Church Visitor Information

Location

Emmanuel Lutheran is located about a mile north of I-94 just west of the Hudson YMCA at the corner of Grandview Drive and County UU (Vine Street). Our address is 712 Grandview Drive.

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Service Times

Sunday worship begins at 9:00 am.

After the service and before Sunday School, Youth Group and Adult Bible Class, we have a time for fellowship with snacks, coffee, and juice.

After fellowship, we begin Sunday School, Youth Group and Adult Bible Class. Sunday School (ages three through eighth grade) meet in their designated classrooms. Youth Group (high school age) meets in the balcony. Bible Class meets in the Fellowship Hall.

Sunday School and Youth Group are not held between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Our services are broadcast on Hudson Cable channel 15 at 9 PM on Wednesdays and 9 AM on Thursdays.

For more information about what we believe, go to WELS.net

Sunday Worship - What to expect

The Lutheran Church has retained the elements of historic Christian worship. A typical service includes hymns, readings from the Bible, a sermon, songs of praise, prayers, an offering, and on the first and third Sundays, the celebration of the Lord's Supper.

Every church has its own style of worship. We think you will enjoy the services at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, but as in any church you should expect it to take a couple of Sundays to become accustomed to our way of praising God together.

Each week the service is printed in the worship folder. All the readings are printed there for you. You are welcome to bring along your own Bible and follow along there if you choose.

The service focuses on readings from the Bible. There we hear God talk to us. Music and singing are an important part of our service too.

The services usually include the following parts in a variety of forms:

The Invocation - We call on the name of our Savior God as we praise Him.

Admitting sins and finding forgiveness - We acknowledge that we have not been or done what God asks. Then we are assured of forgiveness in Jesus.

Bible Readings - Selections from God's Old Testament prophets, Jesus' apostles, and from Jesus himself in the Gospels. The pastor also gives a brief explanation of each reading.

Sermon - Our pastor offers instruction and encouragement in a Bible based sermon. Expect God's guidance and grace for dealing with problems as well and the promise of eternal life in heaven through Jesus.

Response to the Word - We respond with prayers and monetary offerings for the things He has promised to us and for strength to do what He has asked.

Parting blessing - We hear one last assurance of God's care.

Mixed throughout these different parts of our service are hymns and short songs to praise God. Our services use traditional forms and modern language and application. The traditional brings us the best from God's Church throughout the ages and the contemporary brings God's promises and His will into our daily lives.

Why We Are Here

We believe in the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that all mankind is terminally sinful, and that only through the innocent life and death of Jesus Christ can anyone be saved. We believe that God has revealed Himself to us through His Word, the Holy Scriptures, and that these Scriptures are divinely inspired and without error.

The purpose of our congregation is to proclaim Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world and to make disciples for the Triune God by preaching and teaching the Word of God and by administering the sacraments. Our mission is to reach out and evangelize the community with the Word of God; to lead sinners to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ; to strengthen believers to lead God-pleasing lives and to train believers as disciples, teachers, stewards and witnesses for Christ.

Serving Your Personal and Family Needs

Baptism: We are eager to offer baptism to anyone who desires it. If you have children who have not been baptized, please contact our pastor about arrangements.

Weddings: If you have no church home and would like to have a pastor perform your wedding, please contact our pastor about arrangements. A premarital class (3-4 meetings) gives the future bride and groom the opportunity to talk over all the important aspects of marriage with the pastor.

Special Prayers: In each Sunday service, opportunity is given for special prayers for people who are in need of prayer. Special prayer requests should be communicated to Pastor before the service begins.

Counseling: We are interested in your life and your needs. Our pastor is here to help counsel you with God's comforting Word. Please consider contacting him:

  • Before your marital relationship is in danger of being broken
  • When you would like to talk or pray about something that is bothering you
  • When substance abuse is a problem for you or someone you love
  • When you have family problems
  • When you have a spiritual problem or a question about a Bible teaching

About the Wisconsin Synod

Emmanuel belongs to the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS).

In the year 1850 the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod was founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by a few pastors who had come to America to serve the many Lutherans who had immigrated to the United States from Germany. Today, the church body still retains the place of its origin in its official name.

The headquarters of the WELS is still in Milwaukee, WI. The president of the synod is Pastor Mark Schroeder.

