Dear Potential First Time Visitor,
We would love to have you join us for worship here at Immanuel! I know it isn’t easy to go somewhere you have never been for worship. Do you wonder if you will be welcomed? At Immanuel, we strive to be like Jesus. He was famous for not discriminating. He broke bread with tax collectors and prostitutes. He welcomed little children and he laid his hands on sick people. At Immanuel, we welcome you if you are rich, poor or somewhere in between. We don’t care if you are gay or straight. It makes no difference what color your skin is. If your baby cries during the service, that is okay too!
Our church service takes about an hour. We would love to have you stay after for a cup of coffee and a treat, but we understand if you need to get going. Maybe you are wondering what to wear? I wear traditional pastor’s garb for the service—a white robe with a stole and chasuble. (A chasuble looks kind of like a poncho and the color is changed according to the season of the church year.) The members of the church wear all different types of clothes. Many of them wear jeans or shorts and some get a little more dressed up. You can wear whatever makes you feel comfortable. We don’t have air conditioning so it might be a little warm.
Are you wondering if we will ask you for money? We do pass a plate during the offering time during the service. You are free to contribute or not—no one will judge you! We will just be glad that you are here.
At each service we will sing traditional and gospel hymns. One of our members will read the appointed Bible verses and I will preach a 12 minute sermon where I try to connect those verses to our everyday lives. The most important thing we do is something we call Holy Communion. The ushers tell you when to come forward and receive a small wafer and a little bit of wine or juice. These represent the body and blood of Jesus. We believe He is really with us when we do this. Everyone is welcome to take communion whether you are a member of our church or not. If you don’t feel ready for that, you can remain in your seat or come forward and just receive a blessing. We love to have visitors, whether you are in town for just the weekend or if you are looking for a new church home. I hope to see you soon.
Peace and Blessings to you! Pastor Judy
600 South Lincoln Road