Immanuel eNewsletter

May, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

In This Issue
Worship with Us!    



High School Graduation Recognition Sunday



Please join us on Sunday, May 17th to celebrate as our High School Graduates move on to their next stage in life!


Our graduates are Eric Beets, Morgan Clark, Lydia Crabtree, Al Crisman, Joe Danna, Trevor Darbro, Zac Deegan, Dylan Donahue, Brianna Flower, Kyle Foulke, Lizzy Francisco, Joe Freeman, Caleb Ganansky, Katie, Gerlitz, Maggie Guske, Johnathan Hibbard, Spencer Junion, Al Kulik, Adam Newell, Taylor Radtke, Emily Schulting, Adam Smith, Christopher Thompson, Jaw Jer Too and Mickayla Tschida




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Immanuel Spring Clean-Up


Love to be outside?  On Saturday, May 2nd from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. we are asking for volunteers to help clean up our landscaping at Immanuel.  Please bring gloves, rakes and any other tools that will make the job easier.  Thank you! 


Presentation by Dr. Barb Hedges-Goettl


Dr. Barb Hedges-Goettl is a Presbyterian Pastor.  She is also an active participant at Immanuel along with her husband, Dr. Len Hedges-Goettl.  She has preached at Immanuel, and both she and Len have been active participants in our music ministries.  Barb is a candidate for a new position at Princeton University as Professor of Preaching and Liturgics.  Barb has been invited to present a lecture at Princeton on "The Nature of Worship, and the Role of the Body of Christ in Worship." 


As part of her preparation, Barb would like to give her lecture at Immanuel on Sunday, May 17, at 2:00 PM in the worship space.  She is hopeful that those in attendance will offer her feedback on the lecture as well.  It's a wonderful opportunity for those who attend to be a visible support to Barb in the process, as well as to offer their insights on the greatest strengths in her presentation, and any areas that may need additional clarification.  Your attendance will be a gift to Barb, just as her words will bless and stretch us in our understandings of the treasure of corporate worship. 


Please consider this your personal invitation to attend, and continue to hold Dr. Barb in prayer as she makes preparations for such a momentous opportunity in her calling to serve Christ's Church. 


Love and Blessings - Pastor Mary Ann  


Immanuel Softball Team Wanted


A few members of our Immanuel staff have expressed interest in starting a coed softball team this summer.

We will need 18 players to form an official team. Games are for fun so all skill levels are welcome. Games will run on Sundays and Mondays (rotating) at 7pm throughout the summer at Duck Pond Field (Fontana). Cost to play is $17 for the entire season. If interested please contact Zach Ortiz at (815)519-5167 or as soon as possible


New Staff Member


We welcome Michael Ruby to our Immanuel Staff. Michael is our new custodian. Be sure to introduce yourself when you see him.


We thank Ed Domalik for his service here at Immanuel over the last 2 years and wish him many blessings at his new job at McDonald's.

Volunteer Pastoral Associate

The church Council and Pastors are thrilled to welcome newly retired ELCA Pastor, Herb Priester, as a Volunteer Pastoral Associate at Immanuel!


Pastor Herb spent the first half of his ministry as a Catholic priest and was captivated by our Lutheran Theology of being "justified by grace, through our faith in Jesus Christ. Herb attended one of our Lutheran seminaries, was ordained and served as a pastor in the ELCA until his retirement last summer.


Pastor Herb is a missional guy which makes him a perfect fit with our congregation. He launched an ELCA Mission Church and served as pastor in several other churches. He is married to Ann, the love of his life and she is a gifted musician! They have been a ministry team throughout their marriage! We are so excited to welcome them to Immanuel.


Pastor Herb will serve in a variety of ways, depending on needs in the congregation and his availability. He will do some visitation with our home bound members and those in nursing homes. Herb also plans to make hospital calls when the need arises. We will see Herb bless our worship - celebrating the Sacrament, serving as an assisting minister, preaching and in whatever ways are needed. He will be available to do weddings and funerals as well.


