Immanuel is a community of active ministries. We offer a wide-variety of programs for people of all ages. Whatever your spiritual gifts are, we have a place for them to grow. There are opportunities for learning, teaching, serving others, developing relationships, and for just plain fun
ILC Educational Ministries
Immanuel Lutheran Church offers Christian Education opportunities for all ages.
Sunday School classes are offered each week at 9:45 a.m. for adults and children 2 years and older.
Because we value the opportunity for all generations to learn together as a church family, we offer
Intergenerational Sunday School programs and events several times during the regular Sunday School year.
We also offer Vacation Bible School for children 4 years old through 5th grade each summer.
There is always something going on at Immanuel to encourage your spiritual education and growth.
We would love to see you get involved with any or all of our educational ministry opportunities!!
“Food For Thought”
Meet in the Parish Hall at 9:45am for breakfast with a dramtic devotional presentation.
ALL ages welcome. Kids through adults.
Ann and Mark Mitchell lead an Adult Bible Study Class
in the center room of the church basement.
This is a discussion-based class in which participants are encouraged to share their experiences,
insights, and questions as we seek to apply the lessons learned from Scripture to our every day lives.
EVERYONE is welcome. . .all you need is yourself, your thoughts, and your Bible.
This class meets in the Parlor and is self-led by class members.
(joining with “Food For Thought” during Summer 2013)
Adult Opportunity for VBS 2013:
Book Study On Tom Ellsworth’s Beyond Your Backyard: Stepping Out to Serve Others
$10 to purchase the book; limited copies to borrow
Meet in the Chapel at 6:15pm
Movie Night Discussion Guides
The ELCA has put together a large list of movie discussion guides. All for free!! So you can spend some quality time watching a movie with your friends and family and then use these resources to spark a meaningful discussion over dinner.
Discussion guides are available at: http://www.elca.org/Growing-In-Faith/Ministry/Youth-Ministry/Resources/Movie-Discussion-Guides/Movie-Discussions.aspx
Current Events Discussions
Again, a wonderful resource put together by the ELCA. These discussions include up-to-date news topics that tie into the weekly scripture readings. They are appropriate for youth and parents. They also provide links to all of the studies for the past year. Discussion guides can be found at: http://www.elca.org/faithlens
Daily Discipleship Bible Studies
This resource is targeted for adults and is offered by the ELCA. There is a weekly discussion based on the scriptures for the week. It is designed for small or large groups as well as for personal devotions. It is a great way to spend some time preparing for the upcoming Sunday’s lessons, or reflecting on the lessons you heard last Sunday in Church.
Bible studies can be found at: http://www.elca.org/Growing-In-Faith/Discipleship/Christian-Education/Daily-Discipleship.aspx
Faith Practices Bible Studies
God calls us each to be Disciples. The ELCA lists the 7 faith practices of a disciple as: Pray, Study, Worship, Invite, Encourage, Serve, and Give. They provide a small group Bible study for each faith practice as well as additional resources on each topic. These are great for study with family or a small group of friends. We have used them in the past for adult Bible study, and currently, they are being used as a guide for our 8th grade confirmation class.
The Faith Practice Resources are located at: http://www.elca.org/christianeducation/discipleship/faithpractices.html
Our adult choir meets on Wednesdays, September through May, at 6:30 pm in the Music Room. It is directed by Renee Kesselring and is open to all those who want to sing praises to God. The choir sings at only one service each week, either the 7:45 am or the 11:00 am service, as well as at special services such as Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday. Additionally the choir performs a special Christmas Cantata every December.
Sotaria performs weekly at the 8:45 am contemporary service in the Parish Hall from September through May. They practice on Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall. The group includes a myriad of musicians and a very talented songwriter! If you are a musician and want to share your talents with the Church by participating in this amazing group, please contact Joy Arnham.
The Handbell Choir meets weekly on Wednesday evenings at 7:45 pm September through May in the choir loft of the Sanctuary. It is directed by Renee Kesselring and includes high school students and adults. They perform at least once a month and are always looking for new talent!!
As a community of women, created in the image of God, called to discipleship in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, the participants commit themselves to grow in faith, affirm their gifts, support one another in their callings, engage in ministry and action, and promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society and the world.
To mobilize women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ.
The Women of the ELCA unit at Immanuel is a part of the Church Wide WELCA organization, and includes all women of the church. There are women who hold numerous important positions within the church. They serve on the Church Council and as Committee members; lead the Sunday School Program and Vacation Bible School; act as greeters, ushers, communion assistants, and readers; and help to send out the monthly newsletter, annual report, and church directory. When volunteers are needed, the Immanuel women respond wholeheartedly.
In addition, the women of Immanuel serve meals at funerals and participate in the Prayer Chain, Visitation Ministry, and the quilting and craft groups, which are all discussed in more detail later in this publication.
Some other areas where women take an active role at Immanuel include:
Choir, Band, and Bell Choir Members
Food Pantry Attendants
Sunday School/Vacation Bible School Teachers
Christmas Program Directors
Annual Garage Sale Workers
Kitchen Helpers for Special Functions
Volunteers for Youth Programs
This, of course, is only a partial list and is not meant to be all-inclusive as there are many other ways the women of Immanuel reach out to serve others in the church and in the surrounding community. The Women of the ELCA are making a difference!
ILC Men meet for fellowship through basketball each Monday at 8:00 p.m.
All men are welcome to join us in the gym.
Come join us each month for fellowship and breakfast at 6:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month.
Men In Mission
Lutheran Men in Mission (LMM) is the men’s ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. ILC’s Men in Mission Group meets on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel.Take some time to join men of Immanuel in discussing scripture and issues of today.