Immanuel eNewsletter

November, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

In This Issue
Worship with Us!    



Thanksgiving Eve Service November 25th, 2015
Join us in thanking God for our many blessings on Wednesday, November 25th at 6:30 pm for our Thanksgiving Eve Worship.
Please also bring a non-perishable food item for our local food pantries.  Thank you! 



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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 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.

Giving in Gratitude - Commitment Sunday, November 15th
The theme for our fall stewardship emphasis is Giving in Gratitude. The key scripture comes from Psalm 100. "Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations." Biblical stewardship is not about paying Immanuel's bills or feeling obligated to support the church financially. Rather, we are mindful of God's generosity to us and we want to respond out of thankfulness. God has given us a wonderful creation, our lives, and the gift of a Savior. When we see how those blessings are overflowing, we are eager to show our gratitude by sharing our time, our talents, and our financial resources for the sake of Christ's mission.
Sunday, November 15, 2015, is Commitment Sunday. Prior to that weekend, you will receive a Pledge Card and Time and Talent form for 2016. Please prayerfully consider how you might respond with gratitude in the coming year, and bring your completed forms to worship. They will be received as part of our offering.
Congregational Meeting - Sunday, November 15th
A congregational meeting will be held after each worship service on November 15th to adopt amendments to the model constitution. These amendments were mailed to all members and reflect changes made by the ELCA Churchwide Assembly in 2013. Immanuel's church council recommends the adoption of these provisions so that our constitution will conform to the ELCA. If you have any questions, please contact the church office.
Pastor Appreciation
October was Pastor Appreciation month! We thank God for the fabulous, inspirational leadership of Pastor Mary Ann and Mark! It's easy to take them for granted, not noticing the amount of work that goes into their everyday ministry. They don't "just" prepare sermons and lead worship services-they visit the sick, counsel the struggling, take the lead point on countless church ministries, manage a staff, and tend to the countless little details that keep Immanuel running smoothly. Pastors Mary Ann and Mark: We want you to know that we appreciate you; your tireless service for the Lord is reflected in all you do. So we pray that you will know how special you are to us, and continue to carry on the work of God, serving in His love.
Christmas Cantata
Christmas Cantata rehearsals have started and are Wednesdays nights at 6:45PM downstairs in the music room and we would LOVE to include you ALL! Music is a vital ministry that belongs to ALL people of God no matter how "talented" you think you are. It is a chance to lift your hearts and voices to Him, draw closer to Him, celebrate the season together, and align your heart with the true reason for the season. The music will ground and anchor you with the Christmas message of love, hope, and redemption-the heart of the Christmas story and the heartbeat of a loving God. Childcare will be available throughout the entire process, including Wednesday rehearsals, Dress Rehearsal, day of presentation, for the instrumentalists, etc. The glorious presentation will be Sunday, December 20th at all three services!
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
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 as they learn vibrant new Christian music 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.
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
Large Bulletins Available at Each Service
Large bulletins are available. Ask an usher for a large print bulletin prior to the worship service, if you would like one.
Hymnals & Bibles
Please help yourself to a hymnal or Bible at the entrance of the worship space if you like to use one.
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. 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!" Small Group Bible Study for All Ages continues through the week of November 15 and then takes a break during the holidays. The 2nd section of the bible study begins the 1st week of January. If you missed the 1st section, consider signing up for the 2nd section!
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!

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Contact Us


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, Al Bettisch, Ray Christian, Margaret Welsch,

