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Immanuel E-Spire May 19, 2022

Join Us This Sunday for Graduation Sunday 

May 22, 9:30am 


Congratulations Graduates 

High School 

Christina Johnson 

Jefferson High School 


Cooper House 

Purdue University


Maddy Solis 

Purdue University 

Daniel Speedy

Kansas State University 

Join us as we celebrate our graduates!--Pastor TJ

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Young Families'

Family Picnic, May 21st

   Join us in the pavilion Saturday for a family picnic. Meat and drinks will be provided. Bring a dish to share. This is a great way to meet other families. Kid can play on the play ground. Hope to see you on Saturday! Everyone Welcome!

Congratulations to our Confirmands! 


Kaleb, Jackson, Starlet

Sermons Series:

Join us as we celebrate our graduates and reflect on the fundamentals of life.

MAY 22 Graduation Sunday: Fundamentals for Life (Romans 12:9-13) 

(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

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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! 



In addition to PayPal Immanuel is adding a new on-line giving platform, called Rebel Give. You should find this a simpler option to use while offering the church a much more cost effective means of giving. For more information on Rebel Give see Paul House. 


Special Offerings

Upcoming Special Offerings

May 22 - VBS

Provides support to help with the cost of Vacation Bible School for our youth and youth in our community.


June 12 - Strengthen the Church

Strengthen the Church is a special mission offering to re imagine and build the future of the UCC, shared at the conference and national levels. STC largely supports youth ministries and full time leaders for new churches in parts of the country where the UCC does not have a strong presence. It also provides support for existing church's new initiatives. 


June 19 - Young Ambassador Program

The Young Ambassadors program is an opportunity for high school youth to develop faithful leadership by doing an exchange with young people from German churches. Throughout a three-year cycle, about 15 students (ages 16-21) from each country participate in a faith and cultural exchange opportunity.

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Summer Worship Hours Begin May 15

We will begin our summer worship hours on Sunday May 15th. Summer worship will be a single service through September 4th.

Worship will begin at 9:30am

Sunday School at 10:30am

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New Members Class 

May 22 & 29

Are you interested in becoming a member of Immanuel UCC? Pastor TJ Will be holding a new members class on Sunday May 22nd & 29th during the Sunday school time. If you are interested or have question see Pastor TJ Jenney. 



Immanuel UCC has had a long history of stalwart prayer warriors who stand ready to pray for you and yours when called upon.  Requests are handled with grace and speed by the use of email. To submit a prayer chain request, contact our church Admin, Theresa Lough ( &/or Pastor TJ ( 


If you’re interested in becoming one of Immanuel’s Prayer Warriors, submit your request via the same method. 


 Ephesians 6:18 - And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.


Donations Needed for VBS

We are looking for small toys or items that can be used for prizes for VBS. The kids love to earn prizes throughout the week. They also earn coins that they can use to shop with on Sunday. Nothing big just items like kids meal toys or dollar store items. Thanks for your support!


Shoe Drive For Ukraine 

The Immanuel youth who attend Lafayette Christian School (LCS) are asking for your help to help those in Ukraine. LCS has partnered with to raise funds for Ukraine. Funds2orgs will give LCS money for shoes and LCS will in turn donate the money to Ukraine Relief effort. 

  Please bring your new or gently worn shoes to Immanuel and drop them off before May 25th. Please do not bring flip flops, ski boots, thrift store shoes, or shoe better left in the trash. 

Students at LCS will learn about economics. Impoverished individuals can provide for their families and learn skills. Money is going to Ukraine residents. 

For more information see Kristy Price.

In The Life of our Youth....

Upcoming  Youth Activities          

 Youth are always encouraged to bring a friend!  

Jun 5 Swimming at Prophetstown 1-5pm

Jun 26—30 VBS 6-8pm

Jul 3 VBS Sunday

Jul 13-15 Sports Camp 6-8pm

Jul 24 Swimming at the Cove 1-4 pm

Aug 7 Blessing of the Backpacks

Aug 20 Rummage Sale 8am - 2pm

Aug 28 Family Canoe Trip 1pm

Sept 11 Rally Sunday

Sept 25 Escape Room 1-3pm

Oct 9 Board Games 1-3pm

Oct 22 Exploration Acres 5-8pm

Tari Seeger (DCEYFM)


All events are subject to change!

