Most folks come a couple minutes before worship begins. You’ll see that whatever you wear, you’ll probably be dressed like someone else here. You’ll be greeted and given a bulletin with information about the worship service. There is a nursery downstairs for kids under the age of three. For families with older kids who need more wiggle room, a live feed of the worship service is broadcast in the fellowship hall. There are Psalters (hymnals using the Bible’s Psalms) and Bibles for you to use. If you have a prayer request, you can fill out a prayer card and the elders will pray for you during the service. If you don’t mind, you can fill out a visitor card to help us get to know you better.
We know visiting a church can be stressful for some. If there’s anything else we can do to make your visit more comfortable, please let us know.
Immanuel is one of Jesus' names and means "God with us." This is the heart of IRPC: by faith we are united to Christ and through Him, we are with God. Our union with Christ informs and powers everything we do - it's why we can worship God, it's how we can worship God. It's why we are so bold to call others to be with us, not because we are any wiser or stronger or more attractive than others, but because Christ is with us.
Reformed is both about our history and our beliefs. Because of what we believe the Bible teaches, we gladly line up with the reformers and reformation of the 16th century. Most simply, being reformed means that everything we are, do and believe must be founded in God's Word and done for His glory alone.
Presbyterian is about the structure of our church. Practically, it means our church is guided and led by a group of elders and overseen by a larger group of churches called a presbytery. We dislike church politics as much as the next guy, but we do love being Presbyterian. It means we are freed to follow Christ rather than any one man. It means we are protected from tyranny by our elders and the presbytery that oversees them. And though never perfect, the leadership and care of our elders is a regular reminder and picture of our Good Shepherd.
Church is a wonderfully loaded term. We are the body of Christ, those called from darkness into light, a city set on a hill, and so on. Perhaps it's easiest to simply say that we have been made a family by God and we seek to live the gospel we preach.
Like you, our name doesn't tell the whole story. If you take the bold step of visiting, you'll find an imperfect group of people, struggling to walk by faith, struggling to love each other with Jesus' love, struggling to show others that same love. We don't mind being weak because it lets Jesus shine through. You'll find a lot of little kids, who are some of our greatest blessings from God. You'll find a church family centered on the Bible-reading, studying, memorizing, singing and preaching it.
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.
Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.
And I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Jared was born in Ohio and grew up mostly in Indiana in a Christian family. While attending Purdue University, he became involved with the Navigators, whom God used to give Jared an interest in making disciples for Jesus. He also met Lisa at Purdue and married into the RPC of Lafayette, where he found a church and mentors able to continue his training in ministry. After graduation Jared taught students with behavior disorders for two years. After Lisa’s graduation from pharmacy school, they headed to Pittsburgh to attend RPTS. The Lafayette congregation called him back as their associate pastor with the intention of church planting. After two years, Immanuel RPC began in West Lafayette, where Jared continues as the pastor. Beginning in seminary, God blessed Jared and Lisa with six children. In addition to time given to family and church, Jared is continuing his education at RTS in Charlotte and also maintains a fantasy of musical interests and woodworking.