Immanuel eNewsletter
February, 2017
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LIGHT AND DARK

          The season of Lent comes early this year -
Ash Wednesday is February 14th.  The season of Lent is designed to be a sort of 'back to basics' time for the church. It's a time where we lean into prayer, repentance, and renewal. During these powerful 40 days of Lent, the goal is to come to terms with our humanity so that we can fully embrace God's divine design for our lives in the resurrection light of Easter.
          Many of the lessons we share in this season of Lent carry simultaneous images of dark and light. These images challenge us to recognize that God's transformative work often happens as a great reversal of what we would expect. It is in the dark, challenging and often painful times that the light of God shines brightest. 
          The primary image is of Jesus predicting his death and resurrection. Jesus' death is horrible to contemplate - the innocent Son of God, executed as a criminal. Yet, Jesus' death is also his finest moment, when the sin of the world is put to death with him. And out of Jesus' death comes his resurrection. Light in the dark.
          This great reversal is named in other instances: Those who want to keep their lives will lose it, but those who lose their lives for the sake of the gospel will keep it for eternity. The first shall be last and the last shall be first.
          There will be other lessons, but the dark and the light go together. This truth plays out in our own lives as well. When we embrace what is most challenging and difficult, it has the power to change us in profoundly positive ways. When we lean into the dark and challenging times from the place of prayer, we often unexpectedly find the light and grace of God shining through.
          A professor once told my class that life is a series of crucifixion and resurrection. We are all crucified by our failures, by difficult relationships, being let go from a job, or experiencing the ending of a marriage. But when we lean on faith and follow Jesus we have the strength to engage and embrace the pain and struggle. We have the power to learn from these moments. And then, we have the vision to rise again to new life, redeemed and restored by God for a new chapter. And sometimes the process even transforms those who are hurting us!
          We pray for a meaningful Lent at Immanuel. We pray that we all are able to embrace and engage the darkness and challenge of our lives while finding and being encouraged by the light and grace of God. May we all follow Jesus through the challenges we face and into the bold and glorious light of redemption and rebirth.  Amen! ~ Pastors Sara & Paul
 
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February 8:15 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
 
Zach & Brittany Adams; Scott Baumann; Tom & Terri Bernacchi; Joe Bidwell; Emily Boales; Mike Boales; Pat Bogart's Family; Anne Chant; Gladys Davis; George Elblein; Nancy Franklin; Mary Klein; Jeanne Madaus; John "Mike" Mahoney; Linda McDonough; Louise McGilvray; Craig & Kathy Middleton; Yvonne Mol; Mike Nagel; Owen; Heidi Otterness; Pat & Gary Parsons; Edson Randall; Greg Randall; Bea Riley; Ray Schober; Pat Schultz; Marilyn Sievert; Bernie Smedley; Carol Stassen; Carolyn Warfield; Aimee Yakes; & Sophia Zematis

Baptisims
 
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Samantha Skinner & Carlos Murillo  on the baptism of their son, Axel Elliot Murillo, on Jan. 28 th  at the 11:07 service.
  

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


WORSHIP NEWS

Children and Youth Leading Worship
 
February 4th - Look for our Sparks Sunday School students to lead us in our lessons on this Sunday!
 
February 25th - This Sunday will be an 'Ignite Fuel' worship. Our Ignite Middle School and Fuel High School youth groups will take over worship for the morning. Prepare for some fun and faith!
 
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!

Volunteer Opportunities Available

Have you been blessed with the gift of prayer and intercession?  If so, we are very much in need of your talents!!! Prayer Ministers are Needed for all 3 services.  You can choose to be scheduled regularly or "on call" as needed.  This is a very important part of our worship service.  Please prayerfully consider coming on our prayer minister team.  You will be connected with those who have been involved in this ministry for assistance.  I truly believe that you will be blessed to be a blessing in this capacity.
Have you been blessed with the gift of organization and hospitality?  If so, we could use your assistance.  We have an opening for a head usher(s) for the 3rd Sunday of each month at the 11:07 service.  We also need those who would be willing to step in on an "as needed basis" when our head ushers are not available for ALL 3 of our services.  If interested, please contact Evie and she will connect you with someone on the team.

