Global Thinking At Emmanuel

Sunday, October 2, is a great day for thinking globally. Not only is it the day of the Wapwallopen Ministerium CROP Walk, but it is also World Communion Sunday. It’s the perfect day to think about the needs of those around the world and here at home. Whether you walk or sponsor a walker, you give others the ability to support themselves. Some of the ways CROP donations are used in the United States and globally are to: provide immediate assistance –emergency food supplies, disaster emergency kits; provide long term assistance –replacement seeds for crop failures, disaster recovery; expand education to find local food sources –fishing and local edible wild crops; provide funds and expertise for infrastructure –digging safe water wells, building schools, constructing irrigation systems; and relocate refugees to safe havens.

Given the opportunity, people the world over can have the strength and knowledge to take the lead in addressing their own challenges. So, while celebrating Communion with other Christians all around the world, consider the situation of millions of poor and anxious people and how you can be part of the solution. (portions excerpted from churchworldservice.org,sponsor and coordinator of the CROP Hunger Walks)

The money raised will help people here in the United States through food banks and other community efforts, and around the world by making their neighborhoods more sustainable through building infrastructure like wells and schools and educating farmers to grow crops more productively. We have designated 25% of our donations to be returned to the Wapwallopen Ministerium Food Bank. The remainder will help shorten and possibly eliminate how far people in other countries need to go just to gather the necessities of life.

CROP walkers will meet at Emmanuel UCC at 12:30 pm for registration. At 1:00 pm, we will begin our walk to St. James Lutheran Church where we will enjoy refreshments to bolster our energy for the walk back to Emmanuel. At the end, there will also be food and drink for those who endured the 8-mile trek. It’s a long haul, but for a good cause. If you want to participate, please see Denise Dean for a sponsor packet. If you’re not a walker, we urge you to sponsor someone. Make a difference in the lives of people here at home and around the world.

Sunday mornings at 9:15 am is Sunday School for ages 3 through 6th grade. We have a great program based on our Hands On Bibles. We’ll have fun making crafts, playing games, and solving puzzles which help us understand the stories in our Hands On Bibles. Come join us as we learn about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Teen Talk is for anyone in 7th grade and above. We meet on Sunday mornings at 9:15 am to talk about God and Jesus, how our lives are influenced by them and how we can be an influence to others around us. There are so many things that try to manipulate us away from God. Come to Teen Talk and find other teens who want to make their faith stronger and be better at dealing with ideas and things that pull us away from being Christians.

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

Upcoming Events:

Sept. 28 –Kid’s Choir at 6:30 pm; Chancel Choir at 7:00 pm

Oct. 2 –Teen Choir at 9:00 am; Sunday School at 9:15 am; Worship at 10:30 am; CROP Walk registration 12:30 pm; Walk at 1:00 p m

Oct. 5 –Kid’s Choir at 6:30 pm; Chancel Choir 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 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, 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 will resume in the fall. 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 Rev. Craig Stout at (409) 658-7136 or email him at cstout53@earthlink.net.E-mail access is emmanuel_ucc@hotmail.comand our website is emmanuel-ucc.org.