Welcome to Emmanuel!
When are services?
Sunday worship services (which include the distribution of Holy Communion) begin at 8:15 and 10:45 every Sunday morning. Our Worship pages also have detailed descriptions of our festival and other special services.
How do I find the Church?
We are located on River Street in Ypsilanti (immediately east of the Huron River), between Michigan Avenue and Cross Street ("Depotown"). The location page offers directions to our church, as well as a map link to provide specific directions. Please contact the church office
Where should I park?
You are welcome to park either in the lot on the south side of the building (see picture above) or in spaces located behind (on the west side of) the building (special needs parking and elevator are located there). If the lots are full you can also park along River Street. The building layout page better illustrates where the parking lots are located relative to the church entrances for your convenience.
What are your communion practices?
We celebrate communion at all Sunday services. At Emmanuel we welcome all the baptized to the Lord's Table who confess that Jesus Christ is truly present in, with and under the bread and wine. When directed by the ushers, please come down the center aisle, forming two lines to receive the sacrament. Distribution of the wine is performed either by intinction (dipping the bread in the wine) or by individual glasses of wine. White grape juice is available in place of the wine. The wine is purple and the grape juice is white. If you wish to commune, but cannot come to the altar, please speak with an usher.
I don't know if my kids will be able to sit through a whole service. How can we attend worship without disrupting others?
Emmanuel provides a nursery service for the 10:45 service for children under four. Any member should be able to direct you to the nursery. During many services, there will be a children's message delivered between the Gospel lesson and the sermon. There is also a cry room with chairs, cradles, and toys just off the welcoming area (overflow room); speakers and a window so that you can hear and see the activities in the Sanctuary if you feel the need to step out of the room.
Does Emmanuel offer Sunday School classes?
We offer a number of different Sunday School classes, both for children and adults. Grades K-5 paricipate in Sunday Youth Church School during the late (10:45) worship service; grades 6-8, high school and adults meet at 9:30 a.m, between Labor Day and Memorial Day. Please visit our Education pages for this and other education opportunities at Emmanuel.
Can I get baptized, married, or confirmed at Emmanuel?
Please contact Pastor Hendricks. He will be happy to assist you with your request.
How do I join Emmanuel?
We invite all people who are interested in joining the congregation to attend a new member class led by Pastor Hendricks. This class is an opportunity to ask questions, learn more about the Christian faith from a Lutheran perspective, and decide whether or not this is the time that that you would like to become a member of the congregation. Please speak with Pastor Hendricks about your interest.
Are there opportunities to get together with members outside of worship?
Absolutely! Emmanuel provides many different fellowship opportunities for a variety of ages and life stages. Our fellowship pages provide more details on what we have to offer.
Does Emmanuel have a newsletter?
We publish the Voice of Emmanuel monthly (except for a combined July/August edition), between the 20th and 25th of the month (our actual publishing date varies but falls after our congregation council and committee meetings take place). The newsletter is distributed one of four ways:
- Sent via EMail attachment (our preferred method of communication)
- Printed copies are available for pick-up in the narthex
- Taken to sick and shut-in members as part of home visitation
- Mailed to our out-of-town members and community of faith
For further information or to subscribe to the Email list please contact the church office (phone 734-482-7121 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
I enjoy music. Are there ways I can get involved to share this talent?
We have many musical opportunities for interested persons of all levels of musical training. In addition to the chancel choir, our members are welcome to provide special or occasional music during the summer. There are also opportunities to organize and lead both a handbell and a youth choir. Please contact Pastor Hendricks or Ariel Toews-Ricotta about your interest.
“This is the day the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
-- Psalm 118:24