Renewing The Reformation At Emmanuel UCC

Reformation –1. the act of reforming; the state of being reformed; 2. The 16th century religious movement that led to the establishment of the Protestant churches. On October 31, 1517, a Catholic Priest had the audacity to nail a piece of paper to the door of the church at Wittenberg, Germany. On that paper were outlined 95 items which he felt degraded and disgraced the Church.

Martin Luther is the man most thought of when people observe Reformation Sunday. His work, aimed toward bringing the Church back to basic Christian beliefs, was one of the motivations for other reformers such as John Wycliffe, Jan Huss, and John Calvin. Their original purpose was not to break from the Catholic Church, but to “reform” some of its questionable customs of that time. The mindset of those Catholic Church leaders would not allow them to change and they saw the “protests” as threats against the Church. And so the Protestant churches were born. We believe, as Martin Luther, that God speaks through the scripture and we express that belief through our “still speaking” campaign. We believe that God is constantly speaking through his Word and we ourselves need to be open to “reform” and new ideas.

Sunday worship service is at 10:30 am.

The choir is holding a fundraiser to help you straighten out, clean out, and reorganize your home. For the donation of $10 for a table, you can bring your old “treasures” to the yard sale on October 24 to sell. Tables will be available in the Fellowship Hall and under the Pavilion. Please understand this is a yard sale for your benefit and any items not sold must be taken back with you. Sales begin at 8:00 am and we’ll finish up at 2:00 pm. To reserve a table, please call Sharon at (570) 379-3908.

Upcoming events: Oct. 21 –Kids Choir at 6:30 pm; Chancel Choir at 7 pm; Oct. 25 –Sunday School at 9 am; Teen Talk at 9 am; Worship at 10:30 am

Oct. 24 –Yard Sale from 8 am to 2 pm

Oct. 28 –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. Call 570-868-5675. Please give us at least 24-hour’s notice.

Emmanuel United Church of Christ is located at 7768 Blue Ridge Trail in Dorrance Township, 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.

For pastoral care, call the office at 868-5675.E-mail is emmanuel_ ucc@hotmail.com