Discovering and Displaying Christ In Here and Out There

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

This Sunday!

 8:30 am – Alternative Worship Service
 9:45 am – Sunday School 
11:00 am – Traditional Worship

Fellowship Hour will follow after each service in Witherspoon Hall.

Abundant Life 2024
We believe the world is crying out for more community, more compassion, more hope – and that’s what God is calling us to extend to our city and world each and every day. 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 worship, music, mission and the good news of Jesus Christ! Please prayerfully consider your 2024 Abundant Life Pledge. If you have not done so already, pledge cards are available in the sanctuary or you can submit online HERE.

Bring the beauty of the Christmas season to our sanctuary! Order your Christmas flowers this Sunday! Forms are in the Sanctuary. Each plant is $15.00. The deadline to order is December 10th.

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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!

“The Annunciation of the Shepherds” by Nicolas Berchem, 1649

Greetings Immanuel family and friends,

Do you know who were the first people to announce that salvation has come to earth in the Christ child? Was it dignitaries? The in-laws? Fox or CNN news? Social media influencers? Nope…shepherds. Lower-class, sometimes looked-down upon shepherds who had BO–smelling of sheep and smoky campfires. Things are a bit messy in the Christmas story—like real life. We read the shepherds were living in the fields. What were the shepherds doing when they received the angelic visitation? They were doing what shepherds do. God’s plan was revealed . . . when they were just being themselves, doing their regular routine. The shepherds remind us we can encounter God in the mundane. We can be attuned to God in the regular flow of life—we’ve just got to be aware, attentive. This is our Advent challenge and the shepherds have much to teach us along our journey to Bethlehem.

See you Sunday
Pastor John

December 10, 2023

Second Sunday of Advent



Rev. John C. Tittle, Pastor

“Shepherds” — The Journey to Bethlehem

Scripture: Luke 2:8, 15-18, 20 (NRSVue)

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

Discovering and displaying Christ
in here and out there!

December 10, 2023

Second Sunday of Advent



Rev. John C. Tittle, Pastor

“Shepherds” — The Journey to Bethlehem

Scripture: Luke 2:8, 15-18, 20 (NRSVue)

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O Mighty One, you have done and are doing great things for us, and holy is your name. Bless all we offer you—ourselves, our time, and our possessions—that through us your grace and hope may be made known to all the world, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. Amen.

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

Appalachian Winter Christmas Cantata
Sunday, December 17th!

“Appalachian Winter” combines traditional sounds of the season with more rustic elements drawn from Shaker hymns, Appalachian melodies, and the hymnal of the American South, “The Sacred Harp.” Join us for popular American carols like “Away in a Manger” and “O Little Town of Bethlehem” alongside spirituals such as “Children, Go Where I Send Thee” and “Go, Tell It on the Mountain,” all woven together with a contemplative narration warmly welcoming the Christmas season.

Join us on Sunday, December 17 at 8:30am or 11:00am!
*After each service we will have a cocoa and cookies fellowship hour.

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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.

NURSERY – Open from 8:15am–12:15pm Sundays (infants to age 3)
Our Comfort Room is available in the Sanctuary for parents of young children who need care and comforting. We also have children’s activity bags and the playground is open.

Each Sunday 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, Room 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

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.


9:45-10:45 am weekly
Witherspoon Hall, Rm 12/13
Join us Dec 10, 17 

The Gift of the Nutcracker” by Matt Rawle – looking at this classic in a new way – through the lens of faith. Marcia Aurand will lead this class. Participant books: $10

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:

Dec 9 – Cocoa with Santa
Dec 10 – Games and Bible Study
Dec 17 – Youth Group Christmas Party

**Want to feed hungry teenagers? Join the meal train! Contact Kris Goorsky at

Exciting Playground News to Share!
Immanuel is getting a new playground system in mid-January from Play It Safe. The current large structure will be replaced with a new colorful system that incorporates two slides, a leaf and branch climber and special climbing blocks. This structure will offer more climbing features and exploration for imaginative play. The tire swing, preschool slide and teeter tooter will stay. We are also adding more pea gravel for a thicker and safer play surface.

A very generous donor is making this project possible – Thank you!
We are receiving additional funding from the Mission & Evangelism Team. We are very excited to be able to offer this new and improved playground to our children and our neighborhood.

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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 again! Look for the Café Justo display after one of our Sunday morning services. We encourage you to stock up whenever you join us for worship.
Coffee is $11 per pound!

You can also order online thru the Café Justo “Coffee and Compassion” program. You will receive delicious 100% organic coffee cultivated, roasted, and shipped by the Café Justo cooperative, and you will be helping those families affected by COVID-19.
Café Justo, Coffee and Compassion. Click HERE to order.

Frontera de Cristo and Café Justo developed the “Coffee and Compassion” program in 2020 in response to the economic downturn due to COVID and the concurrent drop in sales for Café Justo. The program has been an amazing success and we thank everyone who has participated!

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Café Justo Introduction!


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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!