Immanuel eNewsletter

April, 2015

Happy Easter!

In This Issue
Worship with Us!    





Palm Sunday - March 29

Worship at 8:15, 9:45 & 11:07 a.m.

Witness the triumphal entry of Jesus and his Disciples into Jerusalem.


Maundy Thursday - April 2

Potluck Dinner 5:30 p.m.

Please bring a dish to pass!

Worship 6:30 p.m.

Worship with a Drama of the Last Supper of Christ with his 12 Disciples, poignant music, and Holy Communion, followed by stripping of the Altar.


Good Friday - April 3

Tenebrae Worship Service 7:00 p.m.

Worship with a Drama of the betrayal, trial, suffering and death of Jesus

on the cross, compelling music, and burning our prayers of confession


Easter Sunday - April 5

8:00, 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.

Celebrative Easter Worship with majestic Easter Cantata


Free Easter Breakfast

7:30-10:30 a.m.




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Holy Week Drama Rehearsals


The Holy Week Drama Rehearsals:

Monday, March 30th at 6:30 p.m. - Maundy Thursday Rehearsal

Tuesday, March 31st at 6:30 p.m. - Good Friday Rehearsal


Easter Breakfast Items Needed


We are asking for donations of pastries, orange juice & apple juice for our Easter Breakfast on Sunday, April 5th. Please drop off your items on Saturday, April 4th from 1-4 p.m. We also need help with set-up and prep work on Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Call the church office with any questions, 248-4211.


Easter Cantata Rehearsals, Wednesdays, 6:45PM


The Easter 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.There will be a Sunday rehearsal on March 29th following the 3rd service. 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.


Youth Praise Team: Rehearses Wednesdays, 5:30 PM


The Youth Praise Team will resume rehearsals on Wednesday nights at 5:30PM after Easter 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.


Early Service Choral Ensemble Rehearsals, Wednesdays, 8:00PM


The early service choral ensemble meets Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. Kathy and I are also available after the first service to help rehearse any small ensembles or soloists interested in presenting their gifts during the early service. Thanks - Amberleigh


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.


Worship Schedule Sign-up


We are trying a new way to sign-up for helping with worship. Go to the Immanuel website and click on "Worship Sign Up" and choose the month and service of which you would like to help. You will see highlighted in yellow the positions that need to be filled.  Please just click in the box or by the number and type your name.  When you exit out, it automatically saves your name in that spot.  Anyone who clicks on the link will see the updated version. 

There is also a sign-up board in the Fellowship Hall to manually sign-up if you prefer to do it that way.  Or you can always email me dates, times and position you would like to fill.  One of the reasons we are trying this is when we pass clipboards around, some people don't see the clipboards and some positions we get 3 people for 1 spot. I appreciate your comments and suggestions.  It's important to make this easy and welcoming for all.  Thank you, again, for your willingness to serve!  You are a gift!  Know you are loved! Cynthia Hibbard, Ministry Coordinator




Please help yourself to a hymnal at the entrance of the worship space if you like to follow the music for hymns. Hymnals are also available at each church entrance which can be taken home.


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!


Parking on Sundays and Special Services


Able bodied members are encouraged to park in the outer parking stalls or the Middle School Lot when they can, so visitors and seniors can be closer to the entrances. Many Thanks! It's a wonderful challenge to already be short on parking spaces! Praise God, who gives the growth!! 




New Members Class: April 12th, 12:30 p.m.


A New Member Class is Sunday, April 12th 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!


Saturday Morning Women's Bible Study: April 11th, 10:00 AM


The Saturday Morning Women's Bible Studymeets the 2nd Saturday of the month, April 11th, at 10:00 a.m. at church to continue the Alpha Classes. All are welcome! Call Trish Fry-Misener at 262-949-2480 with any questions.


New Building Appeal Core Team & Team Leaders Meetings


Wednesday, April 8th: 6 p.m. - Core Team, 7 p.m. - Team Leaders

Thursday, April 16th:  6 p.m. - Core Team, 7 p.m. - Team Leaders

Monday, April 27th:    6 p.m. - Core Team, 7 p.m. - Team Leaders


Men's Breakfast and Bible Study: Sat., April 25th 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. 


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!




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. We would we thrilled to have your son or daughter join us! 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 Katie Nagel at 248-4211 for more information.


