AUGUST, 2018
Immanuel E-Newsletter
LITTLE SPROUTS DAYCARE
The pastors and church council,
in cooperation with Tyler Leech, director, have recently begun a conversation about the possible advantages of making Little Sprouts daycare a legally separate entity. 

  • Why would we want or need to do this? The main reason for the change would be for insurance purposes, to protect the liability of the church in the event of an issue with the daycare (and vice versa). 

  • Is this something other churches do? Yes. In fact, we have learned that it is now the "norm." The vast majority of churches with affiliated day care or schools have created a separate entity for the school or daycare.

What won't change: 

  • Immanuel's commitment to the ministry of daycare that is provided by Little Sprouts.

  • Little Sprouts' functioning as a ministry of the church, with a shared mission, vision, and values.

  • Building use will not change as a result of this process.

Please know that we will keep you informed as our conversation continues, and if you have any questions or concerns you are welcome to contact the pastors, director Tyler Leech, or our church council president, Jim Gaugert.


July 29, 2018
Baptism of
Hunter Joseph Neumann
Congratulations to Nicholas & Kirsten Neumann on the baptism of their child, Hunter Joseph Neumann, on July 29th at the 9:45am service.
July 29, 2018
Baptism of
Hayes Elyse Hinzpeter
Congratulations to Courtney & Sean Hinzpeter on the baptism of their child, Hayes Elyse Hinzpeter, on July 29th at the 9:45am service.
July 29, 2018
Baptism of
Malcolm Edward Larsen
Congratulations to Jessica & Joshua Larsen on the baptism of their child, Malcolm Edward Larsen, on July 29th at the 9:45am service.
Worship Schedule Sign-up
Immanuel has many opportunities for individuals to help with our Worship services on Sundays. Click below on the service time of your choice to sign-up today!

You can also sign-up on Immanuel’s website: Immanuellakegeneva.org
Simply click on “Worship Sign Up” and choose the month and service you would like to help. Thank you for your willingness to serve!
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 / larkinkristin@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 / josettekuehl@gmail.com
Dennis Lyon: 262-565-8568 / cdlyon@wi.rr.com
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.
PRAYERS
Serving on the Mission Field
Zach and Misa Harrod, Jenn and Jason Byers, Karen Flowers, Chris and Irene Okuna, & Ginger Peterson

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
Mission Team; Pastors Paul & Sara; Owen; Lois; Nico; Maureen & Tim; Heidi, Donna, Pat; Jillie; Zach & Brittany Adams; Marty Baker; Scott Baumann; Tom Bernacchi; Joe Bidwill; Boales Family; Fred Boutilier; Buz Bozovsky; Lawrence Carstensen & family; Bill Clark; Naia Coltman; Susan Curi; Dupee Family; Nathan Dyer; George Elblein; Judy & Mike Elston; Nancy Franklin; Bill Fry; Nancy Fry; Terri Furman; Victor Garcia; Jacob Hanson; Ken Hanson; Duane & Donna Hove; Bob Huml; Tony Huml; David Jacobsen; Family of Tony Janakowski; Brenda Kelly; Alexander Kinsley; Peggy & Vyto Klausa; Don & Ginny Kolseth; Joanne L; Jeff Luengen; Jeanne Madaus; Linda Martin; Craig & Kathy Middleton; Mike Nagel; Diana Orozco; Denise P; Pat & Gary Parsons; Bud Patchin; Ernest Perry; Gerry Peterson; Greg Randall; Bea Riley; Gino Russo; Marilynn Sievert; Bernie Smedley; Carol Stassen; Bea Sutton; Helen Teegen; Jan Tonyan; Elaine & Wayne Vorpagel; Art Walton; Carolyn Warfield; Ron Williams; Aimee Yakes; & Sophia Zematis
WORSHIP NEWS
Safety Advisory Committee (SAC)
EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN TRAINING
We recently adopted an Emergency Response Plan that will give us direction in case of any emergency - medical, weather, or security. Our Immanuel and Little Sprouts Day Care staff will be training on this plan, and then we will train as many of our volunteers as possible. The Emergency Response Plan is a tremendous resource for all of us and is very comprehensive in its scope. More information on this will be coming soon - our hope is to have training completed by the end of August! The emergency response plan was created by a team of safety professionals and given to us as part of our Safety and Security Survey by Tom Hausner and Associates. We are so grateful for their work in equipping us to be a safer place!

