“There is a place…”
Emmanuel Lutheran Church
815-963-4815 Emergency: 901-603-2731 EmmanuelLutheranRockford.org
Emmanuel Lutheran Church 920 Third Avenue Rockford, Illinois 61104

Community * Creativity * Spirituality

Welcome to Emmanuel


Photo by Steve Pitkin

When Emmanuel was founded in 1882 we called ourselves a “congregation”—not a “church.”

We are open to the uniqueness of each person's story. Our ministry is about discovering your gifts and your calling. We seek to become compassionate servants of God, reaching out through service to heal and inspire Rockford and the world. We learn together from our own Christian tradition as well as from other cultures, religions, and civilizations.

Join us and explore “God with us”—Emmanuel—a community of people devoted to Christ and to all of God's creation.

Emmanuel extents a heartfelt thank you to the Rockford Area Arts Council for its grant in partial support of a performance of Sticks and Stones by Elaine Blanchard. The play and other presentations by Ms. Blanchard will be presented in November 2014, and are sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Spirituality and the RIC Task Force. For details contact the church office (815-963-4815) during normal business hours.

Emmanuel extents a heartfelt thank you to the Margaret Aldeen Fund of Community Foundation of Northern Illinois for awarding the Emmanuel Food Pantry a grant to purchase food for the hungry people we serve. For details contact the church office (815-963-4815) during normal business hours.

Emmanuel rents space, even to non-members and outside organizations. If you are planning a wedding, funeral, memorial service, or some other kind of event, we'd be very happy to see if we can help you. Find out more on our Rent Space page.

On November 18th, 2012, Emmanuel Lutheran Church celebrated her 130th Anniversary.

Wednesdays in Lent, February 20th through March 27th, 2013, Noon to 1 p.m. - Subs 'n Scripture
Come and join us for lunch and Lenten study with Pastor Amy. Discussion to follow. Details on our Calendar.

Sunday, April 14th, 2013, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. -
Chakra Rhythms:
A Journey of Discovery Through the Chakras

Come and join us for this interesting workshop. Sign up in advance and save money. Details on our Calendar.


“We know that in everything God works for good with those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose.” -Romans 8:28

Special Congregational Meeting

CALLING ALL MEMBERS!
Please be sure to attend the very important and exciting Special Congregational Meeting on Sunday, September 29, 2013, following the 10:15 a.m. service. There will be a vote to call a new senior pastor for Emmanuel. A quorum of 50 is needed for the vote, so your attendance is immensely important.

Emmanuel Votes In A New Pastor

It is with great joy that we announce the results of the special congregational meeting held on Sunday, September 29, 2013. An invitation to extended service as pastor of Emmanuel was approved for our recent candidate. There were 87 yes votes and 4 no votes. The Call Committee and Council wish to thank all those who attended the meeting and all of you who have supported Emmanuel with your prayers and faithfulness. This is an exciting time for Emmanuel, with a bright future ahead. We are grateful for Pastor Amy's loving care and guidance during our interim time. As soon as we have more information on starting dates for our new pastor, we will let you know. In the meantime, Rejoice and be glad!

If you have any questions, contact Jack Ream, Council President, or Karen Van Howe, Call Committee Chair, or call the church office at 815-963-4815 to have someone call you back.


Emmanuel has a part-time position available for a keyboard accompanist. Being able to sight read music is required, and experience as an organist would be a plus. Must be available to play for the 10:15 a.m. service on the first and third Sundays, and every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. for choir rehearsal. Salary is competitive. For more information, contact Pastor TroyAnn by e-mail, or call the church office, 815-963-4815, during normal business hours.

2014 Directory Program

Emmanuel has chosen Lifetouch Church Directories & Portraits for our 2014 Directory Program. They have promised us a WOW portrait experience as well as a “free” directory to be used to connect with one another.

The dates scheduled for portrait sessions are:

DateTime
Wednesday, June 4th2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 5th2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday, June 6th2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 7th10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

All participating will receive a complimentary 8x10 photo. You will need to allow an hour for your session and that will include the time to view and select additional portraits for purchase if you so desire.

Portrait Sign-up You can sign-up for your portrait session from April 21st through May 18th by calling the church (815-963-4815) during business hours, or at church on Sunday mornings. Or you may sign yourself up by clicking on the Portrait Sign-up image on the leftgoing to our website. We ask that you schedule your portrait session as soon as possible so you will have the best choice of times that will work for you and your family.

Help us make this directory a success so we can put names with faces
and continue to build community here at Emmanuel Lutheran Church!

Mark your calendar...
All are welcome.

* * * Our New Pastor * * *

The congregation of Emmanuel Lutheran Church is excited to announce that on November 1, 2013, after close to two years of searching, we welcomed our new pastor, TroyAnn Poulopoulos.

* * * Our New Accompanist * * *

The congregation of Emmanuel Lutheran Church is excited to announce that on January 26, 2014, we welcomed our new accompanist, Kristen Nelson.



Photo by Alvin McGovern

Pastor TroyAnn Poulopoulos is comfortable with a wide range of worship styles. She is known for making the words of the traditional liturgy come to life. She has also spoken nationally on Emerging Worship. She likes to incorporate other spiritual traditions into her own spiritual practice and study. She has used meditation, singing bowls, drums, and nature experiences to enrich her Christian Spirituality. She speaks regularly with friends of Muslim, Buddhist, Jew, Baha'i, and Unitarian traditions about life, world affairs, and spiritual reflection. “We have much to learn from one another and… peace among us depends on the type of respect that leads to deep listening.” Also see her Pastor's Page.

