Following The Shepherd At Emmanuel UCC

Jesus referred to himself in various ways: the bread of life; the light of the world; the gate; the resurrection and the life; the way, truth and life; and true vine. But one description shows his great compassion for us: “I am the Good Shepherd.” In Jesus’ time, shepherds weren’t thought of as very important people. Shepherds spent most of their time outside watching over the herd, no matter what the weather. They often slept near their flock to protect it from robbers or wild animals. They rarely came into town except to restock their supplies. They were dirty and smelly after staying out in the fields. But spending so much time with their flocks gave them the distinct advantage of knowing each individual animal and their animals knew them, too. Jesus describes the relationship as utter trust. The sheep soon learned which person was their shepherd and would only follow his voice. Jesus used this illustration when he said, “…they will listen to my voice. There will be one flock, one shepherd.” He also said, “The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” The sheep could depend on the shepherd to protect and save them. Shepherds would go up against dangerous wolves, lions and bears to keep their flock safe. They fought off robbers. They willingly sacrificed their safety to protect their own. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice when he willingly laid down his life for his flock –us. We are the sheep and Jesus is our Shepherd. He calls us to come follow him as sheep follow their shepherd. Listen. He’s calling us now. “Come, follow me.” Come into his the security of his care. Come, listen for his voice and follow our Good Shepherd.

Sunday worship service is at 10:30 am. Greeters will be Connie Davis and Carol Duffy and the liturgist is Jill Bernetski. Come, join us for worship this Sunday. We welcome everyone into our Father’s house.

Sunday School meets at 9:00 am with classes for ages 3 through teens. We have a great time learning about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Our elementary classes are full of lively music, fun crafts and energetic games which all tie into the lessons which come straight out of the Bible. LIVE is the name of the lessons we use and the stories and activities are all in our Hands-On Bibles. We get to see where the stories come from by actually opening up and reading them from our Bibles. Our Teens take a different approach as they explore the Bible and discuss how the messages in it can pertain to their lives and the choices they have to make each day. Our classes are open to everyone.

Upcoming Events include:

April 22 –Kids Choir at 6:30 pm; Chancel Choir at 7:00 pm

April 26 –Sunday School at 9:00 am; Worship Service at 10:30 am

April 29 -Kids Choir at 6:30 pm; Chancel Choir at 7:00 pm

Emmanuel United Church of Christ in Dorrance Township houses the Food Bank for the Wapwallopen Ministerium. All contacts are kept strictly confidential. The food bank is open by appointment only. If we can help you or someone you know, please call 570-868-5675. Please give us at least 24-hour’s notice in order to set up an appointment.

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. Our Sunday School has classes for children and youth from 3 years old to teenagers and meets at 9:00 am on Sunday mornings. 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.