Worship with Us!
Immanuel eNewsletter
May, 2018
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Take a moment to  Imagine. What will Immanuel look like as we continue to grow into fullness and maturity of faith? What will your life look like as you continue to grow in your own faith? In what new ways will you be able to love your family and friends? In what new ways will Immanuel be able to reach out and support the children, youth and families of Lake Geneva? In what new ways might God call us to grow in these coming months and years?
Our 'Imagine' Capital Appeal is off to a great start. We know this is an appeal focused on debt reduction, but it's more than that. This is an important moment for Immanuel. This is an important moment for God and the work we are called to do here in Jesus' name.
Our first 6 months at Immanuel have been incredible in many ways. We had a strong run through Christmas, regaining our spiritual footing and looking forward to 2018 with a very real sense of hope and optimism. We rode that wave of the Spirit into Lent and experienced rich spiritual growth on our Wednesday evening meals and contemplative worship. Several of our members offered powerful reflections on Jesus and faith. Holy Week was wonderfully intense, culminating in an Easter Cantata celebration that captured the intensity of the resurrection and continues to fill us with life today.
Immanuel experienced a rough transition period during the interim, but we have reclaimed our identity. We are a Spirit filled congregation that has the capacity to welcome everyone with the love of Jesus. We are a community where we strive to love and support one another.  And now, we have an opportunity to Imagine. This campaign is an opportunity for us to consider that God has something brand new in store for us. It's not just about reclaiming what once was - it's about following the lead of the Holy Spirit to become what is next. Imagine what God has in store for us at Immanuel...
Please notice the highlighted letters in our Imagine logo. "I'm in!" As we continue through this campaign, consider your place at Immanuel and your life with God. Are you in? Are you ready to follow the lead of the Holy Spirit? Are you hopeful that you may find new and deeper levels of love in which to grow and share? Jesus calls to us through the scriptures, through our community of faith, and through whispers (and sometimes shouts) of the Spirit: Come and follow me! Imagine what God can do!
Peace, Pastors Sara & Paul VanDeBerg


Mother's Day Bake Sale
Mother's day (May 13th) is quickly approaching!  It will be an exciting day at Immanuel! Not only will our Sunday School students be singing in church, but we will have a bake sale!!  Any and all donations of baked goods would be greatly appreciated!  All funds raised will go directly to this year's vacation bible camp.


New Member Discovery Class
A New Member Discovery Class has been postponed and will now be held on Sunday, May 20th at 12:30pm in the Fellowship Hall.  Join us for lunch, an overview of God's plan of Salvation, and learn about ministry opportunities at Immanuel. Child care is available. If you are interested in attending, please sign up on the worship card at any of our 3 Sunday services.
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Contact Us



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
Alyce, Christine, Donna, Dominic, Dylan, Helen, Heidi, Lenny, Owen, Zach & Brittany Adams; Marty Baker; Scott Baumann; Tom Bernacchi; Joe Bidwill; Briel Family; Lawrence Carstensen & family; Anne Chant; George Elblein; Judy & Mike Elston; Nancy Franklin; Terry Furman; Victor Garcia; Jacob (Jake) Hanson, Cody Heindl; Bob Huml & Tony Huml; Ed K., Janet Kelly; Brenda Kelly; Klitzka - Brown Family; Don & Ginny Kolseth; Joanne L.; Ilene & Sue Lamb; Jeanne Madaus; Family of Linda McDonough, Craig & Kathy Middleton; Yvonne Mol; John Mueller; Mike Nagel; Heidi Otterness; Pat & Gary Parsons; Family of Edson Randall; Greg Randall; Jess Retzlaff; Bea Riley; Lyle & Shirley Schinke; Marilyn Sievert; Bernie Smedley; Carol Stassen; Carolyn Warfield; Aimee Yakes & Sophia Zematis

Congratulations to Jeffery & Jayne Erickson on the baptism of their daughter, Ainsley Joe Erickson, on April 15th at the 11:07 service

Serving on the Mission Field
Zach and Misa Harrod, Jenn and Jason Byers, Karen Flowers, Chris and Irene Okuna, Ginger Peterson, Nathan Bloechl

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.

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  

Kristin Larkin:414-491-1969

Barb Kwiatkowski:262-215-9614 
Doug Bartz:414-339-7661
Kristin Gahart:262-723-6889 
Lynn Gerlitz:262-812-9326  
Pete Juergens: 414-588-2909  
Jeff Bakken:847-650-4206 
Ken Field:262-374-1795 
Amy Peterburs:262-215-7558
Josette Kuehl:262-745-6780
Dennis Lyon: 262-565-8568

Praise Team:  Rehearses Wednesdays at 7:30 PM
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!

"RevivaL" - Youth Worship Band

Youth Worship Band,RevivaL, meets every Tuesday from 7pm-8pm in the Sanctuary.  We will be leading worship for the youth on Wednesday nights!  Contact Kelly Gerlitz 773-931-6773
Immanuel Choir:  Rehearses Wednesdays at 6:45 PM

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!
The Bells of Immanuel

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

Worship Schedule Sign-up
Immanuel has many opportunities for individuals to help with our Worship services on Sundays. Sign-up to help lead worship on Immanuel's website: www.Immanuellakegeneva.org   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 ministry_coord@immanuellg.org
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.
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!

2018 Weekly Giving Envelop Packs

Members and Friends of Immanuel 2018 Weekly Giving Envelop Packs are now available. Please pick your pack up across from the Welcome Center. If you do not find a pack with your name and wish to have envelops, please contact Don Anderson, 262-248-7741, donjand4311@gmail.com , or leave a note at the office. Thank you for your continuing support, Immanuel Stewardship Committee.
Welcome Center Volunteers Needed

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

Name Tags can still be ordered.  Please print your name(s) legibly on an envelope with "Name Tag" also printed on the envelope; place $5.00 per tag in the envelope (if you are financially able to do so), then seal and drop into the offering plate at your regular service or give to Bethany.  We encourage EVERYONE to order a name tag.


Adult Bible Study

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

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

Women's Thursday Morning Bible Study

Women's Thursday Morning Bible Studywill be meeting on Thursdays from 9:30am to 11am in the youth room.  On April 12th they began the 6 week course "If you want to walk on water, you have to get out of the Boat" 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 meets on Fridays at 9:30am in the Conference Room.   On April 13th they began the 6 week course "If you want to walk on water, you have to get out of the Boat" .  Please contact Janet Kelly @262-374-3823 or Arlene Redell @262-215-6000 with any questions.

Saturday Morning Bible Study

A Saturday Morning Bible Study will be meeting on May 19th at 10am.  Contact Trish (949-2480) for more info and directions.


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.  

Daycare News

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

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

"SPARK" Sunday School
Sparks Sunday School has had such an awesome year!! Families are asked to take their children to the sanctuary.  After announcements we will do the children's message.  From there, the children will be taken to Sunday school.  They will return to the sanctuary just before communion in order to commune with their families. 
*Mother's day (May 13th) is quickly approaching!  It will be an exciting day at Immanuel! Not only will our Sunday School students be singing in church, but we will have a bake sale!!  All funds will go directly to this year's vacation bible camp.
*Our LAST DAY of Sunday School will be May 20th.  We will celebrate the awesome year with treats and games!
Early Release Day!

Our next early release day is coming up on Thursday, May 10th.  We are looking for volunteers!!  We would need help from 1:30-4PM.  If you are interested, please let Sarah B. know.  Any and all help would be so greatly appreciated!!
Vacation Bible Camp
Our VBC of 2018 will be held from July 8th-12th.  This will be 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 ways to participate!!   If you are interested - let Sarah Beauregard know by email children@immanuellg.org  or call 248-4211

Monday June 4th , we will have an informational meeting for VBC from 6:30-7:30pm.  This is a great time to learn the different volunteer opportunities available!  We will also be serving pizza!!
Monday June 11th from 6:30-7:30pm 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!!
June 25th from 6:30-8pm 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!!

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 22nd
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.



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

*Our afterschool VIBE program for Middle Schoolers ends May 10th!


