Christmas Preparations At Emmanuel UCC

Songs, parties and programs are on the list of our Christmas preparations at Emmanuel. After worship on Sunday, December 6, we’ll be tuning up our voices to go caroling at the local nursing homes and for our homebound members. It’s such a pleasure to see the looks of joy on their faces when they hear those familiar songs. Bringing delight to others is such a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon, so come join us.

The Sunday School will hold its Christmas Party on Saturday, December 12, at 10:00 am. We will be wrapping gifts for the children who are served by the McKinney Clinic. The Sunday School is gathering new and gently used toys to bring Christmas cheer to children who may not have such a merry Christmas without our help. This is a great way to teach our young ones the importance of sharing and the happiness it brings to both the one who gives and the one who receives. We will also assemble fruit baskets for our homebound members. Each child is asked to bring a couple of pieces of fruit for the baskets. After all that hard work, we’ll enjoy a pizza party at noon.

Also on December 12, we will practice for our Christmas program. This is dress rehearsal and we need everyone at the church at 12:30 pm. Our program will be presented on Sunday, December 13, during our worship service. In The Candles of Christmas, we hear about Christmas traditions from the Advent Candles. Each has their own view of the most important part of Christmas as they state their reason why their candle expresses the meaning of Christmas better than the others. The Prophecy Candle states that it was most important so that people would be prepared by the prophets’ teachings. The Bethlehem Candle boasts of being the birthplace of our Savior and home to the first people who learned of his birth, the shepherds. Of course, the Mary Candle claims the greatest importance as the Mother of the King of Kings while the Angle Candle asserts that without the angels no one would know of the Savior’s birth. So, who is the most important Advent Candle?

Emmanuel will host a Community Concert by We Three on Sunday evening, December 13, at 7 pm. We Three is a trombone trio who has performed at many church concerts in our area and we are glad to have them play at Emmanuel. The concert will include a combination of sacred and secular Christmas songs and everyone is invited to join in the hymn sing of Christmas Carols. A certain jolly person is also going to make an appearance to the delight of the youngsters. There will also be refreshments after the concert.

Sunday worship service is at 10:30 am and is led by Rev. Ken Newhook, our Interim Pastor. We welcome visitors and friends to join us for worship every Sunday.

Upcoming events:

Dec. 2 –Kids Choir at 6:30 pm; Chancel Choir at 7:00 pm

Dec. 6 –Sunday School at 9 am; Teen Talk at 9 am; Sunday Worship at 10:30 am; Annual Meeting of the Congregation after Worship; Christmas Caroling after Worship

Dec. 9 –Kids Choir at 6:30 pm; Chancel Choir at 7:00 pm

Dec. 12 –Sunday School Christmas Party and Program Practice

Dec. 13 –Sunday School Program during Worship; Community Concert by We Three 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.

Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 7768 Blue Ridge Trail at its intersection with Alberdeen Road (across from Andy’s Gas Station) in Dorrance Township, 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. 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 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 the church office at 868-5675. E-mail access is emmanuel_ ucc@hotmail.comand our website is emmanuel-ucc.org.