FRONT DOOR 
We have nearly come to consensus on how to handle our front door security. The goal is to have our Main Entrance locked every weekday to better keep our Little Sprouts Daycare children safe. Our approach will look very familiar to anyone who has recently visited a public school. On Sunday mornings for worship and for large church gatherings, you can still expect to find the main entrance open - ALL ARE WELCOME! Our research gives us confidence that everyone can expect a more reliable and secure way to enter the church during the week. The key cards have been effective to a point, but have not been as reliable as of late. In the future our quilters, Bible Study participants, Community Meal, and other volunteers will have dependable access to the building. We do appreciate your patience as well as your feedback as we continue to make Immanuel as safe as possible.
Praise Team: Rehearses Wednesdays at 7:30PM
Each week the members of Praise Team faithfully lead worship in song at the 9:45 AM and 11:07 AM worship services. Members also help to lead worship for special services. Weekly rehearsals are on Wednesday nights from 7:30 - 8:30 PM! Some musical training would be preferred and members are required to attend as many rehearsals as possible. Please contact Adam Smith at 262-325-7122 or at music@immanuellg.org if you are interested in joining the team!
Immanuel Choir: Rehearses Wednesdays at 6:45PM
CALLING ALL SINGERS! Rehearsals for our Immanuel Choir will begin promptly at 6:45 PM on Wednesday nights and will feature several different genres of music. Our goal is to create an environment where we encourage fellowship and the further development of your musicianship skills. I am excited to see what great music we can make! No experience is needed and rehearsals are not mandatory, as I know schedules are busy during the summer months. Please join us as we praise God and share our gifts with Immanuel. God Bless!
“RevivaL” - Youth Worship Band
Youth Worship Band, RevivaL, meets every Tuesday from 7pm-8pm in the Sanctuary. Our LAST meeting for the Summer was on May 29th. See you ALL in the Fall 😊 Contact Kelly Gerlitz @ 773-931-6773 with questions.
Fellowship 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 Fellowship 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! 

Summer Fellowship Hour Change we are asking everyone from the congregation to assist with this ministry while we give our "teams" a much deserved summer break and give everyone an opportunity to serve others and a chance to meet and work with new people! We continue to be in need of volunteers to help with the set-up, bringing treats and clean up for our Sunday fellowship hour time. Clipboards will be circulating each Sunday. Please consider helping out with this wonderful fellowship opportunity by signing up or let Evie know.
We need 2 people to set up coffee, iced tea, lemonade, juice, etc. prior to the 8:15 service, 4 people to bring in snacks/treats, & 2 people to cleanup.
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.
Assistance with Parking on Sundays
Assistance with parking is available on Sundays. 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!!
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.
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.
2018 Weekly Giving Envelop Packs
Members and Friends of Immanuel 2018 Weekly Giving Envelop Packs are now available. Please pick your pack up in the main office. 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 in the office. Thank you for your support, Immanuel Stewardship Committee.
Thrivent Action Team Dollars
Calling ALL Thrivent Members with Action Team Dollars to use, there are so many GREAT things going on at Immanuel that you can support with those FREE funds. It’s easy and will not cost you a dime. All you need to do is go online and complete the application. If you need any help or have questions please don’t hesitate to call Jeri at 262-949-0083 or Evie at 262-203-0463.
There are a lot of activities coming up soon to use your Action Team Dollars on! Here are just a few ideas… Youth Mission Trip; Vacation Bible Camp; Immanuel Quilters; JKF Summer Camp; Little Sprouts Daycare; Adult Bible Study; and many more! TAKE ACTION with your ACTION DOLLARS NOW!!! There’s $58,000 in our congregation FREE to use! LET’S GO EVERYONE!
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
A 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 Study will be taking the months of JUNE, JULY, & AUGUST off! We will resume our study group on Thursday, September 13th from 9:30-11am in the Youth Room. Contact Shari Lundberg @ 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 be taking the months of JUNE, JULY, & AUGUST off! We will resume our study group on September 7th with “A Man Named Martin” Part II. For more info please contact Janet Kelly (262-374-3823) or Arlene Redell (262-215-6000).
Saturday Morning Bible Study
A Saturday Morning Bible Study will be meeting on August 4th at 10am at the home of Trish Fry-Misener (W3026 Weaver Rd, Elkhorn)  
Contact Trish (949-2480) for more info.
CHILDREN’S NEWS
VACATION BIBLE CAMP THANKS YOU!!
THANK YOU to all who helped with this year's VBC. We are beyond blessed for all of your help. This program would not have been possible without you. Because of your willingness to help we were able to spread Christ's love to an amazing group of kids!
Little Sprouts Daycare
Little Sprouts Learning Center is
open from 6:00am – 6:00pm, 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 Daycare Direct Line (262-248-1897) or email him at immanuellittlesprouts@gmail.com for more info. 

