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Emmanuel UCC Sun, 01 Jul 2018 14:20:53 +0000

For our July Newsletter, I thought it would be appropriate to include this important pastoral newsletter found on the UCC website, UCC.org. As a minister, I do not preach politics from the pulpit, but I do feel it is important for us as Christians to allow our voice to be heard in government decisions. We, [...]

For our July Newsletter, I thought it would be appropriate to include this important
pastoral newsletter found on the UCC website, UCC.org. As a minister, I do not preach
politics from the pulpit, but I do feel it is important for us as Christians to allow our voice
to be heard in government decisions. We, as a people, are affected by these decisions.

Condemning the unconscionable assertion that migrant children should be separated
from their parents because of ‘orderly and lawful processes that protect the weak and
lawful,’ — a Biblical statement used to justify U.S. immigration policies — United Church of
Christ National Leadership has issued this pastoral letter, urging the people of the
denomination’s almost 5,000 congregations to take action now! First, by contacting their
Congressional representatives, and then by providing funds to keep families together. Money
to be used to support the people sleeping in the streets at the borders of this country, or
those parents and children separated upon entry!

“Still, when God saw the trouble they were in and heard their cries for help,
God remembered God’s Covenant with them, and, immense with love, took them by
the hand. God poured out God’s mercy on them while their captors looked on,
amazed.”
Psalm 106:44-47 (MSG)

Friends, once again we stand at the brink of a moral precipice in our society and the
question before us is will we choose to act in covenant with God on behalf of God’s people
or will we sacrifice our soul. The United Church of Christ has long been a supporter of
migrant families seeking refuge within our borders from intolerable and unsafe living
conditions in their homelands. As people of God committed to the sacredness of all
creation and the sanctity of every life, we are compelled to heed the cries of families now
being violently torn apart at our borders for political expediency and profitability. Such
violent acts are unnecessarily punitive and place at risk the physical, emotional,
psychological, spiritual, and developmental stability of hundreds of families who now find
themselves separated, caged, and commodified in a strange land.

All of our sacred texts, no matter the faith, identify the disregard of the humanity of
the vulnerable as sin.

And God hears the cries of God’s people. The plight of black and brown migrant
families whose children are ripped from their care cannot be the policy of a civilized land.
We’ve been here before. Our nation’s history bears witness to a legacy of lost love. We
separated the children of Native people from their families. We separated the children of
enslaved people from their families. We separated the children of Japanese people from
their families. Many of these families were never made whole again. This legacy of white
supremacist ideology is idolatrous and leaves an indelible mark of evil that can only be
redeemed by a conscious act of spiritual repentance and repair.

We must resist the evil of dehumanization enacted upon the vulnerable among us.
The United Church of Christ strongly condemns the dismantling of families, the
criminalization of the quest for freedom, and the caging of those whose only crime is to
seek shelter from harm. How we treat those who seek shelter in our midst is a direct
reflection of how we treat God. We call upon our 5,000 member churches to write letters to
your representatives in Congress as an act of worship this month. Remind Congress there
is a law that supersedes partisanship and political bantering, and that is the sanctity of all
people of God.

Faithfully yours,
The National Officers of the United Church of Christ
The Rev. John C. Dorhauer, General Minister and President
The Rev. Traci Blackmon, Executive Minister, Justice and Witness Ministries
The Rev. James Moos, Executive Minister, Wider Church Ministries
The Council of Conference Ministers of the United Church of Christ

 

 

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VOICES AND INSTRUMENTS WANTED

Emmanuel UCC Sun, 01 Jul 2018 14:17:36 +0000

It’s summer and time for our choirs to be on vacation. But that doesn’t mean that we want a vacation from music. Anyone who will sing, play an instrument or (if you’re really talented) do both, is welcome to pick a Sunday to make a joyful noise to our God. Please see Denise Dean so [...]

It’s summer and time for our
choirs to be on vacation. But
that doesn’t mean that we want
a vacation from music. Anyone
who will sing, play an
instrument or (if you’re really
talented) do both, is welcome to
pick a Sunday to make a joyful
noise to our God. Please see Denise Dean so
we can fill the air with music on Sunday
mornings.

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300 CLUB and SILENT AUCTION

Emmanuel UCC Sun, 01 Jul 2018 14:00:33 +0000

THANKS to everyone who helped in any way to make this year’s 300 Club and Silent Auction a fantastic success. Almost all the 300 tickets were sold, ensuring us a good profit. We also had additional guests who each donated $15 to enjoy the great food and bands. We are still waiting for some of [...]

THANKS to everyone who helped in any way to make this year’s 300 Club and Silent
Auction a fantastic success. Almost all the 300 tickets were sold, ensuring us a good profit.
We also had additional guests who each donated $15 to enjoy the great food and bands. We
are still waiting for some of the Silent Auction payments to be collected and will have and
update of the profit as soon as it becomes available.