Please Call Evie Schulz at Immanuel's main# 262-248-4211 or her home# 262-728-6542 or email her at minisitry_coord@immanuellg.org or denschulz@att.net if you wish to discuss further.

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.  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 NOT meet until further notice.  Please contact Arlene Redell @262-215-6000 or Janet Kelly @262-374-3823 with any questions.


Saturday Morning Bible Study

Saturday Morning Bible Study will be meeting on February 10th at 10am at the home of Janet Yakes located at 3127 South Rd. in 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 start to our 2017-18 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. 
 
** Our Sparks Sunday School students will sing in church on February 4th at the end of the 2nd service and the beginning of the 3rd.  We are so excited to bless the congregation with their beautiful singing voices.
 
Early Release Day!
Our next early release day is coming up on Thursday, February 8th.  We are looking for volunteers!!  We would need help from 1:30-4PM.  If you are interested, please let Sarah B. know.  We're also looking for donations of frosting tubs, sugar cookie dough, cheese sticks, pretzels, and air dry clay.  Any and all help would be so greatly appreciated!!



Easter Egg Hunt
 
Our annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Good Friday, March 30th from 9:30 - 11:30 am.  We are currently looking for donations of small toys, candy, egg dye, and hard boiled eggs.  Please see Sarah B. for details.
 
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 Before and After School Program

Just For Kids Before and After School Program for elementary school kids, ages 7-11 is open Monday-Friday, from 6:00-8:15am, 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 or call 248-4211
 
MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

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!

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. We have the opportunity to raise $4,000 or MORE (depending on how many volunteers we have)!!! That is huge for our Ministry!! Planning ahead, 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!

IGNITE RETREAT AT LUTHERDALE

This year, instead of YOUTHQUAKE, we are attending a youth retreat at LUTHERDALE, on beautiful Lauderdale Lake just north of Elkhorn WI.
This year's theme is: MAY THE LORD BE WITH YOU (Using examples found in STAR WARS: The Force Awakens, we will be learning that God does not call the equipped, God equips the called. There is a bigger plan for all of u, though it might not be a force wielding Jedi, explore where God is working within your life. 

Who can go: Anyone in grades 6th - 8th
When is it: March 2nd - 4th
Activities: Great food, games, music, crafts, bible study, worship, & more!!
Cost: $115.00per student with opportunities to fundraise!
(We raised $700.00 to help offset cost so far!)
 
***THERE WAS A $50.00 NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT DUE BY WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31ST FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN GOING***
 
***FINAL BALANCE DUE BY FEBRUARY 21ST. NO EXCEPTIONS***
 


Contact Holly @ 248-4211 or by emailing middleschool@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
 
The goal is to build a community where the love of Jesus is 'the norm.' Everyone needs a community where they can count on encouragement and support. We will be doing some Bible study and having some fun to build strong friendships.
            This February, I hope to be able to lead our FUEL students through a process where they'll end up leading all worship on a Sunday morning at Immanuel. The experience will take us deeper into scripture as we develop a 'sermon' - to proclaim the Good News for our Immanuel community.

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!!!
 
Please talk to Pr. Paul if you have any questions - he loves to talk about his Lakota friends on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation!
 
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

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, February 20th 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 February 18th .   A Carpool leaves from Immanuel at 4pm.   A special thanks for the gifts given to the Milwaukee Soup Kitchen!  Although we do not serve at the Soup Kitchen until February 18th, yesterday we delivered 7 large bags and two large boxes of warm coats, sweaters and boots to  the Soup Kitchen.  This was timely and very much needed for some who are even homeless.  Many thanks to the efforts of Donna Hove, Mike and Sandy Boales and Lynn Wesolek for gathering these special items!  The Soup Kitchen is still in the needed of sleeping bags, however, for general clothing items, we have temporarily filled their inventory.  God bless!  Bob Rosenthal

Blood Pressure Checks

Blood pressure checks are here at Immanuel after the 1st service on the 3rd 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.


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.


