NOVEMBER, 2018
Immanuel E-Newsletter

F aith &
M ental H ealth
During the first 3 Sundays in November we will be looking at Mental Health and Faith. Mental Illness affects virtually every family in some way. We all know people who are battling depression, PTSD, anxiety, or other mental health concerns. It is likely we know people who are facing mental illness, but they have not told us...
GREETERS NEEDED!
Greeting is a vital ministry of the Church. As a greeter, you are the first person to offer the gift of hospitality to our visitors and to our members alike. The welcome of a greeter sets a tone of love. People entering our doors want to know they are valued and accepted just as they are. Through you, they experience the invitation and hospitality of God as directed in Romans 15:7 “Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you for the glory of God.” 
For visitors, entering an unfamiliar church where everyone is a stranger can be intimidating. A warm greeting says, “we are a loving community…you belong here.” This first encounter may help to determine whether or not visitors come again and eventually become members of Immanuel....
Worship Schedule Sign-up
Immanuel has many opportunities for individuals to help with our Worship services on Sundays. Click below on the service time of your choice to sign-up today!


You can also sign-up on Immanuel’s website: Immanuellakegeneva.org
Simply click on “Worship Sign Up” and choose the month and service you would like to help. Thank you for your willingness to serve!

October 28, 2018
  A WARM WELCOME! 
Welcome Ryan Hurley, Tonya Volk, Eyla Hurley, & Joslyn Hurley as new members to our Immanuel family on October 28th. We are thrilled to have you!
HEAD USHERS NEEDED!
If you would have asked us years ago if we saw ourselves as head ushers, the answer would have most definitely been NO! Neither of us ever really thought we would even do as much as help usher during the offering or help serve communion much less be head ushers. To be frank, we are not even sure why, just that it seemed intimidating.  We certainly didn’t know then that we would soon have a passion to be involved in any way possible....
COUNCIL NOMINATIONS

Nominations are now being received to serve on Immanuel's Council. We will be electing 4 people to a 3-year term. You may nominate someone you feel would be a good leader, including yourself! Our Nominating Committee will be receiving those nominations and will follow up with interviews, as they prayerfully consider who our leaders will be. The Nominating Committee will present their recommended 4 nominees to the congregation at the Annual Meeting early in 2019. The Nominating Committee (elected at our 2018 Annual Meeting) is Matt Dahlgren, Scot Hodkiewicz, Trish Fry-Misener,
and Frank Peiler. 
Nominations must be received by November 4 th .
Please contact Matt Dahlgren directly with your nomination:
Email mdahlgre@hotmail.com / Cell: 414-659-7478 / Home: 262-379-1069
Contact Information for the Church Council
The church council, Pastors and staff are eager to be available to you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for prayer needs, spiritual guidance, help, and fellowship. We pledge to work hard with you and for you. Contact the church office if you need a Church Directory. Contact Council Members for Monthly Financial Statements and Council Meeting Minutes. 

Jim Gaugert: 262-949-4626 / jimgaugert@wi.rr.com
Kristin Larkin: 414-491-1969 / larkinkristin@yahoo.com  
Barb Kwiatkowski: 262-215-9614 / barb@wlkg.com
Doug Bartz: 414-339-7661 / bartzdoug@yahoo.com
Kristin Gahart: 262-723-6889 / fivegaharts@charter.net
Lynn Gerlitz: 262-812-9326 / lynn.gerlitz@gmail.com
Pete Juergens: 414-588-2909 / pete.juergens@hotmail.com 
Jeff Bakken: 847-650-4206 / jeffbkkn@gmail.com
Ken Field: 262-374-1795 / ukfield1@charter.net
Amy Peterburs: 262-215-7558 / amyhope007@gmail.com
Josette Kuehl: 262-745-6780 / josettekuehl@gmail.com
Dennis Lyon: 262-565-8568 / cdlyon@wi.rr.com
Council Minutes
Minutes of the Immanuel Lutheran Church Council's meetings will become available following the next scheduled council meeting. The council meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, & church members are welcome to attend.
PRAYERS
Serving on the Mission Field
Zach and Misa Harrod, Jenn and Jason Byers, Karen Flowers, Chris and Irene Okuna, & Ginger Peterson

Serving in the Military
John Allison, Chris Bollwahn, Jimmy Flores, Brock Grahler, Robert Knowlton, Franek Kulik, Alex Kulik, Alex Novak, Brian Novak, Piper Radtke, Tim Sireno, Andy Sireno, Jacob Swatek, Atlanna & Daniel Tschida.

