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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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Special Notice:  
Our 10:30 A.M. service on
June 11th will be held in the
Labyrinth.  Come and join us
for a beautiful morning of worship
and music in the fresh air.


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


06/01 7-8:30 Sean Johnson and Wild Lotus Band

06/04 11:30  Cardio Drumming, Beth Campisi

06/11 11:30 Cookout and Games!

09/16 5:00 Breathe

10/14 6-8:00 Mark Dvorak in Concert










Stop in our Celebration and view our new exhibit.

Hodgepodge will be a mixed media art show. Hodgepodge will highlight artists perspective of what is “eclectic, inspired & expressive!” Together we search for a collective unity and wisdom in a time of uncertainty… Whether it’s our quest for illuminating Earth changes, personal spiritual journey, expanding science, ancient prophecy, tradition, political

crisis or justice, our passion for the creative process leads the way.

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Come One  -  Come All

                  EAT IN  -  COOK-OUT

We are having an Eat In  -  Cook Out on June 11th after the 10:30am service. The service will be held in the labyrinth and childcare provided.

We will provide brats, hotdogs, buns, dessert, lemonade and coffee. The rest will be a potluck for sides and salads.

Sign up on the sheet outside of the Celebration Room. 

There will be games to play outside if the weather cooperates.

Come and enjoy the food and fun. 

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                      WELCA Salad Lunch is back!

Mark your calendar for June 14th, 11:00 A.M.

Guest Speaker: Sue Scott,

Our Community Faith Nurse

Bring your favorite salad, dessert and

 your friends.

        Let's celebrate our sistership in Christ.



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June 1  - 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Tickets $15.00 Advance Ticket
$20 at the door.
Purchase tickets from
Click on upper right corner of this page. 
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If you would like to be a part of the Fair, below is a list of areas where we could really use your help. 

* 11:45-1 Help outside to direct vendors, mobile vans, fire truck to appropriate parking before event

* 11:45-1 Help vendors with outdoor tables

* 12-1 Help vendors get inside to assigned tables 

* 1-3 Help at produce table

* 3-4 Help with tear down, assist vendors as needed

* 1-3 Help with door prizes, collect participants’ vendor passports, draw for prizes, etc

* 12-1 Help with inflation of Walk-thru Colon 

* 3-4 Help with Walk-thru Colon (deflate, put in safe place for pick-up Mon./Tues)

Please text or call:  Sue Scott 815-222-1299 or Karen Van Howe 815-519-9937.

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Winnebago County Forest Preserves Interest Hikes

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

Saturday, June 24, 9:00am

Klehm Forest Preserve

2715 S. Main Street, Rockford, IL 61102

*meet at main entrance


Wednesday, July 12, 9:00am

Sugar River Alder Forest Preserve

10255 Haas Road, Shirland, IL 61079

*meet at main entrance


Saturday, July 29, 9:00am

Espenscheid Memorial Forest Preserve

4800 South Perryville Road, Cherry Valley, IL 61016

*meet at main entrance

Link to Descriptions of all 44 Forest Preserves

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Dear Spiritual Journeyers,

The Tuesday group has chosen our next book, starting June 6, at 9:30 – 11:00am on Zoom:  “Learning to Speak God from Scratch: Why Sacred Words are Vanishing—And How We Can Revive Them” by Jonathan Merritt. It is available in paperback, on Kindle and there are reasonably priced used copies.  Hope you can join us.  Everyone is welcome to join the Spiritual Journeys group.


Everyone is welcome to join the Spiritual Journeys group. Questions - contact Karen at

To join the book study click on the button below.

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

The Liam Foundation and Rockford Public Library presents


Refreshments will be served prior to the screening in the Nordlof Center lobby.  A Brief discussion will be held after the screening. 

Doors open at 6:00pm.  Movies start at 6:30pm.

Nordlof Center, 118 N. Main St., Rockford, IL   


Thursday, June 8:  The Same Difference, directed by Nneka Onuorah

An in-depth look at the internalized hetero-normative gender roles what have become all too familiar within the African American lesbian and bisexual community. 


Thursday, June 15: A Road to Home, directed by Cal Skaggs

A Road to Home tracks the lives of six homeless LGBTQ young people over 18 months.  Their lives typify the experience of the 500,000 homeless youth on American Streets every night, 40% of them LGBTQ.


Thursday, June 22:  El Canto Del Colibri  - A film by Marco Castro-Bojorquez in participation with Somos Familia y BAYCAT (Bayview Hunters Point Center for Arts & Technology)

El Canto del Colibri is a story of Latino fathers dealing with issues of immigration, faith, marriage equality, machismo, culture, and the process of their LGBTQ children coming out.


Thursday, June 29:  Hedwig and the Angry Inch, directed by John Cameron Milton

A high-powered rock musical that  tells the hilarious but emotional tale of an East Berlin transgendered diva on a journey to find stardom in her new home.    


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.


Breathe is being held quarterly now.  The next Breathe Service will be September 16th at 5:00 pm
at Emmanuel Lutheran in the Sanctuary.

Come join us and Breathe

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Coming to Emmanuel on October 14th,

6:00 – 8:00pm Mark Dvorak in Concert

A master musician, storyteller & songwriter.

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 140th Anniversary of Emmanuel Lutheran Church

Emmanuel celebrated its 140th anniversary on July 17, 2022.  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.    



9:00am - Traditional Worship (Chapel)  

10:30am - ReFresh Worship (Sanctuary) 

Breathe Meditation Service:

 (Next Breathe is September 16th

at 5:00 PM.)   

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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