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

Luke 2:1-7

“In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered.  This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor Syria.  All went to their own towns to be registered.  Joseph also went from town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David.  He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was betrothed and who was expecting a child.  While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child.  And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.”

Pastor Larry Stappler

Pastor Larry Stappler

Director, Pastoral Care

A message from Pastor Larry…

Happy New Year!!   I know that a new year is a time of new possibilities and also a time for looking back, reflecting on the past year.

Here’s a poem by Gerhard E. Frost that asks some questions that help us to reflect:

“I’ve Begun Asking”

I’m breaking my habit

of asking strangers,

“What do you do?”

as if they’re no more than they do.


I’ve begun asking,

“What are your dreams and your dreads?

What moves you, excites you, alarms you?

What drains you or sustains you?

What interests or bores you, amuses or grieves you?

Where do you go when you’re homesick?

Where do you rest when you’re tired?

Who are you when you’re alone, and whom do you miss?

And who misses you?”


But when we’re dealing with questions,

perhaps it’s really not what or where or who,

but whose.  Whose are you?  And whose am I?


(from Seasons of a Lifetime: A Treasury of Meditations)


The “Whose” we are is God’s.  As we remember that God walks with us, we reflect as to what that might mean in how we live life.   We begin to understand how God’s presence in our lives can help us love and care for others.

As we reflect in faith, we can see that God has been active in our lives every day.  We hear God’s word “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is a gift from God.”   (Ephesians 2:8)

In this new year, may we remember that by God’s gifts of grace and faith, our lives, wherever they take us, God is with us, Immanuel, each step of the way.

Blessings and Happy New!