Immanuel eNewsletter
January, 2017
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Annual Meeting & Council Vote!
This year's Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 28th following the 3rd service.  Annual reports will be available and the VOTE for new council members will take place.  
Message from Your Church Council
As the year is coming to a close and another is not far from starting, we are in need of new council members to fill upcoming vacancies.  Among those whose terms are coming to an end are:
  • Dr. Scott Hodkiewicz, Council President 
  • Dr. Matt Dahlgren, Council Treasurer 
  • Lynsey Fleck, Council Vice President
  • Frank Peiler  
Pete Juergens is up for re-election since he initially replaced an elected member and had the next highest number of votes. In order to continue the tradition and philosophy of Immanuel Lutheran Church, we like to have an equal balance of men and women in leadership. We will be accepting nominations (you may nominate yourself!) for 3 males and 1 female to fill the vacancies. If you are interested in serving on the church council for Immanuel, please contact the church office at or call 262-248-4211.  Nominations will be presented to the congregation at the annual meeting in January for a vote.  Join us all in thanking the out-going council members for their leadership.  We look forward to the next council's leadership and input as we grow into our future with our new Pastors!

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.
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

2018 Weekly Giving Envelop Packs

Members and Friends of Immanuel 2018 Weekly Giving Envelop Packs are now available. Please pick your pack up across from the Welcome Center. If you do not find a pack with your name and wish to have envelops, please contact Don Anderson, 262-248-7741, , or leave a note at the office. Thank you for your continuing support, Immanuel Stewardship Committee.
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January 8:15 Service

January 9:45 Service

January 11:07 Service



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Serving in the Military
John Allison, Chris Bollwahn, Brock Corahler, Jimmy Flores,
Robert Knowlton, Alex Novak, Brian Novak, Tim Sireno, Andy Sireno,  Jacob Swatek, Atlanna & Daniel Tschida.   
Health and Strength
Jilly; Scott Bauman; Karol Bidwill; Pat Bogart; Anne Chant; George Elblein; Gary Faulkner; Caroline Follensbee; Nancy Franklin; Hanson; Family of Betty Haseley; Kristin Hoggis; John Jacobson;  Paul Krueger; Ellyn Larsen's Family; Jeanne Madaus; Linda McDonough; Louise McGilvray; Craig & Kathy Middleton; Bob & Sue Morton; Mike Nagel; Richard Olson; Heidi Otterness; Orville Otterness; Virginia Pery; Edson Randall; Greg Randall; John Register; Diana Sayrs; Family of Lorraine Schober; Roland and Madge Shroeder; Marilyn Sievert; Bernie Smedley; Carol Stassen; Elaine & Bill Woltens; Aimee Yakes; & Sophia Zematis

+   Nick and Whitney Curcio  on the baptism of their son, Calvin Michael Curcio, on Dec. 3 rd at the 9:45 service.

+  Cory Giese and Jessica Schultz on the baptism of their son, Owen Michael Giese, on Dec. 3rd at the 11:07 service.
Serving on the Mission Field
Zach and Misa Harrod, Jenn and Jason Byers, Karen Flowers, Chris and Irene Okuna, Ginger Peterson, Nathan Bloechl


Praise Team:  Rehearses Wednesdays at 8 PM
Praise T eam members vibrantly lead contemporary worship songs each week at 9:45 and 11:07, help lead special services throughout the year, and represent Immanuel in the community.  We are blessed immeas urably by  their dedication and superb leadership!  Weekly rehearsals are on Wednesday nights from 8 - 8:45PM!  Some musical training is nec essary and members are required to attend rehearsals. Please contact Adam Smith at if you are interested in joining the team!

"RevivaL" - Youth Worship Band

Youth Worship Band,RevivaL, meets every Tuesday from 7pm-8pm in the Sanctuary.  We will be leading worship for the youth on Wednesday nights!  Contact Kelly Gerlitz 773-931-6773
The Bells of Immanuel

If you're thinking of ringing, we NEED you!  Rehearsals start at 9:20am to 10am, and if you want to attend the 9:45 service you may leave.  Immanuel's celebrated handbell choir rings recognizable church music, including traditional repertoire, classical sacred literature, and more recent compositions.  The Bells of Immanuel rehearse on Sundays from 9:15-10:00AM downstairs in the music room.  No musical training is necessary!!! If you can't commit to every Sunday, talk to Ellen, director, about being a bell substitute ringer! Contact her at if you are interested or just show up for rehearsal.  She will show you how to ring and which part to read.

