Immanuel eNewsletter

November, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

In This Issue
Worship with Us!    

Thanksgiving Eve Service and Pie Fest on November 23rd, 2016
Join us in thanking God for our many blessings on Wednesday, November 23rd at 6:30 pm for our Thanksgiving Eve Worship.
Bring your favorite pie, baked or purchased, and we will all enjoy our annual Pie Fest directly after worship.  Please also bring a non-perishable food item for our local food pantries.  Thank you!




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All Saints Sunday - November 6th
All Saints Sunday is November 6th when we remember our loved ones who died to Christ in the past year. A special litany will be part of each service, with a candle lit on the altar rail for each person being remembered. Please call the office at 248-4211 with the name of the person we are remembering, your name, and which service you want their name to be read. The candle with their name on it is yours to take at the end of the service.
Worship Leader Training
Worship Leaders trainingfor ushers, greeters, communion assistants, assisting ministers and prayer ministers will be held on Sunday, November 6th at 12:30 p.m.  Pizza will be served.  Please sign up on the insert if you plan to attend and what areas you are interested in.    You will be blessed to be a blessing to our congregation in this manner.
Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service
Immanuel welcomes everyone to join us for our Thanksgiving Eve Service on Wednesday, November 23rd at 6:30 p.m. to give thanks to God for our many blessings.

Thanksgiving Eve Pie Fest
FALL IS HERE...AND THANKSGIVING WILL BE HERE SOON. We are looking for 2-3 people to organize our annual Thanksgiving Eve Pie Fest, Wednesday, November 23rd following our Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service. Contact Evie Schulz at 248-4211 by November 7th if you are able to assist.  Please bring a pie for our yummy Thanksgiving celebration!
Immanuel Electric Christmas Parade Float
Thanksgiving and Christmas are fast approaching, and Immanuel will be in the 41st Annual Electric Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 3.  The festivities begin at 5 pm, but we will need to gather early in the afternoon so everyone will be in their places. The Praise Team will have a float, and there will be room for others to join in the festivities.  An organizational meeting is being planned for Wednesday, November 2 at 6 PM.  Come and bring your love for Immanuel as we get organized for the parade.
FYI Building Use
Wisconsin Sonrise Via de Cristo will be using our building for 2 upcoming weekends. Men's Weekend: October 27-30; Women's Weekend: November 3-6. If you have any questions, call Brenda at the church office, 262-248-4211
Wisconsin Sonrise Via de Cristo Ultreya Gathering
The Via de Cristo group will use our building for an Ultreya Service and Fellowship on Sunday, November 20th at 3:00 p.m. Also members of Via de Cristo are welcome to join our celebration.

Contact Information for the Church Council

The church council and staff are eager to oversee and serve Immanuel 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 Brenda if you need a Church Directories. Contact Council Members for Monthly Financial Statements and Council Meeting Minutes.

Scot Hodkiewicz - President: 262-903-9663,
Lynsey Fleck - Vice President:  608-438-5625,
Johnalee Kawalec: 262-581-3042,
Jim Gaugert: 262-949-46-26,
Kristin Larkin: 414-491-1969,
Matt Dahlgren: 262-379-1069,
Jody Teske: 262-215-0714,
Frank Peiler: 815-678-2642,
Matt Schulz: 773-848-4487,
Heidi Schuessler: 262-745-1917,
Ba rb Kwiatkowski: 262-215-9614,
Doug Bartz: 414-339-7661,

Christmas is Coming
Christmas is approaching and we want to let everyone know about our Christmas Services. Because Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year, we will have one service that day.
This year we will celebrate:
Christmas Eve: 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Christmas Day: 9:45 p.m.
New Year's Eve Day: 8:15 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.

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November 8:15 Service

November 9:45 Service

November 11:07 Service

Contact Us


Serving in the Military

John Allison, Chris Bollwahn, Jimmy Flores, Robert Knowlton, Alex Novak, Brian Novak, Tim Sireno, Andy Sireno, Ben Swatek, Jacob Swatek, Daniel Tschida.
In Hospice Care
LaVerne Anderson, Ray Christian

Health and Strength
Mike Altman, Tom Bernacchi, Christie Bevon, Mary Bishop, Vena Bodine, Pat Bogart, Mike Brady, Ray Christian, Danielle Cloutin, Josh Falk, Gary Garvin, Trinity Golicia, Perry Gregory, Ryan Johnson, Brian Katt, Mary Klein, David Lisowski, Linda McDonough, Jean Madaus, Les Malsch, Anne Marie, Randy Miller, Larry Moe, Valerie Nagel, Rita Noble, Mickey Petranek, Trudy Rauch, Lois Richard, Bea Riley, Maria Ruby, Susan Schinke, Lorraine Schober, John Smarslik, Bea Sutton, Carolyn Warfield, Sophia Zematis.

+ Nan Lyon, daughter-in-law of M.J. and Dennis Lyon, died in Christ on September 22nd.
+ Ron Lavin, a long-time member of Immanuel, died in Christ on September 25th.
+ Gordon Keyes, father of Pam Juergens & Kris Keyes-Longhorn, died in Christ on September 25th.
+ Deb George , aunt of Pastor Rich Collier, died in Christ on September 25th.
+ Virginia Koehler, sister of Vicki Dodge, died in Christ on October 7th.
+ Karen Wells, friend of Immanuel, died in Christ on October 21st.

Serving on the Mission Field


Zach  & Misa Harrod, Jenn and Jason Byers, Karen Flowers, Chris and Irene Okuna, Ginger Peterson


Expecting a Child!
Haley Derrick, Christy Feller

+ Congratulations to our 9th grade Confirmands: Jackson Biller, Isabella Bromeland, Jessica Brown, Elizabeth Bunge, Cole Deering, William Faul, Aurora Figard, Lyndsey Gulbrandson, Nicole Hammond, Chase Hodkiewicz, Trent Junion, Seth Kawalec, Ryley King, Emma Kohl,
Makayla Pratt

Christmas Cantata Rehearsals
Christmas Cantata rehearsals started on Wednesday October 19th at 6:45PM downstairs in the music room and we would LOVE to include you ALL! Music is a vital ministry that belongs to ALL people of God no matter how "talented" you think you are. Join us for the special opportunity to lift your hearts and voices to Him, draw closer to Him, celebrate the season together, and align your heart with the true reason for the season. The music will ground and anchor you with the Christmas message of love, hope, and redemption-the heart of the Christmas story and the heartbeat of a loving God.
Rehearsals are Wednesday nights at 6:45PM downstairs in the music room. You will receive rehearsal CD's to help learn your parts when absent. Please don't let missing a few rehearsals deter you from joining. An important Dress Rehearsal is scheduled for Saturday, December 17th from 10:00AM-12:00N. The glorious presentation is Sunday, December 18th at all three services!
Childcare will be available throughout the entire process, including Wednesday rehearsals, Dress Rehearsal, day of presentation, for the instrumentalists, etc. We are so grateful for this amazing gift!
Instrumentalists: Please let me know if you are interested in participating so I can start preparing parts, filling holes, etc.
On a quiet night in Bethlehem, the world longed for hope, hearts ached for redemption in the midst of despair; and an unstoppable LOVE broke through the darkness, revealing an everlasting LIGHT...God's glory found its place in a humble manger!
Thanks to ALL for your support and infinite enthusiasm to share God's love through music!
The Bells of Immanuel
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 9:15-10:15AM downstairs in the music room. No musical training is necessary!!! If you can't commit to every Sunday, talk to director Ellen Hanson about being a bell substitute ringer! Contact Ellen at if you are interested or just show up for rehearsal. She will show you how to ring and which part to read.
Children's Message at 8:15 am
The Children's Message at the 8:15 service is on a voluntary basis. Please contact Sarah Beauregard at 262-248-4211 if you are interested in helping out.