It is an incredible gift to have Herb be so willing to engage in ministry as Immanuel as a volunteer. His exuberance, love for people and genuine desire to serve Christ's Church is so moving. Please join us in welcoming Pastor Herb to join our ministry team!


Youth Praise Team: Rehearses Wednesdays, 5:30 PM

The Youth Praise Team rehearses Wednesday nights at 5:30PM in the music room downstairs. Newcomers are welcome, and will have a blast with this group! The YPT is open to ALL teens 5th-12th grade. Parents, encourage your child to come an hour before confirmation class to lift their voices in praise. Both vocalists and instrumentalists are needed! The ensemble leads weekly confirmation group in song at 6:30PM (immediately following rehearsal) and are preparing to sing for the church. Contact John Ivan for more information at


Classical Service Choir Rehearsals, Wednesdays, 8:00PM


The early service choral ensemble currently meets Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. Due to previous commitments, rehearsals on April 22nd and April 29th will remain at 8:00PM. However, we are open to the option of rehearsing at 6:30PM to accommodate your needs. Kathy and I are also available after the first service (downstairs) to rehearse small ensembles or soloists interested in presenting their gifts. Contact Amberleigh at for info or to schedule special music. Thanks -Amberleigh

Combined Contemporary Choir: Rehearses Wednesdays, 7:15PM

Following an extraordinary Easter cantata and majestic Christmas cantata, we now have time to implement our vision from last fall and establish a combined contemporary choir. The hope is to provide ALL vocalists, regardless of musical training, a means to express and connect with God through music. Since members will have the benefit of outside rehearsal time, the ensemble will offer up more difficult and complex music praises on behalf of the congregation that would otherwise not be possible. ALL musicians are encouraged to join-classic service members, youth, praise team members, contemporary singers, and community friends. Rehearsal times are scheduled consecutively so members can participate in both the Classic Service choir/Praise Team and this larger combined choir. Contact John Ivan at or 2626202349 for more information.  

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

The Bells rehearse Sundays, 9:15-10:15 a.m. downstairs in the music room! They will be ringing June 7th at all three services together with the Classic Service choir. 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.

Praise Team: Rehearses Wednesdays, 8:00 PM

The Praise Team rehearses on Wednesday's at 8:00PM. Their spectacular leadership each Sunday morning is outstanding. They are learning new contemporary music to keep worship fresh and innovative. Both the vocalists and instrumentalists work hard to enhance our music, grow deeper in faith, and provide fabulous leadership that inspires worship! If you are interested in joining the team, contact John Ivan at or 262-620-2349 for details.


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 we can get you involved!


Worship Schedule Sign-up


You can sign-up for helping with worship by going 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.  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: May 17th, 12:30 p.m.


A New Member Class is Sunday, May 17th at 12:30 PM at the church. We will discuss God's plan of Salvation and the questions of the participants. A pizza lunch will be provided. Sign-up on the worship card. Let us know if you need child care.


"The Story" Bible Study


"The Story" Bible Study is being offered beginning April 30th, 6:30 p.m. at the home of Edith & Dan Draper, 1440 Linda Lane, Lake Geneva. Here is your opportunity to go through the Bible if you missed this Study a couple years ago. Please sign-up on the worship card if you are interested.


Saturday Morning Women's Bible Study: May 9th, 10:00 AM


The Saturday Morning Women's Bible Study meets the 2nd Saturday of the month, May 9th, at 10:00 a.m. at church for the Alpha Classes. All are welcome! Call Trish Fry-Misener at 262-949-2480 with any questions.


Men's Breakfast and Bible Study: Sat., May 29th 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. 


"All In" Small Group Bible Study


Jill Rosenthal facilitates an "All In" Small Group Bible Study which meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 9:30 AM in the Conference Room at church. Call Jill Rosenthal at 262- 949-2569 if you would like to participate.


