January, 2019
Immanuel E-Newsletter
From the Pastors
As the New Year begins, we are excited to enter the season of Epiphany - the season of light! We do so this month by seeking out the light of Christ shining within our people at Immanuel. Prepare to hear stories of service and generosity each week. We will be leading up to January 27 th - a day we want to formally recognize and give thanks for the many volunteers who serve at and through Immanuel.
On that Sunday we will celebrate together all of the incredible things God accomplishes through the people of Immanuel.  Think of the many volunteers who serve in worship: the musicians, ushers, communion servers, and readers. How many quilts do our quilters create each year? And how many awesome people does it take to make them? Think of the volunteers who are teaching in Sparks Sunday School or leading small groups in Ignite Youth Group. 
Community meal, Hearts 2 Care, and the soup kitchen are a few places where we have seen some powerful ministry in the past several months. We also have volunteers ramping up again to take Communion to homebound members and a brand new leadership team for Elders Rising.
Speaking of leadership, we are grateful for the leadership of our congregational council and the many...
December 30, 2018
Baptism of
Grace Sophia Harris
Congratulations to Brittany Reetz & Thomas Harris and to their sponsors, Joey Terrault & Kaycie Kelly, on the baptism of their child, Grace Sophia Harris, on Dec. 30 th at the 11:07am service.
COUNCIL NOMINATIONS

The nominating committee met on November 28 th 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
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 3 rd 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
Fred & Kelly; Zach & Brittany Adams; Marty Baker; Scott Baumann; Tom Bernacchi; Joe Bidwill; Karl Blaedow; Brown Family; Christine Cabassi; 
Lawrence Carstensen & Family; Dannielle Cloutis; Naia Coltman; Jacob Cowan & Family; David Crusey; Susan Curi; Samantha Dalton; Nathan Dyer; George Elblein; Judy & Mike Elston; David Froemming; Bill Fry; Terri Furman; Trinity Galicia; Debbie Garcia; Victor Garcia; Victoria Gatier; Jennifer Guiegurre; Jacob Hanson; Duane & Donna Hove; Bob Huml; 
Tony Huml; Reginald Johnson; John Kaufman; Peggy & Vyto Klausa; Don & Ginny Kolseth; John & Kaylee Kuecker; Joanne L; Ron Leimke; Janice Loesel; Vicente Lracke; Dennis Lyon; Jeanne Madaus; Craig & Kathy Middleton; Jillie Olsen; Greg Orban; Connie Orban; Orrick Otterness; Denise P; Greg Randall; Bea Riley; Kari Schilling; Rick Shoultz; Marilynn Sievert; Pete Stein; Joe Silvestra Family; Bernie Smedley; Barbara Sorsey; Carol Stassen; Elaine Vorpagel; Carolyn Warfield; Aimee Yakes; 
& Sophia Zematis
WORSHIP NEWS
CALLING ALL ARTISTS!
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 assist with our worship on Wednesdays this Lent (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.
More information will be coming soon. Sheri Engstrom will be coordinating with artists to assign parables and make sure we don’t have too much art on some nights and not enough on others. Our goal is to assign parables soon to give ample time for artists to create.
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
THANK YOU ALL Again for an amazing morning of music on Dec. 16th, 2018! Choir rehearsals will begin again on Wednesday Nights from 6:45PM until 7:45PM starting on January 9 th (Maybe) (27 th special). Rehearsals will be in the Choir Room and we will be working on music for Sunday, February 3 rd, 2019. We will be working on a choral arrangement of The Lord’s Prayer to go with the service on this first Sunday of February. 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 continue working with all of the incredible musicians here at Immanuel again. Experience is not necessary and rehearsal attendance is strongly recommended. Hope to see a lot of returning faces and new ones, as well, 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! 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, will resume on Jan. 8 th and will continue meeting 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 1 st , 3 rd , 4 th and 5 th 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 2 nd Sunday 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 3 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 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 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 9:15am in the Youth Room starting up again on January 10 th. They will be continuing the 9 week Life Guide Series “Growing Older & Wiser”. 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 will be on Christmas Vacation until Friday, Jan 4 th when they will resume meeting on Fridays at 10am in the Library. They will be continuing their studies with Chapter 5 on Psalms. For more info contact Janet Kelly (374-3823) or Arlene Redell (215-6000).
SATURDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY
A Saturday Morning Bible Study will meet on January 12 th at 10am. Contact Trish Fry-Misener (949-2480) for more info and for directions.
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 - 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 LOOKING FOR PEOPLE TO HELP!! If interested in helping kick off this incredible program contact Sarah B!!

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES…

  • Saturday, February 3rd - Sunday School Singers will perform at the 2nd & 3rd services.

