Immanuel eNewsletter

October, 2015

Happy Fall!

In This Issue
Worship with Us!    



Confirmation Sunday
Confirmation Sunday for our 9th graders who are affirming their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord is October 25th. Be sure to invite friends and family as you celebrate this important milestone in your faith! 

Romans 10:9-10
9 If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.



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Music Recognition Sunday October 18th
Music Recognition Sunday is October 18th at all three services. We will celebrate the gift of music, the gift of song, the gift of worship itself, the gift of musical prayer, and will recognize our treasured musicians. You will be blessed with special music from our beloved ensembles and invited to sing along to favorites. Mark your calendars and invite a friend to share God's gift of music with us!
All Saints Sunday - November 1st

All Saints Sunday is November 1st when we remember our loved ones who died to Christ in the past year. A special litany will be part of each service, with a candle lit on the altar rail for each person being remembered. Please fill out the form in the bulletin, or call the office at 248-4211 with the name of the person we are remembering, your name, and which service you want their name to be read. The candle with their name on it is yours to take at the end of the service.
Bells of Immanuel: Rehearse Sundays, 9:15-10:15 AM
Get those arms swinging and ringing! The Bells are in need of more ringers. Rehearsals are on Sundays in the music room from in the lower level from 9:15AM-10:15AM. No musical training is necessary, TRULY! You just need to be responsible for one or two bells. Director Ellen Hanson leads the group-she is a God-send-and she will highlight your parts. Consider joining this ministry that currently has 4 generations! Contact Ellen at

Combined Choir: Rehearses Wednesdays, 6:45 PM
CALLING ALL SINGERS!!! Our new Combined Choir has started rehearsing on Wednesday nights at 6:45PM downstairs in the music room. This large ensemble is perfect for ALL, regardless of musical training, and we need YOUR voice! The grandeur, joy, and unity we experience during our Cantatas is breathtaking! Thus, we have decided to present a mini-Cantata on Music Recognition Sunday-October 18th! We hope this ministry will engage more singers while also involving our talented instrumentalists. Rehearsal CD's will be distributed to help learn your parts. Special thanks to Bud and Jeannie Patchin for making them.
Christmas Cantata Rehearsals Begin October 21st
Rehearsals for the glorious Christmas musical celebration begin October 21st on Wednesday nights at 6:45PM downstairs in the music room. ALL are invited and encouraged to join this multi-generational ministry perfect for the entire family! You don't need to have a perfect voice, just a heart to sing! The inspirational, powerful music comprises a variety of music; both traditional and contemporary. Rehearsal CD's will be available to aid individual learning. Both vocalists and instrumentalists are needed. The cantata will be presented on December 20th at all three services! Contact John Ivan for more information.
Youth Praise Team: Rehearses Wednesdays, 5:30 PM
The YPT rehearsals have begun and is open to ALL teens 6th-12th grade! The teens have a blast with this group as they learn vibrant new Christian music intended to inspire their generation! Both vocalists and instrumentalists are needed! Newcomers are welcome!
The team leads weekly confirmation classes in song on Wednesday nights immediately following rehearsal at 6:30PM and will present Sunday morning music occasionally. Contact John Ivan for more information at
Praise Team: Rehearses Wednesdays, 8:00 PM
Praise Team rehearses at 8:00PM on Wednesdays. The Praise Team vibrantly leads contemporary worship songs each week at 9:45 & 11:07. The group also helps lead special services throughout the year. Attendance at rehearsals is required. Contact John Ivan at if you are interested in participating.
Media Specialists
The media team utilizes modern technology during every worship service. We are so grateful for their incredible devotion and humble hearts. Positions include running the computer, managing the sound board, and operating live video. We are always inviting newcomers to learn the new system. Contact John Ivan at if you are feeling techy.
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.
Large Bulletins Available at Each Service
Large bulletins are available. Ask an usher for a large print bulletin prior to the worship service.
Welcome Center Volunteers
Do you like to meet people? We are looking for some fun people to be on the Welcoming Team.  They will set up coffee and water in the Welcome Center and then greet and help connect visitors to members between services. Contact Edith Draper at 248-1861 with any questions.
Worship Schedule Sign-up
You can sign-up for helping lead worship by going to the Immanuel website Click on "Worship Sign Up" and choose the month and service you would like to help. You will see highlighted in yellow the positions that need to be filled.  Click in the box or by the number, and type your name.  When you exit, 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.
Memory Quilts
Barb Kwiatkowski has generously offered to make a memory quilt for the spouse of members of Immanuel whose partner dies to Christ. Quilts will be made out of fabric from favorite clothes of the deceased and may also include a photo. If you would like to be part of this very moving new quilt ministry, call Barb at 262-215-9614.
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!!


