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Emmanuel UCC Thu, 03 Jan 2019 17:53:39 +0000

How the Reformation Shaped the Church

From Reformation theology flows seven characteristics or identity markers of the church.

First, the church is doxological, it’s oriented to the glory of God.

Second, the church is Word-centered. It’s centered on the incarnate Word, who is Jesus Christ, and the inspired Word: Scripture. The church confesses sound [...]

How the Reformation Shaped the Church

From Reformation theology flows seven characteristics or identity markers of the church.

First, the church is doxological, it’s oriented to the glory of God.

Second, the church is Word-centered. It’s centered on the incarnate Word, who is Jesus Christ, and the inspired Word: Scripture. The church confesses sound doctrine—what it believes about God, Jesus Christ, and the Spirit.

Thirdly, the church is to be Spirit-activated. It’s created, gifted, united, and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Fourth, the church is covenantal. It exists in new covenant relationship with God, and together, the members exist in a covenantal relationship with one another.

Fifth, the church is confessional. Each member had a personal confession of faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. Together the church confesses sound doctrine—what it believes about a triune God, Jesus Christ, the Son incarnate, and the Spirit.

Sixth, the church is missional. It’s the body of divinely-called, divine ministers who proclaim the gospel throughout the world.

Seventh, the church is here, but not here. It’s already, but not yet. We’re sojourners, we’re strangers. We’re pilgrims in this world. We enjoy walking with the Lord and doing his will now, but we look forward to something greater in the future.  Reformation theology gives impetus to these seven characteristics or identity markers of the church.

The above 7 characteristics of the church were taken from an article by Gregg R. Allison (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School). Dr. Allison is professor of Christian theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The reason for including this in our newsletter is because I feel we embody all 7 characteristics at Emmanuel UCC.

We are sojourners, pilgrims in the world, walking with the Lord.  In our little corner of the world we are helping to make a big difference in the lives of our neighbors around the world.

The year 2018 brought to us many joys, and a good share of concerns and sorrows.  We weathered many storms together, and laughed in the sunshine together.  It is the word “together” that makes such a difference if we step back and look at our church and each other.  Our commitment to God and His Son Jesus Christ are exemplary.  I firmly believe that on that premise alone, we will continue to succeed in anything we undertake, and be present in the life of the community and world for a long, long time.

I am coming into the year 2019 excited about continuing my ministry at Emmanuel, and am going to begin the process of ordination following Penn Northeast Conference guidelines. Thanks to all of you I have decided to continue my religious education and pursue this ordination track.

Again, in our togetherness we will remain string and continue to uphold those wonderful 7 identity markers of the church. Peace be with you and Happy New Year,

Pastor Lou Aita

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Valentines for Vets

Emmanuel UCC Thu, 03 Jan 2019 17:52:09 +0000

A box will be in the bell tower for your Valentines for Vets.  These Valentines are appreciated very much by those who are housed at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center.  The last date to deposit your Valentines will be Sunday, February 3.  Remember those who served.

A box will be in the bell tower for your Valentines for Vets.  These Valentines are appreciated very much by those who are housed at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center.  The last date to deposit your Valentines will be Sunday, February 3.  Remember those who served.

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ALTAR FLOWER CHART

Emmanuel UCC Thu, 03 Jan 2019 17:51:38 +0000

The chart for the altar flowers is on the table in the Narthex.  They are $14 for 1 vase or $24 for 2 vases. Please pay Chris Dietrich for the dates you sponsor.

The chart for the altar flowers is on the table in the Narthex.  They are $14 for 1 vase or $24 for 2 vases. Please pay Chris Dietrich for the dates you sponsor.

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2018 Scrip Gift Card Profit Report

Emmanuel UCC Thu, 03 Jan 2019 17:50:57 +0000

2018 Scrip Gift Card Profit Report

January ——– July 8.00 February ——– August 2.90 March 37.45 September 24.00 April 48.15 October 7.48 May 45.90 November 93.98 June 3.35 December 186.10

Total Profit: $457.31

Forms to order the gift cards from Scrip are on the table in the narthex. This is an easy way for [...]