Health and Strength
Samantha; Michelle; Marylou, Einar & Baby; Donna, Owen, Lawrence, Cody, Colton, Sam, Pat, Angie; Baby Lou; Jacob Cowan & Family; Zach & Brittany Adams; Ron Anderson; Kathy Alger; Marty Baker; Scott Baumann; Richard Beer; Tom Bernacchi; Joe Bidwill; Buz & Jeri Bozovsky; Lawrence Carstensen & family; Bill Clark; Naia Coltman; Jacob Cowan & Family; Susan Curi; Barbara Dorsey; Nathan Dyer; George Elblein; Judy & Mike Elston; Deanna & Benjamin Figueroa; David Froemming; Sherri Fry; Terri Furman; Gates Family; Trinity Galicia; Victoria Galicia; Victor Garcia; Jacob Hanson; Lance Hansen; Duane & Donna Hove; Bob Huml; Tony Huml; Huntress Family; Reginald Johnson; Peggy & Vyto Klausa; Don & Ginny Kolseth; Rick Kwielford; Joanne L; Jeanne Madaus; Craig & Kathy Middleton; Michelle Miller; Mike Nagel; Jillie Olsen; Denise P; Ernest Perry; Rev. Gerry Petersen; Greg Randall; Bea Riley; Rick Shoultz; Marilynn Sievert; Joe Silvestri & Family; Bernie Smedley; Carol Stassen; Pete Stein; Elaine Vorpagel; Carolyn Warfield; Aimee Yakes; & Sophia Zematis
WORSHIP NEWS
ALL SAINTS SUNDAY - NOVEMBER 4 TH
All Saints Sunday is November 4 th when we remember our loved ones who died to Christ in the past year. A candle will be lit 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.
IMMANUEL HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE
Bring Food Donations to Immanuel as part of the offering we will receive on:

