DECEMBER, 2018
Immanuel E-Newsletter
The season of Advent that leads into Christmas is to be a season of preparation and expectation. We will hear the words of the Prophets of the Old Testament telling us to pay attention, to look to the future, and to put our hope and trust in God.
Given everything that is happening in our world today, everything happening in our communities & families, the practice of watching for God is as important as ever. Where is the love of God alive and active? How is God moving in my own life? It is important during this busy holiday season to slow down and practice looking for God. This is what we look to do at Immanuel this season.  
As the nights grow longer, we expect to see the light of God shining and leading us through this season. Here’s what’s in store at Immanuel as we grow together in faith...
COUNCIL NOMINATIONS

The nominating committee met on November 28th and have chosen our 4 nominees for the 2019 council. They are:

Jim Gaugert (2nd term)
Doug Bartz (2nd term)
Christy Feller
Jen Box

We will have them on our ballot for the annual meeting with a yes or no by each name. At this time nominations for council 2019 are CLOSED. 

We are currently in need of 4 members interested in being on the nominating committee in 2019 (to recruit for the 2020 council). Please contact Matt Dahlgren directly if interested:

Cell: 414-659-7478
Home: 262-379-1069
November 11, 2018
  A WARM WELCOME! 
Welcome Gen, Joe, & Maceo Reed as new members to our Immanuel family on November 11th at the 9:45 service. We are thrilled to have you!
November 11, 2018
Baptism of
Hunter William Smith
Congratulations to Danielle Baker & Austin Smith and to their sponsors, Clarisa Palmer, Adam Smith, Jessica Sikraj, Justin Hansen, Sara & Auggie Wojcik, Tyler Krepelan, & Liz Scurto, on the baptism of their child, Hunter William Smith, on November 11th at the 9:45am service.
November 21, 2018
Baptism of
Reid William Logar
Congratulations to Rich & Cameron Logar and to their sponsors, Whitney & Nick Curcio and Lydia & Mac Deegan, on the baptism of their child, Reid William Logar, on November 21st at our 6:30pm Thanksgiving Eve service.
Worship Schedule Sign-up
Immanuel has many opportunities for individuals to help with our Worship services on Sundays. Click below on the service time of your choice to sign-up today!
You can also sign-up on Immanuel’s website: Immanuellakegeneva.org
Simply click on “Worship Sign Up” and choose the month and service you would like to help. Thank you for your willingness to serve!
Contact Information for the Church Council
The church council, Pastors and staff are eager to be available to you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for prayer needs, spiritual guidance, help, and fellowship. We pledge to work hard with you and for you. Contact the church office if you need a Church Directory. Contact Council Members for Monthly Financial Statements and Council Meeting Minutes. 

Jim Gaugert: 262-949-4626 / jimgaugert@wi.rr.com
Kristin Larkin: 414-491-1969 / larkinkristin@yahoo.com  
Barb Kwiatkowski: 262-215-9614 / barb@wlkg.com
Doug Bartz: 414-339-7661 / bartzdoug@yahoo.com
Kristin Gahart: 262-723-6889 / fivegaharts@charter.net
Lynn Gerlitz: 262-812-9326 / lynn.gerlitz@gmail.com
Pete Juergens: 414-588-2909 / pete.juergens@hotmail.com 
Jeff Bakken: 847-650-4206 / jeffbkkn@gmail.com
Ken Field: 262-374-1795 / ukfield1@charter.net
Amy Peterburs: 262-215-7558 / amyhope007@gmail.com
Josette Kuehl: 262-745-6780 / josettekuehl@gmail.com
Dennis Lyon: 262-565-8568 / cdlyon@wi.rr.com
Council Minutes
Minutes of the Immanuel Lutheran Church Council's meetings will become available following the next scheduled council meeting. The council meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, & church members are welcome to attend.
PRAYERS
Serving on the Mission Field
Zach and Misa Harrod, Jenn and Jason Byers, Karen Flowers, Chris and Irene Okuna, & Ginger Peterson

Serving in the Military
John Allison, Chris Bollwahn, Jimmy Flores, Brock Grahler, Robert Knowlton, Franek Kulik, Alex Kulik, Alex Novak, Brian Novak, Piper Radtke, Tim Sireno, Andy Sireno, Jacob Swatek, Atlanna & Daniel Tschida.

