Discovering and Displaying Christ In Here and Out There

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

Come Worship!
Sunday Services
Now Livestreamed on YouTube!

Welcome Aboard Clay!

Clay Whittington, Interim Traditional Music Leader. Session unanimously voted last night at the recommendation of the Personnel Team for Clay Whittington to be Immanuel’s Interim Traditional Music Leader. Clay has a rich background of studying and leading congregations in traditional worship music. He has a Bachelor of Music degree in Sacred Music Vocal/Choral from East Carolina University. Over his eighteen years of experience in leading church music, Clay has conducted chancel choirs, handbell choirs, and children’s choirs. His skills include conducting, arranging and orchestration, and vocal pedagogy and diction. He’s a member of the American Guild of Organists, the American Choral Directors Association, and the Hymn Society. Clay’s giftings and experience are well-suited for this transitional time in the life of Immanuel. Beginning this Sunday, Clay will be leading the music of both our 8:30 Alternative Service and the 11:00 Traditional Service.

The first choir practice will be Thursday, September 29th at 6:30 pm in the church sanctuary. Clay will be communicating further details in the coming days to the congregation. Let’s continue our warm Immanuel welcome of Clay as he leads us in this additional capacity. We are grateful for God’s guidance and presence with us as we honor our past and move ahead in faith into all that God has prepared for us in the future.



Pastor John Tittle keeps us in the loop of his sabbatical adventures in Sedona and New Orleans! Read his message HERE.
(May 29, 2022)


The next installment of the adventures of Pastor John Tittle from Washington state to Spain, as well as meaningful moments of prayer and renewal.
Click HERE to read. (July 20, 2022)

Men’s Bible Study is Back! Mondays at 10:00am in Witherspoon Hall. Come hang out with the guys, have coffee and dig deeper into scripture and connect with friends.

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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 $10 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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Greetings Immanuel!

This Sunday concludes our series Putting on the Heart of Christ. We’ll be looking at the perseverance and endurance of Christ who is the “pioneer and perfecter of our faith” as Hebrews 12:2 tells us. Christ is not only a living example for us, he’s working in us to exhibit the character trait psychologists call “hardiness,” where we cultivate a greater resilience to stress and adversity. Keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus who endured the cross for us, we’re given a confidence that God is with us and we can find purpose, hope, and meaning to face even the hardest of circumstances that are thrown our way. With the eyes of faith and the hardy heart of Christ, we confide in one another and are encouraged by faithful believers over the centuries who encourage us to press on in the marathon of faith we’re all on. By seeing adversity as a challenge, rather than a threat, we can keep moving forward in faith, and embrace a more fearless and joyful approach to living until we reach the finish line of glory.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor John

Two Worship Services!
Please join us in person or online!

Alternative Worship Service

September 25, 2022 
8:30 am


SERIES: Putting on the Heart of Christ

“Hardiness: The Spiritual Benefits of Adversity”

Hebrews 12:1-3 (NRSVue)

Rev. John C. Tittle

Alternative Worship BulletinSermonBible StudyChildren’s Pages


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This week’s Livestreamed Worship Service
will be available
at 8:25 am Sunday morning!
Please join us here or on our YouTube channel!

Traditional Worship Service

September 25, 2022 
11:00 am


SERIES: Putting on the Heart of Christ

“Hardiness: The Spiritual Benefits of Adversity”

Hebrews 12:1-3 (NRSVue)

Rev. John C. Tittle

Traditional Worship BulletinSermonBible StudyChildren’s Pages


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This week’s Livestreamed Worship Service
will be available
at 10:55 am Sunday morning!
Please join us here or on our YouTube channel!

Link to last week’s Livestream Worship Service Video.

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

 Video Tips
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. 


First Time at Immanuel? Ask one of our ushers for a welcome gift bag full of goodies and helpful information about our church.

Join us for Fellowship Hour after each service in Towner Hall — Come for conversation and refreshments after the service. It’s a great way to make new friends and take some time to connect with each other.

NURSERY–Open from 8:15am–12:10pm 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.

For children ages 3-5, from after the Children’s Message in worship until worship ends at 11:00 am.
Please pick up your children in Towner Hall, Room 3.

Kris Goorsky
Director of Christian Formation

We are back and into the swing of things!

Sundays — 9:45am
Children’s Sunday School
* Preschoolers meet in Room 3.
* Elementary students meet in Room 6.
* Middle school students meet in Room 8.
* High school students meet in the youth room.

Sundays — 9:45am
Adult Class
Witherspoon Hall, Rm 12/13
*This class will be in person and on Zoom (9:45am) at:

  • “Moses: In the Footsteps of the Reluctant Prophet” continues through the end of September.
  • A new series starts October 9th.

Sep. 25 — Retrace the life of Moses – from his rescue as a baby to the courts of Pharaoh, his Exodus out of Egypt, to his gazing on the Promised Land. Combining historical insights, archaeological data, and the biblical text, Adam Hamilton explores how this reluctant prophet grew in his relationship with God, and how you can overcome your own hesitancy to act boldly for the Lord.

Led by Peggy Free and Christopher Leachet (zoom leader). Meets in Witherspoon Hall Rm 12/13.

Kris Goorsky
Director of Christian Formation


Sunday Nights – 5:00–7:00pm
Dinner, games and bible fellowship for youth grades 6-12. We start with dinner, then play games. Lots of fellowship and fun. Want to feed hungry teenagers? Join the meal train! Email Kris Goorsky at

Desert Sages is back!
Ready to play games and enjoy time with friends? Join us on Tuesdays from 10:00am – 12:30pm in Witherspoon Hall. We play all kinds of card and board games including bridge, poker, hand & foot, Rummikub, Mexican train and any other games you would enjoy. We have popcorn and refreshing drinks. We would love to welcome you! Email Mary Kay Bush for details at



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


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

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.

Sanctuary Worship Service

Beginning Sunday, September 11, Immanuel will return to two Services on Sunday mornings:
–   8:30 am – Alternative Worship Service
– 11:00 am – Traditional Worship Service

You are welcome to join us anytime in person or online!

Online Worship

Worship Services Live Streamed weekly (via Immanuel’s YouTube Channel)

Christian Education Classes

Contact: Kris Goorsky, Director of Christian Formation —

For All Ages at 9:45 am

  • Nursery Open from 8:15-12:10 am (infants–3 yrs old)
  • Preschoolers thru 8th Grade – Towner Classrooms
  • High School – Youth Room
  • Parents are welcome to join us for the Adult Christian Education Class in Witherspoon Hall.

Leaders Libby and Sopia Bishop
For children ages 3-5, after the Children’s Message in Worship until each Worship Service ends at 9:30am or 12:00pm. Please pick up your children in Towner Hall, Room 4.

For 6th–12th Graders
Meets Sundays in the Youth Room
5:00-7:00 pm – Dinner included.

Witherspoon Rooms 12/13
Meets Sundays at 9:45 am
Please join us for any or all of these classes! Great discussions.

VBS Success!


You can view some of the photos from this year’s VBS here!
Kris Goorsky,


Immanuel’s Youth Group 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.

Ages — 6th-12th Grades
Contact — Kris
Come join us!


Immanuel Youth Group Photos 2022

Making Blankets for Gospel Rescue Mission

Community Fruit Picking for Iskashitaa 

Youth Group Bowling

Campus Fun!

Immanuel Youth Group Photos 2021

Immanuel Campus Trash Pickup Day