Immanuel eNewsletter

May, 2016

Happy Mother's Day!

In This Issue
Worship with Us!    

High School Graduation Recognition Sunday

Please join us on Sunday, May 22nd to celebrate as our High School Graduates move on to their next step in life!
Our graduates are Mitchell Barnett, Megan Batz, Giovanna Danna, Meta Ehlen, Dayne Fisher, Kelly Gerlitz, Crystal Haynes, Trey Howes,  Chloe Jakscht, Christina Kanelos, Jesse Rabay, Cruse Schuster, Ryan Sproul, Camille Tracy, Clay Wahlstedt, Madison Zukowski



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Warm Welcome to Pastor Carl Johnson
We welcome Pastor Carl Johnson and are incredibly thankful for his spiritual leadership during the transition until the interim pastors arrive in June. We are grateful for his experience, wisdom, and presence here at Immanuel. He is motivated and dedicated to Immanuel's continued growth and vitality. We are so thankful that he is willing and able to serve Christ church.
Contact information for Pastor Carl Johnson:847-946-2206 (cell) or  email: Pastor Carl will lead worship at Immanuel on Sundays and will be available at church on Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Feel free to call or email Pastor Carl with any pastoral needs or call the church and the message will be relayed to him.
A Brief History of the New Pastoral Face
Many of you have met me these past few months, and I have enjoyed our connections. But I want to tell you a bit more about me and my family.

I grew up in Davenport, IA. My parents were unchurched, but sent me to a Lutheran Sunday School when I was eight. That has made all the difference for me. In college I met my wife, Donna, and attended The Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. We spent a summer in Brownsville, TX where I led a small congregation and did door-to-door canvassing for the Board of American Missions. Forward to an internship in Albany, NY before my senior seminary year. We welcomed a daughter, Bethany, and a son, Matthew, during my first call. My ministry involved calls in Illinois, Ohio, and special ministries in Chicago and Nevada. We moved to Kenosha where I have been an interim and supply pastor, also working with a number of congregations in evangelism. It is good to be among you! Carl L. Johnson
Pastor Phil Neimeyer to Support
Pastor Phil Neimeyer is a familiar face here at Immanuel and will also help with pastoral requests. Pastor Phil has preached at Immanuel, conducted weddings and funerals, and has been involved with the Connections Team, linking visitors and members as they come into our Immanuel family. His heart for Immanuel and passion for God is huge. We appreciate his willingness to assist with any needs of the church.
Pastoral Update
Steve Kottke, assistant to the bishop, has told the council our first long-term interim pastor, Pastor Martha Butzier, will begin at Immanuel on June 1st. Our second interim pastor, Pastor Rich Collier, will arrive on June 15th. We will keep the congregation updated as things progress.
Contact Information for the Church Council
The church council and staff are eager to oversee and serve Immanuel during the call process. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us for prayer needs, spiritual guidance, help, information about the call process, and fellowship. We pledge to work hard with you and for you in the days ahead. We also promise to keep you well informed as we receive information. In addition to electronic communication, the following information will be available on the card table in the office: New Church Directories; Minutes of Council Meetings; Monthly Financial Statements. Ask Brenda for extra copies if what you are looking for is not there
Scot Hodkiewicz - President: 262-903-9663,
Johnalee Kawalec - Vice President: 262-581-3042,
Jim Gaugert: 262-949-46-26,
Kristin Larkin: 414-491-1969,
Matt Dahlgren: 262-379-1069,
Lynsey Fleck: 608-438-5625,
Jody Teske: 262-215-0714,
Frank Peiler: 815-678-2642,
Matt Schulz: 773-848-4487,
Heidi Schuessler: 262-745-1917,
Barb Kwiatkowski: 262-215-9614,
Doug Bartz: 414-339-7661,

Bells of Immanuel: Rehearse Sundays, 9:15-10:15 AM
Rehearsals are Sundays in the music room downstairs from 9:15AM-10:15AM. The bells have a special anthem planned for Pentecost, May 15th! No musical training is necessary! Director Ellen Hanson leads the group-and will train you and highlight your music parts. Consider joining this ministry of 4 generations! Contact Ellen at
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. We are incredibly grateful for their fabulous leadership and dedication! Attendance at rehearsals is required. Contact John Ivan at if you are interested in participating.
Assistance with Parking on Sundays
Assistance with parking is available on Sunday mornings. Inquire at the Welcome Center if valet parking would help you, and we will add you to the schedule.
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, greet and help connect visitors to members between services. Visitors to Immanuel always comment on how welcoming Immanuel is. We are incredibly grateful for your help! Contact Edith Draper at 248-1861 with any questions.
Worship Schedule Sign-up
Sign-up to help lead worship on Immanuel's website:  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
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!!  Fellowship is a fundamental need for a thriving church. Many thanks to those who help serve for these two ministries!  We can always use more help. 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!!


