Immanuel eNewsletter

June, 2015

Happy Father's Day!

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Happy Father's Day!


Take time to honor the amazing Dads in your life. We thank the Fathers who take time to be there for their children: to play baseball, tea parties, soccer, dress-up, hockey, Barbie dolls, bandage our scratches, give hugs and kisses, listening to our concerns, giving advice.


Thank you Father's for making a difference in our lives!






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Immanuel Softball Team


Immanuel has a coed softball team! We play on Mondays nights at 7:00 p.m. throughout the summer at Duck Pond Field (Fontana). If interested please contact Matt Schulz at 773-848-4487. Our first game is June 1st, 7 p.m., at Duck Pond Field in Fontana. Bring your family and support our team!


New Staff Member


We welcome Evie Schulz to our staff as the new Ministry Coordinator.  Evie and her husband Dennis have deep Lutheran roots and have been active with The Vibe, Feed My Starving Children, and small group Bible studies.  Evie is a people lover with a great sense of humor and a lively faith.  Please introduce yourself to her and be ready to say "yes" when she contacts you!


We bid farewell and Godspeed to Cynthia Hibbard, who has completed her service as Ministry Coordinator.  Cynthia and son Jonathan will be moving to Florida, where her husband Steve's job is located.  Her Immanuel family will miss her terribly, but we are happy that her whole family can be under one roof again.  Cynthia has been instrumental in recruiting, training, coaching, and scheduling volunteers for all the ministries at Immanuel.  She has also been an excellent adult leader with our high school youth. Her tender heart, superb organizational skills, and bright spirit have endeared her to staff and members alike.  Immanuel is a healthier congregation today because of her skill and dedication to Christ's church.




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. Both vocalists and instrumentalists are needed! Contact John Ivan for more information at


Classical Service Choir Rehearsals, Wednesdays, 6:30PM


The early service choral ensemble meets Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. 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, 7:00PM


We have established 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. 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. 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!


Large Bulletins Available at Each Service


Large bulletins are available Ask an usher for a large print bulletin prior to the worship service.


Ear Piece During Worship


If you want an ear piece to enhance your worship experience, stop at the sound desk at the back the church. This new system works far better than a hearing aid, as it brings the sound straight to your ear - with no background noise! You can control the volume with the dial on your unit.


Welcome Center Volunteers


Do you like to meet people? We are looking for some fun people to be on the Welcoming Team.  The team will set up coffee and water in the Welcome Center and greet and help connect visitors to members between services. The Welcome Team will be having a meeting on May 31 (Sunday) at 6:00 pm at the Neimeyer's home. Contact Edith Draper at 248-1861 with any questions.


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! Evie Schulz, 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!!




 "The Story" Bible Study


"The Story" Bible Study is being offered on Thursdays at 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: June 13th, 10:00 AM


The Saturday Morning Women's Bible Study meets the 2nd Saturday of the month, June 13th, 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.


"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.


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


Our Vacation Bible Camp Special 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.


Just For Kids


Just for kids is launching a summer chapter for children entering kindergarten (5years) through fifth grade! JFK is structured so that students can have fun being a kid and enhance their everyday learning in a safe and nurturing environment through investigation, play, and well-structured activities. JFK hours are Monday- Friday from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. The daily rate is $25/day. Call Katie Nagel with any inquiries 262-248-4211. 


Vacation Bible Camp

We will be cooling off the summer at Vacation Bible Camp with a trek up Mount Everest! VBC will be held at Immanuel Sunday, July 26th - Thursday July 30th from 5pm-8pm.  Children will eat dinner and pray together, play games, sing songs, make projects, and live and learn about stories from the bible to help them understand the amazing Love and Grace we have been blessed with through Jesus Christ!


