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Our History
In the fall of 1969, Pastor Walter Diehl began to serve two WELS (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod) families, the Buergers and Neubauers, with worship early Sunday mornings in a strip shopping center on Grapevine Highway.  By the summer of 1970, they were ready to organize as Immanuel Lutheran Church and call their own pastor.  In September, Pastor Myrl Wagenknecht received a call and came from Huntsville, Alabama.  They met in a bank's community room at 7100 Grapevine Highway.  In 1972, they built a parsonage at 7620 Circle Drive.  In January 1973, they rented space in what is now Tucker's Catfish Restaurant at Davis and Lola. 

After purchasing 6 acres on Lola Drive, they moved in a double-wide trailer, which served as their church until the current church was dedicated in June 1975.  At the same time a school was opened, using what is now our kitchen.  We reached self-support status in 1978.  We are grateful to the WELS Home Missions for the many years of financial support.  The WELS had supplied us with about $200,000 in subsidy and loaned us $180,000.  This loan was paid off in 1999.
 
In 1982, members from Immanuel helped organize Abiding Faith Lutheran Church on the south side of Fort Worth.  In 1983, members from Immanuel helped organize Our Savior Lutheran Church in Arlington.  In 1986, our Principal's wife was called to be our second teacher.  Both classes met in our kitchen, on each side of the divider.  In 1988, we built the four classroom school and concreted our parking lot.  This time we borrowed $25,000 from WELS, $186,000 from members, and paid $30,000 cash toward the construction.  This was also fully paid off in 1999.
 
The construction of our offices, library, and fellowship hall, including all new A/C units, and remodeling of our kitchen took place during 2002 and was completed, with new organ and P.A. system, in time for Christmas. 

Over the years countless members served in many ways – offering their prayers, bringing friends and relatives, speaking of Jesus the Savior, serving as officers, elders, teachers, organists, etc.  Their service to the LORD of the Church has been blessed in many ways and brought us to 2018. 
       
              
Pastor Emeritus Myrl F. Wagenknecht
        
Make Note, there will be a Voter's meeting after worship services on October 28, 2018 at about 10:30 a.m.  We currently have only two more services at our beloved Immanual Evangelical Lutheran Church.

DFW Area Joint Reformation Service will be on November 4  at 4:00pm at Atonement in Plano, located at 4412 Legacy Drive, Plano, TX 75024.  Pastor Don Patterson will be giving the sermon.  A meal will provided by the Atonement members will be served after the worship service.  All are invited to join!


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OTHER ITEMS:
As decided by the Voter's assembly on 23rd September, we are continuing with worship services through October.  Please continue to join us here, or feel free to visit other area WELS or ELS congregations.  Feel free to also let any of the elders or council member know if you need help in finding information on other area WELS or ELS congregations.


Also as directed by the Voter's assembly to investigate the potential of obtaiing a line of credit to be use  operating cash.  Pertinent financial and congreational information has been submitted to Veritex Bank to consider issuing the congregation a line of credit, up to $200,000.  At this writing we have not received a response or decision by the bank.

Attendance:
October 21, 2018:  21 at worship / 20 communing
October 14, 2018:  20 at worship / 19 communing
October 7, 2018:  17 at worship / 14 communing

OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS
:
October 16, Karla Petty

OCTOBER ANNIVERSARIES:
None

Greeter Schedule:                                                                           

October
Oct. 21       Steve & Karen Paulsen
Oct. 28       Ray & Amy Soucheck and famil
y

Cleaning Schedule:
October
Oct. 15-27  Roger & Chris Abbott, and Wes & Keri Wempner

 
This report on Panama City, Florida area congregation was recently received:

Dear partners in gospel ministry,

I wanted to give a quick report on damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.  It appears that the most extensive damage among our district congregations occurred in Panama City.  I was able to speak with Vacancy Pastor Jerry Enderle last evening.  Portions of the roof had blown off the parsonage and they were trapped in their subdivision by flood waters.  They found a dry spot in the house to sleep for the night.  I just received pictures from the church.  The damage is obviously very extensive.  Early reports also indicate that there has been extensive damage to member homes.  We give thanks for no reports of injuries at this point.  We pray for the long recovery process ahead.  I have begun the process of relief assistance through CAR. 
 
Please join me in praying for the many affected by this storm.  He who once stopped the wind and waves with a word remains in complete control of this and every aspect of our lives.  May God use this event to provide us opportunity to proclaim his gospel and to serve our neighbor. 
 
Pastor Chuck Westra   
"I will also speak of your testimonies before kings and shall not be put to shame." ~ Psalm 119:30