All Church Small Group Bible Study: Believe
THE 3RD SECTION OF OUR ALL CHURCH SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDY: "BELIEVE" is under way. Even if you missed the first 2 sections, consider joining a small group! Forms are on the table in the Gathering Space, along with the books for the study.
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., 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 at the home of Cyndi Dietze, W1019 Aralia Road, Genoa City, WI Facilitator: Cyndi Dietze, 262 374-1026.
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.
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.
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 at the home of Pat Schulz, 117 Johnson St. in Burlington, # 262 763-7105. Facilitator: Ellen Hanson, 262 210-1001.
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 Susan and John Hughes, N1555 Maple Ridge in Lake Geneva. Facilitators: Susan, 262-581-3524, John, 262-581-3389. Group is full.
Thurs., 6:30 PM, at church. Men's Group. Facilitator: Steve Guy 262 210-9332.
Fri., 6:45 AM at church. Men's Group. Facilitator: Ken Field, 262 374-1795.
Fri., 9:30 AM, in the Fellowship Hall at church. Women's Group. Facilitator: Shari Lundberg, 262-245-6212, Janet Kelly, 262-725-6404, & Arlene Redell, 248-6108. Group is full.  
Sat., 6 PM, meets in rotating homes. Children are welcome.   Facilitators: Lisa and Greg Bunge, 248-4804. Group is full.    

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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, Ray Christian

Health and Strength
Joe Anderson, Bonnie Barrlie, Mustafa Beganovic, Christie Bevon, Don Bice, Ed & Kate Blechner, Jonathan Boales, Pat Bogart, Elise Bonni, Tom Campbell-Schmitt, Brian Carr, Darell Cloutel, Loretta Combs, Christina Conboy, Craig Day, Alice Determan, Brandon Dietze, Tom Effenheim, Gary Elblein, George Elblein, Abby Elston, Tom Eppers, Jen Foster, Ginny Freund, David Froemming, Trinity Galicia, Bonnie Gilbertson, Trinity Golocin, Tom Gorlinski, Kim Hammand, Jim Hanny, Cynthia Hibbard, Carole Holbrook, Austin Holmes, Tony Huml, Don Inman, Bruce Johnson, Ruth Johnson, Ryan Johnson, Pete Juergens family, Carleen Keller, Jay Keller, Ralph & Linda Keller, Gary Kellimeier, Bruce Kelly, Chris Kerkman, Doug Kerkman, Chad Kimmell, Donna Kleinman, Ruthie Kloppstein, Laura Langston, Kathy Laubinger, Bill Lembke, Ashley Lodarek, Jeff Luengen, Stephanie Luengen, Nan Lyon, Jeanne Madaus, Ruby Madsen, Barb Marcin, Louise McGilvray, Rich McWherter, Joan Mellien, Craig Middleton, Randy Miller, Larry Moe, Dean Nelson, Odella Nelson, Austin Neuhaus, Martin & Andrea Nor, Bert Ortiz, Tim Padden, Deloris Parker, Zach Ortiz Family, Patricia Owen, Dee Parker, Logan Parker & Austin, Everett Pearce, Denise Peck, Sgt. Jeff Patek, Elaine Pflughoeft, Zlata Podlipnik, Sharon Pomeville, Topher Rabe, Trudy Rauch, Tom Riley, Judy Rocker, Candy Roscoe, Maria Ruby, Lexi Runnells, Harlan Sather, Don Sauerman, Tim Schaitel, Susan Schinke, Madgel Schluga, Herte Schulte, Mackenzie Schuler, Rick Schultz, Betty Schulz & family, Jackie Schuyler, Louise Schwandt Family, Angela Shean, Bill Smarslik, Vivian Spanjer, Karen Stollenwerk, Helen Suda, Steve Sutton, Dottie Swatek, Mae Tenuta, Doris Tolar, Symon Uecker, Tom Van Maren, Kaitlyn Vegter, Elaine Vorpagel, Wayne Vorpagel, Erv Wager, Clay Wahlstedt, Craig Wahlstedt, Sara Wahlstedt, Kathryn Ward, Carolyn Warfield, Cassidy Weilerdt, Karen Wells, Scott Wyosnick, Aimee Yakes, Audrey Yakes, Carrie Yesko, Sophia Zematis.