Health and Strength
Adam, LaVerne Anderson, 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, Vicki Hoppe, Jim Honzelka, Ken Hovland, Betty Howes, Judy Huemann, Tony Huml, Jordan Ivans, Mary Inwood, Ruth Johnson, Mark Justison, Betty Keissler, Doug Kerkman, Mary Klein, Ruthie Kloppstein, Mary Knopp, Joanne Lafreinere, Bill Lembke, Jack Lloyd, Ashley Lodarek, Nan Lyon, Jeanne Madaus, Ruby Madsen, Les Malsch, Manka Family, Joan Mellien, Aubrie Merfeld, Craig Middleton, Randy Miller, Larry Moe, Yvonne Mol, Richard Nairicki, Brian Neidigh, Dean Nelson, Norma Nelson, Carrie Novak, Abby & Aemon O'Grady, Craig Olson, Bert Ortiz, Patricia Owen, Pat & Gary Parsons,Brandon Peters, Jerry Polek, Topher Rabe, Trudy Rauch, Bee Riley, Brad Rindfleisch, Abbey Rosenquist, Maggie Rosenthal, Maria Ruby, Edison Saben, Don Sauerman, Janet Sather, Tim Schaitel, Madgel Schluga, Don Schmitz, Lorraine Schober, 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, Duane Tonn, Jim Triplett, Ron Trochuck, Bob Tupper, Tom Van Maren, Elaine Vorpagel, Wayne Vorpagel, Erv Wager, Sara Wahlstedt, Carolyn Warfield, Karen Wells, Gordon Weyrauch, Alexis Willick, Max Wiseman, Aimee Yakes, Audrey Yakes, Sophia Zematis, Carole Zimmerman, Ethan Zimmerman.

Serving on the Mission Field


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


+ Congratulations to Carly and Nic Griffis on the baptism of their daughter, Rose Elizabeth Griffis, on October 4th.
+ Congratulations to Ana Granucci-Davis & the late Aaron Davis on the baptism of their son, Andrew Aaron Lawrence Davis, on October 4th. Proud grandparents are Karen and Bob Gueldenzopf.

Expecting a Child!
Kelsey Hanneman, Jenny Pearce

+ Congratulations to Emily Soley Johnson & Phil Johnson on the birth of their daughter, Hazel Llyne Johnson, on October 26th. 7 lbs., 19.5 inches long.
+ Congratulations to Katie Nagel and Nick Cain on the birth of their son, Noah John Cain, on October 7th. 8 lbs., 15 oz.
+ Congratulations to Erin and Tim Wester on the birth their twin daughters, Victoria, 7 lbs, 1 oz; and Alexandra, 7 lbs, 9 oz. Praise God for strong and healthy babies.

+ Congratulations to Stacy Dennis on finishing her first marathon held in Chicago, IL. She raised over $2000 for the Ronald McDonald Charities and her Ronald McDonald team raised over $1,115,000 million dollars.
+ Congratulations to Gia Danna, on Badger High School Varsity Tennis Team. She & partner won sectionals and went to state in October!
+ Congratulations to Adam Smith, a student at UW Whitewater, who made it into the Chamber Singers, their top choir and Vocal Jazz which is very hard to get in!
+ Congratulations to Don Anderson who just finished donating 100 pints of blood. Thank you for helping so many people over the years!
+ Congratulations to our 9th grade Confirmands: Brandon Hirschmann, Kayla Kerns, Andrew Klug, Clayton Larsen, Mikella Plitzuweit, Lexi Runnells, Briana Thompson, Maddi Triplett, Wyatt Van Dyke, Sarah Warner.

New Member

Jeffrey Sommers

1121 Rolling Lane

Lake Geneva, WI  53147



Michael & Dee Dee Giovingo

Elijah, Grace

N1304 Spring Creek Road

Genoa City, WI  53128



Marcia Thornhill

Kayla, Karsyn

N1586 Washington Road

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. 


Mon., 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., 6:30 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.

Saturday Morning Women's Bible Study:  Nov. 14th, 10:00 AM


The Saturday Morning Women's Bible Study will meet November 14th at 10:00 a.m. at Bea Sutton's home, 3165 E Barry Drive, Lake Geneva. Contact Bea for directions at 262-248-4281.    


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. 

Coffee, Tea and Thee - Needed!!!


Creative, energetic and enthusiastic ladies of ALL ages to help develop plans for a Women's Retreat this winter (February anticipated date) along the lines of the above title.  Do you have ideas and/or a gift for presenting on an interesting topic, leading music, ideas for breakout sessions, including scripture, art or other topics of interest to ladies of Immanuel, and perhaps their special guests as well?  Contact Evie Schulz via phone, email or in person....she is excited to have you on this special ministry team.


An organizational meeting will be scheduled in the near future.  Contact Evie Schulz with questions. This will be an awesome opportunity for a special ministry to our "women of faith"


Men's Breakfast and Bible Study:  Sat., November 21st at 7:30 AM


Join other men of faith for our Men's Bible Study and Breakfast at Immanuel!  You will be treated to deep conversation about the issues in our time.  We will look at the Biblical teaching, and how to apply it to our lives.  Please bring your favorite breakfast food to share with other men.