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Summer Club

Registration is now open. Summer Club will meet on Monday & Wednesday from June 6th through July 27th.

Summer Club 2022 Schedule

June 6 - Swimming at Prophet town 1 - 5pm

June 8 - Board Games 1 - 3pm

June 13 - Mini Golf 1 - 3pm

June 15 - Get Air 1 - 3pm

June 20 - Columbian Park & Zoo 1 - 3pm

June 22 - Water day Fun 1 - 3pm

June 27 & 29 - No Summer Club VBS

July 4 & 6 - No Summer Club Merom Camp

July 11 - Fair Oaks Farm 8am - 5pm

July 13 - Bowling 1 - 3pm

July 18 - Scavenger Hunt 1 - 3pm

July 20 - Conner Prairie Farm 8am - 5pm

July 25 - Swimming at the Cove 1 - 4pm

July 27 - End of Summer Party - Time TBD

For more information on Summer Club see Tari Seeger.

Registration form and permission slip must be turned in before youth will able to attend. 

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Discovery on Adventure Island 

Quest for God's Great Light

Our island adventure will take place June 26 - 30 from 6-8am. VBS is open to everyone age 3 and up, and includes a daily snack, crafts, science, games, songs, Bible stories and more! Pick up a registration form at church or register online at Tari Seeger for more information. 

Hope to see you there!

  • Register by June 19th and be entered into a drawing to win a VBS basket.

  • Bring a friend - each night your friend comes you and your friend get a prize from the treasure chest. 

  • Come all 5 night and be entered to win a prize.

Connecting Young Adults and Families

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May 19 & June 7 


Join us for moms on the first Tuesday and the third Thursday of each month at 6:00pm. All moms are welcome to join.  

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Young Families'

Family Picnic, May 21st

We will be having a family picnic in the pavilion on May 21st from 11am - 1pm.

Bring a dish to share.

Upcoming Events

Pool Party - date TBD

Picnic on the Farm - date TBD

Exploration Acres - Sept. 24, 5-8pm

Christmas Craft Event - Nov. 19, 10am - 12pm

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Joyful Congregation

All Church Events

Joyful Congregation Upcoming Events

June 9 - Lafayette Aviators Game 7:00pm

July 11 - Lafayette Aviators Game 7:00pm

October 7 - Exploration Acres 6-11pm

These events are open to everyone. For more information contact Tari Seeger


Lafayette Aviators Game #1

June 9, 7:00pm 

All church outing to the Aviators game. If we have at least 20 people going out tickets will be $8.00 per person. Please sign up in the gathering space no later than May 29th. Give you money to Tari Seeger. 

Lafayette Aviators Game #2

                                   July 11, 7:00pm 

 We have a second outing planned for July. There will be a sign up sheet for this one in June. Details are the same and you must sin up and pay for this one no later than July 3rd. 

For more information on either game see Tari Seeger. 


HOBO Class Memorial Weekend Picnic

May 29th

Gather around 5pm at the home of Bob Schweikarth and Becky Scott located at 2940 State Road 26 West, West Lafayette we will eat about 6pm. Burgers, Brats, Chicken Fillets, and drinks will be provided. Bring a dish to share and bring your lawn chairs. Immanuel UCC members and friends are welcome. 


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 the food (either sandwiches or soup for currently about 44 people) and deliver to the LUM homeless shelter between 8 and 8:30 on the day you volunteered to provide the meal. You are welcome to stay and help with serving but can also just drop the food off to the hands of the workers and volunteers and leave. If you would like to help but cannot deliver, I can arrange to help with that. Volunteers are still needed for May 28, July 23, August 2, October 27, November 26 or December 24.

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 or with any questions. It is always appreciated. Thanks you! Sylvia Bechtel



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Youth Sunday School

Meets in the Multi -purpose room at 10:35m. We begin with music from 10:35 - 10:50am. Then go in to our Sunday School. Youth Sunday school is available for all youth age 3 through grade 12. For more information see Tari Seeger.

