EMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 920 3RD AVENUE, ROCKFORD, IL 61104  815.963.4815
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Office Hours:

8:00am - Noon, Monday and Friday

8:00am - 2:00pm Tues., Wed., Thurs. 815.963.4815

Parish Nurse: 815.222.1299

Food Pantry:
9:30am - 11:30am, Mondays and Fridays

Service Hours:

8:15am - Traditional Worship

10:30am - ReFresh Worship

Breathe Meditation Service:

Second Saturday, 5:00pm (Sept. - May)

Emmanuel is a RIC congregation. LGBT individuals are openly welcomed.

Emmanuel is an ELCA church and a member of the Northern IL Synod.

Adult Education

Adult Bible Study

In the manner of Jesus' own small group of disciples, Emmanuel's Bible Study offers a place to connect with other believers in fellowship; to grow in our understanding of the Bible; and to worship God together. As it says in our Vision Statement, we at Emmanuel, “Study and Practice the Spirituality of Jesus... [becoming] instruments of God's Grace by: Promoting understanding and unity between religious traditions...”

Bible Study is held in the library every Wednesday from noon to 1:00 p.m. See the Church Calendar for details. All are welcome.

Adult Education

The purpose of Adult Education is to provide the Emmanuel congregation with a wide variety of educational opportunities for adults 17 and older, such as:

  • Saving Jesus Redux, a 12-episode video exploration of a credible Jesus for the 21st Century. Join 25 experts for a conversation around the relevance of Jesus for today. This series will be repeated.

  • Thomas Merton: A Film Biography shown over the course of two weeks with a lively discussion following each segment.

  • An occasional free Sunday Movie Matinee series.

  • A weekly viewing and discussion about The Emergence of Universe, Earth, Life, and Humans video series.

The members meet as needed at a time and location convenient to the members.

Men's Group

All men in the Rockford area are invited to Emmanuel's Men's Group. The group was started so that men from the community can get together for Spiritual brotherhood, giving each other emotional and Spiritual support, thus providing opportunities for fellowship. Group activities may include watching a movie, going out to dinner, or going to a baseball game. The members meet each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the church.

WELCA (Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America)

All female members of Emmanuel Lutheran Church are invited to join WELCA.

The commitment of WELCA is to grow spiritually by praying, studying the Bible, and maturing in faith. As a community of women created in the image of God, called to discipleship in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to growth in faith, affirm our gifts, support one another in our callings, engage in ministry and action, and promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society, and the world.

WELCA meets on the third Thursday of the month, except July and August, at 9:30 a.m. at the church. They serve at funeral receptions and special events, and also assists P. A. Peterson in April with a resident birthday party.