In the early Spring of 1869 a small group of Lutheran men and women gathered together, and under the guidance of Rev. John Karrer, formed The German Evangelical Emmanuel's Congregation of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession of Leland and Vicinity.
Ten years later, the congregation joined what would become the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synd and along the way, shortened it's name to Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church. While German is no longer the official language of the congregation and the name may be even shorter still today, the one thing which has remained the same- the Word of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the foundation our church is built upon.
Please join us, all summer long, as we celebrate our 150th anniversary with a series of special events. Keep scrolling to read more about the special guests, presentations and concerts
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August 25 - 9am

Divine Service with Rev. Bob Butler


Please join us in celebrating the Divine Sevice with guest pastor Rev. Bob Butler delivering the sermon.

Pastor Butler was pastor of Immanuel from May 1979 through January 1993.

August 25 - 3pm

Anniversary Service with Rev. Peter Gregory

Featuring a Brass Quartet and Festival Choir

null   In the culmination of our anniversary celebration, Pastor Peter Gregory, of Our Savior Lutheran Church, in Westminster, MA, returns to the church he grew up in. With the 150th Anniversary service with Pastor Gregory delivering the sermon, a brass quartet and a festival choir.

Previous Events

June 8 - 10am

Pat Maier

Presenting "Visual Faith"

The current era of interactive communication and hectic lifestyles has made it difficult to keep God front and center in our minds and heart. Have you struggled to recall the truths of a sermon later in the day? Does your mind wander during prayer? Do you search for help with focus during your quiet time? The Visual Faith practices of visual prayer and Bible journaling are non-gendered, multi-generational processes which connect visual and kinesthetic learning principles during prayer and Bible study. We will explore how these processes will help us to ‘slow down’ as we read, reflect and respond to God’s Word.

Pat Maier  

Pat Maier is co-founder of Visual Faith Ministry and enjoys her role as an encourager of the pastor’s wives in the Michigan District Missouri Synod. As a pastor’s wife and former Lutheran educator, she believes that the creative use of language and art-when combined with God’s Word- can touch the heart, promote understanding and spark joy.


June 9 - 9am

Divine Service with Rev. David Maier



Please join us in celebrating the Divine Sevice with guest pastor Rev. David Maier delivering the sermon. 

Pastor Maier is a LCMS Pastor, graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana and the current president of the LCMS Michigan District.

June 22 - 7pm

Bálint Karosi

Organ Concert

Join us for an evening of organ music with the reknowed composer, conductor and organist Balient Karosi.

Enjoy a taste of the evening to come with this video.

Bálint Karosi  

Bálint Karosi is an active composer, concert organist, conductor and harpsichordist. He is the prizewinner of the 2008 International J. S. Bach Competition in Leipzig. An avid interpreter of Bach, he has recorded three CDs of Bach’s music, most recently the Art of Fugue and the Clavier-übung III, released by Hungaroton. In 2015 Bálint Karosi was appointed as Cantor at Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church in midtown Manhattan, where he oversees an ambitious musical program, with frequent performances of choral and orchestral works including a yearly performance of one of J. S. Bach’s Passions on Good Friday. Previously, Bálint served as Minister of Music at the First Lutheran Church of Boston, where he established a Bach Cantata Vespers series and co-founded the annual Boston Bach Birthday. He is under management with Penny Lorenz Artist Management. Balint's compositions have been performed by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, UMZE, the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, the Yale Philharmonia Orchestra, the Miskolc Symphony Orchestra, Musiciens Libres, Animae Musica Chamber Orchestra, Boston Choral Ensemble, Antico Moderno and the Norfolk Festival Choir and Orchestra. Recent commissions include an Overture for the Hungarian State Opera, a Reformation Symphony to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation for the Symphonic Band of Concordia University of Chicago (River Forest), a second organ concerto for János Pálúr, a bassoon sonata, and Exoplanets for Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestra. He is the recipient of the 2014 Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Junior Prima Prize in his native Hungary. Bálint is a doctoral candidate in composition at Yale University, from which he received an MMA degree in 2014. He also holds a Master’s degree in historical keyboard performance and an artist diploma in organ performance from the Oberlin Conservatory, two Master’s degrees from the Liszt Academy in Budapest, and two Prix de Virtuosités from the Conservatoire Supérieur de Genève. He also holds two master degrees in clarinet performance from the Liszt Academy and the Conservatoire Supérieur de Genève.

July 13 - 10am

Pastor Bill Wangelin

Presenting the history of the LCMS in Michigan and how the Leelanau area remains a unique mission field.

The early Lutheran mission work in Michigan had a dual thrust of pure doctrine and missionary zeal. Tireless circuit riders, faithful pastors, and a highly involved laity created a network of Lutheran congregations that became the largest District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Each congregation and ministry is as unique as the place and setting where they are planted, and the Leelanau area of Michigan is a unique mission field where God’s people have the opportunity to see the seeds of the Spirit grow, blossom, and bear fruit.



Rev. Bill Wangelin is Senior Pastor at Our Savior Lutheran Church and School in Lansing, Michigan. He has studied at Concordia University, AnnArbor, Concordia Seminary, St Louis and the Lutheran Seminary in Oberursel, Germany. He has written articles on church history and missions for the Concordia Historical Institute Quarterly, Lutheran Quarterly, and Logia.

July 20 - 7pm

James Kibbie

Organ Concert

Join us for an evening of organ music with James Kibbie a concert organist, recording artist and pedagogue.

Whet your appetite with the video below and then visit Block M Records download free recordings of many masterworks played by Mr. Kibbie.


James Kibbie is Chair of the Organ Department and University Organist at the University of Michigan. He also maintains a full schedule of concert, recording, and festival engagements throughout North America and Europe, including appearances at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, Royal Festival Hall in London, Dvorak Hall in Prague, and Lincoln Center in New York. During his month-long concert tour of the Soviet Union in 1991, Pravda hailed him as "a marvelous organist, a brilliant interpreter." A frequent jury member of international organ competitions, he has himself been awarded the Grand Prix d'Interprétation at the prestigious International Organ Competition of Chartres, France, and is also the only American to have won the International Organ Competition of the Prague Spring Festival in the former Czechoslovakia.

James Kibbie's performances have been broadcast on radio and television in the USA, Canada, and Europe. His compact disc recordings include "Merrily on Hill" recorded on the famed Skinner organ in Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, "Clavierübung III" by J. S. Bach recorded on the Létourneau organs of the Cathedral of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, works of Dieterich Buxtehude performed on the historic 1687 Schnitger organ of Norden, Germany, and discs of music by Bach, Franck, Alain, Tournemire, Sowande, Buck, Morrison, and contemporary Czech composers. Dr. Kibbie's "audio holiday cards," recorded on the Létourneau organ in his residence and issued as free internet downloads, are a popular annual tradition.

James Kibbie is internationally renowned as an authority on the organ music of Johann Sebastian Bach. He has performed the complete cycle of Bach organ works in a series of eighteen recitals and is in constant demand as a Bach recitalist and clinician. His recordings of the complete Bach works on historic baroque organs in Germany have been welcomed with enthusiastic critical and audience acclaim. Thanks to generous support from Dr. Barbara Furin Sloat in honor of J. Barry Sloat, the University of Michigan is offering Dr. Kibbie's recordings of all 274 Bach works as free internet downloads at

James Kibbie's students perform frequently in concerts, competitions and workshops in the USA and abroad. His former students hold key positions in college teaching and church music nationally. Among the honors he has received, Dr. Kibbie is particularly proud of the James Kibbie Scholarship, endowed in perpetuity by the University of Michigan to support students majoring in organ performance and sacred music.

July 21 - 9am

Divine Service with Rev. Larry Matro


Please join us in celebrating the Divine Sevice with guest pastor Rev. Larry Matro delivering the sermon. 

Pastor Matro and his wife Tina have served the Lord as missionaries through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) in the Oceania area of the Asia region. Based in Papua New Guinea he has been an evangelistic missionary in Birip, Papua New Guinea, for over eight years. Before becoming a missionary he served as a pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Leland, Mich., for 21 years.

August 3 - 10am

Pastor Paul Clark

Presenting “The Time Is Now; Serving as God’s Ambassadors for Life an a Time Such as This”

While some states have instituted more stringent laws to decrease the number of abortions performed, other states have passed legislation to allow abortions at the late stages of pregnancy. Pastor Clark firmly believes that the sanctity of human life is the most important issue of our day. By informing and education the public, as well as applying Christian love and compassion to those affected by the trauma of abortion and euthanasia, he believes a pro-life position will prevail.


Rev. Paul Clark has served as pastor of St Paul Lutheran Church in Fowler, Michigan for 30 years. He serves as the President and Pastoral Advisor for Lutherans for Life of Michigan. He also serves as the District Life Coordinator for the Michigan District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. He is also on the Speaker’s Bureau for Right to Life of Michigan.