Immanuel eNewsletter

December, 2016

Merry Christmas!

In This Issue
Worship with Us!    

Light Shines in the Darkness

The Season of Advent is a time of year when we focus on looking for signs of Light coming into the world where stuff happens that takes us into some pretty dark valleys.  It is trust in the Light of Christ coming into the world that makes is it possible for us to find Light, to see Christ no matter what is happening in the world or in our lives.  Light is even brighter in darkness.

This we trust: "What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness does not overcome it."  John 1:3b-5

Sunday, December 4, "Prepare for the Light"
The Light and Life of Jesus is easier to see if our hearts are open and available.  We meet John the Baptist who was a strange person yet important person in the life of Jesus.  He urges us to prepare the way into our hearts that the light of Jesus might release its power in us.
John the Baptist cried out, "The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: "Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.' " Matthew 3:3

Sunday, December 11, "Gathered into the Light" - SCS Christmas Pageant

Mary holds Jesus, the Light, in her arms.  What did she understand about the child she embraced?  Joseph told her how in his dream he was told he should marry her even though she was pregnant.  She agreed.  Neither of them had much information to go on; they just did as the angel said.  They were prepared.  Come and follow their journey as a strange collection of people gather to welcome the Light of Jesus.
God becomes human, "'They shall name him Emmanuel,' which means, 'God is with us.'" Matthew 1:23

Sunday, December 18, "Sing Praise for the Light" - Christmas Cantata

Come and worship the Light in a fantastic wonder!  Hear the Light of Jesus in joyous song with an energetic choir, dynamic orchestra.  The combination will draw you into closer to the love of Christ for you and for the whole world.  You will leave knowing the Light of Christ lives in you.
The Psalmist tells us: "Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples.  For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised." Psalm 96:3-4

Saturday, December 24:  "Glory to God!  The Light Has Come!"  3:00, 5:00, 8:00 PM
Invite your friends and family to our Christmas Eve Celebration of the wondrous news of the birth of Jesus Christ.  In the shadow of the steeple, the star's rays light the way gave light for the shepherds to follow.  Follow the star to Immanuel and join us singing familiar carols accompanied by our festive choral singers and a brass choir.  We will have an engaging children's message and reflections on the Light in the world in today's world, and treasured candle lighting ceremony!

Sunday, December 25:  "The Light Has Dawned!  Hallelujah!"  9:45 AM
Join the Immanuel family for a morning of singing your favorite Christmas carols and hear the good news of the dawning of our Savior's dawning light!
The angel: "Do not be afraid; for see-I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord."  Luke 2:10-11




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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 at 4:30 pm 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. We will announce the number and the location of our float as soon as it is assigned. 
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.
Call Committee
We give thanks to God for guiding the Council in putting together the Call Committee for finding a new pastor to lead Immanuel into God's vision.  The member of the Call Committee are as follows: Pam Juergens, Judy Guy, Paul Sepe, Trygve Kittelson, Mikella Plitzuweit & Greg Bunge.  Two alternate members were also selected: Adam Smith, Trish Fry-Misener.  Please, pray for the work of this committee that they will be guided by the Spirit throughout the process.
Contact Information for the Church Council
The church council 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,
Barb Kwiatkowski: 262-215-9614,
Doug Bartz: 414-339-7661,
Steinway Piano at Immanuel
Immanuel Lutheran Church has received an offer to help us purchase a different piano to enhance our worship times. On December 4th, we will hold a Congregational Meeting between the 2nd and 3rd services to discuss the offer and make a decision about the purchase of the piano and how it might be financed.
Jim and Grace Hanny have made the decision to use the money contributed on their behalf to initiate the purchase of a STEINWAY CONCERT GRAND PIANO for the church. The designated funds from their family and friends, plus personal contribution exceed $8,500. Designated music funds from the Loraine Peterson Memorial of $1,500 will enable our church to make an initial down payment of $10,000. Additionally, a member of our church, that requests to remain anonymous, will contribute $30,000, making the total down payment $40,000.
We would need your help to purchase this extraordinary piano. STEINWAY PIANO GALLERY has delivered the selected piano to our church and allows us 4-6 weeks to try it out and discuss its purchase. Join us at worship to hear this beautiful instrument.
Christmas Cantata Rehearsals
The Christmas Cantata Choir rehearses on Wednesdays 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. 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.
You will receive rehearsal CD's to help learn your parts. 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 our Cantata preparation. We are so grateful for this amazing gift! Instrumentalists: Please let me know if you are interested in participating so I can start preparing your parts.

