Ministries

Ministries-300x211Emanuel Lutheran Church has had many ministries over the last century. A few of our current ministries are highlighted below.

Large Print Ministry

We have two teams of Large Print book builders that meet each week. They produce hundreds of Large-Print books that are distributed to the visually impaired around the world. We’ve been doing this work for 40 years now, so thousands and thousands of books have been created and distributed! In fact, we pioneered some technological innovations in the process that are utilized by congregations around the country and world for producing Braille books!

Glimmer of Hope Luncheons

Emanuel is proud to co-sponsor the Glimmer of Hope luncheons. Glimmer of Hope provides a lunch on the fourth Saturday of each month for the blind and visually impaired. Emanuel Lutheran and Good Shepherd Lutheran work together to provide this service which includes a meal, a short devotional and prayer, and time for socializing. Additionally, we try to have various forms of entertainment – usually musical in nature! – to wrap up our times together. Anyone is welcome to attend and you can call our church office (805.687.3734) for information on the next luncheon.

Prayer Ministry

Prayer is an important element of the individual as well as corporate Christian life.   We  encourage our members to be devoted to prayer both together with one another and individually. We currently have a Tuesday evening prayer group.  We also offer Saturday morning prayer seminars every other month, and you can contact us for the next scheduled one.

Addiction Recovery Counseling

Emanuel is pleased to offer private counseling services for those in the process of addressing drug/alcohol addictions in their lives.  This service is offered free of charge, and you can contact our church office (805.687.3734) for more information.

Jail Outreach

Emanuel invests in people in crisis.  We have commissioned a part-time Chaplain to the Santa Barbara County Jail who visits inmates multiple times each week.  Additionally, Pastor Nelson meets with men in the Medium Security Facility every Friday morning for Bible study, prayer, and discussion about the Christian life.  Emanuel is helping to promote jail/prison ministry to other congregations in the Southwestern United States, and you can contact our office (805.687.3734) if you are interested in learning about how your congregation could launch this sort of ministry.

Santa Barbara Rescue Mission / Bethel House

Emanuel invests in people in crisis.  The Santa Barbara Rescue Mission / Bethel House is a private addiction recovery program for men and women, respectively.  The year-long residential treatment is Christian and works to address underlying issues in addiction and provide residents with skills and training necessary to being a functioning part of society after their successful graduation.  Emanuel is honored to host graduation ceremonies/receptions for the Mission, as well as to provide mentoring and Bible Study teaching/discussion times each week.