Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church



Christmas Caroling

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Thank you to everyone who went to visit our shut-ins and sang Christmas carols with them! You could tell from their smiles it made their day!

Willard F. Draeger (November 7, 1926 – November 26, 2017)

“Our hearts are with the family and friends of Willard Draeger who went to his home in heaven last Sunday.  Our hearts rejoice with them because Willard had a living faith in our crucified and risen Savior.  We know he is right now praising Jesus with all the saints and angels in heaven just as he loved to praise Him at Immanuel as long as he could and continued to do so a Brooks Garden in Lake Mills.  God be with all  who mourn Willard’s passing.”

Willard F. Draeger

Willard F. Draeger, 91, Lake Mills, died on Sunday, November 26, 2017, at Brook Gardens in Lake Mills.

He was born on November 7, 1926, in Watertown, the son of the late Ernest and Grace (Krause) Draeger.

Willard was a graduate of the Lake Mills High School, class of 1944.

He married Louida “Tweedy” Behrens on May 22, 1948 at St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cambridge. She died on Nov. 19, 2011.

They moved to the Hope Lake area in 1951, where they farmed for many years. He was known in the area for selling popcorn and apples.

He was a member of the Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Town of Deerfield, past president and treasurer of the church council, and the Lake Mills Bridge Club.

Willard enjoyed playing cards (especially sheepshead and euchre), doing puzzles, listening to polka music, and traveling.

For many years Willard had been the sexton of the Kroghville Cemetery.

Willard adopted both sons through the Childrens Lutheran Home in Milwaukee but was proud to be a “Father” to many being a terrific friend and role model.

Survivors include one son, Jeffrey (Margaret) of Lake Mills; one granddaughter, Samantha Jo Draeger; one sister, Judith Grace Otis of Arlington Heights, IL; other relatives and many friends.

Also preceding in death was a son, Curtis Lynn Draeger in 2005.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 1, 2017 at the Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Town of Deerfield with the Rev. Paul Scharrer officiating.

Burial will be in the Kroghville Cemetery.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. on Friday at the church until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Rainbow Hospice Care, Inc of Jefferson.




IMG_1372We are very excited to share that we have started children’s devotions during our church service! This is an awesome way to teach our young people that church is for them too! The children are then excused to the classroom to learn more about Jesus and how much he loves them.


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For our website visitors and hopefully on Sundays at church we wanted to take a moment and share some basic information about our church! Immanuel is a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. We have one worship service on Sundays at 9am with Bible Study at 10:15! Our pastor’s name is Pastor Paul Scharrer. Our church council from left to right, are Treasurer Dick Veith, President John Wineke, Financial Secretary Zach Veith, Recording Secretary Mike Kiesow, and Elder Gordy Martin. If you have any questions please feel free to call the number listed to get a hold of Pastor Scharrer. Thanks for visiting, hope to see you on Sunday mornings! God Bless!


Our Pastor

Pastor Paul Scharrer is the eighteenth pastor to serve Immanuel in its 141 year history.

Pastor Scharrer began his ministry in Lincoln, Nebraska.  In the beginning of 1984 he began serving the Lord with Pastor Donald Bitter and all of God’s people at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Fort Atkinson.  God blessed Pastor Scharrer enabling him to serve 32 ½ years at St. Paul’s.  He retired last September, but the Lord had more work for him to do.  He was called to serve Immanuel “in retirement” the end of October.

Pastor and his wife, Kathryn, are eager to begin a “new chapter” in their lives, getting to know the friendly people of Immanuel and together with them, sharing the Good News of our Savior and His love.  If you would like to meet with him or have any questions about Immanuel, please don’t hesitate to contact him at 920-723-1623 or email him at




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