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 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


The Last Day of Sunday School will be May 17th at 9:30 a.m. However our Vacation Bible Camp Kickoff Event is May 31st at 9:30 a.m. Have your child join us to learn about what to expect for VBC and create some projects to decorate the space during VBC.


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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


Ruth Johnson, Pat Kibbe, Ernie Kloppstein, Lois Lennon, Lawrence Norem, Margaret Welsch

Health and Strength


Monique Addison, Kelli Jo Anderson, LaVerne Anderson, Monique Addison, Pastor Ron Backman, Pam Baldwin, Priscilla Barth, Christian Bauer, Leo Baumgartner, Elsa Baur, Karen Beasley, Rich and Toni Bergland, Christa Bevon, Max Biedermann, Faye Biesel, Justin Border, John Brady, Brown-Klitzka Family, Brian Bulman, Stacey Carlson, Brian Carr, Ann Chant, 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, Amy Dorner, Holly Ekornaas, Keith Etycheson, Vickie Fergenian, Dan Fischer; Susie Fleischer, Jeanette Fontaine, Doug Fossell, 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, Shannon Haasl; Mark Herich, Cynthia Hibbard, Erin Horn, Ken Hovland, Betty Howes, Tony Huml, Jordan Ivans, Debbie Jensen, Brian Jeters, Ruth Johnson, Nicole Jones, Mark Justison, Jody Kaylor, Tom Kerkman, Sharon Kimmel, Ernie Kloppstein, Ruth Kramp, Lou Krueger, Jackie Kuehl, MCL, Ron Lavin, Colton Lazzaroni, Gary Lechner, Michael Lindgren, Ashley Lodarek, Jeanne Madaus, Ruby Madsen, Larry Malsch, Amy McAuliffe, Todd Mendell, Oliver Michelson; 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, Ken Pedersen Sr., Carolyn Phillips, Delores Pifer, Jerry Polek, Jerry Polocet, Trudy Rauch, Brad RIndfleisch; Chris Rizzo, Kathy Rizzo, Nichole Robertson, Lindsey Robinson, Abbey Rosenquist, Karen Rudin, Don Sauerman; Tim Schaitel, Madgel Schluga, Ione Schoepen, Tom Schmidt, Don Schmitz, Herte Schulte, Bev Sepp, Shelley Shepstone, Marilyn Sievert, Bill Smarslik,Mary 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, Jaw Jer Too; 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.



+ Georgia Foldy, mother of Paula Bollwahn, died to Christ on March 26th.


+ Aaron Davis, son of Karen & Bob Gueldenzopf, died to Christ on April 11th.


+Melvin Czerniejewski, father of Karen Beasley, died to Christ on April 16th.


+ To Carol Smith, on the loss of her mother-in-law, who died to Christ in early April.


+ Betty Kuhnke, mother of Tony & Beth Kuhnke, died to Christ on April 22nd.


+ Catherine Ryba, sister of Laney Potter, died to Christ on April 22nd at Geneva Lake Manor.


+ Herb Lindner, dear friend of the Follensbee's, died to Christ on April 23rd.


+ Lewis Rozolis, father of Keith & Linda Rozolis, died to Christ on April 25th.


+ Ted Loster, father of Joe & Sandy Anselmo, died to Christ on April 25th.


+ Jan Roepenack, mother of Mike Roepenack, died to Christ on April 26th.


+ Brody Austin, 19 year old nephew of Dave & Sarah Austin, died to Christ on April 26th in a tragic motorcycle accident.



Serving on the Mission Field


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



+ Congratulations to Sara and Adam Boales, on the birth of their son, Jonathan Michael Boales, on March 5th, 7 lbs., 15 oz., 19" long. Sandy & Mike Boales are the proud grandparents.


+ Congratulations to Lauren and Zach Zubow on the birth of their son, Beckett Joseph Zubow, on March 25th, 5 lbs., 6oz, 18" long. Proud grandparents are Joe and Kristy Danna and Jen Danna!


Expecting a Child!