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PICTURE PERFECT

Emmanuel UCC Sun, 01 Jul 2018 13:59:22 +0000

Members of Emmanuel UCC are shown remembering the fallen at the Memorial Day ceremony which also featured several area American Legion Posts, color guard, choir,

 

rifle squad and taps by Al Finn of the Mountain Top American Legion Post 781.

Aaron Kleger is “READY TO GRADUATE” and also shown performing ‘LITTLE WONDERS’ with [...]

Emmanuel Memorial Day 2018Members of Emmanuel UCC are shown
remembering the fallen at the Memorial Day
ceremony which also featured several area
American Legion Posts, color guard, choir,

 

Al Finn
rifle squad and taps by Al Finn of the
Mountain Top American Legion Post 781.

Aaron Kleger is “READY TO GRADUATE”
and also shown performing ‘LITTLE
WONDERS’ with classmate Megan Wood a
song by American singer-song writer Rob
Thomas, during Crestwood High S

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2018 VBS PROGRAM

Emmanuel UCC Sun, 01 Jul 2018 13:47:15 +0000

Come out for a great camping trip at our Vacation Bible School. This year’s theme is SonRock Kids Camp, where kids build their lives on the Rock, Jesus! We will learn that we are

Accepted by Jesus, Protected by Jesus, Saved by Jesus, Forgiven by Jesus and Living for Jesus.

There are cool songs, spirited [...]

Come out for a great camping trip at our Vacation Bible School. This year’s theme is SonRock Kids Camp, where kids build their lives on the Rock, Jesus! We will learn that we are

Accepted by  Jesus,
Protected by Jesus,
Saved by Jesus,
Forgiven by Jesus
and Living for
Jesus.

There are cool songs, spirited games, nature crafts, sweet treats and rock solid lessons, all with a camping theme. The Bible stories are based on the relationship between Jesus and Peter.

Accepted: Jesus chooses Peter as one of his disciples.

Protected: Jesus protects Peter when he
tries to walk on water.

Saved: Peter’s
confession that Jesus is Lord allows him
salvation.

Forgiven: Even though Peter
denied knowing Jesus three times, Jesus
forgave him.

Living: Through the power of
Jesus, Peter heals a lame man.

Registration sheets are on the table in the narthex and there are posters for putting up around the neighborhoods, too. If possible, would you pre-register your child(ren) so that there is less confusion on the first day? I am also asking all adult and teen volunteers to fill out a form since it contains contact information in case of an emergency. If there are no registration sheets, please ask me to make more. Thanks.
At our last meeting on May 25, we made some of our props for the different areas. We will need to complete them when we do the final decoration on July 21. We were so busy with decorations that we forgot to set a date for our next meeting. I will try to get that publicized so everyone who wants to participate will know about it. That meeting will be to ensure we have all props for the skits and station areas so that decorating on the 21st will go smoothly. We also need a Mission Project. Please see me with any ideas. In the past, we gave to GoJoe, Janet Weiss Children’s Hospital, and local families with children who had serious medical needs.
I’d like to thank everyone who helped clean up and out old VBS materials. I’m not sure who they all are, but they got things where they needed to be so that they could be gone through and sorted.

 

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Youth Group News

Emmanuel UCC Sun, 01 Jul 2018 13:42:57 +0000

The Youth Group will be helping with refreshments at the Old River Church Service to be held on July 15th. **A meeting will be held prior to the service the time is To Be Announced. **The Youth Group will be going to Beech Mountain Lake Area on July 29th. They will meet at the church [...]

The Youth Group will be helping with refreshments at the Old River Church Service to be held on July 15th.
**A meeting will be held prior to the service the time is To Be Announced.
**The Youth Group will be going to Beech Mountain Lake Area on July 29th. They will meet at the church at 1:30 pm.
** Leah Dietrich, Brooke Rinehimer and Morgan Hodle will be going on the mission trip to Blue Knob, Pa July 8th – 14th.

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Youth Group visit to Mureille’s Place

Emmanuel UCC Sat, 09 Jun 2018 12:52:03 +0000

Please join the Youth Group tomorrow, June 10th for our trip to Mureille’s Place. All youths from the ages of 10-teens are welcome to attend and we cordially invite everyone from outside of the Emmanuel family as well. We will meet at Emmanuel UCC at 2:30 PM where we will gather the donations and head [...]

Please join the Youth Group tomorrow,  June 10th for our trip to Mureille’s Place. All youths from the ages of 10-teens are welcome to attend and we cordially invite everyone from outside of the Emmanuel family as well. We will meet at Emmanuel UCC at 2:30 PM where we will gather the donations and head to Mureille’s Place from 3PM until around 4PM. At that time we will help with feeding, cleaning, and any other help that is needed at the senior dog sanctuary.

Mureille's Place

Donations will be accepted up until Sunday afternoon. A donation bin has been setup in the Narthex of Emmanuel UCC. Tax deductible donation information can be found at Murielle’s Place website:

http://www.mureillesplace.org/donate.html

MUREILLE’S PLACE IS A 501C3 CHARITY LOCATED IN WAPWALLOPEN, PA.  ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE (TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW). TAX ID# 27-1159266

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

Upcoming Events

  • Jul
    23
    2018 VBS PROGRAM
    06:30 PM
    Come out for a great camping trip at our Vacation Bible School. This year’s  theme is SonRock Kids Camp, where kids  build their lives on the Rock, Jesus! We will  learn that we are Accepted by Jesus,  Protected by Jesus, 
    Saved by Jesus, Forgiven by Jesus  and Living for  Jesus
    Registration sheets are on the table in the Narthex and there are posters for  putting up around the neighborhoods, too.  If possible, would you pre-register your  child(ren) so that there is less confusion on 
    the first day? I am also asking all adult and teen volunteers to fill out a form since it  contains contact information in case of an  emergency. If there are no registration  sheets, please ask me to make more. 
  • Jul
    24
    Newsletter Info Deadline
    09:00 AM
    The deadline for information for the Messenger is Monday, July 24. Please get all information to me before this date.
  • Jul
    24
    2018 VBS PROGRAM
    06:30 PM
    Come out for a great camping trip at our Vacation Bible School. This year’s  theme is SonRock Kids Camp, where kids  build their lives on the Rock, Jesus! We will  learn that we are Accepted by Jesus,  Protected by Jesus, 
    Saved by Jesus, Forgiven by Jesus  and Living for  Jesus
    Registration sheets are on the table in the Narthex and there are posters for  putting up around the neighborhoods, too.  If possible, would you pre-register your  child(ren) so that there is less confusion on 
    the first day? I am also asking all adult and teen volunteers to fill out a form since it  contains contact information in case of an  emergency. If there are no registration  sheets, please ask me to make more. 
  • Jul
    25
    2018 VBS PROGRAM
    06:30 PM
    Come out for a great camping trip at our Vacation Bible School. This year’s  theme is SonRock Kids Camp, where kids  build their lives on the Rock, Jesus! We will  learn that we are Accepted by Jesus,  Protected by Jesus, 
    Saved by Jesus, Forgiven by Jesus  and Living for  Jesus
    Registration sheets are on the table in the Narthex and there are posters for  putting up around the neighborhoods, too.  If possible, would you pre-register your  child(ren) so that there is less confusion on 
    the first day? I am also asking all adult and teen volunteers to fill out a form since it  contains contact information in case of an  emergency. If there are no registration  sheets, please ask me to make more. 
  • Jul
    26
    2018 VBS PROGRAM
    06:30 PM
    Come out for a great camping trip at our Vacation Bible School. This year’s  theme is SonRock Kids Camp, where kids  build their lives on the Rock, Jesus! We will  learn that we are Accepted by Jesus,  Protected by Jesus, 
    Saved by Jesus, Forgiven by Jesus  and Living for  Jesus
    Registration sheets are on the table in the Narthex and there are posters for  putting up around the neighborhoods, too.  If possible, would you pre-register your  child(ren) so that there is less confusion on 
    the first day? I am also asking all adult and teen volunteers to fill out a form since it  contains contact information in case of an  emergency. If there are no registration  sheets, please ask me to make more. 
  • Jul
    29
    Worship Services
    10:30 AM
    Worship Services
  • Jul
    29
    Youth Group Trip
    01:30 PM
    The Youth Group will be going to Beech Mountain Lake Area on July 29th. They will meet at the church at 1:30 pm.
  • Jul
    29
    Old River Church Services hosted by St. James Lutheran
    06:00 PM
    Worship begins at 6:00 pm Sunday evenings beginning July 8 and continues to the end of August.
  • Aug
    5
    Worship Services
    10:30 AM
    Worship Services
  • Aug
    12
    Worship Services
    10:30 AM
    Worship Services
  • Aug
    12
    Old River Church Services hosted by St. Mark’s Lutheran
    06:00 PM
    Worship begins at 6:00 pm Sunday evenings beginning July 8 and continues to the end of August.
  • Aug
    19
    Worship Services
    10:30 AM
    Worship Services
  • Aug
    19
    Old River Church Services hosted by Mt. Zion UCC
    06:00 PM
    Worship begins at 6:00 pm Sunday evenings beginning July 8 and continues to the end of August.
  • Aug
    26
    Worship Services
    10:30 AM
    Worship Services
  • Aug
    26
    Old River Church Services hosted by Cemetery Association
    06:00 PM
    Worship begins at 6:00 pm Sunday evenings beginning July 8 and continues to the end of August.
  • Sep
    2
    Worship Services
    10:30 AM
    Worship Services
  • Sep
    9
    Worship Services
    10:30 AM
    Worship Services
  • Sep
    16
    Worship Services
    10:30 AM
    Worship Services
  • Sep
    23
    Worship Services
    10:30 AM
    Worship Services
  • Sep
    30
    Worship Services
    10:30 AM
    Worship Services