Wednesday, Nov. 21 st - Thanksgiving Eve

Sunday, Nov. 25 th - Sunday Worship

Food donations will be received in worship during the time of the offering. Please bring in any non-perishable food item. Our area food pantries are also looking for donations of toiletries, paper products, and diapers. Participate on these 2 occasions and we'll fill the entire area under the altar with food and donations to offer to God and to our friends in need!
THANKSGIVING EVE WORSHIP SERVICE
Immanuel welcomes everyone to join us for our Thanksgiving Eve Service on Wednesday, November 21 st at 6:30 p.m. to give thanks to God for our many blessings.
THANKSGIVING EVE PIE FEST
PIE FEST IS ALMOST HERE!
Our Annual Thanksgiving Eve Pie Fest will be on Wednesday, November 21 st following our Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service. For more information contact Jeri Gaugert at 248-4211 And don’t forget to bring a Pie to the Feast!
ANGEL TREE
At Christmas we connect with the ones we love. But what if you are a child with a parent in prison - feeling lonely, abandoned, and hurt? Through Angel Tree, you can connect a child with their parent behind bars and offer joy and hope to a prisoner's family. We contact families, buy and wrap Christmas gifts, and deliver them - along with a message of love and the Good News about Jesus - in the name of the incarcerated parents. Look for the Angel Christmas Tree at our church on Thanksgiving Eve Nov. 21 st ! If you have any questions or would like to help deliver presents, please contact Rich McWherter 262-215-1243
CHRISTMAS PARADE
Cheer on Immanuel's Praise Team on the streets of Lake Geneva at the 43 rd Annual Electric Christmas Parade on December 1 st , at 5pm ! The festivities begin at 5, but we plan to meet at 4pm so everyone will be in their places. We will be heralding our Savior's birth with live music on a moving float and there will be room for others to join in the festivities. Come and bring your love for Immanuel! Questions, contact Adam Smith or Jeff Bakken.
SECURITY UPDATE
The doors are locked! We understand this can be frustrating, and we are presently accepting suggestions to make things better. Our staff is actively monitoring the situation and trying to discern our best practices to be sure that we continue to be open and welcoming while maintaining our safety. Key fobs/cards are available to all members who need to get into the church during the week. You can get one by stopping in the church office during office hours or by emailing Bethany at secretary@immanuellg.org .
   The next step in door security will be to improve access to the Fellowship Hall doors for those with key cards. Presently, the key cards only unlock the door without the power assist. Soon the key cards will unlock both doors, allowing us to use the handicap assist button to open the door after the key is swiped. We hope this will be in place for the holidays.
   We are very pleased with the additional safety this brings to our Little Sprouts Day Care and to our congregation. Thank you very much for your patience and understanding while we all adjust to the new system.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE TRAINING - NOVEMBER 10 TH
All Are Welcome!  Saturday, Nov. 10 - 9:30AM-12:30PM. The Lake Geneva Fire Department will lead CPR and AED training. We will also have training in the Immanuel Emergency Response Plan. Ushers and all program volunteers at Immanuel are strongly encouraged to attend. All Immanuel members are invited to participate. The Emergency Response Plan covers safety protocol for weather, health, and security emergencies. It is very important for our Ushers and other key volunteers to have this training, but we’d love as many of our members to receive the training to help us be even more prepared for emergencies. Please contact Pr. Paul with questions.
The Bells of Immanuel: Rehearses Sundays 9:15AM
The Bells of Immanuel rehearse on Sundays from 9:15 to 10AM downstairs in the music room, 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. It is a multigenerational choir and 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 interested or just show up for rehearsal. You will be shown how to ring and which part to read. Its lots of fun & not too difficult!!
Christmas Cantata: Rehearses Wednesdays 6:45 PM
CALLING ALL MUSICIANS! Rehearsals for the Christmas Cantata will be at 6:45 PM Every Wednesday until Cantata Sunday, with the exception of the Wed. before Thanksgiving. This is an opportunity to grow your musical gifts and to have good fellowship with your fellow musicians and disciples of the Lord. I cannot wait to begin this year's cantata and to make some incredible music with all of you again. Experience is not necessary and rehearsal attendance is strongly recommended. There will be CDs and Music Available at the Ministry Fair and at rehearsals. Hope to see a lot of returning faces and many new ones as all are welcome.
Praise Team: Rehearses Wednesdays at 8PM
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 8-9PM! (this will change back to 7:30-8:30PM once choir ends) Some musical training would be preferred and members are asked to attend as many rehearsals as possible. Contact Adam Smith at (262)325-7122 or at music@immanuellg.org if you are interested in joining the team!
“RevivaL” Youth Worship Band: Rehearses Tuesdays at 7 PM
Youth Worship Band, RevivaL, meets every Tuesday from 7pm-8pm for rehearsal in the Sanctuary. RevivaL leads worship on Wednesday Nights for their fellow youth to help prepare them for a night of learning more about our Awe Inspiring God. Worship will be from 6:05PM until 6:20PM on Wednesdays. Contact Adam Smith at (262)325-7122 or  music@immanuellg.org with questions or if interested in joining.
Fellowship Hour
Beverages are available following the first service at the Welcome Center Counter in the Gathering Space. Help yourself to information about Immanuel on the counter. 
 
