If you are looking for a place to retire or just to spend the winter, we can wholeheartedly recommend Tucson – and Immanuel!

State of Arizona Welcome Sign

Immanuel welcomes winter residents and winter visitors. The combination of Tucson’s mild winters and beautiful desert scenery, with Immanuel’s highly praised worship services and music, fellowship groups, and many activities, create the perfect match for a home away from home. Many of our winter residents arrive in October or November and stay until Easter. Some come for just a couple of months. All quickly find they are warmly welcomed and accepted into Immanuel life.

— As winter visitors and full-time RVers from Illinois, Wayne and Susan wanted to find a church home in Tucson. Within weeks, Susan was singing in the Sanctuary Choir and serving as a Deacon. Wayne began attending Men’s Breakfast and now also serves as an Elder on the Budget & Finance Team.

Wayne and Susan

``We set out to find a Presbyterian church with an emphasis on music, we searched the Internet and found Immanuel. Their Website described a choir and handbells -- just what we wanted. One visit and we were hooked. Not only was the choir exceptional but the church was just the right size. It was easy to get involved and acquainted with people.``

— When Dennis and Anita started spending winters in Tucson, they knew they wanted to find a church with a traditional service and a traditional choir because they sing in their church choir in Iowa.

Dennis and Anita

``We visited a couple of churches, but they just didn’t seem like a fit. One day when I was grocery shopping at Fry’s on 22nd and Harrison, I noticed Immanuel’s sign which said they had a traditional service at 11:00. We decided to give it a try even though we are Lutheran. The choir caught our attention, and we knew we wanted to sing with them. Immanuel is so warm and inviting, there wasn’t a second thought on where we wanted to spend our winters worshiping.`` – Anita

Don and Linda

``We were invited to attend Immanuel Presbyterian by friends we camp with in Tucson. We were very impressed with the choir and their music. Rev. John Tittle was so friendly and has a true pastor's heart. We were made to feel welcome by the congregation as well and enjoy participating in the Desert Sages activities. We have made a lot of new friends and look forward to church every Sunday.``

Northern Cardinal, Illinois State Bird, photo
Northern Cardinal, Illinois State Bird
Eastern Goldfinch, Iowa State Bird
Eastern Goldfinch, Iowa State Bird
Northern Cardinal, Illinois State Bird
Northern Cardinal, Illinois State Bird

Curious about life in the Sonoran Desert?

Some people say they miss having four seasons. Here in the Sonoran Desert we have five seasons: dry summer (May and June), wet summer or monsoon season (early July through mid-September), autumn (October and November, winter (December through mid-February), and spring (mid-February through April). Read more … 

For more information about the desert surrounding Tucson, visit these websites:

Saguaro National Park has two districts separated by the city of Tucson.
Information for both districts is located on the Saguaro National Park website.

Saguaro National Park – Tucson Mountain District (west)
Saguaro National Park – Rincon Mountain District (east)

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum – “One of the top 10 Museums in the country.”

“The mission of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation, and understanding of the Sonoran Desert.”  

The beauty of a desert sunset is breathtaking
The beauty of a desert sunset is breathtaking
Barrel cactus in bloom
Barrel cactus in bloom