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 9:15-10:00AM 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.

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Serving in the Military

John Allison, Chris Bollwahn, Jimmy Flores, Robert Knowlton, Alex Novak, Brian Novak, Tim Sireno, Andy Sireno, Ben Swatek, Jacob Swatek, 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, Anne Chant, Nancy Christian, Ray Christian, Danielle Cloutin, Jodi Daehn, Ava Dombrock, Josh Falk, Gary Garvin, Trinity Golicia, Perry Gregory, Jim Hardwick, Mark Justison, Brian Katt, Mary Klein, David Lisowski, Linda McDonough, Jean Madaus, Les Malsch, Anne Marie, Randy Miller, Larry Moe, Valerie Nagel, Joel Ortiz, Mickey Petranek, Lois Richard, Bea Riley, Maria Ruby, Sue Schinke, Lorraine Schober, Lane Schweistzer, Mrs. Short, J. Silvester Family, John Smarslik, Bea Sutton, Lou Vos, Carolyn Warfield, Tom Yakes, Sophia Zematis.

+ Ryan Johnson, son of Jesse and Shauna Johnson, died in Christ on October 26th.
+ Tom Yakes, husband of Janet Yakes, died in Christ on November 4th.
+ Geri Bivans, former member of Immanuel, died in Christ on November 5th.
+ James Wold , former husband of Ann Wold, who died in Christ on November 18th.

Serving on the Mission Field


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


Expecting a Child!
Christy Feller


+ Congratulations to Haley and Dan Derrick on the birth of their daughter, Sally Ann on September 24.


+ Congratulations to Brae & Trygve Kittelson on the birth of their daughter, Amelia Lyla Kittelson on November 3rd. 7lbs, 9 0z, 20 inches long.

New Members

Donald & Charlotte Brink

250 Edwards Blvd #111

Lake Geneva, WI  53147



David & Jennifer Box

Austin, Libby

W5197 Jason Road

Elkhorn, WI  53121



Randy & Wendy Hicks

PO Box 1019   

N1170 Phlox Drive

Pell Lake, WI  53157


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 All Church Small Group Bible Study, "First Corinthians: Living Love When We Disagree" is a 6-7 week study continues. 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, 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 in the 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 Study meets 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 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.
Men's Friday Small Group Bible Study
A Men's Small Group Bible Study meets 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 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 December 10th at 10:00 a.m. at Odella Nelson's home, 518 Kresswood Drive, McHenry, IL. All are welcome! Study topic: "After God's Own Heart" Call Odella for directions: 262-374-2108.

Sunday Morning Bible Study
The Sunday Morning Bible Study meets 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.
To Retreat or Not to Retreat, Ladies -- That is the Question!
Several inquiries have been made about the possibility of a 2nd Annual
Immanuel Women's Retreat. We need to gather a group of ladies to explore
this possibility soon. If you are willing to serve on our "exploratory/
possible planning team", please contact Evie Schulz by December 15th. A meeting will be scheduled soon in early January.


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: December 11th


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!!


We are so looking forward to our Christmas program on Sunday, December 11th.  It will replace the message at all three services.  Our students have been working so hard on this production and cannot wait to share it with you.  We will be serving a special breakfast to the kids that day because it will be a long morning.  If you are able to donate breakfast goods, please tell Sarah.  A special thank you to all who have been helping to put our program into place such as our teachers, children, and all parents involved.  A special thank you goes out to Stephanie Ruby and Adam Smith for all of their added efforts!


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. 


*SPECIAL THANKS to the JFK Breakfast Crew: Lynn Gerlitz, Rich McWherter, & Jill Rosenthal, for serving delicious meals to our kids on Tuesdays and Thursdays!


Early Release Day


Hello families! The next Early Release Day is Thursday, December 8th.  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. 


Winter Break Child Care - Immanuel Lutheran Church


 'Twas the week before Thanksgiving and parents did not know what to do.  Christmas Break was coming, and it was coming soon!

The children would be home alone all hyped up on sweets.

For finding good care, is no easy feat!

So, the teachers of JFK got together and they planned!

The kids can come hang with us! We all thought it was GRAND!

The children could do crafts, hear stories, and MUCH MORE.

If there is snow, we will have sledding galore!

Please sign up quick, as space is limited you see.

Hope your children can come! It will be a great, FUN week!!


Hello Parents!


