Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
What a joy it is to announce the celebration of the 125th Anniversary of IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH’s founding! Consider this your invitation to our Church Anniversary!
It’s amazing to think about, but it was 125 years ago that a small group of people gathered together with the desire to plant a church to have an impact on their community. Little did they realize what would take place, but I’m sure they dreamed a bit about the possibilities.
A 125th Anniversary Committee has been formed and has been working to prepare a special celebration for IMMANUEL LUTHERAN and invite you and your family to our upcoming Anniversary Service and Homecoming Weekend.
We will begin our celebration on Saturday, April 30, 2022 with a Homecoming of Family and Friends with a dinner and dance to be held at the Joplin Elks Lodge 501 at 1802 West 26th Street, Joplin, Missouri beginning with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. with a cash bar available. A catered dinner will be held beginning at 6:45 p.m. with a dance with DJ from 8:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Cost for the dinner and dance will be $25.00 per person and your RSVP commitment can be filled out online and submitted below. Dress for event will be casual, so come with your dancing shoes or boots and let’s have some fun. This evening will be dedicated for everyone to reacquaint and reminiscence.
Arrangements for child-care will be available in the Youth Building at IMMANUEL LUTHERAN beginning at 5:15 p.m. for drop off and pick up by 10:45 p.m. Cost per child up to age 12 will be $10.00.
Entertainment and food will be provided in a safe environment.
Sunday, May 1, 2022 we will have a special service dedicated to Serving our Lord for 125 years at 10:30 a.m. We will be hosting special musical selections, former pastors and, of course, an excellent assortment of food and fellowship following worship in our gymnasium. Lunch will be provided by the 125th Celebration Committee.
While we realize many people may have moved on to other churches, or even moved away from the area, we would love for you and your family to return to be with us.
If you are coming from out of the area, arrangements have been made with the Marriott family of Joplin hotel locations for a discount for rooms:
Fairfield, 3300 S. Range Line Road, Joplin, MO 417-684-7800
Hilton Garden Inn, 2644 East 32nd Street, Joplin, MO 417-206-6700
Hampton Inn, 3107 East 36th Street, Joplin MO 417-659-9900
Please contact your hotel choice at least thirty days prior to our event to secure special pricing.
Those that are not able to attend but would like to send a Memorial Gift or Memory, please address to the 125th Anniversary Committee at IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 2616 Connecticut Avenue, Joplin, MO 64804. Your Memory and Memorial Gift will be included in our Sunday Bulletin, and a special committee has been formed to look at a special gift to be dedicated to the church following our celebration.
Our theme “GROUNDED IN CHRIST, GUIDED BY GRACE, GROWING TO SERVE” is a great way to look back over the blessings of the past 125 years and look forward to the future with anticipation for what the Lord is going to do in the coming years.
For questions, please feel free to call Betty Lingenfelter 417-622-7218, Bill Ideker 417-437-0547 or Dorothy Douffet 620-674-2023.
Again, your RSVP Commitment can be filled out and submitted below.
Serving in His Name,
125th Anniversary Committee
IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH