Small Groups, Bible Studies, Interest Groups, Opportunities to Serve. What follows is a listing of some of the many ways to serve, learn, grow, and be involved in the Lord’s ministry here at Immanuel.
Men’s Tuesday Morning Bible Study. The Tuesday morning Men’s Bible Study are studying the book of 2 Peter. They are meeting virtually on January 12 and 19, and then are hoping to meet again in-person after that if the COVID numbers warrant it. They meet from 6:30am-7:30am on Tuesdays. The link to join them is https://meet.jit.si/ImmanuelTuesdayMorningBibleStudy. It works best with a Chrome browser. If you are using a phone (or iPad) go to your mobile store and download and install the “Jitsi Meet” app. When they meet in-person, they are at Immanuel in room 112 where there is ample space to keep appropriate physical distance. Questions? Contact Paul Hein at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 970-690-8257.
Tuesdays: Early Morning Women’s Study. This group meets on Tuesdays from 6:15-7:15am. This early morning study is designed with the working woman in mind but all women are welcome! The current study is on the book, Paul: A Biography by N.T. Wright. The group meets weekly via Zoom and is led by Yvonne Wittrock. You do need to buy your own book. The group also shared personal updates, praises, and prayer together. Contact Yvonne at email@example.com or 208-380-9770 with your questions.
Tuesday Studies. MarJean Carpenter hosts a group at her home on the second Tuesday of each month at 1:30pm at her home. This group is led by Jim Found, who leads the same topic and study again at 6:00pm that evening at his home. If you have questions or need directions for either group, contact Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-663-5490.
Women on Wednesday (WOW). WOW woman’s Bible study is meeting on Wednesdays at 9:30 and they are meeting in-person at Immanuel. They are currently studying the Gospel of Mark. If you’re interested or have questions, contact LesLee Heusinkveld (970-481-9334, email@example.com).
Thursday Study. Starting on Thursday, February 4th, Paul and Gail Hein lead an in-person study on the first and third Thursdays at Immanuel in room 112 from 6:30pm-7:30pm. This study is open to all. They are going through the Gospel of John using the Visual Bible. It is currently made up of couples and singles in their 50s, 60s, and 70s. For more information or questions, contact Paul Hein (firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-690-8257).
Men’s Friday Morning Rise & Shine Bible Study Group. This group meets Friday mornings starting at 6:00am for Bible study and fellowship. They’re still using the Jutsi Meet App (you can use this link: https://meet.jit.si/LovelandFridayMorningBibleStudy). They are studying 2 Kings with Romans on deck!
There are a variety of weekday small groups available, and if you would like some help beginning a small group of your own, please contact Jim Found (email@example.com or 970-663-5490).These are opportunities for spiritual growth, as well as opportunities to ask questions and dialogue with others. And on top of that you can meet and make Christian friends to encourage you in your Christian walk. These topics and times that have been announced so far.
Interest Groups at Immanuel
What are Interest Groups?
Immanuel’s Interest Groups are simply groups of people with similar interests. There is no official membership list kept of each group. Rather, an email listing is collected and contact is made when an activity is planned. Participation is welcome in any group at any time.
Because of the Covid-19 issues, a number of Immanuel’s special interest groups are currently on hiatus until later in the summer. Please check back throughout the summer as these groups are looking to begin again.
Slow Pitch Softball. In the summer, Immanuel has two men’s softball teams that play in the City of Loveland Church Leagues, with one league playing on Mondays and the other on Thursdays. If there is interest, either a co-ed or women’s team can be explored. In the fall, Immanuel has one men’s softball team that plays on Tuesday nights. If you’re interested or have questions, contact Pastor Glen (gschlecht@ImmanuelLoveland.org or 970-667-4506).
The Immanuel Walking Group. This group takes a walk each week from one to 12 hours. These walks are all in the Loveland area. The day of week and place of meeting changes from week to week, but will be announced in Pastor Glen’s weekly email updates and you can also get that week’s information directly from Jim Found at 970-663-5490.
The Immanuel Hiking Group. The group and more information will be coming out again closer to summer. Information and questions can be directed to Jim Found (firstname.lastname@example.org, 970-663-5490).
Men’s Movie Nights. For Men’s Movie Nights, movies are watched over a two to three week period, followed by discussion about its implications to lives as men. Movie Night takes place Wednesday evenings from 6-7pm, Room 36 (1st floor, SW corner). For more information contact Pastor Glen at gschlecht@ImmanuelLoveland.org.
Young Adult Transformers. If you are a young adult (high school grad through 30s) and interested in connecting with other young adults, the Transformers meet twice a month – once for Bible study (currently studying “Adulting”) and once for a fellowship event. These meetings are sometimes online and sometimes in-person at the moment. If you are interested or have questions, contact Rachel Norem (email@example.com).
Emerging Adults (ages 18-23). Rachel Norem (DCE Intern for Youth and Family Ministries), is exploring some ministry opportunities for our “emerging adults,” those young people roughly in the 18-23 age group. If you’re interested in finding out more about this and what it all involves, reach out to Rachel by text, phone, or email (913-787-5246 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Young at Hearts. Immanuel’s senior (55 and Better!) group is called Young at Hearts. Activities are typically planned for twice a month, once at church for a guest speaker or indoor activity, and another time away from church for a service project or tour. Visitors and friends are welcome to all events! To be on the mailing list or to find out about upcoming dates, please contact Jim Found for more information (email to email@example.com or phone 970-663-5490).
Celebrate Recovery. This ministry encourages fellowship and celebrates God’s healing power in our lives as we work through our hurts, hang-ups, or habits. If you’d like to learn more about this healing ministry, contact Rhonda Frerichs (firstname.lastname@example.org, 970-381-3879).
