Immanuel Lutheran Church


3000 West Main Street

Kalamazoo, MI 49006

(269) 345-8090

Missouri Synod

Our Church Library

Church Library New DVDs are in the Library now. Come and check them out! Unconditional is inspired by true events. Samantha is plunged into despair and loses her faith after her husband is murdered. After she sees the impact Joe, her childhood friend, has on so many people, her heart is open to new possibilities. But when she is pulled back into her husband’s murder case, her new found hope will be tested. The GRACECARD: After police officer Mac McDonald loses his son in an accident, years of bitterness and pain erode his love for his family and leave him angry with God…and everyone else. Can Mac and his new patrol partner somehow join forces to help one another when it’s impossible to

The Lutheran Hour-- September Broadcast Schedule

The Lutheran Hour is broadcast every Sunday morning at 6:30 a.m. on 105.7 FM or accessible anytime on the Web at, and also available on Podcast. If you prefer more modern music, with the Lutheran Hour message, a special broadcast has been developed for the AFN at The Lutheran Hour speaker is the Rev. Gregory Seltz unless otherwise noted. Daily devotions by Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus are available at September 4: "Choose Life!" Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz In Christ, you have been called God's friend. Now you get to befriend others in His Name. (Deuteronomy 30:15-20) September 11: "There's No Other Friend

September Birthdays

Happy Birthday to: (9/3) Shannon McDowell (9/8) Abigail Brown (9/13) Sylvia Marshall (9/13) Rebecca Patzer (9/16) Loraine Bayer (9/16) Kim Sharp (9/17) Dolly Bryan (9/17) Gerald Daniels (9/21) Ailene Buchtrup (9/27) Michelle Reynolds (9/29) Jeri Noneman (9/29) Marlys Olson (9/29) Lucas Williams

Mary & Martha Annual "Not So Ordinary" Bake Sale

Annual “Not So Ordinary” Bake Sale ****************************** On Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 After Service in the Church Library (Mark your Calendar) The funds raised will be used to take care of our church family. Whether it is a meal, a prayer shawl, or items needed in crises. Please donate bake goods, wine, candy, nuts, jellies, etc. A freewill donation will be collected.

Influenza Vaccinations

I know most of us don’t want to think about fall yet, especially given the high temperatures and beautiful weather we’ve been having. However, the time has come for me to give my annual encouragement for you to go out and get your yearly influenza vaccination, more commonly called the flu shot. While most people associate the flu shot with dropping temperatures and changing leaves, now is actually the perfect time to get it. The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older should get their yearly flu shot as soon as the current season's vaccines are available. Believe it or not most hospitals, pharmacies and doctors’ offices have already received their first shipments of flu vacci

Lutheran Bible Translators Update

From The Messenger (the official quarterly periodical of Lutheran Bible Translators) Article by: Dr. Mike Rodewald “Loaded with almost a thousand newly printed Nsenga New Testaments, the decorated oxcart wound its way through the streets to the staging area. A selected choir followed, dancing and singing songs composed specifically for the dedication. Local women dressed in green skirts and white blouses unloaded the boxes. They knelt and presented the boxes to a group of Nsenga chiefs, who carried them to a table where pastors, priests, committee members and representatives of the Christian community prayed and gave their blessings. The guest of honor snipped the ribbon on the first New

Lutheran World Relief

September’s Mission Lutheran World Relief’s Mission: “Affirming God’s love for all people, we work with Lutherans and partners around the world to end poverty, injustice and human suffering.” In 2015 LWR reached 4,057,849 people in 36 countries with 126 projects. LWR works to improve the lives of millions of small-scale farmers and their families, and to help them adapt to and mitigate the effects of changing weather and environmental conditions. When emergencies arise, LWR helps communities cope with and recover from emergencies in ways that promote lasting improvements in people’s living conditions. Immanuel Lutheran Church not only donates money to this organization, members of the congre

Oktoberfest Celebration at Immanuel

Saturday, October 15, 2016 5:00 pm Immanuel’s Fellowship Hall Join us for German food & beer and great fellowship! Check out the poster in the narthex and sign up to attend and also bring some German food! German beer and wine will be available. …this is an “Adults Only” party. Be assured there will be other beverages Available for your enjoyment. ******* **We are collecting food for Loaves and Fishes that evening so please bring along canned or boxed items to donate. Thank-you!

Battle Creek & Gateway Zone--LWML Retreat

Battle Creek & Gateway Zone LWML Retreat – One Day Bus Trip Sept 30, 2016 Tour Worship for Shut-Ins Studio (Which is a Michigan District Grant Project of $25,000) Join the LWML on a Bus Trip to Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne and tour Multi-Media Studios on Sept 30 (Friday). Learn how Worship for Shut-Ins is filmed. See your Mite Money in action. $25.00 Early Bird Deadline was Aug 20 $ $30.00 Second Chance Deadline Sept 20 Buffet Lunch $9 cash at the door Itinerary: 6:45 am Boarding Battle Creek: St. Mark Lutheran 8:00 am Boarding in Sturgis: Trinity Lutheran 10:00 am Kramer Chapel Service w/Seminarians Tour Worship for Shut-Ins Studio Tour CTS and Clothing Bank & Food Bank

Please remember in your prayers...

PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS: LONG TERM CONCERNS: Beverly Fisher, Mother of Sue Wagner Brad Miney, friend of John Hecht Caroline Barkow Christina, Daughter of Anne Lauer Dana Winchester, friend of Shelly Reynolds Debbie Hansen, friend of Nathan Mattson Dawn Hamrick family, requested by the Steuer family Dolly Bryan, requested by Dotty Smith Ellie Bosma, Sister of John Wagner Gwen DeYoung, requested by Amber Townsend John Blasko, requested by Elizabeth Blasko Kyle Reinbold Family, Sonya DeVary’s brother LaForne & Eugene Jones, friends of Dotty Smith Lauren Markel, requested by Annie Hecht Luke Lamson, requested by Dotty Smith Nancy Watson, friend of John & Sue Wagner Paul Lucke, Father o

Letter of Thanks

We recently received a letter of gratitude from Beverly Koscielak the mother of Cassie Stephens. As you may remember, young Cassie was tragically killed in a car accident earlier this summer. The congregation at Immanuel rallied around this devastated family and collected several hundred dollars to help cover burial and other associated funeral costs. In response, Cassie’s mother wrote: “My name is Beverly Koscielek and I am the mother of Cassie Stephens. I just wanted to say ‘thank-you’ for your donations. I can’t thank you enough…because of them, I was able to give Cassie the funeral service that she deserved. God Bless!” Thank-you, Beverly Koscielek Thank-you for being the hands and

High Tech/High Touch:  Embracing technology that preserves our humanness and rejecting technology th

“In a world of technology, people long for personal, human contact.” (John Naisbitt) My first reading of Megatrends by John Naisbitt gave me a proper name to an idea I was already experiencing and struggling to come to terms with. When I was working in “GM World,” my standard cubicle (in a standard cubicle farm) sat stoically in the center of a floor of (remarkably standard) information technology professionals. My group designed databases. Nearby was the group tasked with implementing and maintaining those databases. Set between us was a small group of Artificial Intelligence specialists. This was as much a collection of technology experts as you could ask for short of a full Research and D