Immanuel eNewsletter
July, 2017
Happy 4th of July!
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Worship with Us!    
Dear Immanuel Members and Friends,

       The day is almost here when our group from Immanuel will be making their way to Tennessee.  Everyone loads up on Sunday July 16th.  Only God knows how the journey will play out, but we will all be changed in ways we cannot foresee.  This trip is made possible because of the generosity of so many people who are a part of the Immanuel family.  Please, hold the group in your prayers starting from the moment you read this message.  Here's a prayer to start you off:
"Gracious Lord, protect and guide the members of Immanuel's mission team.  Open their hearts. Help them to see the world's vulnerabilities as you do.  Make their ways safe and their homecomings joyful.  In Jesus' name we pray.  Amen."



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Our Mission Site Profile went LIVE June 1st on the ELCA website!  Now it is out there for the world to see: who we are and what we are looking for as pastoral leadership.  Next steps:  Anyone interested will be contacting our synod, Pastor Steve Kottke, assistant to Bishop in our SE WI Synod.  He will be screening all candidates and in 3-4 weeks will be sending us some names.  Our call committee must do 1st interviews on everyone he sends us.  Then we call back for a 2nd interview any candidates we are interested in.  When we choose ONE person to call, we let Pastor Kottke know. We go to our church council and they will vote on the candidate. Then we will set up a congregational vote.  This is a process. The Call Process Handbook has 92 pages - we are on page 61.  We all need to take a deep breath...and TRUST that the Holy Spirit is guiding us in this process.  **Pray for God to be guiding ALL involved - our future pastor is out there somewhere!

Call Committee

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

Contact Information for the Church Council

The church council, Pastors and staff are eager to be available during the call process. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us for prayer needs, spiritual guidance, help, information about the call process, and fellowship. We pledge to work hard with you and for you in the days ahead. We also promise to keep you well informed as we receive information. Contact the church office if you need a Church Directory. Contact Council Members for Monthly Financial Statements and Council Meeting Minutes.
Scot Hodkiewicz (P):262-903-9663
Lynsey Fleck (VP):608-438-5625
Jim Gaugert:262-949-4626

Kristin Larkin:414-491-1969
Matt Dahlgren:262-379-1069
Frank Peiler:815-678-2642
Barb Kwiatkowski:262-215-9614
Doug Bartz:414-339-7661
Arlene Redell:262-215-6000
Kristin Gahart:262-723-6889
Lynn Gerlitz:262-812-9326
Pete Juergens: 414-588-2909

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Serving in the Military
John Allison, Chris Bollwahn, Jimmy Flores, Robert Knowlton, Alex Novak, Brian Novak, Tim Sireno, Andy Sireno, Ben Swatek, Jacob Swatek, Atlanna & Daniel Tschida.  
Health and Strength
Bonnie, Nanette and Brooke, Scott Baumann, Tom Bernacchi, Ken Billin, Nathan Bloechl, 
Pat Bogart, Our Congregation, Anne Chant, Wendy Clement, Craig Collins, Rylen Cowan, Nancy Franklin, Lexie Gunderson, Family of Diane Hertzenburg, Glenn Inwood, Tom Kirby, 
Mary Klein, Mary Rose Long, Jeanne Madaus, Barb McMahon, Craig & Kathy Middleton, 
Peg Neumann, Rita Noble, Family of Mary Lou Otterness, Mickey Petranek, Edson Randall, Greg Randall, Bea Riley, 
Carol Stassen, Cynthia Walker, Carolyn Warfield, 
& Sophia Zematis    

+ Sean & Sharon Payne and their family at the loss of her beloved mother, Carol Annen, who died to the Lord on June 7th.
Serving on the Mission Field
Zach and Misa Harrod, Jenn and Jason Byers, Karen Flowers, Chris and Irene Okuna, Ginger Peterson, Nathan Bloechl
Expecting a Child!
Christina Alonzo


Praise Team:  Rehearses Wednesdays, 7:30 PM

Praise Team members vibrantly lead contemporary worship songs each week at 9:45 and 11:07, help lead special services throughout the year, and represent Immanuel in the community. We are blessed immeasurably by their dedication and superb leadership! Weekly rehearsals are on Wednesday nights at 7:30PM! Some musical training is necessary and members are required to attend rehearsals. Please contact Adam Smith at if you are interested in joining the team!

