Emmanuel values its strong ties to the surrounding community and participates in various local events. Each year we participate in the local Crop walk and in the past have sent a team to the Relay for Life campaign. Emmanuel is a popular venue for the Thornapple Arts Council Jazz Festival as well as for the Lakewood Choral Society.
Several community groups have found a home at Emmanuel. The local Kiwanis organization meets here as do various 4-H groups and the Thornapple Garden Club. Superheroes, a nondemoninational group of special needs young men, meets at Emmanuel as does Alcoholics Anonymous.
In 2012, we began our Saturday morning Community Breakfasts. A hot breakfast, coffee and friendship is served every Saturday morning from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Gury Parish House. Volunteers are encouraged to show up by 7:00 a.m. to set up. Clean up is usually finished by 10:00 a.m.