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Welcoming Pastor Andy Olsen

The Immanuel Lutheran Church family is pleased to welcome Pastor Andy Olsen, his wife, Rachelle, and their three children — Lukas, Sophia, and Christopher, to Pasadena.  Pastor Andy will begin as pastor in the New Year 2022.   

Pastor Andy comes to us from 59th Street Church in Brooklyn, NY, where he has served as lead pastor for about 10 years.  He has also pastored churches in Fullerton, CA, and Queens, NY, and worked at Habitat for Humanity in NYC.  He graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary with his Master of Divinity degree in 2006.

Pastor Larry Olson is retiring from Immanuel as of the end of 2021.

He is Risen Indeed!! Easter Sunday 2020
Don’t Worry, PRAY!!

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

-Philippians 4:6-7


A Message of Hope!

From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth— He who forms the hearts of all,  who considers everything they do. But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.

-Psalm 33:13-15, 18-22

CLB President Paul Larson Preaching this Sunday!

Paul Larson, President of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren will be preaching this Sunday March 31st bringing the message: “The Family of the Re-Sandaled” — Deuteronomy 25:5-10. This is a great opportunity to sing, pray and hear from God’s Word!

Hope and Healing for Anxiety and Depression – focusing on our hope in Christ, the Great Physician

On Monday April 16th Pastor Larry Olson was interviewed on KKLA 99.5 by Frank Sontag about his struggles with depression and dealing with depression as a christian. You can listen to that interview at the end of this post.

He will be speaking more on this topic on Sunday April 22nd at 5 pm

Follow the link below to reserve your FREE ticket to this event because there IS hope!!

Hope and Healing for Anxiety and Depression
– focusing on our hope in Christ, the Great Physician


When: Sunday April 22nd (Sunday) at 5 PM

Where: CrossPoint Christian Church

Cost: Free, tickets required

Why: Join us on Sunday, April 22 at 5 p.m. for a conversation on “Hope and Healing for Anxiety and Depression – focusing on our hope in Christ, the Great Physician” with Pastor Larry Olson from Immanuel Church in Pasadena, CA.

It’s no secret that millions suffer from mental health issues and Christians are no exception. How should the church and Christians deal with mental health issues? Generally the churches are reluctant to talk about mental illnesses or when we do, it’s a response to an incident and then the conversation stops. How can the church offer the hope of Christ to those suffering in our churches?

Come and hear Pastor Olson talk about his own experience with depression and what families and churches can do to help those struggling with mental health issues.

Questions? Contact CrossPoint Christian Church (562) 698-2597

Click here to get your FREE ticket

Please take the time to listen to the interview that Frank Sontag did with Pastor Larry Olson

Faith Alone – October 1, 2017

Walking In The Light – May 7, 2017

Walk The Walk – April 30, 2017
The Way TO the Cross – April 9, 2016

The Way TO the Cross – April 2, 2016

God At Work – February 19, 2017

2016 Christmas Program

Mary Beth Carlson Concert


We are excited to be hosting a Mary Beth Carlson Concert on November 5 at 7:00 pm.

Please join us at Immanuel Lutheran Brethren Church  128 S. Oak Knoll, Pasadena, CA 91101  (626) 796-8526

Following the concert we will enjoy snacks and fellowship together.

In lieu of tickets a free will offering will be received.

Mary Beth Carlson, composer, recording artist, author, inspirational speaker and former Teacher of the Year, performs nationally as a pianist and speaker for a wide variety of special events. As Lead Pianist at Nordstrom Mall of America for nearly 15 years, she managed piano entertainment for most of those years.

 Much of her original music has been inspired by her daughter Jody, who was born with cerebral palsy and autism. She’s written and performed music for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, International Special Olympics, Arc, Fraser Community Services, Children’s Cancer Research Fund, Alzheimer’s Association and Joni Eareckson Tada’s ministry, Joni and Friends.

 Fortunate to have opportunities to perform for a variety of distinguished audiences, she was particularly honored to have been invited by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association to present a concert of restoration to guests from forty countries at The Cove in Asheville, NC. Decision Today, Dr. Graham’s nationally syndicated radio program, interviewed her as their featured guest. She’s been invited to participate in disabilities outreach conferences with Joni Eareckson Tada, internationally renowned author, artist and speaker and also performed in concert with Joni at Bethel College in St. Paul, MN. Mary Beth was interviewed on KTIS Radio in St. Paul, MN for a five day series about her journey of faith.

 Mary Beth has produced and recorded twenty-six albums of piano orchestral music which are distributed by MBC Productions. Her most recent release is Sanctuary … inspiring songs of peace, praise & worship. She’s been featured on other CDs with Jim Brickman, Patty Peterson, J.D. Steele, The Blenders and Steve Hall, and additional inspirational CDs by Integrity Music with artists including Sandi Patty, Darlene Zschech and Don Moen (Christmas Worship).

 In 2009, Mary Beth collaboratively created a comprehensive music experience program for residents in Memory Care for The Goodman Group Inc., LLC, a company that owns and manages senior living, health care, and residential communities throughout the US and Europe. The project involved arranging, producing, and recording familiar vocal/instrumental music and coauthoring a correlating book of thematic curriculum. Due to its overwhelming success, Volume II was completed in 2012.

 Also in 2012, she joined Dr. John Gray (Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus), best-selling author Brian Tracy and others to coauthor a new book titled Words of Wisdom … Experts Share Strategies For Mastering Life & Business Relationships.

 Beginning in 2015, Mary Beth and her husband Kent began developing an integrated, intergenerational music curriculum for residents in senior living communities throughout the country for Grand Living, a new, innovative company specializing in the development and management of distinctive senior living communities with a hospitality focus.

 Married for forty-one years to her husband Kent, they’ve raised three daughters and reside in Eden Prairie, MN. They immensely enjoy spending time with their eight grandchildren.

For more information on Mary Beth Carlson visit her website or her Facebook page.

Walter Hoving Home Graduation

End of Summer BBQ

On Sunday evenings we offer a 12 -step support group for women, based on the book:”The Twelve Steps For Christians .”


This “Overcomers” group meets in the lounge from 5 – 6:30.

All are welcome. For details call Joan at  (626)429-8911.


Exciting things are happening this Sunday!

We are excited to announce that Vern and Casey Baardson monkimagewill be with us this Sunday,  July 31. They will be leading our worship and ministering to us through music. It will be a wonderful time and we look forward to worshiping with YOU as well!!

Revelation 22 – July 17, 2016 Sermon

In The Coming Weeks

download (12)Pastor Larry will be at the Biennial Convention of the CLBA, July 16-19, and also vacationing July 20 through the end of the month.
During that time we will have guest speakers.

July 17 – Ben Breslin
July 24 – Aaron Shryock

Aaron Shryock has a Masters of Divinity Degree from the Master’s Seminary and a Phd in Linguistics from UCLA. He has published several articles in the field of linguistics. For 14 years he and his family served in Cameroon, Africa with SIL, the overseas arm of Wycliffe Bible Translators. Most recently, he has worked with the Children’s Hunger Fund. Aaron is married to Susan and they have three children; Rebecca, Rachel and Ruth.

July 31 – Representative from The Gideon’s International

This coming week at Immanuel Lutheran Church ~ June 12 – June 19
Sunday, June 12

We will have our worship celebration with Pastor Larry Olson bringing us a sermon titled “The Work of God is This…” from John 6:28-29.  We will also be having Holy Communion.

Wednesday nights in the Summerfaith-bible-verse
During the summer months our focus will be primarily on prayer time, beginning each meeting by turning our eyes to the Word of God.

Put on your calendar!
July 3 Joel and Liz Christenson will be with us in Worship at 10 am
July 9 Men’s Fellowship Breakfast at 8 am at the church!

Special Note
Pastor Larry will be at the Biennial Convention of the CLBA, July 16-19, and also vacationing July 20 through the end of the month.
During that time we will have guest speakers.

July 17 – Ben Breslin
July 24 – Mike Olsen

July 31 – Representative from The Gideon’s International

This coming week at Immanuel Lutheran Church ~ June 5 – June 12

Sunday, June 5th has the following opportunity for growing in grace! isaiah40-8

At 10 a.m. we have our worship celebration with the sermon by Pastor Olson titled “Bring Them to Jesus” from Mark 2:1-12, we will have a fellowship hour following that!

The Overcomers – Women’s Bible Study meets at 5:00 pm Sunday Evening.

Wednesday night at 7 we will be having our Prayer Fellowship time and all are welcome to that!

June 12 we will be having Communion during the Worship service!


Sunday May 29, 2016

Tomorrow Sunday May 29, 2016

Pastor Larry will be gone and so we will be having a guest speaker, Cyril Gordon from “Jews for Jesus. He will be speaking about The Feast of Weeks and Pentecost!

Click HERE to read more about the feast of weeks (also known as Shavuot)

Womens Retreat 2016

April 15-17, 2016, eight of our women attended the Pacific Region Southwest Women’s Retreat in Murietta Hot Springs.  We had a wonderful time of praise and worship led by Debbie Bell, Penny Eidem and Marilyn Erickson. There was uninterrupted time spent in the Word of God, alone and also with other women of our Region as we delved into the Psalms.  There were lovely centerpieces for each table and we were served delicious meals.  We not only enjoyed great food, but also much laughter and conversation.  The ‘talent night’ included an inspiring poem by Jackie Lynn, a lovely duet, and some very funny skits.  We are excited that two of our own, Renae Paulson and Mariann Vetrhus, will be serving as President and Secretary, for this next term.

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Bible Study

download (9)We are continuing our Wednesday night Bible Study in the Book of Romans.  We have just finished the first chapter and will be moving into the second chapter this Wednesday night, May 4, 2016.  We are not rushing through this study but taking it section by section, seeing how it applies to where we are at this time in our walk with the Lord.  It is a time of discovery and growth as we spend this time together in the Word.  We also share prayer concerns and go to the Lord in praise and intercessory prayer.


Coming Up!

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We will be completing our Biblical Foundations Class and will be welcoming ten new members into our congregation on May 22, 2016, during the Worship Service.  We look forward to hearing their ‘testimonies’ of what God has taught them and how He has led them.  This special day for our congregation will be celebrated not only during the worship service but also with a fellowship meal to follow.

Sunday, May 15, 2016, following a meal after worship, will be our Quarterly Congregational Meeting – keeping a ‘finger on the pulse’ of our congregation, its happenings and the opportunities.

May 14, 2016 our church is having a Yard Sale to raise funds to support our mission project which is outfitting the “Esther Dama Sewing Center” in Benin, Africa.  Last year we raised funds to build a building for this same project.  It is a center to teach women how to sew, not only to make clothes for themselves and their families, but also to sell.  In this way they can help support the family but also have some spending money for their own needs.  We are excited to help out with this project as Esther’s husband, Daniel Dama, has served our congregation with his teaching and preaching ministry for a period of time.