Easter Egg Hunt


This year Immanuel's Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for Friday, April 3rd, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. We will share the story of Good Friday, color eggs, hunt for eggs, and share in a delicious snack! We are looking for donations of candy, hard boiled eggs and egg dye, plastic eggs, prizes, and snacks. If you are able to donate any of these items, please drop them off in the church office or call Katie at 248-4211. Thank you for helping with this fantastic tradition!



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Serving in the Military

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

In Hospice Care


Bev Digman, Ruth Johnson, Pat Kibbe, Lois Lennon, Lawrence Norem, Margaret Welsch

Health and Strength


Kelli Jo Anderson, LaVerne Anderson, Pastor Ron Backman, Pam Baldwin, Christian Bauer, Leo Baumgartner, Elsa Baur, Karen Beasley, Rich and Toni Bergland, Christa Bevon, Ken Bice, Max Biedermann, Faye Biesel, Sherrie Bittner, Paula Bollwahn, Justin Border, Buz Bozovsky, John Brady, Brown-Klitzka Family, Brian Bulman, Stacey Carlson, Brian Carr, Ann Chant, Ray Christian, Kenny Clark, Tyler Clark, Jack Clarquist, Danielle Cloutin, Jeremy Coleman, Christina Conboy, Jack Cook, Ed Cox, Arlene Czerniejewski, Jim Daily, Ed Dee, Cyndi Dietze, Lila and Doc DeVries, Holly Ekornaas, Keith Etycheson, Vickie Fergenian, Susie Fleischer, Georgia Foldy, Jeanette Fontaine, Kevin Frank, Bob Freitag, Bill Fry, George Fueredi, Vicki Gibson, Philip Giese, Lynn Gilson, Jaxon Giovannoni, Susan Grenning, Patrick Hale, Mark Hall, Haley Hand, Lorraine Hanneman, Grace Hanny, Jim Hanny, Matt Haynos, Mark Herich, Cynthia Hibbard, Erin Horn, Ken Hovland, Betty Howes, Tony Huml, Louise Ingbretson, Brian Jeters, Ruth Johnson, Nicole Jones, Mark Justison, Jody Kaylor, Tom Kerkman, Sharon Kimmel, Mike & Delores Kittelson, Ernie Kloppstein, Ruth Kramp, Lou Krueger, Jackie Kuehl, Ron Lavin, Colton Lazzaroni, Gary Lechner, Lois Lennon, Michael Lindgren, Ashley Lodarek, Jeanne Madaus, Ruby Madsen, Larry Malsch, Amy McAuliffe, Jean McGrath, Todd Mendell, Craig Middleton, Larry Miller, Julian Misener, Larry Moe, Yvonne Mol, Kameron Morris, Pat Morrissey, Brian Neidigh, Bob Nelson, Dean Nelson, Jeff Nelson, Carrie Novak, Pam O'Brien, Abby & Aemon O'Grady, Craig Olson, Jim Omdoll, Patricia Owen, Nina Pappas, Joan Parsons, Gary Parsons, Beverly Peacock, Ruth Peterson, Carolyn Phillips, Delores Pifer, Jerry Polek, Jerry Polocet, Trudy Rauch, Chris Rizzo, Kathy Rizzo, Lindsey Robinson, Abbey Rosenquist, Tim Schaitel, Madgel Schluga, Ione Schoepen, Tom Schmidt, Don Schmitz, Herte Schulte, Bev Sepp, Shelly Shepstone, Bill Smarslik, Donald Smith, Vivian Spanjer, Mckinnon Spraker, Pete Stein, Steve Stone, Kathy Strombach, Marilyn Sullivan, Bea Sutton, Dottie Swatek, Jeff Teel, Mary Teel, Deborah Tews, Michael Tews, Ivy Thilleman, Bob Threadgill, Joyce Toerpe, Doris Tolar, David Totten, Ron Trochuck, Bob Tupper, Joyce Vorpagel, Wayne Vorpagel, Clay Wahlstedt, Sara Wahlstedt, Megan Warner, Karen Wells, Jessica Willard, Max Wiseman, Audrey Yakes, Sophia Zematis, Gianna Zernia, Ethan Zimmerman.




+ Virgel Fry, uncle of Trish Fry-Misener, died to Christ on February 22nd.


+ Jim Tegtmeier, dear brother-in-law of Jeannie and Bud Patchin, died to Christ on February 25th.


