Immanuel Lutheran Church of Flatville

Immanuel Lutheran Church is located in East Central Illinois and began in 1872 when immigrants from East Friesia, Germany, settled in Champaign County, Illinois. The immigrants drained off the swamp land and began to farm the rich soil. 

The present church structure was built in 1914 to accommodate the growing congregation. Immanuel was given the name "the mother church", as a number of neighboring Lutheran congregations grew from it. Today it is part of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). 

We are known as the "Cathedral in the Cornfield" due to our rural location. You can find out more of our church history here.

150th Anniversary directory book

It’s picture time!!! 


The 150th Anniversary committee is working towards a book to commemorate the activities and events at the church in 2024. This book will include not only history but also a pictorial directory.


Pictures will be taken at the church in a school-photo-type manner. Plans are to use locations at the church for these head-and-shoulder shots. We hope EVERYONE will find the time to be represented in this memorable book!


COST:  There will be a $10 sitting fee for each family, with a portion supporting the 150Th NALC Seminary fund. Each family will receive a digital image of their photo. If you choose, you can order additional prints from the photographer.


SIGN-UPS:  The committee will be in the breezeway after church starting Sunday, June 9, to sign up your family for an appointment.  Available portrait dates:


  • Thursday, June 27, 5:30PM to 7:45PM
  • Sunday, June 30, 10:30AM to 12:30PM
  • Sunday, July 7, 10:30AM to 12:30PM
  • Thursday, July 11, 5:30PM to 7:45PM
  • Sunday, July 21, 10:30AM to 12:30PM
  • Thursday, July 25, 5:30PM to 7:45PM


If you are unable to sign up at the church, or you need special accommodations, please contact Toni Brown (217-519-3402) or Julie Hedrick (217-714-4594). Many thanks to Kellie Wahl Photos for taking the pictures and helping us compile the photos for the anniversary book!

nalc newsletter - january/february 2024


Immanuel Lutheran Church of Flatville was featured in this month's NALC newsletter on pages 10 & 11! Check it out here.

Scam alert

Please be aware that Pastor Scott has received phone calls and texts again about a scam where he is supposedly calling or texting around locally and soliciting money and gift cards. Please know that he is not and will not call to solicit money or gift cards from anyone. Thank you!

NALC 2020 vision

Like every congregation, we want to grow, we want to be renewed, we want to serve the world around us, and we want to fulfill the vision and values that God has given us. We're excited to join the North American Lutheran Church's 2020 Vision, which is working to bring us together with 475+ other congregations to do just that. Immanuel launches the campaign on January 8th and will share more information in late January and February. Here's a quick video about 2020 Vision to share more information about the NALC and their pathway to ensure a legacy of faith today, tomorrow, & forever.

March 2024 NALC 2020 Vision Update

Immanuel Lutheran Church of flatville video

See what our members have to say about our church!