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Immanuel e-Spire        January 13, 2022


Growing in the New Year

I hope as you make goals and resolutions in the new year that you make your spiritual growth a priority. We are beginning a series on the Gospel of John entitled "New Beginnings" which invites us to discover deeper life in Christ and a whole new life that only Christ can offer. We hope will join us in person or online. As always, everyone is welcome!

Blessings in Christ--Pastor TJ

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Sermons Series:

John-New Beginnings

Join us as we explore John's amazing Gospel.

JAN 9 New Beginnings-Living Word (John 1:1-18)

JAN 16 Chosen One (John 1:29-34)

(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.  

A new special offering list for 2022 will be available shortly.

If you have questions about special offerings, please contact Brenda O'Brien.  

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


2022 Offering Envelopes

Your 2022 offering envelopes are available to be picked up in the gathering space. If you do not have envelopes but would like them call the church office.

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Treats For Teachers at Earhart

As a way of thanking our teachers for all they do, we would like to provide a treat for the teachers at Earhart once a month. These treats can be homemade or store bought. We will be taking treats on Jan 19, Feb 16, Mar 16, Apr 20, and May 18. If you would be willing to provide a treat for the teacher one of these day see Tari Seeger. If you would prefer to make a donation Those can be given to Tari Seeger. Thank You for your support.

We still need someone to provide treats for Jan.19th.

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Growing Hope Globally

Your generosity and the proceeds from our harvest allowed us to send over $10,000 to help support the people in this heavily populated but extremely poor area of the country. Cereal banks are being built as a strategy to reduce food insecurity. Because of your generous giving and God’s blessing on our harvest, we can help those people across the world who often do not have enough to eat.

Again, thank you Immanuel for your continued support of this wonderful mission! We look forward to another great year in 2022.


Gary & Cathie Gangwer and Clay & Sue Huenemann

Co-chairpersons of our Growing Hope Globally growing project


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Cameroon Far North

is the winner of voting for our 2022 growing project for Growing Hope Globally


Cover Lafayette

The Immanuel youth will be collecting items to support Cover Lafayette. Drop your new or gently used blankets and winter clothing items in the box. We will be collecting all winter long. You may also drop items off on your own, at the back porch of the Buttery Shelf Restaurant.

We want to help those who are living on the streets keep from freezing in these cold winter months. For more information see Tari Seeger.


Attention Cooks

We have a large amount of dishes in the kitchen from our wonderful cooks, who have brought items for various events. I encourage you to look at what is down there. We would like to make sure these items get back to their owner. Items not picked up by the end of January will be taken to Good Will.

In The Life of our Youth....

Upcoming  Youth Activities          

 Youth are always encouraged to bring a friend!  

Jan 16 Ice Skating 1-4 pm

Jan 30 Spyfall 1-3 p

Feb. 12 Make Soup 4-6 pm

Feb. 13 Sell Soup

Feb. 27 Indoor Scooter races 1-3pm

Mar 13 Tie Dye 1-3 pm

Apr 16 Comm. Easter Egg Hunt 10am

May 15 Movie & popcorn 1-3 pm

Jun 12 Swimming at Prophetstown 1-5pm

Jun 26—30 VBS 6-8 pm

Jul 3 VBS Sunday

Jul 13-15 Sports Camp 6-8 pm

Jul 24 Swimming at the Cove 1-4 pm

Aug 7 Blessing of the Backpacks

Aug 21 Canoe Trip 1 pm

Tari Seeger (DCEYFM)


All events are subject to change!

After School Tutoring 

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. 

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Moms Group

January 20th, 6pm

Calling all moms! Come out and join us on January 20th at 6pm. This is a great opportunity to connect and meet with other moms. Bring another mom and join us for some adult conversation and fellowship. For more information contact Tari Seeger.

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Young Families'

Board Games

January 29th, 4-6pm

Join us for a fun afternoon of playing board games. We encourage you to bring your favorite board game to play. who knows you might even find a new favorite game. We will have snack and some fun and fellowship. For more information contact Tari Seeger.



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Youth Sunday School

Is now meeting at 9:45am. we will begin in the multi - purpose room. After music the kids will break up by age group.

Adult Christian Education Sunday Mornings at 9:4am

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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. Has started reading a new book, You’ll Get Through This – Max Lucado

 Class is offered both in person and via Zoom. For more information contact Don Partlow. 

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.

More Fellowship & Service Activities

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Pastors Bible Study: Revelation

Wednesday 6-7pm

Led by Pastor TJ meets both in-person in the Library and online. We ar enow studying the book of Revelation. 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!

Book Club  

The next meeting of the Book Club will February 6 at 6:00pm to discuss A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter. On March 8th, we will discuss Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. All are welcome. Call Ellen House at 447-2259 if you have questions.


 Ladies Fellowship

The next meeting of the Ladies Fellowship will be Monday, January 17 beginning at Christo's on Teal Road. All ladies of the church are invited to come and enjoy this time of fellowship.


Lunch with the Pastor

Due to the increase in Covid numbers, Lunch with the Pastor will not meet in January. We will keep an eye on the numbers and will let everyone know at a later date.

