JUNE, 2018
Immanuel E-Newsletter
Imagine the future of Immanuel. What do you see? Do you see a community bound together in love for one another? Do you see children singing and families growing? Do you see Immanuel reaching out to the community and engaged in the most significant challenges that face our communities? Do you see vibrant worship and people growing in the love of Jesus Christ? This is what we see.
Welcome Pr. Carl Johnson to Immanuel Staff!
Pr. Carl Johnson will be joining the Immanuel Staff beginning this June as our ‘Pastor of Caring Ministry.’ The position is just 10-15 hours per week, but will enhance our ministry tremendously. 
He brings a lot of experience, wisdom, and energy to our already amazing staff. His primary responsibility will be in keeping up with our prayer list and coordinating Pastoral Care with Pr. Sara and Pr. Paul. 
May 27, 2018
Baptism of Elsie Joy Self
Congratulations to Ashli and Blake Self on the baptism of their daughter, Elsie Joy Self, on May 27th at the 8:15am Service!
Worship Schedule Sign-up
Immanuel has many opportunities for individuals to help with our Worship services on Sundays. Click below on the service time of your choice to sign-up today!

You can also sign-up on Immanuel’s website: www.Immanuellakegeneva.orgSimply click on “Worship Sign Up” and choose the month and service you would like to help. Thank you for your willingness to serve! Click Here to Learn More
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 / kristinlarkin@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@att.net
Amy Peterburs: 262-215-7558 / amyhope007@gmail.com
Josette Kuehl: 262-745-6780 / josettekuehl@gmail.com
Dennis Lyon: 262-565-8568 / cdlyon@wi.rr.com
Council Minutes
Minutes of the Immanuel Lutheran Church Council's meetings will become available following the next scheduled council meeting. The council meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, & church members are welcome to attend.
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, Brock Grahler, Jimmy Flores, Robert Knowlton, Alex Novak, Brian Novak, Tim Sireno, Andy Sireno, Jacob Swatek, Atlanna & Daniel Tschida.