Prayer Requests  

We appreciate all of your prayer requests each week! We want to continue praying for all individuals because we know how powerful prayer is in the lives of so many.  On the first of the new month, we will restart the prayer list.  If someone needs to stay on the list, just let Bethany know by using the worship card found in the weekly bulletin, calling the church office (262.248.4211), emailing Bethany at , or dropping off a note in the church office.  We want your requests, so we can continue praying for those in need.

Welcome Center Volunteers

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

Worship Schedule Sign-up  

Immanuel has many opportunities for individuals to help with our Worship services on Sundays. Sign-up to help lead worship on  Immanuel's website:    C lick on "Worship Sign Up" and choose the month and service you would like to help.   The positions that need to be filled are highlighted in yellow.  Click in the box or by the number, and type your name.  When you exit, it automatically saves your name in that spot.  Anyone who clicks on the link will see the updated version. There is also a sign-up board in the Fellowship Hall to manually sign-up if you prefer to do it that way.  Or email me dates, times and the position you would like to fill.  Thank you, again, for your willingness to serve!  You are a gift!  Know you are loved! Evie Schulz, Ministry Coordinator

Assistance with Parking on Sundays

Assistance with parking is available on Sunday mornings.  Inquire at the Welcome Center if valet parking would help you, and we will add you to the schedule.
Parking on Sundays and Special Services

Able bodied members are encouraged to park in the outer parking stalls or the Middle School Lot when they can, so visitors and seniors can be closer to the entrances.  Many Thanks!  It's a wonderful challenge to be short on parking spaces!  Praise God, who gives the growth!!

Coffee Hour

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

Volunteer Opportunities Available

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

Training Opportunities

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


New Member Discovery Class

A New Member Discovery Class will be held on  Wednesday, July 12th at 6:30 pm  in the Fellowship Hall.  Join us for 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.
Shepherding Immanuel Friends

Shepherding Immanuel Friend's next meeting will be on Wednesday, July 12th at 7:30 pm, after the prospective new member gathering.  We welcome new members to join us as we reach out to make our newest members at home in our church family.  Please contact Evie Schulz with questions or for further information.
A Journey through the Wilderness of Grief Support Group

A Journey through the Wilderness of Grief Support Group will be offered this summer.  Whether your grief is recent or you are still struggling with losses from the past, we are here for you!  Members and friends of the congregation are welcome.   If you are interested in attending, please sign up on the worship card at any of our 3 Sunday services and indicate your preference for a meeting time.  Please contact Pastor Martha or Evie Schulz if you have any questions.

Tuesday Morning Mom and Tots Bible Study

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

An Adult Sunday Morning Bible Study meets at 9:45 am in the Conference room. This group is currently studying The Promises of God. Contact Jill Rosenthal at 262-248-7491 with any questions.

Wednesday Morning Bible Study

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

Women's Thursday Morning Bible Study

The Women's Thursday Morning Bible Study has ended for the summer.  They will meet again in the fall.

Men's Friday Morning Small Group Bible Study

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

Women's Friday Morning Bible Study

The Women's Friday Morning Bible Study will be meeting at 10am on July 7th and July 21st at our Adopt a Plot #37 in the parking lot of Immanuel.  If it is raining we will come inside and meet in the Office Conference room.  
Contact Arlene Redell (215-6000) /Janet Kelly (725-6404) with questions.

Saturday Morning Bible Study

A Saturday Morning Bible Study will be meeting on July 8th (2nd Saturday of the month) at 10 am at the home of Marilyn Heiden located at 807 Madison St. in Lake Geneva. Contact Trish Fry-Misener at 262-949-2480 w/ any questions.


First Communion Class

First Communion Class will be held  on July 9th at 12:30pm in the Fellowship Hall.  Please sign up on the Worship Card or contact Pastor Martha if you plan to have your child attend.
Sunday Morning Nursery Staff

A nursery is provided during worship for children 4 and under to the left of the Sanctuary.  Children over 5 years are encouraged to join their families during worship.  Little treats are available on the coffee bar counter.  Grab a "busy bag" for your preschooler at the entrance to the worship space, and  return it to the stand when the service is finished.  
**We are looking for a nursery sub to help during 1st and 2nd services.  This is a paid position.  If interested, please see Sarah for details**

Sunday School

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

Vacation Bible Camp

VBC  is soon approaching and we have many exciting plans to discuss and sets to create!  Below is the list of  our  upcoming meetings...
Tues. Jul 11th from 6pm-7pm  (Youth Helper Meeting)
Thurs. July 1 3th from 10:30am-2:30pm  (Set Construction Meeting)
Tues. July  18th from 6pm-7pm  (Final Follow-up Meeting)
Thurs. July 27th from 10:30am-2:30pm  (Last Set Construction Meeting)

Please let S arah Beauregard know by email...  or call 248-4211  if you plan to attend.

Just For Kids Summer Program

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

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

Daycare News

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


Middle School Youth Group

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


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


2017  High School Mission Trip

The 2017 HS Mission Trip will be in Gatlinburg, TN from July 16th- 22nd. We will be assisting with clean up caused by the November 2016 Great Smoky Mountains wildfire that killed 14 people and scorched 17,000 acres. There will be multiple fundraising opportunities so any high schoolers should feel free to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Rich McWherter at 262-215-1243 or Lynn Gerlitz at 262-812-9326.


Undie Sunday

Please watch for more information on the Undie Sunday which will be on the last two Sundays in August, the 19th and the 26th.  More will be revealed about this mission project later but for now we are keeping things under wraps.
Have You Heard of Café?

Café is an on-line magazine for young adult women who want to build their faith.   It incorporates a Lutheran perspective for women of Christian faith or simply for any woman who is interested in how faith relates to the issues that women face today.  Readers and writers of Café include pastors, seminary and college students, and other young adult women who use Café as a Bible study resource individually or with their congregation.   An interesting recent article, "Finding Authentic Community", discusses on how hard it is to meet new people and form authentic relationships and shares some ideas on how to make it easier.  To read the full article and to find more articles like this one, visit...

Tree House

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

COMING SOON... A Vibrant New Ministry "HEARTS TO CARE"
God has given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help others... 1 Peter 4:10-11
Mission Statement:   The members and friends of Immanuel Lutheran Church will be shown that they are valued and loved by receiving care in those areas of their lives that they are no longer equipped to handle by allowing this ministry the privilege of tending to their needs with compassion, respect and confidentiality.

Hearts to Care Core Team  will be meeting on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month.  Our next meeting will be on July 6th at 1:00pm in the office conference room.  All interested members who wish to become a core team member are encouraged to attend.  Please contact Evie Schulz with any questions you may have.

More Information will be available on Sunday, July 9th and 16th. Come and learn how the Holy Spirit is moving in our congregation.

Care Team

The Care Team will meet again on Wednesday, August 16th at 7:00 pm.   This is an important time for us to share and communicate about the shut-in members we are caring for. All our welcome to attend.  Please contact Kristin Larkin at 414-491-1969 or email  her at  with any questions or concerns. Also, if you have names of members who have indicated they would be in need of a visit from the Care Team please let Kristin or Bethany know and they will be added to the list of people enjoying visits from this wonderful ministry.

"Stitchin' for Kids"

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

Community Connection Meal

Our next Community Connection Meal will be on Thursday, July 20th from 5:15 - 6:30 pm.  Remember all of our Community Meals are FREE to those in our community who are hungry, lonely or need fellowship.  If you know someone who could use fellowship and a meal, invite them to dinner. Want to help? Volunteers are needed to help prep on Wednesday, July 19th starting at 1:00pm and/or Thursday, July 20th starting at 4:00 pm. We would also love folks to donate any kind of cookies for this meal.  Please contact Linda Martin at  if you can volunteer or donate desserts.  We'd like to extend a big thank you to all the people that volunteered in June and contributed the many wonderful desserts our guests enjoyed.  We'd also like to extend a big thank you to the people at the WC Food Pantry, Bodi's Bake Shop, and Sorgs Quality Meats and Sausages for their generous donations to our meal in June.