All Church Small Group Bible Study: Believe
"BELIEVE!" A Small Group Bible Study for All Ages has begun - with record numbers of people participating! This groundbreaking Bible reading experience will anchor every member of your family in the core teachings of Scripture:
  • The 10 key beliefs of the Christian faith.
  • The 10 key practices of a Christ follower.
  • The 10 key virtues that characterize someone who's becoming more like Christ.
The entire congregation is learning together through this study! Whether in Sunday School, Confirmation, High School Youth Group, Small Group Bible Studies for adults, or Sunday morning worship and preaching - we will all better understand how to think, act, and be more like Christ. Know what you believe and why!
Small Groups, Sunday School, Confirmation and High School Youth Group are all engaged in this study! It's not to late to sign up on the form in the Gathering Space to join a small group. .
Help yourself to the curriculum of 3 books on the table in the Gathering Space: The Study Guide, the Believe Bible, and the book "Think, Act and Be Like Jesus" by Randy Frazee. Pastor Frazee also wrote the Bible Study, "The Story" - which we studied two years ago. A contribution of $15 toward cost of the 3 books would be such a gift. Thanks!

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Serving in the Military

John Allison, Chris Bollwahn, Jimmy Flores, Robert Knowlton, Alex Novak, Brian Novak, Tim Sireno, Andy Sireno, Ben Swatek, Jacob Swatek, Daniel Tschida.
In Hospice Care
LaVerne Anderson, Margaret Welsch, Al Bettisch.

Health and Strength
LaVerne Anderson, Pastor Ron Backman, Pam Baldwin, Elsa Baur, Grandpa Rudy Bittner, Randy Blair, Kenny Brown, Stacey Carlson, Brian Carr, Jack Clarquist, Danielle Cloutin, Jack Cook, Corbin Des Jardins, Lila and Doc DeVries, Vicki Egnew, Dale Ekstrom, Tammy Elblein, Gary Faulkner, Jeanette & Ed Fontaine, Jen Foster, Bob Freitag, Bill Fry, Lynn Gerlitz, Philip Giese, Lynn Gilson, Tom Gorlinski, Susan Grenning, Haley Hand, Lorraine Hanneman, Grace & Jim Hanny, Matt Haynes, Becky Henkel, Christine Hodges, Jim Honzelka, Ken Hovland, Betty Howes, Tony Huml, Jordan Ivans, Mary Inwood, Ruth Johnson, Mark Justison, Betty Keissler, Doug Kerkman, Mary Klein, Ruthie Kloppstein, Joanne Lafreinere, Bill Lembke, Ashley Lodarek, Nancy Lyon, Jeanne Madaus, Ruby Madsen, Les Malsch, Manka Family, Joan Mellien, Aubrey Merfeld, Craig Middleton, Randy Miller, Larry Moe, Yvonne Mol, Pastor Mark Moller-Gunderson, Richard Nairicki, Brian Neidigh, Dean Nelson, Carrie Novak, Abby & Aemon O'Grady, Craig Olson, Bert Ortiz, Patricia Owen, Pat & Gary Parsons, Ken Pedersen Sr., Jerry Polek, Trudy Rauch, Bee Riley, Brad Rindfleisch, Abbey Rosenquist, Maggie Rosenthal, Maria Ruby, Don Sauerman, Janet Sather, Tim Schaitel, Madgel Schluga, Don Schmitz, Lorraine Schober, Madyjo Schuessler, Herte Schulte, Vivian Spanjer, Mckinnon Spraker, Karen Stolenwerk, Bea Sutton, Joyce Sutton, Steve Sutton, Dottie Swatek, Jeff Teel, Mary Teel, Doris Tolar, Mickey & Don Tolar, Ron Trochuck, Bob Tupper, Tom Van Maren, Elaine Vorpagel, Wayne Vorpagel, Teri Voss, Erv Wager, Sara Wahlstedt, Carolyn Warfield, Karen Wells, Gordon Weyrauch, Alexis Willick, Max Wiseman, Mike Woods, Aimee Yakes, Audrey Yakes, Sophia Zematis, Carole Zimmerman, Ethan Zimmerman.


