Immanuel eNewsletter
April, 2018
In This Issue
Worship with Us!     

 

  

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Easter - Live in the Light!

        The season of Lent proved to be a powerful time for Immanuel. We gathered for wonderful Wednesday night meal   s, and we reflected on Jesus through the thoughtful words of our own members. During Holy Week we walked with Jesus through the last supper, meditated on the cross, and celebrated the resurrection on Easter Sunday with powerful music and the Word. 
       The Easter season is our opportunity to embrace the resurrection story and life in Jesus. We have been having a great time getting to know more people and ministries at Immanuel in these months, and we're looking forward to an energetic and ambitious Easter season. April will provide several opportunities for us as a church to take some confident steps forward in faith together. Our hope is that these opportunities will help us to build on the already great energy we have established.
       It is clear that Immanuel has great passion for faith in action: reaching out to neighbors, tackling the most serious issues in our community, and building God's kingdom of grace, forgiveness and love. The life of Jesus fills our church and our people - HALLELUJAH! We are confident that God has great plans for us, as we continue to grow together.

Capital Campaign  - April 22nd will launch the next phase in Immanuel's capital campaign. We see this campaign as an opportunity for us to step boldly into our future. We have weathered a rough patch, but we emerged strong and ready for our next step. This capital campaign is a powerful way for us to show the community our commitment to welcoming everyone into Immanuel's mission of building God's kingdom. We honor the incredible faith and commitment of the past by stepping forward with Jesus into the new vision for tomorrow.





Small Group Bible Study
- Beginning this month, we are encouraging everyone to join our congregation-wide Bible study, "If You Want to Walk On Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat." The Church is more than just a building.  As we step forward in faith together, we encourage YOU to take this Easter season to grow in faith and devotion. We have found that a great way to develop and maintain a focus on faith is to participate in a small group, where we love, support, and hold one another accountable. We would love for everyone to participate in a group. The study is just 6 weeks long, and we believe it will help us grow in our understanding of God. We also expect that it will challenge us, pushing us to think about the ways God is calling us forward in faith. Is God calling YOU to "Get out of the boat"?


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April 8:15 Service

 

April 9:45 Service

 

April 11:07 Service

 

 

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 Prayers

Serving in the Military
 
John Allison, Chris Bollwahn, Brock Grahler, Jimmy Flores,
Robert Knowlton, Alex Novak, Brian Novak, Tim Sireno, Andy Sireno,  Jacob Swatek, Atlanna & Daniel Tschida   
 

Health and Strength
 
Owen, John, Zach & Brittany Adams; Cassandra Aielo;
Scott Baumann; Tom Bernacchi; Joe Bidwill; Catrina Cabassi; Lawrence Carstensen & family; Anne Chant; George Elblein; Judy & Mike Elston; Nancy Franklin; Dick Fritz; Terry Furman; Trinity Galica; Victor Garcia; Hanny Family; Mother of Sandy Henry; Shirley Hock; Janet Kelly; Brenda Kelly; Klug Family; Don & Ginny Kolseth; Joanne L.; Jeanne Madaus; Darald Magil; Donna Martin; Craig & Kathy Middleton; Nick Moehling; Yvonne Mol; John Mueller; Mike Nagel; Jillie Olsen; Heidi Otterness; Pat & Gary Parsons; Virginia Percy; Family of Edson Randall; Greg Randall; Bea Riley; Kaeleigh Runnells; Jason S; Pat Schulz; Anna Skinner; Marilyn Sievert; Bernie Smedley; Carol Stassen; Joe Sylvestri & Family; Don Tolar; Carolyn Warfield; Jackie Witt; Aimee Yakes; Marisue Z.; & Sophia Zematis

Baptisims
 
+  David & Lori Scotney on the baptism of their children, Olivia Gale Scotney; Brooke Lorin Scotney; & Johnathan David Scotney, on March 4th at the 9:45 service.

+  Bree & Ryan Hornsey on the baptism of their child, Cooper Henry Hornsey, on March 18th at the 11:07 service.
  

New Members
 
A WARM WELCOME  to 

David & Lori Scotney as new members to our Immanuel family on March 4th at the 9:45 service. 

Danielle Baker as a new member to our Immanuel family, on March 11th at the 9:45 service.

Jake Schmidt as a new member to our Immanuel family, on March 18th at the 9:45 service.

