Connections are important

We believe that God created us for community. At Immanuel that plays out in different ways. We want to help you connect with God and with each other. We want to provide opportunities to use the gifts and talents God gave you in service to the church and the community. We want to support and encourage you (and for you to do the same with others) throughout all aspects of your life. 

We'd be happy to talk with you about getting connected at Immanuel. Come and visit us this weekend!

 

Our God is Real and Present Here!

We want to do all we can today to Prepare Kids for Tomorrow! We are pleased to offer quality PreK - 8th education in a loving and caring environment. Our teachers and staff place a high value on learning, but an even greater emphasis on your children. We believe that in order to truly prepare them for tomorrow we not only need to teach them the fundamentals, but provide them with opportunities to be a good neighbor. 

We'd love to show you what we do! Schedule an onsite visit today!

 

Building stronger family & faith foundations through sports.

Upward is a nationwide program that provides opportunities for all kids to Play with Purpose. 

To Play With Purpose means you make smart decisions, improve in your physical development, discover your life's purpose, and put others needs before your own.

It's more than just the game. It's every practice, every drill, every pivot, every pass and shot. Become more than just an athlete.

We'd love to have you join the team! Learn more about Upward at Immanuel here!

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Connections are important

We believe that God created us for community. At Immanuel that plays out in different ways. We want to help you connect with God and with each other. We want to provide opportunities to use the gifts and talents God gave you in service to the church and the community. We want to support and encourage you (and for you to do the same with others) throughout all aspects of your life. 

We'd be happy to talk with you about getting connected at Immanuel. Come and visit us this weekend!

 

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Our God is Real and Present Here!

We want to do all we can today to Prepare Kids for Tomorrow! We are pleased to offer quality PreK - 8th education in a loving and caring environment. Our teachers and staff place a high value on learning, but an even greater emphasis on your children. We believe that in order to truly prepare them for tomorrow we not only need to teach them the fundamentals, but provide them with opportunities to be a good neighbor. 

We'd love to show you what we do! Schedule an onsite visit today!

 

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Building stronger family & faith foundations through sports.

Upward is a nationwide program that provides opportunities for all kids to Play with Purpose. 

To Play With Purpose means you make smart decisions, improve in your physical development, discover your life's purpose, and put others needs before your own.

It's more than just the game. It's every practice, every drill, every pivot, every pass and shot. Become more than just an athlete.

We'd love to have you join the team! Learn more about Upward at Immanuel here!

Pastor's Blog - Trying to Find Ourselves

Trying to Find Ourselves

Posted by Larry Tieman on

One of the things that I hear so often about people and from people is they’re “trying to find themselves.” Sometimes it is the spouse who is having second thoughts about their marriage, or it might be the middle-aged man who splurges on the sports car purchase, or the college student that travels to Europe to rediscover himself.  In any case, I’ve often thought that wherever we go; there we still are!  And if we couldn’t find ourselves where we are, how are we going to do it somewhere else!

In the Gospel of John, Jesus not only tells us who He is, but He also tells us the one thing we need to know about ourselves if we’re truly going to find ourselves. The way Jesus describes Himself (to me) is one of the most encouraging, strengthening, and comforting statements in the entire bible. Listen to these simple five words. “I am the good shepherd.” (John 10:11, ESV)

My friends, you will never understand yourself fully…you will never find yourself completely until you begin to see yourself the way you really are. And that is as a sheep. Sheep are mentioned in the bible over 300 times more than any other animal. And when God looks at us He looks at us through shepherd’s eyes; He sees us for what we are, as sheep.

And though sheep are sometimes looked at in an unfavorable way; after all, they are one of the dumbest animals on the planet and they will follow anything that moves over a cliff or into the river—I want to be a sheep—especially if my shepherd is the “Good” Shepherd, who is “willing to lay down His life for me.”

 

1) When I am in the dark, the Good Shepherd will guide me.

2) When I am in danger, the Good Shepherd will protect me.

3) When I am in desperation, the Good Shepherd knows exactly what I need.

 

The shepherd will lead the flock if they will listen to His voice and follow Him. He will not drive the flock if they refuse. But if you’re ready to admit once again that you are a sheep, know that you have a Good Shepherd, a One of a Kind Shepherd, who laid down His life for you so that you can have the good life now, and the best life forever.  There is no need to try to find yourself when the Good Shepherd has already found you and offers you the “good life” that is found in Him!

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