Immanuel eNewsletter

January, 2016

Happy New Year!

In This Issue
Worship with Us!    

 

                                     By Randy Frazee                                   

All Church Small Group Bible Study: "Believe"

Continues the week of January 3rd!
 
Believe is a groundbreaking Bible reading experience that 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 all continue the week of January 3! Sign up for a group on the form provide in the insert. Put it in the offering plate or on Pastor Mary Ann's desk.
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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WORSHIP NEWS 
 
2016 Offering Envelopes
 
The 2016 Offering Envelopes can be picked up in the Gathering Area.
 
Offering Counters Needed for 2016
 
We are looking for more offering counters on Sundays. If your skills point you to numbers, this is your calling. Contact Jeri Gaugert at 262-248-4211.
 
Bells of Immanuel: Rehearse Sundays, 9:15-10:15 AM
 
Get those arms swinging and ringing! The Bells would be so blessed by more ringers. Rehearsals are Sundays in the music room downstairs from 9:15AM-10:15AM. No musical training is necessary! Director Ellen Hanson leads the group-she is a God-send-and will train you and highlight your music parts. Consider joining this ministry of 4 generations! Contact Ellen at ellen.hanson@aurora.org
 
Combined Choir: Rehearses Wednesdays, 6:45 PM
 
The Combined choir rehearses at6:45PM beginning January 13th. The choir is intended for ALL singers, regardless of musical training. Rehearsal CD's are available to help learn the music. Please help spread the invitation to new members, cherished longtime members, and even non-churched community members who love to sing, or play instruments. We always encourage newcomers and welcome your participation.
 
Youth Praise Team: Rehearses Wednesdays, 5:30 PM
 
The YPT rehearses at 5:30 PM on Wednesdays. The team is open to ALL teens 6th-12th grade! The kids have a blast as they learn vibrant new Christian music to inspire their generation! Vocalists and instrumentalists are needed! Newcomers are welcome!
 
After rehearsal, the team leads weekly confirmation classes in song at 6:30PM. Contact John Ivan for more information at music@immanuellg.org
 
Praise Team: Rehearses Wednesdays, 8:00 PM
 
Praise Team rehearses at 8:00PM on Wednesdays. Participants vibrantly lead contemporary worship songs each week at 9:45 & 11:07. The group also leads special services throughout the year. Attendance at rehearsals is required. Contact John Ivan at music@immanuellg.org 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 music@immanuellg.org 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 set up coffee and water in the Welcome Center, and greet and help connect visitors to members between services. Contact Edith Draper at 248-1861 with any questions.
 
Worship Schedule Sign-up
 
Sign-up to help lead worship on Immanuel's website: www.Immanuellakegeneva.org  Click on "Worship Sign Up" and choose the month and service you would like to help. The positions that need to be filled are highlighted in yellow.  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 email me dates, times and the 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 ministry_coord@immanuellg.org
 
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're 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 be short on parking spaces! Praise God, who gives the growth!!



DISCIPLESHIP NEWS 
 
All Church Small Group Bible Study: Believe
 
"BELIEVE!" The second section of our Small Group Bible Study, "Believe," begins the 1st week of January. If you missed the 1st section, consider signing up for the 2nd one!
Whether in Sunday School, Confirmation, High School Youth Group, Small Group Bible Studies for adults, or Sunday morning worship and preaching - we are all gaining a better understand how to think, act, and be more like Christ. Know what you believe and why!
 

Check out the list of Small Groups below for January!     

 

Mon., 10:00 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., 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.




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 Prayers

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, Ray Christian, Al Kline, Mickey Tolar, Margaret Welsch


Health and Strength
 
Adam, Joe Anderson, Pam Baldwin, Karen Beasley, Mustafa Beganovic, Tom Bernacchi, Christie Bevon, Marcus Brugger, Brian Bulman, Brian Carr, Darell Cloutel, Loretta Combs, Christina Conboy, Olivia Deering, Tom Eppers, Jen Foster, Bob Freitag, Trinity Galicia, Lynn Gerlitz, Bonnie Gilbertson, Tom Gorlinski, Jim Hanny, Tony Huml, Ruth Johnson, Ryan Johnson, Bruce Kelly, Doug Kerkman, Mary Klein, Al Kline, Ruthie Kloppstein, Mike Lather Jr., Bill Lembke, Laura Langston, Lily, Ashley Lodarek, Stephanie Luengen, Nan Lyon, Jeanne Madaus, Ruby Madsen, Becky McAuliffe, Mac McBride, Joan Mellien, Edie Michaelson, Craig Middleton, Randy Miller, Cheryl Miu, Larry Moe, Yvonne Mol, Dean Nelson, Carrie Novak, Craig Olson, Bert Ortiz, Tim Padden, Patricia Owen, Denise Peck, Zlata Podlipnik, Topher Rabe, Trudy Rauch, Bea Riley, Tom Riley, Brad Rindfleisch, Judy Rocker, Maria Ruby, Lexi Runnells, Don Sauerman, Tim Schaitel, Madgel Schluga, Don Schmitz, Herte Schulte, Rick Schultz, Emmet Schulz Sr., Vivian Spanjer, Karen Stollenwerk, Joyce Sutton, Steve Sutton, Dottie Swatek, Doris Tolar, Mickey Tolar, Tom Van Maren, Elaine Vorpagel, Wayne Vorpagel, Sara Wahlstedt, Kathryn Ward, Carolyn Warfield, Cassidy Weilerdt, Karen Wells, Libby Wolf, Aimee Yakes, Audrey Yakes, Sophia Zematis.


