Word from Pastor

  Advent begins on December 1st!  For centuries, Christians around the world have used the four weeks leading up to Christmas to prepare themselves for the celebration of Jesus’ birth. It’s a time when we observe Jesus’ first coming while we    also look forward to Jesus’ return. Each of the four weeks leading up to […]

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Grace, peace and love of God to you!!!

You are an important part of the community of faith here at Immanuel!  THANK YOU for your on-going partnership in the Gospel!  I am deeply grateful for the large and small ways that so many of you are serving in our congregation and community!  Although God’s love for you in Christ NEVER changes and is […]

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Grace, peace and love of God to you!!! A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who has been stepping up and serving as they are able this summer!  So many of you donated items and volunteered for CommUNITY VBS and all of the prep to the facility prior.  THANK YOU for “serving one another humbly in love!” In […]

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Grace and peace of Christ to you!!!

Perhaps you have seen the below words in your email or online somewhere…  In truth I do not know who originally wrote them and every time I read them, I am challenged…Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone?   What if we carried it around in our […]

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Grace and peace to you!!!

The other day I was visiting with a colleague and friend discussing the resurrection.  We had just completed a walk and we were sitting outside. As I looked around me, I was overcome with the awareness that things we coming to life… the trees were budding, plants were emerging from the soil, shrubs that looked dead […]

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The abounding love of God to you!!!

Our Lenten journey continues!  What a blessing it is and has been to partner with St. Paul for our Lenten series on Prayer.  Join us on April 3 and 10 when we will explore Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane and Jesus’ prayer from the cross at 12:10 & 6:30 p.m. On April 21, […]

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Grace and peace of Christ to you!

Our Lenten journey begins on March 6th with Ash Wednesday.  During worship you will be invited to come forward and receive ashes on your forehead in the sign of the cross.  The ashes are a sign or symbol of repentance, of turning back to God. Using ashes is “an ancient practice, often  mentioned in the […]

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Souper Bowl of Caring

Since 1990, young people have been leading the charge and inspiring others to collect dollars and food weeks leading up to the Big Game. Teaming up with local partners, these groups give 100% of donations to local charities, changing the nation’s largest weekend of football into the largest weekend of caring. More than $143 million […]

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Pastor’s Page

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance this day and always! As you may recall from my column last year, I love Valentine’s Day!  I appreciate how it prompts people to remind the people they love, that they love them.  In a sense, EVERYDAY is such a day!  Every day is a day that […]

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A Word from the Pastor

While studying at Wartburg College I visited my roommate’s hometown and stayed with her family.  I was visiting with her dad, Craig Mack, about Romans 12:1 which reads: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which […]

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