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Immanuel Lutheran Church

Connecting People to Christ for Life


[Jesus said,] “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” – John 10:11

As we observed Good Shepherd Sunday this past weekend, Pastor Richard reminded us of God’s love for us – people who have all been “bad sheep.”  Our faith isn’t based in being or becoming “good sheep,” though; rather, we rejoice that we have Jesus, who was the perfect sheep in our place.  He doesn’t run from us when trouble comes calling or when we wander off in self-centered living.  Jesus, our Good Shepherd, remains faithful and acts to restore us to his flock.

This coming weekend marks the next step in welcoming more people back to main campus for worship: you will no longer need to pre-register for services.  Our greeters will simply check you in when you arrive for your desired service (what we’d formerly done with the in-pew registration pad).  We’re hoping to have an easy-to-use self-check-in option in the near future.  As we’re able to set aside some of the restrictions we’ve experienced over the past year, we are excited to be seeing more and more of you returning to worship together onsite.

Please take a minute to read through the following announcements and updates as we enter into May and all the opportunities the new month will bring.

In Jesus, our Good Shepherd,
Pastor Campbell

Updated Meeting Guidelines

As health conditions in our community improve, we’re continuing to update our guidelines for on-campus gatherings here at Immanuel.  We’re pleased to announce that all meetings of 10 people or fewer are now mask-optional.  Once you arrive in your room, your group is free to remove masks while maintaining space between participants.

Caregiver Support Group – NEW

Caring for a loved one can be difficult and challenging. Many caregivers feel isolated and alone. Connecting with others who understand your experience can be helpful. Those who care for a child or adult with a chronic illness are invited to attend our new Fellow Travelers Group on the first Thursday of the month from 6-7:30pm.  Questions, please call Laura Nie 815-988-4046.

Ladies Guild - LWML

Ladies Guild will meet on May 6th at 12:00 in the fellowship hall. Box lunches will be served. If you have not signed up for lunch please call Dona at (815) 218-4623 . The spring rally planned for May has been postponed until fall.

National Day of Prayer

Please save the date of Thursday, May 6, for the National Day of Prayer.  We’ll have the Sanctuary open for prayer throughout the day, and Pastor Campbell will be providing remarks at the Boone County NDP observance at Big Thunder Park (across from Boone County Courthouse) at 12:15 p.m.

Immanuel North will be accepting donations of clean household items in good condition for our Rummage Sale. Items to donate include: 

  • Gently used children's clothing
  • Pictures & Frames
  • Dvds               
  • Books                   
  • Furniture     
  • New Clothing with Tags               
  • Home Decor   
  • Games/Toys                     
  • Seasonal Items 
  • Tools & Yard Items
  • Glassware & Jewelry   
  • Vintage Items

Donations can be dropped off at Immanuel North,  Sunday, May 9th, after worship till noon. Also accepting donations Monday, May 10, through Wednesday, May 12, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

We have 4 vestry candidates looking to fill 3 open positions for the upcoming congregational meeting in May. 

Connie Campbell

I am completing my first term on the Vestry. It has been educational and enlightening. Having been a member at Immanuel for a long time, I enjoy learning the inner workings of the church. After many years as a teacher, I am now working at a nursing home. I would love to serve another term representing you on the Vestry.

John Hare

My name is John Hare and I have been married 39 years to my wife Kathy and we have two grown children. I am currently the Vice-Chairman on the Vestry and I am seeking a second-term. I have lived in Belvidere nearly all my life and I work as the Jail Superintendent for Boone Co. Sheriff's Office for over 33 years. I would appreciate your consideration in the upcoming election.

John Haig

My name is John Haig and I am a medical device rep in the Rockford area.  Our family has called Immanuel home for 15 years.  I have served Immanuel by teaching Financial Peace University, being a Deacon, Vestry Vice Chairman and Vestry Chairman.  I would love the opportunity to serve Immanuel again as we grow into the future and Connect People to Christ for Life.

Michael Yates

For the past thirteen years, our family has been attending Immanuel Lutheran Church, and our kids have attended Immanuel School. My wife, Lisa, and I became members thirteen years ago. I am a high school English teacher at Belvidere High School, and Lisa is a second grade dual language teacher at Lincoln Elementary School. Our daughters, Ella, and Sophia, both have been confirmed at Immanuel, and our son is currently finishing the confirmation process. I had previously been elected and served on the Vestry for two terms. While on the Vestry, I served in the roles of secretary, vice chair, and chair. Our family has enjoyed participating and attending the events at both the church and school. We have been blessed to be a part of a church community that believes in knowing, growing, and being Christ to others.

