Immanuel United Church of Christ

Immanuel United Church of Christ

The Immanuel United Church of Christ building was purchased in 1874 from the English Methodist Church. The church was founded by 60 members of a Wisconsin Lutheran Synod who formed their own independent Lutheran Church.

In 1922 they joined the Evangelical Synod of North America and started services in English instead of German. In 1961 the name Immanuel United Church of Christ of Neenah was sent in to be registered as our official church name.

On October 10, 2004 the church celebrated our 130th anniversary.  During 2000-2010 we had two interim and two called pastors.  Changes were made to keep the church on track.  In 2011 we called Robin Reed as half-time pastor and hired a new secretary, Susan Heling. In April of 2013 Pastor Robin Reed retired and we called Rev. James Schmitz to be our Pastor.  His first service with us was on Sunday, April 21, 2013.  Pastor Jim retired on April 30, 2015.  On May 1, 2016 we installed a part time Pastor, Rev. Jennifer Czarnota.  We are in a shared ministry contract with St. John's Lutheran Church in Oshkosh.  IUCC has a bright future in front of us, please join us to be a part of this great church.

IUCC holds a local Community Meal program twice per month with the partnership of New Hope Lutheran Church in Neenah. We host a Holiday Fair and participate in the Neenah-Menasha Boys/Girls Brigade Christmas gift program.  Immanuel's Endowment funds have contributed to the Neenah Public Schools to provide assistance to low income youth for any needs they have and gives them an opportunity to attend all activites.  Immanuel participates in each of the five special offerings of the UCC.  Immanuel is also the home of the Fox Valley Chinese School.  


Mission Statement

As members of Immanuel United Church of Christ, we affirm the United Church of Christ "Statement of Faith."  We seek to participate in God's mission.  The Holy Spirit gives us strength while we attempt to follow our Teacher and Lord, Jesus Christ.

God calls us to do the following:

  • We will be a welcoming and serving church.
  • We will be a church striving to be accessible to all.
  • Thus, promoting the special offerings of the United Church of Christ, we will give Help, Hope and Life to those in need.
  • Inspired by our heritage we confront our future with hope and confidence in God's purpose.


Church Staff

Pastor:  Rev. Jen Czarnota

Pastor Jen Czarnota was installed as our part time minister on May 1, 2016.  Pastor Jen is a UCC minister and also an ELCA Lutheran minister at St. John's Lutheran Church in Oshkosh.  She has a son, Jonathon, and resides in Appleton.

President/Treasurer:  Robert Vande Hey

Bob Vande Hey retired as General Manager from Vande Hey Raleigh Mfg in Little Chute, WI in January of 2010.  At that time Bob decided to become more involved with church activities.  He soon became a member of the council and now serves as President, is a member of the building and grounds committee in charge of construction and landscaping projects and took over as the treasurer.  He was ordained on line to officiate his God daughter's wedding.  He has officiated at several family weddings and is also pulpit supply at IUCC when needed.  

Music Coordinator:  Spencer Jones

Spencer Jones is our Organist, Choir Director, and Music Coordinator at Immanuel UCC.  Spencer graduated from UW-Oshkosh for Music Education with emphasis in both Choral and General Music Education and is a teacher in the Omro School District.. 

Music Program at IUCC 

IUCC is home to the world renowned SBS (Small But Strong) Choir.  They perform a variety of music from Baroque to Contemporary.  Choir practice is held before the 9:30 service.  If you are interested in sharing your gifts with us by being part of a service or a concert, please let us know!