Immanuel Prayer Opportunity
 
Psalm 75:1 "We thank you, O God! We give thanks because you are near. People everywhere tell of your wonderful deeds."

Anyone interested in gathering for prayer is invited to join us in praying for our world, our country and our church.  This is a very important time in our church life so we want to pray for God's hand to lead our council, our interim pastor, our staff and the whole congregation.

Times of Prayer - All Are Welcome!

Monday, February 5th - 3:30 -4:30 pm
( in the Community Room / Library)
 
Any questions, call the church office or call/text Judy Guy at 262-210-9342.


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

Fire up with Food and Friends at Oakfire!

On Tuesday, February 6th join us for a delicious new Side by Side Fundraiser with Oakfire in Lake Geneva. Tickets are only $12.00 each and include a choice of flatbread or pasta with a side salad. Two seatings are available at 5:30pm or 6:30pm with a meet and greet.   (Gratuity & Drinks NOT Included)  

Salad Bar Luncheon

An upcoming Salad Bar Luncheon will be held Mid-April.  A meeting will be held on January, 9th at 10am for all those interested in helping with the Fundraiser.  Contact Sandy Boalesat 262-248-3595 or Arlene Redell at 262-215-6000 for more information.


Immanuel Book Club
 
Book Club meets onthe 4th Wednesday of every month in the Library. The Next Meeting will be on Wed, February 28th at 2:00 pm.  The Book is:"The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World" by Dalai Lama & Desmond Tutu. Contact Edie Michelson at 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 Feb 14th, March 14th, 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.

Farewell

Michael Ruby has been serving as Immanuel's Custodian and Facilities Manager since the fall of 2016. Michael resigned his position on January 17th and will finish serving on January 26th.
We are so Thankful for the dedicated efforts Michael made in keeping our new building clean and in helping us to manage several administrative tasks.   God bless you Michael as you take your next steps into your new future!



THANKS

+     A HUGE THANK YOU to Tina Walton, Cynthia Walker, Larry Kulik,  Ron and Nancy Williams, Jackie and Harry Kuehl and Dennis Schulz for delivering the Christmas poinsettias to members of our congregation after the holidays. They were received with pleasure by all.
 
+     "With Sincere THANKS - Your kindness couldn't be appreciated more.  Thank you for your thoughtfulness."  To my Prayer Shawl Angels, Thank you for the beautiful prayer shawl that was given to me.  It's on my rocking chair, were most of my prayers are said.  The love put into my shawl just wraps its arms around me.  Thank you so very much!  Much Love, Yvonne Mol
 
+     Thank you to the Steinke Funeral home for donating the 2018 calendars.  They were VERY MUCH appreciated!!!!
 
+     "Thank You" Dear Folks of Immanuel, My thanks to you all for your many acts of kindness.  I enjoyed all of the carols so much!!  May God bless you all with good health & happiness in 2018.  My Love to you all, Lila DeVines & Dani
 
+     "Thank You" Dear Friends in Christ, Thank you SO much for the beautiful plant that was delivered to me.  It brightens the whole apartment!  Thank You Again! Pat Morrissey
 
+     I want to thank my Friends at Immanuel for being there for me when I had an accident falling.  Especially Jeanne Kuttnauer for going to hospital with me and staying till my family got there.  All the prayers, phone calls, and cards helped so much.  Also the surprise blessing of the Youth Carolers made my evening!  Proves our church really cares.  God's Blessings to All, Love Muriel Thompson
 
+     Thank you SO much to Hawk Taylor for helping out while Michael was away on vacation.  We are very grateful for your time and dedication.
 
+     Dear Friends at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Side By Side is so grateful for your generous $3250 donation sent to us in 2017.  Thank you in the name of the many that your faithful monthly support allowed us to help.  Your Church has been a stable supporter of Side by Side, Inc. since the first organizational meeting 13 years ago.  We rely on your good-hearted members for volunteering as well as attending our events.
There will always be families in need of a listening, compassionate ear and knowledge of pertinent resources.  So much poverty is hidden from our eyes.  We know that many are in danger of losing their homes due to any number of circumstances.  Your compassion is making all the difference in these lives.  Thank you for trusting us with your gifts.  We wish you blessings of health and happiness in 2018.  Sincerely, Side By Side, Inc.
 