Our Fellowship Hour follows the first service in the Fellowship Hall on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays of the month. 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 this ministry! If you’re interested in helping, WE NEED YOU!! Sign up on our Website by clicking “Worship Sign Up” or contact Evie Schulz at 262-203-0463 or email her at ministry_coord@immanuellg.org
"FEAST OR FAMINE" FELLOWSHIP HOUR 
On the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month, following the first service, there will be a "Feast or Famine" Fellowship Hour in which members and friends may bring in any treat or snack as they wish without advanced commitment. Based on who decides to contribute, it may be a feast or a famine. However, coffee and other beverages will still be available to enjoy so that all can experience what we feel is a very valuable time of fellowship together.
Welcome Center Volunteers Needed
Do you like to meet people? We are looking for some fun people to be on the Welcoming Team. They set up coffee and water in the Welcome Center, greet and help connect visitors to members between services. Visitors to Immanuel always comment on how welcoming Immanuel is. We are incredibly grateful for your help! Contact Edith Draper at 248-1861 with any questions.
Assistance with Parking on Sundays
Assistance with parking is available on Sundays. Inquire at the Welcome Center if valet parking would help you, and we will add you to the schedule.
Parking on Sundays and Special Services
Able bodied members are encouraged to park in the outer parking stalls or the Middle School Lot when they can, so visitors and seniors can be closer to the entrances. Many Thanks! It’s a wonderful challenge to be short on parking spaces! Praise God, who gives the growth!!
Prayer Requests
We appreciate all of your prayer requests each week! We want to continue praying for all individuals because we know how powerful prayer is in the lives of so many. On the first of the new month, we will restart the prayer list. If someone needs to stay on the list, just let Bethany know by using the worship card found in the weekly bulletin, calling the church office (262.248.4211), emailing Bethany at secretary@immanuellg.org, or dropping off a note in the church office. We want your requests, so we can continue praying for those in need.
Name Tags Available
Name Tags can still be ordered. Please print your name(s) legibly on an envelope with "Name Tag" also printed on the envelope; place $5.00 per tag in the envelope (if you are financially able to do so), then seal and drop into the offering plate at your regular service or give to Bethany. We encourage EVERYONE to order a name tag.
2018 Weekly Giving Envelop Packs
Members and Friends of Immanuel 2018 Weekly Giving Envelop Packs are now available. Please pick your pack up in the main office. If you do not find a pack with your name and wish to have envelops, please contact Don Anderson, 262-248-7741, donjand4311@gmail.com, or leave a note in the office. Thank you for your support, Immanuel Stewardship Committee.
Thrivent Action Team Dollars
Calling ALL Thrivent Members with Action Team Dollars to use, there are so many GREAT things going on at Immanuel that you can support with those FREE funds. It’s easy and will not cost you a dime. All you need to do is go online and complete the application. If you need any help or have questions please don’t hesitate to call Jeri at 262-949-0083 or Evie at 262-203-0463.
There are a lot of activities coming up soon to use your Action Team Dollars on! Here are just a few ideas… Youth Mission Trip; Vacation Bible Camp; Immanuel Quilters; JKF Summer Camp; Little Sprouts Daycare; Adult Bible Study; and many more! TAKE ACTION with your ACTION DOLLARS NOW!!! There’s $58,000 in our congregation FREE to use! LET’S GO EVERYONE!
DISCIPLESHIP NEWS
Young Adult Bible Study
If you’re a young adult and going through depression, anxiety, school, or just simply need support and guidance this is the group for you. Come to be surrounded by people who understand. This group will meet on Sundays at 11am in the Library. Current study is “You’ll Get through This” - Books are provided. Contact Taylor Radtke (812-6653) for more info.
Adult Bible Study
An Adult Sunday Morning Bible Study meets at 9:45am in the Conference room. Contact Jill Rosenthal at 262-248-7491 with any questions.
Wednesday Morning Bible Study
A Wednesday Morning Bible Study meets at 9:30 am in the Conference room. This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. Please Contact Jill Rosenthal at 262-248-7491 with any questions.
Thursday Morning “Let’s Get Moving” Bible Study
This group meets every Thursday at 9:15am in the Youth Room and includes balance and stretch exercises for seniors during the first 15mins.  Also they have started a 9 week Life Guide Series “Growing Older & Wiser”. Contact Shari Lundberg @262-215-9154 if interested in joining!
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 Friday Mornings at 9:30am in the Library with “A Man Named Martin” Part III. For more info please contact Janet Kelly (262-374-3823) or Arlene Redell (262-215-6000)
Saturday Morning Bible Study
A Saturday Morning Bible Study will meet on November 10th at 10am. Contact Trish at 949-2480 for more info and location.
CHILDREN’S NEWS
Little Sprouts Daycare
Little Sprouts Learning Center is
open from 6:00am – 6:00pm, for children 6 weeks through 6 years. 
Transportation to and from Lake Geneva Schools is provided. Enroll today!  Contact Tyler Leech, Daycare Director, at the Little Sprout’s Daycare Direct Line (262-248-1897) or email him at immanuellittlesprouts@gmail.com for more info. 

