Updated May 18, 2022

Immanuel News

Weekly Announcements

May 18 & 22, 2022


DCE Call to be considered this Monday

Your DCE Call Committee has recommended a DCE candidate for Immanuel’s Board of Directors to consider at the Board’s meeting on Monday, May 23. The committee took a number of steps over the last few weeks to get to this recommendation. They reviewed job descriptions from a variety of resources. They determined the candidate characteristics that would best fit the position. They also reviewed the ministry areas that Immanuel’s DCE would potentially support. The committee then used that information to interview DCE candidates.

To all of those who have intentionally prayed for the candidates, for the committee, and for Immanuel: thank you. God hears those prayers, and will answer them in the way that is best for His kingdom. Please take time this coming Monday, May 23, between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. to pray for all of our DCE candidates as they are considered by the Board.

Feel free to follow up with your call committee for further discussion: Pauline Szelagowski, Sarah Albright, Brittany Hokana, Regis Chamberlin, Chuck Weiss, Rebekah Drewiske, Principal Brian Betts, and Pastor Tim Ritter. Please take time to thank them for serving in this ministry.

Special Ascension Day worship service

This Thursday, May 26, join with our LC-MS friends from the area as we hold a special, joint worship service. We will celebrate Ascension Day with a worship service at St. Luke’s starting at 6:00 p.m. Pastor Anderson, Pastor Bergstresser, Pastor Scaffer, and Pastor Ritter will all take part in the service. Plan to join the members of Immanuel, St. Luke’s, St. John, and Trinity as we come together in worship!

Celebrating our congregation’s graduates

With graduation season approaching, Immanuel will have two opportunities to celebrate our congregation’s graduates. On Sunday, May 29, we will celebrate the graduates of all area high school seniors, as well as the graduates from Immanuel Lutheran School’s 8th Grade class. We invite all our graduates to attend the Baccalaureate Service at our 10:45 a.m. worship on May 29.

We will also celebrate the graduates of Immanuel Lutheran School’s 8th Grade class at their graduation program. Their graduation will take place in Kuechle Hall on Wednesday, June 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Congratulations graduates! Please contact Pastor Ritter for more information.

St John Kellner hosts brat fry at IGA

Our friends from St. John Kellner are hosting a brat fry on May 21 at the Baker Street IGA from 9 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. Stop by and grab a brat!

Group outing: Michael W. Smith concert at Witter Field

The Rafters are hosting a concert for Michael W. Smith at Witter Field on the evening of Friday, June 3. Over 40 members of the Immanuel family have signed up for our group section to date. We are accepting reservations through Friday, May 20. Group tickets will be $17. Please call or email Mary Martin in the church office to sign up for a ticket with the group.

Ruby’s donates proceeds

Immanuel’s Ruby’s Pantry team has a tremendous group of over 50 volunteers doing a great service for our community. Part of the $25 per share price goes to the national organization to cover food and overhead. Part of the share price also comes back to Immanuel’s group. Our Ruby’s team has again used that money to further help our community. Last week, our Ruby’s team gave $600 of their proceeds to our local FOCUS/SWEPS, and an additional $600 to our local Love, INC.

Stop by the Ruby’s distribution this Saturday from 8:00-9:30am at Pitsch School. Thanks, Ruby’s team!

Board of Directors meeting updates

Immanuel’s Board of Directors will meet over the next two weeks to discuss and oversee a number of important issues:


                Extending a call to a Director of Christian Education

                                 Preparing areas for Voter consideration:

                                 Board and Elder elections

                                The 2022-23 budget

                                A possible by-law change to once again allow Congregational Assemblies for congregational business

                Immanuel’s Strategic Plan:

                               Review of progress on 2021-22 yearly goals for your 5 Critical Targets

                              Discussing proposed 2022-23 yearly goals

              Reviewing a suggested Request for Proposal covering our proposed building project

The Board will hold information meetings for you after worship on June 8 and 12. A congregational vote will take place during worship on June 15 and 19. Feel free to contact your Board members to discuss any of these issues: Tim Sullivan, Tom Appel, Caitlin Shuda, Jonathon Lee, Rebecca Drewiske, and Dennis Hall.

Upcoming Events:

May 21                     Ruby’s Pantry

May 21                     St John Brat Fry at Baker St. IGA

May 29                    Baccalaureate Service at 10:45 a.m. worship

June 8/12              Information meetings on budget and elections

June 15/19           Vote on budget and elections

July 10                    Installation of Vicar Jonah Schultz at 10:45 a.m. worship

July 24-28            Joint Vacation Bible School held at Trinity, Port Edwards




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 | October - December 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. 

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. 

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Weekly Lectionary Readings  | Click here for readings

Lutheran Bible Translators |  

Weekly Schedule