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Welcome to Emmanuel!

9:00 am Traditional Service in the Chapel

10:30 am The ReFresh Worship Service is in the Sanctuary in person, on zoom,

and recorded on Facebook.

If you would like to join us on zoom for the 10:30a.m. service,

please click the button below.




If you need to be added to the email list, you may sign up for the list(s) for the items you would like to receive, by clicking on the button ("sign up for E'-News") at the bottom of this page. 

Bible Study each Wednesday at Noon on Zoom

with Pastor Frank Langholf. 

All are welcome.

To join our Bible Study group,

please click on the button below.

Upcoming at Emmanuel 

 Something for Everyone

Join Beth Campisi every Monday

for Cardio Drumming 

Adaptive Cardio Drumming 4:00-5:00 pm

Regular Cardio Drumming 6:00 - 7:00pm

Yoga with Claudette Pirrello

every Monday, 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

World Groove Camp at Emmanuel

August 12 - 16, 2024

Art Show

"Nature or Nurture"

Art Opening, August 2nd, 6:00 - 8:30

Art displayed through October 30th

Forest Preserve Hikes at 9:00am 

See below for the schedule.

Women's Interfaith Potluck

See article below.

Spiritual Journeys Book Study

"Morning Altars" 

Tuesdays, 9:30 - 11:00am

MidTown Lutheran Parish Info.

Helen Bond-Drumming

Coming in September

Belly Dancing will resumes in September

Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:00pm

All are welcome @ Emmanuel!!!



We are in the midst of summer. Along with that comes the heat and humidity that seems to be worse and longer lasting in recent years. As we attempted to start up the air conditioner at Emmanuel, the air compressor would not function. Every attempt failed. Without the air, temperatures inside can rise up to 90 Deg. It is uncomfortable for worshippers on Sunday and groups that meet in other rooms throughout the building. We had no other alternative but to replace the AC compressor.

The cost is significant $ 15,000 but we feel that with the help of our members and friends, we will have this cost taken care of.

You may give to the Air Conditioner Fund by….

  Placing your donation in the offering plate

  Mailing it to Emmanuel Lutheran Church

  P. O. Box 4362 Rockford, IL 61110 

If you prefer to donate online, go to our website at and click on the

Donate button above in the upper right-hand corner of the page.

Thank you for your support to keep your church operating smoothly and staying cool.

Jack Ream, Finance Committee


Join Beth Campisi

for Cardio Drumming in 2024

Adaptive Cardio Drumming

Every Monday 4:00-5:00

This class provides all the awesome benefits of regular cardio drumming while seated in a chair. This exercise is not vigorous cardio, however it provides a multitude of benefits for the participant! No drumming experience needed. All levels welcome!

Regular Cardio Drumming

Every Monday 6:00-7:00 

Cardio drumming combines cardio exercise and drumming to music to provide an easy but effective workout. Using an exercise ball, a bucket and drumsticks, cardio drumming is a fun, fast paced way to increase your heart rate, burn calories and improve your coordination. It even helps to improve brain function and you don't need to be a drummer to do it! Cardio drumming is fun, engaging and accessible to everyone. All fitness levels welcome!


Contact Holly Blair-Cascio if you would like to Cardio drum with us!


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Art Gallery
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Arts at Emmanuel ("A@E)

Call to Artists Arts@Emmanuel invites you to participate in an Art show, August 2nd through October 30, 2024.

"Nature or Nurture" is an all-media art show. Painting, Photography, Mosaic, Sculpture, Collage, your choice! Artists will use various media to depict images inspired by nature or images that evoke feelings of being nurtured.


This is open to the artist's interpretation. Artwork is due by Wednesday, July 31st,

12 noon. Drop off at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 920 Third Avenue, Rockford. Church hours are Tuesday thru Thursday, 9:00 - 2:00pm. Call first 815-963-4815. Use north parking lot entrance.

Contact Susan Hurley-Whitacre if you would like to exhibit in this show. If you have questions, call Susan at 708-845-7207.

Open Reception in the Gallery at Emmanuel on

Friday, August 2, 6:00 - 8:30pm.