We are thrilled to have you!

Serving on the Mission Field
 
Zach and Misa Harrod, Jenn and Jason Byers, Karen Flowers, Chris and Irene Okuna, Ginger Peterson, Nathan Bloechl
 


UPCOMING FUNDRAISERS!

Spaghetti Dinner & Dessert Auction
 
Our High School mission trip team will be hosting our Annual Spaghetti Dinner & Dessert Auction on Sunday, APRIL 15th. Dinner Starts at 4:30pm and the Auction Starts at 5:30pm. Tickets are $5 each in advance or $6 each at the door. The auction will be filled with delicious desserts, hotel room stays, kayak rentals, quilts, and much more! We will also be having a 50/50 raffle. Come join in on the fun! ALL proceeds help fund this year's High School Mission Trip!
 
*Tickets will be on sale between services on Sundays or can be purchased in the church office.


Salad Bar Luncheon

An upcoming Salad Bar Luncheon will be held on April 18th at 11am in Immanuel's Fellowship Hall.  If interested in helping with the Fundraiser please contact Sandy Boalesat (248-3595) or Arlene Redell at (215-6000) for more info.




WORSHIP NEWS

Sunday, April 1st - EASTER SUNDAY - 8:00am - 9:30am - 11:00am
 
APRIL 1st is Easter Sunday -no foolin'!  The Easter Cantata will launch us into life as we celebrate Jesus' resurrection. Life is the vision of God for all of humanity and all of creation. Jesus pours his life into us and shows us that our ultimate hope will never fail.

23rd Annual Men's Easter Breakfast April 1st, 2018

Please join us April 1st (no fooling) for our 23rd Annual Men's Easter Breakfast. We will have Eggs, plain or with Ham and Cheese, Sausage, Pancakes, Fruit, Danish, Coffee, Milk, and Juice. We will be serving food from 7:30 to 10:30 amso please bring your family and enjoy the best Easter breakfast in town!
 
This is prepped, cooked, and, served by all the men and youth of Immanuel. So, we're looking for any of you kitchen helpers that want to help give back through this ministry to the women who work so tirelessly at home and at church to make sure all of us feed. You can sign up on the clipboards during service, or text me at 262-581-5186. Thank you, Rick Ruby


New Member Discovery Class
 
A New Member Discovery Class will be held on Sunday, April 8th at 12:30pm in the Fellowship Hall.  Join us for lunch, an overview of God's plan of Salvation, and learn about ministry opportunities at Immanuel. Child care is available. If you are interested in attending, please sign up on the worship card at any of our 3 Sunday services.
 
Council Minutes
 
Minutes of the Immanuel Lutheran Church Council's meetings will become available following the next scheduled council meeting. The council meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, & church members are welcome to attend.


Contact Information for the Church Council
 
The church council, Pastors and staff are eager to be available to you. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us for prayer needs, spiritual guidance, help, and fellowship.  We pledge to work hard with you and for you.  Contact the church office if you need a Church Directory. Contact Council Members for Monthly Financial Statements and Council Meeting Minutes.
 
 
Jim Gaugert:262-949-4626  
jimgaugert@wi.rr.com

Kristin Larkin:414-491-1969

   kristinlarkin@yahoo.com
Barb Kwiatkowski:262-215-9614 
barb@wlkg.com
Doug Bartz:414-339-7661
bartzdoug@yahoo.com
Kristin Gahart:262-723-6889 
fivegaharts@charter.net
Lynn Gerlitz:262-812-9326  
lynn.gerlitz@gmail.com
Pete Juergens: 414-588-2909  
pete.juergens@hotmail.com
Jeff Bakken:847-650-4206 
jeffbkkn@gmail.com
Ken Field:262-374-1795 
ukfield1@att.net
Amy Peterburs:262-215-7558
 amyhope007@gmail.com
Josette Kuehl:262-745-6780
Dennis Lyon: 262-565-8568

2018 Weekly Giving Envelop Packs

Members and Friends of Immanuel 2018 Weekly Giving Envelop Packs are now available. Please pick your pack up across from the Welcome Center. If you do not find a pack with your name and wish to have envelops, please contact Don Anderson, 262-248-7741, donjand4311@gmail.com , or leave a note at the office. Thank you for your continuing support, Immanuel Stewardship Committee.
 
