Our SENIOR CHOIR is directed by Travis Beck. This choir sings at Sunday morning worship service, and special holiday services. All ages - high school thru adults - are welcome to be a part of this choir. Choir season is September through May, with rehearsals on Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30 and performances roughly two Sundays a month in addition to major festivals like Christmas and Easter. Throughout the year, the choir learns and performs a variety of pieces, from excerpts of masterworks by Handel and Bach to contemporary arrangements of hymns and songs. If you enjoy singing, consider joining the choir--ability to read music is helpful, but not necessary! Contact director Travis Beck for more information.
If you can swing a hammer, you can play a handbel! Our HANDBELL Choir is directed by Travis Beck. All ages - 5th grade thru adults - are welcome to be a part of this choir. Rehearsal time is on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:15 p.m. in the Fireside Room.
The altar guild serves as stewards of the woship space. They care for the altar linens, candles, and communion ware; and they decorate the sanctuary for festivals, seasons, and other special occasions. They do a lot of behind the scenes work, but they play an important role in making sure worship happens on Sunday morning. For those volunteers who are not musicians, the altar guild is a great way to serve. Contact Kathy Leuwerke for more information.
Ushers & Greeters
Though hospitality is the responsibility of the entire congregation, ushers and greeters are Immanuel's designated ministers of hospitality who work to make sure worshipers' needs are met throughout the course of worship. They welcome worshipers as they arrive at the door; they direct people to restrooms and nurserys; they distribute bulletins, collect offerings, and direct traffic for communion; and they offer assistance as they are able if any medical needs arise. For those with gifts of hospitality, consider serving as an usher or greeter. Connect with an usher or greeter before or after worship for more information, or contact Travis Beck.
Communion Setup and Serving
Communion is at the heart of Christian worship, a public witness to the death and resurrection of Christ. We rely on volunteers to help prepare the communion cups and wafers for Sunday worship and to distribute it to worshipers during the service. This is another behind-the-scenes ministry, a great fit for non-musicians and introverts! If you'd like to help with the essential task of setting up the communion vessels for worship, contact Marge Solberg. If you'd like to share in the simple but holy act of giving Christ's body and blood to your fellow worshipers in the service, contact Kathy Olson.
Technology affords us many luxuries in worship, from graphics and videos that accompany parts of the service to broadcasting and recording services for the homebound to ensuring that worshipers can hear and understand the Word of God proclaimed in worship. But despite breakthroughs in technology, it's not yet fully automated--we need living human beings to help make it all work! If buttons, switches, mice, and keyboards are up your alley, consider serving as a sound tech. Contact Travis Beck for more information.