Church Music Ministry

Individuals involved in Immanuel’s music ministries have the opportunity to use their talents to God’s glory at traditional and contemporary worship services. Those participating in these ministries are able to connect with each other and grow close in fellowship as they learn of the Lord’s love through the music practices, and as they hold each other up in prayer at rehearsals. Directors Bill Gade (847-428-4477 ext. 227) and Kris Bartelt (847-428-4477 ext. 226) lead vocal, bell and instrumental ensembles which sing, play and lead worship music for various services as well as perform at other venues beyond Immanuel’s church walls.

Sacred Choir welcomes those who enjoy singing, from high school age and beyond. This choir practices traditional sacred music and performs approximately two times each month, September through May. They meet on Thursdays, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. in the church’s music room.

Praise Teams assist in leading worship music during Immanuel’s contemporary 10:45 service throughout the year. Varying groups of instrumentalists and vocalists of high school age and older are scheduled in advance for each service and practice during the week prior (usually Thursdays–7:30 to 8:45 p.m.).

Sacred Ringers is an adult hand bell choir for those musicians who enjoy working together to ring praises to the Lord. This group prepares special music for traditional weekend and festival worship as scheduled. They practice on Thursdays, from 5:30 to 6:40 p.m. in the church balcony.

Joyful Noise, our High School Bell Ensemble, is directed by Mrs. Cena Becker, Immanuel’s 8th grade teacher. These teens fellowship with one another on Sundays from 7:00 to 8:00p.m. in the church balcony as they prepare bell pieces to be used in traditional worship services.

Immanuel Brass and Woodwinds Ensembles welcome musicians high school age and older who are interested in contributing their skills as brass and woodwind instrumentalists by participating in an ensemble that serves at special celebration worship services. Rehearsal dates and times vary and are held in the church.

Soloists enrich our worship from time to time, particularly at Christmas and Easter and during the summer months. They may be called upon to enhance the choral offerings of the various choirs or to enliven hymns. If you have a talent as a vocal soloist or on a stringed instrument, horn, woodwind, piano or organ, we invite you to share your talents with us in worship!