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From the Pastor’s Desk

Emmanuel UCC Sat, 01 Sep 2018 13:02:50 +0000

Here are some the great opportunities for Emmanuel UCC during the month of September 2018!

Sunday School will again resume for our young people. Bible/Book study Youth Group Our continued dynamic worship services. And we all look forward to our choir returning in September!

My question is, do you have a thought or idea for [...]

Here are some the great opportunities for Emmanuel UCC during the month of September 2018!

  • Sunday School will again resume for our young people.
  • Bible/Book study
  • Youth Group
  • Our continued dynamic worship services.
  • And we all look forward to our choir returning in September!

My question is, do you have a thought or idea for our church this year? Share this with a consistory member!

 

With all of the great offerings we have from our church, I would like all of you to do your part as disciples of Christ.  Just let everyone you know how much enrichment we have to offer in daily lives at Emmanuel UCC. Spread the word!

 

Three things GOD wants us to do

He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)

Those of us who attended church in the 1980s are familiar with the musical version of this verse. As with any Scripture that is set to music and presented during “worship service,” however, it’s easy to sing the words without thinking, and be pretty much unable to read them without the melody playing in the background.

 

It’s worth slowing down, reading and re-reading this, however, to the point that the words come through, because it’s part of human existence, at some point in it, to cry out, “Just what is it You want me to DO, anyway?”

It all seems so complicated, but as this verse brings out, it comes down to three things:

1) Act Justly.

In a society where the norms of justice include finding for the plaintiff suing over the coffee being too hot, insisting that it’s the fault of the restaurant for not informing her that it would be so, the definition of justice does not align with God’s intention, if I may use that vastly overused word, “intention,” possibly, for the first time, in its correct context.

“Justice,” in God’s eyes, means that the widows are not homeless, the children are not exploited, the defenseless are not are not fooled and tricked and manipulated simply because they don’t have money to fight back.

“Justice” is not something to be bought, sold to the highest bidder, unable to be secured without the services of high-priced corporate magnates and lawyers who operate, not on the honor or truth of their client’s cause, but its profitability.

And while there is little that we can do, wholesale, about the injustice of man’s justice system, as individual Christians, we ourselves can be just. As with anything God asks us to do, this starts on a small, intimate level, within friends and family, by forgiving someone in that circle who has hurt us. Whether or not we have grounds to be angry, we can be just enough to acknowledge that we are not sinless ourselves, unable to hurt in the way we have been hurt.

On a wider spectrum, we extend justice to others, even strangers, by taking to heart the theoretical tenet of the U.S. justice system, that a person is innocent until determined to be guilty, and not convict someone, mentally or aloud in a group, based upon the limited, and very misleading, information we receive from newspapers and police reports.

2) Love Mercy.

“Mercy” brings to mind a conqueror standing over a vanquished foe, staying his hand from using the sword, which is all very dramatic, but tends to be out of the scope for most of us in our normal day.

Another word for mercy, however, is kindness, and all of us can remember benefiting from acts of that. The widows, orphans, defenseless, powerless, weak, and vulnerable come to mind, and while U.S. culture frowns upon weakness as a sin, it is a state of being that all humans, at some point, live through.

Whether we are medically challenged, physically weary, financially strapped, emotionally exhausted, or spiritually bereft (sick, tired, poor, overcome, or empty) we all, at some point, need kindness, understanding, grace, and just plain help from others — and indeed, those who don’t realize, recognize, or acknowledge this are the most to be pitied, because they haven’t yet learned that they are not omnipotent.

But if we have come to the point of realizing that we are mortal with finite powers, then we are in the right place to reach down to — not look down upon — those who are aching, whether or not they “brought it upon themselves” or “deserve everything they’re getting.”

That’s not the attitude we hope for when we’re down on the ground, groaning.

3) Walk humbly with your God.

Humility is a treasure that simply cannot be overstated. It is rare, however, that we actively pray for it because, quite frankly, the best way to achieve it is to be pushed down, rejected, set aside, kicked, ignored, discounted, overlooked, laughed at, spurned, and disdained.

Rare is the person who willingly puts himself into positions of participating in these experiences, but the good news is, life itself provides the opportunities. As creatures of free will, we have the option of reacting however we choose, and our default, as humans, is to be angry, bitter, confused, and thirsting for revenge.

