Immanuel eNewsletter
March, 2018
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A Message From The Pastors

Jesus is the focus of our faith as we journey through Lent and into Holy Week. Honestly, Jesus is always our focus as we proceed through any season of the church year, or of life for that matter.  Jesus is the purest revelation of God that we have and the shining example of how faith looks and acts.  
The beauty of this season of Lent at Immanuel is that we're spending a lot of time reflecting on the person of Jesus and growing in our relationship with him. The more we get to know him and what he was like, the more we can be like him. The Apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 2: 5 that our goal is to have the same mind as Jesus Christ.
 
We look forward to hearing from several of our Immanuel members as they share their reflections on Jesus each Wednesday evening of Lent.

5:45 - 6:15 PM - Lenten Suppers

Delicious Dinners of Homemade Soup & Sandwiches will be served in Fellowship Hall 
each Wednesday of Lent!
 

6:30 PM - Worship
Lenten Worship held in the Sanctuary!
 
March 7th
"I Am the Door" Speaker: Ellen Hanson
 
March 14th
" I Am the Good Shepherd"
Speaker: Scott Alonzo
 
March 21st
"I Am the Resurrection and the Life"
Speaker: Bobbi Gutman
 
I am sure that our friends at Immanuel will have some thoughts about Jesus that you have never considered. The perspective of others can help us broaden our own understanding and appreciate and celebrate one another as we grow in faith.   As far as our integration into Immanuel is going, we look forward to continuing to get to know the people and ministry of Immanuel. We are very busy but having a lot of fun. The best treat so far is getting to know the incredible people that make up our dynamic church family. Our prayer is that as we grow closer to Jesus, we will continue the great legacy of faith that will continue to make an important difference in Lake Geneva and beyond.     

In Christ, Pastor Sara and Pastor Paul



 
Celebration of Life for Jim Hanny

The Celebration of Life for Jim Hanny will be held on  Wednesday, March 21st at Immanuel.   Visitation will be held from 10am to 1pm.  The Service and Celebration will be from 1pm to 2pm.   Following the Service a Reception will be held in his Honor at the Big Foot Country  Club, located at 770 Shabbona Drive, Fontana, WI.  
 
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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
 
Ken, Zach & Brittany Adams; Scott Baumann; Joe Bidwell; Mike Boales; Lawrence Carstensen & family; Anne Chant; Edith; George Elblein; Judy Elston; Nancy Franklin; Terry Furman; Victor Garcia; Hanny Family; Cody Heindl; Sandy Henry; Janet Kelly; Brenda Kelly; Jennifer Klien; Don & Ginny Kolseth; Jennifer Foster; Veronica Lindsey; Jeanne Madaus; Ed Mancilla; Dave & Sharon & Ralph Manka; Donna Martin; Linda McD.; Craig & Kathy Middleton; Yvonne Mol; Mike Nagel; Nowak Family; Heidi Otterness; Kathy Plitzuweit; Edson Randall; Greg Randall; Bea Riley; Kaeleigh Runnells; Marilyn Sievert; Bernie Smedley; Carol Stassen; Joe T; Helen Teegen; Marie Thonn; Cynthia Walker; Family of Mark Ward; Carolyn Warfield; Aimee Yakes; & Sophia Zematis

Baptisims
 
Taylor & Kimberly Bass
  on the baptism of their daughter, Brodie McKenna Bass, on Feb. 18 th  at the 9:45 service.

+  Megan & Craig Noggle
 on the baptism of their daughterLily Rose Noggle, on Feb. 18th at the 11:07 service.
  

New Member
 
A WARM WELCOME to Mary Kuecker as a new member to our Immanuel family on Feb 25th at the 8:15 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
 


WORSHIP NEWS

Holy Week Schedule

Sunday, March 25th - PALM SUNDAY - 8:15am - 9:45am - 11:07am
 
Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday - MARCH 25th - and Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. It's a parade! The crowds gather and celebrate Jesus as he comes into the city. We gather on Palm Sunday in hope and expectation, knowing what will unfold over the course of the next week.
           
