Immanuel e-Spire                August 26, 2021
Family Canoe Trip 
This Sunday Aug. 29th 1:00pm
  Join us for our annual family canoe trip and picnic. We will leave from the church at 1:00pm and car pool to Sugar Creek Canoe rentals. We will canoe down the scenic Sugar Creek enjoying views of covered bridges, rocks, trees and wildlife. After we canoe we will come together at Turkey Run State Park for a family picnic in the park before we head home.  Canoe rental costs are covered by the church, so come and relax and enjoy family fun time with your friends from Immanuel. 
Everyone welcome!--Pastor TJ
Single 9:00 am Worship Continues
  Sunday worship continues with a single worship service at 9:00 am followed by Sunday School at 10:15 am.   The worship service follows the same basic format as the current services using both contemporary and traditional music.  Special music will vary weekly alternating the Choir and Praise Team as well as other music possibilities.  Comments have been good on the single worship service.  The idea is to try to bring our congregation together following the pandemic and see how people will like the blended music format.  A final decision on whether to stay with a single service format and the time slot for worship will be made by the congregation sometime this fall.  We invite you to see how you like the possible new format, but even more important we invite you to worship God and fellowship together--Pastor TJ
Youth Rummage Sale
Aug. 28th 
8am - 2pm

The youth will be holding our annual rummage sale on Aug. 28th from 8 am - 2 pm. If you have unwanted items please consider donating them for the rummage sale. Proceeds will go to support youth programs. If you are able to help with rummage sale set up for more information see Tari Seeger.
Haiti Earthquake Relief
Match Campaign
  The next two Sundays, August 22 and 29, the special offering will go to Haiti to help with earthquake relief. The deacons decided to match the offering up to $1000.00. 
Pastor TJ Awarded Military Chaplain Association Distinguished Service Award
New Adult Ed Class

    Pastor Norm Nellis invites you to join him for a conversation on 'interpretation of the Bible.'  We will meet during the Sunday School time in August/September.  The first Sunday will be August 15th when we will think about how each of us interprets the Bible. Then we will explore primeval history narratives in Genesis 1-11.  Bring your Bible and join the fun thinking about how YOU interpret the scripture. As Inigo Montoya said in "Princess Bride"-"You keep using that word.  I do not think it means what you think it means." Class will meet in the HOBO classroom for the first 2 weeks then move to Fellowship Hall. 
Rally Sunday 
Sept. 12, 2021

Sunday School 9:15am

Outdoor Worship  10:30am 

                           Family Picnic 12:00pm

Join us for Rally Sunday for a special day of worship, fun, and fellowship. We will begin with Sunday School, an  outdoor worship service. Followed by a family picnic. Meat and drinks will be provided. We encourage everyone to bring a dish to share. After we eat we will have games available for families to play. We would love to get a softball game going out in the field. For more information please see Tari Seeger. 
After School Tutoring Begins September 13th 

Tutoring meets on Monday and Wednesday from 4-5pm. Free tutoring - snacks - quality adult supervision. For more information or to be a volunteer see Tari Seeger. 
Growing Hope Globally update.........
   The soybeans are growing, growing, growing!
As we look forward to harvest time, we hope to be able to have a great "in-person" gathering this year.
Watch for updates as we get nearer to the fall harvest time.

 Join Us for Trip to the Holy Land in October--Journey Through the Bible

  There is still room if you are interested in joining the trip to the Holy Land.  The dates are October 5-15, 2021.  Join us on the Sea of Galilee; pray in Bethlehem, and reaffirm your baptism at the Jordan River. Brochures are available at the church office.  Pastor Norm Nellis is coordinating our trip.  Questions? Contact him at   (Click this link for video preview JOURNEY.) Consider joining us for this great way to experience the Holy Land in person.
Blessings --Pastor TJ
Deacons & Trustees Needed
It is once again time to find Deacons and Trustees for the next year. This is your opportunity to make a difference in the future of Immanuel. If you are interested or would like more information stop by the table in the Gathering Space and talk to Jeff Sloan. Jeff will be set up in the Gathering Space for the next three Sundays. No experience is required. For more information contact Jeff Sloan at 765-414-4499.
Coming in October!!!!
Monday Morning Coffee at Immanuel!!!
  • Start your week off here!
  • Join us for Coffee
  • Reflect/Quietly Plan your week
  • Enjoy some quiet sanctuary time
More information to come!

Sermons Series
David, Rock Star
JUL 4 David, Rock Star-See Like God Sees (1 Samuel 16:6-13)
JUL 11 Facing Giants (1 Samuel 17 (selections)
JUL 18 Friends for Life (1 Samuel 18:1-16)
JUL 25 Singer, Pslam Writer (1 Samuel 18 & Psalm 23)
AUG 1 Warrior Spirit (1 Samuel 22:1-2)
AUG 8 Dance Like David (2Samuel 6:12-16)
AUG 15 King, Just and Right (2 Samuel 8:15)
AUG 22 Facing Failure (2 Samuel 11 & 12 (sel))
AUG 29 Struggling Parent (2 Samuel 18:33)

(Services are broadcast live on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter and remain posted.  Previous messages at under Listen to Sermon tab or available on i-tunes or YouTube
Young Families 
Exploration Acres 
September 25th 
5-8 pm
Join us at Exploration for a night of fun and fellowship. We have a fire pit reserved. Immanuel will provide hot dogs, buns, chips, and makings for smores. Everyone is responsible for your own entrance fee. For more information on prices see Tari Seeger. Bring your family and lawn chairs and join us. Please let Tari know if you plan to attend no later than September 22nd. 
All Youth  
Exploration Acres 
October 9th  
5-8 pm
Join us at Exploration for a night of fun and fellowship. We have a fire pit reserved. Immanuel will provide hot dogs, buns, chips, and makings for smores. Bring your family and lawn chairs and join us. Please let Tari know if you plan to attend no later than October 6th.  
All Church Event  
Exploration Acres 
October 22nd  
6-11 pm
Join us at Exploration for a night of fun and fellowship. We have a fire pit reserved. Immanuel will provide hot dogs, buns, chips, and makings for smores. Everyone is responsible for your own entrance fee. For more information on prices see Tari Seeger.  Bring your family and lawn chairs and join us. Please let Tari know if you plan to attend no later than October 20th.  

Our Thanks for Your Continued Giving

  We want to thank everyone who has been so generous in their continued support of Immanuel during these difficult times.  We are very aware that due to the pandemic many families are under financial strain and we want to say please take care of your families and let us be a blessing to you.  Others have stepped up their financial support to help during these difficult times and we want to thank them for their partnership in ministry.  We continue to have folks mail in or drop off checks or send bank checks for their tithes and offerings as well as use automatic giving and give online through our website secure donation service.  We appreciate your continued generosity for general support as well as special offerings during these difficult times.  

Below is a list of the Special Offerings coming up: 
(Also see special offering for Haiti announcement)
September 5    Mental Health America
September 12  Cary Home
September 19  Neighbors in Need
September 26  CUE-U Seminaries
October 3        Jubilee
October 10      UCC Higher Education
October 24      Merom Campership

If you have questions about special offerings, please contact Connie Mart.  

Go to our website at for our secure online giving.  Click button below for online donation.  Thanks again for your generous support! 

Pastor's Bible Study Wednesday 6-7pm
 Led by Pastor TJ has resumed meeting both in person in the Library and online.  (now meeting at 6-7pm.)  We are currently studying the book of Philippians. If you are not on the email list, contact Pastor TJ for the link.  Everyone welcome! 
Moms Group  
  August 19th 
 at 6:00pm

  Join us for Moms on the first Tuesday or the third Thursday of each month.
  • Connect with other Moms
  • Leaning on one another, building a village, and seeing the Lord work in other mothers is vital to your spiritual growth.
  • Strengthening your connection with other Moms in the church will help you strengthen your connection in the church. 
  • Learn from other Moms who have successes and failures to share. 
  • Fellowship with others who know exactly where you are and what you are going through.  
  • This group is open to all Moms. 
  • You are welcome to bring a friend. 
For more information see Tari Seeger
  Pickleball Anyone??
         We are now going to start a standing time to meet. 6 - 8 pm on Mondays at the McCaw courts. We've set up a text conversation to communicate. Still, the more the merrier. So continue to contact Paul House if interested. If we need another intro session we will.

        If you are interested in joining a church adult Pickleball group. Please contact Paul House at  765-491-7123 or email at
In The Life of our Youth ....
Upcoming  Youth Activities              
 Youth are always encouraged to bring a friend!  