+ The Follensbee Family, at the loss of Brenda's beloved mother, Beverly Vogel, on September 24th.
+ The Sutkay family, at the loss of Kent's precious father on September 21st.
+ Angie Permanian, at the recent loss of her mother.
+ The Lavins, at the loss of their 106 year old matriach, Ida, who was buried to Christ on September 30th. Ida was a life-long member of Immanuel, and a dearly loved participant in our faith community.
+Jeff and Madeline Killian at the recent loss of their dearest friend.
+ Susan Pedersen and her family, as they grieve the loss of her beloved father, Frank Lindner, on September 11th.

Serving on the Mission Field


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


+ Congratulations to Kayla and Aaron Plier on the baptism of their daughter, Ellie Michelle Plier, on September 6th.
+ Congratulations to Matt and Stacy Dennis on the baptism of their daughters, Jovie Nicole Dennis and Isley Noel Dennis on September 6th.
+ Congratulations to Maria and Dustin Dean on the baptism of their son, Mark Alan Dean, on September 6th. Proud grandparents are Pastors Mary Ann & Mark Moller-Gunderson and Alan & Mary Lu Dean.
+ Congratulations Ashley and Troy Miller on the baptism of their daughter, Scout Joyce Miller, on September 13th.

Expecting a Child!

Kelsey Hanneman, Emily Soley-Johnson, Katie Nagel,

Erin Wester - twins


+ Congratulations to Carly and Nic Griffis and grandparents Karen & Bob Gueldenzopf at the birth of daughter Rose Elizabeth on August 26th. She was 8 lbs, 2oz., 19 ˝" long.
+ Congratulation to Jess Peterson and Josh McPhillips on their recent engagement on August 27th!
+ Congratulations to Michael Boales on his retirement from United Airlines, where he worked as a Baggage Handler for 48 years! Every morning he left home at 3:00 AM to drive to Chicago for work! What a gift you have been to all travelers, Mike!
+ Olivia Levitt made it into the Moscow Ballet Nutcracker, which will be performed at the Rosemont Theater on Dec. 6 at 3:00 PM! Way to go, Olivia!

New Member
Kayla Plier
N1658 Washington Avenue
Lake Geneva, WI 53147


Check out the list of Small Groups below!    
Mon., 9:30 AM at the home of Maria Dean, 395 Oakwood Lane, Lake Geneva, 262 215-3179. Group is for moms & tots. Facilitator: Sarah Beauregard, 414 699-9156.
Mon., 5:00 PM at the home of Judy Huemann, 245 Elmwood Ave. in Lake Geneva, 262 248-7572. Facilitators: Vijay Narayanan, Todd and Erin Huemann, 262 206-0386.
Mon., 6:00 PM at the home of Ashley Miu & Travis Alexander,
513 Danielson Dr., Darien, WI 53114. Kids and families welcome! Facilitators: Ashley & Travis, 262 325-4443.
Mon., 6:00 PM in the Conference Room at church. Facilitator: Cyndi Dietze, 262 374-1026.
Thurs., 6:30 PM at the home of Pat Schulz, 117 Johnson St. in Burlington, # 262 763-7105. Facilitator: Ellen Hanson, 262 210-1001.
Tues., 10:00 AM in the Conference Room at church. Facilitator: Kristy Danna, 512 966-8488.
Tues., 6:30 PM at the home of Susan and Gene Krinn, 1125 Terrace Court in Geneva National. (Use gate on right before the Club House). Facilitator: Susan Krinn, 262 245-5579.
Tues., 7:00 PM 301 E. Lake Street in Silver Lake, WI 53170, "living room" of the Silver Linings Consignment Shop. Facilitator: Moira Toner 331 422-9333 and Michelle du Vair 630 301-2437.
Wed., 9:30 AM in the Conference Room at church. Women's Group. Facilitator: Jill Rosenthal, 262 949-2569. Group meets 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, starting Sept. 23.
Wed., 6:00 PM at Harbor Shores, 300 Wrigley Dr., Lake Geneva. Facilitator: Tammie Carstensen, 262 749-8301.    
Wed., 6:30 PM in the Conference Room at church. Facilitator: Grace Peterson, 414 322-0388.    
Wed., 6:30 PM, High School Youth Group in the Youth Room at church. Facilitators: Sharon and Sean Payne, 262 745-9341 & 262 745-1471; Carolee Hanny-Barnett, 262 215-1008.
Wed., 6:30 PM at the home of Phil and Donna Neimeyer, 364 Waubun Dr., Fontana. Facilitators: Phil, 314-488-8884, and Donna 262 725-3453.
Thurs., 10:00 AM, at the home of Jeri and Buz Bozovsky, 1800 LaSalle St. #5, Lake Geneva. (Top of Edgewood Hills). Facilitators: Jeri and Buz, 262 203-5400.
Thurs., 6:30 PM, bi-weekly, starts at home of Karen Crusey, 500 S. Edwards Blvd. #40, in Lake Geneva. Group rotates homes, so call Facilitator, Karen Crusey, for details, 262 348-9502.
Thurs., 6:30 PM, at the home of Dan and Edith Draper, 1440 Linda Lane, Lake Geneva. Facilitators: Dan, 262 903-5898, and Edith, 262 903-5333. Group is full.
Thurs., 6:30 PM at the home of Pastors Mary Ann and Mark, 325 Oakwood Lane in Lake Geneva. Facilitators: Pastor Mary Ann, 262 215-3177, Pastor Mark, 262 215-5214. Group is full.
Thurs., 6:30 PM, at church. Men's Group. Facilitator: Steve Guy 262 210-9332.
Fri., 6:45 AM at Peets Coffee Shop in Lake Geneva. Men's Group. Facilitator: Ken Field, 262 374-1795.
Fri., 9:30 AM, in the Fellowship Hall at church. Women's Group. Facilitator: Mickey Tolar, 248-0506. Group is full.  
Sat., 6 PM, meets in rotating homes. Children are welcome.   Facilitators: Lisa and Greg Bunge, 248-4804. Group is full.    
November launch. Couples Group that will meet in the home of Jennifer and Mike Kramp, 460 Oakwood Lane in Lake Geneva. Facilitator: Jennifer Kramp, and friend. Call for information. 262 348-6245.
We are hoping for and welcome additional groups, and will add them to subsequent editions of this form. If you want to launch a Small Group, please let us know the location - at work, home, school, local business or Coffee Shop, along with the day of the week and time of your group. Thanks! Invite your friends, neighbors, coworkers, classmates, and family to join with you in this thrilling journey of spiritual growth and enrichment!
Saturday Morning Women's Bible Study: Oct. 10th, 10:00 AM
The Saturday Morning Women's Bible Study will meet October 10th at 10:00 a.m. at Odella Nelson's home, 518 Kresswood Drive, McHenry, IL. We will study "After God's Heart." Call Trish Fry-Misener 262-949-2480 for a ride or more information. Contact Odella for directions at 262-374-2108.    
Sunday Morning Bible Study
Sunday Morning Bible Studymeets in the Conference Room, in the administrative area to the right of Sanctuary, at 9:45 a.m. All are welcome! Contact Trish Fry-Misener at 262-949-2480.