Maria Dean, Liz Ehlert, Stacy Smith, Erin Wester


+ Congratulations to Tom Walton on being elected as Supervisor for Geneva Township.


+ Congratulations to the Badger High School's DECA Team, heading to Florida for the International Competition.


+ Congratulations to Al Kulik, who was just accepted into the Naval Academy at Anapolis.


+ Congratulations to Erin & Tim Wester, who are expecting twins in November.


+ Congratulations to Franek Kulik who will graduate from the Anapolis Naval Academy this summer and leaves for Flight School on July 17th.


+ Congratulations to Jessica Sepe who is engaged to Michael Gutjahr. They will be married in March, 2016.


+ Congratulations to the Badger Jazz Band won first place at the Eau Claire Jazz Fest! They had the special privilege to play at the honors concert!


+ Congratulations to the Badger High School's Varsity Cheerleaders won state! Carly Bakken is on the team!


+ Congratulations to Brittany Bice-Urbach, graduating with a Ph.D. in Psychology on May 15th. We are so proud of you!

New Members

Gary Parsons

N3241 Williams Street

Lake Geneva, WI 53147



Brian & Jill Topp                     

Payton & Leah

W6049 Water Tower Place

Walworth, WI 53184



Erin & Ryan Wrobel

Alyssa & Katelyn

137 Cass Street

Lake Geneva, WI 53147

262-749-8031 (Ryan)

2626-745-8982 (Erin)


Tom & Amy Kerkman


5120 352nd Avenue

Burlington, WI 53105



Jennifer Hoppe & Omar Garcia

622 Patricia Street Apt 101

Elkhorn, WI 53121



Michele du Vair

711 Lake Street

Twin Lakes, WI 53181






Sunday School Singers


Come hear the Sunday School singers sing sweet blessings to their mother's on May 10th for Mother's Day at the first and second service.

Sunday School singers will also sing on May 17th at all 3 services. Come watch them sing an adorable song reminding us of the importance of working together and how we need All Hands on Deck!


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 Child Care program for students in kindergarten- fifth grade. If you are interested in summer care please contact Katie Nagel, 248-4211.


Early Release Day


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 Tuesday, May 5th at 5:30. 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. Thanks to those who are already involved.


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


Mother's Day Bake Sale


There will be a bake sale on Mothers' Day, May 10th, to help with expenses for our Vacation Bible Camp in July. We welcome donations of bakery!


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. Full-time registration for Fall 2015 is available for the following ages:

2 Full-time positions for infants;             2 Full-time positions for one-year-olds,

3 Full-time positions for three-year-olds; 5 Full-time positions for 4-K noon drop-offs. We encourage you to register as soon as possible to guarantee your spot!


We are 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. We are also looking for volunteers to be on the child care advisory board for Fall 2015. If you would like to volunteer to help plan improve our playground or help with the child care advisory board please contact Sue Gifford at



Day Camp Scholarships


Covenant Harbor Bible Camp is offering scholarship money for Immanuel kids to experience a life changing week of Day Camp during the summer. This is a wonderful opportunity for children in our congregation to try camp who might otherwise not be able to go. Brochures are available at Immanuel. Please see Pastor Mark if you have questions or are interested in having your child attend.



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


The Sunday Morning Confirmation class ends on Sunday, May 17th. The Middle School Youth Group on Wednesday nights ends for the summer on Wednesday, May 20th. 



High School Youth Group


The High School Youth Group Wednesday night events end for the summer on Wednesday, May 20th. Join us at 5:30 p.m. for pizza and 6:30 p.m. for conversation and Bible Study.


High School Mission Trip Fundraiser


It's Spring time and the 2015 High School mission team would love to help you with your spring projects.  Do you need help with the yard work, moving, painting or general repairs?  We have the talent to get it done for you!  Please contact Cynthia at 262-374-1102 or to let us know how we can help you.  Any donations to the mission trip are greatly appreciated. 


High School Mission Team will be hosting the Brat trailer at Piggly Wiggly from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd.  A delicious bake sale will also be offered.  Come support our mission team by enjoying a yummy lunch with some scrumptious desserts! 


