Immanuel eNewsletter
October, 2017
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Pastor Paul VanDeBerg
Pastor Paul grew up in Fredericksburg and Sumner, Iowa. After a typical small-town Iowa upbringing, he attended Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa and received his Bachelors of Music Education/Music Therapy in 1997. Pastor Paul then went to the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and received a Masters of Divinity in 2002. He served as pastor of Bethania Lutheran Church in Racine, WI from 2002 to 2007. During his time in Racine Pastor Paul discovered that he has a gift for reaching out to children and youth and wanted to pursue that specific type of ministry. In 2007 he joined the pastoral team at Lutheran Church of the Atonement in Barrington, IL as youth and family minister, focusing on elementary and High School youth. With his special gifts for the youth, he was instrumental in reforming the confirmation class at Atonement as well as other youth and music programs.

Pastor Sara VanDeBerg
Pastor Sara VanDeBerg serves as Associate Pastor of Biblical Engagement at Lutheran Church of the Atonement in Barrington, IL. She loves learning, teaching, and connecting with people of all ages, and seeing them connect the word of God to their lives. Pastor Sara was ordained in 2002 and served as a solo pastor in Racine, WI before joining the pastoral team at Atonement in October 2007. Prior to that, she earned her M.Div. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and her B.A. in Religion and German from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL. She currently volunteers on a special council for the assisted living in Barrington and hopes to continue that ministry in Lake Geneva. She also produced and narrated the "Year in Transformation" Bible series that Immanuel used last year.
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Serving in the Military
John Allison, Chris Bollwahn, Jimmy Flores, Robert Knowlton, Alex Novak, Brian Novak, Tim Sireno, Andy Sireno, Ben Swatek, Jacob Swatek, Atlanna & Daniel Tschida.  
Health and Strength
All victims of the Hurricanes & Wildfires; Alonzo Family; Tom Bernacchi; Emily Boales; Pat Bogart;
Anne Chant; Craig Collins; George Elblein; Nancy Franklin; Glenn Inwood; John Jacobson; Paul Krueger & Family; Tom Kirby; Mary Klein; Colton Lazzeroni; Dominie LoPiccolo; Jeanne Madaus; Linda McDonough; Louise McGilvray; Craig & Kathy Middleton; Virginia Percy; Ernest Perry; Edson Randall; Greg Randall;
Dani Rieff; Bea Riley; Waune Rolfe; Blanche Schulz; Marilyn Sievert; Steve Simeth; Bernie Smedley;
Carol Stassen; Cynthia Walker; Carolyn Warfield; & Sophia Zematis


Cathryn & David Lyon on the loss of his beloved father, Tom Lyon, who died to the Lord on September 18th.

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

Pastor Paul and Pastor Sara have been married for 18 years, and have worked together for the last 10 years. They have 3 children:
Anna (9th grade), Isaac (6th grade), and Eli (4th grade).


Contact Information for the Church Council

The church council, Pastors and staff are eager to be available, 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 we also promise to keep you well informed. Contact the church office if you need a Church Directory. Contact Council Members for Monthly Financial Statements and Council Meeting Minutes.
Scot Hodkiewicz (P):262-903-9663
Lynsey Fleck (VP):608-438-5625
Jim Gaugert:262-949-4626

Kristin Larkin:414-491-1969
Matt Dahlgren:262-379-1069
Frank Peiler:815-678-2642
Barb Kwiatkowski:262-215-9614
Doug Bartz:414-339-7661
Arlene Redell:262-215-6000
Kristin Gahart:262-723-6889
Lynn Gerlitz:262-812-9326
Pete Juergens: 414-588-2909

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 - 8:30PM!  Some musical training is nec essary and members are required to attend rehearsals. Please contact Adam Smith at if you are interested in joining the team!


Rehearsals have begun and remain on their normal night; Wednesdays at 6:45PM.  Christmas Cantata rehearsals start October 11th with the Cantata to be held on December 18th.  Remember ALL ARE WELCOME to come and sing praises to our Lord and Savior.
Upcoming Dates to Remember...
October 11th  - Start "Noel!" Christmas Cantata Rehearsals
October 15th  - Sing "Endless Hallelujah" in Church
December 10th  - 12:30pm - Rehearse with Instruments
December 16th  -10am to 12pm - Dress Rehearsal
December 18th  - (All Three Services) "Noel!" Christmas Cantata

Youth Music Worship Band

Youth Music Worship Band"Revival" meets every Tuesday from 7pm-8pm in the Sanctuary.  Percussionists and other musicians are needed.  
Contact Kelly Gerlitz @262-215-5799

