Sunday Worship Services in July to Trace History of Immanuel
Every Sunday worship service in July a portion of the history of Immanuel
Lutheran Church will be traced by members of the 140th Anniversary and
Reformation Celebration Committee. The history of the 140 years will be shared through a display of photos and facts weekly, with a bulletin insert of questions, with answers to be shared at the end of each service. Prizes will be awarded weekly to persons with the most correct answers.
July 2 1877 – 1905
July 9 1906 – 1933
July 16 1934 – 1961
July 23 1962 – 1999
July 30 2000 – 2017
Sunday, July 30, will also be Historical Sunday throughout the city of Rock Falls, as Rock Falls celebrates its 150th anniversary. Worship service will be a ‘step back in time’, as liturgy of an era of the past with much of the worship reflected by how we conducted worship in earlier years. German will be heard, hymns and liturgy of the past will be used, the choir will perform as in former years. All men will be seated on the right side of the sanctuary, while women will be seated on the left. All members are encouraged to come dressed in your finest attire reflecting a former period of time.
These weeks will prepare us for the actual 140th Anniversary of our congregation at Immanuel Lutheran in Rock Falls to be celebrated at worship on September 24 with Bishop Clements. A potluck luncheon will follow worship, with photos of the congregation, direct descendants of charter members, and all former pastors and interns who will be invited.. A Challenge Bowl friendly competition will provide fun and information after the meal.
And while you are placing each of these dates on your calendars to be sure to be in attendance, also put the Sunday afternoon of October 8 on your calendar as a Sunday afternoon to not be missed. It will be a Reformation overview through a video visit to Germany where Martin Luther lived and taught, a presentation from his wife Katie Luther, and a German meal to follow. Tri-Church members will also be invited.
The summer and fall, 2017 holds many exciting activities to celebrate our 140th, the 150th of the City of Rock Falls, and the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Plan now to be a part of each!