"IGNITE" Middle School Youth Group, "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. Please 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


Chocolate Fest is happening during Memorial Day Weekend.  This is our biggest IGNITE fundraiser.  THIS is YOUR child's main fundraiser to EARN $$$ for next year! We have the opportunity to raise $4,000 or MORE (depending on how many volunteers we have)!!! That is huge for our Ministry!!  PARENTS, FRIENDS, & FAMILY are welcome to work on the behalf of the student.

Contact Holly @ 248-4211 or by emailing  middleschool@immanuellg.org 
Or Sarah at  children@immanuellg.org


Registration for this summer's High School FUEL Mission Trip is OPEN!  

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 3 opportunities for adults and students to earn money toward their $600 Mission Trip fee.
May - Sign up for the CHOCOLATE FEST work opportunities. We are extremely fortunate to have this opportunity to work at Chocolate Fest in Burlington. This event happens over Memorial Day Weekend, but the sign-up needs to happen this month!!!
May/June - Participants in the Summer Mission Trip to Pine Ridge are available to do Spring Cleaning in upcoming weekends. Yard work will be completed by students and adults going on the Mission Trip.  If you would like to hire a Spring Cleaning crew, please contact the church office at 262-248-4211 or email secretary@immanuellg.org
June - Since we organize this mission trip on our own, there will likely be opportunities for students to earn money by helping to plan the trip.
Contact Pastor Paul for more details. pastorpaul@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.
Students can reserve their spot by completing the
registration and waiver (Available in church office)
and paying a $100 deposit.
Questions can be sent to Pr. Paul - pastorpaul@immanuellg.org



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

Community Connection Meal

Please join us for our Community Connection Meal on Thursday, May 17th from 5:15 - 6:30pm.   Remember all of our Community Meals are FREE to those in our community who are hungry, lonely or need fellowship. We would also love folks  to donate their favorite Apple Dessert! 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 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.

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

April is Child Abuse  Prevention Month

Often times we have no idea what sort of numbers  of children are directed in our county alone.

In 2017:
  • Over 520 children and their families walked through the doors of the Tree House to receive at least one or  multiple services
  • Over 1200 children and families were referred to the Children's Advocacy Center housed within the Tree House and operated by Children's Hospital of Wisconsin for forensic interviews, physical examination and therapy.
  • Allegation of Maltreatment cases include:  238-Sexual Assault; 23-Child Pornography; 1- Human Trafficking;     119 - Physical Abuses; 109 - Neglect/Drug Endangered Children; 86-Domestic Violence; 24 - Bullying; 14 - Emotional Abuse; 86-Child Witnesses.  Overwhelming, isn't it!
During the Month of April, the Walworth County Health and Human Services and the Tree House launched a campaign  to bring awareness to child maltreatment.  As you travel throughout the county, you will see billboards that read, " #Join Hands Challenge".  If you check the Join Hands for Kids Facebook page, you will see a photo of the hands of  our Immanuel Mission Trip Kids, indicating support for the numerous ways our communities, families, faith groups, schools and organizations play in protecting our precious children and strengthening families.
*Please contact Evie Schulz if you are interested in ways you can volunteer, donate, serve.

St. Vincent De Paul (Milwaukee) Soup Kitchen

Our next service date is May 20th A Carpool leaves from Immanuel at 4pm.   A special thanks for the gifts given to the Milwaukee Soup Kitchen Many thanks for all at Immanuel that made possible an excellent service again at the Milwaukee Soup Kitchen's evening meal program on February 18th.  This  includes the seven who gladly gave their time and service in person.  Also, thanks go those who supported this ministry with gifts of coats, blankets and other items...we even got a sleeping bag which is considered to be very special.  God bless!  Bob Rosenthal

Side By Side Screening

Side By Side screening is on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, May 15th 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 2 nd Sunday of each month in the Library off of the 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 Pantryis 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
*1 in 3 families is affected by diaper need. Read more on the Huggies web site, 'No Baby Unhugged'. Help the Walworth County Food Pantry become a sustainable diaper bank. Consider holding a diaper drive with your group or organization, call Susan Hughes for more information.

