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 Join us in person or on our YouTube Channel for Sunday morning worship at 9:00 am.

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.

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Wednesdays:
Evening Worship @ 6:15 pm
 
Sundays:
Worship @ 9:00 am
Sunday School @ 10:15 am (Sunday School runs from the 2nd Sunday in September-the 1st Sunday in May)

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Sunday Worship Services are currently offered in person and livestreamed on our YouTube Channel .

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Youth & Children's Ministries

2022-2023 Sunday School, Youth Group, & Confirmation Registration

Please register each of your children for the appropriate groups by clicking here!

CONTACT US

512 5th St. NE
Independence, IA 50644

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

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Reminder: Wee Care has a wishlist! There is also a list of additional items posted on the first window as you enter the Fellowship Hall.In place of the Giving Tree this year, the preschool has created an Amazon Wishlist! You can go to bit.ly/3Bne140 or scan the QR code with your smartphone to find the list. There will also be a list of items on the 1st window as you come into the Fellowship Hall soon. If you would prefer to give a financial donation, you can include this with your regular offering – please notate that it is for the Wee Care Wishlist. ... See MoreSee Less
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If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ve probably heard me give God thanks for Biblical characters like Ruth and Boaz, Peter and Paul, and King David. Scripture is full of imperfect people who do incredible things through their faith. These are all people we should learn from.Scripture is also full of stories that teach us what to do, what not to do, and what to do if you don’t know what to do. Again, things we should learn.There’s a problem though. We don’t learn. We continue to imitate the fools of our ancestry. We let history repeat itself.For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. (Romans 15:4)Sherlock Holmes has been known to say, “It is easy to be wise after the event.” How true that is! It’s always easy to look back at something and see how it could have been handled differently. How many times have you, after a conversation, thought of a more appropriate or a wittier comment?It is easy to be wise after the event. I don’t think that anyone would dispute that. But then, why do we keep on repeating history?Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools. (Romans 1:22)I’m not a history scholar, but I can’t recall another time in our country’s past when we have been so divided. We can (and do) argue over anything. We argue over taxes and how to spend them. We argue over the best way to protect children from school shootings. We argue about how to treat people.The ancient Hebrews argued about which was a better way to die – as slaves in Egypt or travelling on the way to the Promised Land and freedom. For generations, the ancient Jews taught the coming of the Messiah but when he showed up, they argued about if it was really him. The disciples spent three years with Jesus, hearing all the sermons and seeing all the miracles, but still argued about who God’s love was for. When we look at it from this side of the events, we see the foolishness that took place and we would even know how to fix it if we were there. It is easy to be wise after the event.Well, we’re still in the middle of all this divisiveness and arguing so we don’t yet have the wisdom that comes after the event, but what we do have is God’s wisdom and guidance, God’s mercy and grace, and God’s willingness to help us out. The answer is 'elementary my dear Watson'*, listen to God and read up on the stories that are there to help us know what to do when we don’t know what we’re doing.* Sherlock Holmes never said this phrase even though people consider it his most popular quote.Rev. Greg DeBoer ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Immanuel Lutheran Church- Indee
Fun morning! Presented Bibles to our 3 year olds and 3rd graders, installated our 2022-23 Sunday School volunteers, played outdoor games, ate yummy ice cream, and filled 100 school kits for Lutheran World Relief. It's good to be the church together. #GodsWorkOurHands #livegenerously ... See MoreSee Less
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Sunday School starts this Sunday, September 11!! And it's not too late to sign up! Please register each of your children using the QR code that is in the picture or in the weekly announcements. Or click here: forms.gle/gox6tHsBFzabuWjeA ... See MoreSee Less
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BIBLE 101Pastor Greg will lead the 3rd graders in Bible 101 on Sunday, September 18th during the SS hour. 3rd Graders: please be sure to bring a parent and remember to bring your new Bible to church with you on the 18th. You will have some fun learning how to use your new Bible. God’s Word is for everyone! ... See MoreSee Less
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Upcoming Events
YOUTH MESSAGES & UPDATES

SWAG: Text @SWAG2511 to 81010
BLAST: Text @BLAST2511 to 81010
FORCE: Text @FORCE2511 to 81010
Confirmation: Text @ilcconfirm to 81010
Jr. Choir: Text @ilcjrchoir to 81010
Sr. Choir: Text @SRCHOIR2511 to 81010
RPG: Text @RPG2511 to 81010
Adult Confirmation Partners: Text @ilcpartner to 81010

COFFEE & CONVERSATION AT EM'S

Wednesdays: 7:00 am (Women) & 9:00 am (Men)

BIBLE STUDY

Join Pastor Greg in the Fireside Room on Fridays at 9:00 am.

SCRIP CARDS

Shop with Scrip to support the many ministries at Immanuel. Order online at www.shopwithscrip.com or through the RaiseRight app. Contact the church office for the enrollment code so Immanuel gets the credit when you're shopping!