Serving on the Mission Field

 

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

 

Baptisms
 
+ Congratulations to Nate & Ashley Warrenburg on the baptism of their daughter, Ella May Warrenburg, on December 6th.
 
+ Congratulations to Jesse & Shauna Johnson & son's Seth & Ryan who were all baptized on December 6th.

Births
 
+ Congratulations to Kelsey & Mark Hanneman on the birth of their daughter Annabelle Ainsley, born November 28th, 34 weeks, 4 lbs, 3 oz, 18" long.

Expecting a Child!
 
Jessi Jooss, Jenny Pearce

Congratulations!
 

+ Congratulations to Bittner's Bakery who won #1 Bakery in Walworth County!

 

+ Congratulations to Maelyn Smith who received her First Communion on December 6th and to Mitchell Crabtree who received his First Communion on December 20th.

 

+ Congratulations to Zach Harrod's Czech League who won the Jr. League Championship in American Football.


 

New Member
 
Nate and Ashley Warrenburg
Loralei, Kaydence, Ella
1109 E Wisconsin Street
Delavan, WI 53115
262-215-8337
 
Jesse Johnson
Seth & Ryan
266 West Centralia Street
Elkhorn, WI 53121
262-379-9190
 
Shauna Johnson
211 E. Jefferson Street Apt 10
Elkhorn, WI 53121
262-949-6157
 
Linda Hagstrom
PO Box 121
Fontana, WI 53125
 
Katie Hickey
1105 N. Pheasant Court
Elkhorn, WI 53121
262-903-9222

DISCIPLESHIP NEWS
 
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.
 
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.    
 
Saturday Morning Women's Bible Study: January 9th, 10:00 AM
 
The Saturday Morning Women's Bible Study will meet January 9th at 10:00 a.m. at Vena Bodine's home, W3020 Weaver Road, Elkhorn. Contact Vena for directions at 262-723-8082.    
 
Men's Breakfast and Bible Study
 
Men's Breakfast and Bible Study meets Saturday, January 23rd at 7:30 a.m.   Join with other men of faith for deep conversation about the issues in our time.  We study the Biblical teaching, and how to apply it to our lives. Please bring your favorite breakfast food to share.
 
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.
 
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 by Robert Lewis, "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. It's 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.
 
Coffee, Tea and Thee - A Women's Retreat
 
Save the Date: March 11, 6:30-9:30 p.m. and March 12, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church. We hope our retreat theme will "teas" you into joining us for time "grounded" in Christ while establishing, maintaining and cherishing friendships with our sisters in Christ. We promise this special event will be a "latte" fun and a real "perk" up as we create time to building a personal relationship and friendship with our Lord and Savior.   And although we are not yet "blended to perfection" we know that God has a special plan for us regardless of whether, like the cups in our cupboards, we are "chipped, stained, empty, full, practical or decorative, every day or seasonal"  We think at the end of our precious time together you will agree, that Jesus is "good to the last drop". More information will be coming soon. In the meantime, be thinking of a friend or relative, co-worker or neighbor you can invite as well. Contact Evie Schulz via phone, 248-4211 or email at ministry_coord@immanuellg.org to register!
 
 The Women's Retreat Team meets this Tuesday, January 5, 6:30 p.m. at church. Come join this delightful group of women in planning an event that will uplift and challenge us all!




CHILDREN'S NEWS

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 near the church office to the right of the sanctuary. Second through fifth grade classrooms are to the left of the sanctuary, just off the fellowship hall.
 
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!
 
Early Release Day
 
The next Early Release Day is Friday, January 15th, at 12:45 PM.  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
 
Our JFK After School Ministry for elementary school kids is each school day from 6:00-8:15 a.m., and 4:00- 6:00 p.m. Contact Holly at 262-949-6227 for more information.
 
Little Sprouts Day Care News
 
Little Sprouts Learning Center is open from 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., for children 6 weeks through 4 K. The center is full, except for children in 4-K programs at Star Center and at Central Denison. We are currently receiving registrations for new 4 K kids, and would be honored to have yours with us! Lunch is provided before or after school for 4-K students, as well as transportation to and from school. Call Sue Gifford to enroll at   262-812-7346.


3:16 MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS
 
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. 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. Between 40-50 kids attend each week!  
 
VIBE
 
VIBE for Middle Schoolers continues Monday through Thursdays from 3:00-6:00 p.m. VIBE is for Middle School students who need a safe place to gather, and is a free ministry. We need volunteers willing to spend time with middle school kids, and to be positive influences in their lives!  Come play games, tell stories, help with art projects, any and all talents welcome!
 
Middle School Lock-in
 
On January 15th our Middle School group will be hosting a Lock-In from 9pm-8am. We will play games, watch movies, and spend time with one another! Please let our Youth Director Zach know if you are interested in volunteering as an adult helper.
 
Youth Quake
 
The 3:16 Youth Group's annual Youth Quake trip is fast approaching. The dates for the trip are February 19-21. We ask that all those participating please bring in a $50 Deposit by January 6th. We also need adult chaperones / drivers and give priority to those who have not yet attended a Youth Quake. Let Zach Ortiz, our Middle School Youth Director know if your interest in chaperoning.


HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP
 
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
 
2016 Mission Trip: Our 2016 High School Mission Trip has been changed to New Orleans. The trip will be July 9th - 16th, 2016. Our team will be rebuilding homes and working on new low-income housing.
 
Mission Trip participants can view fundraising opportunities under the Mission News in this insert, or go to 2016 Mission Trip Fundraisers page on Facebook & like us.


MISSION


Fundraiser: 9 Pin Tap Tournament Bowling

 

Fundraiser: 9 Pin Tap Tournament Bowling for Ryan Johnson on Saturday, January 9th, 2016 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. at Delavan Lanes, 509 S 7th Street, Delavan. Cost: $25 per person, 5 person bowling team, covers 4 games and shoe rental. Prizes to: high and low game of the night, 50/50 Raffle & raffle items. All proceeds will go to the "red strong" fund. Ryan is 9 years old and a new member of Immanuel. He was recently diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) has tumors near the brain stem and cerebellum which cannot be surgically removed. Ryan has been given a very limited amount of time. Thanks for your support.

 

Mission Trip Fundraiser

 

Save the date! Mission Trip Fundraiser: Wednesday, January 20th at Oakfire Restaurant in Lake Geneva. A fish fry dinner which the Pastor's said is absolutely delicious will be served at 5, 6, and 7 p.m. Tickets for adults are $10 - available at the Welcome Center in the Gathering Space and at the door of the restaurant. We are not sure yet of the cost for children.

 

Card Ministry

 

Our Card Ministry will gather on January 21st 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 screening is the 3rd Tuesday of each month, January 19th, at 7:00 p.m. at the First Congregational UCC Church, 715 Wisconsin Street, Lake Geneva. Funds are available for rental assistance and utilities - for those living in the Lake Geneva School District.  Bring a copy of the bill. Side By Side is a collaborative ministry between area churches and civic groups.

 

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

 

Thursday, January 21st,5:15 pm Immanuel will host the next Community Meal.   Dinner is free to anyone in our community who might be hungry, lonely or need fellowship.   How can you participate? We need volunteers to help cook, set up, serve or clean up.   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.

 

Lake Geneva Salvation Army Kettle Drive

 

Dear Members of Immanuel, as this year's coordinator of the Lake Geneva Salvation Army Kettle Drive, we would like to thank the members of Immanuel for their generous gift of time and money this holiday season. Although the weather was mild for most of the days, it took time out of everyone's busy schedule to staff the kettles for nine full days and two half days. During that time we collected $5,093.00. Immanuel did the lion's share of the ringing even filling in at the last minute for several groups who had trouble filling their time commitment. With the help of other churches and organizations, we collected $19,228.33 to be used for needy individuals and families in Walworth County throughout the year. In addition, Mobil Oil, Bill's former employer, donated $500 to Salvation Army for our volunteer work.

 

This year we again asked for "weekend coordinators" to put out the kettles in the morning, exchange them around 1 p.m., collect them at night and deposit the money in the bank. Many thanks to those of you who took on this time-consuming job: Steve & Judy Guy, Tom Hartz, Pete and Pam Juergens and family, Spark & Shari Lundberg and Vijay and Beth Narayanan and family. They lighten the load for us. We couldn't have done it without them.

 

Together we will be able to make a difference this coming year in the lives of those in need of emergency help. Thanks for your heart to care!

Sincerely, Georgia and Bill Gehrmann

 

Crop Walk Final Report

 

Does anyone remember October? It seems a long time ago, but here are a couple final details on the 2015 Crop Walk. Total number of walkers: 137; Total Amount of money raised: $15,280; Immanuel Walkers: 16; Total amount of money from Immanuel: $3605. Great job everyone! Thanks again!

 

St. Vincent De Paul (Milwaukee) Soup Kitchen

 

During the winter the items especially needed at the Milwaukee Soup Kitchen are men's pants, jackets, coats and other warm clothing.  Sleeping bags are a very important need.  Toiletries, the small sizes, are also needed. Many thanks to all who have contributed to this great need! 

Most sincerely, Bob Rosenthal

 

Adult Mission Trip

 

The Adult Mission Trip will serve a community in South Carolina. The dates will be determined in the near future. Contact Lynn Gerlitz at 262-215-8846 with any questions.

 

Join our Sunday Morning Coffee - Fellowship Hour Team(s)

 

Many of you have enjoyed our fellowship hour between the first and second services.  Lutherans are renowned for socializing - by providing coffee, wonderful treats, and time 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, and all costs are reimbursed.  Contact Evie Schulz to let her know of your interest in assisting on one of these two teams.

 

Health Newsletter

 

"Don't turn away from me in this time of my distress. Bend down your ear and give me speedy answers, for my days disappear like smoke."  (Psalms 102:2)

 

Parish Nurse, Karen Stein, addresses Advance Directives

in her January newsletter:   www.immanuellakegeneva.org

 

Blood Pressure Checks

 

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

 

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.

 

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, debdo@wi.rr.com; 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. January 6th, February 3rd, March 2nd, and April 6th. Contact: 262-279-5547 or www.gcucc.com .



FELLOWSHIP AND MEETINGS
  
Staff Christmas Party
 
The Staff Christmas Party will be Friday, January 8th, 6:30 p.m. at the Gaugert's home. Bring a dish to pass and a white elephant gift.
 
2nd Annual Gospel Extravaganza
  
The 2nd Annual Gospel Extravaganza featuring William Smith Jr. and the Renewed Voices for Christ is Saturday, January 30th, 7:00 p.m. here at Immanuel. A donation of $10 would be such a gift! Tickets go on sale beginning Sunday, January 10th. See Becky and Mark McAuliffe in between services.

Annual Meeting of the Congregation
 
The annual meeting of the congregation is Sunday, January 31st, following each worship service. We will approve the 2016 Budget and elect a new member to church council.
 
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 www.Immanuellakegeneva.org 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.

Thanks
 
+ Thank you to the Scouts & Heidi Schuessler for donating 4 wreaths and 2 pieces of garland to adorn our covered drop off area for the Advent and Christmas seasons.
 
+ For everyone who wrote to me, Thanks for all the cards you sent to me. Thank you! Betty Howes
 
+ Dear friends at Immanuel Lutheran, Many, many thanks for your generous donations to the Lake Geneva Food pantry! With your help we are able to serve all who come for help in funding their families. Last month we saw 247 families, made up of 455 adults & 229 children. On their behalf, we thank you! Sincerely, Lake Geneva Food Pantry Staff
 
+ Dear Friends, Your generous gifts give new life and new hope to people all around the world, and we are particularly thankful for your partnership at Christmastime as we celebrate together the gift of God's Son. Your gifts to ELCA World Hunger and Lutheran Disaster Response are providing food and water, blankets and diapers, sanitation and hygiene kits. Your help will make homes away from home for these most vulnerable people who are seeking new lives with safety and security, employment and income, peace and prosperity. With gratitude, ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Appeal
 
+ "We want to thank everyone who has helped with the Burmese (Karen) refugee resettlement. They have come from years of deplorable conditions and are eager to have a safe and better life. Our church family has poured out love and support for this family and we are so very grateful. Thank you for all the generous donations of furniture and household items. Thank you to all who helped them move, all the tutors helping them to learn English, those helping with transportation and healthcare. Special thanks
to Jan and Dan Bice for opening their home with such love.   Thank you all for including them in cultural and church events, so they can learn in a fun way. Thank you so much for all your love and support. Rhonda Ganansky and Po Po Too and Paw Too"
 
+ Thanks to Steve Scheel for agreeing to serve as the charter representative for our Boy Scout Troop this year!
 
+ Family, Friends and Pastors at Immanuel Church, Thank you once again for all the precious blessings this Christmas! All the gifts and to the "Secret Santa." All the music was awesome & breathtaking. Our love & thanks to our church family! What a treasure you are! Love, Kathy & Craig Middleton


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