Men's Breakfast and Bible Study: Sat., October 17th 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.
New Men's Bible Study
Join us for a new Bible Study starting October 21, 2015. Charlie Brown will lead a study authored by Robert Lewis titled "THE QUEST FOR AUTHENTIC MANHOOD." Participants will meet from 6:00 - 7:15 am every other week: October 21st, November 4th, November 18th, December 2nd, and December 16th. Refreshments will be served and study materials will be available for everyone. This series is open to the whole community. This is a great opportunity to gather with other men, share in fellowship, and help one another discern what God's word has to say to our lives.
New Member Discovery Class
A New Member Discovery Class is set for Sunday, November 1st at 12:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. We will discuss God's plan of Salvation and the questions of the participants, and ways to get involved in ministries. A pizza lunch will be provided. Let us know if you need child care and if you plan to attend. Sign-up on the worship card. Come join us!
A Journey Through the Wilderness of Grief
Immanuel has launched an 8 week Christ Centered Bible based Grief Support Group for individuals walking the difficult path of the loss of someone special in your life. Facilitated by Evie Schulz, with pastoral support. Each weekly session will be 1 1/2 hours in length. The group is full, but contact Evie 262-203-0463 if you are interested in a future group.


New Children's Ministry Director
We are excited to welcome Sarah Beauregard as our new Children's Ministry Director. She comes to us with a degree in Early Childhood Education, and a lifelong passion for working with children. Sarah is married to Tyler, a veteran of the U.S. Army. He currently works as an Xray Tech at the VA in Milwaukee. God blessed them with children Taylor, who is 5 and in Kindergarten, and Weston who is 2. They are moving to Elkhorn, where Sarah was raised and has a large extended family.  
Farwell to Katie Nagel:
God has immensely blessed us with our beloved Katie as our Children's Ministry Director this past year. Her work has been exceptional, and a great gift. As we type this, Katie is due to deliver her first born child - baby Noah. We can't wait for his birth, and to welcome him into our fellowship! Katie has chosen to be a stay at home mom, and we wish her joy beyond all understanding!
New Just For Kids Coordinator
We are so thrilled to welcome Holly Bromeland as our new Just For Kids Coordinator. She has worked in our Just For Kids program for 7 years and knows many of the families in the community. The children adore Holly, and parents trust her unconditionally. Feel free to contact Holly at 262-949-6227 with any questions, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday Morning Nursery Staff

