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Immanuel E-Spire - March 15 , 2023

From Pastor TJ Jenney

Mid -Week Lenten Services

Dinner will begin at 5:45pm in fellowship hall

Service will begin at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary

7 Last Words of Christ the Cross

Ash Wed: Forgiveness (Feb 22) Father, forgive them

Ministry Moments-Strangers (Mar 1) Thief on the Cross

Ministry Moments-Family (Mar 8) John & Mary

Hard Questions (Mar 15) Why have you forsaken me?

Acknowledging Our Own Needs (Mar 22) I Thirst

There Is an End and a Purpose (Mar 29) It is Finished

Join us this Lenten Season as we listen to Jesus' most profound and touching words of love and wisdom from the cross. The Seven Last Words of Christ from the Cross has become a treasured tradition of faith and. away to deepen your appreciation of the Christ's sacrifice and the depth of God's love.

Join us in this journey of faith!

Everyone welcome--Pastor TJ

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Sermon Series

NEW SERIES: Following in the Footsteps of Jesus.  Join us as we follow in the footsteps of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark.

JAN 8 Listening to God's Whisper (Mark 2:21-22, 1Kings 19:11-13)

JAN 15 Voice in the Wilderness (Mark 1:1-8)

JAN 22 Jordan Moment (Mark 1:9-15)

JAN 29 Taking a Step of Faith (Mark 1:16-20)

FEB 5 Spicy Shining Saint (Matthew 5:13-16)

(Guest Speaker Rev. Karen Moeschberger)

FEB 12 The Power of Quiet (Mark 1:35-38)

FEB 19 Let's Get Growing (Mark 4:1-20)

FEB 26 Peace, Be Still! (Mark 4:35-41)

MAR 5 See Like Jesus Sees (Mark 5:24-34)

MAR 12 Deny Your Selfie (Mark 8:34-38)

MAR 19 Mountaintop Moments (Mark 9:2-12)



(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

Giving Information

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.    

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

Online Giving

Online giving is available through Rebel Give, PayPal and through your banks online bill pay. For more information about online giving contact Paul House. We always take checks and cash.


Upcoming Special Offerings

March 26 - Tippecanoe County United Food Pantry

Immanuel UCC and 34 other churches provide resources and volunteers to serve our neighbors in Tippecanoe County.

April 9 - OGHS (One Great Hour of Sharing)

Channels resources for international programs in health, education and agricultural developmental, emergency relief, refugee ministries, and both international and domestic disaster response, administered by Our Churches Wider Mission, global sharing of resources.


April 23 - Laces for Lisa

Honors the life of our own Lisa Strueh. Laces for Lisa proudly benefits MADD, Lisa’s acts of kindness at Community Hospital East, Lisa’s Faith and Fitness Trail at Immanuel UCC, Merom Camp. 


May 7 - Jefferson High School Varsity Choir

Monthly Financial Updates

2023 Financial Status - YTD February

YTD General Fund Receipts from congregation $51,666.

YTD General Fund Expenses $58,253.

Expenses exceed Receipts $ 6587.

Shortfall is covered by strong beginning cash balance.

Upcoming Events

Service for Katherine Foresman

March 17th

Services for our beloved Katherine Foresman will be held on Friday March 17th. Visitation at 12:00pm until time of service at 1:00pm.

Bring A Friend To Church Sunday

Palm Sunday April 2

Easter Cantata 10:45am

Pancake Brunch 11:45am - 1pm

Share our church with others.

Support a great cause.

Everyone Welcome!

Bring a friend and treat them to brunch

Let's fill the church and raise a lot of money for

Emmaus house.

Pancake Brunch

April 2, 11:45am

Adults $7.00

Kids 4-12 $5.00

Under 4 Free

Tickets have been mailed out for the Pancake Brunch. Each family will receive 10 tickets to sell.

Please prayerfully consider purchasing all 10 tickets and and handing them out to friends and family and invite them to come to church with you.

This would be a great Sunday to bring a friend to church.

If you would like to purchase your tickets and don't know who to give them to. Drop them off at church and we can hand them out in the neighborhood or to people we have not seen for a while to welcome them back to church.

Proceeds go to Emmaus House.

Emmaus House is for special needs adult living. We believe everyone deserves the resources to live independently. To do that, they need a community that embraces their unique abilities. For more than 125 years, as a faith –based organization, we have provided quality service, caring for the whole person for their whole life. 

Holy Week

Palm Sunday

April 2

Cantata 10:45am

(Single Service Sunday)

Sunday School at 9:45am

Pancake Brunch

April 2, 11:45am

Adults $7.00

Kids 4-12 $5.00

Under 4 Free

For more information see Jay or Tamara House

Maundy Thursday, April 6

6:30pm Service

Everyone Welcome!

Good Friday, April 7

7:00pm Tenebrae Service

Everyone Welcome!

Volunteers Needed

In order to make the Community Easter Egg Hunt a success we need you.

We need some help with set up and tear down

putting out the Easter Eggs.

We need people to help direct our guest and make them feel welcome.

Invite them to come to church on Sunday and let them know what great programs Immanuel has to offer.

Please see Tari Seeger to help.

Community Easter Egg Hunt

April 8, 10am

Everyone Welcome!

See Tari Seeger for more information.

Easter Sunday

April 9

7:30am Sunrise Service

8:30am Easter Breakfast

9:20am Sunday School

10:00am Easter Egg Hunt

10:45am Resurrection Service

Everyone Welcome!

Sunday Worship

Contemporary Worship Service


Coffee & Conversation


Sunday School


Traditional Worship Service




Enjoy our Praise Band every Sunday at 8:30am.

Enjoy beautiful organ music every Sunday at 10:45am

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)

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E-votional by Pastor TJ


Not Alone


You are not alone! If there is one message that comes to us over and over in the Bible, it is that one message ringing clear-- you are not alone! We were not created to be alone, but to have fellowship with God (Genesis 1,2). And when we blew it and failed, God came looking for us (Genesis 3). Even when friends forsake us, God is there (Job). God's Word lights even the darkest path (Psalm 119). Even when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we may have peace because God is with us --God's hand holds ours (Psalm 23). Jesus came that we might know forgiveness and reconciliation with God (John 3.16). And Jesus very words give us this blessed promise of the Spirit's presence:


(Verse of the week)

And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever --the Spirit of truth . . . You know Him, for that Spirit lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you alone . . .Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. (John 14.16,17)


(Prayer of the week)

Gracious Heavenly Father, thank you that you love me and your presence is always with me. Help me to open my heart to you and your great love. May your love touch and change my life and may I be a blessing to others, through your power and to your glory, Amen.


Have a great week!—Pastor TJ


(quote of the week)

Giving is the highest level of living --John Maxwell

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Pastor TJ

Journey to the Cross


Lenten Meal 5:45pm

Lenten Service Service 6:30pm

Palm Sunday

April 2nd

Bring a Friend

 to Church Sunday

April 2

Easter Cantata

April 2nd


Pancake Brunch

April 2, 11:45am

Holy Week

Maundy Thursday


Good Friday



Easter Egg Hunt

April 8, 10:00am

Everyone Welcome!

Easter Sunday


Sunrise Service


Easter Breakfast


Sunday School


Easter Egg Hunt


Resurrection Service

Everyone Welcome!

Laces For Lisa Walk/Run

April 29,

11am - 1pm

Tickets Available at Eventbrite

This Week at Immanuel

Wednesday, March 15

10:00am Quilters

4:00pm After School Tutoring

5:00pm Praise Band

5:30pm Immanuel's Got Talent

5:45pm Lenten Meal

6:30pm Lenten Service

7:30pm Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, March 16

12:00pm Lydia Circle

Friday, March 17

Office Closed

St Patrick's Day

Sunday, March 19

8:30am Contemporary Service

9:30am Coffee & Conversation

9:45am Sunday School

10:45am Traditional Service

4:00pm Hymn Fest

Monday, March 20

7:00am Monday Morning Coffee

9:00am Baby Quilters

4:00pm After School Tutoring

6:00pm Ladies Fellowship

6:30pm Cantata Rehearsal

8:00pm Bell Choir

Tuesday, March 21

11:45am Men's Brotherhood

6:00pm CET

Wednesday, March 22

10:00am Quilters

4:00pm After School Tutoring

5:00pm Praise Band

5:30pm Immanuel's Got Talent

5:45pm Lenten Meal

6:30pm Lenten Service

7:30pm Choir Rehearsal

In The Life of our Youth....

Upcoming  Youth Activities          

 Youth are always encouraged to bring a friend

Mar. 15 Immanuel's Got Talent 5:30pm

Mar 26 Indoor Scooters 1-3pm (SA)

Apr 8 Community Easter Egg Hunt 10am

Apr 9 Easter Sunday Easter Egg Hunt 10am

Apr 14 Jesus Christ Super Star 6:30pm (SML)

May 7 Field Day 1-3pm (SA)

May 7 Crafts 3:30 - 4:30pm (FC)

May 21 Grad Sunday

May 21 Capture the Flag 1-3pm (SML)

Jun 4 Swimming 1-4pm (SA, SML)

Jun 18 Sunday Funday 1-3pm (SML)

Jun 27-29 Sports Camp 6-8pm (Age 5 and up)

Jul 9-13 VBS 6-8pm (Age 3 and up)

Jul 16 VBS Sunday

Jul 30 Swimming 1-4pm (SA, SML)

