the Gospel into our hearts and uniting music with spoken word. Thanks to all who brought food and drink and for your generous hospitality! The truth is I am running out of superlatives to describe how fantastic the presentation was! I heard uncountable positive remarks and saw joy in people's faces. You undoubtable touched hearts and turned people towards God! Thanks for making this first Christmas cantata at 700 N Bloomfield an experience we will always treasure. See video here: John Ivan


+ A big thank you to Dan and Edith Draper for organizing, decorating and hosting the Christmas Eve Dinner for all individuals and their families who lead worship in various ways during our Christmas Eve services. Thanks for bringing us together on this blessed evening.


+ Thanks to ALL the musicians who dynamically led Christmas Eve worship! It was a Holy night of celebration and joy! The music of carols expressed love, hope, and joy. The many instruments triumphantly echoed the Christmas spirit! Many thanks to ALL who participated. Special thanks to the Praise Team for their poignant anthem. Thanks also to the Choral Ensemble (and instrumentalists) who presented the beautiful anthem, "It Was a Starry Night"! Thanks to Mikella Plitzuweit and Emma Hanson who sang a touching duet. Special thanks to teens Adam Smith and Kelly Gerlitz who also sang an inspiring duet! And thanks to Cora McBean for her precious solo at the 8:00PM service. Our first Christmas at 700 Bloomfield was incredibly moving, heartfelt, and certainly memorable!    


+ Thanks to the Bells of Immanuel for their lovely selection "Prince of Peace" presented on December 28th. The Christmas bells were still ringing on the 28th and we thank God for the treasured sound of bells. Special thanks to all the ringers and director Ellen Hanson for their preparation.


+ With much love and appreciation for your partnership with our church and all of your support! Parroquia San Jose, Beloit, WI


+ Dear Immanuel, thank you ever so much for your visit and "Goodie Box." You are such a caring, loving, and giving congregation. We thank the Lord daily for our Pastors and the wonderful members. Thank you again for thinking of us in our old age. Much love, Bernadine & Lou


+ Dear friends at Immanuel, Thank you so much for the very nice treats you sent to my home. The cookies, fruit and candy will be enjoyed. Thanks for being so thoughtful. For me, it is a very sad time. I know that my Immanuel family is praying and thinking of me and that helps so much. Blessings to you all. Love, Joyce Vorpagel


+ Dear Friends, Thank you so much for remembering Jamie and I during the Christmas Season. Merry Christmas to all of you. Betty Aguirre


+ Quilters, Thank you for the beautiful quilt for Rilyn on her baptismal day. She will have this wonderful treasure for the rest of her life to remind her of this day. Love, The Peterie's


+ Thank you to Immanuel for the wonderful Christmas basket. I was very pleased to receive such a special gift. Virginia Sellke


+ A great big thanks for all your kindness, How we enjoyed the music (carols) from the young people, and the Mom's who drove them. The treats are all delicious. Thanks to all who baked and organized them. Also a big thanks to the ladies who make and send the beautiful cards. We are so grateful for all of your thoughtfulness. We wish you all a very happy holiday season and may God bless you all with happiness and good health in the New Year. We miss you all. Our love to you all, Doc & Lila DeVries


+ A huge thank you to Tina Walton for the amazing polishing job she did on all the communion silver used on the altar for communion. It looks like new and we very much appreciate your hard work.


+ Thank you to Matt Knopp for installing the cubbies for the daycare.


+ Thanks to Rick Ruby for installing the TV in Brianna's room.

+ Thank you to the Card Ministry! Your cards are so lovely and thoughtful! I appreciate your prayers for my surgery. I am blessed for sure! The prayers from Immanuel helped me to return to "my" normal! Sandy Anselmo


+ To the quilt makers at Immanuel Lutheran, Thank you sincerely for the beautiful Noah's Ark baptismal quilt we received for Casey Cole Vos' baptism on 10/12/14. It is evident that so much care and effort went into making it and it is something that will always be treasured! The way our family has been so welcomed into the church family at Immanuel has truly been a blessing. Please know that your talents really are appreciated!