Those of us who have lived through these reactions, however, know that they don’t solve the problem, and the person who winds up feeling the worst about it all, is ourselves. Once we have worked through the natural emotions that boil to the surface — and indeed, the best way to work through them is to present them before God, whether it is calmly (generally not so) or accompanied by shouting (He can handle it) — we are in a state of malleability in which the Master Potter can shape us into a better pot, one of clay, but capable of holding the richest treasures.

The best thing that rejection and pain teach us is that the answer does not lie in the approbation, praises, and encomiums of men, but in the love and acceptance of God — and God does not encourage, foment, or preen our pride. He shows us who and what we are, and loves us through it all, not condemning, but encouraging; not censuring, but teaching.

Walking humbly, with our God, is one of the best and most fulfilling things we can do.

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Six Month Budget Review

Emmanuel UCC Sat, 01 Sep 2018 13:00:19 +0000

Emmanuel’s consistory has just received its six-month budget review at the first meeting held after the said time period. We are seeing some trends that have given us cause for concern. By using average weekly giving numbers and projecting to the end of 2018, numbers suggest we will fall short of our financial obligations. As [...]

Emmanuel’s consistory has just received its six-month budget review at the first meeting held after the said time period.  We are seeing some trends that have given us cause for concern.  By using average weekly giving
numbers and projecting to the end of 2018, numbers suggest we will fall short of our financial obligations.  As we review the numbers for the upcoming 2019 budget, we ask each member of Emmanuel to prayerfully
consider their giving.  Without your continuing financial support, we would be unable to remain in operation.  Thank you.

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Teen Talk on Sunday Mornings

Emmanuel UCC Sat, 01 Sep 2018 12:56:56 +0000

Teen Talk is back on Sunday mornings starting on September 9 at 9:30 am. This is our own time to dig deeper into our faith. It’s not just another “Sunday School class” or Bible Study. It’s all about us – who we are, what’s happening in our lives right here and now, and how does [...]

Teen Talk is back on Sunday mornings starting on September 9 at 9:30 am.  This is our own time to dig deeper into our faith.  It’s not just another “Sunday School class” or Bible Study.  It’s all about us – who we are, what’s happening in our lives right here and now, and how does any of this relate to God and our faith.  We’ll be discussing the important things going on in the world, our town and our lives.  And if you have any particular ideas to discuss, just give them to me.  We’re looking for everyone in 7th grade and up to come out and talk about how God really relates to us – not just in theory, but in reality.

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Picture Perfect

Emmanuel UCC Sat, 01 Sep 2018 12:55:52 +0000

Brooke Rinehimer, Morgan Hodle and Leah Dietrich part of the Emmanuel UCC Youth Group completed a Mission trip

in July to Blue Knob, PA through Team Effort, an organization that helps communities in need and brings together

thousands of youth and leaders in order to work side by side on faith building mission experiences.

Brooke Rinehimer, Morgan Hodle and Leah Dietrich part of the Emmanuel UCC Youth Group completed a Mission trip

in July to Blue Knob, PA through Team Effort, an organization that helps communities in need and brings together

thousands of youth and leaders in order to work side by side on faith building mission experiences.

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From the Pastor’s Desk

Emmanuel UCC Tue, 31 Jul 2018 15:42:04 +0000

The last week of July, 2018, with consistory approval, I mailed out letters to approximately 27 of our brothers and sisters in Christ about what’s happening at Emmanuel UCC. Those who received letters were the folks on our directory list whom I haven’t met before, or have not seen in a while. I want them [...]