Praise Team: Rehearses Wednesdays, 8:00 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 Wednesday nights at 8:00PM! Some musical training is necessary and members are required to attend rehearsals. Contact John Ivan at if you are interested in joining the team!
Special Music
Special music offerings throughout the year offer depth and variety to worship, and allow numerous people an opportunity to share their musical gifts at Immanuel. We are blessed through solos, duets, special anthems, and Sunday School Singers that inspire and bring us to tears! Vocalists and instrumentalists are encouraged to share their God given talents as musical offerings. Please contact John Ivan at to schedule a time to share your unique gifts at Immanuel!
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. It has been a struggle to keep the list up to date, so we have come up with a plan to keep the list current from month to month. On the first of the new month, we will restart the prayer list. If someone needs to stay on the list, just let Brenda know by using the worship card found in the weekly bulletin, calling the church office (262.248.4211), emailing Brenda at, or dropping off a note in the church office. We want your requests, so we can continue praying for those in need. Contact Brenda if you have any questions.
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.
Worship Schedule Sign-up
Immanuel has an URGENT need 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
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.
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!  We can always use more help. If you're interested in helping, we need you!!  Sign up on the Worship Card. Thanks!
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!!


All Church Small Group Bible Study
Our next All Church Small Group Bible Study, "First Corinthians: Living Love When We Disagree" is a 6-7 week study has begun. Please look for the Small Group Study flyers in the bulletins to find a group that will work for you! Also see Small Group Bible Studies listed below.
Tuesday Morning Mom and Tots Bible Study
This Tuesday Morning Mom and Tots Small Group meets at 9:30 am in the Community Room / Library. This group is studying "Shepherding a Child's Heart." Contact facilitator, Sarah Beauregard with any questions at 414-699-9156.
Wednesday Morning Bible Study
This Wednesday Morning Bible Study meets on Wednesdays, at 9:30 am in the Conference room. This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. They study "The War Room." Contact Jill Rosenthal at 262-248-7491 with any questions.
Wednesday Evening Small Group Bible Study
This Wednesday Evening Small Group Bible Study meets at Michelle Edson's home, 209 W Davenport Street, Elkhorn, at 6:00 pm. Kids and families welcome. This group meets the 1st Wednesday of the Month, beginning November 2nd and will study: "First Corinthians: Living Love When We Disagree." Facilitator: Ashley Miu, 262-325-4443.
Wednesday Evening Small Group Bible Study
This Wednesday Evening Small Group Bible Study meets at 6:30 pm inthe Conference Room at church.Study: "First Corinthians: Living Love When We Disagree." Facilitator: Grace Peterson, 414-322-0388.  
Women's Thursday Morning Bible Study
This Women's Thursday Morning Bible Studymeets on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. in the Youth Room off Fellowship Hall. Study: "Remarkable Women of the Bible."Contact Shari Lundberg, facilitator, with any questions 262-245-6212.
Thursday Small Group Bible Study
This Thursday Small Group Bible Study meets at 6:30 pm, at the home of Dan and Edith Draper, 1440 Linda Lane, Lake Geneva. Study: First Corinthians: Living Love When We Disagree. Facilitators: Dan, 262-903-5898, and Edith, 262-903-5333.
Thursday Small Group Bible Study
This Thursday Small Group Bible Study meets at 6:30 pm at the home of Phil and Donna Neimeyer, 364 Waubun Dr., Fontana. Study: First Corinthians: Living Love When We Disagree. Facilitators: Phil, 314-488-8884, and Donna 262-725-3453.
Thursday Small Group Bible Study
This Thursday Small Group Bible Study meets at 6:30 PM, at rotating homes. They meet every other Thursday. Study: Out of the Storm and into God's Arms" by Jill Briscoe, Book of Job and life applications. Facilitator: Karen Crusey, 262-348-9502 for location of meeting.
Thursday Small Group Bible Study
This Thursday Small Group Bible Study meets at 6:45 pm in the Conference Room at church. Men's Group. Study: First Corinthians: Living Love When We Disagree. Facilitator: Steve Guy, 262-210-9332.
Men's Friday Small Group Bible Study
A Men's Small Group Bible Studymeets on Friday from 6:45 - 8:00 am at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Study: Screwtape Letters and will move to First Corinthians: Living Love When We Disagree. Facilitator: Ken Field, 262-374-1795.a.m. All Are Welcome!
Women's Friday Morning Bible Study
The Women's Friday Morning Bible Study meets on Fridays at 9:30 the Conference room. Study: 13 People in the New Testament.Facilitators are Janet Kelly 262-374-3823 and Arlene Redell 262-215-6000.
Saturday Morning Small Group Bible Study
This Saturday Morning Small Group Bible Study meets at 9:00 am in the Conference room. Study: First Corinthians: Living Love When We Disagree. Facilitator: Stephanie Ruby, 262-348-6388.
Saturday Evening Small Group Bible Study
This Saturday Evening Small Group Bible Study meets at 6 pm, in rotating homes. Children are welcome. Group is full. Study: First Corinthians: Living Love When We Disagree. Facilitators: Lisa and Greg Bunge, 262-248-4804.
Saturday Morning Bible Study
The Saturday Morning Bible Study meets on Saturday, November 12th at 10:00 a.m. at Jill Rosenthal's home, W3300 Hunt Ridge Drive, Elkhorn. The study is fashioned after the book, "After God's Own Heart" Contact Jill for directions at 262-248-7491.
Men's Breakfast and Bible Study: Sat., November 19th at 7:30 AM
Join other men of faith for our Men's Bible Study and Breakfast at Immanuel! You will be treated to deep conversation about the issues in our time.  We will look at the Biblical teaching, and how to apply it to our lives. Please bring your favorite breakfast food to share with other men.

Sunday Morning Bible Study
The Sunday Morning Bible Studymeets on Sunday's at 9:45 the Conference room. This group is studying the Circle Maker. Contact Trish Fry-Misener at 262-949-2480 for more information.


Sunday Morning Nursery Staff

A nurseryis 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 pre-schooler at the entrance to the worship space, and return it to the stand when the service is finished.


Sunday School



Sunday School meets from 10 - 11:00 a.m.  Feel free to bring your children to the 9:45 service where Sarah will give the children's message after the announcements. Then the children and teachers go to the Fellowship Hall for music practice & onto their classrooms for Sunday school. Please pick up your children up at 11:00 a.m.  We look forward to an amazing year! We welcome children: preschool (3 and 4 year olds that are potty trained) through fifth grade. Contact our Children's Ministry Director, Sarah Beauregard, with any questions at 248-4211.


Christmas Pageant


The Christmas pageant is coming quickly!  We will have extra Saturday practices on 12/3 from 9-11 and 12/10 from 9:30-12 with a pizza lunch for parents and students after from 12-12:30.  In order to ensure we have enough pizza please let your Sunday School teacher know if you are able to come on that Saturday.  Thanks!  We hope to see you there!!


Just For Kids


JFK isBefore and After School Care for elementary school kids, ages 7-11 which meets Monday-Friday, from 6:00-8:15 a.m., and 3:45-6:00 p.m.  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 248-4211. 


Early Release Day


Hello families! The next Early Release Day is Thursday, November 10th.  If you are looking for a fun, engaging, and safe environment for your child during that time, look no further! We are also looking for volunteers to help with this great ministry. Please see Sarah or Holly for details. 


Little Sprouts Day Care News


Little Sprouts Learning Center is open from 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., for children 6 weeks through 4 K.  Lunch is provided before or after school for 4-K students.  Transportation to and from school is also provided.  Enroll today! Contact our Daycare Director, Tyler Leech, atthe NEW LITTLE SPROUTS LEARNING CENTER PHONE NUMBER: 262-248-1897.


3:16 Middle School Youth Group
Kick-off for the 3:16 Middle School Group meets on Wednesdays, at 6:00 pm. We are thrilled to get started on a new year of fellowship, fun and most importantly growth in our relationship with Christ. We have some exciting events planned, as well as new opportunities for our youth to take leadership roles in and outside of our church!For more information, please contact the Holly Bromeland or Sarah Beauregard at 262-248-4211 or email .
6-8 Grade Confirmation Group
The Confirmation group meets on Wednesdays after Youth Group.   This year will focus on the wonderful people of the Old Testament.  Together we will discover how God manages to work with them and love them in spite of their wandering away from God toward the idols of the world.  Some say the Old Testament has no relevance for us today; we will discover just the opposite.  The God of creation continues to use these ancient stories to guide us today.
VIBE is in full swing! Hours: Monday - Thursday, 2:45-6:00 p.m. This program offers a safe place for students after school with opportunities to play games, do art projects, hang out with friends, and get help with homework. Contact Holly Bromeland at 262-248-4211 or email .
VIBE Volunteers Needed!
We are in great need of volunteers willing to spend time with Middle School kids and be a positive influence in their lives. We will play games, share stories, help with homework, and do fun projects. All talents are welcome!
If you could spare just one hour a week, or even commit to one day it would be SUCH A BLESSING to this MUCH NEEDED MINISTRY! These kids are amazing and have the opportunity to see Christs love through US. Please consider helping to enrich the lives of the youth that are part of this community.
Vibe is a place where kids can feel safe, have fun, be accepted, feel loved, and have the opportunity to shine as individuals. We are open Monday thru Thursday, from 2:45 to 6pm. For more information please contact Holly Bromeland at or 248-4211 or 262-949-6227.

