Immanuel E-Newsletter
Prayer Ministers Needed!
One of the most potent weapons in a Christian’s arsenal is prayer. The Bible encourages us to speak to God often about the joys and sorrows in our lives. He wants to be involved and that involvement is frequently through prayer. Prayer is basically, talking to God. There are many ways to pray, but God’s only requirement is that we pray with sincerity. Some of us are given the gift of prayer. That is, God has equipped us to pray for ourselves and others. The Prayer Minister role is for such people.
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:
Simply click on “Worship Sign Up” and choose the month and service you would like to help. Thank you for your willingness to serve!
September 16, 2018
Baptism of
Boone Martin Stettner
Congratulations to Rachel & Brenton Stettner on the baptism of their child,  Boone Martin Stettner, on September 16th at the 8:15 service.
September 30, 2018
Baptism of
Theodore Alan Dean
Congratulations to Dustin & Maria Dean and to their sponsors, Phil Johnson & Emily Soley-Johnson, on the baptism of their child, Theodore Alan Dean, on September 30th at the 9:45am service.
September 30, 2018
Baptism of
Kyler James McKaig
Congratulations to Brandon & Melissa McKaig and to their sponsors, Jacob Weber & Denise Ritzman, on the baptism of their child, Kyler James McKaig, on September 30th at the 11:07am service. 
Contact Information for the Church Council
The church council, Pastors and staff are eager to be available to you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for prayer needs, spiritual guidance, help, and fellowship. We pledge to work hard with you and for you. Contact the church office if you need a Church Directory. Contact Council Members for Monthly Financial Statements and Council Meeting Minutes. 

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

Serving in the Military
John Allison, Chris Bollwahn, 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
Victims of Middleton Shooting; Lexi; Lois; Sherri; Heidi; Cory; Donna; Owen; Lawrence; Yvonne; Sam; Colton - Pat; Meg; Jim Clingensmith; Jacob Cowan & Family; Zach & Brittany Adams; Marty Baker; Scott Baumann; Tom Bernacchi; Joe Bidwill; Karl Blaedow; Buz & Jeri Bozovsky; Steve Burgess; MaryBeth Buschman; Lawrence Carstensen & family; Naia Coltman; Jacob Cowan & Family; Dave Crusey; Susan Curi; Nathan Dyer; George Elblein; Judy & Mike Elston; Terri Furman; Victor Garcia; Trinity Galicia; Jacob Hanson; Duane & Donna Hove; Bob Huml; Tony Huml; Peggy & Vyto Klausa; Don & Ginny Kolseth; Joanne L; Forrest Larson; Jeanne Madaus; Craig & Kathy Middleton; Glenn Moehling; Mike Nagel; Kathy Olitzuweit; Jillie Olsen; Denise P; Ernest Perry; Rev. Gerry Petersen; Greg Randall; Regester Family; Bea Riley; Denise Stacy; Ann Stocey; Rick Shoultz; Marilynn Sievert; Bernie Smedley; Carol Stassen; Pete Stein; Joe Silvestri & Family; Helen Teegen; Jan Tonyan; Kim Travis; Mr. VanDeMatter; Elaine Vorpagel; Wayne Vorpagel; Carolyn Warfield; Aimee Yakes; & Sophia Zematis
September 9th was a powerful day of ministry at Immanuel. We saw the Bible in less than 30 minutes and kicked off our year long journey through the Bible from Genesis through Revelation. But what happened in the sanctuary was only half of the celebration at Immanuel. Thank you to all members and volunteers who made the Ministry Fair in the Fellowship Hall such an incredible success. It was so powerful to see so many of Immanuel’s ministries and partner ministries represented in the one room. It is clear that God accomplishes many things through Immanuel. We are always looking to include people in the many ministries of Immanuel. If you are interested in being a part of music ministry, leading in worship, serving with our youth, or helping to build our brand new senior care ministry please contact the church office or speak with a pastor.
The Bells of Immanuel: Rehearses Sundays 9:15AM
The Bells of Immanuel rehearse on S undays 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 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 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 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
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, 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,, 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!
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 October 13th at 10am at the home of Odella Nelson (518 Kresswood Drive, McHenry, IL) Contact Trish (949-2480) for more info.
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 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

Also a BIG THANK YOU to all who attended Rally Day!! We are so excited to get this year kicked off. Parents - please remember to fill out a registration form for your child! We'd also greatly appreciate if you took a moment to like the Sparks Sunday School page on Facebook. This is a great way to stay up to date on all the exciting things happening in the program!!

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21st - Sunday School Singers!
Our Sunday school students will sing in church on Oct. 21st. This will take place at the end of the 2nd service and the beginning of the 3rd. They are also preparing a special presentation of the 1st lesson and Psalm for the day. That will take place at the 2nd service only.
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!! Also a BIG THANK YOU to our early release day volunteers: Holly Bromeland, Rich McWherter, Katie Gerlitz, Kelly Gerlitz, Taylor Radtke, and Autumn Clark. Our next early release day is on Thurs. Oct. 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
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.
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 or Call 248-4211 / 949-6227.
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!


FRIDAY, OCT. 5TH - SUNDAY, OCT. 7TH - 9th Grade Confirmation Retreat!
This year’s 9th grade Confirmation Retreat will be at Covenant Harbor. All $50 deposits are due by October 1st.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10TH - Corn Maze & Bonfire!
Parents will drop off and pick up at Pearce's farm. We will meet at 6 pm. Please bring $10.00 to cover the cost of dinner and the maze.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17TH - Ding Dong Dinner! 
Now accepting donations of spaghetti noodles & sauce, brownie mix or cookie mix, and/or canned vegetables. Loaves of bread are always welcome. We are looking for volunteers to drive our youth to deliver the care packages to the community.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24TH - 9th Grade Confirmation Rehearsal!
This is mandatory 6:30 - 7:30pm in Sanctuary. Please contact Pastor Sara with any questions.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28TH - 9th Grade Confirmation Sunday!
Please contact Pastor Sara with any questions.