Email Pastor TroyAnn through our website if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, or if you wish to make an appointment to see her call the church office (815-963-4815) during normal business hours.

Pastor Amy Nyman

Photo by Don Heckelmiller

We are grateful for Pastor Amy's loving care and guidance during our interim time; she has become a dear member of the Emmanuel family. Her last day was October 31, 2013.


Find out about the 2013 Focus Groups.

Please join our weekly Bible Study on Wednesdays from noon to 1:00 p.m. Currently we are offering a weekly study called “Stories of the Bible” by our resident storyteller Pastor TroyAnn Poulopoulos.

Please join Spiritual Journeys in our ongoing quest for faith and love. We are currently reading Soul Wilderness: A Desert Spirituality by Kerry Walters.

Please join our Adult Ed program which provides the Emmanuel congregation with a wide variety of educational opportunities for adults 17 and older. We are currently showing and discussing films in our Spiritual Cinema Series.

Please join Four Winds Center for Spiritual Ecology in February 2014 for The Healing Drum. All are welcome.

Mark your calendar...
  • Sunday, August 25th for the Backpack Blessing at either the 9:00 a.m. Traditional LBW Worship, or at the 10:15 a.m. Emerging Service. More on our calendar.
  • Sunday, September 8th is Rally Day, the church year kick off celebration. All are welcome.
Art@Emmanuel presents the “Starry, Starry Night: Blessings from the Universe” exhibit beginning on Sunday, December 16th, in the Emmanuel Art Gallery. Read the Call to Artists PDF document if you are interested in taking part. Art@Emmanuel presents the “Crosses: Symbol & Form” exhibit beginning on Sunday, March 3rd, in the Emmanuel Art Gallery. Read the Call to Artists if you are interested in taking part. Friday, April 5, through Sunday, May 12th, 2013: “Controlled Accidents” Roni Golan, Solo Exhibition at Emmanuel Lutheran Church Gallery as a part of the Rockford Area Arts Council Spring Artscene. Art@Emmanuel presents:

Calling all Emmanuel artists: For the 2013 Fall ArtScene, RAAC is sponsoring artists to show their artwork in 7th Street Business District storefront windows. Contact Michelle at Just Goods (815-965-8903) for details. Here is the application.

Calling all artists: For FOOD FIGHT! Room at the Table, coming October 4th. Here are the details and the application, which needs to be submitted by October 2nd.

FOOD FIGHT! Room at the Table

“Give Yourself to Love”
Extending our “gift of love” to Pastor TroyAnn Poulopoulos.

  • Call to Artists for the Open the Love Window exhibit. Entry form and artwork are due by Sunday, February 9th. Please attach an artwork label to the back of each piece submitted.
  • Open the Love Window exhibit from Sunday, February 16th through Sunday, March 23rd in the Celebration Room.
  • Art & Soul Workshop: Windows to Spring Equinox on Sunday, March 23rd at 1:00 p.m. in the Library.
  • Inspirational Connections art exhibition beginning on Sunday, April 13th at 11:30 a.m. in the Celebration Room, and running through Sunday, May 18th.

There is nothing scheduled now, but please check back often.

All are welcome.

Art@Emmanuel and the RIC Task Force present the “Shower of Stoles” exhibit beginning on Sunday, June 2nd, through Sunday, June 23rd in the Emmanuel's Sanctuary and Community Room. The Opening Reception on June 2nd is open to the public.

Four Winds presents Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band in concert on Thursday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m. See the church calendar for details, and call the church office (815-963-4815) during normal business hours to reserve tickets.

Mark your calendar...
August 11th, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Free Neighborhood Ice Cream Social—All are welcome.
Saturday, August 17th: Summer Splash and Poolside Cookout

The Emmanuel RIC Task Force is happy to announce the creation of the Gay Men Gathering.

Come to our free Sunday Movie Matinee, the fourth Sunday of the month, at 4:00 p.m., October through April. See our Community Calendar to find out what's showing.

Sunday, January 27, 2013, 11:30 a.m.: If you are a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, please plan on attending our Annual Meeting of the Congregation. We will be voting on new church council members and other important church business.

Please keep Emmanuel and the Call Committee in your prayers as we search for a permanent pastor.

Wednesday Book Study with Pastor Amy: We are currently reading Dog Psalms: Prayers My Dogs Have Taught Me. See the Worship calendar for details. All are welcome.

On March 7th, 2013, Emmanuel was officially recognized by ReconcilingWorks (ReconcilingWorks.org) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) (elca.org) as a Reconciling in Christ (ReconcilingWorks.org/ric/) (RIC) congregation. Emmanuel has an RIC Task Force to educate the congregation on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues that relate to the life of the church.

Four Winds is bringing a study/discussion of the book Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche for five Sunday evenings. Details on the Calendar page.Call the office at 815-963-4815 for details.

Emmanuel is an affiliate of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) (elca.org), Northern Illinois Synod (nisynod.org).

Emmanuel is a Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries (rockfordlutheranministries.com) partner.

Emmanuel is a Reconciling in Christ (ReconcilingWorks.org/ric/) (RIC) congregation and warmly welcomes openly LGBT seekers and believers of all ages as well as their families and friends. Emmanuel is also active in other social justice issues.

2013 ELCA former Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson made a video for the “It Gets Better” Project promising LGBT youth and young adults that they have a place in the church.

Please also see our FAQ online on our About Us page for more information about Emmanuel.

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