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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

Belly Dancing

Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:00pm

Forest Preserve Hikes at 9:00am 

To be scheduled in March


Saturday, March 9, 2024
Emmanuel's Sanctuary

The Wednesday Lenten Service Schedule

is below.  The Faith Community Nurses hold a 

mild exercise class at 11:00 on Wednesdays during Lent, followed by the Service at noon, and followed by a light luncheon served at the church location.

                The Holy Week and Easter schedule                            will be posted soon.

Ostara: Spring Awakening  Retreat

7:00 pm, Friday, March 15th to

12:00 Noon Saturday, March 16th

Northern IL Synod Congregational 

Resourcing Event (CRE)

Saturday, March 16, 2024

at Sauk Valley College, Dixon, IL

8:30 am to 3:45 pm

WELCA  -  Thursday, March 21st,  9:30am 

Drumming with Helen Bond

March 24 at 12:00 pm

Palm Sunday, March 24th

Maundy Thursday, March 28th

Good Friday, March 29th

Holy Saturday, March 30th

Easter Sunday, March 31st

All are welcome @ Emmanuel!!


(Women of the Evangelical Church of America)

Our next WELCA meeting will be on Thursday, March 21st at 9:30am. 

Come and join us.  Leader: Karen Van Howe

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New Book for Spiritual Journeys

    Tuesday group - 9:30 - 11:00am 

Spiritual Journeys started a new book  on 

January 2, 2024

“Church of the Wild: How Nature Invites Us into the Sacred” by Victoria Loorz.

Once upon a time, humans lived in intimate relationship with nature.

Whether disillusioned by the dominant church or unfulfilled by traditional expressions of faith, many of us long for a deeper spirituality. Victoria Loorz certainly did. Coping with an unraveling vocation, identity, and planet, Loorz turned to the wanderings of spiritual leaders and the sanctuary of the natural world, eventually co-founding the Wild Church Network and Seminary of the Wild.


With an ecospiritual lens on biblical narratives and a fresh look at a community larger than our own species, Church of the Wild uncovers the wild roots of faith and helps us deepen our commitment to a suffering earth by falling in love with it—and calling it church.


Through mystical encounters with wild deer, whispers from a scrubby oak tree, wordless conversation with a cougar, and more, Loorz helps us connect to a love that literally holds the world together—a love that calls us into communion with all creatures.


Whether you obtain the book or not, please join us to read along or listen.

Questions? Contact Karen VanHowe at  

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                                           COMING SOON 

March date pending,  6:30-8:30PM  


The movie in February is "Warm Bodies"

We will meet in the Youth Lounge straight down the stairs when you enter by the North doors. Bring snacks to share.

For more info., text Christyn, 815-289-7110


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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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

Link to Descriptions of all 44 Forest Preserves

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To Register for the Spring Retreat, to offer to create a contemplative alter for the theme "Awakening", and to reserve a space for the Saturday lunch potluck.  Click on the "JOIN US" button below.

Drum Class with Helen Bond

 March 24, 2024

Drum Workshop 12:00-3:00p

in the Benson Room

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 welcome.

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

Meet in the Celebration Room.

Questions? contact Helen at

Wednesday night is 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



Saturday, March 9, 2024
Emmanuel's Sanctuary

How quietly the earth breathes forth new life.

How eagerly the sun bleeds for the spring,

                  I AM LISTENING

I am listening to the sky 

                 with its many changing moods,

                 to flashes of lightning, peals of thunder,

                 to opening buds and greening grass.


I am listening to the breaking forth of light                

                 in the vestibule of dawn,

                 to the freshness of the morning.


   Come join us and Breathe

Lent 2024

Midtown Lutheran Lenten Services

& Exercises with the Faith Community Nurses,    Sue and Mary

February 28th

11:00 am, Exercising in the Church library at Emmanuel

12:00 pm, Wednesday, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church

Pastor Michael Thomas will be preaching

A light luncheon will be served after the Service

March 6th

11:00 am, Exercising in the Church Fireside Room at Salem

12:00 pm, Wednesday, at Salem Lutheran Church

Pastor Chuck Olson will be preaching

A light luncheon will be served after the Service

March 13

11:00 am, Exercising in the Emmanuel Church library

12:00 pm,  Wednesday at Calvary Lutheran (Emmanuel's Chapel)     Pastor Bill Dahlberg will be preaching

A light luncheon will be served after the Service

March 20

11:00 am, Exercising in the Friendship Hall at First Lutheran

12:00 pm, Wednesday at First Lutheran Church

Intern Rachel Perkins preaching

A light luncheon will be served after the Service

All are welcome.  Come to prepare for Passion Week and for the Easter Celebration

Create Lamps from Plastic Bags!

Saturday, March 2nd, noon-4pm

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Join artist Norm Knott Saturday, March 2 at Emmanuel Lutheran church for a fun workshop creating recycled plastic bag lamps. This project is a fun and a productive way to upcycle those annoying handled bags that every store gives out by the thousands!


We will start by cutting off the handles and seams till we have enough to fuse together with an ordinary iron. Once we have a large enough sheet of the plastic; we'll design our pendent lamps and add finishing flourishes to the piece using other recyclable bags that Norm has collected in his art travels. To finish them so they hang; we'll be using bamboo and an electrical insert. Voila! You'll have a decorators dream pendent lamp!


Matching shades for table lamps can be made at home if the designer wishes. The final look is durable but appears to be Japanese paper. Come and join us for a project that will add to your special décor!


The workshop will run from 12:00pm-4:00pm on Saturday, March 2 at

Emmanuel Lutheran Church

920 3rd Ave Rockford, Il


Cost of the workshop (includes materials) is $35


Contact Holly Blair-Cascio if you would like to come to the workshop!


           Emmanuel's Food Pantry

Needs Your Help


The first Sunday of each month, the pantry will have a cart outside of the Chapel for the 9:30am Service and the Sanctuary for the 10:30am Service.  The preceding Sundays, we will let you know what kind of food we will be needing for the next month.


In March, we are looking forward to Easter.  We would like to give our customers scalloped or Au gratin boxed potatoes, egg-coloring kits, cake mixes, and prepared frostings.

The food can be brought anytime during office hours during the month.  

Monday & Friday, 9:00 to noon

Tuesday, Wednesday, & Fridays,               9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Women’s Interfaith Potluck

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


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 will be provided. Hope to see you there!

The Next Potluck is Scheduled for ...

UPCOMING Women's Interfaith Potluck: 

    - Monday, February 26, at 6:00 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 925 - 5th Ave., Rockford.

The topic will be Disparities in Health Care: Causes and Solutions, presented by Assatou Rugolo, who currently works for the Mayo Clinic remotely from Rockford. She is originally from Rockford, and has recently moved back to Rockford from Wisconsin. A short summary of the topic: African American women are 3 times more likely to die from childbirth than their white peers. Similarly, African American infants are almost 4 times more likely die from complications due to low birth rates compared to their white peers.  

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"Sight/Unseen" is an exhibit of seventeen mixed-media drawings by Norm Knott executed in the weeks before angioplasty followed by cataract surgery on both eyes and the recuperation period from the three procedures when mobility was kept at a minimum that followed in the aftermath.  Six years before, an annual eye exam started a journey with the discovery of glaucoma, macular degeneration, sight impairment from head trauma, and the development of the cataracts while holding down two jobs.  A small temporary studio area was set up in the kitchen (use of stairs was out).  Not knowing if stents would be put in and waiting for the procedure, the impairment became a brown wash but having been a creative since childhood, the art had to keep being produced, if only for the benefits of art therapy!  This exhibit is the result.  Now, still under the watchful eyes of the medical profession, things are improving.  The experience became one of pushing/rearranging "limits" to learn how to continue creating works and trusting his own decades long art training to produce new work!

This exhibit is open through Frebruary and March.  The church is open Mondays and Fridays,  8:30 am to 12:00 pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 8:30 am to 2:00 pm, and Sunday mornings after the 9:00 and 10:30 Services.  

Northern IL Synod 
Congregational Resourcing Event

  The CRE this year is March 16, 2024 at Sauk Valley Community College.  The theme is "Open God's Story".  This will be a time to connect God's work throughout the Bible with God's work in our lives.  

Registration is now open.  The event will run 8:30 am to 3:45 pm with opening prayer beginning at 9:30.  For more information, including the schedule for the day, please check out the synod website: CRE Webpage.  The cost is $35.00 and includes breakfast treats, coffee, tea, and lunch.  

The Deadline to register is March 2nd

"Eight Ways to Love Mothe Earth"

1.   Eat your veggies.  --Cut back on animal products, reduce or eliminate consumption of meat.  Both you and the planet will be healthier.

2.   Compost.  --Turn your vegetable and yard waste into gold for the soil.  This helps avoid creating methane in the landfill. 

3.   Cut down your use of fossil fuels.  --Purchase energy efficient appliances and look for low fuel consumption in vehicles.  Subscribe to green power providers.

4.   Combat plastic pollution.  --Resist buying products which are wrapped or bottled in plastic.  If you do use soft plastics, they can be recycled at Meier's, Schunck's, and Target.  --Instead of bottled water (which is not regulated and contain microplastics) find a filter for your drinking and cooking water.

5.   Feed the birds.  Provide space for the small creatures and insects.  --Plant native grasses, flowers and trees which provides habitat and food.  --Resist having a clean yard--leave leaves  and plant stalks over winter which are necessary for hibernation of certain insects and native bees. 

6.    Buy local.  --Farmer's markets, small businesses and artisans.

7.   Plant your own vegetable/herb garden.

8.   Recycle, repair, reuse.

We hope you will do your part.  If you have any questions, please contact the Care for Creation Committee at Emmanuel.

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

 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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