Immanuel Lutheran Church
1505 W. Michigan Ave.   •   Jackson, Michigan 49202   •   517-782-6081   •
Claimed and nourished by Christ, we share God's transforming love with all.

Due to the national emergency that has been declared around the novel coronovirus (COVID-19) and preemptive measures to prevent and slow the spread of this pandemic, such as social distancing, church council, at the recommendation of Bishop Satterlee, has suspended all worship services and church activities indefinitely. However, our food pantry will remain open in this time of need, with additional safety measures put in place for clients and volunteers. Please keep those affected by this health crisis and health-care providers in your prayers.

You can watch our service streamed live from this link: Immanuel live stream
Prior services can be seen here: Immanuel services library

Teams at Immanuel Lutheran Church

There are many areas where you can help in church operations and ministries. God has given each Christian two vitally important gifts. The first is the gift of faith in Jesus Christ, his work of redemption, and thus forgiveness of sin. The second is the gift of one or more special abilities, which are to be used for the purpose of unifying the body of Christ and for the growth of God's Kingdom. These abilities are called spiritual gifts and they are received through our baptism. The ELCA has a Spiritual Gifts Assessment, if you would like to find out which team your gift(s) would best be suited for.

Church Council   The Council oversees the operations of the church.

2016 Members: Pastor David Eidson, Dan Fracker (President), Shirley Fair (Vice-President), Kirk Hoffman (Secretary), Craig Kelling (Treasurer), Tom Wistinghausen (Financial Secretary), Phil Fracker, Jack Gahagan, Susan Gray, Tim Lyons, Amy Parkinson, and Kathy Steenrod

Meetings: Second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm.

Christian Education   Members of the Christian Education Team meet for the spiritual educational needs of Immanuel members- both young and old.

Tom Wistinghausen (Council Liason).

Meetings: The team generally meets on the 2nd Thursday at 6:30 in the months of May, August, and October. They also meet in November to discuss the Advent Event and the Sunday Church School Christmas Program.

Communications   This team will make sure there is a continuous communication process that ensures the congregation feels fully informed at all times. It also overlooks the web page, our Newsletter The Light.

2016 team members: Melissa McElhone, Janet Jaeger, Kim Malone, David Reimann, Kirk (Council Liaison) and Jeanine Hoffman

Meetings: As needed

Endowment   The Endowment Fund overlooks the investments of the church. This team also encourages the youth of Immanuel to attend a summer Bible Camp by paying a portion of the fee. To help sponsor our youth and further funding of similar programs, donations can be made to The Endowment Fund.

2016 Members: Neil Childs, Terry Francis, Craig Kelling (Council Liaison), Vic Marquardt, Tom Wistinghausen


Evangelism   Evangelism is all about reaching out and touching the lives of those around us, so that all may partake of the wonderful message of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2016 Members: Kathy Steenrod (Council Liaison)


Fellowship & Recreation   This team coordinates the fellowship activities of Immanuel by promoting the development of Christian relationships among the members though various social gathering and recreational activities.

2016 Members: Amy Kinna, Deb Snell, Dave Trombley and Amy Parkinson (Council Liaison)


Finance   The Finance Team prepares and presents the budget for the upcoming year. This team also monitors the financial situation of the church.

2016 Members: Treasurer, Financial Secretary, President, Pastor

Meetings: The Finance Teams meets monthly, generally they meet at 5:45 pm the Thursday before the monthly Council meeting.

Health Ministry Team   Parish Health Ministry is a ministry of Christian service shaped by Christ's concern for all aspects of the human condition, which concentrates on the specific needs that relate to the physical, emotional, and spiritual health of its members and to the wider community.

2016 Members: Terri Waisanen, Parish Nurse,

Meetings: The Health Ministry Team meets 2-4 times a year. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Terri Waisanen.

Memorial   All of the undertakings of this team are discussed with the different Immanuel teams and the families that are involved. The memorials with less funds may be combined with others when the need arises. All of the information are in the Memorial Books, which are located in the library.

2016 Members: Lynda Childs, Pat Eschenberg, Shirley Fair (Council Liaison), Susan Fracker, Mary Garcia, and Ginnie Smith, Chairperson

Meetings: scheduled as needed

MOPs   MOPs is the acronym for Mother's Of Pre-Schoolers. Mothers are able to take time for themselves by connecting with other preschool Moms. While the mothers are together, caregivers are caring for their infants and toddlers. Games, crafts and snacks are provided for both mother and child.

MOPS Coordinator: Kirstina Timbrook

Meetings: MOPs meets two Thursday morning per month in Luther Hall; check Immanuel's monthly calendar for the date and times.

Mutual Ministry   The primary function of this Team is to keep the Pastor and staff advised about conditions within the congregation and interpret to the congregation the ministry of the professional leaders.

2016 Members: Shirley Fair, Dan Fracker (Council Liaison) Kathy Steenrod and Pastor Eidson

Meetings: Scheduled as necessary

Nominating   This team contacts Immanuel members regarding their consideration for service on the Congregation Council, the Endowment Team and as delegates to the Synod Convention.

2016 Members: Outgoing Council Members

Meetings: as needed, most usually toward the late fall

Prayer Ministry  

2016 Members:

Meetings: Most information is shared online or via phone tree

Property   The Property Team is responsible for the upkeep of the church building and property.

2016 Members: Dan Fracker, Terry Francis, Scott Friend, Tim Lyons (Council Liaison), Carl Swenson

Meetings: as necessary

Shawl Ministry   Have you ever wondered what a prayer looks like? I have a prayer that is warm, soft and pink that wraps around me. It is a Prayer Shawl. While it was being made each stitch was filled with prayers for me, and every time I savor its warmth I feel those prayers. It was a gift of God's love to me through the skill and prayers of the person who made it. So begins a featured article on Page 8 of the January/February 2007 issue of Seeds of the Parish paper, a paper sent to the clergy and the church board members of the ELCA congregations.

All around the ELCA, men & women have been knitting or crocheting these shawls filled with prayer. In 2007, our Shawl Ministry members made about 38.

The shawls are knitted in a pattern of three stitches, which symbolizes the Holy Trinity. Crocheted shawls are usually done in a pattern of one row of single crochet follwed by three rrows of double crochet. Again, a reminded of the Trinity.

In addition to the shawls, one of our members knits hats for newborns. They are beautiful and greatly apreciated by our local hospital.

If you would like to help knit or crochet the shawls or the hats, please contact the church office.

Social Ministry   Immanuel's Social Ministry Team is charged with extending Christian compassion and helpfulness to the ill, the aged, the orphaned, the underprivileged, the imprisoned, and, in general, to persons of all ages in need of aid in body and soul. The Team strives to enlist as many people as possible from the congregation in these efforts. The Team is to study social conditions, primarily in the local community, in order to bring the cleansing and healing light of Christ's truth to bear upon critical problems through thoughtful discussion, and action upon, facts and issues relating to social needs and justice.

2016 Members: Barb Donner, Phil Facker (Council Liaison), Jack Gahagan, Nancy Iseler, Cheryl Johnson and Kim Malone, Chair.

Meetings: First Monday of the month at 10 a.m. in the Conference Room

Stewardship   Stewardship is about sharing what God has given us, our time, talents and treasurers. The Stewardship Team is here to help teach people about our responsibilities as followers of Christ. We all are granted many gifts. We all have a lot to share. What gifts are you willing to share?

2016 Members: Jack Gahagan (Council Liaison)

Meetings: as needed

Worship and Music   The team's main function is to ensure that the members of Immanuel are provided with the opportunity for meaningful worship. Members of the Worship & Music Team meets four times a year and is charged by the council with insuring that regular and meaningful worship services are offered. One of our main duties is to oversee the many worship servants that enable to make the worship service proceed seamlessly for the worshiper and provide our members a change to grow in faith by using their talents in service to the Lord. We oversee the ushers, nursery workers, acolytes, lay assistants, the altar flowers, the care of the altars, and the greeters. We are fortunate to have many talented musicians at Immanuel. Our Saturday Praise Team and our four Choirs enhance each of our worship services.

2016 Members: Susan Gray (Council Liaison)

Meetings: as needed

Youth Ministry   Our Mission is to grow in faith and respond to God's love through learning and discussion, service and fellowship.

2016 Members: