Immanuel Lutheran Church LCMS
Fairview/Allen, TX
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Welcome to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Fairview, Texas, a member of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

                 In an age where church membership and affiliation with a denomination is dwindling, we believe that calling a church "Home" is a welcome change of pace from what is popular. A place where God's children can come and be fed and nurtured by the Word of God preached and the sacraments given out rightly. A place where we who are burdened and heavy laden with sin (who isn't!) can come and receive rest. A place where Christ serves you! A place where we can all be children and receive from Christ forgiveness.


What is worship at Immanuel?

                Receiving is what we at Immanuel Lutheran Church see as our primary role in worship. Receiving the Word of God, receiving the true body and blood of Christ and receiving encouragement as we build each other up. We truly see Christ to be the gift that keeps on giving. Who then would not desire to give thanks for all that we are given? Who then would rather be somewhere else on a Sunday morning? This is also why we come together to worship, to give thanks to God for what he has done and continually does for us through Jesus Christ. But this isn't limited to Sunday mornings!

                When we speak about being a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church we aren't just speaking about where we come to receive forgiveness of sins on Sunday morning, we are also speaking about what Christ is doing through each and every one of us in our daily lives. Our church is community because we are a people who live in community desiring to serve our neighbors. Our church is relevant, not because eof what we do, but because Christ is never irrelevant. Our church is Christian because Christ crucified is our life.


What is membership at Immanuel?

                We would love to have you as part of our family here at Immanuel. Even though our address is on Country Club Road, membership within the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod(LCMS) is not a "country club." Your membership isn't according to what you can pay, but believing that Jesus Christ was the Son of God and that he has purchased and won you from sin, death and the power of the devil. We believe in and confess this Christian faith according to what we call The Six Chief Parts of the Christian Faith: The Ten Commandments, Apostle's Creed, The Lord's Prayer, Sacrament of Holy Baptism, Confession and Absolution and The Sacrament of the Altar. There are many churches that will say they believe in these "Six Chief Parts" as well, but Lutherans are known for asking the question, "What does this mean?"


What Does This Mean?

                When we answer the "What does this mean?" question we don't answer according to what WE think, but we answer the "What…" question with what scripture says according to each of these "Six Chief Parts of the Christian Faith." This might seem like a dauntless task, but learning the scriptures is never without fruit. This is why being a member of the LCMS is predicated on being instructed in our beliefs, which is really just a class on scripture. We off this membership class as a service to those in our community because we desire to tell all people about Jesus Christ and what he has done for the whole world.

                The LCMS stays true to the "Reformation Solas", grace alone (Sola Gratia), faith alone(Sola Fide), scripture alone (sola scriptura), Christ alone (solus Christus) and glory to God alone (soli Deo gloria).

                We consider the Lutheran teachings to be a wonderful treasure, but we don't expect you to become a member without knowing what they are. We don't think anyone should find a church home without knowing what is taught in that church. We invite everyone we can to come to Immanuel LCMS because we have something special, and we hope to share that with as many people as possible.


Be part of our family here at Immanuel. Rest in the sure promises of the forgiveness of sins given by Christ delivered through his word and sacraments in his house, our "Home."


Rev. Ottmers