The picture above I received from my internship congregation.
It is one of my early seminary learnings of Jesus being a real human being. This was not the image of Jesus during my growing up years. During those years the pictures of Jesus were never about smiling or laughing. My internship congregation wanted me know that Jesus smiled and laughed throughout his life… just like we do. This was a big ah ha moment for me and has formed my ministry of the years.
His face has a broad smile. His eyes shine with grace and love. He says you're Welcomed and Loved!
The people of Emmanuel Lutheran Church extend our arms to welcome you. As the interim pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran, I welcome you to this community as well.
The purpose that guides everything we do at Emmanuel Lutheran is "To Know Christ and Boldly Make Him Known” and this guides everything we do at Emmanuel Lutheran.
We never get to the place where we can know Christ completely. We are a people on a journey where we learn from Jesus how to love ourselves and our neighbors, how to forgive, how to show mercy and kindness, and how to walk humbly with God. Our goal is to provide opportunities to help each one of us to know Christ, to know the power of his forgiveness and the hope of his resurrection.
My hope as you peruse this website that you find it welcoming, learning about who we are, with lots of opportunities to participate and ways you can engage this community and build relationships with Christ-like folks just like you.
Welcome and we look forward to meeting you soon.