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Stay up to date with the happenings of Immanuel Lutheran Church by visiting our blog. You'll find information such as announcements, sermon notes and thoughts from our pastor to encourage and challenge your walk with the Lord.

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Midweek Lenten Service - Week 6

by: Todd Stevens

04/01/2020

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Sunday Worship Online

by: Todd Stevens

03/28/2020

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Join us this Sunday, March 29th, for our 5th week in Lent. It will begin at 8:30 am.


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Join us this Sunday, March 29th, for our 5th week in Lent. It will begin at 8:30 am.


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Watch This Week's Lenten Service

by: Todd Stevens

03/25/2020

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Join us tonight as we focus on Judas. The service will begin at 6:45 pm


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Join us tonight as we focus on Judas. The service will begin at 6:45 pm


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A Note From Pastor Wilke

by: Todd Stevens

03/24/2020

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Dear friends,

We are still figuring out how best to do life together. The decisions to gather or not gather are not being made lightly. There is much thought that goes into these decisions, the health of the congregation, the staff, our community, and our public witness. The church, while being a light on a hill, must also be a friend to the community around us. We are not of the world, but certainly during a time like this we realize we are in the world.

For the sake of good order and health, we will once again gather online this… read more

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Dear friends,

We are still figuring out how best to do life together. The decisions to gather or not gather are not being made lightly. There is much thought that goes into these decisions, the health of the congregation, the staff, our community, and our public witness. The church, while being a light on a hill, must also be a friend to the community around us. We are not of the world, but certainly during a time like this we realize we are in the world.

For the sake of good order and health, we will once again gather online this week, both Wednesday and Sunday. Please keep checking our Facebook page and our web page to see video encouragements and other notes. The leadership of Immanuel is working on a plan for family communion. You will be given more details after a safe and effective process is finalized.

Be disappointed that we cannot gather, but do not grumble. Be sad that we are separated, but do not lose hope, for hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. We will gather together again. We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper as the family of God again, and when we do, what a celebration it will be.

Blessings, peace, and joy be multiplied to you,

Pastor Wilke

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Join us Wednesday Evening for Lenten Service

by: Todd Stevens

03/24/2020

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We will have tomorrow's Online Service ready for you to begin watching at 6:46 pm. Share with your friends.

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We will have tomorrow's Online Service ready for you to begin watching at 6:46 pm. Share with your friends.

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Sunday Service Online

by: Todd Stevens

03/22/2020

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Join us for Worship on this 4th Sunday in Lent.


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Join us for Worship on this 4th Sunday in Lent.


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Online Lenten Service

by: Todd Stevens

03/18/2020

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Watch our Online Lenten Service Here


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Update on Services and Cancellations

by: Todd Stevens

03/18/2020

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ.


I greet you in the greatest confidence in Jesus Christ. Times like this only reinforce in us the great joy and comfort we have in God's promise of salvation.
In that great confidence, I must inform you that after much discussion, thought, and deep prayer, this Sunday our service will be online only (no Sunday or weekday Bible classes either). Wednesday Lenten services, classes, and meal are canceled too. We will post the Lenten video later in the week. We will revisit again next week, when I am in town, and make another decision.
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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ.


I greet you in the greatest confidence in Jesus Christ. Times like this only reinforce in us the great joy and comfort we have in God's promise of salvation.
In that great confidence, I must inform you that after much discussion, thought, and deep prayer, this Sunday our service will be online only (no Sunday or weekday Bible classes either). Wednesday Lenten services, classes, and meal are canceled too. We will post the Lenten video later in the week. We will revisit again next week, when I am in town, and make another decision.
These are new times for all of us. We must do the best we can be with the information we have been given. Our witness to the community and world must be one of faith in God and unity among the body. We hope to find a way for us to gather soon around the Lord's table. I love you all and continue to pray for your health.
Immersed in Christ's riches.

Pastor Wilke

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Coronavirus and Immanuel

by: Todd Stevens

03/13/2020

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ at Immanuel,

I have received several inquiries regarding our Sunday morning Divine Worship and the COVID-19 (the coronavirus). Our leadership is fully aware of what is transpiring before us during this pandemic. We have witnessed the shutdowns of schools and universities, sporting events and Broadway. While we understand the concerns around large gatherings, we also understand that we gather for a greater purpose and reason. We come together as the body of Christ at the urging of the Holy Spirit not the request of man. For this reason, Immanuel will continue to have worship for… read more

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ at Immanuel,

I have received several inquiries regarding our Sunday morning Divine Worship and the COVID-19 (the coronavirus). Our leadership is fully aware of what is transpiring before us during this pandemic. We have witnessed the shutdowns of schools and universities, sporting events and Broadway. While we understand the concerns around large gatherings, we also understand that we gather for a greater purpose and reason. We come together as the body of Christ at the urging of the Holy Spirit not the request of man. For this reason, Immanuel will continue to have worship for the foreseeable future.

We will take precautions as are necessary and appropriate. At this time, we are suggesting that greetings be kept at a distance. We will also move to continuous communion and offering plates placed throughout the sanctuary to keep contact to a minimum.

Currently there is no indication that anyone in our church or academy community has contracted or been in contact with someone known to have the COVID-19. If that changes, we will make sure everyone is notified (through the app, Facebook, and the website).

We are also encouraging each of you to be responsible for your health. If your immune system is compromised, you are in an at-risk age group, or your doctor has advised you to be careful, then please be careful and stay home if necessary. Our 8:30 service can be found online throughout the week.

Lastly, as your pastor, I can think of no better place to be during crisis or pandemic, then around the Word of God and His holy altar together as the body of Christ, in prayer, praise, and thanksgiving. I leave you with these words of Luther written during the time of the bubonic plague (black death).

“I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me however I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God."

Luther's Works Volume 43 pg 132 the letter "Whether one may flee from a Deadly Plague" written to Rev. Dr. John Hess

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