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Who We Are

Our Mission

Our Mission is to reach the lost with the saving Gospel of Christ and equip the saved for a life of Christian service. (Matt. 28:19-20; Eph, 2:8-9)


A Strong Foundation and A History of Faith

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) is a denomination that confesses the historic, orthodox Christian faith, a faith built on “the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone” (Eph. 2:20).

Immanuel Lutheran Church in Columbus, Nebraska, was chartered in 1883 and is a member of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. The church's 1,400+ members view the Bible as the true and inspired Word of God and believe that salvation is by God's grace, through faith in Jesus Christ.

Worship Services

Immanuel offers three worship services each weekend, including contemporary and traditional services.

School and Daycare

Christ-centered education is provided in the elementary school (K-8), pre-school, and daycare center.

Giving Back

Immanuel tithes its general fund to support the worldwide mission activities of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Several mission trips to foreign countries have been sponsored by individual members and support from the "Endowment Fund." Immanuel offers support for the local Food Pantry, Meals on Wheels, Harbor of Hope, and other community service activities. Members are encouraged to see themselves as missionaries and the community as a mission field.

Family Life Center

The Immanuel Family Life Center (FLC), just east of the church, provides the setting for contemporary worship services, Confirmation and Bible classes, and Grace Point Institute for Relational Health. Facilities for small meetings to large banquets are available for Immanuel member use. For more information contact the church office.

A Message from Our Pastor

We invite you to personally visit our congregation. Click here for directions and a map to our church. We look forward to having you worship with us soon. - Rev. Patrick R. Sparling, Senior Pastor

Our Statement of Belief

This Congregation, Immanuel Lutheran Church, is part of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS or Synod).  The LCMS is a mission-oriented and Bible-Based Denomination that confesses the historic, orthodox Christian faith in the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, a faith built on “the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone” (Eph. 2:20).  With the universal Christian Church, The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God, who created all that exists; became man to suffer, die, and rise again for the world’s redemption; and brings people to faith and new life through His Word and Sacraments.  The Three persons of the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – are coequal and coeternal, one God.

LCMS Congregations voluntarily choose to belong to the Synod and, although diverse in many ways, all hold to a shared confession of Jesus Christ as taught in Holy Scripture.  We believe without reservation that the scriptures of the Old and the New Testament are the written word of God and the only rule and norm of faith and the practice.  In addition, the Synod accepts without reservation the writings contained in the Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.  Believing in the authority of Holy Scripture and that the Lutheran Confessions are a correct interpretation and presentation of biblical doctrine, our congregations agree to conform all their teaching and practice to the scriptures and the confessions.

The Synod “is not an ecclesiastical government, exercising legislative or coercive powers” (LCMS Constitution, Article VII) concerning its member congregations and ministers.  However, the voluntary association of the member congregations and ministers includes their agreement to respect and honor and uphold (bylaw 1.7.2, 1.8.1) decisions (resolutions) made by the Synod in its national conventions regarding the understanding of the teachings of Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions and practices that are consistent with such teaching.  The Synod in convention is the “principle legislative assembly” of the LCMS (bylaw 3.1.1) and its resolutions and statements are the positions of the Synod in matters of doctrine and life.  The Constitution and Bylaws of the LCMS provide specific guidance for the implementation and supervision of the teaching and practice of its members (congregations and rostered church workers).

Congregations of the LCMS, while upholding teachings and practices that are consistent with Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions and while honoring Synod conventions resolutions, are self-governed and establish policies based on local circumstance and expediency.  An LCMS congregation or ministry operates according to its own constitution and bylaws – which are required by the Synod Bylaws to be reviewed by the District through which the congregation holds membership in the Synod – and therein establishes an orderly way of making decisions and determines which individuals or entities in the congregations (e.g., the pastors, church council, board of elders) will have authority to act on behalf of the congregation in specific circumstances.  The Constitution and bylaws of Immanuel Lutheran Church govern our decision-making and policies.  A copy is available upon request.

Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality

We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male and female.  These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Gen. 1:26-24).  Rejection of one’s biological sex is rejection of the image of God within that person.

We believe that the term marriage has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Gen. 2:18-25).  We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1 Cor. 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb. 13:4).  We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of marriage between a man and a woman.  

We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God (Matt. 15:18-20; Cor. 6:9-10).

We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Immanuel Lutheran Church as a local Body of Christ and to provide a biblical role model to Immanuel Lutheran Church members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by Immanuel Lutheran Church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by the Statement on Marriage, Gender and Sexuality (Matt 5:16; Phil 2:14-16; 1 Thess 5:22).

We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Acts 3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10; 1 Cor 6:9-11).

We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31).  Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Sanctity of Human Life

We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image.  Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death.  We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life (Ps. 139).