Immanuel eNewsletter
August, 2017
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Beginnings and Endings
When we read a story, or watch a movie, there is a beginning and an end.  Life does not give us such clear beginnings and endings.  Instead, we find ourselves moving from chapter to chapter in an ongoing story.  The time has come for us to move to new chapters. 
I want to thank you all for the chapter we have shared in this journey of faith.  I know that it has had challenges and changes for all of us.  There have been exciting events, and sad and troubling event.  Together we have had the chance to learn and grow from them.  I will treasure the friends I have made and the new experiences I have had a part of here at Immanuel.  I hope that I have been able to be a help and a blessing to you as well. 
Now we move forward into new chapters for me and for you.  I pray God's continued blessing on all of you as you find new Pastors and new directions to serve and grow in Jesus name.  In the words of the old hymn:  "God be with you till we meet again." 
~ Pastor Rich Collier
Farewell ~ Until We Meet Again
We have reached that happy sad time in interim ministry when we must say goodbye.  It has been an honor and a privilege to spend these months with you.  It has been a blessing to be a temporary shepherd during this time of transition.  It is exciting how Immanuel continues to look for ways to deepen connections within her walls, within the community of Lake Geneva, and around the world.  God has blessed this place with wonderful gifts, and it has been a pure pleasure to observe and encourage their development.  Sunday, July 30th will be my last day at Immanuel.  On August 15th, I will begin serving at Bethel Lutheran in Madison.  In leaving, I know I take many fond memories with me.  I am so grateful for my time with you.  Again, farewell until we meet again. ~ Pastor Martha Butzier
We are really busy in the interview process, interviewing candidates & working hard to clarify and discern God's will for Immanuel's future! Please continue to pray for the Spirit to lead us in this important task!!   When we come up with "the one", we will take the name to council and with their approval bring it to the congregation.  We ask for your patience and prayers in this holy process.

Call Committee

The members of the Call Committee are as follows: Pam Juergens, Judy Guy, Andy Smith, Trygve Kittelson, Mikella Plitzuweit and Greg Bunge.  Two alternate members: Paul Sepe, Trish Fry-Misener.  Please, pray for the work of this committee that they will be guided by the Spirit throughout the process.

Contact Information for the Church Council

The church council, Pastors and staff are eager to be available during the call process. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us for prayer needs, spiritual guidance, help, information about the call process, and fellowship. We pledge to work hard with you and for you in the days ahead. We also promise to keep you well informed as we receive information. 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, 7:30 PM

Praise Team 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 immeasurably by their dedication and superb leadership! Weekly rehearsals are on Wednesday nights at 7:30PM
Some musical training is necessary and members are required to attend rehearsals. Please contact Adam Smith at  if you are interested in joining the team!

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.

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August 8:15 Service

August 9:45 Service

August 11:07 Service


Contact Us



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
Serving Military, Veterans, 
Those w/ Cancer & Health concerns, Vince Barnes, Scott Baumann, Tom Bernacchi, Pat Bogart, Anne Chant, Craig Collins, Nancy Franklin, Glenn Inwood, Mark Kinsley, Tom Kirby, Mary Klein, Jeanne Madaus, Craig & Kathy Middleton, Peg Neumann,  Heidi Otterness, Pat and Gary Parsons, Perkins Family, Family of Mickey Petranek, Edson Randall, Greg Randall, Bea Riley, Lorraine & Ray Schober, Bernie Smedley, Carol Stassen, Bea Sutton, Cynthia Walker, Carolyn Warfield, Aimee Yakes & Sophia Zematis    

Rhonda Perkins and Family at the loss of her beloved Husband, Wayne Perkins, who died to the Lord on June 30th.  The celebration of his life was held on Monday, July 10th at Immanuel.

Jacquelyn Getzen and Family at the loss of her beloved Husband, Donald Getzen. He died to the Lord on July 8th and the celebration of his life was held on Tuesday, July 18th at Immanuel.
Serving on the Mission Field
Zach and Misa Harrod, Jenn and Jason Byers, Karen Flowers, Chris and Irene Okuna, Ginger Peterson, Nathan Bloechl
Expecting a Child!
Christina Alonzo

+ Congratulations to Julie Ahlert & David Trinidad on the baptism of their daughter, Alysia Faith Trinidad, on June 16th.
+ Congratulations to RaeAnne Beevers & Justin Thuecks on the baptism of their daughter, Aly Susan Thuecks, on June 16th.

First Communion
+ Congratulations to Mckayla Kittelson and McKenna Kubly on receiving their First Communion on July 23rd.