A nursery is provided during worship 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. Preschool (3 and 4 year olds that are potty trained), kindergarten and first grade classes are located near the church office to the right of the sanctuary. Second grade- fifth grade classrooms are located to the left of the sanctuary just off the fellowship hall.
We are still looking for teachers! Immanuel uses a team teaching approach, asking teachers to lead twice a month. If you want to teach, give our Children's Ministry Director, Sarah Beauregard, a call at 248-4211. We welcome donations of juice or snacks!
Stay tuned for information for a fall family outing!
Sunday School Singers: Oct. 11!
Hello Families! We look forward to all the Sunday School Singers performing on October 11th.  We are hoping to hear them sing at all of our services.  Please bring them in at 8:45 so that all of our services can be blessed with the joy they bring!
Early Release Day
Hello families! Early Release Day is quickly approaching! The next Early Release Day is Thursday, October 8th.  If you are looking for a fun, engaging, and safe environment for your child during that time, look no further! We are also looking for volunteers to help with this great ministry. Please see Sarah or Holly for details. 
Just For Kids
JFK is off to a great start this school year, and is thoroughly enjoying the new spaces they have access to. The program runs each school day from 6:00-8:15 a.m., and 4:00- 6:00 p.m. We are pleased to welcome Mrs. Holly Bromeland as the new Just for Kids coordinator. She has served our Elementary program for the last seven years and we look forward to her leadership with the program. Contact Holly at 262-949-6227 for more information.
Little Sprouts Day Care News
Little Sprouts Learning Center hours of operation are 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., for children 6 weeks through 4 K. IMMEDIATE OPENINGS for children going into 4-K programs at Star Center and at Central Denison.  Lunch is provided before or after school for 4-K students.  Transportation to and from school is also provided.  Enroll today!  262-812-7346 Sue Gifford. We are also looking for volunteers for child care advisory board for Fall 2015.
HELP WANTED: Immediate need for a full-time lead teacher for the 2-year-old room. Must have completed a minimum of 2 child development courses. Please send resume to:
Little Sprouts is in need of a part-time teacher for the 1 year old classroom on Tuesday's and Thursday's. Contact Sue Gifford at 262-812-7346 with inquiries.

Sunday Middle School Confirmation Class
Our 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Confirmation Sunday morning class is from 9:45- 10:45 in the lower level theatre room. This year we have an exciting new curriculum and lots of new fun games! Come join our Middle School Director Zach on Sunday's and grow your faith, while also having a blast!
9th Grade Confirmation Retreat
Our 9th Grade Confirmands will be attending Covenant Harbor October 9th, 10th, and 11th for our annual Confirmation Retreat. We will be writing out faith statements, preparing for confirmation day, doing high and low ropes courses, having bon fires, and playing lots of fun games!
Confirmation Sunday: October 25th
Confirmation Sunday for our 9th graders who are affirming their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord is scheduled for October 25th. Be sure to invite friends and family as you celebrate this important milestone in your faith! Rehearsal will be on Saturday, October 17th at 5:00 p.m. We ask that all 9th Graders wishing to be confirmed attend the practice. Parents are also asked to attend so they will know their role in the liturgy.
3:16 Middle School Youth Group
3:16 Middle School Group is Wednesdays from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. All 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are invited to join the outrageous fun and great learnings! Bring your friends.  
3:16 Middle School Youth Group Event
Our 3:16 Middle School Youth Group will be having an outing at Pearce Farms in Walworth for their Haunted Hayride and Haunted Barn on October 16th from 7PM-8:30PM. The cost is $22 per student! Parents and friends are invited!
VIBE has begun! Hours: 3:00-6:00 p.m. VIBE is for Middle School students who need a safe place to gather. We need volunteers willing to spend time with middle school kids and to be positive influences in their lives! Play games with kids, tell stories, help with art projects, any and all talents welcome!

High School Youth Group
The High School Youth Group meets on Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. at church. Check with Sean and Sharon at 262-745-9341 for details.
High School 2016 Mission Trip Meeting
For those interested in going on next year's High School Mission Trip, and/ or a possible adult Mission Trip as well - our first meeting is set for Monday, October 5th at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome!