The last week of July, 2018, with consistory approval, I mailed out letters to
approximately 27 of our brothers and sisters in Christ about what’s happening at
Emmanuel UCC.
Those who received letters were the folks on our directory list whom I haven’t
met before, or have not seen in a while. I want them to know all of the great things we
have to offer at Emmanuel UCC in Dorrance. Worship, fellowship, Bible study,
youth group, choirs, confirmation, all here under the roof of the house of God.
On Sunday, July 29th, 2018 we heard again the miracle story of Jesus feeding
the 5,000 according to the Gospel of John (6:1-22). What I find so significant in this
story is Jesus’ empowerment to His disciples in delivering the food to the masses.
Discipleship equips the Christian with God’s Word, prayer, doctrine, worship,
encouragement, and service. We can then add to our list of offerings from Emmanuel
UCC the making of disciples.
Yes, you are being prepared through the Word of God to provide service to those
in need. Bearing that in mind, let us begin by inviting friend’s neighbors, and family
members to join us for worship. We are all concerned with falling attendance rates in
all of the Christian denominations, but it is more than that. It is our concern that the
unchurched are missing out in a chance to have a real personal relationship to God.
The education we receive through our Sunday service cannot be replaced by staying
home. Yes, we could pray to God anywhere, anytime, yet let’s be concerned with
getting even more from those prayers.
God wants us to be 100%. He is always there for us, even when we stray. So
let’s practice our discipleship and feed the masses. Those that hunger for the word of
God can share at the banquet set before us. Not just Sunday morning, but every day.
Through the work of Christ, we have the opportunity to be transformed into the
person we strive to be. UI am speaking of fulfillment here.
The good have a chance to be better. So as disciples of Christ, let’s hold out our
hand and say, come, I have found a better way. Always remember, God wants the
best for you, and so does Emmanuel UCC!
Shalom,

Pastor Lou Aita

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BIRTHDAY GREETINGS

Emmanuel UCC Tue, 31 Jul 2018 15:40:05 +0000

Ethel Fine will be celebrating her 95th birthday on August 7. Let’s all give her a great birthday by sending her cards showing her how much she means to our church family.

Ethel Fine will be celebrating her 95th birthday on August 7. Let’s all give her a great birthday by sending her cards showing her how much she means to our church family.

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Picture Perfect

Emmanuel UCC Tue, 31 Jul 2018 15:39:44 +0000

Some of our graduates are pictured with their class. Crestwood’s graduating class included Aaron Kleger. We wish them God’s guidance and encourage them as they pursue the next phases of their lives.

Robert Duffy is shown with his teammates from the Mountaintop All-Stars team.

Our annual 300 Club and Silent Auction was [...]

Crestwood students excel at PJAS meeting

Some of our graduates are pictured with their class. Crestwood’s graduating class included Aaron Kleger. We wish them God’s guidance and encourage them as they pursue the next phases of their lives.

Pirates clinch 2018 league championship

Robert Duffy is shown with his teammates from the Mountaintop All-Stars team.

Emmanuel UCC hold 300 Club fundraiser

Our annual 300 Club and Silent Auction was enjoyed by many people. The very popular Mud Pond Boys are shown performing during the day for the large crowd of fans. Megs Yenchik, her grandson Mason and sister Jeannie Haydt are shown enjoying some of the delicious food. Our thanks to all who came out to support this fundraiser.

Emmanuel youth help animals

Morgan Hodle, Robert Duffy, Nick Aita, Victor Saraceno are shown helping animals. They collected various donations including
dog food, biscuits, paper towels, and bedding for Mureille’s Place, a senior dog sanctuary.

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About

Starting in 1849, Emmanuel (then the Reformed Church) began its service to God. Men, women and children would gather in a one-room schoolhouse to worship Jesus Christ. Throughout the years, there has been a great deal of growth at Emmanuel. Membership has grown, the church building has been expanded and lives have been changed spiritually.


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Current officers and consistory members

  • Brad Bunnell
    President
  • Jim Stewart
    Vice President
  • Diana Decker
    Secretary
  • Allen Dennis
    Trustee
  • Sandy Kleger
    Trustee
  • Butch Peters
    Trustee
  • Chris Dietrich
    Treasurer