+ Congratulations to Kent and Joan Sutkay who will be celebrating their 40th Wedding Anniversary on August 6th.
+ Congratulations to Georgia & Bill Gehrmann who will be celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary on August 12th


Welcome Center Volunteers

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.

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

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

Fellowship Hour Assistants needed for the 4th Sunday of each month.  If you can help with set up, treats and/or clean up, please contact Sandy Boales at 262-248-3595.  Sandy has been graciously filling in since this vacancy but could really use some additional help.  "Many hands make light work"

Training Opportunities

Anyone who is interested in assisting at worship services in any one of several areas (communion, usher, assisting minister, prayer minister, greeter, altar guild) please watch the bulletins for training sessions or contact Evie Schulz to schedule a time.


A Journey through the Wilderness of Grief Support Group

The Journey Through the Wilderness of Grief support group plans to start in mid to late September.  The program will run for 8 weeks.  Members of Immanuel, friends and relatives are welcome to attend.  We need to know whether afternoon or evening works best for you.  Please fill out the information on the insert with that information if you wish to be a part of this journey.  A minimum of four participants is needed with a  maximum of 10.  Please call Evie Schulz if you have questions about this healing experience.
Tuesday Morning Mom and Tots Bible Study

The Tuesday Morning Mom and Tots Small Group has ended for the summer.  Please join us again in September when we resume our 9:30am meetings in the Community Room / Library. Contact Sarah Beauregard with any questions at 414-699-9156.
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 Study has ended for the summer.  They will meet again in the fall.

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

The Women's Friday Morning Bible Study will be meeting at 9:30am on August 4th at the Market Street Café in Elkhorn.  Contact Arlene Redell (215-6000) or Janet Kelly (374-3823) with any questions.

Saturday Morning Bible Study

A Saturday Morning Bible Study will be meeting on August 12th (2nd Saturday of the month) at 10 am at the home of Loretta Frank located at N2020 County Road H #437 in Lake Geneva. Please contact Trish Fry-Misener at 262-949-2480 w/ any questions.


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

Sunday School has come to an end for the 2016/2017 school year.  Classes will resume in September and will follow the schedule of the 2017/2018 school year.  If you have any questions, contact Sarah at

Vacation Bible Camp

Imagine a  world where curious kids become hands-on inventors who discover that they are lovingly crafted by  God. Join us for Maker Fun Factory Vacation Bible Camp! From July 30th through August 3rd kids will become hands-on inventors who discover that they created by God and made for a purpose. *Our VBC children will be singing at the end of the 2nd and the beginning of the 3rd services on Sunday August 6th.  If you have any questions or concerns please let Sarah Beauregard know by email at or call  248-4211  if you plan to have your child attend.

Just For Kids Summer Program

The JFK Summer Program is in Full Swing! We are open from 6am to 6pm Monday thru Friday for Ages 7-12!  It's only $30 per day per child with a $25 enrollment fee (for new students only) and a $25 materials fee. Each student receives a water bottle and T-shirt. Enroll NOW as spaces are filling up fast!
Just For Kids Before and After School Program

STARTS IN SEPTEMBER for elementary school kids, ages 7-11 which meets Monday-Friday, from 6:00am -8:15am, and 3:45-6:00pm.  We have bus transportation to and from Star Center, Central Denison and Eastview schools. Register your child for the fall school year now! We have a limited number of spaces available. There is a $25 registration fee. For more information contact Holly Bromeland at

Daycare News

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


Middle School Youth Group

We LOVE staying connected over the summer!  Watch for our fun and exciting calendar of events for the SUMMER MONTHS! 
BEACH BASH IS BACK!!!  Eat Pray HikePicnics
Sand VolleyballKickballBowlingOutdoor MoviesBonfires, and a Lock In!  5th graders going into middle school are welcome to join in on our summer activities!  It's a great way to meet the other youth group kids, get to know your leaders and make new friends!!  Contact Holly or Sarah to get signed up by calling 262-246-4211 or by emailing


Many awesome memories were made.  See you next fall!!  
For more information about VIBE 
please contact Holly Bromeland at or Call 248-4211 / 949-6227.


Undie Sunday

Undie Sunday will be held on August 20th and 27th but it has come to my attention that the "Tree House" will not accept underwear that is not in it's original, unopened packaging.  So please instead of donating one pair of undies per person in your family simply buy one unopened package to donate.  Sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused anyone but here's a joke for you to enjoy... "What does a cloud wear under his or her clothes?" Answer: "Thunderwear"

Have You Heard of Café?

