Immanuel United Church of Christ

Newsletter

 

May Birthday Blessings

 
 

Paul Armstrong – May 1

Pauline Johnson – May 2

Scott Mueller – May 8

Makenna Johnson – May 13

Carla Lincoln – May 14

Marv Swichtenberg – May 21

Cindy Anderson – May 25

Doug Armstrong – May 27

 

              
 

Happy Anniversary Blessings

 

 
  Please notify the church office of any errors/
omissions found in the above lists.
                          

Immanuel United
Church of Christ
118 Oak Street, Neenah, WI  54956    

Church email:iuccneenah@sbcglobal.net      Phone:  (920) 722-0381     
              Web site: 
www.iuccneenah.org

 

Dear friends in Christ-

Time passes so quickly!  It feels like we just finished Christmas (I'm pretty sure there are a few sticky candy canes left in my house) and now I am writing the newsletter article for May.  We will soon finish the season of Easter and celebrate Pentecost, the giving of the Holy Spirit.  Acts 2 recounts the story of the wind of that Spirit.  When God's Spirit blows into the apostle's lives, they go from being a small crowd of scared political refugees to being a small crowd of confident evangelists!  These twelve evangelists have such a major impact on the world that we are still telling their stories (and God's story) 2000 years later.  God's Spirit blows and the world changes.  

Here at Immanuel, we have been exploring the wind of God's Spirit in our own lives.  We have begun to understand our own giftedness and to see how God uses each of us in the ministry.  If you have not already taken the opportunity, I encourage you to take a Spiritual Gifts inventory and schedule an interview with me.  In discovering our gifts, we discover how God calls each of us to change the world, for his sake.  I often hear the we are "too small" to make any real difference and I remind you that Jesus only had 12.  We are already more than twice as many as the apostles; God's Spirit continues to blow through us and we are called to be confident evangelists in using our gifts to build up the body of Christ in the world.

May God's Spirit inspire you to new and vibrant ministry in this season of Easter and Pentecost!

 

In Christ-

Pastor Jen

 

Prayer List

Angel Lord,
 Margaret Lord,
 Dave Williamsen

         

Scrip Fundraiser                                

Thank you to everyone who ordered Scrip in April! Our next order will go in on June 6th. Encouraging all members to participate in this fundraising program. Scrip gives IUCC a percentage back – will not cost you anything more!

Please, if you haven’t already, consider applying for a Kwik Trip credit card and naming IUCC as the beneficiary of the non-profit compensation program.

Are you planning a vacation? Cards are available for restaurants (Burger King, Applebee’s, Cracker Barrel, Chili’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, etc) and gas.

Birthday parties, baby showers, or bridal showers? We have many retail stores available as well!

 

 

Easter Lilies

Thanks to everyone who donated an Easter lily for our Easter Sunday Service.  And to Jody Hoppe and Cindy Anderson for preparing the church for Holy Week services.

 

From:                              In Memory of:

Joan Armstrong                Harvey Tipler

                                        Edna Tipler

 

Karen Koller                      Grandmother,
brother & parents

 

Dawn Mickler                    Tony Mickler &

& Barry Halsey                  Marlene Halsey

 

The Pritzl Family               Grandma Irene Terrio

 

Jim, Lynda,                       Arvin, Dorothy,

Matthew & Andrew Sell      and Allen Sell & Abby

 

Bob & Jean Vande Hey      Our parents

 

Ron & Carla Wege            Harry & Alice Leppla

 

Chuck and Karen Wolf       Ethel McIntyre

                                        Frank & Ella Rice

 

Sunday School Update

May marks the end of the Sunday school year. Please see below for special events.

 

Sun, April 30th        Blessing of the Pets

 

Sun, May 14th         Mother’s Day project

Coin collection for Fox Valley Humane Society

 

Sat, May 20th          10:30 am meet at church and travel to Fox Valley Humane Society to donate coins and eat lunch.

 

Joint Fellowship and Gamarama

St. John’s will join us on May 7th at 12:30 for a joint meal and fellowship time. Stick around after lunch for gamarama! Please sign up to bring a dish to pass.   

 

IUCC Community Meal
1st & 3rd Wednesdays of Every Month
                       5:00 – 6:30 PM
The IUCC/New Hope Lutheran Community Meal Program is a non-profit 501c3 under IUCC and all donations are tax deductible.  Send your donations payable to: IUCC (note on memo line “Community Meal”) and mail to IUCC 118 Oak St., Neenah, WI 54956. Donations are always welcome.  We always need paper products (toilet paper, plates and napkins, plastic forks, spoons, knives, garbage bags-large black), and cleaning supplies.   Also, beef and chicken broth, V8 juice, fruit juices, tuna, peanut butter, soups, and box meal mixes.  We also accept frozen meat products such as turkey, chicken, ham, stew meats, etc.  Contact the office before dropping off (920-722-0381).

The first Wednesday of the month members of IUCC will handle serving and clean up and the third Wednesday of the month New Hope will serve and clean up but IUCC will still have a few members there to assist with security, operating the lift, building lock up and to be a source to help people locate items.  We have a sign-up sheet on the front pew in church.  We invite you tosign up a month in advance to take a Wednesday meal time to help serve.

Serving The Congregation On Sunday Morning

Thanks to those who have volunteered to greet, usher, and read scripture. If you can’t serve the week indicated, please exchange with someone else and call the church office Wednesday morning before 8:30 a.m. We list the names in the bulletin and request you wear your name tag to acknowledge your help and also help others, especially guests and infrequent attendees, to get “names and faces” together

May - June, 2017- WORSHIP TIME 8:30 A.M.
                

GREETERS

May 7

May 14

May 21

May 28

Doty Street

Angel Lord

205-4596

Lois Hoppe

727-4820

Cora Nelson

725-1881

Lois Hoppe

722-0488

Oak Street

Jean Vande Hey

989-3101

Jody Hoppe

729-5715

Jessica Anderson

850-0573

Jody Hoppe

729-5715

Ushers

Larry Schroeder

268-7741

Jody Hoppe    729-5715

Larry Schroeder

268-7741

Jody Hoppe

729-5715

 

Chuck Wolf

725-9036

Cindy Anderson

727-4820

Jody Hoppe

729-5715

Chuck Wolf

725-9036

Reader

Jody Hoppe

Jessica Anderson

Jean Vande Hey

Cindy Anderson

Communion Set Up

Cindy Anderson

 

 

 

 

GREETERS

June 4

June 11

June 18

June 25

Doty Street

Cora Nelson

725-1881

Angel Lord

205-4596

Lois Hoppe

727-4820

Cora Nelson

725-1881

Oak Street

Jessica Anderson

850-0573

Jean Vande Hey

989-3101

Jody Hoppe

729-5715

Jessica Anderson

850-0573

Ushers

Gary Joosten

810-2962

Bob Vande Hey

740-6177

Jody Hoppe    729-5715

Larry Schroeder

268-7741

 

Judy Joosten

810-2962

Chuck Wolf

725-9036

Cindy Anderson

727-4820

Jody Hoppe

729-5715

Reader

Larry Schroeder

Jody Hoppe

Jessica Anderson

Jean Vande Hey

Communion Set Up

Cindy Anderson

 

 

 

Please check the sign-up sheet and sign up to be a communion assistant the first Sunday of each month for Communion Sunday.

 


 

 

 


Immanuel UCC March 2017 Financial Information

   

   

 March

     

Year to Date                                             

 

General Fund Income

$ 4,573.50

$ 13,417.05

General Fund Expenses:

$(-8,367.55)

$(-24,180.29)

Net Income/Loss

$(-3,794.05)

$(-10,763.24)

Change in investments:

$ 551.31

$ 11,390.08

Scrip on hand:

$ 100

$ 100

Community Meal balance:

$ 652.73

$ 652.73

 

Immanuel UCC Office Hours                                                                                                                                                              

Monday                Office 8:15-11:15 a.m.    
Tuesday               Office 8:15-11:15 a.m.    
Wednesday          Pastor Jen:  1-5 pm


 
Thursday              Office:  8:15 am -1:15 pm    
Friday                 Pastor Jen - 9 am - 1 pm    

 

 Cancellation of services because of weather

In case of bad weather and the cancellation of Sunday services at IUCC, please listen to the following TV Stations:  WBAY-ABC – Channel 2; WFRV – CBS – Channel 5; WGBA-NBC – Channel 26 or WLUK, CW.  You can also tune into radio station WHBY AM.

 

Technical Grant Approved

We are pleased to announce that we received a grant from the UCC Northeast Association for $1,700 to be used for the replacement of the office copier. This grant will cover half the cost of replacement – please consider a personal donation towards this expense, as it will expedite the process of obtaining the copier.

 

Gifting appreciated stock to charity

If you are considering a charitable contribution this year, it is in your best interest to seek out the most effective manner in which your money can work for you. Gifting appreciated stock is one of the most effective means of tax savings available. The benefits of gifting appreciated stock 1.  The satisfaction of knowing your money is invested in a cause important to you. 2.  Capital gains taxes on the stock are avoided. 3.  You will be eligible to receive an income tax charitable deduction for the full fair-market-value of the stock at the time of the gift.

To qualify for these special tax advantages, the security must have been held for at least one year. A gift of stock in certificate form should be postmarked by December 31 or your financial advisor can arrange for a yearend gift of stock from your account.

Your gift of appreciated stock is fully deductible up to 30% of your adjusted gross income. For example, if your adjusted gross income is $100,000, up to $30,000 of long-term appreciated stock and other capital gain property may generally be deducted, although high-income donors may be subject to a partial phase-out of itemized deductions. Any excess can generally be carried forward and deducted over as many as five subsequent years.

How giving away $10,000 in stock can benefit you. Take a look at the tax savings of donating securities versus a cash gift. The chart below assumes you wish to donate shares of stock worth $10,000 that you purchased for $2,000 several years ago.

 

Donate appreciated securities outright

Donate $10,000 cash

Sell securities & donate cash

Charitable deduction

$10,000

$10,000

$10,000

Ordinary Income Taxes (assumes 35% rate)

$3,500

$3,500

$3,500

Capital gains tax paid (assumes 15% tax rate on $8,000 gain)

$1,200 saved

N/A

$1,200 paid

Net tax savings

$4,700

$3,500

$2,300

 

Over the past 2 years, we had to sell off some investments/stocks to keep the ship afloat with no new investments added. Right now, I have to sell more to pay the bills. If you are looking for a great investment for your tax return, please consider investing in the future of your church. I talked to Ryan, our new financial advisor, who let me know there is a fund out there selling below market and paying over 9%. IUCC could buy some if we had any new money to invest. Putting your tax return to work in this newfund will provide financial support to the church for many years. If you don’t have cash, check with your financial advisor to see if you have some investments that could be transferred to the church (see above) and save on your taxes next year. I’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Bob Vande Hey – Treasurer – 920-989-3101

 

 

                   


 

 

 

IUCC Council Meeting Highlights

April 19, 2017

 

 

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Staff reports

Katie Hintz worked 40 hours doing normal duties.

 

Pastoral Activities

Pastor Jen was on vacation and missed the council meeting.

 

Old Business

Sleepover was a huge success – thank you to Cindy Anderson and Larry Schroeder!

Rummage sale was a huge success – thank you to Judy Joosten and Lisa Burow for their continued dedication!

Pastor Jen, Gary and Judy Joosten, and Larry Schroeder will attend the annual Wisconsin UCC Conference meeting in Green Lake with Larry and Judy voting.

Larry Schroeder has stepped in as coordinator for the spiritual gifts inventories. Thank you.

 

Building and Grounds

Fire inspection complete and clean. Oven and ladies sink in the bathroom need to be fixed – thank you to Chuck Wolf who has volunteered to fix it.

 

Christian Education

Sunday school will wrap up the year with a blessing of the animals, mother’s day project, and a coin collection for the Fox Valley Humane Society. They will also take a trip to the Humane Society and enjoy lunch together. Thank you to Mary Bauernfiend and substitute teachers for their hard work this year with the children.

 

Administrative Issues

Katie Hintz’s last day will be May 31st. She is taking a full-time job at Tullar Elementary School as their office administrator.

Special thank you for her arrival in a time of crisis helping us get back on track at a very difficult time. We will miss you. Please pass the word that we are looking for a part time church secretary and contact Bob with any questions.   

 

Emergency And Hospital Phone Number

If you are in need of emergency Pastoral care, please call Pastor Jen Czarnota at (Cell) 920-642-3050; ( Church) 920-722-0381. 
Please leave a detailed message. On the message, talk slowly and leave: 1. your name and phone number; 2. which hospital and who the person is and room number; 3. anything else necessary that would help him understand the situation.  For any other type of emergency call Bob Vande Hey at 920-740-6177.  If you need to leave a confidential message for Pastor Jen, please use her cell phone number:  920-642-3050, or her e-mail address:  jjczar@gmail.com.

 

FUNDRAISING 

 

Use of Church Property

           The policy is that you check with the office regarding what you would like to use, and fill out a Material Building Use Form stating what you are using, when it was taken, and when it will be returned.  We are in the process of updating the church inventory of all church items for insurance purposes and need to be sure we include all of the church property.  If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact Bob Vande Hey at 920-989-3101.