Outreach Immanuel Lutheran Communities

Outreach Services

Enriching lives and fulfilling our calling.

Chaplaincy at Immanuel Lutheran Communities

Serving resident, staff and families’ religious and spiritual concerns through:

  • Pastoral care and visitation
  • Hospital visitation
  • Affirmation of individual beliefs of all
  • Weekly devotions at Buffalo Hill Terrace at 9:30 a.m. in the Library
  • Periodic Care-and-Share services
  • Memorial services
  • Christ Care Fund administration for employees in need

Weekly Sunday Worship Services

Buffalo Hill Terrace at 1:00 p.m.
Immanuel Skilled Care Center at 2:00 p.m.
Holy Communion served the first Sunday of each month

  • Seasons of the church year observed

Weekly Bible Study

Each Monday

Buffalo Hill Terrace at 10:30 a.m. in the Auditorium
Immanuel Skilled Care Center at 11:15 a.m. in the Family Room
The Lodge at Buffalo Hill at 3:00 p.m. in the Recreation Room

Ecumenical Bible Study

Bethlehem Lutheran Church Bible Study
2nd Thursday of each month at 10 a.m.

Church of Creston
Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.

Catholic Communion Services

Buffalo Hill Terrace
Mondays at 3:30 p.m. in the Private Dining Room

Immanuel Skilled Care Center
Wednesdays at 10 a.m. in the Family Room


Buffalo Hill Terrace holds weekly Devotions Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. in the Library
Lenten Devotions

Weekly Devotion

Weekly Devotion

Isaiah 54:9-10

“This is like the days of Noah to me:

Just as I swore that the waters of Noah

would never again go over the earth,

so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you and will not rebuke you.

For the mountains may depart

and the hills be removed,

but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,

and the covenant of peace shall not be removed, says the LORD, who has compassion on you.”

Pastor Larry Stappler

Pastor Larry Stappler

Director, Pastoral Care

A message from Pastor Larry…

Hope is in air around us this time of year.  Hope for a wonderful Christmas Season.  Hope for the love of Christ Jesus, born in Bethlehem, to shine in everyone.   Hope for the health of loved ones.  Hope for family members and friends to be reconciled.   Hope that those traveling for the holidays will arrive safely.

Hope.  Hope at times keeps us going when life is difficult.  Hope is the fire that lights our lives.  Hope coupled with faith can move mountains.   Hope gets us up in morning and ready for a new day.

Hope is what the Magi had as they followed a star to Bethlehem and discovered Jesus.  “When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.  On the entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage.”    (Matthew 2:10-11)

It was hope that compelled the shepherds to follow the angels’ herald and go to Bethlehem to see Jesus with Mary and Joseph.  The shepherds returned in hope now coupled with faith.   “But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid: for see-I am bringing good news of great joy for all people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ, the Lord.’”   (Luke 2: 10-11)

The last verse of “O Little Town of Bethlehem” express hope for all of us.

“O holy child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray; cast out our sin, and enter in, be born in us today.  We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell; oh, come to us, abide with us, our Lord Immanuel!”

God is with us, Immanuel, and I pray that in the midst of life, whatever that may be for you at this time, God will give you hope for each new day and glad tidings for this Christmas Season.

In Hope,