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

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.

“SPARK” Sunday School
Sunday school will be starting on September 16th! Our curriculum focuses on the stories of the Bible. We are thrilled to be guiding the children of Immanuel to a deeper understanding and knowledge of our faith! The morning will open with the children's message, we will then spend some time at music with Ms. Kelly, and then split into classes for an age appropriate lesson for each group.

*We need Sunday school teachers! If you are interested or have questions regarding Sunday school please see Sarah B!
Just For Kids Before and After School Program
STARTS IN SEPTEMBER for elementary school kids, ages 7-11 which meets Monday-Friday, from 6:00am -8:15am, and 3:45-6:00pm. We have bus transportation to and from Star Center, Central Denison and Eastview schools. Register your child for the fall school year now! We have a limited number of spaces available. There is a $25 registration fee. For more information contact Holly Bromeland at middleschool@immanuellg.org
Just For Kids Summer Program (for ages 6-12)
Our Summer program is coming to a close on August 24th. We have been having a BLAST this summer making many lasting memories and friendships. Thank you to all who helped make this program a success!
MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS
VIBE
Our afterschool VIBE program kicks off Monday, September 24th. We are open Monday-Thursday 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! There are registration forms in the church office or can be found at the Middle School Office.

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.
YOUTH GROUP & CONFIRMATION NEWS

We have 1 more exciting 
Summer Event on 
AUGUST 8th !
Watch for remind texts for more details.
IGNITE Middle School
& FUEL High School Youth Group
We are so excited for another awesome year of Immanuel’s Youth Group!

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES…

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th -Youth Group Parent/Volunteer Meeting!
We will be meeting from 6:30 - 7:30pm. Youth going into 6th to 12th grades and their parents are encouraged to attend, as well as anyone interested in playing a part within this vital ministry.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19th - First Official Night of Youth Group!
We will meet from 6-7:30pm. Dinner will be served. 
All youth in 6-8th grades are welcome! Bring a friend to join in!

CONFIRMATION
Wednesdays - Ignite (Confirmation)
5:30 - 7:30 pm
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. 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!

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES…

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th - Ignite Confirmation Parent Meeting!
 We will be meeting from 6:30 - 7:30pm. Youth going into 6th to 12th grades and their parents are encouraged to attend, as well as anyone interested in playing a part within this vital ministry.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28th - Confirmation Day!
Confirmation for this year’s 9th graders will happen on Reformation Sunday, Oct. 28th.

