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Immanuel e-Spire        November 11, 2021

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Join Us This Sunday NOV 14 for

Faith Promise Sunday

Please take a few moments this week, to pray, reflect, and write down your goals for yourself and for your church. Please include your Tithing, Volunteer and personal Faith Goals for the upcoming year. Faith Promise Sheets are available in the Gathering Space and will be turned in thisSunday. The worship service will have a special moment this Sunday presented by our deacons to bring forward your Faith Promise Cards.

We wish to thank everyone for their generous support!--Pastor TJ

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Annual Congregational Meeting November 15th

The meeting will be held at 6:30 pm with desserts before the meeting at 6:00pm. The meeting will be available both in-person and via Zoom.

The nominees for Elders; Carol Burge, Nancy Christmas, Jeff Sloan. Deacons; Gary Gangwer, Linda Gregory, Michael Gregory. Trustees; Bob Bauman.

We still need one more Deacon and one more Trustee.

Worship Service Update

 We just want to say THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to fill out our worship survey. 

 It was wonderful to see how much this church means to ALL of you. Beginning in July we have been trying a new worship service featuring both contemporary and traditional music with a 9:00 am worship service and Sunday School at 10:15am.  A summer trial period has allowed people to see how they like the single service format, which was purposely varied to experience a range of possibilities. We sent out a survey and received responses from our congregation to see what preferences are for a single blended service, and if so what time slot, or whether to return to two services with one contemporary and one traditional service.  Not surprisingly, the survey responses showed we had a wide range of responses on services styles and times. 

  After considerable discussion and reflection, the Immanuel consistory has decided that the best way to serve the most people is to offer two worship services 7 months out of the year and a single blended worship service 5 months out of the year. With that in mind, we will be returning to two services in the near future at a day that we will announce shortly, with contemporary worship at 8:30am and traditional worship at 10:45am; and then go to a single blended service for the summer beginning sometime in May through mid September.

 Let us all be mindful that our first priority in worship should be worshipping and praising the Lord and listening to God’s Word. God has a wonderful plan for our Church Family... now it is up to us to passionately serve Him. 

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Young Families'

Family Craft Time

Nov. 20, 10am

Join us for a fun morning of family craft time. You will have an opportunity to make an advent wreath for your family. The wood for the base of the wreath came form one of the trees that was cut down on the church grounds. Giving your wreath extra special meaning.

We will have some artificial greenery, candles as well as some other items to add to your wreath. please feel free to bring specific items you want on your family advent wreath. If you have pinecones or other items you would like to share that would be awesome. There will also be some other crafts available

Please let Tari know if you plan to attend no later than Nov. 16th to ensure we enough supplies. We will also have donuts and hot chocolate & coffee.

Sermons Series


SEP 19 Hidden Treasure-The Pearl of Great Price (Matthew 13:44-46)

SEP 26 Principles of Mustard Seed Faith (Matthew 13:31-32)

OCT 3 World Communion-One in Christ (Philippians 2:1-16)

OCT 10 Special Guest Speaker: Denise Niblick (Strueh)

OCT 17 "Peace, Be Still!" (Mark 4:35-41)

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

OCT 31 Bible Sunday-The Sower and the Soils (Matt.13:1-9)

NOV 7 All Saints Sunday-The Great Cloud (Hebrews 12:1-2)

NOV 14 Faith Promise Sunday-Discover the Lesson of the Widow's Mite (Mark 12:41-44)

(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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Decorating the Church for Christmas

November 27, 9:00am

Come out and join us as we decorate our beautiful church for the upcoming Christmas season. It is a great time of fellowship, it doesn't take long to make the transformation to Christmas. They more who participate the faster it goes. Everyone Welcome!

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Advent Candle Lighters and Readers

Advent is just a couple weeks away. We are looking for families who would like to light the candle during the worship service. We will need readers for both services. There is a sign up sheet in the gathering space.


Cary Home Stocking Project

We have once again been given the privilege of providing stocking for the youth at Cary Home. Cary Home has 12 boys and 12 girls this year. The list of approved items will be in the gathering space. If you prefer not to shop monetary donations are always welcome. Items need to be dropped off at church no later than Dec. 5th. For many of these youth what we provide is all they receive for Christmas. Let's show these youth how much they are loved. For more information see Tari Seeger.


Quilt Raffle

This beautiful quilt was donated by the Immanuel quilter to the youth to use for raffle. Ticket will be$1.00 each or 6 tickets for $5.00. See Tari Seeger for raffle tickets. Drawing will be held after the Christmas Pageant on Dec. 12th.

Proceeds go to support youth programs. 

Shaker Basket Raffle

This beautiful hand made set of 5 nesting Shaker Baskets was made by Charlie Somers and donated to the youth. We will raffle of the set. You may purchase tickets from Tari Seeger. $1.00 for 1 ticket or 6 tickets for $5.00. Drawing will be held after the Christmas Pageant on Dec. 12th.



sponsored by the Ladies Fellowship



We have been able to provide items for four schools the past couple of years and again, we would like to do that many again. So your help is greatly needed. This is for children aged kindergarten thru the 5th grade as this age-group frequently needs a change of clothing.

If you should have questions about this need, please be sure to contact Jean Sharp at 474-8110 or Ellen House at 418-4819.


Thank You

Our thanks to everyone who helped to make the Fish Fry such a huge success. Thank you to all who worked that night, all who purchased and sold tickets, and to all of our wonderful bakers. A special thanks to the Jay House family for leading this wonderful event.


Breakfast with Santa

December 18

10:00am - 12:00pm

Join us for Breakfast with Santa. We will offer a light breakfast. Photos with Santa, story time with Mrs. Claus, and coloring and crafts. Invite your friends and family and join us for this fun family friendly event.

Volunteer opportunities available see Tari Seeger to volunteer or for more information.

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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.  

Below is a list of the Special Offerings coming up: 

November 14-Jubilee Christmas

November 21  Food Pantry 

November 28  Immanuel Youth Group

December 5 and 12 Staff Christmas

December 19 Christmas Fund-Veterans of the Cross

December 26 Pastor's Discretionary Fund

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! 

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Pastors 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 great scriptures on Thankfulness. If you are not on the email list, contact Pastor TJ for the link.  Everyone welcome! 

Growing Hope

Globally Harvest 

Gathering Raffle

 We will have the drawing at the annual meeting if we are not able to have a Harvest Gathering.

       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.

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Growing Hope Globally 2022 Growing Project

It is time to vote for our growing project for 2022. The information is set up in the gathering space. To vote place your money in the bucket for the project that you would like to support. It is a penny a vote. The options are 1. Cameroon Far North 2. Palastine Gaza 3. Uganda Mt Elgon. There is information on each of the projects in the gathering space.


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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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 Dec 15, 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

In The Life of our Youth....

Upcoming  Youth Activities          

 Youth are always encouraged to bring a friend!  

Nov. 14 Escape Room 2-4 pm

Dec. 11 Pageant Rehearsal 11 am—1 pm

Dec. 12 Christmas Pageant

Dec. 12 Living Nativity at Faith 6-8 pm

Dec. 18 Breakfast with Santa 10am— 12pm

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


Tari Seeger (DCEYFM)


All events are subject to change!


Escape Room

Nov.14, 2-4pm

I encourage all of our youth in grades 1- 12 to join us for an escape room at Immanuel. The youth will have to work as a team to solve the clues in order to escape the room before time runs out.

We will have a group go in at 2pm and the second group will go in at 3pm. See Tari to sign up for one of the groups.


Christmas Pageant Call Out

It is time to start thinking about the Christmas Pageant. We encourage all of our youth to participate. There will be some speaking parts and some non speaking parts.

The pageant will be held on Dec. 12th. With a dress rehearsal on Saturday Dec. 11th from 11am - 1 pm. If you would like your child to be a part of the pageant this year please see Tari Seeger.

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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Youth Sunday School

 The Christian Education team has decided to try a shorter Sunday school for our youth. We will meet from 10:00am - 10:30am. We will begin with 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.

  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. Has started reading the book "Get Your Life Back" by John Eldredge.

 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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Moms Group  

Nov. 18 & Dec 2

 at 6:00pm

 Join us for Moms on the first Tuesday or the third Thursday of each month. For more information see Tari Seeger


Ladies Power Group Fitness Class

Meets on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 6:00pm. Class is led by Kimberly Hartman Certified Personal Trainer. Cost s is $4 per class or you can buy a pass and get 1 class free. for more information contact Kimberly Hartman or Sylvia Bechtel

Book Club  

The Book Club will not meet in December, but will resume on January 11, 2022 at 6:00pm to discuss One by One by Ruth Ware. February's book will be A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter. All are welcome. Call Ellen House at 447-2259 if you have questions.


 Ladies Fellowship

The next meeting of the Ladies Fellowship will be December 13 at the home of Jean Sharp beginning at 6:00pm. All ladies of the church are invited to come and enjoy this time of fellowship. The Ladies Fellowship will be completing their Elementary School Clothing drive Christmas project.


Lunch with the Pastor

Please join us for "Lunch with the Pastor" on November 23 at Christo's beginning at 11:45am. This is an informal time of lunch, fellowship & good conversation.  

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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 be meeting on Thursday, November 18th at 12:00 Noon. Please bring your own sack lunch. All ladies are welcome.  


Men's Brotherhood 

Will be meeting on November 16 at Golden Corral, beginning at 11:45am. Be sure to attend. All men are invited.     


