Our foundation and who we are now
The Haxtun Immanuel Lutheran Church was founded in 1919......
What it means to be Lutheran
Our congregation accepts and preaches the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teaching of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three phrases: Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone.
Lutherans hold, as Martin Luther did, that there are two sacraments: Baptism and Communion. They are part of our evangelical proclamation, expressing God’s love and God’s grace. We administer baptism to both infants and adults, believing that through this sacrament God unites us with Christ, makes us members of his Church, and gives us new life in the Holy Spirit. Lutherans celebrate Holy Communion regularly, believing that the body and blood of Christ are present in the bread and wine for the forgiveness of sins and spiritual nourishment.
Lutherans are guided by the historic creeds of the Church—the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed—which proclaim that God is a Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who creates, saves and sustains us.
We are affiliated with the Missouri Synod
With the universal Christian Church, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God:
the Father, creator of all that exists;
Jesus Christ, the Son, who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan; and
the Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God’s Word and Sacraments.
The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God.
The word “Synod” in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod means “walking together.” The term has rich meaning in our church body because congregations voluntarily choose to belong to the Synod.