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

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

“SPARK” Sunday School
We are thrilled to get back in to the Sunday School year! We are rolling out a new program called Godly Play. The focus is the stories of the Bible! We are so excited to be guiding the children of Immanuel into a deeper understanding of our faith! The morning will start in the sanctuary with the children's message, the children will then go to music with Ms. Kelly, and then split into age appropriate classes. Children will then be returned to the sanctuary in time for communion. This will all take place during the second service at 9:45. To accommodate the needs of this program - we need volunteers!! If interested in teaching Sunday School contact Sarah Beauregard @ (414)699-9156 or children@immanuellg.org

Also a BIG THANK YOU to all of our Sparks Sunday School students and teachers for making our first day to sing in church such a success!! A SPECIAL THANK YOU goes out to Kelly Gerlitz for directing our children's music program. We are so very blessed to have such an amazing group of leaders to grow our children's faith in Christ!
Early Release Program
On the 2nd Thursday of every month Lake Geneva schools close early. This leaves a lot of families without care. We strive to provide a safe, engaging, & fun place for their children to be! But, we need volunteers to help make this work!! Our next early release day is on Thurs. Nov. 8th from 1:30-4. If you are able to help contact Sarah B.
Just For Kids Before and After School Program
JFK is for elementary school kids, ages 7-11 and meets Monday-Friday, from 6:00am-8:15am, & 3:45-6:00pm. We have bus transportation to and from Star Center, Central Denison and Eastview schools. Register your child for the fall school year now! We have a limited number of spaces available. There is a $25 registration fee. For more information contact Holly Bromeland at middleschool@immanuellg.org
MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS
VIBE
Our afterschool VIBE program is open Monday-Thursday 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! There are registration forms in the church office or can be found at the Middle School Office.
VIBE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!!
We are looking for ordinary people with extraordinary hearts to offer the gift of time. Volunteers just like you, to help mentor, teach, listen, inspire, and encourage our youth!! Do you love to share stories, bake, create, or play games? Then this is the place for you!! All time and talents are welcome! For more information about VIBE or volunteering, please contact Holly Bromeland at middleschool@immanuel.org or Call 248-4211 / 949-6227.
YOUTH GROUP & CONFIRMATION NEWS
IGNITE Middle School & High School Youth Group
We are so excited for another awesome year of Immanuel’s Youth Group! Be sure to keep Wednesdays on your calendar as church night! We’ve decided to have just one name for both Middle School and High School youth group - Ignite!  
This year for High School at Immanuel, we hope to begin to tackle the ‘confirmation is graduation from church’ mentality. We’d like to build a solid community of High School students on Wednesday nights - a community where all teenagers know they are welcome and safe. We had an incredible experience on the Mission Trip, building a strong team of High School students. Now we want to draw that into Wednesday nights. We will grow together in faith, in love toward God and one another. Each week, students know that they can find a safe haven to get their spiritual batteries recharged to get the rest of the way through each week. See you on Wednesday nights!

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES…

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST - NO Youth Group!
No Youth Group will be held on Wed. Nov. 21st. Please enjoy this time with your Friends and Family and Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

THANK YOU!!
We would like to thank all who donated items for our Ding Dong Dinner event and those who volunteered their time to drive our youth! We are so blessed to have amazing people within our church and are so grateful for all who helped make this happen. We were able to bless over 80 families within our community! It is SO cool to see how God is moving at Immanuel and within our youth! #jointhemovement

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Middle School questions please contact Holly at 
or Kelly Gerlitz at youth@immanuellg.org
High School questions please contact Pastor Paul at 
or call the church office at 262-248-4211

CONFIRMATION
Wednesdays - Ignite (Confirmation)
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Our regular Ignite youth group will begin to integrate Pr. Sara into the ‘large group’ teaching time. On the surface, Wednesdays will look and feel pretty familiar. Expect to continue to have fun, build friendships, and learn important spiritual lessons. Confirmation students, on top of Wednesday Ignite, will be expected to complete Worship reports, fulfill serving requirements, and have an experience in summer Bible camp or the Mission Trip. We expect some students to participate fully on Wednesdays who are not on the ‘confirmation track.’ Our hope is that everyone will find Ignite to be a place where we grow in love for God and toward one another - following Jesus every step of the way!
MISSION NEWS
Hearts2Care
We were blessed to have almost 50 members and friends of Immanuel complete one of the two orientations recently offered.  WE ARE NOW READY TO GO and looking for folks we can assist. Are you are in need assistance (or know a member or friend of our congregation) , especially those recovering from an illness, surgery, or are elderly, that unable to provide what is necessary to help them remain in their home, and do not have relatives close by to assist?  If you could you use some (short term) help in the following areas, please fill out, if for yourself, or encourage them to complete an application, and turn it into the church office or one of the pastors: 
       
Errands, Shopping, Light Housework, Meal Preparation (short term), in home visiting or phone calls, transportation (especially for church or medical needs), minor home repairs, minor auto repairs, computer/electronics assistance and/or seasonal needs (snow removal, lawn mowing, raking, weeding, window washing).  

