Worship with us virtually!

Please join us for our FB Live Worship Service on Sunday at 9:00 am.

There will be NO worship services or groups at Immanuel until further notice.

Who We Are
Our mission is simple...
As for me and my house we will serve the Lord in how we Love, in how we Live, and in how we Give.

We are an active, growing, and energetic congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (www.elca.org) and the Northeastern Iowa Synod (www.neiasynod.org).

We offer both contemporary and traditional worship services and offer faith building opportunities for people of all ages.


Office Hours:

8:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday

9:00 am - 4:00 pm Tuesday-Friday

Christmas and New Year's Office Hours:

Christmas Eve: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Christmas Day: Office Closed

New Year's Eve: 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

New Year's Day: Office Closed

Worship Schedule:


Worship: 5:30 pm


Worship: 8:00 am & 10:30 am

Sunday School: 9:15 am

Fellowship/Story Hour: 9:00 am

Summer Worship Schedule (starts May 25):


Worship: 5:30 pm


Fellowship/Story Hour: 8:00 am

Worship: 9:00 am


515 5th St. NE
Independence, IA 50644

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Phone: (319) 334-2511
Fax: (319) 334-4596

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April 8 - Chicken
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God…For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.” Ephesians 2:8, 10

“Guess what? Chicken butt! Guess who? Chicken poo!” Have you ever thought about chicken poop? Did you know that chickens poop A LOT?! They poop about 1/3 of a pound each day. That’s like how much 3 kitchen spoons in your silverware drawer weigh…which is a lot for a little chicken!!! But, did you also know that chicken poop is one of the best fertilizers for plants there is? It’s chock-full of nitrous oxide which is a big chemistry word for GREAT plant food! Plants need nitrogen to grow well. So while chicken poop might be plentiful and very stinky, it helps grow the best plants. It’s amazing how God can turn stinky smelly
things into something so great and so helpful. God does the same thing with us. We make mistakes. Sometimes there are things about ourselves that we think are yucky or not so good, or just downright smelly. But the good news is…even when we are stinky to the max, God uses us to help others grow and to spread God’s love all over the world. Just like fertilizer! So the next time you start to worry about what you don’t like about yourself, remember that it is a part of you that makes you who you are…and God uses all the parts of us (even the stinky messes we make) to grow ourselves help others grow too!

Dear God,
Help us to remember that you created us good, and that even our mistakes and the stinky parts we don’t always like are parts of us too. Give us the courage to use our mistakes and smells for your purpose and to help grow your love in the world. Amen.

Shared from storyboardingchurch.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/lions-and-camels-and-goats-oh-my.pdf
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Virtual Coffee & Conversation Wednesdays at 9am
Contact Pastor Greg or Gina if you need the password.
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These are unconventional times and this will most certainly be an unconventional Holy Week. We are working to bring you Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services and we know they will feel different. Bear with us and know that God accepts our worship no matter how unconventional it may seem.

To help us out, and to share the spirit of this Holy Week with our friends, take a picture of a cross in your home and share it in the comments. Or you could color or paint a cross and share that too.

Thank you and thank God.
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April 7 - Goat
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Matthew 18:1

Let’s play a little word association, ok? What do you think of when I say goat? Do you think of a hairy four-legged animal with horns and a silly beard? Maybe. Or maybe you think your favorite athlete - the “Greatest Of All Time!” That is GOAT as well. Did you know that Jesus in his word talks about BOTH? Yep! Isn’t that awesome? When Jesus’ disciples were arguing and wanting to know which one of them was the greatest, which one was the “GOAT?” He answered them, by SHOWING them! That’s right! He called a kid over to them (and isn’t it funny that a baby goat is called a kid!) and said, “Unless you become like this child, you’ll never enter the kingdom, whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom!” Wow! I bet the disciples weren’t expecting an answer like that, and maybe you weren’t either! But Jesus taught the disciples, and teaches us, something very important in his answer - to be humble is to be GREAT!

Lord, help me to be humble as I live and grow in you, for this is the REAL definition of great! Amen.

Shared from storyboardingchurch.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/lions-and-camels-and-goats-oh-my.pdf
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If you would like a physical copy of the Portals of Prayer and/or Christ in Our Home devotionals for April-June 2020 mailed to you, please let the office know by commenting here or giving us a call. These are available on a first come, first serve basis. Please specify if you would like the Large print edition or the smaller version. Thank you! ... See MoreSee Less

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Upcoming Events

Coffee at Em's Coffee Shop
Men - 7:00 am
Women - 9:00 am


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Friday Mornings at 9:00 am
in the Fireside Room