Aug 6 Blessing of the Backpacks (All)

Aug 13 Water Day 1-3pm (SA)

Aug. 13 Water Day 3:30-5pm (FC)

Aug 19 Rummage Sale 8am - 2pm

Aug 27 Family Canoe Trip (All)

Sep 10 Rally Sunday (All)

Sep 17 Hunger Hike (SML)

Sep 24 Tie Dye 1-3pm (SA)

Oct 6 Bonfire 5-7pm (SML)

Oct 22 Exploration Acres 3:30 - 7pm (All youth & Families)

FC = FROG Club - age 3 - K

SA = SPY Agents - Grades 1-5

SML = Sunday Morning Live - Grades 6-12

Tari Seeger (DCEYFM)


All events are subject to change!

Sunday Morning Live

Immanuel's Got Talent

Wednesday March 15, 5:30-6:30pm

Calling all 5th - 9th Graders

Join us Wednesday at 5:30pm for Pizza. We will take the next steps towards our band. Please bring your instruments and your ideas. For more information see Tari Seeger or Paul House.

Jesus Christ Superstar

April 14, 6:30pm

We will be taking our 6th grade and up youth to see Jesus Christ Superstar at Purdue University.

The cost of this event is $15.00 per person.

You must sign up and pay your money no later than March 31st, since tickets have to be purchased in advance.

See Tari Seeger for more information.

Capture The Flag

May 21st, 1-3pm

This is a youth group favorite.

Join us for a fun afternoon of playing capture the flag.

You are always welcome to bring a friend!

For more information see Tari Seeger

S.P.Y Agents & F.R.O.G. Club

S.P.Y. Agents

Indoor Scooters

March 26, 1-3pm

We will clear out fellowship, so the youth can have fun on their scooters.

If you have a scooter you are encouraged to bring it.

We have extra scooters if you don't have one.

For more information see Tari Seeger


Easter Egg Hunt

April 8, 10am

Bring your friends and family for the fun family friendly event.

There will be 4 age groups

0-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12

The Easter Bunny will be available for


Everyone Welcome!

Volunteers Needed

See Tari Seeger to volunteer.

F.R.O.G. Club

May 7, 3:30-4:30pm

Calling all kids age 3 - K

We will meet on Sunday May 7th to make a gift for our parents.

Parents are encouraged to stay and visit with other parents in the gathering space.

For more information see Tari Seeger.

Afterschool Tutoring

Monday & Wednesday 4:00 - 5:00pm 

 We meet on Monday and Wednesday

 from 4:00 - 5:00pm.

We provide homework help and encouragement to school aged youth.

Bring your homework and join us. 

 For more information see Tari Seeger.

Serving Our Community

Tippecanoe County United Food Pantry

With the cost of food on the rise, the food pantry is serving more people.

  • The Food Pantry can always use donations
  • Monetary donations are best

because they can get about twice as much food for the same dollar amount.

  • They can always use grocery bags

  • They can also use empty egg cartons
  • They always need volunteers

See Debbi Halsema for more information

Connecting Our Church

Joyful Congregation All Church Events

These events are open to everyone.

Advance sign up required.

For more information please see Tari Seeger

Joyful Congregation

Upcoming Events

June 13 Aviators game 7pm

July 20 Aviators game 7pm

August 27 Family Canoe Trip 1pm

September 24 Exploration Acres 3:30—7:00pm

December 17 Christmas Caroling 4-6pm

Connecting Young Adults and Families

Life Is Better Connected

Family Events 2023

April 23 Honor your parents Breakfast


August 27 Family Canoe Trip 1pm

September 17 Hunger Hike

October 22 Exploration Acres

3:30pm - 7:00pm

November 18 Family Craft Day

10am - 12pm

See Tari Seeger for information

Advance sign up required.


April 4th, 6:00pm

Want to meet and connect with other moms?

Join us on March 7th at 6:00pm.

This is a great way to meet and connect with other moms.

We meet the first Tuesday of each month at 6pm.

All moms are welcome.

Bring a friend.

See Tari Seeger for more information.

Community Outreach Events

Pancake Brunch

Apr 2, 11:45am

Community Easter Egg Hunt

Apr. 8, 10am

Sports Camp

June 27 - 29, 6-8pm


July 9-13, 6-8pm

Trunk or Treat

Oct. 29, 4-6pm

Fish Fry

Nov. 3, 4:30 - 7pm

Breakfast with Santa

Dec. 16, 9-11am



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Youth Christian Education

Pre K Class 

kids age 3 - kindergarten

led by Sylvia Bechtel and Mary Alice Bauman.

They meet in the nursery

We learn Bible stories, do crafts and music time.  