Aug. 28 Rummage Sale 8 am - 2 pm
Aug 29 Family Canoe Trip 1pm - 7 pm
Sep 12 Rally Sunday 9:45 am
Sep 19 (JY) Bike Rodeo 1-3 pm
Sep 19 (SY) Among US in Real Life 3:30 - 5:30 pm
Oct 9 (all) Exploration Acres 4:30- 8:00pm
Oct 30 Trunk or Treat 6 - 8 pm
Oct 31 Bible Sunday (Both Services)
Nov 14 (JY) Make Slime 1-3 pm
Nov 14 (SY) Escape Room 3:30-5:30 pm
Dec. 11 Pageant Rehearsal 11am - 1 pm
Dec 12 Christmas Pageant 10:45 am
Dec 12 (SY) Living Nativity at Faith 6-8 pm
Dec 18 Breakfast with Santa 10am - 12 pm  

JY = Jr Youth grades 1-5
                    SY= Sr Youth grades 6-12                    
Contact Tari Seeger (DCEYM) at: or 765-714-6812
All events are subject to change!

Hunger Hike 
September 19th 
For more information on how you can help LUM meet the goal of raising $100,000. check out their website or read the info on the church bulletin board. 
  If you would be interested in walking as group to represent Immanuel as well as supporting the Hunger Hike, see Tari Seeger.  
From the Trustees about the.........
                                     TREE PROJECT
In the month of September, Deaton Tree Service will begin work on removing four trees on the northeast side of the Church surrounding the main drive  We've all enjoyed the beauty these trees have provided over the years to the grounds at Immanuel, however they pose a risk to the Church as they age.  The Trustees have determined that it is better to remove them now as opposed to waiting.  
An anonymous donation was generously made to pay for the removal of these trees.  Please join us in thanking this anonymous donor for the support in keeping Immanuel beautiful.
As much notice as possible will be given when the drive off 18th Street will be closed for the work being done and the back gate off Oak Court will be open.     
      A note from the Shoemaker and Wells families:

Our family wishes to thank our Church family for the outpouring of love during our sorrow with the passing of Pat.  She loved our Church and the Lord with all her heart.  
Online and In-Person
Christian Education Children & Youth   

Adult Christian Education Sunday Mornings at 10:15am

The Hobo's Class rm. 101: led by Gary & Cathie Gangwer, discuss the sermon and scripture lesson for that Sunday.

The Seekers Class rm. 103: led by Don & 
Janice Partlow.
 Will finish discussing "Get Out Of Your Head" by Jennie Allen, Sunday August 29th. We will take a break for the next two weeks 9/5 & 9/12. Details to come on our next book. 
  Class is offered both in person and via Zoom. for more information contact Don Partlow. 

 The online Church Directory is a great tool for our church members and friends. We would love to get everyone onboard with using it.
  We still need pictures from many individuals and families. Please email an individual and a family picture of your family to Tari Seeger at and she will put them in for you. 
Immanuel online directory directions

Google Chrome works best

Enter your username________________________________
Enter your password_________________________________

To download the mobile app
Go to app store
Search for CTRN
Code - uccimmanuel
Enter your - username and password

If you have forgotten your user name or password or have any questions about the directory please contact Tari Seeger. 

Let's get everyone using the great tool!
Volunteers to provide sandwiches or soup for the LUM Homeless Shelter.

Volunteers are needed to provide a meal of sandwiches or soup for the homeless shelter for the fourth Saturday of the month.  Volunteers would provide a food (either sandwiches or soup for currently about 30 people) and deliver to the LUM Homeless shelter between 8 and 8:30 on the day you volunteered to provide the meal.  If you would like to help but cannot deliver, I can arrange to help with that.  Volunteers are still needed for November 27 or December 25.

Please consider assisting with this important mission and contact Sylvia Bechtel at or cell phone
765-714-3715 with the date of when you would be willing to provide a meal.

Thank you, Sylvia Bechtel
Other Events in the 
Life of Immanuel
Pastor's Cookie Jar: 
   Thank you for your donations to the Pastor's cookie jar. Your generosity enables us to help those in need.  Funds are used for both church and community people with emergency needs.
Book Club  
The next Book Club is September 14 beginning at 6:00pm  September's book will be The Broken Girls by Simone St James, and in October we'll discuss The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. All are welcome, call Ellen House if you have questions.
           Ladies Fellowship
 The next meeting of Ladies Fellowship will be September 20 at Louann Vought's home beginning at 6:30.  All ladies of the church are invited to come and enjoy this time of fellowship.       
Lunch with the Pastor
Please join us for "Lunch with the Pastor" on September 21, beginning at 11:45am at Walt's Other Pub. This is an informal time of lunch, fellowship & good conversation.  
Grief Support

This is a time to share and support one another.  
We are not meeting at this time but you can contact Pastor TJ directly.
Lydia Circle 
Will be meeting on Thursday, Sept.16th at 12:00 Noon in the Pavilion.  Please bring your own sack lunch.  All ladies are welcome.  
Men's Brotherhood 

Will be meeting on September 28 at the home of Ellsworth Christmas, beginning at 11:45am. If you plan to 
attend, please call Ellsworth at 427-9769 or Larry Bohl @ 463-1957.  See you all then. All men are invited.      
Hand Quilting Group....
  Meet on Wednesdays from 10 am - 1 pm. For more information contact Carolyn Beets.
Everyone Welcome!

