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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July 30, 2021

Greetings Immanuel Family!

Grace and peace to you in Christ our Lord. I’ve got some tough news to share with everyone: Will Price, our alternative service worship leader who has been on staff since our inaugural service over ten years ago, is concluding his time at Immanuel. Will and Anja are some of the dearest people I know. They are both not only musically talented (both play multiple instruments), but they’re generous in spirit, deep in faith, and just fun to be around. Will has helped Immanuel out in so many ways beyond the 8:30 service—offering his IT expertise to help us with hardware and software, teaching Sunday School, or getting on ladders to hoist banners or affix projectors. Will not only led us into the throne room with his voice, guitar, band leadership, and music production skills, but he brought maturity, grace, and heart into all his interactions. I am a blessed and honored pastor to have served with him in ministry and we’re a blessed congregation. We will show our gratitude and share our goodbyes to Will and Anja for a beautiful decade at Immanuel on Sunday, August 22nd in worship and with a reception in Witherspoon afterwards.

This Sunday we begin a new series on the Psalms and we’ll look at Psalm 30–a thanksgiving psalm. This psalm has the famous verse about God turning “our mourning into dancing”. Weeping is personified as a guest that stays only a night, but hits the road before sunrise. But Joy—joy is a beloved member of the family of God. Joy is here to stay for the long-haul and the long-run. Joy comes in the morning. Day in, day out. A permanent fixture in the household of God. A life of gratitude and thanksgiving is crucial because it helps us discern the ways God is at work—even in the hard times. We may find ourselves ticked off at the delta variant and the pandemic. Saddened to say good-bye to loved ones. Discouraged about nagging health concerns. Or aching from relationship troubles, yet gratitude helps us see that God is at work, even in that. Our suffering is real—but it’s temporary, compared to, as Paul says, “the eternal weight of glory” that outlasts and overpowers our afflictions. God brings a reorientation to our disorientation. We can persevere, persist, and press through life’s pitfalls and dance our way up and through it all.

Pastor John


COVID-19 Update – July 30, 2021

Our session-approved Covid guidelines remain in place at this time, but the Immanuel leadership is monitoring the newly updated CDC and Pima County COVID-19 guidelines. Recently, mask usage has been revised to recommend the wearing of masks in public indoor settings, even if one is vaccinated. We strongly encourage you to consider this newest information as well as health safety through vaccinations. If you need assistance in obtaining a vaccination, we are here to help.

There are a variety of health approaches and considerations in our church community. Please worship with us in the way that makes the most sense for you and your family. Whatever your decision, it will be honored and respected.

We will continue to regularly monitor COVID-19 developments both locally and nationally and will keep you posted if any changes in Immanuel’s protocol occur. Our prayers for good health are with you and all!

August 1, 2021 Worship Services

Communion Sunday

Sharing of the Bread and Wine

Communion will be served using pre-packaged elements.
You may participate in the Lord’s Supper from where you are for those at home.
Have with you bread and juice to partake as the pastor guides us through the sacrament.

Sanctuary Worship Service – 10:00 am
Masks are not required for the vaccinated.
Modified social distancing.
Nursery is open for infants–age 5.
Masks for children are at parental discretion.
Singing by vaccinated/masked congregants and choir members encouraged.

Online Worship Service
Sunday or anytime!

SERIES: Summer Psalms


“Thanksgiving Psalms”
Psalm 30:1-12 (NKJV)

by Rev. John C. Tittle
Sanctuary Worship Bulletin Online Worship Bulletin

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Alternate Link to this week’s Worship Service.

Immanuel’s Worship Service videos are also available on our YouTube channel at
“Immanuel Presbyterian Church Tucson.”

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Settings: Click the Video to open the Options panel. Click the Gear icon. Select Subtitles on/off. Select Video Quality: 360, 480, 720, or 1080 HD. 

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Coming up …

New Season begins August 15th!
YOU Can Make a Difference

in a Young Person’s Life!

