Immanuel e-Spire                September 16, 2021
Information Meeting on Confirmation Class 

  Confirmation Classes will begin soon.  There is an information meeting for youth and parents this Sunday at 10:45 am in the Church Library.  Confirmation class this year is for youth in grades 7 and up.  We encourage everyone who is interested to attend. 
Blessings in Christ--Pastor TJ
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. 
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
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.
 Lydia Circle Nut Sale 
Lydia circle will be selling nuts and candy again this year. Please turn your orders into Tari Seeger no later than October 3rd. 
Pecan Halves _____________
Pecan Pieces______________
Chocolate Pecans __________
Pecan Clusters __________  Cashews _______________
If you have any questions please contact Tari Seeger. 
Sermons Series
SEP 19 Hidden Treasure-The Pearl of Great Price (Matthew 13:44-46)

(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
Coming October 4th
Monday Morning Coffee at Immanuel!!
  • Join us for Monday Morning Coffee at Immanuel!!!
  •  Start your week off here!
    7AM - 9AM(Before work or the start of your day)
     Invite your friends and/or co-workers
    Reflect/Quietly Plan your week
     Enjoy our gathering space or beautiful Sanctuary.
Growing Hope Globally Harvest 
Gathering Raffle
        This year we will raffle off a "Harvest Gathering" table runner and four matching placemats. Tickets will be $1 per ticket, or 6 for $5. The drawing will be held at our gathering (need not be present). The items will be on display at church so you can see them.  See Sue Huenemann or Tari Seeger if you are interested in purchasing tickets. The raffle proceeds will go towards the GHG Harvest donation.
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.  
10,000 Blessings Wall 
Let's count our blessings!
" For all your goodness, I will keep on singing 10,000 reasons for my heart to bless the Lord, O my soul Worship His holy name!"
1. Write (or draw) a blessing 
2. Clip it to the wall with a clothespin
3. We won't stop until we've counted 10,000 Reasons
That our God is Good!
Our goal is to get 10,000 blessing by the end of 2021. I know that sounds like a lot but if 100 people put up one blessing a day we will exceed 10,000. 

If you are not able to come in and write them down email 
Tari at and she will add them for you.
Surely we can all come up with one blessing each day. 
Scarecrow Trail
October 1 - November 6 
It is once again  time to start thinking about fall. The scarecrow trail was such a big hit last year that we are going to do it again.
  We encourage everyone to make a scarecrow and put it out along the trail. The more scarecrows we have the better. Start placing your scarecrows along the trail October 1st. Let's leave them up until after the fish fry on November 5th. 
For more information see Tari Seeger. 

 Trip to the Holy Land is Postpone Until September 2022

  Due to COVID restrictions and protocols we are postponing the trip to the Holy Land until September 2022.  So there is lost 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
Help Needed 
  Hello Immanuel! The holiday season isn't too far away and it will soon be time to decorate the church. This year, I would like to pass the baton to another member (or members) who would be willing to take this over and share their talents. This is not a task handled by one person; you would simply be the individual heading up this group. If you have questions about what this involves, please reach out to Jen Whited (call or text) at 714-4309 or by email at

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 19  Neighbors in Need
September 26  CUE-U Seminaries
October 3         Jubilee
October 10       UCC Higher Education
October 24       Merom Campership
November 7     OCWM
November 14   Jubilee
November 21   Food Pantry 
November 28   Immanuel Youth Group

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.
For more information see Tari Seeger
In The Life of our Youth ....
Upcoming  Youth Activities              
 Youth are always encouraged to bring a friend!  

Sep 19 (JY) Bikes & Scooter 1-3 pm
Sep 19 (SY) Capture the Flag 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.
Online and In-Person
Christian Education Children & Youth   

New Youth Sunday School Format 
Begins Sept. 19th 

 The Christian Education team has decided to try a shorter Sunday school for our youth. We will meet from 10:00am - 10:30am.  The new Sunday school format will begin on Sunday Sept. 19th. We will begin all the youth together in the multi-purpose room for music. Then the kids will break up by age group to learn about the Bible Story and more.
  The breakdown will be as follows, age 3 - Kindergarten, grades 1-3, and grades 4-6. Our youth in grades 7-12 will assist with the younger kids. If we don't have at least 3 kids for an age group, they will remain with the next group closest in age.
   If you are attending adult Sunday school don't worry about the shorter time, our wonderful Sunday school teacher will bring the kids back to the multi-purpose room to play games or color.
    We will have coffee and snacks available in the gathering space so parents can relax and talk. We are hoping the shorter Sunday school schedule will encourage more youth to participate. As well as Parents to enjoy coffee and conversation during the time youth are in Sunday school.  
  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Tari Seeger or Pastor TJ.

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. 
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.
 Pickleball Group 
  Immanuel now has a pickleball group that meets on Monday nights from 6-8 pm at McCaw courts. 
 We've set up a text conversation to communicate. Still, the more the merrier. 
 If you are interested in joining a church adult Pickleball group. Please contact Paul House at  765-491-7123 or email at
Book Club  
The next Book Club is October 12 beginning at 6:00pm.  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, Oct.21st at 12:00 Noon in the Pavilion weather permitting. 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, be sure to 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

 Contact Carole Huber for more information.  

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)

For more information on how to access the directory contact Tari Seeger
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, September 16
12:00pm-Lydia Circle
6:00pm-MOMS Club
7:00pm-Great Banquet

Friday, September 17
Office Closed
10:00am-Church Women United

Sunday, September 19
9 :00am-Worship
10:00am-Coffee Time
10:15am-Sunday School
10:45am-Parent & Youth Confirmation meeting
1:00pm-Bikes & Scooters-Junior Youth
1:00pm-Distinguished Young Women
3:30pm-Capture the Flag-Senior Youth

Monday, September 20
10:00am-Baby Quilters
4:00pm-Cary Home soapmaking
4:00pm-After School tutoring
6:30pm-Ladies Fellowship @ Louann Voughts' home

Tuesday, September 21
10:30am-E-Team meeting
11:30am-Staff meeting
11:45am-Lunch with the Pastor @ Walt's Other Pub

Wednesday, September 22 
10:00am-Hand Quilters
4:00pm-After School Tutoring
6:00 pm-Pastor's Bible Study
7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, September 23
7:00pm-Great Banquet

Friday September 24
Office Closed 
6:00pm-Youth Confirmation retreat (or alternate day Oct 1)

Saturday, September 25
9:00am-Great Banquet
5:00pm-Young Families-Exploration Acres

Sunday, September 26
10:00am-Coffee Time
10:15-Sunday School
1:00pm-Distinguished Young Women

        UPPER ROOM....

          Happy Birthday!  
Karen Carney9/10
Susan Linn9/10
Jerry Daniel 9/11
Marcy Ritchie9/11
Ralph Wendt9/12
Pam Hanley9/13
Baylor Forth9/14
Stewart Kellerman9/14
Brandon Wilson9/14
Jeff Sloan9/15
Vicki Smith9/15
William Klemm9/17
Missy Smith9/17
Tyler Wallace9/18
Megan Swift 9/20
David Black9/21
Joan Lowery9/21
Sally Simmons9/21
Daniel Timmons9/21
Juanita Kruger 9/21
Brenda O'Brien9/22
Carole Huber9/22
Kurt Strueh9/22
Charles Adams9/23
Kourtnee Koehler9/24
Jim Kellar9/24
Emily Phillips9/27
Beverly Van Hook9/27
Samantha Stephenson9/28
Robert Foresman II9/30

       Happy Anniversary!
Kerry/Julie Gillespie9/15
Ken/Janey McGlothlin9/15
Bruce/Lynne Blair9/16
Dustin/Molly Howe9/19
Jerry/Joan Lowery9/19
Tom/Carolyn Kuespert9/30
Jerry/Debra Stephenson9/30
David/Misti Woods9/30
Richard/Heather Bennett10/2
Scott/Sylvia Bechtel10/5
Joe & Colleen Pitty10/8
Ross & Kenzie House10/10
Austin/Amber Henderson10/16

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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.