Immanuel e-Spire                            August 10, 2017
 Join Us this Sunday for the 
Canoe Trip 
 Join us this Sunday for the annual Family  Canoe Trip & Picnic.  We plan to leave from the church at 1:00 pm and carpool to Turkey Run State Park where we will canoe Sugar Creek.  There will be a picnic in the park following the canoe trip before we return home.  The costs are covered for everyone, so please join us for this fun and relaxing trip. Everyone welcome!
Blessings--Pastor TJ      
In The Life of Our Youth . . .
Rev Up for Reading Celebration

  We encouraged all  our Victory kids to read 10 hours over the summer to help keep up their reading skills. Wednesday evening we had a celebration for them with monster trucks, awards, treat baskets, kickball and a lasagna dinner.  A great time was had by all. 


Youth Activities  
Aug 19 Rummage Sale 8 am -2pm
Sept. 10 Rally Sunday 
Sept  17 Car Wash   
Sept 17 Fall Field Day 1-3pm
Oct. 21 Exploration acres 5-9pm
Oct. 22 Pumpkin Carving 1-3pm
Oct 29 Trunk or Treat 3-5pm
Nov.11 Bonfire at Church 6-9pm
Nov. 18 indoor Skating 6-8pm

Family Canoe Trip
August 13th
The Canoe trip will be held on August 13th. We plan to leave from the church at 1:00pm and carpool to Turkey Run where we will canoe down Sugar Creek. After our canoe trip we will come together for a picnic in the park before we return home. Everyone Welcome
Youth Rummage Sale

The Immanuel youth will be having a rummage sale on August 19th. This is a great time to get rid of some of those unwanted items you have laying around. You can drop your items off at the church office anytime before August 19th. Help support our youth and get rid of your unwanted items at the same time.
We also in need people to help with set up and pricing on Friday August 18th.
Thank You 
 The Immanuel family would like to Thank all of our Summer Club helper for all your hard work and dedication to the Immanuel youth. You all gave so much of yourself to make sure that the youth had a fun and educational summer. Our youth really enjoy all that you do for them. We would like to give a big Thank you to  Marcy Ritchie, Amy Russell, Cyn Black, Carol Niccum, Kemit Gillespie and Bob & Mary Alice Buaman.  

Rally Sunday September 10th
Fall Kick Off, Come meet the Sunday School teachers, see classrooms & make crafts. Casual Dress Sunday School at 9:45 am Outdoor Worship Service at 10:45 am Picnic at Noon, Everyone encouraged to bring a dish to share.
Victory Lane Homework Club
Tutoring will begin September 6th 
Meets every Monday and Wednesday from 4:30-5:30pm - Free Tutoring-Snacks-Quality Adult Supervisor For more information see Marcy Ritchie or Amy Russell
                                      In His work,          
Amy Russell (DCEYM)

Other Events in the Life of Immanuel

Immanuel Families at the 
Tippecanoe 4-H Fair & Indiana State Fair



Thank You


   We would like to thank everyone who donated school supplies to help the children of Immanuel. We were able to help with school supplies for 27 children this year. Those families are very grateful for assistance. Thanks again to everyone for your support. 

Help With Building the Retaining Wall

  The feasibility team would like to invite people to help build a retaining wall this Saturday morning beginning at 9 am.

Neighborhood Dinners

  Neighborhood dinners have started again. We are looking for people who would be willing to help cook, serve and clean up. If this is something you would like to participate in please see Amy Russell or Tari Seeger.

New Member's Class
   Interested in Becoming a member of Immanuel?  There will be a New Member's Class on Sunday September 17th & 24th between services at 9:45 am in the Church Parlor.  The class will go over basic beliefs and practices of the church and have an opportunity to ask questions and talk with Pastor TJ. 

Parish Nurse Graduation Ceremony
  Parish Nurse program will hold their graduation ceremony on August 12th at 2:00pm. They will have 4 Nurses graduating including Kristi Price. Everyone is welcome to come celebrate with the graduates. 
Youth Rummage Sale 
The Immanuel Youth rummage sale will be held on August 19th from 8am -2pm in fellowship hall. 
We have had some great items donated. Please come out and help support our youth group. Tell your family and friends and help spread the word. We are still accepting donations. For more information see Amy Russell or Tari Seeger. 

