Welcome to Emmanuel!





9:00 am Traditional Service in the Chapel

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

and recorded on Facebook.

The 10:30a.m. service is on Zoom and posted to Facebook afterwards for those unable to attend in person. 

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, contact Catherine at cathy.rennert@gmail.com or sign up for the newsletter below. 

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Emmanuel Lutheran Church

920 Third Avenue, Rockford, IL


Dec. 24:  3:00pm 

Christmas Eve Calvary/Emmanuel Family Candlelight Service

Christmas Eve Message:  Pastor Chuck Olson

Special Music:  Calvary Praise Band

Organist:  Mark Calvert


Dec. 24: 

    10:30pm Christmas Concert

    11:00pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

                     Christmas Eve Message:  Pastor Frank Langholf


Music by Special Vocalists and Musicians, Emmanuel Choir

Piano/Organ Accompaniment:  Clea Arbogast


Sunday, Dec. 25:  NO SERVICE 


Sunday, Jan 1:    10:00am Service of Lessons and Carols

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A Gathering of Gratitude

7:00 PM Friday November 18 – Noon Saturday November 19

Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Rockford, IL

Altars for personal meditation, group gatherings, dance, art.

Participants are invited to attend the entire retreat including staying overnight, or a portion of the retreat. 


Everyone is invited and welcome.

Please register so we may plan for the number of participants.

Cost: free-will donation to Emmanuel Lutheran Church.

Contact Frank Langholf to register or ask a question by email fslangholf@gmail.com or text 309-509-5241





Coming Soon

Games and Pizza

November 19th, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Everyone is invited to Emmanuel for a fun time playing games. If you have a favorite game, bring it along. If you would rather stop in and just watch, sit and socialize, that's fine too.  You won't go away hungry - pizza is on the menu.  

                    Sponsored or Caring Connections.  


Special Food Pantry Notice      

Emmanuel Lutheran Food Pantry  -  Holiday Hours

Friday, November 25, The Day after Thanksgiving  -  Closed

Friday, December 23, Christmas Eve  -  Open

Monday, December 26, The Day after Christmas  -  Closed

Friday, December 30, New Year’s Eve.  -  Open

Monday, January 2, 2023, The Day after New Year’s  -  Closed


PLEASE NOTE: As of January 1st, the Emmanuel Lutheran Food Pantry will no longerbe open on Mondays.  We will continue to be open 9:30  - 11:30 a.m. on all Fridays, except holidays as posted. 

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 140TH Anniversary of Emmanuel Lutheran Church

Emmanuel celebrated its 140th anniversary with a single festival service on July 17, 2022. We enjoyed a full choir with 3 generations of choir members and organ and piano accompaniment by Clea Arbogast. Pastor Frank Langholf gave a stirring message on Emmanuel’s history and evolution beginning with the Swedish immigrants’ courage, boldness, and hard work. He spoke of their great intention as they conserved some of their Swedish Lutheran traditions all while adapting in a new context with a new language. After the service we enjoyed a delicious potluck and conversation in the Celebration Room amid the opening of our new Art Show: The Visionary Divine Creative. Kathlyn Wright had also curated a wonderful historical display of newspaper articles and pictures dating back to Emmanuel’s beginning in 1882. If you were not among the gull house in the Celebration Room on Sunday, make sure to come visit the art show and historic display over the next couple of months.

Winnebago County Forest Preserves Interest Hikes


Emmanuel Soul Garden has been experiencing Winnebago County’s 44 Forest Preserves this past summer and fall. Join us with the opportunity to continue the hikes extending through the end of fall and into winter!

We will take hikes that are easier to navigate and no longer than 2 miles. Dress for the weather for your comfort and safety!  I will meet hikers at the forest preserve entrances.

On the selected week you would like to hike, please text me your name and say "hiking this week" so I know who is coming!

Below is a link to the 44 forest preserves in Winnebago County with pictures and descriptions for you to view. I am looking forward to taking many more hikes with you through the seasons. All hikes start at 9:00am. If weather is bad, the hike will be cancelled on that date.

I am looking forward to more adventures in the forest preserves with you!

Holly Blair-Cascio   815-543-1191

Link to Descriptions of all 44 Forest Preserves



Wednesday, November 16th 9:00am

Blackhawk Springs Forest Preserve

5360 Mulford Road & 5801 Perryville Rd, Cherry Valley, IL 61016


Saturday, December 10th 9:00am

Cedar Cliff Forest Preserve  -  7901 Kishwaukee Road, Stillman Valley, IL 61084


Tuesday, December 27 9:00am

J. Norman Jensen Forest Preserve  - 14400 S. Bluff, Rockton, IL 61072


Saturday, January 14th 9:00am

Kishwaukee River Forest Preserve

6303 Mulford Road & 5757 Blackhawk Road, Cherry Valley, IL 61016


Wednesday, January 25th 9:00am

Rockford Rotary Forest Preserve  -  5390 Rotary Road, Cherry Valley, IL 61063


Saturday, February 11. 9:00am

Roland Olson Forest Preserve  -  9669 Atwood Road, Roscoe, IL 61073


Thursday, Feb 23. 9:00am  -  Severson Dells Forest Preserve

8786 Montague Road, Rockford, IL 61102

Midtown Thanksgiving Eve

Virtual Service

Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022

Worship service led by the Lutheran churches of the Midtown Lutheran Parish. This includes: Emmanuel Lutheran, Sale Lutheran Church, First Lutheran Church, Calvary Lutheran Church and Zion Lutheran Church, ELCA - Rockford, IL. Service will be recorded and you may view on the Midtown Facebook page.

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                               Pictured: 2019 St. Nicholas Gathering


       Dawson says  “Get me out of here fast!”


                          St Nicholas Potluck

 Sunday, December 11, 2022  -  11:30 a.m. in the Celebration Room

Everyone is welcome to join us for the St. Nicholas Potluck.  Santa, our special guest, will be here with surprises for the children and fun Christmas crafts.  Sign up at the table near the Celebration room as to how many are attending and what you would like to bring, or call the church office at 815-963-4815.   

Families with children are encouraged to sign up by December 4th. 

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Emmanuel Volunteer Outdoor Cleanup Crew   


Thanks to Jeff Birch, Dan Vorsanger, Jack Ream, Catherine Rennert, Christyn Rittenhouse,

Taj Guzzardo, Rich Lundin, Randy Calvert, and

Pastor Frank Langholf who helped with the raking, bagging, mowing, etc., on Thursday, November 11th.


Arts@Emmanuel has started up again! We are excited to be welcoming friends back to Emmanuel for art shows, art workshops and other interests celebrating the divine creative spirit which enlivens and enriches our lives. Nothing like art to inspire, heal and bring people together. Arts@Emmanuel is looking for more people to be on the committee. If you are interested we would love to hear from you. We are planning on having meetings bi-monthly and our next meeting will be Sunday, January 8th at 11:30. Please contact Holly If you are interested in the Arts@Emmanuel committee.

Holly Blair-Cascio 815-543-1191



Bible Study each Wednesday at Noon

with Pastor Frank Langholf. 

All are welcome.

To join our Bible Study group,

please click on the button below.




9:00am - Traditional Worship (Chapel)  

10:30am - ReFresh Worship (Sanctuary) 

Breathe Meditation Service:

Second Saturday, 5:00pm (September - April) Breathe is on hold at this time.  

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


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