+ Ron Steeples, good friend of Todd Bauman, died to Christ on February 26th.


+ Ruth Peters, mother of John Peters, died to Christ on March 19th.


+ The Ehlen family, at the tragic loss of their nephew, Earl Finke, who died to the Lord on March 19th.


+ Sue & Alan Newell, at the loss of their beloved Patricia Newell, on March 23rd.


+ Bev Barnett at the recent loss of her best friend.

Serving on the Mission Field


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



+ Congratulations to Neal & Julie Kolb on the baptism of their daughter Ava Marilyn Kolb, on March 1st.


+ Congratulations to Melissa & Brandon McKaig on the baptism of their son, Kaidyn James McKaig, on March 1st.


+ Congratulations to Brittany & Ben Stover on the baptism of their son, Mack Benjamin Stover, on March 8th.


+ Congratulations to Jessica & Adam Marunde on the baptism of their daughter, Alaina Rose Marunde, on March 8th.


+ Congratulations to Jaime Ivan on the baptism of her daughter, Ellie Jaelyn Ivan, on March 15th.


+ Congratulations to Kim & Billy Adcock on the baptism of their son, Jax William Adcock, on March 15th.


+ Congratulations to Tim Rizzo & Rikke Jepson, on the blessing of your daughter, Alma Marie Rizzo-Jepson, on March 15th. Proud great grandparents are Dick & Arlene Redell and Harriet & Finn Nor.

+ Congratulations to Samantha and Jerry Polek on the birth of their granddaughter, Mae Samantha Curcio, on February 27th, to Whitney and Nick.


+ Congratulations to Lynn Gerlitz on the birth of her grandson, Jonathan James Olson, born to Jeff & Reggie Olson on March 17th - St. Pat's Day - just like his dad and grandpa.

Expecting a Child!

Maria Dean, Liz Ehlert, Stacy Smith


+ Congratulations to the Badger High School's Varsity Basketball Team who won their Conference!


+ Congratulations to Brianna Thompson on winning 4 first place's at Solo Ensemble.


+ Congratulations to Thomas Guske, Jesse Anderson and Kyle Moffatt who will receive their Eagle Scout Award at their Eagle Court of Honor on April 11th.


+ Congratulations to Marin Jarvis, Makayla Hayes, Sam Polyock & Jackson Kuchenberg whose Destination Imagination Team is going to State!


+ Congratulations to Nee Dow Too whose basketball Team will compete in the State Special Olympics at UW Oshkosh on April 10-12.


+ Congratulations to Laura and Dave Anderson on their upcoming marriage on May 2nd.


New Members


Melissa & Brandon McKaig


N1245 Tombeau Road

Genoa City, WI 53128



Brittany & Ben Stover

Sydney & Mack

1750 Yasger Drive

Woodstock, IL 60098



Kim Adcock


W1011 Sylvan Road

Pell Lake, WI 53157



Tim Rizzo & Rikki Jepson


2315 Back Road

Burlington, WI 53105




 Just For Kids


Just for Kids is having a great year! We are currently looking for donations to help complete our space. Some things we are looking for are: Bean Bags, Hula Hoops, Yoga balls/fitness balls, Yoga mats, ink pads for stamping. There are still spots available in the before and after school programs. Call Katie with any inquiries, 248-4211.


We are in the process of developing a summer care program for students going into kindergarten- fifth grade. If you are interested in summer care please contact Katie Nagel.


Early Release Day


There is no Early Release Day in April. The Next Early Release Day is Thursday, May 14th. We are always looking for volunteers who enjoy working with children Please contact Katie if you would like to help, 248-4211.


And a big thank you to Wendy Russell, Mary Shultz and all of the volunteers that help make Early Release fun and possible.


Vacation Bible Camp


Vacation Bible Camp is arriving! VBC will be July 26-30, and it's that time of the year to begin planning! We would love to have you join our team! The next meeting is Thursday, April 16 @ 5:30 p.m. to continue the planning that makes our VBC program so outstanding every year. If you are interested in getting involved, but will not make it to the meeting e-mail Katie Nagel or call me at the church 262-248-4211

Some of the areas to get involved are music, food, crafts, bible stories, games, group leaders, photography, tech support and more!


