The first services in Rosebud, beginning with May 1903, were held above a rented building which housed a blacksmith shop and a buggy display room. These first services were conducted by Rev. Panhorst and Rev. G.P. Schaaf. Rev. Panhorst delivered the first English sermon here in Rosebud.
The first church was dedicated to the glory of the Triune God on May 15, 1904. This church measured 24 x 32 feet and had a small tower. The old church building continued to serve as a Lutheran Day School until 1954.
On May 2, 1905, Immanuel Lutheran Church at Rosebud was organized with nine charter members. Candidate A. O. Friedrick, who had previously served the congregation as a student during the summer of 1904, became its first pastor.
The congregation decided in January of 1914 to build a large brick church. The cornerstone was laid on May 29, 1914 and was dedicated by Rev. F. Feese in the fall of 1914.
On January 22, 1961 the congregations of Immanuel in Rosebud and St. John Drake agreed to come together to form a dual-parish congregation. The Rev. D.E. Cordes was the first Pastor of this Dual-Parish. In 1990 the Dual-Parish was dissolved. The Rev. Ronald Hoehne was the last pastor to serve this Dual-Parish.
Today the coloring and some appointments have been changed and modernized. A 40 foot addition and a basement has been added to the 1914 brick church. This new addition was dedicated April 19, 1988.
The message remains the same. The “Sin and Grace” proclamations pour from the pulpit, prayers to the same loving God and Father are offered at the Lord’s Altar, the same blessings of the Sacraments are offered to those baptized and those communing as God’s people.
Immanuel Lutheran Church Congregation today stands as a monument to the truth of God’s promise: “so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it” Isaiah 55:11