This Sunday

Songs & Hymns // Pastor Ward Young

Sermon // Pastor Ryan Fullerton

Fighter Verse of the Week.

Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. ⁵For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.

- Psalm 30:4–5

When churches memorize Scripture together, the members deepen their dependency upon God’s Word, grow in Word-centered friendships, enrich their prayers for one another, and build unity that is essential to the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:13–16, Colossians 3:14). This is why, with the aid of Fighter Verses, a ministry of Truth:78, Immanuel is seeking to memorize Scripture together throughout 2023. The weekly memory verse is shared in the bulletin, the Immanuel Connect, and implemented into the Sunday School hour, with helpful resources available here, in the Immanuel app, and also in the bookstore (coming soon). May the Word of Christ dwell in us richly during 2023, that we may teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in our hearts to God (Col. 3:16).

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Special Announcements.

Elder Candidate Testimonies

At our upcoming member's meeting this Wednesday, August 23rd, we will have the joy of voting on two elder candidates to serve our Immanuel family. Therefore, we ask that you listen through their testimonies beforehand as you prepare to vote. Those testimonies can be accessed at or on the Immanuel app (under the "More" tab). Until then (and even afterward), be praying for these candidates and their families.


Elder Nominations

Corbin Kitzmiller

Kristan Castro


Pastoral Apprenticeship

Immanuel’s Pastoral Apprenticeship is a three-year program designed to raise up men from within the church to strengthen our church, as well as, to train men to be sent out to churches in America and the nations. We want to entrust the gospel message to faithful men who will be able to teach others also (2 Tim. 2:2). The program includes biblical and theological study in a classroom setting, as well as, opportunities to observe and participate in practical and pastoral ministry. We want to see men grow in knowledge, character, and experience, so we structure our efforts to address all of these areas.

The link to apply is now live on the Immanuel website until August 25th. If you are a man and a member of Immanuel pursuing the pastorate or desiring to grow in faithful leadership within the local church, we eagerly invite you to apply


Upcoming Events.

Introducing Immanuel // August & September

Are you looking for a community to walk the Christian life out with? If so, join us for one of our upcoming rounds of Introducing Immanuel. Introducing Immanuel is the best way to learn about who we are as a body of believers. Pastors will explain the basics of Immanuel's vision, family life, and beliefs. Register here.

Please note that all class sessions of Introducing Immanuel are required for church membership.


Sunday Format

Date // Aug. 20th, 27th, Sep. 3rd, 10th

Time // 9:00–9:55a


Saturday Option

Date // September 23rd & 30th

Time // 9:30–11:30a


Immanuel Members' Meeting // August 23rd

Mark your calendar for WednesdayAugust 23rd6:30p, for our next membersmeeting. As this is an important rhythm in the life of our church, we hope you make plans to gather with us!


IY Fourth Friday: Kickball Edition // August 25th

Each month, Immanuel Youth is thrilled to host a Fourth Friday event on the (you guessed it) fourth Friday of the month! These are fun, community-building opportunities for the students to enjoy time together outside of Sunday mornings.

This month, at Egg Lawn in Beckley Creek Park, we're going to "kick" off the school year with a youth-wide kickball tournament! No pressure if you are a student who simply wants to come and enjoy the entertainment, and parents are more than welcome to stay and fellowship or even lace up and show these students how it's done! Find directions to where we will be gathering here.

Snacks and drinks are always encouraged


IY Family Potluck // August 27th

Immanuel Youth // On August 27th, we are thrilled to share a meal together with both our Immanuel Youth students AND their families at 12:00p in the Fellowship Hall. No agenda but to eat and enjoy one another's company! Don't miss these opportunities to fellowship with other Immanuel Youth families as we seek together to build the next generation into a community from all cultures where Christ is King.

This month, it's taco bar time! Please note: These lunches are potluck style, so we ask that you sign up here to bring an item if you plan to partake. You can drop off items in the Fellowship Hall kitchen before the Sunday School hour begins.


Christianity Explained Spaghetti Nights // September 10th–October 15th

Are you exploring Christianity? If so, this is for you! Join us here at Immanuel Baptist Church for six Sunday nights, from Sep. 10th–Oct. 15th, 5:00–6:30p, for good food, good company, and a clear and relevant introduction to the teachings of Jesus Christ. No one will be asked to read, pray, or ask questions, but any questions you may want to ask will be treated intelligently and with respect. We can't wait to see you there! You can register here.

Please note: This event is for seekers, skeptics, members of other faiths, or Immanuel members who will bring unbelieving friends.

If you're a member and looking to serve with Christianity Explained, sign up here!


IY Annual Fall Camping Trip // September 29th–October 1st

IY Students // I don't know about you, but I LOVE the fall season! Pumpkin spice everything, cozy sweaters, football, the anticipation of Christmas music, and...our Immanuel Youth fall camping trip,  Sep. 29th–Oct. 1st! We will be carpooling to Country Lake Christian Retreat in Underwood, IN (approx. 30–45 mins. from the church) around 4:00p on Friday evening and roll back up on Sunday morning in time for the main service (though probably quite smelly). 

All 6th–12th-grade IY students are welcome, though discern as a family if your student can steward the opportunity responsibly. The cost of the trip is $65 per student, which includes campground fee, food, transportation, a supersoft hoodie, and priceless fun. Financial assistance is available—simply email

Will you be joining us? The registration deadline is August 27th. More details, including what to bring, will be provided closer to the trip. Register here!



Immanuel Worship Auditions // Sep. 9th

Immanuel will be holding worship team auditions on the morning of Saturday, September 9th. If you are a member of Immanuel and desire to use your musical gifts to help lead worship on Sunday mornings please read and complete our audition application here. You will be notified of your audition time once your application has been received and reviewed. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Ward at



Mercy Needs Form

The Lord provides for the needs of his people and has appointed deacons in the church to help administer this provision so that there would not be a needy person among us at Immanuel. If you are aware of a need that the Lord might meet through the care of our deacons, please make our deacons aware of it through our Mercy Needs Form.


Ways to Give

Thank you so much for your continued worship of our great God through your faithful giving. When we exclusively moved to mailed checks and online giving, you responded. Because of your sacrificial giving, we have been able to continue fully supporting our missionaries, our ministries, and our staff.

We are pleased to share that, not only can you give online, but you can now give in person once again! Giving boxes are located near the sanctuary exits.


Immanuel App

Want a simple resource to help stay connected at Immanuel? Download the new Immanuel app here. While still currently a work in progress, expect to see future resources coming to the app that will integrate with Breeze to better serve our church body.


Gifts Assessment

As we study our community we are seeking to identify the burdens, needs, and desires of our neighbors. The key to serving our community is to locate all available church assets and begin connecting them to these burdens and needs. As a church, God has equipped us with many gifts, talents, and resources to be used to serve one another, as well as, those around us. So, would you share the ways God has gifted you to serve? We would love to know! Please take a few minutes to fill out this gifts assessment form. 


Resources for Families

We are grateful to offer a nursing mothers' room located off the balcony on the 2nd floor. Furthermore, a cry room is available in the fellowship hall. Both locations offer the service streamed. For directions, view our building map by clicking the desired room above.