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Immanuel E-Spire - January 19, 2023

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Make One of Your Goals in 2023

Personal & Spiritual Growth


We invite you and challenge you to make one of your goals for 2023 personal and spiritual growth. Some of the ways that you can accomplish that goal is regular worship, prayer, bible reading and fellowship. Do all of these things with a positive mindset and you will be surprised what God can do in your life, in your family, and in our church family. Join us in worship as we focus on Following in the Footsteps of Jesus. Make this year a year of personal and spiritual growth.

Blessings!--Pastor TJ

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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)

        

 EVERYONE WELCOME!!

(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 ucc-immanuel.org for our secure online giving. Click button below for online donation. Thanks again for your generous support! 


2022 Contribution Statements


2022 contribution statements have been mailed out. Please note that these statements will only include donations received directly to the church and those received via Paypal.

 If you have opted to use our new giving platform - Rebelgive - you are able to generate your own giving report through your Rebelgive account. For 2022 this means you will probably receive a statement from Immanuel for the 1st part of the year (prior to our Rebelgive roll-out) and you will generate a second statement through Rebelgive. 


If you should have any problems generating your Rebelgive Statement please contact the office and we will assist you. 

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ONLINE GIVING PLATFORM


Consider trying our 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. 


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2022 Financial Status - YTD December

YTD General Fund Receipts from congregation $338,736

YTD General Fund Expenses $350,322

Expenses exceed Receipts (shortfall) $ 11,586


Note: Beginning cash plus prior year cash reserve help to cover the shortfall.

Special Offerings

Upcoming Special Offerings

January 29 - Merom Camp

To provide financial support to keep Merom Camp and Retreat Center up and running. Many of the Immanuel's youth enjoy going to summer camp at Merom.

GroupMe

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

·        It is available on all major platforms (Tippecanoe School Corporations uses GroupMe to communicate with families)

·        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

·        PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THESE MESSAGES

·        THEY ARE MEANT TO BE INFORMATION ONLY

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

·        If you have questions about the message you received, call the church office for more information

·        This is a great way to keep everyone informed of all the wonderful things going on at Immanuel

·        I look forward to connecting with you using GroupMe.


Treats for Earhart Teachers

January 17th

Immanuel has been taking treats to the teachers at Earhart Elementary school, to show our appreciation and support for all they do for their students. Tari drops them off in the morning before school start on the third Wednesday of each month.

We need someone to provide treats for the months of March, April, and May. You can bake something or buy something. They need enough for 50 people. If you can provide the treats for one of these months please let Tari know and drop them off by 4pm the day before. For more information on how you can support Earhart see Tari Seeger.

Growing Hope Globally 2022 Update

Thank you for your generous donation to Growing Hope Globally. We are grateful that you have joined us in growing lasting solutions to hunger. For more the 20 years we have worked alongside partners, helping people around the world to improve their incomes and food security. Your gift means even more people will experience the dignity and hope of providing for themselves!

Growing Hope Globally would like to thank Immanuel for our donation of $15,672.55. Our growing project for 2022 was Nicaragua Carazo Diriamba.



Cover Lafayette Collection

Unfortunately we have people in our community who are living on the streets. When the temperatures drop they can use extra blankets and winter clothing to keep them from freezing. The youth will be collecting items for Cover Lafayette again this winter. Please drop off your new or gently used blanket's, and winter clothing in the box in the gathering space. For more information see Tari Seeger.

Thank You!

Sending out a big Yeah Rah!! to the 2022 Deacons and congregation of Immanuel United Church of Christ!! The three years that I have served on the Deacons have been nothing short of unprecedented because of the pandemic, but as I have studied the precise bookkeeping of Paul House and recommendations of the Deacons plus the never failing to pay close attention to monetary needs by the congregation I see only pure GOODNESS GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME. Thankfully Brenda O'Brien

Connecting Our Church

Joyful Congregation

 All - Church Activities 2023

Feb. 3 Indiana Pacers basketball game 7pm (Space is full for this event)

Feb. 19 Valentines Dinner at Christos 5pm ( Sign up in the Gathering Space)

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

 

See Tari Seeger for more information on Joyful Congregation Events.

All Church Valentines Dinner

February 19th

Join us on February 19th at 5:00pm at Christos on Teal Road for our church Valentines Dinner. We have a reservation, and will meet at Christos. Everyone is responsible for their own meal. Please sign up no later than February 12th. For more information see Tari Seeger. Everyone Welcome!

In The Life of our Youth....

Upcoming  Youth Activities          

 Youth are always encouraged to bring a friend



Jan. 29 Sunday Funday 1-3pm (SA)

Feb. 11 Make Soup (SML)

Feb. 12 Sell Soup (SML) 

Feb. 26 Sunday Funday (SA)

Mar. 12 Sunday Funday 1-3pm (SML)

Mar 26 Sunday Funday 1-3pm (SA)

Apr 8 Community Easter Egg Hunt 10am

Apr 9 Easter Sunday Easter Egg Hunt 10am

Apr 23 Sunday Funday 1-3pm (SML)

May 7 Sunday Funday 1-3pm (SA)

May 21 Grad Sunday

May 21 Sunday Funday 1-3pm (SML)

Jun 4 Swimming 1-4pm (all)

Jun 18 Sunday Funday 1-3pm (SML)

Jun 27-29 Sports Camp 6-8pm

Jul 9-13 VBS 6-8pm

Jul 16 VBS Sunday

Jul 30 Swimming 1-4pm (all)

SA = SPY Agents - Grades 1-5

SML = Sunday Morning Live - Grades 6-12



Tari Seeger (DCEYFM)

765-714-6812

 tseeger10@gmail.com 

All events are subject to change!

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.

Connecting Young Adults and Families

Family Board Games

February 5, 1-3pm

Want to connect and meet other young families in our church?

Join us for a family game day. Sunday February 5th from 1-3pm. Bring your favorite board game to play with others. Cookies and hot chocolate will be provided. See Tari Seeger for more information. Everyone Welcome!

Life Is Better Connected

Family Events 2023


February 5 Family Game Day 1-3pm

April 23 Honor your parents Breakfast 9-11am

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 on Life Is Better Connected Family Events.

Moms

February 7th, 6:00pm

Want to meet other moms?

Join us on February 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 to join us. Bring a friend. See Tari Seeger for more information.

SUNDAY MORNING

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

at 9:45am

Youth Sunday School

We have 3 youth Sunday School classes. Sunday school classes are for kids age 3 - grade 12. We begin altogether in the Multi-purpose room for music and then break up into our individual classes.  For more information see Tari Seeger.

Sunday Morning Live 

Sunday Morning Live class is led by Paul House and Savannah Jenney. It is for youth in grades 6-12. They meet downstairs in the youth room. 

S.P.Y. Agents 

Spirit Powered Youth 

S.P.Y. Agents are led by Tari Seeger and Ashley Luzadder. S.P.Y. Agents are youth in grades 1-5. We meet in the Multi-purpose room. We are looking at our Bible stories a mystery to solve. 

Pre K Class 

Pre K class is led by Sylvia Bechtel and Mary Alice Bauman. Pre K is for kids age 3 - Kindergarten. They meet in the nursery and learn Bible stories and do crafts. 

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 Annie Buckles, Will begin to study the TV series "The Chosen" on January 8. Class is offered both in person and via Zoom. For more information contact Annie Buckles. 

Other Events in the Life of Immanuel

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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:

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! 

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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!

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Book Club  

Book Club will meet February 14th at 6:00pm to discuss The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher. the book for March is The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah.  All are welcome! Book Club meets the second Tuesday of each month. Contact Ellen House at 765-418-4819 if you have questions.

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 Ladies Fellowship

The next meeting of the Ladies Fellowship will be January 23 at the home of Pat Wendt, beginning at 6:00pm. Hope to see everyone then.

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Lydia Circle 

Lydia circle will meet on January 19th at 12:00pm in the Library. Bring your own sack lunch. All ladies are welcome. For more information see Linda Pierret.

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Men's Brotherhood 

The next meeting of Men's Brotherhood is scheduled for February 21 at Christo's on Teal Road, beginning at 11:45am. All men of the Church are encouraged to attend and enjoy this time of fellowship.  

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Lunch with the Pastor

The meeting on January 24 will be at Christo's, on Teal Road, beginning at 11:45. All are welcomed to join this informal time with the Pastor.  

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Grief Support

This is a time to share and support one another. We are meeting the first Tuesday of the month from 6:00-7:00pm. Everyone is welcome. You can contact Pastor TJ directly.

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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.

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PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY              

IUCC Knitters, Crocheters and Sewers: The Indiana-Kentucky Conference sent an invitation to create Prayer Shawls for the UCC General Synod in 2023.


The UCC's Mental Health Network will be hosting and curating the Safe Space Suite. Our IKC Wise team is partnering with the National UCC Mental Health Network to provide prayer shawls for that space.


Whether you know, sew, crochet or have no craft skills at all, you can participate! Prayer shawls can be triangular, rectangular, or square and generally sized to go around an adult's shoulders or be used as a lap blanket. You can make them with yarn, fleece or any other material.  


There is yarn in the Parlor, and someone has donated fleece if anyone would like to make some using the fleece. Carole's email is cjhuber76@gmail.com and her phone is 920-948-7190.


If interested contact Carole Huber for more information.  

Join A Small Group!

Saturday Morning Small Group: Contact Annie Buckles at 765-404-7354 or abuckles@lsc.k12.in.us.For more information contact Annie Buckles.  

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Health Ministry

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

Everyone Welcome!

