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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.




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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

Belly Dancing

Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:00pm

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

Sing Joys of Spring Art Show

Art will be on display thru July

Songs of the Cedar

Wednesdays, June 12, 19, 26

6:00 - 7:30pm

Helen Bond-Drumming

Coming in September

All are welcome @ Emmanuel!!!


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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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. 

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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.  

Art Gallery
at Emmanuel

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Sing Joys of Spring is a

mixed media art show.

Artists used various media

to explore art

through the joy and beauty of spring.

Whether it’s illuminating beauty, spiritual experiences, hope, healing, transformation of ourselves

and the planet,

or quest for peace and justice,

artists passion

for the creative process  

manifests in Sing Joys of Spring!

You are welcome to come and view the art

during office hours of T/W/Th 8 - 1

Questions, call


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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


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The Thirty-Sixth Annual Northern Illinois Synod Assembly will be 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

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Songs of the Cedar

Wednesdays,  June 12, 19, and 26

6:00 - 7:30pm.

 Free and open to the public.


Songs of the Cedar is about learning to play the Native American Flute, the expressive, most accessible, and beautiful ancient instrument. Learn to play, pray, converse with the birds, and lead ceremony. Bring a six-hole flute (any key), or buy a good one from Prices start around $70. Listen to the flutes on the website and see what speaks to you. Low flutes, like E may be hard to finger for some folks. Learn the basics, a traditional song, and how to improvise. Begin a lifetime relationship with music indigenous to humans for 50,000 years. Lead by Jim Roberts at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 5th St. and 3rd Avenue. Enter by the back ramp entrance. If interested or have questions, contact Jim at

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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


Monday, June 10th 9:00am

Hononegah Forest Preserve

#80 Hononegah Road, Rockton, IL 61072


Saturday, Saturday June 22 9:00am

Colored Sands Forest Preserve

10602 Haas Road, Rockton, IL 61024


Saturday, July 13 9:00am

Cedar Cliff Forest Preserve

7901 Kishwaukee Road, Stillman Valley, IL 61084


Wednesday, July 24 9:00am

Sugar River Alder Forest Preserve 

10255 Haas Road, Shirland, IL 61079

Link to Descriptions of all 44 Forest Preserves

Wednesday nights are for  

Belly Dancing

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, June 24, 2024, at 6:00 p.m.


at Temple Beth-El, 1203 Comanche Dr., 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.

PLEASE REMEMBER: Our Muslim sisters do not eat pork or non-halal meat, and our Jewish sisters do not eat pork, so please respect this in the choice of food you are bringing to the potluck.   Plates, silverware, and beverages  provided.


NOTE:  Host location and featured speaker for our Monday, July 29 potluck needed!

Please reply to if interested!!  


Hope to see you soon!

Susan Goldberg


           Emmanuel's Food Pantry

Needs Your Help

The 2024 Post Office Food Drive was held Saturday, May 11th.  Thank you to everyone who donated food to the drive.  Also, thank you to Lorraine Harding, Barb Horn, Fran and Denny Hamm, and Kathlyn Wright who volunteered at the Loves Park Post Office to receive the food as the mail carriers and volunteers brought the donations into the post office. 

On May 20th, Kathlyn and her brother, Greg Dutchoff, will go to each of the three post offices which were involved in the food drive and pick up the unused pallets, gaylords, and food that had come into the post office after Saturday. 

On Thursday, May 23rd, Lenny Walter and Denny Hamm will go to the Salvation Army warehouse and get Emmanuel Pantry’s share of the food collected.  We will need volunteers to help get the food from the truck, into the pantry, out of the bags and sorted.  The truck should be arriving at the church with the food about 9:30 and we can get started. There is a sign-up sheet on the table outside the Celebration Room.  There will be pizza at lunchtime.

If you have any questions, please let Kathlyn know, 815-519-7965,

The Midtown Lutheran Parishes

and the Community Health bucket

are organizing their

annual Fun & Health Fair:

Sat. June 8, 2024. 11:00am-2:00pm

Patriot’s Gateway Community Center,

615 S. 5th St., Rockford, IL 61104


Volunteers are needed to make this event a success. Can you help us?

Volunteer to:

     Assist participants w/ Farmer’s Market

     Greet attendees at the welcome table

     Help w/ serving a simple lunch

     Assist w/ event set-up (10 am)

     Assist w/ event tear-down (2 pm)

     Direct traffic, general assistance


Interested and available? Talk to Sue Scott, Faith Community Nurse. 815-222-1299.

 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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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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