Love, Natalie Stetter, Chris Voss, Layla and Casey Vos

+ Thanks to Karen Taylor and Linda Burkart for dusting and cleaning the church offices.


+ Thank you to Hawk Taylor for his extra custodial help. We appreciate all you do!


+ Thank you to Sara Wahlstedt for the Christmas decorating and worship area preparation. We appreciate your artist gifts.


+ Thank you to Jan and Dan Bice and all the people who helped with the Children's Christmas Pageant. The Pageant was wonderful and we appreciate all the time and preparation which went into this amazing production.


+ Thank you to Karla and Scott Lennon, Tina Walton, Laurel Schulz and Steve Hibbard for delivering poinsettias!  You are angels!  We so appreciate the time you took to brighten the days of some of our members.

+ A huge thank you to all who helped during the Christmas Eve services.  What a blessing you are!!!!  The ushers were on top of seating over 1,400 people between the 3 services.  Members and friends jumped in to help set up more chairs.  Thank you to all who helped make the service go smoothly from the nursery helpers, the altar team, the greeters, head ushers and ushers, communion assistants, assisting ministers, media techs, offering counters, the musicians, the decorators, the pastors...everyone!  Your willingness to serve is greatly appreciated!    As the year comes to a close and we look forward to 2015, thank you to all who serve in all areas of our ministry here at Immanuel.  Jesus shines through each of you!  Sincerely, Cynthia, Ministry Coordinator

+ Thank you to all the Volunteers at all the Christmas Eve services!  A special Thank you to the ushers that set-up all the chairs, at the 5:00 P.M. service! The Head Ushers

+ Thank you to John Swanson and Steve Zlotnik, for the meals they prepared and served, at Chapel on the Hill, in supporting The Walworth County Men's Emergency Shelter(WCEMS). Scott Cunningham


+ The family of Earl Vorpagel Jr. would like to thank all of our family and friends at Immanuel for all of your support during the past six months. Through food, cards, prayers, small gifts, cookies, visits and offering to help well to say the least it was so overwhelming and so appreciated. We have been so blessed by so many and in the end when we had times where we simply felt lost you found us and supported us with that great love of God that we so desperately needed. If you helped in any way with his Celebration of Life service again a huge thank you. Earl would have loved the service, the music, the words spoken and sung, and then that fabulous feast in the fellowship hall, we were filled with food for the mind, body and spirit. You are all such an amazing gift and we are overwhelmed with your support and generosity. Through all of you we have witnessed God's amazing love, thanks and praise be to God !!     


+ As this year's coordinators of the Lake Geneva Salvation Army Kettle Drive, we would like to thank the members of Immanuel for their generous gift of time and money this holiday season. Many of you braved the cold, wind, and rain to man the kettles on seven full days and 3 half days. During that time we collected $4600. Immanuel did the lion's share of the ringing even filling in at the last minute for a group who had trouble filling their time commitment. With the help of other churches and organizations, we collected $18,700 to be used for needy individuals and families in Walworth County throughout the year. This year we again asked for "weekend coordinators" to put out the kettles in the morning, exchange them around 1 p.m., collect them at night and deposit the money in the bank. Many thanks to those of you who took on this time-consuming job-Steve and Judy Guy, Tom Hartz, Todd and Erin Huemann, Pete and Pam Juergens and Vijay and Beth Narayanan and family. They lighten the load for us. We couldn't have done it without them. Together we will be able to make a difference this coming year in the lives of those in need of emergency help. Thanks for your heart to care! Sincerely, Georgia and Bill Gehrmann


+ My dearest Immanuel Family, Thank you for the beautiful Christmas card and money. How thoughtful to be remembered at Christmas and how blessed to be a part of such an amazing Immanuel family. I feel so blessed to have been involved n faith with such an amazing group of people, all these years! Blessings, Brianna


+ Dear Immanuel Lutheran Members, What wonderful surprises were delivered to me - a huge canister of homemade cookies with lots of goodies and a second delivery of a large pan of delicious cookies and fudge. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and generosity. Sincerely, Joan Mellien


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