Celebrating Our Freedom At Emmanuel UCC

Freedom –the quality or state of being free: as the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, this is one of the definitions of freedom. We, as Americans, have enjoyed our freedom from coercion and constraint of another country for over 200 years. With the signing of the Declaration of Independence, we announced to Great Britain and the rest of the world that the United States of America would become its own nation, answering to none other. No other people in the world experience as many rights and privileges and, yet, most Americans don’t give them a second thought.

What would it be like to live where the army, not police, patrolled the streets? How would you live when only the rich and powerful have adequate (usually sumptuous) housing and the rest of the people are crowded together in slums? Would you survive if you had to find and grow your own food because the military confiscated everything donated by generous neighbor nations? How would it feel to be dragged out of your bed at gunpoint in the middle of the night for no reason? Would you have the courage to practice your chosen religion if it meant torture and death? What is it like to live in a country where human life is not valuable at all? All around the world, horror stories are told of violations of human rights; those rights which our forefathers believed were basic to all people and which originated from their belief in a just, gracious and loving God.

A God who does not coerce people to believe in him, does not constrain people from making their own decisions, and does not violate their rights as human beings. Instead, God welcomes us to believe in him if we will, allows us to make decisions whether or not those decisions are good for us, and respects the rights of the humans he created. All he asks in return is our love. A love so strong that it would lead us to confront those who violate human rights and insist that all people be given the same rights and privileges we enjoy. Do we have the courage and resolve that our forefathers had? Will we defy the tyrants of our day? It’s our choice and ours alone.

This year, Emmanuel UCC will be the host for our community Vacation Bible School. From Sunday, July 13, to Thursday, July 17, our Fellowship Hall and Sanctuary will be transformed into the great outdoors with this year’s theme, SonRise National Park. As we explore our “Park”, we’ll learn the most important survival skill of all: we can always depend on Jesus and His promises of true peace, true riches, true power, true love, and true hope! SonRise National Park starts at 6:30 pm and ends at 8:30 pm. To preregister, contact Denise at Emmanuel (570 868-5675), Judy at Faith (570 868-3247) or Christine at Stairville (570 868-3413). Emmanuel UCC is located in Dorrance Twp. at the end of Alberdeen Road across from Andy’s Gas Station.

On Sunday mornings, we meet at 10:30 am for Worship Service. On July 6, our greeters will be Barb DeLuca and Carol Duffy and our liturgist will be Wayne Mast. Come, join us for worship this Sunday.

Upcoming events:

July 13 to 17-Vacation Bible School –SonRise; National July 13; Old River Church –Mt. Zion hosts

July 20-Old River Church –Emmanuel hosts. Please see Cindy if you can help with refreshments

August 10-ReCreation Concert at 4 pm

Emmanuel United Church of Christ houses the Food Bank for the Wapwallopen Ministerium. All contacts are kept strictly confidential. If we can help you or someone you know, please call 868-5675. Please give us at least 24-hour’s notice in order to set up an appointment.

Emmanuel United Church of Christ is located at 7768 Blue Ridge Trail at its intersection with Alberdeen Road in Dorrance Township, and we invite you to join us on Sunday mornings for Worship Service at 10:30 am. A Nursery available for children to age 6 during our Worship Service. Sunday School will resume in the fall. If you need directions or would like more information, please call the church office at 868-5675. Our church is handicapped accessible.

If you are in need of pastoral care, please call Pastor Penny Dollar at 570-706-6476 or the church office at 570-868-5675.E-mail access is emmanuel_ucc@hotmail.comand our website is emmanuel-ucc.org.