Worship Registration

No Pre-Registration for Worship, Starting May 1

We are tentatively removing the requirements to sign-up for worship as we look ahead to reduce the need for pandemic restrictions. 

We Care About You

In Our Prayers

Linda Dixon, Buck Hodge, Gloria Mowers, Kathy Gaupp, Phoebe Ladewig, Alayna Hundley, Marian Lambert, Ed & Ellen Anderson, Julia Markworth, Susan Trupp, Anne Wetzel, Dylen Larsen, Anita Koch, Helen Wille, Mark, Matthew, Hannah Rogula, Joanne Baker,  Helen Schwedersky

Submit Prayer Requests Here

Immanuel Lutheran School

Friday, May 74:30-6:30 PM

Park in the school parking lot.

Join us a 5:00 in the school parking lot for a Blessing of the Animals led by Pastor Campbell.

Bring your dog or a favorite stuffed animal. 

Take a walk and participate in the challenges.  Dogs and owners get prizes.   FYI - stuffed animals are not expected to complete challenges (they also don't get prizes), but all of the children and all of the dogs will receive a prize for completing challenges. 

We need everyone to register in advance so that we have plenty of prizes to go around.

We will also have early registration drawing for a $25 Culver's card

…a guessing jar with prizes

…photo opportunities

…Sips and Sprinkles Food Truck guessed dogs!

 …bucket raffle items (tickets $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00)

…the ILS “BOW WOW” Band

…Sparky the Fire Dog will join us from 4:30-5:30

Please note:  School families who have completed the online registration, do not need to register again.

For safety reasons and planning purposes this event is only open to Immanuel Church and School families. Please click on this link for information and registration:

Teaching Openings

Kindergarten, Fourth Grade, and Music Teaching Positions OpenImmanuel Lutheran School is accepting applications for a full-time kindergarten teacher, full time fourth grade teacher, and a part-time music teacher for the 2021-2022 school year. Application: Current resume and referencesContact:  Mrs. Judy Schaefer, Principal 815-547-5346

Retirement News

Mrs. Pudell

Immanuel’s fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Lisa Pudell, will retire from the teaching ministry after thirty years of service to Lutheran schools.  Mrs. Pudell served at elementary schools in Redwood City, California and Roselle, Illinois, and she served as an Adjunct Professor of Education at Concordia University Texas.  She was called to Immanuel in 2016 and has been a blessing to all.  In addition to her dedication to the students, families, and faculty, she has supervised student teachers, assisted with Extended Care, and most importantly has been a witness to God’s great love for His children.  

News and Reflections from Mr. Albrecht

God’s peace to you!  Beginning this next school year, my activities at Immanuel will be realigned.  I will no longer teach weekly music classes but will continue some service playing and choir accompanist/director duties at church.  You will see me driving the bus, and maybe even “subbing” for teachers from time to time, as the need arises.This change has come per my request, and I appreciate all the love and support I have received from you over the 38 years I have worked at Immanuel.  It has been and will continue to be a joy for the future, albeit in a little different way. Thanks for all the patience and grace you have extended to me.  God’s love through Christ is what it’s all about, and we daily celebrate His unchangeable Spirit at work in this place, moving, molding, and sustaining us together.  Our journey continues, with Jesus leading the way.  We follow, confident in the gift of our salvation!Your friend in Christ, Mr. Albrecht

Together we thank and praise God for the ministries of His servants, Mrs. Pudell and Mr. Albrecht.  We rejoice with them as they "realign" and look forward to adventures with family and friends and new opportunities to serve the Lord.  A celebration of their ministries is "in the works". 

This Weekends Scripture Readings

Click the buttons below to read this week's Scripture readings.


Acts 8:26-40
Psalm 150
1 John 4
John 15:1-8

There are multiple ways to watch our online worship this Sunday. You can click either button below.

The Facebook button will take you to our Immanuel Facebook page.  When we go live on Sunday, it will pop up. The other button will take you to our website which on the front page we have in bold to click for online worship. You can also see last weeks online service there too. 


Thank you to everyone who has been worshiping with us online!

Last weeks Online Worship Numbers: 

Facebook: 180

YouTube: 115

Total: 295

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