Graduate Recognition Sunday


Graduate Recognition Sunday is May 17th.  Please let Brenda know what service your graduating senior will attend.  Our wonderful quilters have made beautiful quilts for each graduate. 



Health Newsletter


"Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you, the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard." Isaiah 58: 8


Parish Nurse, Karen Stein, addresses Lupus in her May newsletter:


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.


Community Connections Meal: May 21, 5:15-6:30 PM


The next Community Meal, providing the gifts of nourishment and fellowship is set for Thursday, May 21st 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.


Side By Side Screening


Side By Side screening is the 3rd Tuesday of each month, May 19th, 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.


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.


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)


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.


Card Ministry


Our Card Ministry will gather on May 21st 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!  


Community Connections Meal Fundraiser


The Community Connections Meal Team will have a Fundraiser Pig Roast on Sunday June 28th from 2-5 p.m. at Immanuel. Please save the date and stay tuned for details of this event.


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.


Ronald McDonald House Charities


Greetings Immanuel Community! I am Stacy Dennis, member of Immanuel, wife of Matthew and mother of our 3 kiddos! I wanted to take a moment to ask for your kindness and support in running my very first FULL marathon this October: The Chicago Bank of America Marathon. That's 26.2 miles, folks! I am very scared but extremely excited in this endeavor. I am fundraising for Team Ronald McDonald House Charities, and my goal is to raise at least $1000! Please consider any donation made to the following website! Or feel free to email me personally! Thank you all and many blessings. Email:


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


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


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.


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, at 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.




"Young At Heart" - Ages 50 to 150


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

Potential Adventures include: 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 Club will meet on Wednesday, May 27th at 2:00 p.m. in the Community Room off Fellowship Hall at Immanuel. We will review the book "Molokai" by Alan Brennert. 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, our Phase 2 Appeal, has begun. Join us in surrounding this effort in prayer that our ministries will be strengthened and God will be glorified.


May 3rd: Get Involved, Informed & Inspired: You are invited to the All Hands On Deck! Advance Commitment Gathering on May 3 from 3:30-5:00PM at Immanuel. All who are interested are invited! Join us for an opportunity to learn more about the appeal while we enjoy food and fellowship together. Participants will receive an All Hands On Deck! Prayer & Commitment Packet.  No commitments will be received at this gathering. You will, be invited to prayerfully consider making your commitment in advance of the church-wide appeal.  Children are welcome and childcare will be available.


May 17: Invitation-to-Prayer Sunday: Everyone will receive their Appeal Prayer & Commitment Packet. Join us as we pray for our All Hands On Deck! Appeal.  We'll be commissioned to go out of worship and pray about our response to what God is calling us to do through the grace of giving. We'll invite you to seize this opportunity to reflect on your giving.  Everyone's gift will be different.  The Bible talks about "equal sacrifice, not equal gifts".


June 7: Commitment Sunday & Special Event: You are invited to bring your commitments to worship, where they will be dedicated to the glory of God. We ask God's blessings on all of our choices and give thanks for the responsibility to choose what we do with our resources every day of our lives.

June 28: Celebration Sunday! We'll celebrate God's generosity, and announce the Appeal results. May our joy in giving contribute to making Immanuel a place where all are embraced, welcomed, and invited to experience the best of God's goodness.


Awesome Soup Recipes from Lenten Dinners


Many of us enjoyed the wonderful soups we had throughout Lent. Jennifer Kramp has volunteered compile and share these recipes on a blog or a page. Those interested in contributing recipes can email them to Jennifer at .


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 everyone that helped out in making the Easter Egg Hunt possible for the children! A very Special thank you to all the helpers that performed the skit, helped stuff Easter eggs, prepared the materials, and volunteered their time for the event including, Megan Moore, Karen Baumgartner, Donna Baumgartner, Teela Thompson, Emma Gahart, Tessa Gahart, Evan Nagel, Ava Weber, Grace Narayanan Crystal Haynes and Brandi Haynes. Thank you Chantel Weyrauch for helping hide all of the Easter Eggs. Thank you to everyone that donated snacks, juice, candy, craft supplies, eggs and prizes including Jill Peters, Lori Moore, Mattie and Stacy Dennis, Carol Madsen, Patti Steffen, Sandy Boales, Wendy Tikk, Connie Shadewaldt, Kristin Gahart, Cindy Peteburs, Dan and Lisa Pitcher, Amy and Mike Hamilton, Betty Aguirre, Mickey Tolar, Mike Devroy, Jan Bice, Cindy Moehling, Barb Kwiatkowski, and so many others that snuck their treats in.


+ Linda McWherter and Keith Addison sang a brilliant duet of the powerful new song "Because He Lives (Amen)" on February 15th. It was a perfect preface to the start of Lent. This dynamic song rejoices in the Good News of Christ's victory over sin and death. Special thanks to Linda and Keith for sharing their precious talents! Watch video here:


+ Thanks to our incredible speakers in the mid-week Lenten Services, who touched us so deeply through their witness: Charlie Brown, Cynthia Hibbard, Rich Howes, Carolee Hanny-Barnett, and Bruce Reek.


+ Thank you to our inspiring Kitchen Crew throughout the mid-week Lenten services: Karen Taylor, Linda Burkart, Hawk Taylor, Jeanne Kuttnauer and all others who helped set-up & clean-up.


+ Thank you to our sound and computer techs during mid-week Lent: Rick Ruby, Michael Ruby, Ken Field, and Bruce Reek.

+ Thank you to the Praise Team for their awesome musical leadership during our mid-week Lenten services.


+ A special thank you to Mickey's Friday Morning Bible group for your sweet gift. You are always so kind and thoughtful. It's always a joy to see your smiling faces! Brenda Follensbee

+ Thanks to the Choral Ensemble for singing "Lost in Wonder, Love and Praise" during the Ash Wednesday service on February 18th! The anthem embodied Ash Wednesday and established the mood for our Lenten journey.


+ Thank you so much to Linda Burkart, Karen Taylor, and Jeanne Kuttnauer for their incredible organization of the Lenten suppers and Maundy Thursday dinner.  They put in countless hours purchasing the necessary supplies, making egg salad, setting up and cleaning up!  Thank you! Thank you!  Thank you to all the people that helped them get it all done!  You are all amazing!


+ Thank you so much for all the prayers, cards, phone calls, food and visits since my recent surgery!  You have touched my heart with your kindness! As we all know, God has a plan for us that is far beyond our imagination.  He knew right where I needed to be to go through this surgery and my upcoming one.  You have blown me away with your love and compassion.  I can't thank you enough for thinking of me, praying for me and just being there when I needed that word of encouragement.  Immanuel has a heart so ginormous to's overflowing!  Thank you for everything!  I am forever grateful!  Love y'all!  Cynthia Hibbard


+ Thanks to Laurie Cornue (violin), Eileen Weyrauch (flute), and John Ivan (piano) who collaborated and played a beautiful, tender version of "Danny Boy" on March 15th. It was an amazing St. Patrick's Day celebration tribute! Thanks to Laurie and Eileen for sharing their precious gifts!!! See video here:


+ The Bells of Immanuel rang the introspective hymn "I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say" on March 22nd. Special thanks to our bell ringers, director Ellen Hanson, and John Ivan for collaborating on piano. The piece appropriately concluded our Lenten journey preparing us for the final chapter in our faith story that leads us to Easter! See video here:


+ Special thanks to teens Adam Smith and Kelly Gerlitz who presented "Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)" on March 22th! The teenagers tenderly sang and played the piece-the PERFECT prequel to Holy Week! We are so grateful for their talents and willingness to share their gifts! See video here:


+ Charles Brown (timpani), Doug Ehlert, Michael Hackbert, and Bill McGee (all trumpets) presented "March for Three Trumpets and Timpani" on Palm Sunday! The brass fanfare heralded the triumphal entry of Jesus and His disciples into the holy city of Jerusalem! Special thanks to the gentleman for sharing their talents and presenting at all three worship services! See video here:


+ A huge thank you to our positively amazing Holy Week Crew:

  1. The team that arranged and ordered flowers: Hawk and Karen Taylor, Sharon Aspenson, and Joan Anderson (who also made the gorgeous fresh arrangements on the credence table!) and Sandy Anselmo.

  2. The Liturgical Arts Team: Sandy Tonn, Jackie Kuehl (who coordinated, arranged and organized all of the costumes for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday) and those who set-up and torn down and re-set the Worship space for each Holy Week Service.

  3. For our Altar Guild's very excellent work preparing the altar for each special service.

  4. Our sound and light team for Holy Week Services: Mike Ruby, Rick Ruby, Ken Field and Bruce Reek and any others who were also of assistance!

  5. For Hawk Taylor and Sara Wahlstedt, who set up the Palm Trees and Palms for our Palm Sunday Worship!

  6. For Matt Schulz, who played Jesus in the triumphal entrance, along with the Narayanan and Schulz families.

  7. For our Maundy Thursday cast of incredible actors led by Matt Schulz in his tender performance of Jesus. There wasn't a dry eye in the place - as each participant helped us feel as if we were at the Last Supper with them and with Jesus.

  8. For our Good Friday cast of riveting actors led by Matt Dahlgren's gripping performance of Jesus. The presentation transformed us all to the road to suffering, broke our hearts at Calvary and left us hungering for the Good News of Easter!

  9.  + Thank you to those who set up and took down the risers for our choirs throughout Holy Week and the teams that moved furniture on the worship platform for each service and the saints who spent hours adding 130 chairs to the worship space for Easter and another 75 in the Gathering Space! We needed every seat!


+ Thank you to those who set up and took down the risers for our choirs throughout Holy Week and the teams that moved furniture on the worship platform for each service and the saints who spent hours adding 130 chairs to the worship space for Easter and another 75 in the Gathering Space! We needed every seat!


+ Many thanks to Gene and Susan Krinn and their remarkable cast that set up and made a spectacular Easter Breakfast and then cleaned up! More than 450 were served! What a feat!


+ Special thanks to the instrumentalist and vocalists at each service in Holy Week who saturated us with the Good News of the risen Christ to thrilling music!


+ Our Easter Cantata brought standing ovations at each performance and even during the performances!!! Who could forget the breathtaking arrangement of "Were You There/" We are forever in debt to our extraordinary gifted Music Director, John Ivan and to each vocalist and instrumentalist for their gift of music throughout the week.


+ Thank you so much to all who participated in the Volunteer Appreciation Night and surprise for Pastor Mary Ann!  If you weren't able to make it, know that we, the Staff of Immanuel, appreciate your commitment to serve Christ's church with fervor, enthusiastically and with a smile.  You are all a gift and we thank God for you! 


+ Special thanks to Jeri Gaugert, Sarah Wahlstedt, Pastor Mary Ann, Lauren Pitcher, Joyce Smith and the High School Youth Group for setting up the Volunteer Appreciation Night.  You jumped in and were simply amazing!  Thank you!  Thank you, too, to Donna Jovani, to come to clean up to give the volunteers a break!  Thank you, thank you!