Contact Katie Nagel at or call the church 262-248-4211. if you would like to volunteer for VBC in some way! Currently, we are looking for Donations (posted on a board outside the sanctuary), in addition to 200-300 gallon milk jugs with a cap and rinsed out with bleach water for a special project we are creating! Our next meeting is Monday, June 29th @ 6:00pm. This is an important meeting as group leaders will be sharing what children will be doing in each center. Can't wait to climb mountains together!


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 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



A First Communion Class


A First Communion Class has been set for Monday, June 29th at 2:00 p.m. for children who are ready for communion. A parent, grandparent or other adult needs to attend with the child. Sign up on the worship card if you can attend.


Love and Logic Class


Rob Ocker, a guidance counselor at the Lake Geneva Middle School is providing a free "Love and Logic" series on Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m. through June 16th. We will start with a Potluck Dinner and child care will be available. Many thanks to Rob for sharing his expertise with us! The 1st session was magnificent.


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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, Ernie Kloppstein, Lois Lennon, Lawrence Norem, Margaret Welsch


Health and Strength


Kelli Jo Anderson, LaVerne Anderson, 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, Michael Bivona, Paula Bollwahn, 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, Jim Daily, Ed Dee, Cyndi Dietze, Lila and Doc DeVries, Amy Dorner, Michael Edwards, Holly Ekornaas, Judy Elston, Keith Etycheson, Vickie Fergenian, Susie Fleischer, Jeanette Fontaine, Doug Fossell, Kevin Frank, Bob Freitag, Bill Fry, Vicki Gibson, Philip Giese, Lynn Gilson, Jaxon Giovannoni, Susan Grenning, Patrick Hale, Mark Hall, Haley Hand, Lorraine Hanneman, Grace Hanny, Jim Hanny, Mark Herich, Cynthia Hibbard, Erin Horn, Ken Hovland, Betty Howes, Tony Huml, Jordan Ivans, Judi, Debbie Jensen, Brian Jeters, Ruth Johnson, Nicole Jones, Judi, Mark Justison, Helen Kaumeyer, Jody Kaylor, Tom Kerkman, Mike & Delores Kittelson, Mary Klein, Ernie Kloppstein, Ruth Kramp, Adam Lambert, Ron Lavin, Colton Lazzaroni, Gary Lechner, Michael Lindgren, Ashley Lodarek, Nancy Lyon, Jeanne Madaus, Ruby Madsen, Larry Malsch, Amy McAuliffe, 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, Patricia Owen, Joan Parsons, Gary Parsons, Beverly Peacock, Denise Peck, Ken Pedersen Sr., Carolyn Phillips, Delores Pifer, Jerry Polek, Jerry Polocet, Trudy Rauch, 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, Rick Schultz, Bev Sepp, Shelly Shepstone, Marilyn Sievert, Donald Smith, Vivian Spanjer, Mckinnon Spraker, Steve Stone, Kathy Strombach, Marilyn Sullivan, Dottie Swatek, Jeff Teel, Mary Teel, Deborah Tews, Michael Tews, Ivy Thilleman, Bob Threadgill, Joyce Toerpe, Doris Tolar, Mickey Tolar, David Totten, Ron Trochuck, Bob Tupper, Joyce Vorpagel, Wayne Vorpagel, Lou Voss, Clay Wahlstedt, Sara Wahlstedt, Megan Warner, Karen Wells, Jessica Willard, Max Wiseman, Audrey Yakes, Sophia Zematis, Gianna Zernia.



+ Ken Krueger, nephew of Elaine & Wayne Vorpagel, died to Christ on May 3rd.


+ Greg Moore, husband of a niece to Georgia and Bill Gehrmann - police officer killed in a routine traffic stop. Leaves behind a wife, year old baby and 12 year old son.


+ Marian Kothera, mother of Mary Inwood, died to Christ on May 8th.


+ Arlene Czerniejewski, mother of Karen Beasley, died to Christ on May 17th.


+ Sarah Enders, 22 year old daughter of Don & Peggy, was buried to Christ on May 16th.


+ George Fueredi, husband of Cindy, died to the Lord on May 26th.


