Immanuel Lutheran Church


3000 West Main Street

Kalamazoo, MI 49006

(269) 345-8090

Missouri Synod

A Brief Explanation of Advent

QUESTION: Why does the church year begin at Advent and what is the history of Advent? ANSWER: The word “advent" is from the Latin word for “coming,” and as such, describes the “coming” of our Lord Jesus Christ into the flesh. Advent begins the church year because the church year begins where Jesus' earthly life began — in the Old Testament prophecies of his incarnation. After Advent comes Christmas, which is about his birth; then Epiphany, about his miracles and ministry; then Lent, about his Calvary-bound mission; then Easter, about his resurrection and the sending of the apostles; and then Ascension (40 days after Easter) and Pentecost, with the sending of the Holy Spirit. The first half o

Join Us in Reading the Bible in One Year

Coming in January!!! Please join us this January as we commence on a journey to read the entire bible together in one year! We will take a fresh look at the Bible by reading it in the order the events actually happened. We can read the entire Bible in as little as 15 minutes a day with this New Living Translation (NLT) One-year Bible. Since this is an independent study, we will be reading it on our own and discussing it during Sunday night services and at Monday evening bible study at church. Now you can gain a better understanding of the order of biblical events and the historical context in which they unfolded. The One Year Chronological Bible arranges the entire Bible text—books, chapters

An Update from Becky Grossman

An update from Becky Grossman… After a safe arrival and a good night’s sleep, I traveled to Klay in Bomi County towards the Sierra Leone border. The Gola team and I are working through the last half of Acts. If today is any indication of the speed we can take, we may finish it up. Before I left this morning I peeked out the new Bible House window and saw what was left of the old Bible house. It is basically no more. Deconstructed. The new Bible House is constructed and will be dedicated this Wednesday at 4:00 GMT which is 5 hours ahead of Eastern and 6 for Central. The Gola team and I will not be going as we were advised to make the most of our time and while Bomi is only about 50-60 miles,

Acts of Mercy for December 2016--Family and Children's Services Giving Tree

“Acts of Mercy” – December, 2016 For over 113 years, Family & Children Services has been the voice of concern and compassion for our most vulnerable citizens. The Agency’s mission is embraced by a 22-member Board of Directors and staff of 200, who commit every day to being a source of hope for those they serve. Family & Children Services responds to each community and its changing needs, inviting community members to join them through donation and volunteer service. The Agency offers a continuum of behavioral health and child welfare programs and services as one organization – board members, staff and foster parents – with a unity of purpose. All services are strength-based and client-center

Thank-You for Your ILC Support

A Letter of Thanks to the Congregation … Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: I want to take this opportunity to thank you on behalf of the students and staff of St. Michael Lutheran School for your generous gift of $500 for the Tuition Assistance Fund. We value your generous and unswerving support of this school ministry and pledge to use this gift in a way that will honor the Lord and benefit as many students in our care as possible. Please continue to support this ministry in prayer as we seek to share the Good News of Jesus Christ to both students and parents alike. Again, we appreciate your remembering the school ministry with this gift which helps St. Michael Lutheran School be a lig

Lutheran Hour Ministries--Dec. 2016 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 Rev. Gregory Seltz unless otherwise noted. Daily devotions by Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus, Speaker Emeritus, are available at December 4--"Wait Until He Comes!" Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz A broken world waits, yearns, and hopes for restoration. Jesus has already done everything to make that restoration a reality. (Isaiah 11:1-10) D

Severe Weather--Cold & Storm Safety Tips

Severe Weather: Cold and Storm Safety At Home: Keep informed on current weather conditions. Keep a battery-operated radio, flashlight, batteries, bottled water, canned and dried food, extra blankets and heavy, warm clothing available. Close off unneeded rooms; cover windows and stuff cloth in cracks under doors when heat is unavailable. Be aware of fire and carbon monoxide hazards when using emergency heating sources (fireplace, woodstove, space heater, etc.) Replace batteries in smoke detectors and carbon-monoxide detectors every six months. Replace all smoke detectors after 10 years. Avoid frozen pipes and holes to keep the cold outside air from entering your home. In an emergency, run

LWML District Mite Box Project

LWML District Mite Box Project Thank-you ladies for your continued contributions to the Mite Box project. So far we have collected $230.45, which is more than last year’s total. Please bring your loose change one more time this year on December 4th. Below is a summary of the projects we are funding: Dotty Smith 2016-2018 Michigan District LWML Grants: Filling pulpits by providing scholarships to Michigan Men in Seminary ($25,000) Bible storybooks for Muslim and Arabic-speaking immigrant familes ($10,000) Financial assistance for Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne—Food Co-op ($15,000) Scholarships for Michigan female students studying to be deaconesses or other professional churc

Calendars, So Many Calendars

Spiritual Disciplines: Calendars, So Many Calendars! There are many calendars that we schedule our lives around. These give us seasons and patterns of life. The calendar of official National Holidays sets the pattern of our work (as this defines paid holidays.) The school calendar defines the mandatory attendance days for public school. In Kalamazoo County, the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Services Agency (KRESA) defines school holidays and most importantly, provides Christmas and Spring breaks. Even Kalamazoo has its own schedule of Art Hop Fridays, Food Truck Nights and Bell’s beer releases (with Oberon Release the true start of Spring!) The church calendar is only obvious to most people