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Angel Tree is a program of Prison Fellowship that serves incarcerated parents by providing a pathway for strengthening and restoring their relationships with their children and families. This ministry helps provide a gift and a message of hope for the children. You have the opportunity to serve through Angel Tree this year. The dates for the Angel Tree with the tags for the children will be the following Sundays: November 18, 25, and December 2.  Please return the wrapped gifts by Sunday, December 9. Volunteers are needed. Please address any of your questions to Chris Voelker at 715-435-3816.


The South Wood Emerging Pantry Shelf (SWEPS) and the Szelagowski’s thank you for your very generous contribution of 130 bags of groceries and $56 cash in Immanuel’s annual food drive. It is fun for us to see the reaction to your generosity as we deliver the bags to the pantry. We are proud to be a part of this caring family. Love, Pauline Szelagowski


Thanks to all who helped out on the School Work Night. We had a good crew and accomplished many tasks! Thank you Jeremy Krakow, Jeff Christensen, Jeff Gronski, Cadyn Lee, Jeremy VanRyzin, Paul & Judd Schlaefer, Greg Drewiske, Wes & Maks Kurszewski, Jason Joren, and Blake Schultz for helping with our work night.


Have a blurb, or report that you would like included in the December newsletter, please have it in to the church office by Thursday, November 15th. Email it to Marlene at: mmertens@immanuelrapids.com.

Immanuel Events


The Evening Guild will be holding its November Bake Sale on Sunday, November 18. We are excited to have a few ladies making and donating gift baskets and handicrafts to the sale this year. Look for the gift baskets to be on display November 11th. As always, proceeds from the sale go towards our Annual Charitable Contributions. 


Ths distribution happens once a month on the 3rd Saturday at the Boys & Girls Club, 501 17th St. S, WR and is happening on Saturday, November 17. This is a great opportunity to volunteer and donate your time and service to our community. We are always looking for volunteers as this is a huge event and many people are needed to make it successful. We start around 6:30 and are usually finished by 11:30. If you would like to volunteer, stop by the Immanuel church office for a volunteer form or fill one out the morning of – at the distribution.


Registration for food starts at 8 on the 17th and is from 8 – 10 am. We ask for a $20 donation and you receive approximately 70 lbs of food for your family. Bring 2 boxes/baskets to for food. Immanuel Lutheran Church and the Boys & Girls Club sponsor this event.


The School VIP day will be Wednesday, November 21 from 8:40-11:30 am. This event is for a Grandparent, Aunt, Uncle, or other very important person in the lives of the students. Congregation members are also invited to join our students. The day will include chapel and activities in the classroom. This will be a parent drive-day as there is no public school this day so buses will not be running. Our school day will also end at 11:30 on this day!


Mark your calendars…. We will be decorating the Church for Christmas on Saturday, December 1st, starting at 9:00 am. Here’s what we do…trees need to be put up, ornaments applied; Garland needs to be hung, the lights tested; wreaths need to be hung, the lights on the lighted ones tested; bows need to be "fluffed”; banners need to be hung. As you can see there are many tasks that need to be done and “many hands make light work”. We would like to see some younger helpers… especially when it comes to climbing ladders to place decorations. We look forward to seeing many of you at the church on Saturday, December 1st to help decorate.

Community Events


The Wisconsin Rapids Kiwanis Club is hosting a Coats for Kids winter clothing drive. They are collecting new and gently used winter wear including hats, mittens, boots, jackets, coats and snow pants. All donated items will be professionally cleaned by Traditions Cleaners before distribution. Immanuel Lutheran Church is a drop-off and a receptacle is in the narthex and will be there until Thursday, November 15th. Other drop off areas are Walmart Wisconsin Rapids, The Rapids Mall, Bullseye Credit Union on 8th St. S, Wood County Sheriff’s Department, or Traditions Cleaners.


The people of South Wood County have historically been very generous during the holiday season to help support families in need. One such generosity is the Marine Corps Reserve, “Toys for Tots” (TFT) Christmas for Children program. During the 2018 holiday season, “Toys for Tots” will be jointly operated by the Grand Rapids Lions and SWEPS (South Wood Emerging Food Pantry). If your family is in need this holiday season, please take the following steps:

• Register your family by filling out the registration form and returning it to the main office of your school by November 28th. No referrals will be accepted after this date.

*Remember, only the parent or guardian with primary placement/physical custody can apply

• A time for picking up your toys will be mailed to you.

• Pick-up you’re your toys on December 15th at SWEPS.

South Wood Emerging Food Pantry

331 12th Ave S., Wisconsin Rapids

• You may only pick up the toys on December 15th.


The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to help "ring" bells this Holiday season  for the Red Kettle Campaign. For more information or to volunteer, please call Amanda at 715-697-8676


The November meeting of the Celiac Support Group will be held Tuesday, November 20, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm in the Water’s Edge Dining Room on the lower level of Aspirus Riverview Hospital, 410 Dewey Street, Wisconsin Rapids. The group is free, and no registration is needed. For more information, please call Lori at 715-421-7446.


The Group will meet Tuesday, November 13, from 5:15 to 6:15 pm in the Aspirus Riverview Hospital Lower Level Conference Center, 410 Dewey Street, Wisconsin Rapids. For more information, please call Aspirus UW Cancer Center at 715-421-7442.

A-MEN GROUP - The A-MEN group’s November gathering will be at St. John’s, Kellner on November 16th for a chili feed. More information will be posted when available or you can email Ed Bieno at ejb1401@gmail.com.


This meal will be served at no cost on Thursday, November 22, from noon - 1:00 p.m. at St. Luke’s. Home deliveries and transportation are available. For reservations please call 715-423-5990 beginning Monday, November 12 through Monday, November 19 - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. St Luke’s Lutheran Church is located at 2011 10th St. South.

Ministry Highlights


This week:"What is Heaven?" Speaker: Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler. A message by Michael Zeigler for The Lutheran Hour based on John 17:1-5 (John 17:1-5)