To help slow the spread of COVID-19 we are suspending group gatherings, including group worship services at our church. We will continue to worship together, love God and our neighbors, in new and creative ways, including virtual services as the technology allows. We will keep our website schedule up to date, and post our worship options on the website and social media.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are abundant for us, so also our consolation is abundant through Christ. – 2 Corinthians
Sundays: Bible Study 9:00 a.m. Worship & Eucharist 10:30 a.m.
(In person activities are suspended until further notice – visit the Calendar of Events for links to virtual gatherings)
Immanuel Lutheran Church is a Reconciling in Christ congregation
We welcome people of every age and size, color and culture, every sexual orientation and gender identity, socio-economic status and marital status, every ability and challenge. We welcome believers and questioners, and questioning believers.
As a Reconciling In Christ
(RIC) congregation, we make explicit our welcome to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We are also a member congregation of the Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches
. We believe that God works in and through all of us, and so we invite you to join with us in worshiping God and in doing the work God is calling us to do together in our communities and in our world.
Welcome! Immanuel Lutheran Church is a small-ish yet vibrant Christian community where we gather to worship God and to serve our neighbor. We’re a place of warm hospitality, beautiful worship grounded in the ancient traditions of the church, amazing music, an openness to spiritual and intellectual questing and questioning, and a strong sense of social justice inspired by the Good News of Jesus. We believe and try to practice a “faith that feeds
”—faith that feeds us spiritually, yes, but also a faith that leads us to feed others in physical ways, and to work for justice and peace. If you’re looking for a faith community in which to grow spiritually and to work together with others who are trying to follow the way of Jesus, we hope that you will come and experience community with us.
Immanuel welcomes Interim Pastor Kim Beckmann! Pastor Kim will begin her service to Immanuel on Tuesday, April 21st and will be installed on Sunday, April 26th by the Rev. Robert Biekman, Director of Evangelical Mission at the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the ELCA. Please join us for one of the Zoom Meet and Greet sessions listed on the Events Calendar below. To get a preview, enjoy the following biography. I was born in New York City. My parents (and grandparents on both sides) were church workers in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. My first call was as a 4th grade teacher in a Lutheran school in Queens. I then worked for Lutheran World Relief as a secretary in offices they had in Manhattan. There, I became aware that women were being ordained in other Lutheran church bodies, and left the Big Apple to attend the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) in Hyde Park. I met my husband, Fred Kinsey, at seminary. He serves as part-time pastor at Unity Lutheran in Edgewater. We live in Logan Square. It wasn’t easy getting a call as a clergy couple, but in 1986 we were ordained to split one full- time call to a two-point parish in the wilds of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. I’d never lived anywhere I couldn’t smell bus fumes in the morning! We stayed in that call for 20 years… and baptized and confirmed and commended to God a whole generation. While in the Northern Great Lakes Synod I served as non-stipendiary staff in the area of candidacy, the process for preparing and screening and approving people for ministry in this church. I also worked toward and received my doctorate in preaching from LSTC. My preaching book Prepare a Road!, the story of my own and my congregation’s journey with God’s word as we saw it materialized in our daily lives in our community, was published in 2003. In 2006 I accepted an executive call to the ELCA Churchwide Organization here in Chicago as director for the national program of candidacy. I loved the travel all over the United States to see how different areas were preparing themselves and leadership for mission at this time of change. That position was eliminated in 2009 in the restructuring of the churchwide organization. In my own transition, I completed over 150 hours of Interim Ministry Training, to work with congregations in their transitional times. I have served in ten parish interim settings all over the synod as well as two interim positions at LSTC – as interim preaching professor for a year, and as interim contextual education (field ed) director. I have learned from these congregations how to love both deeply and loosely. I have written for Lutheran publications, and organized for social justice advocacy. I have started learning how to do lampwork glassmaking, and especially love to blow Christmas ornaments – but am currently looking for a new studio since my local one left town! I look forward to serving as your interim pastor at Immanuel, getting to know you all better, and especially gathering around the Word and Meal to share the stories of how God’s love in Jesus has gotten us here and walks with us into this moment in the life of the world God loves. – Pastor Kim Beckmann