Hand Quilting Group

 Meet 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

  • Turkey Trot 5K Run November 25, 8:00am

  • Protein Food Pantry

Open every Thursday 10am - noon

St. John's Episcopal Church

  • Westside Food Pantry

Open Every Friday 10am - noon

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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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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




Have you ever heard a familiar song that you loved and felt a new strength and vitality to face the day? The prophet Isaiah must have known what that was like. He writes, “The Lord is my strength and my song.”  What magnificent words from the prophet. Isaiah had discovered that God gives us the strength to persevere through difficulties.   As someone once said, it is not how able we are but how able God is. But it does not stop there . . . God’s love also gives us the song that gives us joy in the darkest night. Take a moment and re-discover and reconnect with God’s strength and God’s love. You don’t have to do it alone. God is there in strength and love. Discover new strength and a new song in your heart. Discover the strength and the song that God’s Spirit can give.


(Verse of the week)

The Lord, my Lord is my salvation

 I will not be afraid

The Lord is my strength and my song

 He has become my salvation -- Isaiah 12.2 


(Prayer of the week)

Gracious God of love and mercy, thank you that in any storm there is stillness in your arms of love and hope surrounded by your power. Strengthen me to face the challenges of life. And may your love fill my life that I can be a beacon of hope in my life. In everything I do may others see your love and grace in me. Amen.   


Have a blessed week—Pastor TJ


(quote of the week)

It is not how much you do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving--Mother Teresa

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Indiana - Kentucky

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Church of Christ

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Grant & Lisa

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Immanuel's Praise Band heard every Sunday at 9:00 am


Beautiful Organ Music Sunday Mornings at 9:00am

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Thursday, November 11

1:00pm-County Extension Homemakers Quilt Club

6:00pm-Ladies Power Hour Exercise Group

7:00pm--Great Banquet

Friday, November 12

Office Closed

5:00pm-Wedding rehearsal-Chase-Stacy

Saturday, November 13

2:00pm-Chase-Stacy wedding

Sunday, November 14





10:00am-Coffee Time

10:00am-Youth Sunday School

10:15am-Adult Christian Education

11:00am-Confirmation Class

2:00pm-Escape R

Monday, November 15

7:00am-Monday Morning Coffee

10:00am-Baby Quilters

4:00pm-Cary Home Soap making

4:00pm-After school Tutoring

6:00pm-Dessert prior to Congregational Meeting

6:30pm-Annual Congregational Meeting

Tuesday, November 16

10:30am-E-Team meeting

11:30am-Staff Meeting

11:45am-Men's Brotherhood Meeting @ Golden Corral

6:00pm-Ladies Power Hour Exercise Group

Wednesday, Nov. 17

10:00am Hand Quilters

4:00pm-After School Tutoring

6:00pm-Ladies Power Hour Exercise Group

6:00pm-Pastor's Bible Study

7:00pm Choir Rehearsal

8:00pm-Chancel Hand Bells rehearsal

9:00pm-Praise Team rehearsal

Thursday, November 18

8:00am-Cary Home training

12:00pm-Lydia Circle

2:00pm-Cary Home training

6:00pm-Ladies Power Hour Exercise Group

6:00pm-MOMS Club

Friday, November 19

Office Closed

Saturday, November 20

10:00am-Young Families Event

Sunday, November 21



8:30am-Contemporary Worship

9:30am-Coffee Time

9:45am-Sunday School

10:45am-Traditional Worship

Happy Birthday!

Lynne Blair 11/5

Craig Blissitt 11/5

Ellsworth Christmas 11/5

Corey Baker 11/7

Samantha Collins 11/7 Elena Bechtel 11/8

Cooper House 11/8

Cory Bearden 11/9

Carla Beard 11/9

Cory Northrup 11/9

Kristy Price 11/10

Susan Whittemore 11/11

Jim E. Brown 11/13

Jerry Lowery 11/13

Michael Niccum 11/13

John Frye 11/17

Mark McKee 11/17

Cathie Gangwer 11/18

Irene Kopka 11/18

Angela Priest 11/19

Carson Hall 11/20

Rex Sheets 11/20

Kaitlyn Gregory 11/21 Louise Neher 11/21

Jen Whited 11/21

Gavyn Krieg 11/22

Holly Hanley 11/22

Edwin Stephenson 11/22

Heather Ide 11/24

Adam Grote 11/24

Dean Jones 11/24

Dave Whited 11/24

Jeremy Swift 11/24 Fernanda Cunha Bechtel 11/25

Richie Burge 11/25

Arva Jo Karberg 11/25 Casey Bearden 11/26

Beth Garrett 11/26

Molly Howe 11/26

Peyton Swift 11/27

Charlotte Arenas 11/28

Seth Niccum 11/29

Roger Miller 11/29

Happy Anniversary!

Jim & Carole Huber 11/9

Paul/Cynthia Hawkins 11/10

Jim/Veneta Hazlewood 11/13 Thomas/Margaret Mellady 11/17 Jim/Ruth House 11/17

Tony & Angela Priest 11/18

Bob & Kathy Foresman 11/21 John/ Mary Patterson 12/21 Jeff/Janet Stearns 12/28 Newlin/Elizabeth Howard 12/31

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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.

Immanuel United Church of Christ

1526 South 18th Street

Lafayette, IN 47905

Phone 765-474-6496

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