Garden Helpers Needed
In planning for 2016, we would like to get a garden group together for occasional work days and make a schedule for spring time. If you love gardening and feel weeding is therapeutic or would like to learn what a weed or plant is - please come. Spring time is the most important.
October 3rd is a garden work day & your help would be much appreciated. If you can work, Contact Nancy Daily at 262-325-0959 or
Blessing of the Quilts
The Blessing of the Quilts is on Sunday, October 4th. Please join us as we celebrate the beautiful quilts created by our own Immanuel quilters. They will be sent to places in the world suffering from a natural disaster, war, or poverty.
Fall Quilt Raffle
The Fall Quilt Raffle is October 4, 11 & 18. The beautiful quilts will be displayed & tickets sold before and after worship services on these Sundays. Suggested donation: 1 ticket: $1, 6 tickets: $5, Wingspan: $20.
The Quilt Raffle winners will be picked on Sunday, October
Walworth County Adult Special Olympics Fundraiser
The Walworth County Special Olympics Fundraiser is at Simple Café on Thursday, October 8th. The seatings are at 5, 6, and 7 p.m. with carry out tickets available, $10 for tickets. Beverages and gratuity are not included. $8 of every ticket sold goes directly to Walworth County Adult Special Olympics. Betty Aguirre is selling tickets in between worship services on September 27th and October 4th.
Crop Walk 2015
Crop Walk 2015 is Sunday, October 18th in Williams Bay at the Lions Field House. Registration: 12:30 p.m.; Walk: 1:00 p.m. Look for registration and sponsor forms in the Welcome Center area or in the church office.
The Lake Geneva Area CROP Walk is 30 years old this year! During this time, almost $500,000 has been raised from this area to support both local food pantries and hunger prevention programs nationally and internationally. You can join this worthwhile effort to "End Hunger One Step at a Time" by signing up to walk or to sponsor someone who is walking. Contact Marilyn Heiden at 262-248-6439 for more information.
Side By Side Fundraiser at Simple Café
A Side By Side Fundraiser is at Simple Café on Thursday, October 29th with seatings at 5, 6 & 7 p.m. $10 adults, $5 children 10 & under. Tips and drinks are extra. Tickets are available at Immanuel every Sunday after each service. Contact Judy and Steve Guy with any questions: 262-245-8898.
Rummage Sale Fundraiser
The Rummage Sale Fundraiser is November 6-8, Friday: noon - 6:00 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. All proceeds go to the Community Connections Meal and Youth Ministries.
We welcome any donations you would like to put in our rummage sale. Items can be dropped off at Immanuel. Contact Lynn Gerlitz at 262-215-8846 or Rich McWherter at 262-215-1243 for more information.
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.
Meals on Wheels Volunteers Needed
We are looking for substitutes to help with Meals on Wheels every 5 weeks. We will train you and work with your schedule. Call Pauline Malsch at 262-215-3121.
Refugee Resettlement
We have the opportunity to help resettle some of Po Po Too's family from Burma (Myanmar). We are so excited that her father and niece's family will be coming to Lake Geneva in November or December after living in deplorable conditions in a refugee camp since 2008. The "new Toos" will need help with all aspects of daily life at the beginning, so there will be opportunities for everyone to help. Watch the bulletin and newsletters for more information as soon as we have their arrival information. We will have an organizational meeting sometime in early October. Call Rhonda Ganansky (262/248-5266) for more information.
2016 High School Graduates and Parent: High School Quilts
If you have a student graduating from High School in 2016, please call the church ASAP to let us know their favorite color (s) and verify that they will be graduating next spring. The quilters are working on the H.S. quilts and we want to include all High School graduates at Immanuel. The deadline for graduate names and colors is December 1st. Call the church at 248-4211 or text Barb Kwiatkowski at 262-215-9614.
Health Newsletter
"Then he touched their eyes and said, 'According to your faith will it be done to you'; and their sight was restored."           Matthew 9:29-30
Parish Nurse, Karen Stein, addresses Night Blindness in her October 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.
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.
"Cross" Into Immanuel with Love
We would like to involve everyone who worships with us to CROSS into this wonderful place with LOVE. Here's how! Bring in any type of cross you would like to donate - new, old, bought, given and you don't have a place for it. We will place each cross somewhere in this building so everyone knows they can cross into this church with love always. Dig deep into those closets, cedar chests, and basements and bring your unused crosses into the office and put them into the box provided in Jeri's office. Thanks so much! Be sure to watch for your cross to appear somewhere on the walls of Immanuel.
St. Vincent De Paul (Milwaukee) Soup Kitchen
We are collecting 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.
Community Connections Meal: October 15th, 5:15-6:30 PM
The next Community Meal, providing the gifts of nourishment and fellowship is set for Thursday, October 15th 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.
Card Ministry
Our Card Ministry will gather on October 15th at 6:30 p.m. in Classroom A, to create greeting cards to encourage the ill, hospitalized, or grieving. There is no cost to participate! Join us!  
Side By Side Screening
Side By Side screeningis the 3rd Tuesday of each month, October 20th, at 7:00 p.m. at the First Congregational UCC Church, 715 Wisconsin Street, Lake Geneva. Funds are available for rental assistance and utilities - for those living in the Lake Geneva School District. Bring a copy of the bill you need help paying.
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.
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
Immanuel Book Club will meet on Wednesday, October 28 at 2 p.m. in the Community Room at church.  We will be reading, The Girl You Left Behind by JoJo Moyes.  Newcomers 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!
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.

