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

October 2018

Judy Kirchoff, Handbell Director

It was great to be a part of Rally Day in September and to get the bells out of storage after a summer of rest. The Hallelujah Bell Choir is looking for a couple of people who enjoy the handbells, are enthusiastic and are up to the challenge to ring the bells. Our Ministry is in need of substitutes for the months of November and December and then again in April-June. We practice on Tuesday evenings from 5:00-6:30 and perform in church on the second Sunday of the month. Please prayerfully consider joining Immanuel’s Handbell Choir. 

The bell choirs hosted the MWAM on September 16 and were blessed with donations which totaled almost $2,000. Our purpose is for bell maintenance and tuning to take place this winter. Bell maintenance should take place every 5- 8 years of using and we will be starting our tenth year in November. Our Schulmerich Handbells will be sent to Sellersville, PA where they were originally crafted. The cost will be approximately $2200. We thank you, people of Immanuel, for your support and prayers. 

The Chapel Chimers are busy learning notes and new chime assignments. We are happy that we have 3 new Chimers this fall. We welcome Katie and Carson Freese and Lily Thompson. The other Chapel Chimers are: Corbin Kinzer, Reece Morrisette, Lydia Nelson, Ember Popkes, Svea Johnson and Garrett Kinzer. Our first performance was Septem-ber 24. After the October 14 performance, 3 of the boys will be participating in the school’s afternoon bowling in-stead of the Chapel Chimers. That will leave a vacancy for your son/daughter in the 3rd-8th grades or a mature 2nd grader. Call Judy at 218-820-2802 with questions. 

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.