Core Team Members: Mike Brooks, Judy and Steve Guy, Marilyn Heiden, Madelyn Killian, Jill and Bob Rosenthal, Evie Schulz and Nancy Williams.

There are certain policy restrictions in effect, especially, for financial costs of repairs, but our volunteers do not expect any reimbursement for their time. If any person wishes to make a contribution in appreciation for services or to aid in providing services, but we suggest that you make a donation by placing whatever amount you wish in an envelope marked "Hearts2Care" and place it in the offering or drop off at the office. Any donations will be earmarked to help those this ministry is serving who may not be financially able to cover   certain expenses.  You may also consider contributing a gift card from a local gas station, grocery or retail store.

Community Connection Meal
Community Connections Meal Team NEEDS your Help with our upcoming Holiday Meals! Please come help us plan our 5th Annual November & December FREE Community meals. Please sign up by contacting Lynn Gerlitz 262-812-9326 or at communityconnections@gmail.com if you can volunteer or donate. Also join us for our next Community Connection Meal on Thursday, November 15th 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 Pumpkin Dessert! Please sign up on the Worship Card on Sundays or contact Lynn.
"Fleece Be With You” TreeHouse Blankets
Looking for an easy and fun mission project to do? Make a Blanket, Make a Difference is what the Wednesday morning quilters are all about and they NEED your help! Their mission is to continue to provide no-sew fleece blankets for the children who come to the TreeHouse! These children range anywhere from a couple weeks old to 17 years of age and have suffered suspected physical or sexual abuse and/or neglect. 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 them while the process is taking place.  If you would like to help with this worthwhile endeavor, many hands make the project go quickly and it’s fun!  Contact Jackie Kuehl for more info. Another way to be involved is to give a monetary donation to help offset the cost of each blanket ($20 per blanket). Donations can be placed in an envelope with "Fleece Be With You" on the outside and can be left with Bethany in the church office. 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.
Lay Communion Visitors
Newcomers welcome to join this important ministry for shut-in members. Pastor Carl is adding new Shut-Ins to the list as he visits them.the church office at secretary@immanuellg.org for more info. Also, if you have names of members who have indicated they would be in need of a visit please let Kristin or Bethany know and they will be added to the list of people enjoying visits from this wonderful ministry.
Tree House
Staff and volunteers are preparing for a Thanksgiving and Christmas gathering of food and sponsorship for gifts for children. Watch for more information. See Evie if you are interested in contributing or helping with either. As always, our congregation has been more than generous sharing our blessings with those less fortunate—more on this next month.
St. Vincent De Paul (Milwaukee) Soup Kitchen
Our next service date is November 18th.  A Carpool leaves from Immanuel at 4pm. We hope that many of you who wish to serve can do so. We are sometimes overwhelmed with the number of “guests” that come with the few of us there to serve them. Your participation in this ministry is greatly appreciated, especially from those served who tell us “may God bless you”. 
Side By Side Screening
Side By Side screening is on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, November 20th at 7pm at the First Congregational UCC Church, 715 Wisconsin Street, Lake Geneva. Funds are available for rental assistance and utilities – for those living in the Lake Geneva - Genoa City Badger High School District. Bring a copy of the bill. Side By Side is a collaborative ministry between area churches and civic groups.
Blood Pressure Checks
Blood pressure checks are here at Immanuel after the 1st service on the 2nd Sunday of each month in the Library off of Fellowship Hall.
The Lake Geneva Food Pantry
The Lake Geneva Food Pantry is open on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 – 11:30am at First Congregational Church, 715 Wisconsin Street in Lake Geneva. Call 262-248-2337 for more info. 
FOOD PANTRY DONATIONS NEEDED of Ramen Noodles, Soup, Canned Fruit, Mac & Cheese, and toiletries (shampoos, conditioners, soaps, toothpaste, & toothbrushes)
Walworth County Food Pantry
The Walworth County Food Pantry is open for donations of food and toiletries, volunteer training and tours on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 am until 1 pm. The pantry is open for distribution of food to eligible residents of Walworth County on Tuesdays & Fridays from 1 pm until 4:30 pm. Special food packing events are scheduled on Saturdays. Call or email Susan Hughes for more info. Susan.hughes@walworthcountyfoodpantry.org or visit our website at www.walworthcountyfoodpantry.org
In Need of Prayer Shawls?
Prayer shawls made with Christ’s love are available through the office for anyone in distress. Wrap your loved one in comforting prayers. Call the Church Office at 248-4211 for more info.
FELLOWSHIP & MEETINGS
LITTLE SPROUTS HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR
On Saturday November 24th from 9am - 4pm Little Sprouts Learning Center is hosting their 1st annual Holiday Craft Fair here at Immanuel! Please join us in supporting Little Sprouts and Immanuel by stopping by for some Holiday Spirit!
Seniors Moving & Growing
Watch out Immanuel! Here come the Elders/Seniors!  An informative event is on the horizon for the senior ministry with Pastor Carl guiding. On Saturday, November 3rd, from 8:30am to noon a special gathering is planned. Dr. Roland D. Martinson will share his soon to be published book “Elders Rising: The Power & Promise of Aging” which has a great deal to offer about strengthening those of us past 65 with new ideas and new zest for living. Watch for more details, and come one, come all! Mark your calendars as Dr. Martinson whets our appetites to see what the future can hold for Immanuel congregation. A new direction is in the wind to stir us into a more all-encompassing ministry.
SALVATION ARMY
Are you willing to donate time to ring the bells for Salvation Army? We are looking for you! Please consider having your group take a day and give back to the community. 87% of money donated in the red kettles stays right in Walworth County. Call Georgia Gehrmann @262-248-5745 or e-mail thegehrmanns@gmail.com or sign-up on the worship card.
A BRUSH WITH KINDNESS
Habitat for Humanity in Walworth County is beginning a new housing repair program called A Brush with Kindness which is a nation-wide program serving low income homeowners who struggle to maintain the exterior of their homes. It focuses on exterior home repair services such as painting, minor exterior repairs, landscaping, and exterior clean-up. Groups of volunteers work to revitalize a home’s exterior for qualified families who are selected based on: need, ability to pay, willingness to partner. For more info stop by the church office and pick up an application.
Immanuel Book Club
Immanuel Book Club meets on the 4th Wednesday of every month in the Church Library. The next meeting will be on Wed, November 28th at 2pm. The Book is: “Lilac Girls” by Martha Hall Kelly. Contact Edie Michelson at (262)686-3009 with any questions.
Summer Grief Support Group
The summer/fall group will be completing their time together in October. We anticipate offering a winter group if there is interest. Please contact Evie Schulz at 203-0463 or email her at ministry_coord@immanuellg.org or email Pastor Sara at pastorsara@immanuellg.org if you are interested in attending a group. The plan is for it to be offered on Tuesday evenings this winter.
LUNCH BUDDY PROGRAM
Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking for anyone interested in joining their Lunch Buddy program which matches a little brother/sister with a Big who will visit the student at their school once a week during lunch/recess period. Lunch Buddies eat lunch, play games, or simply just hang out and talk. They currently have children on a waiting list at Star Center & Eastview schools. If interested in this mentoring program, please contact Michelle Strom at 262-812-7208.
R.E.A.D.S. PROGRAM
Eastview Elementary is looking for volunteers/mentors to come to the school for a 1/2 hour to read with a student.  Contact Erica Levato at (262) 348-6000 Ext. 6003
SOCIAL SECURITY: TIMING IS EVERYTHING
Making the most of Social Security is all about timing. When is the best time to apply for benefits … the best time to stop working … the best time to take withdrawals from 401(k)s and IRAs? Learn how you can determine the timing that’s right for you. These sessions are hosted by Scott Herrmann and local Thrivent Financial Representatives. Please call 262-806-4728 or email jen.grimme@thrivent.com to reserve a place for yourself and a guest. Light appetizers will be served.