Health and Strength
Baby Emmanuel; Christine, Donna, Dominic, Gary & Beth; Heidi, Lenny, Owen, Pastors Sara & Paul; Shari & Cody; Tom & Denise; Zach & Brittany Adams; Mike Anderson; Marty Baker; Scott Baumann; Dylan Beaudet & Family; Tom Bernacchi; Joe Bidwill; Family of Connie C.; Catrina Cabassi; Lawrence Carstensen & family; Susan Curi; Nathan Dyer; George Elblein; Judy & Mike Elston; Nancy Franklin; Terry Furman; Trinity Galicia; Victor Garcia; Jacob Hanson; Duane Hove; Bob & Tony Huml; Brenda Kelly; Shirley Kieny; Peggy & Vyto Klausa; Don & Ginny Kolseth; Joanne L; Noah L.; Ilene & Sue Lamb; Colton Lazzeroni; Jeanne Madaus; Donald Magir; Craig & Kathy Middleton; Shirley Migut; Mike Nagel; Jillie Olsen; Pat & Gary Parsons; Pat & Gary Pygman; Greg Randall; Bea Riley; Maria Reuber; Dorothy Martin; Marilynn Sievert; Joe Silvestri; Bernie Smedley; Carol Stassen; Helen Teegen; Carolyn Warfield; Aimee Yakes, Sophia Zematis, Bobby, Kevin & Maggie Zhao
Safety Advisory Committee (SAC)
We have received a full Safety Survey from Thomas Hausner and Associates. Overall, we were glad to find that we have some good things in place and we were not surprised to see that there are some important things we need to address. Safety was the top concern raised at our annual meeting in January, and we are striving to address safety concerns in as swift and cost-effective manner possible.
LOCKED DOORS - We have received a lot of feedback in regard to the Fellowship Hall doors being locked. We understand that with the handicap parking spots right there, it would be very convenient to be able to enter through those doors. We also know that carrying things into the Fellowship Hall/Kitchen is a lot easier when coming in those doors. However, we also know that having ONE entrance into the building is very important for safety. The door can be propped open when bringing things in, but not for extended periods of time. We continue to work toward figuring out solutions to this issue. We want to be accommodating, but we also want to be safe!
The greatest concern discovered in the survey was the fact that our main entrance doors are completely unlocked every day, and our building is full of children. We are presently pursuing security options much like those you would expect at any public school. We need to protect the children in Little Sprouts Day Care. Our hope is to have door procedures in place that will allow Immanuel and Little Sprouts families to enter at will, and allow us to ‘buzz in’ visitors and guests through a camera/speaker system. We will communicate any changes as they come. The main doors will remain unlocked on Sunday mornings and for community events such as weddings, funerals, and special worship services like Holy Week. 
EMERGENCY PROCEDURES - We have recently received some excellent foundational materials to allow us to handle all emergencies more effectively. This summer we will train staff and volunteers in these new procedures. The reality is we’re more likely to have a medical/trauma emergency or weather event than a security emergency. We now have the resources to be better equipped for any emergency!
Praise Team: Rehearses Wednesdays at 7:30PM
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 7:30 - 8:30 PM! Some musical training would be preferred and members are required to attend as many rehearsals as possible. Please contact Adam Smith at 262-325-7122 or at music@immanuellg.org if you are interested in joining the team!
Immanuel Choir: Rehearses Wednesdays at 6:45PM
CALLING ALL SINGERS! Rehearsals for our Immanuel Choir will begin promptly at 6:45 PM on Wednesday nights and will feature several different genres of music. Our goal is to create an environment where we encourage fellowship and the further development of your musicianship skills. I am excited to see what great music we can make! No experience is needed and rehearsals are not mandatory, as I know schedules are busy during the summer months. Please join us as we praise God and share our gifts with Immanuel. God Bless!
“RevivaL” - Youth Worship Band
Youth Worship Band, RevivaL, meets every Tuesday from 7pm-8pm in the Sanctuary. Our LAST meeting for the Summer was on May 29th. See you ALL in the Fall 😊 Contact Kelly Gerlitz @ 773-931-6773 with questions.
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. 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! 

