Discovering and Displaying Christ In Here and Out There

Immanuel Presbyterian Church • 9252 E. 22nd Street • Tucson, AZ 85710 • 520-296-2253

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What is Lent? In 2024, the liturgical season of Lent began on Ash Wednesday (February 14th) and ends on the Saturday before Easter (March 24th). The length of the Lenten season was established in the 4th century as a period of 40 days (not including Sundays). The purpose of Lent is self-reflection, discipline and penitence aimed to prepare Christians for Easter and the Resurrection celebration. Lent is intended to remind us of the sacrifice and hardship that Jesus endured during his 40 days in the desert prior to the beginning of his public ministry. Historically, churches have encouraged members to grow in faith and spiritual consciousness by sacrificing something during this period. We know how this works: giving up a guilty pleasure like chocolate, TV, gaming, Facebook, etc.  However, each of us worshipping in the Immanuel congregation is encouraged to add a spiritual dimension to our lives by giving something, doing something, creating something, or becoming something. This is another way we can celebrate the Lenten season as a faith community. What will your “something” be?

A Lenten Devotional Gift for You. This year our devotional is “Local Pilgrim – A Wandering Wondering Daily Devotional” from Presbyterian Outlook. Take home a copy on Sunday or download HERE.

Abundant Life 2024
We’re a community on a mission! Following in the footsteps of Jesus, Immanuel is called to thrive and to help our neighbors thrive, creating a beautiful, joyful, and abundant life for all. Your support allows us to share the good news of Jesus Christ! Please prayerfully consider your 2024 Abundant Life Pledge. You can still submit online HERE and read more about Immanuel Giving HERE.

Wednesdays thru April 10
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide
10:00am – 2:30pm
Towner Hall

Immanuel is hosting AARP Tax-Aide, a free in-person tax filing and assistance by trained IRS certified tax preparers.  Come on Wednesdays to pick up your tax packet and schedule your appointment to sit down with the tax preparers for final e-filing. The church cannot schedule appointments or provide any tax guidance.

For more information visit AARP Tax-Aide.

Men’s Bible Study!

Mondays at 10:00am. Come hang out with the guys, have coffee, dig deeper into scripture, and connect with friends. Led by Pastor Tittle. Meets in Witherspoon Hall.

Agape Circle

Agape Circle Women’s Bible Study.
Come join us on the second Wednesday of every month from 9:00am -12:00pm
in the home of Mary Kay Bush at 9222 E. Charlotte Place. We start the morning with a light brunch provided by members, followed by Joys and Concerns, and then are led in our Horizon bible study by Cheryl Wood and Jane Eddy. New members are always welcome! Please contact Jean Nelson at 520-886-6586 or Mary Kay Bush at 520-661-6737 for more information.

Presbyterian Women Bible Study
2023–2024 PW/Horizons Bible Study
“Sacred Encounters: The Power and Presence of Jesus Christ in Luke-Acts”
An Intoduction Video 

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Lydia Circle

Lydia Circle Women’s Bible Study meets the 3rd Monday of the month at 6:30pm in Witherspoon Hall. We start with refreshments then dive into our Bible study. All are welcome! Email Kay Schmidt for details at

Desert Sages

10:00am-12:30pm – Tuesdays!
“Sages” is a fellowship group of people who have Tuesday mornings off and want to make new friends and have a great time. We play a variety of card and board games while eating popcorn and drinks, then finish the morning with more refreshments (dessert!). We play Bridge, Hand & Foot, Poker (no money), Mexican train, Rummikub, Pinochle, and anything else you like. Masks are optional. Questions? Contact Mary Kay Bush, Sages Coordinator at 520-661-6737 at


Thursdays 9:30am – 12:00pm
Witherspoon Hall, Rm 12/13

Everyone is welcome to come to Crafter’s Group! Learn a new skill and have a great time of fellowship, too! We make quilts, blankets and projects for local missions. We also work on our own projects for fun — so grab your gear and join us!

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We Put Love in Every Stitch!

Dear Immanuel family and friends,

This is my last letter to you as your pastor. It is a bittersweet, or more accurately “sweetbitter” moment. There is a warmth and a preciousness to this goodbye. It is here, with you all, that our family was raised. Our children’s memories of their growing years are almost entirely with you, and they are good memories of kind words, laughter, affirmations, and love. Our whole family loves you all and we are praying for God to continue to bless and flourish you all in this upcoming interim period and in the next chapter with God’s new person to eventually pastor at Immanuel. I’ll be praying and cheering for you all the way through. So this is truly a “good” bye. Beginnings and endings are the bookends that mark and shape the seasons of our lives. The middle is vitally important, but it’s the start and finish that set the tone for how we view the past and what is yet to come. I look forward to celebrating, remembering, giving thanks, and blessing one another on our last Sunday together. Our paths have converged and intertwined these sixteen years, now they will diverge with me no longer as your pastor, but as your friend. These are not easy transitions, but necessary ones that we will both honor in our covenant of separation. But the good news is we have a living shared history that we can look fondly upon as we go our different ways serving the same Lord. I thank God that he brought us together, for such a time as we have had. And what a time it was!

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, au revoir, adieu,
Pastor John

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8:30am Alternative Worship
Communion Sunday
March 3, 2024


Rev. John C. Tittle

“Be a Practicing Blessologist”
Numbers 6:22-27 (NRSVue)

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Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

All of Immanuel’s Worship Service videos are available on our YouTube channel: “Immanuel Presbyterian Church Tucson”

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11:00am Traditional Worship
Communion Sunday
March 3, 2024


Rev. John C. Tittle

“Be a Practicing Blessologist”
Numbers 6:22-27 (NRSVue)

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Blessed are you, God of all creation; through your goodness and mercy we have these gifts to share. Accept and use our offerings for your glory and for the service of your kingdom. Blessed be your name forever.  Amen

All of Immanuel’s Worship Service videos are available on our YouTube channel: “Immanuel Presbyterian Church Tucson”

Welcome Guests!

First time visitor?

Ask one of our ushers for a Welcome Bag! Then join us after the service in Witherspoon Hall for coffee and refreshments. We would love to get to know you.

Lenten Food Drive to Benefit Haven Totes Food Pantry – This year Haven Totes is asking for Jelly, Canned Fruit, Boxed Meals (macaroni and cheese/Hormel) and Rice. We have gained a reputation as the “Jelly Church” over the years. Plus, grape jelly is purple – a color for Lent! Our donations will be collected in the sanctuary or drop them off at the church office.  Haven Totes Food Pantry serves the children and families in our local schools. Now through Palm Sunday!

NURSERY– Offered Sundays during Worship Services.

Offered during the second half of the Worship Service.
Children ages 3-5 years old are invited to participate in Time Together activities led by an adult teacher and helper. They meet in Towner Hall, Rm 3 where parents can pick them up after the service. Activities include bible stories, coloring, singing, crafts, and dancing.

Kris Goorsky
Director of Christian Formation

No Sunday School Mar 10 & 31

9:45-10:45 am weekly
Towner Hall
Ages 3 to 12th grade

Activities encourage active learning through lessons purposely planned to highlight the theme’s Bible verse and story by way of art, games, science, stories, and music.


—No Sunday School on Mar 10 & 31

Lenten Study Begins – Mar 3, 17, 24
 “Final Words from the Cross ” by Adam Hamilton. Vikki Carpenter will lead this class. video preview.
9:45-10:45 am weekly
Witherspoon Hall, Rm 12/13
In life and in death, Jesus’ words were powerful and meaningful. Despite the serious effort and increased pain required for Jesus to speak as he hung on the cross, Jesus spoke seven “final words”—statements that have much to teach us about Jesus, his Father, and ourselves. We will explore these final words as seen and heard through the eyes and ears of those who stood near the cross. Books are free and will be available in class or prior from Kris Goorsky.

Kris Goorsky at

—NEW SERIES begins April 7 – “Simon Peter: Flawed But Faithful Disciple” by Adam Hamilton


Join us Sundays from 5:00-7:00pm for Dinner, Games, and Bible fellowship.
For youth in Grades 6-12.
Lots of fellowship, lots of fun!
Questions? Contact Kris Goorsky for info:

**Want to feed hungry teenagers?

Join the meal train!
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Upcoming Youth Group Events:

  • March 03: Games! Games!
  • March 10: No Youth Group 🙁
  • March 17: Bible Experience
  • March 23: Fruit picking for Ishkashitaa from 9:30am – 12:00pm
  • March 24: Youth Sunday Preparation
  • March 31: Easter! Egg Hunt! at 9:45am. No Sunday School or Youth Group!
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Volunteer – We Need You! We have so many opportunities to participate in church life – but we also want to respect your time and schedule. Most are just once a month or every other month. We need ushers, lay readers, fellowship hosts, children’s ministry teachers and more. Interested? Contact Kate Kelly at

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Café Justo coffee is available at Church! Look for the Café Justo display after one of our Sunday morning services. Delicious 100% organic, fair trade roasted coffee is $11.00 per 1 lb. bag.

You can also order online HERE. Read more about Café Justo and the Frontera De Cristo Coffee and Compassion program HERE.


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Pastor John Tittle

We at Immanuel proclaim and strive to live by the teachings of Jesus, the Scriptures, and the church that instructs us to love our neighbor who is created in God’s image, whether they be friend or foe, similar or distinct, or a different skin tone. God has given us and entrusted us with the ministry of reconciliation to transcend today’s heightened polarization in church and society. Brothers and sisters, let us continue to love one another with Christ’s love!

Grace and Peace,
Rev. Dr. John C. Tittle

Discovering and displaying Christ
in here and out there.

All are welcome!

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The path of worship – honoring God.

The path of discipleship – learning and apprenticing the faith.

The path of hospitality – building relationships and bridges.

The path of mercy – caring for the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of the faith community and community at large.

The path of mission – sharing the good news locally and globally in word and deed.


People come to church for lots of different reasons. Some come for the preaching, some come for the music. Some seek quiet time for personal reflection, and others appreciate a community of friends who have become family. Many are fed by book and Bible studies, and some long to reach out and help others.

We invite you to come visit us on a Sunday morning soon. Get in touch with your spiritual side — worship with us and attend a Christian Education class or a study group. We think Immanuel has what you and your family are looking for, and we would love to welcome you!