Adult Christian Education

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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.


The Seekers Class

Led by Don & Janice Partlow, are now studying the book "The Lords Prayer" by Adam Hamilton The meaning and power of The Prayer Jesus Taught. Class is offered both in person and via Zoom. For more information contact Don Partlow. 

Other Events in the Life of Immanuel


Trip to the Holy Land Sept. 2022

The Holy Land is now scheduled for September 2022. Updated brochures are available. 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 or Pastor TJ (Click this link for video preview JOURNEY.) Consider joining us for this great way to experience the Holy Land in person.

Blessings --Pastor TJ


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.

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Pastors Bible Study:

The Book of Revelation

Wednesday 6-7pm

Led by Pastor TJ meets both in-person in the Library and online. We are now studying the book of Revelations. Join us for this exciting book unlike any other. If you are not on the email list, contact Pastor TJ for the link.  Everyone welcome! 


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
  • Book Sharing table available to all

Morning Coffee is free and open to everyone!

No Monday Morning Coffee on Memorial Day!


Book Club  

The next meeting of the Book Club will June 14 at 6:00pm to discuss the book the book Born A Crime by Trevor Noah. The book for July is The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin. All are welcome. Call Ellen House at 765-418-4819 if you have questions.


 Ladies Fellowship

The next meeting of the Ladies Fellowship will be Monday, May 23, beginning at 6:00pm at the home of Deb Halsema.   All ladies of the church are invited to come and enjoy this time of fellowship.


Lunch with the Pastor

The next meeting of Lunch with the Pastor will be in JULY.  Details will be coming.  Be sure to plan to come and enjoy fellowship with other members as well as great conversations.

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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 meet on May 19 at 12:00pm in the library. All ladies are welcome. Please bring a sack lunch. 


Men's Brotherhood 

The May meeting of Men's Brotherhood will be held on May 24 at Ellsworth Christmas' home, beginning at 11:45am. All men's are encouraged to attend for this wonderful time of fellowship. Please call Larry Bohl at 765-463-1957 if you have questions.


Hand Quilting Group

Meets on Wednesdays from 10 am - 1 pm. For more information contact Carolyn Beets. Everyone Welcome!

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 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

 Contact Carole Huber for more information.  

Join A Small Group!

Saturday Morning Small Group: Contact Annie Buckles at 765-404-7354 or Feel free to contact her at the above should you have any further questions.  


Health Ministry

Please call the office or Marilyn at 765-474-6487 for appointments. Home visits are also available upon request.


Immanuel online directory directions

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To download the mobile app

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Code - uccimmanuel

Enter your - username and password 


Programs Offered

by LUM

Free Hair Cuts

2nd Wednesday of each month

Protein Food Pantry

Open Every Thursday

10am - 12pm

St Johns Episcopal Church

Westside Food Pantry

Open Every Friday

10am - 12 pm

Unitarian Universalist Church

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. 

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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Everyone Welcome!

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Sunday Worship

 This Sunday Worship


Worship - 9:30am

Sunday School/Coffee Time:  10:30am

10:35am-Youth Choir




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


 Path Less Taken


The poet Robert Frost once spoke so eloquently about choosing the path less traveled, and how it wonderfully changed his life. It is a beautiful picture of the choices we have in life, and the paths we may take. The psalmist uses this very same imagery, painting a picture of our journey down the path of life. Choosing the way of truth is not drudgery or boredom; rather it is choosing the path of life, and in the end, we discover that it empowers and sets our hearts free.


(Verse of the week)

I have chosen the way of truth;

 I have set my heart on your laws. . .

I run in the path of your commands,

 You have set my heart free.  (Psalm 119.30-32 selections)



(Prayer of the week)

Heavenly Father, help me to set my heart on your ways, and discover anew the joy of living in your purpose and plan. Let me find strength and power in your Spirit. Help me to allow your Word to take root in my heart and life and bear the fruit of a deep and abiding faith and a life that gives you honor and praise. May I live a blessed life and be a blessing to others, through your power and to your glory. Amen.


Open your heart to God’s amazing love!