The Bells of Immanuel

If you're thinking of ringing, we NEED you!  Rehearsals start Sunday, October 8th at 9:20 am to 10 am, 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 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:   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
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 , 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 or 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

Our membership has grown and is dispersed in three services and, as new pastors arrive, it will help us get to know each other better.  Envelopes are available at the Welcome Center.  Simply put your name, as you want it on your name tag on the envelope and put
$5 in the envelope for each name tag. A name tag will be made for you and you can pick it up at the Welcome center within a few weeks. Jill Rosenthal - 262-949-2569


A Journey through the Wilderness of Grief Support Group

The Journey Through the Wilderness of Grief support group plans to start in late October (actual start date is still TBD).  Meetings will be held on Tuesdays from 2:30 - 4pm in the Office Conference Room.  The program will run for 8 weeks.  Members of Immanuel, friends and relatives are welcome to attend. Please call Evie Schulz at 262-728-6542  if you wish to be a part of this healing experience journey.
Tuesday Morning Mom and Tots Bible Study

The Tuesday Morning Mom and Tots Small Group will resume on October 3rd at 9:30am in the youth room. This is a wonderful time for fellowship and time to share with other moms as our tots get some play time together!  Please contact Sarah Beauregard at or call her at 414-699-9156 for details.
Adult Bible Study

An Adult Sunday Morning Bible Study meets at 9:45 am in the Conference room. This group is currently studying The Promises of God. 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. Contact Jill Rosenthal at 262-248-7491 with any questions.

Women's Thursday Morning Bible Study

The Women's Thursday Morning Bible Studymeets on Thursdays from 9:30am - 11am in the youth room.  The book being discussed is "You'll Get Through This" by Max Lucado.  Questions contact Shari Lundberg 262-245-6212
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 meets every Friday at 9:30am in the Office Conference Room.  They're currently studying "First Corinthians".  Please contact Arlene Redell @262-215-6000 or Janet Kelly @262-374-3823 for more info.

Saturday Morning Bible Study

A Saturday Morning Bible Study will be meeting on October 7th at 10am at the home of Loretta Frank located at N2020 County Road H #437 in Lake Geneva.  Contact Trish Fry-Misener at 262-949-2480 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.  
**We are looking for a nursery sub to help during 1st and 2nd services.  This is a paid position.  If interested, please see Sarah for details**

Sunday School

We are thrilled to get the 2017/18 year going!!  
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 Sunday School students will be singing on October 15th! 
They will sing at the beginning of the first service and the beginning of the third.  We would appreciate all students who are able to attend that day, so that our congregation is blessed by their beautiful singing voices!!
**We are still looking for at least one Sunday School teacher for this school year.  Anyone who volunteers would be working with a co-teacher so we would need you every other Sunday.  This will leave time for you to worship with your family! Teaching Sunday School is an amazing way to fill your cup!  These children often teach us just as much as we're teaching them!!  If you feel this is where God is leading you - please let Sarah know at

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.

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 or call 248-4211

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 will be served from 5:30-6pm. Friends are welcome!
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18th  -  Corn Maze
On October 18th our youth group will be doing a corn maze in place of their usual night!  This should go from about 6-8 depending on how long it takes for our youth to complete the maze.  If you are interested in volunteering - please let us know!!  It is sure to be a blast!!!
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1st   -   Ding Dong Dinner!

Our youth will be collecting food items such as spaghetti sauce, noodles, canned vegetables, and bread to put into a care package with a tag that says, "With love, the Immanuel Lutheran Youth.  Dinner's on us!"  We will then walk to homes within our community where each youth will drop their bag off at someone's house, ring the doorbell, and run!!!!  Not only is this fun and exciting for our youth, but it is an incredible opportunity to give back to the community.
T-shirt Fundraiser

On November 1st we will kick off our t-shirt fundraiser! 
All t-shirt orders will be due on November 12 th .

Confirmation 6th - 8th Grade

Confirmation will start once the New Pastors arrive.  Watch for further details to come.  Thank you for your patience.

Our afterschool VIBE program has officially kicked off for the year!   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!  Our afterschool VIBE program has officially kicked off for the year! 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!


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 or Call 248-4211 / 949-6227.


