Immanuel Lutheran Church,

School, and Child Care Center

Reaching out to all people, teaching and sharing God's gift of Jesus Christ,

empowering, equipping and encouraging all the saints.

Immanuel Lutheran Church, School, and Child Care Center

604 S Chestnut Ave, Marshfield, WI 54449

Phone: 715-384-5121     Fax: 715-389-2963     Email Us

Office Hours: Monday thru Friday (7:30 AM to 4:00 PM)

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Narthex Committee - February 2017

In our recent meeting in December, following the survey and survey results, we met to discuss the next steps for the narthex usage. Survey results can be found in the office with a copy of our meeting minutes. This meeting focused on the use and purpose of the library and additional shelves. From the survey voters were happy with us moving the library but additional comments suggested to the possibility of the library become invisible if moved to a different room. As a group we decided to keep the main library shelves where they are but look into reducing the outdated books and consolidating the shelf space. Our hope is that the additional small shelves can be removed and their contents can be housed on the main shelves or on a future Welcome Desk. The books that are weeded out could be sold at our Rummage Sale, or donated to local thrift stores or senior apartments.

A new survey will be created for our members to use their voice concerning the library, usage and importance.

The Women’s Guild cards have been moved to the office. Please pass the word that we are a great source for Christian greeting cards for all occasions. Many people have used them and have received good reviews. Men’s themes are also available.

The Narthex Committee will develop floor plans for the congregation to see our vision and present these with photos of what other churches have done to create a welcome and information desk. We are currently looking for ways to keep our spending to a minimum. If any of you have skills in or contacts in the carpentry and construction trades we would like to know. We would like this person to build a welcome desk. There will be new signage in the future but it was recommended that we place a sign above the hallway to the school. “Welcome to Immanuel Lutheran School” would be displayed to bring attention to our great asset.

Future plans for the Narthex have been discussed. Entry doors that let in more light, way-finding signage to assist new visitors, and updated lighting to create a brighter room.

Thank you for your interest in our vision.

In service to Immanuel,

Brian Mortvedt and the Narthex Committee

(Barb Beck, Rachelle Meyer, Dennis Wibben, Corey Kuhnau)

Board of Education - January 2017

On behalf of your Board of Education, we would like to update you on the happenings in our childcare center and school. This past quarter a lot of administrative changes have occurred at the childcare center including placing Dr. Karen Bahn as head director. She has since hired two lead supervisors, Megan Maderic in the morning and Brooke Draves in the afternoon. Dr. Bahn will maintain oversight of the program, as was previously practiced before the ALM model at Immanuel. The policy committee has one section left to update in the school handbook and will begin putting together the documents needed for the appendix. We anticipate working on the childcare center handbook following the completion of the school handbook. The marketing committee has been working on a logo that will represent Immanuel Lutheran Church, School, and Childcare Center. An informational presentation is being put together to present to congregations at area churches for open enrollment in late February. We would like to thank our school staff and students for their work with Operation Christmas Child. Twenty-four boxes were filled and $500 was raised. We are very proud of their hard work and generosity! Thank you for representing Immanuel Lutheran School so well!

Pastoral Call Committee - November 2016

The Pastoral Call Committee met with North Wisconsin District President Rev. Lueck and our Circuit Counselor, Rev. Doug Schalow, on October 5th. This was our pre-call meeting to learn the details of the call process, and the timetable for calling our new pastor. We are pleased to announce that Immanuel can begin to assemble a list of possible Pastors to call. Members of our congregation are invited to submit names of Pastors they think would be a good fit for Immanuel. There is a form to fill out on the library table in the narthex for this purpose. Please place completed forms in the Faith Chest for submission to the District office for consideration. We will be accepting suggestions until October 30th. Remember that submitted names must be on the LCMS roster of ordained ministers.

If you have questions about the call process, you may contact any of the members of the call committee:

Rich Abel, Chairman     715-384-4165

Dave Henning     715-676-2555

Len Kleinschmidt     715-305-1282

Randy McClellan     715-389-2775

Dave Ruhbusch     715-368-0054

Board of Elders, June-October 2016

The Board of Elders had four open meetings this quarter, plus Pr. Chris’s evaluation in closed session. Dave Ruhbusch and Rollie Hagen were elected to the Board, replacing Guy Langfeldt and Steve Steingraber. Rollie subsequently resigned and was replaced by Randy McLellan. Rich Abel was elected as Chairman, and Dave Henning was reelected as secretary. Pastor Chris decided in August to leave parish ministry to accept the Lutheran Chaplain position with Ascension Health. We have engaged Pr. David Faulkner as our vacancy pastor, and have met with him to discuss our future ministry needs. In the interim, we ensured that the most crucial ministry needs were covered by other pastors and volunteers. Our Circuit Counselor, Pr. Doug Schalow, was most helpful in arranging this assistance. We have begun the pastoral call process, and have met with District President, Pr. Dwayne Lueck. Congregational self study is underway to help us determine the qualifications and experience needed to lead Immanuel. Suggestions from the Congregation are being accepted until October 30. We hope to complete the call process by the end of the year, and make a call in early January. A Lessons and Carols service was approved for December 11--it will be similar to last year. We accepted another group of new members this quarter. We declined to allow the Boy Scouts of America to recruit in our School due to their policies regarding Leader qualifications.

Elected Board Members

John Beck—President

Brian Mortvedt—Vice President

Kim Bernarde—Secretary

Board of Education:

  • Rachelle Meyer
  • Wayne Coblentz
  • Jen Hafermann
  • Theresa Backaus
  • Carol Anderson

Board of Elders:

  • Rich Abel
  • Len Kleinschmidt
  • Dave Henning
  • Randy McLellan
  • David Ruhbusch

Board of Administration:

  • Barb Coblentz
  • Kurt Hollatz
  • Jake Bernarde
  • Glen Buth
  • J.J. Jensen