Emanuel Lutheran Church (LCMS) – Since 1847

Welcome to Emanuel Lutheran Church, Lancaster, Ohio! 
We have two services: 7:45 a.m., and 10:15 a.m.  You can see the weekly highlights on our  “WEEKLY HIGHLIGHTS” page until further notice.
Masks are OPTIONAL.  In addition, all pews are available for seating, and you may enter and exit through any door.
A Blessed Pentecost season to you, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!!
Welcome to Emanuel Lutheran Church!  We are a congregation of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.

Presented here is information about the groups and organizations of Emanuel Lutheran Church. If you have questions, please visit the “CONTACT US!” page. We strive to serve our Lord and each other, as He taught us to do.

We are glad to have you here with us!  God’s Blessings!


Join us for!:
SUNDAY WORSHIP:   7:45 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.
SUNDAY SCHOOL & BIBLE CLASS:  9:00 a.m. (Sunday School takes a break during the summer months!)

The Lord’s Supper is offered at the 7:45 service on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, and at the 10:15 service on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.  It is offered at both services on the 5th Sundays of the month (when there is one), and at all Feast Day services.

Our Worship is “Lutheran!”  Lutheran Worship centers in Christ.  Our church follows an annual cycle of readings and responses which unfold God’s eternal plan of salvation in the life, teaching, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  We Believe, Teach, and Confess that the true God is the Triune God:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as revealed in Scripture and confessed in the Creeds of the Church.  Jesus Christ, true God and man, reconciled all people to God through His substitutionary life, death on the cross, and resurrection.  The Bible is God’s Holy Word, given by inspiration to reveal to man his sin (Law) and God’s plan of salvation in Jesus Christ (Gospel).  God has given the Church two sacraments:  Holy Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  Through these, the Holy Spirit grants forgiveness of sins and strengthening of faith.  Man is saved by God’s grace alone, for Christ’s sake, through faith in the Gospel.

We use the Lutheran Service Book for our Orders of Liturgy.

Opportunities abound to serve our Lord and His people in Worship! They include:  Crucifer (usually the Elder who is serving that day), Torch Bearers, Acolytes (See “The Order of St. Michael’s” below), Deacons, Greeters, and the Ladies who serve the Altar needs.

The Order of St. Michael’s – Acolytes
Pastor Raddatz

Youth of the Congregation from the age of 10 to 18 serve their Lord by assisting in worship through Acolyte duties and any other duties as assigned by the Pastor. “Acolyte” means “companion” or “one who helps, serves.” St. Michael and all the Angels in the Holy Scriptures serve the Lord. One area of service is in the realm of heavenly Worship. Thus, the name of our “Order” of Acolytes at Emanuel. They serve Pastor and people in Worship. Their training includes an annual Workshop. Their commitment is for at least one month out of the year. The Order of St. Michael’s originated in the Fall of 1996 with the first group of Acolytes installed in this Order in December of 1996.

Greeters greet all members and guests of the Congregation as they enter the Church for Sunday morning Worship, distributing Worship bulletins as they do so. They offer assistance to visitors and guests. Members are scheduled for this service on a weekly basis.

Emanuel offers a Nursery for both the 7:45 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Worship services. The Nursery Room (immediately to the rear of the Overflow area) is unstaffed, but always available for parents.

Braille and Large Print Services
Hymnals and Bulletins/Highlights are available to those who need Braille or Large Print items. Other items provided as needed/requested.

See our Music page for information about our ensembles!


We have resumed our normal two service schedule.  Masks are now optional.  All pews are now open, and you can enter and exit through any door.  Thank you for your cooperation!

Above is the calendar for August!  Please note:  One service at 10:15 a.m. on August 8th!

There is NO Council meeting in August.  August 12th has been cancelled!

For those who are not comfortable coming back yet:   You can also see the weekly highlights on the “HIGHLIGHTS” page of the website.



“Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.”  -Martin Luther

“The devil, the originator of sorrowful anxieties and restless troubles, flees before the sound of music almost as much as before the Word of God….Music is a gift and grace of God, not an invention of men. Thus it drives out the devil and makes people cheerful. Then one forgets all wrath, impurity, and other devices.” -Martin Luther

A very special way to participate and enhance in the Worship of our Lord is through music. We are blessed by the numerous ways in which our Services are enriched with several types of musical ensembles consisting of handbells, choir, and an instrumental ensemble on Christmas, Easter, and various Festival Sundays.
The Handbells, Choir, and instrumental ensemble are directed by Kantor Kelly Raybourne, who is also our organist.  Please see our Kantor if you would like to be involved in, or would like to know more about, our musical groups!


Church Council
Elected Officers of the Congregation hold meetings the second Thursday of every other month to conduct the business of the Church. After review and approval, items are referred to the Voters Assembly for ratification.
Voters Assembly
The Voters Assembly meets on a quarterly basis to conduct business concerning the Church. All Communicant Members over the age of 18 are eligible to vote. Action taken by Church Council is reviewed by the Voters Assembly and voted on for approval.
Board of Elders
With Pastor Raddatz, the Board of Elders supervise the spiritual care of the Congregation, calling on Shut-ins, Inactive members, and those who are ill. Elders also assist the Pastor with some aspects of Sunday morning Worship.
Board of Stewardship
With the Treasurer and Financial Secretary of the Congregation, the Board of Stewardship supervises the use of God’s gifts to the Church – financial AND physical. Recommendations made by the Board of Stewardship are reviewed by Church Council and then approved or declined by the Voters Assembly.
Board of Education
The Board of Education, with Pastor’s counsel, maintains and improves educational opportunities for ALL members of the Church. This Board oversees the general operation of the Sunday School, and Vacation Bible School. Special events for all ages are planned throughout the year.
The Deacons of the Congregation serve as Sunday morning Worship Ushers, Offering Collectors, and generally assist the Pastor and serve the Congregation by maintaining all items needed for Worship: displaying Hymn numbers, taking attendance, assisting Pastor and Elders during Communion, Confirmation and Holy Baptism. Deacons maintain a helpful manner to those who require assistance during Worship, offer assistance to visitors and guests, distribute the weekly highlights after worship, and count votes during Voters Assembly Meetings.
Missions and Evangelism
Missions and Evangelism is made up of an appointed Task Force who, at designated times, seeks ways to encourage those who do not have a Church home to come and visit ours, and provides opportunities for members to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who don’t know Him.