  • 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. 7 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
Happy New Year! Boy, does time fly by. It seems like just yesterday we had the Confirmation Retreat, and now we are entering into a new year. As Kelly and I have been praying on the direction and will of the Lord for our ministry, we have been reflecting on what God HAS ALREADY accomplished within our personal lives as well as within IGNITE. We have had so many triumphs together, and have experienced deep loss as well. We've witnessed the Lord's presence moving within the walls of this church and in the hearts of our youth. We feel so honored and blessed to be in a position to guide and lead your children! God is SO good! We wouldn’t be able to do this without the support of our IGNITE parents, the help of weekly volunteers, innumerable amount of donut and pizza donations from Bittner’s Bakery & The Next Door Pub, and the unconditional support from our congregation! We’d like to encourage our youth to reflect on what the Lord has done within their lives this year. Come prepared to share when we return back from winter break on January 9 th, 2019, as we start working on our next Youth Sunday event!

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES…

  • WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9th - FIRST DAY BACK TO YOUTH GROUP Youth Group as usual from 5:30 - 7:30 pm (Dinner at 5:45)

  • SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10th - YOUTH SUNDAY! 

  • 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!
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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, January 17 th 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! 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.
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
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.
Tree House
THANK YOU to everyone who contributed hams, turkeys, helped with a Christmas family this year and for your continued support and prayers. There were over 100 hams and turkeys donated for Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinners. A record number 37 families were blessed to receive much needed Christmas clothes and surprises by the generosity of not only Immanuel members but by numerous other faith communities throughout the county.
Immanuel supports the Tree House throughout the year in many ways: the making of adorable flannel blanket that each child receives when coming for an interview at the tree house as well as darling handmade pillow cases (some children didn't know what these were as they have never had a pillow one, can you believe that?) A much needed diaper drive was also conducted, snacks and little toys collected in our Tree House bin, winter hats, headbands and personal care, just to name a few..
I am so grateful for the outpouring of generosity and compassion that comes from our congregation. Thank you for all you do and all you continue to do to help children and their families who suffer the effects of abuse. God bless you! Evie Schulz
St. Vincent De Paul (Milwaukee) Soup Kitchen
Our next service date is February 17 th. 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 3 rd Tuesday of each month, January 15 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
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 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, January 23 rd 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
+ Love Inc. would like to extend our THANK YOUS for your recent food donation to our pantry. Your donation was so generous and appreciated.
 
+ THANK YOU to all of those that participated in the musical extravaganza on Dec. 16 th. Also, a BIG THANK YOU to those that came to worship that morning to listen and appreciate the music and work that all of the participants put in to make this special Sunday happen. A SPECIAL THANKS to Kathy Middleton our rehearsal pianist and the pianist of that morning for all of her work and help in preparing the music. Another special shout out goes to Rick Ruby and the audio-visual crew for their work with the sound and recording. It is always a pleasure to work with such talented people.  
MANY THANKS To All, Adam Smith

+ Dear Immanuel Friends, words cannot express my THANKS for all of your support this past year. The outpouring of encouragement, as well as the many cards and prayers touched me, and my family, more than you know.  THANK YOU to Pastor Carl for his visit, to Pastor Paul for his encouragement and Pastor Sara for her visit, readings and prayers before my surgery.  THANK YOU to those who brought food and visited once I returned home, and for everyone's continued prayers through my recovery. Thanks be to God I feel truly blessed. Lawrence Carstensen

+ THANK YOU to all who helped at this year's Christmas Pageant!! This includes all of our amazing Sunday School teachers!! And a SPECIAL THANK YOU goes to Kelly Gerlitz for directing this year's pageant! We are so very blessed to have her!!!

+ Dear Friends, I cannot THANK YOU enough for your latest donations of blankets to the TreeHouse. You are such a blessing to the children who come to our center. Together, we can end the cycle of abuse and neglect. We are grateful for your friendship and compassion for these children. God Bless You!
Warmly, Michelle Zaccard

+ Dear Mary & Immanuel Lutheran Church, We wanted to THANK YOU for your gifts of blankets, sheets and board games for the abused and neglected children. Your continued support of the ThreeHouse child and family center is truly a blessing to the children of Walworth County. May all of you have a safe, warm and joyous holiday season! Warmly, Michelle Zaccard
+ Dear Members of Immanuel, As this year's coordinators of the Lake Geneva Salvation Army Kettle Drive, we would like to THANK the members of Immanuel for their generous gift of time and money this holiday season. Many of you took time out of your busy schedule to man the kettles for ten full days and three partial days. Immanuel did the lion's share of the ringing. The next closest group rang for two days. During our time ringing, Immanuel collected $6,871.84. With the help of other churches and organizations, we collected $21,721.36 to be used for needy individuals and families in Walworth County throughout the year. In addition, Mobil Oil (Bill's former employer) donated $500 to the Salvation Army for our volunteer work. This year we again asked for "Weekend Coordinators" to put out the kettles in the morning, exchange them around 1pm, collect them at night and deposit the money in the bank. MANY THANKS to those of you who took on this time-consuming job - Mike & Sandy Boales, Steve & Judy Guy, Ken & Ursula Field, Dick & Kathy Heuvelman, and Phil & Donna Neimeyer. They lighten the load for us. We couldn't have done it without them. Together we will be able to make a difference this coming year in the lives of those in need of emergency help. THANKS for your heart to care!
Sincerely, Georgia and Bill Gehrmann