Music Ministries

Churchyard: Gospel Bluegrass Band

Performing 1st Sunday of each month.

Churchyard was started in 2003 and is a highly sought regional bluegrass group frequently traveling and playing at area churches and other venues in north central Minnesota around the Brainerd Lakes area.

Churchyard is best known for high quality harmony vocals backing solid lead singing featuring nearly everyone in the band. Different vocal and instrumental talent combine in a myriad of different ways to provide a wide variety of music enjoyment.

Hallelujah Handbells: Adult Handbell Choir

Hallelujah Handbells 5-8-16 - 4Performing the 2nd Sunday of the month.

The Hallelujah Handbell Choir is an adult handbell choir that is made up of members of Immanuel.


. . . . in Handbell Ministry

January 2018

Judy Kirchoff, Handbell Director

I would like to thank everyone who participated in the “How Quietly” anthem on December 10th. It is a beautiful song about the birth of the baby Jesus. Judi Burson directed the vocal choir and played the piano. Hannah Bliss assisted the children and Judy Kirchoff directed the handbell choir and overall group. This performance will be shown by video during the offertory at the 2:00pm and 4:00pm Christmas Eve services.

There were 37 participants. Singing in the children’s choir were: Brody & Josie Chamberlin, Carson & Katie Freese, Ava & Svea Johnson, Lydia Nelson, Ember Popkes, Isabelle & Lily Thompson.

Singing in the adult choir: Hannah Bliss, Meredith & Jim Bloedel, Diane Boike, Brenda Bongs, Denny Henrichs, Jenni Kannel, Peter Nordell, Jeff Olson, Ardelle & Jim Patrick, Carol Pundt, Jim Ysseldyke. Handbell Choir and Di-rectors: Ellie Bjornson, Nancy Heise, LuAnn Henrichs, Audrey & Gordy Jacobson, Hal Kirchoff, Ginny Larson, Christina Nelson, Barb Rhodes, Claudia & Fred Tessmer, Sandy Twigg, Judi Burson & Judy Kirchoff.

The Hallelujah Bell Choir visited the Care Center in December and played both religious and holiday music to the residents. It was definitely a fun time! On Christmas Eve, Ava Johnson played the triangle and Shawn Jarvela played a hand drum to the tune of Little Drummer Boy, as we marched in for our processional. The drum we used was gifted to Pastor Paul and was purchased in Ethiopia.

The Chapel Chimers had their last performance on Dec. 17th. While playing their 2nd song, “O Come Little Children”, 6 of the adult bell ringers joined them, ringing the smaller and larger bells. Great work with that everyone!

This fall the Chapel Chimers members are: Svea Johnson, Garrett Kinzer, Lydia Nelson, Ember Popkes, Ava Johnson, Isabelle Thompson, Reece Morrisette and Corbin Kinzer. The Chimers surprised their director at church by thanking her for being their “guardian angel” and gifting her with an angel and a poinsettia. They had a Christmas bell party with a special guest, Don Imberi, who read the book, “A Cup Of Christmas Tea”. They will have a winter break until April 4th.

Wishing you His Peace at Christmas

and His Blessings in the New Year.

Judy Kirchoff, Director

Wing & A Prayer: Contemporary Band

Performing the 3rd Sunday of the month.

Wing & A Prayer 5-15-16 - 5Wing & A Prayer is a contemporary worship band that is made up of members of Immanuel that enjoy playing and singing contemporary worship music. If you are interested in singing with this group, please contact Pastor Paul Mattson.

Chapel Chimers: Children’s Chime Choir
Performing the 4th Sunday of the month

The Chapel Chimers 5-18-16 - 4Chapel Chimers are a youth choir playing both chimes and bells.  Currently we have 9 girls and 1 boy attending.  Practices are on Wednesday afternoons from 3:25 – 4:30 in the sanctuary.  The Chimers begin with a light snack after school and practice for 45 minutes.

We practice in the months of September through December and again in April and May and perform in church when everyone is available to play.  This is an enthusiastic group who have learned the musical notes very quickly.  If you have a son or daughter who is in grades 3 through 12 and would like to join the Chapel Chimers, please give the director or the church office a call.

If your son or daughter would like to play the chimes and practice with us on Wednesday afternoons this fall, please contact Judy Kirchoff at 218-546-2804.