There are always opportunities to serve at Immanuel. If you would like help identifying your spiritual gifts or would like to express interest in one of the areas below, contact the Church office at 979-542-2918, contact Christie Mitschke at (979) 540-9989, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Serving and Connection Opportunities -
(Click on the above link to go to the Youth page)
Jr. High Youth - 6th - 8th graders meet each Wednesday from 4:30 - 6:00pm in the Youth Room beginning in August. Immanuel Day School students may come to the Youth Room a the close of the school day. This is supervised time to do homework, study, rest, or just hang out with frineds. Please watch Sunday bulletin announcements for upcoming special events.
High School Youth - 9th - 12th graders meet from 7 - 9pm each Wednesday evening. This time consists of fellowship, a devotion time and prayer time.
There are many ways to serve and help with Youth Ministry at Immanuel!
*You can donate a 12 pack of soda to the youth. We use them for fundraisers: i.e. concessions stand; sell drinks to teachers; after church functions; etc.
*Help out on Wednesday afternoons from 4pm - 6pm by assisting with the Jr. High Youth. Parent help is desperately needed!
*Help out on Wednesday evenings from 7pm - 9pm by hanging out with the High School Youth, teaching, leading groups, etc.
*Be a driver or chaperone for special events, functions or mission trips.
*Be a part of the Jr. High Ministry Team. It currently only has 2 members but more are needed! Would you prayerfully consider serving in this rewarding area of ministry?
*Can Collection - bring empty cans every month. The youth can raise $50 - $60 per month by recycling aluminum cans.
CONTACT: Carl Repp, Minister of Youth & Family Life 512-619-9366 Carlrepp@gmail.com
Sunday School (Children's Ministry)
Do you have a passion for kids? Can you teach Bible stories? Would you be willing to serve in a three-month commitment? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you'll fit right in!
Sunday morning Sunday School Teachers are needed for children through High School age. These positions will be three-month commitments and at the end of the three months if you would liketo continue then you can stay on. If not, we will help you find a place that fits you better! Why not give it try? With a three-month trial period, there's nothing to lose!
We are always seeking teachers, teacher assistants, teacher backups, and administration assistants. These persons:
*Prepare and lead weekly age appropriate Sunday School Bible lessons using provided curriculum and material. Help children to not only learn leessons, but apply knowledge in everyday life situations - leaders, assist., or back-up.
*Assist with new student registration Monitor and record weekly attendance. Prepare monthly attendance awards. Prepare monthly birthday / baptism birthday recognition. Stock and maintain Sunday School Supply room.
(Click on the above link to go to the VBS page)
VBS requires teams for the following areas: Sing & Play - Preschool - Celebration time - Kidvid Cinema - Treats & Snacks - Imagination Station - Games - Interactive Bible time - Set up and decorating - Tear down and clean up.
Being a part of VBS is a fantastic experience! Join the volunteer team and be a difference maker in the lives of children ! We need you in 2017!
Prayer Chain Ministry "Prayer Warriors"
Do you feel called to intercede for others? Have you experienced the power of prayer?
Be a part of Immanuel's prayer ministry and share the power of prayer with others! This new ministry at Immanuel will serve an important role as a prayer chain for anyone requesting prayer. Requests will go to one person in the group and then make its way through the chain of prayer warriors. A prayer warrior is anyone committed to praying for others; standing against the spiritual battle we all face daily. Praying for others is a blessing and anyone can become a prayer warrior. ______________________________________________________________________________
Sunday morning church services are recorded by this team to share with everyone. Audio and Video disks are made during the services and copies are available immediately afer the service for those unable to attend that Sunday. If you serve on the Worship Media Team you will be put on a schedule for serving - generally a once a month commitment.
SALT - Sanctuary and Altar Lay Team
This team helps to enhance worship at Immanuel with the proper decoration of our sanctuary and preserve the vessels, symbols and adornments that have always been a part of our worship. There are many opportunities for you to use your gifts and abilities and do the things you enjuoy. SALT is about doing...not meeting.
The team has three main components:
Musical groups enrich the worship services at Immanuel with individuals using their God given talents in praise to the Lord. All musical groups rehearse in September - May. We are always happy to add voices to our choir.
Play an instrument? We are always looking for new instruments to add to these groups! Instrument players are encouraged to contact Mrs. McClain if interested in playing for special services.
Immanuel Chorale - Rehearsals are on Thursdays 8 - 9pm. The Chorale sings 2 - 3 times per month at Sunday morning worship and at most special and festival services. The group is comprised of adults and anyone high school age and older. Ability to read music in NOT a necessity.
Brass Choir - Rehearsals are on Thursdays 5:45 - 6:30 pm in the school building music room. Membership is open to anyone high school age and older. Contact Mrs. McClain in order to determine part assignments.
Joyful Sounds Handbells - Rehearsals are from 6:45pm - 7:45pm on Thursday evenings in the church balcony. Membership is open to anyone high school age and older. Previous ringing experience is helpful, and if you can read notes it's a real bonus, but neither are necessary to be a part of the group.
Jr. Handbell Choir - This group is for children 4th through 8th grade. Rehearsals are on Wednesday afternoons from 3:15 - 4:00 pm in the Immanuel Lutheran School Music Room. Jr. Handbell Choir rings for worship once per month during the school year.