          Baby Blanket Quilters
Are now meeting on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month (and the 5th Monday if applicable), beginning at 10:00 am.  If you are interested in baby blanket quilting, please come and join these Quilters.    
Prayer Shawl Ministry
 Is currently not meeting at this time. 

Saturday Morning Group: Contact Annie Buckles at 765-404-7354 or  Feel free to contact her at the above should you have any further questions.   
Please call the office or Marilyn at 765-474-6487 for appointments. Home visits are also available upon request.
Coronavirus Update

  CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: We are open for in-person worship with social-distancing measures in place; face masks optional for those with vaccine and seating in alternating pews.  ONLINE WORSHIP continues permanently with live-streaming on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. 

Everyone Welcome!

This SundayWorship 
This Sunday Worship
Worship Service 9:00 am

Immanuel United Church of Christ
1526 S 18th Street
Lafayette, IN 47905
(765) 474-6496
Office Hours: 8:30 am-2:30 PM
Monday - Thursdays
(closed on Fridays)


Quick Links
See more recent pics from Immanuel below the birthday & anniversary list.
Grant & Lisa
Immanuel's Praise Band heard most every Sunday at 9:00 am
Pastor TJ

Beautiful Organ Music
On  Sunday 9:00am 
Come join us!

Thursday, August 26
7:00pm-Great Banquet

Friday, August 27
Office Closed

Saturday, August 28
8:00am-2:00pm-Rummage Sale
9:00am-Great Banquet

Sunday, August 29 
9 :00am-Worship Service
10:00am-Coffee time
10:15am-Sunday School
1:00pm-Distinguished Young Women
1:00pm-Family Canoe Trip

Monday, August 30
4:00pm-Cary Home soapmaking

Tuesday, August 31
11:30am-Staff meeting

Wednesday, September 1
10:00am-Hand Quilters
1:00pm-Cary Home
6:00 pm-Pastor's Bible Study
7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, September 2
7:00pm-Great Banquet

Friday September 3
Office Closed 

Sunday, September 5
9:00am-Worship Service
10:00am-Coffee time
10:15am-Sunday School
1:00pm-Distinguished Young Women

        UPPER ROOM....

          Happy Birthday!  
Abby Hostetter8/15
Kyle Jones8/16
Mary Alice Nebold8/16
Bob Peabody8/16
Mc Kenzie Swift 8/17
Kyla Hazlewood8/19
Tonja Lucchese8/19
Robert Pierret8/20
Betty Ann Cleaver 8/21
Misti Woods8/21
Ken Boszor8/22
Cole Walden8/22
Chett Budreau8/23
Lance Banes8/24
Anthony Krieg8/24
Sandy Timmons8/24
Larry Stout8/25
Andrea Blissitt8/26
Veronica Timmons8/28
Kenneth Ott8/29
Judy Ayres8/31
Holly Baker Richardson9/1
Cynthia Black9/1
Bruce Ratliff9/1
Jerry Stephenson9/1
Jordyn Garrett9/2
Ryer Gruetzmacher9/2
Jill Huenemann9/2
Judy Stephenson9/2
Pat Wendt9/2
Christopher Blount9/3
Olivia Bangert9/3
Bryce Chase9/4

       Happy Anniversary!
Dean/Jennifer Jones8/16
Steve/Sherry Reash8/16
Kurt/Lynn Strueh8/16
Terry/Karen Strueh8/16
Richard/Carolyn Christensen8/18
Brett/Angie Gruetzmacher8/18
Robert/Linda Pierret8/20
Jeff & Juanita Kruger 8/22
Brandon/Fernanda Bechtel8/23
Brad & Cyn Black 8/26
Mike/Lezlie Peabody8/30
Brian/Marla DeFreese9/2
Charles/Ruth Ann Stephany9/3
Scott/Karen Gilmore9/6
Brad/Teresa Anliker9/7
Jason/Carla Beard9/11
Gabriel/Brandy Isabell9/11
Bob/Betty Peabody9/14
Ross/Kimberly Hartman9/14
Bob/Mary Alice Bauman9/13
Kerry/Julie Gillespie9/15
Ken/Janey McGlothlin9/15

Growing Hope 
Bean Field 

Blessing of the Backpacks

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.