Why Emmanuel?

Emmanuel's message comes from a passion for searching and studying Christian scriptures, sacred writings, and wisdom from other traditions.


"The Grace of God has brought us together

  • to become Christs

  • to become the New Community

  • to be Light and Leaven for the World."


We are called to...

  • Study and Practice the Spirituality of Jesus

  • Live as a Safe and Healing Spiritual Community for all who come, regardless of economic conditions, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, or Spiritual struggle.

  • Become instruments of God's Grace by:

    • Promoting understanding and unity between religious traditions, encouraging healing of the soul and the community through Sacred Arts (chant, ritual, dance, poetry, visual arts, music) and Spiritual practice.

    • Reaching the suffering ones among us through ministries of the food pantry, soup kitchen, addiction recovery, half-way housing, and holistic counseling.

    • Working toward the healing and protection of God's Sacred Creation.

Jesus came into the world with a message and life that was so different, so new, and so revolutionary that it changed everything. Our community embraces fresh and ancient ways that we trust will awaken and inspire you on your unique spiritual journey. Everyone is welcome, come as you are!

We emphasize inclusiveness, diversity, creativity, social action, and environmental stewardship.

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Office Hours:

8:00am - Noon, Monday and Friday

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

Pastor Frank: 309.509.5241

Parish Nurse: 815.222.1299

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

Service Hours:

9:00am - Traditional Worship

10:30am - ReFresh Worship

Breathe Meditation Service:

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

Emmanuel is a RIC congregation. LGBTQ+ individuals are openly welcomed.

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