Thursday, March 29th - MAUNDY THURSDAY -  Potluck Dinner - 5:30pm / Worship - 6:30pm
 
On Thursday evening - MARCH 29th - we celebrate the last supper with Jesus. Maundy Thursday is 'the night in which he was betrayed.' The altar table will be extended and we will gather everyone around the table with Jesus and the disciples. We will take our place at the table and closely follow the steps of Jesus' last night, through supper and on to his betrayal.
           
Friday, March 30th - GOOD FRIDAY - 7:00pm
 
Good Friday - MARCH 30th - begins with an Easter Egg Hunt in the day, and then at night we have worship together. During worship we will join Nicodemus, Joseph of Arimathea, Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary as they take the body of Jesus from the cross and place him in the tomb. Over the course of worship, we will consider the importance of Jesus' death and how we are made new.
           
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


First Communion Class

First Communion Class will be held on Sunday, March 11th at 12:30pm in the Fellowship Hall.  Lunch will be served.  Contact Pastor Sara if you plan to have your child attend.
 
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 RESUME March 2nd 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 March 17th at 10am at the home of Trish Fry-Misener (W3026 Weaver Rd. Elkhorn, WI 53121) 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 next day for the Sparks Sunday school kids to sing will be on March 18th.  They will be singing at the end of the 1st service and the beginning of the 2nd.  Please reach out to Sarah B with any questions.
 
Early Release Day!

Our next early release day is coming up on Thursday, March 8th.  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!!



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

"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!

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
 
We have been having a lot of fun at FUEL. Looking ahead to March and April, the focus is going to continue to be building a Christ-Centered community of teens who can love and support one another. We had a great time putting together Ignite FUEL Sunday. Now we get to spend time in Scripture, prayer, and having some fun.

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

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, March 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 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 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.

*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



Salad Bar Luncheon

An upcoming Salad Bar Luncheon will be held on April 18th.  Contact Sandy Boales at 262-248-3595 or Arlene Redell at 262-215-6000 for more information.


Immanuel Book Club
 
Immanuel Book Club meets onthe 4th Wednesday of every month in the Library. Meetings will resume on Wed, March 28th at 2:00 pm.  Contact Edie Michelson at 262-686-3009 for current book and 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 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.



THANKS

+     Congratulations to all Pack 239 Cub Scouts for the achievements completed for Saturday's Blue & Gold Ceremony!  
Special Congratulations to the following Arrow of Light Scouts who crossed over to Boy Scouts: Brendan Becker, Archer Burbank, Mason Chamberlin, Landon Doebler, Jacob Effenheim, Lukas Fischer, Keller Habenicht, Kason Klabunde, Chase Lancour, John Lewis, Rocco Marcadante, Nicholas Masek, Andy Pegau, Lucas Pokorny, Luke Schuessler and Jonathon Zinkowich.


+      Thank you Janet Yakes for staying with me in the hospital while they were testing me for all sorts of things.  Thanks to those of you who sent the wonderful cards and the beautiful prayers shawl given to me through our Pastors Sara and Paul when I was in the hospital and had my gallbladder removed.  I am so blessed to have such a wonderful group of people in my life.  Words cannot express the amount of gratitude I have for all of you!  Your love and kindness for me is overwhelming.  Thank you again and may God Bless You!

+      The Tree House would like to thank you for your continued commitment to the children and families of Walworth County. We are constantly striving to provide the best support and resources available. It is our hope that one day, we will see a community where all children are safe and emotionally healthy, and all are well cared for.  
Over 220 hams and turkeys were distributed to struggling families during the 2017 Thanksgiving and Christmas Season. We are very appreciative to  everyone who partnered with us in this effort and made the holidays better for so many in our community. Thank you also to Stinbrink's Piggly Wiggly for sourcing the products and to the Walworth County Sheriff's Office for storing the items until they were needed.  
During the 2017 Christmas holiday season, over 125 children received gifts from volunteer "Christmas Elves" who wanted to make a difference in a child's life. This activity is an anonymous giving and receiving program. Gifts that were distributed included toys, bedding, food, clothing, boots, various kitchen items, cleaning supplies, and books. We are very grateful to all who helped with this annual endeavor including those who purchased or donated items, helped wrap gifts here at the Tree House and to those who delivered them to the families.   Many of Immanuel's members made donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season and several helped with the gift wrapping as well. We feel very fortunate to have the support of so many people and organizations in our incredibly generous community.


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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