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. Our center enrollment is at its maximum. Infant enrollment for fall is filled and has a waiting list. Our state licensing specialist visited last week and has taken away our probationary status. We are now holding a regular child care license. Our licensed capacity is now at 70 children which will cover our early release days.


We are also planning to improve our playground so that it will accommodate infants and toddlers. We are looking for ways to manage shady areas and to have areas for the children to crawl around and to ride trikes. If you would like to volunteer to help plan this area, please contact Sue Gifford at




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


The Vibe provides a safe and playful haven for middle school students on Monday through Thursday, 3:00-6:00 PM in the lower level.   We are so blessed by a vibrant group of High School & adult leaders for this ministry! Contact Zach Ortiz to volunteer or to sign-up your son or daughter 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.


Youth Quake


Our middle school children had an amazing time at Youth Quake this month. 29 middle school children, 5 high school freshmen, and 8 adults were able to make it to the Wilderness Resort in the Wisconsin Dells for this life changing event. They experienced Christian concerts, self-empowering speakers, and fun activities. The trip was absolutely amazing and all are looking forward to next year!



High School Youth Group


The High School Youth meets on Wednesdays so come for pizza at 5:30, which is so graciously donated by Next Door Pub.  Enjoy yummy food, conversation and just hang out with your friends.  At 6:30 we will gather in the high school youth room for Bible study and engaging discussion.  All are welcome...bring your friends.


High School Mission Trip Fundraiser


The High School Mission Trip Team is having a fundraiser on Tuesday, April 7th at Simple Restaurant in Lake Geneva. The seatings will be at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. Tickets are available in between services from members of the team. Cost is $10.00 per person. Take out is available. Thank you for supporting our team!



Helping Fire Victims


Thank you to my Friday Bible Class for sorting and packing clothes for Keith & his 2 boys. We have enough children's things. Keith wears 30-32 in pants and medium shirts, if you have these items. He will need household items (dishes, pots, utensils, furniture, etc) when he finds a place to live which will be soon. Call Mickey Tolar, 248-0506 if you have items to donate and we'll make arrangements. Thanks Mickey!


Side By Side Fundraiser


The Side By Side Fundraiser will be at Simple Café on Tuesday, March 31st, with seating at 5, 6, and 7 p.m., $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. Tickets are available in between church services or by contacting Jen Castleman at 262-749-0282.


Volunteer Appreciation Night at Immanuel


Volunteer Appreciation night is Wednesday, April 15th. Please join us as we celebrate YOU! At 5:30 p.m., we will enjoy a potluck dinner with meat provided. Please bring a dish to pass. At 6:30 p.m. we will honor YOU, our volunteer. If you helped on the building team, if you picked a weed, if you helped with the worship service, if you cleaned a room, if you helped with Sunday School, Vibe, Youth Groups, in the kitchen, downstairs, upstairs, served Christ in the community, we want to honor you.


Community Connections Meal Committee


At the last Community Meal, we served about 85 meals on a very cold night. The committee was thrilled as with it being so cold we were hoping for about 40 people. We seem to be reaching more folks who need this meal. Quite a few are hearing about us from friends, or those who have attended before.


As a committee, we are so grateful for all the support the church membership has given us since we started in August. Donations from the congregation have included hams, turkeys, as much ground beef as we can use, fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, desserts, monetary donations and valuable volunteer time. Immanuel is truly a blessed church with so many people following what our Lord has encouraged us to do. Our church "walks the talk." Our committee is truly blessed to serve our God in this manner. Hard work, yes, of course, but the joy of the Lord is truly present in this committee. Jill Rosenthal


Community Connections Meal: April 16, 5:15-6:30 PM


The next Community Meal, providing the gifts of nourishment and fellowship is set for Thursday, April 16th at 5:15 PM. Please sign up on the Worship Card if you can help cook, set up, serve, or clean-up for this delicious meal available to all in the surrounding communities.


Healthy Relationships Group for Teen Girls - APFV


The Association for the Prevention of Family Violence, an agency that supports survivors of domestic and sexual violence, offers a 12-week group to any teen that is interested in learning about healthy relationships.


Spring 2015 Schedule: Group will meet every Tuesday at 3:15pm from April 7th to June 30th at the APFV office (735 N Wisconsin St., Elkhorn)


Thrivent Social Security Workshop on Thursday, April 16th


Thrivent Financial is hosting an informational workshop regarding Social Security and its role in retirement income planning here at Immanuel Lutheran on Thursday April 16th at noon.  Please contact Joyce Nilles at 262-806-7390 to reserve your seat.  There is no charge to attend and a light meal will be served.