Health and Strength
Andrew; Family of Alyce Olson; Bob; Rebekah; Lois; Heidi, Henry; Elaine; Diana; Donna; Owen; Lawrence; Sam; Colton; Cody, Zach & Brittany Adams; Christina Alonzo; Scott Baumann; Family of Mustafa Beganovic; Tom Bernacchi; Joe Bidwill; Brown Family; Danielle C.; Lawrence Carstensen & Family; Naia Coltman; Jacob Cowan & Family; David Crusey; Susan Curi; Barbara Dorsey; Nathan Dyer; John Eddy; George Elblein; Judy & Mike Elston; David Froemming; Sherri Fry; Terri Furman; Family of Tami F; Trinity G.; Victor Garcia; Jeremiah Gonyo; Jacob Hanson; Duane & Donna Hove; Bob Huml; Tony Huml; Reginald Johnson; Bruce K; Peggy & Vyto Klausa; Don & Ginny Kolseth; John & Kaylee Kuecker; Joanne L; David Lisowski; Dennis Lyon; Jeanne Madaus; Craig & Kathy Middleton; Trisha Miles; Jenny Milligan; Patti Mol; Bob Newell; Angie Obernberger; Jillie Olsen; Denise P; Mary Ann Pearce; Earnest Peary; Greg Randall; Bea Riley; Maria Ruby; Carol Saunders; Rick Shoultz; Marilynn Sievert; Pete Stein; Joe Silvestra Family; Bernie Smedley; Carol Stassen; Warren & Kevin Sunderlage; Elaine Vorpagel; David Voss; Carolyn Warfield; Aimee Yakes; & Sophia Zematis
WORSHIP NEWS
ANGEL TREE
At Christmas we connect with the ones we love. But what if you are a child with a parent in prison - feeling lonely, abandoned, and hurt? Through Angel Tree, you can connect a child with their parent behind bars and offer joy and hope to a prisoner's family. We contact families, buy and wrap Christmas gifts, and deliver them - along with a message of love and the Good News about Jesus - in the name of the incarcerated parents. Look for the Angel Christmas Tree at our church on Thanksgiving Eve Nov. 21 st ! If you have any questions or would like to help deliver presents, please contact Rich McWherter 262-215-1243
CHRISTMAS PARADE
Cheer on Immanuel's Praise Team on the streets of Lake Geneva at the 43rd Annual Electric Christmas Parade on December 1st, at 5pm! The festivities begin at 5, but we plan to meet at 4pm so everyone will be in their places. We will be heralding our Savior's birth with live music on a moving float and there will be room for others to join in the festivities. Come and bring your love for Immanuel! Questions, contact Adam Smith or Jeff Bakken.
FAIR TRADE MARKET SUNDAYS
DECEMBER 2nd & 9th
Head down to the Fair Trade Market in the Fellowship Hall the first 2 Sundays in December. Global Hands Fair Trade store will be set up, as well as the youth bake sale, and perhaps other opportunities to pick up some holiday treats. Come to the Fellowship Hall on Sunday morning. The beauty of Fair Trade is that the artisans and providers of the products receive a livable wage. Our hope is also to have some great fellowship and fun in the, uhh.. ‘Fellowship’ Hall this December!
STAFF CHANGES AT IMMANUEL
Our Custodian Steve Sawar got a job with tremendous opportunity. We were sad to see him go but are so happy for him and his family as he begins a new job. We welcome a new Head Custodian: Rick Bromeland. Rick will oversee the care of the building and is half time. Rick took over at the end of September and is getting up to speed with Immanuel. We are so grateful for his presence and look forward to working with him going forward.
The Bells of Immanuel: Rehearses Sundays 9:15AM
The Bells of Immanuel rehearse on Sundays from 9:15 to 10AM downstairs in the music room, 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. It is a multigenerational choir and 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 interested or just show up for rehearsal. You will be shown how to ring and which part to read. Its lots of fun & not too difficult!!
Christmas Cantata: Rehearses Wednesdays 6:45 PM
CALLING ALL MUSICIANS! Rehearsals for the Christmas Cantata will be at 6:45 PM Every Wednesday until Cantata Sunday, with the exception of the Wed. before Thanksgiving. This is an opportunity to grow your musical gifts and to have good fellowship with your fellow musicians and disciples of the Lord. I cannot wait to begin this year's cantata and to make some incredible music with all of you again. Experience is not necessary and rehearsal attendance is strongly recommended. There will be CDs and Music Available at the Ministry Fair and at rehearsals. Hope to see a lot of returning faces and many new ones as all are welcome.
Praise Team: Rehearses Wednesdays at 8PM
Each week the members of Praise Team faithfully lead worship in song at the 9:45 AM and 11:07 AM worship services. Members also help to lead worship for special services. Weekly rehearsals are on Wednesday nights from 8-9PM! (this will change back to 7:30-8:30PM once choir ends) Some musical training would be preferred and members are asked to attend as many rehearsals as possible. Contact Adam Smith at (262)325-7122 or at music@immanuellg.org if you are interested in joining the team!
“RevivaL” Youth Worship Band: Rehearses Tuesdays at 7 PM
Youth Worship Band, RevivaL, meets every Tuesday from 7pm-8pm for rehearsal in the Sanctuary. RevivaL leads worship on Wednesday Nights for their fellow youth to help prepare them for a night of learning more about our Awe Inspiring God. Worship will be from 6:05PM until 6:20PM on Wednesdays. Contact Adam Smith at (262)325-7122 or  music@immanuellg.org with questions or if interested in joining.
Fellowship Hour
Beverages are available following the first service at the Welcome Center Counter in the Gathering Space. Help yourself to information about Immanuel on the counter. 
 