The WELS is divided into 12 districts. Emmanuel is one of the over 160 congregations making up the Minnesota district of the Synod.

The WELS is a Lutheran Church of just under half a million people with congregations throughout the United States. As a Synod (Greek for "walking together") we do ministry an individual congregation would find difficult to do by itself, namely, establish missions around the world and maintain high schools, a college and a seminary to train future pastors and Christian teachers.

WELS is a church with a worldwide outreach ministry. We have missionaries in the USA, Native America (Sioux and Apache), Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, India, Taiwan, Indonesia, Africa, Europe, Russia, Mexico, the Caribbean and South America.

What Is A Lutheran?

The name "Lutheran" comes from the great reformer Martin Luther. In a period in history when the Church had lost sight of its Savior and the truth of His Word, Martin Luther boldly challenged these errors and preached Jesus Christ as Savior. We are proud to remember his work in bringing to light the truth of God's Word by using his name to identify ourselves.

Emmanuel Lutheran Church is a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). This church body is so named because it was formed in Wisconsin in the 1850s. Our membership in this Synod unites us with Christians across our country and the world. It allows us to pool our resources for mission work as well as for writing hymnals, Bible classes, and other materials. But above all, we can be comforted by the fact that we know there are Christians throughout the world who share a common faith with us.

Our congregation and Synod are solidly based in the Bible. We believe that Jesus is our Savior and the only way to heaven. Through faith in Jesus we are united to him and each other.

The Wisconsin Synod Lutheran Church believes that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God and the only source of teaching. This is what we teach and believe, contrary to many churches today which abandon the Bible in favor of popular opinion.

Two teachings are primary in the Wisconsin Synod:

  • That we are saved entirely by God's free grace given to us in Christ Jesus
  • That we receive salvation simply by faith in Christ and not by anything we might do

We know for sure that, when we die, we will be in heaven, because our salvation depends entirely on what Jesus did for us.

The Wisconsin Synod is a Christ-centered, gospel preaching church. The good news of the forgiveness of our sins through the redeeming work of our Savior, Jesus Christ, permeates our worship, ministry and life.

Dress

Sometimes people wonder how they are expected to dress at a church they have never visited before.

Since the Bible presents no dress code, aside from simple decency and Christian humility, Emmanuel Lutheran Church does not make any rules either.

Like most people, our members try to make their worship time at church a special time. This is often reflected in the way they dress.

But dress is a personal matter of worship before God. One may dress casually and rejoice that we have a God who accepts us as we are. Another may dress to reflect the awe and reverence we have for our Savior King.

On any Sunday at our church you may see running shoes and high heels, jeans and suits, or open collars and ties. When a person dresses out of love for God, the choice of dress (casual or more formal) is acceptable to God . . . and us.

Offerings

Visitors are our guests and not expected to support our ministries. But you are welcome to participate as your heart leads you to give.

Common Worries...

Attending church somewhere for the first time can be intimidating. Here are some common worries:

I know my child is going to be too noisy.

Emmanuel is made up of many families with small children so small children are welcomed. However if you would like a place to take your child if she/he becomes noisy, we have a fellowship hall which is located next to our worship area. The service may still be seen through closed circuit TV.

I know I will feel out of place.

We hope that this information will ease your mind, but if you have a question, please ask someone for help. Don't hesitate to say, "I am new. What is this about?" Some of our members are also new.

I am afraid I will say or do something wrong.

All of us have felt this way when in a new situation. But we hope you see the people of Emmanuel to be ordinary people like yourself. We want to accept you as you are and help you become what Christ wants you to be.

I don't know that much about the Bible.

Church and Bible Study are opportunities to grow in our knowledge of the Bible and faith in Jesus. You won't have to answer any questions you don't want to answer. And remember, sometimes the wisest words we say are, "I don't know."

Pastor Frederick Kogler

Pastor Kogler

Rev. Frederick A. Kogler, B.A., M.Div., M.A.G. (Social gerontology), served as a pastor in the public ministry for 33 years, during which time he became particularly interested in the impact of aging on all phases of life.

Pastor Kogler chose to redirect from full time pastoral ministry to re-enter the field of academia in 1999 at the age of 59. He returned to college, enrolling in the Masters of Social Gerontology program at Bethel University.

He re-entered the ministry after accepting Emmanuel's call and was installed as the new pastor on June 3, 2007.

Fred has published several articles in the international magazine, Forward in Christ, the popular journal of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. He has appeared in recorded interviews over the Dobson network discussing intergenerational living, learning, and universal building concepts. He has written a booklet on bereavement, authored many articles for newsletters, pamphlets, and brochures.

Fred is married and lives with his wife of 33 years, Janet, in West St. Paul, MN. Together, their blended family numbers five children and 11 grandchildren.

His interests include learning, teaching, sharing the Gospel, fishing, developing new friendships, woodworking, and his grandchildren.

Membership

Because we are people who take to heart the Bible's words, grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, (2 Peter 3:18) we strongly encourage all our members to be regular in worship and Bible study.

How To Become A Member:

  • Baptism: We offer the Sacrament of Baptism in the name of the Triune God to infants, children, youths and adults.
  • Transfer: If you are presently a member of a Wisconsin Synod Lutheran congregation, we ask that you seek a letter of transfer from your former congregation.
  • Profession of Faith: If you are presently a member of a Lutheran Church of a different denomination (LCMS, ELCA, CLC etc.), Pastor will speak with you about the differences between those church bodies and the WELS. If after that discussion you wish to join Emmanuel, you will be received by the fact that you profess the same faith which we profess.
  • Lutheran Confirmation: If you have no church background, or if you are a member of a denomination that is not Lutheran, we ask that you attend Bible Information Classes to become acquainted with the teachings of the Wisconsin Synod Lutheran Church. At the conclusion of this class, if you wish to become a member, you will be received by the rite of confirmation. All sixth, seventh and eight grade students attend a catechism class in Christian doctrine. At the end of eighth grade, they are received as communicant members by the rite of confirmation.

Our History

1975 - First organized by three families; first services at Elk's Club in Hudson, Wisconsin

1976 - Mission status granted; Emmanuel chosen as name for new church

1977 - Dale Schliewe was installed on July 17 as Emmanuel's first full time pastor; purchased three acres of land for church and parsonage

1979 - Parsonage completed; groundbreaking for church

1980 - Church completed and dedicated on September 14

1981 - Pastor Schliewe accepted a call to Graceville, Minnesota; Pastor Glenway Backus accepted Emmanuel's call and was installed as the new pastor on July 12

1986 - Pastor Backus accepted a call to Castlegar, British Columbia; Pastor John Dorn accepted Emmanuel's call and was installed as the new pastor on December 7

1986-1989 - Pastor Dorn accepted a call to South St. Paul, Minnesota; Pastor Thomas Kutz accepted Emmanuel's call and was installed as the new pastor on January 14, 1990

1998 - Pastor Kutz asked to be vacancy pastor at Grace in rural Osceola, Wisconsin

1999 - Became a dual parish with Grace in rural Osceola, Wisconsin

2000 - Joyful Noise preschool opened in September with a maximum total enrollment of 16 students; Emmanuel celebrated it's 25th anniversary

2002 - New addition with preschool room, kitchen and offices completed with assistance from Builders for Christ. The foyer and entryway were also enlarged. New sidewalks and parking lot were also installed. The parsonage was sold.

2005 - Joyful Noise preschool expanded it's maximum total enrollment to 30 students and added a teacher's aide

2006 - Pastor Kutz retired at the end of October; Pastor Frederick Kogler accepted a call to be vacancy pastor

2007 - Pastor Frederick Kogler accepted Emmanuel's call and was installed as the new pastor on June 3. Dual parish was dissolved with Grace in rural Osceola, Wisconsin.

2010 - Joyful Noise Preschool celebrated its 10th anniversary and Emmanuel celebrated its 35th anniversary.

2015 - Joyful Noise Preschool celebrated its 15th anniversary and Emmanuel celebrated its 40th anniversary.


Last Update: April 16, 2017

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Emmanuel Lutheran Church and Joyful Noise Preschool
Address: 712 Grandview Drive, Hudson, Wisconsin 54016 (next door to YMCA)
Church Office Phone: 715-386-9851
Preschool Phone: 715-386-8820
General email: emmanuelhudsonwi@gmail.com
Joyful Noise Preschool email: