About Us

A CLEAR STRATEGY

We are committed to being a church that responds to the people around us. 


We envision reaching thousands in our community with the Good News of Christ using biblical doctrine, contemporary worship and community events. We aspire to reach into and respond to our community with the Good News whenever we see a need to be filled.


We will reach out to families in our community and church by providing ministries and events for parents, children, youth, and seniors. Through these ministries we will build a stronger church where we will share our lives and our love for Christ and for one another as one family--God's family.


We acknowledge that Christ is the center of our lives and all that we do is for his glorification. To better understand why and what we are to do for Christ, Emmanuel will provide education avenues for all levels of understanding and spiritual maturity.


We will seek new ministry opportunities that are needed in Clovis and beyond, offering God's support, guidance and peace.


At Emmanuel we believe you meet God wherever you are in your spiritual journey. We also believe that God doesn't want us to remain where we are, but to grow into his disciple. That's why we offer spiritual formation and leadership classes throughout the year, such as:

  1. New Heart -- where we learn to place Christ as Lord of our life
  2. My Life in Christ -- where we learn what the Bible teaches
  3. Small groups -- where we learn to grow in an environment of trust and accountability 
  4. Gift discernment -- where we learn to discover, develop, and use our spiritual giftedness in the church
  5. Emmanuel U -- workshops and seminars for spiritual growth and mission

VALUES

Connecting

We experience the best life has to offer in an environment of healthy, lasting relationships.


Faith

We love God with all our hearts, minds, strength, and souls and place him first in every aspect of our lives.


Love/Acceptance

God wants all people to know and love him; so all people are always welcome here.


Forgiveness

Our church is a hospital for sinners, where forgiveness, love, and trust are shared with one another from the giver of forgiveness, our Lord Jesus Christ.


Nurture

We use our gifts to serve others and to provide ways for our worshipers to grow spiritually.


Change

We are a mission station, an outpost of Christian community. As such we embrace change that will lead to spiritual growth, that will meet the needs of our community, and that embraces a contextually relevant worship style.


Healing

We strive to bring wholeness by acts of kindness and the proclamation of the Gospel to lives that are fractured and broken.

WHO ARE WE?

We are a growing number of followers of Jesus who meet at Alluvial and Fowler in Clovis to worship God. You'll find a no-nonsense message of hope that is built on the never-changing words of God's Son, Jesus Christ. Worshipers come together on Sundays at 9 a.m. and throughout the week in small groups, Bible studies, ministries into the community, and service to our elderly and hospitalized.


We are different. We are a church for those who don't like to go to church. Small enough to care for each person, and large enough to offer ministry to your entire family. Our desire is to be YOUR CHURCH.


MISSION STATEMENT

Inspired by God's Holy Spirit we share His love and invite people to Christ by proclaiming and living the Gospel.


OUR VISION

The vision of Emmanuel Lutheran Church is to build followers of Jesus who LOVE GOD, LOVE PEOPLE, and SHOW IT. 


LOVE GOD

We guide people through a life of worship with passionate and engaging weekly gatherings, focused solidly on God’s Word and Sacraments, contemporary in style and creative in technology.


LOVE PEOPLE

We create communities of Gospel gossipers through active small groups and random acts of kindness.

Our Style

Our contemporary style service is intimate, upbeat, and full of God's Word for daily living.

We come together to worship, create and maintain relationships, and to seek peace with ourselves,

our neighbors and God. 


We are casual. family focused, and a fun place to experience the joy of worship. Our goal is for you to grab onto God's word while meeting new people in an atmosphere of love, acceptance, and trust. We worship with messages that open up the word of God and make the scriptures come alive and songs that will fill your soul with the love of the Savior.

Our Affiliation

Emmanuel is a congregational member of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

So, what is distinctive about the "LC-MS?"

For one thing, it is a church body that seeks to believe and teach according to the Word of God. 


It responds to the love of the Triune God: the Father, creator of all that exists; Jesus Christ, the Son, who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan, and the Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God's Word and Sacraments. The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God.

Our Stained Glass Windows

 When Emmanuel made the move to its new location in Clovis, some far-thinking members determined to bring with them the stained glass windows that had adorned the church in Fresno. Seven of these windows are readily visible in the sanctuary. Three others are found elsewhere. Each of them tells the story of God’s amazing love. 

About each Window

Being Lutheran

 

Being "Lutheran," our congregations accept and teach the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teaching of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three short phrases: Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone.


Grace alone

God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly.


Faith alone

By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him.


Scripture alone

The Bible is God's inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine.

LC-MS Website

Our Journey

1890

Pastor Herman Meyer 1890 to 1891              

Pastor John H. Ehler 1890 to 1891

In 1890, twenty-two members signed the Emmanuel charter. 

Pastor Samuel Hoernicke 1891 to 1912

In September 1910, Emmanuel opened a Lutheran day school which remained open for two years. 

Pastor Karl Thiede 1912 to 1922

Emmanuel observed it's 25th anniversary on March 7, 1929.

1922-1957

Pastor Edward J. Rudnick 1922 to 1947

Greatest period of growth. Church on Mariposa dedicated on Oct. 16, 1929. Claudine Steinhauer, a current member of Emmanuel's congregation was confirmed by Pastor Rudnick. Emmanuel Lutheran School re-opened in 1937 with twenty-seven students.

Pastor Oscar H. Reinboth 1946 to 1949

Became pastor after death of Pastor Rudnick. Left after three years to work for the district.

Pastor John P. Ulhig 1949 to 1959                            

Pastor Donald Broeske 1957 to 1958 (Associate for Mission Work) 

Pastor Ulhig installed August 1949. Mission church started and became Peace Lutheran. By the fall of 1957 Emmanuel's school had an enrollment of 97 students.

1958-1994

Pastor Egon Gebauer 1959 to 1969

Church on Floradora built under Pastor Gebauer. His funeral was the first service celebrated in the new church. 

Pastor Stanley Quebe 1970 to 1982                                      

Pastor Clarence Eisberg 1973 to 1978 (Youth Pastor)    

Pastor Milton Schemm 1982 to 1996                                      

Pastor John Brunette 1987 to 1990 (Associate)                                                       

Pastor Karl Anderson 1991 to 1994 (Associate) Pastor Harvey Johnson 1996 to 1998

Special service and social for elder members.

Pastor Bruce A. Neff 1998 to 2006

Pastor Neff's calling was to move the church and the planning for building our current church. He served at several temporary locations during the completion of the new church. 

Pastor Bill Heidel 2006-2007 (Vacancy Pastor) 

Pastor Jerry Barnhart 2007-2009 (Intentional Interim) 

Pastor Barnhart role as an intentional interim pastor was to assist the congregation to develop a unified ministry in its new location of Clovis and to prepare for the next pastor.

Pastor Ed Krueger 2009-present.

125th Anniversary

100th Anniversary celebrated on April 28, 1990. Special events for those baptized, confirmed or married at Emmanuel. Increased membership and expansion of the music program. Pre-school and day-care started in the Parish Hall which remained open until 1989.