+ Carl Juergens, loving father of Pete Juergens, who died to Christ on April 4th.
+ William Burns, precious grandpa of Zach Ortiz, who died to Christ on April 12th.
+ Emmet Schulz, beloved husband, father, and grandfather of Betty Schulz, Dennis and Evie Schulz, Matt & Laurel Schulz who died to Christ on April 13th.
+ William Osmundsen, beloved dad of Sara Wahlstedt, who died to Christ on April 14th.
+ Don Schmitz, father of Greg and Stephanie Schmitz, died to Christ on April 24th.

Serving on the Mission Field


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


+ Congratulations to Joseph & Lynsey Fleck on the baptism of their son, Edward John Fleck on April 3rd.
+ Congratulations to Dennis & Dawn Dyon on the baptism of their son Dylan Ralph Dyon and their daughter Delaney Victoria Marie Dyon on April 3rd.
+ Congratulations to Maegan & Kyle Morris on the baptism their sons Kameron Quinn Morris and Weston John Morris on April 3rd.
+ Congratulations to Jason & Katie Hall on the baptism of their son, Braxton Wayne Hall on April 10th.
+ Congratulations to Lucas & Lindsey Hanson on the baptism of their son Everette William Hanson on April 10th.
+ Congratulations to Melissa Yakes & Justin Kasten on the baptism their son Rylan David Kasten on April 10th.
+ Congratulations to Samantha Skinner & Carlos Murillo on the baptism of their son Dallas Bryant Murillo on April 10th.

Expecting a Child!
Haley Derrick, Michelle Edson, Christy Feller, Nicole Ivan, Ali Mansky

+ Congratulations to Taylor Colwell, Austin Meneces, Adrjana Skinner, Cheyenne Skinner, Jasmine Menences & Destiny Skinner on receiving your First Communion on April 10th.
+ Congratulations to Moira Toner on her new job opportunity at The Abbey.

New Members

John & Denise Schurr

701 Joshua Lane

Lake Geneva, WI  53147


Ruth Wampner & Jim Jakscht

Brecken, Chloe, Matison, & Dylan

N7210 Hwy 120

East Troy, WI  53120



Lindsey & Lucas Hansen

Sawyer & Everette

451 Sue Ann Drive

Lake Geneva, WI  53147



Katie & Jason Hall

N3359 Hickory Road

Lake Geneva, WI  53147


Cory & Elisa Brown

Carley & Natalea

37633 91st Street   

Twin Lakes, WI  53181 



Sharron Kimmell

676 Cedar Point Drive

Williams Bay, WI  53191



Samantha Skinner

PO Box 1032

Pell Lake, WI 53157


Saturday Morning Women's Bible Study: May 14, 10:00 AM
The Saturday Morning Women's Bible Study will meet on Saturday, May 14th at 10:00 a.m. at Odella Nelson's home, 518 Kresswood Drive, McHenry, IL. Contact Odella for directions at 262-374-2108.
New Member Discovery Class
A New Member Discovery Class will be held on Sunday, May 15th at 12:30 p.m. Join us for lunch, an overview of God's plan of Salvation, and learn about ministry opportunities at Immanuel. Child care is available. Please sign up on your worship card.

Sunday Morning Bible Study
Sunday Morning Bible Study meets in the Conference Room, in the administrative area to the right of Sanctuary, at 9:45 a.m. This group is studying the book of Daniel. All are welcome! Contact Trish Fry-Misener at 262-949-2480.


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 to 10:30 a.m. in the Education Wing to the right of the worship space. Come join the excitement as we learn about our Savior! Our last day of Sunday School will be May 22nd.  Classes will resume in September and will continue to follow the schedule of the school year.  If you have any questions or concerns, please see Sarah. 
Sunday School Bake Sale - Mother's Day
Our Cave Quest VBC adventure is July 24-28!  We will be holding a bake sale on Mother's Day, May 8th, in between services to benefit our VBC budget.  If you would like to donate a dessert, please see Sarah! 
Sunday School Singers
Our Sunday School children are singing at all three services on Sunday, May 8th. The best of days are when we get to hear our children praising God in worship. Please have your child at church by 8:45 that morning, if at all possible. The kids will have a quick final rehearsal, and will sing at the end of the first service; and at the beginning of the second and third services.
Vacation Bible Camp Meeting
Hello Everyone!  There is a VBC planning meeting scheduled for June 7th at 6 p.m. for Station Leaders: leaders of crafts, games, music, bible stories, etc.
Vacation Bible Camp
Vacation Bible Camp is quickly approaching!! This year we will be going on a Cave Quest Adventure! VBC will go from July 24th-28th from 4:50-7:45.  And we need YOUR help to make this event work!  If you'd like to volunteer, please contact Sarah for details.  Email:  Phone: 262-248-4211
Early Release Day
The next Early Release Day is Thursday, May 12th, at 1:45 - 3:45 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 provides before and after school child care for students ages 7-11 from Central Denison, Eastview and Star Center. Hours: Before school: 6-8:15 a.m., and after school 3:45-6 p.m. Contact Holly Bromeland at 262-248-4211 with any inquiries! Looking to share some talents or extra time?  Why not share them with us?!  We are looking for positive, fun, and encouraging volunteers to play some super cool games and activities with us, help us create beautiful works of art, or teach us something NEW!  We can't wait to meet you!! :) call or email Holly Bromeland for more information at .
Just For Kids Summer Program
The Just For Kids 2016 Summer Program will begin on Tuesday, May 31st, 6:00 am - 6:00 pm, for children ages 7-11. There is a $25 registration fee and the cost is $30 per day. This program will include themed week curriculum, games, crafts, snacks and various activities. We ask that the family provides the lunch for your child. Stay tuned for further details.
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. 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.
Little Sprouts Day Care Ice Cream Social
Little Sprouts Day Care is having an ice cream social on Thursday, May 26th, 6:30-7:30 pm. in the Fellowship Hall at Immanuel. More details to follow.
Little Sprouts Director, Sue Gifford
Sue Gifford, our incredibly gifted director of Immanuel's Little Sprouts Day Care has resigned from her position. She has decided that she prefers to be the provider of child care rather than the director for a child care ministry. She will launch her own child care center at home this fall for infant care. The need is huge and we know she will be a gift to the families she serves. Sue will be with us until mid-July. We thank God for her amazing, visionary leadership that has made Little Sprouts such a thriving ministry with children.
Applicants for Director of Little Sprouts
We are accepting applicants for the director's position of Immanuel's Little Sprouts Day Care. Applicants need to meet state requirements for a day care director. For more information, call Johnalee Kawalec, Lynsey Fleck or Heidi Schuessler.

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!
Our confirmation classes in May, Sundays at 9:45, will be the 8th, 15th, and 22nd, this month. We will celebrate our last day of this school year together on May 22nd!
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 Youth Group - Our last day of Youth Group this school year will be May 25th.We will be celebrating a great year together with games and a small lesson! Also the big prizes will be given away this night!
3:16 Middle School Youth Group Lock-in
Our Middle School Youth Group will have a lock in on Friday, May 6th from 9pm until 8am the next day. We will have a fun night of games, worship, snacks, and fellowship. Children should bring pajamas, sleeping bags, pillows, and any snacks they would like to share with the group. Parents should bring their children at 9PM and sign them in. We will also need parent volunteers for the overnight as well as cooking breakfast in the morning. Please contact Zach Ortiz if you can help. Cost is $5 to offset the cost of snacks, breakfast, and game supplies.
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.

High School Youth Group: Meets Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. at church. Contact Sean or Sharon at 262-745-9341 for details.
Graduation Recognition Sunday - May 22nd
Graduate Recognition Sunday is May 22nd.  Please let Brenda know what service your graduating senior will attend. We don't want to leave any one out! Our wonderful quilters have made beautiful quilts for each graduate. Many thanks to them for providing such a precious gift!
High School Mission Trip
2016 Mission Trip: Our 2016 High School Mission Trip will be in New Orleans, July 9th - 16th, 2016. Our team will be rebuilding homes and working on new low-income housing.



Connect - New Members Meeting
The planning committee for the "Connect-New Members" ministry will meet at the church office conference room on Tuesday, May 3rd at 6:30 p.m.  The goal of this new ministry is to pair current members with our new members for a period of time to help them integrate into our awesome church community of believers.  We will determine the best way to assimilate new and seasoned members, what types of activities the connected groups could be involved in such as small groups, outreach ministries, children's activities, etc.  We will be looking for volunteers after the ministry is activated that will work with new member categories that involve individuals, couples, families.  Please prayerfully consider joining the planning group and/or being a part of the "connect new members team".  Meet us at church on the 3rd or call Evie Schulz for additional information on this exciting opportunity!
Community Connections Meal: May 19th 5:15-6:30 PM
On Thursday, May 19th at 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 ministry has been blessed by the generosity of the Immanuel family.
The first 4 months of this year have been busy for our committee. January thru April has been exciting with 471 meals served! Our cooks whipped up wonderful meals of BBQ beef sandwiches, homemade soups, cheesy potato ham casserole, and Shepard's pie. Not to forget all the awesome desserts provided by Immanuel Bakers. April saw a new monthly tradition start for our guests. A slice of a Birthday Cake is served to guests who have a birthday during the month. Of course we sing Happy Birthday to them.
Remember all monthly community meals are free to those who might be hungry, lonely or need fellowship. This ministry is made possible by the generosity of your Immanuel family. Want to get involved? Volunteers are needed to help with: baking, prep work, during dinner and assist with clean up. If you want to volunteer call Jill Rosenthal at 262-949-2569.
Immanuel Relay For Life Fundraiser
Please support Immanuel's Relay for Life team by dining out at Pizza Ranch on Wednesday, May 4th!  From 5pm-9pm, Pizza Ranch will donate a portion of the buffet price to Immanuel's Relay for Life team. All proceeds will go directly to help those who have been diagnosed with cancer or help with cancer research. This is a great way to support our team and eat a delicious meal, without having to cook!
Immanuel Relay For Life
Immanuel will once again participate in Relay for Life at the Walworth County Fairgrounds on Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16. This organization is instrumental in supporting cancer research and helping patients with cancer. We need your help! You could: join our team,
donate (either monetarily or prizes for the event), help with our Pizza Ranch fundraiser in May, and/or help with theme decorations (Star Wars this year!). Please contact Ashley Miu at 262-325-4443 if you can help! Thank you!
Care Team Development
If you are interested in helping deepen the level of caregiving and compassion at Immanuel, contact one of the leaders below.We will develop Care Teams to provide additional support and care to members: i.e., visiting the homebound, those in nursing homes, and the hospitalized; sharing the sacrament of holy communion with them; and providing support for their families. Leadership Team: Susan Hughes, Vickie Dodge, Steve Guy, Kristen Larkin, Marilyn Heiden, Jeannie Patchin & Kathie Swanson.

Immanuel's Blood Center of Wisconsin Blood Drive
The Blood Center of Wisconsin Drive is Thursday, June 2, 2016 from 2:00-6:00 p.m. here at Immanuel. Make an appointment with Susan Krinn at 262-245-5579.
Side By Side Screening
Side By Side screening is the 3rd Tuesday of each month, May 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.
Journey Through Grief Group Support Group
A new Journey Through Grief group support class is being planned for this summer.  This group will be facilitated by Evie Schulz who is a certified bereavement facilitator with pastoral assistance.  The group meets for eight weeks at the option of weekly or bi weekly meetings here at Immanuel.  Many congregational members have experienced the death of a loved one or close friend recently.  If you have a relative or friend who could benefit from this class, they are also welcome. Members of Immanuel will be given first priority. This is an excellent opportunity to journey this difficult path with others experiencing losses with a Christian emphasis.  A minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 participants are needed to offer the group.  A small donation will be requested to cover the costs of books and materials. Please contact Evie at the church or via her cell 262-203-0463 if you are interested.
St. Vincent De Paul (Milwaukee) Soup Kitchen
Several items are always needed at the Milwaukee Soup Kitchen. Specific items are men's pants, jackets, socks, underwear. Toiletries, the small sizes, are also needed. Many thanks to all who have contributed to this great need! Most sincerely, Bob Rosenthal.
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. 
We especially need teams to organize and contribute to this valuable ministry on the alternating third Sunday of the month starting in 2016 (May/July/Sept/Nov) and on the 5th Sundays (May/July/Oct).
Please prayerfully consider coming on board. The most effective team consists of a 4-member 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.
Blood Pressure Checks
Blood pressure checks after the 1st service on the 3nd Sunday of each month in Pastor Carl's office.
Health Newsletter
"For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline." Timothy 1:7
Parish Nurse, Karen Stein, addresses Stuttering in her May newsletter:
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 lower level of church.
Debtors Anonymous (DA) - meets Mondays at 7:30 p.m. in the lower level. Is your life unmanageable because of debt?   Are you sick of bouncing checks, paying late fees, & having creditors hound you? Is your marriage, or are other relationships in constant strife due to debt? DA Statement of purpose: to stop incurring unsecured debt one day at a time. Come join us & break free of crushing debt! Call Chris at 630-640-1024.
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.
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.
Covenant Harbor Job Opportunity
Covenant Harbor is gearing up for spring/summer and needs local high school kids who love the Lord, like to serve, and want to get paid. 
Jobs we have of most interest to local kids are kitchen and maintenance work as they don't have to live onsite for those positions.  We hire from ages 14 and up.  Age 16+ is the ideal.  It is a great entry level job. Anyone interested can contact Eric Anderson, Associate Director at Covenant Harbor, 262.248.3600 or go to
Lutherdale G.L.O.V.E.S
Lutherdale created a program called G.L.O.V.E.S. - God Loving Organization of Volunteers Enthusiastically Serving. This program brings Lutherdale supporters together to work jointly on camp projects. It also brings families, men's & women's groups, and youth groups together for service projects and retreats. GLOVES Days are 3rd Saturdays of the month, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. All are welcome to participate. Contact Robert Couden at 262-949-2285 or with any questions.

Singles Group
A Singles Group was launched several weeks ago! The next event is at the Geneva Lake Museum on Saturday, May 14th Two-for-One Groupon tickets are available. Event Name: "History Loves Company" FREE Please contact Sue at if interested in going as a group.
New Immanuel Lawn Signs
The new Immanuel lawn signs are finally here! Pick-up your Immanuel lawn signs at church for placement in your yard.
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!
Weekly Giving Envelopes
We are always thankful for your gifts of offering. Thank you for using your giving envelopes! The giving envelopes add efficiency to the counting process on Sundays by eliminating the need to look up names and envelope numbers. Thank you for your generosity. If you would like to give on-line, please see the Electronic Giving article above.

+ A special thank you goes out to all of our Sunday School singers who blessed us with their beautiful singing voices this week. Another big thank you goes out to Kelly Gerlitz and Adam Smith for leading all of our children in song. 
+ Dear Ones, On April 10th, our congregation came together to celebrate the awe inspiring careers of Pastors MaryAnn and Mark. That day was a true testament to the incredible work they have done in our Lord's name! The day started with a rousing worship service at which the energy was absolutely phenomenal! The vast turnout was a reflection of the amount of lives our beloved pastors had touched! After our service we were treated with an amazing array of sweets and time for fellowship. The day then went on to a beautifully planned party at Horticultural Hall. Upon entering people were delighted with the lively music, a delicious feast, and a full blown candy buffet. Pastors MaryAnn and Mark leave behind a legacy and a mark on us all, which was truly celebrated on that day. From the depths of our hearts we thank all those involved in helping us to celebrate our beloved pastors! And a special thank you goes out to the planning committee that orchestrated this fantastic event!
+ Our Mid-Week Lenten series was phenomenal! It was amazing to watch the participation and energy at each service! Each night was started with a wonderful time for fellowship while sharing a delicious meal. We then were given the opportunity to listen to the inspiring presentations prepared for us. A special thanks goes to our riveting presenters: Ardith and Jim Drescher, Frank Guske, Jill Rosenthal, Bev and John Erickson, Doug Bartz, and Loren Johnson. Another thank you goes to all of those who organized our fantastic meals: Hawk and Karen Taylor, Shari and Spark Lundberg, and Linda Burkhardt. And thank you to all involved who were not mentioned here.
+ Thanks to Mark and Rebecca McAuliffe for organizing another amazing concert of William Smith Jr and The Renewed Voices for Christ! We had a packed house, all who thoroughly enjoyed the lively, inspiring music. Thanks to all our other helpers who made the weekend so special!
+ Thanks to the Bells of Immanuel and Mindy Ehlen on flute for offering a beautiful Call to Worship to Ash Wednesday service! It was a lovely version of "Just As I Am" that prepared our hearts to hear the Ash Wednesday message.
+ Thanks to Immanuel's Choral Ensemble for singing the special anthem "Lost in Wonder, Love and Praise" during Ash Wednesday worship. The foreboding text reminded us of the Lenten journey and our immortality. Thanks to Kathy Middleton for accompanying the ensemble.
+ Special thanks to Bobbi Gutman for her tender, resonant version of "Lead Me, Guide Me" offered on February 28th. We LOVE her voice and are gifted each time she sings.
+ Special thanks to Charlie Brown, Greg Bunge, Doug Ehlert, and Liz Ehlert for playing a brass and timpani fanfare at all three Palm Sunday services. The piece, "March for Three Trumpets & Timpani" was a majestic and regal musical representation of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
+ Thanks to the Bells of Immanuel and director Ellen Hanson for their special bell addition on Palm Sunday. They accompanied two songs on bells that added a celebratory and specialness to the start of Holy Week. Thanks to the participants who arrived early and stayed all morning to share their gifts!
+ Thanks to the choral ensemble for beautifully singing the Lord's Prayer on Maundy Thursday. The rich textured melody together with the sacred words captured the mood of the day. Many thanks to the singers for participating during an already VERY busy week.
+ Huge thanks to Jaime Ivan and Andy Wyosnick for singing a powerful, dynamic version of "Via Dolorosa" on Good Friday! The talent at Immanuel is astounding; they are two fine examples of that! If you missed the duet, we will be sharing a video soon.
+ I can't tell you how FABULOUS the cantata "EXTRAVAGANT LOVE!" was on Easter Sunday! The presentations were inspirational, remarkable, and lauded! Words cannot adequately define how stirring the music was and the way it touched those who heard it! It was breath-taking-in all its majesty-and was perhaps the best cantata at Immanuel! I couldn't be more pleased with your dedication and commitment, it certainly showed. To each and every participant: it wouldn't have been the same without YOU! Each one of you added the perfect component to the complete sound. The combined sounds of the ensemble were astounding! I cherish your unique talents and thank God for the opportunity to share our gifts together. Thanks to ALL for presenting at three services, for extra rehearsals, and giving your time and talents throughout Lent and Holy Week. Special thanks to Rick Ruby for his tiring behind-the-scenes work with the sound! Thanks to Michael Ruby for his hard work moving equipment, stands, chairs, etc. Thanks to Pastor Mary Ann for eloquently speaking the Passion into our hearts and uniting music with spoken word. John Ivan
+ Thanks to ALL musicians for their energetic, lively, passionate, and celebratory music on April 10th-pastor Mary Ann and Mark's last Sunday. Several musicians played at all three services to honor the pastors by using their exceptional talents. Thanks, thanks, thanks for sending Mary Ann and Mark off with a bang!
+ I would like to thank you for the Easter plant. It is very pretty & colorful. When it is time to plant it in my flower garden, I'll do that. It is a good remembrance. Sincerely, Marie Hinzpeter and family.
+ Thank you to Spark Lundberg for repairing the chairs here at church. We truly appreciate all you do for us!
+ Dear congregation, Thank you for the beautiful plant. Hope it inspires the spring weather. Many thanks! Pat Owen
+ Many thanks to Mike Brooks for cutting our church lawn faithfully, even when it sprinkles. We appreciate your continued efforts to make the church look beautiful.
+ A big thank you to the Badger High FFA & Master Gardener, Susan Hughes for preparing the gardens of Immanuel Lutheran Church for the Just For Kids summer program during "Day of Service". FFA students: Amanda Shea, Levi Speckman, Tyler Love, Callee Gilfoy, Paige Ludkte
+ High School Ministry - We would like to thank all of those that were involved with the Spaghetti Dinner and Auction preparation. We would like to thank everyone that brought in desserts and donated auction items. A big thank you to Chad Bittner for donating the food for the event!


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