Emmanuel UCC Hosts Old River Church Service

Time to get that old time religion again –or is it Old River Church religion? Worship Services are being held again this summer on Sunday evenings at 6 pm at the Old River Church near Wapwallopen. This house of worship was built in 1833 by the Union Reformed and Lutheran Congregations of the area. Hand-carved beams and woodwork adorned the interior and exterior, crafted by Daniel Walp, Master Carpenter, and his assistants Michael Weiss and William Hess. Many years passed since those settlers laid the foundation for this church and our faith. Eventually the Old River Church fell into disuse. But thanks to the Wapwallopen Historical Society, voices are again heard praising God at the church along the river. In 1952, the Society undertook the task of restoring Old River Church and still maintains its upkeep and preservation. Attending worship services is a chance to step back into the past and appreciate the dedication and conviction of our forebearers who handed down this legacy of faith to us. Now, it’s our turn to pass it on to future generations. The evening offerings are portioned between the Wapwallopen Ministerium to support the food bank and the Historical Society to make possible their continuing efforts to preserve the church. Come any Sunday evening at 6 pm from July 13 through August 31 for a unique and stirring worship service.

At our Worship Service on July 20, our greeters will be Judy Cybulski and Diana Decker and the liturgist is Sandy Kleger. Come, join us for worship this Sunday. We welcome everyone into our Father’s house.

Upcoming Events include:

July 20 –Emmanuel UCC hosts Old River Church at 6 pm

Aug. 10 –Re-Creation Concert at 4 pm

The church newsletter, The Messenger, is available through our website, emmanuel-ucc.org,along with other information about us and our surrounding communities. You can also check out our monthly calendar and photos of recent events.

Emmanuel United Church of Christ in Dorrance Township houses the food bank for the Wapwallopen Ministerium. The Food Bank is open Wednesdays and Thursdays by appointment. All contacts are kept strictly confidential as we understand each person’s need for privacy and self-esteem. If we can help you or someone you know, please call 868-5675 for an appointment and we will provide nourishment for you and your family.

Thank you to everyone who contributes to our recycling aluminum cans project and hope you will continue to help us raise funds by recycling cans to help needy families in our area. Through your help, our neighbors receive assistance to meet their daily needs. Please place the cans in large bags and drop them off in the large crates at the back of the lower parking lot. Again, thank you for your continued support.

Emmanuel United Church of Christ is located at 7768 Blue Ridge Trail at its intersection with Alberdeen Road (across from Andy’s Gas Station) in Dorrance Township, Mountain Top, and we invite you to join us on Sunday mornings for Sunday Worship Service at 10:30 am. We have a Nursery available for children to age 6 during our Worship Service. 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 678-5949 or the church office at 868-5675. E-mail access is emmanuel_ ucc@hotmail.comand our website is emmanuel-ucc.org.