From the earliest days of Cedarburg, when horse-drawn wagons worked their way through the mud and mire of Washington Avenue, Immanuel Lutheran Church has been an important factor in the local community. The original Immanuel congregation was established in 1852.
In the beginning, Immanuel was organized as a
congregation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. By
1919, the affiliation had changed to the ALC (American
Lutheran Church), which evolved into the present ELCA
(Evangelical Lutheran Church of America) organization in
The congregation's first meetings were held in a small building just south of the current site. The present church building, built in 1883, cost only $7,745 to construct.
Welcome to the Journey of Faith.
People of all ages and life stages worship, grow in faith, and serve together at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Children, youth and family ministry is emphasized and opened to all in the area. God’s love, revealed in Jesus, helps up care for one another and stay open to new friendships. With deep roots in historic Cedarburg, the congregation builds on the strengths of experienced members and newcomers in meeting today’s opportunities to thrive in God’s grace. The church invites all to discover and use God-given abilities individually and in relationship with others. The Lord’s Spirit calls us together in a Holy Communion of forgiveness and hope. You are welcome to visit, sing, play, celebrate, search, test, struggle, and discover the joy of life with us and with our gracious God.
We, at Immanuel, have committed to be partners in Christ with two central city churches in Miwaukee: Incarnation Lutheran Church (15th and Keefe) and Florist Avenue Lutheran Church (Florist Ave.,. east of Sherman Boulevard). The relationship we have with our partners is reciprocal, meaning that we learn from each other as sisters and brothers in Christ. Our needs may differ, but we grow in our relationship to God and God's people, from being the Church together. Most recently, we shared an outdoor worship and a picnic with Incarnation. The children played games as did the adults. Our HandBell Choir has traveled to Incarnation to play, and their Gospel Choir has praised God with us at Immanuel.
Florist Avenue's food pantry serves many in their neighborhood and Immanuel continues to be supportive of the ministry by contributing food and financial assistance. Mentoring and tutoring have also been part of our ministry together. If you would like to learn more about partnership relationships, please call the church. We're happy to share any information we have about the blessings of partnerships.
We are very pleased to work in partnership with our neighboring ELCA churches. We share a common youth director, Alaine Schwartz weaveteachreach.org, with Trinity Cedarburg, Faith Cedarburg and St. John's of Grafton. We share special common worship services, partner for confirmation classes, and do mission trips and outreach together also with these churches, as well as members from Advent Cedarburg, Living Hope Saukville and Grace Thiensville. A mutual ministry delegation meets quarterly from these churches and we have recently begun to invite our councils to come together to share information, resources and greater chances to do mutual ministry!
- President - Eric Hackert
- Vice President - Ray Spatt
- Secretary - Sandy Arndt
- Treasurer - Jeff Zahn
Vicki - Pastor: Welcome to Immanuel! Your presence is a blessing
and we open our hearts to you with God's extravagant welcome. Please
get involved in whatever catches your attention and imagination and
share with us whatever gift and talent that you may bring to
Hackert- Council President: I can clearly remember the day our
Pastor asked me to give a brief talk on my faith journey in place of
the upcoming Sunday sermon. Me? was my first thought. After agreeing rather reluctantly, I
began the task of writing down the thoughts I would share that day.
Remembering a song that I have heard many times over the
years, the lyrics of the hymn “Here I Am Lord” came into my mind.
The chorus “Is it I, Lord?” echoed through my mind. That Sunday was
the beginning of a new step in my life. Sharing
my story was the small step to an amazing journey that continues
today. I am ever so thankful for all the new
beginnings the Holy Spirit has poured out upon me. Being voted to
lead Immanuel Lutheran as our Church Council President is an
exciting opportunity for me. I look forward
anxiously to the plans awaiting us as God's faithful people. God is
calling, will YOU answer? "And he called them to come
too. They immediately followed him," Matthew 4:21-22.
"And he called them to come too. They immediately followed him," Matthew 4:21-22.
Sandy Arndt - Secretary: Immanuel is a growing and active church and I enjoy working with both its staff and its members. I feel blessed in having been a member of Immanuel for over 40 years and I take my service to the church in this capacity very seriously.
Reith - Praise Band Leader: As Music Director of Immanuel Lutheran
Church, I have the privilege of directing the Chancel Choir and
Alternative Fuel, our contemporary praise and worship band.
Burmeister - Financial Secretary: I am a lifelong member of
Immanuel Lutheran Church. Immanuel has always had a
strong music ministry and I have been involved with it most of my
life. I have sung with the choir for over 60 years and I have
played in the Handbell Choir since it was formed in 1984. I
have been Financial Secretary for over 25 years and am a member of
the Church Council, Decorating Committee and Bible Study group.
I believe that members of Immanuel are my extended family.
They have been supportive through all the good and rough times in my
life, and the support of my church family has been very helpful.
Immanuel is truly a community of faith.
Immanuel has always had a strong music ministry and I have been involved with it most of my life. I have sung with the choir for over 60 years and I have played in the Handbell Choir since it was formed in 1984. I have been Financial Secretary for over 25 years and am a member of the Church Council, Decorating Committee and Bible Study group. I believe that members of Immanuel are my extended family. They have been supportive through all the good and rough times in my life, and the support of my church family has been very helpful. Immanuel is truly a community of faith.
Joann Wolff - Organist: Our church has a Martin Ott pipe organ. It was installed in 1996 and provides beautiful music during our traditional services, weddings and funerals.