Worship Schedule Sign-up
Immanuel has many opportunities for individuals to help with our Worship services on Sundays. Sign-up to help lead worship on Immanuel's website:   C lick on "Worship Sign Up" and choose the month and service you would like to help.   The positions that need to be filled are highlighted in yellow.  Click in the box or by the number, and type your name.  When you exit, it automatically saves your name in that spot.  Anyone who clicks on the link will see the updated version. There is also a sign-up board in the Fellowship Hall to manually sign-up if you prefer to do it that way.  Or email me dates, times and the position you would like to fill.  Thank you, again, for your willingness to serve!  You are a gift!  Know you are loved! Evie Schulz, Ministry Coordinator
Prayer Requests
We appreciate all of your prayer requests each week! We want to continue praying for all individuals because we know how powerful prayer is in the lives of so many.  On the first of the new month, we will restart the prayer list.  If someone needs to stay on the list, just let Bethany know by using the worship card found in the weekly bulletin, calling the church office (262.248.4211), emailing Bethany at , or dropping off a note in the church office.  We want your requests, so we can continue praying for those in need.
Assistance with Parking on Sundays
Assistance with parking is available on Sunday mornings.  Inquire at the Welcome Center if valet parking would help you, and we will add you to the schedule.
Parking on Sundays and Special Services
Able bodied members are encouraged to park in the outer parking stalls or the Middle School Lot when they can, so visitors and seniors can be closer to the entrances.  Many Thanks!  It's a wonderful challenge to be short on parking spaces!  Praise God, who gives the growth!!

Coffee Hour

Beverages are available following the first service at the Welcome Center Counter in the Gathering Space.  Help yourself to information about Immanuel on the counter.

Our Coffee Hour follows the first service in the Fellowship Hall.  Join us for treats, beverages, and conversation.  It's a great way to meet new friends, and to share in fellowship with others.  All are welcome!!  Fellowship is a fundamental need for a thriving church. Many thanks to those who help serve for these two ministries!  If you're interested in helping, we need you!!  Sign up on our Website by clicking " Worship Sign Up" . Thanks!

Volunteer Opportunities Available

Have you been blessed with the gift of prayer and intercession?  If so, we are very much in need of your talents!!! Prayer Ministers are Needed for all 3 services.  You can choose to be scheduled regularly or "on call" as needed.  This is a very important part of our worship service.  Please prayerfully consider coming on our prayer minister team.  You will be connected with those who have been involved in this ministry for assistance.  I truly believe that you will be blessed to be a blessing in this capacity.
Have you been blessed with the gift of organization and hospitality?  If so, we could use your assistance.  We have an opening for a head usher(s) for the 3rd Sunday of each month at the 11:07 service.  We also need those who would be willing to step in on an "as needed basis" when our head ushers are not available for ALL 3 of our services.  If interested, please contact Evie and she will connect you with someone on the team.

Please Call Evie Schulz at Immanuel's main# 262-248-4211 or her home# 262-728-6542 or email her at or if you wish to discuss further.

Welcome Center Volunteers Needed

Do you like to meet people?  We are looking for some fun people to be on the Welcoming Team.  They set up coffee and water in the Welcome Center, greet and help connect visitors to members between services. Visitors to Immanuel always comment on how welcoming Immanuel is. We are incredibly grateful for your help! Contact Edith Draper at 248-1861 with any questions.
Name Tags Available

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.


Adult Bible Study

An Adult Sunday Morning Bible Study meets at 9:45 am in the Conference room. Contact Jill Rosenthal at 262-248-7491 with any questions.
Wednesday Morning Bible Study

Wednesday Morning Bible Study meets at 9:30 am in the Conference room. This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. Please Contact Jill Rosenthal at 262-248-7491 with any questions.

Women's Thursday Morning Bible Study

Beginning November 16th the Women's Thursday Morning Bible Studywill be meeting on Thursdays from 9:30am to 11am in the youth room.  Please contact Shari Lundberg 262-245-6212

Men's Friday Morning Small Group Bible Study

A Men's Friday Morning Small Group Bible Study meets from 6:45-8:00am in the Fellowship Hall. Contact Ken Field, 262-374-1795 All Are Welcome!

Women's Friday Morning Bible Study

Women's Friday Morning Bible Study meets every Friday at 9:30am in the Office Conference Room.  They're currently studying "First Corinthians".  Please contact Arlene Redell @262-215-6000 or Janet Kelly @262-374-3823 for more info.

Saturday Morning Bible Study

A Saturday Morning Bible Study will be meeting on January 13th at 10am at the home of Bea Sutton located at 3165 E Barry Dr. in Lake Geneva.  Contact Trish (949-2480) for more info..


Sunday Morning Nursery Staff

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

"SPARK" Sunday School
Sparks Sunday School has had such an awesome start to our 2017-18 year!!  Our Christmas pageant was such a huge success!  Thank you to all our families for being so flexible with your schedule.  Thank you to all of our teachers and volunteers for making this day possible.  And thank you to Stephanie Ruby for doing such a beautiful job directing our pageant!! 
Sunday School classes will resume on Sunday, January 7th

**We are still looking for at least one more teacher.  If you are finding that God is calling on you to join our Sunday School team - please let Sarah know.  Have a wonderful Christmas and an very happy New Year!!!

Daycare News

Little Sprouts Learning Center is open from 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., for children 6 weeks through 6 years.  Transportation to and from Lake Geneva  Schools is provided.  Enroll today!   Contact Tyler Leech, Daycare Director, at the Little Sprout's  Direct Line (262-248-1897) for more info.

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

Just For Kids Before and After School Program

Just For Kids Before and After School Program for elementary school kids, ages 7-11 is open Monday-Friday, from 6:00-8:15am, and 3:45-6:00pm. We have bus transportation to and from Star Center, Central Denison and Eastview schools. Register your child for the fall school year now! We have a limited number of spaces available. There is a $25 registration fee. For more information contact Holly Bromeland at or call 248-4211

Middle School Youth Group

We are so excited for another awesome year of Immanuel's Youth Group! All youth in 6th-8th grades are welcome! We will meet from 6-7:30pm on Wednesday nights. If you would like to join us for fellowship, Next Door Pub Pizza, & Bittner's Donuts, Dinner is served from 5:30-6pm. Friends are welcome!


We cannot wait to see you all again in 2018 and reconnect after Christmas break!  Look forward to a fun night of praise, fellowship, and fun! 

Want to stay in the loop with what's happening in IGNITE? Get the inside scoop and special announcements!!!  Students and parents can join by texting the class code: @768fb to the phone# 810-10

Show your love and shine your light!! IGNITE swag will be available for purchase Wednesday nights after youth group gets out.  We offer short sleeve T-shirts, long sleve T-shirts, and sweatshirts with our awesome IGNITE LOGO.  All profits from every shirt sold will go back into the IGNITE fund for our youth to use toward community outreach.


Chocolate Fest is happening during Memorial Day Weekend. This is our biggest IGNITE fundraiser. We have the opportunity to raise $4,000 or MORE (depending on how many volunteers we have)!!! That is huge for our Ministry!! Planning ahead, We are looking for parents of our IGNITE youth or any congregants that would love to use their talents to help organize this awesome event. We are hoping to get a team together soon.   Please contact Sarah or Holly if you are interested!

We are so excited for these upcoming events!!!  Contact Holly or Sarah by calling 2 62-248-4211  or by emailing


Our afterschool VIBE is open MON - THURS from 2:50pm until 5:30pm.  VIBE is for middle school students who need a safe and fun place to gather after school. We offer tutoring and access to computers for homework, healthy snacks, games, art projects, baking and cooking adventures, movies, and fun seasonal activities!


We are looking for ordinary people with extraordinary hearts to offer the gift of time. Volunteers just like you, to help mentor, teach, listen, inspire, and encourage our youth!!  Do you love to share stories, bake, create, or play games? Then this is the place for you!! All time and talents are welcome!  
For more information about VIBE or volunteering, please contact Holly Bromeland at or Call 248-4211 / 949-6227.


First Day - Wednesday, January 10th- 5:30-7:30pm
Here's how it's going to work:
Wednesdays - Ignite (Confirmation) - 5:30-7:30pm
Our regular Ignite youth group will begin to integrate Pr. Sara into the 'large group' teaching time. On the surface, Wednesdays will look and feel pretty familiar. Expect to continue to have fun, build friendships, and learn important spiritual lessons. We'll just be adding Pr. Sara into the mix.
Confirmation students, on top of Wednesday Ignite, will be expected to complete Worship reports, fulfill serving requirements, and have an experience in summer Bible camp or the Mission Trip.
We fully expect some students to participate fully on Wednesdays who are not on the 'confirmation track.' Our hope is that everyone will find Ignite to be a place where we grow in love for God and toward one another - following Jesus every step of the way!
The 'Sunday option' - 9:00-9:45 beginning January 14
We are already aware of at least 2 middle school students who will not be able to participate in Wednesday Ignite. We are able to offer a Sunday morning class from 9-9:45. This will be led by volunteers. Please understand that Wednesdays are a far more complete experience including fellowship, spiritual practices, and student leadership opportunities. For those who cannot make Wednesdays work, Sunday morning will offer at least a scaled down experience of the program.

Confirmation Day for this year's 8th graders will happen 
in the fall of their 9th grade year, at the end of October.
(on Reformation Sunday, the last Sunday of October 2018)

Next fall, we will have a confirmation retreat to fulfill all requirements 
in preparation for their 'Affirmation of Baptism' - i.e. Confirmation Day. 
Detailed information on this will be available in September of 2018.
Wednesday, January 10th - 6:45-7:30pm
Pr. Sara will take parents through all requirements and expectations for students on the confirmation track.

If you have questions, please contact Pr. Sara:  or call 262-248-4211.
REGISTER NOW - Registration forms are available in the church office.
Please fill out the form and turn into Immanuel by January 7th
*For those who will need to take the Sunday class, please write 'Sunday' at the top of the page.
Important Dates:
Sunday, January 7th - Registration forms due!
Wednesday, January 10th: 5:30-7:30pm - Joy in January Ignite Confirmation!
6:45pm - Parent Orientation
Sunday, January 14th - Ignite Confirmation 'Sunday Option'


"FUEL" High School Youth Group
We're looking to have a vibrant January in FUEL. The goal is to build a community where the love of Jesus is 'the norm.' Everyone needs a community where they can count on encouragement and support. We will be doing some Bible study and having some fun to build strong friendships.
            Looking ahead to February, I hope to be able to lead our FUEL students through a process where they'll end up leading all worship on a Sunday morning at Immanuel. The experience will take us deeper into scripture as we develop a 'sermon' - to proclaim the Good News for our Immanuel community.

FUEL meets every Wednesday! 5:30 PM - Dinner; 6-7:30PM - FUEL
(NO FUEL Jan. 3rd - we resume Jan. 10th)


Where: Pine Ridge Indian Reservation - Kyle, South Dakota

When: July 21-29

Cost: $600 per student (fundraising & scholarships available)

          This year we go to Oglala Lakota County (on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation), one of the most impoverished areas in the USA. The unemployment rate is around 85%, half of adults have diabetes due to poor nutrition, the suicide rate is the highest in the nation, and substance abuse is rampant.
          In spite of all of this, the Oyate Teca Project remains a beacon of hope in the community. We will partner with Oyate Teca to play a key role in their gardening program, which helps people learn how to grow and preserve their own food - fresh fruits and vegetables! The Oyate Teca project is one of the most successful programs of its kind due to partnerships with people like us.
          We will also explore the rich heritage and history of the Oglala Lakota people. Students can plan on spending some time in the Badlands and heading into the Black Hills.
          Our 'mission' is to show our Lakota friends what the love of God is supposed to look and feel like. It's also to serve in Jesus' name, bringing important resources into an impoverished community and building friendships with people who have largely experienced alienation from the church.
          Registration for the trip is open in January. Students can reserve their spot by completing the registration and waiver (Available in church office) and paying a $100 deposit.

Questions can be sent to Pr. Paul -


Community Connection Meal

Please join us for our Community Connection Meal featuring Soups & Chili which will be on  Thursday, January 18th 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 Soup or Chili!  Please sign up on the Clip boards that will be passed out during Services on Sundays Jan. 7th & 14th!  Contact Lynn Gerlitz 262-812-9326 or at  if you can volunteer or donate.

*We are also in NEED of Clothes and Shoes donations to be disturbed at the February community meal. Please bring drop off at the church office by Feb. 12th!

Care Team
Newcomers welcome to join and be a part of this amazing team!  This is an important time for us to share and communicate about the shut-in members we are caring for.  Please contact Kristin Larkin at 414-491-1969 or email her
at  for more info.  Also, if you have names of members who have indicated they would be in need of a visit from the Care Team please let Kristin or Bethany know and they will be added to the list of people enjoying visits from this wonderful ministry.

"Stitchin' for Kids"

The Wednesday morning quilters have a special project in the works.  They will be making fleece blankets for the children who come to The Tree House (Children's Advocacy Center, Elkhorn) due to suspected physical or sexual abuse and/or neglect.  Age range is anywhere from a couple weeks old to 17 years of age.  This can be a traumatic experience for these precious souls and the Tree House staff has found that if they are able to give them a "Lovie" when they arrive, or leave, it helps calm and sooth the children while the process is taking place.   If you would like to help with this worthwhile endeavor, many hands make the project go quickly besides the fact that it's fun!  Contact Jackie Kuehl for more information.   Another way to be involved is to give a monetary donation to help offset the cost of each blanket ($20 per blanket).  Donations can be placed in an envelope with "Stitching for Kids" on the outside and left with Bethany in the church office.  If you prefer to write a check, make it out to Immanuel Lutheran Church and put "Stitchin' for Kids" on the memo line.   The Wednesday morning quilters plan to have this as an ongoing project.  Last year 300+ children were served at the Tree House...that is a lot of blankets. Thank you for whatever you can do to be of assistance to these children.


*STAY TUNED....the HEARTS TO CARE ministry team is working diligently to get this ministry organized and anticipates that we will soon have Hearts to Care up and running.  To our wonderful volunteers - thank you!  We will be in touch with you soon for a brief training session.
God has given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help others...   1st Peter 4:10-11

Side By Side Screening

Side By Side screening is on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, January 16th at 7pm at the First Congregational UCC Church, 715 Wisconsin Street, Lake Geneva. Funds are available for rental assistance and utilities - for those living in the Lake Geneva - Genoa City Badger High School District.  Bring a copy of the bill. Side By Side is a collaborative ministry between area churches and civic groups.

St. Vincent De Paul (Milwaukee) Soup Kitchen

Our next service date is February 18th. A Carpool leaves Immanuel at 4pm. As a result of the over 70 bags of clothing Immanuel gave to the Soup Kitchen last year, we filled them up. We were told that Immanuel gives the best clothes but no more are needed now. Many thanks to Rich and Lynn for those clothes from their rummage sale, however, warm sweaters, jackets, scarves, and toiletries (small sizes) are needed. Also sleeping bags are desperately needed as there are homeless people there. We hope that many of you who wished to serve can do so. We were overwhelmed with the number of "guests" that came last time and the few of us there to serve them. Your participation in this ministry is greatly appreciated, especially from those served who tell us "may God bless you". God's Blessings, Bob Rosenthal

Blood Pressure Checks

Blood pressure checks are here at Immanuel after the 1st service on the 3rd Sunday of each month in the Library off of the Fellowship Hall.

Walworth County Food Pantry
The Walworth County Food Pantry serves all qualified residents of Walworth County and is open Wed. from 1-5pm, & Sat. from 10am - 2pm, located at 205 East Commerce Court, Elkhorn. In Walworth County, 1 in 6 people report food insecurity at some point during the year. We currently serve more than 500 families per month, approximately 17% of those people are senior citizens and 35% are children. Your donations enable us to purchase food through Feeding America for as low as $.19 per pound & are welcome year-round. You can learn more & donate on our web site at or contact Susan Hughes at 262-581-3524.

The Lake Geneva Food Pantry

The Lake Geneva Food Pantry is open Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays from 9 am to11:30 am.  It is located at the First Congregational Church,
715 Wisconsin Street in Lake Geneva.  Call 262-248-2337 for more info.

Immanuel Prayer Opportunity
Psalm 75:1 "We thank you, O God! We give thanks because you are near. People everywhere tell of your wonderful deeds."

Anyone interested in gathering for prayer is invited to join us in praying for our world, our country and our church.  This is a very important time in our church life so we want to pray for God's hand to lead our council, our interim pastor, our staff and the whole congregation.

Times of Prayer - All Are Welcome!

Monday, January 8th - 3:30 -4:30 pm ­
Monday, February 5th - 3:30 -4:30 pm
( 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.


Salad Bar Luncheon

An upcoming Salad Bar Luncheon will be held Mid-April.  A meeting will be held on January, 9th at 10am for all those interested in helping with the Fundraiser.  Contact Sandy Boalesat 262-248-3595 or Arlene Redell at 262-215-6000 for more information.

Immanuel Book Club
Immanuel Book Club meets onthe 4th Wednesday of every month in the Library. Meetings will resume on Wed, January 24th at 2:00 pm.  The book is: "The rent Collector" by Cameron Wright.  New members welcome. Contact Edie Michelson at 262-686-3009 for more info.


On Sundays January 7th & January 14th we will be collecting Mittens as well as Hats & Scarves as part three of our "Feet-Fanny's-Fingers" Clothing Drive for Walworth Co. & the Soup Kitchen.

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.


+     A BIG THANK YOU to our children who did a beautiful job performing their Christmas pageant on December 10th.  Thank you to all of our children who blessed the congregation with their performance!  Another thank you goes out to anyone who contributed to the pageant in anyway.  Whether you donated your time or breakfast items for the morning of - you are so greatly appreciated!  You are all such a blessing to this ministry!!  Thank you to all of our Sunday school teachers and Ms. Kelly Gerlitz for the extra time spent helping to make this day such a success!! This pageant would not have been possible without all of you!!
Another thank you goes out to the Ruby family!!  Michael and Rick Ruby were incredibly helpful in putting our set together and making sure we had everything we needed.  And a huge thank you goes out to Stephanie Ruby!
Stephanie did a beautiful job directing our pageant! It was so wonderful to see such a fun version of the story of Christ's birth! Thank you to all involved!!

+     Thank you to all of you that helped bake and serve coffee and dessert after Lorraine Schober's funeral service November 25. The Immanuel Lutheran community was an important part of her life for over 60 years. We appreciate your generous and kind spirit.
+     "God has two dwellings - one in Heaven and the other in a thankful heart."   Dearest Quilters, Craig and I want to thank you SO Much for the beautiful quilt you made that was on the organ!  You all are truly blessed with such an amazing talent at Immanuel!  Thank you for your gifted treasures!  Love Kathy & Craig

+     "God Bless Your Loving Heart!  Thank you for being someone who shares the light of God's love in so much that you do, and in so many special ways."   Dear prayer shawl ministries, I thank you so very much for the gift of the beautiful shawl.  I have felt the love and prayers that go into every stich.  It brings such comfort!  Please know how much your time, energy, prayers and love are so healing and needed.  God Bless and with great appreciation, Aimee Yakes
+     "Thank you for your kindness!"   Dear Immanuel Lutheran Church, Thank you so much for the beautiful blankets and helping make our children's baptism such a special day!  Also, thank you for making our family & friends fell so welcomed in your church! 
Sincerely, Steve, Katelyn, Addison, & Jaxson
+     A heartfelt thank you to everyone who participated in our fleece blanket raffle.  All the proceeds were used to purchase fleece to make blankets for the children of the TreeHouse.  God Bless you for your kindness.  Also, Thanks to the three kids, Maryn, Shane, & Claire who pulled the winning tickets.  Thank You - The Wednesday Quilters
+     Thank you for your continued support and supply of fleece blankets!  The children just love receiving them, as they are just beautiful and so well made!  We appreciate your partnership and are very grateful for your dedication to making children of abuse & neglect fell comforted and loved.  Thank you for your amazing support! 
Most Sincerely - Bridget Dickinson
+     As a volunteer of Hearts to Care, My 8 weekly visits to Helen Teegen are now over as she is spending the winter with her son in Arizona.  Helen and her daughter, Britta, expressed such gratitude and pleasure from my reading and card playing and just visiting.  For me, it was a wonderful experience helping an elderly shut-in rekindle her love for books and cards and just having the opportunity to brighten someone else's day.  Sincerely Vena Bodine
+          Wishing you Joy all around this Christmas!    
Dear Immanuel, Merry Christmas and Thank you for the Goodies!  Love, Pat & Family


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