Summer Fellowship Hour Change Starting Sunday June 3rd and continuing through Sunday September 2nd, we will asking everyone from the congregation to assist with this ministry while we give our "teams" a much deserved summer break and give everyone an opportunity to serve others and a chance to meet and work with new people! Monthly signup sheets can be located on the Fellowship Hall buffet table. We need 2 people to set up coffee, iced tea, lemonade, juice, etc. prior to the 8:15 service, 4 people to bring in snacks/treats, & 2 people to cleanup. Paper products, plastic ware, napkins are in good supply in the kitchen area. We suggest because of the busy summer schedule that the treats be simple & easy (purchased or homemade is welcome). We usually have between 20-40 people at the fellowship hour. In addition to helping with fellowship hour, please invite others to join us during this time of friendship and sharing. Contact Evie Schulz with questions or concerns.
Welcome Center Volunteers Needed
Do you like to meet people? We are looking for some fun people to be on the Welcoming Team. They set up coffee and water in the Welcome Center, greet and help connect visitors to members between services. Visitors to Immanuel always comment on how welcoming Immanuel is. We are incredibly grateful for your help! Contact Edith Draper at 248-1861 with any questions.
Assistance with Parking on Sundays
Assistance with parking is available on Sundays. Inquire at the Welcome Center if valet parking would help you, and we will add you to the schedule.
Parking on Sundays and Special Services
Able bodied members are encouraged to park in the outer parking stalls or the Middle School Lot when they can, so visitors and seniors can be closer to the entrances. Many Thanks! It’s a wonderful challenge to be short on parking spaces! Praise God, who gives the growth!!
Prayer Requests
We appreciate all of your prayer requests each week! We want to continue praying for all individuals because we know how powerful prayer is in the lives of so many. On the first of the new month, we will restart the prayer list. If someone needs to stay on the list, just let Bethany know by using the worship card found in the weekly bulletin, calling the church office (262.248.4211), emailing Bethany at secretary@immanuellg.org, or dropping off a note in the church office. We want your requests, so we can continue praying for those in need.
Name Tags Available
Name Tags can still be ordered. Please print your name(s) legibly on an envelope with "Name Tag" also printed on the envelope; place $5.00 per tag in the envelope (if you are financially able to do so), then seal and drop into the offering plate at your regular service or give to Bethany. We encourage EVERYONE to order a name tag.
2018 Weekly Giving Envelop Packs
Members and Friends of Immanuel 2018 Weekly Giving Envelop Packs are now available. Please pick your pack up in the main office. If you do not find a pack with your name and wish to have envelops, please contact Don Anderson, 262-248-7741, donjand4311@gmail.com, or leave a note in the office. Thank you for your support, Immanuel Stewardship Committee.
Please Note!
“ALL HANDS ON DECK” campaign ends on May 31st! If you are completing or catching up on your pledge, please be sure to mark them for “ALL HANDS ON DECK”. I want to be sure you are given credit to the proper account. The new “IMAGINE CAMPAIGN” begins on June 10th.  ~ Don Anderson, Financial Recording Secretary
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
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. Please Contact Jill Rosenthal at 262-248-7491 with any questions.
Women’s Thursday Morning Bible Study
Women’s Thursday Morning Bible Study will be taking the months of JUNE, JULY, & AUGUST off! We will resume our study group on Thursday, September 13th from 9:30-11am in the Youth Room. Contact Shari Lundberg @ 245-6212 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 taking the months of JUNE, JULY, & AUGUST off! We will resume our study group on September 7th with “A Man Named Martin” Part II. For more info please contact Janet Kelly (262-374-3823) or Arlene Redell (262-215-6000).
Saturday Morning Bible Study
A Saturday Morning Bible Study will be meeting on June 9th at 10am at the home of Vena Bodine (W3020 Weaver Road, Elkhorn). Contact Trish (949-2480) for more info and directions.
Vacation Bible Camp
Our VBC of 2018 will be held from July 8th-12th nightly from 4:50-7:45. Our theme this year is Shipwrecked!! 
We are thrilled to start moving forward with planning this incredible event and we are looking for volunteers!! There are so many opportunities including station leader, crew leader, kitchen helper, décor helper, & more!!! If you are interested - let Sarah Beauregard know by email children@immanuellg.org .


Monday, June 4th from 6:30-7:30 pm we will have an informational meeting for VBC. This is a great time to learn the different volunteer opportunities available! We will also be serving pizza!!

Monday, June 11th from 6:30-7:30 pm there will be a crew leader meeting for VBC. This is a great time to go over the specific duties for crew leaders. And we'll be serving pizza! Hope to see you there!!

Monday, June 25th from 6:30-8 pm there will be a youth volunteer meeting. This is mandatory for all youth who are interested in volunteering at VBC. During this time we will talk about volunteer expectations, decorate shirts, and of course eat pizza!!

Sunday, July 8th from 3:45 pm there will be a meeting for all volunteers. This will be for all involved in VBC. We will be going over the plan for the week and answering any last questions.
Little Sprouts Daycare
Little Sprouts Learning Center is open from 6:00am – 6:00pm, for children 6 weeks through 6 years. Transportation to and from Lake Geneva Schools is provided. Enroll today!  Contact Tyler Leech, Daycare Director, at the Little Sprout’s Daycare Direct Line (262-248-1897) or email him at immanuellittlesprouts@gmail.com for more info. 

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

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

“SPARK” Sunday School
Sparks Sunday School has ended for the year! Thank you to everyone who help make it such an AMAZING year!! The children are such a blessing to the church, can’t wait to see you all again in the Fall!
Just For Kids Summer Program (for ages 6-12)
Our mission at the Immanuel Lutheran JFK Summer Program is to provide exceptional and affordable child care for the families in our community. JFK summer program offers a safe and nurturing environment where kids ages 6-12 can come to have fun, build friendships, and make lasting memories!  Everyday will be a brand new adventure for your child! We play games that encourage teamwork and self development, create beautiful works of art, plant our own garden, have outdoor adventures and activities, music and singing, air hockey and ping pong. We watch movies and eat popcorn in our theater room and there is always time to read and perform skits. Of course, the most fun happens on our giant blow up waterpark—"THE CROC”. Our teachers cannot wait to spend the summers with you!!

Our JFK summer program 
begins JUNE 11th and goes until August 24th

JFKSP is open from 6am to 6pm, Monday through Friday and just $30.00 per day, offering discounts for families with multiple children. We only require a two day minimum per week. There is a $50 early enrollment/materials fee per child. Enrollments after June 11th are $75.00 per child.

Sign up today! There are enrollment packets in the tiled gathering space on the metal information rack by the main entrance to the church. You can also email Holly at jfk@immanuellg.org.

JFKSP JUNIOR HELPERS *We have only two positions open for Junior Helper interns this year. (Great for students looking for volunteer hours.) You must be 13 years or older. Our Junior Helpers help assist teachers and Junior Leaders with our JFKSP and kids!  Being a junior helper provides adventures and experiences you may not experience elsewhere. You will learn how to be a mentor and be mentored. You will help teach JFKSP kids invaluable skills of independence, personal growth, teamwork, goal setting, and more.
IGNITE Middle School & FUEL High School Youth Group & Confirmation
Our Wednesday night gatherings are over for the year, but we’ll be back in the fall! In the meantime, keep watch for Spring and Summer events: movies, fishing, camping, beach party, etc... We will send out communication via email to our regular email lists as these events come up. Please also watch for “Remind” texts with info on the upcoming summer activities. Contact the church office @ secretary@immanuellg.org or call 262-248-4211 to be added to our email communication list.
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

Contact Holly @ 248-4211 or email middleschool@immanuellg.org
Where: Pine Ridge Indian Reservation - Kyle, South Dakota
When: July 21-29
Cost: $600 per student (Adult leaders $300)

Fundraising and scholarships are available!!!
There are still opportunities for adults and students to earn money toward their $600 Mission Trip fee.

June - Participants in the Summer Mission Trip to Pine Ridge are available to do Spring Cleaning in upcoming weekends. If you would like to hire a Spring Cleaning crew, please contact the church office at 262-248-4211 or email secretary@immanuellg.org

Mission Trip Details: 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.