Contact person: Leann McClain, Director of Music
Office phone: 979-542-3319 Ext. #138
Home phone: 979-242-5097
Praise Team - This group leads Praise Worship at the 10:30 service on the second and fourth Sundays of most months. Practice is held each week in preparation for upcoming services. Members are encouraged to attend practice each week so that they are familiar with the music. At this time we are practicing at 6:15 on Wednesday evenings, but this is subject to change.
Contact person: Carolyn Dorsey, Praise team director
Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML)
Any communicant woman of the LCMS is welcomed by the LWML. The object of the LWML is:
*To develop and maintain a greater mission awareness
*To provide opportunities for spiritual growth and Christian Fellowship
*To gather funds for mission grants (MITES)
*To assist Immanuel Lutheran Church in its ministry to bring Christ to all people
*To foster and support the program of the LWML
There are three LWML groups at Immanuel:
Friendship Circle - Meets 1st Wednesday at 5:30 pm.
Dorcas Circle - Meets 2nd Tuesday at 7pm.
Mary-Martha Servants - Prepares a reception and luncheon meal for the family after a funeral
Community Outreach Ministries
A natural outgrowth of the spiritual growth which comes through worship, Bible study, and using ones gifts and talents in service to others in a concern for the spiritual and physical well-being of others. Using the gifts, talents and personalities that God has given them, Christians reach out to those outside of the congregation.
Opportunities for service and connection in the area of outreach include:
*Vacation Bible School (usually 2nd week in July)
*Technology - church & school website
*Community events throughout the year - parades, fairs, etc.
For information on Immanuel Groups and getting connected, go to the GROUPS page by clicking on the above link.
Hospitality & Evangelism
This group's goal is to help Immanuel be a welcoming and friendly congregation. Some activities that help accomplish this goal are:
*Schedule the greeters for Worship services and Sunday School
*Welcome and contact our church visitors
*Contact families who have children attending our Early Childhood Center, School and Vacation Bible School who have no church home
*Serve as hosts for new member orientation
*Host a reception for the new members when they are received into membership
*Assist in hosting speakers and workshops to train everyone to share their faith
Christian Care Ministry
This group strives to help and connect with members of the congregation that are in need of support and encouragement. There are many areas that the Christian Care team is involved in. If you have the gift of mercy and if helping people in need of prayer, support, and connection appeals to you, please find out more about this impacting ministry.
Death & Bereavement
Calls and visits the home of a member's death
Provides family with grief materials and/or delivery of food, run errands as needed
Mail sympathy cards to immediate family members
Mail "thinking of you" cards one month later
Grief Share Support Group
Coordinate Grief Share support sessions
Work with Death and Bereavement to invite those grieving members of our congregation, other community congregations, and the community-at-large
Mail "Journey Through Grief" books to congregation members
Mail/deliver cards during and after hospital stay
Phone family during and after return from hospital stay
Visit nursing home residents
Deliver gifts for birthdays and /or special occasions
Over 80 Gifts and Cards
Mail birthday card to those members who have reached their 80th birthday
Coordinate gifts for major 80 and over birthdays (Bible, Plaques, Cross, Flowers)
Senior Afternoon Communion Service
Coordinate service with elders and pastors
Provide a meal following the service
Work closely with the various nursing homes and elders to arrange transportation needs for shut-ins, seniors, and nursing home residents
Visit shut-ins and others on an as needed basis
Visit/contact shut-ins on a monthly basis
Phone shut-ins when that is the preferred method of contact
Deliver gifts for birthdays and/or special occasions
Visit/contact members at home recovering from a hospital stay, an illness, or condition not allowing them to get out
Provide transportation to doctor appointments and other errands for others who need assistance
Mail cards and other gifts to military members throughout the year
Lutheran World Relief (LWR)
Today and every day, Lutehran World Relief quilts and Kits give families throughout the world a helping hand, a sign of comfort and hope for the future. Quilts and Kits are urgently needed.
Quilt-a-thon / Quilting Group - You may participate by making 60" X 80" quilt tops at home. Once a month you can get together in Immanuel's fellowship hall to assemble these quilts (top, batting, and back) and tack (tie) together with croquet thread. Many hands are needed. No sewing experience is required and you can sit while you tack.
LWR Kits - Personal Care Kits, School Kits, Baby Care Kits, Fabric Kits, and Soap are assembled and gathered each year and shipped, together with the quilts, usually the Monday afer Easter. Funds are also collected for the LWR Quilt & Kit Shipping Fund all year long to pay for the shipping. With all the volunteer networks it only takes $2.25 to ship a quilt anywhere in the world. You can make a difference by making a quilt or kit or helping with shipping.
Braille Work Center #163
The Braille Work Center #163 located here in Immanuel's fellowship hall, is affiliated with Lutheran Braille Workers, Inc. Headquarters are in California and it opened here over 30 years ago. The Braille books printed in our center are sent postage free when they are requested anywhere in the world. All work is done by voluneers with supplies paid by donation. There are twelve groups of 6 to 8 workers per group that each work about 2 hours per month. Presently being printed are: Books of the Bible - Matthew - Hebrews - Jude; a section of the Luterhan Service Book Hymnal and a book entitled, "Angels Can Fly - Because they take themselves lightly." Volunteers are needed.