MISSION TRIP NEWS
ADULTS & YOUTH MISSION TRIP 2018
We are SO THANKFUL to have such support for youth and mission! 16 students and 12 adults took part in the mission trip to South Dakota. We went out to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for service projects, cultural immersion, and faith development. Over all, the ‘mission’ was to show our Lakota hosts what the love of Jesus looks and feels like. Service projects included building picnic shelters, setting up a large greenhouse, pouring concrete, and helping with gardening. For cultural immersion, we visited Wounded Knee, spent an evening in the badlands on the White River, did some horseback riding into the badlands, made several friends among the Lakota in Kyle, SD, and then participated in a 'league night' that included basketball, volleyball, and throwing horseshoes. For faith development we had Bible study/small group time, wrote some poems, worshiped around the Campfire and tackled important subjects to see where God is at work in the world and in our lives. The week ended with a trip into the Black Hills for some hiking, swimming, and finally a quick stop at Mt. Rushmore.
  • AUGUST 26th our Mission Trip team will present our experience in worship all Sunday morning. We look forward to sharing our thoughts & reflections (and maybe a poem or two…) with you!
MISSION NEWS
Hearts2Care
Hearts To Care Has Launched! We will be having our first informational meeting on Sunday, August 19th at 12:30pm in the Fellowship Hall. This will include a pizza lunch.  We will be giving information as to what procedures to follow, what requirements are needed for certain task and how we will be in contact as needs arise. An application form will need to be completed. If you wish to get a jump on the process, please pick up a Hearts2Care Volunteer Form from the church office any time or let Evie know you would like one. Please look for the sign-up sheet for the informational luncheon in the August bulletins or complete one by clicking HERE and return it to the office by August 15th. We are so grateful for your willingness to help others. You will discover that it is a blessing to be a blessing! After we have our first group of volunteers active, we will be accepting applications from our congregation members and friends for assistance.
Community Connection Meal
Join us for our Community Connection Meal on Thursday, August 16th 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. 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.
"Stitchin' for Kids"
The Wednesday morning quilters have a special project in the works. They are 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 and it’s fun! Contact Jackie Kuehl for more info. 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. 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.
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 larkinkristin@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.
Tree House
The start of school is just around the corner. Many families are struggling to purchase the necessary school supplies for their children. The Tree House is requesting donations of various kinds of school supplies during the month of August. All items must be new! 

Items NEEDED GREATLY are: 
Large Backpacks, Clorox Disinfectant Wipes, Earbuds, 
and Scientific Calculators (Tex Inst 30X)

General items needed are:  
Scotch Tape, 3 x 5 Lined Note Cards, Blue/black Pens, 1 Subject Notebooks, 5 Subject Notebooks, Large Boxes of Kleenex, Colored Pencils, 24ct Crayola Crayons, 8 Count Washable Markers, Yellow Highlighters, Blunt Scissors, Pointed Scissors, Large & Small Glue Sticks, Cap Erasers, Watercolor Paints, 10oz Hand Sanitizer Bottles, 3pk Sharpie Highlighters, 4oz Bottles of Elmer's Glue, School Boxes or Soft Zipper Pencil Bags, Wide Ruled Filler Paper, Pkg 12 Count #2 Yellow Wood Pencils, EXPO Dry Erasers, Pocket Folders w/ Prongs, & Wide Rule Spiral Notebooks.

(Please do not open or separate items from their packages.)
 
