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Rev. Laura Yurs, Pastor

An unsupervised nursery is available during worship for young children

This Week at Immanuel


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.

These Days daily devotional booklets

Large print 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. Please note there are a limited number of large print booklets. The regular print copies were lost in the mail and should be arriving in the next day or two. If you can hold out for a regular print copy, please do, and leave the large print copies for those who need them. Thanks.

Daytime Fellowship and Study group

The Daytime Fellowship and Study Group will NOT be meeting this week. We will resume our sessions on Tuesday, October 23rd 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.

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, October 23rd 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:

CROP Walk is scheduled for Oct 14th. 

Walk begins at Memorial Park in Howards Grove at 12:30, registration 12:15.
Pick up a donation packet today.  For more info - contact Carol Knoener 920-565-7860.

Oct 21 Rural Church Fellowship is sponsoring a gathering event

Mark Behle, Missionary of Global Ministries will give a presentation about his mission work at 1:00 at St James UCC, Spring Valley.  There  will be a free will offering to be given to Mark and collection of food items to be given to Safe Harbor. 

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.

All Hallows’ Eve Open House at the Parsonage!

Sunday, October 28th

Drop by between 5:00pm and 7:00pm
for some scary fun, fellowship, and snacks.
Costumes are encouraged!

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 Study Group will continue meeting on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM led by Gail Gottsacker and meeting at Jerry Karsteadt's home in Howards Grove. They will continue their study of the Heidelberg Catechism. Please come and learn with us. All are welcome. Call Gail Gottsacker 565-2672 with questions.

The Annual United Church Men and Women’s Scholarship Banquet

The Annual United Church Men and Women’s Scholarship Banquet is scheduled for 6:30pm on Thursday, October 25th at Lakeland University. Our congregation faithfully supports this scholarship program each year, so you are invited to attend the banquet, meet the scholarship recipients, and learn more about the program that evening. Please speak to Rev. Laura or a member of the Consistory if you have interest in attending.

From the Mission Committee:

We would like to relay to the congregation the joy and gratitude expressed by the staff of Safe Harbor for the children’s snacks, blankets, and especially pillows we collected this spring. The pillows were so appreciated because Safe Harbor likes to send a pillow home with each individual who stays with them. As such, there is a real need for pillows, and it’s not something folks usually think to donate. We plan to organize a pillow and pillowcase drive for Safe Harbor later this year, so please keep an eye out in the stores for bedding sales between now and the holidays. Thanks!

Newsletter Articles

Newsletter Articles for the November & December issue of the Immanuel Messenger are due Wednesday, October 17.

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


Neighbors in Need Special Mission Offering:

We will be collecting gifts for the annual Neighbors in Need Special Mission Offering of the United Church of Christ Beginning today through Sunday, October 28th. Envelopes can be found in your pew. Neighbors in Need supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of Neighbors in Need funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry(CAIM). Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries(JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants. Neighbors in Need grants are awarded to churches and organizations doing justice work in their communities. These grants fund projects whose work ranges from direct service to community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice. Thank you for your generous support of this mission of our wider church!

Neighbors in Need

Area Events

October 21 Rural Church Fellowship

October 21 Rural Church Fellowship is sponsoring a gathering event.  Mark Behle, Missionary of Global Ministries will give a presentation about his mission work at 1:00 at St James UCC, Spring Valley after the Mission Fest Ham Dinner.  There will be a free will offering to be given to Mark and collection of food items to be given to Safe Harbor.  

Please join us for a Ham Dinner
St James UCC
October 21 2018 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
$10 Adults ~ $5 Children 6-12 ~ Carryouts Available


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