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Pastor's Welcome

Welcome to Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Bakersfield!

We are a welcoming and open congregation living Jesus' call to serve God by serving others. We are a multigenerational church and extravagantly welcome individuals and families of all configurations into our fellowship. At Emmanuel, we live out our Christianity side by side, walking together on our faith journeys and discerning where God is leading us today. We don't have all the answers, we aren’t perfect people, and we take the Bible too seriously to take it all literally.


When we come to church, we bring our whole selves--our doubts and hesitations, our questions and the yearnings of our hearts, our hopeful faith, and our desires for more meaning in our lives.

Worship on Sunday mornings is uplifting but contemplative, traditional but informal. Worship is a time to pause and reflect, to be in the presence of God and one another, to hear the good news and to learn ways to make our faith relevant in our everyday lives. Come be inspired, renewed, and find strength to face life's challenges and love God and one another. Service and mission is a sacred priority for our church family and defines how we follow Jesus Christ in the world today. Visit our church home and join us as we grow in our Christian faith together and strive to be the hands and feet of Christ all our days.

Thank you for visiting our website. We hope that you will find these pages informative and welcoming as you learn more about us. No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome at Emmanuel!

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