Waiting For Spring At Emmanuel

This time of year almost feels like a long ride with impatient kids –“Are we there, yet?” We look out our windows and see, again, a white landscape. When will Spring come? Are we there, yet? We wait with anticipation for the first robin, the first green leaf, the first flower. In the same way the season of Lent is filled with anticipation. As we wait for the resurrection of our Lord on Easter, we use this time to see how to come closer to him –an extra daily prayer, attending special worship services, something given up for Lent. Activities like these are a means for us to prepare the way for the Lord into our hearts. Which road will lead us to Christ? As we travel through this season, we look at ourselves and ask, when will the Easter message fill my heart? “Are we there, yet?”

On Wednesdays during Lent our Fellowship Hall will be filled with the appetizing aroma of Lenten suppers. These light suppers begin at 6:00 pm and will be prepared each week by various members and groups of Emmanuel. We will then join in worship at 7:00 pm as we prepare ourselves through the lessons of Lent to better understand our Lord Jesus, his loving sacrifice and joyous resurrection. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a delicious supper and gather with us for worship. Whether you can come for supper or not, we welcome you to worship with us.

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. 24 –Lenten Supper 6:00 pm; Lenten Service at 7:00 pm

Feb. 28 –Kid’s Choir at 9:00 am; Sunday School at 9:15 am; Teen Talk at 9:15 am; Chancel Choir at 9:15 am; Sunday Worship at 10:30 am

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. 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 9:15 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 emmanuel-ucc.org.