2018 Scrip Gift Card Profit Report

January ——– July 8.00
February ——– August 2.90
March 37.45 September 24.00
April 48.15 October 7.48
May 45.90 November 93.98
June 3.35 December 186.10

Total Profit: $457.31

Forms to order the gift cards from Scrip are on the table in the narthex.   This is an easy way for you to donate to our church. Script gives to the church a discount on purchasing the cards and the difference is donated to the General Fund.  There are over a hundred stores from which to choose – fast food from Burger King to Wendy’s; restaurants from Applebee’s to Ruth’s Chris Steak House; sporting goods like Dick’s and Cabela’s; department and clothing stores from Aerie to Wet Seal; kid’s stores like Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us; auto shops; pharmacies; and so much MORE!!  Grab a form and get some cards – you’re going to shop at these stores anyway, so why not help your church while you do?

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Pork Dinner Update

Emmanuel UCC Thu, 03 Jan 2019 17:49:42 +0000

INCOME Dinner Income Surplus Sold 394.00 116 Adult @ $11 1,276.00        2 child @  $   5 10.00   Advance 96 Adult @ $11 1,056.00 TOTAL INCOME 2,736.00 EXPENSES Steve Moyer Milk and Bread -27.96 Allen Dennis Pork, broth, potatoes, celery, carrots, corn -742.42 Jim Rinehimer Coffee, Juice, Iced Tea -42.39 Donation Cabbage [...]

INCOME
Dinner Income Surplus Sold 394.00
116 Adult @ $11 1,276.00
       2 child @  $   5 10.00
  Advance 96 Adult @ $11 1,056.00
TOTAL INCOME 2,736.00
EXPENSES
Steve Moyer Milk and Bread -27.96
Allen Dennis Pork, broth, potatoes, celery, carrots, corn -742.42
Jim Rinehimer Coffee, Juice, Iced Tea -42.39
Donation Cabbage & Apples were donated 0.00
TOTAL EXPENSES -812.77
DINNER PROFIT 1,923.23

THANK YOU TO EVERONE WHO SUPPORTED OUR DINNER!! 

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Picture Perfect

Emmanuel UCC Thu, 03 Jan 2019 17:46:07 +0000

Irene Sabol and Shirley Eckrote are shown enjoying and evening with family and friends a great pork meal at our annual Pork and Saurkraut Dinner held on November 17 , 2018.

Brayden Belanchik, 8, is shown with Maddy Young, and Josh Jakubowski working together on making an Express Bot at Mountaintop Family Church [...]

Irene Sabol and Shirley Eckrote enjoy an evening with family and friends and a great pork meal.

Irene  Sabol and Shirley  Eckrote are shown enjoying and evening with family and friends a  great pork meal at our annual Pork and Saurkraut Dinner held on November 17 , 2018.

Maddy Young, 8, Josh Jakubowski, 10 and Brayden Belanchik, 8, work on making an Express Bot.

Brayden Belanchik, 8, is shown with Maddy Young, and Josh Jakubowski working together on making an Express Bot at Mountaintop Family Church after school Clubs.

Playing the snowball shake game is ten year old Cindy Meyers and Mikayla Walck, 5.

Cindy Meyers and Mikayla Walck are shown playing the snowball shake game at the annual Emmanuel UCC Sunday School Christmas Party

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Blue Christmas

Emmanuel UCC Fri, 07 Dec 2018 17:51:38 +0000

Recently, our church and community has experienced the passing of many people. This holiday season is a difficult time for many of the friends and relatives of those whose presence will be sorely missed. But, you do not have to be alone or keep your feelings inside. I am hosting a time of fellowship on [...]

Recently, our church and community has experienced the passing of many people.  This holiday season is a difficult time for many of the friends and relatives of those whose presence will be sorely missed. But, you do not have to be alone or keep your feelings inside.  I am hosting a time of fellowship on Wednesday, December 12th and Wednesday, December 19th 2019,  both nights beginning at 6:30 p.m. with those who are mourning. We are going to look at 7 stages of grief and discuss how, with the help of God, we could move forward.  You may contribute as much or as little as you feel in our togetherness. Refreshments will be available, and you may want to bring a favorite recipe for all to enjoy!  So, bring a friend if you like! Anyone with transportation issues need only to call me, and I will pick you up

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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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