We Are the ARK,

Acts of Restorative Kindness


Care for Creation Committee of Emmanuel Lutheran is in the process of creating a prairie close to the vegetable gardens behind the church.  We want to share with you why this is such an important venture especially now as we grieve the loss of so many birds, butterflies, bees and  insects due to habitat loss, pollution and the use of toxic chemicals'.  These little creatures are truly the foundation  of the life we experience around us.  We need them and we are losing them.


A prairie is one source of support for these beautiful and amazing creatures.  Since much of the land is in now in private hands it is up to us to provide safe and nourishing places for them to survive and thrive.  A prairie is such an ecosystem and is native to the area we live in. Very little prairie remains in Illinois which was once carried the proud title "The Prairie State".  We hope our small plot of prairie connects us to a larger vision of what is possible when we care for what is right next to us


There are other kinds of native ecosystems that provide food and places to live and bring forth more generations of these "little ones" who are so desperately needed.  If you are interested in knowing more about this and also may be interested in creating your own ARK please notify the Care for Creation Committee.  On behalf of the Creation team I am Sally Roberts 815.566.22776


Drum Class with Helen Bond

Coming in September

Drum Workshop 12:00-3:00pm

in the Library

HELEN BOND is a dynamic percussionist, teacher & storyteller who has found music to be an inspiration and source of strength and resiliency since her childhood. Since 2000, Helen has traveled regularly to Guinea, West Africa to study the intricate musical traditions and culture of the Malinke people, whose ancestors created the djembe and dunun drums centuries ago. She also teaches at retreats, local schools, colleges and universities. She is adjunct faculty at Lake Forest College where she teaches the “West African Drumming Ensemble” class. Helen offers classes in Guinean percussion music, drum facilitation, and gives storytelling performances. 

Medusa's Musical


Come be a part of this joyful group and enjoy the uplifting beauty of traditional hand drumming from Guinea, West Africa. You will learn basic rhythms on dunun drums and the djembe accompaniment parts. You’ll also learn the origins of each rhythm, receive expert instruction on all instruments in the traditional djembe orchestra and deepen your understanding of the place of music, dance, and song in West African life. Helen is able to work simultaneously with students of all levels and all are  welcome.

Should you need to borrow a drum please let us know when you register. 

We will meet in the Celebration Room.

Contact Helen at

to register or if you have questions.  

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World Groove Drum Camp at
Emmanuel.  Save the date.
More info. coming soon.  

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World Groove Drum Camp

at Emmanuel

Save the date -

August 12 – 16, 2024

This year, the suggested donation per camper is $50-$100 for the weeklong camp. There will be a family discount available, and cost should never be a barrier to participants. People may also sign up to sponsor a camper or campers. Please contact the church office to register or with questions with an email to 815-963-4815

Please continue to watch for further information .

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New Book for Spiritual Journeys

    Tuesday group - 9:30 - 11:00am 


Join us on Tuesdays at 9:30a.m.

as we read the book:  Morning Altars: 

A 7-Step Practice to Nourish Your Spirit through Nature, Art, and Ritual, by Day Schildkret.

(The hardcover version is worthy of a coffee table book, however, it is available in Kindle, also.)

Join us next Tuesday with or without the book,

as we read along and discuss together.

Spiritual Journeys meets every Tuesday morning 9:30-11:00 over zoom. 

Any questions, Contact Karen VanHowe at

The NEW zoom link is


Whether you obtain the book or not,

please join us to read along or listen.

You may join us anytime.  

Questions? Contact Karen VanHowe at  

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Winnebago County Forest Preserves Interest Hikes

Come hike with us.

Join Soul Garden for continued hiking experiences in the Winnebago County Forest Preserves. Dress for the weather!  Text Holly if you want to join the hikes 815-543-1191

All hikes start at 9:00am


 Wednesday, July 24 9:00am

**Note Location changed to**

Colored Sands Forest Preserve

10602 Hass Road

Rockton, IL 61024

Thursday, August 8th  9:00am 

Fuller Memorial Forest Preserve

6700 Fitzgerald Road, Rockford, IL 61102


Saturday, August 24

Seward Bluffs Forest Preserve

16999 Comly Road, Seward, IL 61077

Link to Descriptions of all 44 Forest Preserves


Belly Dancing will be

starting back up in September

Wednesday nights

6:00 – 7:00pm     Cost: $10/class

Belly dancing is incredibly empowering. People of every size and ability level will have fun while building confidence, strength & grace. In the classes you will learn the Egyptian roots of Belly dance and the modern tribal & fusion styles. Short combinations will be incorporated into drills that focus on muscle group isolations, core stabilization, strengthening and lengthening of muscles, sharp & fluid motions, musicality & dance etiquette. No previous dance experience required and great for all fitness levels. 