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.


Immanuel Book Club
Immanuel Book Club meets on the 4th Wednesday of every month in the Library. They meet next on May 23rd.  The Book is: "Before We Were Yours"  By Lisa Windgate.  Call Edie Michelson @262-686-3009 with any questions.   
New members welcome.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Parent Support Group
The Lake Geneva School District and the Autism Society of Southern Wisconsin have partnered together to offer a support group for parents/guardians of children ages 3-21 who have either been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or receive special education services at school under an Educational Autism label.  All parents regardless of where their children attend school are welcome to join.  The group offers the opportunity to meet other parents, provide education on topics related to Autism, and provide resources and opportunities available.  The group is offered free of charge and you do not need to pre-register.  Please note that no childcare is provided.  The group meets from 6:30-8:30pm on May 9thRoom 802 in Badger High School.  Please enter door J off of Wells St.  If you have any questions, please contact Angie Schubert at angie.schubert@badger.k12.wi.us or call 262-348-7000 x7025

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 goes out to Scot and Mona Hodkiewicz for donating a wildlife class from Fellow Mortals for our early release day student!  And thank you to Fellow Mortals for taking the time to speak with our kids about what they do!
+     Dear Blanket Making Group, Your continued support and supply of fleece blankets are phenomenal!! You make our lives easier and the lives of the kids a little softer in not-so-soft world. Thank you for being there for them and for us! Blessings Kathy Brown - TreeHouse
+     THANK YOU to everyone who helped during our Lent dinners making it one of the most successful lent seasons we've had thus far!
+     THANK YOU Ron Williams for all your hard work taking care of Immanuel's green spaces. All the time you put into the yardwork and cleanup and taking on the responsibilities of scheduling the plots again this year! We truly appreciate everything you do!
+     THANK YOU Rick Ruby and all who helped pull off another spectacular Easter Breakfast! Everything was truly delicious and greatly appreciated.
+     THANK YOU to Everyone who purchased table flowers during our Easter Breakfast in support of this year's VBC!
+     To my Immanuel Family, A BIG hello to you all. I'm still hanging in! Some days better than others. Thank You for the lovely daffodil plant from your Easter Celebration. It will be planted among our other flowers and hopefully it will be enjoyed for many years to come. Thanks to the family who brought the plant to me. May God bless you all! Blessings to all, Lila DeVries
+     A BIG THANK YOU to all the men and youth that helped with this years Easter Breakfast. We were able to raise $300 for the youth. We feed over 300 people this year. Thank you, Rick Ruby

+     We are SO THANKFUL to Immanuel for the incredible support and love shown toward the South Dakota Mission Trip at the April 15 Spaghetti Dinner/Dessert Auction. The weather was awful, but the event was so sweet (pun intended!). The generosity we witnessed was truly overwhelming. We received over $13,000 in support. This will give each student $400 toward their tuition and help us to cover several trip costs, including materials for the projects we will be working on. This is so much more than we ever imagined!!! THANK YOU!!!
THANK YOU! Next Door Pub for the food, Bakers and Auction item donors (especially Sean Payne!!), Auctioneer Jim Gaugert, Lynn Gerlitz and Rich McWherter for running the kitchen, Jeri Gaugert for the accounting, and to all of Immanuel for raising over $13,000 in support of our Mission to South Dakota!
+     Dear Immanuel Friends:  We at the Tree House wish to extend our most sincere thanks for the support you have given and continue to give - from the supply of cuddly handmade blankets each child who visits The Tree House gets to choose from - for the snacks donated throughout the year  - for volunteering at and financial supporting our fundraisers - and helping at the facility with various hands on projects. There is no way we can fully express our gratitude.  Your continued partnership with us insures the abused, neglected and drug endangered children in our county will be given every available chance to have a dedicated team working on their behalf.
+     A BIG thank you to pastors Paul and Sara on their first Easter with Immanuel with such a wonderful Easter message! Thank you to all the people to participated in the dramas and for the Lenten speakers for stepping up and sharing their stories.



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