Relay For Life


Immanuel's Relay For Life Team will participate in the annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life Event which takes place on Friday, July 17th at the Walworth County Fair Grounds. If you are interested in joining our team or supporting someone who is on the team with a donation, contact the church at 248-4211 or go to the Relay for Life website: to sign-up. We are organizing a game night at church for families to raise funds for the event. Stay tuned for more information.


Relay for Life Fundraiser, April 17th


Immanuel's Relay for Life Team is having a Game Night Fundraiser on Friday, April 17th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church. All types of board games will be available to play. There will also be treats, lemonade and some great raffle prizes! The entire $5 donation for adults (kids are free) will go towards helping in the fight against cancer. We are in need of board games for this event so if you can lend your various board games for this fundraiser we would so appreciate it. Donors can mark the game with their last name and we will return them right away after the 17th. Please drop off your games at church.


Health Newsletter


"He sent forth his Word and healed them and rescued them from the grave." Psalm 107:20


Parish Nurse, Karen Stein, addresses Hepatitis C in her April newsletter:


Card Ministry


Our Card Ministry will gather on April 16th 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!  


Immanuel's Blood Center of Wisconsin Blood Drive


The Blood Center of Wisconsin Drive is Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 2:00-6:00 p.m. here at Immanuel. Make an appointment online at or contact Susan Krinn at 262-245-5579.


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, April 21st, 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.


2015 Vision Walk


Marilyn Heiden is planning to walk in the 2015 Vision Walk again, held at the Lakefront in Milwaukee on Sunday, May 17th. The goal of Vision Walks, held all over the U.S. is to keep fund research on eye diseases, their prevention, treatments, and cures. The Walks are organized by the Foundation Fighting Blindness. We all probably know of someone suffering from macular degeneration or some other condition. If you would like more information, and / or are interested in supporting this effort with a donation, please contact Marilyn Heiden at 262-248-6439.


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. If you have any questions regarding clothes call Mickey Tolar at 248-0506.


Debtors Anonymous Meetings


DA, Debtors Anonymous, meets Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Library in the church office. 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


Fellowship Hour


If you can help staff our "Coffee Hour" it would bless a huge number of people! We need folks to bring goodies or to help serve or to clean up. Thanks! Please sign up on the worship card.


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


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!


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!

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!!!


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. 





Thrivent Financial Members


Thrivent Financial members who have Choice Dollars to direct:  please direct your 2014 Choice Dollars by March 31, 2015.  There are over 10,000 enrolled non-profit organizations to choose from, including Immanuel Lutheran Church. If you have questions or need assistance, please call the Delavan Thrivent Financial office at 262-740-9040 or speak with your Thrivent representative.


"Young At Heart" - Ages 50 to 150


This is a Fellowship & Gathering for Community Happenings during the day.

Here are some of the Potential Adventures: Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, Concerts, Wine Tastings, Touring the Pabst Mansion, Harley -Davidson Museum, East Troy Electric Railroad, Green Meadows Petting Farm. No worries about transportation, we have you covered.

Come and join us for our first annual "Young At Heart" meeting on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 11:AM. Bring your Ideas, Dreams, and Talents

Questions? Concerns? Contact info: Jeanne Madaus @ (262) 249-8910 or Cynthia Shultz @ (262) 215-7530

Immanuel Book Club


Our Book Clubwill meet on Wednesday, April 22nd at 2:00 p.m. in the Youth Room off Fellowship Hall at Immanuel. We will review "The White Queen" by Philippa Gregory. New members are welcome!


Electronic Giving


As we make it through the winter months and 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 have authorization forms in the church office. We thank you for your continued support!






All Hands on Deck


ALL HANDS ON DECK is the theme for our PHASE 2 APPEAL, continuing the amazing work that was done through our first GRACE OVERFLOWING BUILDING APPEAL. Put April 19, 2015 in your calendar for Kick-Off Sunday. Keep your eyes open for more dates and details that will be coming soon. Join us in surrounding this effort in prayer that our ministries will be strengthened and God will be glorified.


Additional Meeting dates:

May 17th - Invitation to Prayer Sunday

June 7th - Commitment Sunday

June 28th - Celebration Sunday


Lake Geneva Symphony Chamber Concert


The Lake Geneva Symphony will have a Chamber Concert at Holy Communion Church on Saturday, April 26 at 3:00 p.m. All are welcome.

Please note the concert has changed to another location.


Free Smoke Detectors


The Lake Geneva Fire Department is committed to ensuring the safety of all citizens in this 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. Call 248-7228 to request a smoke detector. Check with Pastor Mark if you have questions. 




+ Thank you to all who attended our Mission Trip Spaghetti Dinner and Dessert Auction Fundraiser. We appreciate your support and we hope you enjoyed the dinner, desserts and the fellowship. It was an awesome turnout and event!


+ A big thank you to Steve Zlotnik for providing the bus and pizza for the 3:16 Middle School Youth Group outing to the Casting Crown Concert.


+ Jo Stutzman, formerly a member of Immanuel, sends her greetings and love to everyone who might remember her and her husband, Del. She is making progress in recovering from her stroke about a year ago.


+ Hello! I can't tell you what fun it was to receive the bag of gifts from Immanuel Church when I returned to our hotel room on Friday. Everything was very much appreciated, mostly the delicious cranberry bread especially since I can't do any baking in our hotel room! I also enjoyed going through the recipes of the cookbook, and reading your church's newsletter. It certainly seems like you have a wonderful church. Please relay to those involved in this "Welcome" committee ministry just how much it is appreciated. Kind regards, Carol & Mark Rholl


+ A huge thank you to Immanuel Lutheran Church for your donations and time to help so many who are fed at the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen. The clothes donations have helped people who really need a fresh start. Our people appreciate your love more than you can imagine! Thank you for your generosity. St. Vincent de Paul Meal Program: Hands of Christ Conference


+ Thank you to Mark Becky & McAuliffe and Bobbi Gutman for their incredible planning, recruitment and leadership of the Gospel Concert. Also thanks to their diligence in selling tickets. They raised an extra $1051.00 which was divided between the Music Ministry and Missions Ministry!


+ Thanks to all adults who helped with Youth Quake this year. We appreciate your time and passion for sharing Christ with our youth.


+ Dear Maddie and all who helped, a very special thank you the boot drive that you sponsored at your school for the St. Vincent de Paul Meal Program. We were as excited to hand them out as our guests were to get them. Last night we gave 40 pairs out in about 20 minutes with the extreme cold snap that we have had these past few weeks. Warm and dry boots are a top priority to help keep our guests safe. It's like a warm hug to give such a meaningful gift to those who are most in need. We are blessed by your generosity and hard work to be able to show our guests that God watches out for them through the love of others. Your project is an inspiration to all who were witness to your kindness and determination to make someone's life a lot better. Blessings to you all, Casey Gill


+ Thank you to the Next Door Pub (Chad and Amy Bittner) for donating the entire makings for the spaghetti dinner! We are so blessed by your generosity! The dinner was delicious! Your donation enabled us to have one of the best dessert auctions ever! Thank you! -The 2015 Kentucky Mission Team


+ Thank you to all who donated desserts, gift certificates, or volunteered to help even when you didn't have a family member on the team! You are all amazing! Thank you, too, to all who came to the spaghetti dinner and auction and supported our team. Lots of fun was had by all! Thank you to Jim and Jeri Gaugert for auctioning off all the items! Your teamwork and the laughter and bids you create are incredible. Thank you to all the adult leaders who worked hard to make the auction and dinner run smoothly! You all stepped up to the plate and hit a home run! We are blessed with such an amazing community of faith that supports all of our efforts to help others. Blessings to all! -2015 Kentucky Mission Team


+Thank you to the organizers of the Gospel concert in February for the extra donation to the mission trip! The bake sale was a huge success, but your added gift was the icing on the cake! Thank you so much for your generosity! - 2015 Kentucky Mission Team


+ We'd like to graciously thank Gregg Kunes and the staff at Kunes Ford, Delavan for letting our middle school team borrow two vans for our Youth Quake trip. Thanks to his generous donation of two vans for the weekend, all of our middle school children had the ability to make it up to the Wilderness Resort and arrive safely home afterwards.


+ Thank you to the Sunday School Singers for their performance last Sunday, and to their parents for getting them here early! Also, a special thank you to Tami Buntrock for the organization and teaching the children the story through song, and John Ivan for the accompaniment.



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