All classes are held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 920 3rd Avenue in Rockford.

Register with Holly Blair-Cascio,

815-543-1191 or


Women’s Interfaith Potluck

All women are welcome to attend the Women's Interfaith Potluck  




- Monday, July 29, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. at the Baha'i Center, 1650 N. Alpine, Rockford

- Monday, August 26, 2024, at 6:00 p.m.,

at the Lakewood Hills shelter house

4188 Lakeside Drive, Rockford.  

The topic will be Second Congregational/First Presbyterian Church’s mission to energize downtown Rockford.

-Monday, September 30, 2024, at 6:00 p.m., at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 2715 S. Mulford Rd., Rockford.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IMPORTANT REQUEST FROM RABBI WING, when deciding what dish to bring to the dinner:  We would request that the dishes adhere to a couple of guidelines if possible --       1) no pork or shellfish ingredients (fish is acceptable) and 2) no dishes that mix milk products and meat together (so no meat lasagna, chicken and cheese casseroles, etc.). We will extend the invitation to our female identifying members.  


Hope to see you soon!

Susan Goldberg


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                      July Midtown News


Serving the people who live, work, worship, and play in the neighborhoods of Midtown Events Check out our

Facebook page:


Opportunities in MLP—ALL ARE WELCOME! Katie’s Cup follows CDC, State, and County Covid protocols. Katie’s Cup open Tuesday thru Friday


8am -3 pm Katie’s Walking Club—Thursdays at 9:15 a.m., weather permitting

Katie’s Choice Book Club—Second Thursday of the month, 10 am.—11:15 am. Check with Katie’s Cup for book selection Thursday Rockford Midtown Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Midtown Market Music:

July 11—Paul Heisel

July 18—Samuel the Saxophone Kid

July 25—Jeff Layng

Aug 1—Mike Lynch

Aug 8—Biff Moyer

Aug 15—Paul Bronson

Aug 22—Samuel the Saxophone Kid

Aug 29—Wattle & Daub

Sept 5—The Magtones

Sept 12—Brian Wood

Sept 19—Paul Heisel Sept 26—Randy Nicholson—American Songbook


July 9, 2024—Our Savior’s Lutheran Church speaking about democracy and working for freedom for all people

Cars ’n Coffee—First Saturday of the month through October, 9 a.m. till noon. Musicians:

July 6—Brian Wood RVC


Lecture Series—Please Register through RVC’s CLR (Center for Learning in Retirement) Call 815-921-3933 or email Strong Block Party at

 140th Anniversary of Emmanuel Lutheran Church

Emmanuel celebrated its 140th anniversary on July 17, 2022 and the 100th anniversary of our second church building in November 2023.  Emmanuel’s history and evolution began with the Swedish immigrants’ courage, boldness, and hard work, conserving some of their Swedish Lutheran traditions all while adapting, in a new context with a new language. 

Emmanuel continues to evolve, enriching the Spiritual Life of the Community with the Arts including music, poetry, artwork, dance, communing with nature, retreats, and other expressions of our Spirituality.  We meet you where you are on your journey.    

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The Thirty-Sixth Annual Northern Illinois Synod Assembly was held on Friday, June 14th and Saturday, June 15th, 2024 at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.

Lay Voting Members:  Linda Aldana, Rocio Aldana

Rostered Voting Member:  Pastor Frank Langholf



9:00am - Traditional Worship (Chapel)  

10:30am - ReFresh Worship (Sanctuary) 

Breathe Meditation Service:

 (Breathe is held four times a year)


All are welcome to come as you are to our worship services!


Parking is available on Third Avenue or the parking lot north of the church.

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