Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church


What a blessed Sunday at Immanuel for our Mission Festival! What a blessing to hear about our Synod’s work in Nepal and Pakistan! There is such a need for the Gospel, it was great to put our brothers and sisters in Christ in our thoughts and prayers.

Thank you to our “Friendly Counselor to Nepal and Pakistan” for your message and presentation!

Thank you to everyone who helped make food for the meal! We were blessed with more than we could eat!

Thanks to everyone who helped in anyway to make Mission Festival a success!

Thanks to our numerous guests who filled our church today!

Most importantly thanks to God for blessing our Mission Festival. Thanks to God for all he has blessed us with in America, it’s hard to appreciate how blessed we are! We ask for many open doors for the Gospel to reach the hearts of those in Nepal and Pakistan. If you find it in your heart to share your blessings with those in Nepal and Pakistan, please contact Pastor Scharrer.



What is this world coming to?

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
Romans 5:1-2

“What is this world coming to?” A 19-year-old man goes on a killing spree at a high school in Parkland, Florida. He stepped into that school fully armed and opened fire, determined to take as many lives as he possibly could. It was dreadful enough to simply listen to the reports on the news—17 dead! It’s hard to imagine what it was like for survivors to experience such a tragedy or for parents to lose children to such madness. If only it was the first time something like this had happened and the last…

Look at the headlines. It seems like everything’s in turmoil. If it’s not a school shooting, it’s other kinds of felonies. If it’s not hurricanes, it’s earthquakes. There’s rising tension among nations, unrest in big cities, and crime in small towns. There’s trouble at work, at school, in our homes, and in our lives. And even if your life is trouble-free right now, brace yourself because there’s more trouble in the future.

What we need is peace—the kind that no amount of trouble could ever disturb. Comfort and hope—that’s what we crave. If the turmoil and trouble of this world has worn you out, please read these next words very carefully: “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

We could study that verse every day of our lives and still not fully grasp the enormous truths packed into these words. The blood of Christ has washed away our sin. We have been justified. Through faith in Jesus, we have peace with God—now and forever.

We yearn for a little bit of certainty in this uncertain world of ours. We crave something that can lift us out of all the sadness and fear to show us—even in the darkest moments of life—that we are safe and that there is hope which will never disappoint. In Christ Jesus, that’s exactly what we have. By faith in Jesus we have peace with God!

Heavenly Father, open my heart to more fully comprehend all the treasures that I have in your Son, Christ Jesus, my Savior. Though surrounded by the turmoil of life in a sin-broken world, fill my heart with the peace that you alone can provide. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

VALENTINE’S DAY AND ASH WEDNESDAY – Are they really an odd combination?

At first glance, Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday are an odd combination for February 14. But they beautifully go hand-in-hand. On the surface, Valentine’s Day is all about our present wants: chocolates, courtship, and the like. Ash Wednesday kicks off our Savior’s journey to the cross. After saying on numerous occasions, “My time has not yet come,” the time came for Jesus to offer his life as payment for our sins. The season of Lent doesn’t paint a pretty picture with its strokes of suffering, shame, and sacrifice. But they were all part of God’s saving plan. They were necessary for what followed. First came the cross. Then came the crown. Because of his Easter victory, be assured, he’s saving the best for last. Then, with eager anticipation, even in ways unknown to us, watch how his gifts to us will be blessed. You can be certain that his love for us is immeasurable more than the love we share with each other on Valentine’s Day.


chuch council 2018

For our website visitors and hopefully on Sundays at church we wanted to take a moment and share some basic information about our church! Immanuel is a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. We have one worship service on Sundays at 9am with Bible Study at 10:15! Our pastor’s name is Pastor Paul Scharrer. Our church council members are front row left to right, Pastor Scharrer, Elder Lynn Holzhueter, and Elder Rustin Johnson; back row are, President John Wineke, Treasurer/Financial Secretary Dick Veith, and Recording Secretary Mike Kiesow. If you have any questions please feel free to call the number listed to get a hold of Pastor Scharrer. Thanks for visiting, hope to see you on Sunday mornings! God Bless!


Our Pastor

Pastor Paul Scharrer is the eighteenth pastor to serve Immanuel in its 141 year history.

Pastor Scharrer began his ministry in Lincoln, Nebraska.  In the beginning of 1984 he began serving the Lord with Pastor Donald Bitter and all of God’s people at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Fort Atkinson.  God blessed Pastor Scharrer enabling him to serve 32 ½ years at St. Paul’s.  He retired in September 2016, but the Lord had more work for him to do.  He was called to serve Immanuel “in retirement” the end of October 2016.

Pastor and his wife, Kathryn, are eager to begin a “new chapter” in their lives, getting to know the friendly people of Immanuel and together with them, sharing the Good News of our Savior and His love.  If you would like to meet with him or have any questions about Immanuel, please don’t hesitate to contact him at 920-723-1623 or email him at




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