Questions can be sent to Pr. Paul - pastorpaul@immanuellg.org
Community Connection Meal
Please join us for our Community Connection Meal on Thursday, June 21st 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. Please sign up on the Clip boards that will be passed out during Sunday Services or Contact Lynn Gerlitz 262-812-9326 or at communityconnections@gmail.com if you can volunteer or donate.
"Stitchin' for Kids"
The Wednesday morning quilters have a special project in the works. They are 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 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 "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. 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.
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 kristinlarkin@yahoo.com 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.
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… www.wcac4kids.org. 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.
St. Vincent De Paul (Milwaukee) Soup Kitchen
Our next service date is August 19th.  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”. Also sleeping bags are desperately needed. ~ God bless! Bob Rosenthal
Side By Side Screening
Side By Side screening is on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, June 19th at 7pm at the First Congregational UCC Church, 715 Wisconsin Street, Lake Geneva. Funds are available for rental assistance and utilities – for those living in the Lake Geneva - Genoa City Badger High School District. Bring a copy of the bill. Side By Side is a collaborative ministry between area churches and civic groups.
Blood Pressure Checks
Blood pressure checks are here at Immanuel after the 1st service on the 2nd Sunday of each month in the Library off of Fellowship Hall.
The Lake Geneva Food Pantry
The Lake Geneva Food Pantry is open on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 – 11:30am at First Congregational Church, 715 Wisconsin Street in Lake Geneva. Call 262-248-2337 for more info. 
FOOD PANTRY DONATIONS NEEDED of Ramen Noodles, Soup, Canned Fruit, Mac & Cheese, and toiletries (shampoos, conditioners, soaps, toothpaste, & toothbrushes)
Walworth County Food Pantry
The Walworth County Food Pantry is open for donations of food and toiletries, volunteer training and tours on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 am until 1 pm. The pantry is open for distribution of food to eligible residents of Walworth County on Tuesdays & Fridays from 1 pm until 4:30 pm. Special food packing events are scheduled on Saturdays. Call or email Susan Hughes for more info. Susan.hughes@walworthcountyfoodpantry.org or visit our website at www.walworthcountyfoodpantry.org
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.
Diaper Drive!
There are no ifs, ands, or BUTTS about it! We need to keep our babies happier, so Immanuel is having a Diaper Drive for the Walworth County Food Pantry run by Susan and John Hughes. Please bring your unopened packages of diapers (any size but in most need of 4 & 5) to the church anytime during the month of June. Please be an important part of this “Huge Coverup Operation”! There is a dire need to keep our babies drier! Call Arlene Redell (262-215-6000) or Susan Hughes (262-581-3524) or email susankayehughes@gmail.com for more info.
Summer Grief Support Group
After the death of a precious loved one or dear friend, many people need some added support & a comforting place to share their thoughts, concerns and fears. We would love to have you join us at “The Journey Through Grief” Support Group. This uplifting biblical  group will meet for eight weeks here at Immanuel with pastoral support. We need a minimum of four participants with a maximum of ten. A daytime or evening group is possible based on the need. Please contact Evie Schulz, a certified grief support facilitator or leave a message at church for more information. Indicate your preference for day or evening and if Tues, Wed, or Thurs. works best.
Immanuel Book Club
Immanuel Book Club meets on the 4th Wednesday of every month in the Library. Call Edie Michelson @262-686-3009 for current book and questions.  New members welcome.
Lutherdale Fest Quilt Auction
On August 11th from 8AM to 4PM Join Lutherdale for their 32nd Annual Quilt Auction! Live Auction starts at 10AM with over 300 Quilts to bid on! There will be Silent Auction Items, Food Concessions, Door Prizes, Fresh Baked Goods and Pies, Crafts, Fabric Sale, Honey, & Pontoon Rides on the Lake! Also FREE Kids Area from 9AM - 4PM where they can play games, watch movies, make crafts and an optional Lunch is available for only $5! Quilt Preview & Fish Fry will be held on August 10th from 4PM to 7PM! Fresh Bakes Goods & More Silent Auction Items. Fish Fry Menu includes… Baked or Battered Cod, Choice of Potato, Cole Slaw, Bread & Butter, Applesauce, Beverage & Dessert. Cost- Adults: $16 / Youth (10 & under): $8
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!
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.
+ HUGE THANK YOU to all who helped make our Chocolate Fest Fundraiser a HUGE success! We truly appreciate everyone's time and dedication to this event. Thank you all again for all your amazing hearts, you are all such a blessing to Immanuel!

+ THANK YOU to all who participated in the food packing event at the Ridges. We were able to pack 90,000 meals and raised $4,334 for our local Walworth County Food Pantry!

+ On Sunday, May 20, twelve of us served at the St Vincent de Paul Meal Program (soup kitchen) for our every three month service.  MANY THANKS to all who took of their time to serve about 150 people “guests”. Some of those who served were new to the program, due to Pastor’s announcement in church last Sunday, and felt “nudged” by the Holy Spirit to move out of their comfort zone to do this. And they were greatly rewarded by the kindness and reception of those served.  THANKS also for the gifts given as we also took 32 gallons of milk, along with blankets, clothing and toiletries. 
~ God Bless you all! Bob!