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

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!


FRIDAY, OCT. 5TH - SUNDAY, OCT. 7TH - 9th Grade Confirmation Retreat!
This year’s 9th grade Confirmation Retreat will be at Covenant Harbor. All $50 deposits are due by October 1st.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24TH - 9th Grade Confirmation Rehearsal!
This is mandatory 6:30 - 7:30pm in Sanctuary. Please contact Pastor Sara with any questions.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28th - Confirmation Day!
Confirmation for this year’s 9th graders will happen on Reformation Sunday, Oct. 28th.

Please become a member of our “Hands to Share” Team—we are looking for more folks who are willing to devote a couple hours, as needed, to help with transportation (especially to and from church), do light housekeeping, shopping/errands and yardwork/snow removal. If you have a heart for people, please come on board!  Applications can be picked up from Bethany in the office or contact Evie. Our next orientation meeting will be held Sunday Night, Oct. 7th at 6:30 PM. We would love to see you there! There is nothing better than the feeling you get when you help someone who is struggling. The relief on that person’s face and the gratitude they express and the hugs of thanks are priceless. Contact these core team members for additional information: Mike Brooks, Marilyn Heiden, Judy Guy, Steve Guy, Madeline Killian, Jill or Bob Rosenthal. Or call Evie @(262)728-6542 or email her at You will be blessed to be a blessing!  God has given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help others ~ 1 Peter 4:10-11

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 if you can volunteer or donate. Also join us for our next Community Connection Meal on Thursday, October 18th 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.
"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. Please contact Kristin Larkin at 414-491-1969 or email her at 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”. 
Also a very SPECIAL THANKS is given to a blessed anonymous donor within Immanuel who just gave 20 new Coleman sleeping bags to the Milwaukee Soup Kitchen. Casey, our supervisor at the SK, said he is overjoyed with this gift. ~ God’s blessings, Bob
Side By Side Screening
Side By Side screening is on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, October 16th 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. or visit our website at
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.
On Saturday November 24th Little Sprouts Learning Center is hosting their 1st annual Holiday Craft Fair and is seeking crafters who would like to be a part of it. Space is limited and costs only $30 and a donation of 1 craft for the event raffle. Please fill out the included registration form and drop off in the church office by Oct. 28th to guarantee your spot!
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.
New Member Discovery Class
A New Member Discovery Class will be held on Sunday, October 14th from 12:30- 2pm in the Fellowship Hall. Join us for a pizza lunch, an overview of God’s plan of Salvation, and learn about ministry opportunities at Immanuel. Child care is available. If you are interested in attending, please sign up on the worship card at any of our 3 Sunday services.
Attention ALL 2019 High School Graduates! The quilters are preparing for next year, if you are a soon to be 2019 Graduate and would like the quilters to make you a quilt in honor of your graduation please sign up at the welcome center by November 1st. Only graduates that sign up will receive a quilt so please don’t forget to take a minute and provide your color choices next to your name on the sign up board by November 1st. The quilters very much love providing these beautiful quilts for our grads so please don’t forget that the deadline is NOVEMBER 1st to sign up!
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, October 24th at 2pm. The Book is: “Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald” by Therese Anne Fowler. 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 or email Pastor Sara at if you are interested in attending a group. The plan is for it to be offered on Tuesday evenings this winter.
Heads Up, Immanuel! Get your walking shoes on! It’s CROP Walk Time Again! This year’s 33rd annual CROP/Hunger Walk will be on Sunday, October 21st in Williams Bay. The goal is to raise $15,000 to alleviate hunger globally, nationally, and locally. 25% of the total amount raised by us and a group of area churches comes back to our area food pantries, including the Lake Geneva Food Pantry and the Walworth County Food Pantry. Since there is no Packer/Bear Football game that day, what better way to spend it than a beautiful and beneficial walk by our beautiful lake? Stay tuned for more details in October Sunday bulletins. And if you can’t wait and want help, contact Marilyn Heiden at 262-248-6439.
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.
Immanuel Lawn Signs
The new Immanuel lawn signs are ready! Pick-up your Immanuel lawn signs at church for placement in your yard.
+ What an Awesome Ministry Fair THANKS TO ALL who set up booths, decorated with creativity, took shifts at the booths answering questions and welcoming new volunteers. A SPECIAL THANK YOU to Rick Ruby who planned the very professional set up in the fellowship hall, to Sandy Boales and her assistants for the unbelievable snacks, to Jeff Bakken who created and donated the colorful and inviting banner and placards on very short notice, to all who helped set up the Friday and Saturday before and take down on Sunday afternoon and to Amy Peterburs who was instrumental in connecting with various ministries for participation.  We at Immanuel have much to be thankful for - Luke 11:28 Jesus said ... how blessed are those who hear God’s voice and make God’s message their way of life. THANKS again ~ Evie Schulz

+ THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!! Our confirmation students are off on their retreat at Covenant Harbor on the weekend of October 5-7. Everyone who purchased mums last month helped to make this happen! THANKS so much to everyone who purchased mums and for all the ways that you support the youth of Immanuel!

+ It’s the little things that mean so much… You really made my day!  THANK YOU for the beautiful quilt! I will treasure it forever! ~ Arieana

+ To our Friends at Immanuel, Your generosity, support and commitment to the children of Walworth County is amazing!  THANK YOU sincerely for the fleece blankets you recently donated to the TreeHouse! Despite the hot weather we’ve had, our inventory was almost depleted.  Bless You All ~ Sincerely, Kathy Brown - The Tree House