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Rev. Laura Yurs, Pastor

An unsupervised nursery is available during worship for young children



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.

Daytime Fellowship and Study group

The Daytime Fellowship and Study Group will be meeting on Tuesday, December 10th at 9:30a.m. All are welcome!

From the Mission Committee:

The Mission Committee is continuing our church's tradition of providing holiday gift items to the people who are served by Sheboygan County Health and Human Services. There's still time to take an ornament off the small tree in the sanctuary, purchase the item(s) on the ornament, and bring the item(s) and the ornament back to church with you by next Sunday, December 8th. The Mission Committee will see to it that the items are transported to Sheboygan County Health and Human Services in time to bring cheer to people in need in our community. Thank you for your participation!

2019 Annual Report Deadlines

All 2019 church financial books close on Tuesday, December 31, 2019. All year-end financial reports are due to Tracy Kracht by Thursday, January 2, 2020. Written reports are due to Kim by Friday, January 3, 2020. Committee members - if your term is expiring please find a replacement for your spot and let me know who that person is. Our 2019 Annual Report looks back at the year 2019. My goal is to have the report ready to hand out at church on Sunday, January 12, 2020. Any reports that remain will be mailed the next day.


Immanuel's annual chili supper is Wednesday, February 19th, more information will be posted as the date gets closer.

Fleece Blanket Drive

Throughout the month of December, we will be collecting new fleece blankets for Safe Harbor and the Sheboygan Warming Center, as well as challenging ourselves to together make some fleece blanket for Project Linus, a non-profit organization that provides homemade blankets to children in need. Blankets provide a gift of comfort and warmth for individuals who are experiencing a difficult time. Please keep an eye out in the stores for fleece blankets between now and the holidays. Or, if you would like to provide funds for the purchase of blankets and/or blanket materials, please see Vanessa Thieleke or Jill Thieleke. Thanks!

Annual Christmas Program

Plan on joining us for our annual Christmas Program on Sunday, December 15th at 7:00pm. Our young people and adult volunteers are already hard at work rehearsing this year's program. Please bring your family and friends to be inspired by this festive event!

Christmas Caroling

Wednesday, December 18th our church will be Christmas caroling at Harvest Home in Howards Grove. Meet at the church at 5:30pm for hot cocoa, cookies, and a service project. Then we will carpool to Harvest Home to bring some Christmas cheer to the residents there. All ages and singing abilities are welcome! We should be done for the evening by 7:30pm.

Advent Open House at the Parsonage

Sunday, December 22nd from 4:00-6:00pm
Come celebrate Advent with a time of festive fellowship at the parsonage. We will have snacks and Christmas music, the halls will be fully decked, & the dogs may even have bells on!
All are welcome to join us for this evening of all things merry and bright.

Scholarship Opportunity

Immanuel has scholarships available for members. Scholarships forms are on the back table. If you are a high school graduate, or equivalent, and are actively attending post-high school courses consider filling out a form. The forms are due back to a Scholarship committee member by Sunday December 15, 2019. Scholarship presentation will be Sunday January 5, 2020. Contact Barb Perronne (565-3760), Lori Reinemann, or Amy Jahnke if you have any questions.

Funeral Help Updates

At the back of church on the table is a current chart on a clip board filled with names of those of you who are and have been willing to help at funerals that our members have requested and that we gladly offer.
At this time we would like to update it to the best of our ability. Please take a moment to look at it and make any changes on it that are necessary. Please add a check mark to assure us you have seen it and it is current. We understand with time entries change such as phone numbers and availabilities. With the pencil make those changes and if you are not on the list at this time but wish to be added please just add your name at the end and in a few weeks we will collect it and update on the computer for the funeral committee to use to reach all helpers. We thank you in advance for your willingness to give of your time for our church families at these difficult times. Please know it is very much appreciated by the families.

Reminder: Steeple Fundraising Cards Available

There are cards available on the table near the east sanctuary entrance. If you can think of friends or family whose lives have been touched by Immanuel UCC, please consider dropping one of these cards in the mail to them. The card encourages giving back to Immanuel UCC by making a gift to our steeple fund. The card details how donations can be made. Thanks.

Scrip = gift card fundraising

Scrip cards are great to use for your everyday shopping and for gift giving. Do you subscribe to Amazon Prime? Did you know that you can renew your membership or pay for a new membership using scrip. Are you looking for a certain brand card? Let us help. Most cards are available in $25, $50, and $100 amounts. Some retailers offer $10 cards. Rebate percentages change quite often especially as Christmas nears.

Christmas Fund UCC Special Mission Offering

Beginning today, December 1st through Sunday, December 29th we will be collecting gifts for the Christmas Fund, one of the UCC Special Mission Offerings. The Christmas Fund provides direct financial assistance to retired and active UCC authorized ministers and their surviving spouses. Gifts to the Christmas Fund directly assist pastors, provide for the Supplementation of Small Annuities, Supplementation of Health Premiums, Emergency Grants, and Christmas Thank You Gift Checks to lower-income retirees. Your gifts are needed more than ever to help the growing number of retirees whole low-income annuities make it difficult to meet increasing living costs. Envelopes for the Christmas Fund offering will be available on the tables near both sanctuary entrances December 1-December 29. Please consider giving generously to this mission of our wider church.

Sunday School News

Practices for the Sunday School Christmas Program will be held as scheduled, with parts handed out on Sunday, November 24th. The program will be held on Sunday, December 15th at 7:00 p.m

  • Wednesday,December 11th 6:30-8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 15th 8:00-9:45 a.m.

Also, no class on December 22nd or 29th

Rural Church Fellowship

Volunteers Needed!
Rural Church Fellowship Mission Trip
To Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, Mississippi
June 13-21, 2020
$250 per person
(We are asking for a $50 commitment fee to be submitted to the Rural Church Fellowship by December 1st, 2019.) If you’re interested in participating in the mission trip, please speak with either Rev. Laura or Carol Knoener.
A couple of Rural Church Fellowship fundraisers have already been scheduled to help cover the cost of transportation, food, & housing:
Chili Cook Off and Basket Raffle at Laack’s Hall on Sunday, January 12th at 12:30-2:00pm
*Please consider entering a crockpot of your chili to be taste-tested and voted upon at the fundraiser. You just might win the Golden Ladle Award! If you would like to enter your chili along with a $20 entry fee, please contact Rev. RaeAnn Beebe at
*If you’re not a chili chef, plan on coming to eat! Vote on your favorite chili with cash that will be put toward the Back Bay Mission Trip. You can also purchase raffle tickets in order to win any number of gift baskets.
Brat Fry and bake sale at the Piggly Wiggly in Kiel on Saturday, March 28, 2020.
*Helpers will be needed to provide baked goods as well as to work the sale that day.

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.


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