Upcoming Events

  • Sep
    20
    Consistory
    06:30 PM
    The next Consistory meeting will be on Thursday, September 20, at 6:30 pm.
  • Sep
    23
    Kids Choir
    09:00 AM
    The Kid’s Choir is for anyone from age 3 age to 3rd grade. We have a great time learning fun songs. Our practice will now be on Sundays at 9:00 am.
  • Sep
    23
    Youth Choir
    09:15 AM
    The Youth Choir is for anyone in 4th grade through high school. Our songs will be more geared to your abilities to perform a bit more complicated music, but still with a fun twist. Practices are Sunday at 9:15 am.
  • Sep
    23
    Chancel Choir
    09:30 AM
    The Chancel Choir practices Sundays at 9:30 am for all those older than elementary school age who love to praise the Lord in song and music. We perform a variety of music, from praise to gospel to traditional.
  • Sep
    23
    Teen Talk
    09:30 AM
    Our Teen Talk is for anyone in 7th grade and above. We meet on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am to talk about God and Jesus, how our lives are influenced by them and how we can be an influence to others around us. There are so many things that try to manipulate us away from God. Come to Teen Talk and find other teens who want to make their faith stronger and be better at dealing with ideas and things that pull us away from being Christians.
  • Sep
    23
    Worship Services
    10:30 AM
    Worship Services
  • Sep
    30
    Kids Choir
    09:00 AM
    The Kid’s Choir is for anyone from age 3 age to 3rd grade. We have a great time learning fun songs. Our practice will now be on Sundays at 9:00 am.
  • Sep
    30
    Youth Choir
    09:15 AM
    The Youth Choir is for anyone in 4th grade through high school. Our songs will be more geared to your abilities to perform a bit more complicated music, but still with a fun twist. Practices are Sunday at 9:15 am.
  • Sep
    30
    Chancel Choir
    09:30 AM
    The Chancel Choir practices Sundays at 9:30 am for all those older than elementary school age who love to praise the Lord in song and music. We perform a variety of music, from praise to gospel to traditional.
  • Sep
    30
    Teen Talk
    09:30 AM
    Our Teen Talk is for anyone in 7th grade and above. We meet on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am to talk about God and Jesus, how our lives are influenced by them and how we can be an influence to others around us. There are so many things that try to manipulate us away from God. Come to Teen Talk and find other teens who want to make their faith stronger and be better at dealing with ideas and things that pull us away from being Christians.
  • Sep
    30
    Worship Services
    10:30 AM
    Worship Services
  • Oct
    7
    Kids Choir
    09:00 AM
    The Kid’s Choir is for anyone from age 3 age to 3rd grade. We have a great time learning fun songs. Our practice will now be on Sundays at 9:00 am.
  • Oct
    7
    Youth Choir
    09:15 AM
    The Youth Choir is for anyone in 4th grade through high school. Our songs will be more geared to your abilities to perform a bit more complicated music, but still with a fun twist. Practices are Sunday at 9:15 am.
  • Oct
    7
    Chancel Choir
    09:30 AM
    The Chancel Choir practices Sundays at 9:30 am for all those older than elementary school age who love to praise the Lord in song and music. We perform a variety of music, from praise to gospel to traditional.
  • Oct
    7
    Teen Talk
    09:30 AM
    Our Teen Talk is for anyone in 7th grade and above. We meet on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am to talk about God and Jesus, how our lives are influenced by them and how we can be an influence to others around us. There are so many things that try to manipulate us away from God. Come to Teen Talk and find other teens who want to make their faith stronger and be better at dealing with ideas and things that pull us away from being Christians.
  • Oct
    7
    Worship Services
    10:30 AM
    Worship Services
  • Oct
    14
    Kids Choir
    09:00 AM
    The Kid’s Choir is for anyone from age 3 age to 3rd grade. We have a great time learning fun songs. Our practice will now be on Sundays at 9:00 am.
  • Oct
    14
    Youth Choir
    09:15 AM
    The Youth Choir is for anyone in 4th grade through high school. Our songs will be more geared to your abilities to perform a bit more complicated music, but still with a fun twist. Practices are Sunday at 9:15 am.
  • Oct
    14
    Chancel Choir
    09:30 AM
    The Chancel Choir practices Sundays at 9:30 am for all those older than elementary school age who love to praise the Lord in song and music. We perform a variety of music, from praise to gospel to traditional.
  • Oct
    14
    Teen Talk
    09:30 AM
    Our Teen Talk is for anyone in 7th grade and above. We meet on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am to talk about God and Jesus, how our lives are influenced by them and how we can be an influence to others around us. There are so many things that try to manipulate us away from God. Come to Teen Talk and find other teens who want to make their faith stronger and be better at dealing with ideas and things that pull us away from being Christians.