We need Volunteer Teachers for Sunday School, Time Together, and Youth Group.  A wonderful opportunity to connect and grow together in faith!

Sunday School — 9:00-9:45 am
Time Together — after Children’s Message until worship is over
Youth Group — 5:00-7:00 pm Sundays

Leader Meeting
11:30 am Sunday, August 1st
We will share curriculum, discuss best practices, and get to know each other.

Contact Kris Goorsky if you would like to lead, teach, cook, or volunteer in any way.


Our offerings help our Presbyterian border ministries Frontera de Cristo and Compañeros en Mision serve our sisters and brothers in Christ in Agua Prieta and Nogales.

Please bring your donations to Church during worship on August 1, 8 and 15

or drop them off to the Church office weekdays from 10am–noon. Your gifts are a great blessing to our brothers and sisters in Christ. Our Presbyterian border ministries serve hundreds of people each week. Thank you! —Matthew 25:35-36

IMMANUEL CHURCH WORK DAY – Saturday, August 14th

In preparation for the kick-off of Christian Education classes, we are holding a Church work day to spruce up the campus inside and out. We will work from 9:00am–11:30am and then enjoy pizza and cookies together.

We need volunteers to help with dusting, vacuuming, wiping down countertops, and bathroom cleaning. Also some minor outdoor clean up–weeding, raking and sweeping. Come join us!

Presbyterian Women Churchwide Gathering Online Event
August 5th from 1:00–3:00pm
No registration required.

The Gathering will be live-streamed on PW’s Gathering web page at and PW’s Facebook page at

PW’s Business Meeting happens August 4 and 5 from 10:00am–12:00pm. To observe this live-stream, go to:


Join us! Mondays at 8:00 am.
BISCUITS CAFE at Broadway/Kolb.

Thursdays 9am-12pm
Witherspoon Hall, Rm 12/13

All are welcome to pop in! All skills levels and types of projects – quilting, sewing, prayer shawls, even painting or drawing. We have a great time working together and enjoy a time of fellowship. Interested in learning a new skill? Come check us out!


Immanuel’s Mission Team continues distribution of emergency food bags to those in need. These bags include cereal, soup, pasta, tuna, crackers, peanut butter, and more. If you or someone you know is in need, please call the Office at (520) 296-2253 or email Kate at


Café Justo Coffee is available for purchase every Sunday morning in the Courtyard (contact Peggy Free) or online anytime through Frontera de Cristo or

About Café Justo Coffee


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!

Pastor John Tittle. Photo.
Pastor John Tittle

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.

Sanctuary Worship Service

10:00 a.m.
Sunday Worship in the Sanctuary

Online Worship

Online Worship Services weekly (via YouTube)

Christian Education Classes

Contact: Kris Goorsky, Director of Christian Formation —
Adult Education — Summer break! Enjoy your personal Bible Studies and Pastor John’s Sermon Bible Studies. We will be back early this fall to continue our group Adult Education classes!
Sunday School
Children — “Goodie bags” are delivered each week to all our kids with fun surprises inside. A Sunday School lesson is mailed each week as well. 

Worship Music

Under the direction of Dr. Walter W. Schurr, Director of Music and Will Price, Alternative Worship Music Leader.

All are welcome!

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Discovering and displaying Christ
in here and out there.


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


Immanuel’s Youth Group, ages 6th-12th grades, has been meeting throughout the year, all safety precautions in place. You can see by the following photos we have lots of fun and opportunities to be together in many positive ways.

Our next meeting will be this Sunday, August 1st from 6:00-7:00 pm at Immanuel. We are looking forward to water games this week. Coming up …

Youth Group Kick Off Event, Sunday, August 15th, 5:00-7:00 pm, Dinner included.

Contact Kris Goorsky,, for more information about Immanuel’s Youth Group. Come join us!

Youth Group Photos 2021

Game Day 1 at the Park


Game Day 2 at the Park


Youth Sunday Planning and Games


Immanuel Campus Trash Pickup Day


2021 Seniors Graduation Quilts Presentation