Habitat for Humanity Apostle Build 
Coming This Fall

  Final plans are progressing for this fall's Habitat for Humanity Apostle build on Commanche Dr.. Immanuel has been assigned the following dates to work and provide a lunch. Please mark your calendar and help us build a house that will become a home. Wed. Sept. 6 need 5-6 people. Fri. Sept. 22 need 5-6 people, Sat. Oct. 21 need 4-5 people. There is a sign up sheet in the gathering space. For more info. See Norm Beets.
Prayer Shawl Ministry 
The Judi Andrews Memorial Fund will be purchasing some S-Looms for the Prayer Shawl Ministry.  If you do not know how to knit or crochet you would be able to make Prayer Shawls with the loom.  We will need to know how many people are interested so we can purchase enough looms.  If interested, please let us know.  Thanks, Carole Huber (920)948-7190. 
  We are also in need of Pocket Prayer Shawls.  What is in the basket is all that there is.  There is donated yarn in the parlor for anyone who is interested.
25th Annual Hunger Hike!

  HH5K Run - Saturday, September 16 - 9 a.m. - Celery Bog Nature Area, West Lafayette Hunger Hike 3K Walk - Sunday, September 17 - 2 p.m. - Riehle Plaza, La fayette.
Mission Trip Opportunities Available

  Our thanks to Norm Beets for leading a conference mission trip to Kokomo to help a family in need.  More mission trip opportunities are coming.  See Norm for more info on mission trips.

Youth Sunday School 
Teachers Needed
  School will be starting before you know it, and we will need teachers. If you would be willing to teach a Sunday School class please see Amy Russell or Tari Seeger.
Pastors Cookie Jar
The Pastor's Cookie Jar is down to crumbs. Please consider helping to replenish it. funds are used for both church and community people for emergent needs

Our 2017 Immanuel Growing Project
is in full swing.... 
But we still need your help!!
Donations can still be made to help with funding our soybean field to ensure a great crop to harvest this fall. If you don't know about or you would like to learn more about this project
please see our display in the Gathering Space, or ask Gary & Cathie Gangwer or Sue & Clay Huenemann or visit Donation forms are available if you would like to help.
Thank You

  I sincerely want to thank everyone for their prayers, concerns, cards and visits while Jon was in the nursing home and the hospital. I would especially like to thank the ladies who made the prayer blanket that Pastor TJ brought to the hospital with the prayer and scripture cards tucked inside the pocket. I told Pastor TJ that Jon's toes were cold and he unfolded the blanket and covered him with it. The prayer and scripture cards were read to him many times. I received many compliments on the prayer blanket from the people at the hospital. I would also like to thank the women who did the snack lunch the day of Jon's funeral. And of course it goes without saying a great big thank you to Pastor TJ for all his visits, prayers, love and kindness and understanding.
Sincerely, Irene Kopka

Serm on Series
Nehemiah: The Joy of Rebuilding
JUL 9 A Dream and a Prayer (Neh.1.1-2.10)
JUL 16 Facing Realities of Rebuilding (Neh.2.11-3.32)
JUL 23 Challenges from Within and Without (Neh. 4.1-7.3)
JUL 30 The Joy of the Lord is Your Strength (Neh.7.4-8.31)
AUG 6 Standing True (Neh.9.1-10.39) 
AUG 13 Celebrating God's Faithfulness (Neh 11.1-12.47)
AUG 20 A Community of Character (Neh 13.1-31)

 (previous messages podcasts are available at  under Listen to Sermon tab.
Special Offerings
August 13 Apollo's Offering
August 27 Lafayette Transitional Housing
September 3 Mental Health
September 17 Neighbors in Need 
Join a Small Group!
Above: Lloyd and Pat Wells host Pastor TJ's 
Wednesday evening Bible Study
Enjoy fellowship, a snack and study the Bible . . .
Women's Group, Do you feel like you're the only mom who serves store-bought birthday treats, dreads school plays, and misses the days of going to the bathroom by herself? Every mother has unique gifts and in Christ, the "unnatural" mom becomes the supernatural mom who is just right for her family. Join a 6-week small group for moms, beginning mid-August. We will be meeting for dinner and discussion of Hettie Brittz's book, unNatural Mom. Please let Ruth Smith 
Young Adult/Student Group meets Thursdays at 7:30 pm at Vienna Cafe in West Lafayette. They are studying Wild at Heart. For questions, contact Brooke Flesher.
Saturday Morning Group meets every other Saturday at the Panera on Wabash Landing at 9 am. They will begin studying " To Live is Christ" by Beth Moore. For questions, contact Annie (765)4047354 or
Adult Bible Study, Led by Pastor TJ meets Wednesday's at 6:30 pm.  The current series is on Acts entitled "Renewal: On Fire for God!" Meets in the church library.  
Don't see a group for you? Contact Ruth Smith at for resources to start one for yourself.  
Health Ministry
 Please call the office or Marilyn, 765-474-6487, for appointments. Home visits are also available upon request.
Christian Education Children & Youth
 9:45 am every Sunday. 
Nursery care - Birth - K room- 218
Preschool - Kindergarten room-115
1st - 3rd grade room- 118
4th - 6th grades room - 113
7th -12th grades room - 120

Adult Christian Education   
Every Sunday, 9:45 am.