High School Youth Group

Our High School Youth Group will start on Wednesday, September 27th. Dinner will be from 5:30 - 6:00 pm, and we will begin Youth Group at 6:00 and end at 7:30 pm.  We are super excited for this school year. Please feel free to bring a friend, all our welcome!   Contact Lynn Gerlitz @ 262-812-9326


Meals on Wheels Volunteers Needed
Immanuel Lutheran Church is looking for volunteers to assist in delivering meals to homebound Lake Geneva seniors.  Meals are delivered around the noon hour and can be done in about an hour and a half.  Training is offered for new volunteers and mileage reimbursement is available.  The church is on the schedule every 5 weeks or so and the next time that we deliver is the week of Sept 18-22 and again on Oct 23-27. If interested in becoming a Meals on Wheels volunteer contact Colleen Lesniak at the WC Volunteer Services office at 741-4223 or email or call the Meals on Wheels office at 262-741-3333

Community Connection Meal

Our next Community Connection Meal will be on Thursday, October 19th from 5:15 - 6:30pm.  Remember all of our Community Meals are FREE to those in our community who are hungry, lonely or need fellowship.  If you know someone who could use fellowship and a meal, invite them to dinner. Want to help? Volunteers are needed to help prep on Wednesday, October 18th starting at 1:00pm and/or Thursday, October 19th starting at 4:00pm. We would also love folks to donate any dessert of your choice.   Contact Linda Martin at if you can volunteer or donate desserts. 
If you know someone that would benefit from a meal and some company, please welcome them to come to the Community Connection meal September 21st and give them one of our flyers.

Care Team
All our welcome. 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  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 year has gone by extremely quickly at the tree house.  242 forensic interviews of children have been completed and counseling services have been provided for 40 children and 96 families.  Good things are happening in bad situations and Immanuel has continued to be a wonderful partner with The Tree House.
The theme for October will be "good hygiene".   Children will be given a small kit of sanitizer, soap, shampoo, conditioner, a wash cloth (that expand in water) and child friendly information on cleanliness.  Any of these items that you wish to donate will be greatly appreciated and can be dropped off in the "Tree House" box located in the gathering space.
There is a book drive currently taking place.  NEW books for children ages 5-18 and especially for ages 13-18 are greatly needed.  If any of Immanuel's children, teens or members of our VIBE group would like to hold a book drive at their school, it would be a wonderful opportunity to "give back".  If you have a child/teen interested, please contact Evie Schulz as the Tree House would love to have that student deliver the books for a special recognition to the Tree House.
There is also a continuous need for snack items:  individual packages of animal and gold fish crackers, juice boxes, bottled water for the children who visit the Tree House.  Also appreciated would be hot wheels, small dolls, a play set with dishes and pans, $5.00 gift cards to McDonalds, Culvers, Jimmy Johns for the teens and gas cards for parents to help  transport their children to and from the center.  Please give any gift cards to Evie; all other donations can be placed in the Tree House box.
In September, the Tree House partnered with law enforcement agency to sponsor National Night Out at the county fairgrounds.  Over 1,000 children attended with parents or another adult.  Five bikes were given away and multiple of education done to help our children and families stay save through the efforts of law enforcement and fire departments.
Volunteers are needed as well to write thank you notes, help with clerical duties, and serve at fundraising and education events.  Let Evie know if you are interested.

Hands to Share and Time to Spare
Our new "Hearts to Care Ministry" is up and running.  There is nothing better than the feeling you get when you help someone who is struggling.  The relief on that person's face and the gratitude they express and the hugs of thanks are priceless.  We are excited to now be at the point for "worker bees" to join our awesome group.
Please become a member of our "Hands to Share" Team-we are looking for folks who are willing to devote a couple hours, as needed, to help with transportation (especially to and from church), do light housekeeping, lawn mowing, raking, snow removal, minor home repair, minor auto repair, and those with gifts in plumbing, electrical, carpentry and computers.  No doubt we have left out some areas.  Share your ideas and skills with us.
If you have a heart for people, please come on board.   Contact these core team members for additional information: Mike Brooks, Marilyn Heiden, Judy Guy, Steve Guy, Madeline Killian, Jill Rosenthal or Bob Rosenthal.   Or call Evie at 262-728-6542 or email her at
No money has been allocated in the budget for Hearts to Care; therefore, the ministry would also appreciate monetary donations to help with expenses that may occur when we need to purchase items to help with repair and other miscellaneous supplies.  If you feel called to help in this way, no gift is "too small".  Make a check payable to Immanuel with "Hearts to Care" in the memo line, so that your donation can be added to your giving account.  Cash donations are also gratefully appreciated.
You will be blessed to be a blessing!
God has given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help others...  
1st Peter 4:10-11

"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.

