Women's Christmas Celebration

In 1995, Immanuel Bible Foundation started a new tradition with the Women’s Christmas Celebration. This event is always scheduled for the first Saturday in December.

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Christmas at the Broadview Mansion

Immanuel Bible Foundation has decked the halls of Broadview Mansion for an open house holiday celebration featuring music, art and tours for two weeks in December.

Visitors are invited to enjoy holiday music performed by local musical groups and art displays throughout the mansion at 1301 S. Fell Ave., Normal, on December 4, 5, 6 & 11, 12, 13. Each night of the celebration will feature performances by a different local musical group from 6:00-6:45 p.m. and 7:30-8:15pm. Tours of the mansion will be available from 6:45-7:15 p.m. Admission is free.

Free shuttle service will be provided from Illinois Wesleyan University Shirk Center’s east parking lot to the mansion during the open house.


Men’s Lenten Breakfast

One of the oldest and best known traditions at Immanuel Bible Foundation is the Men’s Lenten Breakfast. Dr Harold Martin, long-time Senior Pastor at Second Presbyterian Church and one of the founders of Immanuel Bible Foundation started this event in 1953. It has been held annually ever since.



Bird and Margaret Van Leer had a passion for sacred art, music and drama. They also supported learning and spiritual growth through bible study and related activities in their community. Their home was an active meeting place for believers of all Christian denominations wanting to grow in their faith.