Global Thinking At Emmanuel

Sunday, October 4, is a great day for thinking globally. Not only is it the day of the Wapwallopen Ministerium CROP Walk, but it is also World Communion Sunday. It’s the perfect day to think about the needs of those around the world and here at home. Whether you walk or sponsor a walker, you give others the ability to support themselves. Some of the ways CROP donations are used in the United States and globally are to:

* provide immediate assistance –emergency food supplies, disaster emergency kits

* provide long term assistance –replacement seeds for crop failures, disaster recovery

* expand education to find local food sources –fishing and local edible wild crops

* provide funds and expertise for infrastructure –digging safe water wells, building schools, constructing irrigation systems

* relocate refugees to safe havens.

Given the opportunity, people the world over can have the strength and knowledge to take the lead in addressing their own challenges. So, while celebrating Communion with other Christians all around the world, consider the situation of millions of poor and anxious people and how you can be part of the solution. (portions excerpted from churchworldservice.org,sponsor and coordinator of the CROP Hunger Walks)

CROP walkers will meet at Emmanuel UCC at 12:30 pm for registration. At 1:00 pm, we will begin our walk to St. James Lutheran Church where we will enjoy refreshments to bolster our energy for the walk back to Emmanuel. At the end, there will also be food and drink for those who endured the 8-mile trek. It’s a long haul, but for a good cause. The money raised will help people here in the United States through food banks and other community efforts, and around the world by making their neighborhoods more sustainable through building infrastructure like wells and schools and educating farmers to grow crops more productively. We walk because they walk. They walk miles just to get clean drinking water. Sometimes they walk miles to find food for just one day. Our walks will help shorten and possibly eliminate how far they need to go just to gather the necessities of life. If you want to participate, please see Marc Davis or Denise Dean for a sponsor packet. If you’re not a walker, we urge you to sponsor someone. Make a difference in the lives of people here at home and around the world.

Sunday worship service is at 10:30 am. Come, join us for worship this Sunday. We welcome everyone into our Father’s house.

Upcoming events:

Sept. 30 –Kids Choir at 6:30 pm; Chancel Choir at 7:00 pm

Oct. 4 –Sunday School at 9:00 am Oct. 4 –Teen Talk at 9:00 am

Oct. 4 –Communion and Worship at 10:30 am

Oct. 4 –CROP Walk at 1:00 pm

Oct. 7 –Kids Choir at 6:30 pm; Chancel Choir at 7:00 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 us out on Facebook at facebook.com/emmanuelucc.

Emmanuel United Church of Christ in Dorrance Township houses the Food Bank for the Wapwallopen Ministerium. All contacts are kept strictly confidential as we understand each person’s need for privacy and self-esteem. The food bank is open by appointment only. If we can help you or someone you know, please call 570-868-5675 and we will provide nourishment for you and those you care for. 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 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 678-5949 or the church office at 868-5675. E-mail access is emmanuel_ ucc@hotmail.comand our website is emmanuel-ucc.org.