Thursday, November 1st - 6:00pm-7:15pm
Lakeland Community Church
N3181 State Road 67 - Lake Geneva, WI

Tuesday, November 6th - 6:00pm-7:15pm
Bubba's Brickyard
217 N. Pine Street - Burlington, WI

Wednesday, November 7th - 6:00pm-7:15pm
Thrivent Financial Janesville Office
3447 Mt Zion Avenue - Janesville, WI

Thursday, November 8th - 6:00pm-7:15pm
Immanuel Lutheran Church
700 N. Bloomfield Road - Lake Geneva, WI

Tuesday, November 13th - 6:00pm-7:15pm
Comfort Suites
313 Bauer Parkway - Delavan, WI

HISTORIC HOOK & HASTINGS ORGAN CONCERT
On Sunday, November 4th Greg Zelek, Principal Organist and Curator from the Madison Symphony Orchestra, will be performing a selection of organ works from Vierne, Bach, Elgar, Guilmant, and others on this historic 1883 instrument, Hook & Hastings OPUS 1144. The concert is scheduled to begin at 6pm at Holy Communion Episcopal Church, 320 Broad Street in Lake Geneva Wisconsin. Advance tickets are available and free will offerings will also be accepted. All proceeds will go to the Organ Restoration Fund at Holy Communion, as their 135 year old organ is needing a 50-year check-up and restoration to its great windchest, pipework, slide tuners & regulating rings, tie-rods and leather bushings. So far the church has raised about half of what is needed to complete the recommended refurbishments.
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.
THANK YOU
+ THANK YOU for your months of prayers for our daughter & her husband and the life of this sweet baby girl, our new granddaughter. We are grateful for God’s love and support thru this. And all God’s people said Amen! - Candace & Bernie Smedley

+ Dear Immanuel Lutheran Quilters, We wanted to THANK YOU for the beautiful quilt that was given to Corbin for his graduation from High School. It is truly a work of art, thoughtfully made with Corbin’s favorite colors. It is a special gift that will be treasured and used at college and for years to come. We are so blessed with the time and talents of our gifted quilters at Immanuel. Thank you for wrapping Corbin in God’s love. We are so grateful for our church family. Thank you for this precious gift! With Love, Kristin and Corbin Larkin

+ I would like to THANK EVERYONE for their calls, cards and encouraging words through Facebook messages that Cindy shared with me. I especially thank everyone for all the prayers while I have been recovering from back surgery. I had a particularly hard time on the second day after surgery while in the hospital. This time when I prayed for help, the Lord reminded me of the prayers from all of you that he had heard on my behalf. What a peaceful, comforting feeling came over me and I knew whose hands I was in. Thanks be to God. With Love in Christ, Glenn Moehling

+ As we've closed our season I just wanted to extend another THANK YOU for the generosity you've shown to our ministry this year.  Your congregation has helped provide access to clean drinking water for many children in under resourced parts of Africa. This acts as a firm foundation for food and medical relief, as well as educational opportunities (particularly for girls) that wouldn't otherwise be possible. I really appreciate the time extended to us on behalf of those in need.  Wishing you all the best, and hope to be in touch again soon.  Blessings, Matt Masini

+ THANKS!!!!  To all who participated in and contributed to the 2018 CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, Oct. 21st! About a dozen folks from Immanuel joined the crowd of 100+ for a beautiful walk on a spectacular autumn day! Stay tuned for final totals! Now we have to “get the CROP in”! Sponsors who have not done so yet need to “pay up” and walkers need to turn in your envelopes to Marilyn Heiden or Susan Hughes by Sunday, Nov. 4th! THANKS again for your support and generosity! THANK YOU, Lord, for blessing us in so many ways, and bless our gifts that they may bless others, near and far away! 

+ We LOVE Immanuel Lutheran Church and all you do for us!  THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for the fleece blankets! Five are going out the door today! Warmly - Kathy Brown - The Tree House

+ Words are inadequate to express my THANKFULNESS to our Pastors and members of Immanuel who lovingly have shared their talents with me following my recent fall. Pastor Carl visited me with gifts of a beautiful Prayer Shawl and Quilt. These things along with prayers, cards, and calls from all have been a strength to me, as the gift of God’s healing was made known. God Bless You All - Erlene Wille