High School Youth Group
The High Youth Group meets on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. High School Youth Group is in need of some volunteers willing to help with games and/or Weekly Lessons. Even just a few Wednesdays during the whole school year. We have had over 20 high schoolers at each group, and a few extra hands would be helpful. Contact Erin Wester if you're able to help. or 262.745.0789
2016 High School Graduates and Parents: H.S. Quilts
If you have a student graduating from High School in 2017, please call the church ASAP to let us know their favorite color (s) and verify that they will be graduating next spring. The quilters are working on the H.S. quilts and we want to include all High School graduates at Immanuel. The deadline for graduate names and colors is December 1st. Call the church at 248-4211 or text Barb Kwiatkowski at 262-215-9614.


Care Team
The next Care Team Meeting is Wednesday, November 9th at 7:00 p.m.
If you are interested in helping deepen the level of caregiving and compassion at Immanuel, contact one of the leaders below.We have developed Care Teams to provide additional support and care to members: i.e., visiting the homebound, those in nursing homes, and the hospitalized; sharing the sacrament of holy communion with them; and providing support for their families. Leadership Team: Susan Hughes, Vickie Dodge, Steve Guy, Kristen Larkin, Marilyn Heiden, Jeannie Patchin & Kathie Swanson.
Immanuel's Card Ministry
Immanuel's Card Ministry will sell their Christmas cards and gift bags between services on Sunday, November 20th, 27th and December 4th. Please stop by to shop for that special Christmas card set or gifts bags . We thank Immanuel for your continued support.
Side By Side Screening
Side By Side screening is the 3rd Tuesday of each month, November 15th, 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.
Community Connection Meal - November 17th, 5:15-6:30pm
On Thursday, November 17th, Immanuel will host the 3rd Annual Community Connection Turkey dinner with all the trimmings! This is one of our biggest meals and there are lots of volunteer opportunities. How can you help?
We are looking for volunteers to help:
Wednesday the 16th to help with various tasks of preparing   food and getting ready for Thursday meal
Thursday the 17th day of the meal volunteers help with  
Final food prep, set up dining area, serve food or beverages,
assist guests, clean up
Want to volunteer but can't help on Wed. or Thur. here is another opportunity. Our traditional dessert for the Turkey Dinner is pie Our guests love pie and for some this is the only time they have pie. Donations of pies are appreciated.
To sign up to volunteer on Wednesday, Thursday, or to donate pies please call Jill Rosenthal 262-949-2569 and leave a message.
Thank you to Immanuel for supporting this vital community ministry.
Community Connection and Ministry Rummage Sale 2016
We want to thank all the people who donated, sorted and priced items, those who helped set-up and clean-up, and those who purchased treasures throughout the Rummage Sale here at Immanuel. We appreciate Immanuel's support in this important fundraiser.

Who says Rummage Sale clean-up is boring?