Café is an on-line magazine for young adult women who want to build their faith.   It incorporates a Lutheran perspective for women of Christian faith or simply for any woman who is interested in how faith relates to the issues that women face today.  Readers and writers of Café include pastors, seminary and college students, and other young adult women who use Café as a Bible study resource individually or with their congregation.   An interesting recent article, "Offering a True Apology", discusses on how we sometimes hurt others or how others sometimes hurt us and we need to give apologies, and we need to hear them. Do you know how to apologize? To read the full article and to find more articles like this one, visit..

Tree House

The Tree House is in need of ongoing supplies...these include certain snacks, toys, books, "Lovie" blankets, etc.  Often times, children arrive hungry, thirsty and haven't eaten in a while or may be at The Tree House for several hours.  Items such as individually sealed crackers, juice boxes, bottled water, packaged fruit snacks or other healthy packaged, non-perishable food items would be greatly appreciated.
Also, upon completing the forensic interview, physical exam and/or counseling session, all children are offered a small toy or game.  These items must be NEW in accordance with Children's Hospital rules.  Examples would be board games, action figures, dolls, books, crafts or activities, sports items, stuffed animals, hot wheels, and/or toy trucks.  The cost for these items range between $5 to $10.  Anyone who would like to shop for these items is welcome to.  Another option is to make a monetary contribution.  Checks should be written to the WCAC and sent to W4063 Hwy NN, Elkhorn 53121.  Indicate on the memo line that your donation is for "snacks" or "toys".  You will receive an acknowledgement for tax purposes.
Please place any donations you may have in the box marked with the WCAC sign on it which is located in the Gathering Space next to a Poster regarding The WCAC/Tree House.  Please remember that the advocacy center is a division of Children's Hospital of Milwaukee and requires that all toys, books, etc. must be NEW and should not be wrapped.  Check out the website for more information on the WCAC and how you can be of assistance... .
If you, your family or members of a small group or other ministry group would like to join in bringing joy to these children and families, please contact Evie Schulz for further information. You will be blessed for being a blessing.

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.

HEARTS TO CARE meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month.  Our next meeting will be on August 3rd at 1:00pm in the office conference room. 
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

Care Team

The Care Team will meet again on Wednesday, August 16th at 7:00 pm.   This is an important time for us to share and communicate about the shut-in members we are caring for. All our welcome to attend.  Please contact Kristin Larkin at 414-491-1969 or email  her at  with any questions or concerns. 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.

Community Connection Meal

Our next Community Connection Meal will be on Thursday, August 17th from 5:15 - 6:30 pm.  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, August 16th starting at 1:00pm and/or Thursday, August 17th starting at 4:00 pm. We would also love folks to donate any kind of brownies which will go well with the ice cream we plan on serving during the hottest month of the year.  Please contact Linda Martin at if you can volunteer or donate desserts.  We'd like to extend a big thank you to all the people that volunteered in July and contributed the many wonderful cookies for our guests to enjoy.  We'd also like to extend a big thank you to the WC and Lake Geneva Food Pantries who donated all the meat and fresh fruit. We were also blessed and very grateful for the $250.00 donation given through the Thrivent Action Team program to Community Connection.

St. Vincent De Paul (Milwaukee) Soup Kitchen

Our next service date is August 20th. A Carpool leaves Immanuel at 4 p.m. Several items are always needed at the Milwaukee Soup Kitchen. Specific items are men's pants, jackets, socks, underwear. Toiletries, the small sizes, and sleeping bags are also needed. Many thanks to all who have contributed to this great need!  Most sincerely, Bob Rosenthal

Side By Side Screening

Side By Side screening is the 3rd Tuesday of each month, the next meeting is August 15th, at 7:00 p.m. 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 School District.  Bring a copy of the bill. Side By Side is a collaborative ministry between area churches and civic groups.

Immanuel Prayer Opportunity

Romans 8:28 (NLT) " And we know God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose."
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 pastors, 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.

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. We will train you and work with your schedule. Call Pauline Malsch at ...  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, Wednesdays from 1:00 - 5:00 PM, and Saturdays from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, at 205 East Commerce Court, Elkhorn  262-723-4488. They're in desperate need of bar soap and razors .

The Lake Geneva Food Pantry

The Lake Geneva Food Pantry, Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9:00 - 11:30 AM at First Congregational Church, 715 Wisconsin Street.  262-248-2337.

Venturing is waiting for you!

Boys and Girls age 14 through 20 years of age who are looking for fun, camping, and adventure!  Venturing is waiting for you!  There is a Crew in Lake Geneva that is looking for more young people!  Past trips included skiing, Philmont, and kayaking.  Please contact Kelly Wolf 262-203-2225 for more information. 


Immanuel Book Club

Immanuel Book Club meets on the 4th Wednesday of every month in the Library.  The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, August 23rd at 2:00pm.   The Book is: "The Last Days of Night" by Graham Moore.
Please Contact Edie Michelson at 262-686-3009 with any questions.  New members welcome.

