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

December 2018

Judy Kirchoff, Handbell Director

The Hallelujah Handbell Choir welcomed Erica Popkes and Meredith and Jim Bloedel to the group of ringers this fall. Congratulations for doing a wonderful job learning the music and bell techniques. Thanks also to Jill Mattson and Ember Popkes for subbing in October and also to our long term sub, Abby Arneson. 

It is always enjoyable to ring together with another instrument. In November, Judi Burson accompanied us on the piano to a beautiful arrangement of “Immortal, Invisible God Only Wise”. 

This December 14th we will perform at Heartwood Sr. Living at 6:00 pm in the community room. We look forward to ringing some festive music and visiting with them and some of our Immanuel residents. We will ring at the 4:00 Christmas Eve service. 

The Chapel Chimers have 2 new and 1 returning member in Nov-Dec. Braylon Kannel and Bella Oren had their first performance as a Chimer on November 18 and Ava Johnson is returning now that the Mt. Bike season is over. Lydia Nelson and Ember Popkes read the scripture lessons. Thank you girls for doing an excellent job. 

Also performing on November 18 were Immanuel’s Youngest Ringers. These Sunday School children and some of the Chapel Chimers had 2 practices and then performed “Jesus Loves Me” and “When The Saints Come Marching In” on the colored metal bells. Thank you parents for giving them this opportunity to Ring their Praise at Immanuel and thank you to the Lydia Nelson family who donated an additional set of 8 metal Kid’s bells so more children can play. The Chapel Chimers have their last performance on Dec. 16 and will play in the back of the church. Their last practice is on Dec. 19 until April 3. 

Merry Christmas from the Bell Choirs. 

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.