Remember when you were taught to share your toys? For some of us, it was not an easy lesson. It’s human nature to want to keep things for ourselves. Really. That toy was given to me –it’s mine! (Remind you of the gulls in “Finding Nemo”? “Mine, mine, mine, mine….!!) Through the persistence of people who really cared about our spiritual and social growth, we learned how to share. Sharing enables us to reach out beyond ourselves. It provides us a way to show others the depth of God’s love. It’s also the basis for a special offering in the United Church of Christ and eight other Protestant denominations –One Great Hour of Sharing. This offering is traditionally gathered the Fourth Sunday in Lent which this year is March 6. As outlined in the UCC website page, ucc.org/oghs,this offering allows us to share resources to:
Build sustainable communities. OGHS supports self-help programs in more than 80 nations to build sustainable communities that enable people and communities to stand against and rise above hunger, disease, illiteracy, and other forces of injustice that deny and destroy dignity.
Respond to disaster. OGHS provides emergency and long-term assistance to people in the aftermath of hurricanes, tornados, storms, floods, tidal waves, fires, explosions, technological disasters, civil strife, war, or other natural or human-caused events. On average, OGHS responds to a disaster once every 2.5 days.
Minister to refugees. OGHS responds with advocacy and help, hope and hospitality for people who have been uprooted from their home of origin. More than 30 million of the world’s people are uprooted at any given time.
In partnership with Church World Service (churchworldservice.org),we connect to the rest of the world in a way which multiplies our individual gifts. One church alone could not make much of a difference in the world, but together, we have the means to make great changes that really matter in people’s daily lives. Envelopes for your offering are distributed throughout the pews at Emmanuel. Please, remember how you were taught to share and pass the joy of sharing on to others.
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.
Mar. 2 –Lenten Supper 6 pm; Lenten Service at 7:00 pm
Mar. 6 –Kid’s Choir at 9 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
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 in order to set up an appointment.
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, and we invite you to join us on Sunday mornings for Sunday Worship Service at 10:30 am. 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 9:15 am on Sunday mornings. For 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 email@example.com our website is emmanuel-ucc.org.