JFK is proud to announce that we will have a WINTER BREAK PROGRAM!! YAY! We will be open Monday December 26 through Friday December 30 while the kids are on break. We will have TONS of activities for the kids including but not limited to; Cookie decorating, crafting workshops, Christmas movies, outside games, and much, MUCH more!!

The program will be open from 6am to 6pm and children are asked to bring a lunch. Light morning and afternoon snack will be provided. It is $30.00 per day per child, with a discount for two or more children. If you have questions regarding the program, please feel free to contact Holly at 262-949-6227 or Rebecca at 815-900-8617. We are SO excited to offer this program to your children and we know that they will have a WONDERFUL time!!


Thank You!! JFK Staff: Holly Bromeland, Rebecca O'Dell, Kim Hamann


JFK Job Opening


JFK is looking for passionate individuals to fill in shifts for our morning and afternoon Before & After School Program. If you have experience working with children ages 7-11, please contact Holly Bromeland at 262-949-6227 or call church at 262-248-4211.Hours:6:00-8:15 a.m., and 3:45- 6:00 p.m. M-F. 


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.


Hark! The Youth Group Angels Sing!!!
We will be Christmas caroling for our Immanuel family homebound from 5 PM to 7 PM on Wednesday, December 14th. Fellowship, games, and hot cocoa bar to follow from 7-8pm. You must be signed up to carol prior to the day of the event!!  If you do not sign up we cannot guarantee you a spot in a vehicle. ** We are still looking for adults and parents to volunteer to transport kids for caroling. Contact Erin, Holly, or Sarah at the church if you have any questions or can volunteer to help! 
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 .
*SPECIAL THANKS AND MUCH APPRECIATION goes to Amy Peterburs with Bittner's Bakery and Chad Bittner with the Next Door Pub. Bittners Bakery and the Pub  graciously donate week after week mouthwatering, stone fire, pizzas a variety of yummy, donuts  for our Wednesday night youth groups. The kids cannot get enough of the pubs delicious thin crust pie's, and Bittner's sweet treats! You are such a blessing to this Ministry!!! THANK YOU!!! 
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
December 14th, 5-8pm -- Christmas Caroling for High School and Middle School Youth Groups. ** We are still looking for adults and parents to volunteer to transport kids for caroling.
December 21st, 6-8pm -- Christmas Party for High School and Middle School Youth Groups
No High School Youth Group:  Wednesday, November 30th & Wednesday, December 28th
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.


Christmas Cookies Needed for Homebound
Each year we provide Christmas bags filled with Christmas treats for Immanuel's homebound. We are asking the bakers of Immanuel for cookies to fulfill this important ministry. If you can help, please bring 50 cookies for each cookie type so we can fill all our Christmas bags. Please bring cookies in by 9:00 AM on Tuesday, December 13th.
Free Christmas Meal at Immanuel!
Join us on Sunday, December 25th from 4-7pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Whether you are looking for a hot meal or holiday fellowship, we would love to have you! Also, we are looking for volunteers to help or donate fruits, vegetables or drinks. If you are interested, please contact Ashley Miu at 262-325-4443.
Cropwalk Update
Immanuel's contribution to the 2016 CROP WALK were gratifying with about a dozen energetic walkers and many more generous sponsors. Total results aren't available yet, but Immanuel folks contributed over $1,400 in "real money" and on line! THANK YOU again to everyone who helped!
Help Ring the Bells for Salvation Army
Salvation Army needs a few good men, women and children.  Sign up now on the clip board going around church to ring the bells for Salvation Army.  It is a wonderful opportunity to serve others while enjoying the great outdoors.  The Salvation Army provides emergency assistance to families in need, and 85% of the funds collected in the kettles stay right here in Walworth County.  The rest of the money goes to fund 6 homeless shelters in Wisconsin, and a small amount goes for administrative costs.  Last year we raised almost $20,000 for those in need.  We have several dates available:  Friday, December 2, Friday, December 9, Friday, December 16 and Monday, December 19.  There will be a copy of completed sign-up sheets on a clipboard in the Gathering Space.  Brenda will also have a copy inside the office, and I will have a copy at home in case you forget your time or place.  Thanks, Georgia Gehrmann 248-5745 
Ryan Johnson Fundraiser
We have received word from Ryan's aunt, Jackie Sieber that their family is doing a fundraiser in Ryan's name for "Red Strong Foundation."  The 2nd Annual 9 Pin Bowling benefit will be held on Saturday, January 14th. If anyone from Immanuel would like to make a donation or donate an item for silent auction, they should contact Jackie Sieber at
"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.  Ages 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 is fun besides.  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). The quilters are always on the lookout for sales and specials, so if they have a cache of money available, they can quickly make even more blankets.  Donations can be placed in an envelope with "Stitching for Kids" on the outside and left with Brenda 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.
Make this Christmas Very Merry for a Walworth County Family in Need.
The Walworth County Alliance for Children (a 50l(c)(3) tax exempt charity) and the Walworth County Children's Advocacy Center a/k/a The Tree House (located in Elkhorn Wisconsin) is in great need of assistance.  There were over 300 children who came to the Tree House this year due to suspected physical/sexual abuse and/or neglect.  There are three projects in the works:
Adopt a Family for Christmas :  Many families that the Tree House serves are in great need of winter, coats, hats, scarves, boots, mittens/gloves etc. as winter is approaching.  There is also a wish list for each child to indicate a toy, game or other special gift they would like to receive.  Often groups go together to adopt a family, or an individual or family may wish to do so.  If you are interested, please contact Evie Schulz by December 10th for additional information.
Also needed are frozen turkeys and hams for Christmas dinners. Names are submitted by local Law Enforcement Officers to the WCAC. A basket is then prepared and delivered by an officer to the family...what an awesome way for law enforcement to be present in the lives of people in a positive way.
If you or your group would like a tour of The Tree House, please contact Evie Schulz, Executive Secretary for the WCAC Board of Directors at 262-203-0464 or
Community Connection Meal - December 15th, 5:15-6:30pm
A big THANK YOU to all our members who made our November turkey dinner a huge success!! Guest were delighted with how awesome the meal was. Again the desserts were a hit! On Thursday, December 15th our church will host our 3rd Annual Christmas Ham Dinner. In the past as many as 280+ meals were served. This year we are reaching out to you for Christmas Desserts: cookies, bars, cakes, pies etc. If you would like to donate toward hams just pick up a Community Connection Envelope in the Piggy Pot at the Welcome Center.
Flyers are available for you to share with those you might know who would enjoy the meal, fellowship and music. Remember all monthly community meals are free to those in our community who might be hungry, lonely or need fellowship.

Sunday Offering Counters
If anyone has a talent with numbers and money and would like to use it at church, we are looking for counters for the 2017 church year. Please sign-up now! We will teach you all you need to know. Thanks! Jeri Gaugert & Kate Harrod
Immanuel's Card Ministry
Immanuel's Card Ministry will sell their Christmas cards and gift bags between services on Sunday, December 4th. Please stop by to shop for that special Christmas card set or gifts bags. We thank Immanuel for your continued support.
Care Team
The date for the next Care Team Meeting is Wednesday, December 14th at 7pm in the conference room. 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.
Side By Side Christmas Ornaments
Side By Side Christmas Ornaments are available for purchase! Suggested donation is $10 per ornament. Thank you for your continued support in allowing Side by Side to serve our community families in need! Ornaments will be available for purchase in between services on Sundays until they are gone!
Side By Side Screening
Side By Side screening is the 3rd Tuesday of each month, December 20th, 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.
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 .
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.
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.

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.

+ The recovering AA Women of Sunday Meetings thank Immanuel for the beautiful space generously given.
+ Dear Friends of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Fall colors are in all their splendor in Lake Geneva! But at the Lake Geneva Food Pantry we are still seeing so many folks who need help in providing food for their families. On one day this past month, we had 22 families - made up of 44 adults & 20 children, come through our doors. That cleared most of our shelves, for sure. Many thanks for your generous & regular donations that help us to keep our shelves stocked! On behalf of all who come to us for help in feeding their families, Thank You! Sincerely, Lake Geneva Food Pantry Staff
+ Dear Friends of Immanuel, This is to acknowledge the $48.37 donation resulting from your Back to School fundraiser. As always we appreciate your $250 monthly donation that has been faithfully given over many years. Immanuel being one of the founding churches is and has always been a vital part of Side By Side. Since first receiving applicants in 2007 through December 2015, we have assisted 1486 families granting $454,278. Most of this has been applied to housing and utilities. We are deeply indebted to all who partner with us in giving our neighbors a secure hand up. In gratitude, Side By Side, Inc.
+ A heartfelt THANK YOU to all of our volunteers that so selflessly donate their time to our children, youth, and after school ministries. Our success is due to YOUR devotion and passion. May the Lord Bless each and every one of you!! 


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