A box will be located in the gathering space for you to drop off any and all donations. If you have children in your household you can make this a fun family outing, have your kids pick out the items on the list! Anything you are able to donate is GREATLY appreciated. You’ll be blessed to be a blessing!
St. Vincent De Paul (Milwaukee) Soup Kitchen
Our next service date is August 19th.  A Carpool leaves from Immanuel at 4pm.  We hope that many of you who wish to serve can do so. We are sometimes overwhelmed with the number of “guests” that come with the few of us there to serve them. Your participation in this ministry is greatly appreciated, especially from those served who tell us “may God bless you”. Also sleeping bags are desperately needed. ~ God bless! Bob Rosenthal
Side By Side Screening
Side By Side screening is on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, August 21st 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.
Blood Pressure Checks
Blood pressure checks are here at Immanuel after the 1st service on the 2nd Sunday of each month in the Library off of Fellowship Hall.
The Lake Geneva Food Pantry
The Lake Geneva Food Pantry is open on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 – 11:30am at First Congregational Church, 715 Wisconsin Street in Lake Geneva. Call 262-248-2337 for more info. 
FOOD PANTRY DONATIONS NEEDED of Ramen Noodles, Soup, Canned Fruit, Mac & Cheese, and toiletries (shampoos, conditioners, soaps, toothpaste, & toothbrushes)
Walworth County Food Pantry
The Walworth County Food Pantry is open for donations of food and toiletries, volunteer training and tours on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 am until 1 pm. The pantry is open for distribution of food to eligible residents of Walworth County on Tuesdays & Fridays from 1 pm until 4:30 pm. Special food packing events are scheduled on Saturdays. Call or email Susan Hughes for more info. Susan.hughes@walworthcountyfoodpantry.org or visit our website at www.walworthcountyfoodpantry.org
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 & MEETINGS
2019 GRAD QUILTS
Attention ALL 2019 High School Graduates! The quilters are preparing for next year, if you are a soon to be 2019 Graduate and would like the quilters to make you a quilt in honor of your graduation please sign up at the welcome center. Only graduates that sign up will receive a quilt so please don’t forget to take a minute and provide your color choices next to your name on the sign up board. The quilters very much love providing these beautiful quilts for our grads!
Special Olympics Pig Roast!
On Tuesday, August 14th from 4:30 - 8:30PM please stop by Champs Sports Bar & Grill for a Special Olympics PIG ROAST in support of the Walworth County Adult Special Olympics, where every athlete is a champ! Tickets are only $8 per person, includes pulled pork, rolls, cole slaw, baked beans, & apple sauce. And don’t forget to take your chance at our many Raffle Prizes! Champs is located at 747 W Main Street in Lake Geneva, WI. Contact Elizabeth Aguirre at 262-248-3034 for more info.
Summer Grief Support Group
Summer Grief Support Group will begin on Tuesday, July 31st from 10-11:30 am in the office conference room.  We anticipate the group will run for 7-8 weeks. We do have space for 4 more people. If you are struggling with the death of someone dear to you, we would love to have you join us as we journey down this challenging road together. 
Contact Evie Schulz for additional info.
Immanuel Book Club
Immanuel Book Club meets on the 4th Wednesday of every month in the Church Library. The Next Meeting will be on Wed, August 22nd at 2:00 pm. The Book is: “The Great Alone” by Kristen Hannah. Contact Edie Michelson at 262-686-3009 with any questions.
Lutherdale Fest Quilt Auction
On August 11th from 8AM to 4PM Join Lutherdale for their 32nd Annual Quilt Auction! Live Auction starts at 10AM with over 300 Quilts to bid on! There will be Silent Auction Items, Food Concessions, Door Prizes, Fresh Baked Goods and Pies, Crafts, Fabric Sale, Honey, & Pontoon Rides on the Lake! Also FREE Kids Area from 9AM - 4PM where they can play games, watch movies, make crafts and an optional Lunch is available for only $5! Quilt Preview & Fish Fry will be held on August 10th from 4PM to 7PM! Fresh Bakes Goods & More Silent Auction Items. Fish Fry Menu includes… Baked or Battered Cod, Choice of Potato, Cole Slaw, Bread & Butter, Applesauce, Beverage & Dessert. Cost- Adults: $16 / Youth (10 & under): $8
Exercise And Help Stop Abuse At The 6th Annual Victory Over Violence Walk Or Paddle To End Abuse
On Saturday, August 18th join us for the 6th Annual Victory over Violence Walk or Paddle to End Abuse hosted by New Beginnings APFV. Walk the shore path or kayak, paddleboard or canoe the Bay; the choice is yours! Event begins at Wesley Woods Retreat Center, (250 Stam St, Williams Bay) Sign-in and on-site registration is from 7 – 9am. You can also register in advance online at active.com. Registration fee is $35 per person. The 3-or 6- mile route should take about 1-2 hours to complete. All participants must begin the route by 9am sharp! Participants are encouraged to help increase awareness and fundraising by collecting pledges prior to the event. New Beginnings APFV is Walworth County’s only non-profit organization that provides free, confidential services to survivors of domestic violence & sexual assault. For more info or to make a donation, visit http://newbeginningswalworth.com/ or call 262-723-4653.
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.
THANK YOU
+ THANK YOU to all that contributed to our Diaper Drive! There were truly no ifs, ands, or BUTTS about it as the giving hearts of Immanuel have been overflowing. We received and dropped off over 2,800 diapers, over 500 baby wipes, and 1 diaper bag. Again THANK YOU to everyone who helped make this possible. You are all a true BLESSING to Immanuel! 
~ Arlene Redell & the Walworth County Food Pantry

+ Dear Arlene and all of the members of Immanuel Lutheran, On behalf of the Walworth County Food Pantry and Diaper Bank, I would like to THANK YOU for the amazing diaper drive you held! The success of your “Cover Up Operation” will bless many babies and families over the coming months. Every day we see parents come through our doors struggling to provide for their families. Some have had to decide to choose between diapers, groceries, and other basic needs. Our goal is to make a difference in our community, through improved health and nutrition, and enhancing educational opportunities for children and adults. Diapers play a critical role in the overall health of babies and families. With the help and generosity of supporters such as you, we will continue to meet the ever-changing needs of our neighbors in Walworth County. We are so grateful for all you have done for the Food Pantry and now for the Diaper Bank!
~ Thank You, Susan Hughes

+ THANK YOU to Adam Smith for volunteering time out of your day to get down and dirty taking care of Immanuel’s grounds. Your weed whacking skills are not something to be trifled with!  You are truly one of a kind! Also a Big THANK YOU to Mike Brooks for volunteering his services each week maintaining Immanuel’s beautiful green lawn. It goes without saying that without you Immanuel would be truly buried up to our chins in tall grasses! Again Thank you both for your dedicated hearts you have blessed Immanuel with!

+ Dear Immanuel Quilters, I cannot THANK YOU enough for the beautiful quilt you made for my graduation. The colors are so beautiful, and the pattern is so unique! It means so much to be able to take a piece of Immanuel with me, as I head to college this fall. Your dedication to celebrating the individuals at Immanuel makes each and every one of them feel special! Thanks, again, for taking the time to design such a heart-felt gift! ~ Blessings, Olivia Deering

+ My mother and I would like to give a heartfelt THANK YOU to Vena Bodine. Last Sunday Pastor Sara’s sermon was about the 5 ways we show love to each other. Vena has been visiting my mother weekly for months. She reads to her, plays cards, keeps her up to date regarding activities at church and bible studies, etc. Her service & “love in friendship” is very precious to us.  THANK YOU so much! Vena you are a very special women! ~ Helen Teegen & Britta Matisse

+ I would like to THANK the amazing quilters for the beautiful quilt I received for my 80th birthday. It is currently residing on my bed for me to enjoy. It truly made my day! ~ With much love, Rita Noble

+ THANK YOU for the wonderful service you provided our sister Anne Chant in her memorial at your church. It was especially touching to her husband Graham and son Akio since they aren’t church attenders. He was very impressed by all the church did for them to coordinate a beautiful service and meal - and especially a BIG THANK YOU to their neighbor Ken. We thank you for serving our whole family in Christ’s love. ~ Dick & Joan Netzer

+ The family of Santos Gonzalez, Sr. would like to THANK the many people who are praying us through and interceding to God on our behalf. We are also humbled by the acts of those who, so lovingly, provided meals during our difficult time. It was so thoughtful and something we will forever remember. Your kindness has made such a difference in helping us get through this, and we hope you know how much you all mean to us. In doing so, please know, that you are the hands and feet of Jesus. ~ Love, Nancy
DEEPEST SYMPATHY
Ethel Jean "Pat" Morrissey
July 8, 1922 - July 21, 2018
Ethel J. Morrissey “Pat”, age 96 of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin Passed to eternal life on Saturday, July 21. Pat was the daughter of John and Edith (Millar) Dunnet. She graduated Lake Geneva High School in 1939 and married the love of her life Richard ‘Dick’ Morrissey (D. January 6, 2004) on December 14, 1940. Pat was an enthusiastic worker. Pat modeled the latest fashions in live runway shows at Marshall Fields, Chicago. She assisted Doctor MacDonald, the local dentist for many years then went on to a 30 year career at Bailey’s Upholstery shop. After retirement, Pat ran a successful custom boat cover business out of her home. She was a private person who valued her friends and family and was dedicated to God. Pat was quietly supportive to a host of people in the community. A long term active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Pat’s baked beans at church funerals were legendary. Pat was fiercely proud of her children and grandchildren. She was a keen golfer, and spent many years with the “Speedqueens” on Hillmoor Golf Course with the great accomplishment of a hole-in-one. Surviving is her son Scott (Christine) Morrissey, grandchildren Jack and Claire Morrissey and Christopher and Meredith Cline. Pat is preceded in death by her husband and daughter Sue Cline. A time of gathering was held on Friday, July 27, 2018 here at Immanuel.