Our Fellowship Hour follows the first service in the Fellowship Hall on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays of the month. 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 this ministry! If you’re interested in helping, WE NEED YOU!! Sign up on our Website by clicking “Worship Sign Up” or contact Evie Schulz at 262-203-0463 or email her at ministry_coord@immanuellg.org
"FEAST OR FAMINE" FELLOWSHIP HOUR 
On the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month, following the first service, there will be a "Feast or Famine" Fellowship Hour in which members and friends may bring in any treat or snack as they wish without advanced commitment. Based on who decides to contribute, it may be a feast or a famine. However, coffee and other beverages will still be available to enjoy so that all can experience what we feel is a very valuable time of fellowship together.
FRESHLY BREWED!!
IGNITE YOUTH ARE SPONSORING COFFE HOUR EVERY THIRD SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH!! WE ARE ASKING FOR DONATIONS OF TREATS, AS WELL AS PARENTS AND STUDENTS TO CHOOSE A SUNDAY TO SERVE WITHIN THIS BELOVED MINISTRY. THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL WAY TO EXTEND THE HOSPITALITY WE PROCLAIM AS CHRISTIANS! THERE ARE ONLY 5 MORE SUNDAYS TO SERVE. 
This counts towards your Confirmation requirements. Please email youth@immanuellg.org to sign up for a Sunday to serve!
Welcome Center Volunteers Needed
Do you like to meet people? We are looking for some fun people to be on the Welcoming Team. They set up coffee and water in the Welcome Center, greet and help connect visitors to members between services. Visitors to Immanuel always comment on how welcoming Immanuel is. We are incredibly grateful for your help! Contact Edith Draper at 248-1861 with any questions.
Assistance with Parking on Sundays
Assistance with parking is available on Sundays. Inquire at the Welcome Center if valet parking would help you, and we will add you to the schedule.
Parking on Sundays and Special Services
Able bodied members are encouraged to park in the outer parking stalls or the Middle School Lot when they can, so visitors and seniors can be closer to the entrances. Many Thanks! It’s a wonderful challenge to be short on parking spaces! Praise God, who gives the growth!!
Prayer Requests
We appreciate all of your prayer requests each week! We want to continue praying for all individuals because we know how powerful prayer is in the lives of so many. On the first of the new month, we will restart the prayer list. If someone needs to stay on the list, just let Bethany know by using the worship card found in the weekly bulletin, calling the church office (262.248.4211), emailing Bethany at secretary@immanuellg.org, or dropping off a note in the church office. We want your requests, so we can continue praying for those in need.
Name Tags Available
Name Tags can still be ordered. Please print your name(s) legibly on an envelope with "Name Tag" also printed on the envelope; place $5.00 per tag in the envelope (if you are financially able to do so), then seal and drop into the offering plate at your regular service or give to Bethany. We encourage EVERYONE to order a name tag.
2018 Weekly Giving Envelop Packs
Members and Friends of Immanuel 2018 Weekly Giving Envelop Packs are now available. Please pick your pack up in the main office. If you do not find a pack with your name and wish to have envelops, please contact Don Anderson, 262-248-7741, donjand4311@gmail.com, or leave a note in the office. Thank you for your support, Immanuel Stewardship Committee.
Thrivent Action Team Dollars
Calling ALL Thrivent Members with Action Team Dollars to use, there are so many GREAT things going on at Immanuel that you can support with those FREE funds. It’s easy and will not cost you a dime. All you need to do is go online and complete the application. If you need any help or have questions please don’t hesitate to call Jeri at 262-949-0083 or Evie at 262-203-0463.
There are a lot of activities coming up soon to use your Action Team Dollars on! Here are just a few ideas… Youth Mission Trip; Vacation Bible Camp; Immanuel Quilters; JKF Summer Camp; Little Sprouts Daycare; Adult Bible Study; and many more! TAKE ACTION with your ACTION DOLLARS NOW!!! There’s $58,000 in our congregation FREE to use! LET’S GO EVERYONE!
DISCIPLESHIP NEWS
ADULT BIBLE STUDY
An Adult Sunday Morning Bible Study meets at 9:45am in the Conference room. Contact Jill Rosenthal at 262-248-7491 with any questions.
MONDAY NIGHT MEN’S BIBLE STUDY
The “M&Ms” meet on Mondays from 7:30 - 9 PM in the Conference Room. Contact Steve Guy at 262-210-9332 for more info.
WEDNESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY
A Wednesday Morning Bible Study meets at 9:30 am in the Youth Room. This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. Please Contact Jill Rosenthal at 262-248-7491 with any questions.
THURSDAY MORNING “LET’S GET MOVING” BIBLE STUDY
This group meets every Thursday at 9:15am in the Youth Room and includes balance and stretch exercises for seniors during the first 15mins.  Also they have started a 9 week Life Guide Series “Growing Older & Wiser”. Contact Shari Lundberg @262-215-9154 if interested in joining!
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 on Friday Mornings at 9:30am in the Library with our church wide study “The Bible Jesus Read”. More info contact Janet Kelly (374-3823) or Arlene Redell (215-6000)
SATURDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY
A Saturday Morning Bible Study will meet on December 8th at 10am at the home of Bea Sutton (3165 E Barry Drive, Lake Geneva). Contact Trish at 949-2480 for more info and location.
CHILDREN’S NEWS
Little Sprouts Daycare
Little Sprouts Learning Center is
open from 6:00am – 6:00pm, for children 6 weeks through 6 years. 
Transportation to and from Lake Geneva Schools is provided. Enroll today!  Contact Tyler Leech, Daycare Director, at the Little Sprout’s Daycare Direct Line (262-248-1897) or email him at immanuellittlesprouts@gmail.com for more info. 

