Immanuel United Methodist Church
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

A Michigan Historical Site*


This congregation has a very long and rich heritage.   November 5, 2009 marked our 160th anniversary of continuous ministry in this community and we had a wonderfully fun, month-long celebration.  As we participated in a variety of activities we discovered new facts about our church’s history and enjoyed fellowship with one another.  Among the activities was the collecting of many items of historical interest. We displayed them in “museums” within the church where items were shown according to special themes i.e. baptisms, weddings, confirmations etc.  These displays enabled the congregation to discover interesting and important information that they may not have known.  We walked to church for worship from a nearby school one Sunday morning as they did in early days, and many dressed in period clothing.  The children rode on a hay wagon drawn by a tractor.  We had many special worship services and a birthday party in honor of the church, including dinner with a birthday cake and an “open mike” when members shared stories of bygone days, some of them very humorous.


Karen M.
Church Historian

The Michigan Historical Marker in front of our church building reads as follows:

Immanuel Methodist Episcopal Church

German immigrants began organizing Methodist churches in Michigan in 1846.  In 1849 a small group founded the Immanuel Methodist Church in Roseville to serve Detroit’s northeast side.  In 1933, when the Roseville church was razed to widen Gratiot Avenue, the congregation relocated here.  This Neo-Gothic sandstone church, the congregation’s third, was designed by Merritt and Cole of Detroit and was dedicated on November 5, 1933.