The Seekers Class,
  led by Don & Janice Partlow, is reading a one year study of the New Testament.  We are using a resource called the ESV New Testament Devotional.
The Hobo's Class,
led by Gary & Cathie Gangwer, to discuss the sermon and scripture lesson for that Sunday.
Livin' Life 21-41 Class,
  led by Clay & Sue Huenemann, where you can RECHARGE your spiritual batteries for the week ahead.
Fellowship Activities
Ladies Fellowship
will meet on Monday  August 21st   at  6:30pm at the home of Deb Halsema. Everyone Welcome
Book Club
will meet September 12th 

Extension Homemakers
September 5th at 12:00pm 
 Consider joining the Extension Homemakers for the monthly meeting, which includes lunch and a speaker as well as great fellowship. Women of all ages are welcome!
Men's Brotherhood
 Will meet August 15th  at 11:45am at MCL Cafeteria.  Everyone welcome.
Hand Quilting Group
 Meets Wednesday's from 10-2 on the stage in Fellowship Hall. Bring a sack lunch.

Baby Quilters
 Meets the 1st &3rd Monday's from 9:30-2:30 in the HOBO classroom to make quilts for local NICUs.
Prayer Shawl Ministry, Meets the 2nd Saturday of each month from 10-11:30am in the Parlor. Everyone is welcome.
Consider giving a gift that keeps on giving and include Immanuel in your will.  It's a legacy that will bless others for years to come    

Everyone Welcome!

This Sunday Worship
Contemporary 8:30 am
Traditional 10:45 am
Sunday School for all ages 9:45 am
Immanuel United Church of Christ
1526 S 18th Street
Lafayette, IN 47905
(765) 474-6496
Worship Services
Contemporary  8:30 am
Traditional  10:45 am
Sunday School for all ages 9:45 am
Quick Links
  Birthday and Anniversary list
is below the picture section.
Grant & Lisa
Immanuel's Praise Band
heard most every Sunday at 8:30 am
Pastor TJ

Beautiful Organ Music
On  Sunday 10:45 am
Come join us!  


Sunday August 13
8:30am Contemporary Service
9:45am Sunday School
10:45am Traditional Service
1:00pm Canoe Trip 

Monday August 14
6:30pm Worship & music

Tuesday August 15
11:45am Men's Brotherhood

Wednesday August 16
10:00am Quilters
3:30pm Summer Club Reading Incentive Reveal 
5:30pm Neighborhood Dinner 
6:30pm Adult Bible Study  
8:00pm Praise Band Rehearsal

Thursday August 17
6:30pm Great Banquet

Saturday August 19
8:00am Rummage Sale 

Sunday August 20
8:30am Contemporary Service
9:45am Sunday School 10:45am traditional Service

Happy Birthday!
Katherine Foresman 8/2
Nick Whittemore 8/2
Kurt Klemm 8/3
Dorothy Kruger 8/4
Tiana Dean 8/4
Terry Strueh 8/4
Mort Imamura 8/5
Denise Strueh 8/5
Shawn Young 8/6
Garrett Ayres 8/7
Bob Bauman 8/9
Clint Frank 8/9
Deb Halsema 8/9
Tyler Reash 8/10
Alissa Kruger 8/10
Brett Gruetzmacher 8/13
Emily Blue 8/14
Abby Hostetter 8/15
Kyle Jones 8/16
Mary Alice Nebold 8/16
Bob Peabody 8/16
Mc Kenzie Swift  8/17
Kyla Hazlewood 8/19
Tonja Lucchese 8/19
Bob Sharp 8/19
Robert Pierret 8/20
Misti Woods 8/21
Ken Boszor 8/22/
Cole Walden 8/22
Lance Banes 8/24
Anthony Krieg 8/24
Sandy Timmons 8/24
Larry Stout 8/25
Andrea Blissitt 8/26
Janice Heide 8/27
Barbara Ralston 8/30
Judy Ayres 8/31
Aaron Hershey 8/31

Happy Anniversary!  
Charles & Maggie Richardson 8/2
Wally/Shirley Rogers 8/6
Max/Darlene Smith 8/9
Ellsworth/Nancy Christmas 8/10
Clay/Sue Huenemann 8/12
Dean/Jennifer Jones 8/16
Steve/Sherry Reash 8/16
Kurt/Lynn Strueh 8/16
Terry/Karen Strueh 8/16
Richard/Carolyn Christensen 8/18
Jeff/Kristyl Sloan 8/18
Brett/Angie Gruetzmacher 8/20
Bob/Jean Sharp 8/21
Robert/Linda Pierret 8/22
Jeff & Juanita Kruger  8/26
Brad & Cyn Black  8/29
Lloyd/Pat Wells 8/30

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