+     Dear Members of Immanuel, As this year's coordinators of the Lake Geneva Salvation Army Kettle Drive, we would like to thank the members of Immanuel for their generous gift of time and money this holiday season.  Many of you took time out of your busy schedules to man the kettles for ten full days and two half days.  Immanuel did the lion's share of the ringing.  The next closest group rang for three days.  During out time ringing, Immanuel collected $6,392.56.  With the help of other churches and organizations, we collected $22,015.15 in total to be used for needy individuals and families in Walworth County throughout the year.  Two gold coins deposited in the kettles anonymously boosted our total by $951.15.  This is an all-time high for Lake Geneva.  In addition, Mobil Oil (Bill's former employer) donated $500 to Salvation Army for our volunteer work.   
This year we again asked for "weekend coordinators" to put out the kettles in the morning, exchange them around 1pm, collect them at night and deposit the money in the bank.  Many thanks to those of you who took on this time-consuming job - Mike and Sandy Boales, Steve and Judy Guy, Ken and Ursula Field, Dick and Kathy Heuvelman, and Phil and Donna Neimeyer.  They lighten the load for us.  We couldn't have done it without them. 
Together we will be able to make a difference this coming year in the lives of those in need of emergency help.  Thanks for your heart to care!  Sincerely, Georgia and Bill Gehrmann
 
+     Thank you very much for the donation of mittens, hats, scarves, and gloves from the Immanuel Congregation to the Tree House.  During this cold winter we have given so much away as many of our clients are in desperate need.  Thank you everyone for their generosity and kindness and may you all have a blessed New Year.  Sincerely - Bridget Dickinson
 
+     My Dear Friend:  Here we are at the beginning of a new year when we reflect on the many blessings we have with our families and friends.  And the Christmas Season which really was not that long ago was spiritual and magical for me and I am sure for many others.  As I look over my shoulder, I am so grateful for the miracles God has done and I am so keenly aware of the fact that every miracle has a genealogy.  If you trace your miracles all the way back to their origin, you will find a prayer circle.  You know miracles are the by-product of prayers that were prayed by you or for you.  That certainly is my motivation and if I were to guess I think most individuals think the same way.  I have always believed in the power of prayer. 
My circle of friends is near and dear to me... and I will always pray for their lasting friendship and for their prayers.  After all we all need circles of prayer around our dreams and certainly around us. 
One dimension of thinking long is thinking different, and prayer is the key to both.  I have figured out that prayer doesn't just change circumstances; more important is changes us.  It doesn't just alter external realities; it alters internal realities so that we can see with spiritual eyes. 
It gives us peripheral vision.  It corrects our nearsightedness.  It enables us to see beyond our circumstances... beyond ourselves... beyond time.  It's not enough to dream big and pray hard for that certain dream... you also have to think long.  You see if you don't you will experience discouragement.  Why?  Because as individuals we tend to overestimate what we can accomplish in a year and there are times we underestimate what we can accomplish in a decade. 
My wishes for this Special Olympic Program have seen the decade... in fact February 2018 this program will be 33 years going strong and seeing the happy faces of the 200+ athletes we are serving here in Walworth County.  My prayers have been answered in so many ways with the volunteers that have joined me along this path... with the generosity of our dear friends that understand our mission and want us to succeed for these athletes.  And with their help over all these years we have been able to instruct these wonderful individuals that have decided to join the world of athletes in Special Olympics.  And equally for the athletes, with their dreams, that inspire me to be always looking for a life goal... one step at a time. 
Sometimes we are called upon to do things that we cannot do alone... and that is why I am here to thank you for your generosity and to tell you how grateful I am for your extended kindness.  True friends are always together in spirit. 
Thank you again for your support to this Special Olympic Program and making it possible to continue our mission here in Walworth County.  Thank you to the many parishioners of Immanuel that understand what this program means to individuals with special needs.  People make the difference.  And thank you for believing in the circle of prayers.  My Kindest Regards, Betty Aguirre

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