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Sunday Worship

 This Sunday Worship

IN-PERSON AND ONLINE

JAN 1

SINGLE SERVICE 9:30am

Normal Schedule:

Contemporary Worship 8:30am

Coffee & Conversation 9:30am 

Sunday School 

9:45am 

Traditional Worship 

10:45am 

YOU MAY LISTEN TO THE SERVICES LIVE ONLINE on FACEBOOK. 


WORSHIP SERVICES ARE 

AVAILABLE IN PERSON AND ONLINE.  PLEASE VISIT US ONLINE ON FACEBOOK.


Immanuel United Church of Christ

1526 S 18th Street

Lafayette, IN 47905

(765) 474-6496

www.ucc-immanuel.org


Office Hours:

8:30 am-2:30 PM

Monday - Thursdays

(closed on Fridays)

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E-votional by Pastor TJ

 

Your Name

 

What wondrous news!–God, who created all that is, calls us by name.  There are times in our lives when we hear our name and our heart is warmed just by the sound of our name spoken by someone who loves and cares for us. God knows us, loves us, and calls us by name. It is the personal call of the One who formed and fashioned us. It is the call of love and forgiveness.  It is the call of the One who has a plan and purpose for our lives. Listen for a moment . . . and hear God’s call. Hear your name spoken lovingly by God. Come to him for God loves you and calls you by name like a loving and forgiving parent. God’s promise comes to us, come what may, like a quiet, comforting whisper, “I will be with you!” Trust God. Listen for God’s loving voice whisper your name . . .

 

(scripture of the week)

Fear not for I have redeemed you,

I have summoned you by name; you are mine. . .

I will be with you. (Isaiah 43.1,2)

 

(Prayer of the week)

Lord, thank you for your great love and the way you know us and call us by name.  Open my heart and mind to trust in your plan and purpose for my life and your power to see me through. Renew within me a fresh appreciation and confident hope in your love and plan and purpose for my life. And may my life, radiant with your love, touch others today.  Amen.

 

Blessings –Pastor TJ

 

(quote of the week)

Love is the abridgment of all theology—Francis de Sales


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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

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Beautiful Organ Music Sunday Mornings at

10:45 am

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Pastor TJ

THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL

Thursday, January 19

6:00pm-Great Banquet


Friday, January 20

OFFICE CLOSED


Sunday, January 22

8:30am-Contemporary Worship Service

9:30am-Coffee & Conversation

9:45am-Sunday School

10:45am-Traditional Worship


Monday, January 23

7:00am-Monday AM Coffee

4:00pm-After School tutoring

6:00pm-Ladies Fellowship @ Pat Wendt's


Tuesday, January 24

11:30am-Staff meeting

11:45am-Lumch w/Pastor @ Christos-Teal Road

4:00pm-Cary Home soap making

6:30pm-Elders, Deacons, Trustees meeting

7:30pm-Consistory Meeting


Wednesday, January 25

10:00am-Hand Quilters

4:00pm-After School tutoring

6:00pm-Pastor's Bible Study

6:00pm-Praise Band practice

7:00pm-Choir practice

8:00pm-Bell Choir practice


Thursday, January 26

6:00pm-Great Banquet


Friday, January 27

OFFICE CLOSED


Sunday, January 29

8:30am-Contemporary Worship

9:30am-Coffee & Conversation

9:45am-Sunday School

10:45am-Traditional Worship Service

1:00pm-Sunday Funday-all youth


Monday, January 30

PASTOR'S VACATION

7:00am-Monday AM Coffee

10:00am-Baby Quilters

3:30pm-After School tutoring

Happy Birthday!

Sharon Schug 1/11

Kerry Sloan 1/11

Ross Lillpop 1/13

April Phillips 1/13

Rev. Steve Redman  1/14 Annie Buckles  1/16

Darlene Smith 1/16

Michael Weesner  1/17

Norm Beets 1/18

Brody Walden 1/18

Bryce Walden 1/18

Ellen House 1/18

Amanda Diamond  1/18 Michael Cserep 1/19

Jill Collins 1/19

Rob Sloan 1/21

Kaliya Seeger 1/22

Candy Bixler 1/22

Janet Sheets 1/22

Cooper Hall  1/24

Janey McGlothlin 1/24

Larry Bohl 1/25

Lisa Niblick 1/26

Nancy Christmas 1/26

Lloyd Wells 1/30


Happy Anniversary!


John & Dixie Frye  1/7

Roger & Joyce Miller  1/25 Terry & Carol Burge  2/4 Stewart/Janet Kellerman 3/9 Jeremy & Megan Swift  3/11 Raymond/Barbara Taylor 3/12 Rex/Janet Sheets 3/15 Tom/Karen Carney 3/28



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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. 

Immanuel United Church of Christ

1526 South 18th Street

Lafayette, IN 47905

Phone 765-474-6496

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