From Pastor Paul

Published on March 16, 2017

A mighty fortress is our God,  A trusty shield and weapon;
He helps us free from ev’ry need That hath us now o’ertaken.
The old evil foe Now means deadly woe;
Deep guile and great might Are his dread arms in fight;
On earth is not his equal.


With might of ours can naught be done, Soon were our loss effected;
But for us fights the valiant One, Whom God Himself elected.
Ask ye, Who is this? Jesus Christ it is,
Of Sabaoth Lord, And there’s none other God;
He holds the field forever.


LSB 656:1&2


Greetings and a Blessed Lententide to you!


A Letter to the Congregation

Dear Family at Immanuel,

I announced last Sunday before the Divine Service that I have accepted the call to be Associate Pastor and Headmaster at Memorial Lutheran Church and School, Houston, TX.  Thank you for your support these past four years as I have served you as Associate Pastor, Headmaster, Teacher and Senior Pastor. It has been an absolute privilege to do so and I will always treasure my time here.

Thank you also for your prayers and support during these past five weeks since I have received the call and been in deliberation. Your support and care have been uplifting and heartwarming.

It was not an easy decision to make. Roswell is our home. When we arrived Kevin was barely walking. Patrick and Molly were born here. Our every day routines and memories revolve around this place and they will stay with us for times to come. The church and school have been the bread and butter of our daily life. We love you very dearly. All of the friendships and relationships that have been forged these past few years are important to us and we hope to keep in touch.

As the next few months continue before we leave, fend off the assaults of the devil with the Scriptures and prayer. You will be tempted, just as I have, to think about the call process, your thoughts and feelings, and our thoughts, feelings and decision in ways that are unhelpful.

Pastors receive calls. This is the way our church works. Pastors serve the church where we are called to do so. God works through means to provide for his people, and this is one way that he does this. Jesus is the Lord of His Church. He will take care of you. He is taking care of you, just as he takes care of his pastors too.

Please continue to pray for us, as well as for Memorial, and especially for Immanuel. As I finish my time here, the process to call a pastor will begin. Trust firmly that God will care for you, just as he always has. Pastor Dimit, our Circuit Visitor, Pastor Cholak, our associate pastor, and the leadership of the congregation will be working together with you and the district to do what is best for the church.

As I mentioned on Sunday, my family and I will be here throughout Lent and the Easter season in order to see the school year through. I look forward to these coming months with you.

In Christ,




Pastor Paul



Published on May 16, 2016

The Choraliers ended their 2015-2016 Season with an Award Party on Wednesday, April 27th.  This was a great group of singers this year and six of the twelve had perfect attendance.  A music award has been (or will be ) given to the following for perfect attendance:  Minnie DeGroot, Ethan & Owen Dodson, Ally, Alex and Nic Lara.  Several others only missed a couple of times—SO, thank you parents, for the dedication to singing praises!

Much of our time this year was spent learning the contents of the Lutheran Service Book (LSB).  In addition to the five new hymns that were memorized for anthems during a church service, we also studied the various “Order of Service”, tune names, psalm intonations, tune meters, and the indexes in the back of the book.  The kids found out that LSB is loaded with information!

A Special thanks to Suzi Yahney for sharing her musical skills with us as our accompanist and to Joyce Reid, our strict, yet lovable Choir Mom! Joyce also does all the “behind the scenes” stuff.  Again, thanks to the parents for getting the choraliers to the rehearsals and the services.

Choraliers members were:  Minnie DeGroot, Ethan & Owen Dodson, Kaylee Donohoe, Denice Hansen, Maddie & Mason Hicks, Ally, Alex, & Nic Lara, Peyton Sorensen and Cale Taylor.  Their picture for this season is hanging on display in the choir room.

Laura Kunkel


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Lutheran Hour Schedule

Published on May 16, 2016

Note to congregation regarding new local broadcasting arrangements on KBIM.

Immanuel Lutheran Church is co-sponsoring the Lutheran Hour Program with Lutheran Hour Ministries on local radio station, KBIM FM 94.9 every Sunday morning at 7:30 AM. The FM station reaches most communities in SE New Mexico, including Artesia, Carlsbad, Hobbs, Lovington, Portales, and Ruidoso. The Lutheran Hour Program is no longer broadcast on KBIM 910 AM. Lutheran Hour can also be heard on Christian Satellite KAWZ FM 90.5 at 8:00 AM. KAWZ has a limited broadcasting range and only reaches the outskirts of the Roswell.

The weekly cost of transferring the LHM broadcasting to KBIM FM has $90.70 per week. LHM asks that when members & supporters of LHM, make donations to LHM (regardless whether donations are sent directly to LHM or are given through our local church treasurer) that donors write # 3240 in the "memo" space in the left hand corner of your check) This will help Lutheran Hour Ministries determine whether local programming is being supported financially by local listeners.

If any questions please call Hugh Taylor 622-0267 or email at

May 1
"So, Ask Already!" Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz
God loves you. He wants to hear from you. Ask Him anything and everything. Go ahead, ask!
(John 16:22-33)

May 8
"Jesus Prayed for You" Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz
Prayer begins in the heart of Jesus Christ who intercedes for you, offering prayers on your behalf to God the Father. (John 17:20-26)

May 15
"Jesus Gives Us the Help We Need" Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz
Jesus doesn't want you to be in the dark about how much He loves you. (John 14:23-31)

May 22
"Here's a New, Lasting Identity" Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz
The Bread of Life, Living Water, Good Shepherd: Jesus' statements leave no doubt as to who He is, for you. (John 8:48-58)

May 29
"Identity Theft"
Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour: Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus
Nobody likes to have their identity stolen, and that includes the Lord who said, "You shall have no other gods before Me." (Galatians 1:5-8)

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Volunteers Needed

Published on May 16, 2016

Community Kitchen:

May 16 and 30

at 10 a.m

On the 5th Sunday of the month  will be having a food drive for Community Kitchen. The next food drive will be May 29, 2016 Canned goods and non-perishables such as rice, pastas (for salads), dry beans, salad dressings, etc.  Flour and cereals are not needed very often.  Please check the expiration date on any donation.  Also, any opened packages cannot be donated.  Your donations for the Community Kitchen are very much appreciated and are put to good use in helping feed many hungry people!

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Lutheran High North Concert Band

Published on March 6, 2016

The Lutheran High North Concert Band from Houston, TX will perform at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1405 N. Sycamore, Roswell, NM 88201 on Marsh 12, 2016 at 7 p.m.