+ Charles Brown presented "Mood for a Day", arranged by Charlie himself, on Palm Sunday. The "mood" of Palm Sunday transitioned from the triumphant entry of Jesus towards the emblematic disconcerting events of our Lord's passion through Charlie's passionate music. Thanks to Charlie for sharing his talents! See video here:


+ Thanks to Brenda Follensbee and Dan Schmidt for presenting "I Am Not Alone" as a prelude to our Maundy Thursday service! Their tender musical offering was a sweet reminder that we are NOT alone and that we have a mighty God who goes before us, and never ever leaves us-so evident during The Passion! See the video here:


+ Immanuel's choral ensemble sang "Thine is the Kingdom" in place of the spoken Lord's Prayer during Maundy Thursday's worship. It was a poignant, tender, fresh arrangement of the Lord's Prayer placed among a riveting drama of the Last Supper of Jesus. Thanks to the choir for their passionate singing and evocative performance of the piece! See video here:


+ Charles Brown (Hammered Dulcimer) and Laurie Cornue (violin) presented a "Good Friday Reflection"- arranged by Charles and Laurie-on Good Friday. Their impassioned, contemplative music resonated with listeners, provoked meditation, inspired, and prompted the presence of God that sweetly filled the sanctuary! Special thanks to Charlie and Laurie for sharing this precious gem on such a sacred day! See video here:


+ Special thanks to the Praise Team for their evocative anthem "The Cross" offered during the Good Friday Tenebrae service. It was a haunting, evocative anthem signifying His death on the cross! The anthem concluded the Good Friday story. See video here:


+ The Bells of Immanuel rang the Passion hymn "O Sacred Head, Now Wounded" on Good Friday! The introspective song coupled with the lush sound of bells was exquisite! Special thanks to director Ellen Hanson and all the ringers for sharing their talents and ringing! See video here:


+ Once again we send greetings to all and a big thank you for the Easter plant and also for your thoughtful cards. They help us feel a part of Immanuel even though we are unable to attend for now. God's blessings to you all! Doc & Lila DeVries P.S. Thanks to Don.


+ Dear Mary Ann & Mark, Thanks to you and your folks for your gracious hospitality. Thanks for all you did to make our visitors from India feel so welcome! So many of you shared your time, ministries, homes, and lives with Saroj, Ismail, Elina, and Reema. Over and over they expressed to me their appreciation, and I want to pass that appreciation on to you, along with my own deep gratitude for your service and participation. It was a blessed week and you were a big part of it. I am privileged to share this ministry of companionship with you! God's Peace, Mary Froiland, Bishop of ELCA South-Central Synod of Wisconsin


+ I congratulate Pastor Mary Ann for 20 years of faithful service at Immanuel! April 15th commemorated her 20th anniversary! It has been such a privilege collaborating with her and sharing in God's mission for 20 years! With a grateful heart, I thank her and recognize the gift from God that we have in her. Her vision, wisdom, extreme dedication, sacrifice, generosity, encouragement, laughter, guidance, friendship, and spiritual leadership has certainly inspired me; but also infinite people at Immanuel and around the community! I look forward to continuing our amazing partnership and pray that her faithful, Christ-centered remarkable leadership continues to inspire, encourage, and challenge us ALL to be God's house of hope, healing and wholeness-not only in Lake Geneva-but around the world. If you missed Pastor Mark's fabulous message from April 12th highlighting her incredible journey, watch it here: And be sure to drop a note or send a message thanking her for passionately serving at Immanuel! "And now, friends, we ask you to honor those leaders who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience. Overwhelm them with appreciation and love!" (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13) John Ivan


+ Dear Folks at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Many, many thanks for your numerous and generous donations to the Lake Geneva Food Pantry! Your hearts to care are certainly evident. We so appreciate your partnership in caring for those in need in our community. On behalf of the many families who come through our doors, to get help to put food on the table to feed their families - we thank you! Sincerely, Lake Geneva Food Pantry Staff


+ Thank you so much for your support and prayers for our granddaughter, Sophia, who has been in the hospital since January 20th, undergoing treatment to shrink a tumor in her brain. The tumor has shrunk and her shunt is functioning well. Such Good News! She will start treatment again on April 28th. Now we celebrate. Let's raise a glass to Science, Love, and Prayers answered. Lez and Barb Zematis


+ A big thank you to the Staff and Congregation of Immanuel for the beautiful flowers I received for Administrative Assistant Week. The flowers were amazing, as were your kind words. I feel so blessed to serve God and Immanuel right beside all of you.


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