St. Vincent De Paul (Milwaukee) Soup Kitchen

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

Side By Side screening is the 3rd Tuesday of each month, the next meeting is July 18th, at 7:00 p.m. at the First Congregational UCC Church, 715 Wisconsin Street, Lake Geneva. Funds are available for rental assistance and utilities - for those living in the Lake Geneva School District.  Bring a copy of the bill. Side By Side is a collaborative ministry between area churches and civic groups.

Immanuel Prayer Opportunity

Romans 8:28 (NLT) " And we know God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose."
Anyone interested in gathering for prayer is invited to join us in praying for our world, our country and our church.  This is a very important time in our church life so we want to pray for God's hand to lead our council, our interim pastors, our staff and the whole congregation.
Times of Prayer - All Are Welcome!  Sundays at 12:15 pm at the altar rail after the 11:07 am service and Mondays from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in the Community Room / Library. Any questions, call the church office or call/text Judy Guy at 262-210-9342.

In Need of Prayer Shawls?

Prayer shawls made with Christ's love are available through the office for anyone in distress.  Wrap your loved one in comforting prayers. Call Donna Hove at 262-749-0599 for more info.

Blood Pressure Checks

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

Meals on Wheels Volunteers Needed

We are looking for substitutes to help with Meals on Wheels every 5 weeks. We will train you and work with your schedule. Call Pauline Malsch at ...  262-215-3121

Women's AA Meetings

Women's AA meets on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. in the Youth Room.

WC Food Pantry

The WC Food Pantry, Wednesdays from 1:00 - 5:00 PM, and Saturdays from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, at 205 East Commerce Court, Elkhorn  262-723-4488. They're in desperate need of bar soap and razors .

The Lake Geneva Food Pantry

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

Venturing is waiting for you!

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


Immanuel Book Club

Immanuel Book Club meets on the 4th Wednesday of every month in the Library.  The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, July 26th at 2:00pm.  
The Book is: "See Me" by Nicholas Sparks. Please Contact Edie Michelson at 262-686-3009 with any questions.  New members welcome.
Beachside Authorfest

The friends of the Lake Geneva Library, Breadloaf Books and local author of "The Beauty of Barns" Cynthia Walker, invite YOU to Beachside Authorfest 2017 on Saturday, July 8th from 10am - 4pm.  It will be held surrounding the Lake Geneva Public Library located at 918 W Main Street, Lake Geneva WI - RAIN or SHINE!
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.


+     Thank You for your support of this year's Vision Walk! 
Thanks be to God for a beautiful day on May 21st and Thank You to all who contributed to the 2017 Vision Walk in Milwaukee!  Marilyn Heiden's team was able to add $738 to the walk's total of $92,000 raised to fund research into the causes, treatments, and cures of blindness worldwide! Her team of 7 walked with over 700 other people along the windy shore of Lake Michigan.  Again, Thank You for your support of this great cause, Marilyn Heiden

+     Dear Immanuel Lutheran Quilters,
       We at the Tree House would like to thank you for your continued support and on-going efforts to keep the children being served by the Tree House with comfort blankets and snacks/drinks.  We are so very grateful for your help and commitment to the children who suffer from abuse and neglect in our community.  Your kindness makes a difference in their time of distress and need.  Thank you for your efforts!  Gratefully - Bridget Dickinson

+     Thank you to everyone who came out to support our High School Mission Trip to Tennessee at this year's Spaghetti Dinner and Dessert Auction!  We are happy to say that the fundraiser was a HUGE success!  Your generous donations and contributions made it possible for us to raise just under $5,000!  We are truly blessed to have so many amazing people who took the time to make desserts, create gorgeous quilts and contribute other items for the auction, as well as help with decorations and food prep, get the word out, and be there in support!  Again, Thank you to everyone who helped make it such a success and we hope to see you again next year!


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