PIG ROAST - Walworth County Adult Special Olympics Fundraiser

Join us Tuesday August 15th at Champs Sports Bar & Grill (located at 747 West Main St. in Lake Geneva) in support of the Walworth County Adult Special Olympics! The fundraiser is from 4:30pm to 8:30pm andtickets are only $8 each!  Each ticket includes all you can eat pulled pork, rolls, cole slaw, baked beans, and apple sauce.  We will also have a cash bar and raffles!  Please stop in and support this great cause!

Community Generosity Day - brought to you by Thrivent Financial.

Get Involved Saturday, Sept. 9th!
8:30am - 11:30am / Lunch at 12 Noon.
For more information or to sign up contact Jen Grimme at 262-806-4728 or email her at

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.

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 Jackie, We so appreciate the fleece blankets that were dropped off last week!  There were 3 cases here today, and all 3 kids took a blanket despite it being June 28th J Thank You for all you do to support us and the precious children for whom we care.  Best, Kathy Brown - The Tree House
+     To the Staff (Especially Bethany & Michael) and Church Family at Immanuel, Thank You for all your help with the 2017 Vision Walk - from office type stuff, cleaning, and setting up tables, to donations and encouragement!  Your support was much appreciated!  Take Care & God Bless! Love Marilyn H. J
+     Dear Immanuel Quilters, I cannot thank you for the love and effort you put into my quilt!  I sleep with it every night!  Thank you so much!  I wish a great summer to everyone! 
J Carly Bakken
+     Dear Immanuel Family, My heartfelt thanks for all your amazing love and support I have received from you since Wayne's passing. To Pastor Martha, the praise team and all you that helped make Wayne's memorial service so special, I thank you. To Ken Field and Rick Ruby for keeping our photos running and for playing Wayne's beloved George Jones music in the background, I thank you. He had to be smiling about that. I am beyond sad and overwhelmed with this unexpected journey I am now on. There is a huge void in my life and I am heartbroken. I will miss my very best friend. I am praying for the fog to lift if even for a little bit. It is a comfort to know I have the support of such a caring church family and many, many friends and family lifting me up in prayer every day. It is that thought and my faith that is going to help me get through this God's Blessing to all of you! Rhonda Perkins and Family Jer.29:11
+     Dear Immanuel Members and Friends, Thank you for the prayers, cards, and concern.  My Knee/Femur surgeries went well!  It will take a few weeks before I will be out and about but I'm progressing ahead of schedule!  Thanks again for the love & God Bless - Jeanne Madaus 

+     Dear Immanuel Lutheran Church, Thank you for your continued support and blankets, snacks, toys, and juice.  These   items are so necessary and are desperately needed!  Thank you for your partnership in fighting abuse against children! Most Sincerely, Bridget at the Tree House
+     Dear Rich McWherter, First let me say Thank You from all the staff and volunteers at the Sevier County Food Ministries.  Your group of volunteers was praised for their efforts and work ethic long after they had left our location.  We know that God sends blessings in so many ways and we thank you again for being a blessing to us.
As we take on the challenges of 2017, we are grateful for the support you've provided.  The dedication of volunteers makes it possible for us to enhance and improve the nutritional diets of 1800 families that on average, we support each week. 
Just so you are aware, the Sevier County Food Ministries in 2016 served more than 1,800 families and touched more than 6,000 people each week.  We provided our neighbors in need with over 81,000 bags of groceries last year as a supplement intended to stretch their food supply.  Over 6,000 families including 20,000 family members counted on SCFM at least once a year. 
With your help, we will be able to enhance the diets and nutrition of the families and children that are in need of support from those of us that have been and continue to be blessed. 
Thank You Again, Mannie Burnett

+     To all my Angels,
I want to express my sincere gratitude for what you all have given to me and my family.  Your gift has touched me beyond words! It truly brought me to tears to have been blessed with such unbelievable generosity; I couldn't even believe my eyes!  You cannot imagine how much strength your support has given me and my family during this extremely unfortunate time for us.  I don't know how I can ever thank you all enough?
I want you all to know how much you have inspired me; your act of kindness is something I have rarely witnessed and has brought hope back to my heart.  Words cannot express how much your help means to me and my family!  Not only financially but from your love, support, kindness, and caring hearts!  I am truly grateful from the bottom of my heart; I simply can't say it enough!  I have no idea how I am going to return this unbelievable gift you all have given me and my family but until I do - thank you! Thank You! THANK YOU all so much!!   From the bottom of my heart and with all my love,   Bethany


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