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

Sunday Morning Nursery Staff
A nursery is provided during worship for children 4 and under to the left of the Sanctuary. Children over 5 years are encouraged to join their families during worship. Little treats are available on the coffee bar counter. Grab a “busy bag” for your preschooler at the entrance to the worship space, and return it to the stand when the service is finished.

“SPARK” Sunday School
We are thrilled to get back in to the Sunday School year! We are rolling out a new program called Godly Play. The focus is the stories of the Bible! We are so excited to be guiding the children of Immanuel into a deeper understanding of our faith! The morning will start in the sanctuary with the children's message, the children will then go to music with Ms. Kelly, and then split into age appropriate classes. Children will then be returned to the sanctuary in time for communion. This will all take place during the second service at 9:45. To accommodate the needs of this program - we need volunteers!! If interested in teaching Sunday School contact Sarah Beauregard @ (414)699-9156 or children@immanuellg.org

PARENTS - please be on the lookout for enrollment forms coming out shortly for a children's program that will be run on Wednesday Evenings from 4:30-6:30pm. We would like to offer crafts, games, music, Bible stories, and dinner!! This will happen during the month of February. We are also looking for people to help!! If interested in helping kick off this incredible program contact Sarah B!!

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES…

  • Saturday, Dec. 1st - Pageant Practice from 10AM - 12PM

  • Saturday, Dec. 8th - Pageant Practice from 10AM - 12PM with a pizza party afterwards!!!
Early Release Program
On the 2nd Thursday of every month Lake Geneva schools close early. This leaves a lot of families without care. We strive to provide a safe, engaging, & fun place for their children to be! But, we need volunteers to help make this work!! Our next early release day is on Thurs. Dec. 13th from 1:30-4. If you are able to help contact Sarah B.
Just For Kids Before and After School Program
JFK is for elementary school kids, ages 7-11 and meets Monday-Friday, from 6:00am-8:15am, & 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
MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS
VIBE
Our afterschool VIBE program is open Monday-Thursday from 2:50pm until 5:30pm. VIBE is for middle school students who need a safe and fun place to gather after school. We offer tutoring and access to computers for homework, healthy snacks, games, art projects, baking and cooking adventures, movies, and fun seasonal activities! There are registration forms in the church office or can be found at the Middle School Office.
VIBE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!!
We are looking for ordinary people with extraordinary hearts to offer the gift of time. Volunteers just like you, to help mentor, teach, listen, inspire, and encourage our youth!! Do you love to share stories, bake, create, or play games? Then this is the place for you!! All time and talents are welcome! For more information about VIBE or volunteering, please contact Holly Bromeland at middleschool@immanuel.org or Call 248-4211 / 949-6227.
YOUTH GROUP & CONFIRMATION NEWS
IGNITE Middle School & High School Youth Group
We are so excited for another awesome year of Immanuel’s Youth Group! Be sure to keep Wednesdays on your calendar as church night! We’ve decided to have just one name for both Middle School and High School youth group - Ignite!  
This year for High School at Immanuel, we hope to begin to tackle the ‘confirmation is graduation from church’ mentality. We’d like to build a solid community of High School students on Wednesday nights - a community where all teenagers know they are welcome and safe. We had an incredible experience on the Mission Trip, building a strong team of High School students. Now we want to draw that into Wednesday nights. We will grow together in faith, in love toward God and one another. Each week, students know that they can find a safe haven to get their spiritual batteries recharged to get the rest of the way through each week. See you on Wednesday nights!

Merry & Bright… It’s time to IGNITE! It will be a busy month for our youth! These are our upcoming events and dates within December. *If you haven’t downloaded the REMIND app, please do so NOW and get the latest updates from your super cool youth leaders!

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES…

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1st - Lake Geneva Christmas Parade!
The youth are invited to walk in the parade. Meeting time/place will be sent via REMIND & email when we get more info.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2nd - Youth Sunday!
Our youth will be taking over worship at all three services.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5th - IGNITE Youth Group 
Youth Group as usual from 5:30-7:30 pm (Dinner at 5:45)

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9th - Youth Bake Sale! 
Students that help will be earning money towards your YOUTH RETREAT this winter! Many opportunities to serve this day!

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12th - Christmas Caroling
Our youth will be caroling and delivering some yummy treats to shut-ins within our congregation. We want to make sure everyone is remembered and thought of this holiday season. (If there is someone you believe that would benefit from a visit, please contact our Administrative assistant Bethany and have her add your loved one to the list!) Parents of IGNITE students; we will really be in need of drivers this night!!! Please let the Youth Leaders know if you can drive, or help in any capacity.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16th - Youth Sponsored Coffee Hour
FRESHLY BREWED!! IGNITE youth are sponsoring coffee hour every third Sunday of each month!! We are asking for donations of treats, as well as parents and students to choose a Sunday to serve within this beloved ministry. This is a beautiful way to extend the hospitality we proclaim as Christians! There are only 5 more Sundays to serve. This counts towards your confirmation requirements. Please email youth@immanuellg.org to sign up for a Sunday to serve!

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19th - JINGLE BELL BINGO!
This is our youth Christmas fellowship party! If you are interested in being a volunteer, donating a snack, or leading a craft/game during this night please let us know! 

WEDNESDAYS, DECEMBER 26th & JANUARY 2nd - NO YOUTH GROUP!
There will be no IGNITE during Christmas Break, and that we resume on January 9th 2019. Watch for those REMIND texts over break for any fun meet-ups like sledding, a movie, or blacklight bowling! IGNITE IS THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING :)
We are so excited about what we have planned in December! Please contact Holly or Kelly at youth@immanuellg.org if you have any questions or are willing to volunteer for any of these events. Thank you to all of our current volunteers that make IGNITE such a success. You guys rock!

STAY CONNECTED: Download the FREE Remind app to your phone and get updates and reminders about upcoming events.
Enter our class code: 768fb

Middle School questions please contact Holly at 
or Kelly Gerlitz at youth@immanuellg.org
High School questions please contact Pastor Paul at 
or call the church office at 262-248-4211
CONFIRMATION
Wednesdays - Ignite (Confirmation)
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Our regular Ignite youth group will begin to integrate Pr. Sara into the ‘large group’ teaching time. On the surface, Wednesdays will look and feel pretty familiar. Expect to continue to have fun, build friendships, and learn important spiritual lessons. Confirmation students, on top of Wednesday Ignite, will be expected to complete Worship reports, fulfill serving requirements, and have an experience in summer Bible camp or the Mission Trip. We 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!
MISSION NEWS
Hearts2Care
We were blessed to have almost 50 members and friends of Immanuel complete one of the two orientations recently offered.  WE ARE NOW READY TO GO and looking for folks we can assist. Are you are in need assistance (or know a member or friend of our congregation) , especially those recovering from an illness, surgery, or are elderly, that unable to provide what is necessary to help them remain in their home, and do not have relatives close by to assist?  If you could you use some (short term) help in the following areas, please fill out, if for yourself, or encourage them to complete an application, and turn it into the church office or one of the pastors: 
       
Errands, Shopping, Light Housework, Meal Preparation (short term), in home visiting or phone calls, transportation (especially for church or medical needs), minor home repairs, minor auto repairs, computer/electronics assistance and/or seasonal needs (snow removal, lawn mowing, raking, weeding, window washing).  

Core Team Members: Mike Brooks, Judy and Steve Guy, Marilyn Heiden, Madelyn Killian, Jill and Bob Rosenthal, Evie Schulz and Nancy Williams.

