Immanuel United Church of Christ - Hamel

ABOUT US

Together we are a community of believers. What does that mean, the word community? We believe that together in fellowship we grow closer to God and one another. The bible speaks about iron sharpening iron. We believe that together we grow stronger. We are a community of believers. 

 

We strive to be a church without walls. Jesus calls for us to go outside the walls to reach the lost and the broken. It is there that the lost will be found. Most churches find it is comfortable to stay within the walls, but we make it an effort to be like the church from the book of Acts, to see our city changed.

 

We highly value our relationships with one another. We look to grow through fellowship, and ultimately growing closer to God. We value the word of God, and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. We look to extend grace to all of the lost and broken, and lead those with no hope to the hope of Jesus Christ.

WHO WE ARE

OUR MISSION

Our mission is simple. We are a community of believers. The meaning is simple. It starts with community. We believe that together in fellowship we grow closer to God and one another. The Bible speaks of iron sharpening iron.  As believers we grow stronger together, making us that true community of believers. 

OUR VISION

Our vision is strong as we strive to be a church without boundaries. Jesus calls for us to step outside the walls that hold us in to reach the lost and the broken.  It is in this that most will be found.  It is comfortable to stay inside the walls, but in breaking the boundaries we are making the effort to be like the church from the book of Acts, to see our community changed.

OUR VALUES

We value and respect our relationships with one another. Looking to grow through fellowship we ultimately grow closer to God.  The word of God, and the leadership of the Holy Spirit unite us. In doing this we look to extend grace to all the lost and broken and in doing so we will lead those with no hope to the hope of Jesus Christ.

OUR HISTORY

150 YEAR MEMBER OF THE HAMEL COMMUNITY

  1. Founded in 1870 as Immanuel "God With Us" Evangelical Protestant Congregation.
  2. Immanuel Cemetery was created with the first burial on December 26, 1871.
  3. 1872 The Sunday School was organized being held only in the summer
  4. In 1880 the congregation was incorporated under the name Immanuel Evangelical Church of Hamel, Illinois
  5. September 15, 1957 the cornerstone for the current church was laid.
  6. July 1, 2019 Pastor Dana was called to be the settled Pastor for Immanuel United CHurch of Christ-Hamel

OUR TEAM

Pastor Dana

Pastor

Pastor Dana and her husband have been at Immanuel since 2019. She has a true heart for the community outreach, peace and a more just world for all. She wants to see true change in this area and will not stop until that dream is fulfilled.

Ruth Klenke

Church Administrative Assistant

Ruth Klenke is the Church Secretary. Anything that gets done around here, you can be sure that Ruth was asked for input. If you need help with church history, processes or procedures Ruth will be able to help you.

Elaine Kalish

Church Council President

Elaine is the  President of the church council. She works with other leaders of the church as well as Pastor Dana. To plan various activities for the church, we encourage everyone’s input and participation. When challenges arise, we work well together to further the growth of Christ's mission in our community.

Karen Cain 

Church Organist

Karen has been the organist for Immanuel United Church of Christ since 1995. She is an accomplished organist and has has several public performances.

Our Newsletters

Winter 2021

Fall 2020

SPREADING THE LOVE OF GOD WITH THE

WORK OF OUR HANDS AND HEARTS.