Serving on the Mission Field


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



+ Congratulations to Andy and Stacy Smith on the birth of their son,

Koa, Brady Smith, born on April 28th, 9 lbs., 1 oz., 20" long


+ Congratulations to Doug and Liz Ehlert on the birth of their son, Christopher Douglas Ehlert, born on April 30th, 6 lbs., 15 oz.


+ Congratulations to Kristy and Aaron Lauzon, on the birth of their son, Adam James, on May 13th, 8 lbs, 10 oz.


+ Congratulations to Maria and Dustin Dean, on the birth of their son, Mark Alan Dean, born on May 20th, 7lbs., 4 oz., 20 inches. Congratulations to Pastors Mary Ann and Mark, the proud grandparents!


+ Congratulations to Greg and Cathy Choyce on the baptism of their daughter Charlotte Rose Choyce, on May 17th.


+ Congratulations to Andy and Stacy Smith on the baptism of their son, Koa Brady Smith, on May 24th.


+ Congratulations to Nick & Whitney Curcio on the baptism of their daughter, Mae Samantha Curcio, on May 31st.

Expecting a Child!

Emily Soley-Johnson, Katie Nagel, Erin Wester -twins



+ Congratulations to Emily Schulz who graduated from UW La Crosse on May 10th with a BA in English & Communications and a minor in Women's Studies! We wish her the best of luck in your future endeavors!


+ Congratulations to the Badger Vocal Ensemble, Adam Smith, Mitchell Barnett and Gia Danna, who received 2 first's at the Wisconsin State Solo Ensemble.


+ Congratulations to the Badger Treble Clef, Kelly Gerlitz and Mickayla Tschida who received a first and a second at the Wisconsin State Solo Ensemble.


+ Congratulations to Adam Smith who received firsts on both of his solo's at the Wisconsin State Solo Ensemble.


+ Congratulations to Christina Kanelos who is a member of the National Honor Society.


+ Congratulations to Dr. Scot Hodkiewicz, on the amazing accomplishment of publishing his very first book, "Getting to Heaven by Going Through Hell." We are so proud of Scot, knowing the many trials he faced after his accident, and the courage it took to put his experiences into words. Thank you for sharing your story.

New Members

Greg & Cathy Choyce   
N3954 State Road 67   
Elkhorn, WI  53121   


Dale & Janice Mueller
N2346 Greenview Drive
Lake Geneva, WI  53147


Eunice Abresch   
300 S Edwards Blvd #54  
Lake Geneva, WI  53147  


Jeff & Madeline Killian
333 Oakwood Lane
Lake Geneva, WI  53147


Ron and Nancy Williams
5100 328th Avenue  
Burlington, WI  53105


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.



3:16 Middle School Youth Group End of Year Celebration


Our 3:16 Middle School Youth Group will have an end of the year celebration at Covenant Harbor on Friday June, 5th. We will be using their climbing wall and eating a pizza dinner together from 5 PM to 7 PM. Those wanting to attend should be dropped off and picked up from Covenant Harbor. The cost is $10. Friends and family are welcome to join!


Middle School Youth Group Summer Schedule


Our Middle School Youth Group will have a full summer schedule with activities and learning opportunities.


Wednesdays, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Bible Beach Bash - Zach Ortiz will host a Bible Beach Bash throughout the summer. Middle School students are invited for a fun afternoon of learning and activities with the group. Kids should bring money for beach admission and lunch.


July 17th - July 18th Lock-In - Immanuel will host a lock-in from 8pm-9am.


July 26th Drama/Musical - If you would like to be a part of our Drama/Musical this summer, the practices will be June 18th, 6 PM - 8 PM, July 2nd, 6 PM - 8 PM, July 19th, 12:30PM - 2PM with a dress rehearsal July 25th, from 9a-11am and the performance on July 26th at all three services.


August 14th-15 6:30pm-3pm Fire 2015 - Immanuel is also hosting a brand new event this summer: FIRE 2015. We and 10 other local churches have partnered up to create an amazing event for middle school kids. The event will be filled with Christian speakers, Bands, and fun breakout sessions. The event is August 14th-15 6:30pm-3pm (Next Day) at our church. Cost is $10 and registration will be available in the church office in early June.



High School Youth Group


The High School Youth Group will meet throughout the summer for bon fires, games, laser tag, movies, etc.  Watch your email and texts for info. 


High School Mission Trip


The 2015 High School Mission team will be travelling to Harlan, Kentucky to work alongside the people of the Appalachian Mountains, July 5th - July 11th.  Please pray for our team as we finalize the details.  If you would like to make a donation to the team, please make a check payable to Immanuel Lutheran Church and on the memo put "mission team".   Thank you! See the attached pdf below.



SWAP Harlan Ministry Needs 



The "Pillowcase "Ministry


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


Health Newsletter


"He draws up the drops of water, which distill as rain to the streams; the clouds pour down their moisture and abundant showers fall on mankind." Job 36: 27, 28


Parish Nurse, Karen Stein, addresses Eczema in her June newsletter:


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.


Blood Pressure Checks


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


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


The next Community Meal, providing the gifts of nourishment and fellowship is set for Thursday, June 18th 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 screeningis the 3rd Tuesday of each month, June 16th, at 7:00 p.m. at the First Congregational UCC Church, 715 Wisconsin Street, Lake Geneva. Funds are available for rental assistance and utilities - for those living in the Lake Geneva School District. Bring a copy of the bill you need help paying.


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.


Card Ministry


Our Card Ministry will gather on June 18th at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room, to create greeting cards to encourage the ill, hospitalized, or grieving. There is no cost to participate! Join us!  


Songs for Sally Benefit Concert - APFV


Come on out Friday evening, June 5th, 8:00 p.m. at the Monte Carlo Room, 720 N. Wisconsin Street, Elkhorn, as LUDY performs a concert to celebrate the lovely life of Sally J. Puleo. All of the proceeds for this event will go to benefit the Association for the Prevention of Family Violence (APFV) of Walworth County. Contact APFV at 262-723-4653 with any questions.


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 through June 30th at the APFV office (735 N Wisconsin St., Elkhorn)


Community Connections Meal Fundraiser


The Community Connections Meal Team has postponed their Fundraiser Pig Roast at Immanuel. Please stay tuned for details of this future 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:


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.





Immanuel Book Club


Our Book Clubwill meet on Wednesday, June 24th at 2:00 p.m. in the Community Room off Fellowship Hall at Immanuel. Our next book is

"All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr. New members are welcome!

Electronic Giving


Throughout the 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 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.


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 to 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 the crew who put the new arms on the chairs in the sanctuary: Jerry & Judy Baker, Todd Huemann, Bill & Georgia Gehrmann, Don Tolar, Vijay Narayanan, Wayne Perkins. It took countless hours of work from each volunteer and we thank them profusely.


+ Thank you to Lauren Pitcher and family for the wonderful gently used clothes for our high school and middle school kids to have.  They had so much fun trying on the clothes, finding the perfect outfit or accessory to wear to school.   Thank you for your gift!


+ Thank you to all who have donated to our 2015 High School Mission trip to Kentucky!  We have been blessed by your gifts!   To all who have donated baked goods for our fundraisers, or had yard work or moving jobs, thank you!   Your generosity enables us to help others in different parts of the country.  You walk alongside us with your donations and prayers.  Thank you for your unending support!  We are so grateful!  The 2015 High School Mission Team


+ Thank you to the volunteer High School Youth Group leadership team!  Your commitment to make a difference in the lives of our teenagers is such a gift!  Thank you to Carolee Barnett, Steve Brainerd, Cynthia Hibbard, Rich Howes, Lauren Pitcher, Jason Smith and Joyce Smith for your guidance, commitment and compassion to serve our teens.  You guys rock! 


