The Immanuel Newsletter Holiday Edition No January Newsletter Since by mattarmstrong


									                                                    The Immanuel Newsletter
                                                                     Holiday Edition

No January Newsletter Since we were able to reach so many of you through worship during this festive time, we
are distributing this month’s abridged newsletter via the ushers.

Worship                                                                                               Schedule
                                  December 24                             December 25
                           All Services in Gymnasium                    Services in Church
                    3:30PM Children’s Christmas Eve Service     9:00AM Christmas Festival Service
                       5:30PM Christmas Carol Sing-Along           No Thursday Evening Service
                       6:00PM Christmas Eve Candlelight

                             December 27 & 28                          December 31
                      Communion Services in Church             Communion Service in Church
                    Sat 5:30PM, Sunday 8:00 & 10:30AM           5:30PM Communion Service
                               No Bible Hour                      No Services on January 1

New Worship Record We rejoice that the Lord has led a record number of worshippers to join us on a weekly basis,
averaging about 540 on any given weekend, an increase of nearly 5% from 2007. We continue to thank God for
the opportunity to sing praises and share the gospel with so many people.

New Member Welcome will be on January 4 with special fellowship opportunities between services in the
fellowship hall. Please come and welcome our new members to our church family.

Installation of Servants During the early service on January 4, the following will be installed into various areas of
service, as recently elected by our voters: Kurt Thern, Congregational Secretary; Jeff Verbeke, Board of Elders;
Brandon Mack, Board of Stewardship; Jon Eveland & Steve Doell, Board of Education; Eldon Troeller, Evangelism
Committee; Dave Leintz, Financial Secretary; Terry Schuelke, FVL Board.

Upcoming Sermon Series: In conjunction with the work of our Board of Elder Ministry, we will begin a 3-week
worship series on January 11 that focuses on showing love and concern for those who appear to be straying from
their Savior.

Annual Ministry Meeting Our annual meeting will be on Sunday, January 25 @ 12:15PM. A meal will be part of the
festivities. Watch for details. We look forward to reviewing the blessings of God’s grace on our congregation this
past year.

New Bible Study Opportunity Over the past few years, the area Fox Valley churches have cooperated in offering
area-wide Bible studies as part of what’s called, “Christian Studies Institute.” If desired (but not necessary), these
courses can even be taken for credit as part of the WELS Congregational Assistant Program. Beginning January
19, Pastor Heckendorf will be leading one of these classes at Immanuel. It will be on Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30PM. The
course this time will be The Life of Christ. Registration is required as special materials need to be ordered. If
interested or have questions, please talk to Pastor Heckendorf. This course will replace the “Christian Leadership”
course printed in our spiritual growth booklets.

Thursday & Sunday Bible Studies resume after Christmas. Beginning January 8, the Thursday group will study the
book of Galatians. Sunday Bible class will look at the relationship of Church & State.

Power Hour After a smashing success this fall, our Playgroup will once again be hosting a parent/toddler “Power
Hour” for children ages 0-5 along with their caregivers. The six-week session begins on Wednesday, January 14,
9:00AM – 10:00AM. We meet in the Fellowship Hall. Sign up online at or call the church office. If
anyone wants to support this family outreach effort that drew great interest from the community, please see the
sign-up sheets in the church entry.

Scharfs in San Diego In correlation with his service as Commission on Evangelism Coordinator for our district, Pastor
Scharf and his wife will be spending a few days in San Diego, January 6 -12.
New Communion Wafer In the near future, our current supply of communion wafers will run out and due to
availability, we will be switching to a new brand which may have a tad different texture.

Financial Ministry Report Thank you for prayerfully considering how you can use your financial gifts to support the
ministry of our congregation. We are blessed to report that our overall financial picture in November improved.
God be praised! We still have an approximate $140,000 deficit that hopefully will be addressed in part by the
recent Advent Thankoffering. Our expenses during this first half have tracked right on target with budget. If you
have any questions, please feel free to contact our treasurer, John Mathison.

Offering Envelopes Available The 2009 Offering Envelopes are available for you to pick up in the church
basement. If you need assistance, please speak to an usher.

Electronic Funds Transfer As you pick up your envelopes, our Stewardship Team encourages you to consider
utilizing Electronic Funds Transfer for your offerings as a tool to help you in your management of God’s blessings. If
you would like more information or assistance with this stewardship tool, please contact our Stewardship chairman,
Brian Heyer (757-9293 or

School News
   • School resumes January 5.
   • The Early Childhood Committee is studying expanding our PreK and Kindergarten programs. Parents with
       PreK children can expect a survey in early January.
   • PTO meets on January 6. We thank this active group for coordinating so many school functions, including
       our golf outing, fall gathering at Homestead Meadows, February ski trip, mother-helper program, school
       spirit wear sale, school year and the SCRIP program.
   • School board meets on January 6. Much of the agenda will be looking to implement recommendations
       from the Tuition Study committee as we work on a preliminary budget for 2009-2010.
   • Tuition Informational Meeting – All members are invited to attend an informational meeting on January 7 @
       6:30PM or January 11 @ 6:30PM as we discuss ways in which we can best carry out the ministry of our
       congregation and what role tuition plays in carrying out that ministry. We want your feedback from these
       meetings as a final recommendation will be brought to the annual ministry meeting on January 25.
   • Registration for 2009-2010 begins on January 19. Please contact the school office if you have questions.
   • No school on January 23.
   • FVL Schools Week is January 26-30. FVL Schools is a partnership of 23 Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran
       Schools (22 elementary schools plus Fox Valley Lutheran High School) that span the Fox River Valley. These
       schools have a long tradition of providing families with an excellent Christian education for their children.
       As partners, these schools work together on K-12 curriculum issues as well as offering joint sports and music
   • Jan. 26—Kindergarten Round-Up at Immanuel 6:00-7:00P.M. Information and registration materials will be
       shared with parents. Watch for a mailing in yearly January to all eligible five year olds from our
       congregation. Please contact the school office if you don’t receive your mailing by January 12. *Note:
       Preschool registration will take place in early February.
   • January 30—Jump Rope For Heart The students of Immanuel are presently involved with this campaign.
       Jump Rope for Heart encourages a healthy lifestyle and supports, The American Heart Association.
       Students are presently collecting pledges toward this effort which will culminate on January 30 with them
       partaking in jump roping activities and attending a school assembly with a professional jump roper “The
       Rope Master.”

Book Club This month’s book entitled Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris takes us to a privileged all boys’
school, St. Oswald’s Grammar School, in England. St. Oswald’s has been training boys since 1918 and the
unwelcome winds of change are coming. Please join us on Tuesday, January 27 at 6:30pm in the fellowship hall
for refreshments and great discussion. Bring your friends. We enjoy meeting and sharing thoughts on each piece
of literature!
   • To all who helped make the Chili supper a success by donating items and attending the meal. Despite the
      weather, we were able to raise $400 for the Orphanages in India run by the missionaries’ wives.
   • From the faculty and staff for the many cards, gifts and warm wishes during this holiday season. It is a
      privilege to serve in your midst.
   • Finally, a note of thanks to all the participants of our worship services. The musicians, ushers, parking lot
      attendees, decorators, secretary, etc. help make these services run smoothly so that we can concentrate
      on the treasure in the manger. It is a joy to celebrate Christmas with all our members as we form our own
      angelic choir. May God bless you all as you celebrate God’s most precious gift to us all.

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