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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 January 20th at 12:00pm. All ladies are welcome.  


Men's Brotherhood 

Due to rising COVID numbers Men's Brotherhood will not meet in January. We will keep an on the numbers and make a decision about February in the coming weeks. For more information contact Larry Bohl.


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.


Programs Offered

by LUM

Free Hair Cuts

2nd Wednesday of each month

Protein Food Pantry

Open every Thursday

10am - noon

St. John's Episcopal Church

Westside Food Pantry

Open Every Friday

10am - noon

Unitarian Universalist Church


Trip to the Holy Land is Postponed until Sept. 2022

Due to COVID restrictions and protocols we are postponing the trip to the Holy Land until September 2022. So there is lots of time if you are interested in joining the trip to the Holy Land. 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

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!

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Sunday Worship

 This Sunday Worship


Contemporary Worship 8:30 am

Traditional Worship 10:45 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)

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E-votional by Pastor TJ




There are a lot of books and articles on the benefits of positive thinking and having a positive outlook. But few really have insight or guidance on how to change our deep inner selves where attitudes are generated. Paul’s challenge and encouragement is quite different. Writing from a cold, dark prison cell, where he is imprisoned for his faith, Paul challenges people facing adversity and even persecution, to anchor their faith and life in Christ, who alone can hold us secure through any of the storms of life. Only Christ can give a deep peace through the most turbulent times. With that in mind, Paul challenges us to focus on what is true and noble and all the positive aspects of life, confident that God has a plan and a purpose and God has the power to see us through. Listen again to Paul’s words of challenge and encouragement:


(scripture of the week)

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 

 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:4–9 NIV11)


(prayer of the week)

Gracious God, in this new year, help me to have confidence in your plan and purpose for my life, even when buffeted by the storms of life. Let my life be anchored in Christ, knowing you alone bring peace amid the storm. Give me vision to see the plan you have more my life, and faith to trust you to fulfill it, through your power and to your glory, amen. 


Blessings –Pastor TJ


(quote of the week)

Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe—St. Augustine

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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 8:30 am


Beautiful Organ Music Sunday Mornings at 10:45am

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Pastor TJ


Thursday, January 13

6:00pm-Great Banquet

Friday, January 14


Sunday, January 16

8:30am-Contemporary Worship

9:30am-Coffee Time

9:45am-Sunday School

10:45am-Traditional Worship

1:00pm-Ice Skating-all youth

Monday, January 17

7:00am Monday AM Coffee

10:00am-Baby Quilters

4:00pm-Cary Home soap making

6:00pm-Ladies Fellowship at Christo's

Tuesday, January 18

10:30am-E-Team Meeting

11:30-Staff Meeting

6:00pm-CET Meeting

Wednesday, January 19

10:00am-Hand Quilters

4:00pm After School Tutoring

6:00pm-Pastor's Bible Study

7:00pm-Choir practice

8:00pm-Bell Choir practice

9:00pm-Praise Band practice

Thursday, January 20

12:00pm-Lydia Circle

6:00pm, Great Banquet

6:00pm-MOMS Club

Friday, January 21

Office Closed

Sunday, January 23

8:30am-Contemporary Worship

9:30am-Coffee Time

9:45am-Sunday School

10:45am-Traditional Worship

12:00pm-Confirmation Class

Happy Birthday!

Nina Huber-McGlothlin 1/7

Miles Gresham-Miller 1/8

Jay House 1/8

Jeremy Ruemler 1/8

Amy Chase 1/8

Ross Hartman 1/8

Pat Shumate 1/9

Sheila Niccum 1/10

Sharon Schug 1/11

Kerry Sloan 1/11

Patricia Shoaf 1/12

Ross Lillpop 1/13

April Phillips 1/13

Ruth Smith 1/14

Stacy Brown 1/14

Darlene Smith 1/16

Norm Beets 1/18

Brody Walden 1/18

Bryce Walden 1/18

Ellen House 1/18

Amanda Diamond 1/18

Lance Wilson 1/18

Jill Collins 1/19

William Hershey 1/19

Rob Sloan 1/21

Kaliya Seeger 1/22

Robyn Beaver 1/22

Candy Bixler 1/22

Janet Sheets 1/22

William Thomas 1/23

Joe PItty 1/23

Charles Whittemore 1/23 Janey McGlothlin 1/24

Larry Bohl 1/25

Ashley Dickinson 1/25

Aden Beaver 1/26

Nancy Christmas 1/26 Madison Meihls 1/26

Ferdi Memelli 1/27

Madeline Anliker 1/28

Lloyd Wells 1/30

Lynn Wunsch 1/31

Happy Anniversary!

John/Dixie Frye 1/7 Bill/Raynae Blair 1/20

Roger/ Joyce Miller 1/25 Cody/Erin Peabody 2/2 Terry/Carol Burge 2/4 Chris/Stephany Bearden 2/26


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.

Immanuel United Church of Christ

1526 South 18th Street

Lafayette, IN 47905

Phone 765-474-6496

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