MORE INFORMATION: You are invited to contact the contact person of any of these groups for additional information or you may call the church office, 970-667-4506. In addition, if there is an area of interest you have and would like to take the lead in gathering some like-minded (or like-interested) people, you are welcome to do that. Please contact Pastor Glen at gschlecht@ImmanuelLoveland.org to let him know so we can help advertise your interest group and post it on our website.
Service Groups at Immanuel Lutheran (As of February 9, 2020)
These are just some of the ways you can be involved and engaged in ministry at Immanuel.
- Cut, Sew, Quilt. While this group is currently not meeting because of COVID concerns, word will go out when they do begin again. If you have an interest in quilting and would enjoy some good fellowship to go with it, there is a group at Immanuel who has been meeting on Monday mornings for many years. Quilts and lap robes are assembled for use by families in need, orphanages, and disaster relief programs. Anyone with this interest is welcome to come. They meet from 9:00am-12:00 each Monday in room 36. Stop at the church office to sign in and get directions from there.
- Stephen Ministry. This is a ministry the provides care and compassion to those going through difficult times of life. Fifty hours of training is required and we offer this training on an on-going basis. Upon completion of the training, the Stephen Minister is assigned a care receiver. For more information, contact Ron Arndt (email@example.com or 303-579-3823)
- Compassionate Friends Ministry (homebound visitation) – Pastor Al Schroeder Schroeder.firstname.lastname@example.org 970-217-0942
- Lutheran Women in Mission/LWML Sandy Northrup – email@example.com 970-481-2248
- Funeral Ministry (helping with a meal after a funeral/memorial service)
- Meals Ministry. Help provide meals for families in need who experiencing changes or challenges in life (birth of a child, surgery, death in the family, a change in health of a family member, etc.). If you would like to be part of this ministry, contact Gail Hein (firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-443-3078).
- Church Library Ministry – Pastor Ed Seely email@example.com 616-334-5899
- Immanuel Women’s Ministry – Gail Hein firstname.lastname@example.org 970-443-3078 and Rhonda Frerichs email@example.com 970-381-3879
- Military Ministry – Sandy Northrup firstname.lastname@example.org 970-481-2248
- Security Task Force. This task force has not yet been assembled but is a need we are looking to fill. Over the past number of years we’ve taken numerous steps to increase security and safety for our church and school, but more work remains to be done. Currently we are looking for someone to lead a task force to review and update our security policies and consider what further measures may be needed to ensure the safety and security of all in our church and school. A variety of resources and organizations are available in northern Colorado to help us with this effort, but we need a team at Immanuel to turn ideas into everyday practice on our campus, and make sure we solid policies are in place. If you are interested in helping, please contact Pastor Glen (gschlecht@ImmanuelLoveland.org), or the church office ChurchOffice@ImmanuelLoveland.org).
- Thrivent Builds (working in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity) – Dale Hartman email@example.com 303-827-1994
- Community Assistance Ministry – Rhonda Frerichs 667-4506 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Community Kitchen - An Immanuel team of six serves food there on months that have a fifth Saturday. To be on the list of available people, contact Jim Found 663-5490.
- Angel Tree (Christmas gifts for children whose parents are in prison) – Teresa Rost Teresa@Rost.org 970-218-0719
- Giving Tree (similar to Angel Tree ministry but supports our neighbors at Orchard Place) – Teresa Rost Teresa@Rost.org 970-218-0719
- Church Nursery Ministry – Martha Semanko email@example.com
- Children’s Ministry – Martha Semanko firstname.lastname@example.org 701-793-7784
- Youth Ministry (middle school and high school) – Rachel Norem email@example.com 913-787-5246
- Worship Support Ministry. Kathy Schlecht is Immanuel’s Director of Worship and Music Ministries (firstname.lastname@example.org 970-667-4506), leading, directing, scheduling, and overseeing these important aspects of the worship of our Savior. Many people are needed to help support our Sunday Morning Worship Services. The opportunities to serve in worship include:
- Scripture Readers
- Communion Servers
- Acolytes (lighting candles – children)
- Screen Support
- Sound Support
- Livestream Support
- Altar Guild
- Counters for the Sunday Offerings
If any of these opportunities sound interesting to you or if you have questions about any of them, Kathy would be happy to talk with you about them.
Music Ministry. Immanuel has a thriving and exciting music ministry. If you would like to share your God-given musical talents, please contact Kathy Schlecht (Immanuel’s Director of Worship and Music Ministries email@example.com 970-667-4506), about how you can serve. Below is a brief description of what is currently available at Immanuel:
- Spirit Sounds. instrumentalists and vocalists supporting Contemporary Joy Worship service
- Chancel Choir. High school and adult choir supporting Classic Grace Worship service – this group is currently not meeting because of COVID concerns.
- Instrumentalists. Instrumentalists for festival worship services and other occasional services. These are being utilized in a limited capacity at the moment.
- Children’s Handbell Choirs. Handbell choirs for students happen on Wednesday afternoons!
- High School/Adult Handbell Choirs. There’s room at the table for you in an Immanuel handbell choir! Whether you’re a beginner or a handbell ringer in hiding, consider joining in the comraderie of a handbell choir. There is a group that meets on Monday nights and another on Sunday afternoon after worship. There is an Introduction to Handbell Ringing that will be taking place soon! If you are interested in attending this one-time event, please let Kathy know so she can get you on the list!
- Shoes (and socks) for the Holidays – Erin Bergstrom firstname.lastname@example.org 970-691-0320
- Immanuel Sweetheart City Car Show and Car Care Expo – Randi Rost Randi@Rost.org 970-214-2211
December 27th One Worship Service at 9:30am - no Education Hour
8:00am: Classic Grace
9:30am Education Hour
10:30am: Contemporary Joy
Have questions for us? Ask!