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Community Building

Emanuel Church, Hales Corners

United Church of Christ

Living the Gospel

Enhancing Life in Our World Together

Being a family of faith isn’t just about gathering together to worship God on Sunday Morning. It’s also about community building in a way that draws people closer to each other through love. 

This call to build community finds expression both inside and outside of our walls. 

Community Building Inside Our Walls

20s/30s Gathering

Join Pastor Josh for a night out every first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm.

Eat, make friends, and discuss the issues that are most important to you.
20s/30s Gathering offers conversation and friendship where everyone belongs.

Still Kickin'

Join folks 55 and older for educational and social events.

In the past, the group visited the Milwaukee Domes and recently reenacted the DaVinci’s Last Supper.

Bible Study

We believe one of the ways God speaks to us is through Scripture.

Every Tuesday from 10:00–11:00 am, our Bible Study Group meets just inside the front gathering space of the church to discuss how the Bible and our relationship with God inform and transform our lives. If you join us for Bible Study, don’t be surprised if you hear something you said end up in next Sunday’s sermon. 


We are committed to helping students develop a relationship with Jesus through his life and teachings.

We value learning about other faith traditions to help inform our own faith. We offer students the chance to serve God through service projects. 

The confirmation program runs from September to May, culminating on Pentecost Sunday. Students in eighth grade and older are welcome to participate. 

Eras Senior Network

We help keep life vital in the senior years.

Seniors, adults with disabilities, and family caregivers deserve meaningful lives no less than anyone else. 

Emanuel hosts speakers on a variety of topics specific to seniors to keep them informed and engaged. A recent topic covered how scammers target seniors. 

Book Club

Do you enjoy chatting with friends about a good book?

Check out The Book Club. The group meets about ever month in members’ homes or at the church. The date and book are selected at The Book Club meeting.

Usually, the book title and date are posted on the bulletin board and in the Sunday bulletin. All are welcome (even if you haven’t read the book).


Can you sing? Play an instrument? Want to learn?

Join one of our many musical groups: we have a sanctuary choir, bell choir, and are in the early stages of forming a praise band. 

Thursday Morning Breakfast

A time for men and women to gather separately for community and support.

Every 3rd Thursday, 8:30 am, folks get together for breakfast at Myers Restaurant and Banquet Hall (4260 S 76th St, Greenfield).

Community Building Outside Our Walls

Park's Edge Preschool

Children need a strong start in life.

In 1999, we formed Park’s Edge Preschool (PEP) as an outreach program of the church. PEP is located in our building. We’re proud their faith-based approach is aligned with our inclusive Christian values. 

They are now their own separate 501 (c), but we maintain a close relationship. Pastor Josh reads to the kids once a month.

Guest House

Imagine what it would be like to eliminate homelessness in our area.

That’s what Guest House is trying to do. Meanwhile, they need help assisting those who are struggling beyond anything most people can conceive of.

We support the mission of the Guest House of Milwaukee by making sandwiches and participating in their annual fundraiser the UNDY 500, which collects undergarments for people who receive shelter at the Guest House.

Friedens Food Pantries

We are working together to keep people fed and healthy.

The largest network of food pantries in Milwaukee, Friedens Food Pantries provides encouraging spaces for community members to select free quality foods, as well as explore nutrition and wellbeing. 

Emanuel frequently collects food and other items for Friedens.

Hunger Task Force

We believe food is a human right, too.

The Hunger Force is more than just a food pantry. They also educate about nutrition as well as advocate to end hunger in society. Through their mobile market, they bring quality produce into areas of Milwaukee that need it. 

Emanuel participates in their mission by collecting food and other items for them. 

Christmas Giving Tree

Sharing gifts with those in need makes a difference.

Every Christmas season, Emanuel members select from a Christmas tree to purchase items for a local organization. In the past, we’ve supported Sojourner, which provides domestic violence prevention and intervention for people in Wisconsin. 

The Gathering of Milwaukee

As Christians, we believe Jesus calls us to feed the hungry.

This is what The Gathering of Milwaukee does. They provide home-cooked meals 10 times each week for people in need. 

There are a variety of ways individuals can volunteer and participate in this mission. We support The Gathering of Milwaukee as a congregation by volunteering to help hand out meals. 

Vacation Bible School

Our VBS program is offered to both Sunday School children as well as children from Park’s Edge Preschool.

Each year we have a thee and provide children with 4 evenings of Bible stories, activities, crafts, and dinner. This year the theme was space, and that God calls us to shine our light.