Praise Team:  Rehearses Wednesdays at 8 PM
 
Praise T eam members vibrantly lead contemporary worship songs each week at 9:45 and 11:07, help lead special services throughout the year, and represent Immanuel in the community.  We are blessed immeas urably by  their dedication and superb leadership!  Weekly rehearsals are on Wednesday nights from 8 - 8:45PM!  Some musical training is nec essary and members are required to attend rehearsals. Please contact Adam Smith at   music@immanuellg.org if you are interested in joining the team!

"RevivaL" - Youth Worship Band

Youth Worship Band,RevivaL, meets every Tuesday from 7pm-8pm in the Sanctuary.  We will be leading worship for the youth on Wednesday nights!  Contact Kelly Gerlitz 773-931-6773
The Bells of Immanuel

If you're thinking of ringing, we NEED you!  Rehearsals start at 9:20am to 10am, and if you want to attend the 9:45 service you may leave.  Immanuel's celebrated handbell choir rings recognizable church music, including traditional repertoire, classical sacred literature, and more recent compositions.  The Bells of Immanuel rehearse on Sundays from 9:15-10:00AM downstairs in the music room.  No musical training is necessary!!! If you can't commit to every Sunday, talk to Ellen, director, about being a bell substitute ringer! Contact her at ellen.hanson@aurora.org if you are interested or just show up for rehearsal.  She will show you how to ring and which part to read.

Worship Schedule Sign-up
 
Immanuel has many opportunities for individuals to help with our Worship services on Sundays. Sign-up to help lead worship on Immanuel's website: www.Immanuellakegeneva.org   C lick 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
 
Prayer Requests
 
We appreciate all of your prayer requests each week! We want to continue praying for all individuals because we know how powerful prayer is in the lives of so many.  On the first of the new month, we will restart the prayer list.  If someone needs to stay on the list, just let Bethany know by using the worship card found in the weekly bulletin, calling the church office (262.248.4211), emailing Bethany at secretary@immanuellg.org , or dropping off a note in the church office.  We want your requests, so we can continue praying for those in need.
 
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.
 
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!!

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!  If you're interested in helping, we need you!!  Sign up on our Website by clicking " Worship Sign Up" . Thanks!

Welcome Center Volunteers Needed

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.
 
Name Tags Available

Name Tags can still be ordered.  Please print your name(s) legibly on an envelope with "Name Tag" also printed on the envelope; place $5.00 per tag in the envelope (if you are financially able to do so), then seal and drop into the offering plate at your regular service or give to Bethany.  We encourage EVERYONE to order a name tag.

DISCIPLESHIP NEWS

Adult Bible Study

An Adult Sunday Morning Bible Study meets at 9:45 am in the Conference room. Contact Jill Rosenthal at 262-248-7491 with any questions.
Wednesday Morning Bible Study

Wednesday Morning Bible Study meets at 9:30 am in the Conference room. This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. Please Contact Jill Rosenthal at 262-248-7491 with any questions.

Women's Thursday Morning Bible Study

Women's Thursday Morning Bible Studywill be meeting on Thursdays from 9:30am to 11am in the youth room.  Starting March 8th we will begin a new study on "beatitudes". Please contact Shari Lundberg at 262-245-6212 for more info.

Men's Friday Morning Small Group Bible Study

A Men's Friday Morning Small Group Bible Study meets from 6:45-8:00am in the Fellowship Hall. Contact Ken Field, 262-374-1795 All Are Welcome!

Women's Friday Morning Bible Study

Women's Friday Morning Bible Study will meets on Fridays at 9:30am. Please contact Arlene Redell @262-215-6000  or Janet Kelly @262-374-3823 with any questions.

Saturday Morning Bible Study

A Saturday Morning Bible Study will be meeting on April 21st at 10am at the home of Loretta Frank (N2020 County Road H #437, Lake Geneva) Contact Trish (949-2480) for more info.


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 preschooler at the entrance to the worship space, and  return it to the stand when the service is finished.  


Daycare News

Little Sprouts Learning Center is open from 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., for children 6 weeks through 6 years.  Transportation to and from Lake Geneva  Schools is provided.  Enroll today!   Contact Tyler Leech, Daycare Director, at the Little Sprout's  Direct Line (262-248-1897) for more info.

*We're looking for Qualified, Professional Individuals to help make Little Sprouts GREAT! Contact Tyler Leech for more info.

"SPARK" Sunday School
 
Sparks Sunday School has had such an awesome year!! Families are asked to take their children to the sanctuary.  After announcements we will do the children's message.  From there, the children will be taken to Sunday school.  They will return to the sanctuary just before communion in order to commune with their families. 
 
*Mother's day (May 13th) is quickly approaching!  It will be an exciting day at Immanuel! Not only will our Sunday School students be singing in church, but we will have a bake sale!!  All funds will go directly to this year's vacation bible camp.
 
*Our LAST DAY of Sunday School will be May 20th.  We will celebrate the awesome year with treats and games!
 
Early Release Day!

Our next early release day is coming up on Thursday, April 12th.  We are looking for volunteers!!  We would need help from 1:30-4PM.  If you are interested, please let Sarah B. know.  Any and all help would be so greatly appreciated!!
 
Vacation Bible Camp
 
Our VBC of 2018 will be held from July 8th-12th.  This will be nightly from 4:50-7:45.  Our theme this year is Shipwrecked!!  We are thrilled to start moving forward with planning this incredible event.  And we are looking for volunteers!!  There are so many ways to participate!!   If you are interested - let Sarah Beauregard know by email children@immanuellg.org  or call 248-4211
 
Just For Kids Summer Program (for ages 6-12)

Our mission at the Immanuel Lutheran JFK Summer Program is to provide exceptional and affordable child care for the families in our community. JFK summer program offers a safe and nurturing environment where kids ages 6-12 can come to have fun, build friendships, and make lasting memories!
 
Everyday will be a brand new adventure for your child! We play games that encourage teamwork and self development, create beautiful works of art, plant our own garden, have outdoor adventures and activities, music and singing, air hockey and ping pong. We watch movies and eat popcorn in our theater room and there is always time to read and perform skits. Of course, the most fun happens on our giant blow up waterpark-"THE CROC". Our teachers cannot wait to spend the summers with you!!
 
Our JFK summer program
begins JUNE 11th and goes until August 24th
 
JFKSP is open from 6am to 6pm, Monday through Friday and just $30.00 per day, offering discounts for families with multiple children. We only require a two day minimum per week. There is a $50 early enrollment/materials fee per child. Enrollments after June 11th are $75.00 per child.
 
Sign up today! There are enrollment packets in the tiled gathering space on the metal information rack by the main entrance to the church. You can also email Holly at jfk@immanuellg.org .
 
JFKSP JUNIOR HELPERS *We have only two positions open for Junior Helper interns this year. (Great for students looking for volunteer hours.) You must be 13 years or older. Our Junior Helpers help assist teachers and Junior Leaders with our JFKSP and kids!   Being a junior helper provides adventures and experiences you may not experience elsewhere. You will learn how to be a mentor and be mentored. You will help teach JFKSP kids invaluable skills of independence, personal growth, teamwork, goal setting, and more.

 
MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

"IGNITE" Middle School Youth Group

We are so excited for another awesome year of Immanuel's Youth Group!  All youth in 6th-8th grades are welcome!  We will meet from 6-7:30pm on Wednesday nights.  If you would like to join us for fellowship, Next Door Pub Pizza, & Bittner's  Donuts, Dinner is served from 5:30-6pm . Friends are welcome!

LAST DAY CELEBRATION - BOWLING NIGHT!

Our LAST DAY of Ignite and F.U.E.L. youth group will be APRIL 18 th.   To celebrate an incredible year we will be going bowling at Lake Geneva Lanes! Cost is $5 per student and includes 2 games and shoe rental. We would appreciate donations of snacks, treats, and raffle prizes.


GET CONNECTED!

Want to stay in the loop with what's happening in IGNITE? Get the inside scoop and special announcements!!!  Students and parents can join by texting the class code: @768fb to the phone# 810-10

IGNITE SWAG
 
Show your love and shine your light!! IGNITE swag will be available for purchase Wednesday nights after youth group gets out.  We offer short sleeve T-shirts, long sleve T-shirts, and sweatshirts with our awesome IGNITE LOGO.  All profits from every shirt sold will go back into the IGNITE fund for our youth to use toward community outreach.

CHOCOLATE FEST

Chocolate Fest is happening during Memorial Day Weekend.  This is our biggest IGNITE fundraiser.  THIS is YOUR child's main fundraiser to EARN $$$ for next year! We have the opportunity to raise $4,000 or MORE (depending on how many volunteers we have)!!! That is huge for our Ministry!!  PARENTS, FRIENDS, & FAMILY are welcome to work on the behalf of the student.

*We are looking for parents of our IGNITE youth or any congregants that would love to use their talents to help organize this awesome event.  We are hoping to get a team together soon.  Please contact Sarah or Holly if you are interested.

Contact Holly @ 248-4211 or by emailing  middleschool@immanuellg.org 
Or Sarah at  children@immanuellg.org

VIBE

Our afterschool VIBE is open MON - THURS from 2:50pm until 5:30pm.  VIBE is for middle school students who need a safe and fun place to gather after school. We offer tutoring and access to computers for homework, healthy snacks, games, art projects, baking and cooking adventures, movies, and fun seasonal activities!

VIBE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

We are looking for ordinary people with extraordinary hearts to offer the gift of time. Volunteers just like you, to help mentor, teach, listen, inspire, and encourage our youth!!  Do you love to share stories, bake, create, or play games? Then this is the place for you!! All time and talents are welcome!  
For more information about VIBE or volunteering, please contact Holly Bromeland at middleschool@immanuel.org or Call 248-4211 / 949-6227.




CONFIRMATION
 
Here's how it works:
 
Wednesdays - Ignite (Confirmation) - 5:30-7:30pm
Our regular Ignite youth group will begin to integrate Pr. Sara into the 'large group' teaching time. On the surface, Wednesdays will look and feel pretty familiar. Expect to continue to have fun, build friendships, and learn important spiritual lessons. We'll just be adding Pr. Sara into the mix.
Confirmation students, on top of Wednesday Ignite, will be expected to complete Worship reports, fulfill serving requirements, and have an experience in summer Bible camp or the Mission Trip.
We fully expect some students to participate fully on Wednesdays who are not on the 'confirmation track.' Our hope is that everyone will find Ignite to be a place where we grow in love for God and toward one another - following Jesus every step of the way!
 
The 'Sunday option' - 9:00-9:45
We are already aware of at least 2 middle school students who will not be able to participate in Wednesday Ignite. We are able to offer a Sunday morning class from 9-9:45. This will be led by volunteers. Please understand that Wednesdays are a far more complete experience including fellowship, spiritual practices, and student leadership opportunities. For those who cannot make Wednesdays work, Sunday morning will offer at least a scaled down experience of the program.

Confirmation Day for this year's 8th graders will happen 
in the fall of their 9th grade year, at the end of October.
(on Reformation Sunday, the last Sunday of October 2018)

Next fall, we will have a confirmation retreat to fulfill all requirements 
in preparation for their 'Affirmation of Baptism' - i.e. Confirmation Day. 
Detailed information on this will be available in September of 2018.
 
If you have questions, please contact Pr. Sara:  pastorsara@immanuellg.org  or call 262-248-4211.



HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

"FUEL" High School Youth Group

 
We continue to meet every Wednesday night this month and will be joining the middle school on April 19 th for a night of bowling and fun at Lake Geneva Lanes. Spark will also be back and we will finish our silver crosses and see what else he might have in mind for us...
 
MISSION TRIP - Fundraisers are coming soon. April 15th is the Dessert Auction. Memorial Day weekend is the Chocolate Fest fundraiser, SIGN UP WITH PR. PAUL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! There will be other opportunities during weekends, make sure you are receiving FUEL emails for details as these opportunities emerge. For example, the Little Sprouts Day Care at Immanuel is getting a new playground fence and we will be hiring students to help with demolition of the existing fence... The closer we get to the summer, our FUEL Wednesdays will be about the mission trip - planning, preparation, and education. We have a lot to cover in order to set ourselves up for a successful experience in July.
 
FUEL meets every Wednesday! 5:30 PM - Dinner; 6-7:30PM - FUEL


FUEL MISSION TRIP 2018:
 
 
Registration for this summer's High School FUEL Mission Trip to the Pine Ridge Reservation is OPEN!
 
Where: Pine Ridge Indian Reservation - Kyle, South Dakota
When: July 21-29
Cost: $600 per student (Adult leaders $300)
 
Fundraising and scholarships are available!!!
 
There are 3 opportunities on the near horizon for students to earn money toward their $600 Mission Trip fee.
 
March - Sign up for the CHOCOLATE FEST work opportunities. We are extremely fortunate to have this opportunity to work at Chocolate Fest in Burlington. This event happens over Memorial Day Weekend, but the sign-up needs to happen this month!!!
 
April - Spaghetti dinner Dessert Auction. We are still trying to establish the date, but this event often brings in a lot of money to support students in their mission trip. It is hard work, but it will get the job done.
 
May/June - Since we organize this mission trip on our own, there will likely be opportunities for students to earn money by helping to plan the trip.
Contact Pastor Paul for more details. pastorpaul@immanuellg.org
 
Mission Trip Details: This year we go to Oglala Lakota County (on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation), one of the most impoverished areas in the USA. The unemployment rate is around 85%, half of adults have diabetes due to poor nutrition, the suicide rate is the highest in the nation, and substance abuse is rampant. In spite of all of this, the Oyate Teca Project remains a beacon of hope in the community. We will partner with Oyate Teca to play a key role in their gardening program, which helps people learn how to grow and preserve their own food - fresh fruits and vegetables! The Oyate Teca project is one of the most successful programs of its kind due to partnerships with people like us.  We will also explore the rich heritage and history of the Oglala Lakota people. Students can plan on spending some time in the Badlands and heading into the Black Hills.  Our 'mission' is to show our Lakota friends what the love of God is supposed to look and feel like. It's also to serve in Jesus' name, bringing important resources into an impoverished community and building friendships with people who have largely experienced alienation from the church.
 
Students can reserve their spot by completing the
registration and waiver (Available in church office)
and paying a $100 deposit.
 
Questions can be sent to Pr. Paul - pastorpaul@immanuellg.org




MISSION

Community Connection Meal

Please join us for our Community Connection Meal on  Thursday, April 19th from 5:15 - 6:30pm.  Remember all of our Community Meals are FREE to those in our community who are hungry, lonely or need fellowship. We would also love folks
to donate their favorite Cookies! Please sign up on the Clip boards that will be passed out during Sunday Services or Contact Lynn Gerlitz 262-812-9326 or at  communityconnections@gmail.com  if you can volunteer or donate.  
 
*Also donations of clothing/shoes will be available for anyone in NEED!


Care Team
 
Newcomers welcome to join and be a part of this amazing team!  This is an important time for us to share and communicate about the shut-in members we are caring for.  Please contact Kristin Larkin at 414-491-1969 or email her  at  kristinlarkin@yahoo.com  for more info.  Also, if you have names of members who have indicated they would be in need of a visit from the Care Team please let Kristin or Bethany know and they will be added to the list of people enjoying visits from this wonderful ministry.

"Stitchin' for Kids"

The Wednesday morning quilters have a special project in the works.  They will be making fleece blankets for the children who come to The Tree House (Children's Advocacy Center, Elkhorn) due to suspected physical or sexual abuse and/or neglect.  Age range is anywhere from a couple weeks old to 17 years of age.  This can be a traumatic experience for these precious souls and the Tree House staff has found that if they are able to give them a "Lovie" when they arrive, or leave, it helps calm and sooth the children while the process is taking place.   If you would like to help with this worthwhile endeavor, many hands make the project go quickly besides the fact that it's fun!  Contact Jackie Kuehl for more information.   Another way to be involved is to give a monetary donation to help offset the cost of each blanket ($20 per blanket).  Donations can be placed in an envelope with "Stitching for Kids" on the outside and left with Bethany in the church office.  If you prefer to write a check, make it out to Immanuel Lutheran Church and put "Stitchin' for Kids" on the memo line.   The Wednesday morning quilters plan to have this as an ongoing project.  Last year 300+ children were served at the Tree House...that is a lot of blankets. Thank you for whatever you can do to be of assistance to these children.

HEARTS TO CARE

 
*STAY TUNED....the HEARTS TO CARE ministry team is working diligently to get this ministry organized and anticipates that we will soon have Hearts to Care up and running.  To our wonderful volunteers - thank you!  We will be in touch with you soon for a brief training session.
 
God has given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help others...   1st Peter 4:10-11

Side By Side Screening

Side By Side screening is on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, April 16th at 7pm 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 - Genoa City Badger High School District.  Bring a copy of the bill. Side By Side is a collaborative ministry between area churches and civic groups.

St. Vincent De Paul (Milwaukee) Soup Kitchen

Our next service date is May 20th A Carpool leaves from Immanuel at 4pm.   A special thanks for the gifts given to the Milwaukee Soup Kitchen Many thanks for all at Immanuel that made possible an excellent service again at the Milwaukee Soup Kitchen's evening meal program on February 18th.  This  includes the seven who gladly gave their time and service in person.  Also, thanks go those who supported this ministry with gifts of coats, blankets and other items...we even got a sleeping bag which is considered to be very special.  God bless!  Bob Rosenthal

Blood Pressure Checks

Blood pressure checks are here at Immanuel after the 1st service on the 2 nd Sunday of each month in the Library off of the Fellowship Hall.


Walworth County Food Pantry

The Walworth County Food Pantry is registered with Thrivent Choice!
There is still time to direct your Thrivent Choice Dollars for 2017 before they are gone!

The Walworth County Food Pantry serves all qualified residents of Walworth County and is open Wed. from 1-5pm, & Sat. from 10am - 2pm, located at 205 East Commerce Court, Elkhorn. In Walworth County, 1 in 6 people report food insecurity at some point during the year. We currently serve more than 500 families per month, approximately 17% of those people are senior citizens and 35% are children. Your donations enable us to purchase food through Feeding America for as low as $.19 per pound & are welcome year-round. You can learn more & donate on our web site at walworthcountyfoodpantry.org or contact Susan Hughes at 262-581-3524.

*1 in 3 families is affected by diaper need. Read more on the Huggies web site, 'No Baby Unhugged'. Help the Walworth County Food Pantry become a sustainable diaper bank. Consider holding a diaper drive with your group or organization, call Susan Hughes for more information.


The Lake Geneva Food Pantry

The Lake Geneva Food Pantry is open Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays from 9 am to11:30 am.  It is located at the First Congregational Church,
715 Wisconsin Street in Lake Geneva.  Call 262-248-2337 for more info.


In Need of Prayer Shawls?

Prayer shawls made with Christ's love are available through the office for anyone in distress.  Wrap your loved one in comforting prayers.  Call Donna Hove at 262-749-0599 for more info.







FELLOWSHIP AND MEETINGS

Immanuel Book Club
 
Immanuel Book Club meets on the 4th Wednesday of every month in the Library. They meet next on April 25th.  The Book is: "I shall be near to you"  By Erin Lindsay McCabe.  Call Edie Michelson @262-686-3009 with any questions.   
New members welcome.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Parent Support Group
 
The Lake Geneva School District and the Autism Society of Southern Wisconsin have partnered together to offer a support group for parents/guardians of children ages 3-21 who have either been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or receive special education services at school under an Educational Autism label.  All parents regardless of where their children attend school are welcome to join.  The group offers the opportunity to meet other parents, provide education on topics related to Autism, and provide resources and opportunities available.  The group is offered free of charge and you do not need to pre-register.  Please note that no childcare is provided.  The group meets from 6:30-8:30pm on April 11th & May 9thRoom 802 in Badger High School.  Please enter door J off of Wells St.  If you have any questions, please contact Angie Schubert at angie.schubert@badger.k12.wi.us or call 262-348-7000 x7025

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!

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.

Immanuel Lawn Signs

The new Immanuel lawn signs are ready! Pick-up your Immanuel lawn signs at church for placement in your yard.


THANKS

+     THANK YOU! Our youth Sunday was amazing!!  Thank you to all who were involved in this day.  This includes leaders, volunteers, kitchen helpers, and of course the youth!!  A special thank you goes out to Sandy Boales and Arlene Redell who went above and beyond to help make our youth breakfast and coffee hour a success. Ellen Gullbrandson and Katy Kanelos were amazing at guiding our youth that morning!  Thank you to both of you ladies!  We would also like to thank all who donated to our youth programs on that Sunday.  Your generous contributions are what makes these programs run!  You are an absolute blessing to the youth ministry!!

+     Dear Pastors Paul & Sara, Thank you to all of Immanuel Lutheran Church's parishioners who participated in the hats, gloves, scarves, & mittens drive for the Tree House. We are grateful to be able to supply these items to our children & families who use our services. We appreciate your kindness and generosity to the abused & neglected children in our community. Sincerely, Bridget Dickinson


Website
  

www.immanuellakegeneva.org

  
Check out our website for information about the ministries at our church.  If you click on the "sermons" link, you will find video links for the sermons and special events!  Spread the word!


 

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