Emmanuel has been a part of the Souderton community for over 150 years. Founded in 1858, the first worship services were held in Leidy’s Church on Cherry Lane. In 1903 the congregation moved to a small church building on the current site and in 1927 our present building was constructed. However, our long tradition and heritage is not about buildings, rather proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ through worship, service, nurture and outreach.
We want you to join us in this mission, rejoice and celebrate with us, and experience the acceptance, significance and purpose we believe promised for our lives. When you think of Emmanuel, we want you to think of us as people responding to the grace and blessings God has given us – as well as having the courage and patience to deal with life’s challenges. We want you to see how and where God is working in our lives, in our congregation and in turn, our community and our world.
Our goal is for you to see a church, the people, connected to Jesus. We would love to have you join us on Sunday!
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).The ELCA consists of about 5 million baptized members in 10,500 congregations. Each of these proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ through one of the largest social service networks in the country serving about 6 million people. The ELCA also carries out its mission through 8 seminaries, 29 colleges, 1,800 early childhood education learning centers, elementary and secondary schools, 260 missionaries spread throughout 49 countries and hundreds of other missions and ministries.
Statements of Belief
Lutherans believe in the Triune God. God created and loves all of creation — the earth and the seas and all of the world’s inhabitants. We believe that God’s Son, Jesus Christ, transforms lives through his death on the cross and his new life, and we trust that God’s Spirit is active in the world.
We are part of God’s unfolding plan. When we gather for worship, we connect with believers everywhere. When we study the Bible or hear God’s word in worship, we are drawn more deeply into God’s own saving story.
The convictions shared by Christians from many different traditions are expressed in statements of belief called creeds. These ecumenical creeds that Lutherans affirm and use in worship confess the faith of the church through the ages and around the world. The Confession of Faith of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is part of the ELCA’s founding constitution. The ELCA accepts the following creeds as true declarations of the faith of this church: