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Welcome to Immanuel Lutheran Church

  • July: Visit our YouTube Channel and Subscribe for future online worship! ImmanuelWorshipClarinda
    The bulletin will still be available on the bulletin page of this website. The recording will be the live version of our worship service during the 9:00 am Worship Service each Sunday - recordings should be posted by Sunday afternoon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Sunday School/Adult Bible Study via Zoom conference (invite in email to congregation)

 

The spread of the COVID-19 virus is a rapidly changing event.  We are doing our best to respond in a way that faithfully witnesses to the community of the hope that we have in Jesus while also protecting those who are most vulnerable. On this page you will find the latest updates regarding our response.  

May 3, 2020 - Worship Services including communion will resume with modifications. Sunday School and Adult Bible Study will not meet following the service. Sunday Bible Study will continue to be held via Zoom but the time has changed to 1:00 pm. 

Here is the wording from the elders regarding changes being made:

Below you will find the minutes from the meeting held yesterday evening regarding resuming worship services and communion this week (Sunday, May 3rd). Please note at this time the Iowa Department of Public Health still recommends the best way to slow the spread of COVID-19 is by staying at home. It is further recommended, that the most vulnerable Iowans with preexisting medical conditions and those older than 65, should continue to avoid gatherings at this time. Therefore, we will continue to host online services and Sunday Bible Study will remain online.

The following are the recommendations given by the group in resuming worship services and holy communion:

  • Both churches will resume worship services at their regular time on Sunday, May 3rd, 2020.
  • The service will continue to be pre-recorded and posted on YouTube for at home viewing.
  • It is each individual and family’s right to practice personal responsibility during this time and decide for themselves whether it is appropriate for them and/or their family to attend services at the church or at home. 
  • If you are sick or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID19 stay home.
  • If attending church services, you are encouraged to wear a mask (please provide your own).
  • Hand sanitizer will be made available in the church.
  • There will be no ushers or greeters.
  • Please pick up your own bulletin – they will be spread out in the back to help ensure each person taking a bulletin only touches their own.
  • The elders will be marking off pews to help keep seating within social distancing guidelines. Members are asked to sit in the alternating pews as marked.  Please sit with your family members (those you are living with or currently in regular contact with) only.
  • The offering plate will be in the back of the church.
  • Communion – will be offered on the 1stand 3rd Sunday with modifications made for maintaining social distancing.  This will be explained during the church service.
  • Bible Study/Sunday School – at this time these will continue to be suspended.  
  • Please be mindful and do not congregate in groups in the church.

Please do not give up the weekly gathering around God's Word and prayer whether still virtually or in person.  It is the lifeblood of the Christian and crucial for our spiritual health and wellbeing throughout our lives. 

We at Immanuel invite you to come and worship with us. If you are looking for a church home or if you are a visitor, come join us and share God’s love through fellowship with one another in our rural setting.

Reaching Rural and Small Town America for Christ

Our Mission Built on God’s Word Immanuel is a nurturing Christian Family that loves and cares for others and witnesses of Christ’s Redeeming love to all people.

 

 

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). Matt. 1:23

Immanuel Lutheran Church is named for her Lord who came as “God with us.” She continues to share the Lord’s presence by proclaiming His name in word and sacrament.

This name is a great promise, because by nature we are sinful, and that sin separates us from God and corrupts us to the core.  We are sinful not just in thoughts, in words and in actions, in things we do and things we leave undone, but in our very nature. Our connection to God and His creation is broken and we can’t fix it. However, God, in His mercy, sent His Son, Jesus Christ,Immanuel, to atone for the sin of the whole world.   Jesus suffered and died on a cross to restore our relationship to God.  Therefore, as we gather for worship, we gather to receive the gifts that Christ has won for us,  the gifts of His mercy, love and forgiveness.  We gather to receive God’s grace.  We receive that grace when we hear the absolution pronounced upon us and know that forgiveness is ours.  We receive that grace we receive Jesus’ body and blood for the forgiveness of our sins at the Lord’s table.   We receive that grace when in baptism the sinful nature of the old Adam is drowned and a new person arises clothed with Christ.  Using the historic liturgy of the Church, we at Immanuel gather for one reason, that God be with us in Christ, the One who by His blood has given us a restored relationship with God.

Jesus is risen and sits at the right hand of the Father, that we too will rise and be with Him. God says, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the former things have passed away,” is fulfilled in Christ. We gather in His presence here as we await His promise’s final fulfillment

Peace to all of you who are in Christ.
Pastor Wade Brandt