There are certain policy restrictions in effect, especially, for financial costs of repairs, but our volunteers do not expect any reimbursement for their time. If any person wishes to make a contribution in appreciation for services or to aid in providing services, but we suggest that you make a donation by placing whatever amount you wish in an envelope marked "Hearts2Care" and place it in the offering or drop off at the office. Any donations will be earmarked to help those this ministry is serving who may not be financially able to cover   certain expenses.  You may also consider contributing a gift card from a local gas station, grocery or retail store.
Community Connection Meal
Community Connections Meal Team NEEDS your Help with our upcoming Holiday Meals! Please come help us plan our 5th Annual November & December FREE Community meals. Please sign up by contacting Lynn Gerlitz 262-812-9326 or at communityconnections@gmail.com if you can volunteer or donate. Also join us for our next Community Connection Meal on Thursday, December 20th 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. We would also love folks to donate their favorite Christmas Cookies! Please sign up on the Worship Card on Sundays or contact Lynn.
"Fleece Be With You” TreeHouse Blankets
Looking for an easy and fun mission project to do? Make a Blanket, Make a Difference is what the Wednesday morning quilters are all about and they NEED your help! Their mission is to continue to provide no-sew fleece blankets for the children who come to the TreeHouse! These children range anywhere from a couple weeks old to 17 years of age and have suffered suspected physical or sexual abuse and/or neglect. 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 them while the process is taking place.  If you would like to help with this worthwhile endeavor, many hands make the project go quickly and it’s fun!  Contact Jackie Kuehl for more info. Another way to be involved is to give a monetary donation to help offset the cost of each blanket ($20 per blanket). Donations can be placed in an envelope with "Fleece Be With You" on the outside and can be left with Bethany in the church office. 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.
Lay Communion Visitors
Newcomers welcome to join this important ministry for shut-in members. Pastor Carl is adding new Shut-Ins to the list as he visits them. Please contact Jeri Bozovsky at 203-5400 for more info.   Also, if you have names of members who have indicated they would be in need of a visit please let Kristin or Bethany know and they will be added to the list of people enjoying visits from this wonderful ministry.
Tree House
Staff and volunteers are preparing for a Christmas gathering of food and sponsorship for gifts for children. Watch for more information. See Evie if you are interested in contributing or helping with either. As always, our congregation has been more than generous sharing our blessings with those less fortunate.
St. Vincent De Paul (Milwaukee) Soup Kitchen
Our next service date is February 17th. A Carpool leaves from Immanuel at 4pm. We hope that many of you who wish to serve can do so. We are sometimes overwhelmed with the number of “guests” that come with the few of us there to serve them. Your participation in this ministry is greatly appreciated, especially from those served who tell us “May God Bless You”.
Side By Side Screening
Side By Side screening is on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, December 18th at 7pm at the First Congregational UCC Church, 715 Wisconsin Street, Lake Geneva. Funds are available for rental assistance and utilities – for those living in the Lake Geneva - Genoa City Badger High School District. Bring a copy of the bill. Side By Side is a collaborative ministry between area churches and civic groups.
Blood Pressure Checks
Blood pressure checks are here at Immanuel after the 1st service on the 2nd Sunday of each month in the Library off of Fellowship Hall.
The Lake Geneva Food Pantry
The Lake Geneva Food Pantry is open on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 – 11:30am at First Congregational Church, 715 Wisconsin Street in Lake Geneva. Call 262-248-2337 for more info. 
FOOD PANTRY DONATIONS NEEDED of Ramen Noodles, Soup, Canned Fruit, Mac & Cheese, and toiletries (shampoos, conditioners, soaps, toothpaste, & toothbrushes)
WALWORTH COUNTY FOOD PANTRY & DIAPER BANK 
