Emmanuel Celebrates Christmas

Our Christmas Eve Candlelight celebration is scheduled at 7:30 pm on Saturday, December 24, and will include the sacrament of Holy Communion. Before our service, members will glorify God and praise him with music and song beginning at 7:00 pm. We welcome everyone to come and celebrate the birth of our Savior.

Christmas is a wonderful time to recommit your life to the Lord and renew your faith. We listen to the Christmas carols, singing of the birth of the King, the hope of peace on earth, the joy of new life, the wonder of God’s love and the fulfillment of the promises of the prophets. All this, wrapped up in the tiny life born to a poor young girl and her betrothed “blue collar” fiancé. There’s a song that asks “What if God was one of us?” The secret is that he was –just like one of us. The child born to Mary grew up as a normal youth and matured into a regular man. That is, until he was about 30 years old. Then, he showed the world who he really was and his true purpose. God’s gift of salvation became one of us so that God himself would save us. (Isaiah 63: 9 and Hebrews 2:17) On Christmas we remember that Love was born that night. A love that would envelop the world with the hope of peace and new life. Come and witness again the birth of the Prince of Peace.

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.

Upcoming Events:

Dec. 18 –Teen Choir at 9 am; Sunday School at 9:15 am; Worship at 10:30 am

Dec. 21 –Kid’s Choir at 6:30 pm ; Chancel Choir at pm

The church newsletter, The Messenger, is available through our website, emmanuel-ucc.org,along with other information about us and our surrounding communities. 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 in Dorrance Township, 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 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.