S.P.Y. Agents 

Spirit Powered Youth 

youth grade 1-5

led by Tari Seeger

We meet in the Multi-purpose room.

We study Bible lessons like spy's

we also do crafts and music

Sunday Morning Live 

youth grades 6-12

led by Paul House and Savannah Jenney.

We meet downstairs in the youth room. 

We are learning to apply the word of God to our everyday lives.

Adult Christian Education

The Seekers Class

Led by Annie Buckles, is book study class

Currently studying TV series & book "The Chosen"

Class is offered both in person and via Zoom.

For more information contact Annie Buckles. 

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         The Hobo's Class

Led by Gary & Cathie Gangwer,

Discuss the sermon and scripture lesson for that Sunday.

For more information see Gary Gangwer.

Groups Led By Pastor TJ Jenney

Pastors Bible Study:

Wednesday 6-7pm

Led by Pastor TJ meets both in-person in the Library and online. Join us as we are currently studying the book of 1 Corinthians. If you are not on the email list, contact Pastor TJ for the link.  Everyone welcome! 


Lunch with the Pastor

Meets the 4th Tuesday of the month at 11:45am

The next lunch will be Mar. 28 at 11:45am @ Christo's

Everyone Welcome to join this informal time with Pastor T.J.  

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Grief Support

Meets the 1st Tuesday of the month at 6 - 7pm

This is a time to share and support one another.

Everyone is welcome.

You can contact Pastor TJ directly.


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.

Small Groups


Join us for Monday Morning Coffee at Immanuel!!

You are invited to start your week off with coffee at Immanuel.

  • 7AM - 9AM (Before work or the start of your day)
  • Invite your friends and / or co-workers
  • Reflect / quietly plan your week
  • Reflection / Spiritual music in the Sanctuary

For more information see Paul House.

Everyone Welcome!

Women's Saturday Morning

Bible Study

 For more information or to join the Women's Bible Study

Meets on the first and third Saturday of each month.

contact Annie Buckles at 404-7354 or  

All ladies welcome!


Book Club 

meets the

2nd Tuesday at 6pm


Join us on April 11 at 6:00pm to discuss The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd.

The May book is The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore. The June book for discussion is Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty.

For more information contact Ellen House at 418-4819

Everyone Welcome!

Book Share Shelf

A shelf has been set up in the gathering space.

Do you have some gently used Christians books you are finished with.

Put them on the shelf for someone else to enjoy

Find a book on the shelf you want to read feel free to take it.

Fellowship Groups

Ladies Fellowship

usually meets the

3rd Monday at 6pm

Join us March 20 for a carry-in at Church.

Contact Janet Sheets for more information.

All ladies welcome!


Lydia Circle 

meet the

3rd Thursday at 12pm

Join us March 16 at 12pm in the Church Library

Bring a sack lunch if you wish.

Contact Linda Pierret for more information.

All ladies welcome!


Men's Brotherhood 

Meets the

3rd Tuesday at 11:45am

Join us March 21 at 11:45am at Christos.

For more information contact Bob Schweikarth

All men welcome!

Special Interest Groups

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New Time for

Baby Blanket Quilters

Meets on the 1st, 3rd,& 5th Monday of the month

9:00am - 2:00pm

 For more information contact

Carla Brown or

Carolyn Kuespert.

Everyone Welcome!


Hand Quilting Group

Meets every Wednesdays

10 am - 1 pm.

For more information contact Carolyn Beets.

Everyone Welcome!


Prayer Shawl Ministry

For more information on the Prayer Shawl Ministry contact Carole Huber.

Everyone Welcome!

Birthday's & Anniversaries

Happy Birthday!

Ken McGlothlin 3/15

Emily Vought 3/16

Clay Huenemann 3/16

Lizzy Gregory 3/17

Max Smith 3/20

Joan Bonnet 3/21

Raymond Taylor 3/21

Happy Birthday!

Rachel Moore 3/23

Tom Kuespert 3/24

Matt Wireman 3/24

Rev. Karen Redman 3/25

Mike Hanley 3/27

Mike Heide 3/29

Happy Anniversary!

Rex & Janet Sheets 3/15

Tom & Karen Carney 3/28

General Information


Immanuel has started using the texting app GroupMe as a new way of communicating with everyone.

·        GroupMe will allow Immanuel to communicate using a messaging system.

·        GroupMe is free

·        Download the GroupMe app

·        Go to the app Store

·        Search GroupMe and download

·        If you use the app, message will go to the app not in your text messages



·        If you respond everyone in the group will get your response


Immanuel online directory directions

Google Chrome works best

Go to -

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 

For more information of the Church Directory see Tari Seeger

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. 

Legacy Gifts

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.

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Immanuel United Church of Christ

1526 South 18th Street

Lafayette, IN 47905

Phone 765-474-6496

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