February, 2019
Immanuel E-Newsletter
We have now been at Immanuel for a little over a year and as we roll into 2019, we are seeing how things are beginning to change. Yet, we also recognize how many things stay the same.  
The biggest changes we have seen in the past year are on our staff. Pr. Carl’s addition to our team has been tremendous. Adding his 50+ years of experience is an incredible gift. Pr. Carl led the charge to bring Dr. Rollie Martinson to Immanuel in November and we can see now that our Elders are Rising!
Things have begun to shift with our staff as well. Tyler Leech has been an incredible leader of our Little Sprouts Day Care. We have recently moved the JFK before and after school program into Little Sprouts Day Care. This has shown many advantages for the families who utilize this important service. We are confident that Tyler is ready for this challenge and the transition has actually gone quite well. It has also provided us at Immanuel with some really great advantages...
January 27, 2019
Baptism of
Ava Jane Skweres
Congratulations to Brian & Sarah Skweres and to their sponsors, Dan Krueger & Kristina Spadoni, on the baptism of their child, Ava Jane Skweres, on Jan. 27 th at the 9:45am service.
January 27, 2019
Baptism of
Colton Levi Dalton
Congratulations to Samantha Dalton and to their sponsors, Rachel Szydlowski & Jack Dalton, on the baptism of their child, Colton Levi Dalton, on Jan. 27 th at the 11:07am 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
Jen Box: 262-215-3946 / jenbox123@gmail.com  
Christy Feller: 815-355-4519 / christy.s.feller@gmail.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 3 rd Tuesday of the month, & church members are welcome to attend.
Annual Meeting
Immanuel's annual meeting was held on February 3 rd. The congregation has elected 2 new members to our council, Jen Box & Christy Feller, and also re-elected Doug Bartz & Jim Gaugert! Also please note that Dennis Lyon was accidentally omitted from the list of council members. His term does not end until 2020. To view our green-friendly Annual Report, please click below...
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
Cody, Samantha, Colton, Owen, Lawrence, Diana, Yvonne, Kathy; Andrew; Bonnie & Mike; Fred & Kelly; Nanette; Zach & Brittany Adams; Marty Baker; Scott Baumann; Tom Bernacchi; Joe Bidwill; Karl Blaedow; Brown Family; Steve Burgess; Catisna Cassbossi; Lawrence Carstensen & Family; Naia Coltman; Tony Combs; Jacob Cowan & Family; David Crusey; Susan Curi; Judy & Rich Dobson; Barbara Dorsey; Nathan Dyer; George Elblein; Judy & Mike Elston; Jack Falconer; David Froemming; Terri Furman; Trinity Galica; Victor Garcia; Rob Green; Nancy Gonzalez; Jacob Hanson; Duane & Donna Hove; Bob Huml; Tony Huml; Daisy Johnson; Reginald Johnson; Peggy & Vyto Klausa; Bruce Krause; Don & Ginny Kolseth; John Kuecker; Kaylee Kuecker; Joanne L; Noah Liedberg; Jeanne Madaus; Corinna McChristian; Craig & Kathy Middleton; Julie Milligan; Durando Nanni; Jillie Olsen; Greg & Connie Orban; Denise P; Bob Pearce; Greg Randall; Bea Riley; Cheryl & George Ryan; Joyce Schmidt; Dylan Scott; Rick Shoultz; Joe Silvestrie; Pete Stein; Bernie Smedley; Carol Stassen; Rick Sylvester; Elaine Vorpagel; Wayne Vorpagel; Carolyn Warfield; Sara Wolf; Aimee Yakes & Sophia Zematis
WORSHIP NEWS
Do you draw or paint? Are you a sculptor? 
Are you a lover of art and love sharing art with others?

We are looking for artists to create original art to share at our Wednesday Lent services (March-April). During the 6 weeks of Lent this Spring we will be ‘Living in a Parable Universe.’ All of our Sunday and Wednesday worship will be looking at the parables of Jesus.
Each Wednesday night worship service will include several “stations” that will invite participants into the story. One of those will be an art station. Artists and art lovers will present a piece and engage with worshipers about the parable that is depicted and share how the art was created. The goal of the process is to encourage everyone to think more deeply about the story and about how those stories can shape us into the loving and caring people God is calling us to be.
Any and all artists are invited to create an original work to present on a Wednesday night. We may have children coloring pictures on display with seasoned painters. Or, there are great works of art out there already about the parables and you could present a painting. We simply ask that your art be about the assigned parable for that evening.

To sign up for one of the Wednesday parables (see below) and create original art to share as part of our congregational worship, please contact Sherry Engstrom directly to sign up at sjengstrom84@gmail.com.

Wed. March 13th - Matthew 25:14-30, Parable of the Talents
Wed. March 20th - Matthew 13: 31-32, Parable of the Mustard Seed
Wed. March 27th - Matthew 18: 12-14, Parable of the Lost Sheep
Wed. April 3rd - Luke 10: 30-37, The Good Samaritan
Wed. April 10th - Luke 15: 11-32, Parable of the Prodigal Son
MISSION TRIP 2019
Where: Kyle, SD on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
When: July 27th - August 3rd 
Cost: $600 per person (Fundraising is available)
Who: This is an inter-generational trip, but we expect that the youngest participants will complete 8th grade this academic year. Last year our youngest was 14 and our oldest was 70+

Registration is open NOW!

We are going back to see our Lakota friends at the Oyate Teca Project. Last year we participated in building some picnic shelters and helping them harvest the crops from their gardening program. It was an incredible success for them and for us! This year we will again dive into the Lakota culture and heritage, connect with children and families in the community of Kyle, SD, and learn about the transformative love of God at work in and through us.
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!!
Choir: Rehearses Wednesdays at 6:45 PM
Looking Forward to an amazing presentation of “The Lord’s Prayer” on Feb. 3rd. Choir rehearsals will continue after that presentation on Wednesday Nights from 6:45PM until 7:45PM. Rehearsals will be in the Choir Room and we will be gearing up for music for the Lent and Easter seasons. This is an opportunity to grow your musical gifts and to have good fellowship with your fellow musicians and disciples of the Lord. It is such a blessing to work with all of the incredible musicians here at Immanuel. Experience is not necessary and you are encouraged to make as many rehearsals as you can. Looking forward to seeing a lot of returning faces and new ones, 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! 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, rehearses every Tuesday from 7 to 8 PM 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 each Sunday 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
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 2 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.
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; Little Sprouts Daycare; Adult Bible Study; and many more! TAKE ACTION with your ACTION DOLLARS NOW!!! 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 Ron Ganansky 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 2 nd and 4 th Wednesday of the month. Please Contact Jill Rosenthal at 262-248-7491 with any questions.
THURSDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY
This group meets every Thursday at 9:30am in the Youth Room. Starting March 7 th they will be beginning “THE CROSS” by John Stott. 
Contact Shari Lundberg (262-215-9154) for more info.
MEN’S FRIDAY MORNING SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDY
A Men’s Friday Morning Small Group Bible Study meets from 6:45–8:00am in the Fellowship Hall. Contact Ken Field, 262-374-1795 All Are Welcome!
WOMEN’S FRIDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY
Women’s Friday Morning Bible Study meets on Fridays at 10am in the Library. They will be continuing their studies with Chapter 5 on Psalms. For more info contact Janet Kelly (262-374-3823) or Arlene Redell (262-215-6000).
SATURDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY
A Saturday Morning Bible Study will meet on March 16 th at 10am at the home of Janet Yakes (3127 South Rd, Lake Geneva). Contact Trish Fry-Misener (949-2480) for more info.
CHILDREN’S NEWS
Little Sprouts Daycare
Little Sprouts Learning Center is
open Monday - Friday from 6 am to 6 pm , including Before and After School Care, for children 6 weeks thru 12 years. Transportation is provided to and from Lake Geneva Schools. Contact our Daycare Director, Tyler Leech, at the Daycare’s Direct Line (262)248-1897 or email 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
Our Godly Play program is thriving!!  Our kids love the interactive, engaging stories. 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 - FEBRUARY FAMILY NIGHTS is off to a great start and meets on Wednesdays in February from 4:30-6:30pm. Each night we’ll offer our children games, crafts, music, a Bible story, and dinner!!  
WE ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE TO HELP!! If interested contact Sarah B!!

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES…

  • Sunday, March 10th - Sunday School Singers will perform at the 1st & 2nd services.
Early Release Program
On the 2 nd 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. Feb. 14 th from 1:30-3:45PM.  If you are able to help contact Sarah B.
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
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES…

  • SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17th - 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!

  • FEBRUARY 22nd - 24th - IGNITE WINTER RETREAT!
WHEN IS IT?: Friday, Feb 22nd to Sunday, Feb. 24th 2019
WHO CAN GO?: ALL youth in grades 6th - 12th 
WHERE ARE WE GOING?: Three Bears Resort in Warrens, WI
HOW DO I SECURE A SPOT?: There is a $50 non-refundable deposit required by Feb. 1st. All final payments due by Feb. 20th.
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
Please join us for our Next Community Connection Meal on Thursday, February 21 st 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 for folks to donate their favorite dessert decorated with Love for Valentine’s Day! Please sign up by contacting Lynn Gerlitz at 262-812-9326 or at communityconnections@gmail.com or sign up on the worship card on Sundays if you can volunteer or donate.
COMMUNITY MEAL VALENTINES COOKIE FUNDRAISER
A Community Meal Valentines Cookie Fundraiser is Going On NOW! We’re selling delicious homemade & decorated cookies in half dozen or dozen sizes. These will be available for pick-up on Sunday, Feb. 10 th from 8am - noon in Fellowship Hall.  All cookies must be ordered by Feb. 5th. Every delicious heart cookie order will come decorated & packaged ready to be delivered to your sweetie, mom, grandma, or favorite person. We will have available for pre-order: Chocolate Chip Cookies, Heart Linzer Cookies, Decorated Sugar Cookies, Cranberry, White Chocolate, & Nut Cookies. Pick-up an order form in the church office during office hours or between services on Sunday.
TreeHouse Fleece Blanketeers
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
This Group will meet next on Wed, February 27 th at 7pm in the Conference Room. 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 Jeri B. or Bethany know and they will be added to the list of people enjoying visits from this wonderful ministry.
St. Vincent De Paul (Milwaukee) Soup Kitchen
First of all, MANY THANKS to all who picked in to help with Immanuel’s service at the last Milwaukee soup kitchen in November… there were 16 of us that helped during the St. Vincent de Paul meal program. In a previous Newsletter, there were pictures of some of the recipients of warm coats and sleeping bags, things that were taken to Milwaukee in October, a month before our regular service there, as the weather turned cold. When we arrived for our service Sunday in November, we needed a truck and a car to take all of the rest of what was given… such as more coats, milk and lots of men’s jeans, things that they requested. God’s blessing to us all were clearly shown to those who have little or nothing. Our next service date is February 17 thA 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”. There is a continuing need for clothing items and personal meal services at that time. God Bless you all, Bob
Side By Side Screening
Side By Side screening is on the 3 rd Tuesday of each month, February 19 th 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 1 st service on the 2 nd 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
NEW MEMBER DISCOVERY CLASS
A New Member Discovery Class will be held on Sunday, February 10 th from 12:30 - 2pm in the F ellowship Hall. Join us for a pizza lunch, an overview of God’s plan of Salvation, and learn about ministry opportunities at Immanuel. Child care is available. If you are interested in attending, please sign up on the worship card at any of our 3 Sunday services.
Elders Are Rising!
Your “Elders Are Rising”! We’re ‘Rising’ on Thursday, February 14 th from 10AM to 12PM in the Fellowship Hall for a rousing time of humor featuring Pastor Carl and his wife Donna.  Please join us for coffee, donuts and a whole lot of laughs!!

Don’t Forget “Elder’s Rising” is Available at the Welcome Center for Only $15ea!
Immanuel Book Club
Immanuel Book Club meets on the 4 th Wednesday of every month in the Church Library. They will NOT be meeting in the month of December. They meet next on Wed, February 27 th at 2pm. The Book is: “Educated” by Tara Westover. Contact Edie Michelson at (262)686-3009 with any questions.
SIDE BY SIDE FUNDRAISER
Side by Side is having their next fundraiser at OAKFIRE on Tuesday, Feb 26 th . Seatings are at 5:30 and 6:30pm. Come enjoy dinner that includes appetizers, entrée, dessert and a soft drink. Tickets are $15/adult and $7/child and will be on sale between services on Sunday. Walk-in tickets are also available!
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.
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
+ Dear Immanuel Family, I can’t THANK YOU enough for the kind words of support on notes, cards, email, face-to-face as well as the prayers in response to the passing January 7th of my father. He had a long, vibrant life and that’s what will be remembered.  THANK YOU sincerely, Lynn Wesolek
+ THANK YOU to the following for delivering poinsettias to folks who have difficulty making it to church: Lois and Harvey Larsen, Ursula Field, Connie Schadwaldt, Jeri Bozovsky, Bob and Jill Rosenthal, Mike Brooks and Ron and Nancy Williams. Several plants were also delivered to local health care and assisted living facilities... THANK YOU if you were one of those who did so. You brought smiles to many faces and the knowledge that they continue to be a part of our Immanuel family. God’s Blessings to each of you.

+ Hope your Holidays Sparkled! Just as you make hearts smile with each & every donation to the Lake Geneva Food Pantry!  MANY, MANY THANKS for your frequent & generous donations that help to stock our shelves. On behalf of all those who we help to put food on their tables MANY THANKS! Blessings, Lake Geneva Food Pantry Volunteer Staff