-Pastor TJ


(quote of the week)

The challenge is to be a light, not a judge; to be a model, not a critic –Stephen R. Covey

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Indiana - Kentucky

Conference United

Church of Christ

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Grant & Lisa

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Immanuel's Praise Band heard every Sunday at 9:30 am


Beautiful Organ Music Sunday Mornings at

9:30  am

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Pastor TJ


Thursday, May 19

12:00am-Lydia Circle

6:00pm-MOMS Club

Friday, May 20


Saturday, May 21

11:00am-Family Picnic at Pavilion

Sunday, May 22




10:30am-Sunday School/Coffee time

10:35am-Youth Music

Monday, May 23

7:00am-Monday AM Coffee

4:00pm-Cary Home Soap making

6:00pm-Ladies Fellowship @ Deb Halsema's

Tuesday ,May 24

8:30am-3:30pm-Cary Home

11:30am-Staff Meeting

11:45am-Men's Brotherhood @ Ellsworth Christmas'

6:30pm-Elders', Deacons' Trustees' meetings

7:30pm-Consistory Meeting

Wednesday, May 25

10:00am-Hand Quilters

6:00pm-Pastor's Bible Study

7:00pm-Choir practice

Sunday, May 29



10:30am-Sunday School/

Coffee Time

10:35am- Youth Music 

Happy Birthday!

Carol Wallace 5/19

Dennis O'Brien 5/19

Kerry Krieg 5/21

Frank Lucchese 5/21

Jennifer Sharp 5/21

Jon Phillips 5/23

John Mannin 5/24

Cynthia Hawkins 5/25

Carol Niccum 5/26

Jim House 5/27

Carol Wilson 5/29

Janet Baker 5/30

Fran Smith 5/30

Madison Whited 5/31

Vanessa Gresham-Miller 6/2 Ethan Snodgrass 6/2

Cora Woods 6/4

Erin Salgat 6/5

Jake Ryan Gilmore 6/5

Chris Bearden 6/6

Colleen Pitty 6/6

Adam Bechtel 6/7

Jon Hawkins 6/9

Ruth Lock 6/9

Becky Hershey 6/10

Julieanne Gillespie 6/11

Julie Koehler 6/11

Matt Chase 6/12

Brad Black 6/13

Guyanne Lillpop 6/13

Matt Schownir 6/14

Stephanie Lester 6/14

Avery Beaver 6/15

Kelsey Lester 6/15

Jillian Parker 6/15

Henry Gruetzmacher 6/15

Happy Anniversary!

Alan/Kelli Scott 5/17 John/Lucinda Cook 5/18 Chuck/Susan Whittemore 5/21

Josh/Madison DePew 5/23 Dave/Kathy Settles 5/23 Shawn/Kimberly Young 5/25 Rev Steve & Rev. Karen Redman 5/25

Don/Janice Partlow 5/29

Tom & Luann Vought 5/29 Brad/Diedre Mullen 5/30 Jon/April Phillips 5/30 Chris/Emma Skees 5/31 

Tanner/Stephanie Martin 6/1 Tom/Nancy Werner 6/4 Steve/Janet Baker 6/6 Ken/Dawn Boszor 6/6 Ralph/Pat Wendt 6/6 John/Linda Christopher 6/8 Robert/Beth Schroeder 6/8 Craig/Andrea Blissitt 6/10 Steve/Marcy Ritchie 6/10 Tim/Barb Strueh 6/11 Erik/Tricia Seef 6/12

Haley/ Jacob Bower 6/12 Charlie/Joyce Somers 6/13 Brent & Amy Russell 6/13 Dave/Carol Bangert 6/13 Lloyd/Louise Neher 6/13 Jack/R. Susan Schult 6/15 Ferdi/Catherine Memelli 6/16 Adam/Amy Lawson 6/17 Aron/Shay Meihls 6/20 Bruce/Carol Wallace 6/22 Ron/Lynn Wunsch 6/23 Matt/Amy Chase 6/25 Jerry/Gayle Daniel 6/27 Nicholas/Nicole Cripe 6/29

Jim & Shelly Kellar 6/29

Congratulations Confirmands! 


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Immanuel United Church of Christ

1526 South 18th Street

Lafayette, IN 47905

Phone 765-474-6496

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