Immanuel Lutheran offers a variety of ministries for different ages, life stages, and needs. Click the ministries below, for more information or open our ministry booklet for a combined look at much of what happens here at Immanuel.
These classes follow the model of the early church which we read about in Acts 2 where the first Christians gathered together in small groups for prayer, Bible study and fellowship. These Acts 2 classes provide a great way to get to know each other a little bit better and to facilitate a deeper understanding of God’s word and how it relates to our lives. Our Acts 2 Adult Bible Study classes meet on Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Immanuel offers a variety of classes; each created to meet the needs of individual congregational members of like mindedness or level of Bible understanding. Join us for fellowship and study.
Luther Hall A Lead by: Vicar Joe Glombicki
Luther Hall B Lead By: Pastor Phillip Baerwolf
Luther Hall C Lead By: Pastor Bruce Meissner
Our children enjoy weekly activities, Sunday school classes, Wednesday night lessons, summer Vacation Bible School and more! We believe no one is better positioned to influence a child than a parent. Thus, in addition to the activities offered here at Immanuel, we strive to support parents with the resources and Godly friendships they need as they lead and disciple their kids. With simple take-home tools or web resources to reinforce what their child experienced at church, we want to help build faith with family during the week.
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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.
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!
The Bible reminds us that “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17). How we communicate and share information is vitally important. Our Communications Ministry has tried to find ways to help you share and receive needed information.
Confirmation at Immanuel provides the opportunity for youth to explore what it means to be a Christian, a Lutheran and a member of a local church. Through confirmation our youth will learn much about their faith and will be able to ask questions to help them better understand the life of faith God is calling them to. This is their chance to develop their own understanding of their faith and beliefs independently. The confirmation program is designed for students to start as early as 6th grade, is three and a quarter years in duration, and includes the following:
Classes are held during the school day for students attending Immanuel Day School, while classes for students attending an area public school are offered on Wednesday evenings from 5:30pm-6:30pm.
First year studies are based on study of scripture. Second year studies are based on Luther’s Small Catechism and scripture. Third year studies work to combine both of the previous years and focus on how it will play out in students’ lives as they live in an increasingly diverse community and world.
The Journey meets on Sunday mornings from 9:30am – 10:30am. This class is focused on students’ personal faith stories; what they are, how they are shared, and how they live them out daily.
Youth are expected to attend Sunday worship, Advent worship, and Lenten worship. Worship reports will be gathered throughout the year from services attended by the students.
Each fall students in their second and third years go to camp for a weekend of team building and an introduction to what they will be studying in the coming year. This year’s retreat will take place September 9th-11th at YMCA Camp Duncan in Volo.
At the end of each summer, students who have completed their three years of study will have a one day retreat to begin exploring and expounding on their personal faith stories. This retreat will be held the Sunday after school begins from 12noon-6pm at a local forest preserve.
End of the Year
Each spring, our Third Year Confirmands have the opportunity to share about their faith with the congregation at our witnessing service which is held at 6pm on the Saturday before Palm Sunday.
Third year confirmands receive communion for the first time the following week, on Maundy Thursday of their third year, after a short refresher study about the practice of holy communion.
Students who have completed the Journey will be confirmed on Reformation Sunday in the fall.
Feed My Lambs strives to show Jesus’ love and compassion and draw closer to Him through preparing meals for those in need. This is a great way to get involved with the community and a way to serve others.
Jesus asked Peter, "Do you love me?" Peter answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my lambs." - John 21:15
Those interested in serving in this ministry meet in the Immanuel Lutheran Church kitchen the first Saturday of each month between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. to help prepare freezer-friendly meals. Every week these meals are delivered to Elgin soup kitchens that serve the poor and homeless, although they also go to others in need. No cooking skills or experience are required and regular participation is not necessary. Join us when you can for fun and fellowship while you help feed Jesus’ lambs.
Contact Alison Lyon at 630-709-6546 for more information about this ministry.
MERCY. COMPASSION. PRESCENCE. PROCLAMATION. This is the mission of the LCC Comfort Dogs.
