Discovering and Displaying Christ In Here and Out There

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



An Introduction from Pastor John

Dear Immanuel,

Last week, Christian finally found release from his heavy burden at the cross. But his journey is not over, in fact it is just beginning. This week Christian, and a number of his traveling companions, encounter a new obstacle—The Hill of Difficulty. The Holy Way goes through the hill, while the two roads Destruction and Danger bypass it. Which road will Christian choose? Christian and his friends choose all three paths—what will be the outcome of each?

Peace and Hope,
Pastor John
September 25, 2020

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September 27, 2020 Online 

“Climbing the Hill of Difficulty”
Romans 5:1-5
by Rev. Dr. John C. Tittle

Service Bulletin

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

Alternate Link to our Online Worship Service

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A Message from Pastor John

September 22, 2020

Dear Immanuel Family and Friends,

My prayer over you has been the Apostle John’s prayer from his third letter, “I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit.” Session has voted in favor of beginning outdoor worship in the church courtyard (between Witherspoon and the Administration Building) starting Sunday, October 4th at 8:00 am. We are excited to take this important step of faith, while also seeking to conduct these services prayerfully and in the wisest manner possible, guided by recommendations from the scientific and public health communities. This first phase of re-entry will be a new and memorable expression of our worship to God in a unique time in history. As we trust in God in this pandemic, we will persevere and make the best of a challenging situation. This is a humble first step that we wish could be available for all right now, but that time has not yet come, but will come in due time. We thank you, in advance, for honoring these guidelines for our worship together. You may view on the congregational meeting from September 13th that goes into greater detail about our re-entry plans.

  1. We must be prepared to be nimble with adjusting the service if COVID cases in Pima County are not at an acceptable level or if there is inclement weather. Please check our website, Facebook, or email to make sure services will be meeting. We must be prepared for pauses and re-starts in this process. Our weekly online service will be continuing just as we have known it this last half-year.
  2. Reservations are required in order to participate in our fifty-person services. We kindly request that there be no walk-ins. You can make one reservation per week (either for an individual or immediate family). If the service is full, you can reserve for the following week. Reservations can be made any of these ways: on our website at (click the RSVP for Outdoor Services link at the top of the page), in the emailed Community Life publication, email Kate at, or call the office at 520-296-2253.
  3. Know your risks. We encourage our “VPs” (vulnerable populations consisting of those over age sixty or with underlying health conditions) to continue worshiping online. However, reservations will not be denied based on age.
  4. Do not come if you are sick or have a fever.
  5. Masks will be required of everyone participating in the service. Masks have been shown to protect both the individual and the community from the virus. A memorable mantra is “WWW”— wear your mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance.
  6. Please use hand sanitizer at one of our stations in the Courtyard before the service starts.
  7. Both recorded and live music will be utilized, but as a precautionary measure we will not have congregational singing at this juncture of the re-phasing process. The service will be roughly forty minutes long. Chairs and seats will be marked. There will be individual sections and family pod sections. Ushers will be available to help. If your child becomes fussy, you can slip to the back area where there are benches near the parking lot.
  8. To prevent possible spread of the virus, we will have no hospitality after the service concludes. Greet in a physically distanced manner (no hugs or handshakes) with waves, bowing, or other gestures conveying kindness. We should commit to heading back home soon after the service concludes.
  9. On those Sundays we have communion (Oct. 4th, Nov 1st, Dec. 6th), there will be pre-packed communion bags on your seat for you to serve yourself, as guided by the pastor. We will continue to have communion in our online worship.
  10. You can bring your Bibles and print out bulletins from home or look at them on your phone. Secure offering boxes will be available to drop off your offering/other money or checks.

Thank you again for your grace and understanding as we seek to be faithful to God and faithful to one another in such a time as this. May God meet each of you in your place of need. We are praying for protection, endurance, joy, and growth through these challenges.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor John, on behalf of the Session

(2020 September Congregational Letter copy)

Jim McArthur Memorial Service Remembrance

The following video is the Memorial Service
in celebration of the life of Immanuel member

Jim McArthur
that took place on Saturday, August 29, 2020.
Our prayers remain with Jim’s family in this time of loss.

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September 13, 2020 – Congregational Meeting Video

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Congregational Meeting

Sunday, September 13th (via Zoom)

We will present members for the Nominating Committee – Dave Piper, Amanda Leachet and Lucy Greenleaf.

We will also share the latest information about returning to in-person worship services.


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!

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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.

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Alternative Worship Service

8:30 a.m.  temporarily suspended due to COVID-19
Church Sanctuary
Music led by Immanuel’s Worship Band

Christian Education Classes

9:45 a.m.  temporarily suspended due to COVID-19
Click here for class schedules.

Traditional Worship Service

11:00 a.m.  temporarily suspended due to COVID-19
Church Sanctuary
Music led by choir, piano, and organ

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

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