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 Karen Stein at 262-203-5260 or Donna Hove at 262-749-0599, for more information.
Immanuel Prayer Opportunity
Matthew 18: 19-20 says, "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in Heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there I am with them."
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, Mondays at 3:30 - 4:30pm NEW TIME & LOCATION - Community Room / Library. Any questions, call the church office or call/text Judy Guy at 262-210-9342.
Shepherding Ministry Team
Over the next several weeks, members from the Shepherding Ministry team will be reaching out to various long-time congregants seeking volunteers to connect with new members for a short period of time. They will mentor new members to help them assimilate into our church family, meet other members, and discover the many wonderful programs and ministries Immanuel has to offer.  This will be an exciting opportunity to share our blessings and experiences.   Please prayerfully consider becoming a shepherd.  We welcome anyone interested to contact Evie at church or email .
Join our Sunday Morning Coffee - Fellowship Hour Team(s)
Fellowship Hour Team Still Needed for the 5th Sunday! Thanks to the Thursday evening small group, we now have the alternate third week covered, but still in need of a team for the 5th week. This happens only one more time this year in October. This would be perfect for another small group...please prayerfully consider this ministry.  We always have a great turn out and it is a wonderful opportunity to connect with each other and to meet new people. Let Evie Schulz know if you are willing to serve.
St. Vincent De Paul (Milwaukee) Soup Kitchen
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. Our next service date is November 20th. A Carpool leaves Immanuel at 4 p.m.
Blood Pressure Checks
Blood pressure checks after the 1st service on the 3nd Sunday of each month in the church office.
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.
AA Meetings
Women's AA Meeting - Sun., 4:00 p.m. in the lower level of church.
Weight Watchers Meeting
Weight Watchers - Mondays at 9:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the Youth Room. Leader: Deb Olkives, 262-496-9965,; Weight Watchers Hotline 1-866-204-2885.
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 are 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.

Free Thrivent Preparing for Long Term Care Workshop
A free Preparing for Long Term Care Workshop will be offered by Thrivent Financial on Monday, November 7th, 6:00 - 7:00 pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Other discussion topics include issues with aging, financial milestones after 50, legacy/estate planning and risks seniors face. Refreshments will be served to our guests. Please call 262-806-4722 or email to reserve a place for you and a guest.
Immanuel Lawn Signs
The new Immanuel lawn signs are ready! Pick-up your Immanuel lawn signs at church for placement in your yard.

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.

+ Special thanks to Alexander McGiluray for playing bagpipes on October 9th at all three services! He played "Amazing Grace" with the unique sound of the bagpipes and it certainly stirred our emotions! Thanks for offering your very special talent to bring praise and glory to God!
+ A big thank you to Jerry Steinke for providing our Immanuel community with the beautiful calendars for 2017. They can be picked up on a table opposite the Welcome center.
+ Thanks to Jubilate choir for offering the evocative and tender anthem, "Healing Is in Your Hands" on October 9th! We were blessed by their lush harmonies, expressive melodies, and poignant text. The group blessed us at all three services; we are incredibly grateful for their gift!
+ Pastor Rich, Kathy Middleton, Rick Ruby, Ken Field and volunteers: Thank you for the beautiful service you held for our father. Thank you for all of your kindness, the wonderful food and all the kind words during our time of sorrow.
+ To the Quilters of Immanuel, I just wanted to thank you for the very beautiful quilt I won at the raffle. It was purple/gold and I so appreciate all you do! Suzy Nelson.
+ Special thanks to Adam Smith and Heidi Otterness for offering a poignant tribute entitled "There She Stands" on September 11th. Their duet closed the 2nd and 3rd services as we remembered all those affected by the horrific attack on 911. Thanks for sharing your fabulous talents at Immanuel!
+ To my Immanuel Family, Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the love and support, the prayers, the heartfelt cards and all the care we received during Nan's illness and after she passed!! We felt each thought and prayer. God is so good and so are each of you! Blessings M.J & Dennis Lyon
+ Thanks to the Praise Team for spending extra time learning new music to introduce to the congregation. The group strives to keep worship fresh and inspirational with new music and rotating favorites. We LOVE the new songs!!! Keep up the fabulous work!
+ Dear Friends, on behalf of the the Riverport Chorus, a huge thank you for allowing us to use your beautiful Fellowship Hall and kitchen for our craft and vendor fair. Please accept our donation as a token of our appreciation. Sing-cerely, The Riverport Chorus.
+ Thanks to the congregation for the donations of materials for the quilting ministries. With your donations, we were able to send much needed quilts to Lutheran World Relief.
+ Thank you to the parents who volunteered to help with the confirmation robes and flowers: Taume Kohl, Lisa Bunge, Ellen Gulbrandson and Johnalee Kawalec. We appreciate your help in making this special day for the confirmands.
+ A big thank you to Rick Ruby for taking pictures of the Confirmands and their families. We also appreciate the Confirmand parents for getting your students to church on time. Finally, parents, thank you for sharing your kids with us.


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