Levi, a Lutheran Church Charities Comfort Dog, came to Immanuel Lutheran Church-East Dundee, in the summer of 2017. His Bible verse speaks of the ministry he will provide here at Immanuel: “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemies before you, saying, ‘Destroy them!’ (Deuteronomy 33:27)
Levi will visit nursing homes, hospitals, churches, schools, events and respond in disaster response situations.
If you would like to request a visit from Levi, please contact Mrs. Barb Christie, our Top Dog
The Stephen Ministry program is a complete system of training and organizing lay persons in the church for caring ministry in and around our congregation. Stephen Ministers provide help and hope to a care receiver in a confidential relationship as a spiritual friend. They meet with their care receiver at least once a week for a period of time that serves a specific need.
There are many ways a Stephen Minister may be of help. Everyone goes through periods of difficulty or crisis at times. Having someone who cares enough to listen can ease these experiences of confusion, stress, or loneliness. No problem is too small or insignificant to receive care. This is Christ-care from the heart of the church that is effective, intentional, and appropriate.
Anyone desiring a Stephen Minister should contact the pastors to discuss this possibility because Stephen Ministry and pastoral care work hand in hand. The Stephen ministry relationship is confidential. Once a Stephen Minister is assigned to someone, that relationship continues as long as there is a need and draws to a close when the Stephen Minister and care receiver agree. What a blessing Stephen Ministry is to Immanuel.
Lutheran Women's Missionary League - LWML
The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) the official women’s auxiliary of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, is about “knowing Christ and making him known,” seeking to develop and maintain a greater mission consciousness among the women of the LCMS through education, inspiration and service. A major emphasis is the support of mission and ministry throughout the world through mite box offerings, named for the account of the widow’s mite in Luke 21.
Women of all ages at Immanuel are encouraged to participate at anytime in the LWML by attending local, district and national event of the LWML; reading the Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly; and offering mites for missions. Information about LWML activities may be found in the Immanuel Nexus and Weekly, the Northern Light, the Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly and at www.lwml.org.
Supports LWML and raises money via mite boxes and donations from serving funerals for Immanuel members. All Immanuel women are welcome. Contact Linda Jensen (Dorcas Society President) or Dorcas Meissner (Dorcas Society Secretary).
So much planning and preparing goes into every worship service at Immanuel. Often times, volunteers have the opportunity to include their talents in service to the Lord and His Church. Please contact Bill Gade, our Director of Worship and Music, (847-428-4477 ext. 227) if you would like to be involved in any of these ministry areas.
Acolytes light and extinguish chancel candles, assist with baptismal candles, and receive the offering and other duties as needed during worship services. The acolytes generally are forth through eighth graders and a new schedule is put together every fall.
Altar Guild members care for and change altar linens and paraments. They are responsible for the maintenance of pastoral robes, the chancel area, as well as arranging plants and flowers used in worship. They need special help at Christmas and Easter with all the special services.
Communion Care members clean and store communion ware after the services.
Communication/Audio Visual Teams monitor and maintain the sound systems for worship services, videotape, edit, and duplicate worship services, and reach out to the community in many ways as they share the message of God and his love by way of live radio broadcast, pod streams, and other forms of media.
Worship Aides assist at every worship service, handing out bulletins, collecting the offering, and helping those with special needs.
Immanuel Junior and Senior High Youth Ministry focuses on encouraging the faith journey of middle school and high school students as they gather, study and serve together. Each month events for middle school and high school students are planned to encourage relationships and connect students through various activities.
Weekly studies are designed to deepen students’ relationships with their Savior, as they study His Word. Middle school Bible study is held on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. in the youth room and high school Bible study happens at the same time in the auxiliary kitchen, across from the youth room. High school youth nights are held in the youth room on Sunday evenings, beginning with dinner at 5:30 p.m. followed by a time of fellowship and Bible study.
Service opportunities are also an important part of our ministry to students as they are encouraged to put their faith into action. Local service projects work to make an impact on our community while serving as an expression of our faith journey. Each summer high school students are encouraged to attend a life-changing summer trip where we travel to serve a community as part of a week-long mission experience.
For more information about Youth Ministry, please visit our YOUTH PAGE.