+ HUGE THANK YOU to Dennis Schulz for creating our beautiful children’s mural and the coin drop!!! Your efforts are so greatly appreciated! And thank you to all the Sunday school teachers for an incredible year! You are such a blessing to this ministry!
~ Sarah Beauregard

+ While it seems that Holy Week was so long ago, this thank-you still carries the same sense of gratitude that it did on Good Friday. The season of Lent, leading up to Holy Week and then the celebration of our Lord on Easter take a lot of planning, organizing and then reaching out to people to use their gifts can be challenging and rewarding all at the same time. I would like to thank the young people who so bravely took that leap of faith when asked if they would be willing to be part of a "song skit" on Good Friday. With very little time to prepare the following people did an amazing job with "The Chains" and while they were nameless that day, they are no longer. Joelle Dahlgren, Jake Dahlgren, McKenzie Plitzuweit, Kassandra Sturgeon and Isaac Van De Berg certainly carried that message that "our chains are gone, through the life and death of Jesus!" Thank you so much for trying something "new" and willing to proclaim your faith and love for Jesus in a manner that has not been presented before on such a Holy Day as Good Friday! The next time your talents are needed to once again enhance our worship service I hope you will say "Yes!" ~ Ellen Hanson

+ THANK YOU to all who donated to our Mother's Day bake sale!! All proceeds directly benefit VBC! Your generous giving is such a blessing to the children's ministry!! And THANK YOU to all parents for bringing their children to sing on Mother's Day!! A big thank you also goes out to all of our teachers for the dedication and passion they have shown to the children of Immanuel. A huge thank you goes out to Kelly Gerlitz for leading our children in song. You all are amazing! Our children's ministry would not be possible without the love and care you give to our children! ~ Sarah Beauregard 

+ Salad Luncheon totals are in… $1,600 from donations and tickets! We would like to THANK EVERYONE who donated gifts of salads, monetary donations and their time and talents to make this the wonderful event that it was. And a SPECIAL THANKS to Mr. Richard Pufahl for his beautiful music!

+ There are no simple words to describe how blessed Immanuel is to have the Bells of Immanuel. Everyone who donates in any way, listens, offers kind words of appreciation make this ministry a pleasure to direct. The dedication of the following ringers who practice every week and then enhance worship on a monthly basis is a true inspiration. Mike Brooks, Adam Smith, Heidi Otterness, Anna Van De Berg, Mikella Plitzuweit, Jennifer Plitzuweit and Dom Alonzo (we cover three generations!). A special "ring out" to Stephanie Ruby who was with us at the beginning of our season as well as Robyn Bakken who helps us out when we really need those extra pairs of hands. This past season we tried new techniques which at times were challenging and yet, in the end, made the piece of music seem more difficult than it was. Having said that, we really could use more ringers to utilize the three octaves of bells/chimes that we currently have so pray and ponder over the summer, we would love to have you. Thank you so much for supporting this ministry and ringers, well, you are amazing, hope to see you back in the Fall! ~ Ellen Hanson

+ Dear Immanuel Family, My parents and family back at Immanuel have been asked how I have been doing since my departure in March. Since I have been on the prayer list these past two months I just wanted to reach out to let you know how much it has meant to me. We all have dark times in our lives and frankly, I am not sure how people manage to get through it without a love and faith in God and people who truly support and care for you, you have been that to me. My faith has been challenged and I am so happy to say while this has been such a rough time I am making progress "one day at a time". Sober living is a lot tougher than I had anticipated but the great news is I now look forward to waking up and working toward that challenge. Continue those prayers, love those cards that come all the way from Lake Geneva, with such words of encouragement, that ministry means so much and I look forward to coming home when the time is right to thank you in person as well. Praise Be to God! ~ Jake Hanson 

+ THANK YOU for the lovely cards and visits for my 90th birthday. I was very surprised and so enjoyed each and every one. I am blessed to be a party of the Immanuel family. ~ Betty Schulz 

+ THANK YOU Brenda Follensbee for your beautiful solo at all 3 services. Your voice is a true gift from God!