The Walworth County Food Pantry and Diaper Bank is open to all eligible residents of Walworth County on Tuesdays &Fridays from 1-4pm. Our food includes fresh produce, meat, bakery items & essential toiletries as available. Please bring a legal piece of mail to verify residency within Walworth County. Diapers are available for babies, infants & elderly with income verification. To learn more, please visit our website at www.walworthcountyfoodpantry.org or call 262723-4488. If you’re an eligible Thrivent Financial member & have Choice Dollars to direct, call 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice.”
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 the Church Office at 248-4211 for more info.
FELLOWSHIP & MEETINGS
SALVATION ARMY
Are you willing to donate time to ring the bells for Salvation Army? We are looking for you! Please consider having your group take a day and give back to the community. 87% of money donated in the red kettles stays right in Walworth County. Call Georgia Gehrmann @262-248-5745 or e-mail thegehrmanns@gmail.com or sign-up on the worship card.
A BRUSH WITH KINDNESS
Habitat for Humanity in Walworth County is beginning a new housing repair program called A Brush with Kindness which is a nation-wide program serving low income homeowners who struggle to maintain the exterior of their homes. It focuses on exterior home repair services such as painting, minor exterior repairs, landscaping, and exterior clean-up. Groups of volunteers work to revitalize a home’s exterior for qualified families who are selected based on: need, ability to pay, willingness to partner. For more info stop by the church office and pick up an application.
Immanuel Book Club
Immanuel Book Club meets on the 4th Wednesday of every month in the Church Library. They will NOT be meeting in the month of December. They meet next on Wed, January 23rd at 2pm. The Book is: “Educated” by Tara Westover. Contact Edie Michelson at (262)686-3009 with any questions.
R.E.A.D.S. PROGRAM
Eastview Elementary is looking for volunteers/mentors to come to the school for a 1/2 hour to read with a student.  Contact Erica Levato at (262) 348-6000 Ext. 6003
LUNCH BUDDY PROGRAM
Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking for anyone interested in joining their Lunch Buddy program which matches a little brother/sister with a Big who will visit the student at their school once a week during lunch/recess period. Lunch Buddies eat lunch, play games, or simply just hang out and talk. They currently have children on a waiting list at Star Center & Eastview schools. If interested in this mentoring program, please contact Michelle Strom at 262-812-7208.
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!
2019 Weekly Giving Envelopes
We are always thankful for your gifts of offering. Thank you for using your giving envelopes! The 2019 Giving Envelopes are NOW AVAILABLE in the Gathering Space. If you can’t find your set & would like a set please contact Doug Hager, Financial Recording Secretary or contact the church office.
THANK YOU
+ THANKS to everyone who attended the Seniors Moving & Growing Even held on Nov. 2nd and 3rd here at Immanuel! Nearly 100 members of our Church and the community gathered to hear Dr. Roland Martinson talk about the role of Seniors in today’s Churches and his about-to-be-released book “Elder’s Rising: The Power and Perils of Aging”. The program seemed to be well-received and hopefully provided much food for thought and action.
The Core/Leader Team is beginning to plan another event for the Holidays with a tentative date of Wednesday, Dec. 12th. While fun and food will naturally be a part of the “party”, friendship and Christian fellowship are also essential, especially at this time of year.
And if YOU are interested in what a Senior Ministry might look like and how it might benefit our Immanuel family, and have ideas and suggestions to share, please contact one of the people below! Watch your bulletins for more info and come join us on Dec. 12th!  Dr. Martinson’s book will be available THIS MONTH!
Pastor Carl - 262-248-4211; Bev & John Erickson - 262-248-2533
Ken Field - 262-374-5201; Marilyn Heiden - 262-248-6439
John Noyer - 262-215-4763; Ginny Reinke - 262-248-4314
Janet Yakes - 262-325-2195
+ We LOVE Immanuel Lutheran Church and all you do for us! THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for the fleece blankets! Five are going out the door today! Warmly - Kathy Brown - The Tree House
 
+ Dear friends at Immanuel Lutheran, You helped make a big impact in our community by all your donations to the Lake Geneva Food Pantry! Many THANKS for your consistent generosity, to assist us in caring for those in need in our community. On behalf of all the 150-200 families each month who come to us for help in putting food on their tables - THANK YOU! - Lake Geneva Food Pantry Staff

+ THANK YOU for your months of prayers for our daughter & her husband and the life of this sweet baby girl, our new granddaughter. We are grateful for God’s love and support thru this. And all God’s people said Amen! - Candace & Bernie Smedley

+ Words are inadequate to express my THANKFULNESS to our Pastors and members of Immanuel who lovingly have shared their talents with me following my recent fall. Pastor Carl visited me with gifts of a beautiful Prayer Shawl and Quilt. These things along with prayers, cards, and calls from all have been a strength to me, as the gift of God’s healing was made known. 
God Bless You All - Erlene Wille
+ To Our Faithful Friends at Immanuel Lutheran Church, We would like to acknowledge the most generous donation of more than 20 NEW sleeping bags and 10 FULL bags of winter coats for our St. Vincent de Paul Meal Program that you have helped out with for so many years. With the weather getting to the freezing mark in the evening, your Church has come through once again in a special way to provide a warm hug to the many people who are less fortunate and who rely on the goodness of others to simply survive.  
The sleeping bags and coats are given to those who are truly homeless. They live under bridges, under porches and anywhere they can find a little bit of comfort for the night. Most of us can simply turn up the thermostat when it gets chilly but our guests must rely on adding layers to make it through the day and night. With your donation they will be able to sustain a lifestyle that we can only wonder about. Your loving gesture will not only add warmth to their bodies, but also to their hearts, knowing that someone that they may have never met cares for them. It’s like having a guardian angel with them throughout the day! You are all ambassadors of Jesus and are genuinely appreciated by everyone here at the Meal Site!
Blessings to all, Casy Gill, Hand’s of Christ Conference.
+ THANKS!!!!  To all who participated in and contributed to the 2018 CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, Oct. 21st! About a dozen folks from Immanuel joined the crowd of 100+ for a beautiful walk on a spectacular autumn day! Stay tuned for final totals! Now we have to “get the CROP in”! Sponsors who have not done so yet need to “pay up” and walkers need to turn in your envelopes to Marilyn Heiden or Susan Hughes by Sunday, Nov. 4th! THANKS again for your support and generosity! THANK YOU, Lord, for blessing us in so many ways, and bless our gifts that they may bless others, near and far away!
CROP Hunger Walk UPDATE! The totals for the 2018 Annual CROP Hunger Walk are almost official! About a dozen folks from Immanuel joined 100 or so others from Geneva Lake Area churches on one of the only beautiful Sundays in October to walk to alleviate hunger and poverty world-wide. A number of local food pantries will also benefit from funds raised. This year, your generous hearts, hands, and feet contributed $4,214.33 to the total goal of $15,000! THANK YOU, Dear Lord, and THANK YOU, Immanuel! God Bless You! (And stayed tuned for final totals soon!)
+ THANK YOU to all that attended the Emergency Response Training on November 10th!!!!  Over two dozen members of Immanuel joined us in training! A BIG THANK YOU goes out to the Lake Geneva Fire Department who led the CPR and AED training… We couldn’t have done it without you! THANKS again to all for keeping Immanuel, its members, and visitors on the path to safety!