+ A resounding THANK YOU to everyone who helped make the 4F's - Everyone is Welcome End of Summer Picnic a success.  It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces, some with whipped cream on them.  It is such a blessing to have our faith community, friends and relatives enjoying each other's company, having fun and, of course, with full tummies. A special thank you to those who were part of the committee from the get-go and for those who filled in on Saturday and Sunday as they saw the need.  We are blessed to have you! 
+ Many thanks for your prayers, cards, rides, food, left-sided hugs, and words of encouragement as I recover from shoulder surgery. I am especially grateful for Mary Ann's partnership as she carries an extra load during my rehab. The healing process is slow, but my spirit is lifted knowing that I am surrounded by such a loving congregation. You're the best! Pastor Mark
+ Dear Friends of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Many, many thanks from the Lake Geneva Food Pantry for all your generous donations! The bags of food you bring in and all the yummy vegetables from the church's garden are filling tummies of the many who come to us for help to put food on their tables! Sincerely, Lake Geneva Food Pantry Staff
+ Thank you to Doug Harrod for donating corn to Immanuel on September 13th! Delicious!
+ We want you to know how much we appreciate your continuous prayers for our 3-year old granddaughter Sophia Zematis. Also we want those fo you have been sending "thinking of you and praying for you" cards to us that these have been such a blessing to us. Immanuel Lutheran Church has been such a blessing to our personal lives and we are so happy to be a part of Immanuel's family. God bless you all! Les & Barb Zematis
+ Thank youto the quilters for their donation of 3 baby quilts to the Little Sprouts Day Care. Sue Gifford
+ Thanks to Jaime Ivan for filling in for me on the piano so I could enjoy a weekend in Door County. It is so reassuring to have so many talented musicians at Immanuel willing and able to use their gifts and talents to help lead worship. John Ivan
+ Special thanks to Heidi Otterness and Adam Smith for presenting a beautiful, tender, and poignant arrangement of "O The Blood" on August 23rd! It was such an amazing compliment to Holy Communion-reminding us just how precious His blood is! Their music filled our hearts with the strong message, "The blood that gives us strength from day to day will NEVER lose its' power!" See video here:
+ Thank you to the Bishop Family for your donation of the GPS unit for our Outreach Team. The GPS will help our team in finding our guests in the community.
+ Thanks to Andy Wyosnick who sang a robust and expressive arrangement of "The Lord's Prayer" on September 27 at all three services! Accompanied by John Ivan on piano, the astounding pair echoed the compelling words that Jesus spoke at The Last Supper through poignant, inspiring, and dynamic music! See the extraordinary video here:
+ Dear Pastor Mark and members of Immanuel, We attended your church service one Sunday morning and after that were the recipients of a wonderful and unexpected surprise. We live in Park Ridge, but love the times we're able to spend at our Wisconsin home. Recently, when we arrived in Abbey Springs, the guard at the gate handed us a delivery from your church - a bag filled with all kinds of goodies, including a delicious loaf of banana chocolate chip bread and a wonderful cookbook. We truly appreciated your warm welcome - you are a shining example of great outreach to the community. Thank you all - you're amazing!
Sincerely, Judy & Roland Szkwakek


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