Scout Sunday Celebrated At Emmanuel UCC Feb. 7

On Sunday, February 7, members of our Cub Scout Pack will join in worship with us. Lord Robert Baden-Powell (1857-1941) was a British Army lieutenant-general. He enjoyed hiking and camping so much that he wrote the book Aids to Scouting for soldiers. Teachers and youth leaders started using it to instruct young boys and so Lord Baden-Powel rewrote it as Scouting for Boys. Soon there were Boy Scout groups all over England. Shortly after that, the Scouting movement came to America. February 8, 1910, is the official beginning of the Boy Scouts in America.

Given the Boy Scouts values, many churches sponsored packs and, as Emmanuel UCC and other area churches are evidence, we still sponsor them today. Scout Sunday is celebrated the Sunday before February 8 each year. We welcome you to come join us as we celebrate Scouting and recognize the efforts of these fine young people. After our worship service, the Scouts will host a coffee hour. Please plan to stay and share some time with them.

The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 10. We will again prepare Lenten suppers prior to our services on the Wednesday evenings during Lent. These light meals will be shared in the Fellowship Hall at 6:00 pm. We will then gather at 7:00 pm in the church for service. A sheet is on the table in the narthex for those who will volunteer to prepare meals. Our Lenten meals and services are open to everyone and we welcome you to come and join us. Whether you can come for supper or not, please gather with us for worship.

There is a box in the bell tower for your Valentines for Vets. These Valentines are appreciated very much by those who are residents at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center. The last date to deposit your Valentines will be February 7. Remember those who served.

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:

Feb. 3 –Kid’s Choir at 6:30 pm; Chancel Choir at 7:00 pm

Feb. 7 –Sunday School at 9:00 am

Feb. 7 –Teen Talk at 9 am; Sunday

Worship at 10:30 am Feb. 10 –Lenten Supper 6

pm; Kid’s Choir at 6:30 pm; Ash Wednesday Service at 7:00 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 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 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