At Emmanuel UCC, The Wise Men Still Seek Him

In preparation for the “perfect” Christmas, we search for many things –the perfect gifts to give, the perfect foods for our Christmas dinners, the perfect songs to get us in the mood, the perfect Christmas cards to send, even the perfect guest list to make the perfect party. But do we really find perfection? Or does all this searching leave us with feelings of imperfection and emptiness?

In order to find the perfect gift, perhaps we should look to the perfect giver –our Father in Heaven. God knew exactly the perfect gift which was needed to bring true perfection to our world –the gift of his only son, Jesus.

On January 6, Christians celebrate Epiphany, the day the wise men found the baby Jesus and gave him their extravagant gifts in homage to a newborn King. They had been seeking him for approximately two years and had probably put a lot of thought into finding the perfect gift for this baby. They brought gold as a proper tribute befitting the new king; frankincense which was a sweet incense only allowed to be burned in religious ceremonies and signifying the child’s future role as the anointed one of God; and myrrh –a fragrance used to prepare bodies for burial, foretelling the child’s future. Although their gifts were luxurious, those wise men also understood that a greater gift had been given to them and to the whole world in the birth of this small child.

The gift of life everlasting had come from heaven. That is the perfect gift and the one which we all should seek. Come begin the new year at Emmanuel as we seek for the perfect gift together.

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. 30 –Chancel Choir at 7pm

Jan. 3 –Sunday School at 9am; Teen Talk at 9 am; and Sunday Communion Worship at 10:30 am

Jan. 6 –Kid’s Choir at 6:30 pm; Chancel Choir at 7 pm

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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 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.

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 (570) 868-5675. Our church is handicapped accessible.

If you are in need of pastoral care, please call the church office at (570) 868-5675.E-mail access is emmanuel_ucc@hotmail.comand our website is