Immanuel Presbyterian Church
Friday, October 19, 2018
Winter Residents
 
Are you retired and looking for a warmer winter home? Immanuel welcomes winter residents! Beginning in October, folks begin migrating from the northern climes to places where they don't have to stay indoors because of winter storms, run up a heating bill, or shovel snow. Tucson's mild winters and beautiful desert scenery and Immanuel's worship services, groups, and activities are a great match! Many of our winter residents arrive in October or November and stay until Easter; some just come for a couple of months. All of them are thoroughly integrated into Immanuel life. Let us introduce you to a few of them
 

Wayne & Susan with Geyser

As Tucson winter residents and full-time RVers from Chicago, Wayne & Susan wanted to find a church home in Tucson. They said "To find a Presbyterian church with an emphasis on music, we searched the Internet and found Immanuel. Their Website described a choir and handbells—just what we wanted. One visit and we were hooked. Not only was the choir exceptional but the church was just the right size that it was easy to get involved and acquainted with people." Within weeks, Susan was singing in the Sanctuary Choir and serving as a Deacon. Wayne began attending Men’s Breakfast and now also serves as an Elder on the Budget & Finance Team. Susan adds, "Pastor John Tittle was also instrumental in our decision to join Immanuel. His messages are positive, informative, and Biblically oriented. The best part is the congregation’s understanding that winter residents come in and out of the church and its activities as the seasons come and go. You are welcome at Immanuel!"

   
Don & Linda tell us "We were invited to attend Immanuel Presbyterian by friends we camp with in Tucson. We  were very impressed with the choir and their music. Rev. John Tittle was so friendly and has a true pastor's heart. We were made to feel welcome by the congregation as well. We enjoy participating in the Desert Sages activities. We have made a lot of new friends and look forward to church  every Sunday." 
 
 
  
                       Don & Linda
Dennis &  Anita                  
 
When Dennis & Anita started spending winters in Tucson, they  knew they wanted to find a church with a traditional service and a traditional choir, because they sing in their church choir in Iowa. Anita says, "We visited a couple of churches, but they just didn’t seem like a fit. One day when I was grocery shopping at Fry’s on 22nd and Harrison, I noticed Immanuel’s sign which said they had a traditional service at 11:00. We decided to give it a try even though we are Lutheran. The choir caught our attention, and we knew we wanted to sing with them. Immanuel is so warm and inviting, there wasn’t a second thought on where  we wanted to spend our winters worshiping."
    

 
There's lots to do at Immanuel during the week. These groups are not just for winter residents or retirees, they're for every age, so you'll get to meet a wide variety of Immanuel folks. 
 
Desert Sages is a way to meet new friends, a way to get to know your new church family, a way out of loneliness, a way to hone your game skills, and a way to have fun. Every Tuesday from 10 am until 12 folks gather in Witherspoon Hall for Rummikub, bridge, poker, hand & foot, Mexican train, and anything else you want to play. We take turns bringing refreshments that we share at noon. You can also pitch in $1 each week toward a luncheon every six weeks. This is a group of 35-40 folks who just enjoy each other's company. It's a "come when you can" thing. 
 
Men's Breakfast starts at 8:00 am each Monday. Immanuel men gather for breakfast and a Bible study. During the summer, they meet at Biscuits Cafe, located at 7026 E Broadway Blvd.
 
Presbyterian Women:  Our two women's circles meet once a month for fellowship, study, and prayer. Lydia Circle meets the third Monday of every month in Witherspoon Hall, rooms 9 and 10, at 6:00pm. Lydia Circle is made of working women and stay-at-home mothers who can’t come to the Agape Circle in the daytime. Agape Circle meets in the morning in people's homes. Call the church office for contact information, or look in the current issue of the Dove newsletter. Throughout the year there are other gatherings, including meeting with women from other churches in Presbytery de Cristo, and women of Immanuel attend national- and international-level meetings of Presbyterian Women.  

Crafter's Corner gathers on Thursdays for sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, and needlepoint -- or whatever craft people love doing. Crafters meet every Thursday afternoon, 1:00 pm to 4:00 p.m, and work on handmade items for the congregation, for a future craft bazaar, and for local charities in need. You can bring your own supplies to work on, or help create items for those in need from our donations of supplies.

Immanuel Meals is a social fellowship that brings together 4 different couples, once a month, January through April, to share a meal. We meet in private homes, restaurants, and other locations depending on who is hosting. Hosting is shared and you will be asked to be host one time to provide the main course. In the other months, you will be asked to bring either the salad and rolls, vegetable, or dessert on a rotating basis. This is a wonderful way to meet new people in your church or fellowship with old friends. Sign-up for Immanuel Meals is held in December. 
 
The Sanctuary Choir rehearses on Thursdays from 6:45 to 8:30 pm, September through May, and sings at the 11:00 service on Sundays and on other liturgical days of the Christian year. We welcome all adults who enjoy singing. Immanuel's choir has folks who sing with us for just a few months who hail from as far away as Iowa, Wisconsin, New York, Nebraska, Indiana, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and even Canada. Come sing with us! And read more about worship at Immanuel on our Worship & Music page.

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Life on the Sonoran Desert
Curious about life on the desert?  Some people say they miss having four seasons. Here on the Sonoran Desert we have five:  dry summer (May & June), wet summer or monsoon season (early July through mid-September), autumn (October & November, winter (December through mid-February), and spring (mid-February through April). Read about it here:  https://www.desertmuseum.org/desert/sonora.php.  
 
This page is a work in progress, so please keep checking back to see who else and what else is featured.  If you are looking for a place to retire or just to spend the winter, we can wholeheartedly recommend Tucson -- and Immanuel!