St. Vincent De Paul (Milwaukee) Soup Kitchen

Our next service date is November 19th. A Carpool leaves Immanuel at 4pm.  As a result of the over 70 bags of clothing Immanuel gave to the Soup Kitchen last year, we filled them up.  We were told that Immanuel gives the best clothes but no more are needed now.  Many thanks to Rich and Lynn for those clothes from their rummage sale, however, warm sweaters, jackets, scarves, and toiletries (small sizes) are needed.  Also sleeping bags are desperately needed as there are homeless people there.  We hope that many of you who wished to serve can do so.  We were overwhelmed with the number of "guests" that came last time and 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".  God's Blessings, Bob Rosenthal

Side By Side Screening

Side By Side screening is on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, October 17th at 7 pm 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 3rd Sunday of each month in the Library off of the Fellowship Hall.

Meals on Wheels Volunteers Needed

We are looking for substitutes to help with Meals on Wheels every 5 weeks. Will train you & work with your schedule. Call Pauline Malsch 262-215-3121

Women's AA Meetings

Women's AA meets on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. in the Youth Room.

WC Food Pantry

The WC Food Pantry  is open on Wednesdays from 1 pm - 5 pm, and Saturdays from 10 am - 2 pm, located at 205 East Commerce Court, Elkhorn. Items most needed on a regular basis are peanut butter, jelly, pasta, rice, toothpaste, disposable razors and gently used children's books. They're also in need of volunteers on Saturdays! Call the food pantry @723-4488 or Susan Hughes @581-3524 or email

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!  Sundays at 12:15 pm at the altar rail after the 11:07 am service and Mondays from 3:30pm to 4:30pm 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.


Crop Hunger Walk 

32nd Annual CROP Walk ~ October, 8th 2017

The Lake Geneva Area CROP Hunger Walk will be held on Sunday, October 8 th at 1pm in Williams Bay.  There will be 4 routes to choose from, through Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy, the village of Williams Bay, and along the famous Lake Shore Path.  Routes range in difficulty and in length, from a stroller walk to 6 miles. 
         This fall, with so many natural disasters, hurricanes and forest fires hitting the United States, earthquake in Mexico, as well as all the usual upheavals worldwide, people need help.  YOU can do that by walking in the CROP Walk or by sponsoring someone to walk.  Last year folks from Immanuel joined with folks from about 15 other area churches to raise $11,174!  And ours was only one of over 1,000 CROP Walks in the US!  More than $10 Million was raised, and 25% came back to local food pantries and programs.  Each of 7 food pantries in the Geneva Lake Area received a check for $402!  90% of all funds raised goes to help people who are hungry, victims of disasters, & refugees from wars and famine.  Contact Marilyn Heiden to sign up or to answer any questions you may have.  Think about it!  Every little bit helps!  And last but not least, Prayers!  

Immanuel Fundraiser

David Scotney (owner of Oakfire Restaurant) is having a fundraiser for Immanuel Lutheran Church at his restaurant on Wed, October 18th. All money raised that evening for Immanuel will also be matched by David/Oakfire.  The fundraiser will target Immanuel's Youth Ministries, specifically to help fund a high school minister and enhance both the child and middle school ministries.  More details to follow.

Salad Bar Luncheon

A planning meeting has been set for October 17th at 1pm in the Office Conference Room.  Any and All who are interested in joining the planning committee are welcome to attend.  We will be discussing the planning agenda for the upcoming Salad Bar Luncheon which will be held Mid-April.  Contact Sandy Boales (248-3595) or Arlene Redell (215-6000) for more info.

Thrivent Builds Opportunity

Thrivent is looking for volunteers on  November 18th for a Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity Build. We will be doing final touches  from  9am-3pm .   We are in need of 20 people to sign up.

How to Sign Up
*  Go to and create a user profile.
*  Sign up for the day that was designated for your group.
*  If you are unable to attend, you can simply log back on and cancel the shift.
*  Please contact Beth Van Gorp at or by phone at 
(414) 316-5615 if you have any issues or cannot find your volunteer day.
*If you cannot sign up online, please feel free to stop in our office to register.
Things to Know
Home location: 3111 W. Garfield St, Milwaukee WI
What to wear: Clothes and shoes that you don't mind getting dirty, closed toed shoes (tennis shoes or boots), and work gloves.
What to bring: Tools are provided but you are welcome and encouraged to bring your own hand tools such as a hammer, tape measure, utility knife, safety glasses, and tool belt.  Please mark your tools with your name.
Skill requirements: Being skilled in a particular task is not a requirement to participate. Habitat will provide a skilled leader to help you learn the task and get started quickly.
Age restrictions: Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to participate in construction activities. 16 and 17 year olds must have a minor's release of liability signed by a parent or guardian and are not allowed to use power tools and work on the roof among other restrictions.  The minor's release is available on our website at and on the job site.
Lunch: Lunch will be provided by Thrivent Financial, unless your group would like to bring their own.  Please plan to bring water. A reusable water bottle will help us prevent waste from using cups.

Immanuel Book Club

Immanuel Book Club meets onthe 4th Wednesday of every month in the Library. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 25th at 2:00 pm.  Contact Edie Michelson at 262-686-3009 for current book and questions.   New members welcome.
Thrivent Admirals Martin Luther Bobblehead Night

You are invited to join the Burlington, Lake Geneva & Delavan Thrivent offices for Martin Luther Bobblehead night on October 21st celebrating the 500th Reformation of Martin Luther.  Tickets are $15 for anyone joining the Thrivent group. We would like to fill a section and represent for a fun filled evening of hockey. Open to all Thrivent members and their guests. To purchase your ticket at this discounted rate, please contact Jen Grimme at 262-806-4728 or RSVP's and payment due by October 6th.   Limited number of tickets available!

Electronic Giving

Throughout the year, if you can't make it to church we encourage you to automate your regular donations. Immanuel relies on the consistent financial support of the congregation and electronic giving offers an easy way to give on a recurring basis. Visit   or contact the church office for more information. We have authorization forms in the church office. We thank you for your continued support!

Weekly Giving Envelopes

We are always thankful for your gifts of offering. Thank you for using your giving envelopes! The giving envelopes add efficiency to the counting process on Sundays by eliminating the need to look up names and envelope numbers. Thank you for your generosity. If you would like to give on-line, please see the Electronic Giving article above.

Immanuel Lawn Signs

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


+     Dear Immanuel Lutheran Quilters, Thank you so much for making such a beautiful quilt for me to take to college! It is the perfect touch to my dorm room and it feels like a little piece of home is here to comfort me. I truly appreciate all of the hard work that was put into making the quilts and I'm glad that I have it to remind me of all my past achievements and encourage me to continue creating the path for my future.  Thank you beyond words!! Sincerely, Makenna Castleman  

+     Thank you to everyone who helped make our Rally Sunday and Reformation Celebration 
picnic a huge success.  From the delicious food, to the kids games, Reformation BINGO and all the setting up and clean-up it takes for such an event, we are very grateful. ~ Evie Schulz

+     A heartfelt thank you to all who visited and called me during my stay at Ridge-stone, especially to Arlene, Jerry, Judy ( and their sweet dog), Madeline, Merle, Nancy and to anyone else that I forgot to list.  The generous sharing of your time and treats helped make my days go faster and sweeter.  Betty Schulz

+     Thanks to the wonderful members of the Quilters group! The quilt which you created celebrating my 80th birthday is a SPECTACULAR contribution to my home office.  John Gardiner

+     Thank you to all of you who contributed to my well-being through your many prayers.  You are a wonderful group of friends.  Thank you again and may God Bless you!  ~ Loretta Frank

+     Immanuel Lutheran Church has the most... AMAZING - GIVING- and -GENEROUS - members ever!!!  Thank you for your recent donation of quilts, juice, and snacks.  ~ The Tree House

+     Dear friends at Immanuel, Many thanks for your regular & generous donation to the Lake Geneva Food Pantry.  With your support, we are able to fulfill our mission; "to help families in need in our community to put food on their tables".  On behalf of the average 130 families we serve each month - Thank You!  Sincerely, Lake Geneva Food Pantry Staff

+     Dear Members of Immanuel Lutheran Church, On behalf of the Tree House, we would like to thank everyone who participated in the Undie drive.  Not only did it provide many packages of underwear for kids who desperately need them, the panty shanty gave us all a much needed laugh!!  We love your sense of humor and your generous hearts!  Thank you to all who helped in the undie drive!! Sincerely, Bridget

+     Dear members of Immanuel, I want to thank you for the cards, calls, and flowers you bestowed on me after my fall that landed me in Golden Years Rehabilitation Therapy.  All were very much appreciated.  Also the prayers you gave me for better health.  I am much better and walk with a walker now.  I also wish your prayers for continued health as my slow recovery continues.  Thank you also for your prayers for my good friend, Pat Bogart, who still lives with brain cancer and still receives chemo therapy but can no longer receive radiation. In God's honor, Carolyn A. Warfield

+     THANK YOU!  People of Immanuel, you showed up big time at Side by Side's 9/21/17 fundraiser at Simple! Thank you so much for your hearts that care for those in need in our community! With your support we are able to help those who come to us, who are struggling to make ends meet. Bless you all!


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