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


Our Christ Centered Bible based Grief Support Group for individuals walking the difficult path of the loss of someone special in your life continues through November 10th. We hope to launch a new group after the 1st of the year. Let facilitator, Evie Schulz, know if you are interested, 262-203-0463.

New Men's Bible Study


NEW MEN'S BIBLE STUDY. Due to some awesome changes to the curriculum, the new men's bible study will now begin on Wednesday, January 6th at 6:00 a.m.  Charlie Brown will lead a study authored by Robert Lewis titled "THE QUEST FOR AUTHENTIC MANHOOD." 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. Watch for more details in the future.


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, and
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!
Sunday School Singers
Hello Immanuel Families! Thanks to all of you who attended on October 11th for our Sunday School Singers! I am so proud of our students for all the hard work they did at practice and the amazing job they did on Sunday! We could not have done it without your support! Our next day to sing is November 8th. The schedule will be the same. We would love to have the children dropped off at 8:45 to sing at the end of the first service. They will sing at the beginning of second service and we would love if they were able to stay until about 11:07 so our third service attenders have the opportunity to see the Sunday School students shine! We could not accomplish this without the support of all of you! Thank you! Another thing our Sunday School students are working on is the Christmas pageant! We are so excited to start, and cannot wait to debut everything your children have been learning. Any and all volunteers to help in this wonderful production would be greatly appreciated! Please see Sarah for details!
Early Release Day
Hello families! The next Early Release Day is Thursday, November 12th.  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.
First Communion Class
A First Communion Class for children ready to receive Holy Communion will be Saturday, November 7th at 10 a.m. Please sign-up on the worship card or call the office at 248-4211. We ask a parent or other adult to attend with your child.
Boy Scouts Donut Fundraiser
The Boy Scouts Donut Fundraiser is Sunday, November 8th. They will sell donuts at Immanuel in between services. This fundraiser will benefit the Boy Scouts who are going to the Northern Tier in 2016.

Sunday Middle School Confirmation Class
Our 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Confirmation Sunday morning class is from 9:45- 10:45 a.m. 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!
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. We have between 40-50 kids attending each week!  
VIBE continues! 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!
J.A.M. Basketball Tournament
The J.A.M. Basketball Tournament is our largest fundraiser for our Confirmation Ministry. Many thanks to Tami Buntrock! The Tournament is at Badger High School on Saturday, November 14th - all day! Students and parents are needed to staff the event especially the snack bar. Sign-up with Zach.
"Being 13: Inside the Secret World of Teens"
Join us on Mondays, November 30, Dec. 7 and 14, from 6:30-8:30 PM, for a Seminar on the groundbreaking study, "Being 13: Inside the Secret World of Teens and their Digital Life."
This insightful research by Anderson Cooper was unveiled on his recent television special, revealing profound and unsettling insights about the inside secret world of teenagers with social media, and their digital life.
The 3 sessions will use segments of the TV Special, starting the conversation for parents and anyone working with teenagers. This is essential information for all adults! It is based on two years of extensive research, with absolutely shocking revelations about the first digital generation using social media, with all its advantages and disadvantages.
Rob Ocker, School Counselor with over 20 years of working with teens and families, and Zach Ortiz, Middle School Youth Director of Immanuel Lutheran Church, will facilitate this discussion - offering practical ideas and solutions for dealing with today's teens.
The Seminar will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 700 N. Bloomfield Road in Lake Geneva. It is open to the entire community. The evening begins with a Potluck Dinner, so participants are encouraged to bring a dish to pass. Child care will be available each evening. A donation of $5.00 per adult participant is requested for the Seminar.

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 Mission Trip
Our High School Mission Team will serve in Jamaica from July 9-16. They will help build a church and will do children's ministries in local churches. All Immanuel High School students finishing 9th grade next June through new graduates are welcome! The team is almost full so sign-up with Sharon and Sean immediately. A $50 deposit is due by November 15 and is non-refundable. A Fundraising Meeting is at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, November 16th. Please attend if at all possible. Thanks!


Rummage Sale Fundraiser
The Rummage Sale Fundraiser is November 6-8, Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Saturday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sunday: 12 - 4 p.m. All proceeds go to the Community Connections Meal Fund and Youth Ministries.
We welcome any donations you would like to put in our rummage sale. Contact Lynn Gerlitz at 262-215-8846 or Rich McWherter at 262-215-1243 for more information.
Supplies Needed for Kenya Mission Trip
On Nov. 7th Bruce Reek will be traveling to Kenya for 10 days. During this time he will working with the Taraja Home in Athi River, Kenya. Taraja is a transitional orphanage for abandoned boys (9-18 years old) from slum areas in Kenya. He is collecting items to take with him.  Items needed are boys flipflops and tennis shoes sizes 4-10, new packs of youth large, adult small and adult medium underwear, socks, new or used boys basketball /sport shorts sizes 8- 16, good used backpacks, soccer balls, activity books grades 3-10, word puzzle books and good used twin sheets Please drop off items at church by Tuesday , Nov 3rdCash donations can also be used for on-site purchases. Bruce will also visit the First Love facility in Nairobi.
St. Vincent De Paul (Milwaukee) Soup Kitchen
We will be serving again at the Milwaukee Soup Kitchen on Sunday, November 15th. We leave the church parking lot at 4:00 p.m. We are looking forward to seeing you! We are collecting socks, underwear, toiletries and towels. Please bring them to the church office. Thanks Bob Rosenthal for coordinating this ministry.
Community Connections Meal: November 19th, 5:15-6:30 PM
On Thursday, November 19th, 5:15 pm Immanuel will host the next Community Meal. All of our monthly community meals are free to those in our community who might be hungry, lonely or need fellowship. This meal is our annual Turkey Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings. Last year we served over 200 meals to folks. How can you help? We need volunteers to help cook, set up, serve or clean up. We also are going to need pies for desserts and turkeys. Contact Jill Rosenthal at 262-949-2569.
As a thank you to our volunteers and businesses who made this ministry possible The Community Connection Committee invites you to join us this month and meet your guests. Through you God has truly blessed this ministry. Come see what a difference you have made in the lives of God's people.
Adult Mission Trip
An Adult Mission Team will serve in Belize from July 7-15. They will be doing home repairs for residents of impoverished villages. There are only a few available slots, so call Lynn Gerlitz at 262-215-8846 to sign-up.
Mission Teams
A Fundraising Meeting is at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, November 16th. Please attend if at all possible. Thanks!
Yard Work
Both adult and teen members of our 2 Mission Teams are available for "hire" to do yard work! Call Rich McWherter at 262-215-1243 to schedule a date for work.
Card Ministry
Our Card Ministry will gather on November 19th 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!
Walworth County Emergency Homeless Shelter Fundraiser
The Walworth County Emergency Homeless Shelter Fundraiser Saturday, November 14th, 11:00 a.m.-2:00p.m. at Calvary Community Church. Adults $10, Children 3-12 years old, $5 and under 3, free. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance. Carry outs available, raffle items and give aways. Contact Joyce from Thrivent Financial at 262-806-7390 or email
Join our Fellowship Hour Team(s)
Many of you have enjoyed our fellowship hour between the first and second services.  Lutherans are reknown for socializing by providing coffee, wonderful treats and time set aside to get to know new members and reconnect with others. Sadly, we no longer have teams to organize and contribute to this valuable ministry on the alternating third Sunday of the month starting in 2016 (Jan/March/May/July/Sept/Nov) and on the 5th Sundays (Jan/May/July/Oct).
Please prayerfully consider coming on board...the most effective team consists of 4 members minimum.  Please also be aware that we have monies set aside to reimburse the costs of coffee, juice and treats. Team members are not expected to bake treats! They can be purchased instead. Contact Evie Schulz to let her know of your interest in assisting on one of these two teams.
Side By Side Screening
Side By Side screeningis the 3rd Tuesday of each month, November 17th, 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.
Side By Side is a collaborative ministry between area churches and civic groups.
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 deadline for graduate names and colors is December 1st. Call the church at 248-4211 or text Barb Kwiatkowski at 262-215-9614.
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.
Refugee Resettlement
We have the opportunity to help resettle some of Po Po Too's family from Burma (Myanmar). Her father and niece's family will arrive on November 19th, 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. Call Rhonda Ganansky (262/248-5266) for more information.
Items needed for the Bumese Family:
Bedding and Furniture: queen or double bed (including box spring, mattress, and frame), 3 twin beds (or another queen and a twin bed), baby crib, 5 dressers/set of drawers, several lamps, kitchen table with chairs, couch, chairs for living room
Kitchen: cooking pots (saucepan, frying pan, baking dish, large pots), mixing /serving bowls, cooking utensils (spatula, wooden spoon, serving utensils), can opener, rice cooker, kitchen towels
Linens and household supplies: bath towels and washcloths, 1 set queen sheets, 3 sets twin sheets, crib sheets, pillow and pillowcase for each person, alarm clock, wall clock, paper, pens, pencils, scissors, stapler, folders, filing cabinet
Cleaning supplies: dish soap, laundry detergent, sponges, cleaning cloths/paper towels, bathroom/kitchen cleanser, dustpan/mop, trash bags, 2-3 wastebaskets
Toiletries: toilet paper, shampoo/conditioner, hand soap/body wash, toothbrushes, floss, toothpaste, deodorant, personal hygiene items appropriate for each family member
Clothing (new or gently used), (including maternity clothes),
Children's toys and books

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.
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. 7:00 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.
Free Lunch Community Meal
A Free Community Meal will be offered the 1st Wednesday of each month at 12 noon at the First Congregational UCC, 624 Park Street, Genoa City. December 2nd, January 6th, February 3rd, March 2nd, and April 6th. Contact: 262-279-5547 or .

Immanuel Book Club
Immanuel Book Club will meet on Wednesday, November 25th at 2 p.m. in the Community Room at church.  Newcomers are welcome! Stay tuned for more information in the bulletin insert.
Thrivent Long Term Care Seminar
Thrivent will provide a Long Term Care seminar at Immanuel Lutheran Church on Monday, November 30th, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Discussion will cover Assisted Living and Nursing Homes for long term care.
All Hands on Deck Update
Great news! In the past month we have received 4 new commitments for Phase 2 of our appeal to reduce our mortgage. We have not only been able to keep up with our monthly payments of $14,400.00, but we were able to make another large payment of $45,000.00 on our principal. The faster we reduce our balance, the more we will save on interest payments over the life of the loan. That translates into more money for ministry. Thanks to all who have been so generous with your faithful stewardship. If you have not yet made a pledge to the ALL HANDS ON DECK appeal, you may obtain a commitment form from the church office.
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 Big Thank You to Adam Smith for leading the music worship for the contemporary services on Sunday, October 11th. He did a fabulous job!
+ Thank you to Pastors Mary Ann & Mark and the staff of Immanuel for the beautiful flowers at my Mom's funeral and your love and support. It meant the world to me! Thanks also to everyone who sent cards, messages on Facebook, texts and stopped by to give me hugs. I felt your love and support throughout this difficult process. Brenda Follensbee
+ Thanks to Jim Drescher and Frank Guske for donating an entire skid of pop to our youth ministries.
+Thank you to Dennis Lyon for donating a computer to Sarah Beauregard for the Children's ministry program.
+ Thank you to Michael Ruby, Clay Wahlstedt & Craig Wahlstedt for delivering the quilts for WELCA. We appreciate your time and your help with the heavy boxes!
+ Thank you for supporting the Quilt Raffle Fund to cover the costs of making quilts for Baptism and High School Graduation. It was a huge success!
+ Thanks to our Musicians and continued support from our congregation! The music was uplifting, lively, and such a blessing for ALL on Music Recognition Sunday! Worship was God-focused, life-giving, enthusiastic, and varied! Thanks to ALL musicians for sharing your fabulous talents and valued time. Your music is SO appreciated by everyone who hears the promising text and evocative melodies; and your inspirational leadership helps people experience God's love in the community of faith! Special thanks to Tom Jooss for his beautiful keyboard music during the silent confession. Thanks also to Dolce Eleganza for offering their amazing trio during communion at all three services. Special thanks to director Ellen Hanson and the Bells of Immanuel for the outstanding, lush bell arrangement of "You Raise Me Up"! Thanks to ALL our cantata participants who presented a breath-taking, dynamic, and inspiring cantata! Thank you to Pastor Mary Ann for her eloquent words! The morning would not be conceivable without the brilliant unnoticed efforts of our sound and av helpers; especially Rick Ruby for his countless extra efforts! Thanks to ALL for your support and infinite enthusiasm to share God's love through music! John Ivan


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