+ Thank you to Chad Bittner and the Next Door Pub team for the donation of pizzas every Wednesday during the school year for our youth groups to enjoy.   We can't begin to tell you how having pizza enabled new friendships to form, more kids to come to youth group, laughter and just plain fun.  Your donation made a tremendous difference in the lives of these kids!  Thank you!  Thank you to your team for running the pizzas to the car before I could even get out of the car!  Amazing!  We are so blessed!  With loads of love and full bellies, the High School Youth Group


+ As I write this note, I'm in my last week of serving as Ministry Coordinator.  I can't thank you enough for your commitment and willingness to serve in all areas at Immanuel.  You made my job easy!  It was my privilege to work alongside you in the ministries here.  It's you who makes a new person feel welcome.  It's you who does the random act of kindness that melts someone's heart.  It's you who spreads the joy of Christ to all.  It's you who make up the body of Christ.  Keep sharing the gospel in every action and word.  It's an incredible gift.  Thank you again!  You make a difference in so many lives.  I love you all and am thankful for you!  Forever my family in Christ, Cynthia Hibbard


+ Thank you to Dan Andresen for cutting down our trees which did not make it through the winter. We appreciate your help!


+ Thanks to Jeri Gaugert for planting the outdoor pots at the main entrance to our church. The arrangements look beautiful and we appreciate your creativity!


+Dear Immanuel Church staff and talented quilters, Thank you so very much for the beautiful baptism experience for our daughter, Ava Marilyn on March 1st. We couldn't have asked for a better start to her church journey. The quilt is a treasure that will provide comfort and joy for years to come. Thank you again. God's Blessings, Neal & Julie Kolb


+ A big thank you to Sara Wahlstedt for decorating the sanctuary and creating the gifts for our veterans on Memorial Day weekend. Your special touches for this service were such a gift.


+ A very special thanks to Roxanne Migut for quilting the top of at least half of our high school graduate quilts with her new long arm sewing machine. All 29 quilts were fabulous and we thank God for each and every quilt!


+ Dear Mark and Mary Ann, on behalf of the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra I'd like to say thank you to you and your church for being an important part of our chamber music program this season. Making your wonderful facility available for programs (the acoustics are great) and providing rehearsal space for our small ensembles has been vital to the success of our chamber music series. Members of the various LGSO ensembles come from a very large area - Madison to the north all the way to the fringes of Chicago to the southeast, and Rockford to the west. Finding a central location to meet for practice can be difficult; without it, some members would have to travel nearly 3 hours round trip in order to get together. Having a place to meet in Lake Geneva makes many rehearsals possible that would not otherwise happen. This has become even more important as our small ensemble program gains momentum. During the past season our groups have provided music at a dozen different community events in the Lake Geneva area as well as performing three Sunday afternoon Chamber Concerts. Immanuel Lutheran has played an important part in our ability to do this and we are indeed grateful for opening up your facility to us. Sincerely D. Pledger, LGSO Chamber music coordinator


+ Dear friends at Immanuel, we cannot thank you enough for the kindness you have shown to our family during our time of sorrow. We would like to thank those who made a salad or dessert for the luncheon which was provided. Thank you for those who served the luncheon. We appreciate everyone's thoughtfulness. The fellowship was a great comfort to our family. John & Jill Peters & family of Ruth Peters


+ Thank you to Jeff Killian for cutting the grass at church! We value your hard work and help.


+ To all the members that supported our family. My name is Cindi and I am an aunt of Sarah Enders. Sarah's dad is my brother. I wanted to take the time to personally thank all the members that supported our family during her memorial service. From the pastor, musicians and everyone that brought food! Everyone was so nice & I will never forget what a beautiful service we had for our beautiful Sarah! We can never say thank you enough. Blessing, Cindi Pommerening


+ Dear Sisters in Christ, you do such great things in our quilt ministry. Thank you, thank you for all you do for Immanuel. In His love, Dean & Odella Nelson


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