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Rev. Laura Yurs, Pastor

An unsupervised nursery is available during worship for young children

This Week at Immanuel


9:30am Daytime Fellowship and Study

7pm Cross-border Book Study, St. Peter's UCC, Kiel


Confirmation Class

7pm Small Study Group


7pm Senior Choir Rehearsal


8:45am Sunday School and Small Study Group

10am Worship Service



Please sign our guest register if you would like to register your visit. Speak with Pastor Laura Yurs or a member of our congregation if you are interested in church membership or knowing more about becoming part of our Immanuel UCC family. Wherever you are on your life’s journey, we welcome you and invite you to be with us again and again! Restrooms are located on the lower level. In accordance with Immanuel UCC’s Safe Sanctuary Guidelines, an unsupervised nursery is available during our worship service for parents and their young children in the Sunday School room at the rear of the church sanctuary. Parents are responsible for the supervision of their children at all times while on the church premises

Immanuel Messenger

The November and December Edition of the Immanuel Messenger are available for pick up on the back table on the east side of the sanctuary. Please pick yours up on the way out today! You can also read the Immanuel Messenger online.

These Days daily devotional booklets

Copies of the new edition of the These Days daily devotional booklets are available on the tables near both sanctuary entrances for anyone who would like to take one home with them.

Daytime Fellowship and Study group

The Daytime Fellowship and Study Group will be meeting this week on Tuesday, November 13th at 9:30a.m. All are welcome!

Small Bible Study Group

The Small Bible Study Group which meets on Sunday mornings led by Peter Warner in the back Sunday School room will be starting up on Sunday Sept 9th at 8:45 AM. The group will continue studying the book of Genesis.

2018 Sunday School Christmas Program

Sunday School Christmas Program practices will be held on the following Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 p.m. for second grade and up:  November 28th, December 5th, and December 12th.

Please let Nicki Schumacher know only if your child WILL NOT be able to participate this year, as we want to make sure we have parts for everyone. The 2018 Sunday School Christmas Program will be held on Sunday, December 16th at 6:00 p.m.  

Hurricane Relief

The United Church of Christ has launched an emergency appeal to help with long term recovery following Florence and other 2018 hurricanes. Your contributions for hurricane survivors means providing community support for holistic recovery, repairing house and home for families and children and restoring dignity for the most vulnerable who have lost everything in the wake of these catastrophic events. Gifts to support hurricane relief and recovery efforts can be made directly through Immanuel. All you need to do is indicate on your check or envelope that you desire your contribution to go toward hurricane relief, and we will see that it gets to the United Church of Christ disaster relief fund.
Additionally, scrip cards may be purchased and will be sent by our Immanuel Mission Committee to our United Church of Christ partners in the Southern Conference UCC who are working with local communities in North and South Carolina. Specifically, scrip cards for Lowe’s and Home Depot will be most helpful, as those stores are most accessible in the region.

Donations to the Red Cross or UCC Disaster Relief are also helpful.

Save the dates for our International Book Study!

Continuing on Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00pm, and continuing for the next several Tuesday evenings, you are invited to participate in an exciting new cross-border book study. Our congregation, along with St. Peter’s UCC in Kiel, will be reading and discussing the book Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power – And How They Can Be Restored, by New Testament scholar Marcus J. Borg, with members of Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, located in Canmore, Alberta. The Tuesday evening book discussion sessions will take place at St. Peter’s UCC (424 Fremont Street, Kiel) via skype. Copies of the selected readings will be provided. All are welcome!
If you are interested in the conversation but are unable to attend on Tuesday evenings, recordings of the skype sessions will be available on St. Peter’s youtube channel. The video from last week’s introductory session can be found at the following web address:

Holiday Lights Hunger Run/Walk

Be a part of the second annual Holiday Lights Hunger Run/Walk on November 17th! Take steps against hunger through Making Spirits Bright holiday lights show one week prior to its public grand opening to car traffic. The course offers a sneak peek of Making Spirits Bright in Evergreen Park. Stop by "Santa's Workshop" tent for family-friendly activities next to the Quarryview Center and then join us for the after party and 5K run award ceremony down the road at 3 Sheeps Brewing!  All money raised by this event goes to Sheboygan County Food Bank.  In 2017, just over $11,000 was raised by this inaugural event! You can register online.

Food Drive

The Women's Fellowship will once again be collecting non perishable food items for the Sheboygan County Food Bank starting on October 21 to Nov. 21.  The Food Bank is especially requesting peanut butter, canned tuna and cereal.  For anyone
interested in  volunteering at the food bank there are upcoming opportunities = Oct. 26 from 9:00 to 11:00 and Dec. 1, 8 and 11.  
More info to follow the closer those dates get here.

Immanuel United Church of Christ Visiting Team

Our heartfelt thanks goes out to Violet and Robert Spindler who have faithfully served on our Immanuel United Church of Christ Visiting Team for the better part of the last decade!  Robert and Violet have generously and joyfully given of their time helping to visit with the home-bound of our congregation every month, bringing sweetness and light and news of the church to those members of our church who are unable to leave their homes.  After nearly ten years of participation on the Visiting Team, Violet and Robert are retiring.  With glad and grateful hearts for the Spindler’s kind service, we are looking for folks in the congregation who might be willing to replace them on the Visiting Team, which goes out in a carpool every second-Monday from about 9am-3pm (give or take) to visit Immanuel’s shut-in members.  If you are interested in participating in this important ministry of our congregation, please speak with Rev. Laura and/or Peter Warner.  Even if you aren’t available to go along every month, you are certainly welcome to join us when you can.  Many thanks, also, to the other members of our Visiting Team: Martha Breisch, Gene Maeuser, and Peter Warner.

German Partnership

In 1999 our church established a partnership with the church that our founders of Immanual left to find hope in the new world.

To celebrated the 20 year partnership we are planing a trip to  Germany to celebrate this event with our German friends.  The trip is planned for mid July of  2019.

The planning is in the early stages and an information meeting will be planned for December.

Everyone is welcome to come along to Germany. Please feel free to share with family and friends. 

Anyone who is interesting in coming along or just has questions please contact Lynn Marten at 920-980-1638.

Wednesday night Small Study Group

The Wednesday Night Small Group finished our study on the Heidelberg Catechism on November 14th. We will not meet on November 21st.
We will watch a 3 session DVD by Andy Stanley called "Prepared" on Nov 28th, Dec 5th and Dec 12th.
On Dec 19th, Dec 27th and Jan 2nd, we will not be meeting due to the Holidays. We will resume on Jan 9th meeting at 7 pm at church. Please call Gail Gottsacker 565-2672 with any questions.

From the Mission Committee:

Beginning now through the months of November and December we will be collecting pillows for Safe Harbor. Pillows are a real need for the organization and provide a gift of comfort for families who are experiencing a difficult time. Please keep an eye out in the stores for pillows between now and the holidays. If you prefer, you are also welcome to donate funds for the purchase of fabric for making pillow cases that will be decorated during the Advent Event after worship on Sunday, December 2nd. Your gifts can be submitted to Kristy Pahl or Jill Thieleke, co-chairs of the Mission Committee. Thanks!

Volunteer Opportunities at the Sheboygan County Food Bank

We at Immanuel UCC have committed to volunteering at the Sheboygan County Food Bank by helping to sort donations from the Making Spirits Bright Food Drive on Saturday, December 1st, Saturday, December 8th, and Tuesday, December 11th from 9:00-11:00am each day. The Food Bank is located at 3115 N. 21st Street in Sheboygan. There is a volunteer sign-up sheet located at the rear of the sanctuary near the east entrance. If you would like a ride to the Food Bank or if you would be willing to drive others, kindly indicate that on the sign-up sheet. Those who are interested in carpooling are welcome to meet at church at 8:30am on each of the three volunteer days. Please consider giving of your time on one or all of these mornings. Thank you to the Immanuel Mission Committee for organizing these volunteer opportunities!

Save the Date: Back Bay Mission Meal

Sponsored by the Rural Church Fellowship
You are invited to join with others from the Rural Church Fellowship for a Mission Meal on Sunday, December 2nd from 6:00-8:00pm at Bethlehem UCC (11608 Lax Chapel Road, Kiel). A representative from Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, Mississippi with be with us to speak about the important work that organization does on behalf of the wider church. We will also look toward the possibility of a group from the Rural Church Fellowship traveling to Back Bay for a mission trip next summer. The mission meal will serve as both an educational event and a fundraiser for Back Bay Mission. The cost of tickets is $15 per person. There will be a sign-up sheet at the rear of the sanctuary on the east side if you would like to attend. RSVP’s are due in by Sunday, November 18th. All are welcome!

CROP Walk!

Thank you to all who participated in our annual Rural Church Fellowship CROP Walk!  This year's event was a success.  Of the 52 total walkers, 22 were from Immanuel UCC.  Our Immanuel participants raised a total of $775, and the CROP Walk as a whole raised $6,534.92 that will be sent around the world to help feed and support hungry people everywhere.  Special thanks to Carol Knoener, who organized Immanuel's participation, and to Doris Sprenger, this year's event coordinator. 

Assisted Listening Devices

We have several ssisted listening devices that are available for use during worship. Please see Mike Gottsacker to get one.

Large Print Bulletins

Large Print Bulletins are available for members who are visually impaired. Please see an usher if you would like one.

Northeast Wisconsin Association Web Site

Please check out the Northeast Wisconsin Association United Church of Christ web site for invitations/involvement in the wider life of our area churches. What a joy to share life in the Spirit! Also check out the United Church of Christ website for weekly devotions and UCC news.


Red Cross Donation


Area Events

In the Community

3rd Annual Country Christmas Dinner Show- Laack’s Hall. November 24 Noon and 6:00p, November 25 @ Noon. $30/person- includes dinner and show. Show performers are Jerry Schneider Band, Carol and the Keynotes and Mike Bailey from Vic Ferrari Band. Call 920.893.3054 for tickets. SHOWS sell out quickly.


St. John’s UCC, Schwarzwald is looking for a church treasurer.  St. John’s is located at W3401 Orchard Road in Sheboygan County, between the communities of Howards Grove, Ada, Elkhart Lake and Kiel.

The position is very part-time, but is paid.  Applicants need to have the following qualifications:
•  Has accounting degree or previous experience in accounting
•  Has experience doing payroll
•  Has experience with Church Windows or is willing to learn Church Windows
•  Can be a United Church of Christ church member or can be someone from outside the church

If you or someone you know is interested, please have them contact Reverend  Melinda Feller at 920-565-2631 or by email at or Diane Weiland, Church Council President, at 920-207-2103 or by email at


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