Immanuel Lutheran Church and has a very interesting history dating back 160 years.
In 1852, fifteen students began taking a few classes out of the home of a teacher. Later that year, a school was built and six years later Immanuel's congregation was formed.
By the early 1900’s, Immanuel had grown to a congregation of 125 families, became a voting member in the Missouri Synod, dedicated a cemetery and instituted English services which had previously been in German.
By the 1950’s the congregation approved the building of a modern school and later that year, dedicated the building.
Over the next fifty years, the church burned down, a new church was constructed and attached to the current school. The original school building was moved across the street and now sits in the Prairie of Westchester. The original school house is the center for the Save the Prairie Project and is utilized for lectures, tours, exhibits and gatherings. The second school building (Old School House) still sits in the original location on Cermak and is used for youth group functions, special church services, faculty celebrations and is the center for the Old Schoolhouse Community Garden.
Today Immanuel Lutheran Church and Immanuel Christian Academy are connected by more than beams and a prayer garden. The school flourishes due to the dedication of Immanuel’s congregation. Their time, talents and donations aid in the successful education and rich spiritual growth of Immanuel’s school children.
Glorify God. Impacting our Community.
As followers of Jesus we will glorify God and Impact our community:
through spiritual support services
and food security programs
As a body of Christ we are growing in faith and witness by:
Having a hunger for God’s Word
Serving one another in love
Praying together and showing love to our neighbors
Living out our faith genuinely
Joining hands to feed and educate the poor and needy, serving children, families and the elderly
We are disciples:
Who will provide a learning environment (center) for youth and develop a worship service they are comfortable with
In whom our neighbors will see Christ in what we do and why we do it (they will see Christ in us)
Who will see our neighbors transformed by God’s love and come to know Jesus Christ as their Savior
WHAT WE BELIEVE
The Bible is the true Word of God
The Bible shows us our sins and shows there are consequences to our sins
The Bible shows us God’s forgiveness in Jesus Christ and how we are restored into a right relationship with God through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus
The Bible shows us that there is only one true God, who manifests himself in three persons Father, Son and Holy Spirit
The Bible shows us that there is only one way to salvation and eternal life and that is through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior
We accept the Sacrament of Holy Baptism as a means of grace and that the Holy Spirit comes to reside in the baptized person
We accept the Sacrament of Holy Communion as a means of grace whereby we are assured of the forgiveness of our sins, promised eternal life and strengthened in our faith. We believe that Jesus Christ is truly present in communion in, with and under the bread and the wine
We accept the common statements of belief, known as the Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed
We find that the Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church are a true exposition of Biblical Truth and so we walk together with the congregations of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod
That sharing the the Gospel is the personal responsibility of every believer
That we are to follow the commands of Jesus Christ:
To Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind (Mt22:37)
To Love your neighbor as yourself (Mt22:39)