Updated September 16, 2021

Immanuel News

      Affirmation booklet handed out in worship

      Hopefully, you have received our email showing the video replay of Margie LaBarge’s presentation at our congregational forum. She really did an excellent job showcasing the exciting path forward for Immanuel.

      During this week’s services, we will take the next step. You will receive a booklet that again highlights Immanuel’s proposed Strategic Plan. It pulls together the plan in a convenient way to keep and to reference. The booklet will have a blue insert, where we ask each member to indicate where they currently are regarding the plan. You can also find them on the Strategic Planning page. There are three choices are:

      •   Yes, I understand the strategic plan, am ready to support the plan moving forward, and will hold my     congregation  accountable for this plan        
      • I am open to this plan, but need more information to feel comfortable.
      •   Other: _____________________________________________

      You are asked to sign your name. We will follow up with those seeking more information, making sure their questions are answered. If you raise an issue via the “other” box, we will also follow up to discuss your specific concerns.

      Let’s move forward together!

      Next congregational vote – adopting Strategic Plan, changing voting by-laws

      Those of you attending the congregational forum heard Tim Sullivan summarize the “next steps” we will take. We ask for an affirmation of our strategic plan this week, as discussed above. The Board of Directors will meet Monday, September 27, to tie together some final details. Then, it is up to you.

      You will be asked to formally vote as a congregation on October 13 & 17 on two issues. First, you will be asked to formally adopt Immanuel’s Strategic Plan for 2021-2026. Then, you will be asked to make changes to the by-laws regarding the voting process for pastoral calls. The by-laws would be changed to take the Board of Directors out of the call process. The recommendation for a call would go directly from the Call Committee to the Congregation. The by-laws would also be changed to have a vote on the call occur in the week immediately after the call committee’s forum.

      Look for exact wording on these items over the next few weeks. Feel free to contact Tim Sullivan for additional information.

      Trick or Treat Event on October 31:

      Immanuel will once again host our Trick or Treat event on October 31. Would you or your family like to help organize part of the event? Contact Tara Darling to volunteer! Time is getting short, and we have some important details to work out. The goal is to have the event outdoors this year – weather permitting. We would love to invite friends and neighbors. We look forward to hearing from you!

      Remember these important events:

    •  Early bird registration discounts for the Youth Group summer trip to Houston are due by September 30. Please contact Tara  Darling, DCE (tdarling@immanuelrapids.com) for registration forms and any other questions. 
    •  Immanuel will collect monetary donations for the South Wood Emerging Pantry Shelf (SWEPS) throughout the month of October. Starting next week, a special SWEPS grocery bag will be available at church for your donations. You mail also turn in your SWEPS donation at the church office. Please make any check payable to SWEPS.
    • You can nominate a pastor to be considered for our vacancies. Please fill out this form. Signed forms will be forwarded to the  District President for consideration.
    • Join Nancy Starr as part of Project Compassion. Mark October 6 on your calendar to gather with this ministry for a devotion and sharing with one another. Then, help visit the 34 homebound members. Teens, adults, families, individuals. All are welcome to help. Come and love your neighbor!
    •  Set aside Saturday, October 23 to see Rev. Dr. Michael Ziegler, speaker of the Lutheran Hour. He is coming to Faith Lutheran Church, 601 E. Glendale Ave. Appleton, WI 54911. Please contact David Frater for more info at 715-712-0830.

    • Upcoming Dates: 

      Oct. 3                    SWEPS Donation Drive starts

      Oct. 6                    Project Compassion meets at church

      Oct. 7                    Fit For Life Bible class begins

      Oct. 16                  Ruby’s Pantry

      Oct. 23                  Lutheran Hour pastor in Appleton


      You are welcome to join our Bible classes at any time:

      Sundays at 9:30 a.m.        Discipleship Hour, Discipleship Hour KIDS!, and Youth Bible Study at church

      Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.      God Dreams Book Study in Learning Center

      Thursdays at 6:30 a.m.   Bible Study Group at Grace’s Restaurant

Ways to Give

How can I give to Immanuel?

As a church community we rely on you and your financial support. There are a number of ways to give to Immanuel and they are listed here:

Bring your Offering with you to Worship | If you are coming to In-Person Worship, there will be an offering basket upon entering and also near the exit when giving.

Giving by Mail | Mail your offering to..

Immanuel Lutheran Church

111 11th St. N

 Wisconsin Rapids, WI  54494

Give By Text | If you have a cell phone and texting abilities… Just text the dollar amount to 715-955-4686.

Automatic Giving | Go to - www.immanuelrapids.com/give-and-pay

Simply Giving |  Simply Giving (formerly called Joyful Response)  is now available and here is how you can sign up for this. Click Here to print out the form. Fill it out and mail to Immanuel Lutheran Church at the address above along with a cancelled check. 

Why Do We Give? |  We cannot do this without you! We tithe to continue supporting the mission of Immanuel. Giving is our faithful response to God’s many blessings.

Lutheran Hour Ministries


The Lutheran Hour radio program is broadcast on the following radio channels, at the times listed.

WAXX 104.5 FM | 6:30 am WSAU 99.9 FM | 8:30 am

WCWI 106.1 FM; KAWZ 88.7 FM | 9:00 am WRVM 91.3 FM; WRVM 101.3 FM | 10:00 am

WDLB 1450 AM; WDUX 92.7 FM; WDUX 800 AM | 8:00 am

You can also access the Lutheran Hour schedule online at https://www.lutheranhour.org/programguide.asp

Portals of Prayer | July - September Portals of Prayer are available. Stop by the church office or call 715-423-3260 if you prefer to have it mailed to you. Want the Portals of Prayer on your smartphone? Download the Portals of Prayer by going to: Portals of Prayer Mobile app

Stay Connected Spiritually

Join us for In-Person Worship |   Wednesday @ 6:00PM // Sunday @ 10:45AM | Holy Communion at all services

The 10:45 service is Facebook Live-Stream with the stream starting at 10:30. Walk-up Communion is available starting in July only on the first Wed/Sun of each month at 7:15 pm on Weds./noon on Sun.

Live Stream with Immanuel | Links to Immanuel Worship

River Cities TV | Worship Service weekly and it will be aired on River Cities TV on Sunday’s at 3pm and Wednesday’s at 10am on Solarus/channel 3 and Charter/channel 985.

Discipleship Hour |  Sundays from 9:30 - 10:30 (new time) in person and live streamed on Facebook for those who cannot join in person. Everyone is welcome.  https://www.facebook.com/ILCRapids.  

Our lessons will be using the Enduring Faith worksheets. 

(Download the study sheet)

Love INC (Love In The Name Of Christ) | Love INC brings hope, love and assistance to those in need in our community. Through their partnership with local Christian Churches, volunteers, community organizations, and Love INC affiliates, they offer assistance, guidance, love and hope to our neighbors, enabling life-long transformation. Immanuel Lutheran Church has partnered with Love INC to help those in need in our community. 

Click here for the September 2021 newsletter.

Weekly Lectionary Readings  | Click here for readings

Lutheran Bible Translators |  September 2021 Prayer Calendar

Weekly Schedule